Getting around Starhub’s crappy home gateway.

So you had a really awesome router, that had no issue with delivering a working signal into your room, or where ever your computer is. It has been working for a long time. And one day, Starhub turns up saying that fibre is better, and they have a really awesome home gateway that they will give you for free, and you believed that crap. And you upgrade. And now, your home gateway disconnects every couple of minutes, and you can't even achieve the speeds you used to, and the really awesome optical fiber box refuses…

Why I’m switching from AlienVPS to DigitalOcean

So I've been a cloud nomad. 4 (or 3) years ago, I started thinking about hosting my blog, and using that as a motivation to pick up web programming. I bought the cheapest plan over at SingaporeHost.sg. 5GB disk space for SGD$8 a month. In fact, the earliest version of this blog was hosted there. After looking around, due to the fact that I decided I need to learn more than how to do programming in PHP, coupled with the fact that AWS had their 1 year free trial, I jumped over. Little did I…

Cheap US servers for OpenVPN from Singapore

Just some background stuff that might be useful in future for myself =P. [Update 1: DigitalOcean now has VPS in San Fran (Link] 2 main options, AlienVPS and DigitalOcean Specs AlienVPS AlienVPS DigitalOcean (New York) DigitalOcean (San Fran) Ping 267ms 250ms 409ms 200ms Download Speed 1.28Mbps 1.35Mbps 1.35Mbps 1.35Mbps Upload Speed 0.62Mbps 0.74Mbps 0.34Mbps 0.78Mbps Price USD$15/year USD$4 a month USD$5/month USD$5/month [Note, just figured out my test environment, NUS, actually caps traffic, hence the speeds are all pretty slow] However, despite AlienVPS looking better on network end, they use OpenVZ to virtualise. Result is…

Upgrading your mSATA SSD on the Thinkpad Twist

Got a 128GB mSATA SSD for my Thinkpad, as my cache read percent was consistently under 10%. Writing this post because I could not find any documentation online about replacing your mSATA SSD online. So, a couple of things you need to know about replacing the mSATA SSD on your Thinkpad Twist The cache partition has a limit of 32GB You still need to set aside space (Size of your RAM + a bit more space[I gave it an extra 256MB]) for Intel Rapid Start Technology(RST) (The thing that makes Windows start up faster and…

Setting up OpenVPN on a CentOS server and Windows8

So I'm bored of using SSH Tunneling. Plus the fact that when I open too many connections, it sometimes dies. So I decided today morning that I will set up a VPN service that I can use to connect securely to the net that is actually designed for this (plus the fact it made the forwarding global helped too). So my server is technically a OpenVZ server hosted by Alienlayer, with 512MB RAM and 2 2Ghz cores over in Las Vegas. Expected installation to be a breeze, a couple of yum install commands and I'd…