Control the TV Volume with your Astro Remote Controller

When you have set your Astro Remote Controller to also control your television, you will be able to control the basic functions of your TV with your Astro Remote Controller, which is quite convenient. But if you don’t do it properly, you will not be able to use it to control the volume of your TV! Continue reading

Astro IPTV and Maxis Home Fibre

A couple of days ago, they came to install Astro B.yond IPTV and Maxis Home Fibre Internet in my home here in Malaysia. Astro‘s current promotion also offered me a choice of 3 different Internet connection speeds to choose from i.e. 10Mb/s, 20Mb/s or 30Mb/s. I settled for the smallest one at 10Mb/s, which is sufficient for me. Continue reading

Is MySQL Up?

These days I’m trying to develop a BASH script to help me copy quickly my MySQL database from my (live) remote site straight into my PC, where I do all my development work. Right at the top of the script I was writing, I needed a way for the script to figure out if the (development PC‘s) MySQL server (mysqld) was already started and running. And if not, to let me know. Continue reading

Managing sshd Brute-force Attacks with iptables

One effective method to mitigate brute-force attacks and attempts to break into your public server via the SSH daemon is to use the appropriate iptables rule that will handle such abuse. There are a couple that do the job really well but the one I personally use is one that works on both, dedicated and virtual, servers. Continue reading

Configuring iptables for Webmin Servers Index Module

Earlier today I implemented stricter iptables rules on this web server – finally completing one essential task I have been ignoring for so long. Minutes later, just when I was beginning to feel good about myself, on a remote server some place else, the Webmin System and Server Status module there was reporting that it could no longer access this server!

Damn. Continue reading