Musings

The Big 4-oh. 20 life lessons I’ve picked up since I rocked the crib

Red Bull Stratos

Image credit: The Verge

I take a break from the normal tech-type posts to pen some personal thoughts (somewhat philosophical too). Bear with me. (Thanks to grammar Nazi Andrew for spotting the error :p).

Wow. Has it really been that long? It felt like yesterday when my mom told me, “Don’t grow up so fast.” I was 16. My dad also told me once when I was 12, “You can do (achieve) anything if you put your mind into it.” Two of the most invaluable tips that I’ve lived by since. I’ve been blessed with an incredible family, amazing friends, a colourful career and a rewarding, eventful life thus far.

Here are some handy life lessons I’ve picked up along the way in my short time on earth (no aliens were involved in this exercise).
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Bigger, Better, Stronger and VPS-powered

Yeehaw

Image source: Funny Animal Pictures

It’s been a tough week. But a necessary one, we think. As you may have noticed, the site was unavailable for a week due to server-related issues. The principal reason being over-utilised server resources. This is the second time we’ve needed to upgrade in six months due to resource-related issues. Vernonchan.com is currently hosted with the awesome boys at Site5, alongside growing car sites The Car Guys Malaysia, Ignition.my, MegaLAP and SNF.my. We made a decision, and based on recommendations from our host, to move to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) in Dallas, Texas to better serve our readers. We apologise if the downtime has brought you grief. We thank you for your incredible patience and undying support. We’re bigger, better, stronger now. Yeehaw!

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Dealing with Malware

Malware

Image credit: Bankofmalware

Sorry for the lack of updates on the site. We’ve been battling a malware problem on our server. We’ve traced it back to August 2011, which was the date of infection. The malware exploits vulnerabilities in the TinyThumb plugin used by many WordPress themes. A backdoor script injects malware code into .js (Javascript files). We’ve put many, many man hours to clean up, backup and restore the server. We really have to thank Site5 (our hosts)Sucuri (security experts) and boys from CodeGarage.com who have assisted us along the way.

We will be monitoring from now on. For now, we’re all good!

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Love, Peace, Empathy. Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)

RIP, Kurt Cobain

Kurt Donald Cobain, lead singer and guitarist of grunge band Nirvana, was also known as “the spokesmen of a generation”, responsible for cult anthems like “Lithium”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and so much more. Nirvana was “the flagship band” of Generation X, but Cobain was often uncomfortable and frustrated with that label.
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