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by anand
Tue Apr 19, 2005 10:00 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Music Fans here???
Replies: 36
Views: 4554

The new Nine Inch Nails and Garbage albums are getting alot of play time for me.
by anand
Tue Apr 19, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What's your bandwidth?
Replies: 54
Views: 6494

I only got around 2000Kbps using that test at home. If I use a different speed test page (like this one http://dfw.speakeasy.net/) I can max out my 3Mb/768Kb connection both ways.
by anand
Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Music Fans here???
Replies: 36
Views: 4554

[plug]If everyone here got AudioScrobbler accounts and joined the TR group:

http://www.audioscrobbler.com/group/The%2BTech%2BReport

We wouldn't need threads like this! [/plug]

Just trying to get the TR group there up to the 10 members we need to start getting weekly group charts :wink:
by anand
Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 3)
Replies: 28
Views: 1622

Losing 6 lbs. in a week is pretty remarkable if you're not sick or trapped in a desert. 6 lbs. (of fat) is 21000 calories which means you'd your net calorie intake per day would have to be -3000 calories. You might have been dehydrated when you got on the scale and saw -6. The 1-2 lbs. you gained wa...
by anand
Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Web Hosting Business
Replies: 5
Views: 966

I share a server at ThePlanet and they are very responsive, even though we're a "little guy" with just one machine.

Your OS options are pretty limited though from ThePlanet. They don't offer FreeBSD 5, for example, and the only Linux distributions they support are Redhat and Debian.
by anand
Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:07 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Inverting mouse in Freespace 2?
Replies: 4
Views: 1529

People usually use inverted mice in flight sim type games because that is how it works on real aircraft. Push the stick forward, you go down, pull the stick back, you go up. It seems more natural for those types of games.

I can't stand it for FPSes though...
by anand
Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 3)
Replies: 28
Views: 1622

Was 228 this morning so that's -1 for me.
by anand
Fri Apr 15, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: you pay how much per KWH?
Replies: 35
Views: 6435

My last power bill was for 899 KWh and my final bill was 78.77. So my net cost is $0.0876/KWh.

This is in Dallas using Reliant.
by anand
Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:12 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Jones Soda
Replies: 17
Views: 1581

I like the flavors I've tried. However, the stuff is way too expensive, at least around here where only specialty grocery stores carry it.

Anyway, I'm low carbbing it now as well so most soda is off limits anyway.
by anand
Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Auto Show NY 2005 (Heavy pics)
Replies: 26
Views: 5323

The auto show in Dallas just started today and we went down to take a look. I took a few pics as well of the highlights:

http://mypuppet.net/gallery/Dallas-Auto ... 005?page=1

Nothing you haven't seen before but gratuitious pictures of expensive cars are always a good thing :lol:
by anand
Wed Apr 13, 2005 4:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: "Rate this butt" in Rage3D...eh? **Not Work Safe**
Replies: 37
Views: 3010

Yeah, this girl is old news at this point. However, some things are timeless! 8)
by anand
Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Router/Switch Difference
Replies: 23
Views: 3012

You could hook your cable modem directly to a switch/hub. However, this would require you to have multiple external IP addresses (1 for each computer you plan on hooking up) and most ISPs only give you 1 by default so only one computer connected to the switch could access the Internet. Using a route...
by anand
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:42 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post your fav OS and Tech News sites
Replies: 12
Views: 1651

My daily visits are Slashdot, TR, and HardOCP. The [H] does a great job linking to other sites' new reviews and such so I usually visit a few more sites a day via the links.
by anand
Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:06 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR MOB (Week 2)
Replies: 14
Views: 1236

I didn't lose anything this week. I started at 260 and hit a plateau at around 245. Now I'm at 229 and seem to have hit another plateau. I guess I'm destined to hit them every 15 pounds :)
by anand
Sun Apr 10, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Metabolism Overclock Battle (MOB)?
Replies: 98
Views: 17243

No change for me this week :( Still at 229.
by anand
Sun Apr 10, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tech Report -- good or evil?
Replies: 30
Views: 2238

Rotten dot com, the site that claims that it's "pure evil since 1996", scored 86% good :o

