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A list of computers I worked on

Before computers were given names, I worked on:

graveyard

A sparc station, which was assigned to me when I started working on the TransCoop project on June 15, 1994. I used it till August 15, 1994, when it was replaced by the rosarium. It was known as the graveyard.cs.utwente.nl on the Internet.

annabel

December 1994 we bought our first PC from the CIV-shop at the University of Twente. A Mini Tower Highscreen 486 DX2-66 with: Through the years, I made a large number of modifications to this machine. Below a short history:

rosarium

A Sparc Station IPC with black/white monitor, which I got as an replacement of the graveyard on August 15, 1994, when I worked for two months for the TransCoop project. I used till around June 24, 1997, when it was replaced by the whitehouse. It was known as the rosarium.cs.utwente.nl on the Internet.

T1000

A Toshiba T1000 laptop, which I bought in February 1996 second-hand from a student at the University of Twente after having placed an announcement in a local news group. One of the first things that I did was writing a program for exchanging files with Linux on annabel.

I used it extensively when I just needed to edit some text files. I brought it with me on our trip to China in the summer of 1996, where I used for writing my online diary, writing the initial version of the Acorn Atom emulator, and reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. We left it with our family in Urumqi, China.

andy

The second PC we bought on September 24, 1996 from Dynabyte Enschede. An Ollivetti Envison P75 with: Quite a strange PC. Apparently, intended to be placed in the living room, because it was sold without monitor and it did have a scart plug on the back. Actually, on the back it did have many connectors, including midi in and out connectors. Also on the front it had a clock display, buttons for the CD-ROM drive, and there was a lid before the floppy drive. It came with a wireless keyboard with a build-in track ball. Most of the specially functionality is integrated on a custom made mother board. The machine apparently was introduced a few years too early, I am afraid. When we bought it, it was on sale.

At first we connected it to our TV through the video recorder (because our TV did not have a scart connector), but that was not a great success. Within a few weeks, on October 5, 1996, we bought an additional monitor from ESCOM Office in Enschede, a 15 inch 7156E monitor with serial number 9000799819.

Later, I concluded that it was not a good investment to buy this machine. One of the main reasons for this, is that the build in video card was rather limited in its abilities and had some defects which made it impossible to play almost all of the CD-ROM games that I bought for Annabel.

When the computer needed a name, I named it after my son Andy.

In the fall of 2000, I installed an additional 8 Mbytes of ram, which improved the overal performance a lot.

On Saturday, March 10, 2001, connected it to ester by means of a Multi Player Gamers Network Kit by Sitecom, which provides a 100 Mbit ethernet connection using a cross-over UTP cable.

For a long time we used it to connect to the Internet, but on Saturday, October 27, 2001, this task was taken over by ester. By this, it is no longer our main working computer. Lately, the monitor attached to it, also seems to go wrong. Occasionally, the screen will go black for a second. It seems that the HT-unit is flashing. On January 1, 2002, I replaced the monitor with the Philips Brilliance 15A monitor. I also connected our scanner to it, making it into our "scan" computer.

On Saturday, August 16, 2003, we moved this computer, including the attached printer, to the bedroom of Annabel.

On Saturday, May 14, 2005, I removed the monitor and connected it to lixia.

On Friday, August 12, 2005, I moved it from the bedroom of Annabel to the attic, because it is no longer operational without monitor.

On Monday, December 26, 2011, removed hard disk, netword card and memory modules.

On Monday, January 2, January 2012, I disposed of this computer.

whitehouse

A Sparc Station IPX with a colour monitor. I got this machine as a replacement of the rosarium around June 24, 1997. It was known as the whitehouse.cs.utwente.nl on the Internet.

c3u07

A Silicon Graphics workstation, which I used all the time that I worked with my employer from August 1997 till April 1999. (You won't believe it, but the last time I saw this machine on August 17, 2001, it had been up and running for more than 500 days without being rebooted.)

a702274

A "Dell OptiPlex GX1" with: I used this machine from April 1, 1999 till early November 2000.

a682619

A "Compaq Deskpro 5133".

a697873

A "Dell OptiPlex GX110" with: I started using this machine on October 26, 2000 and used it till the July 5, 2001, the last day with my employer. Shortly after I left, a ex-colleague took the 128 Mbytes of memory out, and put it in his own machine, giving him a total of 256 Mbytes.

