Maybe McCain wont vote for bad bills next time

I found this really amusing. McCain’s campaign wrote a letter to YouTube requesting that they give special preference to political videos when receiving DMCA takedown notices. Basically some people are claiming the McCain campaign is violating their copyright by including music, video, etc in their YouTube videos and are demanding the videos be removed. Continue reading


Server move completed

Just a quick FYI, the server has moved to it’s new home. DNS is still propagating, but should complete in the next few hours… Anyways a big thanks to Martony, Gabe and Jason who helped out.


Server move (again)

Since staying with Speakeasy DSL isn’t going to work out and I’ll be moving to Comcast, my server needs to find a new home. As luck would have it, I’ve found a new home for my box, so I’ll be moving the server over later this week- probably in the morning hours since the site is so close to work. More details to follow…


OSS sit-rep

I figured I’d write a quick situation report on the three open source projects I’m involved with:

  • Tcpreplay Pretty much in total maintenance mode right now. I’m more then happy to help users and fix any bugs which people report, but I’m not working on any new features right now.
  • OpenPacket Looks like OpenPacket is in the process of being restarted and is going to move from Ruby on Rails to PHP. My last experience with PHP (about 7 years ago) was enough to make me swear it off and I’m just not interested in re-learning it again. Hence, I suspect my role will be limited to providing suggestions for the team.
  • Cabernet Due to the move & my vacation to the Yukon/BC/Alaska, development has definitely slowed down, but now that things are getting back to normal I’m expecting to get some more work done. One thing I’m considering is starting a rewrite. Cabernet was my very first RoR application and I’ve definitely learned a lot and there are a lot of new and interesting plugins out there which are quite interesting.

    The other option is working on the UI. There are still a lot of things which need work (especially adding bottles and searching) which I don’t think would need a complete rewrite. I still need to decide what Cabernet should become- a OSS application for end users or a hosted solution (which seems to be the norm for the wine drinking community).


Move Report #2

So things are coming along pretty well, albeit a bit slower then I’d like. After nearly 3 weeks of working with Speakeasy/Covad/AT&T on my DSL, it turns out that I’m too far away from the CO to get a decent connection so I’m moving over to Comcast. The Comcast service is indeed *VERY* fast (I saw ~30Mbps down and 3Mbps up last night!) and about 40% cheaper then Speakeasy, but not having a static IP and being able to run a full range of services on my server is a big negative. I’m in luck though- I’ve found a place I can host my server for free, so it’s all going to work out.

We’ve also learned why it’s good to have an insurance policy on all the appliances when you buy a home. Both the oven and dishwasher are having problems, but the parts & labor is only going to cost us $45.

Comcast came out last week to install a new drop for our TV in the living room. I guess I was hoping for too much for a “professional install” when they’re only charging $14. But after some creative thinking and getting lucky on how the old wires were run, we came up with a solution which doesn’t suck.

Now it’s mostly just a matter of getting our old townhouse on the market and hoping it sells quickly… Now that Congress has passed the bailout bill maybe that has a chance of happening.


Move Report #1

So yes, we finally moved to our new home. Anyways, I figured I’d give a quick score card for all the companies we’ve had to deal with so far, in no particular order:

  • Comcast: C-. For some reason thought that changing our billing address meant we wanted them to disconnect our service two weeks early, so our plan of having Tivo tape all our shows while we were on vacation didn’t work. When we got back, Comcast said it was just a service outtage in our area, but after 2 days we called again and they admitted the confusion. Of course, by then it would take them 2 more days to turn it on, by which time we’d actually moved out. Got a C- instead of a D because the technician who came out was so nice.
  • PG&E: A-. Easy to work with, but long lead time on getting the gas turned back on in our place meant we were without a working stovetop/hot water for almost a week. When they went to turn on the gas, the first guy broke the pipe, but PG&E sent two more trucks & 3 more people the same day to fix it. Would of gotten an A+ if we could of gotten them to schedule things quicker.
  • Speakeasy: B+. I want to give Speakeasy a higher grade, because frankly I know how big of a disaster things would of been if my ISP was someone else. But, looking at the bigger picture, things took longer then I would of liked and my DSL is more like “Damned Slow Link” (less then 1Mbps down, compared to the 6Mbps I ordered) then high-speed internet. Hopefully AT&T and Covad will figure things out and I won’t have to dump Speakeasy, switch to cable and host my server elsewhere.
  • AT&T: B. Ordering was easy, but their unwillingness to send a tech out to turn our line up and verify everything was in proper working order meant of course our phone didn’t work. Once they sent a tech, it was pretty painless and he was able to quickly diagnose the problem and fix it.

Prawn- not just for the BBQ

With the upcoming move, we’ll have to unload & reload our wine collection from the wine cabinet. For some people that may not be a big deal, but when you’re dealing with a few hundred bottles being tracked in a database, it’s important that all the bottles go back to their original location after the move. Hence I’ve been looking at generating a printable inventory that we can take with us for the move. As you may know, printing web pages doesn’t always give the expected results, so I’ve been playing with generating PDF files. Continue reading