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  1. Registration Problem

    WELL THAT was fun! I think it is fixed. Problems? EMAIL ME. Do not post here please. TG webmaster at ARCR.net
  2. All new users require admin or moderator approval. Sadly, at this time we are receiving blank registration forms (no name or other info) and we can see only the email. I am working on this and when I have a fix, I will notify by email those affected users to re-register. I am sorry for the problem! TG
  3. This is an urgent and critical message to all of our members. Over the weekend, a massive cyber attack took place worldwide affecting 200 countries and several hundred thousand people. The initial attack, known as “WannaCry,” paralyzed computers that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and thousands of other companies and government agencies worldwide in what is believed to be the biggest online extortion scheme ever recorded. If you or your company use Microsoft Windows products, it is imperative that you upgrade your systems and apply patches released by Microsoft over the past 2 months. This "ransomware" can infect your computer or your business network. It locks all data on the computer and demands between $300 to $600 ransom to be paid via Bitcoin. When the workweek starts, you can be infected by opening an infected email or browsing an unknown web site. We urge all of our users to address this matter immediately. This ransomware affects only Windows products. Especially vulnerable are older version of Windows, ie XP If you do not know how to upgrade or install the patches, I suggest getting technical assistance. Anti-virus programs may or may not be of assistance.
  4. This is a bit hard for me to get my head around, but I opened these forums with the ARCR 14 years ago this month. May, 2003. Happy birthday to everyone@
  5. I had to upgrade the ARCR forums today. LOTS of changes! I had no choice because the publisher no longer was supporting the old version. As of this minute there are a ton of tasks running in the backgroud. Those tasks are triggered by forum activity (people logged in and browsing the site), and until they finish, some of the layout may not be correct, such as quotes, signatures, lists, images, etc. Be patient! You can express how much you like or hate the new format, but really, there was and is no option B. TG
  6. Hi I updated the forums software today... lotsa new stuff... so explore a bit. Try out the "View New Content" and its options... makes repeat visits more fun and efficient. As always, report my screw-ups to me at webmaster @ arcr.net TG
  7. Beach... yup, plenty. They all work for US based call centers.
  8. I stopped using WU a few months ago.. They make it near impossible to use their services for ongoing (incoming) transactions. However, Maybe for just one outbound transfer they will be OK. I doubt you will have an issue. India is no third world country so again should be no issue. TG
  9. It's a lot of work to moderate and control those classified programs. Beside,. bigger numbers are more impressive.
  10. Eleanor My advice was not related to Guatemala City. The warnings are country wide and come from a variety of sources. She may do just fine, but when the tourism group in Guatemala actually suggests armed private escorts... well... I know of no place here in CR that is similar. We also do not have roving gangs on major highways away from San Jose that ambush visitors. Guatemala has some serious issues as they are the last point of entry to Mexico and are heavily controlled by the cartels and gangs, and I felt it a good idea to tell her so she can take appropriate precautions. TG
  11. Need to say something here.... As forums members know, I do not post much anymore because we have such a HUGE selection of knowledgeable members who give the right answers! Now my job and Paul's is pretty much stopping SPAMMERS BUT... This study in Guatemala thing is a really BAD idea imho. Guatemala along with a couple of countries nearby (Mexico and El Salvador) form a triad that is now considered more dangerous than Afghanistan. (US State Dept) While this once was a beautiful country (and still is), it is simply not safe for tourist travel unless you have contracted with private security escorts, this RECOMMENDED by the Guatemala government! I quickly gathered a few CURRENT quotes from US and Guatamalan web sites. Read please, and I suggest you pay heed. There may be a reason for the low cost schools... I urge you to do more research. "The number of violent crimes reported by U.S. citizens and other foreigners has remained high and incidents have included, but are not limited to, assault, theft, armed robbery, carjacking, rape, kidnapping, and murder, even in areas of Guatemala City once considered safe." "Emboldened armed robbers have attacked vehicles on main roads in broad daylight." "Travel on rural roads increases the risk of being stopped by a criminal roadblock or ambush. Widespread narcotics and alien-smuggling activities make remote areas especially dangerous." "A number of travelers have experienced carjackings and armed robberies after just having arrived on international flights, most frequently in the evening." "There have been no incidents of armed robbery of groups escorted through the Tourist Protection Program." If this does not get your attention or should you believe there reports to be exaggerated or false, then clearly that is your decision. Best of luck on your travel. My wife and I have been waiting to visit, but for us? Just too high a risk. TG
  12. I am so sorry to her that... again. My memory is not as it once was.... But... If you folks are still living in the Guapiles/Cariari area (NOT the Cariari near San Jose), that area is experiencing an enormous increase in crime. It was bad 2-3 years ago, but since mid 2010, it has become MUCH worse. Not sure why. My wife is from there, and has many (7) family members. In just her little family... six violent robberies (three with guns) and one shooting (very serious but not fatal). Bad odds. Limon is the "forgotten" province so I am not at all surprised at the lack of police support. TG
  13. Scorp? Have you listed your home here in the For Sale forum? TG
  14. Hacienda Matapalo

    All I know is that they send more SPAM than any company I know of. TG
  15. Whirlpool Easier to service and better availability of parts. TG
  16. Yahoo has begun to reject ALL email from our forums. If you have a Yahoo email, you will no longer receive forum notifications, PM, etc. If you are a new registrant, you will NOT get the verification email. I would urge all members to obtain a GMAIL account and use that for your email needs. Should you wish to complain to or contact Yahoo regarding this issue: contact them at http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/edit/forms_index.html The error we are getting are: Delay reason: SMTP error from remote mail server after initial connection: host d.mx.mail.yahoo.com []: 421 4.7.1 [TS03] All messages from will be permanently deferred; Retrying will NOT succeed.
