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  • Mood: Pride
The NFC champion, the San Francisco 49ers were a couple of yards short of winning their first Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXIX, but in the end, the Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowl XLVII champions after defeating the 49ers by a score of 34 to 31.

#5 Quarterback Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP. He was credited for 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during the regular season. And during the NFL playoffs, he had 11 touchdowns and no interceptions as well as 1,140 yards in four playoff games (including the Super Bowl) but during the game he was tremendous in the first half as he threw 192 yards and 3 touchdowns before halftime. In tonight's game, he was credited for finishing 22-of-33 for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. With that said, this game featured the longest touchdown run in Super Bowl history with 108 yards. And Joe Flacco is also the top performer of his Super Bowl champion Ravens.

The top performer in the losing team, the San Francisco 49ers was #7 Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He went 16-of-28 for 302 yards, scored 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also made 7 rushing at 62 yards for a touchdown.

This was the first Super Bowl to feature two teams who had unbeaten records in previous championship games, the Ravens were 1-0 and the 49ers were 5-0 in previous Super Bowls only to find that they lost. Before tonight's game was played, the 49ers entered the game to seek their sixth Super Bowl championship in team history, which would have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most by a franchise. The 49ers finished the regular season at 11-4-1 which was the first time that a team with a tie in their regular season record played in a Super Bowl since the Denver Broncos played in Super Bowl XXII with a 10-4-1 record.

On the other side of the coin, the Ravens' Super Bowl championship is their first one since they won Super Bowl XXXV when they won it against the New York Giants, 34 to 7.

Additionally, Super Bowl XLVII was the tenth Super Bowl to be played in the city of New Orleans, equaling Miami's record of ten in a individual city.

The National Anthem for Super Bowl XLVII was performed by Alicia Keys with America the Beautiful being performed by the Sandy Hook Elementary Choir featuring Jennifer Hudson. The Halftime Show was performed by Beyonce featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. CBS charged an average $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the game, the highest rate in any Super Bowl. These new commercials will last until Super Bowl XLVIII.

The time of Super Bowl XLVIII was 4 hours and 14 minutes. However, if the Halftime Show and the power outage that delayed the game for 35 minutes, the time of the game lasted 3 hours and 9 minutes. Super Bowl XLVII was played in Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana where 71,024 people attended the game.

#52 Linebacker Ray Lewis, the MVP from Super Bowl XXXV did return to play tonight's game, but it was the last before he announced his retirement from the National Football League at the conclusion of the 2012 NFL season. His NFL career spanned 17 seasons, played 228 regular season games including 21 playoff games and made 2,050 tackles, 41.5 quarterback sacks and 31 interceptions.

Once again, congrats to the Baltimore Ravens, the champions of the National Football League! With Super Bowl XLVII now over, the 93rd NFL season has come to a close. With the exception of the NFL Draft, the league will be dormant until the start of the 94th NFL season on Sunday, 4 August 2013 when the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game gets underway in Canton, Ohio.
  • Mood: Joy
119 days after the NHL shutdown operations due to a lockout, the NHL has returned, but only for the shortened season. This is because a new tentative deal on a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was reached at around 4:45 AM EST on 6 January 2013 after approximately 16 hours of continuous negotiating, with its ratification and signing of a memorandum of understanding on the agreement that was completed six days later. Led by National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, the owners of the league's franchises declared a lockout of the members of the National Hockey League Player's Association (NHLPA) after a new agreement could not be reached before the expiry of the NHL CBA on 16 September 2012.

The lockout took a toll on the season that was originally scheduled to begin on 11 October 2012, was reduced from 82 to 48 games. The revised season started nearly one week ago and will conclude on 27 April 2013.

As a result, no inter-conference games will be played this year. The NHL had a drop-dead date of 11 January 2013 to save the shortened season or it will be canceled in its entirety.

The new CBA to end the lockout includes the following:
1. An limit of 8 years on contract extensions and 7 years on new contracts.
2. A salary floor of $44 million and a salary cap of $60 million (which includes a two-year transition period will allow teams to spend up to $70.2 million in the deal's first season, prorated for the length of the season and up to a salary cap of $64.3 million in the second season.
3. A maximum 50% variance in the salaries over the course of a contract.
4. Mandatory acceptance of arbitration awards under US$3.5 million, no realignment and an amnesty period to buy out contracts that do not fit under the salary cap.

The dispute was the third lockout in the 19 years since Gary Bettman became Commissioner in 1993, following lockouts in 1994-1995 and in 2004-2005, with the latter case leading to the cancellation of the entire season. Additionally, this was also the third labour dispute for NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr who, as the head of the Major League Baseball Players' Association (MLBPA), lead his union through a lockout in early 1990 and a strike in 1994-1995.

The new collective bargaining agreement will last until 15 September 2022 after at that point, the CBA will expire and the NHL could go into another lockout.
If you haven't seen the live coverage of Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration, it was wonderful!

The document that he sworn in as President was based on the Lincoln Bible and a Bible owned by Martin Luther King, Jr. The Inauguration was administered by John G. Roberts.

He officially began his second term in office at noon yesterday and his second term will last until Friday, 20 January 2017. Unfortunately, at that point, he will have to retire from the Oath of Office, head back to his home city of Honululu, Hawaii and transfer power to the next President of the United States.

This is the case, because as mentioned in this journal entry last Fall, he will no longer be eligible for re-election due to the XXIInd Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Now that celebration is over, it's back to work as President for the next four years.

Thoughts about the inauguration anyone?
  • Mood: dA Love
Guess what, everyone? Earlier this week, I bid $144 on the manufacturer refurbished Compaq TC1000 hybrid tablet computer on eBay and easily won it! That means that it's time to say goodbye to the Toshiba Tecra 720CDT laptop for good. It would be good to either put the laptop up for sale or recycling it rather than give to someone else.

