Update to VPS Drama

*** UPDATE: 01/17/19 11:08 PM –>  Man, this is still an ongoing issue. They are choosing to completely ignore me and have not issued the refund or attempted a dialogue with me on this issue.

I mean other than, we can move your vps to another server but really, why? It was horrible to begin with. This new VPS provider, I have had 0 issues.

*** UPDATE: 12/26/18 8:19 PM –>  More updates to this issue, asked for a refund (they took almost 11+ days to respond 1 time – UNACCEPTABLE), they said they completed my request and when I pressed them for how much they refunded me, they asked to move my VPS to another server.

In all honesty they should have done this from the start and they should have been proactive prior to me having these issues but again its now about principle.

*** UPDATE 12/9/2018 6:59 PM –> So an update to this drama. Since the time I have gotten the VPS it has gone down quite a few times and on top of that, I have since submitted a ticket to cancel my account and refund the remaining balance to me.

In retrospect, I serve no one but myself and I blog for no other reason than to voice my own opinion to only myself so why do I bother insisting that the VPS be up as long as possible?

That’s a good question and one that I ask myself everyday that I  get a response, is it worth it? Probably not but now its all a matter of principle. I submitted it therefor I should get some response. Very much like if I send an email I expect a  response even if its to say, yeah we hear you or we understand.

BUT I haven’t gotten anything. Not one word and that’s making me NOT happy to stay with this company but they are cheap which I guess feeds into the adage, you get what you pay for.

(The thing with Linux is that once you get it all configured, which can take some time, it stays configured and you don’t really have to maintain it after that.)

VPS Drama

Not that it really matters to the one person who looks at these blogs this is more for historical recordings than anything else.

Yesterday I got notified that my VPS wasn’t accessible since 9am pst. I woke up and looked at it for about an hour before I gave up and shut it down.

After a few hours I spent a good portion of the time before going to work, to look at what might be the issue. I turned off caching off my provider, I put it in development mode and still the same thing. I flushed all my firewall rules and still the same issue. When I listed my rules I thought I figured out what the issue was but as it turns out it was not it . What I thought had happened was someone was spoofing 0.0.0.0 and tricked my firewall to block everything but then realized that anywhere = 0.0.0.0/24.

Right before I went to work I sent a ticket to the VPS provider and got back a typical response, did you do anything on your vps? I mean if I did I wouldn’t have made a fuckin ticket and ask you whats wrong!

So I wrote back and said, no I didn’t but really wanted to say THFUCK!!

Anyways a little back and forth later they said OK we resolved the issue, literally when I was walking back and forth between my personal PC and work PC so I knew they found something because I got the notification.

So I asked them, what did they do to resolve the issue. There response really pissed me off.

We have resolved issue now.

How was this resolved?

There is issue with iptables.

With my iptables? If so what was it you changed?

There is seems your vps ip blocked with our server iptables. If you failed with login’s or other reason it will blocked our firewall system.

I don’t understand, please provide more details. So are you saying that someone attempted to log into my vps and failed and your iptables blocked my whole vps ip?

Which service was this triggered from? I don’t have my sshd on a standard port and I have no record of failed logins from that time frame.

There is no log from our end. We suggest kindly try to secure your vps. <– This comment really pissed me off the most as I spent a good 2 weeks securing my vps.

I am confused. Did you clear a rule from your iptables or mine?
IF yours, please provide what IP triggered the rule to go into effect.
IF mine, please provide what rule you cleared.

We didn’t clear any IP tablets from our and your end.We just allowed your IP in our server caused you have tried login many times but it seems failed and your iP was blocked in our server so we allowed your IP that’s it.

This still does not clear up the issue and I still do not understand what you mean because you are not providing me with enough details. At one point you moved my IP to your firewall so now I am asking that you please remove my IP from your firewall.

I do appreciate you doing what you can to help mitigate attacks but this incident is clearly not an ideal solution and I am not happy with the current answers and I feel that this will happen again if not researched properly.

