mPulse

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

ISP Stupidity

Why does this exchange bother me?

[ISP NAME DELETED]:

I have been seeing a VERY large number of visits from two hosts in
your IP block since August 26, 2005.

A list of all of the hits since Aug 26 is attached.

If you do not stop this/these hosts, I will be forced to drop all traffic from the [/24 IP block deleted] IP block.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Their response:

Best thing to do is drop the traffic.

Truly Yours,
[ISP NAME DELETED] Abuse Team


Ummmm, WTF? Did I miss something?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

GrabPERF: Testing of Weblogs.com suspended

Until Weblogs.com can get their act together, I have suspended testing this site.



The site appears to have suffered some form of catastrophic issue starting August 7, 2005. [here]

I will check in occasionally to see how the site is doing.



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GrabPERF: Bob Wyman of PubSub drops in

Just noticed that Bob Wyman of PubSub dropped in to look at the GrabPERF data we are collecting. [here]

Although Bob's pride is evident, I do caution that being the top of a performance index is simply one measure of success. There is the whole discussion of relevancy of results, but that is beyond the scope of a performance-related discussion, such as the one I am encouraging on this blog.

Some of the concepts that I have been collaborating on have just been released to the public by my employer. Extending the outdated concepts of comparing Web sites simply on speed and availability, we have created Consistency and Optimization indices. [here]

These destroy any hope that faster is always better. Having a consistent Web performance and highly optimized site design counts for more as I get older than raw speed does.

My analogy is simple, and comes from the late, great Hunter S Thompson:

In horse breeding, for instance, there is a definite risk in breeding two fast horses who are both a little crazy. The offspring will likely be very fast and also very crazy. So the trick in breeding thoroughbreds is to retain the good traits and filter out the bad.

The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved


What good is a fast Web site that is "very crazy" and highly inconsistent?

Congrats to Bob Wyman and the PubSub team. I hope that your success continues.



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My Big Boy…

My Big Boy starts Grade one today.



Where has the time gone....

Monday, August 29, 2005

GrabIP: IP Registrar Stats for August 29, 2005

Here are the IP Block and Address allocation by registrar, as well as the number of officially allocated IP Addresses in each country (with 65536 Hosts or more) as of August 29, 2005 00:30 UTC.

This data has been extracted from the GrabIP database


IP REGISTRAR BREAKDOWN

registry NUM_HOSTS NUM_BLOCKS
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arin 1482539776 36379
ripencc 362089028 18957
apnic 290555904 11443
lacnic 38464256 1538
afrinic 10545920 474




