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Screen Shot 2012-06-10 at 11.04.53Long night on ALADY last night I'd say, as the wind droped a bit, "only" 97NM covered in the past 25 hours (Sat 09 - 20:27 to Sun 10 - 09:31) I think it is still safe to think she will be in Cork Tuesday, despite what we see today in Cork there is wind in Atlantic a bit over 20 kts at the moment (W) a mild temp of 14 drgrees, and some 7ft waves from WSW...

Latest email from ALADY (11:41 hrs):

We motored most of yesterday at 7 .5 knots right up to 01.30 hrs this morning

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We just had words from Stephen Hyde currently at 44:27.24N 21:32.31W, just above Kings Trough in the Atlantic ocean. It is located on the east side of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, northwest of the Açores-Biscay rise and roughly 400 km NNE of the Azores. It is a trench about 400 km long, running in a NW-SE direction. The center depth is 4500 m and I hope Stephen won't drop his wedding ring like he did a few weeks back when swimming in West end Tortolla, in 20 m of water with a mud bottom. Surrounding the trough are high ridges

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oaklogo2013Forenoon watch: 11:00 - Oak Tree Press online bookstore went live... It is the results of almost sixty hours ofwork over the past ten days, mostly delivered after hours to minimise the business disruption, and also to bring Oak Tree Press online shop designed in 2009 by us, to the latest state of the art Hikashop for Business solution. Customers accounts, books, categories and a lot more information have been succesfully migrated, Brian O'Kane and his team are very happy... 

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Middle watch 0000-0400 - First bell...  Today as I was unsure about the exact explanation of why we were receiving so many radiowaves in provenence of the Celtic Sea, on Saturday, I've decided to prove Cicero right one more time (Si vis doceri, doce - One day in Cork Harbour Operations) and I when meeting one of my student (Ian B.) who teaches Radio Communications in NMCI. 

As it happens with easterly wind and lots of sun heating France and the UK during the day like a giant radiator a lot of hot air pushed by the wind

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For the past couple of day we are blessed with a very mild temparature, in the south of Ireland, but more importantly, it is at long last and for once, very dry. The "Cousteau" Marine Data Communication Study group in NMCI has recently set an AIS station in Roches Point light house with the help of Nova Networks. It is using a custom made Linux setup and a receiver coupled with a good VHF antenna. And guess what? Well today it is doing exceptionnaly well...

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Radio waves, like any light waves, infrared waves,

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DSC 6276This week was a bit different, as the "mutation" from Fix-I.T. to SEA-Tech ended I worked on something really unique in Ireland, I have setup with my colleague Willy Larsonier from France a Livecam in Rochespoint lighthouse.

 

It is part of our academic research study in NMCI. I don't think there are any other project like this in Ireland. Our cam  will be passing precious information to the NMCI Research and Development chaps. For now it is only a proof of concept Prassad, John, Cormac, and I have been working on this for a few month now...

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It's almost the end, another two weeks and the Marine Data Communication course in NMCI will end for this semester, returning in Septembre. It's been a great success with student coming from different background, marine service engineers, enthusiasts, yachties, and sometime driving long distance each week (Sligo).

We've had great champions such as Commodore Mark Mellett or Harbour Master Capt. Pat Farnan. To be totally honest this would never have happened without IMERC CEO Dr Valerie Cummins and Prof. Noel Barry who first foreseen the importance Marine Data Communication would carry in the future of maritime.

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From May 1st, Fix I.T. will operate under our new name Sea-Tech. Our new address will be Sea-Tech - Office 2.67 Research and Development, National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland. It's a small step for humanity an a giant step for us in Fix-I.T. / Sea-Tech. All contact details will remain the same and all mail, email, phone will be forwarded without exception. Having done this for our clients many time I know this will go fine. 

These changes reflect our extension to the marine sector and our entry into formal co-operation with the National Maritime

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There is IT everywhere, whether we like it or not, computers are serving us no matter where, in your car, your kitchen, in school, at work, at sea. Cork harbour runs a state of the art Vessel Traffic System (VTS), a network of computers spreading across the harbour with sensors such as radar, AIS, CCTV keeps monitoring 365/7/24 the traffic. The sole fact a cargo enters Cork harbour limits trigger a pile of actions ranging from crane, docks, pilot and launch, taxi drivers, invoicing, and much much more.

 

Cork harbour is a well oiled mechanic I always wanted to observe

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DSCF7844Yesterday was one of those sunny days like you get them in ireland, this time of the year, coming out of nowhere, without prior warning and conveniently arranged between a solid gale and nice portion of sticky mist... We got sun... Yes we did!

