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MacFive Posted on: 25-Jun-2016, 08:52 AM

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QUOTE (Aaediwen @ 25-Jun-2016, 07:31 AM)
As I recall, it was about 2003 when I first found CRN. Since I had my breakdown, the place I worked closed in 2012. So I went back to school to get a BS degree in Network Security & Electronics. I officially connected with and then married a lady I met on CRN, and I got several industry certs. These including Linux+, Net+, A+, and LPIC-1. I am also now working as a network admin and software developer at a small company here in Lexington, right along side the guy that got me started with Linux. Embedded work there has gotten be back to doing unique LFS builds and I am currently working to see how small of a system I can get to run. Right now, I'm at just shy of 120MB with about 8MB of RAM used while running an SSHD.

Congrats! Sounds like you have accomplished a lot! Degrees, certification and a wife! It's good to hear you are doing so well.

And it's good to hear you are using your Linux knowledge in your occupation.

Hope your family is well too!
  Forum: Introductions  ·  Post Preview: #315203

MacFive Posted on: 24-Jun-2016, 06:36 PM

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Wonderful you have come back Aaediwen! I am glad that we are still around for you to come back to.

How long has it been since you first discovered CR? Time certainly goes by fast. We are fortunate that you taught us so many Linux tricks which we have used many times in administering the CR servers.

Welcome back! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

  Forum: Introductions  ·  Post Preview: #315201

MacFive Posted on: 24-Jun-2016, 06:32 PM

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There seems to be a lot of dire financial warnings about this and already we have seen the stock market sink. I don't claim to be an expert on the topic, but I kept hearing about Corporations were not going to be making as much money now.

And when you have the President of the U.S. weighing in trying to get people to vote against it, you wonder if there is more to the story then meets the eye. And why should a sitting president of any country try to influence another countries vote?

Preserving ones countries culture is and important and noble cause. I love all of the countries of Europe and enjoy each ones unique culture and history. Creating one block and watering down the diversity to me seems like a step backwards.

I have read many articles on the EU and there is open arguments (not my own) about Germany losing the war but basically gaining control of all of Europe through this Union. There are also complaints of the Northern EU countries shouldering the biggest of financial share of the finances.

One of the reasons for the EU was to prevent WWIII. There were two major wars fought on their soil and some believe the EU would prevent a third.

Perhaps the peoples of Great Britain thought they were going to lose their identify.

And you are very right that Scotland could try for an independence vote again. But if you look at Ireland and see how poor that country is now and how most people immigrate to the U.S. - Scotland might want to rethink that decision.

A tremendous opportunity exists for the U.K. now, unite the countries of the Isle and forge strong political, social and financial agreements - put their past behind them - and that could make them a greater influence on World events and a major player in every corner of the world.

Fracture the Isles more and the culture of their peoples will eventually fade away...

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MacFive Posted on: 22-Oct-2015, 07:45 PM

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Thank you for sharing this. It truly sounds like a beautiful ceremony. Would love to attend one. Going to print out now and share it on our Kitchen Fridge.
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No New Posts  Celtic Zodiac (Pages 1 2 )
MacFive Posted on: 22-Oct-2015, 07:41 PM

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It's amazing how these things turn out to be so true. Makes you really wonder if there is more to it and perhaps those ancient druids or Celtic peoples maybe had figured something out that is staring us blind in the eye.

Well here is my story. My wife and I are both Ash Tree. We actually have a beautiful Ash tree in our back yard. It's a little scary as the wood is so heavy and we do need to get it trimmed soon.

If you read about the Ash Tree you will find that it is related to the Ocean and to Waters. The Celts believed it originated from the deep seas, to the Greeks it was the sacred wood of the Sea God Poseidon.

So a few winters back a tremendous branch broke off during a winter storm and hit our pool with such force that it dented it 3 feet down which is a powerful force considering the metal of a pool and coming straight down. Water poured out of the pool surreal with the winter landscape. It was considered a freak winter storm, hard to hit and left a good foot of blue tinged snow.

Our small children stared in disbelief at their summer retreat destroyed in an instant and water flowing all over the yard.

It was not until the spring that we actually started to take down the pool to replace that we noticed the rivets at that the main seem were all rotted and the metal too brittle. The pool itself was not that old but yet if that Ash tree had not shed its wood, it is possible that the pool's seem may have come apart during the kids whirl pool antics and God knows what would have happened.

So our protector, our Ash tree stands tall and mighty in our yard looking after us day and night.....

