Posts tagged cloud

Etisalat Cloud Storage

April 26, 2012, 1:24 p.m. broadband , cloud

Everyone knows about Google Drive by now even though it was announced just a day ago. No one knows about Etisalat's free 25 GB data storage. Well there is a good reason for that, it doesn't really exist. Etisalat claims to give 25gb of free storageToo bad they are going to have to change their broch ...

Online IDEs

March 11, 2012, 2:02 p.m. cloud , Collaboration , IDE

I started looking at what's new in the field of Revision Control Systems and naturally my explorations took me to the field of Cloud hosting. That in turn set me off on another tangent, exploring online IDEs and editors. There are quite a few - too many in fact. Seems like the sensible thing to do i ...

Dropbox Command Line

Feb. 28, 2012, 1:46 p.m. Centos , cloud , dropbox , perl

There are many command line clients for dropbox, but one that I liked as soon as I saw it was the rather boringly name dropbox-api-command (I suppose all the good names had been taken). Installation is easy but if you are on Fedora or CentOS, the first line in the installation instructions will not ...

Zebra Stripes on Google Apps Spreadsheets

Nov. 22, 2011, 1:53 p.m. cloud , Google Apps , JavaScript

It was a bit of a surprise to find that there is no easy way to add zebra stripes to a Google spreadsheet. There is a template with Zebra stripes added in.  But if you sort the spreadsheet, you lose the stripes, or it gets randomized. However I did run across a small script by Otávio A. Ribeiro that ...

Percona Installation Woes

Nov. 12, 2011, 1:29 p.m. AWS , Centos , cloud , mysql , Percona , REMI , Webtatic

It turns out that all the EC2 Amazon Machine Instances that have Percona installed by default have older versions of either Percona or PHP or both. My intention was to use Percona on a web app so it's required that the version of PHP is reasonably new.  So the logical thing to do is to install Perco ...

Percona a Drop in Replacement for MySQL

Oct. 14, 2011, 1 p.m. cloud , Couch , mysql , nosql , Percona , Postgres

I have a love hate relationship with MySQL. I first discovered and fell in love with it around twelve years ago. I didn't mind that it didn't have stored procedures and sub queries. My first disappointment was when MySQL announced changes to their client license terms around eight years back. Disill ...

Cloudflare and Wordpress Admin

Oct. 8, 2011, 12:44 p.m. Centos , cloud , Wordpress

After suffering three site outages in as many days, I decided to wring in a few changes. One of them being adapting Cloudflare. Setting up Cloudflare is so rediculously easy, you don't even need to be a geek. It doesn't really speed up this site because Amazon AWS already is pretty quick. My intenti ...

Program mode requires special privileges, e.g., root or TrustedUser.

Oct. 6, 2011, 2:20 p.m. Centos , cloud , qmail

One of the residuals of the server outage is that the feedback form on this site stopped working even after restoration. That was caused by the ditching of the old CentOS (5.4) Amazon Machine Image in favour of a CentOS  (5.6) AMI when the PHP mail funciton is invoked it results in the following err ...

Who is the victim?

Sept. 30, 2011, 10:14 a.m. cloud , virtualization

So The Site With the LAMP had three outages in three days. Did I say three in three? But my previous post mentioned only two? Sorry about that. There was another one immediately after that was publish.  In all three occasions downtime was caused by a surge in demand for Amazon EC2 spot instances.  E ...

Site Offline Twice in Two Days

Sept. 28, 2011, 12:39 p.m. Centos , cloud

After running smoothly for more than an year, the Site with the LAMP was offline for around twelve hours yesterday, it was caused the by EC2 instance on which the site is hosted going offline  for some unknown reason. It had restarted soon after but all the data in the instance storage had gone miss ...

CouchDB or Java which one should I hate?

Nov. 13, 2010, 3:20 a.m. cloud , JavaScript , lame , nosql , SQL

Never been a fan of RDBMS no sirree. But that has never stopped me from using them (but with many repitions of the phrase 'databases suck'). Then along came non relation databases and then no-sql. For a while I had to modify my phrase to 'SQL Databases suck'. But it wasn't long before I started dabb ...

More on CDNs

July 7, 2010, 11:51 a.m. cloud

CDNs exists because it's widely believed that they help speed up website load times by distributing static content to locations that are geographically closer to the user. However this might actually slow things down for some users. Typically you can use tools such as Firebug, Chrome Developer Tools ...

Content Distribution Networks any good?

July 2, 2010, 11:14 a.m. broadband , cloud

CloudFront, built upon Amazon S3 is a useful cloud hosting solution because there are no monthly commitments. You pay for the bandwidth you use. Well you do end up paying twice for bandwidth unless you are smart enough to use proper cache control mechanisms. Even then CloudFront is probably more sui ...

Cloud Hosting : Making sense of the pricing

April 17, 2010, 11:07 a.m. cloud , virtualization

With many companies entering the cloud hosting market, competition is hotting up. So much so that the most recognizable name in the game, Amazon EC2 has had to reduce their prices several times and recently introduced a cut rate spot pricing model. Competition specially for the entry level packages ...

Twitter over capacity and SimpleDB Errors

April 5, 2010, 3:40 p.m. cloud , twitter

As I write this, 'Twitter is over capacity'. The fail whale as it's popularly known is flying with the help of a few tweety birds. In between reloads the broken robot (or is that an  alien) with the 'Something is technically wrong' message also pops up. By quite a coincidence, simpleDB, Amazon's cl ...

Centos 5.4 , PHP 5.3 and Harvard Referencing.

March 1, 2010, 11:45 a.m. Centos , cloud , deadinedue , virtualization

A couple of days back, we did an update to Deadlinedue, the Harvard reference generator, the moment the database was updated and the new code was put in place, PHP started segfaulting. It was time to decide whether to roll back or press forward. I chose the latter and it resulted in the site been of ...