The reason for this is that the laptop itself is far too old and too slow for almost anyone to use and that it no longer meets the requirements to run newer software. The laptop itself takes up a lot of space and it makes things not comfortable to use a laptop this heavy. Also, the laptop was given to some else to begin with and I don't think that anyone wants to use a large laptop like that anymore.

Anyways, I'm gonna attempt to do Amairim's Ora character in Poser 7...that is if I can find the props for the clothing that she's wearing as well as the bangs in her hair. :(

As for using images found on dA as wallpaper, I will explain more about that clearly in my journal. :p
  • Mood: Joy
Firefox 18 is already out now and has been made available on its FTP servers since last night.

Firefox 18 is the first new release for 2013 and was originally going to be released on 1 January 2013, but it was delayed by at least a week to avoid conflicts with major holidays, including Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Firefox 18 is based on the Gecko 18 engine featuring numerous improvements over its predecessor, Firefox 17. The log changes in Firefox 18 were originally published on 22 November 2012. The browser has been released in over 70 languages with 10 additional test languages.

In this release, Firefox 18 features IonMonkey, Mozilla's next generation JavaScript JIT compiler, which aims to enable many new optimisations that were impossible with earlier architectures.

Another new feature is preliminary Web Real-Time Communication support or WebRTC, an API that is being drafted by the World Wide Web Consortium to enable browser to browser applications for voice calling, video chat and peer-to-peer file sharing without the use of plugins.

Lastly comes exclusive support for the Retina display on Mac OS 10.7 and Mac OS 10.8. This comes more than five months after Google's Chrome browser gained support for Apple's high-resolution Mac screens.

As for the Extended Support Releases, Firefox 17.0.2 ESR and Firefox 10.0.12 ESR have been released. Unfortunately, barring any major security and stability issues that will arise over the next six weeks, this will be the last planned security update for Firefox 10 ESR. Firefox 10 ESR will reach end of life on 19 February 2013.

Now with that said, here are a complete list of changes in Firefox 18:

    :bulletorange: (NEW) Faster JavaScript performance via IonMonkey compiler.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Retina display support for Mac OS X 10.7 and up.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Preliminary WebRTC support.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Experience better image quality with the new HTML scaling algorithm.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Performance improvements around tab switching.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) windows.devicePixelRatio DOM property support has been added.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Improvements were made in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates.
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) W3C touch events support implemented, taking the place of MozTouch events.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Disabled insecure content loading on HTTPS pages.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Improved responsiveness for users on proxies.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Certain valid WebGL drawing operations are incorrectly rejected, leaving incomplete rendering in affected pages.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, the browser will crash.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) In Microsoft Windows XP and up, the use of Microsoft's System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) In Firefox 18, starting the browser with -private flag incorrectly claims you are not in Private Browsing mode. This issue will be resolved in Firefox 19.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Plugins stop rendering when the top half of the plugin is scrolled off the top of the page, in HiDPI mode.
For a complete list of changes for Firefox 18, read the bug list:…

    :bulletgreen: Security fixes in this update were released.
    :bulletgreen: Multiple stability improvements since the first planned security update seven weeks ago.
    :bulletgreen: Improvements to the Click-to-Play vulnerable plugin blocklisting feature.
    :bulletgreen: Only security fixes in this update were released. Barring any security and stability issues that may arise in the next six weeks, this is the last planned security update for Firefox 10 ESR.
In order to install Firefox 18, your computer must meet or exceed the following system requirements:
    :bulletred: A Pentium 4 or newer processor with SSE2 instructions or better.
    :bulletred: Windows XP SP21, Mac OS 10.6 or better
    :bulletred: 512 MB of system memory2
    :bulletred: 200 MB of hard disk space
1 While 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and up can be used to run Firefox, only 32-bit official builds of the browser are supported at this time.
2 Firefox may run on slower computers with less memory, but it will be less usable.

Download Firefox 18 now:…

Now that Firefox 18 is out, support for the regular release of Firefox 17 has come to a end, however Firefox 17 ESR will continue to be supported through security and stability fixes until 10 December 2013. Also, for organisations who are still on Windows 2000, Windows XP RTM, Windows XP SP1 or Mac OS X 10.5, Firefox 10.0.12 ESR has been released. The update was made available on 3 January 2013.

Again, barring any security and stability issues that may arise over the next weeks, this is the last planned update for Firefox 10 ESR. Users who are on Firefox 10 ESR after 19 February 2013 will have to make a hard transition to Firefox 17 ESR as Firefox 10 ESR will reach end-of-life.

And now that Firefox 18 has been released, Firefox 19 will migrate to the Beta channels later this week, Firefox 20 will migrate to the Aurora channels soon and Firefox 21 will make its first appearance in the Nightly channels.

The first public beta release of Firefox 19 will be out later this week and the final version to the successor to Firefox 18 will be released on 19 February 2013.
  • Mood: Pride
For the third time in the last four years, the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide are the champions of NCAA Division-I football for 2012. They achieved their run as back-to-back national champions after they defeated and upset the #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 42 to 14. The Crimson Tide scored the first 28 points going into the half. The Fighting Irish answered 14 points, but it wasn't enough to recover from the 28 point shutout deficit.

The Crimson Tide finish the year with 13 wins and 1 loss (1st in the SEC west with a 8-2 record while the Fighting Irish finish their first loss of the year...12 wins and 1 loss.

The Crimson Tide's overall postseason bowl record is 34 wins, 22 losses and 3 ties. This is makes the Crimson Tide's 15th national title overall.

The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game Offensive MVP was awarded to #42 Running Back Eddie Lacy. He was credited for collecting 140 rush yards, touchdown on the ground tonight (157 total yards and 2 touchdowns), the fourth-best championship game rushing mark and 14th 100-plus yard BCS National Championship rushing performance overall. #32 Linebacker C.J. Moseley was named the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game Defensive MVP. He collected 8 tackles including 5 solo and 1 assisted tackle for a loss.

