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Old 11-26-2013, 11:23 AM   #71
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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.
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Glad you've recovered things. Which OS was it that you use, btw?
Win XP SP3. I'd use something more secure but it's the only OS that runs many of my software tools for embedded programming. :-/

I'm aboard Chiara Stella in Newcastle tonight, prepping up starts tomorrow!!
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #72
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Good luck with the trip.

Hope to hear all about it
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #73
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Yeah, there is that I suppose.

Win XP SP3. I'd use something more secure but it's the only OS that runs many of my software tools for embedded programming. :-/

I'm aboard Chiara Stella in Newcastle tonight, prepping up starts tomorrow!!
xp was so buggy. windows seven is really sweet compared to xp I'm surprised your tools don't have versions that will work with 7
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:35 PM   #74
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xp was so buggy. windows seven is really sweet compared to xp I'm surprised your tools don't have versions that will work with 7
I stopped believing "the next version is better" marketing crap at Win95.

Main issue is performance, later versions are always much slower due to the additional overhead to support hardware and "features" I don't use. The correct operating system is usually the one available at the time the hardware was built.
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Old 11-28-2013, 03:24 AM   #75
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I stopped believing "the next version is better" marketing crap at Win95.

Main issue is performance, later versions are always much slower due to the additional overhead to support hardware and "features" I don't use. The correct operating system is usually the one available at the time the hardware was built.
well what you say is true. But I still use lots of old hardware and use the original software for the most part with windows 7. I like large screens and find touch screens very handy when my hands are full doing other things. Instead of having to use a mouse then click I just touch and walla, its done no mouse needed. That is nice

Anyway, wishing everyone a great thanksgiving. I'll be giving thanks to all that have helped me survive the past year, many in the forums. Thanks, and God bless all
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:58 AM   #76
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Clambered back aboard Keppelena yesterday at around 1:00pm and haven't done much except catch up on sleep since then. Two months away but I've been so busy that it seems more like six months. My electronic antifoul experiment seems to have failed and the barnacles are back again, but otherwise nothing much has changed.

I had only been back on Australian soil for a few hours when my phone rang, an SMS asking me to contact QLD Maritime. Shenoa had been rescued from a creek near the mooring and they tell me the chain was tangled so badly it wouldn't have held. They straightened it out before repositioning her, and I promised to get my brother down there to install a swivel in the anchor chain.

Of course that might be difficult, he was supposed to check on Shenoa in late November when she grounded in the mud and he hasn't been there yet. There's always a "good excuse" but the fact is it could have ended badly and I need to set her up so that intervention isn't necessary. Sadly, it is becoming obvious that I can't rely on him in an emergency.
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In fairness, non yotties often fail to appreciate the need for vigilance regarding unattended yachts. If the handbrake is on and the ignition is off it is expected to fare as well as all the other yachts at anchor.

I'm glad there was no major problem. But one must waggle the finger for neglecting to put a big swivel between anchor and chain.

One of the best boating books in the world is produced by the Queensland Government. The Small Ships Manual (about 450 pages) is generally available from chandleries and from the Qld Govt direct. It will give you all the guff about safe anchoring etc.
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PS take a gander at the low to the northeast of NZ today (1st Feb 2014)
http://earth.nullschool.net/#current....44,-27.48,369
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:23 AM   #78
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In all honesty I hadn't even considered a swivel, being a relative noob. But as soon as they told me the problem I saw the need for it.

My brother has a tinny, and also hires a houseboat annually, so he should know better than to ignore serious issues as they arise. It's always "I was too busy with work" as he stares at computer games for several hours a day. *sigh*
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Amazing isn't it. Computers were going to give us so much free time that we would only need to work minimal hours to get the same work done. BUT NOW, the way things have gone we have more demand for more & more output. Also, spending so much time on PC's, lappies, & the like, we have become so familiar with them that we prefer to spend our liesure time with them as well. Reminds me of the song "Sad World".
Anyway, that said, & me at my tablet (sigh), Auzzee, that web site is amazing for a yachty.... Question; How do you differentiate between the winds & the currents??? (or is that a 'tablet' hiccup).
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That's winds only Bruce. I don't want to hijack Haiqu's topic. Have a look at this link for both wind and separate current animation. http://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/f12/pacific-8218.html
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Thanks Auzzie.
I forgot earlier.... Haiqu, it's good to have you back mate. I look forward to more of your progress on Keppelena.
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Thanks Bruce. Nice to be back in Sydney actually.

I just spent the morning assessing my financial affairs and I'll have to hunker down for a few weeks and just make do with what I've got here. The recent highs in the AUD/NZD exchange rate gave me a belting, as did the need to buy a van which I wasn't expecting to do this trip, although it was on the long-term plans list.

New Zealand is pretty expensive for some basic goods, especially the hardware store items needed to work on the house. I also found basic foodstuffs to be higher than Australia, sometimes by 3X the price. e.g. milk $2.85/litre vs $1.00 and 220gm gas canisters $4.50 each vs $1.00 here. On the other hand meat is cheap, and you can barely finish the huge and delicious single cone ice-creams they sell for $2.50

I opened a bank account in Wairoa so that I can transfer funds over when the rates are better, so the next trip should cost far less.
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My brother finally got around to moving the yacht in Brisbane and adding a swivel. I quizzed him on water levels and he told me there was some but "not over the floor like last time." It took me three days to get him to admit that there was more than should have been present, and that he probably should have investigated to see if the bilge pump was working instead of drinking beer with my neighbor on his boat. So he's going down again "next week" to sort that out.

Meanwhile, QLD Water Police want the boat moved by Saturday for the Dragon Boat races. It never bloody ends.

But there is some good news: the crane barge guy FINALLY got back to me, so I may be able to do this engine change soon.
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Old Perkins engine is coming out! Like Humpty Dumpty, there's no putting that table back together again.
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