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April 15, 2012


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I am running out of space and I have no dependable backups of my photos.  I have a couple of external drives but they don’t give me a warm and fuzzy feeling as a RAID or UnRAID setup.  It’s time for me to build an affordable solution.

My planned data backup workflow after a photoshoot is this:
– Upload the raw photos via Lightroom into my work PC and a copy to the UnRAID Server (URS)
– Once editing is over, I will migrate the edited photo set with LR db, and also delete the initial unedited raw photos overtime (i.e. replace the unedited raw photo set with the edited photo set).
– Use CrashPlan to backup URS and work PC

I looked at the Recommended Builds, Prototype Builds, and a few forum discussions about the hardware selections.  What I came up with is a hybrid somewhere between a Budget and Beast build.  I want to be able to backup all my photos, other important files, and also stream video from my URS.

I chose the hardware based on forum postings but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone having all the hardware together in this configuration.  Here’s what I came up with:

OS at time of building: unRAID Server Version 4.7  AiO

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1 MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core

JetWay JHZ03-GT-V2-LF AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Kingston ValueRAM 2 GB 1333MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory KVR1333D3N9/2G

AZZA Helios 910 CSAZ-910 Mid-Tower Case (Black)

Drive Cage(s):
NORCO SS-500 5 Bay SATA / SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

Power Supply:
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

SATA Expansion Card(s): None planned due to use of 3 2TB drives for now.
Cables: I’m not sure what I need here…
Fans: I’m not sure if I need to add/upgrade/change fans.

USB Flash Drive:
Verbatim Clip-it 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Blue) Model 97550

Parity Drive:
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Data Drive 1:
HITACHI Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 (0F12117) 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Data Drive 2:
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cache Drive: None at this time
Total Drive Capacity: 5 but expandable to 15 (by buying 2 more drive cages)

Primary Use: Backup all my photos, other important files, and also stream video sometimes
Add On Projects Planned: SmartHistory, SNAP, FEMUR, UnMENU, UnTorrent
Add On Scripts Planned: Monthly parity check, Email Notifications, Directory Caching
Future Plans:  Buy more hard drives when needed

Things I need to keep in mind or do:
– Figure out which SATA cables I need.  This post,, says locking SATA cables aren’t recommended for the Norco SS-500 cage.
– Figure out if I need to add/upgrade/change fans
– Configure UnRAID (
– CrashPlan (
– AddOn Install (
– Temperature Based Fan Control?  Not sure if the Mobo will support it. (link1, link2) Answer: No. No PWM Fan support (Mobo Spec)
Purchase drives separately (different vendor/brand)

What do you think about this setup?  Does it look like it will it work?  What are the potential issues?  Please let me know!  :)

[Update] Raj’s reply:

« Last Edit: June 06, 2011, 11:54:10 PM by GabrielB »

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 10:33:10 PM »
Additional/Helpful Info:

Install Videos (Watch these videos so you’ll know what you’re getting into!)
Revision3 Video
Category5 Video

Read Here First!

Anti Static Gloves/Wrist Band?

Azza Helio 910
Review and Pictures
Product Website and Manual
Azza Helios 910 Raj Review
Wiring setup
YouTube Video Review on the Case
– Tabs to be flattened can be seen here at the 8:00 marker and 3:15 marker
Can be flattened out using a C-Clamp as suggested
Cable Management
Update [Hands on experience]:  Nice case, I had to cut two horizontal plastic bar in the front plastic cover.  I couldn’t put the front cover on properly because the horizontal plastic bar was hitting the Norco Module (installed on the bottom).  A 5 inch deep C-Clamp is a MUST to bend the tabs.  DO NOT BEND ALL THE TABS…just the tabs that get in the way when sliding the Norco Module in.

CPU Install
Newegg Tutorial: How To Install an AMD CPU
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Quick look & Unboxing The Tech Source
How to install AMD AM2, AM2+ and AM3 CPU + Cooler!

Motherboard Install
Installing Motherboard into the Case

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Product Website
Install it up or down?
Power Supply Calculator

Product Website and Wiring Lables
Buy these scccccrrrreeewwwwsss!!!! (source)
Update [Hands on experience]: Important: Make sure the SATA plugs for the module is thin.  The two SATA cables that came with the MB was thin enough to plug into Slot A and B.  I took a SATA cable from my other PC (I couldn’t wait to purchase at monoprice) and the SATA plug was too thick when using it as part of a pair.  Lucky, I only have 3 drives…so I used the thick SATA plug on Slot C.

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS
WD20EARS drive setup
Advanced Format Drives
I’ll be using the current version (4.7), so basically: “If you are installing a new WD20EARS drive, and you are running version 4.6.1/5.0-beta3 [or newer], do not install the jumper.”

SATA 2 vs SATA 3

Flash Drive Preparation
USB Flash Drive Prep

Bios Setup
How do I configure the BIOS settings to allow booting from the USB flash drive?