ester

We ordered this computer on February 17, 2001 with FunPrice. On Saturday, March 3, 2001, I got it from the shop. This computer has the following configuration, besides the normal stuff: Originally, we ordered a 30 Gbyte Seagate Baracuda-2 7200 RPM hard disk, but we got the Maxtor. At home, one of the first things I did, was opening the machine to have a look inside. In the evening, I removed the seagate ST51270A hard disk from the annabel, and installed it as a slave on the first IDE bus. Of course, I also had to borrow the Highscreen MS 1460P monitor from annabel. The name of the this computer is the same as the middle name of Annabel, our daugther.

On Saturday, March 10, 2001, connected it to andy by means of a Multi Player Gamers Network Kit by Sitecom, which provides a 100 Mbit ethernet connection using a 8 meter cross-over UTP cable.

On Saturday, October 27, 2001, I made this into our primary machine. I hooked it up to the modem (from andy), and installed the second hand CD-ROM drive from annabel.

On Saturday, November 16, 2001, I added a 256 Mbyte memory module, which I bought for less then 50 USD, just before the prices went up again. (This means that the main memory can now hold up to 1.2 billion bits of data.) On that day, I also removed the CD-ROM drive, and replaced it by a 16x speed Sony CD-ROM drive, a model CDU571 with serial number 2349626, manufactured in September 1997, which I bought from my company on Tuesday, November 13, 2001.

On Sunday, February 24, 2002, I discovered that certain types of CD get stuck into the Sony CD-ROM drive. So, we temporarily used the 10 speed CD-ROM drive again during the day. On Saturday, March 16, 2002, I upgraded the firmware of our Iomega CD recorder.

Monday, March 25, 2002, I bought a Lifetec® digitizer tablet and hooked it up to this computer

Monday, April 23, 2002, I upgraded the BIOS to W6330MS version 3.2 of 112901 17:20:54. I alse replaced the graphics card by a ASUS V7700 TI Deluxe. I spend almost two whole day to get the video capature abilities to work. Finally, I got it working when I discovered that I should not fix the card with a screw onto the back of the computer.

On Sunday, April 28, 2002, we moved this computer to the kitchen table.

On Sunday, September 5, 2004, the CD-ROM burner broke down. It looks like the laser is broken. The next day, I bought a new 52x52x24 burner for € 30 from Funprice and installed it in the evening. I did open the old burner, just to make sure that the troubles had not been caused by dust or something like that.

On June 12, 2005, the Highscreen MS 1460 P Monitor, which was attached to it, died, and I connected the Philips Brilliance 15A monitor till June 18 when I attached the Acer AL1913 TFT monitor to it.

On July 9, 2005, it swapped places with lixia, and was put under the computer desk, and attached the Philips Brilliance 15A monitor to it again.

On July 9, 2006, in an attempt to reorganize the main drive, I lost a lot of old data.

On January 8, 2008 it became very instable experiencing reboots and lock-ups almost immediately after starting. On January 13, 2008, I had these problems fixed again.

On December 22, 2008, I moved it to the attic, because two days earlier, I placed lixia at its place and it was placed on the table in the living room.

In the evening of March 27, 2009, I secured some data from this computer, which required some little hacking.

On Sunday, July 4, 2010, I moved the 52x52x24 burner into lixia.

On Sunday, August 11, 2013, I dismantled it.

On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, around 14:45 dumped it (without hard disks).

bogdafeng

A computer with: I started using this machine in July 2001, when I started to work with Telic Logistics International. I had to give it a name of a mountain, which made me think of the Bogda Feng immediately. The last day I worked on it was April 19, 2002.

FransXXXX

I had never dreamt of giving a computer the name of myself, but appearently, at current employer this is the common practice. In a way it is also not too bad, because I have never found it easy to remember who is on which machine. I started working on this machine on May 15, 2002 after it arrived in the morning. Worked on this till February 12, 2004, when it was replaced by the computer below.

