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WiFi Devices for Boats – Part 1 of 5

Jeff Seigel, founder of ActiveCaptain, writes…

This is part 1 of a series we'll run through the summer with a segment every few weeks talking about WiFi devices that make sense on boats. We think that some of the segments will be about devices you've never heard about (like the SlingBox in a few weeks). Other segments, like this one, will have parts that are a little more basic so we can all be at the same level about capabilities, terminology, and basic WiFi use.

Today there are thousands of WiFi devices. The

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Safety aboard – Care, Health & First Aid

 

While being careful and avoiding accidents is a natural instinct for us, doing so aboard is of even more importance as the distance in miles and hours to the nearest professional help is always longer than ashore.

What complicates matters on a boat is that the environment itself makes being careful difficult. First of all, the boat itself is constantly moving around – sometimes at extreme angles and accelerations. Secondly, the more the boat is rocking and rolling around you, the more likely it is that you are going to have to go and do something active, which

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Polar Diagrams ….an update

I have had a number of requests for sources of polar diagrams for cruising sailors following my previous post here. Unfortunately the link I gave in that post to a free polar diagram app no longer works, but there is a great little replacement that is worth looking at – iPolar 

iPolar generates sailing yachts polars of cruising yachts and cruiser racers from a very simple set of data   Mandatory Input data: Length Overall, Displacement, Mainsail area, jib area (units can be set to metric or imperial)    Optional data: Symmetrical Spinnaker area,

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YouTube low bandwidth option…

Following on from my recent post “Watching UK TV abroad”, I thought readers may be interested in new YouTube developments too.

Now that I have become a liveaboard albeit in a UK Marina (!) I now realise how annoying a poor an internet connection can be. So ways of getting content on the web to display over low bandwidth connections is key.

YouTube have two new schemes that help improve the experience.

Firstly, low bandwidth  YouTube: This is for YouTube content itself there is the new “YouTube Feather” project. The "Feather" project is intended

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Is it the year of the Watch?

During his Fall COMDEX 2002 keynote address, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates briefly unveiled the company’s Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative, in which everyday devices such as alarm clocks, wristwatches, key chains, and even refrigerator magnets are made more intelligent through a new hardware and software platform that is small enough to scale down to the sizes required by such devices…it never caught on… and SPOT bit the dust in 2010. Since 2002, we have seen the records in small smart devices set by Apple – first with iPods then iPhones then iPads….but whatever happened to

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