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    Infinity Ads?

    Excellent. That's in keeping with what I read online. Why others didn't see it remains a mystery but not a very important one. Guess they're just not as lucky as I am. What is important is determining and dealing with the security breech that allowed the intrusion. My last sighting was this morning at 8:02 EST.
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    Infinity Ads?

    Dave: I had used both Yahoo & Google and just now tried Bing. About all I've found is an Infinity company selling anti-virus software in the UK, an internet provider named Infinity that some times get mentioned along with viruses, and the Infinity Virus from 1992. I don't think that matters, however, since I believe that neither Infinity Ads nor URL4Short.info are at fault or any more evil than every other get-rich-from-internet-advertising dreamer. Both offer what are probably legitimate services which are being misused by some as yet unknown evildoer. Jim: Last night's occurrence was without the Infinity Ad overlay. I haven't seen it this morning. Maybe it's already starting to go away. If it does, I suppose I'll eventually forget about it and be content but that's not what I'm hoping for. Being involved in software, you're probably aware that one of a developer's worst fears is a problem that goes away on its own. Problems that disappear on their own are prone to reappearing on their own and it's often in the middle of a demo to the world's largest customer or something similar. Search for "url2short.info redirect" and you'll find a number of discussions regarding unwanted redirection (hijacking) most of which involve forums. VBulletin and InvisionPower are both well represented. Many of the descriptions sound almost exactly like what I'm seeing and most, if not all, involve server side redirection. The big difference is that most of them have more than one witness.
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    Infinity Ads?

    Well, there goes another perfectly good theory. In my opinion, pretty much everything about it points to a server side issue with the exception that no one sees it but me. Some sort of internet Harvey. Perhaps I am somehow prejudiced. It just now happened to me again for the second time today though, for the first time ever, I just got the redirect to "locked content" without an ad overlaid on it. Oops. Dave, I meant to ask about the "Infinity Virus". The only thing I found was something from the early 1990s that didn't sound much like what I'm seeing. Do you know of something else?
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    Infinity Ads?

    Ever since I posted my flimsy browser based theory on why I'm the only one reporting the problem, I've been wondering if anyone else is using Chrome.
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    Infinity Ads?

    I have some decent protection in place and have also been pretty much infection free for a long time. I'm even rather confident that includes now. But your post prompted me to think and search a bit more and I believe I've found something. Much like a football ref who sees the second punch, I focused on the second symptom. The Infinity Ads are a result of the redirection that is the real problem (the first punch). A search for "url4short.info" turned up some interesting things and eventually led to some discussions of an exploit that targets the MySQL DB of Invision Power boards. My current theory is that this has happened at ARMF. My (weaker) theory for why only I see it is that it is browser related. My default browser is Chrome. I stumbled across a few hints that some browsers may be aware of the evil URL and shield users.from it. The post here, which I reached through this discussion, gives some info on protection and correction. I don't expect it to make much sense to many and I don't expect it to be the ultimate reference for the administrators. It would be wise for them to do their own research but the post might be a good starting point.
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    Dearth To Deluge -- Bookwise

    Maybe two isn't exactly a deluge but compared to zero it's a lot. Zero is the number of US 6 books that I was aware of until recently. Then one day I learned of a Route 6 guidebook via a travel blog and through that learned that Joe Hurley's book about his walk across the country on US Highway 6 was available. Both were published in May and I probably should have known of them earlier. Better start paying attention, I guess. Malerie Yolen-Cohen's "Stay On Route 6" is a guidebook to the entire highway with advice on things to see and where to sleep and eat. I posted a review here: Joe Hurley's "Ten Million Steps On Route 6" is filled with Travis Lindhorst's photographs and Joe stories about people and places. My review is here.
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    Dearth To Deluge -- Bookwise

    Only if I can find more good recipes using dust jackets and end sheets.
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    Infinity Ads?

