ISP Stupidity

Why does this exchange bother me?

[ISP NAME DELETED]:

I have been seeing a VERY large number of visits from two hosts in
your IP block since August 26, 2005.

A list of all of the hits since Aug 26 is attached.

If you do not stop this/these hosts, I will be forced to drop all traffic from the [/24 IP block deleted] IP block.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Their response:

Best thing to do is drop the traffic.

Truly Yours,
[ISP NAME DELETED] Abuse Team

Ummmm, WTF? Did I miss something?

GrabPERF: Testing of Weblogs.com suspended

Until Weblogs.com can get their act together, I have suspended testing this site.

The site appears to have suffered some form of catastrophic issue starting August 7, 2005. [here]

I will check in occasionally to see how the site is doing.


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GrabPERF: Bob Wyman of PubSub drops in

Just noticed that Bob Wyman of PubSub dropped in to look at the GrabPERF data we are collecting. [here]

Although Bob’s pride is evident, I do caution that being the top of a performance index is simply one measure of success. There is the whole discussion of relevancy of results, but that is beyond the scope of a performance-related discussion, such as the one I am encouraging on this blog.

Some of the concepts that I have been collaborating on have just been released to the public by my employer. Extending the outdated concepts of comparing Web sites simply on speed and availability, we have created Consistency and Optimization indices. [here]

These destroy any hope that faster is always better. Having a consistent Web performance and highly optimized site design counts for more as I get older than raw speed does.

My analogy is simple, and comes from the late, great Hunter S Thompson:

In horse breeding, for instance, there is a definite risk in breeding two fast horses who are both a little crazy. The offspring will likely be very fast and also very crazy. So the trick in breeding thoroughbreds is to retain the good traits and filter out the bad.

The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved

What good is a fast Web site that is “very crazy” and highly inconsistent?

Congrats to Bob Wyman and the PubSub team. I hope that your success continues.


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GrabIP: IP Registrar Stats for August 29, 2005

Here are the IP Block and Address allocation by registrar, as well as the number of officially allocated IP Addresses in each country (with 65536 Hosts or more) as of August 29, 2005 00:30 UTC.

This data has been extracted from the GrabIP database


IP REGISTRAR BREAKDOWN

registry   NUM_HOSTS  NUM_BLOCKS
--------  ----------  ----------
arin      1482539776       36379
ripencc    362089028       18957
apnic      290555904       11443
lacnic      38464256        1538
afrinic     10545920         474

