Comcast backbone issues

Something is broken with Comcast Business Internet. Speed test (urg) to Comcast in Seattle gives 50/10 – as expected: Speed test to Comcast in San Jose gives 50/10 as expected: Speed test to Comcast in Salt Lake gives 2/10 – which is horribly broken. Same Ookla test outside Comcast – and I get 2/10 in […]

Excel 2013 and Power View – sometimes doesn’t start

I had a group of machines for a pilot project just stop launching Power View. Very frustrating – and then my machine stopped working. I finally tracked down the problem – and hopefully this helps others. Using the Registry Editor – RegEdit – browse to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\User Settings You should see a registry key PowerViewExcelAddin Delete […]

Change control–test before tinkering

Bobbins. I made a change to the web server config in Azure today – and it took the web server VMs offline. Still troubleshooting on the why – but I had to rebuild the base server and re-attach the web content and database drive. Lesson learned – test, test and document the changes..

Postfix, Office 365, SMTP AUTH and STARTTLS

A fun day. First up there is a feature gap on Azure – where there is no reverse DNS – i.e. PTR records – for virtual machines. The main problem I am having since moving things to Azure is that mail delivery from Postfix is getting some hosts rejected – because the receiving MTA receives […]

Hardware load-in

Early start this morning – head into Seattle to meet a truck and driver delivering a Perceptive Pixel 55” interactive touch screen for an event this evening. The screen and PC are not too big – but they are fragile and expensive – so the shipping case is enormous! Over 1200 pounds (500kg) of wood, […]

PHP settings

Every time I move blog server I need to tweak PHP settings. For my own sanity – here are the main ones:   memory_limit = 512MB max_execution_time = 300 post_max_size = 32M upload_max_filesize = 512M

Back to 5K

Starting back up the training for a 5K later in the Spring. Foggy and cold this last few days. Slow – but every day is an improvement.

Novell layoffs

Sad to see Novell do another, seemingly fatal, round of layoffs. The few good people left seem to be gone; those that are left pretty much bare bones product maintenance. Looks like the entire legacy Attachmate product line and the legacy Novell product lines have been merged under a single management structure. From what I […]

To the cloud!

The never ending saga of running infrastructure has gone full circle. All of my self-hosted blogs and websites have moved from a Hyper-V server in my garage and up to Microsoft Windows Azure. I spent a decade (2001-2011) self-hosting. Running both email and website on platforms as diverse as NetWare through RedHat, SUSE and finally […]

.. another office move

Over the course of 5½ years I have had four different and evolving roles – and numerous offices. Today I moved back down to the ground floor of Building 121 on the Redmond campus; my fourth office in this build – and the tenth office overall.