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Easy, Cheap and Robust Cloud Hosting Solution from Digital Ocean

For the past couple of years I have been hosting with Hostgator. I was a happy customer until the acquisition by EIG. In the past 2 months my blog was down for almost two days. I really wanted another cheap and best solution for hosting my website. Another thing is the response time has gone so bad over the months. When you goto their website for support you have to wait for 30 to 45 minutes for the technical guy to come up say something. So I decided to part away from hostgator for bad service and being very expensive.

Last week my friend Ambarish recommended a new cloud based hosting service from DigitalOcean. First I was very sceptical about this cloud as I tried hosting my site with same configuration on Amazon Cloud and did not get good result. But I though let me give a try. So I migrated my blog and did a test run for couple of days and I am pretty happy with it.

Some of the best features I like about DigitalOcean

  • Very easy to create an instance. (Droplets)
  • You have very good list of configuration to choose for the instance
  • The instance can be loaded at 6 different location. I choose Amsterdam as I wanted my instance to be high all the time 😉
  • You can boot the instance from variety of images
    • Fresh Linux Distributions
    • Pre build Linux Distributions with custom application like WordPress, LAMP, Ruby, GitLab etc
    • Your own custom images
    • Your existing backup images
    • Even from recently destroyed images
  • Automated Snapshot backup etc.

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The journey with DigitalOcean has been really good. Will be updating more on how to related to DigitalOcean and some stats in a months time. They are giving away 10$ credit for every referral I make. Please click on the banners in this blog post if you wish to get a new account. You will be supporting me on my hosting cost for this blog 😉

New in Town – Cubieboard3 aka CubieTruck

Cubietruck is the 3rd board of Cubieteam, we also name it Cubieboard3. It’s a new PCB model adopted with Allwinner A20 main chip, the same with Cubieboard2. But it is enhanced with some features, such as 2GB memory, VGA display interface on-board, 1000M NIC, WIFI+BT on-board, support Li-battery and RTC, SPDIF audio interface.

Features

  • Allwinner Tech A20 SOC
  • SATA supported
  • 54 extended pins
  • Built-in HDMI/ VGA display interface
  • Built-in WIFI+BT module
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Built-in IR receiver
  • SPDIF audio interface

Specifications

  • Allwinner Tech SOC A20 ARM® Cortex™-A7 Dual-Core ARM® Mali400 MP2 Complies with OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1
  • 2GB DDR3@480MHz
  • HDMI&VGA 1080P display output on-board
  • 10M/100M/1G Ethernet
  • WIFI + BT wireless connection with antenna on-board
  • SATA 2.0 interface support 2.5’ HDD (for 3.5’ HDD, only need another 12V power input)
  • Storage solution NAND + MicroSD
  • 2 x USB HOST, 1 x OTG, 1 x SPDIF, 1 x IR, 4 x LEDs, 1 x Headphone, 3 x Keys
  • Power DC5V@2.5A with HDD support Li-battery & RTC
  • 54 extended pins including I2S, I2C, SPI, CVBS, LRADC x2,UART, PS2, PWM x2, TS/CSI, IRDA, LINEIN&FMIN&MICIN, TVIN x4 with 2.0 pitch connectors
  • PCB size 11cm *8cm*1.4mm

Received my board last week. Out of all the board I had tested so far this one is the most powerful I have tested. Really enjoying the performance so far but need to hack in more for the Bluetooth and other options which is built in the board. Will keep posted 🙂

UDOO – Quad Core Computer and powerful dedicated ARM for the GPIO

Yayy! Received my UDOO board today and it was total surprise. After so many weeks only today I had time to blog about the backed projects in Kickstater and I receive my first backed project delivery today 😉

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Kickstarter InfoUDOO is a very powerful board based on dual or quad core ARM cortex-A9 CPU with great performance both on Android and Linux OS, and a dedicated ARM processor for the GPIO. These are the main specifications:

  • Freescale i.MX 6 ARM Cortex-A9 CPU Dual/Quad core 1GHz
  • Integrated graphics, each processor provides 3 separated accelerators for 2D, OpenGL® ES2.0 3D and OpenVG™
  • Atmel SAM3X8E ARM Cortex-M3 CPU (same as Arduino Due)
  • RAM DDR3 1GB
  • 76 fully available GPIO
  • Arduino-compatible R3 1.0 pinout
  • HDMI and LVDS + Touch (I2C signals)
  • Ethernet RJ45 (10/100/1000 MBit)
  • WiFi Module
  • Mini USB and Mini USB OTG
  • USB type A (x2) and USB connector (requires a specific wire)
  • Analog Audio and Mic
  • SATA (Only Quad-Core version)
  • Camera connection
  • Micro SD (boot device)
  • Power Supply 12V and External Battery connector

I has the UDOO now and will post more details and benchmarks soon 😉

Resize Raspberry Pi Partition Easily Using raspi-config

I have been playing with my Raspberry Pi for couple of weeks now and recently I ran into this issue of low space. Even though I had 8GB memory card it was only partitioned to use 4GB. After Googling for sometime I found there is a built in tool with Raspberry Pi which helps to resize the partition easily ie raspi-config.

Please check if your Raspberry Pi is running on Debian GNU/Linux wheezy/sid

Start raspi-config

Select expand_rootfs

Raspberry Pi raspi-config screen 1

raspi-config will configure Raspberry Pi to resize the partition during next reboot

Raspberry Pi raspi-config screen 2

raspi-config will request to reboot

Raspberry Pi raspi-config screen 3

During reboot process you can see that partition is getting resized

Raspberry Pi Resize Boot Screen

Once reboot is completed you can see more space on your rootfs.

Raspberry Pi Partion Info

I think this is the best way to resize the partition. No data loss or any special tool required to complete this operation 😀

WHM / cPanel – Compile PHP 5.3 to work with PHP 5.2

This is one of major issue lot of web masters face now. As PHP 5.2 has reached end of life we are forced to seek options to migrate and test PHP applications in PHP 5.2 and 5.3. Raj COO from WebHostRepo.com has posted a nice blog post on how to achieve this.

Running PHP 5.3 along with PHP 5.2.x in cPanel servers.webhostrepo

I did all the steps as mentioned on the blog post except for one, I had a lengthier configure statement 😉

Install ZendGuardLoader

Edit /usr/local/php53/lib/php.ini and add these lines to end

Happy migration 😉

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