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1  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Anyone upgrade iPad air (iOS8)? on: September 29, 2014, 10:44:37 pm
If you plug it into a computer with iTunes on it, you can upgrade the device through iTunes. The update is downloaded and extracted on your computer, so you don't need to worry about free space on the device. You may need to remove the pass code first, and then boot the iPad into recovery mode (hold down Home while plugging in the USB cable).
2  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Custom game cabinet lighting and fan control feasibility. on: September 02, 2014, 01:47:45 pm
You can get individually addressable multi-color LED strips like the one below, that would be neat for this kind of project. You could put a section in each box and link them with wires. Then you only need 5 wires total for lighting control (+,-,R,G,B).
3  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Ethernet communication through a switch on: July 04, 2014, 12:25:28 am
Cisco Catalyst 4500 switch.

You should have started by learning something simpler, like astrophysics.
4  Community / Bar Sport / Re: windows and multiple sessions? on: June 17, 2014, 06:10:17 pm
There seems to be an above-average number of tech enthusiasts from Australia.  Of all places.  I mean, why not?, but apparently you guys have been quietly building a legion of techies that are set to out-pace the US.  That or we're just getting dumber, which is entirely plausible.

Not to speak of all the competition in countries driven to pull themselves out of poverty.

Don't even get me started on that. The U.S is an overweight, washed-out, former professional athlete that can't let go of "the glory days" when it comes to science and innovation. For a while we were able to collect some scraps from the huge military industrial complex, but now we can't even make innovative weapons.

You definitely want to check for any WISPs in your area though. is a good place to start.
5  Community / Bar Sport / Re: windows and multiple sessions? on: June 17, 2014, 06:31:10 am
Hi, but who is going  to pay for all that bandwidth that will be needed.

Tom.... smiley

NoMachine actually uses very little bandwidth. Less than 1mbps.

Even still, in Australia, if you can't get land line broadband, and require wifi, you'll be paying hundreds of dollars a year to simply use your machine.

Don't use mobile data, use a proper WISP. Also, NoMachine works at rates as low as 20kbps comfortably, less than an old 28.8kbps modem. You can go as low as 8kbps, but you will see lag.

You could also jump off your little island and push it closer to civilization:
6  Community / Bar Sport / Re: windows and multiple sessions? on: June 16, 2014, 04:09:20 pm
Hi, but who is going  to pay for all that bandwidth that will be needed.

Tom.... smiley

NoMachine actually uses very little bandwidth. Less than 1mbps.
7  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Arduino Controlled Airsoft Turret on: June 15, 2014, 11:45:03 pm
Just to add a little more info to this thread, an "8v airsoft battery" is actually an 8.4v NiMH or NiCD battery pack, typically no less than 700mAh, usually 1500mAhr or more.

If the transistor requires 12v, a 9v battery may have been able to work, but a 8.4v battery may not.
8  Community / Bar Sport / Re: windows and multiple sessions? on: June 15, 2014, 11:38:02 pm
Game clouding,  the video is steamed over the net to your pc...

What about multiple windows (or linux or any other os for that matter) sessions and the video stream is delivered over wifi to any wifi enabled device (phone, tablet, etc), so unlike vnc which controls windows... an app that simply streams a virtual windows session to that mobile device over wifi...

How's the idea sound?

There are several companies doing this, notably: Steam In-Home Streaming, OnLive, the Linux Terminal Server Project (thin-client environment), and NoMachine.
9  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Spam on: June 01, 2014, 11:02:58 pm
What kind of hosting does this site use? If you have a dedicated server or a VM, ConfigServer Firewall ( is a great free way to filter IP addresses.  The install is really simple (its just an iptables wrapper), and the GUI is fantastic. It has login failure detection (brute force detection) and supports importing IP addresses from public ban lists and keeps your own local ban list. I believe you can also ban countries, but that would be difficult here as this is a multinational site. I use it on my cPanel webserver which was receiving about 1 - 5 attacks per second. For public ban lists, I like Spamhaus's Composite Blocking List, and their Zen ban list ( There is also Project Honeypot's BlackList (http:BL).  If this site is on a shared hosting plan, you may be able to find a module for either the forum software or the content management system that will let you import these ban lists.