The top performers of the game, for the winning team, the Crimson Tide, it was #10 Quarterback A.J. McCarron who went 20-28, rushed 264 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. For the losing team, it was #5 Quarterback Everett Golson who went 21-36, scored 270 yards, scored 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also rushed 5 with -7 yards for a touchdown.

The national anthem for the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game was performed by the Zac Brown Band and 80,120 people attended the game. The referee in tonight's game was Land Clark of the Pac 12.

With the 2012 NCAA Division I football season that has now drawn to a close, there are now 232 days until the start of a new college football season! The 2013 NCAA Division I football season will begin on Thursday, 29 August 2013.

Congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide...back-to-back national champions and college football's best for 2012!
  • Mood: Affection
Well, everyone! The year 2012 is officially behind us and we and the servers that reside in deviantART, Inc. (Pacific timezone/GMT -8) have officially entered the new year...2013! This is officially the first new journal for me in the near year!

:w00t: HAPPY NEW YEAR :w00t:

As called out in this first journal entry of the new year, Tenthbeing was officially the last deviant to join deviantART in 2012 at approximately 11:59:59 PM, exactly one second before the start of the new year! The very first deviant to join deviantART in the new year of 2013 is fibre4oven. This deviant joined at approximately 12:00:01 AM.

Say hello to these newbie deviants! :wave:

The last new submission for all of deviantART in 2012 was called New Year dinner by LizaNny. The submission had a deviation number #346006172. The very first new submission of 2013 was called Wolf Angel Devil Scene Lines by SickAede with the deviation number #346006175. Searching for submissions #346006173 and #346006174 yield a 404 Not Found error message. :(

With that said! Welcome to 2013, everyone! Give someone you love some hugs and llamas...and go give these new deviants that I called out some love! :love:


Update: The bigtard grin emote (:dummy:) don't work correctly on these journals anymore. :( Alaska, Hawaii and areas in the Bering timezone are still in 2012 and yet will enter 2013 soon.
  • Mood: Affection
I would like to thank all of you so much for the birthday wishes. I really appreciate it. It continues to be unfortunate that I didn't get anything that I wanted and that I may never get anything in the near future as I fear that I will continue to be supported less and less until there is no more support available.

And now, this is on that today is the last day of 2012, this is the last journal entry of the year as well. Overall, 2012 has been rough in the aftermath of having to deal with the loss of my mom due to cancer in 2011. And with 2013 just hours away, it's time to continue to deal with it and move on. In regards to my weight, I began the year at 208.8 and ended at 204.2, a loss of 4.6 lbs. for the year which isn't too bad as I'm trying to get my weight under control.

In the final minutes of 2012, I will announce the last new deviant and new deviation of 2012 and the first new deviant and deviation of 2013.

With that said, I would like to sincerely wish everyone of you a happy and prosperous 2013! Good riddance to 2012.

I love you all!

Tomorrow, I will officially turn 37 years old going into 2013.

This past year, 2012 has been rough with just one more day to go. I'm seriously starting to feel very unfortunate here. I posted a forum thread asking anyone whatever they have the time or not to do one free commission of one of my Mechapuff characters.

I have searched recent journal entries and threads on this site and have found that they're current are or going to be very few deviants who are willing to do free commissions and the ones that do it will end up facing time constraints doing the drawing. :(

I am unable to finish the newly revived Mechapuff 2012 character this year and I fear that I will no longer even have the capability to draw anymore. I seriously don't know what is wrong with me now as I haven't been myself lately.

I would seriously be disappointed if I didn't get anything for my birthday like it has always been for a while. Even though people can't always get what they want, it would hurt if they never got anything.

I'll write up one more journal entry to ring out 2012.
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
What did you all get this year?

For me, I got a portable TV, a Fujitsu Point 510 tablet computer with PS/2 keyboard and e-Frontier's Poser 7, which is unfortunately the last version of Poser to work on Windows 2000.

Post your thoughts about what you got for Christmas, I would love to here it! :D
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
Well...I don't know what else to say here, but  I would like to wish everyone here a Merry Christmas and a Happy and preposterous 2013, which is less than a week away. After 32 days of Christmas shopping, it's all over. If you haven't gotten your last minute Christmas shopping done already, you're out of luck. Better luck next year.

Also, if you haven't been checking out the Santa Tracker for the last 24 hours, he completed his journey around the world, starting from Providenya, Russia and ending in Lihue, Hawaii. When doing his job, he traveled approximately 327,938 kilometres and delivered 2,121,197,946 Christmas presents.

Now that he has completed his journal around the world, he's back home in the North Pole and taking a much deserved break.

But other than that, things have been less fortunate for me. I would be really happy if someone got me either Premium Membership or points as a Christmas present. It's too bad that I will never get Secret Santa related artwork. :(

Oh well.

Later today, I will post another journal entry letting you know what I got for Christmas this year.
  • Mood: Delighted
I haven't posted anything new in a while, but I just wanted to let you know that as expected, everyone though that the world was going to end on exactly 21 December 2012...and it didn't happen. :aww:

The whole end of the world thing is a absolute joke, I tell you. :laughing:

Thursday was officially, the last day of the current ancient Mayan long-count calendar ushering the beginning of the new world.

Here's how the Mayan calendar works:

The Mesoamerican (or Mayan) Long Count calendar is a non-repeatable, vigesimal (base-20) and base-18 calendar that is used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya. This system uses a modified vigesimal tally, the Long Count calendar identifies a day by counting the number of days that has been passed since a mythical creation date that corresponds to exactly Monday, 11 August 3114 BC in the Gregorian calendar (Julian date: 584,283).

