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    Funny Pictures

    This Thread is for Pictures that don't belong in the Motivational Posters Thread.
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    Can You Solve These Four Riddles?

    Well I tell you this: I'm Not a Complete Idiot
  3. How to convert a Windows laptop to a Chromebook Chromebooks are wonderful for schools and businesses, provided you primarily use Google services. But a brand new Chromebook doesn't make an existing machine any better, and new hardware is a quick way to blow throw an IT budget. Here's how to convert a Windows laptop to a Chromebook! Why do this? Yes, I hear you in the comments section and on Twitter. "Why would I want to make my computer LESS useful?!" That's a fair question, but the answer depends on what "less useful" means to you. If you're a school or corporate IT administrator starting to transition your enterprise to Chromebooks, being able to convert your existing hardware will save you thousands of dollars on replacement machines. Especially considering the converted Chromebooks will work perfectly with Google's administrator console. If you're a home user, you may just want something more secure for a relative. If your relative only uses their computer for basic email and social media, this is a great way to make their computer more secure. They won't be susceptible to malware and other attacks that target Windows or macOS, since they won't be using either of those operating systems. And speaking from experience with some of my coworkers and relatives, Chrome OS is much easier to navigate and use than other versions of Linux. Finally, you may just be a tinkerer like me. I'm trying this on a 17-inch Windows laptop since there aren't any 17-inch Chromebooks. You can't just download Chrome OS and install it on any laptop like you can Windows and Linux. Chrome OS is closed source and only available on proper Chromebooks. But Chromium OS is 90% the same as Chrome OS. More importantly, it's open source: you can download Chromium OS and build on top of it if you so choose. One company that has built on top of Chromium is Neverware. Neverware builds CloudReady, a very-slightly tweaked version of Chromium OS that turns any computer with an x86 processor into something that's nearly identical to a Chromebook. End users don't need to do anything except create the installation USB, then boot that onto their old computer. You'll need a spare USB thumb drive for this. All files will be erased from the thumb drive, so back those up if you need to. Go to Neverware's website Scroll down, then select Download USB Maker. https://www.neverware.com/freedownload Once the USB maker has finished downloading, open and run the .exe file. Insert the USB drive into your computer. The installer will walk you through the steps of creating the installation USB. Install CloudReady With the USB install drive created, it's time to actually install it on your old laptop. Make a recovery drive on a second USB stick. Enterprise users will likely have their own installation methods, but home users will want to have a backup in case things go wrong. Backup any local files to Google Drive. Turn off your laptop. Plug the USB drive into your laptop. Turn your laptop on so that it brings up the boot menu. The exact key combination varies from manufacturer to manufacturer; on the Lenovo laptop I am using, I press F9 to open the boot menu when the PC is starting up. Select your thumb drive from the list of boot devices. If all goes well, you'll see the CloudReady logo on screen. If you don't see that logo, search for how to boot from a USB drive for your computer model and make sure you have the right BIOS settings. Leave the USB drive in for now. From here, setting up the laptop is the same as setting up a new Chromebook. What to do next From here, you can choose if CloudReady gets fully installed, and install some proprietary components. Before fully installing CloudReady, plug in any docks or accessories you want to use and make sure they work properly. Click on your profile picture in the lower right corner. Click Install CloudReady. Click Erase hard drive & install CloudReady. The installation will take about twenty minutes. Plug in the power supply to keep the laptop from going to sleep during installation. Once the installation is done, the computer will shut down. Remove the USB, power the computer on and start using it. What's different from Chrome OS When you start using the laptop, you'll notice it looks an awful lot like a standard Chromebook. But there are some subtle differences: There's no Google Play Store or support for Android applications CloudReady is about one full Chrome version behind standard Chromebooks You'll need to go into Settings to install some proprietary media components. The logo in the lower right corner will be the blue Chromium logo instead of the full-color Chrome logo. None of these — except maybe the lack of Google Play Store — will really change how you use the machine. It'll just look slightly different compared to a standard Chromebook. But your Chrome extensions and apps will all just work, websites will load the way they should, and your computer will be more secure than it was before. What say you? https://www.neverware.com/freedownload Would you turn your old computer into a Chromebook? Let us know down below!
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    I'm Smiling by Reading this Awesome Post
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    Is Your VPN Leaking?

    You are Very Welcomed
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    Is Your VPN Leaking?