  17. Sorry AT... wish I had an answer. Just like routing TO the US is controlled by RACSA, anything FROM the US is controlled by that server group... Simply not possible to analyze. I did report your problem and the others to RACSA (through a good connection I know) a few hours ago.... it is possible they have fixed the routers. In any case.... the problem for now has disappeared. TG
  18. OK... Finca? Your packet loss is negligible as of this minute, but as you are in CR, your are affected by RACSA issues. Ciclista... you are in the US and thus not affected by RACSA... YET Grumbler... You are using a VPN so while I can see you, see your hidden IP and know you are using a VPN, this means I cannot provide you with more info. That use of the VPN will affect everything. You want help? Give me a call, but I know you are affected as the others by RACSA issues. This ends it... now we know! TG
  19. ATPCAL No... that is not the issue. Those servers are co-located and the issue is with your tracert program. YOUR issue is 100% RACSA.... and may be affecting your entire company. Now that you have confirmed your IP, here is what is coming to YOU. XXX.7XXX.255.4 Hostname %Loss Rcv Snt Last Best Avg Worst 1. sc-smv2460.servint.net 0% 445 445 0 0 0 0 2. 2% 438 445 0 0 22 236 3. gi2-19.na41.b003328-0.dca01.atlas.cogentco.com 0% 445 445 0 0 0 19 4. vl3601.mpd03.dca01.atlas.cogentco.com 1% 444 445 49 0 36 296 5. te9-2.mpd01.dca01.atlas.cogentco.com 0% 445 445 0 0 18 344 6. te0-3-0-0.mpd22.dca01.atlas.cogentco.com 0% 445 445 0 0 0 19 7. te0-2-0-5.mpd22.iad02.atlas.cogentco.com 0% 445 445 1 1 1 13 8. sprint.iad01.atlas.cogentco.com 0% 445 445 1 1 1 38 9. sl-crs2-dc-0-1-0-0.sprintlink.net 0% 445 445 3 2 4 59 10. 0% 445 445 13 13 13 19 11. sl-crs2-orl-0-15-2-0.sprintlink.net 0% 445 445 22 20 21 29 12. sl-crs2-orl-0-15-5-0.sprintlink.net 0% 445 445 20 20 20 30 13. sl-racsa-44883-0.sprintlink.net 0% 445 445 117 117 117 122 14. 25% 337 445 68 68 68 74 <<<< 15. perseus-sj-dist01-fe6-1-0.racsa.co.cr 1% 444 445 119 119 119 148 16. sj-core01-vl64-perseus.racsa.co.cr 58% 190 445 108 108 109 114 <<<<< 17. 0% 444 445 119 119 119 129 18. ???255-4.xxxs.net 0% 444 444 112 109 112 129 What you ares seeing here is a TREMENDOUS packet (information) 58% loss at routers sj-core01-vl64-perseus.racsa.co.cr and 25% at , both owned by RACSA Here is mine cp.blackcoralgroup.net Thu Dec 16 11:56:38 2010 Keys: D - Display mode R - Restart statistics Q - Quit Packets Pings Hostname %Loss Rcv Snt Last Best Avg Worst 1. sc-smv2460.servint.net 0% 982 982 0 0 0 0 2. 63-218-83-153.static.pccwglobal.net 0% 982 982 0 0 5 205 3. 0% 982 982 2 1 4 131 4. vb2000d1.rar3.washington-dc.us.xo.net 0% 982 982 3 2 3 24 5. te-3-0-0.rar3.atlanta-ga.us.xo.net 0% 982 982 30 30 30 52 6. te-4-0-0.rar3.miami-fl.us.xo.net 0% 982 982 30 30 31 52 7. 0% 981 981 28 28 28 33 8. 1% 980 981 71 71 71 90 9. 48% 515 981 71 71 71 74 10. 0% 981 981 112 112 112 178 11. ??? 12. ??? 13. ??? 14. ??? 15. ip166-37-241-190.ct.co.cr 0% 981 981 129 126 133 322 I am losing 48% at RACSA router There is the issue. For those of you affected, you can contact your ISP and tell them then RACSA routers that are malfunctioning.... I cannot guarantee they will do anything. This information is public and you may copy and paste to provide proof of the issue. If I get a minute, I will run this for finca, grumbler and cyclist, but assuredly, the results will be the same. TG
