What will take sediment and water stain off of windows?

I have a couple of windows at work, that have this cloudy appearance on them.  When they are still somewhat wet, just after I clean them, they look good until it drys.  The haze and or cloudy appearance is still there.  I'm guessing it's from the sprinklers and or whatever is in the water and baking in the sun for twenty years.  Does anyone know how I can get this window clean and clear to see through again?

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Windows software similar to Vectorworks

I was wondering if anyone knows of a Windows version of Vectorworks out there. I use Vectorworks here in college in a MAC lab but I wanted to know if anyone else makes software similar to that for windows.

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can i make a greenhouse with double glazed windows

CAN I GROW PLANTS THAT WOULD GROW IN A GREENHOUSE IN MY CONSERVATORY?

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Game Maker

Game Maker Programming console disscusion forum

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whats the fastest web browser on windows

I want to know what u think is the fastest and best web browser on windows.

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Polycarbonate panel thickness for secure windows? Answered

I need to glaze 16 small panes (430 x 275 mm) in very strong, cast aluminium window frames (8 per frame, either side of the door). Is 3 mm frosted polycarbonate going to be impact resistant enough to keep people out? The building these windows are part of is in a fairly remote place, so security is a concern but for cost and aesthetic reasons we don't want to glaze with glass and install a metal security screen. The current ugly solution is boarding them up and securing with screws but this doesn't allow us light inside. Cost is a consideration since I've been given permission by the company that owns the land to reglaze them and if I provide the labour they will supply the materials. 16 off 3 mm sheets, £3.85 each = £61.60 16 off 4 mm sheets, £5.14 each = £82.24 16 off 6 mm sheets, £7.70 each = £123.20 I've found lots of sites shouting "yeah polycarb is badass! It's unbreakable!" but not one that gives an idea for thinner sheets. Am I wasting money by going for thicker sheets? Or if someone's trying to get in might a 3 mm sheet be breakable?

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What material is used for car convertible tops-rear window? I want to enclose a porch?

I want to enclose a porch with 4X8 foot framed windows using this material for the window-rear window convertible "plastic"?

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Just Because I'm Bored

Are you bored? I am. So, because I'm so bored, I am staring out the window, pondering life's questions. Here's the view from my window, so we can all stare together.

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i have to sleep like outside !

Today winter showed its presence here. nights with lightnings and thunders i want to get a glass roof and sleep under it outside ! or atleast to stick my head to the window of my room *tries to set up the computer desk next to the window and throw a mat over it*

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airsoft guns

No matter what u think airsoft guns break windows. Me or my friends broke my neighbors window. He is a cop but luckly ke was laid back about it so be careful

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How can i delete Family Safety - Windows Live ?

I can't use my msn because of Family Safety program. How can i change it or better, delete it ?? please HELP ME!!

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What kind of bug is this? Answered

I saw this on a window and snapped a shot.  Taken in Tucson, Az

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Stig flies!

If you have heard of The Stig, then you will enjoy this video all the more...Link to Windows Media clip.Enjoy.

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Any tips on winterizing a boon-docking travel trailer with no electricity?

We've bubble wrapped our windows, covered vents, need a trailer skirt, but what else to keep warm?

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The dark secrets of MSN Messenger

There are many secrets of MSN, here are some: Hidden Emoticons (can be used on display names): Storms: (li) Be right back (brb) Turtle: (tu) Dish: (pl) Xbox: (xx) Cigarette : (ci) Hand cuffs (%) High 5 (h5) Rainbow: (R) Handcuffs: (%) Sunshine: (#) Devil: (6) Stupid Question mark: (?) Fingers crossed (yn) Scripts: Type in:      /patchou and you'll see a picture of the creator, with the following message: "Thank you for using this software. The best reward I can get for my work is to see you highly satisfied. Sincerely, PaTchou."      /sbrb You'll see "Be right back" in the post, and hear a sound byte from the film "Terminator" {Arnold Schwarzenegger} saying: "I'll be back".      /sdoh You'll see "I'm so stupid" in the post, and hear a sound byte of Homer Simpson saying "D'oh!"      /sevillaugh You'll see "Muahahahha" in the post, and hear a sound byte of an hideous laugh. /skiss You'll see "I Love you" in the post, and hear a sound byte of a kiss.      /shello You'll see "Hello you!" in the post, and hear a sound byte of Mr. Hanky saying "Howdy how!" 

