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« on: April 07, 2004, 10:38:42 AM »
i can not get to this site today, is anyone else having trouble?
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2004, 01:50:58 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2004, 09:09:38 PM »
It is not working for me, Puddin. This is what I get:


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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2004, 09:27:57 PM »
Uh Oh?? It looks like someone forgot to pay their bill??  :( What do you think Rob?? It worked for me earlier..I even made my picks.. :( It was the only game that I was in first place :'( Wahhhhhhhhhhh

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2004, 09:29:30 PM »
I don't know, I don't play this game! Maybe email the webmaster and tell him/her what is going on. Tell them what message you are getting, and maybe they can clear it up for you!

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2004, 09:46:51 PM »
Oh..Thanks Rob I'll take your advice.......................puddin

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2004, 10:03:47 PM »
Message at Lances...
!!! URGENT !!! We have experienced a mail/server problem on the web server and I have therefore had to temporarily disable e-mail reminder notices and message board posts. I am sorry for the inconvenience. Please check your individual team message boards for new posts and remember to put your picks in by the deadline tomorrow! Thanks!
The merge appears to be on! While the merge usually happens prior to the reward challenge, it may in fact not happen until after it. Therefore I am keeping both sets of bonus questions active (tribal and individual). Whichever is appropriate will be used.
Reminder: Pool B deadline is approaching! You have until next Thursday (the 15th) to get your picks in for Pool B. Remember, the object is to pick the order in which the final 8 Survivors will be voted out. Good luck!

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2004, 12:19:35 AM »
What is pool B?

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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2004, 12:28:50 AM »
This is what i get: Fatal error: Call to undefined function: mcrypt_module_open() in /home/survesxz/public_html/survivor_funcs.php on line 998  .  hurry and write him for me puddin, if i cant get on i cant change my picks and i want to pick Kathy.  Maybe you can get on for me and do it since you can get on?  Do you still have my info? 

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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2004, 01:04:37 AM »
IM me T..I'm at the site now..i need your password and info..


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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2004, 01:23:29 AM »
thanks puddin

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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2004, 01:33:31 AM »
Cindi i may have it figured out:  try going to tools at the top of the screen, hit internet options and delete cookies, delete files, and clear history.  After Puddin so kindly changed my picks for me   i did that and now i can get on Lancers site.  Try it and see if it works for you, but make sure you know your name and password first.

theresa 

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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2004, 10:36:35 AM »
Hello, Lance here...I was pointed here by someone on the Tribal Council Message Board.  Thank you!

Yes, it's been an interesting 24 hours!  Yesterday morning at about 10:00am I noticed some sluggishness to the site and the site stats did not look good.  I had a user having problems resetting her password and when I tested this function it took about 5 minutes for the new password to arrive via e-mail (should have been nearly instantaneous).  So I figured something was up and was going to submit a ticket to the webhost admins.

Well, at about 10:50am they called me!  Said they were seeing a lot of e-mail activity and it was bogging down their server.  They traced this back to my site since it was the only one doing any amount of mailing.

We tried for a few hours to isolate the problem and turned off most of the e-mail functions on my site and they rebooted the server, but the problem didn't go away.  After exhausting all options, they had to bring down the site and rebuild the server.  Unfortunately the message they put up in place was not very informative--sorry!  The bill has definitely been paid and the site is not going away.  I wish they would have said "temporarily unavailable!"

Anyway, they got the site up at about 10:00pm last night after being down since 3:00pm.  Unfortunately the new server they built had a few things missing from it including the mechanism I use for auto-logon.   For those that got the "mcrypt" error, this was what was going on.  On my PC at home last night I was able to bypass this error, but I found out at work today that it's not always possible to do that, so I completely disabled this function.  Sorry for those that had to delete your cookies.  This should no longer be necessary.

Additionally, they have completely disabled ALL mail activity on the server, so for the time being there is no mail being sent from the server.  This includes message board posts, reminder notices, as well as some of the mailings for password resets and such.

I will be working with the webhost providers on a plan that brings these functions back online, but understandably they will want to proceed cautiously to avoid a repeat of the fiasco of yesterday/this morning.

Thanks everyone for your patience, and please, just in case, get your votes in early and keep checking back on the "news" section of the site for important updates!

