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by: Bernard Teo

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Mon 21 Mar 2011

More Speed

Category : Technology/MoreSpeed.txt

I'll be upgrading my broadband line to 15 mbps on Friday. I'm currently on 10 mbps but I'm only getting about 6 mbps when doing the speedtest. So I thought I'd better find out where the bottleneck is, otherwise I'll never get the 15 mbps that I would be paying for.

Turns out it's the broadband modem.

I've been using an old one from Efficient Networks, called the SpeedStream. I replaced it today with the Aztech DSL1000ER and I get the 10 mbps now.

So why did I live with this limitation for so long now? It's mainly because bridge modems as so hard to find.

I hate the PC-centric modem-cum-wireless-router (plus the kitchen sink) ones like the 2Wire, etc, because they're so hard to configure. It's all so easy with the Apple Airport Extreme Base Station. So I always need only a dumb bridge modem, where the configuration is all done on the AEBS.

So I found the Aztech. It's true plug-and-play, straight out-of-the-box, with the AEBS, no configuration required on the modem. Actually the DSL1000E model is good enough. But I could only get the DSL1000ER in Singapore, which I purchased from the Singtel Helllo store.

P.S.: If you've been coming here the last few days and found the site down intermittently, this was why. I've been experimenting with a whole lot of modems.

Posted at 1:27PM UTC | permalink

Preparing for Lion

Category : Technology/lion.txt

I bought a new 15 inch MacBook Pro - the one with the Thunderbolt port - to run the developers' preview of Lion, the next version of Mac OS X, and then realised that Lion wouldn't (yet) run on it, probably because it's so new.

So I created two other partitions of my iMac, which is the machine I've been doing all my development work on - and so I've got one partition to run Lion, and the other to run Lion Server.

So we'll see, what I've got to do with all my apps on Lion.

Posted at 12:33PM UTC | permalink

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