Epic Traceroute: Star Wars crawl

This was working over the weekend, but I suspect the viral reach of this awesome spectacle got around and I can’t replicate it this morning…but, if you performed a traceroute (kick up the maximum hops and TTL), you can get the entire Star Wars Episode IV crawler via BeagleNetworks.Net. Is it just me, can anyone else still see this today?

Traceroute 216.81.59.173

Check it out here:

 6  Episode.IV (206.214.251.1)  68.642 ms  67.307 ms  67.005 ms
 7  A.NEW.HOPE (206.214.251.6)  65.986 ms  68.502 ms  68.708 ms
 8  It.is.a.period.of.civil.war (206.214.251.9)  67.067 ms  70.139 ms  66.52
 9  Rebel.spaceships (206.214.251.14)  70.214 ms  70.192 ms  71.622 ms
10  striking.from.a.hidden.base (206.214.251.17)  71.427 ms  74.206 ms  
11  have.won.their.first.victory (206.214.251.22)  71.665 ms  70.434 ms  7
12  against.the.evil.Galactic.Empire (206.214.251.25)  69.218 ms  70.621 
13  During.the.battle (206.214.251.30)  69.059 ms  68.931 ms  69.981 ms
14  Rebel.spies.managed (206.214.251.33)  77.247 ms  72.757 ms  77.61
15  to.steal.secret.plans (206.214.251.38)  71.224 ms  71.164 ms  69.543 
16  to.the.Empires.ultimate.weapon (206.214.251.41)  68.744 ms  68.824 
17  the.DEATH.STAR (206.214.251.46)  72.316 ms  74.551 ms  66.354 ms
18  an.armored.space.station (206.214.251.49)  69.413 ms  70.334 ms  6
19  with.enough.power.to (206.214.251.54)  66.182 ms  66.627 ms  71.23
20  destroy.an.entire.planet (206.214.251.57)  71.926 ms  71.266 ms  70.
21  Pursued.by.the.Empires (206.214.251.62)  67.298 ms  65.956 ms  66.
22  sinister.agents (206.214.251.65)  65.020 ms  67.806 ms  70.508 ms
23  Princess.Leia.races.home (206.214.251.70)  68.894 ms  71.147 ms  71
24  aboard.her.starship (206.214.251.73)  72.130 ms  71.093 ms  74.026 
25  custodian.of.the.stolen.plans (206.214.251.78)  68.568 ms  67.939 ms
26  that.can.save.her (206.214.251.81)  67.063 ms  69.874 ms  68.889 m
27  people.and.restore (206.214.251.86)  70.395 ms  70.144 ms  
28  freedom.to.the.galaxy (206.214.251.89)  66.098 ms  65.432 ms 
29  0-------------------0 (206.214.251.94)  75.931 ms  74.159 ms  80.012 
30  0------------------0 (206.214.251.97)  73.026 ms  73.403 ms  73.256 
31  0-----------------0 (206.214.251.102)  83.602 ms  82.079 ms  70.743 
32  0----------------0 (206.214.251.105)  70.459 ms  69.403 ms  68.782 m
33  0---------------0 (206.214.251.110)  68.516 ms  72.472 ms  71.811 ms
34  0--------------0 (206.214.251.113)  69.056 ms  65.981 ms  68.202 ms
35  0-------------0 (206.214.251.118)  66.790 ms  71.556 ms  74.292 ms
36  0------------0 (206.214.251.121)  68.286 ms  71.042 ms  71.587 ms
37  0-----------0 (206.214.251.126)  72.702 ms  71.785 ms  72.442 ms
38  0----------0 (206.214.251.129)  78.143 ms  74.411 ms  72.828 ms
39  0---------0 (206.214.251.134)  69.692 ms  66.187 ms  67.369 ms
40  0--------0 (206.214.251.137)  69.184 ms  70.678 ms  67.445 ms
41  0-------0 (206.214.251.142)  70.383 ms  68.220 ms  67.543 ms
42  0------0 (206.214.251.145)  67.593 ms  72.970 ms  73.220 ms
43  0-----0 (206.214.251.150)  70.964 ms  69.082 ms  70.831 ms
44  0----0 (206.214.251.153)  73.856 ms  71.848 ms  70.311 ms
45  0---0 (206.214.251.158)  71.517 ms  69.204 ms  69.538 ms
46  0--0 (206.214.251.161)  68.076 ms  68.179 ms  67.620 ms
47  0-0 (206.214.251.166)  68.738 ms  70.518 ms  68.757 ms
48  00 (206.214.251.169)  68.281 ms  70.225 ms  74.811 ms
49  I (206.214.251.174)  70.203 ms  71.668 ms  71.672 ms
50  By.Ryan.Werber (206.214.251.177)  68.900 ms  71.461 ms  72.297 ms
51  When.CCIEs.Get.Bored (206.214.251.182)  75.816 ms  73.957 ms  71.333 ms
52  read.more.at.beaglenetworks.net (206.214.251.185)  70.254 ms  73.799 ms

Read the story behind the crawl at BeagleNetworks.net

Illustration Win: Our gadgets are our prison [pic]

Brazilian illustrator Felipe Luchi created some astounding artwork for Go Outside Magazine (ironically, I’ve never heard of this until now, mental note: come up with ‘Stay Inside’ Magazine…).  These pics show an iPhone and Mouse as a prison – so true.

Beautiful and appropriate illustrations for our generation.

your gadgets are your prison 1

your gadgets are your prison 2

via: [Filipe Luchi and Go Outside Magazine]

Wayback Wednesday: “Spacewar!” – the first space shooter, circa 1961

Here’s a video (and a linked story) for a space shooter created in 1961 on a PDP-1.

Don’t get your hopes up to play Spacewar! on it’s original home, as only 3 PDP-1’s are known to exist at this time.  However, if you make it down to the Computer History Museum, you can watch someone else play it ;)

It would have been pretty cool to work as a programmer in those days, although the paper tape/punchcards would have sucked…ah, never mind that I said that. I remember my dad regaling me with stories of how just one misplaced card could ruin a whole program if you weren’t careful.

Story comes via: [The Verge] (read it, the story is pretty cool)

“What idiot keeps a permanent marker near his whiteboard?”

The funny part of this story isn’t actually computer related, but the backstory leading up to it was…

The year was 2003 – I was at my previous job, and before we had a really robust AV solution on our systems, we would routinely get infected with viruses. Our company layout was basically a North American hub, connected remotely via 56K (in some locations) all the way up to 512K IP enabled frame-relay…i.e. SLOW. However, most access at the remote plants were basically relegated to Citrix, AS/400 connectivity, with some minor domain replication going on with their AD Domain Controllers, so speed wasn’t needed, but with the very nature of IP enabled frame-relay, it made virus propagation very easy.

Anyway – one day, we had one of our epic virus infections and I was working late to try and clean up systems and view router connection stats. My manager comes in, grabs a marker from his pocket and start hashing out a response plan on my freshly installed whiteboard behind my desk.

We get a hefty bit of info/plan on the whiteboard and my boss puts the marker down on my desk – – I look at it closer – he just used a permanent Sharpie marker on my whiteboard. He immediately realized what he had done and said “What kind of idiot keeps a permanent marker on his whiteboard?” and walks out.

Not that it couldn’t be removed, but didn’t I have enough things to clean up already?

Picture source: [Blitzen the Demoralizer (CC)]