The Wile E. Coyote

a.k.a. Ken Frazier

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Welcome to my home page.

This page is  Go Ahead....Click on italways under construction, besides the usual falling rocks, anvils, and pianos...
SO PUT ON A HARD HAT!!!


Who is Ken Frazier?

Most Importantly, I'm a husband and a father. We live together in the great metropolis of Wichita, Kansas, U.S. of A.  Don't laugh, there are over 450,000 people here.

When I'm not being a dad or hubby, I am a 41 year old computer professional, specifically in architecture and security.  I have over 20 years of experience with Information Systems design and operations.  I would like to someday be in management, but my technical abilities keep holding me back. J (Where I work, you are not considered managerial if you are also technically adept…and vice versa. It’s an odd culture).

I am also studying in a Graduate program at the University of Phoenix, to complete an MBA in Technology Management. I officially graduated in May, but still have a couple courses to complete before it is final.

I really enjoy electronic gadgets. Technology and the sciences are my passion!  I love a good story on physics, or chemistry, or whatever new scientific theories are being published.


A Word about Hackers

(You can call them Crackers if you are "socially impaired”)

In August of 1998, I experienced what I consider an invasion by the slime of the technically capable.  Yes, I am speaking of black hat hackers. Not the hackers of lore, such as would normally be titled to a being of great technical skill seeking only greater technical knowledge while bringing no harm to others.  No, these hackers are the dredge of the mentally unstable, ruthless, uncaring, and egotistic.  These scalawags are criminals, seeking victims on the Internet as a form of personal fulfillment.  As you can tell, I think very lowly of the black hat hacker.  If you are a hacker I have but one message for you...Big Brother is indeed watching!!!

If you have a broadband connection, I highly recommend you install a hardware firewall between your network provider and your home network. If you still wish to directly connect to the Internet, at least install a software firewall and keep your system patched. I highly encourage everybody to run the latest Windows release (XP with Service Pack 2).

Firewall: ZoneAlarm and ZoneAlarm Pro - Excellent!!!

 

Test your system's internet security at:

Sygate Online Services

www.grc.com

security.norton.com


Would you like to improve your Network Performance?

I've put together a couple files that may help improve the performance of your network connections.

NOTE: these settings are optimized for general Cablemodem performance.  These NetTweaks were developed to optimize the latency of my ISP, Cox High-Speed Internetr along with the new 4 megabit download and 512 kilobit upload speeds.

Tuning TCP/IP is part science and part "black magic" so to speak, so I have spent many hours modeling different network configurations, and then testing configuration after configuration to prove or disprove the models.  The problem is, it is easier to tune for a specific need than for a general one.  What I discovered is pretty basic and general.  The farther away a network link is, generally the more latency involved, which has one set of rules for optimization, and the corresponding inverse being, the closer a network link is, generally the lower the latency becomes.  However, both of these assumptions are nullified by the reality of bandwidth. The bigger or faster the network pipe is the lower the latency, and of course, vice versa for slower speed network connections.  This is where the difficulty comes in.  With newer and faster broadband services, finding the balance between the two is a bit of a trick.  Use the below attached files for Windows Windows NT/2000/XP.  I am referring to xDSL and Cable Modem access as broadband.   I have just recently added support for 2-way Satellite, such as with DirecWay.   For those of you running G.lite xDSL, you are on a pseudo DSL config called PPP over Ethernet, or PPPoE - a Tunneled Virtual LAN, and these tweaks may not help you. You'll need to ask your ISP for assistance.

2-way Satellite: Windows NT/2000/XP
Broadband: Windows NT/2000/XP

Or set your system back to factory default

Microsoft was confident that they knew how to tune TCP/IP's default settings.  To give due credit, Microsoft finally figured a few things out with Windows 2000 & Windows XP.  Default performance is good, although somewhat insecure for internet use (ICMP router path redirection is enabled by default) prior to the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2.  Well, these will put you back to pristine (or is that factory) settings.

Defaults - Windows NT/2000/XP


My latest Cumulative Tweaks/Patches/Fixes file

(last updated June. 12, 2005)

I finally got tired of applying a myriad of updates to Windows XP systems I administer.  So I put them all in a nice neat install package called MaxTweaks.

MaxTweaks does several things, all of which are registry changes only.  Here are the things it updates, fixes, secures, or tweaks for performance:

  1. It modifies the user's wait time for window pop-ups from 250 ms to 150 ms.  I tried 0 ms...but it actually actually makes the pop-up speed annoying.
  2. It sets the Windows kernel to non-paged....so it stays in memory.  (Note:  Disable this if you have less than 128 MB...but you shouldn't be running 2000 or XP if this is true).
  3. It boosts the default IO buffer from 512 Kilobytes to 16 Megabytes.
  4. It forces the system to use the standard percentage of RAM for a disk cache.  If you choose to override (great for a server), then all but 4MB becomes system cache.
  5. It turns on unused PnP devices in the "Display Hidden Devices" setting in Hardware Manager so you can remove those pesky unused PnP devices finally (already available in XP).
  6. Disables the Automatic file sharing for system hidden shares (e.g. C$) so you are not making connections available to the world.  Note...in XP the default is Guest access enabled (even with your guest account disabled)!  This feature is known as "Simple File Sharing" in the Folder Options.
  7. Optionally, you can modify to Hide your NetBIOS PC from the Browse Master list!  It is still visible by default...for those of you with multiple home PCs.
  8. Removes the check for a remote computer's scheduled jobs before attempting to access network shares.
  9. Tunes the TCP protocol parameters to match most cablemodem and true ADSL (non-PPPoE) network caps and latency.
  10. Enables TCP SynCookie Denial of Service (DoS) protection.
  11. Reduces TCP keepalive time to reduce threat of IP session hijacking.
  12. Disables Dead Gateway Detection (IP level security).
  13. Disables bad/incomplete/failed Domain Name Service (DNS) lookups from being cached by the DNS [caching] client.
  14. Disables NTFS last access updates to your NTFS filesystem (big disk I/O performance help).

MaxTweaks

For Windows XP Professional, XP Home Edition, and XP Media Center Edition

NOTE:  This is NOT for Windows 95, 98, or ME!


How To Contact Wile E. Coyote, Genius

(I'm not really an egomaniac...I'm just good at what I do and I have a sense of humor.)

 


Some of MY Favorite Places

  | Slashdot - The latest tech news |
| Yahoo | C/NET Downloads | Tom's Hardware Page |
| Lockergnome | ZipZoomFly | BetaNews | MajorGeeks |
| The Register - Computer News | PC Mechanic | Al's WINSOCK Tuning FAQ |
| Pricewatch | Woody's Office Watch | Langalist |
| The System Performance and Optimization Page | Anand's Tech Site |
| My Al'ma Ma'ter - DeVry Institute of Technology |

 

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Last Modified, June 23, 2005 - By Kenneth B. Frazier

 

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te-na-cious, adj. 1. Having great cohesiveness of parts; tough. 2. Adhesive; sticky. 3. Holding or tending to hold strongly, as opinions, rights, etc. 4. Stubborn; obstinate. 5. Apt to retain; strongly retentive, as memory. [Latin - tenere to hold, grasp, embrace] n. tenacity


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