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February 24, 2006

Packet shaping at Manchester

Writing about web page http://www.computing.co.uk/2150359

This article in Computing notes that Manchester University has started using a packet shaping system to try and prevent peer-to-peer traffic. The assertion is that most P2P traffic has been prevented, including Kazaa and BitTorrent, and that nearly 70% of the available bandwidth was being used for P2P before the shaper was installed.

Deploying Packeteer at our network core enables us to block all unwanted P2P traffic while allowing useful P2P traffic such as Skype to transit the network

— Ben Horner, IT officer at the University of Manchester.

Sounds impressive. I wonder whether it's a permanent state of affairs, or whether the P2P will just reappear in a harder-to-detect form such as over http on port 80.


Blogs for recruitment

According to the Wall Street Journal, colleges and universities are beginning to use blogs as one of their resources to try and attract new students. David Hawkins, director of public policy at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling:-

High school counselors and students want highly personal information as part of their recommendations and decisions about which college to attend. The personal, free-form nature of blog writing offers institutions just the kind of insight into the daily lives of students that prospective students are looking for.

WSJ, subscription required.


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