The Long Count calendar lasts for 13 b'ak'tuns or 93,600 days.

Each b'ak'tun is split up into 20 k'atuns, 20 tuns, 18 winals and 20 kins.

One kin lasts for only one day while one winal lasts for 20 days (or almost three weeks). A tun lasts for 18 winals or 360 days (almost a year). A k'atun will last for 20 tuns or 7,200 days (almost 20 years).

When the calendar reaches, the Mayan Long Count calendar will complete the "great cycle". One piktun will last for 20 b'ak'tuns or 2.88 million days which is about 7,885 years. The next piktun will start on Friday, 13 October 4772. Now that we've entered the 14th b'ak'tun, the first piktun will not occur until Monday, 26 March 2407.

Now, relax and Happy Holidays. :santa:

Christmas is just four days away!
  • Mood: Sadness
You might remember this heartbreaking journal entry.

It was exactly one year ago today that my mother lost her battle with lung cancer.

The reason is clear, she smoked heavily and she never quit smoking in a uncontrollable matter. In the end, you clearly know what happened to her. On 26 October 2010, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and other health related problems.

Through most of 2011, she fought a brave battle fighting the disease and has even been rushed to the hospital numerous times for days. And she fought it through Thanksgiving. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, her health started to rapidly deteriorate to a point where she had serious breathing problems and that she wouldn't be around too much longer.

At exactly 11:35 AM, one year ago...the time finally came. She died from congestive heart the ripe old age of 68. Congestive heart failure was the exact cause from her loss of her battle with lung cancer and her heart could no longer work any longer.

Her funeral was held 12 days later for the celebration of her life.

Since my mom's death, things have been rough. While we've been struggling to survive on our own. Myself, my dad and a kid who has disability problems. Despite the problems, it turns out that we've been doing pretty good to keep the house running. However, there are concerns that dad has been considering putting the house up for sale, but the consideration has been put off until after the insurance on the house is due on 10 August 2013.

Adoption services will be able to keep the disabled kid with us until 8 March 2015...after which, they will cut funding and support.

Next Wednesday, my mother would have turned 70.

In the meantime, I'm currently working on doing my latest revision of my Mechapuff character and I really need to get going here. I also need to start doing my Christmas list as well as I've been too lazy and too slow. :(
  • Mood: Joy
Firefox 17 is officially out now and it has now been made publicly available on its FTP servers since this morning.

Firefox 17 is based on the Gecko 17 engine featuring major improvements that were made in its predecessor, Firefox 16. The log changes in Firefox 17 was originally published on 11 October 2012. Firefox 17 has been released in over 70 languages with 10 additional test languages.

In this release, Firefox 17 doesn't have as many user-facing features as it did in previous releases especially when 2012 is starting to wind down. Firefox 17 included improved display of location bar results, improvements to the silent update mechanism for users with incompatible add-ons and refinements to the Click-to-Play system for which it was introduced in Firefox 14. For developers, a new feature called an HTML tree editor is also planned in this release.

Along with the regular release of Firefox 17, Firefox 17 ESR has also been released. Firefox 17 ESR will co-exist with Firefox 10 ESR for the first two releases. Firefox 10 ESR will go end-of-life (EOL) on 19 February 2013 after the release of Firefox 17.0.2 ESR. Firefox 17 ESR as a whole will be supported for another 54 weeks until it reaches EOL on 3 December 2013.

Users who are on Mac OS X 10.5 saw their final release, Firefox 16 (barring any major security and stability updates) a while back and are now going to be very disappointed to find that their OS is no longer supported in this release. Ending 10.5 support frees up resources for newer Mac features such as Native Full Screen support and new Mac accessibility tools.

Firefox 17, on the other side of the coin, will be the final Firefox release for 2012 as a whole. Firefox 18, the successor to Firefox 17 originally had a release date of 1 January 2013, but to avoid conflicts with major holidays (including Christmas and New Year's Day), the release has been pushed back to the week of 6 January 2013.

Now with that said, here are a complete list of changes in Firefox 17:

    :bulletorange: (NEW) First revision of the Social API and support for Facebook Messenger.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Click-to-play blocklisting implemented to prevent vulnerable plugin versions from running without the user's permission.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Support for Windows 8 and the Support for Notification Center for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) have been added.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Awesome Bar experience updated with larger icons.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) The new minimum system requirements for Mac OS users is Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) is no longer supported.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) JavaScript Maps and Sets are now iterable.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) SVG FillPaint and StrokePaint implemented.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Improvements that make the Web Console, Debugger and Developer Toolbar faster and easier to use.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) New Markup panel in the Page Inspector allows easy editing of the DOM.
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) Sandbox attribute for iframes implemented, enabling increased security.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Over twenty performance improvements, including fixes around the New Tab page.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Pointer lock doesn't work in web apps.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Page scrolling on sites with fixed headers.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Security fixes in Firefox 17 ESR were released.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) In Microsoft Windows, the use of Microsoft's System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates.
For a complete list of changes for Firefox 17, read the bug list:…

    :bulletgreen: Only security fixes in this update were released. Chemspill security fixes in Firefox 10.0.9 and Firefox 10.0.10 were released during the Gecko 16 cycle.
In order to install Firefox 17, your computer must meet or exceed the following system requirements:
    :bulletred: A Pentium 4 or newer processor with SSE2 instructions or better.
    :bulletred: Windows XP SP21, Mac OS 10.6 or better
    :bulletred: 512 MB of system memory2
    :bulletred: 200 MB of hard disk space
1 While 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and up can be used to run Firefox 17, only 32-bit official builds of the browser are supported at this time.
2 Firefox may run on slower computers with less memory, but it will be less usable.

Download Firefox 17 now:…

Now that Firefox 17 is out, the support for Firefox 16 has come to a end. Additionally, with the exception of Firefox 10 ESR, Mozilla support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) has come to a end as well. Users who are still running 10.5 will have to either upgrade to at least Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or switch to TenFourFox with Rosetta.