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« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2004, 10:41:03 AM »
Thanks for posting that info Lance.  I was able to make my picks this morning. ;)
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« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2004, 10:59:09 AM »
Thanks for posting that Lancer, we appreciate it.  Thanks for your site also, i missed yahoo pick em and that is as close as it gets.  Welcome to the site.

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« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2004, 11:28:12 AM »
Thanks for the warm welcome!  I'm glad you like the site.  It has been an adventure since I started the site for Survivor 6 (in a big scramble) to replace the Yahoo site.  At the time it was just for my old team that used to play on Yahoo, but for Pearl Islands, the URL got out onto a search engine and before I knew it I had a few hundred people sign up for it!

So I actively tried to promote it for All-Stars and voila, now I have over 1200 people actively playing including a very decent contingent from RFF, so I thank you very much--not that I get any money from it or anything, but it's really great knowing that the work I put into it is enjoyable for so many people.

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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2004, 11:40:23 AM »
 :D :D Thanks for posting Lance !! We love your game... I hope that you stick around and post with us. :D

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Sorry  about that Lance..I was kidding :-[

p.s. I'm tied for first place on your Cheaterboard!! ;D

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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2004, 11:45:29 AM »
Yeah yeah keep bragging puddin. 

We do love your game Lance.  We have it posted here as one of the games to play.  This is the first season i have seen it and i was soooo happy when someone posted it here.  Your doing a great job with it. 


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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2004, 12:34:17 PM »

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Sorry  about that Lance..I was kidding :-[


No worries...I know you were only kidding, although I had the same thought when I saw the error message!  "Please contact billing department" sure makes it sound that way!

I wish I could say I was doing well at the game--I'm in the 55th percentile...I guess that's barely better than average.  Of course my excuse is that I'm usually too busy testing the site and making changes due to twists to watch the show closely, but actually for the past few weeks it's been pretty smooth, but other things have distracted me:

My sister's wedding was last weekend and my aunt had a dinner on Thursday night for her.  Fortunately there were many other Survivor fans in my family and dinner wasn't actually served until about 8:45 (Eastern), so it was not a big deal for us to watch the episode live.  However, I couldn't hear a thing with all the partyin' goin' on (had the closed captions on).  Plus my aunt didn't have any good beer, so I was drinking scotch which really hit me hard.  It's amazing I got the results in accurately at all!   :o

On the prior episode, I had just gotten back from a business trip in California on Wednesday night (the show was on Wed that week)--thank goodness the plane wasn't any later than it actually was.  And we were in the process of moving out of our house (movers were coming Thursday morning to load up the truck).  So I literally watched Survivor, entered the results and then proceeded to pack up the satellite receiver, TV, and computer!  Thankfully I didn't have to stay up all night making changes to the site!

Well, enough behind the scenes stuff--I hope it's interesting to you.  Lot's of cool stories to tell.

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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2004, 12:51:49 PM »
 
I enjoyed reading your cool stories ;) O0 Please stay with us ?? Lance?


(edited because I was rambling.. :P)
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2004, 01:05:49 PM »
All I can say is thank God for TiVo (actually I don't have TiVo, but I have the Dish Network equivalent of it).  In the old VCR days if I didn't get home until 8:30, and I wanted to tape CSI and Without a Trace, I would have to not watch the last half of Survivor, watch CSI and Without a Trace (I couldn't tape it while I'm watching a tape!), and then finally at 11:00 rewind the tape and watch Survivor.  Now if I'm home at 8:30, I can start watching Survivor from the beginning and I'll probably be done watching by 9:15!  Awesome!   :D  Not to mention that if I miss what Big Tom says I can rewind and see if it makes any sense the second time around (it rarely does)   ???

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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2004, 01:13:27 PM »
LOL Big Tom is really hard to understand.. Lance...I 've been thinking about getting TIVO.. Do you recommend it??


OT:Do you read Spoilers?? Snewser from SNN just made his boot pick for tonight  ;)
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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2004, 01:33:23 PM »
Yes, TiVo is great!  It will revolutionize the way you watch TV!  It is a bit pricey.  I was lucky enough to get a model on a discount that has no monthly fee.

No, I don't read the spoilers and I take great pains to not expose myself to votes on my site ahead of time lest I get any inside information!  Sounds like a real interesting world though!  Kind of like stock analysts!

