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    You don't have to Apologize Guys When We Already Know that Y R doing a Gr8 Project Here!!!
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    Hi Im Dale from Pittsburgh Pa. I am a water treatment plant operator for Oakmont water authority. I love bootleg music and have been collecting them for 10 years now.
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    Hi all, My first week here, still poking around in the corners, but I like the feel. I'm a musician trying to survive in Trumpland.
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    A guy from down-under haven't been to a live AFL football game in ages, decided to travel to a game last evening, The mighty Brisbane Lions lost in the last minutes of a great game of footy Lost my wallet at the game, learnt a lesson never carry all your cards, licence etc in your wallet, on the plus side a good time to clean out my wallet and to top it all off it's a public holiday today But a pie at the footy still tastes pretty good, lucky I had the pie before loosing my wallet Game lost, wallet lost, pie was good Long time member great site
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    Spent 25yrs in cable tv and satellite industry. Now just a cashier but much happier. I learned you don't have to carry the world on your shoulders, it floats in space all by itself.
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    I'm a student, who is trying to cut cost where possible and find online place to learn skills and build a career the most cost effective way possible, cause uni courses are expensive. I didn't know much about eduCBA at first, and didn't want to lose out on their "discounted" price (which is churned out quite frequently) so I bought a license to one of their programs - turns out, I was disappointed. I'm interested in cryptocurrency and cryptography. This is where I learned about the importance of VPN. I have been in search for a good one lately, however a trial version is a critical factor for me to consider. Aside from this, if anyone has advice on where to start learning SAP, and which ERP would be most beneficial to land a job, and if learning HANA is worth it, I would like to hear it. Now I think, maybe I should have posted a new thread.
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    Hello, I'm just a guy who is disabled with a lot of computer time on my hands.
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    Hi, Britney here. I am part of the graphics team where I help when and where I can. You might have seen a few avatars or signatures floating around I have done for users. What I do is nothing glamorous by any means. I work in a restaurant part time because unfortunately in my area there is a hiring freeze for what I am qualified to do.
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    Damn Looks like someone's found a secret camera feed from my house
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    ARE YOU GIGABIT READY? 17 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THE HIGHEST SPEEDS POSSIBLE. The future of the internet is fast. Fourteen times faster than the 70 Mbps the US averaged for download speed in March, gigabit-speed fixed broadband is still rare, but it’s making appearances in locations over the globe. Before you get too attached to the idea of downloading 1 billion bits of data per second, know that getting gigabit service and adjusting your set-up to achieve top speeds is harder than you might think. We’re here to offer a few tips to help you achieve the Speedtest results you dream of. Some of these will help you maximize your potential internet speeds even if gigabit is not available in your area. Factors you can’t control 1. Is gigabit-level service available in your area? While internet service providers (ISPs), municipalities and companies like Google have been making headlines with gigabit (the ability to download 1 billion bits of information in one second), service is still rare (and expensive). Ask around to see if gigabit is available in your area. Google Fiber is one option in some cities. Also check with phone companies and smaller ISPs to see if they offer gigabit. Some forward-thinking governments in places like Longmont, CO; Grant County, WA and New Westminster, BC have even created their own fiber networks. 2. What kind of infrastructure is your service delivered over? You’ll get the best speeds with fiber because you won’t have to deal with the noise or interference that occurs over copper lines. However, new coaxial technologies, namely DOCSIS 3.1, have the potential to provide gigabit speeds, but not symmetrically (see the next point). Finally, phone lines, used for DSL, absolutely won’t cut it at all. Having fiber doesn’t mean you’ll automatically have gigabit; the service still needs to be available in your area and you’ll likely pay more for it. 3. Is the available service plan symmetrical? That is, are the advertised download and upload speeds the same? This varies by ISP, but asymmetrical service is more likely over coaxial connections — symmetrical gigabit service requires the robustness of a fiber optic connection. Asymmetrical service can lead to bufferbloat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bufferbloat 4. Understand the network located upstream of you. And the quality of that network matters. If your ISP’s central office doesn’t have the bandwidth to support all the gigabit connections in your area, everyone will see slower speeds during peak usage times. This also applies to peer-to-peer connections. If you’re downloading games and/or streaming movies, your performance is impacted by both the quality of the network those applications are using and how fast those services allow content to be downloaded. Gigabit is great for ensuring that multiple users are having a consistent internet experience, but don’t expect to be downloading games from Steam at gigabit speeds. 