Marty's Musings

Gulf region routing / connectivity

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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: https://atlas.ripe.net/probes/16596/ 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

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>

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