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  1. Sorry about your loss. The pain is real, please take care my friend.
  2. @itchitch I received the amp and all is good. Since for some reason you brought up having trouble with this unit, I feel I'm entitled to a reply. I tested it, listened to it, tested it again - there's absolutely nothing wrong with this amplifier. I checked our messages and you said 'without RCA's connected it makes no hum', you also described it as a 'major hum', and that having just cables connected to it made it 'buzz'. After some exchanged about things to try, on Aug 29th 2017 you said, "I hooked it up in a different part of the house. Different system. No hum/buzz. There must be something on my bench circuit it didn't like. Thanks Greg!" The amp was never the problem. The SNR on both channels is below 90dB (not A weighted). The distortion is less that 0.08% through the entire power bandwidth, which is absolutely stellar for an M1.0t mkII. Even the mag coil is among the quietest I've ever heard. If anyone is still interested, this is a remarkable piece. I'd be happy to perform additional mods if desired, like an IEC socket for a small fee. But this amp is a STEAL if I sell it for $550. I'll keep the offer open here for 3 days, then it's going on the market for $750. It has both the original and black faceplates.
  3. From http://meanttobehappy.com/10-ways-you-too-can-stop-being-so-easily-offended/ “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln Are you too easily offended? Here’s a test: Do you explode in fits of anger over little things? Do others say you make mountains out of mole hills? Do you frequently take things the wrong way? Do others feel they have to “walk on eggshells” around you? Do others consider you “high maintenance”? If so, your hypersensitivity is robbing you of happiness. I know it’s much easier for me to tell you to stop taking things so personally than it is to actually stop taking things so personally. Still, there are ways to thicken your skin and enjoy life with more happiness and less contention and hurt feelings. 10 WAYS TO STOP TAKING EVERYTHING SO HARD #1: TALK YOURSELF OUT OF BEING OFFENDED It can be just that simple. In the heat of the moment, try asking yourself these questions: “What am I getting so bent out of shape for? Does this really matter? What’s the big deal?” Reason with yourself: “Did he really mean it the way I was just about to take it? Is he truly actually trying to hurt me? Well, then, what is he really trying to say?” Tell yourself the person who is the potential offender has as much right to his opinion as you do to yours. Besides, they’re only words. What can words do? They certainly can’t break my bones! Remember, the reason we usually feel offended is because of the meaning we attach to what is said or done: “That means he really doesn’t care!” “She’s saying I am no good!” “I knew he didn’t really love me!” “She wouldn’t say that if she was …” And so the internal interpretation goes. So simply reframe it. Talk yourself out of the offense by telling yourself: “This person is simply expressing his opinion, and listen to how interesting it is! I find it so fascinating that someone can have such opinions that are almost the exact opposite of mine!” You will be happier as you learn to talk yourself out of offense and internalize the sticks-and-stones-may-break-my-bones-but-words-will-never-hurt-me philosophy of communication. #2: PUT YOURSELF IN THE “OFFENDER’S” SHOES This will have the added benefit of being less offensive to others, as you learn to be “too noble to give offense.” In any event, if you can slide your feet into their moccasins for a minute, you can learn to see things from the offender’s perspective. And then, just maybe, you will see that you too played a role in the drama. And perhaps you will also come to see that the offender had no such intentions of offending. #3: ASSUME A BENEVOLENT MOTIVE Unless proven otherwise (you don’t want to become someone’s dupe), assume the person in question has noble intent. Maybe the language was clumsy, maybe even ill-advised, but assume a good heart. That should take the sting out of the bite and put some happiness back in your day. So don’t hold on to the words people use to get at the thing they are trying to express. Hear the idea and ignore the clumsiness of the expression. #4: PRACTICE DETACHMENT Many people are easily offended because they can’t emotionally differentiate between their thoughts and their inner sense of self. When identities are too closely tied to one’s opinions, and those opinions are then disagreed with, many feel like they, themselves, have been rejected, the core of who they are have been shoved away, pushed to a corner and crushed. This, of course, hurts, but is highly inaccurate. To overcome hypersensitivity, realize that your opinions are not you. And certainly, any given opinion or set of opinions