Posts Tagged ‘VPS’

TL;DR I thought I could put Squid in front of an SSH tunnel, but it can’t do that. Thankfully Polipo can do the trick. Why? I was quite happy when it was just spies that were allowed to spy on me (even if they might have been breaking the law by doing so), but I […]


Amazon have launched Lightsail, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) service to compete with companies like Digital Ocean, Linode and the multitude of Low End Box providers. The service bundles a basic Linux virtual machine with SSD storage and a bandwidth allowance. Pricing starts at $5/month with tiers by RAM allocation. Each larger configuration comes with […]


Not long after my friend and colleague Leslie Muller created his first virtual machine manager[1] we came to a realisation that the primary resource constraint was RAM (rather than CPU or storage). Virtual machines can quickly consume giant quantities of RAM, and that’s what we ended up carving up the underlying hardware by. Apparently the […]


Last week I saw that major credit card companies are blocking payments to VPN services: This is bad news if you want to protect your stuff online (or pretend that you’re in another country). One way to deal with this is to run your own VPN service in the cloud. This is of course of […]


3TB

30Dec12

When I have to move resources.pichimney.com (and its older predecessor openelec.thestateofme.com) to a new VPS I was using a little over 1TB of bandwidth per month. I found a plan with 3TB to give me a little head room. Christmas has obviously been busy with people getting new Pis and playing with OpenELEC – this […]


Moving house

22Sep12

For a few months now I’ve been offering OpenELEC release bundles and SD card images at openelec.thestateofme.com, and more recently I set up resources.pichimney.com to host a broader range of Raspberry Pi related downloads. The servers that I’ve been using were part of the BigV.io beta, so I’ve not been picking up the tab for […]


The 90 day free trial of Azure that I started so that I could describe how to build OpenELEC in the cloud is coming to a close. As I sit here once again waiting for my machine to reboot I don’t think I’ll miss it much when it’s gone. I’ve already written about my issues […]


In the first part of this howto I went through signing up for a cloud service, provisioning a VM, installing the build tools and kicking off a build. All being well you should end up with something like this: Azure can also give you a pretty chart of how busy the VM was during the build […]


When I got my Raspberry Pi pretty much the first thing I did with it was to put on OpenELEC, and excellent shrink wrapped package for XBMC. Initially I started compiling it myself on a local virtual machine (VM), but impatience got the better of me and I downloaded an image provided by somebody else. […]


Firstly let me say that I like Linode a lot. They had a promotion running a little while ago which got me going with my first virtual private server (VPS), and I only moved off to somewhere from lowendbox after the promotion because my needs are small (and I wanted to match my spend accordingly)[1]. […]