/ provides very low capacity    \
| Linux shell accounts: for $1 per        |
| month, you get about 500mb of storage   |
| and 500mb of data transfer. You can use |
| it for low traffic CGI scripts,         |
| IRC bots like eggdrop, IRC bouncers     |
| like ZNC, screen sessions,              |
| somewhere to ping or telnet or          |
| traceroute from, ipv6, vhosts, finger   |
| and a bunch of other stuff.             |
|                                         |
| You can host secondary DNS and MX here. |
|                                         |
| You can log in with SSH or              |
| an in-browser terminal using your       |
| Google account.                         |
|                                         |
| is an experimental            |
| service run by Ben Clifford             |
| of CQX Limited.                         |
|                                         |
| Drop into on                 |
| or look at recent      |
\ channel activity.                       /
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
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                ||     ||
Count of users who are running processes and logged in

ZNC hosting offers ZNC hosting accounts. Instead of having to configure a shell account, set up public keys, and configure ZNC from the commandline, you can request a ZNC account. Your account will be set up with ZNC built in, and you'll get told a URL and password for ZNC webadmin.

Use the regular signup page, but also email with your username, and request that your account be configured for ZNC.

finger server with cgi-like functionaity is now running efingerd as a finger server. Rather than display general information about a particular user, it will instead invoke .efingerd in that user's home directory and return the output. So users can have custom dynamically generated finger information. Note that if you finger from on s0 itself, you'll get the usual finger information unless you finger user@localhost.

For example:

Welcome, people who are reading the login MOTD

News items off the front page now appear at shell login time, in the motd. Welcome, people who read the motd but never visit the website.

You can also get this news feed via rss.

resized and rebooted was just rebooted into a larger virtual machine. This means it should be OK to compile things now... You can read about making your bots start at reboot automatically here.

One time passwords (HOTP/TOTP)

You can now log into using HOTP/TOTP one time passwords, for example using Google Authenticator on your Android, iPhone or BlackBerry phone; or a hardware token or even a printed list kept in your wallet. Using this, you can log in from machines even when you don't have ssh keys handy, or even using the browser-based login.

scheduled reboot 25th Jan 2012

There will be a scheduled reboot of at 12:00 (noon) UTC on the 25th of January, 2012.

The purpose of this is to boot into a new larger virtual machine, which should allow more CPU intensive tasks such as compiling.

Scheduled reboot Monday 14th November 2011, 20:00 UTC

There will be a scheduled reboot and short maintenance period on at Monday 14th November 2011, 20:00 UTC
This is the first reboot in over 3 months.

Check out @reboot in man 5 crontab to see how to get your services to start up automatically at boot. Or visit on for help setting that up.

Almost a whole week outage

Well, was offline for almost a week - from Sunday 7th august 2011 to just now on Friday August 12th.

The data centre in Ireland where is hosted was hit by lightning, and the hosting provider (ec2) had subsequent problems restoring the file system.

Hopefully almost everything should be restored now, though there were some fsck errors.

I will add one week of credit onto all accounts.

accepting wepay

I just saw, so I set up an online store where you can buy 6 month blocks of access - the 6-month rounding is due to the higher fees they charge than PayPal micropayments.


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