NUMBER OF ALLOCATED IP ADDRESSES BY COUNTRY (65536 Hosts or more)**

COUNTRY COUNTRY_CODE NUM_HOSTS NUM_BLOCKS
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UNITED STATES US 1315062784 31238
JAPAN JP 140932608 1505
EUROPEAN UNION EU 113820348 4600
CHINA CN 72411392 882
CANADA CA 65902336 4923
GERMANY DE 50387568 1657
FRANCE FR 42360960 1190
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF KR 39729408 356
UNITED KINGDOM UK 39097560 1636
UNITED KINGDOM GB 33562368 25
AUSTRALIA AU 26428928 4751
NETHERLANDS NL 16439200 1000
SPAIN ES 16302112 418
ITALY IT 16215136 730
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA TW 15157248 322
BRAZIL BR 15075072 261
SWEDEN SE 12067200 529
MEXICO MX 11030528 154
RUSSIAN FEDERATION RU 10458920 1171
SOUTH AFRICA ZA 8188160 253
POLAND PL 7339934 711
FINLAND FI 7232128 262
SWITZERLAND CH 6894016 760
DENMARK DK 6839072 274
HONG KONG HK 6190592 536
INDIA IN 5897216 354
AUSTRIA AT 5671584 385
NORWAY NO 5060384 244
BELGIUM BE 4309504 289
NEW ZEALAND NZ 4274688 1125
TURKEY TR 3666112 168
CHILE CL 3018496 315
ARGENTINA AR 2923520 237
IRELAND IE 2905248 115
THAILAND TH 2853376 295
CZECH REPUBLIC CZ 2804736 187
ROMANIA RO 2767744 279
ISRAEL IL 2726528 119
SINGAPORE SG 2678784 306
PORTUGAL PT 2604864 96
MALAYSIA MY 2569472 191
HUNGARY HU 2220416 132
GREECE GR 1766400 161
VENEZUELA VE 1753088 79
BULGARIA BG 1370112 194
UKRAINE UA 1357530 621
EGYPT EG 1280768 55
INDONESIA ID 1277440 228
COSTA RICA CR 1254144 12
PHILIPPINES PH 1138432 187
SLOVAKIA SK 992256 89
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AE 964608 14
SAUDI ARABIA SA 904448 80
COLOMBIA CO 868864 103
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IR 844288 53
LATVIA LV 814912 102
LITHUANIA LT 788352 66
SLOVENIA SI 667392 100
PERU PE 646656 58
ESTONIA EE 645376 44
VIET NAM VN 625664 38
ICELAND IS 507904 28
PANAMA PA 467712 30
YUGOSLAVIA YU 347392 35
PAKISTAN PK 345600 77
CROATIA HR 338240 32
LUXEMBOURG LU 307968 50
KUWAIT KW 297728 24
CYPRUS CY 274720 58
BOLIVIA BO 263424 20
ECUADOR EC 250624 126
KAZAKHSTAN KZ 242688 27
MALTA MT 242432 32
MOROCCO MA 233728 9
PUERTO RICO PR 218880 29
URUGUAY UY 206592 25
JORDAN JO 191744 29
BANGLADESH BD 180736 53
QATAR QA 176128 6
PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED PS 173824 17
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM BN 172544 11
SRI LANKA LK 167936 30
OMAN OM 163840 5
NIGERIA NG 159744 24
EL SALVADOR SV 156416 12
GUATEMALA GT 145152 19
MACAO MO 143616 16
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MK 143360 11
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DO 128768 21
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA BA 124928 23
BELARUS BY 119552 16
GEORGIA GE 118784 18
LEBANON LB 112640 16
KENYA KE 107520 21
TUNISIA TN 106752 4
AZERBAIJAN AZ 92160 11
ALGERIA DZ 90880 16
NICARAGUA NI 89344 10
FIJI FJ 88832 10
CUBA CU 87040 11
ARMENIA AM 86016 10
UZBEKISTAN UZ 77824 9
GHANA GH 74496 13
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF MD 71680 16
BERMUDA BM 66048 18
KYRGYZSTAN KG 65536 9


I will try and post these weekly.

**Please note that the total number of IP Addresses for the United Kingdom is the sum of totals for the two unique country codes used when registering IP Blocks -- UK and GB.



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GrabPERF: Search Index Weekly Results

The first weekly GrabPERF Search Index Results are in.

Week of August 22, 2005 - August 28, 2005

TEST RESULT SUCCESS ATTEMPTS
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Google - Search 0.4394034 99.99 8639
PubSub - Search 0.4935380 99.95 8323
MSN - Search 0.7689598 99.87 8641
Yahoo - Search 0.7798988 99.98 8640
Newsgator - Search 0.9057921 99.95 8640
eBay - Search 0.9452582 100.00 8640
BestBuy.com - Search 1.3353797 99.99 8641
BlogLines - Search 1.5031604 99.76 8629
Amazon - Search 1.9376345 99.75 4854
Feedster - Search 1.9999550 98.72 8624
Technorati - Search 2.0764670 99.66 8636
BENCHMARK RESULTS 2.3325742 99.15 116663
Blogdigger - Search 3.2704594 98.01 8478
IceRocket - Search 6.4609440 99.25 8637
Blogpulse - Search 9.5151287 93.53 8641


These results are based on data gathered from three remote measurement locations in North America. Each location takes a measurement approximately once every five minutes.

The measurements are for the base HTML document only. No images or referenced files are included.



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GrabPERF: MSM/PR Agencies and my life

Well, it was bound to happen. Someone from a PR Agency asked if I was willing to go on the record today to discuss the GrabPERF results for the site they represent.