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Bases

Here we discuss the optional idea of using bases in water wars. In this forum, we talk about designing/building them as well as other things like windows, roof coverings, turrets, and the protection of the base itself.

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What's the best, inexpensive way to build a storage shed? Answered

I would like it to be as Green as possible, with natural lighting via windows and maybe a skylight. The space is 8'x10'x8' and the floor already exists.

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How To avoid being rickrolled&how to get out of it!

Part 1 Avoidance) 1)Read the Posts after the link was posted most people will warn you.2)Watch out for Link Formatting Http://Instructables.com/ = GoodSuper awesome website = Danger3)Browsers are your friendIf you scroll your mouse over a link DON'T Click In the bottom corner it will show the address of the website. If it's Http://Exameple College.com/ It's okayHttp://ExampleRichrolled.com/ Don't click smartypantsPart 2)How to escape1)On windows Press CONTROL+ ALT+DELETE and close your Internet from the Task manager2)Some rickroll sites are ok and will let you go.http://www.1227.com/ <-- REAL RICKROLL Site to escape click on the browser. (But you Get A lyrics popup)3)Restart your computer4)close it from the bottom of your screen5)On windows ALT+ F4 Closes All Windows open.I know most of this is common sense but i hope it helps :3

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Bullet proof bra!

A US woman had a lucky escape when a burglar's bullet bounced off the metal underwire in her bra.Police in the city of Detroit said one of three intruders fired a shot when the woman looked out of her window and saw them raiding the house next door.The bullet smashed the window and hit her, but instead of causing serious injury - or worse - it was deflected off the wiring in her bra.The unnamed 57-year-old woman was taken to hospital and released the same day."It did slow the bullet down," said a police spokesman. "She sustained injuries but they're not life-threatening."Teenage gangThe woman, who lives on the west side of Detroit, had seen the youths breaking into the house next door while her neighbour was away.Police believe one of the gang saw her looking out of the window and fired at her.The suspects then drove away after the shooting.Local police Sgt Eren Stephens Bell told the Detroit News: "We need to get some bulletproof vests made from that. It is some strong wire." BBC Story

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i'm plagued with wasps ?

I am sick of the little pests, all doors & windows closed etc. all i want to do is sit out & have a relaxing beer occasionally & or BBQ without getting dive-bombed. Any body got any good ideas? P.S. i have a cat & veg patch so don't want to use poison powder. 

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Can I convert an old window into a working door for a child's playhouse made from a water tank, or use something else?

I'm building a playhouse from a cube shaped 275 gallon water tank and need to figure out how to build a working door for a small child. The tank will form the basic structure as it is going to be partially buried on one side, like a "hobbit hole" and I figured the tank would be water-proof. I'm still working out the details, and figure the door needs to be at least big enough I can reach in to remove the child easily. (The tank will be ventilated through the filling cap on the top and a dryer vent on an exposed side wall.) I plan to cut a hole in the side of the tank once I figure out how to make the door. I know this is a strange project, but it should be a lot of fun for my little hobbit this summer, and I appreciate any help I can get! Thanks!

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Business card ninja

It's always amazing to see people take some simple skill and take it to ridiculous extremes. This video showcases one man's insane talent for throwing business cards. Popping balloons, up through open windows, and knocking stuff over. And here we were all wasting our time using them to share contact info. via TechEBlog

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Can I need to learn the way of producing a plexi glass for my caravan.?

