Friday, April 20, 2007

If you need me, I'll be dead...or in Tucson, whichever comes first

I'll be in Tucson for work next all next week, staying at the supposedly luxurious Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

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New Agent Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Many thanks to Otis Gospodnetic of Simpy for putting me in contact with Benjamin Reitzammer. Benjamin has graciously set up the GrabPERF measurement script on his server in Zurich.

Now that the Europeans have a growing presence on the GrabPERF Network, we need some locations in the US and Asia-Pacific.

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Nigerian / 419 Scams: People are greedy

Ian Holsman was standing in the bank, when he overheard a woman getting a bank draft to send to the Netherlands to claim her treasure. [here]

Avarice, it is thy failing.

Stupidity is pretty high on the list, too.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New Measurement Location: Gothenburg Sweden

Thanks to the generosity of Henrik Sjostrand of Netvouz, there is now a measurement location up and running in Gothenburg Sweden.

You will find it listed in the data as Gothenburg Sweden #1.

I have had a few other parties expressing an interest in hosting a measurement agent, but there is always room for more measurement locations! Send me an email if you can host a site!

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Pete Townshend said it best...

I went back to my mother
I said, "I'm crazy ma, help me."
She said, "I know how it feels son,
'Cos it runs in the family."

The Real Me, Quadrophenia

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Boston Marathon: Tom Longboat

The Boston Marathon is this weekend, in case you live in a cave. In honour of this event, the CBC has a great story about the man who won the 1907 running: Tom Longboat. [here]

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Leadholder Lust

Some would call it old school. I call it classic.

I love pencils. They have a depth of emotion that you can't get with any pen. But the highest standard in industrial pencils are not the 0.5mm mechanical pencils that everyone uses. No, it's the 2mm leadholder.

I first used these in my drafting overview in Grade 8 shop class. I sucked at drafting, but these felt good.

I just rediscovered them, and have found that there are many people who share my love of these old leadholders, including the folks at

The most prevalent ones are the Staedtler 780s, and their cheap copies.

The pinnacle of leadholder lust: the Caran D'Ache Fixpencil 2.

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Caran D'Ache Fixpencil: Where do you buy them?

I live in the Boston area. I want to buy one (1) Caran D'Ache Fixpencil 2mm leadholder.

Not hard, right?

The only place I can find them is from an online store in Switzerland.


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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Joost Sucks...CPU and Bandwidth

Got my invite to Joost today. Downloaded the app and tried to use it.

Channel selection is lame.

Response is slow.

And even on my reasonably powerful laptop, the memory, CPU and network usage went through the roof.

Yup. Uninstall.


Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Boston Verizon Measurement Agents Retired

This morning, after months of increasing performance issues, and connectivity issues, I have retired the Boston Verizon measurement location. This location hosted 2 measurement agents.

The machines, hosted in my basement, are connected using Verizon FiOS, which has become increasingly flaky over the last couple of months. As well, the machines are 7 year old Pentium IIs, and require a substantial amount of spoon-feeding that I don't have time for at the moment.

I have re-enabled the Technorati #1 Agent to fill the gap, but this leaves only 4 measurement locations running. I again put out my plea for more volunteers to host GrabPERF measurement locations. I have had one volunteer contact me about this (thanks Henrik!), and this location should be up in about 3 weeks.

If you have a spare linux box and a static IP, have I got a project for you!

PS: The contact page is fixed. It was set to auto-refresh and overwrite your e-mails. Ooooops.

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Sunday, April 1, 2007 Re-Design

I have been playing with my personal site,, and finally set the re-design loose last night. The last time I touched the layout was 2002 (I think), and it was all done in tables. The new design uses CSS, and makes controlling the layout so easy.

And, thanks to Matt Mullenweg, the header logo rotates for each visit. For someone who wants to improve performance, this is a simple attempt at vanity. Enjoy the home-brew headers.

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