The tests used the base HTML document of this blog as the target.
The results so far indicate that there is a slight performance penalty when using CoralCDN in an ad hoc manner. They do offer continuous CDN services, and these likely provide better overall service under normal conditions.
However, it is likely that in situations where server load or traffic volumes increase substantially, the distributed performance system, even in an ad hoc manner, would save your bacon.
I will watch these tests over the next few days to see if any unique performance patterns appear.
Have I told you why I love my wife?
For Christmas, she bought me The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.
Oh, and there were some other presents as well.
And your point is...?
I gew up in the Rocky Mountain Trench. After November 1st, it's not if, it's when the snow will come. And you can expect to be smacked hard at least once.
Get firewood. Get candles. Get books. Get pens and paper.
And be glad you don't live in the Pacific Northwest.
Around the blogs, there are a number of folks talking about Skype making people pay for SkypeOut calls.
Guess what? Everywhere else in the world, you have always had to do this. So I don't understand what the problem is.
I know that the QoS will improve on SkypeOut once the feeloaders are gone. Free is good, but you get what you pay for.
Those people who think free is a sustainable business model are either selling ads to pay the bills, or falling into the 1999 trap all over again.
Ok Skype hounds, this is is. Skype, in a move to get us North Americans (sorry Mexico) to use more Skype, is offering us unlimited calling to Canadian and American numbers (landlines and mobile) for all of 2007 for the ridiculously low price of $14.95 (offer valid until January 31, 2007).
Get it! Like you need a reason to resist Skype?
Oh, and of course all Skype-to-Skype calls are still free.
So, the question begs to be asked: why? Well, it seems that us dense folks on the non-European side of the Atlantic and the non-Asian side of the Pacific haven't been adopting Skype fast enough.
A variety of theories abound about this. The one I have is that the US phone companies have priced long-distance so low that there is no motivator driving people away from their POTS connections.
The competition between the Telcos and the Cablecos over your phone service has been another factor in keeping long-distance costs so low.
It will be interesting to see which of the long-distance companies responds with a North American unlimited plan for a ridiculously low rate.
Over the last two years, Fisher Space Pans have taken on near iconic status with the leaders (and followers) in the trendy nouveau geek crowd.
Having "donated" four space pens to the cosmos through my own absent-minded behaviour, I can say that I have done my bit to help spread the meme.
Paul Fisher, write when you get there.
Actually in this case it's because skype and callme are being stripped. They're not XML recognized tags and staff has stated that they won't be supported.
Yesterday, I read Anne Zelenka's post on ROWE at Best Buy. I was heartened to see that this idea was getting mentioned again, and that it was getting front-page interest from Big Media.
On a lark, I forwarded the post to my director and VP. Their responses frightened me. They were written in management-ese, and indicated that timesheets are soon to be added to my daily routine.
Hugh Mcleod -- Sheep/Wolf
The second plague, timesheets, I see as more odious. It goes along with the new measurement-focused management culture in our company. Sometimes, I wonder what's more important to the managers and executives: measurements or results.
As a person who is difficult enough to manage due to my bipolar, and my deep-rooted desire to do things that have meaning, timesheets are a problem for me. I don't work to timesheets; I work to goals.
Structured environments have always been a serious problem for me. They trigger a deep resentment, some deep rooted need in my soul not to conform. I know that they serve a purpose, and that some people take a great deal of comfort in the process of knowing how they spent their day. My comfort comes from delivering meaningful results, not in worshipping the almighty bureaucracy.
I suppose that as the company I work for grows and has more people to manage, timesheets are inevitable. However, it's about the time that timesheets appear that I feel the need to find more results-oriented, dynamic organizations.
Timesheets are a sign of corporate doublespeak, freeing people from the need to excel.
I love the software. I am using it more for personal and work calls.
But I need to know when I have a voicemail. Now, not 24 hours from now.
I know you know about the problem. But it's been over a month. I assume the voicemail notification wasn't a problem before. So you know how to fix the problem, right?
Are you working on it?
Is anyone out there?
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This is good to know. I have been spending years trying to make my speech sound as non-descript as possible. It was interesting this summer to go home and talk to my family. They have a uniquely Southeastern BC/Southwestern Alberta accent. Hey, even Canada has unique accents.
You don't think so? Well, the stereotypical "Canadian" accent that is portrayed in the US popular media is actually a Southern Ontario / Toronto Area accent. It is easily recognizable and immediately pegs you in the rest of Canada as someone who should be distrusted as a likely carpetbagger. ;-)
The only spoken/written giveaways I have retained are:
-- "a- bowt" and "owt"
-- "sheduel", although I do alternate this with "skeduel"
-- I spell "theatre", "centre", "colour", etc. correctly
However, if you call me American, I will be very quick to correct you.
Joe Kottke of FeedBurner sent me an e-mail to tell me that the measurement of my feed was throwing off their GrabPERF Stats.
Guess what? FeedBurner can't find the Wordpress feeds at http://crazycanuck.wordpress.com/feed/, hence the disruption.
Likely you won't read this until it's fixed, if it's fixed.
I love Fridays.