Pre Boot (link) install
unMenu Install/Setup

Read this before preclearing
How To preclear your hard drives for use in your unRAID servers
Obtain preclear_results.txt

Backup Flash Drive

Power Down (from HowTos)
How to Shutdown unRAID at a Certain Time Every Day

– After preclearing (takes a very long time; ~24hrs), assign the data and parity drives (takes a long time; ~8hrs), then format (takes time; ~5mins)!
– If you don’t format your drives, any attempt to create shares will FAIL!  After pressing apply, you will not see a new share entry.
Add Monthly parity check script
Use Shift+RightClick to paste into Midnight Commander via Putty

« Last Edit: June 08, 2011, 05:14:34 PM by GabrielB »

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 02:13:37 AM »
I bought the items today.  I’ll be here in less than a week!

With my build, here are potential issues:
Azza Helio 910 Top fan might rattle…solution: try reinstalling
Norco SS-500 stock fan might be loud…solution: replace it (Possibly the Noctua 80mm fan)
Update [Hands on experience]:  Right now, I have my UNRAID on top of my desk; being memtested.  The Norco fan the loudest of all the fans in my stock setup.  Replacement is very necessary.

Norco SS-500 screw issue might be too long…solution: use shorter screws or add a washer
Update [Hands on experience]:  The screws that is packaged with Norco Module is for the hard drives, they are short.  These screws can be used for mounting the Norco Module but it isn’t enough to for both.  I tried using the shortest screw from the AZZA case to mount the Norco Module, no freaking bueno!  If install the freaking hard drives before you mount the Module, you’re gonna go nuts trying to take out the hard drives from the module.  What I ended up doing is using the shortest AZZA screws but I didn’t tighten them all the way, only enough before the screws hit the outer drives (Slot A and E).

Sounds like Directory Caching is slow with a 2gb of RAM…

If there are USB_Boot_Issues, check here.

Based on Raj’s 5 Drive Budge Box, it appears that I may not need to buy cables.  ;D

« Last Edit: June 03, 2011, 06:47:19 PM by GabrielB »

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 07:42:33 AM »

I bought the items today.  I’ll be here in less than a week!

With my build, here are potential issues:
Azza Helio 910 Top fan might rattle…solution: try reinstalling
Norco SS-500 stock fan might be loud…solution: replace it (Noctua 92mm fan?
Norco SS-500 issue might be too long…solution: use shorter screws or add a washer

Based on Raj’s 5 Drive Budge Box, it appears that I may not need to buy cables.  ;D

I dont think you can replace the 80mm an with a 92mm. i think that was a typo. I think it is the supermicro that uses the 92mm fan?

Since you are only using the motherboard SATA headers to start, you only need standard SATA cables. you should get those with the mobo and maybe the cage?

you will probably have to bend the tabs on that case for the  drive cage. a quick search will provide details.

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Atlas My virtualized unRAID. A work in progress. unRAID and WHS2011(and more) on ESXi, Norco RPC-4224, X9SCM-F-O, E3-1240 Xeon, Kingston 16GB ECC DDR3

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unRAID MINI: 32Watt! Chenbro ES34169, X7SPE-HF-D525-O, 4GB RAM. Drives: 4x Hitachi LP 3TB, 1x 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5″ Ultra Slim Cache Drive. 9TB of 9TB Installed

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 01:53:11 PM »

I dont think you can replace the 80mm an with a 92mm. i think that was a typo. I think it is the supermicro that uses the 92mm fan?

Someone was able to use a 92mm that he had lying around but it was jerry rigged!  He hinted that he’d use the Noctua 80mm the next time around.

Since you are only using the motherboard SATA headers to start, you only need standard SATA cables. you should get those with the mobo and maybe the cage?

I’m hoping those cables come along with the mobo and cage… It should arrive in a couple of days!!!  ;D

you will probably have to bend the tabs on that case for the  drive cage. a quick search will provide details.

As for the tabs in the case, this post suggests to use a C-clamp…might ease the bending process.

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Re: [Gabriel’s Build Plan] A Photographer’s UnRAID Server
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011, 12:34:44 PM »
Hardware Build is done.  Preclear cycle 1 is finished (see attached).  I will begin cycle 2 in a moment.

[Update]  “Preclear results look good.” -Raj

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 11:50:12 PM »
Preclear 2 done.  I precleared twice already…I should be ok right?  :o

Time to assign devices and then look into CrashPlan.  ;D

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011, 09:50:43 PM »
Your preclear results look great.
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Install Windows 7 with a USB Memory Key

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 17:22

Use Tools Built Into Windows

Automation is always wonderful, but Windows 7 includes all almost the tools you need to copy the contents of a Windows 7 Setup ISO file (or a Windows 7 Setup DVD) to a bootable USB memory key. All you’ll need is:

–          A Windows 7-based PC of some kind.

–          A USB memory key. This device will need to have enough storage to hold the contents of Windows 7 Setup, so you’re looking for a device with 4 GB of storage or more. (The smallest mainstream 32-bit version of Windows 7 still takes up more than 2 GB of space on disk, so 4 GB is the minimum.)