    Is Your VPN Leaking? Just how secure is your privacy? You may think you have a Fort Knox-like setup, but don't take risks with your personal info. It's worth confirming that the virtual private network (VPN) software you use is actually doing its job, or if it's allowing your personal data to go hither and thither without your knowledge. When you're running a VPN, the expectation is that all the traffic sent and received over the VPN encrypted tunnel is protected. That includes info like your IP address, your location, even what internet service provider you're using. If that information is knowable, then tracking your online behavior isn't far behind. If you're lucky, all that happens is your web activity is monetized. But that's not alway the case. For the most part, if you pick one of our Best VPN Services, you'll be well protected, be it on a PC or even a smart device (most of the best services offer software across all operating systems). But it never hurts to check. Things break, new exploits are found, and there's always a chance your VPN may be leaking more than you like. Here are some steps you can take to see if that's true. Check Your IP Address: Your home has an IP address, not just a street address. The IP (internet protocol) address is the unique number assigned to your router by your ISP. Your internal home network also gives each node in your home—PCs, phones, consoles, smart appliances, anything connected to the router—an IP address. But in this case, we're only concerned with your public-facing IP address. The IP address is how your computers/router talk to servers on the internet. They don't actually use names —like cyberphoenix.org—because computers prefer numbers. IP addresses are typically bound not only to the ISPs that assign them but also specific locations. Spectrum or Comcast would have a range of IP addresses for one town and a different range for another town, etc. When someone has your IP address, they get a lot more than just some numbers: they can narrow down where you live. IP addresses come in several formats, either a IPv4 (internet protocol version 4) version like or and IPv6 type like 2001:0db8:0012:0001:3c5e:7354:0000:5db1. Let's keep it simple. Your own public-facing IP address is easy to find. Go to Google and type "what's my IP address." Or go to sites like IPLocation, WhatIsMyAddress.com, or WhatIsMyIP.com. That latter three will show more than the IP; they'll also give you the Geo-IP, as in the location linked to the address. Take the IP address that comes up and search for it in Google with IP in front, like "IP" (sans quotation marks). If it keeps coming up with your city location, your VPN has a big, messy leak. Check for DNS Leak: The internet domain name system (DNS) is what makes IP addresses and domain names (like "pcmag.com") work. You type the domain name in a web browser, the DNS translates all the traffic moving back and forth from your browser to the web server using the IP address numbers, and everyone is happy. ISPs are part of that—they have DNS servers on their networks to help with the translation, and that gives them another avenue to follow you around. This video from ExpressVPN spells it out (and tells you up front why a VPN with DNS services is great). Using a VPN means, in theory, your internet traffic is redirected to anonymous DNS servers. If your browser just sends the request to your ISP anyway, that's a DNS leak. There are easy ways to test, again using websites like Hidester DNS Leak Test, DNSLeak.com, or DNS Leak Test.com. You'll get results that tell you the IP address and owner of the DNS server you're using. If it's your ISP's server, you've got a DNS leak. DNSLeak.com, in particular, gives you a nice color-coded result, with "Looks like your DNS might be leaking..." in red, or green if you appear to be in the clear. Hidester gives you a full list of every DNS server you may hit. When several correspond to your actual ISP, that better underscores your leaky-ness. Fixing the Leaks: If you do have a leak, you have a couple options. One, change your VPN to one that specifically works to prevent DNS leaks. Among our Editors' Choice picks are VPN Unlimited, PureVPN, Private Internet Access VPN, and NordVPN. If you like your current VPN too much to switch, maybe buy Guavi's VPNCheck Pro for $19.92, which has its own DNS leak fix, in addition to monitoring your VPN for other issues. You can also change the DNS servers used by your router when you send requests to the internet. This can be a little complicated as it requires you to go into the settings for your router, but might be worth it for other reasons. Services like Google Public DNS, Comodo Secure DNS, Norton ConnectSafe, or Cisco's OpenDNS do the trick and provide instructions on how to set them up with most routers. The latter has a personal version with various free options (even one geared specifically to family/parental controls that blocks questionable sites), or you can pay $19.95/year for extra services. On the upside, making a DNS update to your router means all the traffic in your home or office uses the new DNS service and whatever ancillary features it provides. That includes phones, tablets, consoles, even talking speakers like Amazon Echo. On the other hand, you're just handing your DNS traffic over to another corporation. You could instead invest in hardware at the router level to add extra security, but that may be overkill if you're not feeling terminally paranoid. At the very least, on individual PCs and handheld devices, get VPN software/apps for supplemental security all around. Other Leak Plugs: Your location is probably something you've plugged into your browser at some point. If so, your browser is typically more than willing to share that information with the websites you visit, even if your VPN does not. Check the massive amount of data you may be giving up by visiting IPLeak.net. Use an alternative browser when you want to be at your most secure—the Tor Browser, for example. It's all about keeping you anonymous, bouncing your requests around the world before they land on the web server you want, and back again. That makes it hard to find your local info and can slow things down overall, but it's a good bet for security. If you can't stand the thought of giving up your current browser, use incognito mode, go the complicated route of setting up a fake location, or just get an extension like Location Guard (for Chrome or Firefox) to spoof your whereabouts. If you're worried about your web-based email system, switch to ProtonMail. Not only does it redirect messages over the Tor network, it keeps everything encrypted. Proton Technologies also just released ProtonVPN for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Android. There is a tier of service that's free forever for one device—and includes DNS leak protection—while the paid versions support Tor servers and more. ProtonMail https://protonmail.com ProtonVPN https://protonvpn.com VPN Unlimited @ 90% Discount http://www.cyberphoenix.org/forum/topic/511082-vpn-unlimited-lifetime-subscription-ending-in-5-days/ PureVPN https://www.purevpn.com Private Internet Access VPN https://www.privateinternetaccess.com NordVPN https://nordvpn.com Guavi's VPNCheck Pro http://www.guavi.com/vpncheck_pro.php
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    Email mix-up