You are assuming that I do not have a secure VPS which is an inaccurate statement based on an assumption.

So since you feel my VPS is not secure, what more do I need to do?

If you do not feel like answering my questions then please escalate this to someone who can.

As we checked your vps ip blocked in our server firewall due to failed SSH login. Now your vps online and working fine.

That is still not clear based on what I already wrote.

Why would you be monitoring port 22 on my IP then blocking it when there are failed logins? I am already doing the blocking and I am not even running sshd on port 22.
Why would you also assume I have a insecure VPS based on failed logins?
Why would you block my whole IP and all services based on failed logins in which I do not have any control over?

Failed logins are going to happen especially if no one else has access and they want to gain access without my permission.

There is more reason to blocked your vps ip in our firewall like poor SMTP, Dos attack, SyN footling. We can’t predict exact reason we can’t get any log from our end. We already told you about it. May be your vps ip blocked in our fire wall as we mention like those reason’s, We already unblocked your vps ip from our end. Other wise we can’t help from our end regarding this issue.

The lack of proper English makes me suspect they are not located in America.

An example of what I am talking about, Syn footllng = Syn flooding

So in the end they really did not answer any of my questions.

WHY would MY firewall effect there firewall in anyway???? It would not. So this reason is really stupid and lame and a non answer.

 

 

Funny story on the way home

I typically take the back roads home as I can go 55+ without signal lights, in most cases the on-coming traffic will use there high beams to see the road better.

One day I got tired of all of the high beams in my eyes so the next time I saw high beams I reached to the right side of my steering wheel and flashed my brights, they continued with there high beams on so I pulled on the right side of my steering wheel to also blind them.

As I was driving past them I realized it started to rain and I could barely see in the dark and the windshield wipers came on, I thought that was weird because I didn’t flip the right handle.

I then realized that because it was the RIGHT handle and not the LEFT, all I managed to do was clean my wind shield and not blind the on coming traffic.

It wasn’t raining after all. DOH!

Monster World: Hunter for PC

Well I got this game with a friend and man O man is it hard. We spent like 2 hours trying to figure out how to join as a party, it shouldn’t be that hard.

I discussed this with my co-worker and he gave me shit for playing a game that didn’t hand hold you. He is a jerk!

NextCloud Drama…kinda

NextCloud is like your own dropbox type of environment, I thought, kewl I can install it and then start to migrate over all of my dropbox and gdrive content.

Yeah well in my head that was the idea and it was grand, there was also naked ladies dancing around as well.

First iteration, I was running the older version of FreeNAS so the plugin was really old (v10), I read that if you upgrade it it breaks so its best just to start with a new version (at this time its v14).

Second iteration was running a script, and it did everything for you and I mean everything so I choose to run it but then I found I could not connect to it from my internal lan.

Third-Six iteration was going back and forth between the plugin and the script trying to figure out why each one took so much work. Each had some work I needed to perform. The plugin required I update and install SSL for nginx and I had a hard time figuring that out so I abandoned it.

Seventh iteration I decided to stick with and post on various forums and I got 0 answers to my questions. This is super frustrating. I must have a website site dedicated to me that says, if this guy asks a question act like you don’t know the answer when you really do because that will just cheese him off and we all find that funny. HA HA HA, jerk!

As it happens, NordVPN has a black Friday sale on there VPN services so I decided to use that. This resolves my issue but still rather expensive solution to run my own cloud setup, however if you break down the numbers its cheaper in the long run.

I did check the forum for the script install and the author is slowly pointing me in the direction I think I need to go.

Project Stream

Well I got accepted into the beta, I can see this being the future but sadly the ISP caps would ruin the fun if that’s what the future brings. I have seen a lot of comments that they easily eat through 15Gb per day playing streaming games AND that Comcrap starts to BW limit those that do.

Sexism post in Twitter

Too bad I can’t vote for what will define my newsfeed the coming two years. My advice for anyone of any color: vote for a woman.

