Troubleshooting torrent network problems with routers

Wondering why the wifi or LAN connection keeps misbehaving and disconnecting on your shiny new router when you try to download torrents or stream high quality movies on your local network? I was facing the same issue with my TP Link W8968 modem cum wifi router that I got recently for my home broadband connection. Some research through Google indicated that this was not specific to my router model, and was likely to be related to torrents overwhelming the NAT tables on the low end routers. This could happen for both the wireless and wired network, as my experiments.

I finally found the solution through 2 different threads that suggested that the NAT and IGMP proxy be disabled on the router. One was for my specific router model:

Please try to disable : 
“Enable Fullcone NAT:” & “Enable IGMP Proxy:” 
under : Network -> WAN Settings -> WAN Service Setup -> Advance option.
Disabling the above option fix my TD-W8968 freezing problem.

The other was in the Apple forums:

*****Disable IGMP Proxy Setting from your router (Verizon Fios, etc) *****

I tried this, and haven’t had any issues for the last 4 days with the torrents downloading comfortably overnight. Earlier, I used to set the torrents to download and find out the next morning that the wireless network had dropped off and the router had stopped responding. So, give it a shot and see if it works. After all, this is a lot less expensive and hassle free compared to replacing your existing router.

What was the craziest thing you’ve ever seen on a resume/CV?

A great point for any CV: "Times Person of the Year 2006 (shared)"

Answer by Anirudh Wodeyar:

The best thing I've ever seen in a resume was found when I was directed to Bradley Voytek's CV by him mentioning that he lists his Major Failures in it. What I found inside was even more interesting:

Times Person of the Year 2006 (Shared)

So now I'm obviously thinking, WOW! That's such an awesome thing to be able to list on your resume, so what would I do but Google it to see his picture on the magazine, to get this: You — Yes, You — Are TIME's Person of the Year
And I just couldn't help laughing! It was absolutely brilliant 🙂

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What are the best techniques for efficiently running long distance?

For all the marathon runners…

Answer by Gurvinder Singh Gill:

This will be a long answer but if you are a long distance runner, I know, you will endure.

First of all let me clarify one thing: there is no “best” technique for running. Yes, there are some “better” techniques but most of the time, the running techniques are subjective and depend upon your body structure & fitness, running distance, and running surface. So try various techniques and ease into one which you find most comforting.Following information is only for Long Distance Running and out of my own experiences as a Runner.

A good running technique is not only about proper foot landing and body posture. It is as much about how you are breathing and even what you are thinking while running!

Firstly, judge your current running technique on following parameters:

  1. Do you experience joint pains (usually in knees and ankles) especially when you run on hard surfaces like roads etc.?
  2. Do you experience lower back pains after running?
  3. Do you experience shoulder pains during running?
  4. Do you generate excessive noise while taking steps during running?
  5. Do you feel sharp pains in lower left/right side of your abdomen?
  6. Is your breathing erratic and arrhythmic while running?
  7. Does your mind give up even before you have reached your body’s limit?
  8. Or do you match any of the following:

If your answer to any of the above questions is in affirmative, you need to look into your current running technique and take corrective measures.
We will discuss it in three parts:

  1. Physical Techniques
  2. Breathing Techniques
  3. Mind Techniques

Physical Techniques

It can be divided into three basic aspects namely

  1. Foot landing
  2. Body posture
  3. Running rhythm or cadence

1. Foot Landing

Many of my friends complain of acute pain in their heels, toes and calves due to running on hard surfaces. This is due to improper foot landing.

The red runner cannot use his front leg to propel himself forward. He’ll have enough momentum to keep going but before the front leg can contribute to forward movement it will first resist forward motion. Moreover hitting the heel first will send jerks up his legs and can result in deterioration of knee, ankle and hip joints. This is the reason for joint pains.
The blue runner’s front leg is landing right under his center of gravity. His forward momentum is unimpeded and as soon as he extends his leg the force will be pushing him forward too. Moreover he is landing on his mid-foot which would greatly reduce chances of joint pains after running on a hard surface.

Look at the foot placement……Perfect!


Changing the foot landing from Heel first to mid-foot will initially result in stiff calf muscles. So take it slowly to reduce chances of an injury.

2. Body Posture

Another important aspect of good running technique is maintaining a good body posture such that your core remains strong. Your core consists of abdominals, hips and gluteus (Gluteus are muscles of the buttocks).

The red runner does not have a strong core. The blue runner has his hips forwards and holds his pelvis level. The force from his legs is transferred efficiently through his hips, pelvis, spine, neck and head.
As you can see from the blue figure, your head, spine and hips must be in line with the point of contact of your foot. That’s why it is advised to run tall and look straight ahead to the horizon. To move forward your body must lean in like giving a kiss.
Moreover your arms’ motion must also be set to the rhythm of your running with your elbows bent approx. at 90 degrees.

