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Being a total geek with a new toy, I started researching the U1 chip that Apple put into the iWatch 6. The iPhone 11 has had a U1 chip fo about a year, but doesn't do all that much with it. U1 is an ultra-wideband positioning tech that lets other U1 equipped devices locate you within a few centimeters and take action prompted by encrypted messages passed very rapidly between devices. UWB devices not only know who is sending a message, they also know where the message comes from. So it's a lot easier to do secured actions like unlocking a car. You walk up with your phone in your pocket and your watch on your wrist and the car knows it's you.

There are a lot of applications for this tech, and it's going to be a land-grab race to see who gets the most useful applications and services with it. Some of the stuff can also be done with Bluetooth Low Energy, but UWB is several orders of magnitude more precise.

Some of the shit you may not like. Walk up to a cereal box in a grocery store and your watch might offer you a discount coupon for exactly the box you're looking at. Handy, yes, creepy, yes.

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Random / Re: A water person's movie: My Octopus Teacher
« on: September 25, 2020, 07:00:17 PM »
Doe your significant other have eight arms?

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Gear Talk / Re: Apple iWatch with Dawn Patrol SURF TRACKING
« on: September 25, 2020, 06:58:24 PM »
Dawn patrol has a new update, and once you've installed it you need to reboot the watch. They are aware of the problem. they think they have it fixed, but my guess is we're probably an update or two away from it being all good again. That's just how bugs go.

I'm having a painful empathy moment for them. I toasted two fairly expensive absolute rotary encoders today with a stupid software error. I sat there and watched them go unstable, and then stop working. Tested the fucking things and they are toast. Then I looked at my code and saw the little fuckup that killed them. Eighty bucks for two lines of code. FUCK! Sometimes technology is just depressing.

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It would be fairly easy to make a connector boom to span between those two mini boom handles. A connector would make transitions easier and add rigidity to the handles. I'm thinking a carbon fiber tube a little bigger than the mini-booms, sectioned in half where the boom overlaps the handles. I'd stick loop velcro on the handle where the overlap happens, and hook material inside the section to hold things in place while wrapping the attachment loops. Eliminating handle twist goes a long way in stiffening the handles. I'm going to have to get one to try this. 7 or 6?? Hmm.

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Foil SUP / Re: Foil screw wing nuts?
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:26:04 AM »
Yup, and of course I didn't think of that. Tuning a prone board is like tuning a wing or SUP board with straps. On a 4'8" board you don't have a lot of options about where to put your feet. Makes perfect sense--thanks.

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Foil SUP / Re: Axis 1150
« on: September 25, 2020, 09:23:21 AM »
down, putting the shim over the front screw. Decreasing the incidence angle to about 2.5 degrees. If you do that you'll have to move your feet back a bit and get used to both less front foot pressure and less lift at low speed.

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For as long as I can remember I've always had my key on me in my board shorts or wetsuit. This lock box thing started with the cheap RipCurl dawnpatrol fullsuit I bought a few years ago. I has no pocket. I've looked all over it, none. That's why I bought the lockbox. The key on my Honda Element doesn't appear to have any electronics in it. I've never had a problem with it in the water. I'm going to check out the lockbox sflinux suggested. Next time I need a wetsuit I'll spend the extra $$ and get one with pocket.

Don't forget that your leash has a key pocket in the cuff. I've never seen one that doesn't.

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General Discussion / Re: Post-worthy shark tips
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:47:11 AM »
Pretty good recommendations except for the last one. I've never understood the difference between someone seeing a shark and no one seeing a shark. They're there anyway. Yes, there might be a reason, but it's far more likely that there isn't. It seems pretty pointless.

We're going to see endless shark stuff this winter since 2020 has been a pretty big year for shark attacks, meaning that there have been some. The numbers are so low that there no way to draw a statistical conclusion from them other than the usual anecdotal stuff like "fishermen say there are more sharks, something should be done!".  The article says the USA has 350,000 drowning deaths per year. Someone has a problem with zeros, it's more like 3500 people drown in the USA every year, and the GLOBAL average is four shark fatalities per year. Yes, Australia has knocked that out of the park with four fatalities this year. Four. Yikes. People generally are not phobic about drowning, or dogs, or coke machines falling on them, but sharks scare the shit out of almost everyone. So it's big news. 

