How to configure Cisco Linksys WRT54G v.2 to run Pixelserv on DD-WRT

Cisco Linksys WRT54G v.2
Cisco Linksys WRT54G v.2

This is how I was able to implement the solution given by Aviad Raviv found here How to Remove Advertisements with Pixelserv on DD-WRT

 

I am not going to go through his tutorial or how to get DD-WRT onto your Cisco Linksys WRT54G v.2. Aviad did a wonderful job, for the most part, and there are plenty of DD-WRT tutorials out there. I followed every step that Aviad wrote up, downloaded what he said to download, made every configuration as it was laid out but I could not get the disable_ads.sh script to run. I kept getting errors like these

In the WRT54G commands GUI:

sh: eval: line 1: /jffs/dns/disable_adds.sh: not found

 

And this in the SSH CLI

root@Deadend:~# sh /jffs/dns/disable_adds.sh
: not foundisable_adds.sh: line 10: {
ad_blocker_script:
: not foundisable_adds.sh: line 12: }
: not foundisable_adds.sh: line 13:
: not foundisable_adds.sh: line 15: {
/jffs/dns/disable_adds.sh: line 189: syntax error: end of file unexpected (expecting "then")

I spent a few hours trying this and that, permissions, and manually editing the file with Notepad++ and / or vi. Nothing worked. I knew about the big Indian / little Indian situation when working with files to be run on a Unix / Linux system with a Windows system. I have never run into that issue while using Notepad++ though. This was making me crazy, plus I could not remember ever even opening that file before I uploaded it to my WRT54G so what was the deal. Well as a last ditch effort I tried to run dos2unix on the file on the WRT54G … well that program is not on the WRT54G, to save space I am sure. So I uploaded the disable_ads.sh file to my CentOS 6 box and tried to run dos2unix … well it wasn’t there, I did a minimal install when I setup that box so I got:

-bash: dos2linux: command not found

Thankfully that machine is connected to the Internet and a quick

sudo yum install dos2unix -y

got it installed. I then dos2unix’ed the disable_ads.sh file and migrated it back to the WRT54G; BTW the file size changed from 10KB to 9KB so something was changed for sure. After putting this new version of the sh script on the WRT54G I rebooted it. When it came back up I checked WinSCP and the files that were to be created on first run of the script were there just as Aviad said they would be.

 

To recap if you are not getting success with running the disable_ads.sh script after going through Aviad’s tutorial then you need to run it through dos2unix and re-upload to your router. I assume this could be a problem on other routers not just the Cisco Linksys WRT54G v.2.

 

I would have made this post as a comment on Aviad’s tutorial but it was not open for comments. Hope others will find this and it help them .

 

BONUS:

I spent quite some time making up this file. It is a personal-ads-list.conf with 3,595 blocked sites, mostly adult sites. I grabbed the initial list from jacop_’s post, then I formatted it to work with Pixelsrv. When you upload and reboot the router it will take some time, maybe 10 minutes or more for Pixelsrv to parse through the list.

Worst first experience

Hello,

My wife and I attempted to attend the NFL preseason game between the L.A. Rams and the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday August13th 2016. This was to be her first time going to see an NFL game in person, and it was happening at the perfect time. She had just finished her first week in her new carrier as an elementary school teacher after years of attending college and teaching courses. Her favorite football team is the Cowboys and until the Rams came back to L.A. there was no opportunity for us to afford a trip to go see them play. She came home from grocery shopping Saturday morning and told me about the game so I told her “let’s go”. We found tickets that were mostly within our budget, and hopped in the car. Even though we convinced ourselves that the $203.98 for the tickets and the money for gas, food, and baby sitter was something that we could afford in order to celebrate my wife’s achievement it is a lot of money for us to spend on something that isn’t food or to pay bills.

