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  1. You are welcome. Odd problem and hard to fix because as Admin, i could not duplicate it. Had to create a new user to get an error. Anyway, all fixed now! Sorry for any inconvenience!. TG
  2. I think that I have resolved the issue. Please advise if anyone continues to have probs. TG
  3. hello

    Testing because Paul sez I can't post because of problems. Seems fine to me.
  4. 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.
  5. 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@
  6. 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
  7. It has been brought to my attention that new users may receive an error when attempting to register. I am working on this. TG
  8. 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

    ronofbostonRon and Paula, As promised, I contacted ARCR on your behalf. By now, or at least hopefully by today, you should have been contacted regarding your residency and this should all be resolved shortly. If you have NOT been contacted, at least by Monday because of the ARCR move, email me at webmaster [at} arcr.net and I will follow up again. TG Because this matter is resolved and more because this post has gone off-topic on several levels, I am closing this thread.

    I have heard this before, and it is 100% correct if the country where you seek citizenship has a standing military. CR does not. I know several ex-military who have citizenship here, but ALL received it because they married Ticos! Now... If Newman were to seek citizenship here via time he has lived in CR, there are serious issues that could hurt him! Finally... Citizenship is not for everyone and frankly, now that I have it, is less than I expected. The one good thing is not having to renew my PM ever again!

    To BOB205 There are folks on this forums you must just ignore... or at least ignore 80% of their posting. Newman is on the list. I have been admin on this list since I started it and forever, we have people who just go on and on ad nauseum about how bad it is here... but THEY ALMOST NEVER LEAVE!!!! "NO country is without problems." is 100% correct. I have been here over 16 years and while there are annoyances, it beats any other country I have visited... and there have been many. TO NEWMAN.... If it is true you are sending nasty PMs to other members, better STOP or you will be EX. Newman. I allowed your stupid post above regarding CR... but let me clarify for all: Costa Rica is running off anyone wanting to retire here, live here, --- Just DUMB invest here, safely travel the highways and byways here (the infrastructure is crumbling, bridges are ready to collapse, (in spite of the fact that the someone in government has waved his magic wand and -- EVEN DUMBER pronounced that in no way are any of the bridges going to collapse in Costa Rica) Finally you got it right. Bridges suck. CR has no money, so it is management by crisis. Encuentra were 12065 ads for used vehicles, this morning there are 12162 adds - forget about Costa Rica - go somewhere thagt you are wanted, where arms are opened wide and they appreciate your presence in their country!! --- HUH??? Who cares??? Let Costa Rica die the death that it so richly deserves!! --- Better leave quick then to avoid being dragged down. Is there ANYONE who does not know that CR is broke? Our leaders, or the ones not in jail or under indictment, do not get it. Socialism only works when the folks with $$$ care to share... and the rich here do not share, but just like Greece, the country WILL survive. Probably... Newman will too. Finally to Gayle! I told Ron/Paula, that I was getting involved and I am. As i have recommended MANY times, use the attorneys at ARCR. Why? Are they better? Cheaper? More expensive? NO. But if they screw up, management WILL FIRE THEM and then move all your paperwork to another attorney at no charge to YOU. They will also do this if there is a personality conflict or for any other good reason. If you use an non ARCR attorney... well you are on your own. Pester the attorney only so far, then get in touch with ARCR management. Two + years sound like a long time... clearly you need help. You should be getting it shortly. TG
  12. Beach... yup, plenty. They all work for US based call centers.
  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