Also, for organisations who are still on Windows 2000, Windows XP RTM or Windows XP SP1, Firefox 10.0.11 ESR has been released. Firefox 10 ESR will be maintained with security and stability updates until 19 February 2013. Users who are on Firefox 10 ESR will have to make the hard transition and upgrade to Firefox 17 ESR before Firefox 10 ESR goes end-of-life when Firefox 17.0.2 ESR gets released.

Now that Firefox 17 has been finalised, Firefox 18 will migrate to the Beta channels later this week, Firefox 19 will migrate to the Aurora channels and Firefox 20 will make its first appearance in the Nightly channels.

The first public beta release of Firefox 18 will be due out later this week and the final version of the successor to Firefox 17 will be released on the week of 6 January 2013. Firefox 18 was originally going to be released on 1 January 2013, but due to conflicts with major holidays, the release had to be delayed by at least a week.
  • Mood: Tired
Well...after months of interaction on this site, I'm starting to feel tired here.

I don't know what else to say, but I will need to start working on my oekaki website and then get to drawing before 2012 comes to a close. I mean, this year has been really rough without mom and I expect 2013 to possibly be even rougher than this year.

And since this year is coming to a close, I probably will not be getting anymore kiribans either until at least early next year.

I'll probably come back within days before Christmas to see what's going on here. Take care.

  • Mood: Joy
As you may have already noticed last night, Barack Obama has won the 2012 Presidental Election. The 44th President of the United States, won the re-election for a second term at the Oval Office as of 11:14 PM EST.

The final election results show that Barack Obama, Republican had 303 electoral votes, 59,725,608 popular votes and Mitt Romney, Democrat had 206 electoral votes with 57,098,650 popular votes. The Republican held a 50.35% percentage of the election while the Democrat held 48.13%. The Independent held just 1.36% of the election with 1,623,299 popular votes. Other unknown candidates only had 177,996 popular votes with just .15% of the election. Florida has yet to decide who has won the Presidential election.

Earlier this morning at around 1 AM EST (9 PM AKST last night), Mitt Romney conceded the election to Barack Obama, just as the polls in Alaska were closing.

270 electoral votes were needed to win the election.

For the control of the House, Democrats had 232 votes while the Republicans had 191 votes. 218 electoral votes are need for balance of power.

For the control of the Senate, the Republicans had 51 votes while the Democrats had 45 votes. 50 votes were needed for balance of power.

Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term in the Oath of Office on Monday, 21 January 2013 at noon EST. His term will conclude on Friday, 20 January 2017 when the 45th President will be sworn in. As Barack Obama won the re-election last night, he will not be eligible for re-election for a third term due to the XXIInd Amendment to the United States Constitution.

What are your thoughts on last night's election? :p
  • Mood: Joy
For the second time in three years, the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series. This after defeating the American League champion, the Detroit Tigers, by a score of 4 to 3 in 10 innings. The Giants sweep and win the series by four games to none.

The time of tonight's game lasted 3 hours and 34 minutes with a attendance of 42,152. Overall, the average time of the series lasted 3 hours and 23 minutes with a average attendance record of 42,563.

#48 Pablo Sandoval, 3rd baseman earned the 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player honours. The reason is that in Game 1 of the World Series, he hit three home runs; two of them off reigning Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.

He joined Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game and is the first in history to hit those home runs in his first three plate appearances in the 1st, 3rd and 5th innings in Game 1. He was also credited for getting .500 for series average (8 for 16) in Game 1 and was 1 for 5 in Game 4.

And as a part of the MVP prize package, he could even drive away from Detroit and back home to San Francisco, if so he wished, using the 505 horsepower that comes under the hoot of a new 2013 427 Corvette Convertible. And through the benefits from the extra playoff rounds (referring to one-game American League/National League Wild Card tiebreaker), he most remarkably set a franchise record for most postseason hits.

Overall, this is the San Francisco Giant's seventh World Series title. This is also Bruce Bochy's second World Series title as General Manager of the Giants. The Giants finished on top with the best record in the National League West with 94 wins and 68 losses (.580). The Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds in 5 games of the NLDS, dethroned the St. Louis Cardinals of their World Series championship in the NLCS and now they won it all.

Congrats to the San Francisco Giants. They are so once again, the champions of the baseball world! :D

Microsoft Windows 8 hits the market!

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 25, 2012, 9:36 PM
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Just moments ago, Microsoft Windows 8 made it to North American shores tonight at around midnight EDT!

Windows 8 is the latest release of the Windows operating system and it comes slight more than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows 7. Windows 8's server counterpart, Windows Server 2012 was released on 4 September 2012. Unlike its predecessor, Windows Server 2008 R2 has no support for Itanium-based computers.

Windows 8 introduces a new shell and user interface based off Microsoft's "Metro" design language and that it features a new Start screen with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications, a new app platform with emphasis on touchscreen input, the new Windows Store to obtain and purchase applications for the system and the ability to synchronise software and settings between multiple devices.

Development of Windows 8 started before the release of Windows 7 sometime in 2009. Its existence was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 and followed by the release of the pre-release versions from September 2011 to May 2012. Windows 8 has the stable build release of version 6.2.9200.16384 and was completed on 1 August 2012.

Windows 8 is the first OS to support the ARM architecture and that it takes advantage of new and emerging technologies, including USB 3.0, UEFI firmware, near field communications and cloud computing.

:spotlight-left: MAIN FEATURES :spotlight-right:

Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 includes new features such as native USB 3.0 support, Microsoft account integration, the Windows Store, the ability to boot from USB flash drives with Windows to Go, easier system restore options, among others.

