• Taking My DVR With Me

    From Mike Dippel@454:1/393 to All on Thu May 18 22:58:46 2023
    Recently, my cable company started to provide a cloud-based DVR for it's customers.
    Consequently, I am able to travel and still be able to my recorded program while
    camping.

    After pulling our rig into a campground, I called the WiFi provider and found out that
    they can give me 2 mBps campground WI-FI which allows me to stream. Just $15.00
    for the week.

    The next thing was to purchase a Roku device. Once I set it up, all I had to do was add
    the Spectrum TV app to access my programming.

    It worked like a charm. It's great to be able to access a DVR in my house while I travel.

    I understand that this is not totally new technology. Does anyone else have this
    capability?

    Mike Dippel


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  • From Mike Powell@454:3/105 to MIKE DIPPEL on Fri May 19 15:03:00 2023
    I understand that this is not totally new technology. Does anyone else have

    s
    capability?

    My provider has been advertising something that they try to make sound like
    it is a "Cloud DVR." I read up on it and it sounds more like it is "watching things on a network's app that you launch from our web page" and not really a DVR, so a lot of the channels I might be interested in are not available
    (they don't have an app or don't have an agreement with the provider).

    I would not mind a cloud DVR as it would (hopefully) be more reliable and wouldn't skip a recording because of a power blip at my place.

    Mike


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  • From Mike Dippel@454:1/393 to Mike Powell on Fri May 19 22:18:44 2023
    On 5/19/2023 3:08 PM, Mike Powell wrote to Mike Dippel:

    My provider has been advertising something that they try to make sound like it is a "Cloud DVR." I read up on it and it sounds more like it is "watching
    things on a network's app that you launch from our web page" and not really a
    DVR, so a lot of the channels I might be interested in are not available (they don't have an app or don't have an agreement with the provider).

    I would not mind a cloud DVR as it would (hopefully) be more reliable and wouldn't skip a recording because of a power blip at my place.

    Mike


    I am actually streaming from my Spectrum app now via my Roku device. It performs
    just like your home DVR because it allows you to buzz through the commercials. It IS
    an actual recording because I started watching a program that was recording now. So it
    is not like Hulu where you can watch something a day after it aired. You can watch it as
    it is being recorded, and you can watch live TV as well.

    The menu shows a list of your recordings and also shows the ones that are scheduled to
    record.

    Mike Dippel

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  • From Mike Powell@454:3/105 to MIKE DIPPEL on Sat May 20 07:41:00 2023
    The menu shows a list of your recordings and also shows the ones that are sche
    led to
    record.

    Yes, that sounds much better than what we currently have. ;)

    Mike


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Mike Dippel on Fri May 19 07:17:00 2023

    Hi Mike!

    Recently, my cable company started to provide a cloud-based DVR
    for it's customers. Consequently, I am able to travel and still
    be able to my recorded program while camping.

    After pulling our rig into a campground, I called the WiFi
    provider and found out that they can give me 2 mBps campground
    WI-FI which allows me to stream. Just $15.00 for the week.

    The next thing was to purchase a Roku device. Once I set it up,
    all I had to do was add the Spectrum TV app to access my
    programming.

    It worked like a charm. It's great to be able to access a DVR in
    my house while I travel.
    I understand that this is not totally new technology. Does
    anyone else have this capability?

    <I know: overquoting!>

    My guess is it is something like multiple people using a Netflix
    account: as long as the user and password match it doesn't matter where
    you are located.

    Tangent: if you have juddering video try pausing for a half- to full
    second to let your (local) computer fall behind a bit/let the incoming
    video signal a catch to get ahead slightly.



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  • From Mike Dippel@454:1/393 to Barry Martin on Sat May 20 20:34:06 2023
    On 5/19/2023 7:17 AM, Barry Martin wrote to Mike Dippel:

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    My guess is it is something like multiple people using a Netflix
    account: as long as the user and password match it doesn't matter where
    you are located.

    Tangent: if you have juddering video try pausing for a half- to full
    second to let your (local) computer fall behind a bit/let the incoming video signal a catch to get ahead slightly.

    Yes. Like any streaming video, it can buffer, but it only happened twice and just for a
    short time. My campground Wi-Fi is capable of only 2 mbps and this is the bare
    minimum for streaming. But it is nice to be able to sit and watch programs we normally
    watch and be able to buzz through the commercials.