5. Data overhead makes 1 Gbps a theoretical number. Though perfect circumstances might allow you to send 1 billion bits of information per second, some of those bits are overhead (including preamble, inter-frame gaps and TCP) and your actual data throughput will be a little smaller. If there was no overhead, you might be able to achieve a Speedtest result of 997 Mbps, but you’re more likely to top out at 940 Mbps. For more details on the math, read this. What you can control 6. Good quality wiring is essential. To achieve the fastest speeds possible, the most important thing you can do is use Cat 6 ethernet wiring to connect your devices to your modem and/or router. Cat 5e can do it but you’ll get less crosstalk using Cat 6. Plus, if you’re going to spend the money on new cables, it’s worth future-proofing your investment. Cat 5e supports up to up to 1,000 Mbps while Cat 6 supports ten times that. Also don’t run your data cabling parallel to power lines — interference from the power lines can cause interference in the ethernet cabling. 7. Are both the ports and the CPU in your router gigabit-ready? Read the fine print when choosing a router. Not every consumer-grade router can support gigabit speeds over the ports in the back. And sometimes the ports support gigabit but the router’s CPU can’t keep up. In general, x86 processors are fastest, followed by ARM and then MIPS. You still need to check this even if your router was provided by your ISP. Typically you’ll find that recently-released and the more expensive consumer grade routers are up to the task. Here are two routers we recommend along with affiliate links to make your shopping easy: Ubiquiti Edgerouter. The super advanced user will enjoy the pared-down customizability of this router. Many of the Ooklers use some version of this router. It doesn’t have Wi-Fi built in so be sure to get one or more compatible access points. Velop Whole Home Wire Mesh. To set up your entire house at once, try this system. It comes pre-loaded with Speedtest so you can easily test your connection. 8. Use a hardwired connection. While Wi-Fi technology is catching up, you’ll still likely see better speeds if you plug that Cat 6 ethernet cable directly into your computer. 9. Check your adapter. Not all laptops have ethernet ports, so you’ll need an adapter for a hardwired connection. Make sure the adapter you’re using is gigabit capable. Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 adapters are usually good, but the performance of other adapters varies widely. And don’t forget, USB based adapters also add data overhead. 10. If you must use Wi-Fi, pick a clear channel and sit close to your router. All kinds of things can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal and thereby slow down your connection: fluorescent bulbs, baby monitors or even a cheap pair of wireless headphones. This is critical for Wi-Fi performance as only one device can use the channel at a time. In addition, Wi-FI uses CSMA-CA to handle collisions — if it detects a collision on the channel, the Wi-Fi device will halt sending and wait until the channel is clear. Interference counts as collisions, so you will end up with a sporadic and halting connection with interference nearby. If your connection is clear, attenuation (signal drop over distance) is a very real problem when using Wi-Fi. The 2.4 GHz band handles attenuation better but is more subject to interference. The 5GHz band is less subject to interference but has more issues with attenuation. Either way, you’re still likely only to achieve speeds topping out around 600 Mbps. If you are on the 2.4 GHz band, make sure to chose from channels 1, 6, or 11 (or 14 if allowed by your country) — those are the only non-colliding channels at 20 MHz. At 40 MHz, you will pretty well consume the entire 2.4 channel spectrum, thus, it will be even more at risk of interference. For an illustration, click here. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/84/NonOverlappingChannels2.4GHzWLAN-en.svg/720px-NonOverlappingChannels2.4GHzWLAN-en.svg.png 11. Make sure your computer is using the latest Wi-Fi standards. The nonprofit Wi-Fi Alliance keeps a close eye on these standards. In 2016 they announced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac standards which include Multi-User Multi-Input Multi-Output (MU-MIMO), 160MHz channels, quad-streams and extended 5GHz channel support. These standards change as technology improves, so check to make sure you’re working with the latest certifications. And just because your router supports these standards doesn’t mean your laptop or wireless device does. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED - AC Standards: http://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-certified-ac 12. Decipher the hype behind the marketing. For example, a wireless router that says it can support 4 gigs doesn’t necessarily mean it can support one 4 Gbps connection. It’s more likely that the device has four radios with 1 Gbps specified maximums (real world performance is likely to be slower). 13. Stay up to date on router firmware, but don’t update on day zero. Vendors regularly release software updates for their routers to improve their stability, performance and security. It’s usually always the best option to stay up to date with these firmware patches. With that said, many of us Ooklaers wait anywhere from a week to a month to apply these patches (assuming they are not critical security updates) to make sure there are not any regressions or issues. 