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Speed test with Shaw Speedtest

The Internet Service Provider I use is CIK Telcom. It is a virtual ISP. The connection is cable, actually from Shaw cable facility.

I did the speed test a long time ago, in 2008.

# Up to 5 Mbps download speed
# Up to 512 Kbps upload speed

Now, my connection plan is 25Mbps download and 2.5Mbps upload.

Let me use the Shaw Speedtest tool to check the speed now.

It is 23.3Mbps download and 1.7Mbps upload. Quite normal, because it is through Modem, router, Wifi. At the same time, there are about more than 5 devices still online now.

So the speed is acceptable.

I almost forget the link of the Shaw cable speed test url. https://speedtest.shaw.ca/

Motorola NVG589 VDSL2 Gateway

ATT Internet users in Bay area use Motorola  ARRIS NVG589 Gateway.

The device can also used for VOIP.

My parents in law have this device since last month.

The Admin interface is http://192.168.1.254

Access code is printed on the device label.

 

I found three guides online. Saved here for future referenc.

Motorola NVG589 VDSL2 Gateway

ATTWi-FiGatewayReplacementSelf-InstallGuide-ATT1235208539

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How to Solve the Virtualbox Bridged Adapter Problem

It is a problem I met since Virtualbox 5.0.4. I can not make the guest OS communicate with Internet or Host, even the IP address is correct. It is similar to the Virtualbox bug of bridged connection, which is fixed in Virtualbox 5.0.6.  So, installed the latest version of Virtualbox on my Windows 7 64bit.

The guest OS is Ubuntu 14.04 64bit. I upgrade my installation to Virtualbox 5.0.6. So the following are based Virtualbox 5.0.6.

When I tried to run yum update to do a update, it can not connect to the repos. And the wired thing is it is using IPv6 address. And actually I don’t have IPv6 implement in my LAN.

The network adapter information as below, looks normal.

ifconfig-info

The first time I run the command of yum update, it said another app is currently holding the yum lock. I don’t know why, and saw no process in memory by top command. So I just delected the lock file /var/run/yum.pid.

locked-by-yum-pid

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Internet Archive WayBack Machine Help Me to Get a Lost File Back

I started to blog in 2004. There is one post regarding a flash clock which is published in Nov. 2004.
It was MovableType 3.15 when I made the flash clock file.
After many years changes, the file is lost. I can not find it on the web server. I can not find it on my desktop archives either.
So I go to the Internet Archive WayBack Machine.
I searched my site domain and landed on the year 2005 of my site.
Followed the link I go the page which embeds the flash file.

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CIK internet speed test

Shaw Cable technician came this morning, and just connected my Cable in the meter room. He said it is not necessary to come into my house.
I looked at the cable modem lights, it works. I confirmed it and said thank you to him.
It is 25Mbps download Maximum, and 2.5Mbps upload Maximum on my one year contract with CIK. $30 per month.

Now I tested the speed with Speedtest.net service. The result posted above.
5ms ping.
24.08Mbps download
2.15Mbps upload.
It is better than my expectation.

Raspberry Pi

Reapberry Pi is getting famous during past six months. It is a tiny computer.
As small as a credit card. Maybe smaller than credit card.
The price of the latest Raspberry Pi Model B rev2 is $35.00.
rasp-pi-revb

To use the Raspberry, the following items are required:

  • USB keyboard and mouse.
  • Prepared SD card. At least class4, 4GB.
  • HDMI or composite television, OR a monitor with DVI or HDMI input, and an HDMI/composite cable.
  • Micro USB power supply – make sure you use a good quality one, capable of providing at least 1A at 5V.
  • Ethernet LAN cable (optional).

It is a computer. It is also an exciting toy for people want a digital toy. There are a lot of functions it can do. Please look at the following top 5 project.
Media Player
XBMC is the best choice to make your own media player machine. XBMC developer site has a wiki page to show the details how to install XBMC on the Raspberry Pi.

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Switch from Shaw to Telus

From this month, I switch from Shaw to Telus. I am just using Internet and Basic TV. When I am with Shaw, I have to pay $89.49 a month including tax. Which is including Personal TV package and High-Speed Internet.
Now I am using Telus. Including Optik High Speed and Optik TV Essentials. The deal is $19.95 per month plus tax. Total is about $22.35.
It is one year contract.
Let me see the speed first. I am heavily user of Internet. There are 3 Desktops, 2 Laptops, and a lot of wifi devices.
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Essential TV package has about 30 English TV channels. Which also include Free HD channels.

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Download speed comparison Globally

There is a picture present the global download speed comparison, which is sourcing from Akamai.
First of all, I would like you to test your own Internet speed first. It is including Download speed, Upload speed, and Ping time.
I recommend the speed testing service of Speedtest.net.
Just a few minutes ago, I tested my Internet download speed in office. It is connected by Telus.
The result is following:
Download: 2.54Mb/s
Upload: 0.69Mb/s
Ping: 25ms
Testing between, Telus Internet user and Lynnwood, WA server.
Now I have my own current speed testing result. Let us see how about the rest of the world.

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Shaw and Telus service comparation v.2010

Here, in Vancouver, most of the people use Shaw or Telus for their TV, Internet and Telephone.
Actually, Shaw is a Cable TV company. Telus is a telephone company. Now they provide the service crossover.
I do my third compare during last 6 years. I did it every two year.
The information based on the location of Burnaby, British Columbia.
The price or cost does not include device purchase, or some special promotion for new customer.

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