Politics, Weather, Photography, and the Dog
Saturday 8 February 2014

I've figured out the hotel's WiFi. It's not the slowest Internet connection in the world; it's the slowest SSL in the world. In other words, they're not really throttling the Internet per se. But somewhere between here and the U.S., someone is only letting through a very few secure packets.

The genius of this is that things like restaurant reviews (think: TripAdvisor.com) come up normally. But just try to get your email, check your airline reservations, or heaven forbid, get to your bank's website. It's excruciating.

Normal port-80 traffic is running about 500 kbps. That's not especially fast, but it's not painful. But SSL traffic is getting to my laptop at 100 kbps peak speeds and 30 kbps average speeds. Let's party like it's 1999! W00t!

Further, I can't tell where the bottleneck is. Anyone from here to Miami could be throttling SSL: the local Sint Maarten ISP, the hotel, the government of Sint Maarten, the government of the U.S....there's no way to tell. It's just like the Chinese firewall, maddening, inefficient, almost certainly deliberate, but too difficult to diagnose to ever find the right face to punch.

I have a very simple problem to solve that my hotel's WiFi is preventing me from solving. That makes me very annoyed. This will, I assure you, go on my Trip Advisor review.

Saturday 8 February 2014 19:45:29 AST (UTC-04:00)  |  | Security | Travel#
Search
On this page....
How to really irritate Internet users
Countdowns
The Daily Parker +3445d 11h 11m
Italy 38d 10h 47m
IDTWHQ move 55d 11h 02m
Parker's 9th birthday 56d 02h 02m
My next birthday 137d 06h 07m
Categories
Aviation (362) Baseball (110) Best Bars (10) Biking (45) Chicago (976) Cubs (199) Duke (134) Geography (358) Higher Ground (5) Jokes (284) Kitchen Sink (696) London (66) Parker (200) Daily (204) Photography (150) Politics (306) US (1133) World (277) Raleigh (21) Readings (8) Religion (68) San Francisco (94) Software (215) Blogs (83) Business (246) Cloud (90) Cool links (149) Security (104) Travel (255) Weather (747) Astronomy (93) Windows Azure (63) Work (99) Writing (15)
Links
Archive
<April 2015>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293012
3456789
Full archive
Blogroll
About
David Braverman and Parker
David Braverman is the Chief Technology Officer of Holden International in Chicago, and the creator of Weather Now. Parker is the most adorable dog on the planet, 80% of the time.
Legal
All content Copyright ©2015 David Braverman.
Creative Commons License
The Daily Parker by David Braverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License, excluding photographs, which may not be republished unless otherwise noted.
Admin Login
Sign In
Blog Stats
Total Posts: 4762
This Year: 148
This Month: 24
This Week: 2
Comments: 0