Grinding to a hal….

September 16, 2009 By: erik Category: Complaining, Geeky 160 views

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It annoys the crap out of me that my computer completely grinds to a halt when I try to simultaneously:

  • Import photos from my camera
  • Stitch together a panorama of photos in Photoshop
  • Bittorent an episode of The Daily Show Ubuntu disk image
  • View the screen of my coworker on another continent
  • Maintain a VOIP call with said coworker
  • Upload photos to Flickr
  • Run a local Apache server to update a WordPress plugin
  • Sync my iPhone
  • Have 25 tabs open in Firefox
  • Check 136 RSS subscriptions
  • Check six email accounts
  • Update a Twitter client
  • Chat with another coworker
  • Run a java IDE
  • Compile a 1000+ class java project
  • Run two local web applications with said 1000+ class java project accessing a local database server
  • Write a blog entry complaining about the slowness

Time for a terabyte of RAM and a solid state drive RAID array, I think…

…or maybe just a reboot.

  • Paul

    What? Not viewing a live video feed from your DaughterCam?

    • I even turned that off due to apparent resource shortage and trust of daughter’s mother to care for her without my supervision.

  • I love this post.
    I’ve been experimenting with what it takes to get the perpetual and indefinite “Marble of Doom” and/or a complete lock-up on my Mini.

    Apparently, I can consistently get a full slow down when I am flying (and simultaneously recording to mp4 video) in X-Plane, while listening to a podcast in iTunes, and downloading a couple of U.S. tv shows, and recording a local “tdt” tv show for watching later, with EyeTV. (Yes, I know I watch way too much tv)

    One thing that seems to slow down the whole system quite a bit less, was getting a new broadband connection with very low latency (74ms vs >200ms on ADSL) and sustained 250 kByte/s UPstreams, as opposed to maxing out at 12 kiloByte/s

    I wonder if having the increased upstream bandwidth really has anything to do with it, even if the computer isn’t doing much extra WITH that bandwidth.
    Maybe it’s just a fluke.

    Maybe you guys can help me figure out if I’m wrong to be a little bit upset with my new ISP’s policies:

    I’m glad I haven’t disconnect the ADSL (Jazztel) line just yet, as I have now gotten my 2nd warning from my new carrier, VIP-Hotspot,

    regarding their “Fair Use Policy”

    “”8.5 As a rule of thumb, if a user does not exceed 3 Giga byte of data download per month as a normal user or 6 Giga byte per month as a mutiuser (heavy user) then they will not be flagged for monitoring. If you do not use Peer-to-Peer or file sharing software (which is illegal) or if you do not download large amounts of data continuously then it is unlikely you will be affected by the FUP policy. “”

    Apparently, having the great burst and sustained speeds means nothing to them, as it’s not “fair” to put it to any serious use.

    I wonder what’s the use of offering, (to use their cheapest option as an example;)
    “256kbps” for €5 a month,
    which would be 79 GigaBytes per month,

    …if they’re going to send me, (who is currently enjoying a my first three months free, at “3 Megs”) an email everytime I go over 6 GB in a month.

    Do you have an opinion or advice you could share with me on this?

  • Ines

    joder con los americanos de los cojones…. lol….mas locos de lo que creia…. 😉

  • I just woke up and realized that it might have been rude of me to have used your blog to gripe about my isp. I’m still trying to figure out what the social contract entails for blog commenting.
    Feel free to edit or delete these both.

    • I don’t mind. But I don’t know what to tell you, either. I don’t like the sound of “illegal” or “flagged for monitoring”. I’m a little annoyed when ISPs try to be the sheriff like that.

    • Josh

      Also, for the time being, at least, Spanish jurisprudence on P2P is pretty clear about defining not for profit file sharing as “legal”. On the other hand, it’s the ISP’s prerogative to define their own TOS. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Personally, I wouldn’t touch ’em with a 10′ pole, as they seem expensive and restrictive.

      I’ve been a reasonably satisfied customer of Jazztel (disclaimer: I’m also a stockholder) — I’d recommend you call them and see if they have suggestions regarding your high latency and miserable upstream. Neither of those figures sounds right, and may well be the result of a poorly configured router.