    Paula... If you do not get a satisfactory response within 7 days, send me an email (NOT PM) at my webmaster email. 7 days is only because ARCR is closing their offices and moving to their new location and communications may be disrupted. and to YOU Newman... You still posting this dreck???? Geez man, give it a break. TG
  15. It's a lot of work to moderate and control those classified programs. Beside,. bigger numbers are more impressive.
  16. For some time now I have wanted to add RSS feeds to these forums as I am sure many people would find them useful. What are they? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and basically they allow you to read the newest content from a variety of web sites all at the same time without the need to actually visit and login to each site. RSS readers come from people like Google and many other companies. They are totally free services to use. Some are totally online like Google or Yahoo while others ask that you download the reader. Some folks think of it as an customized online newspaper and that is a great description. It can save you a lot of time. I know for my BLOGs, several thousand people read it from their newsreader first. With so many places to check every day, RSS is a real time saver. One stop for all! Using RSS, you can review the new content from unlimited web sites, BLOGs, forums etc in one location. The information is updated at regular intervals, usually several times per day. DO a Google search for RSS Readers and you will find a ton of options. RSS <- Many of you have seen this symbol on many different web sites. Perhaps you knew that it represents the internationally agree upon symbol for an RSS feed. Starting today, you will see that symbol at the bottom left of every page in these forums. If you click it, it becomes a drop-down box giving you a choice of RSS feeds for almost all of our Forums. A few are not included, but the last choice is a Combined Feed that contains all the forums. Warning, that feed is LONG and is not organized by Forum, but by latest post date, so it is not for everyone. Now you chose the forum you wish and just click. A new page will open up. Those of you using Firefox as your browser will see the 8 most current Posts to whichever forum you chose and the content of those Posts - completely formatted and looking pretty! However... Those of you using Microsoft Internet Explorer probably will not. Instead you will see something like this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1" ?> - <rss version="2.0"> - <channel> <title>Becoming a Resident of Costa Rica</title> <description>Forum about obtaining legal residency in Costa Rica</description> <link>http://forums.arcr.net/index.php</link> <pubDate>Sun, 09 Dec 2007 11:27:06 -0600</pubDate> <ttl>1</ttl> - <item> Do not panic! All is OK! This is a raw RSS feed and can only be read by one of the readers mentioned above. You just need to copy and paste this pages URL (web address) to a reader and it will appear beautifully! The web URL will look like this: "http://forums.arcr.net/index.php?act=rssout&id=2" and appears in the address box at the top of your bowser. In fact that example is the actual RSS feed for the Residency in Costa Rica Forum. They are all almost alike. Note that only the eight most recent posts are displayed for any forum. Replies are not shown, so if you wish to see the responses, read the entire thread (post) or reply, you still must login to do so. Forum visitors (non members) can now see a bit more as before, they had to register to read anything in a forum except the Post topic I will make some attempt to answer general questions here but understand that I CAN NOT help you to use a reader or make recommendations at to which reader is best. However I encourage knowledgeable Members to assist those not so RSS savvy. Enjoy! PS This is a new thing, and while I have tested it, I am fully capable of screwing something up! Post here if you see one of my screw-ups! All RSS feeds update every 30 minutes! TG
  17. No Privacy in ARCR messaging