Here's a complete run down on what's included with Windows 8:
    :bulletred: Windows Store: Windows Store is a digital distribution platform built into the Windows 8 operating system, which in a manner is similar to Apple's App Store and Google Play. Windows Store allows the distribution and purchase of apps designed for Windows 8. Developers will still be able to advertise desktop software through the Windows Store as well. And to ensure that the apps are secure and of a high quality, Windows Store will be the only means of distribution Windows RT-based apps for consumer-oriented versions of Windows 8.

    :bulletred: New Start screen: Windows 8 features an extensively redesigned user interface incorporating a design language that is codenamed "Metro" and optimised for touchscreens as well as mice and keyboards. A new "Start screen" that is similar to the one in Windows Phone, includes live application tiles. The start screen replaces the Start menu, being triggered by the Windows key, click a hot corner in the bottom left and is also the first screen shown on startup. The user can then go to the regular desktop via a tile on the Start screen or by launching a desktop application.

    :bulletred: User login redesigned: Windows 8 features a new lock screen, which includes the current date and time display along with the ability to display notifications from apps.

    :bulletred: Microsoft account integration: User accounts can be linked to a Microsoft account to provide additional functionality, such as the synchronisation of user data and the integration with other Microsoft services such as Xbox Live and SkyDrive online storage.

    :bulletred: Mult-monitor support: Windows 8 also includes improved support for multi-monitor configurations; the taskbar can now be shown on multiple displays and each display can also show its own dedicated taskbar. Wallpapers can also be spanned across multiple displays or each display can have its own separate wallpaper.

    :bulletred: File Explorer: Windows Explorer, which now has been renamed File Explorer, incorporates a ribbon toolbar that is designed to bring forward the most commonly used commands for easy access. Additionally, File Explorer features a redesigned preview pane that takes advantage of widescreen layouts. File Explorer provides built-in function for mounting ISO, IMG and VHD files as virtual hard drives.

    :bulletred: Internet Explorer 10: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 also ships with Internet Explorer 10 and will be made available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in mid-November. Internet Explorer 10 can ran as either a desktop programme or as a app with a new full-screen interface optimised for use on touchscreens. Internet Explorer 10 also has a integrated version of Adobe Flash Player, which will be available in full on the desktop and in a limited form within the "Metro" app. For more information on Windows Internet Explorer 10, read this Wikipedia article:…

    :bulletred: Task Manager: Windows 8 includes an overhauled version of the Windows Task Manager where the following changes were made:
    1. The tabs are now hidden by default. This view only shows applications.
    2. The resource utilisation in the Process tab is shown using a heat map, with darker shades of yellow representing heavier use.
    3. The Performance tab is split into CPU, memory, disk, Ethernet and wireless network (if applicable) sections.
    4. A new Startup tab has been added that lists startup applications and their impact on boot time.
    5. The Process tab now lists application names, application status and overall usage data for CPU, memory, hard disk and network resources for each process.

    :bulletred: Family Safety: Family Safety will no longer be a separate install via Windows Live as it will allow administrators to monitor and restrict activity via web filtering, application restriction and computer usage time limits.

:spotlight-left: OTHER FEATURES :spotlight-right:

Other features of Windows 8 include the following:

    :bulletred: File History: A function that is similar to Mac OS X's Time Machine, replaces the "Previous Versions" and Backup and Restore features that were previously found on Windows Vista and Windows 7. File History automatically creates incremental backups of files stored in Libraries and user-specified folders to a external storage device. Users can then track and restore specific revisions of files using the "History" functions in File Explorer.

    :bulletred: Hardware support: As mentioned earlier in this article, Windows 8 adds native support for USB 3.0, which will allow faster data transfers and improved power management with compatible devices. A port of Windows for the ARM architecture was also created for Windows 8. The OS is known as Windows RT and it is specifically optimised for mobile devices such as tablets. The downside is that Windows RT will only be able to run third-party Windows Store apps and will also come with a special version of Office 2013 that is optimised to run with better efficiency on ARM-based systems.

    :bulletred: Installation: A new installer known as the Upgrade Assistant is offered, which is intended to provide simpler and faster process for upgrading to Windows 8 from previous versions of Windows. Along with performing the installation, it also integrates compatiblity checks, assists in the transfer of files and settings, downloads the operating system for those have purchased it online and allows the user to generate installation media on a DVD or a USB drive.

    :bulletred: Networking: Windows 8 has incorporated improved support for mobile broadband as a "first-class" method of internet connectivity. Upon the insertion of a SIM card, the operating system will automatically determine the user's carrier and configure relevant connection settings using an Access Point Name database, The operating system can also monitor mobile data usage and changes its behaviour accordingly to reduce bandwidth use on metered networks. Carriers can also offer their own dedicated Windows Store apps for account management, which can also be installed automatically as a part of the connection process. Windows 8 also reduces the need for third-party drivers and software to implement mobile broadband by providing a generic driver and by providing an integrated airplane mode option.

    :bulletred: Startup: Windows 8 defaults to a "hybrid boot" mode. When the operating system is shut down, it hibernates the kernel thus allowing for a faster boot on the subsequent startup. On compatible systems, a manufacturer's splash can now be maintained on-screen following the Power-on Self-Test (POST), allowing for a seamless transition between control from the firmware to Windows.

    :bulletred: Repair and recovery: When a system is experiencing issues that have been preventing the operating system from functioning correctly, Windows 8 can detect it and automatically launch the Advanced Startup menu to access diagnostic and repair functions.

    Windows 8 also adds Refresh and Reset options, which will allow a user to re-install Windows 8 without needing to use installation media. Both of these options reboot the system into the Windows Recovery Environment to perform the requested operation. Refresh preserves user profiles, settings and apps, while Reset reformats the system partition and re-installs the operating system entirely. The reset function may also perform specialised disk wiping procedures for added security. Both operations will remove all installed desktop applications from the system. Users have the option to create a custom disk image for use with Refresh and Reset.