–          WinRAR or a similar utility that can extract the contents of an ISO file.

Here’s how you do it.

1. Insert the USB key into your PC. (Note that this process will wipe out its contents.)

2. Open the Start Menu, type diskpart in Start Menu Search and then tap Enter. Click Yes on the User Account Control dialog that appears. A command line window will open with the diskpart command line utility running.

3. Type list disk and then tap Enter. You will see a listing of the various disks attached to your PC, including the USB key.

You will need to find the USB key in the list. In my case, the USB key is identified as Disk 6 (3700 MB), but this can (and likely will) be different on your own PC.

4. Type select disk # where “#” is the number of disk representing the USB key (In my case, 6.) and then tap Enter. Disk part will report, “Disk 6 is now the selected disk.” (Or whatever number is correct for you.)

5. Type clean and then tap Enter. Diskpart will run for a second and then report, “Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk.”

6. Type create partition primary and tap Enter. Diskpart will run for a second and then report, “Diskpart succeeded in creating the specified partition.”

7. Type active and then tap Enter. Diskpart will run for (less than) a second and then report, “Diskpart marked the current partition as active.”

8. Type format fs=fat32 quick (or, if the USB key is over 4GB, format fs=ntfs quick) and then tap Enter. Diskpart will provide a percentage progress indicator while it formats the device. Eventually, diskpart will report that the process is “100 percent completed” and note that “Diskpart successfully formatted the volume.”

9. Type assign and then tap Enter. This assigns the next available drive letter to the USB key. Diskpart will report, “Diskpart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point,” and an AutoPlay dialog will most likely appear. Dismiss the dialog.

10. Type exit and tap Enter to close diskpart (and the command line window).

11. Now you need to extract the contents of the Setup ISO to your hard drive. If you’re using a Windows 7 Setup DVD instead of an ISO file, of course, you can skip this step. There are various utilities that can extract the contents of an ISO file, but I happen to like and use WinRAR, which is available in a trial version online. (I pay for WinRAR, by the way, because it’s so useful and such a regular part of my workflow.) To extract the ISO with WinRAR, right-click it and choose Extract Files (an option that WinRAR adds to the Windows 7 context menu.)

Ensure that the path is what you want in WinRAR (I usually just create a folder on the desktop, something like “Win7”) and then click OK. WinRAR will extract the contents of the ISO file to the selected folder.

12. When the extraction is complete, you’ll want to open two Explorer windows: One for the folder to which you extracted the Windows 7 Setup files (the source) and one for the USB key (the destination). Select all of the files in the source folder and drag and drop them (copy them) to the USB key.

The file copy phase could take a while.

13. When that’s done, you’re good to go. You should now be able to boot the appropriate PC using the USB key and install Windows 7. Note, however, that most PCs will require you to interrupt the normal boot process and manually select the USB key as the boot disk. How you do this varies from PC to PC. On the ThinkPad notebooks I prefer, you typically hit the blue ThinkVantage button to perform this and other pre-boot tasks, but on some PCs you will need to tap F2, F11, F12, or some other key. Consult your PC’s documentation for the details.

However you do it, once the PC is booting from the USB key, Setup will work just like it does via a normal Setup DVD.


Source: Install Windows 7 with a USB Key

April 11, 2012

Randomly found on reddit frontpage: Quicktips I find Important (self.seduction)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — heredago @ 20:20

I have been having a great time with my girl and some female friends but I have been seeing some interesting things in my life. My girl and I talk about what attracts people and why people do things. She told me some things and noticed that some things were clicking finally. So I thought I would share some things.


  • Girls don’t get romantically involved with safe guys who are not exciting to them. (classic nice guy syndrome)
  • Confidence is not about being right but assuming you are until otherwise proven. Don’t second guess yourself unless you absolutely should. Don’t be a douche about it. If someone can prove you wrong then admit fault and go on about your business, it isn’t the end of the world to be wrong, it can be quite refreshing. You don’t always have to prove yourself either. It isn’t nessesary to always prove yourself right. State what you need to and listen to the opposition. If the concept they are stating is wrong and it isn’t a huge deal then let it go, or at least don’t argue for a long time because it doesn’t matter. Being confident doesn’t mean be arrogant, because arrogance means you are not confident in yourself enough to admit fault. Don’t be a douche, be confident. [1] further explanation
  • Women don’t want a guy who is always agreeing with her. She likes to be teased. Not insulted. Fake insults are teasing.
  • Women want a guy with wit, not rehearsed jokes. Although once in a while a decent canned joke is ok.
  • Being likeable does not mean the same thing as exciting or cute.
  • When you are drunk you are saying and doing things you want to say or do. Have the confidence to say and do those things when you are sober.
  • When girls say let’s just be friends, they are not really asking to be your friend most of the time. This is their way of saying goodbye. I honestly enjoy having female friends but when they say it, it generally doesn’t really mean they want to be friends.
  • Most females that want to be your friend genuinely are actually secretly interested in you. The other small percentage that genuinely want to be just friends are actual confident women who just enjoy the companionship.

