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Setting a bandwidth limit for a BSD SSH connection

sshd has no features that limit the bandwidth used by a given ssh connection, so scp or sftp transfers can consume as much bandwidth as the underlying connection can support. If this connection is shared, this might be undesirable – one transfer will always be trying to saturate the pipe, forcing other communications to contend […]

Yay Bandcamp!!

Just a ¬†quick note to say props to (the pre-eminent musicians-selling-their-wares-direct-to-the-fans site), who’ve just published a note to show that they’re significantly profitable and have been for four years. This is the context of a music industry of diminishing sales, shrinking margins and even Apple suggesting that they’re going to get out of the […]

Bug in Google search autocomplete when using Google Chrome browser

Well well well. In Chrome (Version 27.0.1453.110) just go to and type “fouad el ” into the search field with autocomplete enabled (the default). You’ll find you cannot type anything further nor can you delete and in Chrome’s Activity Monitor window you’ll find that tab taking ~98% CPU. Only route forward is to kill […]

My PC killed my Mac – a sad tale of heat and industrial design

So my trusty PowerBook G4 finally turned up it’s toes after 6 years of faultless service. What happened? One warm evening the screen went black and never came back; my diagnosis is one fried GPU. So far so what; computers die every day right? What makes this different is why the poor bugger got too […]