Create an account
Point your browser towards virtual-loup-de-mer.org to open the Vlm home page. Click on the “…create one” link underneath the Log in section in the left-hand frame. You’ll be shown the following screen.
To be able to use brainaid’s TCP NMEA proxy on an Ubuntu-flavored Linux distribution, you’ll first need to install Oracle Java 7, as the applet won’t run on OpenJDK or IcedTea:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer
Brainaid’s NMEA proxy java applet is a thing of beauty, it truly is. But getting it to run is a bit of a hassle. First you have go to his site, you have to enter your credentials and select a race to be able to log in before you’re finally able to get on to the navigation page where it sits waiting for you to run it. Is there no way to make this any easier?
I’m glad you asked. Sure there is. Short version: you install a browser extension that executes a script while loading the Sailonline client, adding at the page bottom a button that will get the NMEA applet for you. Easy, huh?
Well, let’s get to the nitty gritty:
If, during the upcoming Japan Xtra Tour, you decide to abandon ship because you’d rather go shopping in Shanghai, Google Maps has an interesting suggestion about how to get to China from Japan. Click the image to enlarge and read the route directions. Spot it?
If not ….
Windows machines can be set to synchronize their pc clocks with NTP (Network Time Protocol) servers once a week. If your pc is anything like mine, once a week isn’t nearly often enough and it’s easy to forget to do it manually, even though it is both useful and important to have the clock running accurately. Getting Windows to synchronize the pc clock more frequently is surprisingly tricky. So here’s a how-to for Windows 7 and Vista.
With the release earlier today of Bluewater Racing 1.60, LiveSkipper’s grib files can be used in slightly different but better way. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, The low-down on the weather grid – LiveSkipper edition Bluewater Racing will balk when trying to optimize LiveSkipper gribs with the grid size set to small values, such as 2.0. With the new version 1.60 that’s no different, but Bluewater Racings Tcl console window can now be used to create smaller gribs with which small grid sizes can be used. And speed up the optimization process a little bit to boot! Here’s how: