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TrueAbility Linux Showdown 8

Want to flex your scripting skills? Also want a chance to win awesome prizes?  If so, you should compete in Linux Showdown 8: “The Assembler” that TrueAbility is hosting! TrueAbility was built with tech professionals in mind and has a vast community of Linux members. Everything from Linux challenges and self-assessments, to blog posts and […]

My.cnf tuning – Avoid this common pitfall!

Disclaimer: The article below does not contain any new or ground breaking my.cnf advice, but rather is a reminder of MySQL’s very own guidelines and recommendations. That said, be careful and don’t rewrite your entire my.cnf at once. It took me some time to decide the title for this article. MariaDB has been fast replacing MySQL as a growing number […]

Raspberry Pi 2 Overclock

Some of you may remember my old overclocking post for Raspberry Pi. I’m still obsessed with performance. So this post seeks to overclock the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. Squeezing out some extra performance without compromising stability. It’s highly recommended that you use a capable power supply with 2 amps or better. I recommend something like is this dual […]

The Sony Hack: An Inside Job. Here’s why…

From day one, as details leaked about stolen system administrator passwords, many of us knew that the Sony Hack had to have been an inside job. The simple reason is that system administrators setup notifications for both denied login attempts and more importantly, alerts for successful logins. These hackers reportedly stole a “System’s Administator’s password” which […]

Your Web Host Doesn’t Want You To Read This: Benchmark Your VPS

There are several Linux benchmarking tools available. However, this article will highlight using the ‘dd’ Unix command to benchmark your Linux server. ‘dd’ requires no downloads and can quickly alert you to performance bottlenecks and/or prompt you to perform additional benchmarks using other tools mentioned below. Are you hosted on a Cloud, VPS or Dedicated server and […]

Use atop for Linux server performance analysis, here’s why.

We’re all familiar with top, a real-time system monitor. Some prefer htop and recently I mentioned iotop but for disk read/write monitoring. Today, I wanted to highlight another popular tool for Linux server performance analysis… atop. Atop is an ASCII full-screen performance monitor which can log and report the activity of all server processes. One feature I really like […]