  20. Any geeks or geek wannabes out there? Any of you who are and are having issues with slowness can assist me greatly. First testing has revealed what is called a packet loss of 25-50% between the US and CR. This is NOT a server issue. Packets of data are being lost (and then must be re-sent) between our data center and Costa Rica. This may be the cause of the problem, which I sort of expected and explained earlier. So... you wanna help? First... Are you running Windows (or a MAC like mine with Windows installed?) Do this: 1. Go to http://winmtr.sourceforge.net/ See this: The latest version is 0.8. Download WinMTR now! We are preparing v0.9, due date February 2011. Contact us directly if you need an older version. Installation You will get a .zip archive containing two files WinMTR.exe and LICENSE.TXT. Just extract the WinMTR.exe and click to run it. It requires no other installation effort. This software is NOT dangerous and is not malware. It for professional testing of the Internet for packet loss. It runs only on Windows Download the zipped file and run the program WinMTR.exe on your PC ***for AT LEAST 15 MINUTES***. Use the Copy to Clipboard button and PASTE the results here on this forum. It will help me.... TG
  21. Ciclista is correct.. it is NOT the ads. No weird formatting... and some are served from Google... not a company know for slow delivery or ads. Saying that, it is clear some of you, but not all of you my any means, are having issues so I need to try to assist. Fixing something I cannot personally duplicate is VERY hard. Does not mean I do not believe it... just makes the job harder. Still I am going to play around and see if I can find anything that might be causing this, even if not widespread. ATPCAL Apparently you want to keep your IP private... which is fine... but without it, I can not backtrace from the server... So in order to protect your privacy... the last two digits of your IP are: 255.4 - Let me know only if I am not correct. Should have some answers today.... or not TG
  22. We have had issues with the ads... though not for many months. Here in San Jose, I am experiencing no delays, but Paul called me and two others have reported slow service. I asked Paul to run a TRACEROUTE and his showed significant issues between his home and my servers. Those of you who are techie... or curious, can run the same program from your PC/MAC from your location to actually see what is happening on the Net. AMNET has had tremendous connective issues in CR (though they deny it). ICE as well, though less than AMNET. Cabletica... almost no issues. A tracerout gives you a road map and you can SEE issues, then communicate the problem to your ISP... who sadly, wil liley do nothing. The wikileaks jerks have coursed some congestion issues as well. Below is a traceroute from my Mac to the servers... traceroute forums.arcr.net traceroute to forums.arcr.net (, 64 hops max, 52 byte packets 1 ( 0.522 ms 0.213 ms 0.184 ms 2 ( 7.391 ms 7.831 ms 9.251 ms 3 ( 10.051 ms 17.720 ms 8.135 ms 4 ( 8.680 ms 16.340 ms 9.819 ms 5 ( 8.555 ms 9.537 ms 8.233 ms 6 tele-core01-ge1-13-cabletica.racsa.co.cr ( 8.288 ms 10.171 ms 8.524 ms 7 ( 7.224 ms 8.310 ms 9.989 ms 8 ( 11.317 ms 22.412 ms 17.372 ms 9 ( 8.020 ms 8.009 ms 8.192 ms 10 so-2-0-2-0.loacr1.losangeles.opentransit.net ( 104.276 ms 105.650 ms 103.774 ms 11 po13-0.palcr3.paloalto.opentransit.net ( 105.158 ms gi12-0-0.palcr3.paloalto.opentransit.net ( 103.985 ms 102.985 ms 12 ( 104.700 ms ( 103.069 ms 112.234 ms 13 cr2-pos-0-0-5-0.sanfrancisco.savvis.net ( 108.586 ms 107.141 ms 107.334 ms 14 cr2-pos-0-0-2-3.washington.savvis.net ( 127.971 ms 130.327 ms 131.643 ms 15 msr1-tengig-0-3-0-0.washington.savvis.net ( 130.400 ms 132.307 ms 131.290 ms 16 ( 129.117 ms 129.560 ms 127.893 ms 17 ( 138.895 ms 130.302 ms 180.893 ms 18 sc-smv2460.servint.net ( 130.324 ms 130.034 ms 130.398 ms 19 cp.blackcoralgroup.net ( 133.826 ms 132.927 ms 128.584 ms Those grouping of 4 numbers are router IP addresses and tell us where the signal is traveling to get from us to you. Mine starts at Cabletica... then heads around CR and leaves for the trip to the US. While the trace was near instantaneous... what is interesting is that instead of going directly from CR to Miami to Wash DC where the server is located.... it goes all over the place... LA, San Francisco and THEN to DC. Odd... but only CR can control the routing. Anyway.... any of you can run your own traceroute from your location to see where or if there is a problem. TG

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