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DROA Domain Expiry Notice Scam

DROA Domain Expiry Notice Scam

Don't Be Fooled by this Letter in the Mail from Domain RegistryServices!

droa.com domain name switch scam

Be Wary Netizens! This is not an official notice that your domain is expiring. This is in fact a predatory technique by Domain Registry Services to take advantage of unsuspecting clients and fool them into switching their domain from a current registry to them. Also notice they charge more than double the going rate of a domain name per year too. Regular cost for a .com domain: 14.99$ average.

This was brought to our attention by one of our clients, and if you receive a letter like this; please report it to the BBB (Better Business Bureau)

Never Pay More Than 19.99 for a .com domain. Check you WHOIS Now!
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Optimize Your Joomla!® Website for Speed!

Optimize Your Joomla!® Website for Speed!

Step 1: Turn On Caching in Joomla!

Turn on your cache!

Go into Global Configurations and turn on your cache system. You will have to play around with Progressive and Conservative caching to see what suits your site best.

Step 2: Install Cloud Flare

Cloudflare icon on the cpanel!

Just log into your control panel and go to the CloudFlare icon. Cpanel Link Example: (www.yourdomain.com:2082)

Additional Website Optimizations

Tips and Tricks: Speed Up First Page Load Times

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Back Up your website with Akeeba Back Up (FREE) !

One of the quickest ways to protect yourself is to ensure that you have a backup of your site. If you get hacked, you can be back online in minutes. They have several tools that enable you to speed up your installations and backup.

Akeeba Back Up Control Panel

Sample Image of Akkeba Backup Control Panel

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Google Calling!? Not Really! Bewary of these Marketing Tactics

Google Calling!? Not Really! Bewary of these Marketing Tactics

It's almost laughable when I receive a call from a person claiming to be from Google business listing verification. The person usually with a strong Indian or Pakistani accent will attempt to verify my address, then towards the end comes the SEO sales pitch. The only thing they are doing is verifying your business information for future telemarketing lists.

"I am calling to verify your business listing!" The salesman said calling from (458)201-XXXX

Be wary folks of any non-automated call from "Google". Anybody else is most likely to be a sale agent from India or Pakistan sales company. We even got an adwords rep calling trying to get us to increase our adword budget in exchange for "Complimentary" advice on how to improve our campaign. After a little research, come to find out that in fact they are 3rd party companies working for Google. The problem I have here is that they make it sound like they are in fact from Google, when they are in fact from companies like Revenew.

Adword Account Managers, Increasing Budgets is Their Job!

Be wary of the third party adwords agen that cares nothing of your organic ranking and only want to increase your daily budget for their bottom line. No organic strategy, No real strategy but to increase your budget!

Agents recommendations are always, "Need to Increase your Budget!"

Of course they would help you optimize your campaign (at a cost guises as a complimentary feature) , but how much do they care about your organic result. Not at all. They are paid by what they bring in through adwords. Organic ranking is a conflict to their bottom line. So if you are looking to increase your website {tip Search Engin Results Page}SERPS{/tip} ranking then avoid these guys and hire a reputable company with a history of doing both optimization PPC campaigns.

Please any feedback on your experiences with ranking and adword agent and telemarketers please post your comments here, don't forget to add your links!

Important Links:

Do Not Call Registry: https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

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20 Reasons Why Joomla! CMS is Better Than Wordpress!

20 Reasons Why Joomla! CMS is Better Than Wordpress!

20 Reason Joomla!™ Should Always be Used for Corporate Websites!

01: Hackers LOVE WordPress! (Remember Jan 1st. 2013 Brazilian Team Hack Attack over 100,000 WordPress sites affected.)

02: Multilingual capabilities comes included. Install languages straight from the back end!

03: SEO Friendly URLS with HTML Suffixes!
http://www.site.com/seo_urls_keywords.html or http://www.site.com/seo/

04: Install Extension (from Joomla! repository) Straight from the Back end Admin

05: Version Control Features

06: Multiple Users with ACL Permission Controls

07: Joomla's Default Content Template Rocks!

08: Greater Flexibility and Control of core design and scripting. Templating, Typography, CSS etc.

09: Joomla! was Made for Commercial Web Design and ECommerce, WordPress was literally made for Blogging and curating text!

10: The Admin area is way more intuitive and easier to use! Thank you Icons!

11: The biggest corporations in the world use Joomla! Not WordPress!

12: Support! WordPress is devoid of important forums (community chat, PM) features

13: WordPress does have allot of FREE Plug Ins! But Joomla's component and modules are more powerful and easier to debug!

