Overriding Routing for VPNs on macOS

I have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) setup so that I can connect to my home network and use things such as my Synology file server when I’m not at home. This works most of the time when the IP address network of the local (e.g., Wi-Fi hotspot, etc.) doesn’t conflict with my home’s IP address network (10.x.y.0/24). However, I have come across some Wi-Fi hotspots which use a subnet of The default route through the hotspot network is then used when I try to access my home resources, instead of going through the VPN.

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When frames are too many

I was digging around my backups and came across this mockup of a site my friend and I worked on ten years ago, but never published.  This was when Microsoft FrontPage was still around, frames were OK, and <blink>, <marquee> and animated GIFs were the rage, and when the whole world used Internet Explorer.

I guess it didn’t occur to us back then that nine frames were eight frames too many.  Oh, have times changed 🙂

Odyssey Web Mockup with 9 frames

Today, HTML framesets are rarely used.  Server-side scripting such as PHP is used to replicate common code across multiple pages.  Client-side alternatives such as CSS positioning and overflow allow elements on the page to be statically attached to the window, or to have internal contents overflow with scrollbars automatically.  Browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have dominated the browser market share.

Old blog posts from WordPress 2.6 found and imported

I spent this afternoon digging around my backups, and I was lucky to find my site backup from the end of 2008. I had to find a way to import the posts from WordPress 2.6 into WordPress 3.5.1. Since I had a full site backup, I was able to load the WordPress files and database backup onto my Mac’s local MAMP web development environment (Windows users might use WAMP).

From there, I followed the WordPress upgrade procedure. I upgraded directly from WordPress 2.6 to 3.5.1 directly without a hitch, although it recommended to go version by version. Then with a click of a button, my posts were exported into an XML file. And two clicks later, my posts were imported into my new site. It’s awesome that WordPress has a very easy upgrade and import/export functionality.

I spent a couple hours combing through the blog posts (good memories of high school and university!) making some edits, and fixing links and images.

The only thing now is to find my WordPress backups from 2009-2011. Needless to say:

Update: After a couple hours of digging, I’ve found the backup and have loaded the posts here. The archives here are pretty much complete!



A screenshot of Google Chrome
A screenshot of Google Chrome

I have been using Google Chrome for six months and so far it has been an awesome.  It beats any other browser I have run on my laptop in terms of speed.  Opening a tab on Chrome takes less than a second whereas on IE sometimes it hangs up to 15 seconds before a new tab is usable.  Pages load many times faster.  The memory footprint is much nicer than FireFox.

Chrome gives me a lot more viewing space.  No toolbars for stuff I don’t need.  A status bar only appears in the corner when information is presented.  No title bar is shown; just the tab bar which has the title of the page anyway.

The single address bar makes combines searching the web, entering an address, and recalling bookmarks all in one.  Also the start page with a “most visited” listing which resembles the Opera speed dial updates by itself depending on the sites you visit most often.

The only minor issue that I have encountered with Chrome is that some sites are still not rendered correctly (possibly not a Chrome problem, but a HTML, CSS, or JavaScript problem).  Another issue is that since browser updates are installed automatically sometimes a “bad apple” release is pushed out without me knowing.  This happened late last year when a release of Chrome crashed every time I tried to open a drop down menu.

So yes overall Chrome has been and will be my browser of choice for normal web-surfing.  Speed is the main selling point for me, and so far Chrome trumps all the other browsers in that category.

Shaw Upgrades Internet Speed

My ISP, Shaw Cable, is upgrading the internet speed of their plans.  The plan we’re on is getting a speed boost from 5Mb/s to 7.5Mb/s.  Also, they are adding the “PowerBoost” technology free on our accounts which boosts download speed double for the first 10MB of the download.

We have great news for you! Shaw is committed to bringing you the very best products and services, and that includes the FASTEST Internet at the best value. As a result we are making significant upgrades to our network in your area which will allow us to increase your Shaw High-Speed Internet download speed by 50%, from 5 Mbps to 7.5 Mbps! This will not affect your monthly cost for High-Speed Internet; your bill will remain exactly the same.

What you will notice is how much faster you can download photos, videos and large files, giving you the best online experience.

And, not only are we making your Internet faster, we’re also including PowerBoost™, an extra burst of speed when downloading, at no extra charge. The best part is you don’t have to do a thing. It will all happen automatically.

Our network upgrades will take place and change over the next month. Once we have completed the upgrade in your area we will notify you by email to let you know.

We hope that you enjoy the 50% download speed increase.


According to the WorldPoliticsReview blog, in 2007 the countries which averaged top broadband speed were Japan and Korea, over 50Mb/s at very small cost per Mb/s.  Second class countries were Finland, Sweden, and France, averaging 20Mb/s.  Canada sits 8th on the list for average speed, but we’re down at #15 for price per Mb/s.  The US are #15 in terms of speed, but #6 in terms of cost.  Again this data is from 2007 so much could have changed since then.

Can we catch up to Japan and Korea soon? 🙂