Security at home – encrypted home directories

This isn't directly server related at all, more for the home or office user who wants to make sure things are nice and secure. At the office we like to also make sure our desktops are fairly safe to connect from as well, mostly  in case the machines ever get stolen, we know our data… Continue reading Security at home – encrypted home directories

Ubuntu Upgrade to 10.04 on your VPS? Read this first!

Update: Carl has posted some 10.04 upgrade instructions in our howtos section. As often happens, some things happen when you upgrade, and its not always desirable when its a production server. We try and catch these for you and post something to help fix anything that may go wrong. The problem requires a kernel change… Continue reading Ubuntu Upgrade to 10.04 on your VPS? Read this first!

rdiff-backup script using sshfs for larger backups

We have had a few customers who have much more data to back up, and taking a copy of that every day uses a LOT of disk space and can be time consuming. The answer is rdiff-backup . It does incremental backups whenever you run it, only backing up the difference from the initial complete… Continue reading rdiff-backup script using sshfs for larger backups

Trying out the new Thunderbird 3

One of my co-workers mentioned something about thunderbirds new features, i thought this is an excellent time to break my mail client! so promptly looked up installing the new thunderbird. My work box is Ubuntu, so here's the easiest process to get Thunderbird 3 installed I used Ubuntuzilla to get the latest packages http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/ubuntuzilla/index.php?title=Main_Page echo… Continue reading Trying out the new Thunderbird 3

Upgrading to Karmic Koala ? VPS broken? Heres the fix!

If you upgraded to Ubuntu 9.10, and rebooted, and it hasn't come back up, here's what to do The first thing you try is the console  https://rimuhosting.com/cp/vps/console.jsp . Add your key or setup a password and then ssh into the host it gives you to see if you actually have this problem. If you can… Continue reading Upgrading to Karmic Koala ? VPS broken? Heres the fix!

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

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