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Old 11-19-2013, 11:30 PM   #57
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Yes, I could see how that would happen. There's nothing in the design to roll it over again if that happens.

I was sitting at the table squinting at the computer and imbibing my first coffee this morning when a rubber dinghy tore past and I heard a loud "thunk". Imma be all like "Dafuq just happened?" so I go out on deck, to discover the Whitworths (chandlery) 2013/14 Summer Bargain Catalogue on my deck.

Wayqool ... a $10.00 discount voucher, and I was planning to go to that shop today too!! :-)
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Great to see a retailer who recognises that not all marketing needs to be on the 'net. Kudos to Whitworths...Dey be de bomb!

I agree with Del on anchoring and while I have never had a 'Secure' (C-Q-R) lose its grip, I now have a 35lb Delta, a 35lb Bruce and recently bought a new Fortress aluminium anchor because the blurb said they are the best in the world. Fortress Anchors – The World's Best Anchors!
They are a little bit of a nuisance to stow on the fine bow of a 37'er, and they are substantially bigger than a CQR needed to stop a boat of the same size. But one needs good brakes! The Fortress is 2 sizes bigger than I really need (It's an FX37 and cost $650) and I will see just how good it is as time goes on.
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In 2004, 17 people world wide were killed in shark attacks. That's the most in any recent year. In the same year, 43 people were killed by falling coconuts.
What's worse is several thousand die on couches each year in the USA alone! I think we should get up a petition to pass a law banning couches
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Great to see a retailer who recognises that not all marketing needs to be on the 'net. Kudos to Whitworths...Dey be de bomb!

I agree with Del on anchoring and while I have never had a 'Secure' (C-Q-R) lose its grip, I now have a 35lb Delta, a 35lb Bruce and recently bought a new Fortress aluminium anchor because the blurb said they are the best in the world. Fortress Anchors The World's Best Anchors!
They are a little bit of a nuisance to stow on the fine bow of a 37'er, and they are substantially bigger than a CQR needed to stop a boat of the same size. But one needs good brakes! The Fortress is 2 sizes bigger than I really need (It's an FX37 and cost $650) and I will see just how good it is as time goes on.
I like the delta fastset, but to be honest the old Danforth always seems to hold better and is eaeier to stow than all the rest. It sets with a shorter rode than most. Don't know why you don't see more of then in use? Maybe cause they are ugly?
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:48 PM   #61
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Started a "small" job today and it looks like it will require about three days of work. I started digging at the roof above the head, figuring that where there's fungus there must be water getting in. I'm going to need to replace a large section of timber up there. Guess the cement work will have to wait.

Getting pretty windy here tonight, one of my hefty solar panels just flipped over and landed on the other one. No damage done but I suppose it might be wise to bolt them down tomorrow.

I dug out the Software Defined Radio transmitter in an attempt to get it running for the first time in a few years. Cobbled up all the cabling and fiddled with software for about an hour before I remembered that it needs an external powered speaker, which is in storage. D'oh! The software will need fixing, I hacked the hell out of it to get the FunCube dongle to work and now the SDR-1000 code is all messed up. Grateful I remembered to install Delphi 7 on the laptop.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #62
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oh, my! It sounds like you're having the sort of day I detest. Tomorrow can only be better

When hubby and I are headed down that path you've had today, we try very hard to laugh but sometimes it's rough.

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Old 11-21-2013, 11:46 PM   #63
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Actually it started raining yesterday right after I posted that, and after the stormiest night I've had aboard yet I'm still waiting for it to stop. Very grateful I bought that canvas trailer cover, it saved me from being flooded out.

I'd laugh but Del's picking me up to go to Newcastle (and then NZ) on Monday or Tuesday. Gonna be tight to get this repair done.
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Tuesday, late in the day. I have a couple of meetings in the city to get through first.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:40 AM   #65
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Thanks Del, that should make life much easier. I did manage to get a long enough window without rain today to effect some repairs, and will fill and glass over them tomorrow. Should be ready to go as planned.

