Sunday, 22 September 2013

Jim Parsons - Big Bang Theory wins Emmy

Jim Parsons - Big Bang Theory wins Emmy

Jim Parsons won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series for playing ultra-geek Dr. Sheldon Cooper on the TV series, Big Bang Theory.
It's his 3rd Emmy win for playing Sheldon. He also won back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
Big Bang Theory is one of the most watched Comedy TV-Series.

NEWS: Routine Traffic Stop: Cop Terrorises family

Routine Traffic Stop: Cop Terrorises family at gunpoint

In Toledo, Ohio, a police officer made an entire family lie in the road with a gun pointed at their heads.
Why the police-officer, later identified "Officer Hart,” took such an unusual course of action is unclear. Although the video description shows the family asking Hart to move his cruiser from where it was blocking their driveway, it seems instead that mother Cassandra Meyers was initially pulled over for a licence plate violation. 
The video depicts Tatowski, Meyers, and the eldest son flat on the ground as Officer Hart brandishes his handgun. Witnesses can be heard dialing 911 and concern for the babies still sitting alone in the truck. 


Saturday, 21 September 2013

The Vacuum Bazooka

YouTube Video of a vacuum bazooka

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Links of where to get Bitcoins and places to use them.

I am writing this post just to list a few places I have found that offer Bitcoins for free, earning them or trading for other altcoins.

If you find my page useful, please be kind to consider a small 

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Bitcoin Faucets
Here are list of Bitcoin Faucets. These generally allow you to make requests anywhere from about 30 minutes to 24 hours. Just enter your Bitcoin Wallet address and very often will require you to pass a "human test" captcha. You can acquire anything from 2uBTC to 1000uBTC from these sites. Faucets are not the best alternative to other methods such as mining and trading, but it is a good start if you are a beginner and wish to acquire a little. It can also add a little too if you do this in your free/idle time.
If you would like anything added or notice anything not linking correctly. Please contact me via twitter @shanevi or the comments below. Thanks


BITHITS pays 2uBTC for every submission you do. I do believe there is a 3 limit per day per Wallet address.

The Bitcoin Pages

Earning Bitcoins through posts, advertising and buying/selling goods - Earn Bitcoins through shortened Links on Posts, Blogs and More. - Betting on everything with Bitcoins (political, technical and others) - Exchange $'s for BTC at this Exchange.

Trading on Exchange Markets for Bitcoins and Other Cryptocurrencies - Vircurex Coin Exchange - Simple and Easy to use (Great for beginners and probably my favourite of all the exchanges) - Another good coin exchange - Offers 20+ Coins for trade - A site where you can buy and sell stock in Cryptocoin ideas (mining/investment) and receive dividend payments. Mostly regular, but then stock markets are always like that :)
www.paradox.btc - A physical exchange, information bank, and consulting for Bitcoin. - Contains a little bit on Cryptocurrency

You can also earn Bitcoins through the following cloud mining sites

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Monday, 2 September 2013

OpenWRT on WR703n Wireless Router with external USB Storage

This is taken directly from my webpage on the same subject. Might get some more helpful exposure this way.

The WR703N Router can be easily and cheaply sourced on eBay. However, most will come with a Chinese Firmware. I am not going to go into detail on loading OpenWRT on this page as there are many pages on the net describing this process. What I will describe is the easiest way to do the first easy hack, adding a external USB Thumb drive. In my case, I am using a 8Gb stick.
This particular setup shows an external 3dB Omni antanna I added as well. Could possibly still fit a RS232 to USB converter in here so can telnet straight to router without going through network, but that's another project for another day

Many sites describe installing various software packages and solutions to get this whole thing working, but no matter how I've tried to set it up, I have not yet succeeded. The easiest way, I have found, is to first partition and format the USB stick on a computer using Partition software, such as MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
In my case, I formatted the USB drive with a 7Gb EXT4 file system on the first partition (set up as Primary) and a second partition of under 1Gb as Linux Swap (set up as another Primary). You will have to have your router setup on your home network, or have internet access to do the next stage. You might have to setup your /etc/conf/network file to suit your network.
Plug in your partitioned USB drive into the router and power up. Log in via ssh to your router and type the following commands into your terminal window.
The following commands remove unnecessary packages as will need room in the 32Mb Flash for the USB drivers.

opkg remove ppp* uhttpd luci* kmod-ppp* –force-removal-of-dependent-packages
opkg update
opkg install kmod-fs-ext4 kmod-usb-storage block-mount