3. Running Rhythm

Most of the fledgling long distance runners lack running rhythm.

Your feet should act like natural springs and you should properly extend your hips to propel forward.
Secondly, you should always run in a rhythm with high cadence. It is generally taken as approx. 170-180 steps per minute but may increase or decrease slightly depending upon the length of your legs.

Moreover, it is more energy efficient and easy on your body if you run with small steps (blue) rather than taking longer strides (red) which put undue pressure on your knees and other joints. It is a misconception that longer strides alone can give you more speed.
It is generally seen that people take longer strides during the initial phase of their run when they are more excited & energized and then slowly they ease into a more comforting and enduring small-step run. Many new runners change this rhythm many times during a single run and hence lose a lot of energy in the process.

For a long distance run it is highly important that you maintain a rhythm. Find your natural rhythm and then stick to it.

To sum it up:

Breathing Techniques

While running, we only think about training our body and legs, and ignore training of our lungs.

Keep in mind following points:

  • Breathe through nose

There is lot of misconception regarding this point. Many held belief that breathing should be done through mouth as you can take in more oxygen as well as release more carbon dioxide. In my view, this way of breathing is more appropriate for short distance runs. For long distance runs, you should try to breathe through your nose as much as possible so that your throat and mouth don’t dry up during running. During very long races, excessive mouth-breathing can even lead to cramps.

  • Breathe from the Belly

When you are running you should not be breathing from your chest. To get more oxygen into your system, you have to breathe from your belly. Moreover your shoulders move while breathing from chest and such motions tend to tire your shoulder muscles during long distance runs.

  • Long and deep breathes

This is again a controversial point. Many believe that it is better to have short and shallow breaths and they feel suffocated and out of rhythm trying long breaths. When changing from short to long breaths, it is commonly seen that runners feel uncomfortable. Treat it as a transitory period.
Long and deep breaths provide much more oxygen to your lungs while running than short shallow breaths. Change!

  • Breathe in Rhythm

It is important to breathe in rhythm while you are running. You should inhale and exhale at a consistent rate. One way to check whether you are breathing in rhythm is to count your steps when you are running. Irregular breathing will only reduce your oxygen supply and tire you sooner.

Mind Techniques

The hardest thing during running is that it’s a very long time to concentrate and remain motivated.

When someone forfeits his/her race, more often than not, it is the mind that gives up, not the body!

When I first started running, the biggest hurdle I experienced was to keep my mind in control during long runs. I used to run in the cross country races at my college and was considered one of the best runners. But every time I used to hit the “mid” part of the race, my mind would invariably start playing its tricks. The first question would be “why the f*** are you running?” closely followed by “Would it be too embarrassing if you leave the race in-between?” And then my mind would start suggesting me all embarrassment-free ways of forfeiting the race! Go and intentionally injure your toe with that rock lying at the road side! Entangle your foot with the exposed roots of that tree and then trip & fall! See that vehicle coming…get hit! Leave! Leave! LEAVE! Just f***ing leave the race!
It used to take all my mental strength to keep running.

Mental aspect of running is the toughest part and most rewarding also. As Will Smith as aptly said:
“When you're running, there's a little person that talks to you and says, "Oh! I'm tired. My lung's about to pop. I'm so hurt. There's no way I can possibly continue." You want to quit, Right? That person…if you learn how to defeat that person when you're running, you will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life.”

That's Right! Never Quit.

The Pain, the exhaustion, the inability, the weakness……they are all in your mind only.

Push yourself to the limits and find out for yourself that there aren’t any limits.

Learn the mind techniques.

Different things work for different people.
Studies show that elite runners tend to stay focused on the run—on things like form, pace, and the way their bodies feel. The rest of us flit around four major thought bubbles: organizing, problem-solving, wandering, and pondering. If such things help you in maintaining your run, well and good, keep it up. But many a times such activities start to affect your running and even your emotions. Look out for the signs and take corrective measures.

  • Run in groups whenever possible, especially with some people who are better than you at running.
  • Do not stay in your fantasy world for the full duration of your run. Check in with your body every few minutes.
  • Every time you run a familiar route, mark your progress with landmarks. These can act as your cheering sections and lift up your spirit while running.
  • But sometimes environmental cues can be limiting and can trigger muscle memory and mental memory, recalling how you felt the last time you ran this course. If you are unable to shake such feelings, try changing the running course periodically.
  • Re-frame your run in your own way. Recently I read somewhere about a technique used by a marathon runner.

