Why Net Neutrality matters to you.

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Many people seem to believe that the battle for Net Neutrality is a geek matter that won’t concern them. In reality, the loss of Net Neutrality is an important issue that will cost everyone significant time and money.

If the proposed legislation passed, it explicitly authorizes Internet access companies to charge you more to access sites that haven’t paid them as well. Yes, that’s right, the Internet access company would get paid by both sides for the same bytes. However, the most important part of the legislation is that it allows them to block and slow down sites which haven’t paid them. Let’s discuss what this means to you:

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You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/09/why-net-neutrality-matters-to-you/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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Why Net Neutrality matters to you.

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Many people seem to believe that the battle for Net Neutrality is a geek matter that won’t concern them. In reality, the loss of Net Neutrality is an important issue that will cost everyone significant time and money.

If the proposed legislation passed, it explicitly authorizes Internet access companies to charge you more to access sites that haven’t paid them as well. Yes, that’s right, the Internet access company would get paid by both sides for the same bytes. However, the most important part of the legislation is that it allows them to block and slow down sites which haven’t paid them. Let’s discuss what this means to you:

1. You would face slowdowns to access sites that matter to you.
2. If you ran a website, you would have to negotiate with and pay each and every Internet provider on the planet to serve your content to their customers.
3. Site and services you use could be blocked if they compete with a service provided by an Internet access company.

Today you pay your Internet access based on bytes transferred, or bytes which could be transferred. This is fair and reasonable “pay for what you use” billing. This legislation allows and encourages Internet access companies to double dip, to get paid many times for the same bytes.

There is absolutely nothing in the legislation that requires the Internet providers to be reasonable, or to provide a base level of service to sites. If this legislation passes, it would be in the economic interest of every Internet provider to make exclusive, high-value deals with providers of services to ensure all their competitors are blocked.

This means you will have access only to services that your ISP decides you can access.

Today, September 10th, is the very last day that the FCC is accepting comments. Go there now, and speak your mind. This link might work, but sometimes fails: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=14-28&filedFrom=X

If that link fails, do this:
1. Visit http://FCC.gov/comments
2. Find the title “14-28 Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.”
3. Click the number “14-28”
5. Express how this will affect you
6. Make sure to click “Confirm” on the following page to submit your comments.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/09/why-net-neutrality-matters-to-you/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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As most of you know, I no longer have any dogs. Life is kindof crazy right now such that we don't have the time or resources for training new dogs into our home, so Nova and I have decided to take some time off.

Therefore, I'm giving away to any of you any/all of the dog things we have. Anything my friends don't take I'll put up on Craigslist later this week.

Large dog crate, much like http://9pixs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/dog-crate_1404097691.jpg
Circular dog bed http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature%E2%84%A2-42%22-Round-Pet-Bed.product.100115422.html
Rectangular dog bed with cushion (like this but cushion only on one side: http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature%E2%84%A2-34%22-x-22%22-TanCream-Floral-Print-Sofa-Pet-Bed.product.100056430.html )
Dog/cat large water feeder http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/02/96/95/24/0002969524580_500X500.jpg
Dog travel feeder with dual bowl http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/H/E/HE3056_1000.jpg
Outside refilling water bowl http://www.moorepet.com/Auto-Wata-Outdoor-Dog-Waterer-p/bergan-11790.htm
Several months of Advantix for dog > 60lbs
Bottle of PROIN tablets unopened (was in mail when Darla passed away)
A dozen or so dog throw, pull, and squeaky toys
Several 6 foot dog leashes
A 25ft extending/lockable dog leash
A one->two splitter for walking two dogs on one leash

If you know of a rescue house that would appreciate these items, please clue me in.
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Learning MCollective

Learning MCollective: Parallel Server Management in Puppet and Chef

Orchestrate change across server clusters in near realtime with MCollective, a framework that works in concert with Puppet, Chef, and other configuration management tools. Ideal for system administrators and operations or DevOps engineers at any level, this hands-on guide teaches you to build and maintain a real installation of MCollective servers and clients in your environment.

