Saturday, August 30, 2008

Big Rearrangement for Site Security


While working on the Flight Log overhaul it became clear to me that nearly anyone could look at some of the data files on EMRR. Some of these contained email addresses and passwords.

I had to address this!

I have made tons and tons of site directory adjustments to put those files in areas that are locked by the server, so...

... there might be a few mistakes here and there. Please report them. I believe I've tested them all, though.

Regards,
Nick

Friday, August 29, 2008

EMRR Top Contributors (Reviews/Articles)

Took some time off from the Flight Logs Overhaul and modified a script to be able to sort the "Reviews/Articles by Author" into a "Reviews/Articles by Top Contributor".

Mr. Stafford is on top!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Mystery Solved!


Since EMRR is a website and I build and maintain it using my computer, this post is relevant:

For about the last 3 weeks, my computer has been mysteriously and randomly shutting off... just beeeeeeeeeppppp and off.

I have been through the drills, looking for updates and going back to previous configurations using RESTORE. I've been through all the EVENTS. I have used anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-anything. I checked the power-supply. Oy!

This AM, I found the problem. My UPS is failing. I found this by moving my power cord from the PC to a non-UPS plug and while doing the update this AM I heard the same beeeeeeepppp, but did not lose power (lost internet).

Yeah!

EMRR Corner 7-29-08

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EMRR Corner 7-01-08

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EMRR Corner 5-20-08

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EMRR Corner 5-06-08

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EMRR Corner 4-22-08

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EMRR Corner 3-11-08

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

EMRR Relationships


No, it is not what you're thinking...

In order to continue to grow EMRR, we formed some cooperative relationships with various organizations (term loosely used). Below are some of them.

Southern Area Rocketry (SoAR), Model Rocketry – From the Ground Up (FGU), and Global Youth Rocketry Organization (GYRO) were three websites that had a collection of model rocketry reviews. EMRR contacted them to see if we could have copies of their reviews on EMRR and they agreed. FGU and GYRO are now gone while SoAR continues to thrive.


06/15/98 - Southern Area Rocketry (SoAR) is an active NAR Section that, among it's many other activities, promoted writing kit overviews. The overviews may have been very detailed or brief and come from many of the members ranging from all age groups. Although, EMRR is not a member of SoAR, we applauded SoAR's efforts to promote model rocketry and to encourage sharing experiences with others. (Notice the really old logo?)

You may visit SoAR here.



09/01/98 - Model Rocketry - From the Ground Up was for all rocketeers: beginner, intermediate, or advanced who are looking for the information on getting started in model rocketry, building their own models from scratch, and moving into advanced mid-power rocketry. The site answered many, many questions and was a good resource for all rocketeers.

Here is an old archived article available on RocketryPlanet.


01/08/99 - Global Youth Rocketry Organization (GYRO ) was an active young person's organization that is free and for those rocketeers that are under 18 years of age. GYRO was thought up by Brett Keller to address the needs of younger rocketeers: model rocketry. So if you were under 18, anywhere in the world, you could join them.

Here is an old archived article available on RocketryPlanet.


As of late, many of the guests that contribute reviews also frequent The Rocketry Forum (TRF). TRF is an Internet-Friendly discussion forum with separate categories to allow for guests to find their topics of interest. Solid software interface and flexible profile management, make The Rocketry Forum easy to use and get information from.

You may visit The Rocketry Forum here.


Other Honorable Mentions:

Darrell D. Mobley started Rocketry Online, sold it, and then started RocketryPlanet. Both of these sites have allowed EMRR to make duplicates of any review articles.

You may visit RocketryPlanet here.

Sport Rocketry and Extreme Rocketry magazines did not give permission to copy entire reviews and therefore EMRR can only place "excerpts" within our archive.

Next Up: Why not a true rating system?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Working for the Weekend!

Enjoy this update! LOOK OUT for contest and Super Hit List deadlines!

