This weekend it was time to do the Alton Bay (B18) ice runway again.
Alton Bay is the only FAA designated iceport in the USA, it is located
on the surface of the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee,
21.4nm to the northeast of Concord, New Hampshire. Last year due
to a weird mix of snow, rain and cold weather they were never able to get
a smooth surface so the ice runway didn't open, this year has been very
mild, with very little snow so much of Lake Winnipesaukee hasn't even frozen
over this year, which is very unusual.
Fortunately a week or so ago, there
was some good news that the ice runway was open as the ice was thick enough
at about a foot (30cm) and strong enough to take landing planes. Earlier
this year I had promised to take a friend flying as a birthday present,
so what could be more unique than taking them to an ice runway. First
I flew down to Minute Man airfield in Stow, Massachusetts
to pick him up, and then we flew up to Alton Bay. This also gave
me the opportunity to have someone get out of the plane with one of my
cameras, let me take off again and have them record my landing. This
enabled me to create the following videos where you can see the landing
from both inside and outside, which is the first time I've been able to
combine the two. My brother in the UK grabbed a photo of the plane
in the parking area from a webcam.
After some low level flying around Lake
Winnipesaukee and buzzing a few brave (maybe stupid) ice fisherman, headed
back to Minute Man, where we grabbed something to eat at Nancy's Airfield
Cafe. After grabbing a burger I headed back to Portsmouth,
at this point it was now night flying, and clouds had started to form.
I'd planned to fly back to Portsmouth at 3500 feet, but I discovered it
was snowing at that altitude so I took the plane back down to 3000 feet.
It has to be said, flying in snow with the landing light on at night,
is much like the effect you see in Sci Fi programs where someone jumps
into light speed, if you're not sure of that effect think of the Windows
screensaver where the stars are flying towards you.
Here are a collection of some of the
videos of me landing this weekend, and also some photos.
The same video, but with Picture-in-Picture
A video that I happened to find on YouTube
of my first landing.
IBM SmartCloud Meetings aren't really that Smart.
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 11:50a Carl Tyler Went to an IBM SmartCloud Sametime meeting
today, via a URL that goes direct to the meeting, decided check my plugins
etc. before going into the meeting. I got presented with this dialog:
The thing about this dialog is it is
totally uneeded, the meeting ID was passed as part of the URL, read the
End users shouldn't be expected to figure this out, there's nothing
"Smart" about this.
Also don [read] Keywords: ibm
Since when has the OGS been about Press?
Tue, Feb 4th 2014 3:23p Carl Tyler I've seen this comment in a few blog posts
recently, and I have to ask, since when has the OGS been about Press? People
do realise that the press get 1 on 1 briefings at Connect, and they can
be briefed throughout the year if they want to by making a simple phone
call to IBM. How about the customers that paid money to be at the
event, shouldn't the whole show be about them? Without customers,
believe me, the press won't give you 2 minutes. Personally I think
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What you should really do and see at lotusph...oops IBM Connect
Wed, Jan 22nd 2014 9:29a Carl Tyler So you've all looked at the calendar, you've
picked out some sessions, but lets face it, you want to do some fun stuff.
So here's the things I suggest:
Great Geek Challenge,
this is one of the most fun events, think pub quiz, organized by the wonderful
nerd girls and emceed by myself and Paul Mooney. It
fills up quickly and there is often a line as it's so much fun, so get
there early, either with a team or without one if there's a seat you can
take it. This year I also have [read] Keywords: ibm
F*@king Bruce and his attention seeking ways...
Wed, Oct 2nd 2013 8:19a Carl Tyler I'm kidding, but someone needs to bring
him back down to earth. I've known Bruce for a number of years now
as a friend, a customer, partner, advisor, and general good guy. Honestly,
what can I say that hasn't already been said in all the other blogs? I'll
just say this, without Bruce and the commitment he had to keeping NTF going,
the Domino/Notes market could be very different today, it could have been
much worse, NTF filled a hole that IBM chose not to fill, and it took IBM
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He walked on his bloody stumps...
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 11:07a Carl Tyler Back in FebruaryI blogged
about The Domino Danderers
and a planned walk across Scotland in aid of the Children's Hospice Association
Scotland. Originally I was to be performing that walk in May with
the others, but due to some health issues I was unable to take part, except
in a supporting role. I had raised quite a bit of money back them,
so I couldn't even bale, so I scheduled my attempt for weekend, as I would
already be in the UK for ICON UK and a friends wedding.
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Another one speaking at IamLUG
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 8:50a Carl Tyler Like many others I will be in St. Louis
next week, speaking at IamLUG, and Epilio
are sponsoring the Monday night drinks. I decided not to do any really
tough presentations on Sametime, but am instead doing an updated version
of a presentation I first did at UKLUG "25 Years of Lotus and Still
Going Strong" which contains lots of demos of old Lotus products.
As usual, I'll probably have some old freebies to give away.
If you've not already registered yourself,
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Fat man walking...all for a good cause.
Mon, Feb 11th 2013 1:40p Carl Tyler It's time for you to reach into your pockets
and sponsor me. Perhaps you've used our free plug-ins, perhaps you've
used our free Sametime admin tools, it's time to pay up. Now it's
not like that crazy sponsorship thing where all I had to do was shave my
head and paint my face blue, this one actually involves some serious preparation
and training. We managed to raise close to $3,000 dollars for the head
shave, so really hoping people will delve deep for this effort to smash
that amo [read] Keywords: admin