Archive for April, 2009

Movie Review: Lady in the Water

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

This film was quite interesting to me. I had to wait a while before seeing it. My wife has a hard time watching potentially scary movies, and this one looked to scary for her. So while she was at a bridal shower, I jumped on the opportunity to watch the movie.

Overall the story was cool and the director did a good job exposing portions of it at a time. The director also did a pretty good job of leading me in one direction, and then all of a sudden I had come to the wrong conclusion. I felt part of the movie, because the characters in the film experienced the same thing.

Some of the special effects seemed weak at times, but the story of the movie made up for those portions of the film. Overall I would give it three stars. Hope you enjoy it as well. Let me know what you thought of the film.

The trouble with other peoples hardware

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Last night while I was sleeping (or rather, trying to sleep, my allergies have been getting to me the last few days) I received a phone call. It was one of my clients. He said that he had been unable to access his computer for the last 40 minutes and wanted me to check it out. It never seems to fail, I leave for the weekend, and that is when the disasters happen. Fortunately, last week I replaced my border switch with a Cisco 2924, this made it possible to troubleshoot a lot more without actually being on site in the data center. I found that all my hosting equipment was working right and that my clients computer had a link. So I called the on call technician and had him restart the computer. That still didn’t fix the problem, so I had the technician log in. We found that the default network route was configured wrong (don’t ask me how that happens in the middle of the night) so I fixed the default route (which meant sending the information to the default router rather than the network address.) which fixed the problem and everyone is happy now.

Webhosting Upgrade

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I have added a new service that I am offering with my webhosting company. I have started offering colocation. This new service has started to tax some of the companies resources, so as a result modifications had to be made. The goal of the modification was to start measuring the bandwidth that each server/colocation client that is used.

In order to facilitate this change, a new border switch had to be installed. I purchased a Cisco 2924 on Ebay. The great thing about this switch is that it is a fully managed, the previous switch is classified as a web-smart switch, which simply means that it has a web interface. The new switch allows my monitoring server to poll the switch and store usage information about each port.

A long time coming

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I have finally gotten back to writing entries on my blog. I haven’t had much time, but now that I have finished my degree in Computer Science Networking so I will have some more time to write. So come back often.

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