How to consume all your bandwidth in one easy step

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When I restart Mozilla Firefox, it loads all the tabs I had loaded before (did you know you can set your homepage to a set of tabs, not just one page? How do I get Mozilla to auto-magically remember which tabs I had opened last time?). For the G’Day world pod-cast, I get:

    Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.

So I guess the way to use up all your bandwidth is to start a pod-cast. Heh.

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scp oddness for the day

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-C (compress data stream) and -l (limit bandwidth used) conflict with each other? How? Well, I was copying a very compressible file, in fact, I was transferring 200 k-bytes per second on a link capable of 25 k-bytes per second when I noticed this. scp is using the actual delta on disc as the metric for bandwidth used, so when I ask for it to limit the bandwidth, it gets real confused by the 200 k-byte speed, and ends up tapering to a tenth of the request bandwidth.

Interesting.

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Going quiet for a little while

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So, with rather good timing, my RSI has started acting up again. I suspect it has something to do with spending two solid days typing XML comments into C# code — those angle brackets are a killer. Anyways, luckily it’s the holiday season, so I don’t have to be back in the office until Thursday next week. That will give my anti-inflamatories (something called Mobic) time to kick in. They’ve previously been very good, so I have hopes for them this time too.

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Silly question for the day

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If people are concerned about the amount of bandwidth that is being used by RSS feeds being downloaded every hour or whatever to check for changes, then why doesn’t the next version of the RSS specification just implement a “ask me again in x minutes” field? I’ve read the RSS spec a while ago, and I don’t remember anything like that being there, although I might just be senile (I haven’t checked that it really isn’t there before writing this).

It just strikes me as silly that my aggregator pulls updates for every feed every 90 minutes (that’s what I configured it to) when some feeds clearly change every 10 minute