Removing WALinuxAgent from your Azure instance

Azure’s supplied Linux images come preinstalled with the Azure Linux Agent, a process that manages virtual machine interaction with the Azure Fabric Controller, such as providing the oh-so-useful availability status and the VM name to Azure. It also performs self-updates, by the way.

Installing Caddy as a service in your cloud instance

Caddy should be everyone’s server of choice. Especially lazy people, and that’s everyone. This blog is served by Caddy. It is a modern web server written in Go. It does automatic HTTPS configuration. TF is automatic you ask? Take this blog for example – if it were to run in Nginx, the config file would… Continue reading Installing Caddy as a service in your cloud instance

Google starts charging for public IPv4 addresses in GCP

If you have taken a look in your January 2020 invoice from your GCP subscription, you would notice a new line that resembles this: Compute Engine External IP Charge on a Standard VM: xxx.xxx Hours [Currency conversion: USD to SGD using rate 1.352] Edit: Google is currently discounting the public IP charges 100% for the… Continue reading Google starts charging for public IPv4 addresses in GCP

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AWS Lightsail US$3.5/mo instance reviewed

Network routing to China left quite a bit to be desired, congestion happens with a large number of packet loss during evening peak hours, typically from 8pm onwards. If your purpose of using Lightsail is to serve web content to an audience within China or is pulling contents from China servers, you may want to look elsewhere. Access to the rest of the world is good, as you would expect from an AWS data center.

Quick config and optimization of your cloud instance

So you’ve got your first Linux VM, hurray! Here is a quick prep guide to get it up to speed. In this example (and throughout this blog), I’ll assume you’re using the Debian-based Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – which is ideal as it comes with newer software packages and is quite a bit easier to manage… Continue reading Quick config and optimization of your cloud instance