December 2005 Archives

New bunch of Windows Vista screenshots here.

Excuse me for a moment while I geek out. Ahem.

The numbers that follow are traceroute latency figures in milliseconds from resolving

Numbers at the end in parentheses represent the total average (for multiple runs) of the 1st column of millisecond ping measurements.

Akamai's distributed, load-balanced DNS system is intended to optimize, based on a number of factors, the closest and fastest server from which to serve content.

DEFAULT DNS Server: (Verizon's peering/transit)

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms
2 24 ms 24 ms 23 ms []

3 37 ms 36 ms 37 ms [13
4 37 ms 36 ms 36 ms
5 31 ms 31 ms 32 ms
6 55 ms 55 ms 55 ms
7 54 ms 55 ms 55 ms
8 56 ms 55 ms 55 ms

(295 ms)

DNS Server: (Qwest-owned)

1 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms
2 25 ms 23 ms 23 ms []

3 27 ms 26 ms 25 ms
4 26 ms 25 ms 25 ms
5 26 ms 26 ms 25 ms
6 26 ms 26 ms 26 ms []
7 26 ms 26 ms 26 ms [4.68.101.
8 26 ms 26 ms 26 ms
9 27 ms 26 ms 27 ms [66.110.15
10 26 ms 26 ms 26 ms

(236 ms)

Problem: As you can see, the default DNS server, obtained via a standard DHCP lease, is actually (again, on average,) 59 milliseconds slower than the Qwest one I added manually. No, this doesn't really matter in reality.

Solution: Use Qwest's DNS (or's Chicago one,

What I thought I'd point out, however, is that, regardless of total latency, it always appears to pick the route with the shortest AS hop count (gee, this reeks of BGP).

Generally, vanilla-installed BGP configs of multi-homed peering/transit providers are limited by the protocol, which is why entire separate companies existed in the past to address this problem:
* netVMG, which is now incorporated into the Internap line, in their Flow Control platform.
* Sockeye, which is also now incorporated into the Internap line, in their Flow View platform.
* RouteScience, now incorporated into Avaya's Converged Network Analyzer product.

The problem with BGP version 4 is that its routing decisions are largely based solely on AS hop count, so factors like latency, brown outs, packet loss, etc. are ignored.

Good article on BGP's limitations and multi-homing in general here.

WebMD got its redesign. Not that I use it much, but it's certainly better than it used to be.

If you're going to have to take English courses, like me, then you might as well read cool literature like Dracula.

My Spring 2006 E303 Literatures In English 1800-1900 class will do just that. Of course, we'll over-analyze it ad nauseum, but we did that in my L222 (Literary Criticism) class with The Moonstone, and it didn't ruin the excitement of the book for me.

I grow weary of movies like House of Flying Daggers, which are touted largely for their aesthic beauty, like that can hold a lackluster movie, or something.

It can't.

And what's up with the lack of story? It is, after all, titled "House of Flying Daggers," which makes you think there will at least be some backstory regarding that. For the most part, it was glossed over.


Not that I'm a fan of Tom Cruise anyway--I think he's as wacko as Jacko--but the War of the Worlds remake was terrible. It had no heart, no soul, no strong characters, just one special-effects-filled vignette after another.

This chap is a fine, fine writer. It shows.

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Found a good new soap. This stuff rocks: Germ-X's Foaming Lavender.

I know what you're thinking: "Donner's officially lost it. He's blogging about soap." But before you go all "saner than thou" on me, listen up.

This soap uses Benzalkonium Chloride as its antiseptic, which kills all sorts of germs, including pesky bacteria, but it can't cause microbial resistance. (Sorry, my Intro to Humans and the Biological World learning just crept in there!)

I recommend, without much trepidation of your possible displeasure, The Skeleton Key.

Kate Hudson has always been very easy on the eyes, and this movie is no exception.

But that's not the catch; this movie actually has smarts, within its plot. Ouch!

Granted, it's not the most original movie ever because so much in movies has already been done thematically, but it still might might catch you off guard and leave you with a smile. I know it did me.

Planning (though things hardly work out the way I envision them) to read Dissolution, by C.J. Sansom.

The time period it covers (Tudor England) is briefly discussed here.

Tonight I finished writing my last English paper for E301. Sniff (not really).

I'm "behind" in my blogging; expect more to come in the next few days.

Pre-order it here.

ABC's new In Justice looks good, so here's to proceeding with fingers crossed...

There are so many things I wish I had time to fix (strengthen, really) in this paper, but sadly I have to move on to my three remaining classes, with finals looming next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


Indiana...sigh. I miss those near 65 year-round temperatures of the Bay area...

Important Message
Heavy snow warning in effect until 4 AM est /4 AM est/ Friday.

Rest Of Tonight
Snow...heavy at times before midnight. Snow tapering off early Friday morning. Total snow accumulation of 6 to 9 inches. Lows around 18. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west 10 to 20 mph after midnight.

Beauty and the Geek is returning January 9th on The WB!

Moshic? Where's your new double album, man? I've been waiting for this for literally a couple of years, now.

From your website:

"MOSHIC working on his (Double) Album ,planed to be release this year (2005)
(will included Moshic Production only )"

I just upgraded a 1.0.6 build of Firefox to 1.0.7 here at school, and subsequently ran the update check, and it says "Firefox was not able to find any updates" (or something to that effect).

Oops, considering Firefox 1.5 is out already...

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.12) Gecko/20050915 Firefox/1.0.7

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Fox's Reunion is cancelled now, in addition to the already-mentioned Threshold from CBS.

CNN news link

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