Our trip to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is one that encompasses a 158 mile 2 hour and 39 minute, without traffic, trip. One way. Even with these negative aspects that presented themselves we still made the choice to make the pilgrimage to see the Rams host the Cowboys. We expected traffic and chaos and higher than normal prices for things like hot dogs and water, but we had no idea and we’re completely shocked at the parking situation. As we were driving up to the stadium we saw that the city of L.A. had placed special no parking signs for blocks around the stadium, even on sections of road that have parking meters. We figured we would have to pay for parking but $100 and up was ridiculous. We drove around in circles in event level traffic for over an hour and when we finally found an open spot it the parking lot of a gas station over a mile away. We sat there for a few minutes weighting our options and evaluating our situation. On the one had we had the $200 + spent on tickets etc. and a desire to celebrate and enjoy a fun time together. On the other we had a 30-45 minute walk in an unfamiliar city, the potential for our vehicle being towed or vandalized, and the game was half over and with the walk waiting to get inside etc. we could maybe see the last 10 minutes of the game. With more negatives than positives we kissed the idea of going to the game good by and headed back home dissapointed, sad, mad, and angry.

That’s our story of what we will forever remember and refer to as “The Rams Game”. It will always remind each other to think about the worst thing that could happen before making quick last minute decisions.

In my most practical frame of mind I want to have this experience be recorded and our anger and disappointment in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum venue, the Los Angeles Rams, the City of Los Angeles, and the National Football League made public. When in my frame of mind where I feel cheated out of my time, money, and ability to reward my wife for her hard work I want a full refund of the price of the tickets. While still in this frame of mind I cannot understand how a venue that has a capacity of 93,607 does not have a corresponding capacity parking lot. Then as it seems the City of Los Angeles works to slow for the gouging of parking prices by eliminating the ability to use otherwise usable public parking spaces.

Please respond as you see fit, as I plan to broadcast this message as far and as wide across the Internet, social media, friends, and family.

Michael Lane

Chromecast hotel wifi – tutorial

Backstory:

I was on travel just as season six of Game of Thrones was going to air and I didn’t want to wait till I got home 10 days latter. To fix this situation I ran down the street to the Wal-Mart Super store and picked up a 2nd gen Google Chromecast. I had been toying with the idea of getting one for a few years now and I finally had the excuse. Initially happy with my purchase I headed back to my room to set it up.

Setup:

Initial setup was no problem, grab Google Cast from the play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app, plug the Google Chromecast into a free HDMI port on the TV, switch the TV input to that HDMI port, plug the Google Chromecast into wall power or a free USB port on the TV.

I then fired up the Google Cast App and it found my virgin Cromecast waiting for instructions. I named it, Rumble, and setup the backdrop settings, and told it to use the Hotel’s Wi-Fi.

Use:

I was then presented with the “What’s On” page of the Cast App and tapped the trailer for the new Bourne movie. YouTube launched and I hit the Cast button, but I didn’t see Rumble. The TV was telling me that Rumble was connected to the Hotel’s WiFi but had no Internet connection. I tried resetting Rumble and that didn’t do anything, I even did a factory reset to no avail. The cause is that the hotel required that I accept their use agreement and log in with the password given to me by the front desk. I figured this was going to be part of setting up the Google Chromecast and a possible problem, but thought that Google would have thought about this and had put in a mechanism to work it – wrong. Fail Google, big epic fail! So I broke out Goolge and searched for “chromecast hotel wifi” to see what my fellow travelers had worked out; I found the following solutions that are well and good but did not prove to be solutions for me for one reason or another.

http://www.howtogeek.com/195762/ask-htg-how-can-i-use-my-google-chromecast-in-a-hotel-room/&ved=0ahUKEwjbrsW33KDMAhUKKB4KHXR5BV4QFggtMAM&usg=AFQjCNHsQyBC9auWE3lqKZgPD-OmrJJsIQ&sig2=60o9AIDblimFXIqv6LPafw

This one shows how to use Connectify to turn a laptop into a Wi-Fi router to connect the Chromecast to and use the Ethernet cable in the room. Looked to be viable; if I had a laptop.

http://lifehacker.com/get-around-hotel-wi-fi-blocks-and-use-your-chromecast-w-1630215946&ved=0ahUKEwjbrsW33KDMAhUKKB4KHXR5BV4QFgg1MAQ&usg=AFQjCNGFdqF48TDIQlzmDoDDab_0ydyKuw&sig2=Sxp6A0WFi6XTi9sinBl7Gg

This one shows how to use a “travel router” to do the same thing as the How-To Geek site but without having a laptop. Again though, I would need another piece of equipment that I didn’t have.

