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  1. Fixing computers is always a satisfying thing. Especially after chugging away at it for hours or even days. And when you come across the solution, you tuck it away in your memory, notebook, or what have you so the next time the problem shows up, you can fix it again. But I don't think that's enough to really "master" the computer.


    I'm having a feeling that a lot of people who are beyond beginners accumulate solutions to problems or at least know how to find them online and simply spout out the solution. While this is fine for minor problems, more involved issues tend also seem to get little more than a glance as to understanding why something is happening in the first place. I find this detrimental and growth stunting in some ways.


    Since it came up recently, I saw yet another reply in a thread where the OP mentioned cloning drives and the reply was "just reinstall Windows, you'll have problems if you clone." The last time I had any care about trying to talk to these people, I was linked to an article to someone who cloned it and shared their nightmare story about things were broken, but they just reinstalled Windows and everything was fine. It makes me wonder... have these people actually cloned their OSes or are they just spouting rhetoric that someone else wrote? Because I'm looking at myself going "I've cloned a half dozen times, none of them had issues." And then there's the fact that cloning is a popular way for mass deployment of a system. It's simply much faster to copy the data over to a new drive than it is to go through the setup process.


    Without poking at the solution presented, it breeds misinformation that spreads. I did do a somewhat haphazard test of cloning an OS and used it, and my research only led to one thing that might possibly be it and it's caused by something someone would likely do. But if the solution to cloning is "don't do it, reinstall Windows because cloning causes issues" and the person can't explain why, then I don't think whoever says that doesn't understand the nature of the problem or the solution. They don't have to go down the specific details like "oh because xxx driver is dumb and hard codes where it lives" or "yyy setting affects zzz thing that's dependent on aaa thing", but something that at least makes sense.


    Why is this important? Because establishing a root cause is helpful to knowing if the same problem happens again and you try the same solution you always have but it doesn't work, you can try a solution that's related.


    One example of this is when people report their RAM usage is very high, but when they add up the amount of RAM their apps are taking up, it's much less. Like Task Manager reports 15/16GB is used, but the apps only use up 3GB. People often go "you might have a virus" (possible) or "something is wrong with RAM" (also possible). However, when I see this problem, I ask OP "Can you check if your non-paged pool is high?" Why? At first when I looked into this issue, the one thing that popped up a lot was that the Killer NIC driver's were leaking, and this causes the non-paged pool to increase in use. And so far most of the time when someone reports this, they're using a Killer NIC, so a driver update usually solves their problem. The root cause might be "Killer NIC drivers leak memory, causing the non-paged pool to increase." But then I dug around with what the non-paged pool is: it's kernel space memory that can't be paged out. So it's possible the poorly written drivers of any sort can do this. So the solution in general isn't just "If you have a Killer NIC, update the driver", it's "update your drivers if you haven't, one of them may be leaking and the update may have fixed it". I also found out after some random testing that VMs usually use the kernel memory space, which may also cause a situation like this to happen.


    In another example, I work for a company that does system critical software. That is, this software needs to be reliable as failing can mean serious injury or death to those operating the machinery that software controls or to others that happen to be around it. When a problem comes up and it's severe, we investigate the hell out of it to find root cause. We do not like solutions that work but we don't know the "why." We still implement and post the solution, but it's not very helpful if we don't know what caused it. Because if it happened once, it'll happen again, and the solution may not be a complete solution, it may just lessen the severity of the consequences. And if we know the root cause to that problem, it may start lighting bulbs in our heads that the issue may have led to other problems.


    So the next time you come across a complicated problem and solve it, try to figure out why that problem happened in the first place. You never know, it may allow you to fix your computer without consulting Google.

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    Release TRIO is a pre-release that we have worked on since 01/16/18. We still haven't finished the program, which uses HTML, but we are constantly working on it. When we have free time, we get our computers and start to work on this. Release version 0.2.8 should be up very soon. 



    The HTML program, as of TRIO release, has built in audio playing straight from the page without opening a new tab, embedded videos straight from our drives (There was some TechQuickie in there, but due to GitHub size limitations, the videos did not show up), PDF file viewing (still working on embed codes, they keep messing up), and Nav bars?(team idea)



    So far, we have found every device to support it, but if you have an android Root server, music links may not open.




