Amazon EC2 micro instances are a great way to test out what cloud servers have to offer and to find your feet in the AWS console. But they are slightly lacking in terms of RAM. 615MB of RAM is enough to test using the console and doing basic things. It will even let you use Apache and serve some basic web pages. But if you want to start doing dynamic web pages or even start doing database driven stuff you might start to run out of memory quickly.
I would never normally recommend the use of FTP on an Internet facing server. Always use something more secure such as SFTP etc. But where needs must, here is a quick guide on how you do it under CentOS/RHEL based instances. The same principle will apply under Debian/Ubuntu based servers, but obviously the commands and config files will differ slightly.
The Revo R3600 features an Intel Atom N230 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM (I’ve upgraded to 2) and a 160GB SATA drive with the latest NVidia ION chipset. It’s perfect as a discrete media centre box.
I’ve been itching to try XBMC for a long time and this was the perfect machine to try it on. I decided to use the Ubuntu 9.04 mini installation rather than go for XBMC’s own installer. Continue reading