Internet outage

Submitted by tarvid on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:12

Wireless and fiber customers (including me) experienced an outage Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. That disabled my VOIP phone and my cellphone is unreliable at the farm.

Adblock Edge - Firefox - News

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:52

After several updates to Firefox and Chrome, both became slow and streaming impossible. I normally blame this sort of thing on add-ons but in this case, I tried adding Adblock Edge ( to Firefox. Instantly, Firefox started streaming again. I still had one nasty ad at the top of so I right clicked on the add and blocked ||^.

Moodle at LSNet

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:14

Moodle is a platform for creating and taking courses. There are no hundreds if not thousands of free courses on the Internet. One of our customers wanted to offer a course, had experience with Moodle at Atlantic University and asked for my assistance in setting up Moodle on our server. The current version of Moodle would not install cleanly on our previous software platform Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. We recently upgraded to 14.04 (a long story in itself) which made a install of the current version of Moodle feasible.

IP addresses

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:23

We needed more IP addresses to monitor key points on our TWR (The Wired Road) network. To get them we had to release the old block and get a new larger one. That required changing hundreds of references which caused considerable discomfort as we waited for the new addresses to propagate through the Internet Domain System. You can "resolve" domain names to IP addresses with "nslookup", "dig" on Mac OS and Linux. "dig" can be download as part of BIND from