    That's to Funny
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    Hello to all!

    Hello ahunter39, Welcome to CyberPhoenix I hope you enjoy your stay and come back often Please follow CyberPhoenix Rules and if you don't see something you want then use Search We also have a Request Section if you can't find something you want Become a CyberPhoenix VIP for Premium Accounts and alot more Administrator
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    Information Technology Types Women

    How did you know my Ex-Wife = Virus Women
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    Hello to all

    Hello arie7, Welcome to CyberPhoenix I hope you enjoy your stay and come back often Please follow CyberPhoenix Rules and if you don't see something you want then use Search We also have a Request Section if you can't find something you want Become a CyberPhoenix VIP for Premium Accounts and alot more Administrator
  11. Report Dead Links - Instructions with LinkChecker Us CyberPhoenix Staff use a Linkchecker to help with finding dead links This can help you by not clicking a link and then find out it is Dead - You can also be a Big help and Report that Post that has a Dead Link When you Report a Post, Please put in the Comment why you are Reporting (Post has Dead Link) I have to Give a Big Thank You to w.a.r. I use FireFox and Opera browser, But here are the instructions for Chrome also 1st: You will need a LinkChecker add-on for your Browser I Like Violentmonkey, But you can use Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey (These instruction below say Greasemonkey, But they are about the same for Violentmonkey and Tampermonkey) Violentmonkey For Chrome Browser - Violentmonkey Violentmonkey For Firefox Browser - Violentmonkey For Opera Browser you will need - Install Chrome Extensions - This has to be done because Opera doesn't want to go though all the code, But Google did to Verify Violentmonkey For Opera Browser - Violentmonkey ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Greasemonkey For Chrome Browser - Not Available Greasemonkey For Firefox Browser - Greasemonkey Greasemonkey For Opera Browser - Not Available Tampermonkey For Chrome Browser - Tampermonkey Tampermonkey For Firefox Browser - Tampermonkey Tampermonkey For Opera Browser - Tampermonkey After you get Violentmonkey or Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey Add-On installed in your Browser (Only Install 1 of them) Then you will need to add a Script to the LinkChecker, So the Add-On knows what to look for We here at CyberPhoenix Love W.A.R. Links Checker Premium 1. To get W.A.R Links Checker Premium go to it's Homepage and click on the install button. http://usa.x10host.com/mybb/showthread.php?tid=23 Automatically checks links from hundreds of file hosts.Live Links show greenDead Links show redPremium Only Links show pinkTemporary Unavailable Links show yellow When the Greasemonkey pop-up asks to install the script click install After installing you need to open the configuration window and enable the hosts, for firefox Open the configuration window by hitting CTRL+ALT+C on the keyboard or from the Greasemonkey drop down list (I just click Greasemonkey and use the drop down list) W.A.R. Links Checker Premium is now installed.2. Configuration: After installing you need to configure the script before it will work.Opening the configuration window, there is 2 ways to do this...Hit the CTRL+ALT+C keys on your keyboard all at the same time.orOpen the configuration window with the greasemonkey dropdown menu1..click the greasemonkey icon2.. click on user script commands3.. click on [W.A.R. Links Checker] Configuration Configuration window.This window Is where you will select the settings to setup the script.Filehostings Tab:Here is a list of all the file hosts that the script can check.you need to enable the hosts you want the script to check by putting a check in the box next to the host(s) name, You can select only the hosts you want or just click the select all tab to select all hosts. Near the bottom of the host list is a section for Obsolete hosts (hosts that no longer exist) If you put a check in the box it will mark any links from those obsolete hosts as dead links, If un-checked the links will not be marked at all. Containers Tab:This is the list of hosts that are used to have a single link to a file page but on that page there are links to many different file hosts, You enable these hosts the same way as the ones in the Filehostings Tab.NOTE: I am no longer supporting these kinds of hosts in the script so some of these work and some don't. If you want the Script to be able to Automatically Update when new versions come out for Firefox go to Greasemonkey options and make sure the require secure updates box is un-ckecked
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    Hello Scofield666, Welcome to CyberPhoenix I hope you enjoy your stay and come back often Please follow CyberPhoenix Rules and if you don't see something you want then use Search We also have a Request Section if you can't find something you want Become a CyberPhoenix VIP for Premium Accounts and alot more Administrator
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    Which Switch Puzzle

