MonthApril 2012

ISPConfig 3 Theme

Since I moved over to ISPConfig 3, I decided to create a theme for it. The theme was not that hard to create, and I am not sure that I did that great of a job on it. It looks way better than the default theme that comes with the control panel. You can find it over on my GitHub. I don’t want to waste my bandwidth on it because I don’t have a lot.

The repo can be found here: ISPConfig_Clean

Out of the LowEndBox Segment

For the past year and a half, I have run several sites on really low ram virtual servers. When I say low ram, I mean 128MB with a burst of 256MB. To be honest, this was fun for a little while, but it created a headache for me. I had about 7 or 8 boxes that I had to take care of, and I just don’t want to do it anymore. It is easy enough to login to them, but I hate trying to fix all the little issues that seem to pop up.

To cure this LowEndBox overload, I have gotten rid of all of them, and I have consolidated everything down to a single 1GB box. The monthly cost is essentially the same, and I only have to check on one box. I have also installed ISPConfig 3 on the box so that it is easier for me to manage them. If you need any hosting, just let me know. I can do it pretty easily, and you get a nice interface to do it with. It is easier than the command line that I was wrangling around with earlier.

Mass Emails to Sister-In-Law, Bad Idea…

So I had thought about playing a prank on my sister-in-law where I would send her thousands of emails in a day, and I finally did it yesterday. It turned out to not be such a good idea.

1. I got no reaction from her at all. I am not even sure that she got them, and it is not fun to prank someone who does not react. This is what happens when email providers bundle like messages together. I am sure that it only took here a matter of seconds to delete them all.

2. The script that I used was a simple cron script that does not know how to stop doing things. I could have planned it a little better, but I think that I have been prevented from sending email to GMail accounts because of spamming. I will wait to see if emails that I send are permitted through again.

3. The script created so many emails that it crashed my server. This graph will explain it all. The server had a load of close to a 100. That is really bad because it only has 1 core. Luckily, I was able to stop all the mail processes and empty the mail queue.

(The picture is no longer available. I am not running the monitoring server anymore!)

In the end, I learned that an email prank is extremely hard to pull-off with all the spam filtering and rate limiting that email providers do these days. I will find some other way to prank her, and I am sure that this one will get a reaction.