Really Baffling FTP Problem, Part 3

Tuesday, 31 May 2005, 16:14 | Category : Unix
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Think good thoughts, I may have figured this puppy out. More tomorrow.

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Really Baffling FTP Problem, Part 2

Tuesday, 31 May 2005, 10:16 | Category : Unix
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The original problem is here. This morning, we moved the Sun box out of the DMZ and tested the speed there.

FTP inside the DMZ: 120 KBytes/s

FTP outside the DMZ: 7045 KBytes/s

Also, scp runs at about the same speed as ftp.

There’s something screwy about the DMZ router, I think.

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A Really Baffling FTP Problem

Friday, 27 May 2005, 10:30 | Category : Unix
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I’m having a strange problem with FTP. I have a Solaris 9 box in a DMZ. FTP from my Solaris 9 boxes inside the firewall to the Solaris 9 box in the DMZ is going extremely slow – 60-100 Kbps. FTP from Windows boxes or Linux boxes inside the firewall to the Solaris 9 box in the DMZ is much, much faster – 4000 Kbps. FTP from Windows or Lunix boxes to a Windows server in the DMZ is also much faster, in the neighborhood of 4000 Kbps. It’s only the Solaris-to-Solaris transfer that’s slow. The network folks did some reconfiguring of the network last week, and maybe there’s some config parameter that Solaris needs to know about, but what? Can anybody give me a rational explanation for this?

Here’s an example – I have one roughly 3 GB file that I need to move between the two Solaris boxes. It takes about an hour to make the transfer. However, if I ftp it from the Solaris box behind the firewall to my PC (also behind the firewall), then from my PC to the Solaris box in the DMZ, the total for both transfers is about 10 minutes. Or I can transfer that file from one Solaris box to another one not in the DMZ in the same 10 minutes. It’s just between one Solaris box behind the firewall to the Solaris box inside the DMZ that’s exceedingly slow.

Planning for 2008

Tuesday, 17 May 2005, 14:03 | Category : Politics
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Democrats are beginning to think seriously about the 2008 primary season – not about the candidates, but about the primaries. And once again, New Hampshire and Iowa are being targetted by the other states. Some are wanting to rotate the honor of being the first primary/caucus. Iowa and New Hampshire, naturally and understandably, are adamantly resisting this. I don;t think anything will change – I don’t think anything should change, not concerning these two states. They should remain the first contests. As I wrote in January 2004,

“After months and months of polls, Iowa is the real thing; at least, it’s the most real thing until the next real thing, the New Hampshire primary, which is a bit more of a Real Thing because more people participate…. So, what’s so special about Iowa? I think, mainly, it’s the flip side. Candidates who unexpectedly do poorly in Iowa are generally finished. George Bush in 1988 is the exception, but Iowa nearly finished him. The field of candidates usually shrinks a little after Iowa, and barring remarkable comebacks, those who do poorly in Iowa don’t last long afterwards. So think of Iowa as a sort of personnel department, doing those first-line job interviews so only legitimate candidates are presented for the later, serious interviews. Somebody’s got to winnow the field, and cold, windy Iowa in January every four years steps up and does the job.”

The problem isn’t which states come first. The problem is how rapidly the other states follow. Until fairly recently, the primary season stretched into June, with California finishing the race. There was time to assess candidacies, to see how candidates reacted to changing events and situations. There was time to study a candidate’s positions and ideas. There wasn’t such a mad rush towards a candidate with early momentum. It was a better process, and produced better candidates. When you choose your candidates in a 45-60 day span, there’s no time for anything but the 30-second sound bite, and the process plays into the hands of the spinmeisters. Stretching out the primary season won’t solve all the problems, but it will at least give the solutions time to develop.

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Tips On Growing Kudzu

Tuesday, 17 May 2005, 13:21 | Category : Southern Stuff
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All of you beginning gardeners out there might want to consider growing kudzu as a fine way to launch out into the great adventure of gardening in the south. Kudzu, for those of you not already familiar with it, is a hardy perennial that can be grown quite well by the beginner who observes these few simple rules:

Choosing a Plot

Kudzu can be grown almost anywhere, so site selection is not the problem it is with some other finicky plants like strawberries. Although kudzu will grow quite well on concrete, for best results you should select an area having at least some dirt. To avoid possible lawsuits, it is advisable to plant well away from your neighbor’s house, unless, of course, you don’t get along well with your neighbor anyway.

Preparing the Soil

Go out and stomp on the soil for a while just to get its attention and to prepare it for kudzu.

Deciding When to Plant

Kudzu should always be planted at night. If kudzu is planted during daylight hours, angry neighbors might see you and begin throwing rocks at you.

Selecting the Proper Fertilizer

The best fertilizer I have discovered for kudzu is 40 weight non-detergent motor oil. Kudzu actually doesn’t need anything to help it grow, but the motor oil helps to prevent scraping the underside of the tender leaves when the kudzu starts its rapid growth. It also cuts down on the friction and lessens the danger of fire when the kudzu really starts to move. Change oil once every thousand feet or every two weeks which ever comes first.

Mulching the Plants

Contrary to what you may be told by the Extension Service, kudzu can profit from a good mulch. I have found that a heavy mulch for the young plants produces a hardier crop. For best results, as soon as the young shoots begin to appear, cover kudzu with concrete blocks. Although this causes a temporary setback, your kudzu will accept this mulch as a challenge and will reward you with redoubled determination in the long run.

Organic or Chemical Gardening

Kudzu is ideal for either the organic gardener or for those who prefer to use chemicals to ward off garden pests. Kudzu is oblivious to both chemicals and pests. Therefore, you can grow organically and let the pests get out of the way of the kudzu as best they can, or you can spray any commercial poison directly on your crop. Your decision depends on how much you enjoy killing bugs. The kudzu will not mind either way.

Crop Rotation

Many gardeners are understandably concerned that growing the same crop year after year will deplete the soil. If you desire to change from kudzu to some other plant next year, now is the time to begin preparations. Right now, before the growing season has reached its peak, you should list your house with a reputable real estate agent and begin making plans to move elsewhere. Your chances of selling will be better now than they will be later in the year, when it may be difficult for a prospective buyer to realize that underneath those lush green vines stands an adorable three-bedroom house.