    Last night I made a forum visit with no redirection even though many hours had passed since the previous one. I thought that maybe my special detour had disappeared. Nope, this morning it was back in fine form. 'Tis a puzzlement.
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    Infinity Ads?

    I think I'd take that bet. I've seen it rather reliably for a a matter of weeks so if you haven't seen it at all, I doubt that you will. Since I only see it with the forum, I thought it reasonable that it was something at the server end but if that were the case I wouldn't be the only one seeing it. Perhaps it's something with my machine and the specific URL. I can't imagine what that could be but just about anything is possible when electrons get together. I shall continue to watch and ponder.
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    U S 51 - Gulf Coast Route

    "Mississippi" & "Riviera" are two words you don't often hear together unless it's referring to someone hurtling through the state in a Buick.
  11. I learned of this through the Route 66 Yahoo Group. I'm sure some forum members knew Carl, a Route 66 scout, historian, and general god guy. Carl L. Johnson HILLSIDE - Carl L. Johnson, 57, of Hillside, passed away at 3:16 a.m. on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Published in The State Journal-Register on December 6, 2012
  12. That was at the Alamo in 2007. I actually didn't remember the year but found this: http://www.dennygibs...ay02/pic06a.jpg Carl's on the right. I had met Carl at least once or twice before that and probably just once or twice since. I didn't know him well but knew him as someone who really liked to dig into the old alignments.
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    Is This Concrete Highway Real?

    Eric - Odd (I think) that I would learn of your marriage here in a thread involving HBO, CGI, Polaroids, & Route 66. Congratulations.
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    Welcome - Please Introduce Yourself!

    Welcome Mike. I've known you were here from seeing some of your other posts including the one about posting photos (I've no idea). I have a son who will probably be retired from the Navy in about two years. He took a seven year detour or would have been out already. Share away!
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    Thanksgiving Wishes

    Indeed, Dave. Let's all be thankful & safe.
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    Coast To Coast 1950S

    "Looks bad, needs help, but still runs." I believe quite a few of us resemble that remark. Your "rolling wreck" looks mighty good to me. Nice to see you back on the forum with travel talk flowing.
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    The Dixie In Southern Indiana

    Very nice pictures. I'll definitely be looking forward to your reports. The bit between Indianapolis and Louisville is one of many Dixie Highway sections I've yet to travel.
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    In Camera Hdr ?

    My son now has a job that involves photographing paratroopers (Navy Leap Frogs) which obviously can involve some serious backlighting. His questions got me to thinking about HDR which is something I hadn't really paid all that much attention to before. My Nikon D5100 has in-camera HDR but it's still multiple exposures (i.e., two shutter cycles) that get blended. This or computer based HDR would be just fine if the subjects would pause in their descent just long enough for two or three exposures. This is, however, something they stubbornly refuse to do. My Android phone has an HDR feature that (I think) does it electronically with just one shutter (if it even has a shutter) cycle. My questions are, am I thinking of HDR properly and do you know of any "real" cameras with single exposure HDR?
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    In Camera Hdr ?

    He is in the Navy but doesn't jump. He is what used to be called a Journalist but is now a much more impressive Mass Communication Specialist. Shooting is from both the ground and the plane. Here are some pictures from a little experimenting I did to help me understand things. I know I've got some Nikon RAW software around here somewhere and an old copy of Photoshop Elements, too, but I just used the comfy PhotoPlus for both the RAW and HDR processing. The first picture is straight from the camera. The second is an HDR image made from the first image, HDRT1, plus two others made at plus and minus 1 EV. The third is an HDR image made by passing HDRT1 through the RAW processor a couple of times to make plus and minus 1 EV exposures. An exposure value is required for each contribution to the HDR. When the two alternate exposure RAW files were used, this was defaulted to 1.4 EV and I let those values remain. Because of this, when I modified the exposure from the single file, I used 1.4 as the setting in both the RAW and HDR processing. The EXIF data in the files shows 1 EV as it should so I've no idea why 1.4 was used. This discrepancy could account for some difference in the two HDR pictures but I don't know that and there's not a ton of difference anyway. Whether or not my son gets into RAW processing and HDR remains to be seen. Whether or not Denny does if fairly predictable. My workflow (I picked that up reading about HDR) involves getting 10 to 30 pictures selected and edited into fairly low resolution 800 x 600 images each day I'm traveling. It's nice to know I could get to HDR if I wanted but I doubt I will very often.
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    In Camera Hdr ?