14: More flexibility to scale, more freedoms to customize and the force to collaborate on your content!

15: The RAD framework Believe us! It's Awesome!

16: Responsive Front and Back Ends

17: Joomla!'s forum, documentation and extensions repo is by far superior!

18: Joomla!'s integrated page caching system!

19: Joomla!'s Control Panel in ADMIN is so much easier to look at!

20: Joomla! has better security!

Don't get us wrong, WordPress has it's merits, there's no doubt about that! We are just saying that Joomla! is just plain better when it comes to these issues: saving time debugging, finding a plug-in, customizing your template amongst many others! SO don't be fooled

"Popular Doesn't Always Mean Best!"

If you are a blogger, we actually recommend WordPress for that task, as it does blogging well. Joomla!™ on the other hand, can be just as great a Blogging system, but it's an even better corporate site or shopping cart system. In addition for webmasters, the time I save in finding a solution to complicated bug issues in the Joomla! forum is extremely fast thanks to (PM, Private Messaging), resulting in thousands of dollars in saved time.

Joomla!'s™ Extension Directory is Easier to Use!

Looking for plug-ins on the WordPress repository can be extremely frustrating, especially if you are used to have screen grabs and demos of every plug in right on the main page. Personalty, I find the simplistic layout of WordPress.org a bit annoying.

Sample Backend Joomla™ Installation

Joomla!™ is not the Most Popular! But it's the Coolest!

In October 2010 is when the changing down trend for Joomla!™ searches happened. This is when Joomla!™ 1.6 was released and due to Joomla!™ not being backwards compatible with J!1.5, many people abandoned J! 1.5 for Wordpress. For simple site owners the move was a good move, as they mostly just required the WYSIWIG to post their pages. But the growing pains were especially difficult for site owners with shopping carts, as WordPress is not suitable for more complex carts. 

As far as I can see WordPress will probably always be more popular due to the fact that more people require simple sites than corporate scaled sites. Just be wary on being convinced that WordPress is the best solution for your business model. In conclusion, if you are business use Joomla!™ it will pay dividends in long run!

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10 FREE Video Footage & Intro Sites

10 FREE Video Footage & Intro Sites

We know how difficult it is to create video content, but when you have access to 20 FREE video Intros Sites you can get your task done quicker.

10 Video Footage Intro Sites!

1. IgniteMotion.com

ignitemotion.com

2. Free Footage

Variouse collection of HD footage!

freehdfootage.com

3. Motion Elements

motionelements.com

4. Splasheo Video Boosters

Splasheo video boosters

5. Flix Press

flixpress.com

6. Beach Front

beachfrontprod.com

7. Motion Background

motionbackgrounds..com

8. Movie Tools

movietoolsinfo

9. Free Video Footage

freevideofootage.com

10. FREE HD Stock Footage

freehdstockfootage.com

 

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Best Place Online to Sell Your Stuff

Best Place Online to Sell Your Stuff

10 Easy, Hosted Storefronts and Shopping Carts

Hosted storefronts are an easy way to set-up your own Web store and a good option for small or individual sellers who aren't quite ready to invest in a large ecommerce website. Storefronts -- a managed service -- make it easy to create and manage a store because you don't need any HTML or programming skills, and you can customize the storefronts to suite your business needs.

1.  BigCommerce.  A storefront solution that lets you create your own Web shop -- plus you can sell on Facebook and eBay with BigCommerce.  Extra features include multi-channel retailing, mobile commerce, SEO and easy upselling.

2.  E-Junkie. A shopping cart and digital delivery system for publishers who want to include buy-now buttons to sell digital goods. You store the files on E-Junkie's servers, and buyers receive an email with instructions to download the product after making a purchase.

3.  GoEmerchant. Use it to build an ecommerce store, or you can purchase the Buy-Me Button plan to add payment options to an existing website.

4.  Mercantec E-Commerce Express. An entry-level storefront and shopping-cart service that lets you sell in a number of places including your own site and on eBay.

5.  Miva Merchant offers full ecommerce hosting and just about everything you need to start an online store – all in one package. You can upgrade accounts as your business grows.

6.  Payvment. This Facebook-wide shopping cart system offers an admin area built directly into Facebook to manage your storefront, inventory and sales. You can customize the Facebook Shopping Tab for your Facebook Business Page.

7.  ProStores. An online ecommerce platform that lets you design a storefront that fully integrates with eBay.

8.  TabJuice. A social commerce platform that you can use to bring products to Facebook. This storefront application adds a customizable shopping tab to your Facebook Business Page.

