Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rebranding for profit (the fight against bedbugs and pests)

We were going through a market in Singapore this weekend and came across a stand selling an all natural and chemical free insect killer. It came in really small bottles, probably 4oz's total, and looked a lot like this product. Locally it was selling for approximately 12 SGD. The linked product is $29 for an 8oz bottle. The content is Diatomaceous Earth. This works well if you can get the bugs to go into it, but doesn't work so well in a wet environment. With the rain and humidity in Singapore, I have doubts it would work well. The interesting part (rebranding) is the cost. $12 for a few oz is pretty steep for anything. If we shop around a bit we can find a 50 pound bag of this same compound (even certified food grade) for a whole $23 USD on Amazon. Going with the $29 per 8oz branded bottle, if we compare 50lbs (800oz), we have a price that is over 100 times higher for a nice label. Since you would use it up quickly and need to replace it, lets try to avoid the hype. Hopefully someone can provide this useful item at an appropriate price without all the BS marketing.

Windows 2008R2 failing to update DDNS records

If you are running an environment with dynamic DNS, record scavenging, and 2008R2 servers; you may notice records disappearing from time to time. There is a bug in 2008 that causes systems to fail to maintain their records if you make changes to the DNS server IP's that the system uses. If you run ipconfig /registerdns, it forces the system to update and all is well. If you want to get around having this problem with a more permanent solution, Microsoft released this patch recently (kb 2520155).

IPv6 videos

Here are some useful presentations on IPv6 held at last year's DEFCON conference:

Who Cares about IPv6, Sam Browne
IPv6 No Longer Optional, (ARIN) John Curran
Implementing IPv6, (ARIN) Matt Ryanczak