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    Hey guys,


    This is the pc I bought which got me into PC's and flipping them. I got this pc for 110 dollars.  It came with a keyboard, mouse, Logitech speakers, and monitor. This was when I barely knew that I could take the side cover off a computer. I really liked this computer, it had an i7 and to me, at the time I thought i7 was the best. I didn't even know there were different version and generations of the i7. Here is how this Hp Pavilion made me money. Before I sold the computer I gave it a fresh install of windows 10 because the previous owner didn't delete everything from it and I had to learn to do that. I ended up selling the computer for 130 dollars and just the tower nothing else. The reason I sold it was I picked up 30 dollar gaming rig which I was told worked, but once I sold this one. I got home and plugged it into the computer wouldn't show up on the monitor long story short it ended up just being the graphics card and I swapped it for a new one. I tried new cables and everything none of it worked besides a graphics card. In the end, I got to keep a monitor, keyboard, speakers, a mouse, and 20 dollars. This computer is was a real decent computer and did everything I wanted it too. I would recommend to anyone trying to just surf the web, watch videos, and even some light gaming. This PC could handle a lot more if it had an upgraded graphics card and maybe a power supply. The computer came with MSRP of $1,099.99 dollars. The computer started off with windows 7, but somewhere along the long it was upgraded to windows 10. It was really neat to learn from this computer and see what I would want/need in my next pc. Since this was such a base model computer, it showed and made me appreciate higher end rigs. This also goes to show you that anyone can really flip PC's and it's not hard to do at all. 


    Hp Pavilion Elite e9270f

    CPU: Intel Core I7 860 2.8 GHz MAX: 3.46 GHz

    RAM: 8GB 4x2GB MAX:16GB

    HDD: 1TB

    GPU: ATI Radeon HD4650

    PSU: 350W




    Hope you enjoy this little pc flip, catch you later! :) 





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    Two 3D models have been created, a shack and a small desk. The desk needs to be enlarged, but is otherwise fine.


    Main Shack.stl

  2. Being Delirious
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    Cougar MG110


    MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX 12 GTX 1070 AERO ITX 8G OC 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


    MSI A68HM-E33 V2 FM2+ AMD A68H SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard


    G.SKILL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU1-1GBNS


    Sound Card:
    Creative Sound BlasterX AE-5 7.1 Channels 32-bit 384 KHz Sound Card


    Intel Core i7-7820X Skylake-X 8-Core 3.6 GHz LGA 2066 140W BX80673I77820X Desktop Processor


    SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-75E500B/AM


    Disc Drive:
    Pioneer BDR-XS06 External Slim Blu-Ray 6X USB 3.0 Writer Drive


    Internal Power Cable:
    SilverStone All Black Sleeved 1-to-2 Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01)


    SATA/eSATA Cables:
    18": Coboc Model SC-SATA3-18-BK 18" SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable

    36": Coboc Model SC-SATA3-36 36" 90 Degree(Right Angle) SATA III 6Gb/s Data Cable

  3. DeathFromAbove98
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    At the beginning of the month I decided I needed to actually build my fist gaming PC. Previously I was using a terrible laptop. 


    All I want to do with this blog post is get some thoughts on my config.


    CPU: Ryzen 7 1800x

    GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 1080

    RAM: Basilisx Elite 8 Gb (2x4)

    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4

    Case: NZXT S340

    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W Fully Modular

    Wireless NIC: Edimax - EW-7822PIC

    CPU Cooler: Deepcool Captain 240 EX


         Boot Drive: Intel - 530 Series 80GB

         Games Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB x2

         Main Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB

         Archive/Backups: Western Digital - Red 3TB x2


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    A little bit about myself.

    My name is Shaun my nickname is Witchart. I am 44 years of age and I have been using witchart as my nickname for over 30 years. Do you remember CB radios?. Well, witchart was my handle and I still use it today.


    Over the last 20 years, I have built hundreds of Pc's for friends and family also myself but they have always been your cheap office type and sometimes a cheap gaming pcs. Nothing that looked really good and defiantly no water cooling or RGB.




    I decided to build Nightwalker after hearing about the new Xbox X coming out. I was impressed with the specs and thought yes I want one. I have never owned a console before it just seems so powerful I thought it would beat most PC's (I had not looked into the latest gaming tech for PC's for over 10 years) I was really out of the loop, I delved into the Net and started to do some research.

    Within 10 minutes I knew I wasn't going to buy an Xbox, no it was going to cost me a lot more money but I was thunderstruck to see what was out there and how gaming on the pc was thriving.


    After a little discussion with the wife, That's all I am saying.

    Research started. My first port of call was YouTube I was looking at other peoples personal builds to help inspire me. Wile, I was churning through YouTube I came across a vid titled 4 gamers one pc, I thought that sounds mad had to watch it. I thought it was cool. That was the first vid I watched from LinusTEch tips. I don't miss a vid now.


    After a few weeks of research, I was finally was happy with My parts list. And decided to dig deep into my pockets and start spending.

    I managed to save around £300 pound just by shopping around and also managed to get a coupon from MSI for 30% off any graphics card.


    Parts list


    Case Thermaltake core p5.


    Wasn't sure what colour to go for, I decided the snow addition would be cool I didn't order this online I went to my local pc tech store. Unfortunately, they had just sold the last one. I wasn't waiting until they had replenished their stock so I purchased the black one instead. Which I regret now. I feel a paint job coming on in the near future but for now it I'll do.


