Kimsufi KS-1 vs Online.net Start-2-S-SATA

There aren’t a lot of offerings for dedicated servers under 10 EUR. For personal use, development, secondary storage, media streaming/storage, or other non-critical uses, they are good value for money. The two most popular companies for these types of Atom servers are Kimsufi, and Online.net (Scaleaway / OneProvider) Unfortunately I have been unable to obtain a Kimsufi KS-2, even after many months of trying because they are almost always out […]

Scaleaway vs DigitalOcean vs Vultr vs Hetzner benchmark (March 2019)

This month I needed to host a new project that could be both reliable, and perform well, at a competitive price. I have tested and recorded the results of the entry-level offering that all of these hosts provide in my benchmark to determine the best performers. Pricing and specifications Company Specifications Price Hetzner Cloud 1vCPU, 2GB RAM 2.99 EUR Scaleaway 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM 1.99EUR DigitalOcean 1 vCPU, 1GB RAM […]

W3TC (W3 Total Cache) Minify 403 Forbidden Error

A quick fix when encountering the 403 forbidden error while updating minify settings with W3 Total Cache is to disable Apache’s ModSecurity, as it conflicts with W3TC when updating the minify settings. ModSecurity/Apache will throw an error like the one below: ModSecurity: Warning. Match of “rx ://%{SERVER_NAME}/” against “ARGS:minify__cache__files” required. [file “/etc/apache2/modsecurity.d/rules/tortix/modsec/50_plesk_basic_asl_rules.conf”] [line “386”] [id “340465”] [rev “56”] [msg “Protected by Atomicorp.com Basic Non-Realtime WAF Rules: Remote File Injection attempt […]

VirtualBox Debian 8 guest installation

Installing VirtualBox will fail to install the correct dependencies when running VboxLinuxAdditions.run… here is a quick fix. See the debian wiki for additional details. These specific instructions are tailored for Debian 8. apt-get install virtualbox-guest-dkms build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) Then you can run sh VBoxLinuxAdditions.run Reboot / Restart services and you’re good to go! Checking installation If you need to check that the guest additions are available, systemctl status virtualbox-guest-utils.service && […]

Automated transmission web (Raspberry Pi)

This is a simple script I made when automating pi installs. When run, it will Install transmission Create transmission settings.json to allow for web access Set default username, password, address/port Reload transmission for changes to take effect You might need to adjust rpc-whitelist for your network. Also, it isn’t tied to the Pi in any way so you should be able to run it without changes under any Debian machine […]

Automated logwatch setup (with logwatch vnstat)

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted here! Over a year and three months! I have been working on my workspace code a lot recently, and covering automation and other areas. Logwatch is a small, simple mail-based system logging solution that I enable on all my servers, big or small. I typically then archive/delete any messages older than x days old. Logwatch can be useful as a fallback solution […]

Scam Alert: 123systems.net

I am just letting the community know about 123systems, a subsiduary of ChicagoVPS, operated by a man named Chris Fabozzi. 123systems is a complete joke. See the attached screenshots which show my communications with them — the entire time my VPS has been unavailable, aside from some very short periods. Eventually they decided to just ignore my tickets and blacklist me from logging in. http://i.imgur.com/otV8xJA.png http://i.imgur.com/Ifs9Jfo.png http://i.imgur.com/MaYeV7l.png Regardless of the […]

Fully replacing FTP with SFTP

Recently while setting up a new server, I realized that I really didn’t need to run FTP anymore. I typically use SFTP where possible, and it made sense to go the extra mile and migrate to using SFTP completely, while also allowing other users to access my server and use SFTP, without allowing them a shell. What is SFTP? SFTP is similar but not the same as FTP. Technically, SFTP […]

New release of hangman.cpp

Four years ago I wrote a script with Brandon Kite to demonstrate vectors (and to make a text based while learning C++). It was released shortly afterwards, just for the hell of it, even though it was certainly nothing special. Anyways, four years later, and it is still online. I just came across it again and updated it from version 0.1 to 0.2. You can find it on the scripts […]

Blog back up (again!)

My site/blog has been down in recent months as my old domain (kahrn.com) expired. I have now moved the blog over to this new domain (rickyhewitt.com). I have also opted to use WordPress as the main platform for my site form now on, dropping my custom scripting and CodeIgniter. I haven’t really had a chance to update much of the blog, so some of the stuff will be broken, and […]