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Diveboard Feature update: homepage, dive types, notifications

by Ksso on June 28, 2011

There have been a lot of updates over the past three weeks since our last "Feature update" blog post. I'll try and cover the major ones:Newly redesigned homepage: We were feeling the initial release of the homepage was gorgeous but not efficient in telling in a glimpse about Diveboard's mission and objectives. Also our visitors tended to believe they needed to register to enter the site, which is wrong since we have so much content available publicly. Richard did a brilliant job in creating a new version of the homepage which highlight the core features of Diveboard and hopefully will draw visitors into starting digging inside Diveboard.Dive types: Many users have asked for the ability to...

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Scuba in Disneyworld

by Ksso on June 28, 2011

I'm a big kid and I love Disneyworld. I was dazzled when last fall I visited the Nemo Pavilion in Epcot. Amazing species in a beautifully crafted giant aquarium. And now I found the ultimate reason to justify flying back there : you can now actually go for a dive in this aquarium ! Epcot DiveQuest is a 40 mins scuba dive managed by NAUI instructors in this huge 5.7-million-gallon saltwater tank and over 6,000 sea creatures—including sea turtles, angelfish, dolphins, eagle rays and sharks. 175$ but totally worth it.All Guests must be SCUBA certified and at least 10 years of age to participate. Guests ages 10 to 14 require a SCUBA-certified adult to accompany them.The experience lasts 3...

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Underwater magical encounters: when your chest starts pounding

by Ksso on June 25, 2011

This is a must-see video : National Geographic's Brian Skerry describes the exhiliration of an up-close encounter with a curious, 45-foot-long right whale. For any diver, this kind of feeling are something we all experienced at some level. I remember my first encounter with a shark - my chest was pounding so hard I could not help but swim towards them to snap a closer shot. But I just can't imagine how exciting this encounter must have been and how much experience and self control you must need to get a right shot in those conditions.

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Giant octopus hatching in Seattle

by Ksso on June 21, 2011

Ikelite just pointed out on Facebook this amazing video I had to share!The video was made by Seaingreen and is captioned :A giant pacific octopus mother who lived just across from downtown Seattle had her hatch right under the noses of local divers. Her den was sequestered in Cove Two in West Seattle, in a location that spared her from predators and over-visitation by humans. On September 4 (aka early, early on September 5), 2010, the eggs began hatching. It's a time of mixed emotion; joy at the hatch, and sadness at the knowledge that this event means the mother's life will end. The hatch lasted a full week, after which the mother died. Spoiler alert: Best footage comes starting at 3:24....

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Dan's Alert Diver - Spring 2011

by Ksso on June 17, 2011

Bullettin Board“Participated Research”- a challenging direct involvement in diving research projects forrecreational and professional Divers.The development of the DAN Europe Diving SafetyLaboratory and the International Agreement with Cousteau Divers

Medical LineEar Squeeze - The Most Common Dive Injury 24Joel Dovenbarger, Vice President, DAN Medical Services

FeaturesIncreasing Diver Confidence and Ability withMuscular Fitness

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DAN's Caches

by Ksso on June 17, 2011

Througout the summer, DAN will be posting new caches in the US on Twitter and Facebook. Caches are like treasure hunts, where a pile of goodies are hidden in a chest for the scuba diver to find. No easy indication marking the spot, only GPS coordinates for the entry point and your skills as underwater explorers along with some instructions. Here one as an exemple and the full listing can be seen on Dan's site :

"The Rawlings Cache"GPS Coordinates: N 36° 56.984 W 077° 46.003You must be a certified scuba diver to seek this cache located at Lake Rawlings Quarry in Rawlings, Va. Check in at the quarry. The cache is located at the Mystery Boat (#11 on the Lake Rawlings Dive Map).The site is...

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Fish round-up: the Lionfish

by Ksso on June 13, 2011

Lionfish (Pterois) are beautful - and dangerous. Originating from the Indo-Pacific Ocean, they have been introduced by mistake in the Atlantic in mid-90s and have become invasive along the East Coast of the US. Lionfishes measure 6.2 to 42.4 cm with typical adults measuring 38 cm and weighing an average of 480 g.While beautiful, his tentacles ar poisonous making it a hazard to fishermen and divers.  Pterois venom produced negative inotropic and chronotropic effects when tested in both frog and clam hearts and has a depressing effect on rabbit blood pressure. These results are thought to be due to nitric oxide release. In humans, Pterois venom can cause systemic effects such as vomiting,...

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Diveboard Feature updates : Performance enhancements and bugfixes

by Ksso on June 08, 2011

We pushed a set of updates during the last few days here are the main ones worth mentioning :

Performance update : Limited dependencies to the FB Graph API. If FB Graph API is unavailable and your account is using FB connect and your session is still active, you will not even notice it's down

UDCF export : UDCF export was reported as being a wee bit buggy, it's now fixed and improved (and tested successfully with MacDive and DivingLog)

Video Embeds on Facebook Wall posts :  Now if you have youtube videos on your logbook, and it's your choice of featured content, when posting to Facebook the video will be shown as an embed playable from your wall. ...

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Kickstarter projects to watch

by Ksso on June 08, 2011

Kickstarter is a platform to raise money for your project. Actually it's not really technicaly about raising money but rather about pre-selling the idea and getting enough cash to finance its execution. Kickstarter has helped finance and launch many amazing projects, sometimes geeky, sometimes arty... but today I wanted to showcase two projects related to things that matter to scuba divers.Living Sea Sculpture: contemporary art as coral refuge

Protei, Open Hardware Oil Spill Cleaning Sailing Robot

Both projects have been successfully founded, and we'll watch closely as they progress ! Hopefully we'll find more of such initiatives on Kickstarter.

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Service disrupted : FB Graph API down

by Ksso on June 06, 2011

Since about  12am CET, the FB Graph API which we rely on to authenticate Diveboard's users is massively disrupted as shown in the graph below. The graph is updated on Facebook Developer's blog page.

As a consequence almost no-one can login at the moment, until the API gets back to normal. I say almost no-one since there's a secret ugly page on diveboard to try out the login/password feature, and some users are actually using it. It's on occasions like this that we're happy to have cut the dependency with Facebook on that key element.UPDATE  1pm: After one hour downtime, API is back up at 1pm CET (lunch break over ?) - API is still VERY SLOW - fingers crossed !UPDATE 2pm: FB API is feeling...

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