    PSU Fractal design 550w.


    550w PSU should do nicely for my system the only reason I decided on the Fractal design PSU is that I already had the Fractal Design Kelvin S36 AIO cooler.


    Motherboard MSI X370 Gaming pro Carbon


    Trust me I found choosing the motherboard to be the hardest choice I had to make. It was between three Mboard and the Carbon one because I found it on Scan.com for £120 really good deal back then.


    CPU Ryzen 5 1600x


    I Think the last time I built an Amd Machines it was a K6-2. I was really impressed with what I had learnt about the Ryzen CPU family. NightWalker is not just for playing games I spend Loads of time in Photoshop and other CPU demanding applications, so going for a CPU that has 6 cores 12 thread for just under £220 Yes I did it, I was the proud owner of a 1600x Get in.


    Memory Adata XPG 4gig x 2 3000mhz


    Idiot Idiot idiot I did not buy XPG 3000mhz no I got 2400mhz I must have pressed on the wrong link once again Idiot, At the moment I have overclocked it to 2666 which seems to be ok but will be upgrading to 16 gigs I will then sell on my 24000mhz ram on eBay.


    Cooling Kelvin S36 AIO.


    I really liked the idea of water cooling Nightwalker, well the CPU at least and I like overkill so Kelvin S36 AIO was my choice I liked the look of it and I also know its not the best but it would be good enough for my Ryzen and also you can add to it, cool That didn't take me long sins it would not fit in my Core P5 without been at least extended, so some soft tubing and red cooling fluid was needed.


    Graphics card Msi GTX 1070 Armor


    The sweet spot well for me at least, money was an issue but also with a coupon from MSI giving 30% off any Graphics card of there's that is. The only one I really liked the look of and would fit in this build was The armor and sins you can get a GTX 1050 up to 1080 TI in that style I thought 1070 would be quick and smooth enough for the price. I was going to get 1060 before I got the coupon from MSI.


    Storage Adata 256gig SSD and a 4TB Seagate HD


    These drive were not new I pillaged them out of another computer I had knocking around but will be buying m.2 sometime in the future.


    To help brighten Nightwalker up RGBRGBRGBRGB may be a little rgb I think you get the message. I also thought it would be good to have some black light thrown in for good measures as well. 8 Cold cathode UV 100mm tubes YES.

    I didn't really like the look of the cables that come with the Fractal design PSU so I went online and got some white extensions, they look so much better.


    I think its time to show you how She (always she just like My car) is getting on. Not finished yet I will be adding a hard tube loop after Christmas whooo cant wait.


    I nearly forgot to mention some little cheap toys crawling all over her just for fun.







  4. With an average internet connection speed of 6.5 Mbps (IPv4), India has secured a global rank of 89 in broadband internet speed as per the State of the Internet for the first quarter of 2017 (Q1) connectivity report. The report has been released by Akamai Technologies which is the world’s largest cloud delivery platform; and it shares insight into various digital trends that can be observed globally like internet disruptions, connection speeds and so on. The number is quite below the global average speed of internet connection which is 7.2 Mbps seeing a year-on-year increase of 15 percent.

    For a country that is still climbing the ladder to an improved Digital India, this marks a year-on-year change of 87 percent. Adding to that there is a 42 percent adoption of a 4 Mbps broadband in Quarter 1 of 2017 which offers a year-on-year increase of 81 percent. During the same period, there was also 17 percent adoption of the IPv6.

    While the country that topped the charts boasting average speeds of 28.6 Mbps is South Korea, India stands ahead of China which secured the 91st position but is lagging way behind Sri Lanka with an average speed of 8.5 Mbps. The category of the highest peak connection speed in the first quarter of 2017 was bagged by Singapore at 184.5 Mbps. While when compared to the average broadband connection speeds last year India seems to be climbing up the rank slowly, the country surely has a long way to go.

    Waving a generous goodbye to the horror of sluggish web browsing, painfully slow downloads, incessantly interrupted catch-up TV and so on is easy especially now that users have the option of availing the faster and better v-fiber broadband. Without getting unnecessarily technical, it will suffice for you to know that compared to traditional ADSL internet, fiber broadband is way faster than using fiber optic cables to circulate data resulting in an broadband connection that is much speedier and more reliable. It not only facilitates fast download, upload, streaming etc. the extra speed you get is also ideal for a household that has a large number of people using the same broadband across multiple devices.

    Hence, if you are stuck with maximum standard speeds of something around 17 Mbps, you must know that you can totally get an internet speed of up to 100 Mbps. Network service providers like Airtel has launched something called V-Fiber which promises to provide superfast data speeds over the network’s existing internet connection. Upgrading to V-Fiber is also a convenient process with a quick modem upgrade without any change of wiring required in your home. You may need to change the modem though.

