Benoit Felten, an Telco analyst Yankee Group, calls out ISPs for claiming to suffer the effects of users who hog their precious bandwidth. He points out that no ISP has ever justified the existence of this class of users, nor have they ever released data about the usage of these hogs nor any other subset of their user population. Yet Time Warner Cable, amongst others, uses the "existence" of these users to justify arbitrary, and I would claim exceedingly low, bandwidth caps after which they gouge users with additional fees. It's nice to see someone close to the industry finally saying what a lot of us on the outside have been thinking and trying to shed light on for a long time.
So I noticed that the home page wasn't loading, and apparently a few others noticed too that something in the new version that Google has started pushing to it's servers breaks Bloog. I pushed my fix to github, which disables the Tag list on the hope page for the time being till the issue can be really fixed.
There are a lot of HOWTOs out there to migrate or setup software RAID on Linux. So here's my two cents on the WTF moments I encountered:
At work we had an issue with a SQL cluster that mysteriously went down, due to the SQL Resources having been deleted. As part of the Server team's efforts to restore functionality, the SQL Resource Types were also deleted. Among the litany of issues we had to work through to get SQL back up and running, we had to piece together how to get the Resource Types back so we could successfully setup the Resources again.
- cluster.exe RESTYPE "SQL Server" /CREATE /DLLNAME:SQSRVRES.DLL /ISALIVE:60000 /LOOKSALIVE:5000
- cluster.exe RESTYPE "SQL Server Agent" /CREATE /DLLNAME:SQAGTRES.DLL /ISALIVE:60000 /LOOKSALIVE:5000
- Add the SQL Server Resource via the Cluster GUI including the proper dependencies etc.
- Add the SQL Server Agent Resource via the Cluster GUI
- Follow the MS documented registry hacks to get the proper information back to allow the Clustered instances to start. NOTE: This has to be added on all nodes in the cluster individually.
- Verify it runs from the command line: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Binn>sqlservr.exe -sMSSQLSERVER
- Verify it runs from the command line as the service account using runas.
- The Services should now start correctly on the local machine (not in the cluster).
- Stop the Services and bring them up via the Cluster.
The power of complaining wins yet another battle. MSNBC is reporting that due to public and political outcry Time Warner Cable is abandoning it's efforts to introduced metered and tiered internet services. This is a big win for network neutrality as any limits on what, how much, and who on the internet violate the basic principles it was founded on. This is like if your phone company sold you long distance service, but then told you if you make more than 20 calls a month, regardless of their duration they would start charging you an extra dollar per call. People would never stand for it on the phone network, or road systems, but because normal people don't understand how the internet works, they assume that the providers will do the right thing. History has proven time and time again that's just not the case.
Wired has coverage of NY's Democratic Congressmen Eric Massa's attempts to pass legislation banning Time Warner Cable from introducting usage caps and tiered pricing for their Roadrunner internet services. TWC has been trying out these caps and pricing structures in various markets and apparently finally stepped on the right person's toes by starting to record usage data in Rochester, New York. Wired points out that while playing the "woe is us" card, TWC has been raking in the profits, with their own annual report showing that their broadband costs were down 12% in 2008 while revenues were up 11%. Makes it a little hard to justify how the power users are beating your service providings into the ground while you're rolling around in Scrouge McDuck's vault.
Stupid new "iTunes DJ" who replaced "Party Shuffle" has a bad attitude when you try to listen to songs he's already got "queued up to spin" as the kids would say
Tim Berners Lee sums up Net Neutrality:
"Net Neutrality says: "If I pay to connect to the Net with a certain quality of service, and you pay to connect with that or greater quality of service, then we can communicate at that level."
That's all. Its up to the ISPs to make sure they interoperate so that that happens.
Net Neutrality is NOT asking for the internet for free.
Net Neutrality is NOT saying that one shouldn't pay more money for high quality of service. We always have, and we always will."
Written in 2006, unfortunately it's now 2009 and the telcos are still trying to confuse the common consumer into thinking Net Neutrality is Google trying to trick consumers into paying for Google's internet bill.
There's been much brew-ha-ha about the NY Times being in financial trouble, the death of newspapers, and print media in general. For the last couple years, however, the Times has been doing some really great work with flash based visualizations that tie into their print articles, but obviously are available only the web. So maybe the the death of the print newspaper doesn't mean that the big, well known papers will die.
What really interests me is the stuff they've had coming out recently showing that they really are embracing the open concepts that are flourishing on the web. Within a month they've announced Represent and the Congress API, two very cool usages of publicly available data that was previously only available in a mishmash of formats. They're combining, enhancing, analyzing and promoting data in very new and innovative ways.
The Times moving in this direction seems to coencide with a growing call for "open government" which has seemed to start as a grassroots, web powered, effort and will hopefully take hold in the new administration. It seems the Times is uniquely positioning itself within this new world order to become the seminal information source for computers and the autonomous world that it already is for humans. This is a very interesting direction for the Times to take and I'm not sure if it's officially supported from the top. It seems that it either has to be getting discussed in the top echolons or the IT group has a huge amount of freedom to make very bold moves and think well outside the existing dead tree based box. Either way it's the kind of agility and/or forward thinking that could make the Times the Queen of the new web news world.