Hardware platforms

Ever needed to filter certain F5 platforms within your installation scripts? If so, check out the following document at the tech part of f5.com

You’ll see a listing of all the hardware platforms like this:

Platform: C36
Models: BIG-IP 1500, Enterprise Manager 500
Form Factor: 1U
Host Board: Tyan 5112
Processor: Single Celeron 2.5GHz
SSL Card: Yes

Now combine the Platform code with a small bash script like this one:

HW=$($AWK -F= '/^platform/{print $2}' /PLATFORM )
case "$HW" in
  C62*)   HARDWARE=3400;;
  C36)    HARDWARE=1500;;
  D44)    HARDWARE=2400;;

And you can tweak your scripts to only support certain hardware.

eBay scamming

After two and a halve months I brought myself to the conclusion that I’m not going to see the object I bought (for the moment, an “expensive imaginary” wii) or the money I paid for it. Was I naif to believe friends who told me that their was protection from eBay, maybe, … One thing is sure, I learned a great deal from this experience:

  • If you don’t receive (notice about) the shipping within one week, file a dispute indicating that the object was not received.
  • When in doubt, don’t wait to long to file a complaint. You can file a complaint (with eBay) after 10 days, but you have to do it within 60 days. I believed in the other guys story for too long, and I got passed the 60 days.
  • Do NOT do transactions without paypal or wiretransfer. They aren’t “supported” by eBay, and they will just waive your claim away.
  • Always do insured shipping, never go for economy class. Apparently the postal offices have a lot of thieves within their ranks.

Those may be obvious to the eBay veterans, but it wasn’t to me (as an eBay newbie) until this situation. What I can say is be aware of the risks when dealing on eBay. Not everyone is as fair as yourself. Here I have to say that (apparently) some nationalities have a tendency to be more a scammer. These statements are mine personally, and I’m aware that I’m judging a lot of people who might not deserve this. Yet… I never had any issues with English, German, Dutch or Flemish people. On the two occasions where I had problems, it were both French speaking persons. Once the object was broken (Wallon person), and this time I failed to receive anything (French person – Gérard Loriot – Limeil Brevannes).

To close this, I leave you with a helpful link on the matter. It can be found at here, credits to AuctionBytes.

New theme

I know, yet again… The priamos one wasn’t ideal. The dkblog was nice, but had image probs. The priamos wasn’t as clear as I wanted it to be. When posting code (like with the ant), it showed up totally wrong sometimes. So here we have a new one. How long will it last? 😉

What is a bounce rate?

As I’m “playing” with the Google Analytics lately, I found myself wondering what the mysterious item called “bounce rate” was. So after a bit of googling, I found a good article about it.


In a nutshell bounce rate measures the percentage of people who come to your website and leave “instantly”. Thought about from a customer perspective rather than I came, I saw, I conquered, the action is I came, I saw, Yuck, I am out of here.

Bounce rate measure quality of traffic you are acquiring, and if it is the right traffic then it helps you hone in on where/how your website is failing your website visitors.
It is usually measured in two ways:
* The percentage of website visitors who see just one page on your site.
* The percentage of website visitors who stay on the site for a small amount of time (usually five seconds or less).

Interesting AdNetworks for European publishers

Working with an ad network gives you certain advantages:

  • They take care of the advertisers. Which enables you to have more time to work on your website, or whatever…
  • The money generated from all the advertisers comes as a bundled payment. This is more friendly on the expenses of your (bank) transactions.
  • Most (if not all) ad networks provide a clean interface where you can see the statistics about your sites & ad programs.
  • Networks want their publishers to generate revenue (as they take commision), so they are (mostly) very helpful in supporting your stake.

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