    As India benefits from the progress made on the availability of improved bandwidth and speeds, Indians stand to benefit from the affordability of it all with leading network connections lining up to offer the best broadband plans for the best user experience.

  5. Guess this oughta exist.

    Counting Paramount tapes only, no specific variant within that realm.


    Regular Holiday Specials:

    A Charlie Brown Christmas - ✓ (1998 print)

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2000 reprint of 1997 tape)

    A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - ✗

    Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - ✗

    It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown - ✓ (2001 reprint of 1994? tape)

    Happy New Year, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1996 print)


    Series of Releases:

    Snoopy Double Feature: 

    • You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Reunion - ✓ (original Paramount Communications tape, 1994 print)
    • He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • You're in Love, Charlie Brown and It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown and It's Magic, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1998 print)
    • There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown and Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • Life's a Circus, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown - ✗
    • You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown - ✗

    The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show:

    • Volume 1 - ✗ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown and Linus' Security Blanket episodes]
    • Volume 2 - ✗ [Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes]
    • Volume 3 - ✓ [Snoopy: Man's Best Friend and The Lost Ballpark episodes] (2003 reprint of 1994 tape; missing slip cover)
    • Volume 4 - ✗ [Snoopy: Team Manager and Lucy Loves Schroeder episodes]
    • Volume 5 - ✗ [Snoopy the Psychiatrist and Lucy vs. the World episodes]
    • Volume 6 - ✗ [Snoopy's Football Career and Chaos in the Classroom episodes]
    • Volume 7 - ✗ [It's That Team Spirit, Charlie Brown and Snoopy and the Giant episodes]
    • Volume 8 - ✗ [Snoopy's Brother Spike and Snoopy's Robot episodes]
    • Volume 9 - ✗ [Peppermint Patty's School Days and Sally's Sweet Babboo episodes]
    • Volumes 1 and 2 - ✗ [You Can't Win, Charlie Brown, Linus' Security Blanket, Snoopy's Cat Fight and Linus and Lucy episodes; rental exclusive?]

    This is America, Charlie Brown:

    • Volume 1: The Great Inventors - ✗
    • Volume 2: The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk - ✗
    • Volume 3: The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad - ✗
    • Volume 4: The Mayflower Voyagers - ✗
    • Volume 5: The NASA Space Station - ✗
    • Volume 6: The Birth of the Constitution - ✗
    • Volume 7: The Smithsonian and the Presidency - ✗
    • Volume 8: The Music and Heroes of America - ✗


    Initial Paramount Releases:

    It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown - ✓

    It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown - ✓ (English and Spanish clamshell covers, Spanish cover includes English tape)

    A Charlie Brown Valentine - ✗

    Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown - ✗

    I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown - ✗



    A Boy Named Charlie Brown - ✗

    Snoopy Come Home - ✗ (Fox print; I need the Paramount print)

    Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown - ✓ (1999 reprint of 1994? tape)

    Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!) - ✓ (however, I would like to get a later print; this is the 1985 Gulf and Western print)


    Other Paramount Tapes:

    Empty until further notice.


    One-off Specials and Musicals:

    You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - ✗

    Snoopy the Musical - ✗

    The Big Stuffed Dog - ✗

    It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown - ✗

    You Don't Look 40, Charlie Brown - ✗


    Edit log:

    December 10th - Added episodes for Volume 8 of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show

    December 11th - Added another Snoopy Double Feature tape (Charlie Brown's All-Stars! and It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown)

    December 11th R2 - Added yet another Snoopy Double Feature tape (You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown and It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown)

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    Purchased OVH Australian Server when I started my business.


    CPU:  Intel  Xeon E3-1245v5 - 4c/8t - 3.5GHz /3.9GHz
    RAM:  32GB DDR4 ECC 2133 MHz
    Disks:  SoftRAID  2x2TB 
    It's great to have an affordable on-shore server now but it kind of sucks knowing for the same price I could get the same server but with unlimited bandwidth and with 64 gigs of RAM. :(
    I really do hate Australia's internet. D:
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    3.A Tale Of Two Sisters





    I just finished this movie and actually what inspired me to create this blog.
    My english arent so good so i'll just have to give u the synopsis from google.

    After being institutionalized in a mental hospital, Korean teen Su-mi (Yeom Jeong-ah) reunites with her beloved sister, Su-yeon (Su-jeong Lim), and they return to live at their country home. The girls' widower father (Mun Geun-yeong) has remarried, and the siblings are immediately resentful of his new wife, Eun-joo (Kap-su Kim). As Su-mi and Su-yeon try to resume their regular lives, strange events plague the house, leading to surprising revelations and a shocking conclusion.


