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11-24-2003, 03:17 AM
Since the forum was opened on October 29th, 26 days ago, the members here have really worked to make this thing take off!<br><br>We currently have:<br><br>220 Members<br>1117 Posts<br>136 Topics<br><br>At this pace there will be over 15,000 posts after 1 year, and our membership continues to grow every day.<br><br>I am working on the following things:<br><br>* A way to provide a list of "New Posts since last visit". Several people have asked for this and I'm working to find a solution.<br>* A "new" icon next to every post that is new (Ken Rehler request).<br>* An automatic backup system so nothing is lost. I'm currently doing backups, but it is manual<br>* An improved member list that allows searching, sorting and more information.<br><br>I welcome any other ideas people might have.<br><br>Some people have voiced some concern about the financial aspects of running this board. At this point it does not appear that will be any concern at all. The new hosting company I'm using offers 40GB of monthly bandwidth for a whopping $7.50 a month :). So far we have only used 1.3 GB since I moved the forum 10 days ago. As I mentioned before, the forum software is open source, free software. So...No worries, we're here to stay!<br><br>Thank You to everyone that has participated and spread the word to get this forum going!<br><br>Happy Thanksgiving,<br><br>Todd<br><br><br><br>
11-24-2003, 03:31 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to you also Todd, and thanks for all you've done.<br><br>john-
11-24-2003, 06:05 AM
Sounds like a pretty good deal with your hosting company Todd.<br><br>How much storage space is included, and of that how much is the forum using?
11-24-2003, 07:45 AM
Todd,<br><br>If you are able to make the improvements you listed this will be the best gyro forum in the world!<br><br>I feel bad that you have done so much work setting this up and the Rotorcraft Conference remains, even after the announcements that it will have to shut down. Doesn't seem fair to you at all.
11-24-2003, 08:51 AM
Ken R.<br>I have the loyalty of a dog!<br>But this Forum is good and if the people come all here we will have the Old Forum on esteroids or after plastic surgery but still the peolpe that comes here makes the family . . .<br>I will visit both untill it is decided that only one will remain, if comes to that!<br>As Norm was not making money out of his version, I believe there will be no harm in case we all come this way, that will be cheaper and we can later make it officially "Our Forum"<br>Anyway, Todd's efforts come to reinforce the notion that there are great guys in Gyro Dom.<br>I will adapt and overcome!<br>Thanks<br>Heron
11-24-2003, 09:18 AM
Hey Mike did you READ the post you replied to? hee hee..... ;)?<br><br><br>Mike - did I meet you in TX? your machine next to mine? (90% sure) Can you start a thread on how you are doing?
11-24-2003, 11:36 AM
HeeHee-HaHa-HoHo, James. :P <br><br>Yes I did read it.<br>Todd mentioned bandwidth... <br>I was asking about storage. :o<br><br>Just curious as to how much space a forum like this takes up on the hard drive. I don't imagine the individual posts take up much room though.<br><br>I think we did meet in Texas. I didn't have a machine there, but I hung around the LittleWings quite a bit. Bought a set of plans finally. I haven't started building yet. Now I take care of Ron's website.<br><br>Didn't you have a LW fuselage there with a VW engine on it? <br><br>What is the status of yours?
11-24-2003, 11:39 AM
James, was this you at Texas?