I need to learn the way of producing of plexi glass. I need plexi glasses for my caravan. One of my friend told me that he saw a page that explains the producting way. But i couldnt fint the page.. Is there anyone who remembers the page link over there? Thank you.?

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I NEED SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT MY OPLANTS IN THE WINTER.

I have been collecting materials to build a greenhouse/potting shed. I have alor of hanging baskets , ferns, moss rose, spider plants and tons of planters full of annuals that I have bought for 2 years in a row and I now see that it is not cost effective to keep buying them new year after year....(also bad on my back) I'm not getting any younger here..............I need a place to pot flowers and to keep these from freezing this winter. I have a sliding glass door and 5 windows, so far.  3 are one size and the other two are another. I envision something with the sliding glass door on one end, the 3 windows on one side and the other two on the end opposite the sliding glass door. I think I should use the rippled fiblerglass stuff for the top. How hard is this going to be to frame and could someone give me an extimate of what it might cost me to get it it done. Should I use cinderblock or wood framing and will they live in wouthern Illinois without me heating the shed? kimberlyballard22@yahoo.com

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What is the easiest way to make a cob house? Answered

I am trying to make a cob house. I've got clay, sand, hay, straw, and some concrete. i need to know how to make a foundation and drainage system. I have about a 3 and a half month window to complete this house. I want it to me circular and about 14 feet across. More of a cottage than a house but, still big enough for two small cots, a table, and possibly a dresser and a fire pit.

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Is there any point in putting a storage battery into my solar water pump circult?

I have a small pump that I use to move water in a birdbath outside of my office window. It's solar-powered. Here it is on eBay. According to the very minimal information sheet included, the "Power of Solar Battery" is 7V/1.2W. The "Power of Pump" is 7V/1.05W. The pump only runs when the panel is in direct sunlight. Is there any reasonable way to add a larger storage battery to the circuit so that power is stored when the sun is brightest and the pump can run for a longer time?

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How can I build a small, cheap, water-proof, strong wooden outpost-style shed for my backyard? Answered

I'm looking for one person in particular for his great advice.  His name is Lemony.  I plan to build this thing this summer with my friend.  I want it to have windows and a door.  I also need a way to fold this up when empty (needs to be sturdy, yet have no side supports (needs hinges)) and a way to attach tarp with hooks. EDIT:I need other people than just Lemony!!!

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Our latest project

Read this description: So I haven't posted anything in a long while, and, as well as work, one of the this was down to me and a few friends getting together and forming a YouTube channel called "MTNunlimited". It started out when we did drama at school (a subject which we no longer take) we had a tonne of ideas that we never got to use, and so we can now showcase them on the YouTube channel. Recently, our local youth theatre announced it's closure this Easter, and so we've decided to offer some kind of alternative to anyone who wanted to join in with amateur film-making. Our goal is simply to have fun. If you click onto our channel here, you'll see that we still have a long way to go before we're near the same calibre as a lot of current Internet filmmakers. This is why we have turned to the instructables community for support. We have a few ideas, but we would love to hear other people's thoughts on what we could possibly base a new video on. We'd also greatly appreciate any tips or tricks of the trade that we have not yet been enlightened on. Don’t consider this ‘spam’, as that’s very much the opposite of why I made this forum topic. I posted this to hear guidance and advice from people who have a bit more experience than us. Here's a little montage I made of what we do, in the form of a cinematic trailer, enjoy! And once again, thanks for any support offered :) - Lowney

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Does anyone else have trouble printing out Instructable pdfs?

I have just signed up to Instructables.  I have downloaded a PDF and can see it on my screen but when I try to print it, the printer status is érror'.  My computer says my printer is working fine.  Its also blocked up my printer, this document has got in the queue and I can't get it out!I have a hp with Windows 7.  Looking forward to being able to print out the fire pit instructions if anyone can help me.

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how can you non-toxically and permanently remove an active wasp nest, which is located inside an air conditioner?