    HOWEVER that is not what happening, That is far from the truth.
    The synopsis will programs the placebo in your brain into thinking that is actually whats happen.
    I must say even thought this movie is not as complicated as the wailing.
    U'll still have to replay this movie to understand whats going on.
    So here's what happen Your protagonist is Su-Mi a young girl who has been diagnosed with Nervous Breakdown after her only Beautiful cute sweet little sister died.
    And yes Ghost are involved in this movie but its none of your boring ghost stories like the grudge series.
    I give this movie 9/10


  6. C’est l’une des nouveautés les plus intéressantes des nouveaux iPhone, du moins sur le papier, les iPhone 8, 8 Plus et X bénéficient enfin d’une technologie de recharge rapide. Pour autant, Apple n’a pas fourni de chargeur spécifique dans la boîte de ses nouveaux appareils et laisse le consommateur se débrouiller pour trouver le bon. coque iphone 8 Les premiers tests des utilisateurs démontrent toutefois que cette charge rapide agit bien différemment selon qu’on possède un iPhone 8 ou un iPhone 8 Plus et selon le type de chargeur utilisé.


    Apple a beau avoir introduit une technologie de recharge rapide dans ses nouveaux iPhone, il a « oublié » de fournir les chargeurs adéquats dans leur boîte. Ces derniers sont donc encore livrés avec de piteux chargeurs de 5 Watts, au temps de recharge particulièrement longuets. Comme indiqué sur la page d’aide officielle d’Apple, pour bénéficier de la recharge rapide, il est nécessaire d’utiliser « le câble USB-C vers Lightning d’Apple et un des adaptateurs suivants : Adaptateur secteur USB-C 29 W, 61 W ou 87 W d’Apple ou Un adaptateur secteur USB-C tiers comparable qui prend en charge l’alimentation par USB (USB-PD) ». Bien, merci Apple. Mais lequel choisir ?

  7. In the modern world, privacy is an integral aspect of everyday life. This is particularly true in the privacy of your own home. At work, in public and in other areas of your life the idea that someone may be monitoring you is almost to be expected; it’s an important part of public safety in most cases. However, at home, you expect some level of control over your own life.


    In which case, the idea that your microwave could be used to spy on you is not a comforting thought. You might be able to excuse your knives and forks from suspicion (for now), but there are plenty of other devices in your home which could be guilty of being more than a useful household necessity.


    So, behind closed doors what innocuous home devices could actually be hiding a more nefarious purpose?


    1) Smartphone


    As one of the necessities in life, the smartphone is essential for many people, after all who is reading this on their smartphone right now or has it close at hand at least? This makes it a prime target for hackers or spies to keep tabs or outright spy on you, both at home and at large. Traditionally, this was through the physical use of the phone. The microphone is a necessity, clearly, but if your phone is hacked whole conversations could be at risk.


    More technology-minded hackers could monitor or pull information using the smart features of your phone. With interconnected apps, your private information is shared in an intricate web throughout the device. Of course, app development is keenly aware of this in 2017 and strives to protect your data as much as possible.


    2) Modem


    Living without the internet is something many people struggle with, but could you do it if you thought your modem had been hacked? As the bringer of internet and Wi-Fi throughout your home, perhaps your modem should be the prime suspect when it comes to household device spies.


    3) Video Games


    The internet is essential for many things in your home. Including your entertainment such as gaming. Whether using your desktop or a console, the internet is vital to your gaming experience and thus it can also make your device a very effective spy. Whether to track your spending habits, how long you game each week, what you play or even as a way to access your payment details (as with the PlayStation hack in 2011), your gaming devices can be worse than spies!


    4) Fridges


    Yes, even your fridge has a microphone in 2017. Now spies around the world can listen to your milk sour in brilliant high definition.


    5) Baby Monitors


    Here’s a plot twist the likes of a prime-time television episode, using your own spying devices to spy on you. Depending on if you use a sound or video monitor, it can be hacked to listen in or worse to some of the most intimate scenes of your life.


    6) Toys


    Along the same vein, your children could be used to spy on you through the innocent eyes of their favourite dolls. ‘Smart toys’ are becoming more and more prevalent as children’s exposure to technology increases.


    7) Entertainment Devices


    Wireless sound systems, music streamers (such as the recently retired iPod, RIP) and other such devices can make your home a fun place to be. But, they also become ready-made spying devices in many cases. With microphones and even cameras, they can easily be manipulated to track your listening or viewing habits at home.


    8) Lighting


    If you have a truly interconnected home then your lighting system could be used to track your habits. With data about when you turn your lights on and off, potential robbers could have all the data that they need to work out when you are out of your home and for how long. Giving them ample time and opportunity to orchestrate a burglary.


    It may seem fantastical. But as our homes grow smarter, so too do the methods of infiltration.


