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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Fri 21 Jul 2017, 07:44

ID, as you've posted this morning after last night's earthquake in Greece and Turkey, I take it you are alright ... I don't know how close is your island to Kos. Just what Greece doesn't need right now and at the beginning of the high tourist season too. Anyway hope all's well with you and your family.


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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Fri 21 Jul 2017, 07:46

ID, the same wishes from me.


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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Fri 21 Jul 2017, 08:55

Islanddawn,

as I just read it on BBC World, I join Meles meles in our sorrows about you and your family.

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Fri 21 Jul 2017, 15:48

Oh thanks guys, we are all fine. Kos is on the opposite side of the Aegean to us and we didn't even feel a thing. But it wasn't unexpected as we've had about 30 minor quakes throughout the country over the past month so we knew there was a bigger one coming, we just didn't know where it would be. 

Particularly bad for Kos of course, they are one of the islands on the frontline for the refugees being off the Turkish coast, so have had a drop in the tourism because of that anyway without this on top of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 23 Jul 2017, 12:47

Is anyone else getting incomplete links such as 'View latest post' and 'You have posted in this topic' etc. This is only happening on my desk-top (Vista) but not on tablet (Apple).
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 23 Jul 2017, 13:31

No problems with my desk-top which is also running Vista ... although everything is a bit slow at the moment but I think that's entirely due to my satellite connection and the stormy weather.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 23 Jul 2017, 14:10

Thanks for that Meles. Mine seems to have settled down now. It could just have been a re-fresh issue but it took an awful long time. I'll go thru my security settings with a tooth-comb just to make sure.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 23 Jul 2017, 19:58

@Vizzer wrote:
Thanks for that Meles. Mine seems to have settled down now. It could just have been a re-fresh issue but it took an awful long time. I'll go thru my security settings with a tooth-comb just to make sure.

Vizzer,

I now see for the first time that you joined the 12-05-2012. While in my case it is 01-01-2012, I couldn't see the difference Wink . Why they apply the date the American way on a Norwegian forum? Or is Britain also changed to the American sequence? Yes I know 9-11-2001 while on the European peninsula it is 11-9-2001...

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PS: It is time that Nordmann is back to interfere in our utterings...Nordmann!
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 26 Jul 2017, 11:44

Nordmann,

I had some time a slow reaction time of Res Historica and now when I mentioned it to Temperance it is suddenly disappeared. Even in such way, that I couldn't read the site anymore and even the browser trouble searcher couldn't repair it. Just lost also a message to Temperance without any wrong doing...

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Tue 08 Aug 2017, 13:18

I posted a few minutes back a YouTube video of Eddie Cantor's Keep Young and Beautiful over on the Plato Diet thread. I've just got a message from Bulldog saying it's blocked the video from my computer because the file is infected. I don't really understand this, but I have immediately removed the link - hope no damage has been done here.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 13:50

I want to post something on the Ingle-Nook thread, but there is no reply box.

Has this thread been locked or something?

Other threads (such as this one) have reply boxes as normal.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 13:56

Strange, the reply button seems to have gone away but the box to write in is - here, in the Ingle-nooks it isnt. 
Perhaps that thread is now closed - why?
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 13:59

Oh yes ... I don't get a reply box either ... though obviously I did early today. But the quote function seems to work ... so you can make a reply that way, and if you don't want to actually quote someone you can always edit that bit out in raw text mode.

Edit ... no the edit funtion doesn't work either. I tried.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 14:10

In ComicMonster's last post on the Inglenook thread there is a block of formatting type text (unseen in the post) ... so maybe that has triggered the thread to be blocked.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 14:21

Oh well. I wanted to post something funny from Peter Ackroyd's book about the Bishop of Clogher on the Ingle-Nook thread.

I have deleted the details - really shouldn't have posted them. Such obvious and malicious glee on my part is conduct unbecoming. I really don't know what this place is coming to.



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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 14:31

Didn't work. I tried using the "quote" button, but nothing appears. Which is strange, because it did say the message had been successfully entered.

Now it's working.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 16:49

I have deleted Ackroyd's story about the unfortunate vice-busting Bishop. Do hope I haven't offended anyone. Not that I think we have any bishops looking in here.


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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 25 Oct 2017, 19:19

Unless it's the unfortunate Bishop Brennan.

I'm not savvy enough to post the full episode but hope this link enables people to enjoy 'Bishop Brennan being kicked up the a**e'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0578513/
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 09:44

It has been impossible to get through to Res His this morning and I have received Dire Warnings from Microsoft about the site's security certificate. I have risked "proceeding to the site" and have signed in to send this.

