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THWACK [Mini] Mission: Free Flow Bonus Mission

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Any time you put bandwidth hogs and large amounts of flow traffic in the mix there’s a chance you could have an unexpected network disruption on your hands. Properly analyzing and understanding flow data is an integral part of maintaining a healthy network. This month’s bonus mission showcases three FREE flow monitoring tools that can help you distribute, test and configure your flow traffic.

Ready to fine tune your flow analysis? Start the mission!


Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 10 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 10 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 1,500 points for this mission.

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
January 28th, 2019: Fire TV Stick 4K

February 4th, 2019: Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector's Edition

Grand Prize:
February 4th, 2019: Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on January 21st, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until February 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between January 21, 2019 and February 4, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers

Hit us with your best shot! Provide us one screenshot that demonstrates how you are using your favorite flow tool. We really want to get an idea of the way our users are benefiting from their flow tool bundle, so be sure to send us the best picture possible of one of your tools from the bundle in action by following the below instructions:

  1. Download the Free Tools Bundle and unzip the three tools included. Install one or more of them.
  2. Take a screenshot from one of the three tools:
    • In the NetFlow Replicator tool, run the tool and expand the “Console” configuration at the bottom of the screen. Populate the Console configuration and take a screenshot.
    • In the NetFlow Generator tool, run the tool and configure the address and port of your NTA server. Uncheck “Node Simulation”, scroll down and add some endpoints. Select “Run Generator”, and take a screenshot of the “Running Status” screen.
    • In the NetFlow Configurator tool, run the tool and take a screenshot of the “Device Configuration” screen
  3. Upload your screenshot for a chance to win!


Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by January 27th 2019 to be entered to win: Fire TV Stick 4K
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by February 3rd 2019 to be entered to win: Trivial Pursuit Star Wars Classic Trilogy Collector's Edition

Correctly answer all 10 questions by February 3rd 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable

Monthly Mission Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Mission Shortcut Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia


NOTE you can copy and paste today's answer to make sure you don't typo anything... just sayin'.

Level 11

no idea, what is going on today. Article gives me red cross, is a or the matter?

That's a thoughtful use of the cell phone notification system--I like it.

It's -33 at my house in northern Minnesota this morning.  A few other temps to compare it to:

Moscow, Russia: +32F
Nuuk, Greenland: +14F
Astana, Kazakhstan: 0F

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: 0F
Earth's South Pole: -6F
Utqiagvik (Barrow) Alaska: -10F
Today's high temp on Mars: +14F

Level 12

I don't think I can even imagine what that must feel like outside. I'm curious.

Level 11

I know I answered todays question correctly but I got marked wrong

Level 12

Just double checked what answer you submitted cause an extra space causing it to be wrong would have been unfortunate. I'm afraid though that the answer you used wasn't the correct one altogether.


I'll say it again...if you copy the answer from the page it works perfectly to avoid typos.

With the right clothes on?  It's cozy!  I've slept out on frozen lakes & rivers in weather like this up in Canada on dog sledding trips.  The weather seems to make one's appetite really appreciate hot & buttery food, so I chopped a hole in the ice and in thirty minutes we were eating butter-fried Lake Trout cooked over a fire.

With semi-right clothes on?  It's annoying when the wind goes through one's dress slacks or across bare skin.  Cheeks and nose and ears are quickly frost nipped.  The irritation & scowls increase when one has to walk into a brisk wind without insulating boots, snow pants or a snowmobile suit with a warm jacket and a neck gaiter, with the hood from the coat up and velcro'd tightly beneath the chin.

Without clothing appropriate to these temperatures and winds (wind chills were -72F in my neck of the woods last night) frostbite can begin to set into exposed skin and extremities in ten minutes or less.  One starts out very annoyed, then begins to run for the shelter of a doorway or a building--simply through self preservation.

12V batteries decrease their output dramatically and battery sales increase tremendously.  Engine oil stiffens up and cars are harder to start.  Combine that with low battery voltage and battery jumping becomes common--people always carry a good quality set of jumper cables in their cars.  Tire pressure decreases approximately one pound for every ten degrees of lost temperature, and tires lose their proper shape as they default, resulting in loss of traction.  Automobile exhaust condenses into ice on the roads at stop lights and stop signs, turning a clear black that's as slippery as anything you'd care to imagine.  Fender benders and serious crashes begin to occur.

Pipes start to freeze in poorly insulated dwellings.  Home fires start showing up in the news as people desperately try to use torches or heat guns to thaw their frozen pipes before they burst due to ice pressure.  Fire departments arrive and eventually the fire is extinguished, but the view of the property at the next dawn is of blackened stubs of walls completely coated with thick layers of dirty white ice that covers everything.

Homeless people experience frostbite and lose their lives.  Eight people are reported to have lost their lives so far due to this cold wave.  Homeless shelters overflow, cities and organizations open emergency warming houses.  Schools close so kindergarteners don't have to stand outside for 30 minutes in this weather waiting for their school bus.

