August 18th 2021
New WHTer arakomputer has a cheap CentOS VPS deal that he's rented for 2 years, and for some reason it's only accepting connections for web hosting purposes - HTTPd Apache ports 80 and 443, and MySQL. It was advertised as a web hosting server. He has root access and can yum install but each service he's installed refuses to connect from his home. For example, he's added OpenSSH, TigerVNC and other software but can't connect to any of them. Only Apache and MySQL accept connections from outside networks. He asks if there's some firewall filtering that he's not understanding. His host is declining to help, saying that the server is unmanaged and that he'd need to install additional applications (so he should be able to use them?), pay for support or switch to another service. So, can some of the technically-minded people of WHT help him figure out what's going on?
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Gabe has produced his next server parts pricing report for 2021. He tracks changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and then shared with WHT in a monthly report. Currently, all listed prices are from eBay, for used hardware, but he may start tracking more new hardware as well if there is a demand for it. Prices as of 17th August, 2021. The "noteworthy changes" comments at the end of the report are worth a read, noting how this month again there has been more significant decreases in a lot of parts as well as a solid increase in availability, most likely still attributed to a lot of people getting out of the crypto market and selling off their hardware.
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