Google Reader: More thoughts

So far, Google Reader is meeting or exceeding all my expectations in all areas except one: auto-refresh. Bloglines occasionally checks back in and loads up new articles, and it would be great if the Google Reader did the same thing.

UPDATE: Looks the interface does this. My mistake!

GMAIL SMTP Server Outage?

Judging by the flood of mail coming into my account for the last 15 minutes, there was an outage with the GMAIL SMTP servers sometime overnight or early this morning.

Anyone know what happened?

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GrabPERF: Back in Business

Many thanks go out to the technical team for getting the GrabPERF Web server back on the Interweb.

All the good (and bad) news about Web performance is back.

Lord Black wants to come home…NOT!

Conrad Black, who gave up his Canadian citizenship to sit in the House of Lords, wants it back.
Problem: he faces eight fraud charges in the US [here] . Takeaway quote from the article:

“I have settled into my new life as a freedom fighter,” said Black.

I think that he should be held to exactly the same standard that any foreign immigrant is when applying for Canadian citizenship.
Can’t wait to hear him explain away the criminal charges/conviction part of the questionnaire.
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WRT54G(L): Interesting Behaviour

I was futzing around with my WRT54G(L) last night and did something wrong. I thought I had bricked the damn thing. Much cursing and swearing ensued as I put a BEFSX41 on the front-end of the network (I have three of these; don’t ask why) and wandered upstairs with the lump of black and blue plastic that used to be the hub of my wireless network.
After much fiddling, I thought I had it working, so I plugged it into the network drop I have at my desk…and the damn thing disappeared!
Not physically, but from the network. I couldn’t connect to it via the network ports, and when I did connect wirelessly, I got an IP address from the wired router..????
Then the lightbulb went on. It appears that when you put a WRT54G(L) on a network behind another router (most likely only happens with other Linksys devices) , it immediately becomes an access point ONLY.
This was the way it was supposed to work.
And people wonder why Linksys/Cisco sells so many of these damn things. With automagic behaviour like this, it makes the world of networking so much easier for morons like me.
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GrabPERF: Frustrated and Demoralized

The GrabPERF Web server has been offline for more than 4 days, after it was moved to a new rack.
Kevin Burton complained about the lack of availability today [here].
I have enquired about an ETA for return to service. None has been forthcoming.
At this point, I guess you can consider GrabPERF offline until further notice.

GrabPERF: Web Server Offline

Last night, the folks at the hosting facility moved the servers to a new rack. The database server is up and data is coming in from the measurement agents, but the Web server is not yet back up.

I hope that this will be resolved later today. Sorry for the inconvenience.