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).
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. www.goubiquiti.com is a good place to start.
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.
What kind of hosting does this site use? If you have a dedicated server or a VM, ConfigServer Firewall (http://configserver.com/cp/csf.html) 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 (http://www.spamhaus.org/zen/). 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.
EDIT: Also, if you want to check the validity of an IP address, go to www.senderbase.org 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: http://www.senderbase.org/lookup/?search_string=220.127.116.11 The Project Honeypot website works the same way.
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.
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.
, 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.