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  1. I have been searching for a while to get a up converter that was not extremely expensive. While there is a cheap mod to get HF on the device, it involves bypassing all of the protection circuits on the device, and the HF performance is very poor so I would like to avoid it. So has anyone found any proper up converters that are low cost, and not the oil company and nation state bankrupting priced?
  2. hard to recommend anything. The only yagi that i ever purchased was from ebay and turned out to be crap and I cant possibly recommend it causing someone else to go through the same trouble of wasting money. For the one I got, the driven element was not insulated. The housing of the driven element was conductive with the driven element it's self, it was also conductive with the boom and all other elements. In the tutorials that I have seen, they generally stressed the importance of exact measurements along with the proper shape of the driven element in order to maximize performance.
  3. Not sure which model he was using, so I was basing it purely off of looks The one I got from ebay looks very close The only issue is that it lacked the directionality that he seems to be getting. When i took mine apart, the connections looked fine in terms of there being no breaks in the wire, but I also noticed that all of the elements including the reflector and mounting bracket were all electrically conductive with each other (which from what I have seen with many tutorials and insanely overpriced ones is that they all followed a model where everything was not electrically conductive with each other) The end result was an antenna that did better than a 2dbi but worst than a 5dbi.
  4. On a recent episode of hak5 (10x11), Darren was using a yagi antenna but I noticed one issue. it looked very close to those found on ebay, and I have actually purchased one a long time ago which looks the same. But there was an issue, It performed significantly worst than the coat hanger + cardboard yagi that I made Then I also noticed why, the driven element, as well as the boom and reflector and parasitic elements were all more or less linked and conductive with each other, essentially turning the entire frame into a large antenna. Which poses another issue of the irregular shape no longer being tuned to 2.4 GHz This caused a very low gain and the antenna performed better pointed straight up functioning as a omnidirectional antenna rather than a yagi (directional) It also, regardless of how well I aimed it and regardless of direction, not get anything better than -90 -85 signal for the open access point for the near by coffee shop, but with a 5dbi omnidirectional antenna , I can connect with a signal in the -70 range. PS, I was able to get a refund on the antenna. Has Darren done any testing with his antenna to see what kind of gain it actually gives? I am interested in seeing what kind of gains he is actually getting in order to see if I should probably try getting another
  5. No one likes to take part in a ddos. One of my friends got his road runner account suspended for taking part in a DDOS attack a long time ago (used a utility created by some people on 4chan, it turns out that not only did it flood it's target, it also did a number of other things to other random ip's on the internet and additional weird stuff to his PC) Not sure if it applies to many other ISP's but road runner is a real life reenactment of the book 1984 but instead of following it exactly, they instead make it their goal to monitor everything everyone does.
  6. From my experience, a server CPU is generally not faster than a consumer level CPU, you can generally get more performance for your money by going with a consumer CPU, as you will be able to get a much faster CPU for about the same price, unless you want to do more than 1 CPU then a server setup will be good (just keep in mind that many game server apps will not make use of setups like this so you will need to host more than 1 game at the same time to benefit from the extra cores. but even then there is a risk with a shared server. A common trick that i noticed on both battlefield 2 and starwars jedi academy is if a game is hosted on a shared server and one of the virtual servers gets hit with a DOS attack then generally all of the other servers being hosted will lag. Eg with jedi academy, the company stopped updating it, leaving one major vector for DOS Other groups stepped in and created a mod which patched the DOS problem but not all of the servers had this patch, and since many servers were shared, a angry gamer could just do a port scan and find the other servers hosted, then a using the server browser in game, look up the info on the games, then after that, they can find a unpatched server then using a query with a parameter of excessive length. it would cause the server to go crazy and everyone it will get disconnected, then server will then sit there, eating up a lot of memory and CPU cycles, then every other server hosted on the same machine would lag to a point where the games were unplayable. The same tricks were done with battlefield 2 So all in all, getting a fast machine to host many servers can be good just keep in mind that the server will be less reliable because of it.