    Mike Dippel

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  • From Mike Dippel@454:1/393 to Mike Powell on Sat May 20 20:42:32 2023
    On 5/20/2023 7:46 AM, Mike Powell wrote to Mike Dippel:

    The menu shows a list of your recordings and also shows the ones that are
    sche
    led to
    record.

    Yes, that sounds much better than what we currently have. ;)

    Mike

    The way we came across this is because the parent company of Spectrum (Charter)
    wanted the contract for our entire development of 5500 homes so they rewired the
    entire community to allow for this option. They also lowered the monthly cost to entice
    us even more.

    Since this is covered as part of our HOA fee, there is no out-of-pocket expense to the
    homeowners. I was very pleased that this gives us the option to travel and take our
    DVR with us.

    Mike Dippel

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Mike Powell on Sat May 20 07:00:00 2023

    Hi Mike!

    I would not mind a cloud DVR as it would (hopefully) be more
    reliable and wouldn't skip a recording because of a power blip at
    my place.

    First thing that came to mind when I read that was "no UPS?". Here just
    about all electronics is on one of the UPSs -- there are several here.
    The amplifier for the TV antenna is also on a UPS (shared with other
    devices).

    I also have a few lights on UPS so when the power goes out I can see
    enough to get the flashlights. The desklight on the Computer Desk is
    also on the UPS for the computer -- better than wandering by the glow of
    the monitor! I do try to keep all the batteries the same: easier to
    keep replacements 'in stock'.


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  • From Nigel Reed@nospam@nospam.com to Mike Dippel on Sun May 21 15:15:13 2023
    On Thu, 18 May 2023 22:58:46 -0400
    "Mike Dippel" (454:1/393) <Mike.Dippel@f393.n1.z454.fidonet> wrote:

    Recently, my cable company started to provide a cloud-based DVR for
    it's customers. Consequently, I am able to travel and still be able
    to my recorded program while camping.

    After pulling our rig into a campground, I called the WiFi provider
    and found out that they can give me 2 mBps campground WI-FI which
    allows me to stream. Just $15.00 for the week.

    The next thing was to purchase a Roku device. Once I set it up, all
    I had to do was add the Spectrum TV app to access my programming.

    It worked like a charm. It's great to be able to access a DVR in my
    house while I travel.

    I understand that this is not totally new technology. Does anyone
    else have this capability?

    I use Sling which had DVR capabilities. I can use my phone, laptop, PC,
    tablet, or a Roku device and watch anything I have saved.

    Not that I watch much TV really, I mostly purchased it for my parents.
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  • From Ky Moffet@454:1/1 to Barry Martin on Sun May 21 17:31:00 2023
    BARRY MARTIN wrote:

    I also have a few lights on UPS so when the power goes out I can see
    enough to get the flashlights. The desklight on the Computer Desk is

    Someone gave me this thing:

    https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Lamp-Printing-Rechargeable-Christmas/dp/B08T1M4KPR

    It has about 20 hours of battery life on its own (less on bright setting).

    I just leave it plugged into random USB port and turned on, so it
    doubles as nightlight and power-out light.

    It's surprisingly good at lighting up the whole room well enough to see
    your way around.
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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Mike Dippel on Sun May 21 06:57:00 2023

    Hi Mike!

    Tangent: if you have juddering video try pausing for a half- to full
    second to let your (local) computer fall behind a bit/let the incoming video signal a catch to get ahead slightly.
    Yes. Like any streaming video, it can buffer, but it only
    happened twice and just for a short time. My campground Wi-Fi is
    capable of only 2 mbps and this is the bare minimum for
    streaming. But it is nice to be able to sit and watch programs
    we normally watch and be able to buzz through the commercials.

    That is true, though there are a few commercials which are entertaining.



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  • From Mike Powell@454:3/105 to BARRY MARTIN on Mon May 22 15:18:00 2023
    First thing that came to mind when I read that was "no UPS?". Here just about all electronics is on one of the UPSs -- there are several here.
    The amplifier for the TV antenna is also on a UPS (shared with other devices).

    I did have the DVR on UPS but that would not protect against other
    outages... prolonged, outage at the provider, or the stupid weather alerts
    they send out that cut off all of the stations -- including the ones that
    would be most likely to be showing a radar and giving much better
    information than the automated voice.

    Mike


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Ky Moffet on Mon May 22 06:57:00 2023

    Hi Ky!

    I also have a few lights on UPS so when the power goes out I can see
    enough to get the flashlights. The desklight on the Computer Desk is
    Someone gave me this thing: https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Lamp-Printing-Rechargeable-Christmas/d p/B08T1M4KPR

    Huh! I have nearly the same thing! Probably the same moon; the stand is
    a porcelain hand with the fingers curled up to hold the moon on the fingertips.



