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As mentioned already a couple of times, in Belgium most ISP’s have a limit on the amount of data you can down- or upload on their network.

In the previous months I noticed the counter keeping track of the amount I’ve download returned really high values…

At my place we actually have a lot of electronics downloading data from the internet: 2 desktops, 3 portables, 5 cellphones, an ipod touch, a tablet, a television and a microwave (ok, not the microwave… ๐Ÿ˜› )

In the past, when we were still using Dommel as our ISP, I actually didn’t hold track of our monthly download usage… Mostly it was something between 100-200GB’s… (yes, apparently my brothers youtube A LOT…).

But now, each month we’re put on smallband because we download 300GB+ of data…

No, that’s not even possible..

So, I started my investigation!

First, we need a bandwidth usage tracker.
I chose for Bitmeter OS from codebox.
I used this software packet in the past, and I now it’s pretty accurate…

So, halfway October, and it all seems correct…


Extra twist in the story!
Last month I (temporarily) used another bandwidth meter…
Put it on the same 4 computers, and the result was astonishing: my mother’s account downloaded 90GB…
Never found an actual reason for this.

Believe me or not: I blame Skype!

We have a pretty good internet connection now, and my best explanation for using 100GB of bandwidth without our knowledge is Skype picking our computer (my mothers account) as being a supernode

But now, with BitmeterOS, and another month (I’ve blocked my mother’s account on the computer), things actually ARE correct…

Extra thought afterwards: not ONE, not even a good bandwidth meter, is able to to distinguish between traffic towards the world wide webย  and data to my NAS…
So all results from above are actually pretty useless…

Bottom line: Telenet actually is correct, mendel is wrong (again)

Wonderful result after disabling skype on my mothers account: download usage for this month is only 74,20GB ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’m happy again ๐Ÿ™‚

Thx @ telenet for being the fastest!
I won’t complain about that for sure!


Goodbye Dommel, Hello Telenet…

Aan de 1ne kant wilden mijn ouders digitale televisie, aan de andere kant waren we met zen alle de brakke support van dommel beu.
Dusjah, alles telenet (televisie, telefoon & internet)

Dus, bij deze een blogpost, “hoe leven met telenet”

  • Alle tcp-poorten < 1024 zijn afgeblokt, verschrikkelijk… Eigenlijk mijn grootste probleem. PPTP gaat gelukkig wel ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Beperkte macfilter, je kan maar 10 macadressen opgeven voor de macfilter van de WiFi. Deze afgeschaft, alles vervangen door een wpa2 paswoord… (jaa, macfiltering is geen beveiliging, maar in the middle of nowhere waar ik woon maakt het het leven gewoon veel gemakkelijker ๐Ÿ˜€ )
  • DNS, je krijgt geen lokale dns, alles rechtstreeks naar de telenet dns-masterservers… Ipconfig /registerdns en alle bijhorende diensten werken dus niet (geen name-resolution over vpn, geen dns-queries voor mobile devices, en eigenlijk meer issues dan je in eerste instantie zou verwachten )
  • geen controle over dhcp (wat bovenstaand probleem zou oplossen ^^)
  • Geen usenet meer ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Het leven met een telenetmodem in huis is ook wel leuk.
Het internet is gewoon snel (93mbps in the middle of nowhere van stjob)
En daar stopt het zowat ๐Ÿ˜›
Echt voordelen heeft het niet zo ๐Ÿ™‚
Yelo is ook wel cool ๐Ÿ™‚

Och, ik ben al blij dat ik men vpn aan de praat heb gekregen. Wat ongeveer het belangrijkste is om toch een beetje remote te kunnen werken…


Een oplossing van een aantal issues zou zijn om men bestaande router terug aan te sluiten, en in de router van telenet in DMZ te zetten… Dan is men macfilter en men dns terug ok, heb ik ook terug controle over snelheden, management, qos, … Maar dan ben ik wel de relatief goede wifi van de telenetbox kwijt…

Uiteindelijk een optie die te overwegen valt… ๐Ÿ™‚

So, for my studies I currently live (part-time) in Ghent (yes, still belgium :mrgreen: )

Anyway, over there I’m provided with internet by the “yellow fish” provider: Telenet.
At home, the “green frog” Dommel provides me with my precious internet ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Now, of course I have a mailbox at dommel (hey, why not? ๐Ÿ™‚ ) with some corresponding mailadresses =)

I’m also an avid Outlook user, which just gets my mail and presents it in one centralized place.