Frans

This computer replaces the one above. It arrived on February 12, 2004. On April 11, 2008, it was replaced by Frans2008.

lixia

On Saturday, May 14, 2005 we bought this computer from Media Markt. This computer has the following configuration, besides the normal stuff: Besides this, we also bought a Pinnacle Studio AV/DV PCI card for video capturing, with Pinnacle Studio version 9. At home I placed it on the low table in the living room, and attached the Philips Brilliance 15A monitor, which I took from andy, to it.

On Monday, May 16, 2005, we placed it on the computer desk in the living room for the time being, and attached the Philips Brilliance 15A monitor to it. We watched some DVD on it. From June 12 till 18, 2005, it was temporarily without monitor.

On July 9, 2005, it swapped places with ester, and was put under the kitchen table, and attached the Acer AL1913 TFT monitor to it.

On September 30, 2005, I encountered some serious problems when trying to run Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, which I was not able to resolve. Also downloading a new version of Catalyst with drives for the graphic card did not resolve the random crashes that occured about every five minutes.

On March 15, 2006, this computer started to have some serious startup problems. It can only startup in safe mode. It took me a lot of trouble to get it working again. I continued working on this on March 17 and march 18 On March 19, I ended up with a clean install having to reconfigure and reinstall many things.

On May 29, 2006, I installed a new 232 Gbyte harddisk as drive Q:.

On November 24, 2006, this computer was moved to the room of Annabel.

On January 6, 2008, attached the Canon MP 520 all-in-one printer to it.

On December 20, 2008, this computer was moved to living room again to replace ester

In the evening of March 27, 2009 I did some little hacking.

On January 25, 2010, Annabel moved the Acer AL1913 TFT monitor upstairs to her room and used it with Anne-Ester for some time.

On Sunday, July 4, 2010, I installed the 52x52x24 burner from ester.

On Sunday, July 11, 2010, it started to have some serious problems (again). It is resetting during the Windows start-up. I don't know what's the cause of the problem. Maybe reinstalling Windows might solve it.

On Saturday, February 18, 2012, I reinstalled Windows XP.

On March 15, 2012, attached the Acer AL1913 TFT monitor again.

On September 18, 2012, around 19:40, I removed said monitor, because I broke it. Attached the Samsung SyncMaster 223BW to it.

On March 5, 2014, I disposed off the Samsung SyncMaster 223BW and on March 9, 2014, I connected the HP LP2065 monitor to it.

johan

On November 22, 2007 we bought this computer, a Q-Motion QM DTR 17/09 from Media Markt for € 699. It had XP pre-installed! This computer has the following configuration, besides the normal stuff:

On Monday, August 9, 2010 it reported a disk reading error during booting. It seems that the harddisk, or at least its controller, has died. I did play with the cables, but that did not fix the problem.

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, I bought a new harddisk, a Samsung HD322HJ, and installed it.

On Thursday, August 12, 2010, it seems that problems with the disk have been 'repaired'.

On Monday, November 22, 2010, there where some problems with the video card.

Next Thirsday, the problems reappeared and on Friday, November 26, 2010, I installed a new graphic card, a MSI Geforce N210 with 512MB.

On November 24, 2011, I replaced Samsung SyncMaster 223BW with Samsung SyncMaster SA350.

On February 17, 2012, I replaced the harddisk with the one I bought in 2010.

On February 28, 2012, I started trying to fix the infected disk. Continued on February 29 and March 1.

On June 30, 2013, I installed a 2 port USB 3.0 PCI express card.

On April 30, 2017, I installed a Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC card, because the last half year I am experiencing problems with the network connection stalling at irregular intervals.

Frans2008

I start using this computer on April 11, 2008 in my office as a replacement for Frans. By the end of May 2011, it was replaced by BDD-2011-05.

Anne-Ester

On March 21, 2009 we bought this computer, a Samsung NC10-KA04NL netbook from DynaByte for € 399. It had XP pre-installed. Annabel is going to use it for school.

On January 25, 2010, Annabel took the Acer AL1913 TFT monitor from lixia and put it upstairs in her room to use it with her netbook.

On February 27, 2010, we bought a wireless router for this notebook and Annabel's IPod touch.

On November 13, 2011, I applied the repair procedure for the "white screen problem".

On February 25, 2012, we brought this back to the shop for repair because of the persistent "white schreen problem". It is possible that it will be evaluated as a total loss, in which case the insurrance will give us a coupon for buying a new netbook.

