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

nginx hacking using proxy

It sucks getting hacked Every now and then servers get hacked. Often because of an exploitable webapp, or because (most commonly) a weak, easily guessable password was used on a well known user account (like 'root' or 'info' or 'test'). Once hackers gain access they often install some kind of malware. e.g. something that goes… Continue reading nginx hacking using proxy

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They said the following Hi guys, I upgraded my VPS a little while back to Ubuntu Jaunty (because I was several versions out of date and the apt repositories had gone away.)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

Fixing apache file and directory permissions

I've seen this problem a few times, people having trouble getting the permissions right for websites. Heres a quick fix that will sort you in most cases For directories run find /path/to/domain/public_html/ -type d -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 755 Files run this one find /path/to/domain/public_html/ -type f | xargs chmod 644 Make sure you… Continue reading Fixing apache file and directory permissions

Introduction to the new Linux Sysadmin

Recently we have had a few support requests come through from people who are new to Linux, and are unsure how to maintain a server at all. Package Management If your Linux distro is RedHat based (ie Centos, , then you will be using yum and RPM.   RPM is for doing individual package manipulation (installing,… Continue reading Introduction to the new Linux Sysadmin

Chrome OS and Linux

I had high hopes for netbooks bringing about an increased mindshare for Linux for ordinary users.  This didn't quite pan out unfortunately and it's nigh impossible to find a Linux netbook at a brick and mortar store these days.  Users loved the low price and mobility of a netbook, but (seemingly) didn't appreciate the lack… Continue reading Chrome OS and Linux

Congratulations to RailsBridge bug mashers

Congratulations to Josh, Marshall, and Jordan who each won one of the RimuHosting-supplied prizes at the recent RailsBridge BugMash. The BugMash was to identify, narrow down, reproduce, provide test cases and patch Rails bugs.  From their site: Here's how it will work: the BugMash will run over the weekend of August 8-9. The Rails team… Continue reading Congratulations to RailsBridge bug mashers