The air conditioner is in second-floor window. Every few days one or two wasps (? paper wasps; lower New York) find their way into the room; these I kill. All other active wasps go in and out of the air conditioner on the outdoors side. Two years ago this same scenario happened ... I left them alone and read that they rarely inhabit the same nest the following year, which was true in my case, and therefore I vacuumed out the nest in the air conditioner and used it last year. This year they are back! How can I permanently get rid of them?

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How about a battery operated, motion activated contraption that could scare away pigeons?

They roost on a built-in window air conditioner, so something that could fit on a flat surface, or hang about a foot or two above the ac. A simple fan or propeller device that could spin up would probably do the trick - dont want to hurt them though! They also roost on smaller surface areas on corbels - so both a small version and a larger version would be ideal - or even a modular version so you could adjust the size would be great. It would need to be able to survive outdoor elements. Tried screening them off - but then squirrels made the screened off area their home! Im a novice so I could use some help with someone designing and creating, and posting as an instructable or project.

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A Disturbing Store Room

We've just returned from staying with friends in Geneva, where we slept in their (large and airy) basement. Next to the bedroom was the room our friends used as a store room - their nuclear bunker! When their house was built, it was a legal requirement for all homes to have a nuclear bunker.  A stocked, functioning nuclear bunker. The door is steel, filled with concrete.  It doesn't have a lock - that huge yellow bolt and spanner hold the door shut against invaders.  The door on the wall is an escape hatch, in case the house collapses on the main door, and the machinery in the corner is the air filter. The shelves double as beds, and the toilet is a bucket with a lid. I found it fascinating, and, to be honest, disturbing.  It took me two days to "get around" to going through and taking these photos. I grew up during the tense days of US/Soviet nuclear proliferation, when Threads wasn't just a disturbing drama, it was almost a government information film.  I paid attention at school - I knew what nuclear weapons really did.  To most kids, they were a cool way of destroying a bunch of stuff (even more so today).  To me, they were (and are) flatly horrifying, and the stuff of genuine nightmares. I look forward to when things like reduced to the kind of novel feature that ranks alongside "original fireplace" or sash windows.

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Anyone have ideas for mosquito netting a bed when you can't hang the net from the ceiling?

I'm staying in a room in Southern Mexico with no AC for the next couple months. There is a lot of Dengue and Chagas  transmission here, so I'm worried about the bugs. We leave the windows open at night because of the heat, and do not have screens for them. Even if we did have screens the insects could get in through the substantial cracks in the doors. I think netting the bed is the best idea, but I can't hang the net from the ceiling. It is too high, and the owner of the house wouldn't let me screw any eye hooks into it even if I had access to a ladder to get to it. I have been thinking about building a frame around the bed that I could hang the net from, but I don't have any tools here with me and would prefer a simpler solution if I can find one. Maybe even something like a couple wire arches over the bed to drape the net over, but I'm not sure what material would be best for that.  I'm not super handy, so I'm hoping you guys can help me out with some ideas!

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What would be the VERY BEST way for me to TRANSITION into my newly adopted off-grid, survivalist, subsistence lifestyle? Answered

