Passive FTP and Firewalls

For the last few months, I've been receiving complaints from some of my customers that they were having trouble with the FTP services being offered through Cartoli.  Problems included being immediately disconnect from the server upon connection, fast timeouts, occasional problems with file transfers, etc.  In other words, the transfer portion of File Transfer Protocol wasn't working so hot.

The one thing that remained constant is that I could get transfers to work when the firewall was shut down.  Obviously not a permanent solution, it at least allowed the FTP services to be useful again.  As always, it's the firewall that's causing the damn problem.

Oh yeah, SSL uploads via port 990 were working beautifully.  That threw me for a loop, too.

After a ton of trial and error and investigation, I found some information on the Application Layer Gateway Service that is installed by default on Windows servers.  Apparently it's sole purpose in life, besides messing with me, is to assist with Internet Connection Sharing plug-ins and whatnot.

It appears that it was acting as a proxy of some sort which was breaking the connection.  This wasn't happening under the SSL sessions as the information was encrypted through the certificate.

I disabled that service on the server and immediately Passive FTP began working as expected.  Mind you, this is after a few months of digging into the problem off and on.

Up Up Down Down

Sometimes I find myself wishing I could use the Contra Code in real life..

Up up down down left right left right A B select start.

Damn, didn't work.  Stupid thing.

Phoenix of Jericho

On May 16th, CBS cancelled Jericho, which I really liked, but wasn't sure was going to make it through the first season.

Beginning almost immediately thereafter, in a tie-in to the season finale, over 20 tons of nuts were shipped to CBS in protest of the cancellation.

On June 6th, CBS announced via their fan forum that due to unexpected fan response they would be ordering an additional seven episodes for next year.  They also expressed that to continue production of the series the fans will need to grow the number of viewers for the show.

Additional information was provided in a quote from one of the actors, a Waukesha native:

The biggest problem with our show is that so many people were watching it on the Internet or Tivo (which doesn't count toward Neilson ratings), so I think the fans are now aware to watch it when it's on.

So that's two different comments indicating that watching via DVR or online doesn't count toward the ratings of a show.  This indicates to me the same problem that has been faced so often in the past...  technology advances, but the big companies don't know how to deal with it.

While I agree that CBS needs to see an increase in the number of viewers to continue the show, I sincerely hope that they're going to take additional steps to determine how to track the "profitability" of a network show, especially one that was geared so heavily towards the Internet as Jericho was up to this point.

Hey ACNielsen... it's high time to figure out how to provide more comprehensive tracking data... those Nielsen Ratings need to be expanded to capture more information or else you're just misleading everybody in the long run.  I don't envy the task, but as we move more towards Internet-centric broadcasting it will become more and more vital.

Gift Blessing

Hmm.  Now it seems that I only put up new posts when I've been drinking.  Speaking of which, I'd like to thank the cute bartender and a few of those attending the wedding reception at the locat we ended up going to.  Your attendance this evening helped to make this post possible.

I don't have the gift of being able to talk to women.  I know a few guys that do, and for them it comes as naturally as breathing.  That impresses me, because it's something I don't understand.  28 years old, and breasts and curves still intimidate me.  Talking in general is no big deal, but any kind of discussion that may end up in a date is pretty much impossible for me.

Then again, not dating has been working out well.  I've been keeping a majority of my money in my wallet, and I just have one ex to fight with regarding my kids.  So pehaps this is a blessing in disguise.  This isn't to say that there aren't nice, decent, beautiful women out there, but more to say that so far they seem to want very little to do with me.  Grrr.

See, I knew I should have been working tonight instead of going out dirnking.  The ham and cheese sandwich from the grill was pretty tasty, though.