I agree with kvndoom's assessment :)
by anand
Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Don't cha hate it when lazy folks break the page with ...
Replies: 23
Views: 1820

This is exactly why I only use the really small font when I write my messages. But seriously it should be possible with Javascript to resize externally linked images. I know there is a phpBB mod for external avatars that will resize them client-side to fit the forums maximum avatar size. The same t...
by anand
Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:12 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: securing SSH on Redhat
Replies: 17
Views: 4237

There is the Fedora Legacy project: http://www.fedoralegacy.org/ The latest RPM version they have available for OpenSSH is 3.5p1-11. With Redhat, you don't have to be too concerned about having the latest and greatest version because Redhat backports security fixes in later releases to the release t...
by anand
Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: iRATE "free mp3 downloads"
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Yeah, from the screenshots it doesn't look like much has changed. Something along the same vein is Audioscrobbler / Last.fm . Audioscrobbler uses a plugin for your media player which keeps track of all the tracks you've played. After you've played enough tracks it figures out other uses with similar...
by anand
Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: is there a way to speed up my writter?
Replies: 22
Views: 2541

The UDMA33 interface on a BX board shouldn't be a bottleneck. 1x CD speed is 176KB/s. 52x is then around 9MB/s. This shouldn't be a problem for an interface capable of 33MB/s. I had a 52x writer on my old Abit BH6 and was able to write CDs at full speed using it.
by anand
Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:38 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: securing SSH on Redhat
Replies: 17
Views: 4237

The BFD package I listed earlier can actually automatically block IPs found to be trying to brute force their way in. It can run any arbitrary command you want to it to when a brute force atttempt is detected, so just tell it to run iptables to add a rule to drop packets from the detected IP address.
by anand
Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:12 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: securing SSH on Redhat
Replies: 17
Views: 4237

Yeah, make sure root login is disabled via SSH. This is probably the single best thing you can do to secure SSH. Disabling ssh1 is also a good idea which will force ssh2. You can do this by adding/editing the "Protocol" field in the config file to show only 2. If you haven't already, install the BFD...
by anand
Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone checked out Google Maps yet?
Replies: 39
Views: 3552

Yeah the satellite images for my area seem to be several years old. It's pretty wild looking at all the big expanses of grass in the images that are now filled with grocery stores and such.
by anand
Wed Apr 06, 2005 1:51 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: A little web project needed for hard cash
Replies: 2
Views: 1752

I've heard of one site like what you are describing, http://www.elance.com. People can sign up as contractors and then other people can put in work items and contractors will submit offers. If a PHP/MySQL solution is fine I can give it a try. I am pretty competant in PHP and can probably whip someth...
by anand
Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: iRATE "free mp3 downloads"
Replies: 5
Views: 683

I tried it out about a year ago. I found some cool music but that interface was about as annoying as they come and I eventually got tired of it. Hopefully the interface has improved by now...
by anand
Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: TR Distributed Computing Effort
Topic: 'linux' client doesn't check timezones?
Replies: 6
Views: 844

It's not sloppy programming. It's a good idea. If you based your time off of local time, it can really make things messy. Lets say you start writing a file at 1:59AM on the day DST ends. Your file has a creation date of 1:59AM but by the time it finishes writing it's 1:00AM because DST ended. Now yo...
by anand
Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Gmail invite dumping ground
Replies: 2
Views: 424

It's a good idea until the invites you contributed actually get used. Then you get 50 of those damn "john doe has accepted your invitiation" emails at one time :x

Wish there was some way to disable those...
by anand
Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Metabolism Overclock Battle (MOB)?
Replies: 98
Views: 17243

I got stuck right around 245 too for a while even though I was still doing what I was supposed to be doing. Just stick with what you're doing and your weight will start coming off again soon :)
by anand
Sun Apr 03, 2005 10:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Metabolism Overclock Battle (MOB)?
Replies: 98
Views: 17243

5150 wrote:
*I would like to get started March 28th, we'll have weekly updates every Sunday, and finish the MOB June 23rd.


Did it change to Monday at some point?
by anand
Sun Apr 03, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Metabolism Overclock Battle (MOB)?
Replies: 98
Views: 17243

Weigh in time?

I came in at 229 this morning so that's -2 lbs for me.
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