All posts by streamingmeemee

Tariffs will hurt makers and encourage offshoring.

There was a time when my job depended on my skill wielding a soldering iron and diagnosing computer hardware failures. I haven’t done that in ‘a while’ but I do still build electronic circuits now-and-then.
 
I occasionally build prototype devices for a client and when I do the vast majority of the parts come from China.
 
The new tariffs proposed by the current administration will increase my costs by 25% on this parts. However, these new tariffs do not apply to finished consumer goods, like TVs, cell phones, and the gadgets I’m likely to be building. So I have two choices; pass along the increased cost of components to my clients, or, pay a company in China to build the gadget for me and import it as a ‘finished good’. Neither of these are good outcomes for the US Economy.
 
I’ve linked an article below from a well known ‘maker’. He presents the case in greater detail and also includes info. on what you can do to influence these new tariffs.
 

HTTP/1 vs HTTP/2 – Performance degradation with packet loss

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted something systems engineering related; frankly, it’s been awhile since I’ve had the time to read anything systems engineering related.

I found this piece on the performance impacts on HTTP/2 of packet loss quite interesting.

https://www.twilio.com/blog/2017/10/http2-issues.html

How to engage a fanatic?

I read an opinion piece today that spurred me to write this post.

I struggle with this very question quite often. I am not one to “un-friend” someone simply because I don’t agree with them or their views. I’m quite curious by nature so I am driven to discover the roots of their views. However, most often what happens is that I am shouted down, accused of being “preachy” and/or “being out of touch with the real world” and/or my personal favorite “that’s your college education talking”. When I emphasize that I really want to understand how they reached their viewpoint I am accused of trying to bait them.

My formative years were spent on and around farms in rural Michigan. I’ve lived in a small tent in the woods while searching for work; I’ve had to choose between eating and affording the trip to work; I’ve watched the last of my food go down the kitchen sink because I didn’t own a colander to drain my spaghetti. That is my real world.

I get it that you’re angry and frustrated. You’ve got my attention so stop yelling at me and let’s talk about it.

Oh drat these computers, they’re so naughty and so complex, I could pinch them!

Sooo….  As some of you may now Amazon Web Services, upon which this blog is running, suffered some ‘issues’ yesterday.  Unfortunately, I was in the middle of doing some work on this site when the problem arose and… long story short…  I lost some files.

I have been able to restore the database that contains all the posts and other data related to the blog but most of the image files posted since last February are bits-in-the-wind.

Thankfully, the links to the full sized versions on Flickr are still valid so if you simply click on the broken image link you’ll see the image in full screen glory.

I’ll try to find time to restore them, but, well… life.

Tl

World of Warships Update Server IP address range

So I’ll admit to playing video games.  It is a guilty pleasure indeed.  I spend most of my ‘game time’ on Eve Online but that requires a fair amount of contiguous time to really enjoy.

World of Warships logo graphic
World of Warships

If I’m into a quick fix I’ll fire up World Of Warships and send a few fellow gamers to the depths of the WWII era Pacific Ocean.

Today they issued a big update to the game and my PC refused to download the update.   A quick look at my firewall indicated it was being blocked as being “a suspicious Torrent download”.  Normally it would be a simple case of adding the update server to my firewall ‘good guy’ list and all would be well.  As it happens, in this case there are several servers involved so I had to track them all down and add them all.  I thought I’d share my findings in case anyone else would find it useful (read: In case I forget in the future).

92.223.96.13, 92.223.96.14
92.223.118.4, 92.223.118.6
92.223.120.9, 92.223.120.11

These IPs served my location in Northeast North America – YMMV