    Well I fell down the dang stairs
  15. Dang I killed the Horses
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    Childhood Sweethearts

    hehehe Funny
  17. Great Story :)
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    What Program is this user using?

    Yes to me the task bar would be the key way for me to find out what program was used
  19. We tried the 'Five Guys' Secret Menu Five Guys is known for their hefty burgers and generous servings of fries. They also let customers customize anything from their menu, resulting in a number of creative secret menu items. We tried six of the most popular Five Guys secret menu items we found on the internet, including the double grilled cheeseburger, patty melt, burger bowl, the Presidential, steak frites, and In-N-Out Animal Style. Following is a transcript of the video. AJ: What's up, guys! We're heading to Five Guys today and we're going to check out some things on their secret menu. Five Guys is really cool because you can actually customize pretty much anything on their menu. So, let's check it out! What we're trying: Double Grilled Cheese Burger Patty Melt Burger Bowl The Presidential Steak Frites In-N-Out Animal Style Double Grilled Cheese Burger Double Grilled Cheese Burger = 1 cheeseburger between 2 grilled cheeses AJ: The grilled cheese is so thick and strong as the bun, that it's like this light, meaty taste with some tomatoes and lettuce, and it's so good, I love it. Patty Melt Patty Melt = 1 cheeseburger inside a grilled cheese AJ: [It's] basically grilled cheese with a twist. This one's a little small and skimpy. I like me a big, thick burger. Everyone knows what a patty melt is. If you ask for it, they can just make it. Burger Bowl Burger Bowl = bun-less burger in a tin AJ: It's like eating a salad... that's actually a burger. Since there's no bun, the burger bowl is low-carb and keto diet friendly. AJ: It's great! The Presidential President Obama always got the same order at Five Guys. It became known as "The Presidential". It's a regular cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeño peppers, and mustard. AJ: They had no idea what I was talking about when I ordered this burger. I asked for a 'Presidential', I'm pretty sure the other guy laughed, and I just had to tell them what was in the burger. AJ: Can I [get] The Presidential? The one Obama orders? Cashier: I don't know what that is. AJ: Look at this cheese though, that's crazy! When a burger has cheese like that, you can't be mad at it. I can see why Obama orders this burger every time. It's very good. It's just flavorful. Steak Frites Steak Frites = burger patty with fries and A1 sauce AJ: It's not bad... I probably put a little bit too much A1 sauce on it. In-N-Out Animal Style AJ: We're going to try to recreate In-N-Out's animal style sauce, and try it out on this burger. AJ: It's really close. It's almost animal style. I think the sauce takes away from the burger's flavor. Five Guys, again, just has really good, flavorful burgers in my opinion. If I came back, I probably wouldn't put the sauce on my burger. I would probably dip a couple bites into the sauce, or use the sauce for my fries. AJ: Wow, that was a lot of fun. I just tried the most popular items on Five Guys' secret menu and honestly I don't think there's much you can do to a Five Guys patty to make it taste bad. If you're trying to treat yourself, you can get a double grilled cheeseburger because it's two grilled cheese buns. Or, for a healthier option, you can get the keto friendly burger bowl. Alright guys, until the next one! Which secret menu should we try next?
  20. The terrifying trailer for 'Conjuring' prequel 'The Nun' is here if you can handle it The third film in The Conjuring series, The Nun takes place long before the events of The Conjuring and shows the origins of the terrifying demon nun. Set in 1952, The Nun follows the story of a nun-in-training who joins up with a priest to investigate an abbey in Romania, which is a super spooky and macabre place where at least one demonic nun resides — the same nun that pops up and horrifies in The Conjuring. The Nun comes to theaters Sept. 7.
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  22. Oh That's an Ice Cream for me
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    What our pets write in their diaries

    Too Funny