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  1. Quasi used to show that something is almost, but not completely, the thing described: One would assume you do see the nutter side of the group then. It's a start
  2. By DeSmogBlog? Or was it some other quasi-religous climate alarmist nutter group?
  3. Couple of extra points. It's not fires that kills most data in this weird age we live in. It's ransomware attacks. This is why it is of a the utmost importance to always, always have an offsite backup rotation. Plenty of synchronous backups have been ransomware encrypted well before the data owners have cottoned on. Smart hackers that get into systems to deliver ransomware payloads have been known to hold off unleashing the software on a system until a weekend just for this reason. The other big problem with backing up to a cloud service is that it can take forever to recover files.
  4. If you have a Microsoft office subscription, you can use the One Drive cloud store to run continuous backups - or, more accurately, mirroring - (including change history), out of the box. I personally wouldn't use the NAS's drives as a backup. I'd set it up as RAID 5 or 10 instead if I wanted to make reliability as good as I possibly could. If you re still nervous, set up a regular USB backup (a feature built into the NAS's software) and alternatively swap the USB hard disks from an offsite location.
  5. ++ The NAS with SSD's fittted. Relatively easy to set up and these days can do just about everything a server of yore would do in a small business. QNAP and Synology are the most popular brands. These units include a "personal cloud" facility for remote file access using a choice of methods. They're like computers in that you can get high powered models with lots of RAM. These higher end models are - obviously -better if you plan to smash the units with a high workload.
  6. You'd expect to blowing lots of blue or even white smoke out the exhaust if there was a serious issue with the bore sealing. Even the best diesels have a fair bit of blow by just because of the high compression they operate at. I'd try eliminating the simple stuff first. But if you do want to check the sealing of the cylinders, a leakdown test is probably the more appropriate test.
  7. I've got both options each with their own pros and cons but if I had to go with just one I'd go the tablet route. The reason being that the tablet is the better device when at anchor or on passage and it's multipurpose, something that is always desirable on a boat.
  8. Mads refit is way too OCD for my liking, The Free range guys are the real deal but my favourite refit was Follow The Boat's Thai (or was it Malaysian?) based refit series they put out a few years back. The Asian way of getting things done just added a dash of spice.
  9. I've had the Pi on the boat for about 2 years now with no major problems. Due to the small size, I've got a 3B I originally used as an AIS receiver shoved in a drawer as a backup. I've also got a phone app that let's me monitor the Pi's running status and temps and let's me do an orderly shutdown (when I remember). My experience with it is that it has been pretty much bulletproof and and has run for up to a month without a shutdown or restart. Truth be told, I have a wired Ethernet system too and don't use the wifi on the Pi. I use a small 5V wifi router on the wired network instead to
  10. Cool. I once busted a very expensive SD card trying to insert it into some gadget. That's when I found out that they're as brittle as 78 rpm records from the days of yore! If you're dabbling with Arduino, check out ESP32 based microcontrollers. They have wifi and bluetooth onboard and a low power mode. The raspberry foundation has also just released a new microcontroller ("pico") boasting improved speed and memory etc but I think it lacks onboard wifi/bluetooth.
  11. I have one, but it is setup as a headless (sans monitor) black box that's velcro'd to the top of the VHF at the nav station . It's main job is to collect all the boats data and throw it out on wifi so it can be read by every tablet, phone and laptop on the boat. VNC or SSH is used to connect directly to it's desktop via the tablet, phone or laptop but I find in reality it's not something I use regularly other than for maintenance as I just prefer to install OpenCPN directly on those devices and connect it to the NEMA stream from the Pi. It's also a little mini file server that contains the ch
  12. I recently scored myself one of these things. 8" Samsung S3 Active. It's got a lot going for it (except maybe price) as a dedicated MFD replacement. I believe there are older versions which can possibly be picked up cheap in the used market.
  13. It's easy to blow the little internal baffles out so everything deflates equally. Soapy water will be good enough to show an air leak that takes a week to soften the tubes(guess how I know?). Probably need to keep looking, but if you want to help the valves loosen perhaps a squirt of silicon spray might help them along.
  14. They have connections to connect an external antenna, and I did originally buy an omin-directional whip style for installation but never bothered with it, so in theory, yes. Without the external antenna it's about the same as a standard phone in regards to reception. The main advantage of the modem (aside from the ability to hang it outside the boat which markedly improves reception) is that you don't need to go through the hotspotting routine to hook up to it and WIFI power output is adjustable so that it doesn't need to burn through the battery quite as fast. They can also monitor data usage
  15. That's what I do. I use a cellular modern with a battery good for about 12 hours and when in an area with marginal reception I place it in a small dry bag and haul it up the flag halyard. The flag halyard is better than trying to get it to the top of the mast because winds will bash the unit into the side of the mast and this is avoided with the flag halyard. The dry bag is tightly folded around the modem to help stop it flopping around in the breeze too much. Since the modem is specifically for the boat, this made it easy to integrate all the boat's instruments into the wireless network
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