Geek, Net

Shaped! Oh the humanity!

My Internet access account got shaped on Sunday afternoon, for the last day-and-a-half of the billing cycle, as we apparently burnt through 30 Gb (peak) in the month. No big deal -- it may just mean Youtube is unbearably slow for 36 hours, and I'll have to curb my practice of having lots of browser tabs all doing stuff at once. On poking around in the account, I find that Netspace has again upg


IP (v4) addresses have run out

In the 90s, phone numbers were going to run out if we didn't take the plunge and switch from nine digit 0x-xxx-xxxx numbers to ten digit 0x-xxxx-xxxx numbers. The telecommunications industry (led by... was it Austel?) got everybody switched over okay. (In the US, they decided not to expand the number of digits for local numbers, instead using multiple area codes per city. New York City for inst


ISP shopping

I'm ISP shopping. I'd been considering it anyway, as I'm still using ye olde ADSL1, and in the past couple of years, ADSL2+ has become available in my neck of the woods. I've been using my current ISP, Netspace, for about 7 years, I think. Over that time they've been pretty reliable, but not without fault. My two major beefs with them have been: Every so often they'll revise their pl