    “When I run, I think of the distance as a lifetime. During the first few miles, I pretend I'm an infant just learning how to walk. During the next stage, I imagine I'm an adolescent, running wild. When I hit the mid phase, which is sometimes incredibly tough, I think, I'm having a midlife crisis. And when I hit the last miles, I think, why am I feeling so bad? It's because I'm too old! Even at that point, I don't think about the race being over. It's still too early. I only let the final distance enter my mind when the end is in view.”

    Think of your own way of interpreting your run. Be creative. It will help to keep your mind occupied.

  • And most importantly,

On top of all this, you need to keep in mind your nutrition and water requirements too.

My own way of fighting the mind demons is a little peculiar! I set my targets before running, sometimes in kilometers but mostly as checkpoints or landmarks. And then there is only one rule, DO NOT STOP before reaching that particular checkpoint, no matter what. And to keep my mind focused, I keep on repeating one thing to me:

Just Kidding!!

That will be all for now. I hope, I have not missed something important. Correct me if any.

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What are some mind-blowing facts about Hinduism?

Very interesting…

Answer by Harish Aditham:

  1. The most mind boggling thing about Hinduism is the fact that atheism is a part of Hinduism.
    Religions are classified according to their beliefs in God: Atheism – no God, Monotheism – One God, Polytheism – Many Gods. While most of the popular religions fall into one of the three categories mentioned above, Hinduism is the only religion which can be accurately, yet not fully described individually, by all these terms: Hinduism is Atheist at the same time as it is Polytheist at the same time as it is Monotheist, as well as henotheistic, i.e. belief in one major God with other subsidiary Gods "worshippable" too! Oh, and Hinduism can also be considered "monist" i.e. the belief that all the seemingly disparate elements in this universe can be reduced to one single unity. So there you have it: Hinduism is perhaps the only religion in the world to which all kinds of epithets such as above apply, and yet fall short of suitably encompassing its definition! That's what a living history of 4000 years does to a religion I suppose!

    There are a sect called Cārvāka (Wiki it!), who simply put "don't care whether God exists or not". They are indifferent to the phenomenon! Among the extremely well evolved ancient Hindu philosophical schools of thought (almost to the point of fatigue), there are two more philosophical schools of thought, namely Mimamsa and Samkhya which likewise maintain a healthy tradition of philosophical skepticism albeit not going as far as terming themselves atheists like the Charvakas. This was not a one-off thing!!

    A healthy argumentative tradition has been the defining point of Hinduism even from its early days, when its prime scripture, the Rig Veda was written.

    Look at this hymn on the origin of creation:
                           Who really knows? Who will here proclaim it?
                           Whence was it produced? Whence is this creation?
                           The Gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
                           Who then knows whence it has arisen?
                           Whence this creation has arisen
                           – perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not –
                           the One who looks down on it,
                           in the highest heaven, only He knows
                           or perhaps even He does not know.
                                                 – Nasadiya Shloka, Rig Veda c.1700 – 1100 BC

    Pause for a moment and consider this: in this day and age, when "blasphemy" is taking lives by the hundreds everyday, a religion incorporated atheism and a healthy tradition of scepticism in ancient days itself, making it a part of its ethos and tolerating it ever since!

  2. Among the world's great religions, Hinduism is the only mainstream religion which promotes gender equality in their "Gods" (if not in the followers).
    Hinduism has perfectly complementary female counterparts to almost all of their male Gods (with the exception of "celibate" Gods male and female), and infact Hinduism proclaims the Holy Trinity of Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) acquired their present powers at the expense of the Supreme Mother Goddess who pervades the cosmos with her energy. Entire cults exist in Hinduism who focus on worshipping the esoteric female energy, almost to the point of neglecting other Gods. (Wiki: Shaktism)
  3. Hinduism is the most popular non-proselytizing religion which has survived inspite of it, to this day withstanding onslaughts from other missionaries.
    Except Hinduism and Judaism, all of the other major religions of the world carry out active missionary work. Hinduism inherently accepts that there is no "One Truth", there are many truths in this Universe, each as true as the next. A popular Hindu line of thought runs thus: "Just like many rivers reach the ocean, there are many ways to reach God". For how could a religion with such a vast diversity in its own traditions purport to uphold "one true way"?

    What is amazing is the fact that despite having been exposed to proselytizing religions such as Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity and Islam at various points in time, Hinduism remained undaunted. A unique feature is the way these religions and their traditions are absorbed into mainstream Hinduism. Buddha became one of the God pantheon, a syncretic "Hindu-Islam" religious way such as Hindus praying at Sufi shrines evolved, Gods with Muslim origins such as "Kad – Bibi" in South India came to be worshipped. Why, Lord Venkateshwara (the God with the richest temple, or religious place of worship in any religion, in the world), himself is said to have a Muslim wife: Bibi Nanchari!

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