    9) Security Systems


    The device that keeps you safe could also potentially be used against you. Not only can smart burglars use your lighting against you, they can also hack into your security device and outright make your home defenceless. After working out the perfect time you are out of the home and removing the threat of your alarm, your homes smart devices could be gone in one fell sweep.


    10) Webcam


    One of the biggest warnings of hacking in the early 2000s came surrounding the webcam. Growing in popularity for quick and easy international communication, the webcam connected to your desktop or inbuilt in laptops was suddenly watched around the world by strangers. Or so many believed. Covering of the webcam, then, became commonplace in modern homes. This paranoia passed for the most part, but should it have? The webcam is still a major source of spying potential in your home today.


    11) Tea Kettles and Coffee Makers


    Convenience is at the heart of many of your modern appliances. So, a coffee machine or tea kettle that springs into action the moment your alarm signals in the morning is the very definition of convenience. This could also be very easily used to monitor your routine and drinking habits.


    12) Satnav


    Technically outside of the home, but still an important aspect of your everyday life, the Satnav does not contain a microphone. The GPS functionality that is so useful for guiding you to exotic and exciting new places, however, can also be used to track where exactly you are going. From work to home to the local supermarket, your every move could potentially be recorded.


    13) Pacemakers


    Your house can be hacked, so why not your body? As an electrical device, a pacemaker is as hackable as a computer according to some. Not many consider the fact that someone may hack into a pacemaker and so the security functions of the devices are not as sophisticated as they could possibly be.


    14) Smart TVs


    Watching an episode of your favourite show has never been riskier. With internet capabilities, social media uploading and streaming your TV is no longer the safe household device of yesteryear. Its smart capabilities make it a perfect device to monitor for big corporations behind the television and movies. They can monitor your watching habits on a mass scale, meaning they can then tailor their content to match what the majority of their viewers want.


    Not only can Hollywood keep on eye on you, but it’s a perfect location for bugs. In fact, some government agencies have reportedly already worked out how to do so already!


    15) Alexa


    Of course, the most infamous example of a device that is most definitely spying on you in your own home: Alexa. Also known as the Amazon Echo, this nifty little home helper has been making headlines recently thanks to a number of robotic mishaps. From granting the wish of cuddly toys to small children to answering any question that may spring to mind, for example, “what is the traffic like this morning, Alexa?” The device is equal parts helpful and equally as intrusive.


    With built-in Wi-Fi, speakers and several microphones, not only can you hear this device, it can hear you. With its built in connection to The Cloud this feature used to hear you from all areas of a room could be used by hackers as well as Alexa to hear your every word. A feature which makes Alexa a prime suspect in the home appliance spy game.


    Overall, the more modern our homes become, the more potential there is to create an opportunity for people to spy. Of course, anyone listening in might not gain much from your constant chats with your pet's about their lack of contribution to the household. Unless you’re an important diplomat or a spy yourself, your microwave listening to you might not be a worry you have to face.


    Still, best keep an eye on the toaster just in case.


  8. The first thing we had to do was get Frank's scary dog out of the RV. So, we did the classic cartoon "give a dog a bone" routine and Cujo became Scooby Doo just like that.


    Frank's RV was pretty much what I expected—drug dealer trash chic. But it wasn't as serial killer as I feared. We ransacked the place and found what Chloe didn't want us to find...


    I'm sorry Chloe had to see the pictures of Rachel posing for Frank, even if she did care about him. To her it's just another betrayal, just another loved one dumping on her. Everybody she ever loved she lost one way or another. Only I came back from the past... for what? To make Chloe's life more painful? I just wish I could use my rewind power to go all the way back to the days when we were covered in pancake flour... Life was simple...

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    Ever since my original post about slowly upgrading/rebuilding a PC, I have gained a few responses that have inspired me to keep going. Here goes, let's make a blog! xD


    So, first off, my plan is to slowly build up my PC, replacing a component one by one, so I am not sure how long this is going to take me.


    Every time I have to replace a component, have an interesting find, good indications for the projects, and bad indications for the project, I will post a blog for it. As I have said in my previous blog post, specs, but I will place them here too.




    • Case: I have no clue what it is called. (I know, we are already off to a great start!) But I know that it is the stock case for the ASUS Essentio CM1730. Looks like this.
    • Motherboard: The kind of old, m4A7BLT-m in all its glory.
    • CPU: AMD Phenom(TM) II X6 1065T Processor, coming in at 2.90 GHz. (Also, sorry if on another post I referred to it as 2.80 GHz, xD)
    • Graphics: AMD 760G (integrated(?))
    • RAM: 8.00 gb (7.75 usable)
    • Storage: (Once again), not sure. I do know that still has 786 gb free of 921 gb. I can check certain things if the hard drive/disk is important to you, but so far I have had no luck with the places I have checked.
    • PSU: (crappy) Okia-450atx, and yes, I know that I need to replace it. You can check out other people's ideas over here, but I would recommend any new (if needed) suggestions land on this post for organizational reasons.