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It's worthwhile to take a very close look at your electronic key fob to see if it contains a open-only key. What I thought was just a metal tab for connecting a keychain on my minivan in Maui (yes, the skanky Xterra got replaced) turned out to actually be an open-only key. I wouldn't have known but I decided to take a look at the owner's manual--an unusual step for me, but I wanted to see how to remove the second-row seating. Not only did I discover the second row of seats can disappear into the floor (they'll probably never see the light of day again) but I also found instructions for removing the open-only key. Two happy surprises, maybe this "read the manual" thing has promise.

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You can learn to go upwind with the foil in place without getting up on the foil. If you intend to eventually foil I think that's the easiest way to learn. A big SUP with a centerboard will go upwind a little easier, but just a little and any time you spend on the board you're going to be using is time well spent.

Alan Cadiz is certainly the most experienced wingfoil teacher on the planet--he was teaching classes when the only wings available were Duotone prototypes that he got through his neighbor: Ken Winner. Dan Hall and I were among his first students. We were both foil surfing, but had no wing gear and no prospect of getting wings soon. Alan starts people off on a monster windsurfer with a daggerboard, and as soon as the student can go upwind with that, moves them to a foilboard with the foil in place but with no intention of getting up on the foil. Getting your sea legs on a board that moves very differently from a SUP and learning to sail it upwind are critical skills you need to progress.

Alan also has a super-short mast for getting people used to the foil without having them get up too high and be uncontrolled. Overfoiling with a 40CM mast isn't a crash--you just settle back into the water. Axis makes a 45CM mast for that very purpose.

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Yes, getting old has a lot of complications. I suspect it might get worse, not better.

My truck in HR has an external combination lock that lights up when you press the buttons. But in Maui I wear a open-only key around my neck on a piece of kite line that's just long enough to get on and off with a little finesse. The magic is in making the loop tight enough that there's no way it can come off by accident. I put it on first thing when I get up and take it off only to go to bed.

And of course, there's a hidden key as backup. Assuming I can remember where I put it.

Or you could do as I have done a few too many times--get excitied about conditions and forget to lock up--or even to close the doors. I left my Xterra with both front doors and the rear hatch open in Maliko Gulch while Boyum and I were doing a downwinder. It looked so weird that Frank Forbes took a picture of it and closed the doors. Having a seriously skanky vehicle is a big security benefit sometimes.

The new iwatch has a capability of connecting to nearby RF devices so I expect to see some lock apps for walk-up opening a car (or your home). Probably any car that has a remote lock can be controlled, the only question is how many manufacturers will jump in and how far back they'll go. Remote locks have security protocols and hacking them is an issue.

I installed a walk-up lock at our Hood River home and it was such a pain in the ass that I moved it to a rarely used door to serve as an option when if forget my keys. The conflict between security and convenience is always present.

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Foil SUP / Re: Foil screw wing nuts?
« on: September 24, 2020, 07:01:21 PM »
I'm confused. Is there anything simpler than bolting a foil plate to a board? And all the plates I've seen are countersunk, so unless you have a cone washer they aren't being well located with anything other than the right length flat head countersunk screws. Why is this an issue???

Perhaps it's just because I don't use straps, but the idea of adjusting foil position in the water sounds deep into WTF for? territory to me. I push my foil all the way to the front on every board I've used. I guess I might fart around a bit with location if I was wedded to straps, but nope.

I made a few combo L handle torx drives with T40 on the short side and T30 on the long side to have a pocket wrench that would fit everything on my foil and board. A nice little bit of open purge stainless TIG welding. I made four of them. there must be at least one of them still around in my truck somewhere. I probably need to make them like I buy reading glasses--by the gross.

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Foil SUP / Re: Axis 1150
« on: September 24, 2020, 06:53:41 PM »
I'm still fascinated with the 1150. great wing. And if you want shims, consider some thin washers. I have two 3D printers and I've never bothered with printing fancy-schmancy shims. Just get a selection of thin washers. You can get nylon ones and even sand them thinner if you need to. The 1150 does like a bit of shimming for the stabilizer. I went too far with the 390 and could hardly get it off the water. One degree at most. For the 440 I use two degrees of shim, but it's still not as fast as the 390 is.

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Random / Re: A water person's movie: My Octopus Teacher
« on: September 24, 2020, 05:35:25 PM »
Admin and Chan watched it and then Admin did 15 minutes worth of parody of the accent and content during a phone call to go wingfoiling. Hilarious. Clearly there was sexual content that the movie didn't show--or at least Admin is certain of that.

The parody was better than the winging conditions, which went to shit quickly.

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I save my old wetsuits and use the neoprene for projects--tubes of neoprene--even ancient crusty arms, legs and trunks-- are remarkably handy. If I needed knee pads I'd harvest them from my stash.

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