NUMBER OF ALLOCATED IP ADDRESSES BY COUNTRY (65536 Hosts or more)**

COUNTRY                                     COUNTRY_CODE   NUM_HOSTS  NUM_BLOCKS
------------------------------------------  ------------  ----------  ----------
UNITED STATES                               US            1315062784       31238
JAPAN                                       JP             140932608        1505
EUROPEAN UNION                              EU             113820348        4600
CHINA                                       CN              72411392         882
CANADA                                      CA              65902336        4923
GERMANY                                     DE              50387568        1657
FRANCE                                      FR              42360960        1190
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF                          KR              39729408         356
UNITED KINGDOM                              UK              39097560        1636
UNITED KINGDOM                              GB              33562368          25
AUSTRALIA                                   AU              26428928        4751
NETHERLANDS                                 NL              16439200        1000
SPAIN                                       ES              16302112         418
ITALY                                       IT              16215136         730
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA                   TW              15157248         322
BRAZIL                                      BR              15075072         261
SWEDEN                                      SE              12067200         529
MEXICO                                      MX              11030528         154
RUSSIAN FEDERATION                          RU              10458920        1171
SOUTH AFRICA                                ZA               8188160         253
POLAND                                      PL               7339934         711
FINLAND                                     FI               7232128         262
SWITZERLAND                                 CH               6894016         760
DENMARK                                     DK               6839072         274
HONG KONG                                   HK               6190592         536
INDIA                                       IN               5897216         354
AUSTRIA                                     AT               5671584         385
NORWAY                                      NO               5060384         244
BELGIUM                                     BE               4309504         289
NEW ZEALAND                                 NZ               4274688        1125
TURKEY                                      TR               3666112         168
CHILE                                       CL               3018496         315
ARGENTINA                                   AR               2923520         237
IRELAND                                     IE               2905248         115
THAILAND                                    TH               2853376         295
CZECH REPUBLIC                              CZ               2804736         187
ROMANIA                                     RO               2767744         279
ISRAEL                                      IL               2726528         119
SINGAPORE                                   SG               2678784         306
PORTUGAL                                    PT               2604864          96
MALAYSIA                                    MY               2569472         191
HUNGARY                                     HU               2220416         132
GREECE                                      GR               1766400         161
VENEZUELA                                   VE               1753088          79
BULGARIA                                    BG               1370112         194
UKRAINE                                     UA               1357530         621
EGYPT                                       EG               1280768          55
INDONESIA                                   ID               1277440         228
COSTA RICA                                  CR               1254144          12
PHILIPPINES                                 PH               1138432         187
SLOVAKIA                                    SK                992256          89
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES                        AE                964608          14
SAUDI ARABIA                                SA                904448          80
COLOMBIA                                    CO                868864         103
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF                   IR                844288          53
LATVIA                                      LV                814912         102
LITHUANIA                                   LT                788352          66
SLOVENIA                                    SI                667392         100
PERU                                        PE                646656          58
ESTONIA                                     EE                645376          44
VIET NAM                                    VN                625664          38
ICELAND                                     IS                507904          28
PANAMA                                      PA                467712          30
YUGOSLAVIA                                  YU                347392          35
PAKISTAN                                    PK                345600          77
CROATIA                                     HR                338240          32
LUXEMBOURG                                  LU                307968          50
KUWAIT                                      KW                297728          24
CYPRUS                                      CY                274720          58
BOLIVIA                                     BO                263424          20
ECUADOR                                     EC                250624         126
KAZAKHSTAN                                  KZ                242688          27
MALTA                                       MT                242432          32
MOROCCO                                     MA                233728           9
PUERTO RICO                                 PR                218880          29
URUGUAY                                     UY                206592          25
JORDAN                                      JO                191744          29
BANGLADESH                                  BD                180736          53
QATAR                                       QA                176128           6
PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED             PS                173824          17
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM                           BN                172544          11
SRI LANKA                                   LK                167936          30
OMAN                                        OM                163840           5
NIGERIA                                     NG                159744          24
EL SALVADOR                                 SV                156416          12
GUATEMALA                                   GT                145152          19
MACAO                                       MO                143616          16
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF  MK                143360          11
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC                          DO                128768          21
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA                      BA                124928          23
BELARUS                                     BY                119552          16
GEORGIA                                     GE                118784          18
LEBANON                                     LB                112640          16
KENYA                                       KE                107520          21
TUNISIA                                     TN                106752           4
AZERBAIJAN                                  AZ                 92160          11
ALGERIA                                     DZ                 90880          16
NICARAGUA                                   NI                 89344          10
FIJI                                        FJ                 88832          10
CUBA                                        CU                 87040          11
ARMENIA                                     AM                 86016          10
UZBEKISTAN                                  UZ                 77824           9
GHANA                                       GH                 74496          13
MOLDOVA, REPUBLIC OF                        MD                 71680          16
BERMUDA                                     BM                 66048          18
KYRGYZSTAN                                  KG                 65536           9

I will try and post these weekly.

**Please note that the total number of IP Addresses for the United Kingdom is the sum of totals for the two unique country codes used when registering IP Blocks — UK and GB.


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GrabPERF: Search Index Weekly Results

The first weekly GrabPERF Search Index Results are in.

Week of August 22, 2005 – August 28, 2005

TEST                     RESULT  SUCCESS  ATTEMPTS
--------------------  ---------  -------  --------
Google - Search       0.4394034    99.99      8639
PubSub - Search       0.4935380    99.95      8323
MSN - Search          0.7689598    99.87      8641
Yahoo - Search        0.7798988    99.98      8640
Newsgator - Search    0.9057921    99.95      8640
eBay - Search         0.9452582   100.00      8640
BestBuy.com - Search  1.3353797    99.99      8641
BlogLines - Search    1.5031604    99.76      8629
Amazon - Search       1.9376345    99.75      4854
Feedster - Search     1.9999550    98.72      8624
Technorati - Search   2.0764670    99.66      8636
BENCHMARK RESULTS     2.3325742    99.15    116663
Blogdigger - Search   3.2704594    98.01      8478
IceRocket - Search    6.4609440    99.25      8637
Blogpulse - Search    9.5151287    93.53      8641

These results are based on data gathered from three remote measurement locations in North America. Each location takes a measurement approximately once every five minutes.

The measurements are for the base HTML document only. No images or referenced files are included.


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GrabPERF: MSM/PR Agencies and my life

Well, it was bound to happen. Someone from a PR Agency asked if I was willing to go on the record today to discuss the GrabPERF results for the site they represent.

This exposes the critical weakness in my plan for world domination. I am, effectively, providing a low-octane sub-set of the information that my employer currently provides. I am using GrabPERF as a learning resource for myself, as well as for gathering some useful data that I know people are interested in.

I cannot comment on the data beyond the realm of my blog without overstepping the limited leeway allowed me by my employer. I am more than willing to provide documentation on the methodology, and provide raw data for publication purposes. But my position puts me in a very awkward position, and I refuse to find the edge of that cliff.

The people who use GrabPERF the most may or may not have the resources to purchase a commercial Web Performance Measurement service; that is not my call to make. If they do, I am completely comfortable analyzing the data and commenting on it as a representative of my employer.

And thanks for using GrabPERF!


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