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05/07/08: My new sailing blog

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I have created a new blog to chronicle my adventures in learning to sail. I really could have just blogged about my sailing from this site, but I could not find a good way to post to a Nucleus based site via email. Posting via email is important if I ever get a chance to go offshore and want to blog via single side band radio or satellite phone. So hear it is:

Where is Serenity




04/12/08: Site Repaired

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Well I was trying to see how long I could go without writing a new post. Made it to 565 days. Guess that is not to bad.

I realized yesterday that the website was not working correctly. Permalinks were working, but links from the main page were not. Also the comments section of each post spit out some ugly SQL code. So today I rolled up my sleeves and dug around until I got everything fixed. Apparently the website has been broken since late January when I had applied a upgrade to the sites database. No one complained, so I guess that says a lot about how many visitors I get

The most popular section of the website is the Genealogy section. It was working fine since it uses a different database.




09/22/06: The WareHouse has moved again!

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Layout Well here we are all moved into our new home in North Carolina. This is the third house that we have bought and with each home my “server room” has gotten more elaborate. In our first house it was in the Den Closet. The second house air conditioned and under the back stairs. Here in our third house, the server room is a new addition built in the garage.

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04/23/06: DIY: Digital Picture Frame

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Digital Picture Frame #2 I have just finished hanging my second Digital Picture Frame (DPF). My first DPF was created almost a year ago, and it hangs on the wall in my office at work. It has been running fine for almost a year, with very little need of attention. The second DPF is now displayed proudly in my living room. Both frames were created from old laptops I had lying around the house. I started thinking about making a DPF after I bought a Ceiva for my Grandmother in 2001. Then last year I saw several do it yourself DPF projects and thought, hell I can do that.

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04/09/06: Photo Gallery is now skinned!

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Well, It has taken me several months, but I finally got the Photo Gallery skinned to match the rest of the site. After several false starts I figured out that the Photo Gallery needed to be “visually embedded” into my site by editing Gallery2 theme templates. I was trying to make things too hard and create a theme from scratch.




03/24/06: Internet Explorer 7 beta

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Browsers

I recently installed Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 and was surprised to find that it supports transparent png files. This means that my site looks like it should when using Internet Explorer 7. No obnoxious white boarders around the sheet, navigation, and comment pallets. Since about 70% of my visitors use Internet Explorer it will be nice when they can finally see the site as it was designed. I would still suggest that everyone switch to a standards compliant browser like FireFox or Opera, since Internet Explorer 7 still has other issues with formating and CSS, but over all Internet Explorer 7 is a big improvement.




11/14/05: Online Genealogists be careful!

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Desert Morning News recently reported about a software company that has produced and is selling a program called Fake Family. Fake Family can create genealogy websites with thousands of pages of bogus data. Why? To make money of course. Such sites generate revenue from advertisements. Yet another reason to document and double check all your sources.

Hat tip: Techdirt




11/09/05: New type of Scuba Mask

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Mask
Dive masks have changed very little since Jack Cousteau first invented SCUBA and strapped on a tank in the 1940's. Sure the materials have changed and vast improvements have been made in comfort and seal, but the dive mask of today is still a flat piece of glass trapping air against your face. This flat piece of glass still causes refraction when light moves from water to air making items appear larger and closer than they are and greatly reducing your angle of vision. I can still remember as a new diver reaching for something only to have my hand pass in front of it by a good 12 inches. Well things are a changing. A company called Hydro Optics has hired some NASA engineers and developed and new type of dive mask that apparently gives you panoramic views 350% greater than traditional flat diving masks.




11/04/05: Cruising

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Voyager at Sea


We are getting ready to go on a Radisson cruise aboard the Seven Seas Voyager for our 10th anniversary. It is going to be a really fun trip and I feel like we could use the vacation!

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10/14/05: Rodney “Moon” Crossman

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I really like Google Alerts. I have about ten of them setup to email me when new information is found on the web. You never know what new and unexpected information an alert will provide. My alert for San Salvador Bahamas just fired off, [“San Salvador” Bahamas] with a news story about Rodney Moon. I knew Rodney when he was a Divemaster and we worked for a short while together at the Riding Rock Inn and Marina on San Salvador. Apparently Rodney is now a Sport Fish Captain and has just won the 2005 New Smyrna Beach Billfish Invitational in Florida. Congratulations Moon!




10/10/05: Genealogy Database

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The genealogy database has been updated to reflect the new design of our website. Check it out!




06/01/05: Dive vacation on Grand Turk

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We just got back from a wonderful dive vacation on Grand Turk. Grand Turk is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands which are in the British West Indies. Great wall diving, we made a total of 15 dives. I ate conch at least once a day. What more could you ask for?

You can see our photos from the trip here...

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10/23/04: Nick walks away from an plane crash

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Our friend Nick Pitt from San Salavdor Bahamas, walked away from a plane crash, Friday October 22 2004, here is the story...



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08/08/04: Bahamas: Hurricane Frances Fails To Kill Residents' Spirit

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It was an image that told the story of an unwelcome storm: a dining room table on a small hill in San Salvador's United Estates, surrounded by the rubble of the house that was.

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10/09/96: Riding Rock Inn and Marina

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Details about RRI

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