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  1. vBulletin 5 requires MySQL version 5.1.5 or greater.
  2. Well i just looked at Media Temple and I must say they look professional but is 1tb bandwidth and 100gb space going to cut it say 5 years from now if I have over 500,000 members, over 9000,000 threads on the forums and 500 members online at once. Plus 25 dollars monthly seems fine and I would be willing to buy a few years if someone can prove that his is good enough and the top of the line and highest specs I can get.
  3. I am not looking to make a profit off of this. I can cover the cost of this forums for decades to come with no issues.   Anyways, I will check out Media Temple   As I said I want a top of the line hosting company with highest specs possible.
  4. Hello,   I am starting my own community forums. I plan on buying the following...   -Vbulletin 5 Connect + Mobile Suite Bundle: $399.00 -Annual Phone & Ticket Support: $199.00/One Year -Professional Install/Upgrade: $149.00(Saves Me Time) -Branding Free: $169.00   -Ultimate Web Hosting Windows Package: Godaddy: $449.40 - 5 year plan     My issue is I found out that goddaddy doesn't support the latest mysql that vbulletin 5 requires. Now Godaddy seems to be the top of the line hosting with unlimited everything. I need help should i just go with godaddy and use vbulletin 4 until they upgrade and then i just upgrade to vbulletin 5 or should I try to find another company.   Please keep in mind I want to buy a package deal with top of the line specs for a few years at one time. Price is not a issue for me. I just want to make sure that a year down the line when I am holding 500 members or more online the forums at once that I will not have lag and issues.   Any suggestiond would be great, please don't tell me to go cheaper or to not go with vbulletin, I have the money and vbulletin is what I want. As far as hosting aswell I don't wish to get a lower speced host for cheaper. If this project does happen to fail at some point before my package deal is up i will just give the hosting account and vbulletin forums away.
  5. Hello,   If you read my other thread you know I have stumbled onto some money. Anyways, I thank you for your suggestions and I will be contacting some people soon on how to make investments and so forth. As I said I do however want to buy me a new computer. At this time I am running off of this:http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c03515750&prodSeriesId=5295976   I want to be able to play a game called "Alliance of Valiant Arms" on highest setttings/graphics and get 60 fps or more at all times. Currently with my current system I get 20-40 fps on lowest graphics. Its playable but it lags a lot and some times even goes below 20 fps.   I don't care about future games because honestly In 10 years I have only played Starcraft, World of Warcraft and AvA. I play a game for years and then move on when I find something that interest me and normally I am the last person to find out about a new game. I am not focused on future games to much with high graphics. I just want to play AvA with no lag and have a computer that will last me a couple years.   With that being said I don't know if I want  a laptop or desktop. I normally play a average of 10-15 hours a day. So I want something that won't over heat easy. I don't want to pay thousands of dollars though. Any suggestions would be great!
  6. Hello,   I need some advice. My dad died when I was 4 years old. All these years I have been hearing from my Mom and my Dad's mother how my dad left me some money and when I turned 18 I would receive it. I honestly forgot about it. On my 18th birthday I was locked up. Anyways, Out of the blue today I get a phone call from my Dads mother asking for me and apparently She has been looking for me since I turned 18 and finally was able to get ahold of my number and contact me. She told me that she misses me and was worried that I died. I Talked to her, my aunt and my cousin. She told me that my dad left me some kind of policy like always and that she has been looking for me to get me to come get it. From what she told me its a little over 50,000 dollars. She can't withdraw or touch it. I am the only one who can get it. She says that they have been paying taxes on it every time it increases.    Now I need some advice. The first thing is I have never had this amount of money in my life. I am almost 19 and I get a SSI government check of about 700 dollars a month since I was a little kid. I have no clue what I will do with this type of money. I don't want to spend it foolishly of course. I want to make it last and make some kind of investment but I also don't want to be lame and put it all in investments, I want to spend some of it and get me a few things. I ask for some advice on this matter?   My second issue is that I am on Juvenile probation, In the state of maryland. I don't have any requirements other than seeing my Probation officer once a week for a piss test. I see her on Monday and I need to leave the state from MD to PA to get my money. I don't want to go up there grab my money and leave. I want to stay for a couple days and spend some time with my grandmother since I haven't seen her in almost 10 years. You think my Probation officer will allow this. After all it is technically Business .   As far as the small things I want to do with this money is buy a decent gaming pc, between 500-1,000 dollars. I spend all day and night on my pc as it is so I may as well get a good one that will last and won't lag so much when I play games. I want to get some cloths, I don't buy high priced name brand. I normally just buy Levi skinny jeans, Black t-shirts, girl socks and skate shoes. Maybe spend a couple hundred on cloths. Other than that, that is all I can think of as far as foolishly I may spend a couple hundred on a game I play to buy every weapon, Armor and booster.   Idk...At this time I am just in shock and so many things racing through my head and I don't know what to do!    
