0 Just a dead-simple local Vagrant LAMP stack for developers I discovered Scotch Box recently, brought to us by the folks at scotch.io. It actually looks like Nicholas Cerminara has done most of the work, or as least done all of the committing to GitHub. Here’s the Scotch Box announcement at the Scotch.io blog. After […]

0 Over the last few days, I’ve been looking at Apache web server logs, a lot, mostly quick checks for Shellshock probes and exploit attempts. All on client servers, thankfully. All of the servers I operate through DigitalOcean are patched up. It just so happens that all the sites I host have their DNS hosted […]

0 Multi-threading. Auto-cleanup. Cron optimized. There are a lot of neat tools people have built for DigitalOcean. The app I’m really in love with is DOSnapshot, and is hosted on GitHub. DOSnapshot does exactly what its name would suggest, it takes snapshots of your droplets. As of this post, I’m the only one that’s left […]

0 Search for common phrases related to SSH logins Papertrail is good for all types of things, I especially enjoy it because it makes finding problems quite easy. Another fun thing to do with Papertrail is see how many people are trying to either login to your server via ssh, or attack sshd itself. Find […]

0 Securely and remotely backup your server using Tarsnap Tarsnap is a great service. It’s extremely affordable and secure. I mentioned it briefly in my previous post about MySQL backups. Tarsnap is only $0.25 / GB-month for storage and $0.25 / GB for bandwidth, which is extremely affordable. You can add funds to your account […]