Using Log Parser to Extract User Agents From Web Log Files

I’ve been meaning to write a follow-up (or two…) to my I LOVE LogParser post from a few months ago. The time has finally arrived. Every day I collect and analyze (at least at a high level) somewhere around 1/2 a billion (yes, billion) web server log lines. And about that many more from a […]

AWS VPC VPN with SonicWALL NSA and PRO Series Firewalls

Recently Amazon announced, (see also) “You can now create Hardware VPN connections to your VPC using static routing.”  This is great news as it greatly expands the type of devices from which a point-to-point IPSec VPN can be created to your Virtual Private Cloud.  Previously only dynamic routing was supported, which required BGP and a […]

One Guy, Two Blog Posts

I’m not much into self-aggrandizement, but WTH, here goes. This evening while watching a disappointing baseball game I wrote a little about what I do at work, which includes overseeing a network of systems that served over 58,000,000 page views yesterday (a new single-day record for us with much more traffic soon…). To load our […]

Improving Web Server Performance in a Big Way With Small Changes

A week ago today we pushed out some code to our IIS and MS SQL servers that has had a huge impact.  In a good way – a very good way. First, a little background. I work for an online video company that has “widgets” and video “players” that load on thousands of websites millions […]

Enable Quick Launch in Windows 7, Windows 2008 and 2008 R2

Call me old fashioned.  Say I’m stuck in the past.  Whatever.  I just don’t like a lot of the things Microsoft has done to the Windows interface/desktop over the years.  Every time I get a new computer or start up a new server certain things have to be done to make it usable, i.e. not […]

Blinc M2 with FM Tuner Review – DO NOT BUY!

Enough is enough!  I’ve intended to write this review for some time now, but have neglected.  Now is the time. I don’t usually do product reviews but this must be said. SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT BUY the Blinc M2 with FM Tuner! And don’t expect any kind of customer support or service from Quickline Motorsports! I […]

Elasticfox Firefox Extension for Amazon EC2 is Now Elasticfox-ec2tag

Previously I wrote about a great Amazon AWS management tool, Elasticfox, which is, or was, an extension for Firefox.  I started using Elasticfox a few years ago when I started using Amazon’s EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) service.  At the time Amazon’s Management Console wasn’t all that great; it lacked many features and was a little […]