2009 Black Friday External Hard Drive Deals

In my opinion, this year’s deal on external hard drives are just OK. Not worth making a trip for and definitely not worth standing in line for unless you are going for something else. There may be the same or better deals on Cyber Monday. The best deal on a cost per gigabyte basis is the Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive at Target for $60. This comes out to six cents per gigabyte. After that, it’s the 1.5TB Seagate Seagate 1.5TB External USB Hard Drive from Office Depot for $100. If you are looking for a small 2.5″ drive, consider the Iomega Prestige 320GB Portable Hard Drive from Radio Shack for $50. You might be able to remove this drive and put it in a laptop. Of course, this will void your warranty.

In my opinion, this year’s deals on external hard drives are just OK. Not worth making a trip for and definitely not worth standing in line for unless you are going for something else. There may be the same or better deals on Cyber Monday. The best deals on a cost per gigabyte basis is the Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive at Target for $60. This comes out to six cents per gigabyte. After that, it’s the 1.5TB Seagate Seagate 1.5TB External USB Hard Drive from Office Depot for $100. If you are looking for a small 2.5″ drive, consider the Iomega Prestige 320GB Portable Hard Drive from Radio Shack for $50. You might be able to remove this drive and put it in a laptop. Of course, this will void your warranty. Continue reading “2009 Black Friday External Hard Drive Deals”

How to issue a refund without actually issuing a refund

So many Model Mayhem members are well aware that the site has experienced downtime last week due to a distributed denial of service attack. Lots of paying VIP and premium members were up in arms about the downtime and screaming for some kind of remedy in the form of a credit or refund. Let me first say that I am not a paying member so I don’t really care what they do for the paying members. Even if I was a paying member, I couldn’t care less about a credit for the few hours of down time and the week of spotty performance. A monthly VIP membership is $10 so a week is just $2.50. You can’t even buy an average drink in Starbucks for that amount. But people want some kind of appeasement so Model Mayhem had to pacify them.

So many Model Mayhem members are well aware that the site has experienced downtime last week due to a distributed denial of service attack. Lots of paying VIP and premium members were up in arms about the downtime and screaming for some kind of remedy in the form of a credit or refund. Let me first say that I am not a paying member so I don’t really care what they do for the paying members. Even if I was a paying member, I couldn’t care less about a credit for the few hours of down time and the week of spotty performance. A monthly VIP membership is $10 so a week is just $2.50. You can’t even buy an average drink in Starbucks for that amount. But people want some kind of appeasement so Model Mayhem had to pacify them. Continue reading “How to issue a refund without actually issuing a refund”

Got a Twitter problem? I’ve got a solution.

Are Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace feeds sucking up your time? Tired of logging into each site to check and update your feeds? Here are some must have applications to manage your social networking feeds more efficiently.

Twitter Problems:

1. Need to purge all direct mails.
2. Need to schedule future tweets.
3. Need to automatically follow back those who follow me.
4. Need to automatically unfollow those who unfollow me.
5. Need to send an automatic welcome direct message.
6. Need a digest of Twitter replies emailed to me.
7. Need to bulk delete multiple tweets.

Are Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace feeds sucking up your time? Tired of logging into each site to check and update your feeds? Here are some must have applications to manage your social networking feeds more efficiently.

Twitter Problems:

  1. Need to purge all direct mails.
  2. Need to schedule future tweets.
  3. Need to automatically follow back those who follow me.
  4. Need to automatically unfollow those who unfollow me.
  5. Need to send an automatic welcome direct message.
  6. Need a digest of Twitter replies emailed to me.
  7. Need to bulk delete multiple tweets. Continue reading “Got a Twitter problem? I’ve got a solution.”

Windows 7 software update for digital SLR

Digital Photography Review has posted a roundup of software updates for Windows 7. The list includes updates from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Olympus, and Pentax.

Digital Photography Review has posted a roundup of software updates for Windows 7. The list includes updates from Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Olympus, and Pentax.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0911/09112302windows7update.asp

What lessons should Model Mayhem learn from this latest outage?

