Archive for February, 2013

Mediacom DNS outage 2/27/2013

by on Feb.27, 2013, under News

It appears Mediacom the (7th largest cable company in the US) is currently having DNS* issues again!

For information on how to change your dns to Googles’ DNS servers temporarily.
This will resolve any issues you have with Mediacom DNS

Mediacom outage statement

#Update 6:38PM some markets seem to be coming back online#

##Update 8:41PM##
Mediacom statement

*Domain Name System (DNS) is a database system that translates a computer’s fully qualified domain name into an IP address.

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TorWarn Weather Alerts 2.0 Stay Alert Stay Alive

by on Feb.09, 2013, under News

I have just pushed TorWarn 2.0 live to the Google play store. All server support for old application has been pulled, we have moved to more secure, faster and more reliable servers. This application will also now be receiving more often updates as I am back in a location where I have income and time to devote to the project.

If you have previously purchased a version of this software please email me. Link is in the Google play store, and after verifying your purchase I will send you a copy, or refund your purchase of this new version.

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Mediacom Cable Ultra Plus 105/10 Service Review

by on Feb.06, 2013, under Reviews

I have been a Mediacom customer for several years now. When living in Eureka, and Roanoke Illinois, and most recently in Atlantic, Iowa. This is a short overview and review of my experiences with them.

Eureka, IL (2003?-2011)

While living with my parents in Eureka, IL we had Bitwise dialup and MTCO dialup service before switching to Mediacom. While living here Mediacom was just starting to come out, and speeds were roughly 12/1 when I moved to Roanoke. I do not remember having that many issues with Mediacom in Eureka, besides the occasional outage.

Grade for Mediacom Service in Eureka, IL: B 

Roanoke, IL (2011-2012)

While in living in Roanoke, IL approximately 1.5 Years I was on the 20/2 Package as this was the most bandwidth available at the time.

Here is a look at at speed test results over the month of April 2012

As you can see, I was not getting what I paid for all of the time. To add to this the Roanoke, area was over saturated running at 90+% utilization. This means that during peak hours there would be issues with speeds and congestion.

Grade for Mediacom Service in Roanoke, IL: D+

Atlantic, IA (2012-)

When moving to a new location one very important thing is internet availability and speed. When moving to Atlantic, Ia This was one of the first things I looked into. I saw that Mediacom was available and this gave me mixed feelings. After seeing that I could get 50/5 service for roughly the same price as my 20/2 service I jumped on it. I went to the local Mediacom store and signed up. They were able to get a technician out the very next day to do the install. (This scores major points in my book)

While on the 50/5 Mediacom Ultra Package.

The difference from Roanoke, IL to Atlantic, IA for Mediacom service was night and day. Atlantic market seems to be overbuilt and not overly saturated. I was easily able to pull 53+Mbps down and 5Mbps up. There have been roughly a handful of occasions where service was sluggish but I have not had any prolonged outages or anything that made service unusable.

Grade for Mediacom Ultra Service in Atlantic, IA: A-


Since Mediacom Ultra service was working so well I decided to upgrade to 105/10 Ultra Plus service. So far this service is the best Mediacom experience to date. This service is snappy, responsive and fast. I am able to pull up to 13+MBps download speeds on some items. Overall speedtest results are skewed via as servers are not fast enough so I have posted results via Comcast speedtest server.

Grade for Mediacom Ultra Plus Service in Atlantic, IA: A

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