14. Use our desktop apps to run your Speedtest. If you’re sure your setup is perfect but you’re still not seeing the Speedtest result you expect, download our free desktop apps for Windows or MacOS. Many lower performance systems can’t reach 1 Gbps via browser tests due to various limitations. Plus our desktop apps give you data on jitter and packet loss. Speedtest App for Windows or MacOS: http://www.speedtest.net/apps/desktop Advanced options: For the tech Savviest 15. Is your network interface card (NIC) up to the task? Just being rated for 1000-Base-T may not be enough. NICs that use software offload instead of hardware offload are often found in older, cheaper computers and struggle to support gigabit speeds. Intel offers some of the best driver and hardware support on their NICs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_Ethernet#1000BASE-T 16. Encryption can be slow if it’s not done right. Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) encryption, often enabled by default on Wi-Fi routers, will slow you doooowwwwn. Use Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instead as it’s often hardware accelerated. The standard for WPA2 encryption, AES is both more secure and faster than TKIP. Some routers have TKIP options for compatibility reasons, though, even if you’re using WPA2, so check. 17. Turn off QoS shaping. Quality of Service (QoS) shaping on a router can help you prevent large downloads from eating up all your bandwidth. But on consumer hardware, you’re also bypassing hardware acceleration so all your packets of data have to be inspected by the main CPU. This can cut your performance by 10x on a high bandwidth connection.
  11. 3 points
    Great magazine site http://downmagaz.ws
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    Why we shoot deer in the wild: (A letter from someone who wants to remain anonymous, who farms, writes well and actually tried this) I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home. I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle, having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any of it.. After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up-- 3 of them. I picked out a likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and threw my rope. The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist and twisted the end so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope situation. I took a step towards it, it took a step away. I put a little tension on the rope, and then received an education. The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you start pulling on that rope. That deer EXPLODED. The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down with a rope and with some dignity. A deer-- no Chance. That thing ran and bucked and twisted and pulled. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and started dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined. The only upside is that they do not have as much stamina as many other animals.. A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big gash in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope. I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venture a guess that the feeling was mutual. Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly arrested the deer's momentum by bracing my head against various large rocks as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of responsibility for the situation we were in. I didn't want the deer to have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before hand...kind of like a squeeze chute. I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back. Did you know that deer bite? They do! I never in a million years would have thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when ..... I reached up there to grab that rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist. Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they just bite you and slide off to then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head--almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts. The proper thing to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective. It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was likely only several seconds. I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now), tricked it. While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with my left hand and pulled that rope loose. That was when I got my final lesson in deer behavior for the day. Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are surprisingly sharp... I learned a long time ago that, when an animal -like a horse --strikes at you with their hooves and you can't get away easily, the best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape. This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy. I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run. The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of the head. Deer may not be so different from horses after all, besides being twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit me right in the back of the head and knocked me down. Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there crying like a little girl and covering your head. I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the deer went away. So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope......to sort of even the odds!! All these events are true so help me God...An Educated Farmer
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    MP3 Site Awesome http://myfreemp3.eu/
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    I'm a poor lonesome cow-boy from Belgium
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    I am a student of Computer Science and Technology, I hope to be able to work in software development and game development in the future.
