Random photos from Sicily, Rome, Dubai…

Enjoy some photos from my collection. Something strange, beautiful, exciting, extraordinary…

Kingston 64GB DataTraveler HyperX 3.0, photos and benchmark

Yesterday we bought another very fast Flash Drive with USB 3.0 support — Kingston 64GB DataTraveler HyperX 3.0.

Manufacturer advertised speeds: Read 225 MB/s; Write: 135MB/s. It come pre-formatted with FAT32, but we instantly formatted it with NTFS, 64 KB cluster size.

It has a little bit slower read speed and 1/3 slower write speed than Patriot 64GB, but in contrast to Patriot, this Kingston feels very good in the hand.

Obligatory notes:

  • Our benchmarks are not scientific tests.
  • Tested on PC with EVGA X58 CLASSIFIED 3 motherboard (1st gen i7 CPU).
  • Benchmark file size was about 4 GB.
  • Tested only sequential read and write.
  • I tested my real world usage scenarios.
  • Screenshots are from Far Manager and Febooti Hash & CRC, using “Just Read” feature.
  • IMO Far Manager shows slightly lower reading speeds, because it copies data to NUL device, which slows things a little bit.

Recent network outage for our sites hosted on HostGator


Yesterday our sites hosted on HostGator was down for a couple of hours (5h 34m). Now everything is up, and is functioning normally.

Bluehost and other popular hosting providers was down. This was due to Utah data center outage, that affected more than 5 million websites. More info from official EIG “response site”.

Reading some hosting forums, Twitter and speaking with colleagues, it seems, this was eye-opener for some, who didn’t know that Bluehost as of 2010 and HostGator as of 2012 are a part of EIG. EIG now owns more than 60 hosting firms.

Some of EIG customers are now wanting to leave, and they feel somewhat like customers of Digital River, who acquired e-commerce companies like RegNow, RegNet, RegSoft, Simtel, Emetrix, eSellerate, ShareIt, SWREG and more. They wanted order/payment processor not affiliated with Digital River, and there was a time, when only alternative was PayPal and some small processors. Here is one story, if you are not familiar with e-commerce and payment processors.

… every time you send a customer to a Digital River company they will take his or her personal data and monetize/abuse it to the limits of the law and beyond.

I witnessed how RegNow become total mess after Jessica Dewell left and RegNow was sold to Digital River. Total nightmare: consolidation, understaffing, incompetent/ignorant staff, information leaks, incident with ePassporte when some of developers almost lost their money, and many more.

Now this may be beginning of similar scenario for hosting companies. Brent Oxley (my hero in hosting world) left the company and sold it to the EIG. EIG recently moved our servers, and other HostGator servers to Utah data center. What we do? We just wait, and see how it rolls out… Hopefully good for everyone…