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3ix Scam: Looking for Feedbacks

Remember my post how 3iX scammed me of my money and actually got away with it? There had been a lot of comments about that post. The sad thing about it is 3iX is still in the business. Yep, they are still doing business scams.

How you ask? Well, it works like this:

You subscribe to their super duper cheap hosting service (as low as $1/mo). You type in your credit card number or paypal account and they charge you for a whole year of subscription. Then you start using their web hosting service, and so happy that you got an excellent deal.

Or so you thought.

Less than a year after you signed up, your website is now down, and the cpanel is inaccessible. You email them about your website and you get no response. So you go to their website and hit the chat button, which connects you to their “technical support representative”. With their less than below average English skill, they tell you that you have violated their “terms of service”. Of course, you ask them how in the world it happened when you only have a plain wordpress website with less than 10 readers per month? You wait for their answer, and they disconnect the chat.

Thinking that your internet line is crappy, you connect again to their chat support, engage with a technical representative who talks the same, spells the same, but with a different name. You tell them again your problem and they tell you again that you have violated their terms of service. Again, you ask why. And they tell you that you have a script on your site that brings their servers down, affecting other users.

Then you ask for logs and other evidences that prove their findings. They tell you they don’t have it. You ask why, they tell you their backup servers went down yesterday and they are still recovering the files. You ask them to bring your site back online until they can present a proof that your website (among probably thousands of other websites hosted on the same server) is the one bringing the server down. They tell you they can’t. Because they already deleted all your files and those files are in the backup server that went down yesterday.

Frustrated, you tell them that they suck and you will file a lawsuit against them. They say OK, and disconnects the chat. Two days later, you get an email from the 3iX guy that you need to pay them $150 for engaging a technical representative into troubleshooting your website, which caused the server to go berserk (did I mention that there are probably thousands of sites in that server, and he randomly picked you?).

Yes, this happens over and over and over again. And he is still in the business.

Are you one of those customers who paid 3iX for webhosting service? I would like to know your experience with them.

Are you one of those who got ripped off and is in the process of filing a class action suit against 3ix? I am interested!


How to Copy Terminal Session into a File

Have you ever wondered how to copy the output of your terminal into a text file? Or maybe you teach Linux and you want to see what your students typed in and as well as the output? You think that running history is not enough? Then you need the script command.

Running script command

Open the man page of script command and you will see this:

Script makes a typescript of everything printed on your terminal. It is useful for students who need a hardcopy record of an interactive session as proof of an assignment, as the typescript file can be printed out later with lpr(1).

In a nutshell, it is history and tee all rolled into one. It will record everything you see on your screen, even the color. So if you typed in an invalid command, you will see the error in the log or if you run it correctly, you will have the output. But commands like top that refreshes the screen at an interval will most likely ruin the session or the log, so try to avoid similar commands.

To use it, just type the command script and it will begin recording the session. Once you are done, just type exit.

This is script in action:

rai@host1:~> script -a /tmp/script_test.log

Script started, file is /tmp/script_test.log
rai@host1:~> ls /home
R20 r200 R21 rai xx19
rai@host:~> thisnotacommandbutirunitanyway
bash: thisnotacommandbutirunitanyway: command not found
rai@host1:~> exit
Script done, file is /tmp/script_test.log
rai@host1:~> cat /tmp/script_test.log
Script started on Mon 17 Jan 2011 06:24:12 PM PHT
rai@lhost1:~> ls /home
R20 r200 R21 rai xx19
rai@host1:~> thisnotacommandbutirunitanyway
bash: thisnotacommandbutirunitanyway: command not found
rai@host1:~> exit

Script done on Mon 17 Jan 2011 06:24:54 PM PHT

The example above shows that script was started with -a option meaning it will append the output the specified file.

A better way to do this is to use it together with mkfifo command:

On Terminal 1 (Student’s terminal):

rai@host1:~> mkfifo /tmp/script_test.fifo
rai@host1:~> script -f /tmp/script_test.fifo

On Terminal 2 (Teacher’s terminal, same machine):

rai@host1:/tmp> cat /tmp/script_test.fifo

The above scenario will perform the following:
1) On the Student’s terminal, it will create an named pipe /tmp/script_test.fifo (man mkfifo) then run the script command with the -f option that ‘flushes’ out the output after each run. The Student’s terminal will look like it is not responding at this point, but don’t worry, it is perfectly normal.
2) On the Teacher’s terminal, the command cat will read the output file. Once you run the cat command, the session will be started.

Try the above steps and see how each screen behaves. Check also if doing the script command will create a populated output file.


PinoyTux is Back

After several months of hiatus, I decided to start the year by making PinoyTux active again. There is too much going on with my personal life so blogging became part of my unimportant list. But just like a phoenix, PinoyTux is reborn from the ashes and prettier than ever.

The last theme I used did not go along with my blog. The images are stretched out, the header is messy, and the footer contains suspicious outgoing links. I have decided to find new one. The here we are. A few easter eggs were thrown in as well. If you take a look at the header logo, the Tux image changes randomly with every page refresh. It is a little hack I found while searching for fun themes. I also added a link to my Plurk and Twitter accounts at the right panel to make it easier to connect to me.

There is also a craze going on named as Project 365. Originally, Project 365 is meant for photos, just like a photographic journal, and Photojojo writes about it and gives a few tips on how to survive.

The idea of Project 365 became familiar to me when I watched the movie “Julie and Julia”, where Julia (played by Amy Adams) blogs about her experiences as she tries all recipes in Julia Child’s (played by Meryll Streep) book of French cooking. I thought that it was a splendid idea to write about something that has a goal, something that is achievable.

For Pinoytux, photos are not really the subject matter, but I have decided to put a mini-365 Project of Linux tips and hacks. One tip a day, and it will have its own category so I can track my progress. There will be separate posts for other stuffs so expect my blog to be alive and kicking again.

With my new job, I know that I am going to be very busy, but I hope I can take one moment each day to write at least one tip for my readers. If I can make it in December, it will be huge success for me.


PinoyTux Visitors Reach 90k

It’s been quite a while since I updated my blog, life keeps getting in the way. It was only today that I noticed that my visits has already reached more than 90,000 visitors. It is not much for most professional bloggers and SEO specialists, but for me it’s a milestone. For a blog that rarely gets updated, it is a surprise to know that people even read my blog. :)


Pinoy Tux Reaches 50k Visitors

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With over a year in providing useful Linux tips and what-not to all people around the world, Pinoy Tux reaches 50,000 visits.


To those who are consistent readers of my blog, and those who use Pinoy Tux as Linux reference, I thank you for your support. :)

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