9.  Volusion. An all-in-one ecommerce solution that lets you design and manage your online storefront; plus it provides tools for marketing, merchandising and CRM.

10.  Atomic Mall. An online marketplace that features fixed-price, make-an-offer and Web store listings.

3 Online Auction Sites and General Marketplaces

11.  Bonanza. Sellers create booths of items (similar to a Web shop) and list products at a fixed-price. Buyers can also submit an offer to purchase.

12.  Ebay. The world’s largest online marketplace with more than 94 million active users. On eBay you can list items via auction or buy-now format, and you can also manage your own eBay-hosted storefront.

13.  Etsy. An online marketplace offering Web shops for handmade and vintage items and also supplies for making handcrafted items.

 

 7 Free-to-List Classified-Ad Sites

Free local classified-ad sites are a good choice for online sellers who have larger items that are difficult to ship. Most general categories on classified sites don't charge a fee to list, but special categories (such as adult services) are usually fee-based.  Classified-ad sites take no responsibility for the transactions and you deal with local customers face-to-face to complete a sale.

15.  Backpage. Covers more than 400 cities and regions from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Backpage is free for posting ads; the adult entertainment and personals categories are fee-based.

16.  Craigslist. Choose a location site from cities located in the United States, Canada, Asia, Americas, Europe, and other International cities. Most classified ads on Craigslist don't cost anything to place, but some specific sections for some cities do carry a fee, such as job postings, brokered apartment rentals, and adult services.

17.  eBay Classifieds (Kijiji). eBay Classifieds in the United States (and Kijiji in Canada) is an eBay-owned network of classified sites for specific countries including the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Germany, India and others. 

18.  Facebook Marketplace. On Facebook, Marketplace, which is operated by Oodle, helps people buy and sell items in a trusted environment (e.g. within your network of friends).

19.  Hoobly. Integrates a local classifieds market into a national marketplace. This lets consumers look for general ads and then be more specific about location. Ads placed on Hoobly are free; however you may opt to place a Premium Ad, which is posted to a paid area.

20.  OLX. An established online classified site available in more than 96 countries in 40 languages. Ads are free, but the site offers paid options that appear at the top of search results.

21.  Oodle. Pulls millions of listings from all over the Web. Consumers can place an Oodle ad for free, by creating an online account. When you post to Oodle, your classified ad may also be posted to hundreds of other sites.

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KickAss Torrent Goes Down, Chicago Servers Seized

Bad news for ​Kickass torrent fans! If you use Kickass torrent you will probably see an offline message on the site that's because its owner has been arrested and the site has gone offline since.The US authorities have arrested the 30-year-old alleged owner of Kickass torrent Artem Vaulin in Poland and charged him with conspiracy to commit criminal...
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Register a Keyword Rich Domain Today

Register a Keyword Rich Domain Today
The first step to getting online is getting a domain name that is rich in keyword that describes your business. For example if you are a flower shop in Montreal, a optimal key word would be:montrealflowers.commontrealflowershop.comet al.Allot of weight is put on the keyword in a domain due to the logic that a business would not use said keyword in ...
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Tips and Tricks on Getting the Most out of Joomla!

Tips and Tricks on Getting the Most out of Joomla!

Help on Getting the Most out of your website!

We recommend that you regularly practice the basics of Joomla in order to grasp the functionality of the extension, and the overall Joomla structure! We will be adding content here weekly so stay tuned for updates!

Here some Tip and Tricks documents to help you tweak Joomla:

Quick reference hierarchy of Joomla:

Structure: Categories > Sections > Articles

Extensions: Components > Modules > Plug Ins

 

Tips and Tricks for Joomla 1.5

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Tips and Tricks for Joomla 1.6

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Tips and Tricks for Joomla 1.7

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Tips and Tricks for Joomla 2.5

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Tips and Tricks for Joomla 3.0

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How Joomla is Laid out!

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Click here to download the pdf! (PS: click the files tab)

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Exploitation et de la Pratique pour Devenir Expert en Joomla

Pour Devenir Expert, faut Pratiquer!

Nous vous recommandons de pratiquer régulièrement les bases de Joomla afin de saisir toutes les fonctionnalités des extensions , et la structure globale de Joomla ! Nous ajouterons du contenu ici hebdomadaire alors restez branchés pour les mises à jour !