The thing is, you got to be interesting. Find things you like to do, talk about, events, etc. Also need to tease more. Women love to be teased. They love the roller coaster of emotion between a real conversation and some teasing mixed in. They don’t want all teasing and they don’t want all serious. Got to mix that shit up. They are real people. You love to tease and joke with your friends but women you get a bonus feature. You get to be more intimate with the jokes and conversations. This is what makes them want to jump you. Be careful because when you get good at it you are not going to be able to get the women to leave you alone. It’s sorta funny after a while. But for now you don’t got to worry about it. Move forward till you see that you have mastered this shit.

Become more fun.

Until you have repeat success with women you don’t want a gf. This means just date a lot of people. Dating is just a series of dates. Dates are just things you do with a person you could possibly be attracted to. Date / dating are just words that give a weird connotation to things. Stop worrying about it.

You want to be good with women before you settle down. If you don’t you are going to suck ass with your gf and eventually you will get married and she will then later get bored and angry with you and leave you for a fun exciting man. It doesn’t matter if you are stable. Women need excitement. You would be bored as shit if your woman was stable but boring as fuck.

Most people do not give themselves permission to be themselves.

I have a few guy friends who aren’t good with women because they don’t give themselves permission to be awesome around women and they think they have to do certain things. Tweak, maybe. Act completely different, no. Women like real men. Not fake ones.

A few tricks to get your brain to say you can do things:

  • Assume she is already into you. Honestly if she is on a date with you, you already have done well and she is already interested to know you better. She wants to know you, not some made up persona.
  • Think as if you are not allowed to game the girl because you already have one. This enables you to be who you are and not care if she is into you or not in which gives you the supreme ability to do whatever the fuck you want. This is a damn good reason guys who are married or are dating women get more attention. The persona they show is who they really are.
  • Realise you get to live once and when that chance is gone you are dead. This should enable you to enjoy life and what it allows you to do. Life is the ultimate sandbox game. You get to do whatever it is you want and it is set on the hardest level possible. Rock that shit. Good chance you won’t die from a conversation with your date.

When I go out dancing and playing pool I wear super silly hats. This tells my brain that everyone already now knows I am a goofy fucker. I no longer have to try and hide that because my cover is blown. I then get to act as I want without recourse because I can only go up from there.

  • Don’t worry if people don’t agree with you if you know they are just being incredibly sensitive. You can’t always have people agree with you. Just make sure you do your best at being an awesome person for yourself. You can’t win them all.
  • If she is a little upset and not wildly upset, let her get over it. You don’t have to get in on every single emotion she has. That just creates problems.
  • If your woman is upset and you know you didn’t do anything you can usually cheer her up by telling her you care, giving her a hug, making funny faces at her, changing the subject all together to something she must dwell on in order to properly converse. Transfer the energy from her shitty thoughts to good thoughts.
  • You can never be sure if someone gives a shit. You can only be sure of what you feel in that moment and yourself. Stop worrying so much about what people think of you because that only makes it worse.
  • If they cheat you probably should move on. That doesn’t mean you can’t be nice to the person. Everyone has their own issues. You may forgive, but not forget. (I love my ex but I will never trust her with a relationship again. That doesn’t mean I don’t wanna be her friend while honoring and loving my current partner.)
  • When a girl says something fucked up and you know if you answer the question logicaly in which you should never have been asked, you need to just be silly or not answer. Shit tests are easy to pass. Some people worry about the wierdest shit and that is why they ask or say some of those dumb things. Don’t play into it because you can’t win. Change the context from serious to silly because those irrational things are fucking hilarious.
  • The power of the word “no” is fucking amazing. You really can’t answer the word no. So if someone says a bunch of things and they are looking for an arguement and their entire arguement is just one giant shit-test kind of thing, the answer “no” is amazingly powerful. Concise, simple, and delivers the hand of God to their face. You then can move on from there to other topics of conversation or just walk away.
  • Women will please you much more than they expect to be pleased. This may become frusterating. Don’t worry about it. The balance is a bit odd with this. (My woman does amazingly huge amounts of things for me and yet I can’t think of enough things to do in order to express my appreciation to her for them. So I just be kind and awesome for her. That seems to work.) Do not get tons and tons of gifts. It will become expected. You do not want that.
  • We are to become the best version of ourselves, not someone else. First you must start by revealing the version of yourself you actually are and then work on that.
  • You may think you are an introvert. Try to be extroverted for a period of time. You may feel physically exhausted. If that ends up being the case after a few months of trying to be extroverted you probably are physically introverted. This is OK. Alpha is about mindset, not nessesarily the length of time you can be exuberant in energy. Introverts & Extroverts are equally capable of being Alpha.
  • Being nice doesn’t mean you are exciting. Women need excitement. Even the nice girls.
  • Being Alpha doesn’t mean being douche.

