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December 4th, 2009

This was planned from day one. [Dec. 4th, 2009|09:38 am]

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Santa! [Dec. 4th, 2009|09:52 am]
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Test your DNS speed - or "I've got a fast connection, why do my pages take ages to load?" [Dec. 4th, 2009|10:15 am]
When you type a Web address for the first time (bbc.co.uk for example), your computer first needs to ask a DNS computer for information it needs to connect to the site you want.

If that computer (the DNS computer) takes a while in answering, no matter how fast your internet connection is, you will be sat waiting for the page to load, until the DNS computer supplies the information your computer needs.

In Windows, there's a couple of spaces in a control box that let you type two DNS computer names in. This is usually set up for you when you get connected to the internet for the first time, automatically.

I can tell what your thinking... "How can I tell how fast my DNS computer is? I've never set it up, and I don't know how fast it is!"

That's where this program comes in. Your computers two DNS computer names are surrounded by a box, and they're timed, along with a good mixture of other machines on how fast they are to reply to requests sent by the test program. If you don't see your two boxes near the top of the list, your DNS computers are SLOW, and they'll be slowing your surfing down.
You might want to swap them out for some faster ones!

p.s. Google has opened there DNS computers : and

For me they're *slightly* slower than our DNS servers (as it should be, with the extra hops!), so we'll be sticking with our local ones.


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!_337 [Dec. 4th, 2009|11:33 am]
Well, after the miserable results we got from our local DNS servers, we at Xatrox towers decided to configure our own.

Now we have a permanently hot local cache of DNS names constantly available, and it out performs ALL public servers (and is unmeasurably fast for cached requests!).
We also have 7 alternative, fast, 100% reliable DNS servers to fall back on.

I feel all geeked out. *swoon*
My boss would be proud. =D

DNS Benchmark Conclusions & Recommendations
What the results you have just obtained mean to YOU

Your System nameserver is faster than ALL public alternatives.
The DNS resolver your system is using is responding faster than any of the 100% reliable publicly available alternative DNS nameservers this benchmark utility just tested. Therefore, there would be no performance benefit from switching to any of those publicly available nameservers.

 Final benchmark results, sorted by nameserver performance:
 (average cached name retrieval speed, fastest to slowest)

  192.168.  2.100 |  Min  |  Avg  |  Max  |Std.Dev|Reliab%|
  + Cached Name   | 0.000 | 0.000 | 0.001 | 0.000 | 100.0 |
  + Uncached Name | 0.042 | 0.100 | 0.269 | 0.071 | 100.0 |
  + DotCom Lookup | 0.042 | 0.048 | 0.055 | 0.003 | 100.0 |
               Nameserver on local network

That's ours at the top of the list, with the minuscule red bar. ;)
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VMWare Workstation V6 pro tip for V7. [Dec. 4th, 2009|12:38 pm]
If you have a fully registered version of VMWare Workstation 6, and you "find" VMWW 7 online (You're not allowed to download it with a version 6 license), and install it, your VMWV6 license will follow you to Version 7!
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Le Carnaval des Animaux' [Dec. 4th, 2009|01:08 pm]
Le Carnaval des Animaux' (The Carnival of the Animals) is a musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

Le Carnaval was composed in February 1886 while Saint-Saëns was vacationing in a small Austrian village. It was originally scored for a chamber group of flute, clarinet, two pianos, glass harmonica, xylophone, two violins, viola, cello and double bass, but is usually performed today with a full orchestra of strings, and with a glockenspiel substituting for the rare glass harmonica.

Saint-Saëns, apparently concerned that the piece was too frivolous and likely to harm his reputation as a serious composer, suppressed performances of it and only allowed one movement, Le Cygne, to be published in his lifetime. Only small private performances were given for close friends like Franz Liszt.

Saint-Saëns did, however, include a provision which allowed the suite to be published after his death, and it has since become one of his most popular works. It is a favorite of music teachers and young children, along with Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

Strings without double-bass, two pianos, flute, and harmonica: This is one of the more musically rich movements. The melody is played by the flute, backed by the strings, on top of tumultuous, glissando like runs in the piano. The first piano plays a descending ten-on-one ostinato, while the second plays a six-on-one. These figures, plus the occasional glissando from the harmonica, are very evocative of a peaceful, dimly-lit aquarium. This intermittent section where the pianos play high sixteenths is reminiscent of parts of Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker.

Aquarium is featured in the trailers for the 1994 film Only You, the 1974 film The Godfather Part II, the 2006 film Charlotte's Web and the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and appears to be one of the influences on the main theme in Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast and is especially prominent in the cue titled "The West Wing". It is also the opening theme music to the 1978 film Days of Heaven and the opening and closing theme in the 1992 film documentary, Visions of Light. Aquarium is played throughout the Simpsons episode "The Wife Aquatic," and can be heard in the The Ren and Stimpy Show episode entitled, "Rubber Nipple Salesmen." It is also heard in the video game Crash Tag Team Racing, and along with "Swan" is part of the soundtrack of the video game Burnout Paradise (2008 edition). It is also used in the film "Impressions de France", shown at the French theater in EPCOT's Showcase of Nations (see Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florica).
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If a plane's stationary, can it take off? [Dec. 4th, 2009|04:33 pm]
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I have a sheep doing roofing over at my house. Drop in.We'll put on Zeppelin and eat Cheddar Cheese. [Dec. 4th, 2009|04:56 pm]
I watched this the first time around trying not to watch the lips too much, as I thought it would spoil the dubbing.
I was left wondering what the hell all the gibberish dubbing was about.

I then noticed it was dubbed to ensure the mouth movements matched the dubbing. Jesus is a raisin, indeed.

Good for a chuckle, and a bit of daftness:

(Has swearing)
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Oooo... fizzy. [Dec. 4th, 2009|09:24 pm]

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