Hiérarchie de référence de Joomla :

Structure : Catégories> Sections > Articles

Extensions: Composants> Modules > Plug- Ins

 

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Is Fastest Fox, Firefox Add On Hijacking Your Shopping Cart?

Fastest Fox High-jacking Your Sales?

Fastest Fox is a cool add on to Firefox, however there is one thing that is definitely a no no is the product comparison pop up that appears when you are navigating a shopping cart. Much to the detriment of webmaster around the world. The primary suspect in link hijacking. This can simply be undone by either un publishing Fastest Fox or un checking the box in the option menu!

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The 10 Things You Should Know About SEO,SEM and SMO

The 10 Things You Should Know About SEO

Like anything, SEO is a time based project that requires, guess what? Time and planning. Oh and you need knowledge, lots of it. SEO is complex at first, but like anything you put your mind to, you can learn it in no time! But if you are too busy, call us and we will help you get the desired results. We recommend to all our client to read through our Top 10 list to get started:

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SEO optimization Effective Marketing for Small Businesses!

SEO optimization Effective Marketing for Small Businesses!

Best Marketing Tools: An Optimized website and a solid online strategy!

When was the last time you used a Yellow Pages Book to look up a business? At increasing rate every year, millions of people log on the net for the first time and are turning to the Internet to search for local suppliers of products and services. However, unlike the traditional paper copy based Yellow Pages method of finding suppliers, online Yellow Page directories are not often the first place where Internet-users go to. In fact, many YP books these days are used as monitor props and foot stools. So if you have an ad running in a Yellow Page, you're almost throwing money to the wind!

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Comment Modifier le Panier de Virtuemart 2.0

<p>Si vous voulez changez le fichier text du panier de Virtuemart 2.0, il faudra naviguer à la fiche de langue Virtuemart pour faire vos changement!</p>
<p>Location du Fichier:<strong> language\fr-FR\fr-FR.com_virtuemart</strong></p>

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How to Create Virtuemart® Custom Fields Simplified!

Hi there here is a detailed article about the custom field in Virtumert. We will constantly be adding new information that will help users get the hang of creating their custom attributes.

General Information:
  • Custom Field ID : for internal use only. ID is a unique category identification that cannot be edited.
  • Custom Field Type : the types available are: string, integer, parent, boolean, date, time, image, cart variant, generic cart variant, editor, text area, plugins. For a simple information field, string is perfect.
  • Published : tick this check-box to enable custom field.
  • Title - it helps if the title is meaningful, because this is the field name that will be shown when a custom field is selected for a product.
  • Parent Custom Field : if you are making a group of custom fields that will go together, you will be able to select a parent item.
  • Cart Attribute : this option allows you to add some options to a product that can modify the product price.
  • Description : this will be visible on the site as well as in administration.
  • Default Value : a default value that will show on the site.
  • Tool tip - if this is filled in there will be a tool tip that pops up when you click the information icon.
  • Layout position : You can choose the layout position in various ways, e.g. on top (ontop) or on bottom (onbot) of the product images.
  • Admin only, Is a List?, Hidden? - Admin only and Hidden are self-descriptive. The one that causes most confusion is "Isa list?" You you would use this to create a selection list of multiple attributes like a list of radio buttons for colors.

Custom Field Codes for Coders

  • S = String
  • I =Integer
  • P =Parent
  • B= Bolean (True)
  • D = Date
  • T = Time
  • M =Image
  • V =Cart Variant
  • A =Generic Child Variant
  • X=Editor
  • Y=Textarea


For example
<?php if ($field->field_type == S){My Special String Output} ?>

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Avoid Being Hacked! Update Your Joomla!® 1.5 installation!

Avoid Being Hacked! Update Your Joomla!® 1.5 installation!

Since the beginning of the year, we have been seeing an increase in hack attacks coming from abroad (Russia, Turkey and Brazil). The new year came in with a Brazilian team wreaking havoc on Word press installations now we have an increase i attacks on old Joomla installations. So be vigilant and update frequently.

Tips on Staying safe from hack attacks:

  • Update your core Joomla installation and Components to their latest versions.
  • Enable SEF URLs, to prevent URL manipulations.
  • Uninstall JC Utilities, and disable tinyMCE WYSIWYG editors.
  • Protect your admin section by installing Admin Tools
  • Read the Joomla Security Releases: Joomla Security Documentation

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Need to Migrate Your Joomla 1.5 website?

Migrating your site? Have a huge database? Call us we can help or you can do it yourself:

J2XML Exporter - Importer: Shioi Website

Jupgrader Automatic Migration Tool. Works great on not so complicated site. May have some problems with Multi lingual and complicated sites!: Download here at Redcomponent

Upgrading your Joomla Website from Scratch?