This exposes the critical weakness in my plan for world domination. I am, effectively, providing a low-octane sub-set of the information that my employer currently provides. I am using GrabPERF as a learning resource for myself, as well as for gathering some useful data that I know people are interested in.

I cannot comment on the data beyond the realm of my blog without overstepping the limited leeway allowed me by my employer. I am more than willing to provide documentation on the methodology, and provide raw data for publication purposes. But my position puts me in a very awkward position, and I refuse to find the edge of that cliff.

The people who use GrabPERF the most may or may not have the resources to purchase a commercial Web Performance Measurement service; that is not my call to make. If they do, I am completely comfortable analyzing the data and commenting on it as a representative of my employer.

And thanks for using GrabPERF!



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GrabPERF: Some changes.

Ok folks, you have probably noticed some superficial changes to GrabPERF over the last 48 hours.

Pledge drives may follow.



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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Another way to reach me…

Yes, I have GoogleTalk. But I refuse to use their VOIP features.

If you can figure out my GMail account, Say "hi" sometime.

Hard Work…no water in the basement?

Samantha started excavating by the front porch while I was in Minneapolis. We were hoping to find the cause of the basement flooding we get whenever it rains.

We were expecting to dig an 8 foot long by 6 foot deep trench to find the problem.

When I hit the 2.5 foot mark this morning, I hit a really big rock. When I pried it up, this is what I found.



It looks like an animal burrow. It's not. It's 85 years of erosion that created a tunnel throgh the foundation and into the weak spot in the basement where the water streams out.

Hole patched with mortar and stones and hydraulic cement to patch the inside.

Fingers crossed.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

MSIE: It is hosed

Ok, I will admit to using MSIE for one thing: Outlook Web Access.

I am at a hotel in Minneapolis where

  1. I have to pay $9.95/day for wireless access

  2. They block my VPN access to the Exchange server



So, I fire up MSIE and start getting weird errors. And other things go wrong when new windows get opened.

Looks like I have to re-build my system. I hate that.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Monday, August 22, 2005

Why I Will Not Recommend Gutter Helmet



Follow the entire saga - The Gutter Helmet Category!



Yet Another UPDATE: Another unpleasant encounter with the "technicians" detailed here.


UPDATE (October 19, 2005): New update on my experience here.


UPDATE (October 6, 2005): More on this topic here.






The Canadian Consulate here in Marlborough, MA needed some new gutters. We decided that since the gutters are at least 30 feet off the ground, we would Install some that needed far less maintenance.

The Gutter Helmet system seemed to suit our needs. So we arranged to meet with the sales guy.

After that meeting, I should have gone with my gut feeling. Think high-pressure car salesman, and you will get the picture. We assume he was an aberration, and about a month ago we set the date for the installation.

We were having the Gutter Helmet team install both new gutters and the helmet system. Second mistake. According to what Samantha described, this team was definitely on the F-List (found out today that this installation team is "no longer with the company"). And they were far from professional in the way that they removed the old gutters and installed the new ones. I am still finding sharp metal pieces, screw, and old gutter hangers around the yard, including 7 or 8 gutter hangers conveniently disposed of in what is very obviously our leaf compost.

As well, we discovered that not all of the straps were installed correctly, the downspouts were not attached to the higher gutter sections. We called, and out came the inspector. This gentleman told Samantha that they have had issues with this installation team...and set up a ticket for them to come and repair their mistakes.

Next problem is that we have an in-ground drainage system to carry water away from the downspouts on the north side of the house and out to somewhere where it will not fill the swimming pool in the basement. It took a third trip for the installation team to put the downspouts into the special end caps we purchase to prevent other crap from getting in the system.

And then, yesterday, during a thunderstorm cloudburst, we notice that there is water dripping down between the gutter and the house. This is definitely sub-optimal. Another call in to the customer service centre, where Samantha is curtly told by the woman on the other end of the line (who, I learned in a later call, is actually the call centre manager!) that some house require flashing and that they don't install it in order to try and reduce the cost of the project.

This cost us over $3,000. Flashing is $2/foot. Put the flashing on; damn the cost.

