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The PC Is Coming Back, Thanks to Youtube and PC Gaming.

This argument is controversial because the sales data of the PC is mixed, to say the least. Worldwide, it’s decreasing. But in the US, it’s slowly coming back[1][2], especially the retail PC market. Apart from the sales figures which I personally think show more about the state of consumer tech hardware industry and the economy, I am slowly seeing more and more about the conventional PC being discussed and talked about.

Personally, I believe we’re in a period of PC renaissance, especially in the western hemisphere, and amongst the younger demographics. A renaissance that in my personal opinion is fueled by the fire of two things: Youtube, and PC Gaming.

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Happy Local Election Day, Indonesian

Today marks the first time Indonesia held a nation-wide gubernatorial election on the same day. I’m hopeful the best candidate will win and there’ll be no election riots. I’m also hopeful for the future of our state autonomy. It’s the main reason why we now have some of the brightest people acting as governors and mayors.

And hopefully, Ahok wins the Jakarta election.

Setting Up a VPS for WordPress Without an Ounce of Linux Knowledge

I’ve been seeing this types of questions a lot in WHT. People who outgrew their shared hosting plans but not sure of upgrading to VPS or dedicated server because they’re not technical enough.

Usually the advice they got is to go for a managed provider, which is of course, a great option, especially if you have more money than time.

But this guide is for people who wants to squeeze what little money they can save by going with self-managed providers.

And don’t want to deal with command line. And, don’t want to pay for a cPanel license. Or bother to learn about free, open source panel like webmin.

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On ‘Kodi Fully Loaded’ and Beautiful Interface to Piracy

That’s some odd title, i know, but i’m talking about the case of some android tv box sellers on Ebay that sells them with HTPC software Kodi, fully loaded with addons that facilitates watching pirated movies and tv series. There’s now a case of them being arrested in the UK.

From torrentfreak:

Police have arrested five people on suspicion of selling ‘pirate’ set-top boxes configured to receive pay TV. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit teamed up with FACT, Sky, Virgin, BT, and The Premier League to arrest the sellers, who allegedly supplied Kodi with unlicensed addons.

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There’s a Demand for a Good Shared Hosting Panel & Billing Software but There’s So Little Choice

There’s simply too small of choices for web hosting providers on off-the-shelf panel and billing platform to use.

I really don’t understand why that is. There’s so many choice in the market for open source CMS, or other 3rd party software for sysadmin. But for off-the-shelf hosting panel and billing platform, cPanel seem to have a tight grasp on the market.

Open source website control panel like Webmin, Vesta or Ajenti V are available, but simply not good enough for commercial adoption or even average people with a VPS to use. They’re just too hard to use. For billing platform, WHMCS, especially after they got acquired by cPanel, now seem destined to be the number one choice for years to come.

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5 Easy Steps to Having The Quickest Loading WordPress Site Ever

Here it is:
1. Find a VPS provider. At GOODHost we offer 512mb OpenVZ VPS for $37/year
2. Open easyengine.io, follow their steps to install a wordpress site
3. Or use my step. Type this on the command line:

sudo ee site create yoursite.com --wpredis --   php7


4. Migrate the contents from the old wordpress site to the new one, or starts anew.
5. Enjoy

Proof? Here’s the result of sucuri performance benchmark of this site, hosted on our LA VPS:


You can test your own wordpress site performance on Sucuri Performance Benchmark

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Why Is There So Many Fake Web Hosting Reviews Online

At GOODHost, we’ve recently started focusing on marketing ourselves better. To do this, I’ve tried looking into how people purchase their web hosting plans online.

One of the biggest surprise i found is that there’s so many people who seem to get tricked by a bunch of review sites for hosting that’s neither objective, nor credible.

Most of these review sites embed an affiliate link on every outgoing link to the web hosting provider they recommend.

And guess what happens? All of the providers they recommend just incidentally turns out to be providers who pay their affiliates the most.

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Why Is it So Hard for People to Update Their WordPress???

From Sucuri:

WordPress 4.7.2 was released two weeks ago, including a fix for a severe vulnerability in the WordPress REST API. We have been monitoring our WAF network and honeypots closely to see how and when the attackers would try to exploit this issue the wild.

In less than 48 hours after the vulnerability was disclosed, we saw multiple public exploits being shared and posted online. With that information easily available, the internet-wide probing and exploit attempts began.