      If you are going to continue with VIP, you might want to consider using a torrent client that encrypts the traffic. This, in addition to the choice of a non-orthodox port will reduce the ease with which they can accuse you of using “illegal”(sic) P2P software.

      • I have been impressed with Jazztel, up until I moved, when it dropped from a reliable “1.5megs” on a “3megs” contract, to practically nothing.
        I really wanted to find an alternative to Telefonica, and since Ono doesn’t provide coverage in my area, Jazztel seemed to be the carrier that would best take care of the hassle of getting an internet connection to a residence that did not currently have a Telefonica phone number active.
        It turns out, to my surprise, that despite being told by the Jazztel sales rep that “they” would hook up the phone line, as well as assign me a Jazztel phone number, and everything else from A-Z, that in fact, the technician who showed up had a Telefonica uniform on, and simply activated the existing, (but unassigned,) copper line in the apartment. How naive of me to assume that Telefonica would ever let a third party (if in fact Jazztel is a third party) to touch their precious copper.

        The thing that no one seemed to be able to explain was why, in my previous apartment, on the 10th story of this same building, I had such a rock-steady, although less-than-advertised-speed, but after moving downstairs to the third floor, I usually get worse-than-dial-up performance.
        After three or four calls to Jazztel, one of which resulting in the same Telefonica technician coming back out to check the lines and connections, that they simply said that, “DSL isn’t available at your location.”
        As to why? — “Your connection appears to be more than 4 km away from our office.”
        As to why, in my previous apartment, in the same building, had such decent coverage? — “I think it was connecting to a different office.”

        So I started the saga of searching for an alternative. VIP-Hotspot was advertising heavily on billboards and signage locally, but I was wary of a wireless connection, so I first tried all the other DSL providers. As usual, Orange didn’t seem to actually want to provide me service, especially without a Telefonica phone number. Eventually, Telefonica seemed like the only choice, as their sales reps, I called twice, on different days, just to see if I got the same answer, and both times I was promised that they could get me up to “10megs” at my address. I double checked to make sure they had the whole address correct, and was told, “without problem” that they could have my internet running at broadband speeds within 2 weeks.

        So, almost two weeks later, THE SAME TELEFONICA TECH, showed up, with a kind of amused look on his face, as he recognized me, and ran through all the tests and even connected the dsl router directly to the terminals in the main utility shaft of the building, just to test to make sure that the problem wasn’t in the wiring between my apartment and the rest of the building. He even tested the yet to be cancelled connection of my old apartment, upstairs. The results were depressingly the same: The apartment upstairs still had a decent connection and speed, but the one downstairs was crap.
        — “It is what it is.” – (Es lo que hay.) – how I hate that phrase.
        Why did the sales rep promise 10megs?
        — “How should I know; commissions?”
        Is it possible that the two apartments are actually connected to two DIFFERENT distribution node / ‘offices’ as Jazztel implied?
        — “Anything is possible, bueno, me tengo que ir corriendo al siguiente, Adios.”

        So I still have a Jazztel phone line and phone number, and the dsl modem, and the internet contracted at the minimum, just in case I need it to fall back on, but the speed is abysmal. And now, I also have a wireless antennae installed by VIP, and truly spectacular speeds, but I get ‘slapped on the wrist’ every time I actually try to use that speed.
        Rock-hard place.

        On a different note; what is the difference between torrenting free-to-air TV, and having my SlingPlayer back in the states ‘sling’ me the same TV program while I’m over here in Spain. Even when I buy a season pass from iTunes, I get the warning that I ‘promise not to download it from outside the U.S.’ What is wrong with these companies? When I go to the actual website of the TV network, or Hulu, where the actual company itself is offering the show for viewing, I get the “We’re sorry, but you can’t watch this, you loser.”
        How hard would it be for the networks to seed a torrent WITH the advertising they want us to watch. I wouldn’t fast forward through the ads, I promise. At least not as easily as my Mom and Dad do, with their TIVO.