Having a status page forced Comcast to fix my internet

TL;DR: Comcast had a local area issue. I set up a status page for my house after many outages. The status page actively monitoring connectivity forced Comcast to look outside our home for a fix after several visits. Forced switch to Comcast Business The pandemic hit, and our lives became 100% “virtual” last year. As a family that “cut the cord” years ago and I’ve been working from home for quite some time, our internet consumption was pretty high....

October 5, 2021 · 6 min · Chris Short

Why I'm Not Ditching Cloudflare

ARPANET (the precursor to the internet) was built to connect scarce computing resources across the country to foster research and development. It’s designers say that it was never designed to survive a nuclear attack rather, it was built to work around flaky network links of its era. The Internet of today is powered by the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing protocol. BGP is powerful as it shares information throughout myriad locations about how to send traffic from one part of the internet to another....

August 31, 2017 · 4 min · Chris Short

The Demise of Google Fiber and Internet Under Dirt

If you have not heard the news, Google Fiber is no longer expanding its installation in the 10 markets they service and the head of Google Access (the Google Fiber overlord company), Craig Barratt, is stepping down. Also in the news, was a little-publicized statement from AT&T’s chief executive, Randall Stephenson, where he said, “I will be sorely disappointed if we are not going head-to-head” with cable companies by 2021....

October 30, 2016 · 3 min · Chris Short

Font Size Comparison

Font Size Comparison (this page) was designed to assist web designers in making the switch from absolute to relative font sizes. Below is a listing of font sizes and how they appear in pixels, points, percentages, and ems. If you have customized the way your browser displays text there is a strong possibility that this page will display inaccurately. If this isn’t what you were looking for please click your back button or go to chrisshort....

October 12, 2006 · 3 min · Chris Short

Firefox Hits the NY Times

Firefox has taken out a two-page ad in the New York Times! According to Firefox this is the, “largest open source fundraising campaign in history” and, “these folks were willing to put their name out there and be the first to publicly support Firefox and our community at a scale never before attempted in open source history.” Somewhere in that massive list of names is mine. I will be picking up a New York Times some time today to see how good this Firefox ad looks on two full pages....

December 17, 2004 · 1 min · Chris Short