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Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that I let you know that my father, Graham Boyd, passed away on Thursday 16th June at 4.40pm Indian time. He had reported back in January on the forum about his cancer diagnosis and that he was taking treatment. He underwent 3 months of Chemotherapy which did not help with the tumour and then had started Radiotherapy. This proved too painful for him and would also have been of no real benefit. Due to the complexity of the tumour in his shoulder it was impossible to operate on without my father losing function of his dominant left arm. He finally underwent minor surgery to cut the nerves that were trapped within the tumour in May, to try and reduce the pain he was feeling. Sadly, this did not work and it also meant he lost use of his arm which was what he was trying to avoid.

I came out to be with him in Tiruvannamalai on the 8th June and have had the privilege of taking care of my father in his last days of life. Even through this period, he remained as happy as was possible and in his last few days, he was no longer in any pain.
He died peacefully at his home, looking at Arunachala and is now in the safe arms of Bhagavan.

He will be greatly missed and was loved by many in Tiruvannamalai and all around the world.

As my father made you aware in January, I will continue to take care of his website and forum for at least the next 10 years (hopefully longer). Please bear with me though as I have very little experience in wesite matters, but will do my best to maintain the integrity and beauty of the website that my father has spent the last 20 years developing.

Best Wishes
Candice Faqir x

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Health issues / Re: Health issues
« on: March 23, 2016, 11:35:40 AM »
dear all,

I had the 3rd chemo treatment at the end of February and it has taken this long for me to recover from it somewhat. I was warned that it would be very bad and they were right.

the surgeon now says that removing the tumour will require a number of important nerves supplying my left side to be removed where they are surrounded by the tumour, also arteries and any major veins. the veins can be replaced and rejoined, but the nerve loss is unlikely to recover.

the only reason I agreed to chemo in the first place was in the hope that it would shrink the tumour, freeing up the nerves and thereby saving my left arm.

i am now pursuing alternative treatments, B17 and hemp oil (cannabis oil), both of which are said to kill cancer, especially the hemp oil (not hemp seed oil, which does not work)

the B17 is currently held up in customs at Bangalore and the hemp oil is proving to be very hard to get due to it being illegal in many states in India, which is not good, especially for a natural medicine that is widely known to cure all cancers, plus many other diseases within 1 month.

the reason for the ban is that cannabis oil contains TCH, the hallucinogenic component in cannabis [ganga, hemp] as well as CBD's which are the powerful medicinal compounds.

it was legal in India, even part of the culture, until 1985, after which it was banned due to international pressure, no doubt prompted and supported by pharmaceutical companies who want worldwide bans on natural remedies that actually work without harming the patient.

there are TCH-free versions of the cannabis oil, available legally in the USA, but shipping them is illegal. this is crazy to say the least.

i wonder how many tens of thousands, even millions of people are going die very painful deaths because of this foolish ban, which is based purely upon the insatiable greed of a few.

perhaps it is time for the Indian government to stand up for India's traditional medicines and overturn this ban.

in the meantime i will probably have to fly to the USA to get the treatment there.

graham

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Health issues / Re: Health issues
« on: February 25, 2016, 04:39:02 PM »
Dear all,

Today I started the third and final chemo treatment in an effort to reduce the size of the tumour and thereby reduce the pain and restore some mobility to my left arm.

Tomorrow I see the surgeon to discuss the possibility of removing the tumour from the nerves. If it is possible I will probably agree.

best wishes

graham

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Health issues / Re: Health issues
« on: January 27, 2016, 12:47:27 AM »
Dear all,

Thank you all for your support and the alternative medicinal and other treatments you have suggested and which which I prefer.

I would have followed alternative methods only instead of chemo if it had not been so urgent and difficult due to the acute pain and muscle/general wastage in my left arm.

I will most certainly follow whatever I can from now on .... today I return to hospital for my second round of chemo plus further examination of my left shoulder and arm to find out there such rapid wastage.

My deepest thanks to you all for your kind support and I will most certainly keep you posted of progress when I can.

