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  1. We regret to inform that this maintenance has to be postponed due to supply issues outside of our control

     

    [sNIP]

     

    The new maintenance window will be on Saturday, January the 3rd at 11PM EST (-0500)

     

    [sNIP]

     

    No problem with the delay. Thanks so much for keeping us informed about the maintenance! I really appreciate it and will forward the new dates on to my clients.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Patrick

  2. I'm tending towards the paranoid side today, so someone needs to talk me down about this (please :) ).

     

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    Any help or comments would be appreciated (even phone numbers to local mental health authorities... :) )

     

    Follow-up: I'll still be needing those mental health numbers please. :)

     

    As it turns out, http://moni.tor.us is a website that monitors the uptime for ones websites. Since the URL was showing up as http://trackmon.itor.us and not http://moni.tor.us I did not recognize it (and besides, they changed their domain name to . I did in fact insert that code, but apparently committed a typo when I wrote it (or else that is an alternative website they used to use). Nonetheless, short story long is this this: It is a website I used to use and still use for their remote monitoring products. I ended up not using their analytics package, but was toying with it at one time and I suspect that is when I added that code.

     

    The moral of the story is that typos and paranoia do not go well together. :)

     

    Hiding my tail between my legs and crawling back into the hole from whence I came...

     

    Patrick

  3. Greetings All!

     

    I'm tending towards the paranoid side today, so someone needs to talk me down about this (please :) ).

     

    I was editing my very old (2 years old) main business website today. I'm working on bringing it into the modern age. In the process, I came across the following code:

     

    ><script src="http://trackmon.itor.us/res/mon_analytics.php?v=1" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    monitorus_account_number ="{NINE_DIGIT_ACCOUNT_NUMBER}";
    start_mon_counter();
    </script>
    

     

    Where the {NINE_DIGIT_ACCOUNT_CODE} was just a number like 012345678 that I blanked out for the purposes of illustrating the code here (just in case this is something I did and that is my account number).

     

    I commented it out, since I do not recall putting it in there. It is possible that this is something like Google Analytics or some such thing since I was trying out systems like that when I built the website. However, I do not distinctly remember putting that code in there. That isn't saying much since I forget lots of things these days. Still, it bothers me.

     

    Furthermore, when I searched online for a clue as to what this might be I found nothing of use to me. I even went to the http://trackmon.itor.us website, but was only more freaked out initially when after a very long pause a page popped up that said "It Works!". Ironically, I have just such a page on my WAMP development server (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) but that file is named "index.html-", in other words, I have it set to not load. Furthermore, my personal WAMP platform does not have Apache running right now.

     

    So, I did what any normal security minded person would do. I panicked! Then I remembered that for a spell all new Apache installations for Windows created such a page (that was before the nice "Your Installation Is Correctly Installed" type of screen that you now get). So, I changed the text in the index.html- file and reloaded the http://trackmon.itor.us website. This time I again got "It Works!" instead of the new text I put in my index.html- file. (Are you following me? I know it's hard to follow a mentally paranoid fool's thought processes...)

     

    So, I had a good chuckle about that. But the question still remains, what is http://trackmon.itor.us? Is anyone familiar with this website and what it does and why I may have put that code into my website?

     

    It's perhaps not fair to ask others what I was thinking, but since I cannot remember what I was thinking I figured I may as well give it a shot. :)

     

    So, any help here? Am I just paranoid or am I being taken over by an evil force? I can live with paranoia, but am not sure I want to be taken over by an evil force.

     

    Any help or comments would be appreciated (even phone numbers to local mental health authorities... :) )

     

    Cheers,

     

    Patrick

  4. trop

     

    P.S. This word is French and means "too; too much or too many", but has been anglicized. One common (anglicized) use of the word is when combined with the French "de" (meaning "of") into de trop which is another anglicized phrase with the following definitions:

     

    de trop (adj.):

    1. too much; too many
    2. in the way; not wanted
    3. being excessive or unreasonable
    4. superfluous

    Thus, an example use of this anglicized phrase might be:

     

    For a simple Scrabble-like game, his de trop entry, like so many others he had posted, was boring, silly, overly thought out and simply over the top.

