minor list changes

Jules Richardson julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Mar 7 04:35:29 CST 2005


On Sun, 2005-03-06 at 23:47 +0000, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> I am loath to say this, because I will almost certainly have massive 
> downtime tomorrow...
> 
> I am on (nominally) dynamic IP space, on NTL cable.  My IP address has 
> changed once, when I changed MAC addresses (built my firewall machine). 
>   My uptime has been better than the 8-grand-per-month leased line we 
> had at my old job.

<rant>
Hmm. My NTL cable crapped out weekend before last and started dropping
50% of packets. Then it worked for 5 days, then started doing the same
again on Friday. Saturday the link was totally dead apart from 5 minutes
where it came back, Sunday it actually came back properly for 3 hours or
so, then did an hour of dropping 50% of data again, then fell over
completely. This morning it's up and running 100% again, but I don't
know for how long.

I'd expect a big company like NTL to have all sort of network monitoring
to detect this kind of thing and replace hardware at the first sign of
trouble (asking around, it's not just me and is affecting a fairly wide
area). 

Unless they *do* have network monitoring and some monkey's been sat in a
room to hit the reboot button when it gets over 50% data loss, because
they can't be bothered replacing whatever's broken. Would explain
weekends being worse too as said monkey is probably too drunk / hungover
to hit the switch. Grrr.

Oh to have a BT phone line (rather than an NTL one) so that I could
change ISPs! (all ADSL vendors in the UK make it a condition of service
that you have to rent a BT phone line before you can use their offering)
</rant>

Ah, that feels a little better! :)

J.




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