Archive | February 4, 2004 back up and running

Some find it hard to believe, but folks actually read that stuff. is back up and running, with DSL restored from the ISP. While they were out, I took advantage of the downtime to reconfigure the cabling, running the DSL POTS wire downstairs to the “server room” (basement) and putting the DSL modem and firewall router downstairs, clearing a bit of desk space (although losing the pretty lights) and giving me some more options in the wiring down there. Unfortunately, it took a while to get it working. Did you know the Ethernet cable coming out of a ZyZel DSL modem shouldn’t be more than six feet long? Me, neither…

Mary Jo lambasts yet another Microsoft ‘study’

Microsoft Watch from Mary Jo Foley reports Microsoft Funds More ‘Facts’. “Microsoft is touting a new “independent” study aimed at helping users make fact-based choices between operating systems. This time, the study was performed by Jupiter Research and commissioned by Microsoft.”

Yet another suspicious “study,” although the devil’s in the details more than the farcical “a mainframe costs more than a bunch of server” study. In this case, there is no “study” really, but a survey of the opinions of people (presumably IS Managers) about what they know about interoperability. That’s surely not the same as evaluating what sort of interoperability is out there. I’ve automated from VFP, and you can do so from Perl, Python, Java or C++. I run my SourceSafe files from a Samba share on a Linux box. I can read and write MySQL tables (on any platform) via ODBC or JDBC or Perl libraries or other interfaces. Now, that’s interoperable! down

Sorry for the inconvenience. My DSL ISP (TDS Internet) has apparently lost a whole lot of New Hampshire somehow and is trying to get us back on-line. Apologies to those who depend on the RSS feeds. Hope to be back soon.

Open Source Software makes a better router.

Slashdot links to a fascinating report, Creating A Super-Router (For Free), once again highlighting the power of Open Source Software. Linksys uses the Linux OS as the basis for many of their routers, and therefore they must publish the source code for their software. A number of clever programmers have added modifications, enhancements and improvements to the software, giving it additional capabilities or fixing performance nits that might not have been economically feasible for LinkSys to fix and support.

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