    I just leave it plugged into random USB port and turned on, so it
    doubles as nightlight and power-out light.

    Yup. Mine doesn't draw from the USB port constantly: have seen it pop
    to bright when the charge gets down. Even when starting to need a
    charge it is sufficiently bright to see in the dark. (Like you I leave
    it plugged in all the time.)


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  • From Ky Moffet@454:1/1 to Barry Martin on Tue May 23 09:10:00 2023
    BARRY MARTIN wrote:
    Hi Ky!

    > I also have a few lights on UPS so when the power goes out I can see
    > enough to get the flashlights. The desklight on the Computer Desk is
    KM> Someone gave me this thing:
    KM> https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Lamp-Printing-Rechargeable-Christmas/d
    KM> p/B08T1M4KPR

    Huh! I have nearly the same thing! Probably the same moon; the stand is
    a porcelain hand with the fingers curled up to hold the moon on the fingertips.

    Oooh, now that's very cool. Mine just has the wood thing. When I get to
    it I'll hang it from a hook somewhere so it can light the room.

    KM> I just leave it plugged into random USB port and turned on, so it
    KM> doubles as nightlight and power-out light.

    Yup. Mine doesn't draw from the USB port constantly: have seen it pop
    to bright when the charge gets down. Even when starting to need a
    charge it is sufficiently bright to see in the dark. (Like you I leave
    it plugged in all the time.)

    It's sensitive to noise and bumps and will randomly change when it
    thinks it should...

    .. I got an e-mail explaining how to read maps backwards....
    It was spam.

    LOL. I hear from David Rumsey's map porn, er, archive site so rarely
    that when it comes I think it's spam.
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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Mike Powell on Tue May 23 07:05:00 2023

    Hi Mike!

    First thing that came to mind when I read that was "no UPS?". Here just about all electronics is on one of the UPSs -- there are several here.
    The amplifier for the TV antenna is also on a UPS (shared with other devices).
    I did have the DVR on UPS but that would not protect against
    other outages... prolonged, outage at the provider, or the stupid
    weather alerts they send out that cut off all of the stations --
    including the ones that would be most likely to be showing a
    radar and giving much better information than the automated
    voice.

    True: just have to power-protect what you can and put up with the rest.


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Ky Moffet on Wed May 24 06:59:00 2023

    Hi Ky!

    > I also have a few lights on UPS so when the power goes out I can see
    > enough to get the flashlights. The desklight on the Computer Desk is
    KM> Someone gave me this thing:
    KM> https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Lamp-Printing-Rechargeable-Christmas/d
    KM> p/B08T1M4KPR
    Huh! I have nearly the same thing! Probably the same moon; the stand is
    a porcelain hand with the fingers curled up to hold the moon on the fingertips.
    Oooh, now that's very cool. Mine just has the wood thing. When I
    get to it I'll hang it from a hook somewhere so it can light the
    room.

    Possibly by the charging cord? The moon isn't all that heavy and I
    don't think it would slip out of the connector. ...Would be nice of the
    wire was black: show less. If white could try 'painting' with a
    permanent marker -- test some place to see if will work.


    KM> I just leave it plugged into random USB port and turned on, so it
    KM> doubles as nightlight and power-out light.
    Yup. Mine doesn't draw from the USB port constantly: have seen it pop
    to bright when the charge gets down. Even when starting to need a
    charge it is sufficiently bright to see in the dark. (Like you I leave
    it plugged in all the time.)
    It's sensitive to noise and bumps and will randomly change when
    it thinks it should...

    Mine won't change unless tap the button. OTOH it is plugged into a
    computer on a UPS, so shouldn't have noise.


    .. I got an e-mail explaining how to read maps backwards....
    It was spam.
    LOL. I hear from David Rumsey's map porn, er, archive site so
    rarely that when it comes I think it's spam.

    I guess that's good news: no one annexed/conquered/seceded.


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Wed May 24 17:53:00 2023
    Barry,

    That is true, though there are a few commercials which are
    entertaining.

    Very few at that.

    Daryl

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  • From Ky Moffet@454:1/1 to Barry Martin on Fri May 26 17:38:00 2023
    BARRY MARTIN wrote:
    Hi Ky!

    KM> Oooh, now that's very cool. Mine just has the wood thing. When I
    KM> get to it I'll hang it from a hook somewhere so it can light the
    KM> room.