    :bulletred: Security: Windows 8 ships with an updated version of Windows Defender which is now based off Microsoft Security Essentials, but it adds virus protection capabilities to the software alongside malware protection. Windows Defender will automatically disable itself it it detects that third-part security software has been installed and is only designed to remain active if no anti-virus software is currently installed or it detects that an anti-virus programme's subscription has expired.

    The secure boot mechanism on Windows 8 is also supported on UEFI-based systems. As it will use a public-key infrastructure process to verify the integrity of the Windows boot loader thus preventing malware from infecting the system before the operating system even loads.

    :bulletred: Video subsystem: Windows 8 includes WDDM 1.2 and DirectX Graphics Infrastructure (DXGI) 1.2. The Desktop Window Manager (DWM) now runs at all times - even on systems with unsupported graphics cards where DWM now also supports software rendering. DWM now also includes support for stereoscopic 3D content.

    Other major features include pre-emptive multitasking with finer granularity, reduced memory footprint, improved resource sharing and faster timeout detection and recovery. 16-bit colour surface formats are mandatory in Windows 8 and Direct3D 11 Video supports YUV 4:4:4/4:2:2/4:2:0/4:1:1 video formats with 8, 10 and 16-bit precision as well as 4 and 8-bit paletted formats.

    :bulletred: Windows to Go: Windows to Go is a Windows 8 Enterprise feature that will allow users to create a bootable USB device with Windows 8 in it, including the user's programmes, settings and files.

    :bulletred: Virtualisation: Lastly, Windows 8 offers two virtualisation features Hyper-V and Storage Spaces. First, Hyper-V, previously offered only in Windows Server is now included in Windows 8 Pro, replacing Windows Virtual PC, a hosted hypervisor. Secondly, Storage Spaces is a storage virtualisation technology which succeeds Logical Disk Manager and allows the organisation of physical disks into logical volumes similar to Logical Volume Manager under Linux, RAID1 or RAID5 but at a higher abstraction level.

:spotlight-left: OVERVIEW OF WINDOWS 8 EDITIONS :spotlight-right:

Windows 8 comes in four editions, each with varying feature sets.
    :bulletred: Windows 8: Windows 8 is the basic edition of Windows for the x86 and x86-64 architectures. This edition contains features that are aimed at the home market segment and provides all of the basic new Windows 8 features including the Start screen with semantic zoom, live tiles, Windows Store, Internet Explorer 10, connected standby, Microsoft account integration, the Windows desktop and more. The 64-bit edition of Windows 8 will support up to 128 GB of physical memory, an significant increase from 8 GB and 16 GB memory limits from Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium respectively.

    :bulletred: Windows 8 Pro: Windows 8 Pro is comparable to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate and is targeted towards enthusiasts and business users. Along with all of the features of Windows 8, additional features include operating as a Remote Desktop server, the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain, Encrypting File System, Hyper-V and Virtual Hard Disk booting, Group Policy as well as BitLocker and BitLocker to Go. Windows Media Center functionality will be available only for Windows 8 Pro as a free "add-on". The 64-bit edition of Windows 8 Pro will be able to address up to as much as 512 GB of physical memory, a near four-fold increase from 192 GB from Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.

    :bulletred: Windows 8 Enterprise: Windows 8 Enterprise provides all of the features in Windows 8 Pro (except the ability to install the Windows Media Center add-on), with additional features to assist with IT organisations. This edition is available only to Software Assurance customers, as well as MSDN and Technet Professional subscribers. Windows 8 Enterprise was released on 16 August 2012. Like the 64-bit edition of Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise will too address up to as much as 512 GB of physical memory.

    :bulletred: Windows RT: Windows RT will only be available as a pre-installation on ARM-based devices such as tablet PCs and was named for the Windows Runtime development platform that Microsoft is introducing in Windows 8. Windows RT will include touch-optimised desktop versions of the basic set of Office 2013 applications to users. Several business-focused features such as Group Policy and domain support are not included. Windows RT has significant limitations, because it's designed only for the 32-bit ARM processor and it can only address up to 4 GB of physical memory.

:spotlight-left: HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS :spotlight-right:

To upgrade or install Windows 8, your computer must meet the following hardware requirements:
    :bulletred: A 1 GHz 32-bit or a 64-bit processor, with Physical Address Extensions (PAE), NX-bit and SSE2 instructions.
    :bulletred: 1 GB of physical memory minimum for a 32-bit version of Windows 8; 2 GB of physical memory minimum for the 64-bit version of Windows 8. Windows 8 can address up to 128 GB of physical memory for consumer editions and up to 512 GB of physical memory for Pro/Enterprise editions.
    :bulletred: DirectX 9-capable graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
    :bulletred: 16 GB of hard disk space for the 32-bit installation and 20 GB of hard disk space for the 64-bit version.

In addition to hardware requirements for desktop and laptop-based computers, Microsoft has released minimum hardware requirements for new tablet and convertible devices designed for Windows 8 and definded a convertible form factor as a standalone device that combines the PC, display and rechargeable power source with a mechanically attached keyboard and pointing device in a single chassis. A convertible can be transformed into a tablet where the attached input devices are hidden or removed leaving the display as the only input mechanism.

