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  1. Hi Scott, I worked for a Research company for 29.96346132 years (at least thats what it said on my severance papers, I loved all those numbers behind the decimal point) and so I've seen how numbers can be used. And you are right and I stand corrected.


    Averaged out across a year a server needs to be "down" for 1000 minutes before it slips below the 99.9 percentage.

  2. I was thinking of posting a similar question yesterday but decided after the second server went down in a day to let the Staff have a rest :)


    I didn't feel brushed-off the last time the question was raised because the note was given an answer. What I felt was that "we" were ignored or forgotten because the "problem" was not fixed and no other reply was given as to the status.


    I understand that this is a 3rd party program but that is not an excuse. These servers have been down for a lengthy period and there has been plenty of time for the "reports" to be updated with these times.


    Now I do appreciate all the hard work and the excellent status that is supplied the customers here in the forum. TCH truly goes above and beyond to keep us informed and happy.


    But you need to light a fire under someones butt over there at Alertra. I assume you are paying for their "service" and if its not working, get a refund or get rid of it and find one that works.


    My other concern here would be the page that has the "99.9% Uptime" advertised on the homepage. Sorry but that will need to be corrected, with these lastest servers going down hard you took a big hit on that percentage and only time will bring it back up again.

  3. After going to that link, I'm going to wait. . .I'm not comfortable downloading any new programs that will disable anything from the almighty software.


    Steve Gibson, the owner of grc.com and writer of "Shootthemessenger" is a well known and respected programmer and security tech. He has been writing and supplying the world with free programs for some time now.


    The manual instructions that Virtual Imager gave here is all the program does. But the program will also turn messaging BACK ON if you need it. It a simple one click ON or one click OFF process.


    I have this program in my "tool box" and use it all the time when troubleshooting friends computers. The other programs of his are also in the toolbox and I highly recommend his site and programs.

  4. I have sent no email from this particular account, let alone an email that contained a virus.
    A virus will send emails and you will not know it.


    The first was from an unknown address to one of my addresses;

    The virus sending itself to you because you are in the infected computers computers address book.


    the second was from my address (the one the first bad email was sent to) to another of my addresses.

    The virus sending itself to an invalid address and putting YOUR address in the "From:" field, this is called "spoofing". Since the mail could not be delivered it was returned to you because your address is in the From: field.


    There is not much you can do about these since its someone else who is infected and with all the spoofing of the To and From fields of the email its difficult to trace back.


    So alls you can do is recognize what the email is, delete it and move on. Be sure that you are protected by running a virus scanner and keeping it updated with the current signatures. And DO NOT open email attachments before scanning.

  5. Memory fragmentation is only an issue on a small percentage of computers. It is caused by a poorly written OS and on PC's that start and stop a lot of apps frequently AND on PC's that are not rebooted.


    The majority of home users usually reboot regularly and they do not run into this problem. Even if they did, the slowdown is only in the thousands of a second and will not be detectable.


    My opinion is why run software that a simple reboot will correct? Also the software will probably take more time to run than the actual time being lost :)

  6. While it is doubtless true that the likelihood of infection remains vanishingly small, the stakes are such that I am not willing to put my family at risk.


    Do you drive a car?


    There are far more things in life with greater risks of death than this.


    If the sky is falling I'll just have to look up more often :dance:

  7. I would be a little leary of the year end totals from that page. 744,000+ "unique" is questionale since these numbers are broken down by month and then each month is then added together. you could have the same unique viewer in all 12 months.

  8. Wow, reformated the hard drive already! Usually that is a LAST resort option and other ways to correct these problems are used first. But to each their own. :)


    Sorry you wasted your money but it's not a complete loss. If you do not have another Virus Program I would suggest you at least load that part of Nortons back.

    Virus protection is a MUST HAVE and Norton is a good choice.


    As for a better firewall I would suggest getting Zone Alarm Pro ;)

  9. Alan, if you believe the problem started with Norton then verify this and correct from there. Windows XP comes with a "System Restore" option that when turned on will "save" a snapshot of your computer and allow you to return to these restore points very easily.


    You can select a date and restore the computer to just before you switched to Nortons and then try a download and see if the problem is corrected. If it is then you can continue on and place the Nortons program in the pile of do not use software. (sorry, not a Nortons fan, been burned too many times)


    If the problem is not corrected then you can go back and restore back to the current time and troubleshoot some more and find whatever else may be causing your problem.

  10. Hi Louis, I believe you will have absolutely no problem what-so-ever with the bandwidth limit. Bandwidth is the amout of data going to or leaving your website. If you only have 50MB there it will be hard to reach that limit unless you upload and download the whole thing several hundred times a day. As for your email, I believe you have unlimited email an using only 3 will take up very little space or bandwidth.

  11. Someone mentioned this site in an earlier note.




    The IP at the top is yours.


    To find the IP of visitors you need to resolve the DNS to an IP and this can be accomplished several hundred different ways. You can go to any number of different web pages, I use www.tracert.com. Or since I am usually in IRC I just use a command /dns [whatever] and it will resolve the IP or host for me quickly.


    Soory I am not a Mac user or I would give you the command that you could use on you local machine for these.

  12. Your more than welcome Boojum. I know you are really getting frustrated here and I do wish it was easier.


    This is a suggestion and no way a critisism so please don't take it the wrong way. I just want you to get what you want.


    It appears to me that the difficulty you are having is due to the "design" of your site and the way you want it to "act". You want it to be viewed both online and offline exactly the same way on each and this has set up some roadblocks because of the way each system works.


    Is there a specific reason why it must work offline or is this just something you would like? The easiest solution I can see is to just forget about coding it to work both ways and concentrate on the job at hand...creating a kickass web page that is viewable by all ONLINE.


    Most of the folks I know spend a lot of time looking from the outside in at the web pages they design, they worry about how it looks in different browsers. They worry about the speed it takes to download. They tweak the colors and the fonts, they change the size and move tables around. They are always asking others "hows it look on your end".


    In other words its more important to get it right on the web, not on your hard drive. I look at the individual pieces while writing and creating and then upload and see how it looks. Then I make sure all the links and the whole site is functioning correctly online, thats where it needs to be working correctly anyway. :D


    This is the design change I am suggesting. Forget about getting it to work on your hard drive.


    Maybe someone else has a way that will work. I don't do Javascript so maybe someone else will jump in and havea way to get what you want. Good luck.

  13. There it is...on page 2. I specifically looked for a second page SEVERAL times and the option was not there. it wasn't at the top or the bottum of the page. Well at least the next note gave it a swift kick and got it working again.


    I noticed someone else mention losing a reply and wonder if that happened to them also?

  14. Well thats an interesting bug.


    I posted a reply and it does not show on the board. When I click on reply and look below the edit window in the "Last 10 post [in reverse order]" area my reply is showing.




    lets see if it shows after I post this reply

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