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Troubleshooting Common Networking Problems with Wireshark, Pt. 3: MTU Problems

Author’s Note: This is the third part in a six-part series about finding and solving many networking anomalies using the Wireshark network protocol analyzer. If you are new to the series, you can find part 1 here, and the whole series here.Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) problems are still one of the most common calls received […]

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Troubleshooting Common Networking Problems with Wireshark, Pt. 2: TCP Retransmissions

Author’s Note: This is the second part in a six-part series about finding and solving many networking anomalies using the Wireshark network protocol analyzer. If you are new to the series, you can find part 1 here, and the whole series here. TCP Retransmissions in traces are a very common problem. And while TCP retransmissions […]

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Troubleshooting Common Networking Problems with Wireshark, Pt. 1: TCP Checksum Incorrect ‘Error’

Author’s Note: This is the first part in a six-part series about finding and solving many networking anomalies using the Wireshark network protocol analyzer. I originally wrote these for the Microsoft Enterprise Networking team back when I worked there to help new engineers understand and resolve common cases, so they are written for people with […]

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Linux and Networking: Too Much Fail for One Configuration

So, this is a problem that I’ve spent a day or so working on at work, and it goes like this… A router (Linux, running ZeroShell) is configured with three interfaces, as shown in the following diagram: In this case, the network has a configuration problem in that PC1 is configured with a default gateway […]

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Engineer to English Translation Guide

A colleague of mine (thanks Carole!) remarked the other day how I should make a T-shirt with a translation guide that roughly equates what and engineer says with what they mean and/or what one can expect out of the next series of events. I thought this was a great idea, and came up with not […]

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Jim McBee’s Mostly Exchange Web Log: The IT Curmudgeon

I don’t normally do this, but here’s something centered on IT from Jim McBee’s blog. You should get a kick out of it if you have been in IT for any extended period, and there’s some nuggets in there as well: Jim McBee’s Mostly Exchange Web Log: The IT Curmudgeon

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The Death of Principles

So, for almost two years, I’ve been using an Android phone, partially due to the limitations of the iPhone platform, and partially due to my unswerving hatred of Apple. This weekend, I broke down and bought an iPhone. Now, I’m not sold that I’m going to stay on the iPhone; I may actually return the […]

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On the Topic of Mind Uploading…

If you read my previous post on sci-fi books, you’ll know that lately, the topic of mind uploading, particularly as it relates to the technological singularity, has been present in much of my reading material. While the concept seems plausible, in at least a sci-fi sort of way (the Matrix being a case in point), […]

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Weekend hard disk adventures…and two must-have tools

Well, I bought and installed a shiny new WD 1.5 TB hard disk this weekend, and I have to say it went better than expected, despite the fact that it took a day to complete. The physical installation, of course, was a piece of cake (one of the great things about SATA). No messing about […]

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Silent DAW Build

One thing I have noticed missing from most PC build guides is a good guide to building a silent DAW, which seems odd to me. After building no less than four DAWs over the years, I have come to appreciate the importance of silence for any kind of serious recording, and so this year I […]

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