Best wishes

Graham

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Health issues / Re: Health issues
« on: January 23, 2016, 01:26:35 PM »
dear all,

thank you so much for your support, tears flow each time i read your posts - the first time in forty years that such has happened. this illness has removed the hardness that had taken over my heart as time passed, something for which i am deeply grateful.

yes, it came upon me suddenly in just a few weeks, an unusual tumour in an unlikely place [for someone of my age], i would not have even noticed it had it not been for the extreme pain caused by the crushing of the nerves.

it is a non-metastatic high grade osteosarcoma on the left first rib. a PET scan shows that there are no others. clearly there is a purpose to this and no doubt that will become clear as time passes.

i have absolutely no fear of death and do not question god's will, i suspect however that this is entirely my doing and that i fully deserve it, i therefore accept it with an open heart in the knowledge that nothing is without purpose. i also know that god does not punish except to reward.

my thanks and best wishes to you all

graham

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Health issues / Health issues
« on: January 23, 2016, 02:19:35 AM »
dear all,

everything in this post has been written in lowercase wherever possible, to make life a little bit easier for me at this time.

two months ago i began to lose the use of my left hand and arm [i am left handed] and to experience severe pain in my entire arm. at first the doctors thought it was related to cervical spondylosis [i am 66 years old] and ordered cervical and full-spine MRI scans. the scans revealed a healthy spine, but a mass over the left brachial plexus. this was scanned in more detail.

it appears that there is tumour surrounding and crushing the nerves of the brachial plexus, plus other nerves and blood vessels in that area, hence the pain and paralysis of my left arm.

its origin is bone cancer, but is currently limited to my top rib and the outgrowing mass. this has made life somewhat more difficult for me, especially typing and other two-hand related tasks.


i am receiving treatment to shrink the tumour away from the nerves, in order to relieve the pain and hopefully restore the use of my arm [if only for a few months, so that i can finish everything].


whilst i am still clear and capable of it, i am currently engaged in tidying up my worldly affairs in the event that nothing works.

this will include the future of all of my domains ... ownership will transfer to my daughter and an account will be set up to pay for them for the next ten years. she will find someone skilled at these things to maintain the sites, with perhaps some help from members with regard to the forum.

my love and best wishes to you all

graham

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Arunachala / Re: High quality photo of Arunachala
« on: October 05, 2015, 06:11:11 AM »
Here is a new link - this is the fully corrected version.

The file is 12mb in size to download

https://app.box.com/s/2aphd842dfil70cflgq1es4z4wtdxxd5

Graham

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General topics / Re: Arunachala Live Web page
« on: June 19, 2015, 05:28:18 PM »
Dear All,

I have had no part in arunachala-live for several years now. This is a matter for the webcam owners and their support staff.

Graham

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Dear All,

Mookupodi siddhar was banned today from the ashram for three things - two days ago he walked into the kitchen and spat heavily into the chutney that was to be served to devotees, and yesterday he urinated in Bhagavan's shrine.

He came to the ashram to collect money and that is also not allowed.

I have repeatedly requested that members do not elevate such people nor even mention them on this site.

Please desist.

Graham

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Dear All,

Today I added a new theme called SMF4Mobile which should automatically load when using a mobile device. The normal theme that you have chosen for your desktop should not be affected by this.

SMF4Mobile is a stripped down version of the entire site but contains all the functionality that members actually use.

This has been added to correct Google's 'Fix mobile usability issues' that would otherwise have caused the site to be marked as mobile unfriendly.

As I do not use mobiles of any kind I would appreciate any comments - i.e. if it works well for you.

Graham

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Security Issues / Warning about myZamana
« on: February 28, 2015, 05:44:56 AM »
A few days ago I started getting unsolicited mail from a site called 'myzamana', telling me that there was a message from someone called Surya, followed by other mails offering to share Surya's photos, etc.

At first I ignored and deleted the mails, but they just kept coming. In the end I visited the site using a secure browser to try and have my mail ID removed and found that there is no way to do this.

I did not register or even interact with site apart from trying to find the unsubscribe link, but left the site not finding anything.

Within a few minutes I received mail from the site thanking me for registering - which I certainly did not do, followed by a whole host of invitation mails from other apparent users, who were no doubt sucked in the same way.

After searching google, I discovered that this site hacks gmail accounts to gain full access to the address lists of those who use gmail in their mailing address - see this link:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/if-you-get-an-email-from-myzamana-trash-it/

Using the unsubscribe links in the emails also does not work, as it clearly does not remove your email ID from their server.