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« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2004, 01:45:39 PM »
Thanks for the advice..I guess my next purchase will be TIVO  :)
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No, I don't read the spoilers and I take great pains to not expose myself to votes on my site ahead of time lest I get any inside information!  Sounds like a real interesting world though!  Kind of like stock analysts
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I really like how fast you posts the Points on your site.. :D
I'll be up untill 2 am tonight..waiting for the other sites to post theirs :P

 Ok..Lance I'm nosy..Where are you from?? If you don't mind me asking?

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« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2004, 02:34:50 PM »
I am in northwestern Vermont, home of Kathy Vavrick O'Brien (I have plenty of stories about that!).  Originally from Western New York (Buffalo).

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« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2004, 03:30:30 PM »
Thanks for all the information. I was finally able to get my picks in. I was sooooooo worried because I hadn't voted this week yet.

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« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2004, 03:53:10 PM »
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I am in northwestern Vermont, home of Kathy Vavrick O'Brien (I have plenty of stories about that!).  Originally from Western New York (Buffalo).
Oh..a neighbor...well..almost..I'm from Pa.
I could only imagine how beautiful Vermont is in the fall  :D
I hope that you can share your stories about Kathy..You know her Lance??

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« Reply #27 on: April 08, 2004, 04:13:25 PM »
Yeah, it's quite nice here in the fall, but also in the summer (nice and cool), winter (love the skiing) and spring (maple syrup!).  Of course the reason it's so nice here in the fall is because they clear cut the forests in the 1800's for lumber.  Practically the whole state was bare.  The first trees that grow back are hardwoods, so that's what makes up most of our forests and mountains.  Amazing how an environmental tragedy like that can have such beautiful results!

As for Kathy, I don't know her personally, but many people my wife and I know do.  Okay, so this will sound a bit like a bad joke about my friend's brother in law's mechanic's dentist's mother's ...  but...

The father of a classmate of my son's (whom I do know very well -- he has participated in several Eco-Challenges and finished 12th in the last one) is good friends with Kathy and actually trained her on survival skills.  Because of their friendship, she came and spoke to my son's class and has spoken at a school assembly.  A friend of mine at work who's a big rock climber claims to be friends with her.  And finally, my wife's boss's wife works with Kathy and this is the relationship that has paid off the biggest!  My wife and I were invited to a private party Kathy threw at the conclusion of S4, so I did get to meet her and ask questions and all that jazz.  She spoke for about 2 hours on all the behind the scenes stuff.  It is truly amazing what you don't see on TV!  Just to listen to her speak you can tell the experience changed her life and I can imagine why they would be willing to go through that again knowing how hard it was.

So, we are all rooting for Kathy here in Burlington!  She's done some not-too-smart things this season, but is otherwise strong, but with the way her tribe has just lost challenge after challenge and the resentment that the new Mogo Mogo must feel losing their camp (and Amba), I think the new Chapera will be quickly decimated following the merge, so the prospects do not look positive for her.   :( But, remember, I'm only slightly above average in my picking ability, so don't listen to me!

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« Reply #28 on: April 08, 2004, 05:26:08 PM »
What kind of DVR is in the DishNetwork models? I want to go to dishnet, but I don't know about thier DVRs, and that is the only reason I would go to dishnet. It isn't TiVo I take it???

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« Reply #29 on: April 09, 2004, 01:13:53 AM »
You all are going to scare him off, lol. 

i love your stories too Lance, that is really cool to hear about Kathy.  She is one of my very favorite survivors.  i just knew she would be a good person. Thanks for the stories.

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« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2004, 06:55:34 AM »
What kind of DVR is in the DishNetwork models? I want to go to dishnet, but I don't know about thier DVRs, and that is the only reason I would go to dishnet. It isn't TiVo I take it???

Nope, it's not TiVo, it's a homebrew DVR.  And unfortunately they are switching over to a business model much like TiVo (monthly fee).  I think you can still get a 501 that has no monthly fee, but their newer models are subsidized (you can get one for as little as $199) but they have a $5 monthly fee (if you buy certain packages or make certain committments, I think you can get this fee waived).

On the negative side, these DVR's do not have many of the cool features of TiVo.  Even though there is a guide built in and you select shows to watch/record via the on-screen guide, the actual events you set up to record are simply based on date/time.  So unlike TiVo, if a show is on a different day or is a 2 hour special or something like that, you will miss it unless you remember to set up a new timer.  They have said that they are going to be changing to a title-based recording in the future.  It also doesn't make recommendations and such.

