I missed my connection in Charlotte, and the following one. Rather than wait another 2 hours, and force Mum, Dad and Russ to wait 4 or so hours for me to get to Fort Lauderdale, I flew to Orlando and waited for them to pick me up there. We then drove and drove and drove until getting to a podunk little town called Live Oak, where had dinner, found 2 bars and crashed for the night.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Vince came over to mirror his current laptop hard drive to a new one so he can upgrade his Windows 7 installation to Windows 10, before the free upgrade expires at midnight. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute... I had thought about reminding him earlier in the month, but the last time I'd brought it up he'd said "fuck Microsoft", so I didn't bother :)
Later he came over and borrowed my external drive cage and a spare drive I had, because his upgrade worked somehow.
Rich and Josh came over, and we went out and got dinner before Vic ran me to the airport to catch a plane to Charlotte. The plane was delayed 2 hours because of a thunderstorm in Phoenix, and a load of people were getting really upset that the flight to Phoenix was cancelled due to said thunderstorm. I think they were expecting to fly, in a thunderstorm that the pilot had said was too severe. Pussy.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
I spent quite a bit of time working, but I've managed to build a USB charging cable for the camera (of all the stupid... it needs a 10 ohm resistor between the data pins or it won't charge). I looked at the keyless ignition system on the DRZ, and I've decided to leave it unplugged for a day or so, as I seem to remember needing something like that to reset everything properly.
I went to the airfield in the evening, and fixed the airspeed indicator. I then went out for a flight, and was running down the river doing around 70mph ground speed when I suddenly realised I'd have to get home before it gets dark. Rather than play around anywhere else, I headed straight back to the airfield. I played around to see how low I could get the ground speed - 28mph - and landed shortly before sunset. At least I managed to put the plane away before it got dark.
I've noticed a crack in the silencer on the Vanagon, so I ordered a new one. It's here, so I installed it. It's stainless steel, so you'd think it'll last, but it's not braced like the mild steel one it's replacing. On the plus side, it has a lifetime warranty. I had read about the new one being smaller than the original, but I've managed to bend the outer casing clamping it down, so I don't think that's a problem.
In the evening, I went over to the airfield and to the plane out for a bit. I had the video camera running, and saw a train, so I chased it for a mile or two. I went along the river, and ran around the lake, and was tootling along when the airspeed indicator went down to zero. That bothered me, so I went back to the airfield... the hose from the probe has come unhooked. Doy.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
I fixed the TV to zoom in to 480p content (I think), so it looks like the Windows 10 / hacked WMC is working. I'd like to get the skin I had previously working, but that's not a big deal really.
I went back to the airfield in the evening, and was chatting to Jack and Marianne when a couple came past with their kid, who's autistic. He's apparently really into planes, so I spent about an hour showing them around the planes in our and Jack's hangar, and ended up only flying for 25 minutes before it got dark. I got to play with Mike in his 120 though, so that was fun :o)
In the evening I loaded a hacked version of Windows Media Centre on the HTPC, as Kodi seems to hang on waking up from sleep, and I can't get it to download the guide more than a day or so out. I don't want to pay for a guide subscription until I'm sure everything works, and I'm a ways from that right now.
In WMC, I seem to have most things working, and now I just need to get DVDs to play full screen - I have a feeling this is the TV, as I see it downshifting to 480p from 1080p. I've seem problems with the resolution on wake, too, but I'll carry on testing it.
Monday, July 11, 2016
In the evening I met CJ, Gwen and Jahzara over at the airfield so Jahzara could see and sit in the plane, and see me (and others) fly. After I'd done 1 circuit, Jack arrived, and we ended up both doing circuits (me in the Flightstar, him in the M-Squared) to entertain the ladies until they had to go home for Jahzara's bed time.
Friday, July 8, 2016
In the evening, I went to the EAA Board of Directors' meeting, and managed to not pick up anything new to do.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
In the afternoon, I picked up Vince and we went to Turlock to look at a Rans S-12. It's in good condition, but has a fuel leak at the moment, so isn't flyable. Hmmm.
In the evening, we had to put up with the fireworks at Sun City, and Tilly was barking at the people in the street outside watching them, so we went out to join them. Tilly ended up sitting on Kathy's lap, then sitting with me, then sitting on Kathy's lap, then sitting with me, then wanting to go in.