    So, as you can tell, not a great PC, I mean, it can barely land on a somewhat decent framerate on Garry's Mod, gm_flatgrass, no mods.


    So, what are my current plans?


    Well, more copy+paste from my other post.


    • Case: A new MicroATX case, probably somewhere on Newegg, as my motherboard is MicroATX, and some of the case options look quite nice to me. Here is a list. Priority: Low
    • Motherboard: No clue: ??? Priority: ???
    • CPU: I don't think an upgrade is in place, but I doubt this is the high priority. Correct me if I'm wrong. Priority: Low
    • Graphics: GTX 1050 (ti(?)) Priority: Medium
    • RAM: Later on, I plan on (possibly) getting 16 gigs for my PC, as it seems compatible. Priority: Low
    • Storage: Maybe a new Harddrive, possibly SSD. Priority: Low
    • PSU: looking for suggestions, though the "be quiet! PURE POWER 10-CM 500W" seems like a good option, tell me your thoughts. Priority: Medium/High

    Also, when I say priority, I mean right at the moment of making this. Once I upgrade a part, the priority list will change a lot.


    Here are some responses from one of my latest forum posts.



    I like these kinds of projects, it's a great way to break into an otherwise expensive and time consuming hobby.


    A fresh power supply is a great start. No need to go super fancy, even a (grey label) Corsair CXM would be a good basis for a budget rebuild. There's a good PSU tier list on this forum that you should definitely make use of, it is maintained by some very knowledgeable forum members.


    That old Phenom II X6 was a powerhouse in it's day, you can keep that for now and work with it even with the somewhat limited motherboard. You could buy a solid new board, like an MSI 970 Gaming and overclock the bejesus out of that fossil, but I would say save your pennies for now unless you can find a used one for peanuts. It's not a critical component at this time.


    A case wouldn't be a bad idea and if you want to think ahead to future upgrades; you might want to go with an ATX case instead of MicroATX, just to keep your options wide open.


    A good GPU is the second step and I agree with your selection of a GTX 1050 (Ti would be best) as that will jive well with the aging performance of your Phenom II, and will work well with whatever you upgrade to in the future without breaking the bank now.


    One thing I will add is get an SSD as fast as possible. It will seriously enhance the responsiveness of the system and make everything much snappier. It's a seriously good investment.

    I agreed to pretty much everything that he said. (It was ApolloX75's reply, by the way, go follow his profile!)


    I also got:



    Mhmm ok then, slowly building up isn't a bad idea , you just need to keep your heads up for the deals &sales that's going on. 

    Since a new psi is your main issue right now, I recommend you look into the evga supernova 650 gs. Good price and fully modular. Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 650W is another one that's in the same price rang,all depends on your tastes

     Also, a pc case is what you should consider next if you are up grading slowly, this will narrow down your researches a lot.

    a mid-tower is usually the best choice for a first-timer, good compatibility, and have a lot of budget friendly choices.

    Once again, thanks to another user (Diones), go follow him/her on him/her's profile!


    Anyways, I have decided that I want to start with upgrading the Power Supply Unit (PSU), as the one in my system is one of those cheapo PSU's that company's use because they are cheaper, and I don't want to use that!


    I am currently looking into these PSU's, and I will get back to you when I decide on one. I also know the PSU tier list is a great place to look.



    I'll try to take advantage of any sales that come across, but for now, that is my list.


    I'll update once I figure something else out!


    Thanks for your time,



  9. I am currently working on a personal project but so far, I've created a simple python script (with many comments to try and explain what is going on!) to pull data from the default tac_plus.acct (AAA Accounting file) that is created with tac_plus.


    By default this file is saved in /var/log/tac_plus.acct and records user sessions (whether it is authenticated via TACACS+ or by the local database on our cisco router ( The script takes an argument used to filter the specific 'username' for the total time they have accessed this device.


    The script technically pulls total time accessed to ALL devices with that username, but in my case I have only a single router configured in GNS3 with the ubunutu VM as a docker. I am looking to improve this script so I can either filter by ALL devices/IPs or a single IP matching a username.


