Free Peering vs. Paid IP Transit: A Quick Explanation

By , April 1, 2016

A prospective customer asked one of our agents,

Why can’t I just connect to the internet using free peering? …  I see that Hurricane Electric peers on [a particular Internet Exchange Point] and it is ‘Open BGP,’ meaning they take all peers…  Theoretically that implies we can get to the internet via that path… right?  Something seems wrong here… right?”

Correct: something is wrong with this theory.

Peering is for traffic directed to another peer’s own network and that peer’s paid customers.   Read more »

Trade Show Checklist – What to Bring to an Exhibit Booth

By , December 31, 2015

Taking advantage of a slow work day, I’m updating my “Trade Show Checklist” as I plan for some upcoming events.  These are all items that I want on hand for any event.  (This list does not include “exhibit-specific” items, such as hex wrenches or spare parts for display booths, nor “equipment-specific” items like Cat5 network cable, computer disks, or spare bulbs.)

I have not included “camera” as a separate line item because we all have smart phones with cameras built in.

Your suggestions are welcome!

Note that items marked with * are not appropriate for carry-on luggage.

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Doing Business, Profits, and Startups

By , November 6, 2015

The goal of most businesses, I believe, should be to earn a profit from the sale of goods or services.

Over the past 20+ years, we’ve seen a succession of bizarre business models, in which little thought was given to “profit,” but instead to intermediate metrics (our web site needs visitors, eyeballs, clicks, engagement, etc.).  Many dot-com companies succumbed to ‘perverse incentives.’Read more »

Under-Desk Keyboard Tray or Platform?

By , October 12, 2015

I’m seeking feedback about under-desk keyboard trays and platforms.

There’s a nice 3M product grid at but I quickly concluded that this particular model (pictured below left) won’t work for me, because my standing desk has a central rail which doesn’t provide much depth for mounting.

I’m now looking at the 3M AKT65LE (pictured below right) or AKT60LE but those have few or zero reviews, and I’m still unable to tell if they’ll fit onto my desk.

I’m also uncertain if the 25 1/2 inch tray is wide enough for my Microsoft Natural keyboard plus trackball.

Any experience? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!


Network Cabling Images!

By , September 11, 2015

Here are some Network Cabling Images‪ (cat5 networking cable, data center, cable management porn). Read more »

Amazon’s Deceptive “Prime Day” Deals

By , August 25, 2015

&$*%*&@ ‪#‎Amazon‬ ‪#‎PrimeDay‬

(Aug 26 & Sept. 7 updates below)

Back on Prime Day, the only worthwhile deal I found was a promised $40 promotional credit if I paid $9.99 per month for a one-year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).

Today, I learned that they’ve decided to change the terms of the deal, so I won’t be able to use the credit. Read more »

CRM Terminology: Words That Don’t Mean What You Think

By , August 20, 2015

I’ve spent the past week exploring options for a Sales “Customer Relationship Management” (CRM) system for our company.

Welcome to a world where words don’t mean what you expect.  A “Lead” isn’t really a lead, an “Account” isn’t really an account, and so on.

And different CRM systems use slightly different definitions for certain words, and each introduces slightly different terms to refer to something that’s mostly-but-not-quite the same. Read more »

Cable Management for Adjustable Desks

By , August 16, 2015

A fewunder-shelf-basket-small-amazon days ago, my adjustable-height “Autonomous Desk (basic)” arrived (earlier blog post), and I like it.

But even before it arrived, I knew I would need to address some “cable management” issues.

The issue is that the desk’s movement (up and down) creates a range of motion that any cables must also allow for.  I was especially worried that at some point, I’d lower the desk and somehow a cable would get caught, so that when the desk was raised again, the cable would be pulled tight (taut) and might end up either unplugging or pulling something down from the desk (or up from the floor).

My first goal was to reduce the number of cables from the desk to the floor; ideally, there would be just one, a single 120V power cord, with ample slack.

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My Autonomous Desk (basic) Has Arrived! (Standing Desk, motorized)

By , August 12, 2015

Yes, folks, they really did deliver the adjustable-height “Autonomous Desk (basic)” that I backed via Kickstarter (photos + video, below).


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WordPress 4.2.4 fixes security vulnerabilities

By , August 4, 2015

“WordPress 4.2.4 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.  This release addresses six issues, including three cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential SQL injection….”

WordPress Security Update Band-Aid

WordPress Security Update Band-Aid

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