PIPA / SOPA / PROTECT IP Act – A horrible, terrible, awful, no-good idea

I know I haven’t posted here in a while. A long while, actually… But I feel this is vitally important and I am more than a little disturbed by the possibility that America, home of free speech and purported bastion of personal expression, is coming as close as it is to a horrendous, wholesale miscarriage […]

Google Reader

I’ve been using Google Reader, and found this nifty JS: Also, the feed for my shared items is here.

Life #in a cloud of elegant spaghetti

I am slowly but surely moving my life to the cloud. In recent months I’ve begun truly exploring Google, Facebook, and WordPress. I see massive potential for this approach- after all I have 2 smartphones, 4 computers I use on a regular basis, and too much data to keep track of. As part of this […]

DNS Hijacking by ISPs (or: How I Learned to Stop Being RFC Compliant and Love the Paycheck)

Disclaimer: I work for a cable provider, but not one of the ones listed. I speak for myself alone here on this blog, from my own view of professional sysadmin ethics, now and always. Sherman, set the wayback machine! The time? September 15th, 2003.  In 2003, Verisign(since monikered as Verislime I might add) decided they […]

Cox cable SpeedBoost irritations

Cox Cable (which I am, unfortunately, a customer of) has a delightful SpeedBoost technology.This technology works by providing a lot of bandwidth at the beginning of a given TCP session, then choking it down as time goes by. While this does not make a difference in many applications, one thing that is killing me is […]