Monday, April 26, 2010

My pogoplug backup

This is my backup solution

The pogoplug makes USB drives network connected.

It works as a DIY NAS. I have a hub plugged in and I can plug in any USB storage.

It shares them over the net & I added windows file sharing.

There is a SATA dock with two 1TB drives in it.

Got to have One! :)

I do not know what it is or does, but I need it!

In a Beowulf Cluster


OOPS! I now have four four video card rigs bitcoin mining!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A good night's sleep / Memory Foam

For the last 12 months, I have been away from home and sleeping on an air mattress.

It was not so bad in Monroe, Louisiana where it was warm and my bedroom was on the 2nd floor.

Now that I am in the North and sleeping on a first floor concrete slab, the air mattress is an amazing conductor of heat!

The fix is the 4 inch memory foam topper I got at Walmart! It is almost too much insulation, and it is incredibly comfortable!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is the canard incidence correct?


I have a Cozy III with the GU canard, the empty weight of my plane is 1060 pounds, it has a rotation speed of 85 KTIAS. In flight the canard is angled down, not reflexed up.

These pictures are with me flying solo in cruise likely 6-10k feet at 150 KTIAS.

This chart is to show the angle of the elevator

Excerpt from Cozy newsletter:

From: Wayne Hicks
Subject: COZY: FW: Cozy IV incidence settings
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000 10:03:39 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Nat Puffer
To: Wayne Hicks
Sent: 12/23/00 10:18 AM
Subject: Re: Cozy IV incidence settings

Dear Wayne,
Thank you for calling this mis-information to my attention. Perry Mick
wrong, and please publish a correction on the canard aviator's list.
The canard on the Cozy has always been set at a higher angle of
than on the Long EZ. This was true of the GU canard on the Cozy III,
Atkinson's drawings for the Roncz canard on the Cozy III, and the Roncz
canard on the Cozy Mark IV. The reason for the greater angle of
is to off-set the lift generated by the wider fuselage on the Cozy III
IV as compared to the Long EZ, and prevent the angle of attack becoming
great enough to stall out the main wing.
In the first edition Mark IV plans, it was specified that the top of the
elevator travel checking template "G" should be level when the longerons
were level, and this provided the extra canard incidence as compared to
Long EZ. In 1991, after the plans were printed but before anyone was
flying, it was discovered that the canard contour checking template "F"
not agree with template G, and if builders used template "F" to set the
incidence, it would not be correct. So a design correction was published
the October '91 Newsletter 35, page 6, to change the top of template "F"
agree with template "G". In the 2nd edition plans, template "F" was
to agree with template "G" before they were printed, so either template
could be used to set the canard angle of incidence, and it would be
correct. In Newsletter #56, page 5, a chart was published so that
could determine by elevator position whether their canard was set at the
correct angle of incidence, and builders were instructed to add this to
their Owner's Manual, page 46, and make this determination before
their flight envelope. Perry Mick's last newsletter was #53. The Cozy
construction manuals state that the plans are obsolete unless updated
corrections published in the newsletters.
We have discussed the importance of having the correct angle of
on the canard many times in our newsletters, and will continue
it, because the angle of incidence must be correct to have the right
qualities and the protection against main wing stall.
To summarize; template "G" has always been correct in both the 1st and
edition plans. Template "F" was not correct in 1st edition plans, but
builders were instructed to correct it in Newsletter #35 in 1991. No
correction is need in 2nd edition plans, because both template "F" and
template "G" were and are in agreement.
Best regards,
PS: Maybe you should republish it to the Cozy_Builders as well
> From: Wayne Hicks
> To: 'Puffer, Nat'
> Subject: FW: Cozy IV incidence settings
> Date: Saturday, December 23, 2000 9:20 AM
> Happy Holiday!
> Nat:
> This was posted to the Canard Aviator's Group.
> I'm forwarding it to you in case you don't subscribe to canard
> I've always thought that the Cozy IV canard templates were all at zero
> degrees incidence, and if that's true, then this "misinformation"
> be corrected before someone calls it fact? :-)
> ================================
> Wayne Hicks
> Cozy IV Plans #678, Chapter 19 Wings
> +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Perry Mick []
> Sent: Friday, December 22, 2000 10:18 PM
> To: Canard Aviators
> Subject: [c-a] Re: Pitch Trim
> [The Canard Aviators's Mailing list]
> Just discovered something interesting. When the Cozy IV came out with
> Roncz canard, it had the
> same canard incidence as the Long-EZ. I know this because I just
> Cozy IV incidence
> checking template "F" with the Long-EZ template and they are the same.

> In October 1996 a canard template "G" was introduced for the Cozy IV,
> had 0.83 degrees more
> incidence on the canard than "F".
> --
> Perry J. Mick
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Why I am going to push my wife off the Wii fit

This is too funny not to share, read the comments.

Why I am going to push my wife off the Wii fit

or the original title...

Woman Claims Wii Fit Caused Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome

Fees & Taxes!!!!!

How can a $189 car rental end up $320 after taxes and fees?

Where is my TEA Party application?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Honoring Frank Intini

Frank spent many hours teaching me how to fly radio control.

He was a mentor and good friend.

I am crying because of my feeling of deep loss.

In the past few months I have called and left messages on his machine.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I saved a friend $400 today

I was talking with a friend, he told me he had a printer problem, he had an HP printer & computer. He called HP tech support and was told he needed to reload his OS or just buy a new computer from them!


The print buffer never cleared, after multiple re-boots of the printer & computer it kept printing 15 pages stuck in the buffer over and over again. Even after deleting and re-installing the printer.


1. On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Run.

2. Enter the following:

net stop spooler (and hit enter)

3. Delete all files in the following folder:


4. Once the spool files are deleted, start the spooler again:

net start spooler

So I saved my friend $400, the real question is will he do my taxes for free now? :)

Can I get the Media MVP to boot from my pogoplug?

Being a "Computer Science" major I have often wondered what a "Mad Computer Scientist" was?

My definition is someone who takes the "Six Million Dollar Man" attitude towards computer hardware.

We can make it better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster...

Some how unplanned by me, I have had busybox linux devices invading my life.

-MyBook World


-Belkin F5D7230 (Now my wireless bridge with DD-WRT firmware)

-IP Power?? It has a web server interface and allows you to turn on and off AC devices, like power cycling servers.

-Motorola Droid

The first one I hacked was the Western Digital MyBook World Edition

Why hack the MyBook?

-Lighttpd webserver


-Transmission bittorrent client

-etc... There is much more I am forgetting or intentionally not sharing for personal security. I could SSH into it now, it is in my house in NY and do a PS to see everything running. Good thing, because in the last 12 months I have only made brief guest appearances there, none longer than 24 hours.

Of all my hacked devices the WorldBook has been the fire and forget missile, it just runs! Zero admin & maintenance.

Random thought, what OS does the Creative Zen Vision run?


Can I use the pogoplug to boot the Media MVP?


Eliminate the need for a computer to be on all the time? You could say I am being green, I prefer fiscally conservative.


Research these links:








OK so that is my current status on this project.

Of coarse when I get my airplane moved here, I'll get back to airplane hacking and stop computer hacking...