AMITIAE - Tuesday 24 May 2016
Cassandra: Built-in Delay Potential for Internet Users in Thailand
By Graham K. Rogers
I ran the cursor over the link below this purporting to be "accountmanager.apple.com" and that showed program-ssa.com.
As I suggest, doomed to fail. But perfect for me to seek out a source and this was particularly easy. I start with the Mail View menu and select Message > Raw Source. That shows me all the links and in this case the point that it was written using a Microsoft app on a Windows machine.
Turning my interest to the source, I opened Network Utility. The source was found to be a host service, Choopa LLC but like any hosting service, they may not know what is going on below the surface. I turned to Traceroute and watched as the hops were displayed.
Within Thailand, 6 servers belonging to True - my internet provider - are accessed, then 5 Asianet servers before jumping to 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 which are both IP numbers registered to CAT. Once there, it is a couple of milliseconds to the USA.
Every step from my computer to that final portal has potential for signal delays (latency) and smacks of inefficiency.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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