Got to say that working with this epoxy glue is an interesting experience, it's like candied honey only thicker and stickier.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:57 AM   #66
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Oh, and for anyone who was mystified by my reference to the FUNcube dongle above, it's a USB stick that tunes the FUNcube amateur satellite. Launch went off on 21 November and all is working well. FUNcube-1 is now known officially as Oscar-Amsat-73.

Welcome to the FUNcube Web Site

South African ham ZS1LS took the cupie doll by announcing first reception at 0737 on Thursday, a mere 27 minutes after launch from Yasny, Russia. In a very nice twist, the UK's first amateur educational satellite was launched to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

The dongle was the first device to utilize the Elonics TV chip as a general-purpose sofware defined radio. The chip was later made famous when hackers discovered that a $20.00 TV stick available from Hong Kong could also be used in this manner. Coverage is guaranteed to be 64-1700MHz with a small gap around 1100MHz. In practice they tend to work from 52MHz to about 1900MHz.

A very useful device indeed for radio hacking, I bought Ver:1.1 S/N:1833 way back when they started becoming available reliably.

The new FUNcube dongle Pro+ is the latest, and a complete redesign including saw filters for the ham bands. Its coverage includes all bands from 136kHz through to 23cm (officially 150kHz to 260MHz and then 410MHz to 2.1GHz!)

http://www.funcubedongle.com
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:12 AM   #67
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Further timber inserts and paste filler applied. This is going to be a real quickie repair. I'll sand it with the orbital tomorrow, apply one final filler layer to take up any low spots, then glass over the whole area.
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What a day. Didn't sleep at all last night, got up dazed at 8am and started to check systems before leaving for NZ. Had some trouble with the solar charging system which was fixed within an hour, but it seemed my mojo wasn't working at all.

Next I checked the spare laptop, to find the battery dead flat. Put it on charge but it wouldn't take any juice. Put the same battery in the day-to-day laptop and it started to fill. All good. Once charged I exchanged batteries again and the spare refused to boot. It was giving me a 1-3-3-1 POST code, saying that either the memory or main board were faulty. Oh great.

So, and this is where I really screwed the pooch, I took the memory out of the good unit to test the spare. Didn't fix it, but the regular unit now failed as well. It looked for a while as if I was going to NZ without a computer, which would have been a disaster.

So then I remembered the fibreglass job. Sanded and glassed the roof patch then came back to the problem. I had both laptops apart about three times, and if you've ever done that you'll know it's a nightmare job. I gave up and lay down to rest my aching back. And then a possibility hit me.

I hadn't tested the day-to-day unit with the memory from the spare. So up I got and swapped them and ... well, here I am.

[looks skyward] No more surprises please, I need a rest.
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Well if anyone was listening to yesterday's final plea for mercy, they simply laughed and ignored it. The next time I tried to boot up I was greeted by the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. I won't go into the details, but apparently I had a malicious virus on the main laptop, a dead motherboard on the spare and a corrupt HDD on the spare also, due to my fiddling about.

Fortunately for me there were two major things in my favour:

1. I always install working programs on the second HDD
2. I had a full backup of the primary drive, albeit dated April.

Restored the system only onto the drive with the virus, but it just went into circular boot mode and wouldn't then do a full restore. So, did a full restore onto the primary from the spare machine, cloned it, then reinstalled the very few new bits added since April, such as upgrades of Java and whatnot.

All good now.

The situation does give pause to consider the matter of relying on computers for navigation though. Two PC failures simultaneously, what are the odds? Well, since I've been a computer engineer for 35 years, I can say that they're astronomical; which means of course that I've seen it a few times in my travels. I doubt that the average computer user would have recovered from this mess, especially with the pressure of needing it for survival added in.

On the other hand, you're very unlikely to pick up a random virus while sailing and unconnected to the internet.
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On the other hand, you're very unlikely to pick up a random virus while sailing and unconnected to the internet.
You'd do fine crossing oceans, but the minute you'd get into a cruisers' internet cafe, that's where the virus might ambush you.

Glad you've recovered things. Which OS was it that you use, btw?
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