 

Well for me, it was a perfect day that started in Rochespoint lighthouse with two of my colleagues Marine IT Technologists from the NMCI Marine I.T. Course. A field trip, to assess the possibility of bringing some form of internet connection into the lighthouse for one of our school project articulated around

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academyWe have relocated our Mobile Marine I.T. Training to the NMCI for the spring, the course are running well, with 8 to 9 stundents on each session, enthusiast, seafarers, professionnals, are all bringing their own experience and taking away nuggets of knowledge. Bult in a dynamic way the course is half way between a workshop with an ongoing 13 weeks project and a formal class with theory and practice exercises. Last night, we've pulled apart a Garmin GPS to look inside, thanks to CHMarine. Next week we will be looking inside a hard disk. It's different each time, and thanks

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Monday next, February 6th, is our first get together as a class, the mini lab is almost ready, 5 laptops, couple of PCs a bunch of GPS, couple of AIS too, a few spares, hard drives solid state, routers, hubs, firewalls, name it, it fits in 6 flight crates, not to mention software, Polar Navy, some Transas software, Chandler CH Marine is also helping to source some hardware, I am truly amazed with the wave of enthusiasm the course is generating, people willing to drive miles (from Dublin to Cork) to attend is just incredible... I am very busy with

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Last night was pitch dark in Cork, the harbour waters were almost
IMG 1041spooky, black waters and no light. The moon is on a waxing crescent right now, and we merely had a ten percent moonlight last night. It reminded me of that year I was based with my regiment in French Guyana and during exercises we would sail at full speed in the dark with nothing but stars to guide us. Now technology have improved... In the comfort of my study at home, I was listening to harbour operations on my scanner and decided I would test my new AIS

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special-project1In Decembre 2010, our Wicklow based Marine surveillance station has reached 99.8% avaialbility (2154 hours online / 2158 total hours).

 

Fix I.T. Marine IT Surveillance Project, aims to provide a better picture of marine traffic in/around Ireland. This station was launched on April 2006 in Cork (call sign OCEAN Alpha), was then rebuilt on Linux using a recycled receiver, an IBM T30 running CentOS Linux with AIS Dispatcher. The station was relocated in July 2011 to Wicklow at the entrance to the Irish Sea. This AIS Station is entirely built with recycled IT spare parts. If you are interested

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Fix-I.T.is teaming up with the National Maritime College of Ireland to deliver a Marine Data Communication & Networking course. The first course will start in 2012 on January 16th. It is a great opportunity for students, professionals and leisure sailors to learn about marine computer systems.

 

 Maritime computer systems are available at sea to achieve multiple tasks such as navigation, communication, monitoring, weather forecast analysis, however they are also present on land to give a clear picture of the maritime traffic, (Fix-I.T. lighthouse Station 804) or also modeling and simulating new port infrastructures.

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fanurio-logoIt's been a few weeks now since I am working with Nicolae Cismaru in Fanurio. Trying to contribute to what I am tempted to call a master piece of programing for the sole trader and SMB community. See, Fanurio works on Mac, Linux and Windows, this way it does not matter if you have made the strategical decision to go one or another route when you've started your business. Fanurio is a great time tracking software. This year it helped us increasing our revenue, not leaving any time un-invoiced behind after a project was closed

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P8022385It's been a year now, since I delivered this training in the middle of Atlantic, Marine I.T. is not just about networking a computer with another to transmit marine data information. It's also about linking together the boat, the satellite and the crew. It's about
P8022374troubleshooting in hostile environment. It's about information and processing. Stephen has been at sea for over a year now, his training has served him well, a day after another Stephen has used his Marine I.T. skills almost as much as he has been using his sailing skills. There is not yet any formal course geared

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I first met Dr Raymond Lovett at the begining of my practice, a few years ago. Ray was looking for a marine solution for Belladonna an impressive 37 ft catamaran designed by Jeantot. As one would do he first went looking to the local chandlery. CH Marine have always been refering cases involving marine computerised system. After receiving training from Maxsea in Biarritz in 2007, I started building a professionel  interest for navigation software, yet the list of available software was very short. Maxsea was slow taking off in Ireland, it's aimed at Microsft systems only. Ray wanted a Mac system

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cab4Who said IT does not have to be complicated? On Saturday, while all enjoyed the sun at cab3Statistical Solutions I endeavoured to tidy up the patch panel. One after another, contractors have worked on this patch boards, the isdn phone lines, the PABX, firewall, wifi access point, server, and the result was waow... I am the only one who never worked on the panel and I take pride into my work. I probably never left a messy cabinet behind. The reason is simple, troubleshooting a dishevled cabinet will take longer than pining down the cause of a problem in a

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