    That's quite a response and it probably can serve as an introduction to post processing. For me, it reinforced the illusion that I sort of half way understand HDR and triggered a few other thoughts. One is that I didn't really ask the right question. In camera HDR isn't really what I'm looking for; It's single exposure HDR. Perhaps RAW is the solution. I've barely even looked at it in the past and don't really know what "adjustments" are possible. If altering exposure is one of them, then producing multiple images fro HDR seems feasible and may be the answer. I'll have to look into that. I have a Lumx FZ8 that offers single exposure bracketing. That would also seem to create appropriate HDR material. The D5100 has auto-bracketing but it operates over a series of shots rather than a single shot. Is it possible that SLRs simply can't do this? Or maybe shooting RAW removes the need. Now that I've properly phrased my question, I find it fairly well addressed on the web. At first glance, it seems like most discussions involve RAW images so that is, apparently, the right answer though I'm not sure if it is the only one. Some of those discussions involve a Topaz plugin. By coincidence, I received a discount offer on this software about a week ago but didn't really look at it. I'm far from certain that I'd use this if I had it but I guess I'll think about it. Although it is typically described as a Photoshop plugin, it apparently also works for Serif PhotoPlus since that's where the offer came from. I've used PhotoPlus for many years and talk about it a little bit here.
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    Ccaammeerraa Eennvvy

    In another thread, Keep the Show on the Road described an historic truck trip and his intentions of retracing it. He ended with a very justifiable "Eat your heart out, Denny". The following photo is my response. I'm guessing anyone who has tried 3D photography would be envious of this rig.
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    1St Transcontinental Race Via Craters Of The Moon, Idaho

    Thanks for the compliment. My current primary camera, a Nikon D5100, is over a year old but I am doing a bit more post processing these days. Mostly just canned automatic stuff. Definitely no HDR and, as far as I know, no tone mapping. However, your HDR reference did remind me of a question which, rather than take this thread any further off course, I've put in a new General Topic
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    Ccaammeerraa Eennvvy

    With two of those you could capture those birds in 3D. Regarding the matched Canons, I've got to wonder about the value of the zoom lenses. I imagine you can only use them at one end or the other unless you wanted some real "artsy" stuff in your stereo images.
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    1St Transcontinental Race Via Craters Of The Moon, Idaho

    I am indeed envious but I am also curious. Of course, I'm eager for your trip report but I'd also like to know just how many "double transcontinental truck run"s it was the first of. If possible, limit your answer to those involving milk trucks and four year old daughters.
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    1St Transcontinental Race Via Craters Of The Moon, Idaho

    Splendid! A quite nice telling of both adventures -- that of original race and your own in retracing it. Reading of a major "first ever" that hasn't been over-documented is naturally exciting and getting it from a "world expert" even more so. I imagine your claim of "top ten" is entirely too modest. The old & new photos and the modern maps were put together in such a way as to give us a pretty good feel for this thing. wel done. I'm guessing that you are at least considering calling the ranch owner to see about getting permission to look for the post office. Since the drive involved two identical cars and seems to have had backing from Oldsmobile, I thought it odd that it was considered a competition. In fact, I half way thought that modern folks may have applied the word "race" to something that was really a factory test run or something similar. But looking back at some of the old documentation you mention shows that it was called a race from the beginning. Very interesting. I was saddened when Oldsmobile closed down although I admit I didn't do my share to keep them in business. Stories like this had a very different feel just a few years ago when Olds was the oldest surviving US automobile brand rather than just another statistic.
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