Once this is done, your should be able to go into your /dev/ folder and look for where your USB Drive is mounted.. In my case /dev/sda /sda1 & /sda2. Now proceed to type in the following commands, one line at a time. Note: If your USB drive is mounted elsewhere for any reason, you will have to change all instances os /sda to your mount point. (/sdb etc...)

uci set fstab.automount=global
uci set fstab.automount.from_fstab=1
uci set fstab.automount.anon_mount=0
uci set fstab.autoswap=global
uci set fstab.autoswap.from_fstab=1
uci set fstab.autoswap.anon_swap=0
uci set fstab.@mount[0]=mount
uci set fstab.@mount[0].device=/dev/sda1
uci set fstab.@mount[0].enabled_fsck=0
uci set fstab.@mount[0].fstype=ext4
uci set fstab.@mount[0].options=rw,relatime,barrier=1,data=ordered
uci set fstab.@mount[0].enabled=1
uci set fstab.@mount[0].is_rootfs=1
uci set fstab.@swap[0]=swap
uci set fstab.@swap[0].device=/dev/sda2
uci set fstab.@swap[0].enabled=1
uci commit fstab
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
mkdir /tmp/root
mount -o bind / /tmp/root
cp -a /tmp/root/* /mnt
umount /tmp/root
umount /mnt

Thant's it, you will have more storage for all the extra goodies available to OpenWRT on this relativly powerful wifi router for around $20
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Sunday, 1 September 2013

eBay and Paypal Headaches selling bitcoins

Here I will describe the joy and pain of selling Bitcoins on eBay
My first thought, as with most people, was.. "Bitcoin market price at $130 per unit? People selling them on eBay and other people buying them for upto $200 a unit" (Australian Dollars), I thought to myself.. Hey, why not.. I've got about 8 BTC I've mined, brought and built up by investing over the last few week. I'll sell a few fractions of units..
They sold fast to a few eBay users. Money was in my Paypal, I sent the Bitcoin... Assuming all was good...


PAYPAL DISPUTE: eBay user claims account was.... Hacked.. Ummm. I've already sent the coin and they are disputing the money?!?!

Few hours later... another one... this time it was after much correspondence with the user and sending the coin... Feedback left.. Negative.. Paypal dispute the moment they would've received the BTC in their wallet.

Currently, I have 5 open disputes with Paypal. Some have been open for about 8 working days now and still no answer.. I have sent Blockchain info, original feedback left by customer, original correspondence.
The most common excuse is "account was hacked" hmmm, I never had so many problems selling on eBay before (in about 4 years). and funny how the dispute came only after I sent the BTC. Sometime it may have been 24 hours before I posted the BTC.  How come not disputed before then? Hacked my arse!

Here are some of the eBay users
izziey_526 stephen10_2

These are the three that I have had problems with. Do not trust. I had volunteered refunds for a few others on eBay as I did not trust them for a transaction either. I would say about 60% of the people on eBay buying crypto-currency are good.. The other 40% are frauds.
And to think that only 2 weeks ago I had about 300 feedback with 100% feedback results from a few years eBay trading.. That all went to shit after I dealt with the lies by Buyers, eBay and Paypal.

Thanks for the thefts.. I'll get my coins back by Mining and Investing like I did before. You can not stop me :)

Just a late addition to this... I wouldn't trust anyone that was too eager to buy something at an inflated price when it is cheaper elsewhere - and especially to buy more than 1 "over-priced" unit. Also, low feedback score on a buyer is generally bad, but I've had some very high feedback scores try to rip me off also.

Paypal and eBay refuse to answer my emails on the subject and have threatened me with "We will close your Paypal and eBay account". Good job protecting the buyer... I mean.. liar.

Tackling Psuedo-Random numbers and True Random numbers

Just a quick bit on an issue I was faced with a few months ago.
VB.NET program I was working on, and I was just being painful, when I starting working with Random numbers.
Why do random number software not take advantage of various variables provided by Windows for a start

                    randseedA = My.Computer.Info.TotalPhysicalMemory
                    randseedB = My.Computer.Info.AvailablePhysicalMemory
                    randseedC = My.Computer.Clock.TickCount
                    randseedD = My.Computer.FileSystem.CurrentDirectory.Length
                    randseedE = My.Computer.Clock.TickCount
                    randseedF = My.Computer.Info.AvailableVirtualMemory

And then there are more deeper H/W variables such as Fan speeds, CPU Temps, MB Temps, GfX Card variables etc...

I know each line of code takes up resources and memory, but if you're going to do something, do it right?

The 6 lines of code are at the start of my program. I work with these and a few others, including TickCount and AvailblePhysicalMemory through loops to randomize a number. It is slower, but after 10's millions of iterations, the plot is much more noisy than the regular random number generator provided by VB.

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