Learn how to build an entire installation by hand, know where every configuration file lives, and understand every configuration parameter and what it means. Whether you manage a small environment or one that’s immense in scale, this book shows you how to orchestrate specific actions faster and better than you do now.

  • Tour MCollective’s architecture, backbone, transport, and security controls
  • Configure MCollective components to match your production environment
  • Create and use collectives to handle thousands of remote MCollective agents
  • Use ActiveMQ Network of Brokers to resolve multi-site or redundancy requirements
  • Learn how to use community-built client and agent plugins, with concrete examples
  • Create your own server and client plugins to perform a variety of actions
  • Learn recommended best practices for using MCollective

You can purchase Paper and ePub versions at O’Reilly Media
http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920032472.do

It’s also available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Learning-MCollective-Parallel-Server-Management/dp/1491945672

I highly recommend getting an electronic copy. It’s hard to push updates and revisions out to a dead tree…

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/09/final-version-of-learning-mcollective-is-available-now/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.
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I've been on vacation for almost two weeks. I had managed to stop checking work e-mail, and actually enjoy the vacation.

Then I had the sudden onset of pain in my face. After two tries, I found a drug which managed to push it back enough that I wasn't a houling zombie. I was just starting to breathe clear again, when pain started up on the other side of my face AND I started getting frantic e-mails and calls from a work client about mumble mumble work drama. So I pull out my laptop and find out the hotel wifi has stopped working. The next two wifi cafes down the street have something so funky I can't get e-mail on their setup. I ended up walking a kilometer through town before I found a good enough wifi connection that I could access the encrypted corporate e-mail system.

On an afternoon where we should have been crawling through ancient monasteries or hiking in the hills (Nova ended up doing that alone) I spent eight hours of my vacation trying to deal with all the very legitimate concerns of negatively affected parties. At the same time the pain on the right side of my face slowly took over my left jaw and back of throat, making it very difficult to swallow anything.

I think you can understand when I say that I was not operating in anything like optimum communications skillset. I said some truths which were never going to be politically acceptable responses. I was mad, and I made that perfectly clear. I should have known. I should have pulled back and considered my words better.

So this morning we headed out to the hospital to deal with my body. That is apparently nothing some amoxicillin can't fix. But my failure to back away from the keyboard is going to cost me pretty badly.

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I am in incredible amounts of pain

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We thought that the walking might end up being you much for me. Turns out that this is not what hurts me.

On Friday I went cliff jumping down into the little cove I had posted a picture of. This was great fun. By the time I was done, my nostrils were dropping clean of all snot and debris.

Fast forward two days and now I'm in incredible pain. I thought it might be a sore tooth, but my entire right jaw aches. My right ear hurts. My right eye socket hurts.

I think I've got a sinus infection. Unfortunately we are rolling through small towns with tiny pharmacies if any, and I can't communicate with them.

Pain is omnipresent. I can't think. I can't sleep.

I know many of you have dealt with this before. I have only one previous experience almost a decade ago. Any thoughts? Any ideas?
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TL;DR version: the Excel center has gone out of its way to make an accessible space as difficult to access as possible. Every short path has been blocked, requiring hundreds of meters of re-routing.

Number one top problem is the Aloft hotel that disabled people have been put in. It's a nice hotel and I rather like it... but I'm still walking. I've watched people on scooters and in wheelchairs trying to navigate it, and it's depressing. I've been here less than 24 hours and I've already helped 3 people get into their rooms after minutes of struggling to do it on their own.

The second problem is the usage of the Excel. In very general terms, the Excel meets every guideline for accessible access... if you discount that every accessible entrance is dozens if not hundreds of meters farther away than necessary. On top of which, in every situation where you come up or out and find yourself facing a doorway to the next area, that doorway is locked. You are continually re-routed from direct paths to indirect paths dozens or hundreds of meters out of your way.

A prime example is the access to the programming space. When you leave the art/vendor/fan space there is an elevator which would take you directly up to the programming space. This is closed off. Instead you must route through three escalators and three fifty meter walks between them, or route to an elevator a full 100 meters away from both the fan space and the programming space.