But Dommel killed my way of living… ๐Ÿ˜•

Apparently you can’t connect to their outgoing smtp server outside the dommel network, and because I’m at a telenet network here, I can’t send mails using the “” extention…
All incoming mails are no problem ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Just a little test:

“telnet 25” works flawless…

same telnet to fails… ๐Ÿ˜‰

tunneling all my internet trafic over a vpn to my router @ home

and trying again…

aaargh, the bastards ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


apparently their newsserver as well… ๐Ÿ˜•

bad luck ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

I’ve been playing a bit with a nice program called “Rainmeter“. It calls itself a “customizable resource meter“, but actually it’s a lot more ๐Ÿ˜€ It lets you control your desktop, and do almost anything with it.

Surplus! There are already tons of prefab skins out in the wild, so the most easiest thing you can do is download one of these, install it, and enjoy it’s power ^^

But ofc, we’re going to modify and enhance things a bit :mrgreen:

So it begins…

It started when browsing the “huiskamer” (a place to chat about every random subject :mrgreen: ) I found the show-offtopic about desktops, and saw a post made by EWK. He made a very nice skin with rainmeter based on this one by White-Baron from DA.

So I downloaded them, tested them, and they where indeed pretty nice. But the combination with my pretty colourful sidebar gadgets was a real visual piece of sh*t.

So I needed Rainmeter replacements for them ๐Ÿ˜Ž

So I started reverse engineering the existing .ini-files from the EWK skin ๐Ÿ™‚
Learned some code using the rainmeter-documentation.

First of all, Rainmeter uses “Measures” and “Meters”. The measure calculates things, fetches information or invents things, and the meters write them to the screen.

For example: a WebParser, to scrape information of the internet. This was used to get information from the MobileVikings-api, and from the website ๐Ÿ˜†

We know the MV-api is hiddden behind the url . So we create a measure to fetch this from the internet ๐Ÿ™‚
The RegExp, as described in the url above, takes this information, search for some tags, and puts the information found between those tags (which is (.*) in one big array. So the information between valid_until is stored in the 1st location, the information between data is stored in the 2nd, sms the 3th, and so on…


Next step is to create another measure, which takes information out of this array, and offer it to the meter.


This simply takes the information located in the 3th place of our array.

And then last step, our meter :mrgreen:

Text=You have %1 sms left.
FontColor=#Colour#, 230

Which is pretty straightforward. A name, go fetch a string, our variable from [MeasureSMS], some information about the location and the size of the text put on the desktop, and some fontinformation ๐Ÿ˜Ž

And kapow, our first information on the desktop appears

And another thingy that was done: the time was implemented in 0-12 hours instead of going to 23h like we’re used to in Belgium ^^ Just check the url.

In the end it’s just another measure using


for hours and minutes.

Download: MV parser, original skin from EWK . Should be placed in C:\Users\*insert username*\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins . the .ini-file in MV should be edited, using your own password and username ๐Ÿ˜‰ Dommel parser on demand…
And the original from the original: SimpleSentence

Lol, power-noob-fail of mendel, at first I published my code from the MV-parser with my own password in it… In plaintext ๐Ÿ˜• OOPS

my desktop:
Oh look! My desktop :-) on Twitpic

Social media is something cool. Nowadays, the “new” and the “buzz” around this topic is pretty worn off, but it’s growth in power has only just begun.