    #!/usr/bin/env python
    import time
    import sys
    def getUserTime(username):
    	#Default location for accounting file below. It won't be created if AAA accounting is not
    	#configured on the device...
    	accFile = open('/var/log/tac_plus.acct','r')
    	splitFile = accFile.readlines()
    	#2 lines should involve a session (Connect + Disconnect)
    	sessions = len(splitFile) / 2
    	print 'Total Sessions in accounting file: {0}\n'.format(str(sessions))
    	#Variables for splitting the file + counters
    	session_index = 0
    	session_list = []
    	count = 0
    	user_sessions = 0
    	user_time_index = 0
    	user_time = 0
    	while session_index < sessions:
    		#Check if username exist in accounting file
    		if any(username in s for s in splitFile[count:count+2]):
    			#Increment user sessions, since more than 1 connect/disconnect have been found
    			user_sessions = user_sessions + 1
    			#Print below is for debugging/seeing output when running the script
    			print 'Found session for user: {0} ({1})...'.format(username, user_sessions)
    			#Append connect/disconnect session from splitFile list to a new list of lists...
    			if any("elapsed_time=" in t for t in splitFile[count:count+2]):
    		#Counter is incremented by 2 because of session is made from: connect and disconnect
    		count = count + 2
    		#Session_index tells us what session we are on in the file...Stops the while loop
    		session_index = session_index + 1
    	print '\nTotal sessions for user **{0}** = {1}'.format(username, user_sessions)
    	#Reset incase I use count again...
    	count = 0
    	#For each 'session' (which we have filtered 'elapsed_time=' to a username
    	for session in session_list:
    		user_time_index = session[1].split() #Split all variables in disconnect session
    		#Index 14 SHOULD be 'elapsed_time=', replace it so now we have the variable in 'user_time'
    		user_time = user_time + int(user_time_index[14].replace('elapsed_time=',''))
    	#using 'time' module, to output the format
    	user_time = time.strftime('%H:%M:%S', time.gmtime(user_time))
    	print 'Total time logged in: ' + str(user_time)
    	#Write to temp_time so a PHP script in /var/html/www can pull the total time for the user...
    	new_file = open('/var/www/html/temp_time.txt','w')

    The purpose of this was to rent out a lab (where the customer needs to log in via an access server) and be able to gather/display information regarding the total time they have spent on the lab.


    So the access server can be configured with AAA (and accounting exec command) to authenticate with this linux VM. Then the customer will be able to somehow view a webpage that gathers the time he has logged in until the password is reset (and he needs to book another 24hr frame to get access again)... The basic PHP script to access this time value in the text file is:

      	<div class="lab-remain-time">
    		<p>User netdbackup - Total used LAB time </p>
    			$myfile = fopen("temp_time.txt", "r") or die("Unable to open: temp_time.txt");
    			echo fread($myfile, filesize("temp_time.txt"));


    Here is an example of all of this in action:


    The script can filter total sessions + total time on a username:



    The best css formatting you'll ever see (php script reading the time)


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  10. I needed a new case that was somewhat portable (the P3 was not fun to carry around) because I recently sold my laptop. I settled on the 400C and it is gorgeous. Review coming soon.


  11. While you might have thought that I abandoned this place, I haven't, it's just that the part prices are getting higher and higher on a pretty much weekly basis, and some components, such as GPUs and RAM, are shooting up in price due to limited stock and overall shortage


    But no worries, I can still make pretty good budget builds for light to moderate gaming.


    I'm going to do a little twist, I'm going to give nicknames to builds, not just "Budget build" or "Content creation monster".


    250$ "Spectator"


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU:  Integrated with Motherboard
    Motherboard: ASRock - J3710-ITX Mini ITX Pentium J3710 Motherboard  ($95.98 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Mushkin - Essentials 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($44.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GT 710 1GB PCIE x1 Video Card  ($40.45 @ Amazon) 
    Case: Rosewill - R363-M-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply  ($44.99 @ Amazon) 
    Total: $253.40
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 04:53 EDT-0400


    400$ "Whistler"


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Athlon X4 845 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($54.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: Asus - A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($40.89 @ OutletPC) 
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($51.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Corsair - Force LS 60GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($46.99 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.49 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX 560 2GB Red Dragon OC V3 Video Card  ($93.98 @ Newegg) 
    Case: DIYPC - MA08-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($31.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($34.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Total: $398.08
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 05:02 EDT-0400


    650$ "Maltese"


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($156.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($59.85 @ Amazon) 
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.88 @ OutletPC) 
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Mini Video Card  ($264.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
    Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case  ($26.99 @ Amazon) 
    Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($23.98 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $652.56
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 07:45 EDT-0400


    1000$ "Zeus"


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($219.29 @ OutletPC) 
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid Lite 120 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($39.99 @ Amazon) 
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($77.98 @ Newegg) 
    Memory: Team - Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory  ($60.99 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Team - L5 LITE 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($50.98 @ Newegg) 
    Storage: Western Digital - AV-GP 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon) 
    Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card  ($399.99 @ Newegg) 
    Case: Corsair - 100R ATX Mid Tower Case  ($42.98 @ Newegg) 
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($72.98 @ Newegg) 
    Total: $1025.17
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-07 07:41 EDT-0400


    Thanks for viewing this and I hope you'll have fun time with these builds!

    Comment for any suggestions on optimizing these builds!

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