Oh, and since I mention the cost, did I mention that we received no rebate or credit for this. Likely Gutter Helmet's response would be that they repaired their work at no charge to us. My response is that I know a lot of houses in my neighbourhood that need gutters

I know a great roofing company, a great electrician, an amazing mason, and a lousy gutter company.

These companies always give a rebate if you advertise their service with a lawn sign. Maybe I should put an anti-endorsement sign on my lawn. No slander...just clearly stating that I would share my experience with Gutter Helmet with anyone who is considering their service.


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WORLD TOUR: Minneapolis

The Newest Industry World Tour picks up again with a trip to Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday nights (August 24-25, 2005).

Any Twin City bloggers that want to grab a drink (non-alcoholic in my case) or a meal (substantial in my case), drop me a comment.



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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

GrabIP: This week’s IP Registrar Stats

Here are the IP Block and Address allocation by registrar, as well as the number of officially allocated IP Addresses in each country (with 65536 Hosts or more) as of August 17, 2005 00:30 UTC.

This data has been extracted from the GrabIP database


IP REGISTRAR BREAKDOWN

registry NUM_HOSTS NUM_BLOCK
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arin 1481414400 36355
ripencc 361039644 18864
apnic 285163264 11402
lacnic 38433536 1534
afrinic 10534912 473




NUMBER OF ALLOCATED IP ADDRESSES BY COUNTRY (65536 Hosts or more)**

COUNTRY COUNTRY_CODE NUM_HOSTS NUM_BLOCKS
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UNITED STATES US 1313949696 31216
JAPAN JP 140817920 1502
EUROPEAN UNION EU 113810588 4595
CHINA CN 69473536 871
CANADA CA 65890048 4921
GERMANY DE 50366576 1651
FRANCE FR 41834624 1188
UNITED KINGDOM UK 39048024 1630
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF KR 37513472 350
UNITED KINGDOM GB 33562368 25
AUSTRALIA AU 26410240 4743
NETHERLANDS NL 16426144 995
SPAIN ES 16301856 417
ITALY IT 16213856 728
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA TW 15157248 322
BRAZIL BR 15075072 261
SWEDEN SE 12033664 526
MEXICO MX 11030528 154
RUSSIAN FEDERATION RU 10389536 1150
SOUTH AFRICA ZA 8184064 251
POLAND PL 7318686 704
FINLAND FI 7100800 260
SWITZERLAND CH 6875584 754
DENMARK DK 6839072 274
HONG KONG HK 6124800 534
INDIA IN 5891072 352
AUSTRIA AT 5667232 383
NORWAY NO 5054240 242
BELGIUM BE 4309760 290
NEW ZEALAND NZ 4274944 1126
TURKEY TR 3664064 167
CHILE CL 3002112 314
ARGENTINA AR 2923520 237
IRELAND IE 2903200 114
THAILAND TH 2853376 295
CZECH REPUBLIC CZ 2804480 186
ROMANIA RO 2764160 274
ISRAEL IL 2726272 118
SINGAPORE SG 2677760 304
PORTUGAL PT 2604864 96
MALAYSIA MY 2569472 191
HUNGARY HU 2220288 131
GREECE GR 1766400 161
VENEZUELA VE 1753088 79
UKRAINE UA 1354458 618
BULGARIA BG 1352192 191
EGYPT EG 1280768 55
INDONESIA ID 1267200 224
COSTA RICA CR 1254144 12
PHILIPPINES PH 1136384 186
SLOVAKIA SK 975872 88
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AE 964608 14
SAUDI ARABIA SA 902400 79
COLOMBIA CO 864768 102
LATVIA LV 798528 101
LITHUANIA LT 788352 66
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IR 778752 52
SLOVENIA SI 667392 100
PERU PE 646656 58
ESTONIA EE 645376 44
VIET NAM VN 625664 38
ICELAND IS 507904 28
PANAMA PA 467712 30
YUGOSLAVIA YU 347392 35
PAKISTAN PK 345600 77
CROATIA HR 338240 32
LUXEMBOURG LU 307968 50
KUWAIT KW 297728 24
CYPRUS CY 274720 58
BOLIVIA BO 263424 20
KAZAKHSTAN KZ 242688 27
ECUADOR EC 242432 125
MALTA MT 240384 31
MOROCCO MA 233728 9
PUERTO RICO PR 218880 29
URUGUAY UY 206592 25
JORDAN JO 191744 29
BANGLADESH BD 178688 52
QATAR QA 176128 6
PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED PS 173824 17
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM BN 172544 11
SRI LANKA LK 167936 30
OMAN OM 163840 5
NIGERIA NG 159744 24
EL SALVADOR SV 156416 12
GUATEMALA GT 145152 19
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MK 143360 11
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DO 128768 21
MACAO MO 127232 15
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA BA 124928 23
BELARUS BY 119552 16
GEORGIA GE 118784 18
LEBANON LB 112640 16
KENYA KE 108800 23
TUNISIA TN 106752 4
CUBA CU 95232 12
AZERBAIJAN AZ 92160 11
ALGERIA DZ 90880 16
FIJI FJ 88832 10
ARMENIA AM 86016 10
NICARAGUA NI 81152 9
UZBEKISTAN UZ 77824 9
GHANA GH 74496 13
BERMUDA BM 66048 18
KYRGYZSTAN KG 65536 9