Is this a blip on my computer, or are others experiencing problems? If they are they won't see this, of course, but perhaps the Boss can do something.

I hope this is not The End - I also hope I have not been very foolish to ignore warning and visit Res His as usual.

PS The banner at the top of this page is now an alarmingly sickly shade of pink.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 10:04

I was on the Forumotion site asking about the lockout and received this:

Hello,

We posted the info earlier this morning on facebook and twitter...

Since this morning, our DataCenter OVH has technical problems that directly impact our services. Until OVH resolves this technical incident, we have switched our DNS to other stable IPs.

Nevertheless, the repercussions may take a long time following the DNS spread. Therefore, your forums and some of our services may have some accessibility issues.

Our teams are already working on finding an alternative solution to recover the connection faster.

In the meantime, we ask you to be patient and we apologize for the inconvenience


Not sure why you received warnings about the security certificate - it's perfectly ok and you're not "risking" anything (besides what you usually risk, that is) in signing in. You may see some broken links here and there as image hosting, advertisement links etc also await DNS refresh. But otherwise I think we're back in business.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 10:20

Actually you're right - I see we have somehow lost our SSL cert. I'll look into this.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 10:25

I'm getting in but only after a redirection notice. That's on Chrome.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 10:29

I've had to reset the SSL - whatever the Forumotion people are doing it seems to have changed a few settings in the background. At the moment we're back to https but I notice the certificate still hasn't been registered again as being from a trustworthy source so we just have to wait. This could also be down to DNS info not having caught up yet so browsers don't know where to check the cert issuer.

Patience, people ...

EDIT: Now it's back to "secure" again. In my browser at least.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 10:48

@nordmann wrote:
Actually you're right...

Words I never thought would be addressed to me by the Boss! Smile (Joke)

I'm still having to override the security warning to "proceed", even though it's "not recommended". The banner is still the sickly shade of pink.

PS It's gone white now - hopefully a good sign.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 12:29

Everything is OK now.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 12:53

The computer I usually use is experiencing the same problem. The second computer is OK.

Still getting the security warning on the first computer.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 13:58

I'm getting the site insecure message again now.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 09 Nov 2017, 15:44

Everything seems to be OK now.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Fri 10 Nov 2017, 10:57

Yippee, we're back in business.

I too received dire warnings about security (particularly financial and personal info) which I thought odd. 

Happily, we now appear to be OK!
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 06 Dec 2017, 22:38

When I post right now or change my message the site is reacting sometimes extremely slow. Is that the case with others too. It is already that way the last hours of this evening...

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Mon 08 Jan 2018, 18:49

I'm having problems generally - not to do with Res Hist - but my wifi on the laptop [macbook] only seems to work intermittently.  As my desktop is down at the moment I plugged the ethernet cable from the desktop into the laptop instead but does anyone have any idea why the wifi doesn't always work.  I've made the BT hub the wifi hub of choice. I am completely puzzled.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Mon 08 Jan 2018, 19:17

MACs will have problems with wifi once they encounter a single signal or traffic interrupt - they remember the problem and then go through little private ructions in the background whenever they reconnect to the same wifi network.

The good news is that wifi is purely within your own house - any problem that has arisen has arisen there and will be solved there, so you needn't start flying off "disgruntled from Tunbridge Wells" letters to your ISP, even if they are BT.

The bad news is that it's difficult to induce amnesia in a MAC so that it can be persuaded to take your wifi in good faith once again. Everyone has different solutions and all of them work eventually, but the one I recommend is to turn off your router (not your modem, notice, though most people have both on the same power circuit anyway so I recommend just pulling the plug on the lot). Then wait 30 seconds, as the manufacturers all insist upon. This will ensure that the wifi router's processer is not looping a bad C&C (which you just better believe me is not something you want it looping). But I have a better suggestion:

While you're waiting the 30 seconds anyway go the MAC and find the network icon. Find your wifi network on the list and choose the option "forget". This forces the MAC into the necessary amnesia.

Then turn your wifi router on again, find it on your MAC's list and reconnect to the network as if it's the first time again (putting in whatever password it needs). This will ensure several things, all of them good - including any possibility that your ISP is temporarily blocking traffic from your modem based on some looped crap in your wifi that it ended up harbouring while it protected your MAC from baddies.

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Tue 09 Jan 2018, 00:56

Well I don't know what I've done norman - I deleted the bt hub but when I tried to reinstall it I got no wi-fi channel but just the bluetooth pan thing. Curiouser and curiouser like what Alice said.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Tue 09 Jan 2018, 06:43

Have you other devices that use wifi? If the router doesn't show up on these either after deleting it and re-seeking the signal then it's simply not working. If you haven't already done so turn it off, wait 30 seconds, and then turn it back on. This makes it go through an initialisation process which might clear some errors, but won't help if it's an electronic fault. At least it will narrow the fault down to a mechanical one.