11-24-2003, 12:25 PM
yes Mike, Is this you ?<br><br><br><br><br>Okay, I don't have the pix in front of me.<br><br>I have thought about you and I talked to a Lance From TX who said he thought you were building another one. Just interested in how you are doing, seemed like you were having fun. Wondering what you've been up to since I have met you. <br><br>BTW SCARY photograph who is that really? lol You shoulda posted that a little less than a month ago.....<br>
11-24-2003, 12:32 PM
Well I have a couple photos I already sized. Guess I have to send it in to Todd to put it in the window. Because of family stuff and the cold stuff I guess I am waiting for spring again.... Let me see if it posts. Do you remember the mast and the way we were trying to get the mast to fold? There were some U brackets for ultralights used and it was agreed upon that it should be done differently. I am trying to get some info on a real folding mast. Kerry Cartier showed me one at Mentone this year and like an idiot I didn't dig my camera out. It took a lot of work to pack up and I was tired. Not that I wanted to leave, I just had to shoot a Wedding back up in Michigan on Saturday. Still, now that I am redoing the mast I would love to get some info on such a system.<br><br> Actually, I emailed you a while back when Ron said he wanted me to send you photos of my machine for his website. I just asked what size and how many you might need. I figured it was a bad email adress or something... jtm
11-24-2003, 12:38 PM
Mike,<br><br>The member and message files only take up about 3 mb at this time. The attachments folder has 101 attachments that take up about 6 mb. So total board size at this time is about 9-10 mb. I'm limited to 1000, so I'm probably ok for a dozen years or so... ;D<br><br>
11-24-2003, 12:40 PM
James,<br><br>You should be able to just upload your files by attaching them to a post. However it will reject them if they are over 100k. You can always resize photos to about 600 x 400 and stay under 100k. If you have problems, just let me know.<br><br>Todd<br>
11-24-2003, 12:50 PM
Thanks Todd. <br><br>Your forum is really working out nicely.
11-24-2003, 01:03 PM
James,<br><br>I remembered the folding mast, but I wasn't sure if it was yours, until I dug up the above photo. I don't recall a Lance from Texas though.<br><br>It took me a while to warm up to the idea of a tractor gyro. I had always thought a pusher was the way to go. But thanks to norm's forum, I was able to learn more about them, and then to see them up close at Waxahatchie settled it for me. I like the design, cuz I like Cubs and got a fair amount of time in them. Also be4cause you can actually go somewhere in them, as evidenced by Andy Keech. :o <br><br>I still like my Bensen though, and am still exploring my love/hate relationship with my 90 Mac! When it runs, it's a blast. When it gets hard to start...well it's not so much fun.<br><br>I had considered the idea of putting togethaer another Bensen, or a drop-keeled Bensen like Matt Steinke's, and using a direct-drive EA81 on it, that I have already built up. But I also have a redrive I could fit on the Soob too...and maybe mount it on the front...ofa tractor style gyro...like a LW3! Hmmm.<br><br>We'll see.<br><br>If you have some photos of your project, email them to me at email@example.com , and maybe a writeup on your progress, and I'll include it with the other builders projects. I meant to contact you on this, but sometimes I get sidetracked. I hope to get every LW builder on the website at some point.
11-24-2003, 05:02 PM
Okay I see it posted. What is really hard for me is to figure out how to resize. I see under 100k, I can change it down. Our lab proffesional printers print at 300 dpi so I size the prints to 5 x 7 or 8x10 and @ 300dpi. This may seem low but every single dot is controlable by unlike an inkjet that uses several dots to simulate a color. It is more like having 900+ dpi with individual colors smoothly blending together... <br><br>Now when I change it down to 72 dpi - screen resolution and a size that I think would show bigger ( like Mikes above post) it comes out small. What is the short of it that I need to do to retain the res, and the size? This one I sized at 72 dpi had to go down to like 2.5" x 2 or something......Thanks.<br><br>So Mike, you are flying (when mac is cooperating) Thats cool, its more than I am getting to do right now. some day soon though... sometimes I think I could just stop the FW test and just start flying without all the paperwork. I did the time but it isn't that fun and there is so much more involved than taking that simple little written test. That test remined me of drivers ed. Its the other stuff that doesn't come so easy. Oh well, Spring is coming? jtm
11-25-2003, 12:54 PM
I really like this forum. I really liked Norms, but the sortware was flaky -- I'd get logged out involuntarily all the time, and it was sloooow. Good bunch of people there, though. <br><br>But now that there is a forum that actually doesn't flunk Usability 101, I hang out here. <br><br>I do miss some of the guys from over there... lots of expertise. Ken Janulewicz (who got me onto that forum in the first place) and Chuck Beaty, among others. <br><br>cheers<br><br>-=K=-
11-25-2003, 02:12 PM
I hope we'll see some of the other bright minds here eventually. But like I said before, I'm pretty happy with it so far.<br>
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