I will try and post these weekly.

**Please note that the total number of IP Addresses for the United Kingdom is the sum of totals for the two unique country codes used when registering IP Blocks -- UK and GB.



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A little close to home…

In Lisa Haneberg's article, I fall into the first category.

Lisa, this is not weird, but it is becoming increasingly common as the knowledge worker generation collides with the industrial management culture we still hold.

I want to do more. See more clients. Solve more problems.

When I am bored, my productivity decreases exponentially. When I am challenged and pushed, my productivity increases exponentially.

We want challenges, not obstacles.

That said, my resume is drifting around like a message in a bottle.



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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

blunderphone delayed

Seems there was a "glitch" with the blunderphone order with TMobile.

Because I asked for, and got, a discount for being a customer for one year, the order had to be approved by a supervisor. Guess the request was stuck between the order desk and the supervisor, where it languished for 3 days.

Glad I called to check on the status.

IceRocket: Bad Morning — Need Coffee



Do the IceRocket folks want to comment on this pain and suffering?

UPDATE: As of 13:30EDT, it appears that the ailment has been resolved.



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GrabPERF: Reduced Raw Data Storage Time

In the GrabPERF system, all of the detail charts are built off of the raw data table. Now, for some insane reason, I was storing 50 days of raw data. The furthest back that any of the configured raw data graphs goes is 7 days.

I reset the data purge script to drop data older than 10 days. This should speed up queries and graph displays.

If certain users would like to keep data for longer, I could modify the drop procedure for custom data storage lengths. Just let me know if you require raw data from longer periods and I will begin development on this.



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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Creationists: Food for Thought

If creationists think that the world was created only about 5,000 years ago, then they should not use oil. Why not? Because the ancient forests that create oil cannot exist in their world view.

This means that any electricty produced from coal, oil or natural gas also does not exist for creationists.

Maybe this is why they don't believe that we are greenhousing our planet...

Just a thought...



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Web Traffic on the increase as summer ends

Ping-O-Matic. Weblogs.com.

Two of the sites that have seen surges in Web traffic recently.

My unsubstantiated theory is that as summer ends, Web traffic is seeing its usual surge, amplified by the new interest in blogs and Web 2.0 properties.

For the small companies who have effectively had the summer off, it's time to re-adjust your capacity-planning estimates...upward.

Why? Rising oil prices will reduce travel. Disenchantment with movies will reduce going out. Gourmet take-home will reduce restaurant visitation. And increasing broadband access will increase demand for online services.

Be afraid...and get ready for more traffic. Lots more traffic.

Have you optimized your site for maximum performance yet?



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Friday, August 12, 2005

Hmmm….

Keynote Announces Settlement of Litigation

HMMMMM...missed this one the first time...bet there's a story here...

RESUMES SUCK!