Speaking of douche… my woman calls me a douche or douchebag sometimes as a tease. She doesn’t mean it but it is hilarious. You can make so many funny comments out of it.

  • Douche. “Wheres my bag?” You don’t get a bag.
  • Douche. “You asking me to clean out your dirty vag?” lololol / hug / kiss
  • Douchebag. “bigga-bagga-douches (sounds itallian haha)”

Have fun, don’t take shit too serious. Life is fun as hell.

  • Everyone has a different background, so don’t worry if they don’t match you.
  • Everyone has a battle. Don’t freak out on people so much.
  • The golden rule states that you should act unto others as they act unto you. It doesn’t state that they will recipricate. Don’t count on it or you will be sorely mistaken.
  • Do not dwell on the ideal outcome of the situation, dwell on the moment and enjoy it for what it is and look at the situations as they come and go down paths you enjoy. If you wanna fuck the girl and it comes up then great you can stear it that way subtley but don’t make it your priority. Make your first priority to enjoy yourself. Make the outcome of fucking the girl an optional goal, not the primary goal. Be outcome independant. Be in the moment, not the future ideal.

Continued from main post…

  • Date many people. When you find the right girl you will click. It will be like she is your best friend but one that you enjoy fucking and being around. Things won’t always be perfect but it will just click. You cannot force a relationship. The girls that you feel you would have to force a relationship with, you want to just friendzone them. The girls that would date you and that you would date but you feel it would fuck your friendship and you dont want to lose it, those are the girls you make your woman. After the blaze of emotions are gone, you want the friendship to remain. The calm but deep rooted love is the best kind. The blaze of glory love that is shallow and quick will fade away. The love that is with a person you are the best of friends with will remain strong even through dumb dumb shit. It will click. You will end up with a ton of legitimate friends that you actually fuck before you find that girl you are going to spend your life with. This is completely OK. When it happens and there are fights, don’t freak out because if you stay calm and so does the other person and you can work it out, those will be the best relationships of your life.
  • You cannot force love. Ever. Love is a force of attraction of two personalities. It stays because of rationality and compatibility of two partners. (unless you are into polymory but the basic structure is two)
  • Desensitization is a great thing. We all have fears. A great way to get over them is to expose yourself to those things a lot until the sting goes away or lessens. Exposure therapy is great. A huge part of why we react badly to things is because we haven’t had time to figure out how to react properly to those situations yet. So give yourself the experience and understand you will fail before you succeed. Hit up those women. Date again after you get dumped. Continue living and you will get better at it. If you stop trying you will lose permanently.
  • Make sure to stay physicaly active. It helps you feel good. The body adapts to your patterns. If you sit all the time it will adapt to that situation and assume you are going to stay with that and change your energy output abilities. If you make sure to include exercise in your routine you will continue to keep the energy. You will feel better than being sluggish all the time.
  • Posture when you walk and sit is important to your overal feeling. Force the body, the mind will follow.
  • Smiling or frowning becomes a habit. Yes it takes practice to smile more often than frowning if you have been sad most your life. Shit happens. Practice smiling at people, they like it and so will you.
  • Take care of yourself, nobody wants to be with someone who doesn’t because they feel that you can’t care about them either.
  • Kino / touching others – it is important to have physical contact with people. Touching the light of a womans back, patting a buddy on the back or throwing your arm around them to chat to them about girls or whatever is great. Hugging female friends, chest bumping, dancing and rubbing, etc. are important parts of the human experience. It conveys intimate subcommunications and confidence as well as other things. This is important to learn about and to emplore. It will not just make others like you but you yourself will enjoy yourself more. It is a good thing.
  • Social proof – people are social creatures. Be social, others will notice and see that you are friendly and capable of human interaction. The more human interaction they witness the more they feel you are capable of with just one person. It shows how much value you can convey. It is a subconsious thing. Don’t be a dick to people even if you don’t like them. It is important to show stability and awesomeness of who you really are. An unwavering ability to be unaffected by shitty situations or people.
  • To get a realistic smile you can think of someone attractive naked.

I will add more when I think of them. Have a kick ass week boys.

Quicktips I find Important

April 9, 2012

Randomly found on Reddit frontpage: IAmA straight man in a long-term relationship with a post-op (m->f) transgender woman. AMA.

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 16:12

not that I’m interested or anything in this, but still, wow


Youtube: Sex Change Surgery-Male transform to Female Gender

Randomly found on Reddit’s frontpage: Gender reassignment surgery?

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 15:58

Gender reassignment surgery?

 | related questions
Originally Published: November 18, 2011 this

Dear Alice,If you were a woman, who wanted to be a man, could you get a penis? And once you got your penis, could you masturbate, ejaculate, and experience other male sexual behaviors?

And vice versa. If you were a man, who wanted to be a woman, could you then get your penis removed, and then masturbate?

Dear Reader,

Whether you’re simply curious about the logistics of surgery or this is something you’d like to consider for yourself, props for asking this important question! There are a few different kinds of gender reassignment surgeries to highlight. Each of them has different benefits and drawbacks, the preservation of sensation being one of those areas for consideration.

