Monday, June 7, 2021

Flying High Again

Something I've always wanted to do, since I was a child, is to become a pilot. My wife bought be an incredible package to start me on that journey, and so far I have 2.5 hrs and three landings in a C172, and .8hr and one landing in a CTLS Light-sport. I much prefer the C172 ;) I've also taken a complete ground school and earned my endorsement to take the FAA written exam. I'll probably take an FAA medical exam soon, and will continue to practice for the FAA written, until I'm a little more confident. I mean, I'm sure I can pass it, but higher scores might make a difference on the oral exam before the checkride ;) It may be a small start, but it is enough for me to get the bug for flying ;) Since my flights so far have been "discovery" flights, I still need to decide on a flight school. I prefer the one where I have the time in the Cessna, but it is so far away compared to the other. I still need to check out the one in Fairfield County, and the one at Bolton Field... Looking for the same connection with the instructor as the one I've been using at Middletown...

Friday, June 4, 2021

BBS Projects

Wow! It's been way too long since my last post, but here are updates on a couple of recent projects: I have obtained an 8-port Digiboard, and plan on installing it into either one of my Tandy 1000SXs, or, if there are too many memory contraints, a Compaq 386 that I aquired awhile back, and setting up an 8-line DLX BBS on it. I don't expect a simple 8-line chat board to get much use these days, but, I really want to try it ;) I'll be using a Raspberry Pi 4 and tcpser, along with 8 USB serial ports, as multiple WiFi modems. I also received my CoCo SDC for my Tandy CoCo 2, and plan on FINALLY finishing a project I started in 2008 to get CoBBS going. The big difference now is I will be using a CoCo 2 instead of a CoCo 3, which is what it was originally written for, and I have many more options for a modem emulator. I am most likely to use an esp32 set up as a WiFi modem. Finally, I have a WWiV board running under Linux, but "languishing" is probably a better term. I would much rather run an old 4.22 board than a current 5.x board, and have been considering figuring out how to get the current networking package working with the old BBS package. Once I do that, I'm considering also setting up a VBBS 6.x board, and I prefer that over 7 or VA. I also have an Apple2e and a C64 sitting idle. I might set up BBS packages on them as well. Time is at a bit of a premium, though, as I am doing some pilot ground school and training to become a private pilot.