re: Yahoo to Shaw e-mail problems

February 29, 2008

It is such a bummer how long it takes to resolve hassles like this. I posted on how all of my e-mail sent from my xxx@yahoo.com address are being “returned/bounced” by Shaw’s servers a few days ago. I traded e-mails with Shaw’s support and the end result is below. It can be paraphrased as — “It’s yahoo’s problem” … “your e-mail address is considered a spam/virus source”

I’m now on the path of contacting Yahoo mail help. Maybe that will get me somewhere.

I’ve had that e-mail address for over 10 years. It looks like I’m going to have to change it 😦

Hello,

Thank you for contacting email support. It’s likely the Yahoo servers have been compromised in some manner which prompted the Shaw servers to block them. Shaw’s servers have a built in protection from spam or viruses that blocks outside servers if they are behaving in a threatening manner.

We would advise that the Yahoo.com email holder to forward their error messages to the Yahoo support administrators. Since we do not have direct controls over the Yahoo servers we will be unable to correct any issues that have arisen at their end. It’s quite likely the Yahoo mail administrators are already aware of their challenges and are looking into resolving their server issues promptly.

xxxxx
Shaw Internet xxxx Help

I just got this one that say’s that I’m on a bad server. This is interesting.

Hello Iain,

Just to clarify, your individual yahoo email address (or your wife’s) is not being blocked. It is one or two of the Yahoo mail servers. So if your email falls in one of those yahoo servers that were blocked, yours will be blocked as well. Our advise is to have some sort of backup email address such as a Gmail or a Hotmail email account. Since you have a Gmail account, use that to send to Shaw, we certain Gmail is not blocked at this time.

xxxx
Shaw Internet xxxxx Help


Useful Mac Software: 1Password

February 28, 2008

I converted my 30 day trial of 1Passwd to a small business purchase yesterday. Which is $50 for 5 users.

I had a system where I captured all my passwords in file that was stored on an encrypted disc image section of my hard drive. Works just fine for me. But it doesn’t work for everyone else in my family. They all have weak/crappy passwords and write them down all over the place 😦

1Password constructs strong passwords, determines password strength of existing passwords, manages all one’s password’s, and more. It just works.

The biggest feature I found is that it survived a 30-day trial by my better half 🙂

Also — I found the overview page very helpful ( or maybe overwhelming ). Even if you don’t purchase 1Passwd you’ll find this page interesting. It has good notes on managing Firefox and Camino passwords. One thing that I learned of was the existence of a Master Password setting in Firefox.


Whats with Shaw.ca mailservers and xxx@yahoo.com e-mail addresses?

February 25, 2008

It’s been over a week that all ( or most of ) my Yahoo originated mail is bouncing back from xxx@shaw.ca e-mail destinations? I’ve had way too many of these “Mail server for “shaw.ca” is unreachable for too long messages”. Anybody else having this problem? I’ve only found one other note on the web so far.

xxx@gmail.com seems to get thru the shaw.ca server. So the near term solution seems to be switching to my g-mail account.

Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

:
Mail server for “shaw.ca” unreachable for too long

xxxx@shaw.ca

— Below this line is a copy of the message.

Received: from [68.142.194.243] by n25.bullet.mail.mud.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 24 Feb 2008 00:11:21 -0000

Received: from [68.142.201.254] by t1.bullet.mud.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 24 Feb 2008 00:11:21 -0000

Received: from [127.0.0.1] by omp415.mail.mud.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 24 Feb 2008 00:11:21 -0000
….

update Feb 27th. ————————-
Still a problem 😦 I sent some of my bounce info to Shaw, but problem still continues. I did get a test messages from my yahoo e-mail address thru to my shaw address, but it took 2 days 😦


Declining Math & Science Enrollment – Bill Gates in Canada 2008

February 25, 2008

During the last decade, the number of college students who study math and science in Canada and the United States has declined dramatically. says Bill Gates today in a Globe & Mail article titled “What’s right with young people today“. It’s an interesting article, but it doesn’t do much in the way of helping understand the “dramatic decline”.

