Friday, November 04, 2016

new modem needed

so apparently CenturyLink is doing some kind of upgrade in my neighborhood which requires that I get a new modem. And of course rather than just sending me a notice, they have to do this thing where they put me behind some kind of proxy where every page I go to gets me to this notice that I need to talk to somebody about getting a new modem and in the meantime click this box to restore your internet service for the next 12 hours.

Except that clicking the box does not work and I can't order a new modem until customer care opens tomorrow morning. Tech support has no way of removing or disabling the notice and escalation has gone home for the day.

I'm getting ping responses, I'm able to ssh around to places and view https: webpages, and it looks like DNS queries off my servers are working, so whatever they're doing with outgoing connections only involves port 80. But I can't tell what's happening with incoming TCP connections (thank you stanford's telnet block and unfortunately "downforeveryoneorjustme" doesn't have an https version), though everybody being idle for 4+ hours on LambdaMOO and no incoming mail received since 9:02pm is not a good sign.

Update: (Friday 11am): Got through to the daytime tech support.  Oh yes, your modem is totally compatible with the upgrade, we'll take you out of the walled garden now.  And today's tech-support says last night's tech support should have been able to take care of it.  Aaaaargh.

Things seem to be back.
(next lookout is November 14 when the actual work is supposed to be happening)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

powercycling and impending storm this weekend

Man, I really hate the prominently placed power button on this machine that is so easy to hit by accident.

On the other hand we have a big windstorm headed our way this weekend (with some preliminary fun expected tonight), so it's probably just as well we got a clean shutdown first.

Unfortunately it's now in the middle of huge fsuck because it's been nearly a year. Assuming there's no bigger problem lurking, we should be back up in the next 10 minutes.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DSL bouncy

Yes, we were off the air for a couple hours. Modem seemed to be having trouble connecting to both of the pair bonded connections at the same time. Then it self-healed before I managed to get through to a human at CenturyLink. So, buh.

Since I have no idea what the problem was, this could recur. (Road People have been doing work on Island Crest Way all month, though if they sliced through something, I'm guessing we'd get a more long-term-variety error...)

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Power Outage (vaguely planned, for once)

So repair guys are here to fix our power cable. In order to do that they need to take our power down. Estimated repair time is about 2-4 hours (there are "lots of obstructions" in the yard), which is probably more than the UPS can handle.

So, expect downtime. Probably within about 15 minutes of this posting to whenever (you can do the math).

Update 1pm: I'm a bit disturbed that they left without saying anything and there are no obvious holes in the yard, but the power is back and the Magic Portable Transformer Box is gone, so either it's all fixed or they've put on a much more clever (and much more hidden) temporary fix. I guess we'll see how this goes.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

1/2 Power Outage

Well, that's something I'd never seen before.

Lights and outlets in various rooms went out but others were just fine, and flipping the circuit breakers did nothing. Obviously not a power failure since we were still getting power. And luckily the outlets with all of the Computer Stuff were in the latter category. But, still, WTF?

Turns out, we had a 1/2 power failure. Evidently if you have coming in a neutral wire and 2 hot lines at 110V each of varying phases, and something munches on one of the hot lines, you still get Power but it's Weirdly Dysfunctional Power. Power Company people arrived and now we have our very own Personal Transformer to turn the one hot line back into something our house understands. And then sometime in the next week or two somebody will be back to do Actual Digging to figure out where and how the line got munched and what to do about it for the long term. Wheee.

(...note that Lambda/etc is on a UPS once again and so should cope just fine with the brief service interruptions that will inevitably occur while they're fixing this. Unless we get an interruption that's not so brief. Or whatever it is comes back and munches one of the other lines in the interim; that would be fun...)

Friday, October 02, 2015

trying out new bogon filter

So in the category of Things I Should Have Done Ages Ago, as a replacement for the bogon filtering I used to do (now useless due to the IPv4 address space being fully assigned), I'm now using the Spamhaus DROP and EDROP lists, which is their list of IP addresses that are ownz0red by Various Annoying People, which, in theory, my ISP should already be blocking, but evidently they're not -- counters show roughly 40 connection attempts in the past 2 days; most likely entirely to my mail server.

Meaning if, within the last few days you've suddenly found yourself unable to connect, that would be something to check (because that's a list you really don't want to be on).

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Debian 8 -- heads up.

So I just noticed that Debian 8 ('jessie') was released about a week ago (sort of fun to be exploring the package archives and, "hey waitaminnit, what is 'stretch' doing here?... holy crap...").

 Which means I'll most likely be attempting an upgrade real soon now. Perhaps even later tonight depending on what the release notes say about how nasty this one's likely to be.  Perhaps also accompanied by some yoyo-ing in the next day or two thereafter