https://m.reddit.com/r/Chromecast/comments/2an8po/an_easy_workaround_for_chromecast_on_hotel_wifi/&ved=0ahUKEwjbrsW33KDMAhUKKB4KHXR5BV4QFgg9MAY&usg=AFQjCNHJYAzUlAKwG1UkWT5K_CZgwFKdEw&sig2=XIUx-2TU2i8FcEtSDn0ZGg

This one sounded like it would really be the hack I needed. Basically when you authenticate with another device that has a web browser you stay on the “thank you” page and look for a part of the URL that looks like a MAC address, then just replace that with the MAC of the Chromecast, click go, and boom the Chromecast would be authorized to access the Internet through the Hotel’s Wi-Fi. This didn’t work for me because the Hotel’s authentication didn’t present this opportunity.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/%23!topic/chromecast/TkvnWZ1WPLs&ved=0ahUKEwjbrsW33KDMAhUKKB4KHXR5BV4QFghBMAc&usg=AFQjCNFucVHZfsTY6je_Pw_qvjqyU6t6Kw&sig2=po4L4shHdO5DNYP830tsmg

This one goes over the travel router solution and the using another device as a Wi-Fi router, namely a smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Again didn’t have the router and using my phone as a hotspot wouldn’t work because to serve out Wi-Fi it wouldn’t be able to be connected to the Hotel’s.

http://www.cnet.com/news/how-hotel-wi-fi-killed-my-chromecast-travel-dreams/&ved=0ahUKEwjbrsW33KDMAhUKKB4KHXR5BV4QFghIMAg&usg=AFQjCNGaqNEOJaTVq9Gc1ZLKcIer_2nNGA&sig2=9NkprZCCtrPO9lbQmyeF1g

This one just lists out the issues that I had been experiencing and listed a few features requests that the community should raise to Google. This did nothing but make me feel like I had company and stole five minutes of troubleshooting time.

http://www.worksmartandtravel.com/2015/use-chromecast-in-your-hotel-room/

This one is probably the best of them as it has a lot of good tutorials for different situations, combinations of the travel router and sharing other device network connections. But I would need another device.

After looking at these I came to the conclusion that the best option for me would be to go find a travel router, as getting a new laptop just to stream some Netflix and HBO would not be acceptable to the wife … that’s not fair it wasn’t acceptable to me too. A few shops popped up on Google Maps when I searched for “electronics” so I headed out on a second shopping trip. At my third and final stop I settled on an Apple Airport Express. I was rather sceptical about getting it; first off it was $100 bucks and second it’s an Apple product and despite the general consensus of Apple’s “It just works” mentality I didn’t think it would play nice with my HTC One M8 Android phone. Aaannd it didn’t! I wound up taking it back the next day.

Solution 1 – Tell the truth:

I called the support desk of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and explained that I was trying to get my Chromecast to have Internet access but it didn’t have a web interface to let me authenticate. The tech asked what property I was at and room I was in. I then gave them the MAC and boom Rumble could see the Internet.

IMAG0088

Solution 2 – Social engineering via sympathy:

I was mid way through my trip and I had to switch hotels. I tried to call the ISP support for the new hotel with great hopes that things would go as smooth as the last hotel, I was wrong. I was told by the tech that they did not allow devices like Chromecasts on their network for security reasons, to paraphrase, the interconnection the these devices are capable of can cause privacy concerns. That is a lame excuse in my opinion giving any network connection to individuals poses the same level of risk in a public setting no matter what device is connected. If I were to be malicious then I would have tools onboard that would get me around a login website. I don’t even know of any hacking that can be done via Chromecast or Roku, etc. but now my interest is peaked so I will do some searching. Anyway it was late so I just watched the Game of Thrones season 6 premier on my time phone display while cursing the lame excuse given by the ISP. The next morning I started thinking about what other type of devices require or at least have a Wi-Fi connection that they wouldn’t give me a lame excuse for. Thanks to #TheInternetOfThings there are lots of devices that should work for me. Also thanks to a recent purchse made by my parents which lead to their calling me for help and giving me the product that I would use. A Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine. See they have Wi-Fi now so it can send info that it collects about your sleeping trends, then a Doctor can adjust the machine to get an optimum setting without the patient going in for further sleep studies. So back from that tangent. I called up the ISP again and gave pretty much the same story about the device I had not having a web interface but needing an Internet connection, only this time the device is my CPAP that helps me breath at night and get a good night’s sleep. I figured hotels are supposed to help you get a good night sleep so it would be shared for them to refuse. I also figured that they wouldn’t have a MAC lookup table to see the manufacturer of the device. I was right and the tech hooked up the MAC of my Chromecast. The lesson learned is when you don’t get your way by telling the truth, slightly change the truth and you will probably make it through.