Your modem is obviously working as you can get on the internet via cable, so it's certainly looking like the router is the problem. A common problem is if the small transmitter aerials on the wireless router have changed position and are lying too flat, or are obstructed in some way. Ensure the router is positioned according to the manufacturer's recommendations regarding height, obstruction and the angle of the aerials.

If it's knackered and it came with a BT package then BT may even replace it as part of the deal. Otherwise one can always buy one's own.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Tue 09 Jan 2018, 12:00

I did drop the laptop once carrying one handed so it could be something worked loose.  I think I need one of those extra rugged laptops like people who go on expeditions need.  Sorry I misspelled your name.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Tue 09 Jan 2018, 12:22

If you're sure it's the Mac itself that is bust then you can pick up a USB WiFi adapter from Amazon pretty cheap.

For example this one

Though I wouldn't fork out money until I was sure that it wasn't the router itself which was the problem. As I said, it's best to test out the router using other devices to see if they also have problems picking up signal. Also, as said, it's worth checking out the router's placement, aerial position, and to reboot it as described above (with a decent pause between powering down and up to ensure that it actually boots its components).
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Wed 10 Jan 2018, 18:01

Thanks for the info, nordmann. To the best of my knowledge the BT hub is the wifi modem as well as the router but at present the laptop isn't reading any of the wifi networks in range and that should be the nearest [ie in the BT hub] within range.  My finger tip felt a bit sensitive when i switched the laptop on so i hope the battery isn't over charged.  i can manage with ethernet pro temp.


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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 14 Jan 2018, 22:13

nordmann,

Tim of Aclea said on Jiglu that he was not able to connect to Res Historica to consult something about his thread of the pipe lines (or something like that) Dirk Marinus said to him that he could connect, but that he had in the time something like the trouble of Tim too. Thus it can be that it is independent from Res Historica.

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Mon 15 Jan 2018, 08:25

Sorry other folks also having difficulties.  I have edited my earlier post where auto text had changed my wording 'BT hub' to 'bathtub'.  I did not have my wifi anywhere near the bath tub I hasten to add.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 18 Jan 2018, 13:57

@PaulRyckier wrote:
nordmann,

Tim of Aclea said on Jiglu that he was not able to connect to Res Historica to consult something about his thread of the pipe lines (or something like that) Dirk Marinus said to him that he could connect, but that he had in the time something like the trouble of Tim too. Thus it can be that it is independent from Res Historica.

Kind regards, Paul.

I had problems last May when Res changed to hpps. The solution from nordmann via ferval was;



Ferval:
"I've been in touch with nordmann, he suggested I do this and it has worked! Hurrah.

I believe your network provider is playing silly buggers with you.
They're refusing to translate the site's URL to an IP address for you,
most likely because they've lost access to the DNS servers they use
themselves.

You can either wait for then to fix the issue or permanently solve the
issue for yourself by telling your machine to use Google's DNS servers
for ever afterwards (they're always on and always work).

You do this by going into your network settings and changing the
"preferred DNS" setting to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 instead of "use default"
or whatever might be there at the moment."
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Thu 18 Jan 2018, 14:05

@PaulRyckier wrote:
nordmann,

Tim of Aclea said on Jiglu that he was not able to connect to Res Historica to consult something about his thread of the pipe lines (or something like that) Dirk Marinus said to him that he could connect, but that he had in the time something like the trouble of Tim too. Thus it can be that it is independent from Res Historica.

Kind regards, Paul.

Hi Paul - Tim has had a history of frustration with this site, not all of it technical. However if you're talking to him again ask him to send me a detailed description of the error and I can certainly try to help him (at least with the technical stuff).

LiR - you have destroyed a beautiful mental image I had formed of all your internet enabled devices chatting with your bath tub (what BT obviously stands for). I hope you got your router problem sorted out, and it wasn't simply that you had over-filled it with bubble bath (sorry - couldn't resist).
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 21 Jan 2018, 09:53

I managed to rejoin the wifi network okay this morning but it has now dropped off again so back to ethernet so I assume the fault is intermittent.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 21 Jan 2018, 10:32

Are you sharing your wifi with a neighbour? A router will normally support only a limited number of dynamically assigned IP addresses for its own use. The more devices that attach to it and receive an address the more chance your device will fail to be allocated one when it needs one.