On March 17, 2012, received a letter stating that it has been judged as a total loss. Within 14 days we can collect a replacement netbook from te shop.

FJF

On May 3, 2010, I went to collect a Samsung NC10 netbook with 2 GB of memory from a private person for € 200.

On March 17, 2013, I installed a webserver on this notebook.

Around September 5, 2014, the sound (including opening tune) started to crack for some unknown reason. Also booting became noticable slower. I suspect some hardware failure in hard disk, motherboard or sound controller.

BDD-2011-05

I start using this computer by the end of May 2011 in my office as a replacement for Frans2008. Early October 2016, it was replaced by BDD-2016-10.

Annabel

On March 19, 2012, we got this netbook, a Samsung NP-NC110-A06NL, as a replacement for the broken Anne-Ester. It had Windows 7 installed.

On August 25, 2012, the screen got a crack in the right top corner when the lid was opened. I went back to the shop, but Annabel wanted to keep it to make a back-up of her data. On September 18, 2012, it failed to start-up at all, and Annabel brought it back to the shop. The next day, I got it back and tried recover data from the hard disk, but failed. On September 21, 2012, I returned it to the shop for repair. Later it was judged as a total loss and not returned to us.

FJF2

On March 16, 2013, I started using an Aspire Acer D270 notebook, which we received some time last year as an replacement Annabel. (It was left unopened because Annabel bought some laptop for herself.) It had Windows 7 installed. Specifications:

On January 2, 2015, I upgraded it to Windows 10, which seems to give it a better performance than with Windows 7.

On May 31, 2016, I started installing Arch Linux. Installation and maintenance log.

Dell Latitude D630

On April 9, 2014, I got an old Dell Latitude D630 with service tag B885G3J.

Dell OptiPlex 755

On April 11, 2014, I got an old Dell OptiPlex 755 with service tag F1HKG3J.

FJFgalaxy

On October 5, 2014, I received a Galaxy Tab 3 tablet and started carrying it myself.

On November 1, 2014, I tested the GPS tracking.

BDD-2016-10

I start using this computer early October 2016 in my office as a replacement for BDD-2011-05.


A list of computer and prephials we own

Below a list of computers and prephials we own, roughly in the order we got them.

Acorn Atom

Got this as a gift from Meindert.

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, I brought it to TkkrLab and left it there.

On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, I discussed the possibility to connect a SD card reader.

DX2-66 PC

Teco VA120 terminal

A VT100 compatibal terminal which I bought second hand from the University of Twente. Original registration number: "Inf 3184133". Serial number 45050093.

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, I took this terminal with me to TkkrLab, but I forgot to bring the keyboard.

Brother matrix printer

We received this as a gift from my father. Currently not in use.

Toshiba T1900S notebook

Got this as a gift from Susan Even On August 21, 2000. (Picture)

Laser color computer 310

Looks like a Commador 64 clone. Inherited from my father. My mother brought it with her on March 4, 2001 when she came to stay with us.

Trust Photocam 1300

Not really a prephial, you would say, but because it does not have a display, the only way to look at the pictures is through a computer. (picture)

Philips ToUCam PCVC 740K

I got this webcam as a fairwell gift on July 5, 2001 on my last day working with my employer. Currently attached to ester. (Manuals.) It has a build in microphone, which I have used to recover data from ancient computer tapes. Used it on Sunday, September 4, 2011 to take a picture of the star system Mizar.

Lifetec® digitizer tablet

I bought this for 17.50 Euro from Conrad on March 25, 2002 at 16:14:29. For some time attached to andy. Current location is unknown. Annabel often used it to make drawings.

JetFlash 32MB USB Flash Drive

I bought this Flash Drive from Transcend Information for 25.00 Euro from Funprice at 14:47 on Friday, December 27, 2002. I can only attach it to ester. I used to carry it with me, until I got another pen drive.

Macintosh Performa 630

On April 30, 2003, I bought a Macintosh Performa 630 (serial number CK50301Y35C), with a Macintosh Color Display (BCGM1212) and a printer for € 35 from someone at the "vrijmarkt" in Enschede.

