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Frank Hagan

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  1. Thanks, Frank. Not even a big deal. That just means I'll wait to post the pics of me being goofy.

    I'm actually impressed as heck with myself that there really are such things as instructions in the picture file. Am I a hacker now?


    Thanks, brother. I may have mentioned it before, but this is quite a unique and wonderful forum. I do love it here, so. Thanks, again, Frank.




    Next time it happens you can point to the image, turn to the person next to you and say "The software is not reading the orientation tag in the EXIF information." If they ask what that means roll your eyes and say "It's pretty technical." Then you will be like every IT guy I have ever met!

  2. It's not your fault. The forum software doesn't recognize the tags in the image that tell it how to orient the image so it blindly posts them. The image tags are a relatively recent thing so that people can take pictures in their phones, with the camera set nearly any direction left, right or portrait style, and the computer displaying them knows which end is up. The forum software has the "new" feature but they aren't adding it to the older version I'm running. I haven't had time to do the upgrade but hope to do it before the end of the year. 

  3. Disney has been pretty authentic with their original ships in Disneyland, the Mark Twain Steamboat (that is really a steamboat) and the Columbia sailing yacht that is a a full-scale replica of "Columbia Rediviva", the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe.


    Brion Toss, author of the book "The Rigger's Apprentice", is supervising the replacement of the Columbia's rigging and has some pics of that, and some other ships recently rigged, at https://www.facebook.com/BTYRPT



  4. Looks like you have put her through her paces! I grew up near the Dunes. Over by the airport, really, on the other side of the Back Bay, but we used to walk to the Dunes to go swimming. 


    I found it hard to get back in a kayak the last time I capsized one. I've decided it's better to stay in the boat, with the water on the outside. Too much work the other way!

  5. You are using it, so you're nothing like the guys I call tool collectors. Nothing wrong with that but it's not what I think of when I think of woodworking.


    When my dad passed my brothers and I were all horrified by his tools. We never really paid attention to them but always admired his work. He had cheap tools. That's OK, he was a carpenter by trade, but we thought he must have bought the best because of how good his work was. We realized it wasn't the tools he held so much as who held the tools. He had a lot of little put together tools, including a few we don't know how to use. 


    He did tell me once that his favorite tool was a little Japanese hand plane that used a single edged razor blade. "Japanese" as in cheap stuff when they were the China of cheap tools. I have it and can't do a thing with it. 

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  6. Thanks Frank for keeping this great forum going!!! I agree with Action Tiger: "Frank, I rarely have ANY idea what you're talking about  :),but I appreciate how easy this forum is to use, and I can't imagine how much of a nightmare it can be to keep operating."


    The software makes all the difference; it really does handle the spammers well. It also helped when I went to my own "virtual" server instead of shared hosting where I can tweak the webserver so the forum software can do it's job without a lot of limitations.

  7. They have done this before; I don't know exactly what the problem is, but I think they get outdated or corrupt "domain name system" (DNS) files and then can't reach significant portions of the Internet. I frequent a web hosting forum and there are a few posts about them. They never admit fault, always blame others, but they are the only ones having the problem. 

  8. It appears one ISP has a mis-configuration or something ... none of the customers from CenturyLink in the southeast US can reach the site.


    If you know one of these people, tell them to complain to CenturyLink and have them unblock our IP address (or correct their DNS information). The IP address for messing-about.com is

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  9. Email filters are routinely stripping out the validation email we send out, so we are trying something new.


    People registering will now finish the new "no captcha recaptcha" ... a single check mark they click ... to register. Google reads their cookies to see if they are humans, and what their activity has been, and then allows them to go on with the process or not.




    These new members must first have posts approved by me; this is done to prevent spamming. Once they have the right number of approved posts, they have full privileges. Please help by reporting any post you see that is spam.

  10. Back in 2001, I spent $2,561. Here's the log of my costs back then: http://www.frankhagan.com/weekender/boatcost.htm


    The single most expensive items: sails from Stephenson's Projects ($475).


    In California, when I registered the boat at the DMV, they requested the receipts to see if I had paid sales tax on the materials. That avoided paying sales tax on the boat value (which was $2,561, the cost of the materials).

  11. Sorry, Egbert! Use the "Attach Files" section below the editor. The "upload file" link was removed from the image icon for some reason a while ago, and I always forget.


    Click the "Browse" button to select the file, then the "Attach This File" to upload it to our server:




    It is attached as a thumbnail at the bottom of the image by default, but you can place it into the body of the message by positioning your cursor where you want it, and clicking "Add to Post":





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