Grocery stores tend to get pretty good runs of customers immediately prior to the onset of predicted cold.  This also occurs right before major blizzards arrive.  People build or refresh their emergency car kit with new batteries, chocolate, rope, candles, matches, empty coffee cans to hold it all (and to hold snow that would be warmed by the candles so it melts for drinking water), etc.

The gene pool is filtered more and more as people who don't take the warnings seriously experience problems with fires and cars and frostbite.

Great Lakes Freighters up to a thousand feet long occasionally end up trapped in the ice on Lake Superior, or become iced in on the big lake as they wait for slips to open up in the Duluth Harbor.



A person could walk out of the cold into a restaurant’s walk-in freezer and be treated to air that’s at least 30 degrees warmer than the actual outdoor temperature.

The windows in my house get thick frost despite having triple panes and an extra coating of 3M clear insulation inside:



Beards freeze!  OK, this guy was asking for it by going surfing on Lake Superior last winter, so he has thicker icicles than I get when it's only my breath condensing and freezing onto my bear and eye lashes.

But the views of the great outdoors are crisp and cold and beautiful in this weather!  Wolves or sled dogs howling in the night make for wonderful memories.  A blazing fire out on the trail is much appreciated for its warmth and the hot chocolate and s'mores it creates.

Level 12

wow, I like the cold but I really don't know how I would act with the temperature being that cold.....

Level 12

I fat-fingered the 30th...can that be forgiven?

Level 12

Took a look at your answer. Definitely in this case. Go ahead and refresh for me.

This side of the world is somewhat different. Driving home from a customer meeting yesterday my car's thermometer was reading 44 degrees Celcius (111.2 degrees Farenheit). I doubt it was entirely accurate but was definitely nice floating in the pool with a beer for a while.

Level 12

I know it is unbelievably cold, but that frosted window photo is beautiful!

Meanwhile, here in mid-Summer, it is not quite 9am and we are at 32C (~90F) with a forecast max of 39C (102F).

And no, I don't want to swap, thanks

Level 10

So, for my survey the 'I want more information on' had a forced requirement of the free tools bundle. Normally there would be a 'I don't want to be contacted' option.


The survey requires you to select that yo want more info on the free tools bundle to continue. No other option exists other than to exit and not finish the survey.

"[...] empty coffee cans to hold it all (and to hold snow that would be warmed by the candles so it melts for drinking water) [...]"

You reminded me of the classic Zappa tune and this seems like an appropriate place for another EARWORM ALERT!!! (****WARNING**** NSFW!)

Frank Zappa-Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - YouTube

Level 9

Is Question 8 case sensitive?  I entered the correct answer but the only thing I can think of is a red X.

Level 10

Question 7, I answered with a tick box and got a "You're wrong, X *is* a feature" comment.... One problem, I didn't tick that one? marcoswithanoh​ What did I do? Sorry to be a pain!


a classic

Here's a timely bit of cold-weather advise from a local Health Care System whose staff regularly treats frost nip and frost bite here in northern Minnesota:

Cold Snap Increases Frostbite Hospitalizations |

With the right clothing and some good friends to share the outdoors with--you'd have the time of your life!    Call up Outward Bound or Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge (Your Guide to our Guided Dogsled Trips | Dogsledding Trips | Trips ) and schedule a trip that's several days long.  Many options exist, from sleeping outside with the Alaskan Huskies or dog sledding from warm resort to warm resort and staying where there's a warm bed and hot food--maybe even a hot tub--each night.

Honestly, I seriously believe what I frequently tease about--the cold keeps the riff-raff out.  Or, a lot of it.  It somehow keeps me invigorated and vitalized, and I tend to work longer hours and be busier at work during the cold months so I can take more PTO during the warm months for fishing & camping & exploring.

I'm not certain of the truth to this, but a friend who grew up with me in Minnesota told me this story:

He worked all spring & summer as a groundskeeper at a golf course.  There wasn't sufficient work in the equipment maintenance shop at that golf club to keep him employed during the winters so he'd head south looking for golf course work in warmer states.  He said he was always hired quickly when people heard he was from Minnesota.  Reportedly they felt that "northern boys" worked harder and faster than their local more laid-back southern boys.  And the local boys would harass my friend about working too much:  "Slow down!  You're making the rest of us look bad!"

I know when I'm in warmer climates I tend to relax and move with more leisure than when I'm in Minnesota--where I know I have to get the most out the warm months and longer days, and where I have to move quickly in the winter to stay warm or to get out of the cold as quickly as possible.

It's a theory, and is in no way intended to slight others or promote a stereotype.

Level 12

Alright. For some reason there was an error in the logic on the survey itself and it wasn't displaying the next page that it should have with the type of information you'd like. You'll notice that the question is reset, and everyone should now be allowed to take the survey again. Please DO make sure you're deleting your cookies though so the survey can re-populate.