I have forwarded some of the unsolicited mails to the FTC in the USA - the USA is where myzamana is registered and it therefore falls under USA laws.

Hopefully they will act against this site if sufficient complaints are forwarded to the FTC.

In the meantime, spam filtering at ISP level does not work as they use a different reply to address like the one below with every mail

noreply+d-162854ed24408182e461266663_4b6c3263a2b3d1179b69e6ab13c13f51@m3.myzamanamail.com

I can only recommend that users forward unsolicited mails from myzamana to the FTC at this address - spam@uce.gov - then delete any mails from this company and do not even attempt to unsubscribe.

Also check your browser and mail clients for any cookies from this company and delete them.

Graham

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It appears that the blocking of the IP range 117.*.*.* was unblocked early in the afternoon of yesterday, the 6th February (the asterisks replace any other digits in the IP address) and access was regained.

With all ISP's your IP address is dynamic (for the vast majority of people). That means it is not a fixed IP, but will change (or even revert to the same) every time you switch off and then switch on your modem/router.

If you are still having problems then please go to Google and type 'my IP' (without the quotes) into the search box - this will bring up a search results page with various links, but right at the top in large digits you will see your current IP address.

Reboot your modem/router and then search again to see if your IP has changed. If you still have problems accessing this site then please contact BSNL and complain about not being able to access European hosted sites.

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I will try to explain for those of you who do not understand this.

Service providers (ISP's) are allotted a 'fixed range' of IP addresses (IPv4 or IPv6) for their customers to use. These blocks of IP addresses never change and are therefore area/country specific.

Depending on the size of the ISP it can run into tens or even hundreds of thousands of different addresses, but they will all be within fixed blocks - i.e. 123.0.0.0 to 123.0.250.250, etc.

The IP address that you are automatically assigned when you start your modem/router (which is usually the first available one in a specific block) is like your house address, it enables data to find your computer - it is your return address for anything sent over the internet, etc., otherwise data would never know where it was going.

Because each ISP has a fixed range of IP addresses allotted for its customers to use, they are easily identified and just as easily blocked.

When spammers and hackers carry out their nefarious work, their IP address travels with their data and is recorded at the other end (at different stages in between also). This enables the target to block any IP address from which the problem arises.

Because the majority of people have dynamic IP addresses within the fixed range provided by their ISP, it is often difficult to block troublesome people using just one IP address, so sometimes an entire range of IP addresses are blocked instead. This takes care of the problem, but it also blocks innocent people having any of those automatically assigned IP addresses. It is therefore not a recommended solution to a problem, but a last-ditch resort.

I suspect that this is what happened and it is probably the result of a large quantity of spam or even a 'Distributed Denial of Service' (DDOS) attack coming through a botnet of infected computers in India.

We are powerless when things like this happen. It is the duty of those who run the internet to ensure that it works, and because DDOS attacks are a daily occurrence we might have to put up with this sort of thing more often in the future.

Fortunately these attacks are normally short-lived and the block is then removed after 24 hours.

There is always the hope that people will clean up their computers and get rid of the malware, but it is not a very likely scenario at this time.

Graham

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The problem seems to relate to a BSNL (VSNL) IP range that is blocked, probably due to spammers and hackers.

My current IP is 61.3.202.140 - it was 117.204.26.234 first thing this morning and access was blocked. I rebooted my router and got the 61.3.202.140 IP address, and now I can access everything again.

It would appear than any IP address with 117.204.*.* is blocked from accessing the servers in the UK.

Graham

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There has been a problem accessing arunachala-ramana.org and my other sites from within India since early this morning.

The server (IP address 82.165.103.34) on which my sites and 146 other unrelated Domains are hosted has been inaccessible to BSNL customers.

I am actively looking into this and have contacted both BSNL and the server host to get to the root of the problem.

In the meantime visitors and members can gain access via any proxy outside of India - I am using one now as I am also affected by the block.

One such service is http://newipnow.com/ - I do not know much about this service but it seems to work. There are many others.

I hope it is resolved soon.

Graham

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala Live sites -- list required
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:26:09 PM »
Dear Krishna,

I do not have a webcam site.

I originally coded arunachala-live for some friends who have the cameras on their roof. It is several years since I did any work on that site. Others now take care of it.

As far as I know it is the only live webcam for Arunachala.

Graham

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