I really don’t get it. The fact that modern CMS these days are so easy to attack has been known for so long, and yet i’m still seeing so many old wordpress, Joomla or Drupal in the wild. I can understand that updating also came with a risk of its own (mainly your site getting broken), but the headache of trying to fix a broken site is much much less than your data getting stolen or your blog becoming a terrorist organizations advertising banner overnight.

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Cloud.net Dallas VPS Review (Softlayer)

Developers and customers who wants their own servers these days tend to get confused by so many choice in the marketplace. Linode, Digital Ocean, and Vultr have become such household names, it made offers from smaller, or larger outfits that don’t want to spend a bunch of money to develop a platform and market themselves, get lost in the noise.

One solution seem to come from Onapp’s Cloud.net, which offers a marketplace that acts as the beautiful “cloud” front-end for big datacenters that might not want to focus or develop platform for the VPS/cloud instance market like Digital Ocean does. From cloud.net, customer can choose to get their server from multiple providers in different locations.

I first found Cloud.net from my journey looking for VPS providers that resell from Softlayer. The reason why i want a VPS in Softlayer datacenter is a nostalgic one. My first blog (setengahmateng.com, now dead) is hosted on a shared hosting account which apparently is hosted on a server located in Softlayer Dallas location.

Unfortunately, i found that Softlayer no longer focus on small providers, and that’s why VPS resold from a Softlayer bare metal server will be overpriced. But as it turns out, Cloud.net has a partnership with Softlayer that enables them to sell a piece of Softlayer on their platform.

So i create an account, and add $10 (you must deposit a minimum of $10 to your Cloud.net Wallet to buy a server) to my wallet. I then choose the lowest end server i could get, which has 512mb of RAM, 1 cpu core and 2TB bandwidth running KVM. As an added surprise, they seem to be running a promotion so the server only costs me $3.47/month (which got further discounted to $1.90 thanks to a 50% off coupon).

My experience with their panel starts horribly. I first installed Debian on the server, but decides to switch to Ubuntu just for the sake of it (i ended up using Debian after all). Unfortunately, the panel seems bugged so it doesn’t respond to my command. It only says, “the server is scheduled to be updated” but it doesn’t do anything. Yes.

Confused, i decided to wait, since the phrasing seem to suggest that it’s not an instant rebuild process. But after 10 minutes, i decided to hit up the live chat. Since i hit their chat on off-hours, i didn’t get a respond, and decided to submit a ticket. Their reps responded to me in 2 minutes (literally).

About 10 minutes later, i’ve got a response on the live chat, and the issue is solved within 30 minutes. They admit the issue is on their panel, but it’s now fixed. Pretty impressive support, i should say.

So now that i got my server off and runing, i decided to run some benchmark. Here’s a result of a simple vps benchmark script that’s pretty popular online:

System Info
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Processor : QEMU Virtual CPU version (cpu64-rhel6)
CPU Cores : 1
Frequency : 2099.998 MHz
Memory : 491 MB
Swap : 1023 MB
Uptime : 8:48,</code>

OS : Debian GNU/Linux 8
Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel : 3.16.0-4-amd64
Hostname : dallas

Speedtest (IPv4 only)
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Your public IPv4 is 69.x.x.x

Location Provider Speed
CDN Cachefly 104MB/s

Atlanta, GA, US Coloat 54.4MB/s
Dallas, TX, US Softlayer 108MB/s
Seattle, WA, US Softlayer 29.2MB/s
San Jose, CA, US Softlayer 32.0MB/s
Washington, DC, US Softlayer 27.4MB/s

Tokyo, Japan Linode 11.4MB/s
Singapore Softlayer 5.10MB/s

Rotterdam, Netherlands id3.net 6.96MB/s
Haarlem, Netherlands Leaseweb 23.2MB/s

Disk Speed
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I/O (1st run) : 643 MB/s
I/O (2nd run) : 656 MB/s
I/O (3rd run) : 552 MB/s
Average I/O : 617 MB/s

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Apple (Software) Is Just Not Interesting Anymore

I know, the title is pure clickbait. But what do you expect, i’m a click whore.

Anyway, to the topic at hand. Next week, Apple will announce their Q1 2017 earnings, and as expected many people who are really into Apple are up in arms about it. What will it said? Would Apple make more, or less money? Would Tim Cook said something, or not, about the thing that other people was saying about that other thing?

Who cares. I don’t anymore. But i do have a bit in mind about Apple, and the current state they’re in. Maybe it’s worth something, but nobody reads this blog anyway so why not, right? Well, anyway.