How To Improve Your Internet Connection (for Kenny)

Kenny,

Every time we talk on Skype (which isn’t much) it seems like the signal is lost within about 1-2 minutes. If we’re lucky you’ll have up to 5 minutes of talk time before we’re cut off. This has been going on for about 2 years and it seems to be getting worse. We had a discussion a while ago on exactly how to improve your internet. I don’t expect you to remember all what was said, so I’ll post the brief version of what we discussed in this blog.

These are several methods that I think could improve your internet tremendously and you really should explore these 3 options.

 

Option #1 – Get a WiFi range booster:

This is by far the quickest, cheapest and easiest method in attempting to improve your signal. Nowadays just about any electronics store has them for about $35 and you’ll find them even cheaper on eBay. If the extender doesn’t help much, then chances are there’s a bottleneck going on with your landlord’s internet. Since your WiFi connection is shared by about 40 tenants I have a bad feeling this method will only give you mixed results. Since this is the easiest method I suggest trying this one first.

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ZenArcher – A Pleasure Knowing Him

Zen and I both had YouTube channels and made videos frequently way back in the day. At the time we never really crossed paths during our times on YouTube. I saw him on Stickam a couple of times, we spoke some but other than that we really didn’t know each other.

Over the years I finally grew tired of video making and moved on to other things and I think to a lesser extent so did he. He didn’t make as many videos as he used to and became really hooked on Minecraft. It took a while longer, but Kenny eventually got me sucked into the whole Minecraft craze. During this time I was completely clueless about how to play the game and I was introduced to Zen soon after. Zen taught me just about everything there is to know about Minecraft. That game may have some crummy graphics but don’t let the looks fool ya as it is very complex. It was during this time I managed to get to know the guy and we started to become friends.

Zen must have told me his life story at least three times over on Skype as we were playing. I have a bit of an ADD issue and playing MC at the same time… yea I didn’t really pay much attention the first time. LOL. However, what I noticed is Zen’s the type of guy who didn’t mind telling his story over and over. He never got angry when I occasionally wasn’t paying attention and being an ADD that is something a person encounters from time to time. He could be a bit of a pain in the ass too but overall he was a good guy. Additionally, he was the type of person who if he thought you were fucking up he’d let ya know about it.

He had a very interesting life and he was truly one of a kind.

R.I.P. Zen

 

Tutorial – Creating a Basic Proxy

This blog demonstrates how you can configure your site server to also act as a proxy. I used this method myself a few years back before I began using TOR and other means of maintaining anonymity. Before we begin I just want to say that this proxy is NOT perfect since you’ll still be prone to DNS leaks. So if you want pure anonymity then I suggest sticking to TOR and/or use a VPN. This method is great for those who want to bypass network filters, or avoid those freebie malware-ridden web proxies or you don’t want certain sites tracking your IP.

 

For this tutorial I will be using Firefox version 34.0.5 as a web browser

 

1.  Click on ‘Options’, go to the (I.) ‘Advanced‘ section, then click on the (II.) ‘Network‘ tab, and finally click on the (III.) ‘Settings‘ button as pictured.

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iOS 8.1.1 has already been jailbroken.

Wow… that was super fast! So yea anyone using a newer iPhone/iPad, the latest operating system for it (iOS 8.1.1) was jailbroken a few days ago.

Where to download:

http://apt.taig.com/installer/TaiGJBreak_1021.zip

Here’s some step-by-step instructions to do it (very simple):

http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/11/29/how-to-jailbreak-ios-8-1-1-…

I’ve been running this on my iPhone 5s for the past 24 hours and I can honestly say it works a little better than the last one (by Pangu) from a few weeks ago. If you’re still using version 8.1 then I suggest you upgrade and jailbreak because that older version was terrible at conserving battery life. Version 8.1.1 does a surprisingly better job and some of the well known veteran crackers are now vouching for this latest jailbr… 🙂

Video Tutorial:

Download Videos with Youtube-DL

YouTube videos can also be downloaded via Windows command with something called youtube-dl. Never really explored this method, I guess because I always found the Firefox plugin VideoDownloader to be more than an enough for me.

 

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Bomb Trains

This isn’t just a big potential problem in the Northwest, I’ve seen many of these rail cars roll in my neighborhood.

From Vice News:

It’s estimated that 9 million barrels of crude oil are moving over the rail lines of North America at any given moment. Oil trains charging through Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, and Canada’s Quebec, New Brunswick, and Alberta provinces have derailed and exploded, resulting in severe environmental damage and, in the case of Quebec, considerable human casualties.

A continental oil boom and lack of pipeline infrastructure have forced unprecedented amounts of oil onto US and Canadian railroads. With 43 times more oil being hauled along US rail lines in 2013 than in 2005, communities across North America are bracing for another catastrophe.

How this web host is backing Net Neutrality

 

Web host gives FCC a 28.8Kbps slow lane in net neutrality protest

NeoCities finds FCC’s internal IP block, throttles connections to dial-up speed.

 

Lots of people are angry about FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Internet “fast lane” proposal that would let Internet service providers charge Web services for priority access to consumers. But one Web hosting service called NeoCities isn’t just writing letters to the FCC. Instead, the company found the FCC’s internal IP address range and throttled all connections to 28.8Kbps speeds.

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