Model Mayhem is now on day three of outage. The first day was mostly slow performance and 504 gateway errors. The site has been completely offline the last 24 hours. So what lessons can be gleamed from this latest incident? No websites can be immune from outages. This latest outage appears to be a result of a denial of service attack against many Internet Brands websites hosted in El Segundo, CA. The first reports of problems were posted at 9 am November 12, 2009. The site continued to operate intermittently throughout the day. Many forum posts were started asking what was happening but there were no official word from Model Mayhem administrators.

Model Mayhem is now on day three of outage. The first day was mostly slow performance and 504 gateway errors. The site has been completely offline the last 24 hours. So what lessons can be gleamed from this latest incident? No websites can be immune from outages. This latest outage appears to be a result of a denial of service attack against many Internet Brands websites hosted in El Segundo, CA. The first reports of problems were posted at 9 am November 12, 2009. The site continued to operate intermittently throughout the day. Many forum posts were started asking what was happening but there were no official word from Model Mayhem administrators.  At one point, Brian did make a short post saying the problems were beyond Model Mayhem and affected many other Internet Brands sites. There were no site wide announcements. It has been repeatedly stated that the forums on Model Mayhem are used by a very small percentage of members. I have no idea why an announcement banner was not posted. I have seen announcement banner wishing people happy birthdays. There was one recent one announcing a Halloween banner contest. Yet 12 hours after initial reports of problems, there were still no site wide announcements. The only hint of any awareness of a problem was this twitter post at 10:22 am. Model Mayhem’s twitter account only has 3,100 followers. This Twitter account is no way to make an announcement about site outage when the site has over 350,000 active users.

We’re aware of the issues members are experiencing this morning, and the tech team is working on fixing it. Until then: http://bit.ly/2nVMxq 10:22 AM Nov 12th from TweetDeck

Fast forward to November 13th and the site is completely down so the point of an announcement banner is moot. Many sites have maintenance blogs hosted on other sites that inform users of operational status. Model Mayhem has no such capability. Now members and left in the dark to search Google for answers and that is how they arrived here. For over a year, this blog has been the source of information concerning Model Mayhem’s outages. Why do Model Mayhem users have to come here to find out what’s going on? I have no affiliation with the site. I just happen to write a blog that is indexed by search engines. It cost nothing to have a Blogger or WordPress account. Why hasn’t anyone at Model Mayhem thought of this yet? Is it just wishful thinking that the site will never go down?

Model Mayhem down along with most of other Internet Brands sites

On November 12 Model Mayhem, along with many other sites owned by Internet Brands, experiences sluggish performance. The problem seems to be with the network infrastructure used by Internet Brands as the performance problems are not limited to Model Mayhem. As of early morning November 13, most of the sites operated by Internet Brands are completely offline.

  • Update 4: As of 2:50 am (-8 GMT) November 17, Model Mayhem is completely down again. (Back up again but timing out intermittently.)
  • Update 3: As of 10:20 pm (-8 GMT) November 16, Model Mayhem is completely down again. Check here to verify. (Back up again.)
  • Update 2: As of 5:30 pm (-8 GMT) November 14th, 504 gateway errors started again. Save all your important emails and make no changes to your profile. Model Mayhem is not working in parts of Bangkok, Chicago, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Update 1: As of early morning November 14, Model Mayhem is back up and running.

On November 12 Model Mayhem, along with many other sites owned by Internet Brands, experienced sluggish performance. The problem seems to be with the network infrastructure used by Internet Brands as the performance problems are not limited to Model Mayhem. As of early morning November 13, most of the sites operated by Internet Brands are completely offline. Those sites include:

Some sites are intermittent and will run slow even if operational.

Update 1: Model Mayhem has finally post some updates on their twitter account at http://twitter.com/m_mayhem. The relevant post are repeated below:

  1. Sorry for the problems, everyone. Network problems continue in El Segundo, making it hard to access several sites on the web, including MM.
  2. Model Mayhem update: Through a series of DNS attacks affecting several websites, the tech team is working to dig out from them. No ETA yet.
  3. The network between MM and the outside world was attacked. The tech team is working on fixing it.