Month: November 2011

Finding Truth, your Voice, and the Courage to speak…

As I’m beginning to spend more time writing, I often wonder how much filtering should be allowed into the process of translating raw thought into a somewhat presentable vernacular; what degree of self-censorship crosses the line compromising my truth, who I truly am, in favour of portraying the idea of moderation. If I factor my audience as mainly myself, which I do, how then do I reconcile any shading of the truth whatsoever?  And for that matter to what extent is an artist really defined by their art, a creator by their creations, a person by what they think and express rather than what they do.  And how colorless the world would be if expression were confined to personally known, well-worn morally inert subjects; lack of imagination starving innovation and hindering advance of the state of the human condition. Further, how do my own representations differ when presented in an open forum, as opposed to private musings; and does perhaps in that distilled fringe lie the most concentrated vapour of self, ego and vanity; the most revealing essence of my own ideas and truths, whether I like them or not….and does losing that subtle shading, for better or worse, leave out the most interesting and honest part of me? In an interview with Tom Clark for The Paris Review in 1966, Allen Ginsberg had this to say on breaking down the filter; and the troublesome challenge to write who you are…. AG: “…the...

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Not-So-Daily Sniff – Wednesday November 5, 2011 – Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol – (DHCPv4) – Part II

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol – DHCPv4 – Part II  Continued from Part I …after a client sends a Discovery broadcast and receives address offer(s) from a DHCP server(s), he will either accept if only one offer, or if multiple, choose which to accept.  Offer selection is dependant on specific DHCP client implementations, and may include criteria such as the first offer received, or prefer the last server from which a lease was accepted.    When a DHCP server’s offer is selected by a client, a Request packet is sent back informing all servers.  The client won’t start using the selected address at this stage.  In the room rental analogy you have now viewed all the available rooms and chosen the one you like.  In order that everyone is aware of your decision you call back all the lessors to inform whether you want their room.  This allows the servers not chosen to return the reserved address to their pool for the next client request.      In order to finalize the transaction, a confirmation from the server is required to inform the client that the lease is his.   This is accomplished via broadcasting a DHCP (Ack)nowledgement packet             At this stage you would sign a lease for your new room, get the keys and move all your crap in.           Links   RFC 2131 –...

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WordPress – Fatal Error during image upload

There have been quite a few posts on this error and I just want to add my experience to the din.  Several of the related posts I found noted their web host was 1and1, which is also who I’m using, so perhaps it’s possible the issue is somehow related to 1and1’s service. The error that’s kicked back led me to think that the issue might be the size in bytes of the image, even though the WordPress editor states a limit of 8MB in the upload utility, which would be a fairly large jpeg pic.   The image I was attempting to upload was 1153 x 1787 pixels (427kB), well below the byte-size limitation.  I ran it through the Windows Image Resize Powertoy, which reduced resolution to 692 x 1080 pixels (56kB) and the image uploaded fine. ...

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Musicstrology – Wednesday Nov. 2, 2011

In 1997 Bruce Springsteen gathered musicians from a New York band called The Gotham Playboys to help him record material for a Pete Seeger tribute compilation “Where Have All the Flowers Gone“, released the next year in 1998. The band and Springsteen re-united in 2004 and had several recording sessions which would evenutally become “We Shall Overcome“, Springsteen’s Grammy award-winning tribute album to the folk music legend and social activist, Pete Seeger. Presumably riding the success of “We Shall Overcome“, Springsteen embarked on a tour with the “Seeger Sessions Band”.  Performances from three shows at The Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland were combined...

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Not-So-Daily Sniff – Tuesday November 1, 2011 – Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol – (DHCPv4) – Part I

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol – DHCPv4 – Part I The first thing required to communicate on an IP network is an address.  For hosts not assigned IP network information manually, DHCP is used.  The DHCP address negotiation conversation usually consists of 4 elements, Discovery, Offer, Request and Acknowledgement.   DHCP Discovery – Layer 3 broadcast compels available DHCP servers to offer information.  The Discovery step is like being new to a city and placing an ad on the local bulletin board to rent a room…”Hi, I’m new in town, and I need a place to call home….who has a room they can rent me?…     DHCP Offer – All available DHCP servers will respond to Discovery by broadcasting a response.  The server needs to broadcast as the potential client doesn’t yet have an address to unicast to.  …the very next second a reply appears on the bulletin board, “I saw your ad looking to rent a room and I have one.  If you’re interested call me at 192.168.1.1, thanks – R. Droms”   If more than one DHCP server is available and all send offers, the client will respond to all, but accept an address lease from only one.  When a DHCP server intially responds to a Discovery packet, it reserves an address for the client. Well mannered DHCP clients will respond to all offering servers, so that those from which the client doesn’t accept a...

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Musicstrology – Tuesday November 1, 2011

I fired up my laptop this morning anxious to find out what song would kick out for this, my innagural Musicstrology post.  I have a sip of coffee while my media player loads; foot tapping, finger snapping, tick tocks.  When all of five seconds pass the player materializes and I let the arrow fly. When the music starts I look down and see “Doomed” by Ron Sexsmith.  My first thought is denial…”it can’t be”, then anger “effn computer”.  I begin to rationalize the prospect of a re-spin…surely I can’t have my first post to a section I had hoped would be positive, to be...

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Musicstrology

Most mornings I awake and strike a match to light the pilot to my stream of consciousness via my regular Internet news and sports fixes and social media; nourish the rested and empty vessel.  Usually the last thing I read before leaping up into the thick of day, is my Astrological Forecast…Saggitarius, bow wielding torso with target in sight while coordinating four prancing hoofs…yeah that’s me alright. As much as I appreciate the mythology behind my birth sign’s portrayal as a festively garbed part-equine bow-hunter, it occurred to me that the quintessential awakening of memories affected by reading my Astrological forecast, could be...

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