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Friendship ended with vultr


A few months ago I switch hosting providers from Vultr to Servercheap after someone recommended it in the comments on Luke's video. I compared the pricing and the cheapest plan Servercheap has available comes out to 2.50 a month (if you pay quarterly) for a vps with similar specs to Vultr's $5.00/mo plan. Here's a comparison:

Vultr: 1 cpu thread, 1GB of ram, 25GB of storage, 1TB of bandwidth

Servercheap: 1 cpu thread, 1GB of ram, 30GB of storage, unmetered bandwidth,

Another upside to servercheap I discovered while I was setting everything up is that my server's ip address isn't blacklisted by Micro$oft and (cr)Apple's normie garbage email services that my dumb (I'm joking) friends and their dumb friends use for some reason. I previously tried to get my Vultr server's ip cleared but to no avail, which leads me to believe either a previous owner of that ip address did some serious email spam work or Microsoy and Apple have large parts (if not all) of Vultr's ip range blacklisted. And it's not like the messages only got sent to the spam folder, they straight up wouldn't even send. Brilliant.

Anyway, the only downside I've noticed is Servercheap doesn't offer ipv6 addresses, but I couldn't actually see myself really needing one of those any time soon, so whatever. I'm really glad I found this because it alleviates one of the issues I was having with running a mail server, but I also get to save some money, which is nice since I don't have a job so I rely on the few dollars allowance I get from my parents each week and birthday/Christmas money. I should really just get a wagecuck job soon and stop relying on neetbux to pay for this crap, lol.

Sat, 22 Jan 2022 12:26:37 -0500

Save time and bandwidth when updating multiple arch/artix boxes


Yesterday I started playing around with sharing package caches between my computers to save time and bandwith when installing and updating programs. My idea is to only install and update programs from the internet on 1 computer, then all of the others can pull from that computer's cache of installed packages. This can be done either by using rsync to keep the /var/cache/pacman/pkg folders on multiple machines, or you can share that folder with samba or nfs, and mount that share on the other computer. The arch wiki has a page about this where is figured this out here. There's a lot more useful information in that page as well that I'd recommend checking out as well. While bandwidth isn't an issue for me as of now, it's still nice to know if my setup were to ever change to where I am working with a limited ammount of bandwidth. It also saves a bunch of time when updating subsequent machines since it only has to download packages over the LAN instead of from the internet.

Last week I also started using the linux-lts kernel instead of the bleeding edge. Because all of the hardware I'm using is at least 5 years old, I don't need to stay up to date with the latest kernel release. Literally nothing signifigant changes from 1 kernel release to the next. This also saves quite a bit of bandwidth as well since lts kernel releases only occur once a year or so.

I republished the last post because I forgot to put the body in paragraph tags so that's why it doesn't show up. oops :p

Wed, 05 Jan 2022 18:06:54 -0500