     

    :)

  5. Dang it! I always knew it was true!

     

    evil.jpg

     

    Oh well, guess my wife was right about this at least! :)

     

    It was hard to do this quiz while that little hamster in my head was trying to figure out how to use my preppy mind powers to do evil sexual deeds to other Firefox users who happen to live in Germany.... Bwaaa Haaaa Haaaaa!!!

     

    Pagoda

     

    (Er... I guess I should have said "Damn it! I always knew it was true..." in keeping with my true nature...)

  6. salty

     

    BTW: Look at posts #504 and #505... Is it me (well, regardless of the answer... yes, it is me, either I'm obsessive compulsive and just a stickler, or else clueless), or... given the rules:

     

    How about this: I'll start with a word. The next person can either:

     

    1. Rearrage the letters, -or-

    2. Change exactly one of the letters, -or-

    3. Both (rearrange -AND- change exactly one letter).

    How does one go from w a t c h => t w i c e?

     

    I mean, if it's me, please excuse my lack of insight (I've been off the boards for a while, so I'm maybe rusty...) If it was Bob, then... Hey Bob, no offense, ok? :( "I'm just sayin's all"* :)

     

    * Quote compliments of Lisa Simpson from "The Simpsons"

  7. Personally, I would just use the Windows variant of the Linux/Unix "rsync" command and selectively copy only the .JPG (or whatever files you wanted) to a new locale and retain the directory structure. After all - in some sense - who cares if the directory structure is mirrored?

     

    That said, if you do care, you case still use the Window rsync solution, then use a batch renaming script on the resulting directory tree created by rsync that contains only the files of the type you have specified (in this case, .JPGs, or whatever).

     

    (Edit to post: Whoops - above paragraph should say, in essence, that the batch renaming script would BOTH rename and move to a single directory - in other words, recursively act on the rsync mirrored directory then flatten that structure to a single directory and rename files as you go.... Sorry that was unclear in original version of this post.)

     

    Pagoda

  8. The first image - with all the yellow cables - appears to be the back of a supercomputer. I used to build "commodity component supercomputers", also called "Beowulf-class" supercomputers. The concept is that you buy a bunch of regular old PCs and hook them all up - at a fraction of the cost of a custom built supercomputer. The biggest one we built was made of 300 shuttle boxes called the "Space Simulator" at Los Alamos National Laboratory. (For those interested: http://space-simulator.lanl.gov/ ). When it was built it cost around $500,000 and was the 87th fastest machine in the world - and the cost/performance was the best ever seen. (Cost per teraflop computing power.)

     

    Anyway, one of the popular configurations people were trying out at the time was configuring the machines with different network configurations. The obvious configuration is to have one ethernet cable for each machine going into a switch - so any single node could make one hop to the switch then one hop to another node (actually - sometime, one hop to a switch, another hop to another switch and then a hop to another machine in some cases). This had a bad side effect though - the switches could not handle all of the simultaneous traffic very well, so the latency was pretty high. So, to reduce the latency between machines the network topology was sometimes set up to be groups of hypercubes that all then connected to a switch - it worked like this: you put a four port ethernet card in each machine, plus one ethernet port on the machine. You used the four ethernet ports on the card to cross over to four nearest neighbor machines and the single ethernet cable went to the switch. In this way the problem being worked on could be decomposed into subproblem that each hypercube worked on with super-low latency and then communicated back to the other hypercubes when it needed to, via the switch.

     

    Short story long - this type of configuration was a cabling nightmare. It is my guess looking at that picture that we are looking at the back of a supercomputer that is configured as a set of hypercubes - just a guess, but the cable count is too high for anything I can think of. Ugly - yes. Effective for working on large computational problems - you bet.

     

    Cool photo, by the way. Thanks for pointing it out!

     

    Patrick

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