Please send me pictures from NYPower and NARAM for the EMRR Calendar (to be considered).

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Contest!

BEFORE and AFTER photo contest introduced. Also, where are your Rocket Videos?

Please send me pictures from NYPower and NARAM for the EMRR Calendar (to be considered).

Monday, August 11, 2008

NARAM-50 (2008)

Ever since 2001, Dick Stafford has stepped up to support EMRR. He primarily assembled and maintains the extra resource databases, including the RockSIM, Recommended Motors and CP databases.

Well, at NARAM-50, this year, we met for the first time. The meeting was nice for three reasons:

1) I got to tour the actual Dick's Rocket Dungeon and oh, boy, does he have a lot of various rockets and projects underway. Nice to see the large variety.

2) I enjoyed Dick and his wife’s hospitality, sharing a soda, pie and ice cream!

3) Dick and I were successful flying together at NARAM. The highlight was our mini-team project, the Heavenly Hobbies Backdraft. We successfully flew it two times.

Click Dick's Rocket Dungeon and Heavenly Hobbies Backdraft for more information on those two items. I don’t have a place to click for pie and ice cream.

Also met James Gartrell for the first time and he provided this picture of Dick and I. Scary, isn’t it!

The picture includes my Inflight Sonic Shark and Dick's Model Minutes US XFLR-7 (sold by Model Minutes US and there a few left)

I’ve been cheated, been mistreated…

Thought I’d share a couple of EMRR historical “lessons learned” under the painful title, “I’ve been cheated, been mistreated…”

Back at the end of 2001 I had some “extra” money come my direction and thought about investing it in a rocket manufacturing company. The timing was right (see last post) since I was hoping to put together some kits. An opportunity came along and I agreed and signed a contract for a “silent partnership” in a growing manufacturing company, Aardvark Rockets. The investment was sizeable.

Aardvark had purchased all of Blackhawk R&D scale kits and was beginning to develop some of their own original designs (My favorite was the SS Triopsis).

There were good discussions and plans for expansion were ahead.

Well, I don’t want to go into many details, but the owner became unresponsive to e-mails and calls. There was some rumors about being “hit in the head” at a softball game and some rumors indicating that the “accident” was retaliatory for previous business conduct. I don’t know. What I do know is that Aardvark went up for auction and I was left with a sizeable investment to write-off.

Several years later, there were a few auctions for Aardvark kits on eBay, but an email request for information was not returned to me.

So, now you see the point of this thread!

My second “investment” was much cleaner but met with limited success. I contracted to be the exclusive US distributor for the Canadian company Model Minutes. Had a successful kick off and acquired many, many kits. The sale of those kits did not go as expected. Needless to say, I still have some kits to sell and I’m simply working to cover my costs.

Another smaller “I’ve been cheated…” situation was shared by a number of folks. This occurred in 2001 as well. The company Stanford Systems Aerospace. I had purchased their 6-motors plus a rocket set. No response. No product. No refund.

Lastly, I have had a few other “no shows” for folks that offered prizes for EMRR contests and never came through (EMRR addressed those so our name stayed respectable).

I guess at this point, one would expect a lesson learned. So here it is: “Measure Twice, Cut Once”. (you figure it out!)

Next Up: Relationships

Sunday, August 10, 2008

All Prizes Selected and Being Sent!

Now that we are all back from NARAM-50, the prizes for Odd-Rocs Photo Contest and Box O' Parts are being distributed. Thanks for participating.

NOTE! WARNING! 9/1 Deadline for EMRR Challenge is coming up. Get your scale entry submitted.

Please send me pictures from NYPower and NARAM for the EMRR Calendar (to be considered).

Monday, August 4, 2008

NARAM and NYPower Flights?

Now that NYPower and NARAM are over, EMRR would expect to see 1000's of flight logs added. Are you doing your part?

Who's Who Entrants are awesome! Read them all and add yours. Scott Turnbull wins the Who's Who drawing!