Joomla upgrade packages are here:  http://www.joomla.org/download.html

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How to Fix Virtuemart® Unable to Load User with Id 42 Error

This error will happen when you delete the original user that came with the sample content in your template. K2 and Virtumart are know to give this issue!

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Joomla!™ Extention Reviews and Rated

About Joomla Extensions, and Adding Functionality to your Web Page!

Joomla extensions work in the same way that installed software works on a MAC or PC. You are using a browser now to view this page, the browser is an extension of your OS and serves a specific function. Now Joomla is the OS and EXTENSIONS are "software" we install to add value to your client experience on your site, and to add functionality for your company to sell and be more productive! Here is the break down of the extension system Joomla uses:

Visit the Joomla Extensions Gallery: Click here for Joomla Extensions

Top Joomla Components and Functions

SH 404 for SEO and Security

Sh404 is by far the best tool I found that provides easy SEO url optimization. But it is so much more, combined with Project Honey pot you can stop bots as they reach your first page.

Visit Anything Digital: Click here for sh404

Virtue mart for E Commerce

Virtue mart is by far the leading shopping cart for Joomla. Virtue mart has multiple payment gateway including PayPal (legacy and API), make your cart look like a pro, catalog only option available!

Visit Virtue mart Click here for Virtue mart

Top Joomla Modules and Functions

RS Monials for Testimonials

Show your visitors the fruits of your hard work by installing a scrolling testimonial! RS Monials, is the module of choice by Inzinc.com

Visit RS Web Solutions Click here for RSMonials

 

No Obligation Consultation! Contact a friendly representative for Information on how we can assist you!: 514.883.1412

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Avoid a Slow Website by Choosing The Right Hosting Providers

Avoid a Slow Website by Choosing The Right Hosting Providers

First and foremost when it it comes to speeding up your website, your hosting provider and type of hosting account you have is the most important factors in having a fast website. The next factor is the size of your website. If you only have a 5 page website and no streaming media, a shared 'Unlimited Account" will suffice. But if you have a shopping cart system with thousands of products then you need to take into account Hosting provider and type of account.

Be Wary of The Overloaded Server

Be warned, all hosting providers are not equal. Some overload their shared accounts to squeeze as much money out of them and put as many accounts on their servers as they can. All at the expense of speed. And others prefer to keep their systems balanced and their customers happy. In the long run, the company that offers the best service will do better.

Avoid These Companies:

EIG across all these companies, reports of increased outtages and slower response times.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endurance_International_Group

Yes it's true! Hostgator, Dreamhost and other beloved hosting providers that have provided superb services over the years have increasingly downgraded their services in order to maximize profits. Consequently clients have suffered.

For a superior hosting provider we recommend A2 Hosting (We Use Them too!)

Optimize Your Joomla!® Website for Speed!Optimize Your Joomla!® Website for Speed!

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Top Security Extension for Firfox Browser

Top Security Extension for Firfox Browser

Top Security Extension for Firefox

Nowadays it's not enough to just disable your cookies. You have to take counter measures online, if you want to protect your data. Here are some of the top Firefox Extensions we use to surf the web.

Security Extension for Firefox:

Additional Software

Keep coming back we will be adding to this list regularly! Recommendations? Let us know!

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Joomla!™ Best Practices for Getting Good Ranking in Google™

Joomla!™ Best Practices for Getting Good Ranking in Google™

Not keeping up with Google™'s webmaster tools advice and Joomla!™ best practices can cost your ranking on the web. In addition, having a sloppy site can result in a negative user experience, so we offer some advice on how to keep your Joomla!™ website running at top level. Here are some tips on Joomla!™ best practices.

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Joomla!™ Version 3 and Migration

Joomla!™ Version 3 and Migration

With Google™'s algorithems alway changing you need to keep your Joomla!™ installation up to date and responsive if you want to get the most out of your site! Needless to say that if you are still using Joomla!™ 1.5 or 2.x, it's time to upgrade!

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Have You Been Hacked

Have You Been Hacked

Since the beginning of the year, we have been seeing an increase in hack attacks coming from abroad (Russia, Turkey and Brazil). The new year came in with a Brazilian team wreaking havoc on Word press installations now we have an increase in attacks on old Joomla and Wordpress installations. So be vigilant and update frequently. Here are some tips on preventing being attacked. If your site has been hacked then we offer some tips on getting your site back!

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