If the router has a weak password protocol then it is also possible someone in the wider vicinity is using it without your knowledge and "using up" available addresses. If, as you said, you think the modem and router are a combined box then it's something BT should be contacted about for advice about beefing up the encryption protocol or even replacing the device with a newer model in which tougher encryption is standard.

There is always the possibility that the MAC's own wifi or TCP/IP set-up is failing of course, but as I said this can easily be tested by seeing if the problem occurs with other devices using the router. If a mobile phone, for example, can be made to connect to the router, then intentionally disconnected, then reconnected, and so on a few times without a problem, but then the MAC fails to connect just afterwards, this indicates a fault with correctly registering an IP address for the MAC device. This can have two possible reasons - one is that a specific IP address was hard-coded into the TCP/IP settings on your MAC in the past corresponding to one possible address issued by the router (eg. 10.0.0.1, which is from a standard address range used by most routers so could even have been coded into the settings by its previous owner). Unless that specific address is free to be used next by the router then you won't connect on that attempt. The other is a physical problem with receiving the signal within the MAC itself so that it registers an error status on the live connection and then needs to be rebooted to clear this status and make a fresh request. A BT support person can definitely help you through step by step tests to find out, and even help you with a wrongly configured TCP/IP setting on your MAC, so I would start with them rather than just assume a physical fault with the MAC device.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 21 Jan 2018, 19:03

@nordmann wrote:
@PaulRyckier wrote:
nordmann,

Tim of Aclea said on Jiglu that he was not able to connect to Res Historica to consult something about his thread of the pipe lines (or something like that) Dirk Marinus said to him that he could connect, but that he had in the time something like the trouble of Tim too. Thus it can be that it is independent from Res Historica.

Kind regards, Paul.

Hi Paul - Tim has had a history of frustration with this site, not all of it technical. However if you're talking to him again ask him to send me a detailed description of the error and I can certainly try to help him (at least with the technical stuff).

LiR - you have destroyed a beautiful mental image I had formed of all your internet enabled devices chatting with your bath tub (what BT obviously stands for). I hope you got your router problem sorted out, and it wasn't simply that you had over-filled it with bubble bath (sorry - couldn't resist).

I just received this on an e-mail from the Jiglu, nordmann.

"Hi Paul


you might like to thank "nordmann" (I changed it because he used your real name) for his concerns and pass this screen dump onto him


best wishes


Tim"

Kind regards from Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 21 Jan 2018, 19:13

Thanks Paul - I'll certainly have a look at that screen dump when you send it to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 21 Jan 2018, 22:47

Nordmann,





Kind regards, Paul.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 21 Jan 2018, 22:49

One or more risky Rolling Eyes  behaviours....

nordmann, I couldn't resist
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Sun 21 Jan 2018, 23:13

You can assure Tim that this is a false positive. He can verify this himself by going to McAfee's own site health page and running a check on reshistorica.hitsoryboard.net (as I've just done, where I see it raises no alerts).

McAfee WebAdvisor is dependent on previous crawls of sites, some of which can be weeks or even months old, in which an alert was raised due to something found in an embedded advertisement or similar. Even if the advertisement is changed or removed McAfee WebAdvisor then registers this as a code change on the site which it also chooses to interpret as a danger sign. A lose/lose scenario for websites being judged by this crappy product.

He can simply click on the "Accept" button to tell his own browser plug-in to ignore the warning, which in fact will cause his browser plug-in to accept the current McAfee published health assessment of this site, which is healthy. This places him at the same amount of risk as the rest of us who use the site regularly - that is, none whatsoever to his PC, but probably no little risk to his ultimate sanity.

I pay a small fee to have this site checked weekly by MxToolbox as we had a situation before where it had ended up on some site filtering grey lists, mainly due to false positives from McAfee by the way. Over two years now this service has only ever shown that some of the Google placed ads registered as dodgy (which do not affect the site health ratings), and since the site was transferred to secure http (meaning embedded ads also have to conform to certification) no warnings whatsoever.

It's a matter of faith, tell him.
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Tue 23 Jan 2018, 19:20

I have done the messaage, nordmann.

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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Fri 26 Jan 2018, 17:46

Just had a look at "View the whole list" on the home page. Where do they get the positions from - because they seem to be nonsense
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PostSubject: Re: Technical adjustments / announcements / assistance   Fri 26 Jan 2018, 19:54

@Gilgamesh of Uruk wrote:
Just had a look at "View the whole list" on the home page. Where do they get the positions from - because they seem to be nonsense

Gil, didn't find "view the whole list" on the home page...
Even after an intensive search Wink

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