Archive for July, 2008

New UPS on site

Monday, July 28th, 2008

If you think of a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) as just a small box that sits under your desk, you have got to see the monsters we use in the datacenter. Sonic.net took delivery today of the first two boxes that make up the UPS portion of our new 500KVA Mitsubishi ...

Celebrating 14 years

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_21" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Do adults belong in the bounce house?"][/caption] We mark Sonic.net's inception on July 26th each year. This year, it was a BBQ and some crazy kickball at Morton's in Kenwood. Staff and family participated. Click for some pics. Support was unavailable while we ...

The Sonic.net Board Shorts are here!

Friday, July 18th, 2008

100% Polyester, machine wash cold, dark colors only and oh so cool. In preparation for our upcoming annual BBQ Sonic.net has outfitted every employee with Board Shorts embroidered with our company logo. In appreciation of this gift a few employees volunteered to sport the new shorts. [caption id="attachment_16" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Sonic.net employees wearing ...

The recent DNS vulnerability and the impact on Sonic.net.

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Earlier this week US-CERT announced a very serious DNS Cache Poisoning vulnerability which affects a large number of DNS servers across the Internet. Thankfully we here at Sonic.net run PowerDNS on our Authoritative and Recursive servers which has been hardened against this type of attack for years (official PowerDNS statement on ...

We are fueled by coffee.

Friday, July 11th, 2008

We would be remiss if we didn't plug our favorite Coffee Shop and coffee Baristas at Flying Goat; we are fueled by the coffee there and they always take care of us. Come by the Flying Goat Coffee shop in Santa Rosa during the week (or even on the weekends) and ...

Opinions on personalized email domains?

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

I'm interested in feedback on a concept. We are researching the idea of offering personalized surname based email and web addresses. This would mean that a customer could select an email address like firstname@lastname.com, and an optional web address of firstname.lastname.com for example. Each would forward to a customer's usual mailbox ...

How to write a WordPress plugin to notify your customers via Twitter.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Wordpress has a page on "Writing a Plugin" that you can refer to for all the gory details; this post is a quick demonstration of how you too can notify people of updates to your Blog via Twitter. Add your handlers: add_action('edit_form_advanced','notify_customers_checkbox'); add_action('save_post','notify_customers'); Add some check boxes to the "Write Post" interface: function notify_customers_checkbox() { ?> <fieldset id="notify_customers" ...

More bees!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

As I've written previously, I keep bees. Yesterday I got a call from Oak Grove Elementary School in Graton about a swarm of bees in one of their trees. The nice folks at Beekind referred them because Sonic.net has a bucket truck which I can borrow, so we ...

Staff BBQ

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

We celebrated our sales performance of the satellite Internet access product by spending some spiff money on a staff BBQ.  The support department was allocated some money for each new satellite customer, and they elected to spend it on some great beer and amazing food for all of us. Kudos to ...