40,000th Hit Today!

My blog is “Small and Steady”. The most popular posts are as expected — “in areas where I have expertise and provide something of value”. I enjoy writing about books, music, marketing, career mgmt, etc. It really helps me learn about those things. But you (the readers ) definitely prefer reading posts that are about something that I actually know something about 😉

It’s also cool that the most popular search term is my name.

Here are the most popular posts (all time):

  1. My longing for Amazon MP3 in Canada
    Amazon’s New MP3 Service – Not in Canada
  2. Using BackupPC on Mac OS X
  3. My observation that the “Internet network” is becoming less about network equipment and more about network applications
    Thinking About Network Diagrams For the Internet
  4. My yahoo mail plus outage and resulting rant. After ten years I abandon Yahoo mail
  5. My trials and tribulations with iGTD and Journlr
    iGTD Mac ToDo List Manager

Thanks for reading. Merry Christmas.

iMac Blue Vertical Lines :(

Serious bummer. My 2 year old iMac started to display a blue vertical line a week ago. The Apple dealer “fixit” price is 1/2 a new iMac. Of course I’m not alone on this one. ( ie it’s far too common). There is a blog dedicated to Blue Vertical Lines 😦

I’ve been a dedicated Mac fan since my first Mac SE in the late ’80s. But this is really bugging me.

I wonder if I’ll be as tenacious as these guys http://imaclines.blogspot.com/

TV Addictions – Smallville

Our house is in the midst of an addiction to Smallville. Yes that show about Superman’s teen years. It’s lotsa fun. I like watching Clark learn about his powers and where he comes from. It’s a good mix of action, long-term-story, teen angst, teen love/lust, superman history, etc.

It would make a great christmas gift. But beware. You’ll be mainlining discs at a rapid pace.

My Music — A Dozen From 2008

2008 was a strange year for me. My favorite album Jukebox was purchased in January, and didn’t get a ton of play until the fall. My most listened to album was the extremely quiet Music For Airports (LIVE) by Bang On a Can. (My family felt very tortured). I picked up the pace with Jive Soweto, Santogold, and Army Navy. Jason Collett is one of those guys that didn’t grab me at first, but I’m still playing it a lot months later. M. Ward’s new gig She & Him is a lot of fun. I really like the noise of The Raveonettes. Gui Boratto’s Beautiful Life is very additive. Thievery Corp is Theivery Corp. I found Attack & Release a bit disappointing, but still played it a ton.

Finally, Sigur Rós continue to be amazing!

DD-WRT | Fixing Home Router Slowdowns

If you’re experiencing home router slow/melt downs this DD-WRT note on Router Slowdown may be helpful

  • Go to the Web Interface of the DD-WRT Device and log in
  • Go to ‘Administration’
  • Go to ‘Management’
  • Enter the following values at ‘IP Filter Settings’
    • Maximum Ports: 4096
      (For an 8MB RAM model set it no higher than 1024)
    • TCP Timeout (s): 300 is a safe choice.
      default 3600. Change to 90, up to 500. (lower if you must have many TCP connections).
    • UDP Timeout (s): 300 is a safe choice.
      default 3600. Change to 90, up to 150. (lower if you must have many UDP connections).

The source of these slowdowns should not be a surprise 😉