On the plus side, it records the actual digital bitstream from the satellite, so you are in essence using the $2 million MPEG encoders at the uplink center rather than a $150 MPEG encoder built into your box.  So you get highest quality video at excellent compression, meaning for the same size hard drive unit, you will get more hours of video on the Dish PVR.  Of course it won't record cable/antenna shows, but since Dish Network has locals in many markets, this isn't always an issue.  Also, even with the monthly fee, it is cheaper than TiVo.  Finally, Dish has the world's only HDTV DVR, the 921.  This one WILL record HDTV you receive off an antenna, plus it has 2 tuners so you can record 2 shows at once in case of conflicts!  It comes with a 250GB hard drive which will hold about 25 hours of HDTV.  This will cost you though:  the unit is about $1000!

  Overall, I would recommend the Dish Network/DVR solution.  Sure, I would like some of the features the TiVo has, but I'm also a cheapskate and not willing to pay for it!

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« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2004, 07:03:30 AM »
Well, so much about being in the top half...I've slipped to the 48th percentile!  I absolutely thought Lex was safe for at least 1 week.  I knew Boston Rob was going to screw him, but to do it right away is absolutely shocking!  In fact, I thought it would have been more strategic to bring him along for a week and get more info out of him and perhaps set things up a little more.  I mean who was Shii Ann attached to (besides Lex and Kathy?)  She was the biggest target in my opinion.  I guess BR was too afraid that he almost got beat in the Immunity Challenge.  I'm waiting for the ol' Rupe to show his strength (I think he's been holding out until after the merge).  Once he wins Immunity, I think BR is history (again, in case you didn't hear me last time, I am now 591 out of 1131, so don't listen to me!)   :)
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« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2004, 11:40:30 AM »
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I'm waiting for the ol' Rupe to show his strength (I think he's been holding out until after the merge).  Once he wins Immunity, I think BR is history (again, in case you didn't hear me last time, I am now 591 out of 1131, so don't listen to me!)   

I want Rupert to win ssooooo bad Lance!! I think he threw the IC last night..??
How about Kathy Kick Ass !! I never ever would have thought she could outlast the younger girls !! YAY! For us older girls..(I'm 44  :P)
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« Reply #33 on: April 09, 2004, 12:49:22 PM »
Kathy has said that swimming is her weak point (although she specifically trained on this before she left).  She seems to take preparing for the game pretty seriously and talked about how amazed she was that the other people she played with on Marquesas were expecting a lot more comforts than they got and had little or no survival skills.  Still, I simply cannot believe that Alicia did not do better in that challenge.

But now I think Kathy is in a pretty vulnerable position.  But, let's see what happens.

As for Rupert, I think he's been sandbagging all season long, waiting for the merge to show his strength (even then it's risky to show too much strength).  Still, I am holding out hope that he will win an Immunity soon and his first move should be to expel Rob (and I think he knows this).  The problem is that he's a man of his word and he thinks he has an alliance with Rob.  The truth is that NO ONE, with the possible (but only possible) exception of Amba has a true alliance with him.

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« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2004, 12:59:19 PM »
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Still, I am holding out hope that he will win an Immunity soon and his first move should be to expel Rob (and I think he knows this). 
Thats what I'm hoping for!!!!!  :D :D ..I think that Jenna & Rupert will be the final two.... :D


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« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2004, 01:38:35 PM »
Lances Pool B
I posted this to Lance..
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Pool B
by: puddinpie  7:14PM ET Saturday, Apr 10
 
Lance? Can anyone join Pool B? If so...how do I join?

Thanks..Puddin

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Pool B entries
by: Admin  5:20PM ET Monday, Apr 12
 
Yes, Pool B is open to anyone. To enter it, just go to your weekly summary page (the one that comes up when you click on your name on the main page) and you will see Pool B at the bottom of the page. Click "Edit" to enter your picks.

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I signed up ..I wanted to let our team know about this, all you have to do is predict the final 8 Survivor players correctly  :).....puddin
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« Reply #36 on: April 13, 2004, 06:28:55 PM »
And then do WE win a million dollars?  ;D


 

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