Good bye, Hello HostDime

I have moved my blog *again* from XEN-PV VPS to Dedicated server, the reason for move? Well, a very very very attractive deal for a Core2Quad 8300 series server with 4GB RAM and 1TB drive. Dont take it as if VPS was not stable, its VERY stable but the difference between my VPS and this dedicated server was very minor hence I made the move. Besides, I still use's VPS for redundant DNS hosting (cPanel-DNSonly)
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DHA Cinema still closed

DHA Cinema is still closed with this notice, shame on you DHA Sources say, A DHA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it was difficult to say when the cinema would open again because Mandviwalla’s contract has expired and DHA does not plan on renewing it.
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) SMS Alert service

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, one of the political parties of Pakistan has introduced a one of its kind service in Pakistan. They will be sending SMS and has asked everyone to join for free. The thing I like about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is that its moving away from the bullsh*t drama happening in the country and probably thats the reason its becoming so popular in general public especially youth as well. To subscribe to these SMS notifications, just send your name + city via SMS to 80022 (using any cellular network in Pakistan)
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DirectAdmin Hacked

From the official forum post Thanks for your patience everyone. We are still investigating but don't want to leave you in the dark. Here's what we know so far: Our server was compromised (not at the root level but serious enough nonetheless) and is being used to send those malicious e-mails to customers. We have disabled our mail server to interrupt this process. Some customer information has been compromised: Name, e-mail address, mailing address, license ID#'s. Billing information (e.g. Credit Card numbers, PayPal accounts, etc.) is absolutely safe. We use a restricted merchant gateway that doesn't allow us, even as owners, to view your full credit card information. Finally, don't click that link. It's a malicious program but it can be cleaned with Trend Micro Housecall, MalwareByte's Anti-Malware, etc. Will…
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Enable ping response for Windows Server

Microsoft, Virtual Private Server
I recently got two windows VPS for testing and stuff. The issue I faced was that even though they were Windows 2008 VPS, I still could not ping it. Came to know later that its a security feature and hence all pings are disabled. You just need to enable it by running the following command on command prompt [code]netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8[/code] If you wish to disable it, later, you may run this to do so [code]netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 disable[/code]
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Overcommitting with KVM

News, Reviews, Virtual Private Server
Someone pointed out a shocking fact in LET that KVM, the new popular virtualization type, can be over-committed even more then the infamous OpenVZ The KVM hypervisor supports overcommitting CPUs and overcommitting memory. Overcommitting is allocating more virtualized CPUs or memory than there are physical resources on the system. With CPU overcommit, under-utilized virtualized servers or desktops can run on fewer servers which saves power and money. Read it all at also read the complete thread at LET Is KVM the next oversold VPS? for more enlightenment
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Just released – PHP SolusVM Wrapper class

OpenSource, PHP
I have just released a SolusVM wrapper class based around the SolusVM Client API. More details on the project homepage new project homepage on GitHub. You can also download the complete code from GitHub, fork it on GitHub to improve it and/or watch/start it Update Nov 29, 2012: Moved from Google Code to GitHub because GitHub is a graet place for open-source stuff. Google Code is so old school now
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vzfree utility to check memory usage in OpenVZ VPS

How to, Linux, OpenSource, Resources, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Ubuntu, Virtual Private Server
From the official blog post Gee. It has been a while since I’ve last written here, and it will be a while again for my next post as I will be on holidays from next Monday (visiting families in Hong Kong and Taiwan). Let me share one small utility program that I wrote quite a while ago. We all know that the Linux command free(1) is pretty useless inside an OpenVZ VE, even those with meminfo virtualised. So I basically wrote this little util to grab the data from the dreadful user_beancounters and format them into something useful. It’s written in C and only depends on libc so it’s pretty light weight. It also does a little bit of analysis instead of just dumping the data, which I will explain…
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