  7. Hello,   I am here today because I need a Avatar/Signature. I am not looking for the basic Avatar/Signature that a novice with Photoshop would create. I am looking for someone with Professional Skills and has been working with Photoshop for a long period of time.   I am looking for a Avatar/Signature to be created for this character: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/N   I don't wish to pick my own render or give any details because I feel as if it would ruin the artist work by me giving this kind of info with my awful judgement. I will however leave you with a few links to some images I have seen that I do happen to really like.   https://www.google.com/search?q=Trainer+N+Avatars&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48572450,d.dmg&biw=1600&bih=775&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=lenMUcKQJ4nA4AOTgoH4Cg#um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Pokemon+N+Avatar&oq=Pokemon+N+Avatar&gs_l=img.3...49423.50920.2.51319.8.8.0.0.0.1.100.484.7j1.8.0...0.0.0..1c.1.17.img.VhEPJXNm7jI&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48572450,d.dmg&fp=8351674871e757d6&biw=1600&bih=775&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=To99i9MOYmeDbM%3A%3BuFL8PtHLbET44M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.scenicreflections.com%252Ffiles%252Fpokemon%252520N%252520Wallpaper__yvt2.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fpokemoncheyenne.proboards.com%252Findex.cgi%253Fboard%253Dchat%2526action%253Ddisplay%2526thread%253D14618%3B1024%3B768   https://www.google.com/search?q=Trainer+N+Avatars&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48572450,d.dmg&biw=1600&bih=775&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=lenMUcKQJ4nA4AOTgoH4Cg#um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Pokemon+N+Avatar&oq=Pokemon+N+Avatar&gs_l=img.3...49423.50920.2.51319.8.8.0.0.0.1.100.484.7j1.8.0...0.0.0..1c.1.17.img.VhEPJXNm7jI&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48572450,d.dmg&fp=8351674871e757d6&biw=1600&bih=775&facrc=_&imgdii=To99i9MOYmeDbM%3A%3BTggpGSD4Mz511M%3BTo99i9MOYmeDbM%3A&imgrc=To99i9MOYmeDbM%3A%3BuFL8PtHLbET44M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.scenicreflections.com%252Ffiles%252Fpokemon%252520N%252520Wallpaper__yvt2.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fpokemoncheyenne.proboards.com%252Findex.cgi%253Fboard%253Dchat%2526action%253Ddisplay%2526thread%253D14618%3B1024%3B768   https://www.google.com/search?q=Trainer+N+Avatars&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48572450,d.dmg&biw=1600&bih=775&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=lenMUcKQJ4nA4AOTgoH4Cg#um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Pokemon+N+signature&oq=Pokemon+N+signature&gs_l=img.12...1311785.1313529.2.1314734.10.10.0.0.0.0.204.780.9j0j1.10.0...0.0.0..1c.1.17.img.zFraHbENQbo&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=8351674871e757d6&biw=1600&bih=775&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=I3LVGt3PamtAzM%3A%3BsVPraSQh_GCDeM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffc02.deviantart.net%252Ffs70%252Ff%252F2011%252F149%252Fa%252F1%252Fn_signature_by_konariwilliams-d3hjk3d.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fkonariwilliams.deviantart.com%252Fart%252FN-Signature-210864505%3B500%3B200   https://www.google.com/search?q=Trainer+N+Avatars&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.48572450,d.dmg&biw=1600&bih=775&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=lenMUcKQJ4nA4AOTgoH4Cg#um=1&hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Pokemon+N+signature&oq=Pokemon+N+signature&gs_l=img.12...1311785.1313529.2.1314734.10.10.0.0.0.0.204.780.9j0j1.10.0...0.0.0..1c.1.17.img.zFraHbENQbo&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=8351674871e757d6&biw=1600&bih=775&facrc=_&imgdii=I3LVGt3PamtAzM%3A%3BT03KF5Q611HHMM%3BI3LVGt3PamtAzM%3A&imgrc=I3LVGt3PamtAzM%3A%3BsVPraSQh_GCDeM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Ffc02.deviantart.net%252Ffs70%252Ff%252F2011%252F149%252Fa%252F1%252Fn_signature_by_konariwilliams-d3hjk3d.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fkonariwilliams.deviantart.com%252Fart%252FN-Signature-210864505%3B500%3B200   I don't want any text on it at all. I would also like to state that this Avatar/Signature will get used on quite a few Websites and Forums. I will also give you credit. I would also like to state that I will pay for the Avatar/Signature. My payment amount will depend on the quality of the art. My payment amount will range $5.00 - $20.00   At the end of all this I would like to say that I don't believe I broke any rules. If I did I would like to apologize. If I did I will take full responsibility of my actions.   I am new to this forums and I may not be trusted, If you don't trust me I am willing to give you my Facebook, Skype and can give you proof that I will pay.   If anyone has any questions about this feel free to ask!   Thank you  
  8. Hello,   I would like to say that I may be new here but this attracted my eye right away. I can't relate job wise and not having enough time because I make money without leaving my home. Anyways, I normally spend on average 13-15 hours a day on my computer everyday for the past couple years. I take many breaks thought the day though. I  walk away from my computer 3-5 times a day to get food, 5-8 times for a cup of ice tea and at least 10 times a day to go outside to smoke a cigarette. I will say that within these few years of living this way I have yet to have any health issues at all. On a occasion if I am really motivated once a month I will pull a 72 hour marathon on my computer playing a game but like said before i get up for food, drinks, bathroom and smoke breaks.    Other than gaining some weight(No I am not fat I will admit though I have went from 151 pounds to 219 pounds in a couple years) I have no health issues.   As far as food, I normally eat hot pockets, Tv Dinners and ramen. I snack on some chips here and there. I drink a cup of coffee every morning and drink ice tea and energy drinks through out the day.   I hope this help and if you have any questions feel free to ask!