You can do magnificent things with social media: twitter, facebook and others. Like for example, a dude I know had an idea of transforming the New York Time Square into an art gallery using the available advertising boards. It started as a joke, ended up on twitter and facebook, and now he already had real life contacts with the companies behind time square, has been on the radio, and has appeared in the classic media! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Which is pretty nice!

Another example is Youp van’t Hek, a Dutch stand-up comedian. He couldn’t coop with the fact T-Mobile (a mobile phone carrier) wouldn’t help him on the phone, so he twittered (if that’s a verb ^^) something about it, and he got contacted by someone of T-Mobile ensuring him he will be helped right away, just because he was a famous person ๐Ÿ˜€ Youp wasn’t really pleased and started an action against servicedesk everywhere.

Iย  have my own story, from a waaay back, against iBood. I bought a hard disk, but apparently it was a rebranded version of that specific hard disk, which normally shouldn’t have ended up at my door. (whole story here) To cut a long story short: it ended up by getting real good help from iBood :mrgreen:

But, and that’s where I’m going with this post, today it happened again ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I’ve had a pretty big question for dommel/schedom-europe, my ISP, about whether it was possible to send an email using their outgoing smpt-server (which is possible when you are specifically on the dommel network, but is not accessible from for example telenet or mobile vikings networks). Anyway, I sent that mail 10 days ago, and I still haven’t got any answer… I’ve worked on a servicedesk myself a couple of months, but when I let an incoming mail unhandled for 10 days, I would have a really big problem ๐Ÿ˜†
By chance today, dommel sent a notification around on facebook with some hours their servicedesk was going to be opened in these holidays. So I publically commented on their facebook why I still hadn’t got any answer for my mail. And hey, 10 minutes later I had a reaction someone was going to look at it tomorrow ^^


Disclaimer: I really like dommel, they have a great deal, I never had any problem on their network, no network downtime or whatsoever… I even recommend it quite sometimes! Only their servicedesk is slow ๐Ÿ™‚ Already had this problem a couple of times actually…

Ik zit al enkele jaren rustig gesetteld bij Dommel. Een naar mijn mening een geweldige ISP in Belgiรซ, maar jammer genoeg totaal niet gekend bij het grote publiek…

Anyway, kheb vorige maand men speedpack aangevraagd! :mrgreen: Een upgrade van 4Mbps naar 12Mbps ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Wat in praktijk resulteert in volgende snelheden…

Dit is zoals iederen IT-er weet te wijten aan afstand van centrale, (adsl attenuatie ), kwaliteit van de gebruikte kabels, en de middle of nowhere waar ik in woon ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Maar van 4 naar 8 ben ik al heel concent ๐Ÿ˜‰
(Das bijna 1MB per seconde!! ๐Ÿ˜› )


Pompom, eens een berichtje over dommel…
Ik zit dus ondertussen voor de 16de maand op rij bij dommel voor adsl, abbonement: netconnect.
4,6mbit down (waarvan in praktijk een 4-tal overblijft) – 0,448mbit up – 100gb limiet (’s nachts telt downloads maar 50% mee ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Voordien heb ik altijd bij Belgacom gezeten… Dezelfde snelheden, maar wel met de belachelijke uitvinden genaamd “downloadlimiet”… Enjah, de komst van youtube en demo’s van 1+gb maakte dat ik iedere maand opnieuw weer naar smallband gegooid werd…
Heerlijk dat ik daar vanaf ben!!
Downloadlimiet is iets ZOOO belachelijk… Toen er zo is een petitie gaande was, iedereen in men omgeving verplicht om dat te tekenen! Mjah, zoiets help natuurlijk niet tegen de oudbollige verroeste grootmacht “Belgacom”…

Gelukkig is er “telenet” om conncurrentie op de markt te brengen… Maar die blijven ook hangen met hun downloadlimiet…

Dus, terug naar dommel…
Een degelijke snelheid (kan naar 12mb voor een eenmalige kost van 99โ‚ฌ, maar vind ik precies nogal veel geld…), geen downloadlimiet (nog maar 1 keer er bijna over gezeten…

Me loves it ๐Ÿ™‚