Also, if you want to check the validity of an IP address, go to and type it in. It will show you if the IP sends a lot of spam, and if it is on any block lists. It will also show you if there are any other bad IPs in the block. For example, that 182.186.x.x block has 17 blacklisted IPs in it: The Project Honeypot website works the same way.
10  Community / Bar Sport / Re: SPAM on: June 01, 2014, 10:50:33 pm
Maybe they can sell there kitchens so cheap because the income is subsidised by damages acquired by legal action. smiley-kitty

If people could be sued for spam, we wouldn't have a spam problem. Turnabout is fair play. Spammers cost me a great deal of money.

Also, what kind of script? I have a few class C's I may consider donating to this project...
11  Community / Bar Sport / Re: The beginners dilemma on: May 24, 2014, 10:58:05 pm
When I worked in a gun shoppe, we used to get guys that went shooting "once in a blue moon", they'd come in with their pride and joy that had been sitting in the cupboard for months, the pre-storage treatment was WD-40/RP-7/CRC <something>.

The poor rifle would be gummed up tight as a<insert tight thing>

That wasn't too bad, you could normally free up the action with a good soak in turps or diesel.

The real worry was Greek or Italian blokes who had LIBERALLY applied olive oil!

Once the volatile bits of olive oil have evaporated what you're left with looks and behaves like epoxy!!

I had to boil a semi-auto .22 every day for nearly 2 weeks before I could get the thing apart!

This is why my "once in a blue moon" gun is a Mosin Nagant. Whenever it sticks, I just have to hit it with a hammer. No solvents required.
12  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Project Management Software? on: May 23, 2014, 11:06:08 pm
MS Project for creating timelines, assigning hours to tasks, roll up projects into single lines, expand out. Create a generic project with your typical tasks, then copy it and tailor appropriately with special subtasks.

That sounds like a good way to save some time, and I do have all these ms project licenses.....

Right now i'm using a three-part system. I have a time tracker, a calendar, and a task list with links to the project directory. I might have to link them together eventually.
13  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Public IP address "website" on: May 17, 2014, 10:59:09 pm
, I'll almost bet it is in violation of your contract with your ISP to host a public website with a residential account.

The wording may need to be refined. The TOS more likely uses terms like "commercial website" or for "commercial purposes", Many residential accounts may run web cams, PCAnywhere, home automation servers and such, which probably are not restricted in the TOS. I know that the company I work for blocs access to servers running on ports other than the typical 80, 443, etc. I think it is due to the fact that many Trojan applications connect to servers operating on non standard ports.

This has been my experience as well. With all the self-hosted "cloud" services that have come out, most ISPs don't mind if you run your own web server for small things. They will nail you if you try to host a commercial website though.

Blocking ports doesn't really have much to do with money, ISPs make all their money from the users that pay for the lower tiers. This is to combat malicious internet use. It was common in the late 90's and early 2000's for home users to get their PCs infected with spam sending trojans or viruses. Having a few hundred users on your network max out their internet connection by sending out spam can bring a network to its knees. Blocking ports made this type of attack less profitable, and it eventually fell out of common practice.
14  Community / Bar Sport / Re: This community sucks on: May 11, 2014, 11:42:48 pm
if you want to make money out of a project you need compliance and certification in almost all part of the world, and getting things done right need a lot of aperwork that can vary a lot.

normally if someone come here and want to make money out of a project does not even have a clue about this and what the project need.

And here you cross the thin line between HELPING people, and WORKING FOR FREE

Pft. I just have this:
15  Community / Bar Sport / Re: WM Robots is threatening a Lawsuit! on: May 10, 2014, 08:59:38 pm
Litigation is the new innovation.
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