London UK Freelance Web Developer

Brother from another mother?

Alistair darling and lord Freud, separated at birth?

Separated at birth?

Separated at birth?

By |October 16th, 2014|Ramblings|0 Comments

Best trickshot of 2014


By |August 14th, 2014|Images|0 Comments

EthernetServers VPS 2GB RAM Rating

Incredible Linux Hosting

Incredible Linux Hosting

Here is the output of some tests I ran on ethernetservers mid price package, the VPS package came with.. 4 core 3.4Ghz CPU 60 GB RAID-10 disk space 60 GB off site backup storage, 2GB RAM + 2GB vSwap 2TB monthly bandwidth Details of their current Linux VPS packages are here. Below you can find a benchmark report from the Buffalo New York DC.

[root@bradmca ~]# wget -O - -o /dev/null|bash
CPU model : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v3 @ 3.40GHz
Number of cores : 4
CPU frequency : 3400.000 MHz
Total amount of ram : 2048 MB
Total amount of swap : 2048 MB
System uptime : 1 day, 7:29,
Download speed from CacheFly: 60.8MB/s
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta GA: 48.8MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 38.3MB/s
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, JP: 2.88MB/s
Download speed from, Rotterdam, NL: 1.60MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, NL: 47.7MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 7.08MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 5.82MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 22.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 11.7MB/s
I/O speed : 237 MB/s

Some Details on CPU

[root@bradmca ~]# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 60
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1240 v3 @ 3.40GHz
stepping : 3
cpu MHz : 3400.000

Also has two IP4 addresses, and ten IP6 addresses but I have no idea how to use them yet :), Here are some stats about disk read speed.

[root@bradmca ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=1GB.tmp bs=1024 count=1024k conv=fdatasync
1048576+0 records in
1048576+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 8.59887 s, 125 MB/s
[root@bradmca ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=1GB.tmp bs=1024 count=1024k conv=fdatasync
1048576+0 records in
1048576+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 6.3014 s, 170 MB/s
[root@bradmca ~]# dd if=/dev/zero of=1GB.tmp bs=1024 count=1024k conv=fdatasync
1048576+0 records in
1048576+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 6.12549 s, 175 MB/s

As for my expierience with it, support was awesome, setting up virtualmin and webmin for me for free. WordPress and MySQL are blisteringly fast and at their prices WHY THE HELL ARE PEOPLE BUYING SHARED HOSTING?!?!?!, except for support of course.. but for most people who just want a self hosted blog this is a super scalable solution for peanuts!, this is the 5th host I have tried in some 14 years and easily the fastest + best value **RECOMMENDED** If you are in the market for shared linux hosting, you can get all you are likely to need from as little as $2 a month (seriously… it’s as good as free at that price), a 1GB RAM, 2 core CPU,  1 TB transfer VPS will set you back a whopping $4 a month.. less than a couple of cups of crap coffee, or one “good” one.

By |July 30th, 2014|Recommendations|0 Comments

People should work together more

People work better when they work together… #Gaza should somehow do the same


By |July 30th, 2014|Ramblings|0 Comments

Have you been stung by ‘cowboy’ parking fines?

How to handle parking on private land

Have one of these?, read what to do next

You might have seen the signs in supermarket car parks, or outside McDonalds. Or maybe you didn’t, and you were unexpectedly hit with an entirely random charge for overstaying.

Well, so called ‘cowboy’ private parking firms are springing up everywhere – employed by high street companies to limit the time you can be in a car park eating your lunch or whatnot.

Here is some free advice if you have a parking charge notice as a result of parking on private land.

• The tickets (actually invoices) are issued for some alleged breach of contract. They must reflect a genuine reflection of loss to the company for the breach. E.g. if you are over time by 5 minutes, and they charge £1 an hour, their loss would amount to 5p. That is assuming they have a valid contract with the landowner (plenty don’t), and assuming any ‘loss’ is only due to the landowner not his parasitic parking company (which often applies).

• Ignoring was old advice. Most companies still do nothing but send threatograms and debt collection letters, but look at Parking Eye. They were recently bought by Capita and make THOUSANDS of court claims every year now. They have the budget to throw hundreds of thousands at claims now (even though they lose a very large number). They don’t mind spending £25 on a court claim now because they know it will scare most into paying and not defending. They are actually using the courts as a letter writing service now – why give £50 to a solicitor to write a letter when MoneyClaim is £25 and much more effective. This is a whole subject on its own.

So the advice now is to appeal to POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals) (after ‘appealing’ to the parking company and getting the inevitable rejection). This is free for the motorist but costs the parking company £27.

• Always use the magic words ‘THE CHARGE DOES NOT AMOUNT TO A GENUINE PRE-ESTIMATE OF LOSS’ with your POPLA appeal.

• Or simply use They charge £16 to take care of everything and will cover the ticket even if they lose at POPLA.

Finally, this isn’t a new scam – it’s been going on ever since the DVLA started selling keeper data to anybody who has £2.50. The DVLA trousers millions out of the whole con.

By |July 29th, 2014|Tips|0 Comments