I'll be tossing everyone an additional 250 points for filling out the survey again on top of what you'll get from doing it initially and answering the question today. Trust me, if you're not interested in "hearing more", we don't want to push it.

Level 12

Well after taking the survey for the second time it gets to the point where it asks what you would like more information on.  When selecting I don't want to be contacted it populates an additional question asking what type of information are you looking for? (also required):  No option to say nothing here either.


Level 12

You're absolutely right. I went ahead and edited the logic on this. It should now skip this step for anyone who selects that they don't want to be contacted.

Level 14

Yes you can.  Select Other and type in nothing.  That's what I did.

Level 12

Thank you marcoswithanoh

Level 12

You're very welcome. Thanks for being so patient with me.

Level 16

Just put Other - Nothing

During the worst of the cold NPM fired off a couple of temperature related alerts to me.  We have a few "industrial environment rated" switches in unheated outdoor environments, and one of them experienced colder temperatures than its rating allowed.  It seems to have shut off one of its temperature sensors during the two coldest periods this week.  NPM interpreted the lack of input on this sensor as extreme heat instead of extreme cold.

When the air temperature is -33F surrounding the environment of the switch enclosure, and the switch itself is close to zero degrees, it's interesting to see NPM being fooled and showing the switch is +491F (or +255C):


Once the outside air warmed up to -20F the switch started repored normally again.

Level 7

Thanks, that was a fun little mini-mission.  Gimme more!


Level 9

Awesome mission


The tonearm was not lifting on my Technics SL-D303 bought in the 1980's from the bargain bin** at Walmart. A pivot point was broken for the control.  I cleaned it up, glued it back in place and lubricated all of the points I could reach.  It is working normally now.


**It was in the bargain bin for two reasons: 1) It was an in-store demonstration model. 2) Because some worthless non-thinking anti-social miscreant stole the counterbalance weight from the back of the tonearm in the store.  For over thirty years, I used a large nut and two heavy washers black taped to the back of the tonearm as a counterbalance weight.  I am not complaining because I only paid $35 for a turntable that sold for $180 back then.  It has a sticker on it for $55 in the bargain bin but the missing counterbalance weight got me an extra $20 knocked off.


Dang, I've been eyeballing that turntable for a long time... somehow I missed the question on the 29th. There's always next time

Level 12

Thanks for an awesome Mini Mission everyone! The discussion on everything was super fantastic. Big congrats to those who previously won in the Week 1, and a huge congrats on our newest winners!

Week 2: sean.mccormick

Grand Prize: cdpete

Shortcut: raymondo

Seriously hope you enjoy your prizes! You'll have to let us know. I'll be reaching out to each of you via DM in a moment.

Congratulations to the winners!  sean.mccormick​, raymondo​, and cdpete​. 

Have a great day!!!

My internal voice says, "What, I did not win!!!!!  Man that stings!  Well I should congratulate the winners, they did get all the questions right and had the luck"


Level 12

On a side note. Shortcut and survey points have been added. On to the next mission!

Level 12

Congratulations everyone.  I just replace my Technics turntable that I had for many years (at least 30).  it was a direct drive, not belt driven, and finally wore a grove in the platter so that I could not get it to maintain speed anymore.  I now have a Scranton and am still undecided on it.  I really miss my Technics. 

Yes, congratulations to all the winners!  marcoswithanoh​, how about another round of "Mini Mission" for the crew, eh?  Although if we had them all the time, we might take them for granted...<GASP> that would NEVER happen! 😉

Chalk up another score for the technically minded / "I can fix it" mentality.

You are, and you remain, my hero.

Wait a few months and I will show everyone what I do to rescue my custom built double neck 6/12 guitar that was stolen and lost for 22 years.  During that time it was broken and burned.  So far I have stabilized all of the cracks in the six string neck (The head stock was broken off and the fret board was loose).  The body had some small cracks and one of the controls was hit so hard that it shattered the wood near it.  Now I am prepping it for a new clear coat of finish. 

To do:
Rewire using original pickups

Build new preamps

Add a modern Battery Box

Finish paint


Set up intonation

Play Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.....or Closer to the Heart by Rush

Level 12

Congrats to all the winners:  sean.mccormick, raymondo, and cdpete.

Level 12

Glad to hear you got it back but sorry to hear the condition.  Sounds like your making good headway on bringing it back though.  If you have any questions or need a little assistance this is an article about my brother-in-law in Casper Wyoming:  Oil worker builds future as Casper guitar repairman | Casper |

Level 16

@ Radioteacher Expert You should post a few pics as the project progresses.

Radioteacher​, your labor of love sounds wonderful and rewarding to the soul.

Lest anyone assume there is no value in a broken guitar, I offer this video testimony:

Making the most of a broken guitar

Wow...that person has sick skills on a guitar.

I will start a thread that documents my work on the repair.


They have great skill...but I would have removed the strings, added glue and a clamp.  That is an easy break to fix.


I never got the 250 pts for my survey. Did everyone else?

Level 10

I got my points last week.