My friend Steve (who has appeared on this blog before) took his newly built GWS Tiger Moth R/C plane out for its maiden flight today after about 15 hours assembling it. His very first flight lasted only 4 seconds, and resulted in disaster. After hand-launching it, the plane climbed at too steap of an angle, […]
Parsing XML is fun again with Xerces progressive scan. Do you have large XML files that you need to parse in your GUI application? Are you sick of your XML parser blocking the event loop while it laboriously parses all that XML? Don’t waste another day! Xerces-C++ progressive scan was made for you, my friend.
After a few solid crashes with my new RC plane, I noticed that its battery box started to come loose. It’s a HobbyZone Super Cub, and even a semi-rough landing on thick grass can cause it to come loose. Read on for pictures and an explanation of how I solved the problem.
Through painful personal experience, I’ve learned the best techniques for freeing your RC airplane from the evil clutches of mother nature’s best weapon against pilots: trees. Read on and I’ll share with you the pearls of wisdom that helped me libreate my HobbyZone Super Cub after 3 long days of arboreal bondage.
I strapped my Kodak EasyShare C340 camera to the side of my HobbyZone Super Cub today and flew over Grandview Park in Provo, Utah. You can skip the first 1.5 minutes or so. I was taping the camera to the plane during that time. This video features two loops and one death spiral that almost […]
Michael Torrie created a really handy tool to save your RC plane’s propellers from a spinning death on impact. It’s called a prop saver and it’s based on the “elastic rules, static drules” principle. Read on for pictures and explanation:
After repairing my Super Cub from my first crashes, I ventured onto the flying field again today, this time with the help of an experienced veteran flier, Michael Torrie. Thanks to Michael’s help, the experience was almost totally positive. I learned to land! I also got some much needed practice at controlling my turns, rolls, […]
I anxiously unboxed my long-awaited model airplane today: The HobbyZone Super Cub. I decided to document the assembly process and first flights with lots of photos. Read on for the log.
I’ve updated my LDS General Conference podcast to include the most recent conference, October 2006. If you are already subscribed, you don’t need to do anything. Your podcasting software (like iTunes) will automatically download the latest conference sessions. If you want to subscribe to the general conference podcast, just paste this link into your podcasting […]
Does your firewall block port 25 so you can’t use Thunderbird to send email? Do you have a Linux box on the open Internet? If so, you are in luck. I run Windows on my desktop, and I have a Linode machine that runs my email server. When I discovered that I was behind a […]