Coming from New England we grew up with tales of the Ash Tree. Apparently King George had arrows placed on every Ash tree in New England to signify they were his to take and only his....well that is another story! biggrin.gif

  Forum: The Celts  ·  Post Preview: #313876

MacFive Posted on: 01-Feb-2015, 09:02 AM

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QUOTE (WallaceGal @ 31-Jan-2015, 03:23 PM)
It was almost too sunny here earlier but the cloud cover is coming in now. Should start snowing somewhere between 10 tonight and one tomorrow morning. Calling for 8-12 inches by tomorrow night. We'll see...

Oh brother more snow! Yes they are forecasting more snow for us too so that means no place to put the snow.

Doesn't look like it is going to be any warmth for a while, so I guess that means more and more snow.

Had to dig out a car last night and we had not place else to put the snow, so ended up putting it on a snow bank across the street from us!
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MacFive Posted on: 07-Jan-2015, 06:21 AM

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17 Degrees in Boston, MA and going down to 0 tonight I heard. Just cold cold cold with a dusting of snow everywhere.
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MacFive Posted on: 07-Oct-2014, 08:27 PM

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Welcome back Marti! biggrin.gif
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MacFive Posted on: 18-Sep-2014, 08:05 PM

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It has been very exciting because everyone is talking about it. At work, on the news and in the family.

We are heading up to the New Hampshire Highland Games this weekend and it will be interesting to hear if there is any discussion.

Guess we will know in several hours, certainly by morning what the vote results in. Even if the vote for no wins, I think Scotland will gain politically and financially with more say in the UK government.
  Forum: Polls  ·  Post Preview: #311175

MacFive Posted on: 17-Sep-2014, 07:44 PM

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Scotland will vote not to leave the U.K.

In fact, I am still of the personal opinion that this break-up would be bad for Scotland, England and the U.K. What this will do for the financial markets is terrible and could send the markets in a tailspin.

But seriously, Scots and English have a shared history and shared families from cross border marriages. Take Princess Diana and her two sons who share Scottish and English history.

I think for us Americans we like to think of Scotland as in medieval times and what it was like in the romanticized versions of history. We've always been freedom loving people.

Scotland does not have the industry nor finances to make this successful. To be honest with you the political forces in Westminister should have never allowed this question on the ballot. Would us as Americans ever allow Texas or California or Alaska to become independent nations.

In the end if Scotland does vote to leave the U.K., then it is very possible this could be the end of the U.K. It would just cumulate the self-destruction of the Western Powers in Europe and create a vacuum that will some day be filled by those bigger nations that have bigger plans to extend their influence beyond their borders - mainly Russia and China....

In the course of human history, all empires eventually come to an end and what we might be witnessing is the final blow to that great and brutal empire called the United Kingdom...
  Forum: Polls  ·  Post Preview: #311172

No New Posts  Ru Ra
MacFive Posted on: 15-Sep-2014, 05:06 AM

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Ru Ra is awesome group that plays some really wonderful music. They reside in Connecticut now and are still playing many gigs spreading their music all over New England.<br><br>Review on Ru Ra<br><a href='http://www.celticradio.net/php/playlist.php?start=0&limit=25&letter=&search=Ru+Ra&type=album&exact=exact'><b>Visit Album Page</b></a>
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MacFive Posted on: 15-Sep-2014, 05:02 AM

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Here is an open letter piece addressed "Dear Scotland." I think it addresses a lot of the same issues and concerns that Canada experienced with the Quebec Independence movement. Having been there during that time period, it was not even safe to be an English speaker in some parts.

While emotionally a free and independent Scotland seems like a wonderful thing, ripping apart the United Kingdom at its heart seems like it would put Scots at a disadvantage and diminished influence over the wrong term. As I have heard many people from England saying their "Grandmother" is from Scotland - it seems the two countries share more in common than not. 300 years is an awefully long time....



Dear Scotland,

You probably don’t know this, but you made us. The first European to cross the continent and reach our Pacific coast was Alexander Mackenzie – a Scot. Our first prime minister and chief Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald? Scottish. So too our second PM. Our country’s national dream, a railroad from sea to sea, was realized in 1885 when Sir Donald Smith, head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, drove The Last Spike at Craigellachie – a place named after a village in his homeland. The man who did the most to create Canada’s system of universal public health care, and chosen as “The Greatest Canadian” in a national survey of CBC viewers, was Tommy Douglas. He was born in Falkirk. The thistle and the red lion rampant on our national coat of arms identify you as one of our four founding nations; half of our provincial flags contain a Saint Andrew’s cross; and one of our provinces – Nova Scotia – is named after you. There are said to be more pipers and pipe bands in Canada than in Scotland. And nearly five million Canadians identify their ethnic origin as entirely or partly Scottish, which means we have almost as many Scottish-Canadians as you have people.