Making the decision to give up and call tech support is one of the hardest things to do, especially for us techies. I lucked out and the techs I got at both helpdesks were in the US, I assume this because they all spoke English like it was the only language they knew. They also didn’t waste my time by having me “Turn it off and on again”, or tell me it couldn’t be done – at least after I found the soft spot for the type of devices they would allow on the network. So if you can bring yourself to do it give tech support a call first and let them have 5 minutes, that is unless you can plan your trip to include the hardware you need.

In the future I plan on getting that TP-Link router mentioned in the Work Smart and Travel article which should be a good solution that will let me avoid the randomness of calling tech support. I do agree with John Falcone in the CNet article that Google needs to add the capability to supply authentication credentials for the Chromecast to use. How about embedding Chrome Browser into the Chromecast.

 

Fixing McAfee ePO error (EPOCore)

Problem

Are you getting an error in your ePO deployment like this “EPOCore – com.mcafee.epo.core.ServerNative.getFipsModeNative()I”? So was I, keep reading.

Environment

My ePO deployment had been chugging along without issue for four (4) months since I installed it last October. From what I had heard that was quite the feat. Not to say that ePO is a bad product, I quite like it. I think others have issues because the art of ePO it that you are perpetually tuning it, and any information system that has changed being made on it has a greater chance of going down. This is what took my installation down and in the following I will explain all the frustrating trouble shooting steps my cohort and I performed along with our solution and determination of the cause.

Discovery

It had been a thankfully normal day in a very hectic week. I had just put some finishing touches on a PowerShell script and was about to work on finding out what was causing our somewhat annoying latency problem on our virtual environment when my friend and colleague reminded me that the latest pool of virtual workstations was not getting the McAfee agent pushed to it and subsequently all the endpoint security like antivirus, etc. So I jumped onto the ePO web console to take a look. The login page appeared but didn’t look quite right, I logged in and the dashboard really didn’t look right – there was no data in any of the widgets and all the extensions in the menu were gone. So I started simply by logging out I then noticed that the scroll bar was very long so I scrolled to the bottom and was created with 20+ red single line error messages. All the messages were similar epoMigration – Dependent plunging SoftwareMgmt failed with initialization error.

If you want to skip the long story and get to the solution click here

Initial Troubleshooting

I backtracked from one plug-in to the next till I found the start of the failed plugins, which turned out to be EPOCore. “Well that’s your problem right there” I said to my buddy who was now surfin’ on my shoulder. The next logical step was to checkout the host server to see if any services had gotten bound up. We found that only one McAfee service that was set to automatic was not running, the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 5.3.0 Event Parser Service. When I tried to start it I got that let down of a message stating that the service has started be immediately stopped. Next I restarted the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 5.3.0 Application Server Service, doing so also restarted the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator 5.3.0 Server Service (the web server). We received no errors and the services stopped and started with no apparent issues. Unfortunately, the web console told a different story; it was still showing all those errors at the login screen. So following in the footsteps of my fictional British TV show mentor, Roy, I tried “turning it off and on again,” the whole system that is. Still no fix.

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Novice Fantasy Football

I don’t know how many fantasy football tutorials or how-to’s are out here on the web, I am sure there are many. I don’t plan on this being a how-to or a tutorial, but as I record my novice fantasy football experience you might pick up on a few things that can help you out.