A 16'x16'x16', 256-square foot, A-frame cabin on an elevated 3' concrete paver floating DekBlock foundation with a 3'x 6'8" front flush door, one rear 48"x 48"horizontal slider window, and another upper 24"x 24" horizontal slider window for the sleeping loft.I'm thinking that one of those standard U.S. Stove designs might provide just a little too much heat for my needs up in the Copper River Basin region of ALASKA's rural backcountry. Who knows? What are your suggestions for the above described "habitat"? Where can I find the best deals for my 256-square foot space? (Heating/ventilation-wise, we're speaking of subzero temperatures and heavy snowfall, so, I don't believe that "opening a window" is a practical solution for me if it gets too hot and smokey inside my A-frame.) Plus, I've done the HEATING ESTIMATE for the A-frame I'm going to build and the numbers come out to about a 620,000 btuh (heat loss) for the new dimensions I'm finally settling on: 16'x16'x16' or 256sq.ft. This calculation is for -50 degrees F with cold floor, ceiling, and glass surfaces taken into account. (Insulation isn't a factor this early in the design.) "Wow!" I thought at first. "A 620,000 btuh HEAT LOSS! I reckon you can never have too much stove even for an A-frame design." (Being that A-frame cabins retain heat so well, and that my sleeping loft may get really HOT in the Winter, this was a preliminary concern.) Foundation:(4) 8"- diameter cardboard cylindrical concrete forms for pin-point piers;(4) 84" reinforcement rods for pin-point concrete forms;(16) Bricks for base of footing;(24) Layout stakes;(8) 5' batter boards;(1) Spool of wire for joining the two 14" reinforcement rods for each footing base;(1) Spool of line for marking building layout lines;(?) Bags of cement;(?) Bags of gravel;(?) Bags of sand...*A few questions about the amount of concrete needed for the four footings and the four concrete piers: "How much concrete will be needed for four 8"-deep concrete footings poured into four 16"-diameter, 44"-deep holes with each containing four bricks and the four reinforcement rod supports? How much concrete will be needed to fill four 8"-diameter pin-point concrete pier forms to an estimated height of about 80"-inches? How many total bags of cement, gravel and sand (aggregate) will my foundation require? Most importantly, how much will it all cost?"A-Frame Structural Triangle (Theoretical Dimensions):Sides = 16'Base = 16'Angles opposite sides = 60 degreesAngle opposite base = 60 degreesArea = 110.85125168441 sq. ft.Perimeter = 48 ft.Framing:(2) 2"x 10"x 16' girders;(12) 2"x 6"x 12' rafters;(6) 2"x 6"x 8' joists;(4) 2"x 4"x 4' collar beams;(10) 4'x 4' plywood sheets for subflooring;(2) 16' framing braces for structural support against wind damage;(?) 3200-square feet of roof/wall sheathing material for exterior surface areas...*A few questions about the amount of roof/wall sheathing material needed to cover the 3200-square foot exterior surface area: "How much exterior sheathing will I need? How much will it cost? I understand that metal sheathing is preferred in the Copper River Basin region for its snow-shedding ability, so, given everything I've just said, what are my options for the A-frame I recently designed?"My total approach to this whole subsistence lifestyle (i.e. living off the land within a small, confined space) is probably all wrong. I understand that I might need to change my complete "mindset" and adopt a sort of NAUTICAL (or MARITIME) theme with my decor, furnishings and appliances.Since I'm really getting into boats anyway (my one chosen option for escaping the bitterly harsh winters of ALASKA's COPPER RIVER BASIN if all else fails), I feel that marine stoves, composting toilets, and an overall nautical aspect in the "finish work" might help me cope since sailboat cabins tend to be tiny, and I may need to transplant a lot of what I have to my seagoing vessel, "Vera Essie".www.geocities.com/wduncanbinns

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Nesting Sparrows Journal

Hello all, Ive got some House Sparrows nesting in my yard, right next to my window. I know their just boring 'ol sparrows, but their still fasinating to study. Anyway, I plan on making a journal of sorts for their nest and such. I hope to be able to update it every other day or so. If you have any questions or comments please ask! I will get a photo as soon As I can. I will keep this up to date as best I can. Thanks! Anyway... April 1st-5th: Sparrows in and out, they seem to like it. April 6th: Sparrows begin filling nest box with straw. April 7-13th: Sparrow stuffing box with straw any hay. Constantly in the yard. April 14th: Frequently in and out of nest box, almost always one bird inside at all times April 15th: Lining of the nest! A number of feathers have been added to the now bowl shaped interior. Male and female always close by. April 16th - 20th: More nest lining, though they seem to be not as active as they were when they were filling the nest box with straw. April 21st: The sparrows have found a liking for plastic packaging, and have added a fair bit to the box. April 22nd: Their plastic taste continues with the addition of a plastic bag. Its getting really cramped inside, though there is a nice bowl shape inside now. April 23rd-26th: Finished lining, the sparrows seem to be spending their down time in a nearby tree, soaking up the sun.