On December 23, 2004, I gave the printer to Annabel to let her take it apart. On November 20, 2007, we donated the printer to the highschool of Annabel.

l'epsion camera from Digitaldream

Li-Xia bought a l'espion spy camera from Megapool on July 7, 2003 at 13:17:12 for € 19.95. Pictures are retrieved through ester. See my photoblog for some of the pictures I took and read my initial evaluation.

Axion MV-0951 monitor

I bought this for € 6 on Queen's day 2004. It is a small back and white monitor.

Palm m100

I bought this second hand for € 20 (and 5.50 postages). It arrived on Wednesday, August 4, 2004. I sometimes Carry this with me.

SupportPlus 256 MB USB player

On November 10, 2004 at 9:06:32 in the morning, Li-Xia bought this MP3 and WMA player.

SparcStation 5

On December 23, 2004, I got a SparcStation 5 for free. The model number is 544, and the serial numbers are 600-3284-01, 451M3192, and M09856.

Sun Monitor

On the same day, I also got a Sun Monitor, model GDM-20E20. This thing is really much heavier than you would expect. The serial numbers are 0010968-9713GI1218 and 3651335-01. It was made in March 1997.

Sony Micro Vault

This is a 64 Mbyte USB Flash drive. I got this on January 21, 2005 as a gift. I used to carry it with me in my pocket until it was replaced by a Transcend 2Gbyte Jetflash.

Sweex "ADSLANNEX-A" ADSL modem router

On Saturday, February 5, 2005, I bought a Sweex "ADSLANNEX-A" ADSL modem router with with a 4 port switch. On Sunday, May 15, 2005, I uploaded the newest firmware to fix some security problems.

Canon CanoScan 4200 F

I bought this on Friday, April 1, 2005 from Media Markt for € 139.

3GHz Intel Pentium 4

Acer AL1913 TFT monitor

On June 18, 2005, I bought this TFT to replace the Highscreen MS 1460 P Monitor that broke down on June 12, 2005. I attached it to ester. On July 9, 2005, I attached it to lixia. In June 2010, the power supply broke down. On March 15, 2012, I got a new power supply for it. On , I attached it to lixia. On September 18, 2012, around 19:40, while trying to put the power plug in, I caused it to fall forward on top of a mouse. When switched on, it only showed a large star on the screen. Broken beyond repair.

Trust 2000P 5.1 Soundforce

On August 12, 2005, I bought this 5.1 sound system and attachted it to lixia.

LaCie 250GB external harddisk

I bought this on April 20, 2006.

Freecom 80 Gbyte Classic Mobile 2.5" Hard Drive

I bought this on July 8, 2006. I took it with me to China that summer. Since that time, I have been using it as our back-up device.

Transcend TS2GJFV30 Jetflash V30

I bought this around July 2006. I took it with me to China that summer. It replaced the Sony Micro Vault that I used to carry around with me. On February 16, 2009, it was replaced by ScanDisk Cruzer® Mirco 16GB.

Q-Motion QM DTR 17/09 desktop computer

Canon MP 520 all-in-one printer

Bought this on January 6, 2008 for € 129 from Media Markt. It is attachted to lixia.

36-1 Cardreader 1350

Bought this on September 6, 2008 from Media Markt

ScanDisk Cruzer® Mirco 16GB

I bought this on January 22, 2009 for € 19.99. On February 16, 2009 this replaced Transcend Jetflash V30, which I used to carry around with me. On June 11, 2009, I encountered some problems with the use of TrueCrypt.

Sitecom Wireless-N 2.0 Router WL-341 v3

On February 27, 2010 at 15:12:15, I bought this wireless router for € 39,99 from Paradigit. I bought it for Annabel to be used in combination with her netbook and Ipod touch.

Samsung NC10-KA04NL netbook

Samsung SyncMaster SA350 (S24A350H)

On November 19, 2011 at 14:03, I bought this 24 inch LED monitor from MediaMarkt. On November 24, 2011, I attached it to johan.

ICIDU 32GB flash drive

On March 22, 2012, at 9:41, I bought an ICIDU 32GB flash drive for € 19,99 from Dixons/V&D. It has a capacity of 32,010,960,896 bytes, which is just over 32gB and about 29.8GB. I started carrying around with me.