Transgender people, those who feel that their assigned sex at birth is an incorrect or incomplete description of themselves, vary tremendously about whether or not they choose to seek gender reassignment surgeries, and if so, which ones they elect to undergo. In addition, intersexed persons, those born exhibiting a mixture of male and female genitals, may also consider themselves part of the transgendered community and may or may not elect to undergo hormonal and/or surgical treatments to align their external genitals to their gender identity.

A sex change requires several steps, the last of which is gender reassignment surgery (GRS). The transition process also entails psychological counseling and screening, preoperative treatment including Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), and a “testing” period (usually over one year) where the individual will live life according to her/his gender identity. Due to the permanency of this procedure, it’s important that transgender people seeking surgery work closely with their primary care provider and a mental health professional throughout the entire transition.

For trans women (people assigned the male gender at birth who identify as women or in a more female-oriented way), the creation of a vagina and clitoris usually preserves sensation. The glans penis (the head of the penis) is used in the creation of a clitoris while the scrotum (with testes removed) is usually used in the creation of labia. Frequently, the woman will have sensation and may even be able to orgasm by having sex or masturbating. After the surgical creation of the vagina, the woman usually needs to use dilators as part of the aftercare as she is healing. The dilators, made from acrylic, allow for stretching of the new vaginal canal without tearing. After fully healed, most trans women can comfortably have penetrative sex with varying levels of sensation.

There are two primary forms of genital surgery for trans men (people assigned the female gender at birth who identify as men or in a more male-oriented way). One form preserves sensation while the other does not. Phalloplasty involves a hysterectomy plus the penile and silicone testicular implants. The penis is usually constructed using skin from the abdomen. It is a pretty extensive surgery done in 3 or 4 stages. At the end of it, the man may urinate standing up and can have an erection by inserting a silicone rod when desired. This form doesn’t appear 100% “penis-like” and it does not preserve sensation.

The second type of penis reconstruction is called metoidioplasty and it does preserve sensation because it creates a penis from the clitoris. Many trans men who undergo this surgery are on androgens which enlarge the clitoris to usually 4—6 centimeters. In this procedure, the clitoris is shifted farther forward and the labia are sewn up, sometimes with silicone implants to create a scrotum. The urethra can be lengthened as well in this surgery. While the phallus is smaller than a typical man’s penis, it can maintain an erection without the need for a prosthetic device since the clitoris is erectile tissue and contains more nerve endings than the glans penis.

For those who desire surgery and are not covered by health insurance, the out-of-pocket expense is, much like other surgeries, significant. For those who do have insurance, the cost will vary by person, depending on what plan and level of coverage s/he has. For those who are covered under the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, some phases of the transition process are covered including mental health counseling and HRT. The amount of coverage depends on whether students have selected the basic or comprehensive plan. For more information, interested Columbia students should review the full benefits. To make an appointment with a medical provider at Medical Services, students can call x4-7426 or a mental health provider at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), students can call x4-2878.

All of these surgeries require some time for healing before masturbation and sexual activity can safely (and enjoyably) be resumed. More extensive information for trans men, including information on gender presentation, hormones, name changes, and much more can be found at Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide. For transgender women, check out Transgender Health — LGBT Health Channel.

Take care,


Extract Multiple RAR & ZIP Files At Once from Different Folders

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — heredago @ 13:29

Two methods:

1. Easy & customizable solution – Found this one after I was done with the second one :\

(Using ExtractNow) Another Option is A Free Program That lets you basically make unRAR playlists and you can en queue from your context menu. (although I dont need this option very often at all so i dont even use this particular program so i have no vested interest if you use it or not.

You can use Winrar or iZarc to extract multiple rar and zip files, but you can only do this if the archives are in the same folder. What if we want to extract several rar files that are located in different folders? In this case, most extraction tools, even the popular ones, aren’t able to do so. ExtractNow is a long well-known astonishing solution in this matter.

How to extract multiple rar files at once from different folders:

1. Suppose that you have two rar files which are each in different folders. Go to the first folder, right-click the rar file, and select ““Enqueu”. A mini window will appear–ignore it for now but don’t close it.


2. Next, go to the second folder, right-click the rar, and select “Enqueu”. The mini window will appear again.


3. You can add more rar files to the Enqueu list if you want to. When you’re done adding all archives, click the “Extract” button to start extracting.

ExtractNow extract each archive in its own folder by default. If you want to change it, configuring where the archives should be extracted into can be done in the setting menu.

In addition to the context-menu integration, ExtractNow also supports drag and drop operation. However, to make use of the context-menu integration, you must first enable it from the setting menu.


