Tag: Internet

New IceTV sales tatics

So IceTV sends me the following email…


However, I don’t have any recording device associated with my very legacy account. I haven’t been a paid subscriber with them for probably 5 or more years. Yet as you can see they thought it might be nice to send me an email that might provoke me to do something.

Hate to say it IceTV, but I won’t be giving you any money now or in the future. I promptly unsubscribed from the emails. Since IceTV and I will never be friends, now I will be a customer. They burnt the brand with the whole Skippa.tv saga.

EDIT: Looks like they dropped the skippa.tv website, so links to http://skippa.tv currently do not work.

New ADSL Provider – iiNet

I was with Exetel for about 9 months, and in the beginning things were okay, but eventually something happened and I started to have periods of congestion. My internet in the evening would max out http downloads/streams at about 50kb/s. As you can guess this makes the ADSL service very useless. It meant if I needed to do some work from home I pretty much couldn’t do so.

Exetel and I parted ways, so I went with iiNet, as I needed a service that if contracted could be changed/moved. iiNet and Internode both could do this, and in the end iiNet won out purely due to it being $10 a month cheaper. So when I move into the new house in ~12-16 months, we will change over to iiNet FTTH service and they will wipe the contract for me to continue on a new contracted service.

Below is the speedtest I performed minutes after I switched out my router/modem settings.


WordPress Add Media Upload Failures

Prior to the install of WordPress onto blog here, I had been experiencing some issues on another server with my web host provider Zuver. The error was related to the upload of images using the Add Media feature of WordPress.

The error produced was like that shown below;


With the assistance of the Support team we were able to resolve this and all that was required was some tweaks to the hosting setup. Changes that can be performed via the Control Panel and via cpanel.

.htaccess in the web root should have the lines below added;

# Inserted By Customer Control Panel
SetENV PHPRC /home/userid/public_html
suPHP_ConfigPath /home/userid/public_html

In addition to this we should have the php.ini in the web root as per below;

date.timezone = "Australia/Melbourne"
disable_functions = show_source, passthru, exec, popen, proc_open, allow_url_fopen
memory_limit = 128M
max_execution_time = 90
max_input_time = 90
upload_max_filesize = 32M
post_max_size = 32M
extension_dir = "/usr/local/lib/php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20090626"
realpath_cache_size = 16K
realpath_cache_ttl = 120
zend_extension = "/usr/local/IonCube/ioncube_loader_lin_5.3.so"
zend_extension = "/usr/local/Zend/lib/Guard-5.5.0/php-5.3.x/ZendGuardLoader.so"

And post doing this the condition I was having with the image uploads was resolved. So I was extremely happy with this result.

Exetel Evening Network Congestion

For months now I have been seeing major Network Congestion on the Exetel ADSL2+ Broadband service. I’ve reported this a number of times and it is brushed off indicating that the problem is a service based one.

Well unfortunately that’s not the case, as come business hours the same network transfers slow in the evenings are fast again, which basically tells us that the Exetel Network / Up stream provider is clearly hammered/congested/shaped.

Below is some test downloads, which show the date/time they started and ended, along with the size of the files, URL used and average through put.

pi@bravo ~ $ date
Wednesday 15 April  21:05:46 AEST 2015
pi@bravo ~ $ wget http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/test/100meg.test
--2015-04-15 21:06:07--  http://mirror.internode.on.net/pub/test/100meg.test
Resolving mirror.internode.on.net (mirror.internode.on.net)...
Connecting to mirror.internode.on.net (mirror.internode.on.net)||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 100000000 (95M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `100meg.test'

100%[======================================>] 100,000,000 94.3K/s   in 17m 47s

2015-04-15 21:23:53 (91.6 KB/s) - `100meg.test' saved [100000000/100000000]

pi@bravo ~ $ date
Wednesday 15 April  21:23:56 AEST 2015
pi@bravo ~ $ wget http://download.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/windows/gimp-2.8.14-setup-1.exe
--2015-04-15 21:23:57--  http://download.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/windows/gimp-2.8.14-setup-1.exe
Resolving download.gimp.org (download.gimp.org)...
Connecting to download.gimp.org (download.gimp.org)||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 91931728 (88M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: `gimp-2.8.14-setup-1.exe'

100%[======================================>] 91,931,728  34.4K/s   in 43m 3s

2015-04-15 22:07:02 (34.8 KB/s) - `gimp-2.8.14-setup-1.exe' saved [91931728/91931728]

Now below is my PPPoE out interface traffic graphs covering today, and the time the above clearly present, as you can see the link is capable of loads more through put, but during the evening its not remotely possible.

Come tomorrow after 9am I will perform the same downloads and post up the results below this line and you can see that what I am saying, and been seeing is evident in the material presented.

PPP LCP EchoReq failures

It appears I got over 14 hour run out of my PPP connection with the new router, however it did end up dying, in a way that I believe is associated with my other router doing the same thing, as I did see this happen on old router too.

You can see a snip of the logs below, which I am running in PPP debug mode to catch the failures.