    Let's be real clear here: First, there is NEVER any privacy on ANY forum of any nature anywhere in the world regardless of what any forum owner states. Forum Administrators, moderators, and ALL server owners where the forums are hosted certainly can read whatever is transmitted. So can ANY router owner en route between you and the other person. So can just about anyone above a certain level at a data center. Do we/they? Hell no. We all have lives and it is doubtful anyone is going to write anything we are interested in as we have received it all already in our emails. This is not just forums! This also applies to email (whether encrypted or not). In fact, let's broaden this a bit more. There is NO privacy on the Internet at all and to think there is is delusional. Even the NSA has been hacked as has the Pentagon, the white house, a zillion cellphones belonging to the famous and infamous, nearly anyone who uses WIFI without a VPN can have their typing read by anyone with a "sniffer". Think about that next time you are in a Starbucks or any place offering free WIFI. Those "encryption" programs? NSA's computers can decode them in under a fraction of a nanosecond though they may help against an unsophisticated hacker. Think your BlackBerry is safe? In reality, nobody reads all that stuff (except maybe the NSA), because nobody has the resources, time, or interest in reading the billions ( 2.5 billion per day excluding SPAM) much less the thousnds or Cray Supercomputers required to handle the info. Even the NSA does not "read" the mail but rather looks for words or combinations that indicate a potential threat before a human can even get access. All these folks who lately have been so concerned about the Snowden thing really have not a clue. The Echelon System has been in place since the late 80's and very little escapes that baby. Do a web search on The Echelon System and get surprised. There IS NO privacy. Snowden's stuff was interesting, but hardly important compared to the bigger picture. I might mention that business email is a far different matter as the Chinese and 1-2 other countries spend enormous quantities of time and money to access/hack/read business emails (recall the Google thing last year?) to obtain business secrets, etc. My servers in Florida and Virgina are attacked about 4,000 times per hour just from China and this number can run much higher. It is a major factor in protecting my clients and their emails. Interesting to note... The US government STILL does not take the cyber threats seriously... this will soon be a costly error imo. The war on terror has and is shifting to the virtual world. Examples? Anyone read anything lately about Target? Think those were US high school kids? Try the Eastern Block countries. Scary? Wait until the word spreads about CryptoLocker. (Another good one to Google) Better read about that one now, especially if you have anything of value on your Windows (for now) computer. Now I wonder where that $$$ goes. Now that I have addressed the overall issue of net security... I'll address your claim about privacy here. The only way some other person got your PM is if you sent it to them (i.e. a copy) directly or inadvertently or the person you sent it to forwarded it to the third party. Period. There is nothing in our system that allows a third party to get a PM directed properly to another Member. There are hundreds if not thousands of PM's exchanged monthly. As for if your PMs are private? Read the above carefully. There is no privacy on the Internet, but saying that, I can assure you that the owner, admins and moderators have far better things to do than read anyone's PMs. TG
  18. Dear New User: Because of the ever-increasing number of false or otherwise fraudulent forums registrations, we are now requiring more information on the registration form. These false or otherwise fraudulent forums registrations are generally from spammers or other persons with some malicious intent. To give you an idea of the numbers, we get between 1,500 to 2,000 or more per month. As all moderators and admins donate their time reviewing and manually approving new registrations, I want to give some information to those who have registered but not yet been activated. Please read carefully. Here are some reasons you may not yet be able to login and use the Forums: 1. You failed to click on the link sent to all registrants. Nothing starts until you do this. I suggest you read this carefully: http://forums.arcr.net/index.php?/topic/1686-problems-registering/ 2. You did not fill out with 100% accuracy all of the required registration information. ANY and that means ANY failure to do this will result in your registration being declined. You will need to register again, this time with total accuracy. 3. You did properly click on the link sent to all registrants, and you did fill out with 100% accuracy all of the required registration information. See Above. 4. Be patient. Manual approvals are handled within 24-36 hours as time permits. If 48 hours passes and you still have no access, then by all means use the contact webmaster link on signin page to inquire about your status. If contacting the webmaster, you MUST send the email from the email account used when registering. 5. You tried to register using a poxy server, a VPN, etc. We do NOT permit this when registering. Turn these OFF before registering or if registering from a business email account. Thank you TG and Moderators
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. As many of you know, I have been building a web site about Costa Rica for well over 2 years. It is, I believe, the largest, most comprehensive and totally accurate web site about Costa Rica in existence. Over 500 pages, thousands of links, photos, PDF files, movies, everything. It is finally on-line and available to all! It by no means is a substitute for The ARCR Forums, but instead is a supplement to this forum. Between these two web sites, there is, I believe, NO subject that is not covered in great detail. It contains a fast, easy to use, and very friendly search engine. Let me know here what you think! Enjoy TG Some of the Topics covered in www.therealcostarica.com Costa Rica Overview About Costa Ricans History of Costa Rica Geography of Costa Rica Statistical Data Public Holidays Provinces of Costa Rica Ecology and Nature The Government Overview & Legal System Government Web Sites Foreign Embassies in CR The Executive Branch The Constitution of Costa Rica Women in Costa Rica Politics Travel in Costa Rica Important Things to Know Coming and Going Travel FAQ Accommodations What to Bring Tours and Tour Operators Getting Around - Transportation Airports, Airlines, Flight Info Car Rentals Driving in Costa Rica Taxis & Public Transportation Walking Bus Service Currency and Conversion Weather & Time Costa Rica Tipping Safety and Crime Entertainment! Family Appropriate Sport Fishing Museums & Cultural Surfing Costa Rica Fairs, Topes, and Parades Nightlife Adult Entertainment Travel Tips Maps of Costa Rica Costa Rica Tourism Board Living in Costa Rica Cultural Adjustment Working in Costa Rica (see Residency) Buying & Owning a car Prices and Cost of Living Banking & Paying Bills Utilities Insurance Professional Services Crime & Home Security The Media in Costa Rica Newpapers Radio and TV - Cable Crawly Things Drivers Licenses in Costa Rica Mail service Paying US Taxes Dying in Costa Rica The Metric System Residency in Costa Rica Overview of Residency Getting Help - The process Working in Costa Rica Moving to Costa Rica Moving personal property Bringing Pets Bringing Firearms Bringing a Car or Truck Movers and Agents On-Line Resources Moving Checklist Health and Education Health Disease Public Hospitals (CAJA) Private Hospitals Health Insurance Doctors and Dentists Emergency Services Education Public Schools Private Schools Language Schools Colleges & Universities Real Estate in Costa Rica Realtors and Agents Property Ownership Overview Ownership Rights Beach Front Property Renting in Costa Rica Building A Home Doing Business In Costa Rica Banking and Finance Labor Law Import/Export Public Holidays Resources for Business Economic Considerations Commentary & IMF Report Communications and the Internet Internet & Infrastructure Wireless hotspots in Costa Rica Telephone Services Land Lines Cell Phones Live News Feeds - Costa Rica Costa Rica News Central America News World News Web Site Information Advertise on this Web Site About this Web Site Contributors Costa Rica Calendar Books, Video, & Music Odd and Ends