You made us – and as a gesture of thanks, we’d like to offer some advice on how to avoid unmaking yourself. This bit of history you are living right now? This referendum thing? We’ve already been through that. We may be a young nation but we have far more experience than you on this issue. We nearly tore our country apart. Twice.

Read the whole article, it is a very interesting take...

As we say in the States, United we stand - Divided we Fall...

  Forum: Polls  ·  Post Preview: #311166

Poll Poll: Summer Plans
MacFive Posted on: 07-Aug-2014, 08:17 PM

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Well, this summer for the MacArthur clan has taken a turn. We decided to do something very different and have purchased a small used travel camper. We have really enjoyed camping in the great North Woods of New England the past few summers, so I guess this is the next step!

Still I think we are in our heads up to the water, almost, but not drowning yet. A lot to learn about grey water, black water, and what exactly this chunky camper does that is now sitting in our back yard. We've had coffee in it, watched T.V. in it and explored the nooks and crannies.

With any luck we will be going in it to the Maine Highland Games for 3 days.

If anyone has advise on travel trailers please let me know - much appreciated. Perhaps in a few years we can start exploring this great country! Figured we needed to do something fun before ARRP starts sending us magazine offers! Of course, this might be a great way to finance a low budget retirement!! rolleyes.gif
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Poll Poll: Summer Plans
MacFive Posted on: 07-Aug-2014, 08:12 PM

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QUOTE (haynes9 @ 03-Jul-2014, 12:46 AM)
Summer is pretty much nuts here on the good old Navajo Nation. We have three Vacation Bible Schools to run (one down, two to go - had a high day of 119 kids), Youth Conferences, building projects, and so forth.

God Bless you Haynes. It's so good to hear about a strong following and enrollment in a Vacation Bible School. Sounds like my upbringing in a strong Congregational Church in the 70s here in Massachusetts. Remember attending a Lutheran church for vocational Bible school and learning I can raise my arms up to pray. Keep up the great work! wink.gif
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MacFive Posted on: 29-May-2014, 07:52 PM

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Would like to spend more time with my children and buy them all houses so I can go over and leave dishes in the sink and perhaps track some mud through the living room! biggrin.gif
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #310911

MacFive Posted on: 29-May-2014, 07:48 PM

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I agree that the bad blood and the centuries old hatreds need to be put aside.

My daughter recently visited Ireland and really was shocked upon visiting Northern Ireland and seeing a wall divide a city between Catholics and Protestants. One side lived the Catholics and the other side lived the Protestants. Separate schools, not allowed to marry each other, etc.

The tour guide explained there had been progress because 25 years ago you could not even stand at the location and observe without possibly coming under bodily harm.

Of course this is a kind of racism and I have experienced shades of it from both sides and quietly observed the views and feelings expressed.

Perhaps this is a component of the Northern Ireland troubles.

It would be great to get the transcripts of these IRA members who volunteered this information, but those are probably not made available to the public.
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MacFive Posted on: 07-May-2014, 05:53 PM

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Sure anytime you are in the area1 biggrin.gif I love to cook!
  Forum: From Your Kitchen to My Plate  ·  Post Preview: #310803

MacFive Posted on: 27-Apr-2014, 03:26 PM

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QUOTE (JACOBITE @ 23-Apr-2014, 12:38 AM)
As far as military goes Scotland has seen its share of the defence budget cut. We have had air fields shut and army numbers cut. The Russian navy has twice sent ships into Scottish waters in recent years and it has been up to fishing boats and the Norwegian navy to keep an eye on them as there are no naval surface ships in Scotland.
Scotland has no wish to try and claim to be a major player in the world.Our role will be like Norway or Denmark ,quietly efficent.
Scotland currently has no world role. Many people across the world do not even know we exist. To many we are English. I'm not claiming we are going to burst on the world stage and take it by storm but we will finally have a place at the UN and the EU we'll even be allowed our own Olympic team.

It truly is amazing how little is known about Scotland, but in how mighty they have shaped the world. True to the Scottish persona; sometimes it is the quiet people that sit back and listen that when they speak it has a great impact.