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    hi Friends, I am out here in the desert working for a trading firm handling their operations and love being here in this forum. Pras
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    Nearly 30 years ago when my daughter was in kindergarten she created a poster with a picture of me and wrote a few words. I love my dad because he is grumpy and he gives me presents. So there's hope for the grumpy people everywhere - I'm still grumpy; why change? Been coming to various iterations of this forum for years and still liking it as much as I did when I first stumbled over it. Long may the welcome from members continue
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    I haven't worked full time in 8 years since I had an accident at work, I was a glass handler at the time, am on a disability pension as the Doctors said I'd never walk again, nor use My right arm and with the mental affects, but with lots of work and pushing Myself, I showed them. Since then I have done lots of rehab and Uni, including degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Hypnotherapy, Nurse Administration, Business Management and have almost completed a Bachelors in Sexology, work wise, I.T. work for various people (Was previously in I.T. most of My working life) other small part time roles like Election official, merchandising, Tax time Stock take, Collections Agent, Driver, some building/carpentry, a little retail and My most recent role was the Easter Bunny at a local shopping mall. Around here I Mod, I have looked after the Download section for years, try to help with requests and upload regularly as I can. Some of My skills that were once utilized here are a bit obsolete but I try to educate Myself all the time and share My knowledge if I can...
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    I'm a jack of all trades, master of none. Please come by -- Community Lounge -- for some top-notch quality content.
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    im me just a day by day guy , im a worker in well drilling.
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    Who am I? "I am a Fake Somebody and a Real Nobody." I really want to quote Lord of the Rings too for some reason
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    What was Symbian OS? Symbian OS was the most widely-used smartphone operating system in the world until 2010, when it was overtaken by Android. Development of Symbian OS was discontinued in May 2014. Symbian OS began as an operating system called EPOC, which was developed in the 1980s by a company named Psion. In 1998, in a joint venture with telephone manufacturers Nokia, Ericsson, and Motorola, Psion became Symbian, Ltd., and EPOC became Symbian OS. In 2008, Nokia acquired Symbian, and the majority of Symbian OS's source code was released under an open source license. At the time, it was one of the largest open-source code bases ever released to the public. As of 2014, developers are no longer able to publish new Symbian applications, but existing applications are still available for download. Symbian’s origins are firmly routed in the PDA world. It sprang from an OS developed by Psion for its handheld organisers — pictured below is a precursor OS to the one that evolved into Symbian. A PDF flavour was certainly evident in some of the Symbian variants that subsequently made it to market on different hardware. Symbian’s clear run extended right through to the mid noughties, as Nokia pumped out a steady stream of candybars, flips phones and other weird/wonderful form-factors from cylinders to spherical squares, all powered by its various flavours of the OS. This was Symbian cooking on gas. The crunch time for the OS came when Apple’s iPhone arrived in 2007 to usher in the capacitive touchscreen era, putting a new more fluid touch-centric user experience at the fore and elbowing out keypads, Qwertys and fiddly menu systems that relied on wielding a stylus to navigate. The iPhone’s arrival was of course compounded by Android’s debut in 2008. Soon a whole army of touchscreen iPhones and iClones were crowding into a mobile playground that had formerly been Nokia’s and Symbian’s to rule. Unlike Symbian, these incoming platforms were starting fresh — designed for the Internet era, not the quaint pocket PDA. Android and iOS had huge advantage over the decade-old Symbian platform. Symbian was stuck in its own folder-strewn rut, desperately needing to evolve to compete in the slick new mobile world order. Add to that, Android was free for mobile makers to use vs Symbian’s licensing fee model. Symbian was being outgunned and out-priced. A crushing combination for any long-in-the-tooth technology. Symbian’s great strengths as an OS were its kernel, which supported highly complex real-time system apps, and networking stack, which unlike the competition was written for mobile so was built for switching between radio technologies. Symbian also had platform security implemented in the kernel, making it robust in a way he argues Android is not. “It was virtually impossible to hack the system. Look at Android even today, it struggles with a load of malware, etc. This would not have happened to Symbian. But despite these native strengths at the OS level, failure to unify and evolve the user interface fast enough killed Symbian — by pushing mobile users into the arms of rivals who focused on usability first. As is often the case with prominent technologies, not changing fast enough, got the better of Symbian. Whether it was down to: leadership miss-management Complexities of its OS An outdated user interface Industry politics Or a combination of all those things is hard to say. Regardless of the specific combination of reasons, the cautionary outcome always remains the same: innovate or die.
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    Guy Builds Beautiful PC Out of Rope and Wood There aren’t many PCs you would want to prominently display in your home but there aren’t many that look like functional pieces of art either. This gorgeous PC was built by Matt of the YouTube channel DIY Perks to celebrate passing the 1 million subscriber milestone.
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