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Aztech HL110EP HomePlug

Aztech HL110EP HomePlug

HomePlug devices have been around for almost a decade now but I have never even considered them before. After all, with Wifi adaptors being built into just about every computing device nowadays, why purchase additional adaptors just to get wired networking running? But as it turns out, I found a real use for these and you just might too. I picked up a pair of Aztech HomePlug HL110EP at the recent SITEX at a special price of S$49 each. Unlike…

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Logwatch, Exim4 & SSH Attack Dictionary Prevention on Debian Lenny VPS

Logwatch, Exim4 & SSH Attack Dictionary Prevention on Debian Lenny VPS

Thanks to the excellent tutorials over at Slicehost, I got an idea of some the things you need to do to secure your brand new virtual private server (VPS) straight away.  To me, the main takeaways with regard to security would be: 1. create a privileged user with Sudo access 2. disable the root account login 3. use strong passwords e.g. a combination of letters in upper and lower case, numbers and other characters 4. setup iptables firewalls I had…

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Windows 7 Print Management = Fail

Windows 7 Print Management = Fail

It really irks me that even the latest-and-greatest Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium can’t get some simple functions right. Case in point: my amazing stubborn un-removable printers! Yep, there are 3 instances of FX DocuPrint here because the first two  (which no longer work as the networked printer has since gone local) won’t disappear no matter how many times I remove them as Administrator! Most people suggest using Print Management in the Microsoft Management Console; alas, the former isn’t even…

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Backing up your Debian/Ubuntu VPS to Rackspace Cloud Files

Backing up your Debian/Ubuntu VPS to Rackspace Cloud Files

There are quite a number of tutorials available on backing up to Amazon S3, which is popular due to its redundancy and low cost (15cents per gigabyte). I prefer Rackspace Cloud Files though due to its lower upload fees (8cents vs 10cents per gigabyte of bandwidth).  We will use duplicity to create the backups because it is bandwidth efficient and also allows us to encrypt our backups. We will also be setting up the cloudcity script to make it easier…

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Moving from VPS back to shared hosting

Moving from VPS back to shared hosting

A couple of months ago I wrote about how I’d migrated this blog to a Virtual Private Server (VPS)  from a shared hosting provider. Well, since then I’ve moved back to a shared hosting provider. Why the switch back? At the time, I was learning how to manage a VPS for work-related purposes so it was exciting to apply what I’d learnt to my own personal blog. But it only took a few months for a few things to sink…

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Initial impressions of Sparkstation VPS

Initial impressions of Sparkstation VPS

I’ve just been with Sparkstation for slightly more than a day on their Linux VPS. I thought I’d share some initial impressions, seeing that there is nary a review on these forums. I chose their cheapest VPS plan (VPS Value) without any control panel because I’m comfortable with managing my VPS without Cpanel or Plesk etc. I got my welcome emails for my VPS barely minutes after I made the payment – very refreshing indeed! I logged in by SSH…

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