Unforunately with world events Europe may have to play a greater role militarily including Scotland. We are entering very dangereous times with the rising of China Nationalism, Russia Nationals and the former Turkish empire of Iran/Syria. And what about North Korea?

The Western Culture is under attack from all sides and as we say in the states, United we Stand, Divided we Fall....

The one thing that really bothers me about the drive for Scottish Independence is that it is being touted by Vladimir Putin himself and one must ask what his motives are for that which certainly can not be good...
  Forum: Polls  ·  Post Preview: #310784

MacFive Posted on: 22-Apr-2014, 02:17 PM

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My main worry about splitting up the Union would probably be Militarily. What does this mean? And will America step in and put the brakes on this as some articles have suggested.

I think there is an advantage that the former commonwealths of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Scotland remain in close coordination. With the events of the world recently there is an advantage of these Allies remaining together in somesort of working framework.

While independence of Scotland sounds like a good idea, is it possible that it will result in diminished world roles for both Scotland and the U.K. Would it be better to find an alternative solution or is the writing already on the wall?
  Forum: Polls  ·  Post Preview: #310759

MacFive Posted on: 22-Apr-2014, 01:56 PM

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It really depends on the mood I am in. I don't think I can positively put my finger on one best group, but the names mentioned previously I think are all in the running.

Gaelic Storm I think is one of my favorites as well as Enter the Haggis and Runrig. Rankin family, Leahy and of course Albannach!

I could go on all day! thumbs_up.gif note.gif
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #310758

No New Posts  SAMMY
MacFive Posted on: 22-Apr-2014, 01:54 PM

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It's the hardest thing to do; putting down a pet. We have had 6 dogs over the course of nearly 30 years. 4 of them we had to put down. We currently have an 11 year old pomerian and a 2 year old Australian Sheppard.

The previous 4 dogs had such a strong will to live and stay with us, I don't think they wanted to go but they were all in so much pain and literally having strokes and one with cancer.

Sorry to hear about your pet.
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #310757

MacFive Posted on: 22-Apr-2014, 01:48 PM

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This past Easter we wanted to cook something other than the traditional Ham, so we purchased a 3 pound Rib Roast. Since I am the youngest of my family, most of the kids (nieces and nephews) are grown so a few of my brothers were going out to eat and a few living in different states where staying put.

So we found ourselves home for Easter. The 3 pound Rib Roast was perfect for a family of 5.

Here is how we cooked it. First mixed some salt, pepper, garlic and rubbed the roast down. We cooked it on a rack with a pan to catch the drippings.

Took the roast out of the fridge an hour before cook time to let it rise to room temperature. Then we pre-heat the oven to 475 and cooked it for 15 minutes (5 minutes a pound). We then turned the oven off and watched the meat temperature until it reached about 125. It took about an hour. Do not open the oven at all during this period.

Take the roast out and wrap in foil and it will cook for an additional 15 minutes. To our surprise the Rib Roast came out perfectly medium rare. Beautiful red through but fully cooked and tender.

We complimented the Roast with a broccoli casserole. 3-4 pounds of broccoli crowns, boiled then baked with Velvetti cheese and a package of golden buttery crackers ground up. Made a sweet potato casserole that was topped with mini marshmallows. Had rolls and butter and we were well on our way to Easter Bliss!

Did I mention the chocolate Truffle half egg shape cake for desert? rolleyes.gif
  Forum: From Your Kitchen to My Plate  ·  Post Preview: #310756

MacFive Posted on: 22-Apr-2014, 01:38 PM

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That's a great question and I think I better think of something real soon!

  Forum: From Your Kitchen to My Plate  ·  Post Preview: #310755

MacFive Posted on: 22-Apr-2014, 01:37 PM

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I continue to be very impressed with the BBC and also with Irish/British/Scottish actors and actresses in general. For example, the Walking Dead main characters such as Rick and the Governor are from the U.K. / Ireland. You would never know it with their drawl southern accent!

The White Queen is a great show with some excellent acting, scenes, sets and customs are very impressive.

Loved Merlin too and sad to see it end, hopefully there will be a spin-off.

  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #310754

MacFive Posted on: 22-Apr-2014, 01:33 PM

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I'm going to past this link on to my daughter. She leaves for Ireland in a few weeks part of one of the last college courses she is taking before graduation. She will be staying in Dublin, Sligo, Derry, Limerick and a few other places as well as touring trinity college and a few castles.

It is a writing course and she has to keep a journal so I can't wait to read her writings upon her return.....

Thanks for the link!
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