 

Inspiration:

Well my buddy is very much a football person. He lives football, breaths football, eats football, listens to football, sleeps football, and of course watches football. When I ride with him in his car its on some satellite radio football talk station. When we aren’t talking about work or movies, he is talking football. I hang out with him a the time, we even work together, so some football rubbed off I guess. I think the thing that had me pull the trigger was one of the other guys at work, someone who didn’t talk football all the time, said he had been playing fantasy football for a while now with the guys from the group he used to work with. Then shortly after I found that out, I think it was that weekend, I was at my in-laws house … board; so I whipped out my phone and Googled “fantasy football”.

 

The Start:

Unlike my buddy I watch football when my team is on, Redskins, so I hardly watch based my own urge to watch football. I mostly watch because it has somehow become law that all games of my wife’s team, Cowboys, must be televised or small children will be punished or something. My buddy knows all the major players by name and where he would put them etc. but he doesn’t play fantasy football so I thought that if someone like him stayed away from it then it must be overly complicated or very time consuming. Two things that I don’t need more of in my life with three kids and assorted other hobbies. I had always wondered about fantasy football but that wonder never overcame the “mystery” that surrounded it. The mystery and hassle aspect that stuck my mind was reinforced by stereotypical portrayal in commercials, television, and movies where a bunch of guys sit around a fantasy football draft board ready to cut each other’s throats over Carson Palmer – he’s mine by the way ALL MINE!!!! (maniacal laugh) – like he is the last “Frozen Snow Glow Elsa” available on Black Friday. Well I found that thanks to the Internet none of the stereotypical aspects of fantasy sports has become obsolete and redundant.

Like I said I was board at the in-laws, lovely people and supper cool but there isn’t much their to entertain. I searched for fantasy football on Google and there were lots of sites but at or near the top was ESPN’s page. Seeing as I had their regular Android App it hit me that they probably have a Fantasy Football App. Well they did have a free fantasy football app so I downloaded and installed it. This is the icon for it:

Novice Fantasy Football - ESPN FF Logo

 

 

 

 

When it launched I was greeted with the typical setup wizard where I could create an account or link to Facebook, I chose to create an account with my email address. I think it asked me for some demographic stuff like gender and birth date. Like I said this isn’t a tutorial or how-to so if you run into issues please look at ESPN’s FAQ. I was then able to pick a league which is just a group of people that make up the teams I could have created a custom league but I just joined one. There are 10 teams in the league I joined, I can only assume this is an ESPN standard, but I don’t know for sure. The league I joined goes along with the regular NFL season so it does kind of lock you in for a long go.

 

The Draft:

So once I joined a league it was time for the draft, this is where you are supposed to get nervousness where you know you will just mess up and screw your chances at winning and thus your chances to have fun. I know my buddy would probably spend days if not weeks in preparation working out his ideal draft and multiple contingency draft line ups. But I was just board at the in-laws and football is not my life or primary hobby so if I messed it up it was no big deal to me – hell I didn’t even need to tell anyone. This helped influence my draft strategy. If I was trying to sell you something about fantasy football this is where I would elude to my fantastic draft strategy. Hint at its mysterious magical type powers. Brag about the hours, neigh months, or research that I performed. And maybe I would lie a bit and drop a somewhat obscure name of some player or coach that I ran in to at the air port or something. But nope, here is what I did. I looked at the projected points, abbreviated to “Proj” in the ESPN Fantasy Football App, the guy that had the highest was picked. Remember I didn’t know what I was doing, I was having fun. I also really didn’t look at the name or the team the player was on. I just looked at that Proj number and the position. I don’t remember exactly how or what order I picked, but I am sure I picked quarterback first. I also knew that I would need some backups for bye weeks and injuries. As the draft continued, oh … I picked a round robin draft not one of those others like the salary based ones, I poked around a little while I was waiting my turn. I found that there were limits to how many players you can have for each kind of position. This positions by the way are Quarterback (QB), Running Back (RB), Wide Receiver (WR), Tight End (TE), Defense / Special Teams (D/ST), Kicker (K) there is also the Flex position which can be a RB, WR, or TE. So I was going about picking people which you can setup a queue of players to be picked. The way that works is you make your queue and when it is your turn you have something like 60 seconds to make your choice and if the next player in your queue is still available then the system puts that player on your team. If you want to make a different decision then you can or if the player was drafted by another team then he is removed from your queue and the next player in your queue is selected. I hope you get the idea, I got a little to my tutorial side there, if you need more explanation than just go to the ESPN FAQ etc. I’ll tell you this, I did not do an awesome job picking players but I also didn’t pick the worst. I picked some good guys like Andrew Luck (QB), Steven Hauschka (K), Seahawks (D/ST), Lamar Miller (RB), Michael Crabtree (WR). Actually I don’t think I made all of these picks during the draft, I know A. Luck and C. Palmer were done on draft day the others could have been replacements which I will cover next. At any rate don’t over stress about the draft and don’t get hung up on some key names that you know. Remove loyalties to players and teams, you only have one loyalty in Fantasy Football and that’s to YOURSELF!

