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  1. Interesting ideas. I would probably have a learning experience by looking closely at the drives. It would be nice to know what this is all about. I am not convinced that I have the skill to find out. I did think about emailing my isp about it but I do not know what in the world would tell them. And, yes, I am concerned that this machine is now being used to "do stuff" without my consent.
  2. Just as an update: My computer now seems to make connections to several different places even when I have nothing running that should open an internet connection. I am going to assume that some sort of nasty got in that may have been spoofing the DoD's IP or that it may be the DoD doing a wonderful job of keeping us all safe by messing with my little home computer which has never done anyone any harm. Either way, since I get nothing with virus scan I am going to swallow hard and nuke and pave the drives and start all over. Heck, I do not even use file sharing or bit torrent and I do not download music or movies except from very legal sites. I just do not like the idea of my computer making connections that I know nothing about and do not intend. What a huge freaking hassle. See ya later...
  3. I had made some changes to computers that I bought in the past and just recently built this one as a sorta "Frankenstein" from some old and new parts. It was fun do it myself and I think I learned a bit by doing it. I do not think that I can build a computer cheaper than one could buy a computer, but maybe build one with better quality components for cheaper than one could buy a really top of the line rig. I am not really a geek, but I have somewhat geekish tendancies in my hobbies and I have enjoyed building this machine and I think that it is well worth the effort for anyone who wants to learn a little about how these amazing machines that we take so for granted work and are put together.
  4. Peer Guardian looks like it would be useful for a windows computer. This one does not run windows.
  5. It is past noon my time and on a day off that means time for a beer. There will no doubt be time to worry later... ...or not, which is always the other possibility
  6. ooops sorry for the double post.
  7. Uhh... Thanks Mister Troll; I do need to lighten up a bit.
  8. Thanks mister troll. I do need to lighten up a bit.
  9. Thanks Blunted. I am not really sure what to do with those addresses.
  10. Thanks Blunted. I took a look at those. Should i just blacklist all those? I am not sure what to do with that info. I am afraid that I know just enough about computers to be a danger to my own machines, lol.
  11. I am wondering if I should just bring sshd back up and then let "them" take a good look around if they want. I could generate a new key pair, although I am thinking that would not stop the likes of what got in already.
  12. One of our cats made a noise by the door a few minutes ago and, fighting a sudden urge, I peeked outside but the FBI was not there.
  13. Thanks for the reply SteveH11. All I had wanted was a way to get files from my home computer every now and then while I am at work and so I set up what I thought, from what little I know, was a reasonable way to do that securely. I really do not know what to think now.
  14. So when I woke up this morning I went to the computer to check email etc.
  15. When I first started using firefox and wanted to compare it to the mozilla suite, I found this site and just got into the habit, (wow, quite a habit indeed if over 600 tests), of testing how fast the connection was running with different browsers or if the browser was slowing down when extensions were added, or, heck, how is ole comcast doing today. Testmy seems to be, from what i have read, very accurate and dependable and I reccomend it to anyone and everyone and who might want to test their connection speed or maybe even learn a thing or two about the subject. What you have done with this site is wonderful. When something is useful and fun and free how much better can it get? As I recall, Comcast charges extra for a static IP and I do not have one. Since either my wife's or my computer is usually on and sharing this dynamic IP, maybe It just hasn't gotten shuffled in a while? ...cheers...
  16. I am running Mandrake 10.0. I don't run MS Windows. I think that Opera works better with my set-up, in part, because I have Opera set to open 8 connections to a server with a max of 20 connections total. Since that seems to be a magic combo I need to dig around and find the right (rclocal ?) file to set the whole system to do that and see if that speeds up firefox. Seems to work to give better download speeds with opera, but the speed varries a lot more than mozilla or firefox, maybe dependant upon the phase of the moon, static electricity in my hair, the flights of migratory birds - or perhaps local traffic. Speeds seem to be better in the daytime than at night. Maybe a lot of my neighbors have a comcast connection they tend to use at night. I don't know. The end result for me is still an average download speed that is better than i get with any other browser. These are sownload speeds tested tonight with opera. You can see that they are up and down a bit. :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 5804 Kbps about 5.8 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB) Download Speed is:: 708 KB/s Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/ Bottom Line:: 104 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 1.45 second(s) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=71PTLN92D :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 7210 Kbps about 7.2 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB) Download Speed is:: 880 KB/s Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/ Bottom Line:: 129 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 1.16 second(s) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=WHGENTYCB This was tested tonight with mozilla... :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 2539 Kbps about 2.5 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB) Download Speed is:: 310 KB/s Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/ Bottom Line:: 45 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 3.3 second(s) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=QDGJBSUD8 ...I have loved mozilla and it used to go faster than that before I loaded so many extensions on it, but it very seldom pushed 4Mps even when it was lean. ...cheers...
  17. Upload on this comcast connection remains pretty slow. The best I ever get is about 220 Kbps. I think 225 is what is advertised. This is one i just ran now. Good thing most of what i have going up is short mail. :::.. Upload Stats ..::: Connection is: 98 Kbps about 0.1 Mbps (tested with 1013 KB) Upload Speed is: 12 KB/s Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/ Bottom Line: 2 times faster than 56K you can upload 1MB in 85.33 second(s) Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=EGOWUUSY0
  18. ownload Stats ..::: Connection is:: 12653 Kbps about 12.7 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB) Download Speed is:: 1545 KB/s Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/ Bottom Line:: 226 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 0.66 second(s) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=V02MP7C6C
  19. With mozilla1.7 I get about 3 Mbs give or take a little. With firefox 3.5 to 4.0 usually. when I downloaded opera and fired it up swiftness was uhh... getting my attention so i gave it a test.
  20. My linux box seems to like the opera browser. This zings right along. I hope my ISP doesn't mind. :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 8367 Kbps about 8.4 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB) Download Speed is:: 1021 KB/s Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/ Bottom Line:: 149 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 1 second(s) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=XJOY4FFCE
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