#### Start Rant

I have an online resume. I can get you it in several forms.

However, if you are hiring me because of what you see in that piece of paper...

I DON'T WANT TO WORK FOR YOUR COMPANY!

Lisa Haneberg posted a great article on this today.

The problem with me and my resume is that there is no way to capture what I can do or what I know on a piece of paper. I have a non-linear mind and am a technical person with an artistic temperment. I do not fit into your neat little corporate boxes. I am not org-chart friendly.

I flame most recruiters, because they haven't taken the time to note that (and this is on all of my resumes, no matter where I post them):


  1. I am a Canadian living in the US and working on an H1-B

  2. I am ONLY entertaining offers from companies on the West Coast



Most recruiters are stupid, at least in my mind. They are desperately clinging to a niche where, like Wile E. Coyote, the ground on which they stand has evaporated.

The great thig is that I know the companies that I want to work for. But I also know that these companies never even look at me because their HR "process" is designed to weed out independent-minded, intelligent, experienced, non-linear thinkers. They want young, fresh mind-slaves.

Am I bitter and angry? Yeah. Why? Because every manager I have had has said the same thing to me, repeatedly: "You are great and your knowledge is astounding, but we don't know how to use you effectively because you don't fit into an org-chart box".

You know what not fitting into an org-chart box has done to me career? Limited my exposure to clients, locked me out of the strategic decision-making process, prevented me from assisting with infrastructure design and assessment, and seen career-advancement promise after promise fall by the wayside.

I am looking for a company who wants me and will let me have business cards with NO TITLE ON THEM.

I am what I know, not what you, the company, tell people I do.

#### End rant



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The New Blunder Phone

So, I took advantage of the T-Mobile Upgrade a year program yesterday and went for the Motorola V188.[here and here]



Should be here next week. And no, I have no clue how Julia Roberts got my cell number.



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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Hire the team, then SHUT UP!

If you chose your people well, and define the problem clearly, they will solve the problem.

Your job, Mr./Ms./Mrs. Manager: STAY THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY.

Oh, and Rick says it far more eloquently than I can.[here]



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Why Comcast won’t be in the ISP business in two years

Today, by special delivery, I got notice that FIOS is available at my house.

I called Comcast and asked how they were going to match this offer. They offered me $29.95/mo. for 6 months.

Now, because of my unique situation (i.e., requiring a semi-permamnent IP address to allow people to access my servers), I may be stuck with Comcast, because Verizon uses the much smarter random release on DHCP addresses.

But for 97% of the Web-surfing public, FIOS will be the cat's meow. And that the the flow of customers from Comcast will become a flood. A cable company that continues to think like a cable company in this new world will look like Bethlehem Steel in 3 years...or less.

I have a good friend who is a senior network engineer at Comcast; I hope he is looking for a new job.



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GrabPERF: News Index Online

I started gathering data on a number of large MSM Web sites, and created an index, similar to what I created for Search sites.

Check it out!

GrabPERF News Index



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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Working from home today…again

This is the second day in a row that I have been working from home. Why? My car developed a terminal electrical problem on Sunday. This should surprise no one when I mention that it is a late 1980s Honda Civic.

Honda/Acura #4: Honda Accords, Preludes, Civics and Acura Integras built from 1986-1989 (Bosch reman alternators AL256X, AL382X, AL383X, AL386X, AL387X, AL388X, AL451X) are prone to a no-start condition due to a low battery charge. This condition can be traced to frequent short trip driving with the rear window defogger left in the "on" position, along with high underhood temperatures. The combination of the continual discharge due to the defogger being left on and the high underhood temperatures, tends to cause these models to dine out frequently on batteries.

To curb the battery appetite of these cars, Honda and Acura have introduced defogger switch/timers and a battery heat shield. The defogger switch/timer automatically shuts off after 25 minutes, and the heat shield helps deflect some of the engine's heat away from the battery. Honda part numbers are 35500-SE0-A11 (defogger switch/timer) and 06377-SE3-A00 (battery cover kit). Acura only offers these parts as a complete kit: 1986-87 models are kit 06377-SD2-A01 and 1988-89 models are kit 06377-SD2-A11.

