Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 17th

I went to the airfield for a hangar tenant meeting.  Basically the city is taking over the hangars, but doesn't seem to have a plan for how they're doing it, and have communicated this lack of a plan poorly.  We'll see what happens, but it'll be interesting.

Afterwards, Ron and I met at Costco to do the shopping for tomorrow's member's meeting barbecue.

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 15th

I started the day getting up on the roof and washing the smoke residue off the solar panels.  We'll see how long that lasts.

I changed the (endless, so I cut it off with the Dremel) chain and rear sprocket on the DRZ (it's been looking like it has some tight spots, and the rear sprockets are cheap).  The bigger (16T) front sprocket has only been on there for ~3,000 miles, and looks fine.  And is a pain to find - a lot are reported to let the chain hit the cases.  While I was working on things, I made a backing plate for the (cracked) number plate.  When you have a sheet of reasonably thick aluminium, everything is fixed by a piece of aluminium :o)

In the late afternoon, I went to the airfield and took the Flightstar out for a bimble.  The smoke's not terrible, but it is reducing visibility.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 14th

I started the day working, then I started the process to factory reset and restore my (slowing) Nexus tablet.  Hopefully this'll fix everything up right.

After that I went to the airfield, in case anybody showed up for the poker run.  Nobody did.

I then went over to Richard's hangar to heckle him working on his new spinner, and help him re-fibreglass it when he cracked part of it drilling out a poorly placed rivet.  After that, I went home for a bit, to do some more work, and update the EAA web site.

I went back in the afternoon, rearranged the hangar (Richard Pearl's bloody golf cart should be behind my plane, so I don't need to get it out to go and fly) and went out for a few circuits.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 11th

Ron and I decided to cancel the poker run on Saturday due to the 4 fires in the area that are killing visibility.  One is at over 850 acres, and is less than half contained.  The forecast wasn't showing any wind above 6mph before the weekend, so even if the fires were put out, there still wasn't time for the smoke to dissipate.

So obviously the wind came up this afternoon and cleared the smoke out of Roseville.  Of course, Auburn and Cameron Park are probably still a bit smokier, but we had a couple of people unable to get to Auburn 2 years ago, so it's probably the right decision.

October 10th

I got up early and played around with the hacked version of Windows Media Centre on the Windows 10 home theatre PC.  Deleting it (v6) and reinstalling the latest version (v8) seems to make it work, but I've lost the ability to search the guide for programmes, and the Blu-ray software (PowerDVD) has disappeared from WMC.  Still, it's working for now, and I have time to look into Kodi (again) and JRiver hopefully before they put in another update that breaks it.

October 9th

We started up the home theatre PC to watch TV, only to have it start upgrading (again) to Windows 10 Creator's Edition.  Despite being told not to.  And the fact that it was actually recording a programme when this started.  I can see that I'm going to have to figure something out, as Microsoft are going to force this update on me whatever I say and do.  Back to Windows 7, maybe.

October 8th

Too windy to fly, so I just pottered around the house again.  I got to go through the "backing out of the upgrade" process again on my home theatre PC, as the Windows 10 Creator's Edition breaks the hacked version of Windows Media Centre that I'm running.  Again.  I went through and did everything I can find to stop it upgrading again.

We did get to spend some time on the bracing of the tree in the front garden, as the wind had bent and broken the hollow metal support tubes that were already out there.