Jan 31 04:17:29 tp-link.home syslog: rcvd [LCP EchoReq id=0x29 magic=0xc7764cdf dc e9 00 04]
Jan 31 04:17:29 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoRep id=0x29 magic=0xf199fdc0 dc e9 00 04]
Jan 31 04:17:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf2 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:17:45 tp-link.home syslog: rcvd [LCP EchoRep id=0xf2 magic=0xc7764cdf]
Jan 31 04:18:15 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf3 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:18:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf4 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:19:15 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf5 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:19:45 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP EchoReq id=0xf6 magic=0xf199fdc0]
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: No response to 4 echo-requests
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Serial link appears to be disconnected.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Serial link appears to be disconnected.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: attempting to reread config file
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Clear IP addresses.  PPP connection DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:23 tp-link.home syslog: Clear IP addresses.  Connection DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: Couldn't increase MTU to 1500.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: Couldn't increase MRU to 1500
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: PPP LCP DOWN.
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP TermReq id=0x3 "Peer not responding"]
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: resuming normal operation
Jan 31 04:20:27 tp-link.home radvd[12001]: received RA from fe80::706e:1fff:feb3:306f
Jan 31 04:20:31 tp-link.home syslog: sent [LCP TermReq id=0x4 "Peer not responding"]
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connection terminated.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connect time 23711299.2 minutes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Sent 409935162 bytes, received 406005108 bytes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Connect time 23711299.2 minutes.
Jan 31 04:20:34 tp-link.home syslog: Sent 409935162 bytes, received 406005108 bytes.

Exetel informed me yesterday that they had an outage on Thursday relating to some equipment relating to the above happening, and that Friday AM they performed maintenance to correct it. But guess what, looks like it is still happening, just not so frequently on this router. Maybe coincidence, but I couldn’t keep the old router on when it was flaking out so frequently.

Initial impression of TP-Link TD-W8960N wireless router

My TP-Link TD-W8960N arrived yesterday, and I cracked open the box. Configured it and installed it onto my ADSL service.

If you saw my last post, you will know I am having some ADSL sync issues, which suddenly came out of no where a week ago. Thought it might of been related to a recent tech visit and other problems, however it was also possible that the age old router I have might be responsible too.

So I got the TP-Link TD-W8960N to confirm if it too suffers the same issues. It’s now been plugged in for over 10 hours and stayed connected. My old router had dropped about 10+ times yesterday after lunch until the evening when swapped out.

Will continue to monitor this for another few days, but if this continues, I think it might be safe to say that my Billion 7800NL may be terminal, so I might crack it open and see if any caps have leaked that might explain the router being so unstable.

TP-Link TD-W8960N is not bad, I like the fact it has EWAN support, which means I will be able to use it as a spare/test unit for FTTH in the future. Assuming I find I need to replace it with something more powerful.

It’s menu layout and other options is nearly identical to the Billion 7800NL, which surprised me a little. I still can’t find where to change the routers hostname and domain suffix.

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 8.20.26 am

Google Drive Direct Download of large files

If your in a situation like I just described on the subject, you will be thanking me and the person I am about to link too.

I was in a situation today where I needed to download some large files from Google Drive, but needed it to be done from the Linux command line with wget. I could see how it worked, but didn’t have the time to sit down and figure it out exactly. After a bit of searching I came across a blog post here by someone else. They already did the hard yards and wrote a perl script.

All I can say is a big thank you to the author on that blog who wrote the gdown.pl perl script. It worked great. Saved me a few hours in fact.

In addition I also worked out that if you take the id=value from the Google Drive File Share link, you can data mine a bit of information associated to the file in question.

Check out the page here, and use the Try it link. Insert in you File ID and it will tell you from which account its being shared etc.


Internet security and passwords

Everyone who uses the internet should consider the use of passwords and how they are used on the internet.

You should be using a different password for different sites and also using the longest and most cryptic password possible.

Of course doing either of these 2 things is going to make it really difficult to remember them, but that’s the whole point, you shouldn’t be able to remember them. As this will lead to having passwords that would be easy to remember and/or exploit by others.

You’ll find plenty of good applications available that can do password management, however below is the programs I use on a daily basis, as the format is one that allows me to use them across multiple programs and platforms. i.e. Windows, Macintosh, iOS devices and even Android devices.

On my Macintosh and iOS devices I use a program called “PwSafe” which is a excellent program and well worth the purchase price. It allows you to sync your password file on Dropbox, which I recommend, as that means no need to copy the file to a location that all devices can see when changes are made.

On Windows computer, I recommend using the program called “Password Safe” which is completely free, and this will enable you to use your password file on a Windows computer.


Excellent resource for open source sounds

In my youth I ran a BBS, and I had a shareware cd that contained thousands of samples of different things. Quotes from movies, sounds of various things. Thought it was great, however must of lost it a long time ago.

Meanwhile, looks like a site was set up to make such things available to the general public under an open source license.

Check out FreeSound, as posted by Cool Tools website (which is where I seen it posted).