Google DNS servers from LA

I am currently working in LA.  I am staying in downtown at the DoubleTree Hilton, right next to Japan Town, besides being right next to a Japanese market and Kinokuniya which I really like, I have been really enjoying the new bike share in downtown – using it every day to go to and from work.

The featured image is the view from my window, facing directly E. E towards Colorado.

This blog is not about the view or DTLA it was meant to be a quick blog about DNS.

Anytime I work remotely I test my network (Internet actually) connectivity by pinging the Google DNS servers 8.8.8.8. Even in Silicon Valley in Santa Clara where our office is, I have never seen the pings come back faster than 10ms. From Vail it is usually around 17ms, 14 on a good day.

Have a look at this:

PING 8.8.8.8 (8.8.8.8): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=0 ttl=57 time=135.195 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=1 ttl=57 time=3.528 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=2 ttl=57 time=4.587 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=3 ttl=57 time=5.552 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=4 ttl=57 time=5.576 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=5 ttl=57 time=4.886 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=6 ttl=57 time=3.325 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=7 ttl=57 time=5.356 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=8 ttl=57 time=5.289 ms
64 bytes from 8.8.8.8: icmp_seq=9 ttl=57 time=128.932 ms

--- 8.8.8.8 ping statistics ---
10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 3.325/30.223/135.195/50.945 ms

I am not sure what is going on with the first and last packets, but this is on the wifi at the hotel and it is blindingly fast.

I think the servers are at a DC somewhere here in LA.

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Bahamas, and iPhones

We spent a week in the Bahamas, on New Providence Island, on Thursday morning we went our for a swim just in front of our Hotel.  There is a reef about 200m off shore, it was a great swim and we saw a nurse shark.

Unfortunately when we got back to shore my shorts, with my phone, sandals and sunnies were stolen. Bastards !!!! The Bahmian Police seemed quite competent when they turned up a few hours later at our hotel to take my statement but the phone has not been recovered.

New phone on the way.