I re-read my post on last year’s Bill Gates visit to Canada and I don’t have much new to add. My bottom line is that from an adults view the BComm looks much better bet than math, science, and engineering. Maybe that is why Gates says “young people are often right”. Us adults are too negative on Sciences.

I find it hard to be positive today when when so many technology firms in Canada ( US and Europe ) are laying off technology workers right now. Ok maybe I’m too close to the hell zone of telecoms. But the telecoms sector has been a big technology employer in Canada, so this sector drives perception beyond me. It is hard for me to miss that my employer PMC-Sierra has had dramatic reductions in Canada. This has opened my eyes to the fact that it is happening to many companies in Canada.

Maybe I just got out of bed on the wrong side today 💡


Music Heavy Rotation Update

February 22, 2008

Here is a major update of my heavy rotation list.

The Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust – Think Psychocandy. I just got it yesterday and predict a lengthy stay in my car stereo’s slot #1 ❗ I love the review list on metacritic, the rating range is from 92 down to 25. I’m with the 92 guy. Many friends would say that my whole record collection sounds like this 👿 c’est la vie. I love distortion.

Brian Eno: Music For Airports (Live) – Crazy … Eno came out with this in ’79. A live version is kinda bizarre. But it is sooooo awesome. great chill.

Kings of Leon – Because of the TimesFred Wilson’s #1 of 2007. I had to check it out. Will be “rotating” for a while 🙂

Stephen Stills – Just Roll Tape: April 26th, 1968 [LIVE] – add this to the great vintage Neil Young releases. Fantastic stuff.

Panda Bear – Person Pitch – Bros is so great.


10GbE.TX — Crazy Development Costs or Just Right?

February 20, 2008

Yesterday GigaOm had a post on 10GbE.TX developer Aquantia raising $26M in their 2nd round of financing. Another 10GbE-Base-TX developer SolarFlare has raised ~$100M. I can’t seem to find the financing number for Teranetics.

I’ve always been curious about the market for 10GbE physical layer devices. Here is a “napkin” market analysis. The ethernet copper market (E.TX) market historically starts in big data centers with short connections from modular Servers and Switches that were already using optics, then it adds Switch-to-Switch connections, and later the market includes the much larger Computer Motherboards segment (LOM Lan-on-Motherboard) ( big because this is a 10/100/1000/10,000 … it goes everywhere). E.TX also rules the fixed form factor market which comes along around the same time as LOM. Today we are entering phase 1 – modular servers to modular switch connectivity – which is going to last for a few years.

A few weeks ago Cisco said the development cost of the 10Gig-centric Nexus has been ~ $250M. Dell’Oro says that Chassis Ethernet Switch market will be ~ $10B in 2012. The Nexus should get a big chunk of that. Dev cost of Nexus seems sane in this context.

A few years back Cisco said the CRS-1 development cost was ~ $500M. Dell’Oro says that Service Provider Router Market was ~$2B for 3Q07. ( ~ $8B this year ). Let’s say $10B for 2012. Dev of cost of CRS-1 seems sane in this context.

Returning to 10GbE.TX components. Back of the napkin market analysis indicates that the “Internet” Switch & Router Market is gonna be ~ $20B in 2012. The Physical Layer content is usually around 1%, or $200M. The 10GBE.TX segment will be ~ 30% ( if it works ). Thus my napkin’s scribbling indicates that 2012 Switch & Router 10GbE.TX PHY market is ~ $60M. The server side of these early connections is usually a bigger market. Let’s say it’s double for $120M. The “napkin” says that 10GbE.TX PHY market is ~ $180M in 2012 for phase 1.

❓ I wonder if I’m even close to the projections of 10GbE.TX vendors ❓ Anyways, the real market opportunity for 10GbE.TX is in the later phases when LOM and fixed form factor switches ship. Today 10GbE.TX is strategic. It’s not clear that the development cost of 10GbE.TX devices is sane in the context of the phase 1 market.


Slow Blogging :-(

February 13, 2008

I’m hoping that I can pick up the pace again. I lost momentum with Christmas holidays, my retreat, a 10-day flu, and my daughters field hockey trip last week. Hopefully life will get back to normal 🙂