 

Maintain:

Like I said above it was the weekend when I started, I think a Raider’s game was on – my Father-in-law’s team – and there were other going on as well as I think it was week two. Once the draft was done I was then shown the other fantasy team I was playing and some scores that my players were racking up for me and had racked up since the Thursday before which is the start of the Football week. All of this took up about 30 minutes of my time and I kinda just forgot about it. Once I got back to work on Monday my buddy and the other guy at work were talking Football and how different players had done. After answering some emails I chimed in with “I started a fantasy team”. Well that got me in the discussion really quick with questions like who did you draft etc. Well I read off the names and told them how I picked them, remember my draft strategy? Well I got a few of those well that’s not how your supposed to do it looks and then I showed them that I was winning for the week so far and with the remaining game that night and the projected points I should win. Well I did win. They did suggest that I make some changes to my team, mostly the number of each position I had. I had like 3 kickers and 4 quarterbacks only one tight end stuff like that. Well I couldn’t make any changes to my team till the next day so I just waited till then. The other guy at work helped me out with how to add and drop players. It was the adding part that was a bit hard, dropping was easy just touch the name and then there was a drop button right there. Adding was not as apparent because it was in the hamburger menu, you know the three lines stacked like a hamburger. So anyway what I was left on my own to do was manage my team and so far I have done a good job. I made sure that when a player was injured I swapped him out with someone that was on the bench, if I didn’t have a backup then I had to go recruit. I also spend time every once in a while, maybe once a week, looking over the players that are available. Again I base my decision on the proj points, if there is a guy out there that is better then I pick him up and drop the guy on my team with the lower proj points.

Results:

As of this writing, Week 9 just finished, I am in First place in my Division and Second place in the League. My record is 6-3-0 with 834 Points For (PF) and 738 Points Against (PA). My team is projected as team two (2) in Round 1 (Wk 14 – Wk 15) of the playoffs.

Update:

Post week 11, my team is now in first place over all in both record and PF. I am 8-3 with 1015 PF.

Update:

So we are moving in to the first week of the playoffs and I am well in first place both by record, 10-3, and PF, 1218. Second place has a record of 9-4 and 1097 PF. My team will be going against the fourth place team, 7-6 and 980 PF, in the first playoff game. I will have to say that it is very exciting. So what have I done to keep up the winning streak and get where I am now. I just kept up with monitoring my team, when a player got heart or became a poor performer I dropped them and picked up the next best guy according to their projected points. I also made sure that I rotated players from the bench to fill in for those on a bye or had some injury that could possibly bench them in real life. For something like the last 4 weeks every team I played had players that were on a bye as starters, this basically gave me free points as that player had no chance of putting up points. With the ESPN FFL app there was really no reason for this to happen. The app did very well alerting me when a benched player was projected to out perform a starter and the convenience of having it in my pocket meant I coulddo a quick check whenever I was waiting on someone or something.

 

Update (and its a late one):

Well this is a late update because dispite having a winning record I still wound up in 3rd place overall. It just goes to show that you have to win the right games and injuries can kill your plans. In all I had fun and I was not too upset. If I had some money on it then those last two statements might not be there.

 

 

Good Luck and I hope you found this informative and perhaps entertaining.

Note:

Now that this is all done I would have to say that I have the confidence in my skills to “play for keeps” – Thanks Ricky Bobby for the quote.

