“We Say So” corporation

I used to watch a rather funny show on ABC TV named “Dinosaurs” about your typical Jurassic period nuclear family, with large dinosaurs having similar problems to modern day humans. It was quite funny. The father dinosaur worked for “We Say So” corporation. Should give you an idea of what they did, and how they […]

The cost of monoculture part 2

Some customers have binding agreements with specific (pick your favorite TLA) vendors and insist upon buying from only them. They somehow believe they are getting a discount. It is worked into the price. They somehow believe that this saves them money. Viewed 9173 times by 1644 viewers

DDoS jujitsu, or using the DDoSers mass against them

We have been under a DDoS with spambots sending us a few messages per day. Something north of 100k messages per day. I am not concerned about our infrastructure, it was holding up fine. I was more concerned about components that we didn’t have control over, or had no part in designing or building. This […]

The configuration strikes back …

The bot attack continues for a third day. We are rejecting, on average, one email per second. At this rate, we will have rejected 31.5 million emails over the course of 1 year. I wonder if the attackers think that DDoS is a good thing, or something valid to do to other net-denizens. Sad. Viewed […]

When bots attack

We must be famous. We are being distributed bot-attacked by someone/thing. They are trying to knock over our mail system. Some of the bad IPs are here:,, and Lots of others. For laughs: Viewed 9584 times by 1672 viewers

Phase transitions

Usually start with a few small nucleation sites. Create enough of a net savings in energy, and entropy, and whammo, you are starting the rapid, highly nonlinear, often discontinuous traversal of the phase coordinate. Of such things, revolutions are born within computing. It is happening with APUs, it has happened with dual core, and it […]

So many (mis)interpretations

Often times, things we say or write about are taken slightly (or massively) out of context, repackaged, and written or spoken about in a different manner that subsumes the original context or intent. Even well meaning people do this. It is all part of the process of forming an opinion, specifically an interpretation of events […]