Friday, 13 June 2008

The EeePC proves itself in combat


Guadalajara street, after a rain shower. Our hotel there provided free Wifi access.
If there were any doubts about the usefulness of my EeePC netbook, they certainly vanished during my recent trip to Spain (see Asturias Open F3F).

Friday, 15 February 2008

Rc-soar becomes a fashionista!

Complete change of subject... a photograph of mine has appeared rather unexpectedly in the Fashion and Style section of the International Herald Tribune!

The photo (see screenshot at left) was from a series of publicity shots I did for a friend who is a dress designer. The photo was submitted along with a press release to the IHT, and somehow it ended up heading the report on London Fashion Week.

The equipment I used was the same as I take with me to the slope i.e. ordinary entry-level 6MP dSLR camera. I had no idea that the photo had been submitted to the newspaper, so it all came as a bit of a surprise!

Friday, 18 January 2008

FASST goes slow

Futaba have at last acknowledged what many already knew - that a number of FASST systems have been released in the wild with identical GUID's, which has resulted in at least one crash in the UK. This issue affects the 6EX and 7C transmitters, as well as the TM-7 module.

Sunday, 6 January 2008

A break from RC - my new Asus EEE PC

As a complete change, here is my new toy - an Asus EEE PC. This seems to have been a huge hit in the US over the Christmas period, and having had mine for just two days, it's not hard to see why.

Friday, 4 January 2008

2.4 GHz is totally secure. Or is it?

There are be thousands of modellers who entrust their models to 2.4 GHz radios, in the belief that 2.4 GHz spread spectrum transmission is inherently more secure than narrowband FM. And ignoring issues of external interference, hotspots, trees, water etc. 2.4 GHz is indeed much more secure than 35 MHz, because two spread spectrum transmitters simply cannot interfere with each.