I was having trouble with Google Drive wreaking havoc on my internet connection and need to see what was going on. No tool I know of is better for that than Netbalancer and I was pleased to find out that, unlike another tool I know, this one works in Windows 8.

Have a look at the screenshots

Short version: even if Google Drive isn’t actually transferring a file, it manages to slow down my internet connection to the point of being unusable. It doesn’t make a huge number of simultaneous connections. It doesn’t actually use that much bandwidth itself. It seems to just sort of be a black hole for bandwidth. VERDICT: Completely Unusable.

Read the full story of why I'm going back to Dropbox

Obesity, Rap and the Google Correlate Tool

I plugged some data series into Google Correlate to see what would shake out. What shook out was surprising. How do obesity and rap music correlate? I have no idea, but they do, at least according to Google data.

Drupal has so many modules to choose from. This article divides some of the main spam-blocking modules by type and gives a brief overview that will hopefully give you an alternative that works for you without annoying your users with a CAPTCHA (Down with CAPTCHA!)

Stop spam on your Drupal 7 site

Google’s Bacon Number Calculator has drawn a lot of laughs and sneers, but the last laugh will be Google’s, or whoever gets this technology correct. True, the BNC is a funny and mostly useless toy. I also think it’s the harbinger of the biggest change in the organization of human knowledge since the invention of writing. The BCN is small. The concept is monumental.

Read why the BCN matters

Highlighting Ads In Google Search Results

Google has made it hard to tell ads from regular search results. With a bit of CSS, though, you can make the ads stand out so that it’s easier to tell them from the organic search results.

Find out how to change your user stylesheet to highlight ads

The Moniker.com interface is a bit confusing, so here’s a step-by-step instruction on how to change the CNAME record for a domain at Moniker

A discussion about trailing slashes on URLs for “listing” pages got me thinking about what a URL is and should be. Yeah, this post is a bit obsessive.


Why do some people take ownership of problems that others pass by without a response? I don’t have an answer, but if you do, please add a comment.

Are you an owner?

Supposedly, the Ivory Tower has nothing to teach business people, but here are three lessons business could learn by looking a bit more closely.

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