Scripting News for 11/10/2006

Quick report on my personal Web 2.0 Summit held this week in Berkeley. I had a fair number of interesting meetings, resulting in a likely Monday announcement. Another investment for Dave Ventures, USA. A micro-funding event, in line with the current fashion, where small bucks, brilliant thinking and hungry hard-working developers can (fingers crossed, praise Murphy) yield out of this world returns. No more hints, but come back on Monday around lunchtime for a new roadmap.  

Liz Gannes’ report on this week’s other Web 2.0 Summit, the one in SF. 

Inquirer: “A US court is forcing the RIAA to explain why it charges people it catches pirating $750 a single rather than the 70 cents they flog them to retailers for.” 

It’s been fun watching Countdown this week. No stern lectures. Olbermann is happy! And so are we. For now. 🙂 

Calvin notes that the Clintons, in yesterday’s picture, seem middle class, ordinary people.  

I’m going to continue trying options for improving network performance in the new house. The next product I’ll try is a Belkin Pre-N wireless router, not for its advanced MIMO protocol (which would be hard if not impossible for me to use on my G4 desktop Mac) but for increased range. I’m not sure how an Airport Express performs relative to the other routers on the market, until now I’ve never really tried to get great performance out of wifi. Also looking for utilities to measure performance of local nets. So far I’ve mostly been using CNET’s web app, however that’s measuring wide-area performance. Certainly the LAN perf is a factor in that. Keep the ideas flowing in the comments, and I’ll keep reporting my experiences. 

BTW, the powerline adapter, in this house, never reaches wifi speeds. I tried reconfiguring the devices so they didnt try to be compatible with the standard, but that had no net effect on performance. It was worth a try, as several people suggested via email. 

Good morning everybody. Happy day. First day in quite some time that I don’t have any appointments, no events, trips, deliveries, house guests, national elections. The weather is clear, warm, I’ve got lots of reading material, and food in the house. Finally, a day to putz around and not do very much, if anything.  

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by brad on November 10, 2006 at 7:52 am

    If you do decide to do anything, I’d be interested if you can get the throughput up on that powerline adapter. If the 200mbps is even half true, it may solve my media center/xbox360 wifi woes. But from what you’ve said it sounds like it may not be all it’s cracked up to be.


  2. Not sure how to measure the performance in terms of mbps, but I can tell you it’s not as fast as the wifi provided by an Airport Express. Not sure what rate that is, but it’s not fast enough to move large files around. It’s fine for Internet access. Not sure what your media center/xbox360 does, but if it’s moving gigabytes around, you need some hard wire to do that, I think, I don’t think these gimmicks are going to cut it. My next approach is going to be to run some ethernet upstairs. It’ll be ugly, but it’ll give me an idea of what the best case is.


  3. you know dave, yesterdays picture of the young Clintons, it’s remarkably ordinary. what struck me is how plainly middle class it is. It’s interesting the shaping currents that run through peoples lives. those “middle class values” that people grow up learning.

    you help your neighbor with his car, keep on eye on the neighborhood kids, try to stay out of debt, invest for the future when you can, take a family vacation, share your abundance of garden tomatoes and zuccini in the summer… ordinary giving.

    I want to thank you for doing the same thing. even though you are, income wise, not middle class, you share lots of tomatoes, and give out homemade jam, and keep an eye on the neighborhood kids and tell them to stop throwing rocks. And when you hold a yard sale, eventually everyone in town seems to show up (RSS)


    thinking in this way gives me a new appreciation for corporations. they are not people, and certainly have no middle class values.


  4. Posted by Bryan Schappel on November 10, 2006 at 11:47 am

    It’s not as hard to pull wire through a house as one might expect. Didn’t you say the rooms are right on top of one another? If so, then you have a cold air return that runs from your upper floor into your basement. Buy some PLENUM CAT-5/6/7 cable and run it in the air return. Home Depot has a surprisingly good supply of network wire, CAT-5e jacks and tools.

    Look at where all your registers are located in the rooms. You’ll discover that some will line up from one floor to the next. Weight a piece of twine and let gravity take it to the basement. It’s not too tough.

    I wired my house this way in a day. From the basement to the attic. Once in the attic it’s easier to string the cable and drop it down the wall for a finished look. I put in retrofit electrical boxes, network jacks and wall plates. It looks completely professional.

    All you’ll need are basic tools: wire cutters, a hand drill, a 110-punch tool (included in the 10pk of jacks), screwdrivers, a hammer, and a drywall saw.

    Best of luck on your project.


  5. Posted by steve on November 10, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    have you considered an antenna? the Airport Extreme base station (not the Express), and many others will allow you to add a directional antenna; this could do the best job of getting the wireless through obstacles

    also, haven’t read comments from previous days, but how about changing the wireless channel?


  6. Posted by jeremyw on November 10, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    “the Clintons, in yesterday’s picture, seem middle class, ordinary people.”

    What is this supposed to mean? Perhaps they once were middle class, but surely they are no longer. To position the Clintons as such just seems disengenuous. But maybe I’m just misinterpreting this post.

    (If I was a USian, I would vote Democrat, but thankfully I don’t have to participate in the US political system, because the choices, and the way politics are played, are distasteful to me.)


  7. Posted by doh on November 12, 2006 at 8:09 am

    measuring net performance is rather easy with a nice client/server tool called netio (, don’t know if it works on osx, though.


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