  7. They are generally good but you get a shorter warranty on them. if you get a good board then you saved money, but if you get a board that breaks after 90 days then you are screwed. PS also these items are just generally tested to see if they have a bios post, they are not tested for stability, so you may end up with a system that will randomly reboot every few minutes for no reason. (generally you will see this the first day of use though, it is just a expensive hassle as the money you save with open box may be spent on shipping for a RMA and also you being with out a computer longer). So it is a risk in which if you can save money but if you are unlucky enough, you may end up spending more on the open box unit then the new unit. I have worked on systems in which a user bought a openbox motherboard and had a problem in which every few minutes to a few hours, the system will suddenly reboot as if the reset button was pushed, it turned out to be the motherboard and the user has to RMA it (paying for shipping)
  8. My setup at home uses 2 WRT54GL's one uses my internet connection and the other is setup as a client (both are running tomato firmware) While wireless may not be as fast or reliable, I get my full internet speed since the wireless can easily handle it. I have not changed any settings for over a year and I never had a connection problem. I use the wireless router in order to provide internet to1 computer and a xbox 360 (don't have any games for the console but I have orb 2.0 which makes the xbox 360 great for streaming content from my PC), the computer in the basement is mainly used as a server) Compared to dd-wrt, I find tomato to be much easier to use. It is also more stable than dd-wrt. The last time I restarted my router was when I updated to tomato 1.27, other than that, I never restarted and my connection uptime is about the same as my system uptime. If you have a compatible router, I recommend you try dd-wrt and tomato to see which is best for you. For additional info, here are simulations of both the dd-wrt UI and the tomato UI dd-wrt http://www.informatione.gmxhome.de/DDWRT/S...aVPN/index.html tomato http://lampiweb.com/virtual/Tomato_RAF/status-index.html
  9. if a moderator sees this, will it be possible to add this onto the end of the thread title "(Outdated)" that way users will know that this version is not the latest before clicking on it to find out
  10. tomato FTW when it comes to QOS and network performance, tomato does a much better job, it uses less memory so theres more available for handling tons of connections it also has a much better QOS
  11. is he trying to make a banner ad or just a banner for his site to go on top of the page?
  12. do you know which image size in pixels you need, eg 768x90 or 300x90 with the last part being something simple and can be repeated for the width of the page using some css remember when you make a banner, you don't want to make the common mistake of having a banner that takes a ton of vertical screen space and if possible, you can use slices and make some parts of the banner jpg and other parts gif to get a good look while using the least amount of server space and bandwidth the banner also needs to express what your design style is, unless you want to go with a abstract design (works for a basic banner buy it wont have the same meaning as a banner that expresses your visual style ) :) :) example of a banner
  13. I see this happen a couple times a year while on the bus, someone is busy on their iphone, or sidekick or ipod and they are holding it out in the open and when the bus stops, someone runs past and grabs their overpriced device then runs away, it is funny to see but if it happens to you, you will really hate it.
  14. for the price of a kindle, buy a netbook for a little less money then download audio books and listen to them while browsing 4chan while sitting next to the person with a kindle with a black and while e ink screen. or get a $20 2-4GB mp3 player and load it with audio books and listen to them a kindle is good but the only place you can use one is at home or in a airport or a police station or other similar higher security areas because if you take a kindle out in public, it wont be your kindle for long. someone will steal it from you while you are using it, then the person who stole it from you will also get ribbed for it and this will go on until the device breaks, especially if you are in any city like new york. you want something that can be turned on and function with out you having to take it out in a way in which people can see the device
  15. for mods like this I wish someone could write a app that does all of the work for you (like you just browse for the new firmware file and it will handle all of the keys and editing and flashing for you since the steps are pretty much the same for everyone, why not make it automated instead of forcing people to go through all of the steps which increases the risk of bricking their drive or console)
  16. sry have been extremely busy with college and the forum doesn't let me edit the thread title, i wish it did, it would save a lot of confusion when ever it is updatedthe new one works ok but I did notice a problem with the encoder. when ever the option to reencode the files are selected, it fails to reencode to mp3, it just created the folder for the artist but never places a file in it
  17. I signed up for that same offer as part of a survey at cash lagoon, it is on the offers page, where like 500 free offers are listed I went to that same exact site and I got $0.80 cents for entering my email address and stuff Pretty much all of those free laptop, free netbook or other free *insert name* are listed and you are never required to complete the sites offer all they really want is your email address and other info so they know where to have their advertisers spam if needed (while not all spam, they still pay to get emails and stuff) Been using this site for like 2 years now and works great for getting money
  18. they do, we get reports all the time about these sites on cashlagoon.com the site pays us to apply for these sites where we enter a email and stuff and cash lagoon pays us like $1 but they warn people not to actually pay for the offers listed in the sites because of the problems. all trial services must be canceled or they will enter you into a normal billing cycle or worst the fine print will have you agreeing to a 1 year contract with a service after the trial period