    Possibly by the charging cord? The moon isn't all that heavy and I
    don't think it would slip out of the connector. ...Would be nice of the
    wire was black: show less. If white could try 'painting' with a
    permanent marker -- test some place to see if will work.

    Yeah, it hangs by the cord just fine. Question is where to hang it so
    the cord isn't in the way and doesn't require lots of hooks to reach the
    spot. White cord doesn't show up against white walls so not much of a
    problem, but yes you can magic marker them if you're desperate. And it's
    just a standard 5v jack and should work with any cord that fits.

    KM> It's sensitive to noise and bumps and will randomly change when
    KM> it thinks it should...

    Mine won't change unless tap the button. OTOH it is plugged into a
    computer on a UPS, so shouldn't have noise.

    Vibration is what sets it off. I sometimes come out to find mine some
    odd color, or even turned off. Tap it repeatedly to make it randomly cycle.

    > .. I got an e-mail explaining how to read maps backwards....
    > It was spam.
    KM> LOL. I hear from David Rumsey's map porn, er, archive site so
    KM> rarely that when it comes I think it's spam.
    I guess that's good news: no one annexed/conquered/seceded.

    Hahaha... he has ancient ancient maps...

    .. How do Amish know if romantic candle-lit dinner or just regular dinner?

    Nonsense. They mostly use propane lights. <g>
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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri May 26 06:59:00 2023

    Hi Daryl!

    That is true, though there are a few commercials which are
    entertaining.
    Very few at that.

    Agree, but that's what makes them worthwhile!


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Ky Moffet on Sun May 28 07:01:00 2023

    Hi Ky!

    KM> Oooh, now that's very cool. Mine just has the wood thing. When I
    KM> get to it I'll hang it from a hook somewhere so it can light the
    KM> room.
    Possibly by the charging cord? The moon isn't all that heavy and I
    don't think it would slip out of the connector. ...Would be nice of the wire was black: show less. If white could try 'painting' with a
    permanent marker -- test some place to see if will work.
    Yeah, it hangs by the cord just fine. Question is where to hang
    it so the cord isn't in the way and doesn't require lots of hooks
    to reach the spot. White cord doesn't show up against white walls
    so not much of a problem, but yes you can magic marker them if
    you're desperate. And it's just a standard 5v jack and should
    work with any cord that fits.

    As for the hanging aspect, I was more concerned with the moon falling
    because of movement caused by breezes. Can of course use a standard USB
    2 extension cable to extend the power. The physical hanging: a white
    cup hook. Loop or wind the power cable around to keep the desire
    height. Seems like a better way (I'm not a big fan of kinking cables)
    but that's what comes to mind. Really want to get artsy integrate the
    moon with a wind chime!



    KM> It's sensitive to noise and bumps and will randomly change when
    KM> it thinks it should...
    Mine won't change unless tap the button. OTOH it is plugged into a
    computer on a UPS, so shouldn't have noise.
    Vibration is what sets it off. I sometimes come out to find mine
    some odd color, or even turned off. Tap it repeatedly to make it
    randomly cycle.

    The wind chime is starting to sound better and better! Ting-ting --
    blue green!


    > .. I got an e-mail explaining how to read maps backwards....
    > It was spam.
    KM> LOL. I hear from David Rumsey's map porn, er, archive site so
    KM> rarely that when it comes I think it's spam.
    I guess that's good news: no one annexed/conquered/seceded.
    Hahaha... he has ancient ancient maps...

    They have annexed/conquered/seceded!


    .. How do Amish know if romantic candle-lit dinner or just regular dinner?
    Nonsense. They mostly use propane lights. <g>

    Suppose better than lighting a cow's behind! ...Oh, that's methane -- nevermind!



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  • From Ky Moffet@454:1/1 to Barry Martin on Mon May 29 10:07:00 2023
    BARRY MARTIN wrote:
    Hi Ky!


    but that's what comes to mind. Really want to get artsy integrate the
    moon with a wind chime!

    Ooooh....

    KM> some odd color, or even turned off. Tap it repeatedly to make it
    KM> randomly cycle.

    The wind chime is starting to sound better and better! Ting-ting --
    blue green!

    Huh, I think you have a market winner!!

    > .. How do Amish know if romantic candle-lit dinner or just regular dinner?
    KM> Nonsense. They mostly use propane lights. <g>

    Suppose better than lighting a cow's behind! ...Oh, that's methane -- nevermind!

