New gTLD?

Q) What’s a gTLD? A) generic top level domain name (like .com). Here’s your chance to get specific meaning with your web address that everyone will see.

Then weekly for most of 2014, Donuts will roll out additional gTLDs. Next Wednesday, February 5, .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY will be open for registration by anyone interested in an online identity connected to these terms.


Romney’s Broken Whale

In the end result Orca didn’t work because of only one centralized location and plain human error.

Inside Team Romney’s whale of an IT meltdown

It was supposed to be a “killer app,” but a system deployed to volunteers by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign may have done more harm to Romney’s chances on Election Day—largely because of a failure to follow basic best practices for IT projects.

Called “Orca,” the effort was supposed to give the Romney campaign its own analytics on what was happening at polling places and to help the campaign direct get-out-the-vote efforts in the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Colorado.

Instead, volunteers couldn’t get the system to work from the field in many states—in some cases because they had been given the wrong login information. The system crashed repeatedly. At one point, the network connection to the Romney campaign’s headquarters went down because Internet provider Comcast reportedly thought the traffic was caused by a denial of service attack.

As one Orca user described it to Ars, the entire episode was a “huge clusterf**k.” Here’s how it happened.

Develop in haste, repent at leisure

Slow Down is Back


Test 12/23/11
running 10s outbound test (client to server) . . . . . 818.62Kb/s
running 10s inbound test (server to client) . . . . . . 8.77kb/s

There were 29 packets retransmitted, 7 duplicate acks received, and 12 SACK blocks received
The connection stalled 6 times due to packet loss
The connection was idle 1.73 seconds (11.53%) of the time
This connection is network limited 99.97% of the time.

Test 12/24/11
running 10s outbound test (client to server) . . . . . 819.76Kb/s
running 10s inbound test (server to client) . . . . . . 9.88kb/s

There were 8 packets retransmitted, 8 duplicate acks received, and 8 SACK blocks received
The connection stalled 2 times due to packet loss
The connection was idle 2.64 seconds (12.57%) of the time
This connection is network limited 99.98% of the time.
Excessive packet loss is impacting your performance, check the auto-negotiate function on your local PC and network switch

So far I’ve spent four hours on the phone with Verizon Tech support. The problem has been escalated again to main office engineers but it has not yet been fixed.

I endorse Think Progress

Think = direct one’s mind toward someone or something; use one’s mind actively to form connected ideas.

Progress = advance or development toward a better, more complete, or more modern condition.

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Slow Down Fixed

Surprise, surprise. The replacement Verizon wireless router/modem came and did not fix the slow speed internet problem. It turns out that Verizon had the answer all the time. It was their network configuration causing the slow speed internet problem. After the Verizon employee fixed the Verizon network configuration I am finally now getting the speed for which I’ve been paying. Oh yes, one other thing, Verizon has granted me an $11 rebate off next months billing.

Some Thoughts re:The #occupy Movement

Some people ask about the #occupy movement “What do they really want?” and others think there is a “messaging” problem. I don’t think that the #occupy movement has a messaging problem. The #occupy movement is just what it is. It is intentionally amorphous. It means to be non-violent. It is a series of teaching moments recorded on cell phones and distributed on the internet. It is people gathering together and expressing their discontentment. Instead of asking the #occupy movement what they want perhaps you might want to look to yourself and ask how you feel about the #occupy movement? What does the #occupy movement mean to you?

In our hurry up, fast food, 24 hour news, what’s your point, modern world, it’s realistic to ask “What do they really want?” But, unfortunately, that’s the wrong question. The #occupy movement is not them or they or those, it is us. We are the 99%. Therefor it’s up to each of us to ask the question correctly, “What do I want?”

For example when I do that some of my questions are:

What do I want for the planet Earth?
What do I want for my county’s government?
What do I want for the economic markets?
What do I want for my food?
What do I want for my shelter?
What do I want of myself?

My answers show me that I have a significant agreement with the #occupy movement. I support them and will stand with them.

One of the better recent attempts to frame the #occupy movement is by Alexis Madrigal writing in the November 2011 issue of The Atlantic. The story is available online

It’s a little geeky with the API metaphor but when you get past that it’s good.