No more ADSL modems?

My ADSL modem at home's on its way out. It's been going at it hard for the last 4 years, but now needs a periodic "kick in the pants" now around every 2 days.

In my desperate search for a replacement, it's become clear to me that the "good" companies don't seem to bother making ADSL2+ modems anymore. They've all got wireless built-in nowadays.

I don't need wireless built in!

Euro Road Trip #1

Last December a group of my friends and my partner went on a European driving tour and I've finally gotten around to writing about it . When we went we found very little information on the perils of European driving and though people had obviously done it before we couldn't find many blog posts with tips and tricks. I had a blast and would recommend it to anyone but these are the things you should consider.

The IT Debate: NBN

I attended the ACS National IT Debate held at the National Press Conference. Senator Conroy was there as well as the Shadow Minister and a Greens Rep (who was surprisingly coherent). The debate mainly focused around the NBN. I'm still out on whether it's a good idea, though I'm not sure the Liberal policy is any good either. Here my thoughts so far:

mmm pancakes!

Ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote

Blueberry compote
500g frozen blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of ½ lemon

1. Combine the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan over a medium heat.
2. Cook, stirring frequently, until some of the liquid cooks off and the sauce thickens.

Ricotta Pancakes (serves 4)
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
4 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup buttermilk, shaken
1 cup self raising flour
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar

Exchange 2007 breaks IIS?

When hitting the default website (i.e. http://corp.example.com/) -- NOT OWA, are you getting this error?

HTTP Error 500.0 - Internal Server Error
Calling LoadLibraryEx on ISAPI filter "C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\owa\auth\owaauth.dll" failed
Error Code 0x8007007e

Have you just installed Exchange 2007 SP1 onto your shiney new Windows Server 2008 R2 box?

Managing Expectations

Top Gear Australia: Not again!
If there's one piece of advice I could give to every company that has customers, it would be "under-promise, and over-deliver".

It's expectation management 101.

I have a vendor whom we regularly have to deal with. This particular vendor will regularly promise that a release will be delivered to us, with certain features, and "by X date". Every release, that date slips by around 14 days, and is missing a number of promised features.

IPv6: Still "beta" quality

Over the last month or so, I've been playing with Internode's IPv6 offering. My platform of choice is my Linux-based gateway.

I'm fast coming to the conclusion that IPv6 just isn't ready for prime-time yet. Support in some of the key components is unstable, and feels rushed.

PPPD, the daemon used to facilitate an ADSL connection for example, doesn't set a default IPv6 route when the "defaultroute" option is specified. Of course, it works for IPv4. To get a default route when the connection is brought up, you need to employ scripting that should really be unnecessary.

Windows 7 on an ancient laptop

Not wanting to buy a new laptop, I thought I'd give Windows 7 a whirl on my 6-year-old one. Windows XP just wasn't cutting the mustard anymore. It had become sluggish, and the wireless drivers had started playing up.

Here's the specs on my 2004-vintage beast. It's a Sony Vaio VGN-T16SP:

  • Pentium M 1.1 Ghz
  • 512MB RAM
  • Onboard Intel 855GME graphics
  • 40GB 4200rpm hard disk

Not much to work with, huh. Two things were the most worrying: The miniscule amount of RAM, and the archaic graphics card.