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

Posted by in Technology

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

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