Understanding Your Import Car's Electrical System


This means the alternator needs to be replaced (second one in 6 years).

Looks like cold beans and uncooked rice to eat for a while...



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Sunday, August 7, 2005

GrabPERF: Measurement location #2 is now online.

There are now TWO GrabPERF measurement locations.

There have been a few adjustments to the collected statistics as a result.

Many thanks to Sean Walberg for getting this debugged.

Ok folks...whose next? Who wants to host a GrabPERF measurement location?

Requirements here. The only addition to this is that I need to know what time zone you're in.


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Saturday, August 6, 2005

And people ask why I left SiliValley…

...and why I will NEVER go back.

Jeremy Zawodny on the Bay Area housing market. [here]

Earth to SiliValley Employers: No one who has lived in the Bay Area, and escaped, will EVER return...unless the money is right.

And for me, getting me to work in that nightmare area again will take as much money per day as it would take me to commute to work in Manhattan every day.



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Friday, August 5, 2005

GrabPERF: Remote Agent Script Ready…I think

Well, due to the paranoid 1d10ts who run my work network, I can't test the remote script from my work linux machine. I have one beta tester and need some others to ensure that it works.

Again, what you need on your linux machine:


  • cURL (compiled from source or with the devel packages)

  • MySQL client and devel packages

  • Time::CTime for PERL

  • A static external IP address so I can allow you to access the backend systems through my firewall



I am ready; sign up now!



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Thursday, August 4, 2005

GrabPERF: Looking for a few foolish….errr, brave souls

I am looking to implement some new GrabPERF features in the next few days (I still have some vacation left!), and I need some volunteers to help me out.

WHAT YOU NEED


  1. A linux machine with the MySQL and cURL development libraries installed

  2. A static IP address (even a static external NAT IP is ok)

  3. The ability to do some basic configuration

  4. The ability to set up CRON jobs

  5. The ability to install PERL modules



Drop me a comment and I will fill you in.



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GrabPERF: Brazen Appeal for Donations

Ok folks, now that GrabPERF has been up and running for a few weeks, and people have actually been looking at the data (including the CEO's of two blog search tools!), it's time to ask the community that is using this service to contribute to keep it running.

Decommissioned hardware. $20. I am not asking for the world.

Currently, this system runs on my home broadband connection using six year-old hardware. that is...well, having issues.

For all of you who do contribute, I thank you in advance.



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GrabPERF: Brazen Appeal for Donations

Ok folks, now that GrabPERF has been up and running for a few weeks, and people have actually been looking at the data (including the CEO's of two blog search tools!), it's time to ask the community that is using this service to contribute to keep it running.

Decommissioned hardware. $20. I am not asking for the world.

Currently, this system runs on my home broadband connection using six year-old hardware. that is...well, having issues.

For all of you who do contribute, I thank you in advance.



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Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Week Off: Salisbury Beach

Went to Salisbury Beach with the rampaging horde.

Tried out swimming in real surf...I'll let you know when I find my ego. I was thrown around like a drunk in a moshpit.

And the sunburn...skin cancer here we come.

Ok...off to wash sea salt off the monsters.

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Screw the A-List! Bring on the FemBlogs!

I am an addict.

It started simply. A little dooce here and there. Then I had a 3-day dooce-o-rama this weekend.

Now, after Jeremy's post this morning, I kicked into high gear.

These women have voices. These women make me LAUGH OUT FREAKING LOUD. I want to buy them all tequila...ok, maybe my momentum carried me there; they could drink me under the table, and I would wake up hanging nude by my ankles under the Bay Bridge.

Read them. Enjoy them. Screw the A-List.



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BlogPulse appears to be having issues again



Would love to hear from some of the folks at BlogPulse/Intelliseek about the challenges their success is causing them.



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Monday, August 1, 2005

And the big deal about Cape Cod is…?

We went to the Cape today with no map and no plan.

Hmmm...rampant capitalism at work. Now I know why I never wanted to spend a lot of time there.

Are there any places on the Cape that don't force you to break out your wallet just to breathe?



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