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Keeping Cacti sane during outages

While we use a number of monitoring tools CACTI is still a faithful option to just keep the basic graphing in place. The ops team obviously have to keep this page running in the background – even when on standby remotely etc. A common pain with Cacti is it’s default meta refresh approach which redirects you to …

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Getting serious about Time

Just a quick note – will update with a more complete post later… I’ll not go into details of why I had a spare Meinberg LANTIME 300/GPS as it would make my blood boil – so let me stick to the positive 😉 With a rather limited set of SA Stratum-1 servers publicly available we decided to deploy …

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Vodacom, iPad’s and Blackberry’s — what is going on here

I hate it when I once again need to tick the ‘Rant Category’ – but what is a man to do when service delivery is less than it should be? So, after much deliberation Apple managed to corrupt my soul and I am now the owner of an iPad! Overall a very impressive device though …

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Current state of Peering

Ok, so there’s been a ton of hoopla around MWEB’s decision to refuse to pay for local transit. Few have openly supported them with many such as Telkom (SAIX)and MTN somewhat less than enthusiastic. I thought it might be of interest to provide my perspective as a proponent of public peering. Neology went live at …

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What is in a name – Neology

While Neology doesn’t make much use of the media, press releases or marketing we are often quoted or in the press. Our primary to-market opportunities are based on word-of-mouth, conferences and networking. In an effort to get our site updated I went hunting for some more info and press where Neology has been mentioned. Imagine …

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On Network Fault Finding

<Rant On> Well, its been a rather frustrating 15 hours….. most of this could have been avoided with better interaction of an incumbent. While this is a ‘rant’ post it’s rather meant to show that communication needs to be improved… Around 5pm yesterday we experienced a massive network failure. This started off as an intermittent …

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RICA – Fail

At the best of times I don’t consider myself someone that suffers fools – today I was held to be the fool. I decided to “quickly” pop past the Cresta Vodashop to buy a new BlackBerry Curve 8520 as an after-hours support phone for the Neology support team. After taking one look at the apparently …

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AfPIF – African Peeering and Interconnection Forum

I’m currently attending the African Peering and Interconnection Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. So far it has provided some rather interesting sessions and a great networking opportunity. It is being hosted by TESPOK and KIXP with various international sponsors – , ISOC, NetNod, Amsix and DE-CIX. These international players has directly added to the forum so …

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One IPv6 to rule them all

Invariably I find the most entertaining distractions when I’m supposed to be focussing all my attention on time sensitive ‘stuff’. Today is no exception, instead of finalising my Best Man’s speech for Mark Loxton (Overstreet) I prodded Telkom into getting IPv6 peering live with them at last. With the brilliant assistance of Pieter Bezuidenhout we …

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VMWare Server 2.0.2 Frustrations

Yes, I know it’s a free product. Yes, I know it works really well for most common applications Yes, I’m grumbling because I’m fighting basics late at night! BUT, why go and release a product to the community minus a basic feature such as proper VLAN support. Ok, so how do we fix this: Create …

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