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57-Storey Death ray

Concave, polished, and 57 stories tall - the Vdara Hotel in Las Vagas could be the world's largest death ray... Reports are cropping up around the web that the smooth curved surface of the hotel focuses the Sun's rays into a patch around 10 feet across in the pool area, soon after noon. Fortunately, the glass disperses around 70% of the solar energy falling on it, otherwise lawyer Bill Pintas might not be here to tell the tale; After a brief dip in the hotel pool, Pintas was sunning on a recliner. He was on his stomach, relaxed, eyes closed. But suddenly, the lawyer became so uncomfortably hot that he leaped up to move. He tried to put on his flip-flop sandals but, inexplicably, they were too hot to touch. So he ran barefoot to the shade. "I was effectively being cooked," Pintas said. "I started running as fast as I could without looking like a lunatic." Then he smelled an odor, and realized it was coming from his head, where a bit of hair had been scorched. It was about 12:20 p.m., as best Pintas can recall. The hot-spot, which sweeps the entire pool area during the day, spikes at least 20 degrees above ambient temperatures, and has been seen to melt plastic bags and cups (made of plastics which melt at around 70°C (160F). Other guests, including newspaper reviewers, have also observed the burning beam. The hotel management doesn't call it a "death ray", they prefer the more friendly distinction "solar convergence phenomenon". Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Mirage says the hotel is addressing the problem, and comments, "Because of the curved, concave shape of that hotel, they sometimes get isolated pockets of high temperatures." ---------------------------------- Never mind dispersing the light - get those windows polished up, and let's see how many lawyers a fifty seven storey burning glass can really deal with!

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Your IMO?

I need some opinions and quick before my isp closes for today at 6. After finally being fed up with my modem disconnecting 3 times in a row whilst having my smoke/coffee this morning I finally called my isp up, said my router log says that I'm getting repetive ppp modem signals because the modem keeps disconnecting. Techy said come in and swap your modem in for one of these new ones they apparently just started distributing last week because they're starting up a digital TV service in early 2008 (modem has a 4 port ethernet switch in it for the tv set top boxes). I digress... previous history is that since I've had their service which was supposed to be 3mb (and when I saw the pamplet in the office today it's 5mb now for my service, sweet) but I only see like 1.5mb, sometimes 2mb as seen in the speedtest on their own server: Test starting... Average throughput: 1444 kilobits/sec Total Time: 26128 milliseconds Done. Test starting... Average throughput: 1455 kilobits/sec Total Time: 25932 milliseconds Done. Test starting... Average throughput: 1486 kilobits/sec Total Time: 25386 milliseconds Done. Test starting... Average throughput: 1555 kilobits/sec Total Time: 12135 milliseconds Done. Test starting... Average throughput: 1341 kilobits/sec Total Time: 14065 milliseconds Done. Test starting... Average throughput: 1114 kilobits/sec Total Time: 16929 milliseconds Done. That's only a few of them, I ran like 20 tests just to be sure there were no flukes (I ran off server sites and it was pretty much the same or slower). I had a tech guy come one time when I still had my P2 desktop going and it was doing the same thing (2 years ago?) I showed him on my computer, then he connected his laptop to my modem and on his screen it read 3000mbit/s perfectly (does that ever ever happen?). I think it was setup to do that on his computer or something. Anyways, I'm tired of this shit, new modem isn't making any differences. I was having a problem with it disconnecting, but I haven't had it hooked up long enough to find out if it's still a problem. The nice (and pretty) lady at the desk told me to call back "anytime" if it doesn't work lol. So I'm just sitting here, I still have the test window open on my laptop, should I call them up and complain some more or just forget it and get even more depressed about it?

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