Marty's Musings

Gulf region routing / connectivity

Posted by in Technology

It’s been a while since my last post, as usual. I’m currently sat in my room at my parents’ place in Doha, Qatar, escaping the low temperature this evening of 30ºc (today it was +/-45c). Whenever I’m here I’m always struck at how important the internet is in every-day life, in part here because there is no doorstep postal delivery, so everything must be done online or in-store. The other thing that is striking is how much culture is imported from the rest of the world, especially the west. Most people…read more

RIPE Atlas Probe

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It has been several months since my last post, time to add something new, albeit something small! Today I got a RIPE Atlas probe up and running in Doha, Qatar. The probe is hosted with my parents on Ooredoo (formerly QTel/Qatar Telecom). It’s the only probe running in Qatar, you can see its details here: RIPE’s explanation of Atlas is: With your help, the RIPE NCC is building the largest Internet measurement network ever made. RIPE Atlas employs a global network of probes that measure Internet connectivity and reachability, providing an unprecedented…read more

Busy + Bittorrent Sync Tutorial

Posted by in Technology, Travel

Life in the last couple of months; I’ve been to 4 countries, started a new job, modified my server setup adding 3 more VPSs among many other things. This blog has been neglected for quite some time, it’s really difficult to find the time to write things during the week and weekends become busy because things can’t be done any other time. One thing I have managed to do to that I’ve written about is setup BitTorrent Sync to keep configuration files synced between more than one server. The reason I have…read more

Travel diary

Posted by in Travel

Since my last post about booking flights on Qatar Airways for October my travel plans for this year have increased somewhat, I’ve booked a few more trips, today’s being Berlin in a month’s time. The plan has gone from 2 trips to 5 trips (4 of which are booked). The itinerary now stands at: Doha + Dubai, June – Qatar Airways Berlin, June – British Airways San Francisco, July – TBC Spa-Francorchamps, August – Brussels Airlines Doha + Abu Dhabi, October – Qatar Airways By the end of the year…read more

HTML5 document structure

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I’m always creating HTML5 based documents but can never remember the exact syntax, so here’s a base template so I don’t have to keep Googling it! Hopefully somebody will find it to be a useful reference <!doctype html> <html> <head> <title>Title</title> <meta charset=”utf-8″ /> </head> <body> </body> </html>

Flights and Formula 1

Posted by in Formula 1, Travel

I’m a big Formula 1 fan, as mentioned before because of my Dad and the last grand prix he went to was Abu Dhabi in 2012, during which time he said I should join him next year. Fast forward a few months and everything (apart from lodgings) has been booked. Since Dad and Mum moved to Qatar I’ve wanted to fly on Qatar Airways, especially since they now have the Boeing 787 Dreamliner! During the process of looking for flights Qatar Airways was clearly the cheapest, however I stumbled upon something strange,…read more

Web Projects

Posted by in Formula 1, Technology, Travel

I’m a big Formula 1 fan thanks to my Dad, I love both all the action on the track and the romance of having races all around the world. A while ago I had a coupon code for a cheap domain name, I thought to myself what possible domain name could I buy that I could find a purpose for? After a few days I managed to answer that question and was born! The reasoning behind the project is that I find some of the things Kimi Räikkönen says…read more

More Broadband Frustrations

Posted by in Technology

I got a voicemail from a lady at Sky today, she said she had heard back from the engineer that visited on Saturday and said she was aware that the issue is resolved. Instantly I thought to myself “if only”, time to turn on the rant tags! [Rant]Upon calling Sky back I got through to a gentleman on the fibre team, I explained the call I received and also that what the lady quoted the engineer as saying was incorrect. I explained that the engineer had diagnosed the fault as…read more

International SSH Brute Forcing

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Technology is a fascinating part of modern life, day-to-day we use it in various different ways from smartphones to credit/debit cards to kitchen gadgets, almost everything we do somehow involves tech in some fashion or another. One thing that is fundamental to a large proportion of developed countries is the Internet (as proven in my previous post!) We use the Internet for almost anything, and in some countries literally everything. The thing that fascinates me is the vast diversity of it, you can find pretty much anything on the Internet,…read more

Broadband Woes

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Recently my Sky Fibre Pro broadband has been playing up, when initially installed it was performing well at around 58mbps/18mbps which compared to previous ADSL is light-speed. A few weeks ago I decided that the degradation was at a point where it needed to be looked into, so I called Sky Fibre support and ran through the usual turning it off and on, resetting etc… After all of these steps didn’t resolve the problem a BT Openreach engineer was booked and arrived (on the dot of 8am on a Saturday!)….read more