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  1. Very strange thing. My website (as well as gamma.xisto.com) is accessible from one location (1), but it's not from another (2). Tracerouting it fails from BOTH locations (at least within the maximum limit of 255 hops). Still the website is accessible from location 1 but not from location 2.I thought it might have something to do with different DNS servers used but then if I used the IP address (of gamma server) instead I still do not get there from location 2 (it gets there from location 1). I am not aware of any internet restriction at location 2 (besides I have accessed it for a long time from there).Any explanation for this? and most importantly how can it be fixed? whether it is or it isn't a Xisto issue...
  2. Thanks a lot for the info. I cannot access CPanel now but I seem to remember my server was gamma, which according to the status page is up and running. I recovered the ip address from browser history and from that site you suggest I tried a couple of the hosted websites, none of them is up. Must be something serious... anyway very interesting things to learn
  3. I am experiencing the same thing for the last two or three days, all my domains down with only brief uptime breaks (of course I am not checking 24 hours a day, I might just be very unlucky). I am not sure on which server (beta or else) I am on, how do you check that anyway? I also notice the forum itself is slow, so it might be a general issue.
  4. anyone knows what's going on with the hosting? has been mostly down for the last two or three days for me...

  5. Here I meant server, The Opera Unite feature will turn your browser into an internet server and from there you can share files on your computer without installing a proper server or uploading them anywhere. I wonder if it works fine, in that case it might be useful. Anyone who has tried it? Does it work behind a firewall and with dynamic IP addresses? (Guess yes for the second question, not sure about the first one...)
  6. Firefox can also search from the address bar, and search through your tags as well :angel: it can also do simple math from the search bar (or maybe that is a Google feature...) Has anyone tried out the Opera Unite feature of Opera browser? It is supposed to turn your browser into a mini browser to easily share content on your computer, I will try it some day.
  7. Yes that is what I did in the end... I downloaded *some* installation ISO which I hope to activate with my product key. I haven't tried yet, but this is anyhow not a *proper* way of doing. But sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do :angel:
  8. Well you know maybe if you present the item in the right way, and it looks really brand new, and you offer Buy It Now option... sometimes buyers just want to save time and get something quick and conveniently shipped to their address. That is also the reason they might use eBay, not just the price. But I agree this "idea" alone cannot get you much far, but if you already have an online store or eBay store or something, it makes sense exploring it.
  9. This sounds like something that might actually work... still as you say sites get "saturated" pretty fast so I find it hard to think of this as a reliable source of business in the medium long term...
  10. If I am not mistaken Intel concentrates its efforts solely on the x86 family of processors, that is what powers most personal computers, laptops, servers around the world. Mobile phones, palmtops, and things like that are a different world. Since their inception they could not afford wasting any amount of energy and/or producing excessive heat. As such the Intel x86 type of processors were just not suitable for this category of products. So other architecture, like ARM, kept the scene up until today... Yes because I read somewhere that the new family of Intel Atom processors (still x86 based though) has cut such low energy consumption levels that it *might* become suitable for embedded applications such as those of mobile phones and portable devices. If that would ever happen the same operating system that powers the PC I am typing from could be *easily* installed onto a mobile phone without any modification, that is without the need to recompile all of its source files for the new architecture. Talking about operating systems, Linux has so far played a major role in embedded systems because of its source being publicly available thus enabling anyone to compile a version of the Linux kernels for their architecture (there are limits to that but in principle Linux can be run *anywhere*). Being able to use the same architecture (same CPU ultimately) on a mobile phone or on a laptop or on a server, might actually playing in favour of closed source operating systems like MS, given that an OS such as Windows will ever be made lean enough to run on a still limited piece of hardware. I always wondered how come they clone everything (being it hardware or software) but I haven't heard of cloned Intel CPUs? Now I have :angel: And who know if one is running right under my fingers right now... after all the BIOS will not tell you.
  11. I just wanted to mention an optimized version of Firefox for Linux users is Swiftfox. It is build almost entirely on Firefox source and optimized to run on specific processors, like Intel Core2Duo, AMD64, etc. on the Linux architecture. As far as I can tell it is not any slower or any buggier than "normal" Firefox and it "feels" fast. The really nice thing is that it is totally integrated with Firefox, so you can use the same profile and use both of them, Firefox and Swiftfox, sharing the exact same configuration, history, bookmarks, etc. You can swap from one to the other, what you cannot do is running them simultaneously as far as I know. Well this is open source and some of the effects this can cause, any one can take the source code of say Firefox and turn it into something very similar or very different but sharing something with the Fox. This for better or for worse cannot happen with say Opera or other non open source browsers. And yes, although I like some features of Opera and I have recently rediscovered I mostly stick to Firefox, having my profiles and bookmarks and history and plugins and (...) shared between several computers and so on.
