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Welcome to Omnibits for Wednesday, 27 August (Day 3)
0630OMAR, the FS scoring computer, is in the ER, a crew of three local IT experts trying to bring him up to CHKDSK stage.
This SMS just in:
6:30 UPDATE. 4WAY OPEN+4WAY FEMALE RELEASED TILL 10:45, THEN STANDBY
FROM 10:45. 8WAY+AE+VFS+SP RELEASED TILL 14:45, THEN STANDBY FROM
14:45. NEXT UPDATE 9:30.
Yours truly now turns his attention to the database ...
Some photos from yesterday (last one this morning)
Team on the first load prepares ...
Bryan and Martin discuss the weather before the first load goes up.
First load getting ready ...
Gray skies that way too, but there is a hole overhead!
The fleet getting ready to spin props.
Old (!) friends Bill Legard of Aerodyne Research (L) and Chris Talbert of Sun Path Products (R) getting fired up before the first loads go up.
Computer surgeons George (L) and Tom (R) work on OMAR, the FS scoring computer. OMAR is head down since last night.
steadily. The judges are being fetched from their hotel to finsih
judging Round 1 (4 teams, but two of them still need to recopy). OMAR
is still undergoing a lengthy chkdsk procedure, SHERRY has been fetched
to stand in for him until he's belly flying again.
been a number of complaints about the auto-refresh in this web page.
Since most of those complaints have come from me, I've finally gotten
around to correcting it. This means you need to F5 yourself :)
1 (4-Way) is complete except for 413 Germany, still waiting for their
recopy. Wow ... the good teams are so fast these days you could swear
the video is playing at 2x speed. Really something to see.
Anyway, Belgium holds the early lead by a single point over USA and Canada.
update from the Meet Director is due but I haven't received it. The
judges just received the (successful) recopy of the last Round 1 file
(413 Germany) and are judging it now.
Still raining steadily. I'll be surprised if we do any more jumping today.
small bit of good news: the computer doctors succeeded in getting OMAR
back from the dead. The hard disk had bad sectors and one of the two
memory banks was bad. Unfortunately the motherboard requires both SIMMs
to be present for proper judging operation, so they're getting a pair
of new SIMMs.
Something I would like to be understood by the
competitors here watching the live judging on DZTV: in the past this
picture has been an exact copy of what the judges see. In fact, it was
accomplished via real-time screen capture, with the DZTV component
adding the graphics; what you saw was exactly what the judges saw (except for the graphics of course).
For this competition, as I've mentioned previously, OmniSkore!HD
is using a new technique that runs the JukeBox software in a special
"live" mode. This allows us to show the picture on more than one TV, in
different parts of the drop zone. Another benefit is the picture
quality is quite a bit better -- the JukeBox is playing the original
video file, so no quality is lost in the screen capture process.
The only real downside is the picture you see is not
exactly what the judges see. Normally it is very, very close. The
scoring information is exact of course, but the freeze-frame location
can vary slightly.
Bug alert: I did have one vary bizarre
problem during the judging last night and this morning: the DZTV server
-- a computer built to normally act as a JukeBox -- was playing some
videos too fast. I have never
seen that happen before. It resulted in the server's video
getting ahead of the judge's video by the end of working time, so
sometimes you saw the team breaking off before WT was over. I've not
been able to reproduce this problem. Hopefully Murphy will take it with
him when I kick his ass off the drop zone.
12.00 UPDATE. 4WAY+4WAY FEMALE RELEASED TILL 14.45, THEN STANDBY FROM
14.45. 8WAY+AE+VFS+SP RELEASED TILL 16.30, THEN STANDBY FROM 16.30.
NEXT UPDATE 13.30.0
1330... and the promised update is:
13:30 UPDATE- nothing has changed from the last update...4WAY+4WAY
FEMALE RELEASED TILL 14.45, THEN STANBY FROM 14.45,8WAY+AE+VFS+SP
RELEASED TILL 16.30, THEN STANDBY FROM 16.30
So, stand by to stand by.
good computer doctors have finished putting the new SIMMs into OMAR and
he's finally 100%. The organizer also ran a power cable from the
big diesel generator up onto the second floor here and connected all of
the judging equipment, including my laptop and OSHD firewall router,
thereto. The only vulnerable piece not on the generator is the hub
between my firewall and the big tent 100 meters away, but they're
working on fixing that too.
So your crumble horrid spondent is
finally breathing a little bit easier after last nights visit from
Murphy. Teams are killing time in the tent now watching replays on the
DZTV (automatic) and JukeBox (on demand). A few are even creeping. Love the optimsim!
weather is jumpable, but -- and this is a first for my ears -- "the
runway is too wet". Send a crew out there with some towels!
1600The day has been called, all events released. I think the wind is a problem too. First call is 6:45am tomorrow!
16.00 UPDATE. 4WAY+4WAY FEMALE RELEASED TILL TOMORROW 6.45 THEN STANDBY
6.45 AND 15 CALL. AE+8WAY+VFS+SP RELEASED TILL TOMORROW 7.45, THEN