Buffalo HD-PC500U2 external drive

On September 10, 2012, at 20:31, Annabel bought for us a Buffalo HD-PC500U2 external drive with a capacity of 500 billion bytes. Serial number is 25596624789951.

Samsung CLP-365 colour laser printer

On November 29, 2012, I bought a Samsung CLP-365 colour laser printer for €129.00.

Seagate 500GB external drive

On June 29, 2013, I bought a Seagate 500GB drive with USB 3.0 support. The serial number is NA46HE7R.

LG DVD-writer GP50NB40

On August 2, 2013 this was delivered, after I ordered it the day before from bol.com. The serial number is 305HVJH062692, manufactured on May 16, 2013.

Philips 220BW monitor

On Thursday, February 28, 2014, I bought this second hand. On Sunday, March 9, 2014, I attached this to lixia.

HP LP2065 monitor

On Thursday, February 28, 2014, I bought this second hand. On Sunday, March 9, 2014, I placed this in the living room and attached it to the artwork by Peter Struycken.

ICIDU 64GB flash drive

On March 27, 2014, at 9:56, I bought an ICIDU 64GB flash drive for € 24,99 from Dixons/V&D. It has a capacity of 63,900,254,208 bytes, which is almost 64gB and about 59.5GB. I started carrying around with me.

ScanDisk Ultra 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive

On November 5, 2015, at 15:33, I bought an ScanDisk Ultra 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive € 19.00 from MediaMarkt. It has a capacity of 62.078.910.464 bytes, which is about 62gB and about 57.8GB.

Iiyama ProLite E438S-B LCD monitor

On October 4, 2016, I took this home from junk cabinet at TkkrLab. It has serial number 05612 53500367 and it is from August 2005.


A list of computer and prephials we owned

Below a list of computers and prephials that we owned in the past but that we threw away.

7156E monitor

We bought this on October 5, 1996 and used it with andy until January 1, 2002 after the HT-unit started to have some problems. Disposed off on January 4, 2008.

Highscreen MS 1460 P Monitor

In the morning of June 12, 2005, it died while being attachted to ester. Disposed off on January 4, 2008.

Phantom 636 scanner

We bought this on 21 October 2000. Most of the time I hook it up with ester when I need to scan something. Starting from April 3, 2005 it is attached to andy. On May 7, 2009 at 10:10 I dropped this at the recycling goods shop "Het Goed".

Cannon BJC-250 inkjet printer

Inherited from my father. We took it with us on December 29, 2001 after we stayed some days with my mother. Most of the time attached to andy. On May 7, 2009 at 10:10 I dropped this at the recycling goods shop "Het Goed".

P75 PC

Compaq LTE 5000 laptop

Bought around May 2001 from my employer, my employer at that time, when they were selling used computers to the employees. It turned out to be a very unreliable computer that at the end failed to boot at all. On January 2, 2012, I disposed of it.

Technics SX-PR603

For some time it was connected with a MIDI cable to andy, until that computer was moved. Around the end of 2013, we gave this to someone in our extended family, as it was no longer in active use.

Samsung NC10-KA04NL netbook

Handed in for repair and replaced by other netbook.

I-gotu GT-100 GPS logger

On May 20, 2009 at 17:50:35, I bought this for € 49,95 from the ANWB shop in Enschede. On July 27, 2012, I lost this while traveling home by train from Groningen.

Samsung NP-NC110-A06NL netbook

Handed in for repair and replaced by other netbook.

Athlon 800 PC

Disposed off (except for hard disks) on August 14, 2013.

Philips Brilliance 15A monitor

I bought this on April 21, 2001 from my employer, my employer at that time, when they were selling used computers and monitors to the employees. Since May 2001, attached to annabel. Since January 1, 2002, attached it to andy. On Saturday, May 14, 2005, I attached it to lixia. On Sunday, June 12, 2005, I attached it to ester because the Highscreen MS 1460 P monitor died, but only till Saturday, June 18, 2005. Then I moved it to the attic. Disposed off on November 25, 2013.

Samsung SyncMaster 223BW

I bought this monitor on November 22, 2007 for € 299. Until November 24, 2011, it was attached to johan. It taking more and more time to start up. On September 18, 2012, attached it to lixia. Disposed off on March 5, 2014 at 15:58.


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