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Thе Fastest Wау Tо Lose Weight In 4 Weeks

Aftеr awhile I dіd ѕоmе research fоr belly fat burners that work, tо gain ѕоmе confidence and self-esteem were some goals I hаd іn mind. I wanted tо lose weight rеаllу bad, аnd I hаd trіеd аlmоѕt everything. Frоm lose weight pills, tо eating healthy foods, and going tо the gym TWO times а day! Fоr the amount оf time I put into mу workouts and the bland food I wаѕ eating I wаѕ barely shedding the pounds; and I wаѕ working HARD аt іt too. Losing 1 оr 2 pounds еvеrу thrее days wаѕ nоt еnоugh fоr mе аnd I wanted tо ѕее real results FAST.

I wаѕ tоо embarrassed tо gо tо the gym anymore. I could hear people snickering and making comments about mе and mу weight. I wаѕ getting little results and felt іt wasn’t worth paying fоr а gym membership tо mе anymore јuѕt tо gеt insulted everyday. Sо I decided tо defeat my belly fat problem оn mу own. I tооk thе time tо dо а lot оf research оn thе internet аnd I fоund а fеw programs thаt caught mу attention. I searched for fat burner for men, belly fat burning exercises, fat burning exercises, and lots more. The Fat Diminisher program changed mу life forever. It’s lіkе аѕ іf thеѕе people held thе key fоr а weight loss cure аnd hаvе bееn waiting fоr mе tо find them. At fіrѕt I thought thіѕ wаѕ а scam, аnоthеr stupid “weight loss cure” program thаt wоuld teach mе whаt I аlrеаdу knew; I already found lots of those. WRONG, its а completely unique diet program thаt ran mе thrоugh step-by-step techniques оn hоw tо live а healthy life. Fоr thе cost оf а cup оf coffee реr day (or еvеn а whopper cheeseburger реr week) I hаd nоthіng tо lose. It wаѕ mу lаѕt shot оn trуіng tо lose weight ѕо I wеnt fоr it. And OH MY GOD I соuld nоt bе happier than I аm today! Thіѕ wаѕ thе weight loss cure thаt I hаvе bееn lооkіng for! I ѕаw results wіthіn days, I wаѕ shedding pounds аt а fast rate thаt I thought mу scale wаѕ broken.

After аbоut 3 weeks I couldn’t bеlіеvе hоw muсh healthier I was. It worked fоr mе ѕо I hаd tо trу оut ѕоmе оthеr programs. I weighed about 300 pounds (I wаѕ scared tо check mу weight bасk thеn tо bе honest) and then аftеr 3 weeks I lost about 30 pounds and ѕtіll losing! I аm аbоut 5 feet аnd 11 inches ѕо I аm а big guy. I thіnk аftеr а fеw mоrе weeks wіth thіѕ program I саn start working оut аgаіn аt thе gym.

Ok, аftеr а fеw days оf uѕіng thіѕ nеw program I hаvе tо admit. I hаd mу doubts, but іt trulу worked. Mу arms аrе buffed аnd I hаvе а lean cut аrоund mу shoulders. I ѕtіll hаvе mу belly, but thаt іѕ slowly disappearing аѕ wеll folks. I hаvе bееn gоіng оut ѕо muсh mоrе nоw even to the gym, I am stuck in a contract so I am going to use it. This program was the catalyst I needed to get me back in shape. It is still hard work but I am not afraid of that and neither should you.  I wаnt tо leave everyone, mу advice that thіѕ іѕ thе bеѕt weight loss cure. Nоthіng іѕ impossible, it’s mind оvеr matter, set goals for yourself, bе determined аnd dedicate уоurѕеlf tо thеѕе programs аnd уоu wіll change уоur life forever. I аm sharing this with the public bесаuѕе I knоw what іt feels lіkе tо bе rejected and lose confidence. I don’t wаnt аnуоnе tо live thаt life аѕ thаt іѕ mу раѕt life аnd nоw I hаvе а whоlе nеw life tо lооk fоrwаrd to. I also make a little extra if you try it out, help pay for that gym membership you know. Tо follow thе ѕаmе AMAZING diet аnd exercise plan that I uѕеd рlеаѕе go here:

 

 

Oh! I also found this book that helps very very much. They let me give out a free sample that has 10 free recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Energy Pros and Cons for Survival

Alternative energy production is key to the survival game. Below I layout basic wind energy pros and cons.

