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  1. Today I will be doing a large and perhaps complex upgrade. The forums will be offline until completion. If problems, this may be for some time. TG
  2. Nasty downtime followed by a nasty. complex upgrade, but seems to be only. Lots of changes so I am looking for any feedback. Something not working? Report it. 'll try to fix it. TG
  3. As you may have noticed... we were offline. Thw reasons are complex , but after six hours on the holiday, it’s up again. still not done, but I’ll be back on the 5th and 6th to finish. happy 4th! TG
  4. Contact me here if issues found. TG
  5. Too bad. You can't! The forums are like the Hotel California. You can check in but you can never leave. Now for all of you living in the USA and who have lost your sense of humor or are so goofy with political correctness etc: That was a JOKE!! Sort of. In the often unexplained world of programmers, those good folks failed to give you a way to leave the forums. We almost never get requests to leave but we do get questions how to stop the notifications. So... here is how! In order to remove all subscriptions, do the following once signed in as them. Account setting>notification settings - Uncheck the top 3 items This is the one people usually miss. Go to "manage followed content", select all items, and delete. That's it. You will never hear from us! TG
  6. Welcome! These Forums are open to anybody but we do have some pretty simple rules to follow when registering. Failure to follow the rules means no admittance, First, read this http://forums.arcr.net/index.php?/guidelines/ OK... Didn't get the link after registering? Check your SPAM folder. Often there are issues if you are using AOL, Yahoo, or Hotmail. We suggest GMAIL. We do NOT permit the use of ANY proxy servers, VPNs etc. when registering nor do we permit ANY inaccuracies. NONE. After you have successfully registered, VPNs etc are just fine. We suggest that you do not register from a cell phone or tablet or from the workplace if they use a VPN or proxy server. If you are in Cleveland when you are registering, don't give an address in San Francisco. i.e Do not use a different city from where you are physically located. All fields must completed accurately and completely. NO phony names, sexual names, etc. YOUR name, spelled correctly. The phone number must be a working number that you answer. We often do call to verify. ANYWHERE. This should be a number that you answer personally or just fine if an office/company. ANY inaccuracies will be cause for denial. Approvals are done by volunteers who are not able to sit by and wait for you to register. Approvals are normally granted within 1-2 days and 3-4 days at worst. After that, please feel free to inquire. We get MANY fake registrations every day. Many wish to do harm to the Forums or its Members. This is how we protect us. TG
  7. Your Forum Master... that would be ME, may have broken these forums not allowing new posts for the past few days. This is a test post to see if I have fixed the prob. Thanks to T&VSmith for bringing this to my attention. Sorry for any inconvenience! TG
  8. WELL THAT was fun! I think it is fixed. Problems? EMAIL ME. Do not post here please. TG webmaster at ARCR.net
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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@
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Scorp? Have you listed your home here in the For Sale forum? TG
  19. Whirlpool Easier to service and better availability of parts. TG
  20. 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.
  21. 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
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