Why The Current Argument For Net Neutrality Is Flawed

"Instead of railing against fast lanes, we should be pushing Washington to explore ideas like this that could actually promote competition among ISPs." Makes sense, considering the most people base their Net Neutrality argument on an inaccurate model of how the Internet actually works. It is why politicians will endlessly…

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Could OpenTable Have A Rival In Its Midst?

Could recently-acquired OpenTable already have a rival to contend with? According to startup incubator Expa, this could be just the case - at least in New York City. Information on the new venture - named Reserve - is sparse. The website is a simple landing page where you can enter…

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FCC To Be Stifled By House Bill

A little publicized bill came out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce at the end of May. The bill, plainly called H.R. 4752, as originally drafted, aims to curtail what little authority the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) currently wields over broadband Internet providers. H.R. 4752 has…

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Pulling Nginx from the Right Repository

Recently I ran into an issue when trying to set Nginx up in New Relic because the repository I used to apt-get install nginx from wasn't actually the developer's repository. Little did I know that by default, Ubuntu doesn't pull from Nginx's repository when you apt-get so the code I…

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Monitoring Nginx with New Relic

I've had my New Relic account for some time, using it to monitor multiple VPSes and the applications that run on them. Since switching from PHP-based Wordpress to Ghost, which is run on node.js, I've been putting off monitoring both node.js and Nginx, primarily due to lack of…

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Email Reminders in OS X

One of the features in Outlook that makes it awesome at basic task management is its ability to easily set a reminder for an email (read or unread) for followup. A followup would be some sort of actionable task, like needing to send a reply, forwarding the email or a…

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Discontinuing My Newsletter

Over the past few years, I've seen interest in the weekly newsletter for my blog decline. Because of this, and the fact that maintaining the newsletter with design updates each time my blog goes through a redesign is a complete hassle, I've decided to try something new. As of May…

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Testing Your Bandwidth From The Command Line

Ever want a quick and dirty way to test your bandwidth from Terminal? Sometimes you just want to test your pipe without having to fuss with all the ads and Flash on sites like Speedtest.net. Now you can. Prerequisite: If you wish to perform this test on a Mac…

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True Cross-Device, Cross-Browser Surfing with CloudyTabs

Ever since my wife upgraded to iOS 7, she's not felt the need to jailbreak her phone. In turn, she's not been able to use Google Chrome as her default browser on either her iPhone or iPad mini. Since she uses Chrome on her MacBook Air has her default browser…

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Protecting Your Domain with SPF and DKIM

Some time ago, I started taking an Information Security (InfoSec) class and it really got me to start thinking about security in the digital age. Several scenarios throughout the class are poised on the principle of physical security and identify spoofing - known as social engineering. I've often though how…

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