  19. hak5 should do a episode on this tool lol http://backtrack.it/~emgent/hackstuff/Geri...G/index-en.html adds a gui to aircrack so instead of messing with a ton of commands, you just click like 3 buttons and get the same work done but the software is very buggy :)
  20. I have been there before, the site is mostly a scam, there pretty popular on those servery sites though because they pay you $1 to enter in your email and a fake address, there have been reports where people have actually tried these offers, they never get anything some forget they signed up on those sites and others end up court because the company they signed up with was able to get a hold of their phone number and through some trick I am not sure how, they are able to bill you through your phone bill if they cant charge your credit card and those services will not let you cancel. it is a major mess thats not worth getting into remember with free trials you must cancel within a certain time. and there is a trick to this, if you have a 1 week trial and you cancel on the 4th day, you may be billed for another month of service because many of these companies will have somewhere in their fine print that it takes a minimum 1 week to process a cancellation request also even if it is a trusted company, the company doesn't directly deal with these sites, it goes through a middleman so for example if you have a gamefly account from the ad and the company wont stop billing you, you can call gamefly and give them all your info and they will tell you that you don't have a account with this, this is because you are going through a middleman. an in many cases finding that middleman who registered you can be extremely hard, many people end up canceling their credit cards, bank accounts and phone services and getting new ones as well as going through the trouble of dealing with the FTC as these companies will track you down and it is up to the FTC to pretty much help to make them stop (PS if you cancel a old credit card, it will lower your credit score)
  21. AMD gives better performance for the money, at least most of the time, when there is a comparable AMD model to a intel CPU, the AMD one is cheaper and after a certain point, the CPU's become extremely expensive and games only get a slight performance boost, which generally is not noticeable especially if a game is already running at a good FPS and theres no point is building a system and saying something like " I just dumped $3000 into this pc, I should be able to run the latest games for the next 5 years" when in reality, then the $700-800 PC from today fails to run a new game or lags to hell, the $3000 computer from today also wont do much better and the game will still be considered unplayable because the performance will be too low. I have noticed this since the mid 90's.
  22. for me, I have a old 533 MHz pc that I still use as a data server and torrent server so I can download torrents with out having the power hungry main gaming PC on I also have another one running a amd athlon xp 2400+ with some more storage for more storage and also running servers (mainly orb 2.0 and some game servers) I don't really use any complex networking, just simple shared folders and a ftp server so my main gaming PC can access them for saving to or copying files) (i cant use the shared folders because I have all of the windows services and pre startup items disabled that handles it (improves gaming performance as less resources are being used, also get higher 3d mark scores) PS I also have the systems connected to a gigabit switch a system becomes too old when you cant use it to run anything practical anymore. for me, the 533 MHz system only uses around 30-40 watts of power and doesn't heat up much so it works great or basic things
  23. if you want a good system with decent parts the this will be good it also stays under your price range. the CPU is really good for the price, it can overclock to 3.7GHz at 1.45V the memory overclocks to ddr2 1100 or higher if you increase the voltage to it the onboard video is ok for small easy to run games but if you want to do higher end games such as crysis, then add this videocard to your order http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127423 it will bring you to $54 over your max price when you add in shipping but it will allow you to run any game currently on the market maxed out. I have built a similar system for a friend and I was able to hold around 30-40FPS on crysis maxed out at 1440x900 PS even though the motherboard says AM2+ it supports AM3 as listed on the manufactures website just be sure to disable the onboard video if you ever do add a videocard as hybrid SLI = sucks as it is pretty much designed just for power saving (which doesn't do anything for a desktop PC ) PS I went with a dual core instead of a quad core in the price range because of the higher clock speed (the dual core CPU benchmarks higher when it comes to gaming than the quad core (especially since most programs are still single threaded ) but if you feel that quad core is a must for you then for $10 more you can go to quad core, you will have a lower clock speed per core and it wont overclock as high but for a multithreaded app, you will get more performance) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103706 (PS the quad core listed does not overclock to 3.9 GHz , it is only stable to around 3.5 the problem with the CPU is that you can push it much higher and give it much more voltage as long as the temperature is fine and at like 3.7-3.8GHz it will run your benchmarks but randomly ranging from a few minutes to a few hours to a day or so you will notice problems like the PC will 100% freeze with like a medium pitch sound coming from the speakers if you were listen to music, the system is just not reliable for long periods of use at such high clock speeds) if you don't plan on doing much gaming then the quad core may benefit you more though PS if you go with the dual core CPU or the quad core and also get the GTS 250, you should be able to run the latest PC games maxed out with no problem (you will have a pretty decent gaming PC)
  24. I like both but prefer dogs
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