Monday, December 26, 2005

Web Comments for Firefox...

I’ve been using a new plugin for Firefox for the last week.  It is googles new “blogger web comments for firefox”.  It basically lets you easily see blogs that point to the page you are currently on.  So far, it has been pretty cool.  Not earth shattering cool – just a nice to have thing.

It leads to interesting connections sometimes – you’ll be reading a page – see the little “we have links to this page” icon at the bottom and start clicking to other pages that have something to say about the page you are looking at.

I haven’t noticed the bandwidth hit at all (it runs a little query in the background for every page you go to).  And I’ve been somewhat bandwidth challenged this week as my satellite service has been non-existent since Tuesday.  I’ve been living off of my EVDO card – but I’m right on the edge of broadband service, meaning sometimes I can get 50Kbytes per second download times and sometimes just 14Kbytes – depending on the way the wind is blowing.

I am at this point giving serious consideration to a dedicated T1 line – a bit pricey, but I want a wire going to my house with no quota’s on usage and guaranteed bandwidth.
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11 Comments:

Blogger Gleisson Henrique said....

T1 at home ? That's pretty fancy stuff my dear friend. Are you sure you are really going to use it ? Based on you message board on asktom you always are somewhere on the globe !

by the way, I installed that plugin, went to asktom and the first comment on the list is this:

For all your Oracle questions, Ask Tom
http://techjava.blogspot.com/2004/12/ask-tom-home.html

Just though it was funny but it fits like a glove.

Mon Dec 26, 05:04:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anand said....

why is your satellite service down ? what is the downstream speed(theoretical maximum) that it allows ?

would ADSL not be enough ?

three questions asked..would feel lucky if you answered all of these

Mon Dec 26, 08:42:00 PM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

why is it down? appears to be hardware related (modem bad, replacement modem - not so good either)

speed is 1 Mbps down, 128 Kbps up.

ADSL, cable modem, anything like that would be cool - but.... You don't use satellite unless you have to because all other conventional (normal) things are out of the question.

I live in the middle of "not much" - no cable, no dsl, nothing like that.

Mon Dec 26, 08:57:00 PM EST  

Blogger Aman Sharma said....

Hi Sir
Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance to you.
Sir,just a lil note for correction in the Blog List of yours."Pete-s Random notes" is twice in the list.
with best regards
Aman Sharma

Mon Dec 26, 10:56:00 PM EST  

Blogger Pete_S said....

Sir,just a lil note for correction in the Blog List of yours."Pete-s Random notes" is twice in the list.
I'don't mind ;-) - I need all of the hits I can get!

But if Tom does edit the side bar he could use my name if he wanted to.

Tue Dec 27, 05:10:00 AM EST  

Blogger Pete_S said....

Sir,just a lil note for correction in the Blog List of yours."Pete-s Random notes" is twice in the list.
I'don't mind ;-) - I need all of the hits I can get!

But if Tom does edit the side bar he could use my name if he wanted to.

Tue Dec 27, 05:11:00 AM EST  

Blogger Aman Sharma said....

to Peter Sir
I am so sorry sir.Just wanted Tom Sir to know that the name is twice in the list.Actually when I saw it,I always thought that is something wrong with my eyes:) but never bothered.Today when saw again so got it so thought will say!
so sorry!
best regards,happy holidays and wish a very very happy 2006
aman

Tue Dec 27, 09:39:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Aman Sharma said...

Thanks for pointing that out, I've fixed that (and changed the text to the link).

Tue Dec 27, 10:03:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

> I live in the middle of "not much" -
> no cable, no dsl, nothing like
> that.

Unfortunately, you may also have a hard time getting a T1 then, and it may cost more than you expect. Do you know how far you are from your phone company's central office, and is your telco a major or a smallco/rural cooperative? I could tell you some funny stories about getting rural telcos to install T1s. Funny now that I don't have that job anymore that is!

sPh

Wed Dec 28, 09:58:00 AM EST  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Unfortunately, you may also have a hard time getting a T1 then

I've sent out the RFI's and so far the response is "positive" on all accounts that I can get a T1. I've investigated all possible methods of internet connectivity so far.

Had ISDN - cost prohibitive for the bandwidth (especially now that Oracle doesn't have the ISDN modems it used to in our local office - that was a direct line into Oracle).

Had Satellite (cancelled). The direcway service was "acceptable" but latency was a killer (900-1800 ms turn around times). VPN over that was horrible. Telnet was "not doable". My latest experience with satellite service has taught me two important lessons - do not trust someone just because they've been good to you service wise in the past, be a skeptic. The other lesson - read every single piece of paper, ask stupid questions, ask for the terms of service, read them. (I found way after the fact there was a 1gb 'quota' per month - about 35mb per day. I run no less than 10 computers with 5 end users. I myself have used 11.8mb down stream this morning just doing email and asktom questions. A single download from work of something could easily use my monthly quota in a morning - less than useless and more expensive than a t1 after you factor in the 10cents per MB over the limit - a limit which you cannot really monitor either, you find out at the end of the month how much over you've gone)

Using my EVDO card - but I'm on the fringe of broadband service - so sometimes 50 KBytes per second (almost livable), sometimes 14 KBytes per second (not so livable). Latency can be a problem too and it goes in and out with the wind. Workable as a fall back - which is what I'm using it for now, since the satellite went out last week and I just cancelled it last night.

DSL of any sort - out of the question, too far from the Central Offices.

Cable of any sort - out of the question.

Wireless line of sight - unless all of the trees die, not going to happen.

In looking at the T1, it doesn't seem reasonable to get a fractional one - as they lay the same cabling/infrastructure - and don't charge that much less (maybe like 10% less).

The quotes are coming in and while it is expensive - it ends up being less per month than I paid for my satellite connection last month (a LOT less) and it would be much faster (1.5mbps x 1.5mbps) without any quota on usage at all (I'd even be able to set up a webserver in my basement if I wanted :)

Wed Dec 28, 10:24:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

> In looking at the T1, it doesn't
> seem reasonable to get a fractional
> one

Agree given the class of service you are looking for. If you have a dependable local ISP to run interference for you things can go smoothly. And admittedly while your house is in a rural area I am guessing you are not too far from the developed areas of Virginia. Now western South Carolina...

> one - as they lay the same
> cabling/infrastructure

There is part of the trick: if you are within 12,000 yards of the central office, they use the exact same cabling for T1 as for voice. Nothing like watching a phone guy pick through all 250 pairs in a cable with a tester, looking for the one that meets T1 standards.

Now, if you are more than 12,000 yards from the CO and need a repeater, or there are no pairs of decent quality, or worst of all your residential area has been upgraded to a fiber backbone with no provision for high speed data, things start to get interesting.

sPh

Thu Dec 29, 07:52:00 AM EST  

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