are not the whole of who you are. To the degree you can detach your ideas from your identity, you will live a happy, fulfilling life with little opportunity to feel offended. #5: LEARN HUMILITY A well-known religious leader once said that whenever he hears that he has offended someone, his first response is to stop and think if, in fact, he may have said or done something that could have given the impression of an offense. That, by itself, is a great attitude of humility that would make him almost immune to offense. But he didn’t stop there. He went on to say that he often found that he had indeed said something that could have been construed as offensive. He would then seek out the offended person and apologize for the misconstrued word or deed. Humility is the friend of inner peace and equanimity. And peace and equanimity are the friends of happiness. #6: LOVE TRUTH MORE THAN BEING RIGHT If the truth, whoever possesses it, is more valued than the perception that you are the one who knew it first, then opposition to your thoughts and beliefs will be inoffensive no matter how offensive the other person is trying to be. You are not emotionally attached to your position. You only hunger after truth. So opposition to your point of view offers no grounds for offense. You simply want to know the truth, even if you are never the place it originates. #7: OVERCOME SELF-CENTEREDNESS The It’s-All-About-Me mentality is fertile soil for being frequently offended. Every word out of every mouth, every action or inaction, all that is done or undone, all motives and intentions become a reflection on you. That is a HUGE burden to carry. If everything is reduced to how it affects you, if you reside at the center of everything, no wonder you are so frequently offended! Move away from the center of everyone else’s life. You likely aren’t really there anyway. Nor should you be, in most cases. Allow most of life to be indifferent to you. My bad mood isn’t about you. Your mom’s neglect isn’t even about you either. It’s about her! This way, less in life will offend you and happiness will be much less fleeting too. Besides, they’re entitled to their opinion. So let them have it … cheerfully! #8: RESERVE JUDGMENT Finish the discussion. Let the talk continue to its natural end. So often we jump to conclusions, assume an ill intent, create meaning to a word that then hurts and offends. Resist that urge and delay judgment until the conversation has run its course. You just may find there is no offense to be had by the time you get to the end. #9: ACCEPT IMPERFECTION If you expect others to act and speak a certain way, or assume others will be as kind or compassionate as you, if you’re offended when they don’t rise to the level of your expectation, you will almost always be offended or on the verge of it. Instead, allow people to be human. They are, after all. We all have foibles, idiosyncrasies and personality and character flaws. So do you! Yours just may be different than theirs. So just let it be, shrug and let it slide off your back. Don’t hold on to the imperfections of others so tightly that you strangle yourself in the process! Release! Let go! Breathe. Relax. Part of accepting others’ imperfections is also learning to forgive them their past mistakes (so the current problem isn’t blown out of proportion as an extension of a previous problem unresolved) and create a sort of Forgiveness Default Setting in your heart that you automatically go to when confronted with offensive language or behavior. Remember, people are imperfect. You are imperfect. Life is imperfect. And that’s just plain A-Okay! When you can accept their imperfection (and your own!), you will be well on your way to a life of more emotional stability and happiness. #10: ACCEPT YOURSELF Learn and grow and improve, of course. But accept where you are along that path. You could hardly be anywhere else, given circumstances, after all. So accept yourself deep inside. Validate your inner being. See yourself as more than your behavior. You are also your potential. You are of God, after all. None of us live up to expectations. But accept that too, not as an excuse to stop the moral climb, but as an understanding that where you are is fine for now, at this moment. Move from there, but right now, here, you are complete. This self-acceptance will de-claw others’ ability to offend you. It won’t hurt because your validation doesn’t come from their opinions about you. It comes from within … or from above. People who are internally fragile – no matter how “tough” their exterior – break most easily at the wrong or misplaced word or deed. So grow your inner self. Become self-accepting. And life will be a more consistently happy place to live. YOUR TURN! How have you grown thicker skin? Have you found any of these suggestions helpful? What advice would you give someone who is easily offended? Are there other ways of letting go that would help?