When you reach the top of the escalator or handicap-accessible elevator, you will find yourself directly facing a walkway. If this walkway were open, you could reach the programming rooms in 20 meters. However, this walkway is blocked off. You are instead re-routed 50-70 meters down to the far side of the building, from which you go the same 25 meters sideways, and then walk 50 meters back to reach the programming rooms.

Why the expansive re-route? Because this location is more suitable for the fully abled security staff. Who, let me emphasize this, have their own elevator which goes directly from the fan space to the programming space.

Let's go back and review this. Handicap people are re-routed hundreds of meters, while fully able-bodied security staff have an elevator going directly from the fan space to the programming space. Futhermore, handicap people are re-routed dozens of meters around a scenic route so that able-bodied security staff don't have to walk more than a few feet away from their direct elevator route.

The amount of Fail in this situation cannot be fully expressed.

As is my standard response to non-optimal scenarios, I attempted to reach out and bring this problem to the attention of the Loncon3 convention programming and operations staff. Each of which department made it very clear that this wasn't their problem, it was someone else's problem, and wouldn't I please go away and bother someone else? After doing a full 1 kilometer loop being sent in a round loop of departments, I was in too much pain to make my way the 1/2 kilometer back to the programming space and have returned to my hotel room. Where I could not use the doorway which leads directly from the convention space to my hotel as it was locked, but had to walk 30 meters down a hallway to a much farther doorway, and then 30 meters back to the same point outside the direct doorway in order to reach the handicap hotel.

Onkyo SR606 free to anyone

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I have an Onkyo SR606 which has the well-known problem of failed capacitors. I have the higher-quality replacement capacitors in hand. The instructions for replacing them is on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GgDEtSug2o

Problem? I bought a Denon to replace it and I've been too busy to get around to doing the repair work on the SR-606. So, I'm offering it completely free to anyone who wants it. Newish (only used it for one year) in perfect condition, in original box with remotes and manuals.

This is a high-quality video/stereo receiver with four HD HDMI inputs and a plethora of Component, Composite, and Digital inputs. Full specifications are at http://www.onkyousa.com/Products/model.php?m=TX-SR606&class=Receiver

These usually sell for $200 on ebay right now. If you don't feel like doing the repair there are shops which specialize in this repair for $75. So it would be $75 cost for a high quality HDMI receiver.

If anyone can think of a charity or school who'd be interested, I'd happily deliver it them.
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Today I received a spam that the headers clearly showed was generated within Yahoo and went directly from their mail system to mine. So I reported it to their published Abuse address, so that Yahoo would know their user is spamming. I received back the following e-mail:

This is an automated response; please do not reply to this email as replies will not be answered.

To report spam, security, or abuse-related issues involving Yahoo!'s services, please go to http://abuse.yahoo.com.

Thank you,

Yahoo! Customer Care

Fail #1: They are required to accept abuse reports at their published Abuse address.

Fail #2: Going to this address gets redirected to http://help.yahoo.com/abuse/ which has hundreds of different links, but after spending 30 minutes looking through every single one of them not a single one provides a place to report a spam sent by Yahoo.

Result: Yahoo no longer accepts spam reports. I am therefore blocking Yahoo on every mail gateway for which I have control, and listing them in the Pink Providers blacklist effective immediately.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/08/yahoo-no-longer-accepts-abuse-reports/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

Compile Scrivener books into Asciidoc

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My favorite writing tool is Scrivener. I wrote the Learning MCollective book for O’Reilly Media entirely in Scrivener. I was afraid this wouldn’t work very well, but it ended up working just great.

To do this, I created a Scrivener compile format which set up chapter headings correctly with a link target above them as recommended. Then I wrote some scripts to process the output from Scrivener compile to make AsciiDoc in the flavor that O’Reilly wanted.

I have released my Scrivener compile settings and scripts so that others can use them should they want to produce asciidoc from Scrivener. They are open source under an Apache license at https://github.com/jorhett/scrivener-asciidoc.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/07/scrivener-compile-to-asciidoc/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.