Outside connection refused | August Server Pricing Report | Highlights from Industry News

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Subject: Outside connection refused | August Server Pricing Report | Highlights from Industry News
Date: August 18th 2021

August 18th 2021

Connection refused from outside of network

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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August 2021 Server Parts Pricing Report

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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This week's news roundup

  • Amazon wins $10B NSA contract while Microsoft protests rejection - Amazon Web Services won a contract last week with the National Security Agency. Last month, Microsoft had filed a bid protest with the GAO after being rejected for the opportunity. The contract award followed a dispute over a Pentagon contract (worth a similar amount) that was "given to Microsoft before getting bogged down in lawsuits and ultimately scrapped."
  • T-Mobile says it is investigating a forum post claiming to be selling a mountain of personal data. The data includes social security numbers, phone numbers, names, physical addresses, unique IMEI numbers, and driver licenses information, the seller said. Motherboard has seen samples of the data, and confirmed they contained accurate information on T-Mobile customers.
  • Cloudflare introduces biometrics as CAPTCHA alternative - For those of us who dislike having to deal with CAPTCHA when accessing sites (and there's certainly a few of us on WHT that complain about it) Cloudflare announced last week that biometric authenticators can now be used by Cloudflare users on many mobile devices, moving a step towards ending the endless loops of selecting buses, traffic lights, and convoluted word diagrams that we have to endure.

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