netdata: A remarkable server monitoring utility.

I wanted to write a short introduction to a tool that I’ve been using a lot on my newest servers and development projects. This tool seriously provides the most amazing way of monitoring and comprehending your server’s performance and other metrics that I’ve seen in such a simple, lightweight installation. Here’s the current RAM utilization of my server, thanks to netdata: From the readme: netdata is a system for distributed real-time performance and health monitoring. It provides unparalleled insights, in real-time, of everything happening on the system it runs (including…

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Amazon Cloud Drive Sync clients for Windows and Mac now available for download

I don’t know about you, but my impression of Amazon Cloud Drive has always been somewhat negative due to the fact that you couldn’t sync the files with your PC after you uploaded them. I mean, this completely defeated the purpose of having that type of storage for a lot of people. Normal sync clients like Dropbox and even OwnCloud were proven better solutions than an account with Amazon Cloud Drive with Unlimited storage.   Last time I checked, the Amazon-provided Cloud Drive client for Windows would only let you…

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Cloud Hosting: Digital Ocean vs Vultr vs Linode

It’s probably not a hot debate, but among popular cloud hosting providers Digital Ocean, Vultr, and Linode, what you get for your dollar really varies. I’ve taken three popular cloud hosting providers (based upon my opinions and experience) and compared them to determine which service I might utilize for standard cloud VM deployment. Not only do the immediate offerings matter (such as resources and prices) but datacenter location and flexibility of working within a provider’s environment is also extremely important. Part One: Plans/Packages Digital Ocean: With Digital Ocean, $5/month will get you 1…

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