Eugene van der Merwe

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bio website snowball.co.za
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I am a computer network engineer by training that started in the days of Novell NetWare 3.x. I now run an Internet service provider called Snowball Effect that I started with my brother Storm in 1998. Snowball specialises in wireless, hosting, and ADSL. Storm heads our web development team. Our offices are based in Technopark, Stellenbosch (close to Cape Town) South Africa where we also have a fully redundant data centre that we built from scratch.

My speciality apart from computer networking is business management especially operations. I have a intense undying passion for programming that started when I first laid my hands on a ZX-81. I am well versed in PHP and MySQL and I am enjoying learning Android. I am currently working on an app that I hope to launch by end 2012.

Stellenbosch is beautiful wine country in South Africa. Here are my favourite wine estates as of 8 Jan 2012: Glen Elly, Delheim, Muraie, Dornier, Ken Forrester, Meerlust, Thelema, Camberley, Jordan Wines, Thelema.

I see myself as ADD and BC. Before, I was ADD and now I am BC. My world changed when I discovered Basecamp.


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awarded  Popular Question
Mar
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comment How can I monitor hard disk load on linux
This is a very good question because we're always battling with this problem on Plesk servers. However, what is missing is how do you do it with SNMP?. It's fine to log in and check stuff, but one really needs historical data.
Jan
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Dec
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comment Apache freezing, How to detect which virtual host is getting hit?
This was such a lifesaver today! On a Plesk server you need to use lsof -u www-data | grep httpdocs | grep -v *.log because on a Apache Plesk shared server Apache has 100s of log files open, therefor the httdocs
Dec
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accepted Use MikroTik Bridge as a Public IP Firewall for Public Hosted Servers
Dec
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answered Use MikroTik Bridge as a Public IP Firewall for Public Hosted Servers
Dec
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comment MikroTik IPsec client Fortigate 'Received ESP packet with unknown SPI.'
My client is on 620B v4 MR3 Patch 8. I'm going to try Fortigate official channels next as I am so sure this is going to happen again.
Dec
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revised MikroTik IPsec client Fortigate 'Received ESP packet with unknown SPI.'
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Dec
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Dec
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comment MikroTik IPsec client Fortigate 'Received ESP packet with unknown SPI.'
Thanks for the reply. As it turns out we have no access to the Fortigate and the client's argument is it works across all other 5 sites. In addition their Fortigate is under change control so they don't want to do anything on their side. But they said they'll try to help us again on Monday. I will mention all these settings to them.
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asked MikroTik IPsec client Fortigate 'Received ESP packet with unknown SPI.'
Nov
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answered How to Isolate source of spam on Centos 6.3 Plesk 11 server
Nov
11
comment An ASP.NET setting has been detected that does not apply in Integrated managed pipeline mode
This also happened to us migrating from Parallels Plesk legacy to Parallels Plesk PPA and adding this setting sorted it out.
Oct
26
revised Determine from where is “sh” being run under apache www-data user using using PF or NETSTAT
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Oct
26
comment Determine from where is “sh” being run under apache www-data user using using PF or NETSTAT
@ramruma, you command has assisted me in finding the exact website strait away where this script is run. I would like to mark your answer as correct, but since you only commented this is impossible.
Oct
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asked Determine from where is “sh” being run under apache www-data user using using PF or NETSTAT
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