Net neutrality

David Weinberger is adding to the conversation on Network Neutrality. With an added dig at TELUS for their blocking of a union site during their 2005 ‘labour disruption’.

There are 3 areas of network neutrality at risk from recent actions

  • Peering – the agreement that multiple providers agree to carry each others traffic. This is the issue where consumer ISPs (Cable/Telco) are wanting to charge a premium for their users to recieve content from providers on other networks such as Google and Yahoo

David Weinberger is adding to the conversation on Network Neutrality. With an added dig at TELUS for their blocking of a union site during their 2005 ‘labour disruption’.

There are 3 areas of network neutrality at risk from recent actions

  • Peering – the agreement that multiple providers agree to carry each others traffic. This is the issue where consumer ISPs (Cable/Telco) are wanting to charge a premium for their users to recieve content from providers on other networks such as Google and Yahoo
  • Data is Data – providers are wanting to stratify data by quality and price. Current cost models have relied on bandwidth while the providers have relied on an ‘oversubscription’ rate – the same way airlines overbook planes – to keep their costs down. VOIP, bit torrent, and streaming changes the use pattern which makes it harder to do this. Providers responding with QoS or trafficshapping.
  • Blocking – as was shown in the TELUS case there are situations when providers will actually censor (or traffic shapping to the point of unusable) content. 

All of these are risky becuase providers have avoided many  legal issues by claiming the role of ‘Common Carrier’ where they take no responsibility for content on their networks. If they take more activist roles in the type of content they may risk legal liability.

David is promoting SaveTheInternet.com

Gartner Report: XP on an Intel Mac

The Boot Camp program will offer a safety net for consumers running Windows XP on Intel-based Macs. But dual boot is not the experience most users want. A hypervisor-based Windows offering would be more useful. Apple Offering Lets Users Choose Their Operating System

Specifically Gartner states:

“Small businesses, consumers and freelance contractors may find it useful to run their Windows applications on the Mac at work while also running the Mac OS for personal use.”

Policies Must Enable Workers to Use Own PCs

This has been my growing opinion anyway, nice to see Gartner is sounding off on this one.

Policies Must Enable Workers to Use Own PCs
Anarchy is at the gates of enterprise IT departments as employees use their own PCs for work. Enterprises wonder how they can allow access by PCs they do not own; the answer is that they may not have a choice. However, manageability and security depend on control of PC configurations and use.

Data Transfer rates – Its not all about bandwidth

Upgrading a NAS box with some more storage was an oppourtunity to benchmark some transfer preformance. The NAS solution was an Athlon 2100 with a Gigabit (Dlink) NIC and Server Element’s NASLite+ solution. The software supports NFS, SMB, and ftp for read/write access. The differences between the services is striking. Clients were a Powerbook (1.33) for NFS, SMB, and ftp, and a Ath64 3500+ for SMB and ftp.

Max observed speeds were

NFS – 3MBps, pretty consistent whether a single or multiple transfers at once

SMB – 4.5MBps (peak), varies with the block writes, a noticible sawtooth pattern in the bandwidth usage

Upgrading a NAS box with some more storage was an oppourtunity to benchmark some transfer preformance. The NAS solution was an Athlon 2100 with a Gigabit (Dlink) NIC and Server Element’s NASLite+ solution. The software supports NFS, SMB, and ftp for read/write access. The differences between the services is striking. Clients were a Powerbook (1.33) for NFS, SMB, and ftp, and a Ath64 3500+ for SMB and ftp.

Max observed speeds were

NFS – 3MBps, pretty consistent whether a single or multiple transfers at once

SMB – 4.5MBps (peak), varies with the block writes, a noticible sawtooth pattern in the bandwidth usage
ftp – 12 MBps (single), 15Mbps (aggregate) with multiple transfers, the ftp speed suffers badly when file sizes are small, runs flat out with little variability when working on a single large file.

All boxes had Gigabit NICs connected by an unmanaged 3Com gigabit switch.

Apple – Boot Camp

It’s been interesting to follow the Windows on Mac talk on all the boards and blogs. Even the quote by John C Dvorak on Apple moving to Windows as an OS.

But I really wasn’t ready for this:

Apple – Boot Camp
More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public

It’s been interesting to follow the Windows on Mac talk on all the boards and blogs. Even the quote by John C Dvorak on Apple moving to Windows as an OS.

But I really wasn’t ready for this:

Apple – Boot Camp
More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.