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Bede BD-4C Wingtips

The wingtips for my Bede BD-4C airplane arrived today, a very nice surprise since I have been having a hellish time getting the horizontal stabilator attached parallel to the wing spar. Here are pictures, in gorgeous carbon fiber. I am

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Thunderbird Does Not Like HubSpot Signals

Last week, I learned that Thunderbird does not like HubSpot Signals. If you use Signals, you might want to be aware of this issue. Apparently, no other email clients display this warning.

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Making an Inspection Port

After spending much time and effort to properly create the large fuselage skins for my Bede BD-4C airplane, you would think that I would want to keep them nice and whole. You would think wrong. Two of them needed large

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Heartbleed Relief: Replace the Default SSL Certificate in Parallels Plesk Panel

If you have a web site with an SSL certificate then you are probably affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability which popped into general visibility. If your server is vulnerable, you need to do two things: Update openssl Replace your SSL

Posted in Internet, Safety, Software

Bottom Fuselage Skins Bonded

Big weekend: I have bonded the first fuselage skins onto my Bede BD-4C airplane. I painted 3M Scotch-Weld #10 Contact Adhesive onto both the skin and the fuselage angles and then “just” stuck the two together. Here are a few photos.

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More Fuselage Skin

The rear part of the fuselage of the Bede BD-4C airplane that I am building is about 11 feet long. There are eight pieces of skin which cover it. The aft-most pieces are 0.016 inches thick and about 7.5 feet

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Installing Lift Reserve

As you know, if you are a citizen of the universe, I am building a Bede BD-4C airplane and I have been writing about the process here on my blog for the last couple of years. Today I am going

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MySQL + UTF-8 + PHP 5.3.10 + JSON = Trouble

Yesterday, I spent longer than I care to admit debugging an update to an old PHP script. It fetched a string from a MySQL database and (here’s the new part) passed the string to json_encode(). That call failed when the

Posted in Software

Progress on the Fuselage Skin

I have made a bunch of progress on the first piece of fuselage skin for my Bede BD-4C airplane. This is the piece on the top of the fuselage, at the rear. It sits under the vertical stabilizer so, no

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Cut the First Skin

Tonight, I screwed up my courage and made a diagonal cut along a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of aluminum. This is the first piece of fuselage skin for my Bede BD-4C airplane.

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