The archive formats ExtractNow supports are as follows:

zip (+jar,xpi), bzip2 (+bz2,tbz2,tbz), rar, arj, z, lzh (+lha), 7z, cab, nsis, lzma, lzma86, xz (+txz), ppmd, udf, xar, mub, hfs, dmg, compound (+msi,doc,xls,ppt), wim (+swm), iso, chm (+chm,chi,chq,chw,hxs,hxi,hxr,hxq,hxw,lit), split (+001), rpm, deb, cpio, tar, gzip (+gz,gzip,tgz,tpz), mslz, flv, swf, ntfs (+ntfs,img), fat (+fat,img), mbr, vhd, pe, elf, apm, macho, ace, sit

ExtractNow is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and WIndows 98. It’s a freeware and you can download the latest version from the developer’s homepage.



2. Using biterScripting


A. Install biterscripting (free), copy the code below in a new script file “ss_Unrar.txt” in c:\scripts

# Start with top directory C:\somefolder.   EDIT THE LINE BELOW
cd “C:\somefolder”
# Collect a list of .rar files.
var str rarlist ; lf -nr “*.rar” > $rarlist
# Convert files one by one.
while ($rarlist <> “”)
     var str rarfile ; lex “1” $rarlist > $rarfile
    # Full file path is in $rarfile. Get the directory and file name.
    var str folder ; stex -p “]^/^l” $rarfile > $folder
    var str file ; stex -p “^/^l[” $rarfile > $file
    # Move to $folder, and convert $file
    cd $folder
    system “unrar x -p-” (“\””+$file+”\””)
    # Optionally delete file with system delete command.  REMOVE THE 2 LIES BELOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DELETE THE ORIGINAL ARCHIVES
    system del “*.r*”
    system del “*.sfv”

B. Then,follow the instructions below and EDIT the “Path” object by adding your winrar path ex:    C:\Program Files\WinRAR    in the string list, don’t forget the “;”, just look at the original syntax.


To access the environment variables right click the My Computer icon then choose properties.  Select the Advanced tab and then click Environment Variables.


At the system variables panel, choose the Path object then click the Edit button.


I would recommend copying this value and pasting it on Notepad first before editing.  Save the old value as a text file so you will have a backup of the original value.

Edit the variable value.  It is a long string separated by semicolons.   Make sure the Winrar file’s location is one of the entries on this string.  If it is not, enter the location of the executable file.  ex:  add     C:\Program Files\WinRAR to the string list


Click OK after editing the value.  Reboot the computer to enable the new value.

Source if above pics don’t show:

C. after rebooting, lunch biterscripting and enter the following code in it:   script ss_unrar.txt   and it will do the work!


April 8, 2012

xbmc xbmclive update upgrade putty ssh script commands dharma (10) to eden (11)

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 23:14

Update XBMC Live and headless Live based systems


Be carefull when you update your system. If you are not sure about something explained here, don’t do it. Systems vary and what works for us may not work exactly for you. Remember, always backup first.

Open your favorite SSH tool and connect to your XBMC system. Issue the following commands, one at a time

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python-software-properties sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --reinstall xbmc-live

Update XBMC installed on Ubuntu Desktop

Open Terminal and issue the following commands, one at a time

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python-software-properties sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --reinstall xbmc

then I had to do this to my installation as I would get login prompt at the start (user: xbmc pwd: xbmc then command “startx” )

try this…

log in to your xbmc installation via putty


sudo nano /etc/init/xbmc.conf

then copy and paste the below in to it

# xbmc-standalone
description “Autostart XBMC”

start on (filesystem and stopped udevtrigger)
stop on runlevel [06]

console output
emits starting-x

exec /bin/su xbmc -c “/usr/bin/startx /etc/X11/Xsession /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone”

on the bottom line replace xbmc with your username you use to log into putty.


xbmc xbmclive update upgrade dharma to eden auto-login autologin broken fix putty

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 23:10

worked for me:


try this…

log in to your xbmc installation via putty


sudo nano /etc/init/xbmc.conf

then copy and paste the below in to it

# xbmc-standalone
description “Autostart XBMC”

start on (filesystem and stopped udevtrigger)
stop on runlevel [06]

console output
emits starting-x

exec /bin/su xbmc -c “/usr/bin/startx /etc/X11/Xsession /usr/bin/xbmc-standalone”

on the bottom line replace xbmc with your username you use to log into putty.



April 2, 2012

poisson d’avril april fools reverse screen rotate background icons

Filed under: Uncategorized — heredago @ 21:16

10 Computer Shortcuts You Can Use for Evil

by HUGH MOORE on MARCH 30, 2012

In honor of April Fool’s Day, here are 10 computer shortcuts you can use for evil pranking a friend. Why would you need to use these? Let’s say your friend or co-worker steps away from his desk for just a few minutes (to get more coffee or go to the bathroom) and foolishly leaves his computer unlocked.

These shortcuts will allow you to use that small window of time to pull a (somewhat) harmless computer prank that’s not only hilarious, but teaches him the value of locking his computer when he steps away.

NOTE: Humor’s Office is not responsible for any damage (physical or mental) these shortcuts may cause. Also all of these shortcuts were tested on Windows 7 / Office 2007, though will likely work on most versions of Windows / Office.

