Comcast Tiered Internet

I came across this post today (Comcast Is Starting The Tiered Internet.. Whether We Like It or Not) and must admit that I have never had much trust for any ISP I’ve used (except for when I used the U of U for internet access as a student.)

I haven’t downloaded/uploaded anything through bittorrent in over a year (it was legitimate traffic, a SuSE Linux installation disk.) But if Comcast starts limiting that kind of stuff, I don’t think they’re far from limiting other high bandwidth sites, such as video sites.

Recently, I was backing up some data over my internet connection (over 100GB) and feared I was going to get one of those dreaded phone calls from Comcast.

I wish I had alternatives like Utopia or Verizon FioS where I live. I can’t even get DSL from Qwest at my house (I’m not sure that I would want it anyway.)

Sorry for the scattered post, I just wanted to share.

Map of the Internet

A link to this was posted to slashdot this morning. It’s a pretty interesting/entertaining map to read. It shows allocations of IP addresses across the IPv4 internet with unallocated blocks illustrated as grassy areas. For example, this server’s address (66.180.172.237) is in the “U.S.A” block, because it begins with a “66”.

http://xkcd.com/c195.html

When I moused over the image, it says, “For the IPv6 map just imagine the XP default desktop picture.” Which interpreted, means that much of the IPv6 address space is currently unclaimed.

On a more technical note, IPv4 uses 32 bit addresses, IPv6 uses 128 bit addresses. Here is an example of what each looks like, IPv4 – 192.168.1.101 (that address should probably look familiar), IPv6 – 30ac:0db8:85a3:08d3:1319:8a2e:0370:7334 (this looks scary to me!) The IPv4 address space contains 4,294,967,296 addresses but the IPv6 contains 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456.

Backpacking GPS tips

I have a Garmin eTrex that I use with a version of Topo! that I purchased a few years ago. Last week, I took a backpacking trip into the Uintas. Here are a few things I learned on this trip. I will focus mostly on things I’m going to do next time to make better use of my GPS.
In Topo!, it’s easy to layout your planned trail. My eTrex has limited functionality (and memory) so I have to choose how I want waypoints layed out along the trail that works best.

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Vonage support sucked

Wow, what an ordeal. There went 4 hours of my life that I want back. Last night, I initially was on the phone for over an hour with Vonage trying to get an obscure bug with my Motorola device fixed. Whenever I dail a number that is busy, the call is immediately dropped w/o any sort of busy signal. This is pretty annoying and requires me to think way too much about whether I really dialed the right number when it happens.

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