    LOL *POOF*
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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Ky Moffet on Tue May 30 06:32:00 2023

    Hi Ky!


    but that's what comes to mind. Really want to get artsy integrate the
    moon with a wind chime!
    Ooooh....
    KM> some odd color, or even turned off. Tap it repeatedly to make it
    KM> randomly cycle.
    The wind chime is starting to sound better and better! Ting-ting --
    blue green!
    Huh, I think you have a market winner!!

    Next steps: build and test protypes, find an inexpensive source for the
    parts and assembly....


    > .. How do Amish know if romantic candle-lit dinner or just regular
    inner
    KM> Nonsense. They mostly use propane lights. <g>
    Suppose better than lighting a cow's behind! ...Oh, that's methane -- nevermind!
    LOL *POOF*

    Some people do gobble down their food so the quick flash of light would
    work!



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  • From Ky Moffet@454:1/1 to Barry Martin on Wed Jun 14 07:15:00 2023
    BARRY MARTIN wrote:
    Hi Ky!


    Speaking of going places....

    https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/06/12/1234226

    In your neighborhood!

    Your email bounced the link as spam....
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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Fri Jun 16 04:19:00 2023
    Barry,

    That is true, though there are a few commercials which are
    entertaining.
    Very few at that.

    Agree, but that's what makes them worthwhile!

    There have been some that I thought were hilarious, such as:

    1) A guy is talking on the phone to a female who's coming over for
    a visit and dinner. When he admits "I'm out of Miracle Whip"...
    <CLICK!>. <G>

    2) A nuclear reactor is about to melt down, and this guy tells the
    staff to do certain functions. When they hesitated, he basically
    tells them "Do It". It stabilizes the reactor, and the staff, now
    thrilled at the guy, says "You must be the new nuclear physicist!!".
    He's munching on a sprinkled chocolate iced donut (man, I could go
    for a dozen of those right now <G>), and he says "Actually, I'm with
    the tour group. But, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night". <G>

    3) The wife asks her husband if the dress she had on, made her look
    fat (that's a loaded question if there ever was one). When he replied
    "you betcha!!", she throws him out of the bedroom, and slams the door
    in his face. Yet, he pumps his fist, shouting "YES!!"...then promptly
    heads to the (apparently much more comfortable) sofa bed. <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Fri Jun 16 04:56:00 2023
    Barry,

    Suppose better than lighting a cow's behind! ...Oh, that's methane -- nevermind!

    Some college kids thought it funny to put a lighted match near their
    anal orfice when they flatulate...and they end up getting "severe butt
    burn".

    Daryl

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  • From Mike Powell@454:3/105 to DARYL STOUT on Mon Jun 19 09:21:00 2023
    Suppose better than lighting a cow's behind! ...Oh, that's methane -- nevermind!

    Some college kids thought it funny to put a lighted match near their
    anal orfice when they flatulate...and they end up getting "severe butt
    burn".

    Back in the 1970's, there was a Cheech & Chong skit about that.

    Mike


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Ky Moffet on Wed Jun 21 10:09:00 2023

    Hi Ky!

    (I don't recall seeing this in the BBS's mailrun.)

    Speaking of going places.... https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=23/06/12/1234226
    In your neighborhood!

    Yup: next city over, about six miles from the house. I hadn't heard
    anything about the paint theory but makes sense.

    In the interim yesterday and today (June 21, 2023) the expert who
    checked the collapse of the apartment building in Florida is looking at
    the Davenport Apartments -- or what's left of it: the demolition took
    place rather quickly and not much is left of the building. Plus the investigator was given only until 8 p.m. tonight to do his job. Both
    points seem a little suspicious to me.

    Another building owned by the same person (I'm being nice!) was
    condemned over the weekend. No issues reported (IOW has not excessively
    fallen apart). This building is in The Village of East Davenport -- a historical area of Davenport.

    Not recalling the timelines but a buidling in Rock Island (IL), across
    the Mississippi River from Davenport, has also been ether condemed or at
    least people told to vacate immediately. No comment on the owner, so I
    don't think the same --umm-- person.

    Guess the good news is cities and towns are looking more closely to the structural integrity of the buildings.


    Your email bounced the link as spam....

    I wonder if there is a stronger rule in effect lately? I was fiddling
    with the video I recorded on the I-74 Bridge demolition and the
    messages with the link in the body of the message would get rejected as
    spam. Even the ones sent from me to me (different e-mail accounts). I
    was editing, etc., on a Virtual Machine as I hadn't done a project like
    that before -- screwing up a VM isn't nearly as annoying as screwing up
    the real machine!



    BarryMartin3@MyMetronet.NET



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