Is your VPS slow to login at all? Applications not running so fast?

Often we will get customers emailing in saying that things are just running 'slow'. Often when we login the first thing we notice is after the password has gone through it just hangs for a fair while before login. This is usually a sign that its trying to do a reverse DNS lookup and failing.… Continue reading Is your VPS slow to login at all? Applications not running so fast?

Safe rm prevents accidents! try it!

I found this the today http://www.safe-rm.org.nz/ , and having had the odd accident im most definitely going to be installing this on my own server! What is safe-rm? Safe-rm is a safety tool intended to prevent the accidental deletion of important files by replacing /bin/rm with a wrapper, which checks the given arguments against a… Continue reading Safe rm prevents accidents! try it!

Got Backups?

Backup your data.  That's something that's repeated over and over and yet too many people don't really take it to heart.  If you've lost data in the past, I be that you're backing up now like it's a religion.  If you're not backing up, maybe you've never lost any data or maybe it's just something… Continue reading Got Backups?

We’re a Team

We see lots of different problems every day as Liz noted the other day.  It's really quite varied work that we do and you can go from resetting a password one minute to setting up load balanced proxy servers the next.  There's always a fun and challenging problem right around the corner. The most important… Continue reading We’re a Team

libc6 vs libc6-xen problems with applications segfaulting

We recieved the following email this morning which may be a problem from time to time with other users, so i thought I would share this. Subject: Seg faults on apache mysql and a couple of other less import programs. Probably need a fresh install. Message: Hi I have a serious problem with my VPS… Continue reading libc6 vs libc6-xen problems with applications segfaulting

Domain Name Confusion

This is something we see time and time again.  It is fair to say, unless you have had a bit of experience with it, can be a bit confusing. So here is a breakdown of the domain name components.. Registrar This is the business you pay a yearly fee to register your domain name.  i.e.… Continue reading Domain Name Confusion

David’s Handy Scripts – bandwidth usage – disk usage

I thought a useful addition to our blog might be a running series of handy scripts.  Just for the sake of things (and because I couldn't find a better title), I'm calling the series "David's Handy Scripts".  I'll get this show on the road with a quick script I put together to track 2 things… Continue reading David’s Handy Scripts – bandwidth usage – disk usage

Ubuntu 9.04 bug with networking directory creation

We had a customer email in after updating to Jaunty recently. They said the following Hi guys, I upgraded my VPS a little while back to Ubuntu Jaunty (because I was several versions out of date and the apt repositories had gone away.) I never actually rebooted the machine afterwards though because it wasn't a… Continue reading Ubuntu 9.04 bug with networking directory creation