  4. Warning points can be used to do automatic things like limit access to the site, block PMs, etc. We don't use them often because they deeply offend people. But the last time I issued one was to a new guy who was making deals here and backing out, and acting very suspiciously. It got his attention, even though warning points don't actually do anything for the time being. 'Why'd you warn me bro?!?!?!?' Was the worst it did. All you have to do is be nice, and you can have as much ice cream as you want.
  5. Nahash5150


    That's great! I've studies the Chernobyl events for a long time. Many people thought thousands and thousand died, but it was actually only 29. The fallout sickness and death count is obviously higher, some estimates saying near 100,000 people died 'unnaturally'. There is still skepticism that the Russian government has ever come clean about the real statistics of death, sickness and exposure. I totally believe in the heroism. Very brave men fought to save the world there. All of the firefighters died, some of horrible radiation sickness days later. Then the 'liquidators', approximately 100,000, were exposed to extremely high levels of contaminates while cleaning up. Real life interviews of those men revealed that they all knew the job was dangerous, but it had to be done, and they are to this day damn proud that they played a part in stopping a much worse catastrophe. It is a very interesting part of history, and it kinda changed my mind about 'safe' nuclear power. I don't think it can ever be safe, not without some very convincing technology...
  6. Our host was attacked by malware, not CS specifically. Attacks of this nature are commonplace, and FB and Google and Amazon ALL deal with it as well. However, they are multi-billion dollar organizations with many strategic infrastructure fall backs and redundancies. I have taken measures to prevent password cracking, and the admins will be going Dual-Authentication. Why is the site in danger? Because it has enemies. And also because it's a website with a lot of recognition so exploiters always want to take a peak to see if they can get some goodies.
  7. It has been started, yes.
  8. The only way is through browsing the server itself, or look though your activity stream all they way back to years ago and copy pics you've posted before. (you can bring up a list of every post you made. Go to your profile page, then go to 'see my activity' then choose 'posts'.)
  9. Hmm, I might be able to do something. Stay tuned.
  10. Just FYI, we are operating on a server backup, so some information may have been lost.
  11. Well, one of the things I'm going to do, which I've been meaning to do, is back up the member emails so I can send bulk notifications when the server is down. Also, you are all welcome to register at my business site, Nelion Audio, where there is live chat and a forum if you ever want to stay in touch if the site goes dark for some reason. Anyway, I have plans to create contingencies for the next time... This really got me by surprise. Never been through anything quite like it. It was BAD.
  12. Hello, First of all, I'd like to apologize for the extended outage. The server hosting company (A2 Hosting) was viciously attacked by Malware viruses and caused a massive Windows Server shutdown. We were one among many servers that had to be shut down then rebuilt after the attacking programs were cleared. After our server was recovered, we ran into DNS issues this week, but now I think we've got them cleared up as well. Some of you were patient, some were not. All I can say is, these things happen from time to time and there isn't anything we can do but clean up afterwards. If you have any questions, please contact me. I'll be sending out a mass email to inform all the members of the situation. Special thanks to Rod and Dennis for taking the brunt of questions and criticisms. I'm very sorry about all this. Truly. Regards, Greg
  13. It's not an issue if we only keep one album at a time on the server...which is what I have been doing. But we'll see - if the members are supportive of my efforts, I'll do more to make things happen.
  14. I can look into it, but this is on a private server now, so space becomes an issue. Hosts always seem to be on the lookout for music/video distribution as well (we got in trouble with Arvix for the music collection). Also, I have a backup of the library, but it's not on the server - it's huge!!!!
  15. If you click on the down arrow at the end of the song title row, you can download the file.
  16. Now that we have the music streamer back up and running, I'd like to offer members the opportunity to send music to stream/share. If you are IN, then just post you're IN, like karma topics. I will then pick names at random every now and then and they will choose the next NOW PLAYING stream. If you are opting IN, then you are conveying that you know something about digital music files and know how to upload them, etc. I will provide ftp access to a server directory, then the member will be given a user name and password to upload the files. I can't spend the time teaching people how to do this, so, please get with a volunteer (please step forward if willing) to help if needed. I strongly encourage new/alternative music.
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