This is a wrong message to spread. Hey lets vote for a woman regardless if they are qualified because, woman. Isn’t this THE exact same thing everyone else are crying about only in reverse? Hey vote for a man because, man.

This is reverse sexism plain and simple which is just as wrong.

Portableapps.com

I found this by mistake and thought, hey maybe this will save me a little time if I have to work on another pc/laptop. So for a week I started to use Chrome and Firefox from my dropbox. I started to notice little inconsistencies like, chrome always asking to login to google and some of my extensions would be corrupted like everyday.

It didn’t feel like I was saving time so I went back to what I was doing before and that’s downloading the apps I use. Now I am not so sure running portable apps is work it.

VPS Drama

Not that it really matters to the one person who looks at these blogs this is more for historical recordings than anything else.

Yesterday I got notified that my VPS wasn’t accessible since 9am pst. I woke up and looked at it for about an hour before I gave up and shut it down.

After a few hours I spent a good portion of the time before going to work, to look at what might be the issue. I turned off caching off my provider, I put it in development mode and still the same thing. I flushed all my firewall rules and still the same issue. When I listed my rules I thought I figured out what the issue was but as it turns out it was not it . What I thought had happened was someone was spoofing 0.0.0.0 and tricked my firewall to block everything but then realized that anywhere = 0.0.0.0/24.

Right before I went to work I sent a ticket to the VPS provider and got back a typical response, did you do anything on your vps? I mean if I did I wouldn’t have made a fuckin ticket and ask you whats wrong!

So I wrote back and said, no I didn’t but really wanted to say THFUCK!!

Anyways a little back and forth later they said OK we resolved the issue, literally when I was walking back and forth between my personal PC and work PC so I knew they found something because I got the notification.

So I asked them, what did they do to resolve the issue. There response really pissed me off.

We have resolved issue now.

How was this resolved?

There is issue with iptables.

With my iptables? If so what was it you changed?

There is seems your vps ip blocked with our server iptables. If you failed with login’s or other reason it will blocked our firewall system.

I don’t understand, please provide more details. So are you saying that someone attempted to log into my vps and failed and your iptables blocked my whole vps ip?

Which service was this triggered from? I don’t have my sshd on a standard port and I have no record of failed logins from that time frame.

There is no log from our end. We suggest kindly try to secure your vps. <– This comment really pissed me off the most as I spent a good 2 weeks securing my vps.

I am confused. Did you clear a rule from your iptables or mine?
IF yours, please provide what IP triggered the rule to go into effect.
IF mine, please provide what rule you cleared.

We didn’t clear any IP tablets from our and your end.We just allowed your IP in our server caused you have tried login many times but it seems failed and your iP was blocked in our server so we allowed your IP that’s it.

This still does not clear up the issue and I still do not understand what you mean because you are not providing me with enough details. At one point you moved my IP to your firewall so now I am asking that you please remove my IP from your firewall.

I do appreciate you doing what you can to help mitigate attacks but this incident is clearly not an ideal solution and I am not happy with the current answers and I feel that this will happen again if not researched properly.

You are assuming that I do not have a secure VPS which is an inaccurate statement based on an assumption.

So since you feel my VPS is not secure, what more do I need to do?

If you do not feel like answering my questions then please escalate this to someone who can.

As we checked your vps ip blocked in our server firewall due to failed SSH login. Now your vps online and working fine.

That is still not clear based on what I already wrote.

Why would you be monitoring port 22 on my IP then blocking it when there are failed logins? I am already doing the blocking and I am not even running sshd on port 22.
Why would you also assume I have a insecure VPS based on failed logins?
Why would you block my whole IP and all services based on failed logins in which I do not have any control over?

Failed logins are going to happen especially if no one else has access and they want to gain access without my permission.

There is more reason to blocked your vps ip in our firewall like poor SMTP, Dos attack, SyN footling. We can’t predict exact reason we can’t get any log from our end. We already told you about it. May be your vps ip blocked in our fire wall as we mention like those reason’s, We already unblocked your vps ip from our end. Other wise we can’t help from our end regarding this issue.

