The ship's blog for SV Nelleke out of Shelburne, NS

N – 22 and a wakie: Yahooooooo!

I have finally finished copying our DVD movies over onto the hard drive. We now have 847 movies stored on a 1.4 Terra-byte USB hard drive that is not much bigger than a pack of cigarettes. That really is amazing, you know. Before I went into the military full time I had a civilian career in data processing and in 1971 I was working for an oil company that did all of its business processing on an IBM 360 Model 20 that used no disks at all. It operating system was TOS or tape operating system and its files were all stored sequentially on tape or punched cards. It had less than 64K of memory and occupied a couple of rooms in the office complex where the business was located. Nowadays a pocket calculator or your digital camera has more memory than that and as for data storage..... well, that is of several orders of magnitude difference. Your average laptop computer has way more processing power than several of the ones that used to be used to run multinational corporations. I remember when laptops were starting to come into their own and one individual (I forget his name) suggested that businesses, rather than having a "large" central computer, they should link or LAN together a network of personal computers and have more flexibility and capability. He was ridiculed into silence at the presentation that I went to, but it now looks like he was more than right. At any rate, the crew of Nelleke are the beneficiaries of the technology, at least as far as our home entertainment is concerned.

The packing has begun. I have started sorting out what files I will need to have on the boat to continue the fight regarding my pension and for simple record keeping and we are both looking at what we will be leaving behind.

We also went out to the yacht club to confirm our dock for the coming year. One of the problems or difficulties that most yacht clubs have regarding dock space is that the members tend to regard the spot that they are in as their own and get very possessive of it, making modifications, telling their friends that they can take it when they are not in it, etc., all of which is contrary to the bylaws and interests of the club. RNSYS has a way of dealing with that. It appears that every year a number of boats get moved to another dock space. In some cases I'm sure this is required but in others I suspect it is just to make a point - the spaces belong to the club and tenancy is assigned according to the club's requirements. That isn't to say that if you are a member in good standing and you have had a dock assigned to you that you are in danger of loosing your space, but rather your space might be some other space from year to year. We have been in the club for two years now and have occupied two different docks. In our case the move was very definitely to our advantage with more turning room to enter and leave the space, so we certainly had no complaints. Come to think of it, I believe the members must be used to it there as I can't remember ever hearing a complaint about being moved.

Barb has a knitting clinic that she will be attending tonight at the Loop and while she's there I will be going to the art supply store across the street to pick up a few pits and pieces for my paint box. Over the holidays I have received a couple of "how to" books on painting with watercolours and they have given me some ideas for techniques that I'd like to try, but of course they all need some new equipment which means a trip to the supply store. Fortunately on this occasion they shouldn't be too expensive.