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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I was reading from the great Cow and decided to enter this Blog Contest by Thor Schrock.    It apparently has something to do with promoting the Secret Classroom dvds.    It’d be cool to win either the $1,000 cash prize or the 22inch monitor, but who knows.

posted by johntash at 1:01 am  

Sh17y Maintenance VI and Top 5 Posts

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

  • Installed the WP-Super-Cache plugin for WordPress.    It’s a replacement for WP-Cache that comes with WordPress.    It’s supposedly a lot faster and so far seems like a good alternative especially since it supports gzip.
  • Changed the sitemaps.xml file around a little bit.  It no longer includes any Category or Archives type pages; Only actual posts and static pages.  This should stop google (and other search engines) from sending people to a category page instead of straight to the post they were looking for.
  • I did alot of cleaning of code and such that you people won’t notice, but it’s there anyway.   Hopefully it’ll speed things up a little bit.

Top 5 Posts on www.thesh17.com according to traffic:

  1.  40,000 Blowjobs from Belgium
    I’m too sure why this one is still getting a lot of hits. I think its from people searching google for “Blowjob“. Sick bastards
  2. Funny Motivational Posters
    We actually get more traffic from google for the term “Funny Motivational Posters” than from stumbleupon
  3. 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0
    Everybody just wants to break the law I guess.
  4. Guitar Hero 3 Details and Song List
    Another one mostly from google search.
  5. I’mah firein’ up mah ion cannon.
    You’ll have to ask Kanchi why this is so popular. CnC3 has been how for how long?

We’re also starting a few other projects.   One of those being a webbased MMORPG.  More information will be posted when it becomes available.

posted by johntash at 8:49 pm  

Real Friends

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

It’s almost Christmas, so I thought this picture was relevant.


Real Friends
Help you move bodies

posted by johntash at 7:18 pm  

Funny Motivational Posters – Part II

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Alright. Hopefully you’ve already seen the first set of Motivational Posters. If not, go check them out. Here’s round two.

You can click on the pictures to view them at their full size and then click again to close it.


Cosmic Jewish Zombie

Yeah. Christianity. Religion. Some things just make more sense when you think of them as cosmic jewish zombies.

Creepy Clown Train

Freaky Abandoned clown trains.

Free Candy! I'd trust him.

You gotta take a chance every once in a while. Pedobear is the shit anyway.

[Click the More link for a lot more posters. Possibly NSFW]


posted by johntash at 1:58 am  

Crazy Guitar Hero Videos

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Alright. So everybody* loves Guitar Hero, but not everyone’s as good as some of these guys.

This 8yr old kid would totally kick your ass.   Watch him play Psychobily Freakout on GH2

And one of the hardest/funnest songs on GH3 is Through the Fire and Flames by Dragon force.  These two completely annihilate the song.

(Videos after jump) 


posted by johntash at 3:31 pm  

google video ad test

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

posted by johntash at 8:36 pm  

Ubuntu: hellanzb for easy downloading from newsgroups

Saturday, December 1, 2007


This guide is written for Ubuntu or any debian-based distro of Linux; Mainly because I’m lazy and decided to use apt-get.
I’m also not going to explain newsgroups or .nzb files in general right now. I might write a follow-up for that later. I do however recommend the use of Giganews.

  • One: I get a small discount if you use my referral to sign up.
  • Two: It’s only $20 for the first month with unlimited download, 20 connections, and SSL.
  • Three: It’s the best usenet provider I’ve found so far and is able to max out my connection. Way faster than BitTorrent.

Update:   Astraweb is offering a special.    $11/mo for the life of your account.   I’ve been using them for several months with no complaints.    If you’re looking for the best deal, you may want to try Astraweb.

Hellanzb preview 1

What is HellaNZB?

Here’s a description straight from their website:

hellanzb is a Python application designed for *nix environments that retrieves nzb files and fully processes them. The goal being to make getting files from Usenet (e.g.: Giganews Newsgroups) as hands-free as possible. Once fully installed, all thats required is moving an nzb file to the queue directory. The rest; fetching, par-checking, un-raring, etc. is taken care of by hellanzb.

Installation of HellaNZB

  1. Open a terminal or connect to your server using SSH.
  2. Use apt-get to install the prereqs :
    sudo apt-get install rar unrar par2 python-dev python-twisted python-pyopenssl wget tar screen
  3. Download hellanzb and extract it. (Check the website to get the latest version)
    cd ~ ;
    wget http://www.hellanzb.com/distfiles/hellanzb-0.13.tar.gz ;
    tar xvf hellanzb*tar.gz ;
    cd hellanzb-0.13
  4. Install it (requires root access)
    sudo python setup.py install
  5. Copy the configuration file
    sudo cp /usr/etc/hellanzb.conf.sample /usr/etc/hellanzb.conf
  6. Edit the configuration file (replace vim with editor of choice)
    sudo vim /usr/etc/hellanzb.conf

    1. Make sure you configure the server information in the .conf file.  It’s pretty self explanatory and gives examples.
    2. If you’re planning to use SSL; make sure you enable the SSL option and change the port from 119 to 443.
    3. Set the PREFIX dir to something like /home/username/ or /mnt/storage/hellanzb/
  7. That’s it.  You can download a .nzb file and put it in PREFIX_DIR/nzb/daemon.queue/ and if hellanzb is running, it will automatically start processing the .nzb file and then download its contents.   Start hellanzb like this:
  8. Once it finishes downloading a file.  It’ll check to make sure it’s all there and repair it using PAR if it needs to, then unrar it and copy the extracted content to PREFIX_DIR/usenet. It’ll also delete the .rar and .par files once it’s done with them.

Make Hellanzb startup on boot as an init script

I found this init.d script on the ubuntu forums that basically starts hellanzb in a screen session at boot.

  1. Download my slightly modified init.d script
    wget http://www.thesh17.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/hellanzb ;
  2. Copy and chmod the script
    sudo cp hellanzb /etc/init.d/hellanzb
    sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/hellanzb
  3. Set it to run on boot
    sudo update-rc.d hellanzb defaults
  4. Edit the init.d script to run hellanzb as your user(IMPORTANT)
    sudo vim /etc/init.d/hellanzb

    1. Change HELLAUSER=yourusernametorunhellanzbas to reflect your username.
  5. Start hellanzb to see if it all worked
    sudo /etc/init.d/hellanzb start

Alternate Method to start on boot

If you get any errors. Just add this line inside /etc/rc.local and change $HELLAUSER to whatever your username is.

su -c '/usr/bin/screen -S hellanzb -d -m /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/hellanzb > /dev/null 2> /dev/null' $HELLAUSER

Now then.  You should be all set.  Just use SFTP or one of the web interfaces to hellanzb and download .nzb files into the queue folder.

posted by johntash at 6:49 pm  
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