The lack of proper English makes me suspect they are not located in America.

An example of what I am talking about, Syn footllng = Syn flooding

So in the end they really did not answer any of my questions.

WHY would MY firewall effect there firewall in anyway???? It would not. So this reason is really stupid and lame and a non answer.

 

 

Reblogging Regret?

UPDATE: 10/25/18 7:21 PM –>  Alrighty, new laptop came in and so far so good. Tested the thunderport display and this time no green dots all over the place. Lets hope it lasts longer. So Amazon actually came through for once.

Updated Regret?

UPDATE: 10/24/18 4:27 AM –>  Well I just got an email from Amazon and it basically said, please send back the laptop then we will take care of you. I didn’t like this answer so I chatted with them and “supposedly” they are sending me a replacement by tomorrow as an exception. I am not sure why this needed to be tagged as an exception but whatever. I am also doubtful that I will get a replacement tomorrow so we will see.

Update: 10/24/18 01:57 AM –> Well I got the laptop today. Took it to work and connected the thunderbolt display and saw green pixels all over the screen.

Changed monitors, still there.

Jiggled the cables, still there.

Hooked the cable to a different laptop and no green pixels which means that it is not a cable issue.

So I selected the replacement process for a new laptop, if this one is bad I will return that one and get a different brand.

I mean I could just not use it but some time down the road I will want to use it and remember that this is defective, why have something new that’s defective even a little?

UPDATE: 10/22/18 3:14 PM –>  I see that it was shipped! Hurray!!

Update: 10/21/18 09:49 PM –> Well still no shipping update, I am hoping that when I wake up there will be some sort of change. In the mean time I find myself really bored without it, I normally take it to work as I have some downtime so now I have to find stuff to do.

Update: 10/19/18 03:39 PM –> and that’s what I was expecting.

Update 10/19/18 12:55 –> Still haven’t got an sms saying its being sent out but still says delivery for today.

UPDATE: 10/18/18 6:32 PM –>  Hmmmm just noticed that the chat transcript that I wanted emailed to me never made it, now I’m wondering if this is going to bite me in the ass.

UPDATE: 10/18/18 3:34 PM –>  So it all began day before yesterday. I shut down my laptop to go home and noticed that it took a long time to shut down, where before it would hardly take any time. I booted it up and everything was really really slow. I messed around then I walked away for a while so the screen went into power saving mode. I noticed that all the lights were on where before, when it would go into sleep mode, they would be off. I attempted to wake it up and it would not wake up.

When I restarted it, it said there was a problem and then I noticed that the main NVME drive wasn’t being detected. Dang!!

So now I don’t know if this is a drive issue or a laptop issue with that connector.

I know for a fact that I am 2 weeks past the 30 days with Amazon but I thought I would try them and see what they say, surprisingly they said they would take it back for a full refund and said to buy another, which is what I did. Another surprise is I had the option to get it next day. So more updates to follow, although I don’t see a shipping text on my phone.

Now I just have to remove the extra memory and the larger NVME I installed in it.

Regret?

I sold my old laptop which was very thick and weighed about 10lbs, this proved to be a challenge when I would take my laptop to work and I rode my bike, so I finally got a new thinner gaming laptop which isn’t even a 1/2 inch thick and less than 4 lbs.

My regret is that it heats up near where you place your hand to play the game but I guess that is the trade off? As it happens it does not like the new Nvidia drivers at all and crashes games, at least the ones I like to play so I am now using some older driver that’s not optimized for this version of card. Kinda regretting the decision to go with this type of laptop but I am committed, at least for a while.

UPDATE: 10/07/18 10:47 PM –>  So as I am sitting here reading this post, since the time of the original post I have gone and successfully installed 411.70 mobile version and it has been running stable so the only remaining regret I have is that I have to buy a laptop cooler that sits under the laptop. It does seem to help..at least a little bit or I think it does. Maybe its a placebo effect?