  12. If the Maya predicted the course of some celestial mass and thus the time it will hit the Earth... it's possible, but that is very unlikely to be exactly on the 31st December on one particular year. As someone suggests it might well be that they simply ran out of space or considered not worthy continuing any further. Sadly enough most of their civilization was wiped out way before that so we can't even ask them. So in astronomical terms our solar systems is still in its middle-age (was it a few billion years to go? I forgot...), much closer to end might be the presence of humans on Earth. What's not clear about these predictions is if the Earth is going to end its existence (i.e. disintegrate into space, fall towards the Sun, explode, ...) or life on Earth is going to end, the second option being more likely caused by "terrestrial" forces (natural phenomena). Is the human race helping towards that? Many say yes. Our presence on mother Earth, and the burden we are loading on her, will be the immediate cause of such extinction scenario. Will this happen? And when? One thing is for sure in my opinion. If we as humans were able to have such a great impact on our Earth, then saving it is within our reach. The question is whether we want to do it or not. Most people might think this is out of their hands, they are not the one accountable for it or the ones that should take action. But then, who should?
  13. In fact I do not *want* Vista, or any other Windows version for that matter. But since I (without having a choice) paid for the license I might as well have a real installation disk, just to add to my collection In some cases it *might* be useful to have such disk, even though at the moment I can't really think of any! And first of all it's just out of curiosity, to see if and how it can be done. To be honest I would expect a more straightforward way, if not some official help from MS, to perform this "basic" operation. The reason behind such a way not being straightforward might well be an attempt to discourage installation on multiple computer, or maybe just the fact that most people ultimately don't care whether they have a real installation disk or just a restore disk. Both will get the job done when it comes to reinstalling your OS. I have been using Linux based (or I should say GNU/Linux) operating systems for some time now. I wouldn't say they are absolutely better than Windows, but sure they are in many ways. One of things I appreciate most is the ability of understanding what's really going on behind the doors and therefore being able to understand more about computers in general. Another noticeable difference, and this goes back to the topic of this thread, is the ability of customizing nearly everything, not necessarily resorting to advanced programming skills in order to do so. To the specific case, any Linux OS will make your life very easy when it comes to creating a bootable disk from which you can run the operating system directly. In fact most Linux distributions comes in a bootable disk (or live disk) format. It is not all nice and sweet, in some cases half finished applications or partially compatible drivers will get you think that Windows after all was not such a bad place. Your sound may or may not work and so your wi-fi card. But then you come to think of how much additional (or 3rd party) software you need to get in order to do even something as basic as opening a pdf file when you are running Windows. Or the fact that you have to remember the make of your sound/display/wifi card in order to get proper drivers every time you need them. And ultimately your system will still crash and it will still not work 100% fine and in any case not for too long. While things might not work 100% on a Linux system either you can be pretty confident that a fresh install of any distributions will provide you with everything you need for a basic computing experience. You can open a pdf file, edit a picture, work on a spreadsheet, browse safely and have pleasing graphical visual effects pretty much out of the box. Over time you will learn which applications work and which ones do not, and, just like for Windows, you will have your own set of tools that you can use to get the job done. Not to mentions the ability to manage your hard disk partitioning scheme, which is in my opinion unparalleled on Linux systems. There is not need to install (often commercial) 3rd party software, the basic partitioning tools which are included in most Linux distros will let you quickly get a hang of your hard drive, including providing other operating systems with their own filesystems and booting preferences. I am aware this thread went a bit off topic, but I believe this is a good example to illustrate some of the advantages of using GNU/Linux operating systems over Windows. Linux is not just free (meaning you don't need to pay for it) and thus inherently free of license key issues. It is also free in the way you can play with it, tweak it to suit your needs and get basic things solved the way they should. With a simple straightforward solution.
  14. Thanks for your reply BuffaloHelp. Yes I do have the sticker attached to my laptop. I am pretty sure that will match if I run one of those tools, well it should! As for what you say about incompatible licenses between different SP versions, yes it makes sense. It could also be that periodically more licenses are released and hard coded into the installation images.I guess there is no easy way to know until I try installing through a Vista DVD (which I need to find first) and then use my license key. This can be delayed a great deal, as I am not really going to use either Vista or 7, so it's just out of curiosity
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