 

I have scored the Internet for all the most relevant and important facts about alternative energy in general and wind power specifically. This wind energy pros and cons listing will help you make a decision on implementing wind as an alternate energy solution. Alternative energy is not a competition and this post is not going to recommend wind energy over any other type of alternative energy like solar panels. All types of alternative energy have pros and cons depending on your needs for energy based on aspects such as your Geo-location, energy requirements, skill level, etc.  Everything you are about to read is properly referenced at the bottom of this page. 

 

Pros and Cons:

Pro: Wind energy is one of the oldest “green” energy solutions employed by humans. We have been using the windmill to pump water, grind flower, etc. for thousands of years. In all these years it still does not directly cause pollution.

Con: Wind can be a seasonal source of energy so it might not meet your foundation energy requirements without storing the generated energy, e.g., batteries.

Pro: The potential of wind power is enormous – 20 times more than what the entire human population needs.**

Con: Upfront costs can be extensive for both corporate and private individuals.

Pro: Contrary to the above con prices are declining and have decreased over 80% since 1980 and are should keep decreasing.****

Con: Some wind turbines have been known to cause harm to wildlife, flying animals such as birds do not always see the spinning blades and collide with them.

Pro: Wind turbines are incredible space-efficient. The largest of them generate enough electricity to power 600 U.S. homes.*****

Con: Close neighbors might complain of the noise.

Pro: Wind power only accounts for about 2.5% of total worldwide electricity production, but is growing at a promising rate of 25% per year (2010).*

Con: Close neighbors might complain of the aesthetics.

Pro: Until we run out of it wind power will be and is ever replenishing (renewable) and since wind is available any place on the planet we can harness energy anywhere like offshore wind.

Con: There is a slight potential that a localized impact on night-time temperatures and weather can occur.

Pro: Maintenance costs for a wind powered generator are relatively low.

Con: Since it is designed to catch wind, a wind turbine is susceptible to damage from severe storms or extremely high winds.

Pro: Application in domestic applications has great potential to effect the power grid for the better: easing the demand on the utility companies and mitigating  power outages for homeowners.

 

 

References: *U.S. Energy Information Administration, **Inside Science, ***PolitiFact, ****Arizona Energy, *****National Geographic, ******U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Everyday practical tutorial – Can’t find me, HA!

In this everyday practical tutorial I’ll show you how to get some privacy away from big brother, Google, and whom ever is sitting behind a remote keyboard that is trying to find you secret lair.

So you know how Google can find your Android phone using Android Device Manager. If not, check out this artical from Google that shows you how:

Google Find Phone

Well sometimes I don’t want my phone, and by association – me, to be found. I thought you might not want that to happen either. You might think that turning off your GPS radio would do the trick, that’s the logical thing a practical person would think anyway, but nope; Android Device Manager will turn it back on and track you down like you owe it money. If you want to ensure some privacy you need to turn on the Power Saver option you can find it under Settings > Battery Manager

Every day practical tutorial - power saver shot

The section in the screen shot is where you can toggle the setting On and Off with the slider. If you tap the Power saver heading it will let you select what settings Power Saver will manage. Note that GPS is not in there, not sure why. Now with Power saver on GPS will be locked out in an effort to conserve battery power; not even Android Device Manager is allowed to turn on the radio to transmit your GPS position. As an added benefit you battery should last longer. With Power saver on with its default settings you might experiance a little lag as it conserves CPU, but you want to be incognito so a little CPU hit is worth it. I didn’t notice a dramatic change anyway. I assume that the GPS can still be activated for emergency reasons by the authorities, I didn’t want to test that out so I cannot guarantee it … it just feels like something that couldn’t be permanently disabled.

Note: this was tested on a HTC One M8 with the following Everyday practical tutorial - system state

 

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Basic Windows 10 Install

So Windows 10 was just released so I thought I would make this video of installing it and poking around a bit. I used the ISO I downloaded from Microsoft using their download tool. I had it download the 32bit and 64bit versions in one ISO, kind of nice. I then set my VM to use that ISO as its boot media, the rest is in the video. Enjoy!

Special thanks to http://www.bensound.com for the music in the video.