Here are the hardware certification requirements for Windows tablets:
    :bulletred: Graphics Card: A DirectX 10 graphics device with WDDM 1.2 or higher driver.
    :bulletred: Storage: At least 10 GB of free disk space after the out-of-box experience completes.
    :bulletred: Standard buttons: The following standard buttons must include "Power", "Rotation Lock", "Windows Key", "Volume-up" and "Volume-down".
    :bulletred: Screen: For touch screen capabilities, Windows 8 requires support for a minimum of 5-point digitisers and resolution of at least 1366 x 768. The physical dimensions of the display panel must match the aspect ratio of the native resolution. The native resolution of the panel can be greater than 1366 (horizontally) and 768 (vertically). Minimum native colour depth must be at least 32-bit colour.
    :bulletred: Camera: Minimum resolution of 720p (pixels).
    :bulletred: Ambient light sensor: 1-30K lux capable with dymanic range of 5-60K.
    :bulletred: Accelerometre: 3 axes with data rates at or above 50 Hz.
    :bulletred: USB 2.0 support: At least one USB controller and exposed port.
    :bulletred: Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy).
    :bulletred: Other features: Lastly, Windows 8 for Windows tablets and convertible devices require a speaker, microphone, magnetometre and a gyroscope. If a mobile broadband device is integrated into a tablet or convertible system, then an assisted GPS radio is requried. Devices supporting near field communication need to have visual marks to help users locate and use the proimity technology. The new button combination for Ctrl + Alt + Del (Control+Alt+Delete) is Windows Key + Power.
Windows 8 can run on Hyper-V, VMware Workstation v8.0.2 for Windows, VirutalBox v4.1.8 for Windows, Parallels Workstation v6.0 for Windows, Parallels Desktop v4.0 for Windows and XenDesktop v5.5. Windows 8 is no longer compatible with Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Windows Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server as well as VMware Workstation v7.x or below.

In regards to the hardware requirements, the minimum requirements are slightly higher than Windows 7. Even though Microsoft stated the minimum processor speed for Windows 8, it is still technically possible to install and run the operating system on a single-core processor such as a early Pentium 4, older Celeron and even AMD Athlon 64 processors. Windows 8 is not compatible with processors older than a Pentium 4 (such as a Pentium II, Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP) as it requires a processor with PAE support, NX-bit and SSE2 instructions. In older Windows 8 developer builds, it was even possible to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview on a Pentium III or even a AMD Athlon processor, but support for those processors has since been removed in later builds and in the final release.

:spotlight-left: UPGRADE ELIGIBILITY :spotlight-right:

Users will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 online (using a download that can be optionally burned to a DVD) or through boxed copies at retail on DVD. Microsoft will offer upgrades from previous versions of Windows, including Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro at a discounted price of $39.99 ($69.99 at retail) from its launch until 31 January 2013. The pricing available of Windows 8 is significantly lower than the regular retail prices for past versions of Windows.

Microsoft also began to offer an upgrade programme for anyone purchasing new computers pre-loaded with Windows 7 between 2 June 2012 to 31 January which users will be able to digitally purchase a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for as little as $14.99.

Microsoft dropped upgrade paths from unsupported versions of Windows (or service packs) to Windows 8. Users of unsupported OSes (such as Windows 2000) must purchase a full Windows 8 retail license if the computer can handle the minimum system requirements pointed above.

:spotlight-left: LIFECYCLE SUPPORT POLICY :spotlight-right:

Mainstream Support for Windows 8 will start on 30 October 2012 and will be retired on 9 January 2018. Extended Support will end on 10 January 2023. This applies to all editions of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Now that Windows 8 is out, Windows 7 will still be available, but Microsoft will stop selling Windows 7 to direct OEMs and terminate retail sales of the OS on 26 October 2013. Windows 7 will continue to remain available only as a pre-loaded OS by OEM system builders until 26 October 2014.

Mainstream Support for Windows 7 will end on 13 January 2015 and Extended Support for Windows 7 will end on 14 January 2020. Users who have Windows 8 pre-installed will be able to grade to either Windows 7 or Windows Vista SP2, but not Windows XP as it will go out of support on 8 April 2014.

:spotlight-left: MICROSOFT WINDOWS OFFICIAL WEBSITE :spotlight-right:

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Premium membership ending soon...

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:05 AM

:star: Next kiriban is 250,000 pageviews and 1,000 watchers! Good luck! Follow me on Twitter! :star: was fun while it lasted. My premium membership is going to expire this Saturday and barring any further extension, I will be reverted back to a regular member for the first time in a while. I would like to thank Feliane and MasterPlanner for previously extending my premium membership and I really appreciate it.

If I'm not mistaken here, this means that I will not be able to anymore gallery features, because posting thumbnails in journals require premium membership. Also, options for one month and three month premium membership for Paypal has been removed and one month options for points has been removed as well. Bummer.

If you can kindly try to donate some points or find ways to extend my premium membership into 2013, that would be good. :hug:

On a side note, who do think is going to win the 2012 World Series? I posted a new poll so that you will voice your opinion on who is going to win the World Series.

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Insomnia Oekaki has moved!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 14, 2012, 3:19 PM
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It's official now. Insomnia Oekaki is moving to Ninechime after more than three years on netTHRILLdesigns.

Insomnia Oekaki at nTd is shutting down as iceytina wants all of her clients off nTd and on to their own host by the end of this month. I'm giving users up to two weeks...through no later than the 27th of this month to update their bookmarks to reflect the new site.

Please update your book marks as the old URL link will be taken down in less than two weeks' time to give users enough time to update their bookmarks to the same site at the new host. You will need to login to your account to at least make sure it works properly on the new host.

During the next two weeks, I will be doing a bit of redesigning my website. And on a retroactive measure, there will be a new default Insomnia Oekaki theme. If you don't like the new theme or if you want a different theme, you're always welcome to change it.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice, please let me know.

I would like to thank iceytina for hosting Insomnia Oekaki over the past three years. I really appreciate her effort to offer webhosting at netTHRILLdesigns. It will definitely be a shame to see nTd no longer offer webhosting after this month and therefore, I'm taking the opportunity to alert the users of this change.

As for BurntMeatloaf, I would like to thank him for letting me host my oekaki website. It has been my home for over nine years now and I can't guarentee that I will be hosted forever.

The new website's URL address is:


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