Poor Mediacom Customer Service


I moved ~ 2 months ago, and got a new line of 100/10 mediacom service.

The Problem:

All was ok for a month or so, but then my download speeds started dropping during peak hours. A bit of a drop is ok, but by 2 weeks after it started dropping, I was getting anywhere between .5 and 5 mbps download between the hours of 6pm and 11pm.
The following morning, I'd test it, and get a consisten 100+ mbps download.

The Solution:

Bittorrent Sync

I've totally stopped using any other file syncing app. No Onedrive, no Google Drive, no Dropbox.

Bit torrent sync is available on Windows, Linux, Mac, and Android. It's fast, easy to setup, easy to manage on an ongoing basis, secure, and because it's unlimited and flexible, I'm using it for things that most people wouldn't even thing of.

We use it at work to sync customer's encrypted backups to our site, where an Ubuntu vm puts the backups on a SAN.

Ruger Red Label 30"

I've been wanting an over/under for years. Having two chokes gives you some flexibility in clay games, a quality o/u will last basically forever if cared for, and they are dead nuts reliable.

Webserver changes

My old web server was an Ubuntu 12.04 server, with magnetic storage on Amazon EC2. The times they are a changing, and I had been meaning to update the server for a while. So the new version is an Ubuntu 14.04 server with SSD storage, still on Amazon EC2.

The new base server is quite a bit faster, but besides that, I also decided to switch out my http server as well. I used to use Cherokee, it was faster than Apache, and easy to setup, but it hasn't really seen any growth, and may have actually had it's market share shrink since I last installed it.

Backing up with S3CMD

I had some issues with S3FS that prompted me to look into alternatives. I found S3CMD, and I'm very happy with it so far. The operation is a bit different but there was minimal effort required to change over my backups to using S3CMD instead of locally mounted Amazon S3 buckets with S3FS.

First, S3CMD doesn't mount buckets to the local file system, once setup, it lets you read and write to buckets in a way similar to rsyncing to a remote computer.

First, install S3CMD


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