How do you use a 3GB cap in a week?

Don’t even attempt to answer that question. But anyway, the students at CTI managed it.

OK, let me give you some background information. We have an internet room for the students. We’re connected via an ADSL line to the rest of the world, with a 3GB cap. Now, with students being students… you know the rest. Anyway, this time it took them five days to blow it.

The problem is that the staff share the connection with the students, so we’re affected by this as well. With the finance department needing to do Internet banking, that is a bit of a problem. The solution should be to have two ADSL lines, one for the staff, and one for the students. That way, the students can experience hell on earth (and deservedly so) when they use up their cap, while we can get to go through the whole month without such worries (unless someone on the staff downloads naughty things, which realistically shouldn’t happen). However, some may argue that just letting the Internet abusers amongst the students abuse the Internet like that is unfair on those who actually use the Internet for work. So, what we should do is limit what each individual student could download to, say, 25MB per month. The only problem is that I don’t know how to do this. I would guess that a proxy server, together with a domain controller (giving the students an individual login and password; right now there’s no such authentication, which is a tad impractical) would do the trick. Only… I have no knowledge of proxy servers. I don’t even know if Windows Server 2003 has proxy server capabilities. Tried looking though its help system earlier today, but found nothing. Typical Microsoft help. Oh well, suppose I should ask Jeremy for help on how to use squid (Linux’s proxy server). He should be well aquainted with it, given his knowledge of UKZN’s system. Failing which, I’ll have to make friends with Google.

I’ll have some suggestions at the next staff meeting, though.

Finally found the digital camera after a few hours trying to figure out where it had been hidden this time, so I took some photos of my new case. They don’t want to upload over my 56K line at home, so you’ll have to wait a few more days to see them. (Motherboard still hasn’t arrived, by the way.)

On a more serious note. I mentioned car crashes in my last post. Unfortunately, one of my friends (who will remain anonymous) wrote off his car the other day. The details that I heard are a tad sketchy, but from what I gathered, he was on the M13 in the vicinity of exit 7 (the University Road / Essex Terrace offramp) when a pedestrian ran in front of his car. He swerved, lost control, ended up on the opposite carriageway (somehow dodging the oncoming traffic) before hitting the barriers on the opposite side. Cracked a rib and a knee cap, and wrote off his car (he was going at quite some speed), but at least he’s OK, and that’s what counts.

Finally. (I know you’re sick of reading this by now.) I’ve successfully registered the domain, and set it up to point here.

That is all.

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