10 Computer Shortcuts You Can Use for Evil

1. Turn on High Contrast

What It Does: Turns on High Contrast mode on a computer screen.
Level of Evilness: 1 – It just changes the display, which is easily reversed.
How to Do It: Hit Left Alt + Left Shift + PrintScreen.
How to Fix It: Hit the same keys: (Left Alt + Left Shift + PrintScreen).

2. Lock the scrolling in Excel.

What It Does: Changes the behavior of Excel so that when you hit the arrow keys, it changes the view, not the cell selection.
Level of Evilness: 2 – Experts in Excel will quickly know what’s going on, but novices will likely be confused / gradually aggravated.
How to Do It: In Excel, hit Scroll Lock.
How to Fix It: Hit Scroll Lock again.

3. Turn the display upside down.

What It Does: Changes the orientation of the computer display to left, right or upside down.
Level of Evilness: 3 – It might confuse people, but is easy to fix and does no permanent damage.
How to Do It: Hit Ctrl+Alt+DownArrowKey (or Left, Right or Up).
How to Fix It: Ctrl+Alt+UpArrowKey.

4. Turn on Computer Beeps.

What It Does: Turns on “ToggleKeys” which makes the computer beep every time you push a lock key (such as Caps Lock).
Level of Evilness: 4 – It doesn’t do any damage and may take awhile to pay off, but it can certainly be annoying when you don’t know why your computer is beeping.
How to Do It: Hold down the NUM LOCK key for five seconds, then hit Yes.
How to Fix It: How down NUM LOCK for five seconds again.

5. Insert Random Text in Word.

What It Does: Inserts random text into Microsoft Word.
Level of Evilness: 5 – It’s pretty easy to remove to random text from a document, but if you put it in the middle of a 30 page proposal, it may take a while to get noticed.
How to Do It: Enter the following into Word: “=rand(x,y)” where x = the number of paragraphs and y = the number of sentences you want.
How to Fix It: Highlight the random text and hit Delete.

6. Make the keyboard seem broken.

What It Does: Turns on FilterKeys which ignores brief or repeated key strokes.
Level of Evilness: 6 – It’s easy to fix but may take some people a long time to even realize FilterKeys is enabled; in the meantime they’ll think their computer is broken or they don’t know how to type.
How to Do It: Hold the right Shift key for 8 seconds, then hit Yes.
How to Fix It: Hold the right Shift key for 8 seconds.

7. Create a Dummy Desktop.

What It Does: Replaces the desktop background with an image of the old desktop background. If you remove the folder icons, it then seem like the computer is not responding / desktop shortcuts won’t open.
Level of Evilness: 7 – Easy to restore unless you delete all of the shortcuts and empty the recycling bin. Incredibly frustrating while you try to figure it out.
How to Do It: Go to the desktop, hit Ctrl+Prnt Screen. Open Microsoft Paint, hit Ctrl+V to copy the screen capture of the image, save the image. Right click on the image, select “Set as Desktop Background.” WindowsKey + D to go the Desktop, Ctrl+A to select all shortcuts, Delete to delete.
How to Fix It: Restore the shortcuts from the Recycling Bin, reset the Desktop background.

8. Change the capitalization in a word document.

What It Does: Changes the case of the selected words (CAPS, no caps, Proper).
Level of Evilness: 8 – It’s pretty easy to fix (with Ctrl+Z) but could be really annoying for large documents if you save/close the document, especially for anything with a lot of acronyms.
How to Do It: In Microsoft Word, highlight a selection (or the entire document by hitting Ctrl+A), then hit Shift+F3 to cycle through: all caps, no caps, proper case.
How to Fix It: Ctrl+Z is the easiest. If you save the document and then exit, Ctrl+Z won’t help. The next best step is to highlight the section and Shift+F3 to proper case (though you will lose in-line capitalization on proper nouns and acronyms).

9. Rename all the files in a folder.

What It Does: Renames all of the files in a folder to the same name (adding a number at the end to prevent duplicates).
Level of Evilness: 9 – Unless you immediately do Ctrl+Z, there’s no easy way to get the original names back.
How to Do It: Go to a folder with files in it. Hit Ctrl+A to Select All, Hit F2 to Rename the first file, Enter the name you want to give to all files, Hit Enter.
How to Fix It: Ctrl+Z can be used until another folder action takes place (such as deleting a file).

10. Cause a Blue Screen of Death on Command.

What It Does: Triggers a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) any time a specific shortcut is entered.
Level of Evilness: 10 – This takes a bit of pre-work on the computer, but you could conceivably cause a BSOD on a friend’s computer in seconds after it’s been setup.
How to Do It: Enable debugging mode (follow this guide), restart the computer, then hit Ctrl+Scroll Lock (twice) to cause the BSOD.
How to Fix It: Disable debugging mode.

Have any computer shortcuts you use for pranking your co-workers? Share them in the comments? Want to prevent your computer for getting messed with, remember the most important shortcut of all: WindowsKey + L to lock your computer.

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