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#2226 2022-06-09 20:52:00

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut ... just FYI ... I dropped a hard copy letter into the post box this evening.

It contains both the Interstate 80 pipeline and the Cloud Drone Harvesting ideas.

The recipient is unlikely to respond, or even to acknowledge the letter.  That is normal for large organizations receiving unsolicited proposals.

Never-the-less, as a citizen, I have attempted to perform my civic duty, and now will resume day-to-day work on the topics, as well as others that may inspire attention from time to time.

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#2227 2022-06-10 12:50:15

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative...

Treailbreaker to 57600 finished with a Green screen

There were no potholes.

There were 35 skips.

Of those, 25 were SpaceNut posts so there are 10 posts to visit.

All edits were completed ... several required manual update because the downloads failed.

***
I tested the new Audit command on the laptop.  The command had passed offline testing, but as often happens, a live test reveals more work is needed.

I'll schedule a live debug session tomorrow to find out where things went astray.

Here is what the log looks like

Update for Web Automation Report for 06-10-2022 at 16:28:46
  WebBrowserAutomation
Version 2022.6.7.1

Command Code stored at Array line: 1 W number is: 5000
Escape sequence stored at Array line: 2 <>
Command Code stored at Array line: 3 X
Command Code stored at Array line: 4 W number is: 1000
Escape sequence stored at Array line: 5 <>
Command Code stored at Array line: 6 W number is: 1000
Command Code stored at Array line: 7 W number is: 0
Command Code stored at Array line: 8 WE Text is: newmars.com/forums/misc.php?action=rules
Escape sequence stored at Array line: 9 <>
Command Code stored at Array line: 10 W number is: 1000
Command Code stored at Array line: 11 X
Command Code stored at Array line: 12 N number is: 5
Escape sequence stored at Array line: 13 <>
Command Code stored at Array line: 14 W number is: 1000
Command Code stored at Array line: 15 W number is: 0
Command Code stored at Array line: 16 WE Text is: newmars.com/forums/edit.php?id=
Escape sequence stored at Array line: 17 <>
Command Code stored at Array line: 18 W number is: 1000
Command Code stored at Array line: 19 T number is: 1
Escape sequence stored at Array line: 20 <>
Escape sequence stored at Array line: 21 <>
Command Code stored at Array line: 22 RC
Command Code stored at Array line: 23 SC at Row # 0
Command Code stored at Array line: 24 SK
Command Code stored at Array line: 25 RC at Row # 0
Command Code stored at Array line: 26 AU
End of file: C:\DataDell\WebBrowserAutomation\DataPending\Audiitor20220610ScriptReportPostsScanOnly.txt

End of file: C:\DataDell\WebBrowserAutomation\DataPending\AuditInput1-300.txt
Data array loaded. Count of lines = 10479


Starting Sequence for ID: 1
Text direct from Clipboard in Step: 22 Here I will present my personal work in planetary engineering. I am also very interested to hear about the work of others.

Reviewed 2021/09/22 by Moderator
Testing Update 2021/12/01
Starttext from Clipboard Row 0 in Step: 25
Here I will present my personal work in planetary engineering. I am also very interested to hear about the work of others.

Reviewed 2021/09/22 by Moderator
Testing Update 2021/12/01
End of Text from Clipboard Row 0


The processor began working at 50% CPU at that point.  The Audit command has numerous outputs to show problems, so none showed up. 

It would appear that a progress report might be worth adding.

In the meantime, Inspector will check today's edits...

Update at 18:58 local time...

Completed Sequence for ID: 57600


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 57301

Last Number of Run: 57600

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-10-2022 at 18:55:48
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:22

Total time of Processing: 01:49:06

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good run

Tomorrow's Trailbreaker will try for 57900

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#2228 2022-06-10 13:44:14

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut ...

Special request ...

In this post: http://newmars.com/forums/viewtopic.php … 28#p196028

I have introduced the idea of a re-thinking of the Carbon Tax idea.

Please think about which politician (of the vast assortment available) might be  receptive to the idea of a tax policy that rewards non-ground-sourced long chain fuels, and applies a modest penalty on ground-sourced fuels.

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#2229 2022-06-10 18:54:22

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Re: Housekeeping

carbon credits have been around for a period of time now and while its being used its a poor substitute for combating increasing temperatures, drought and loss of ice around the world when those that product power from hydro, solar and nuclear would be better choices.

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#2230 2022-06-10 20:29:52

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For SpaceNut re #2229

Thanks for noting the subject of Carbon Credits vs Carbon Tax.

What my post was about was the need to adjust the Carbon Tax idea, if hydrocarbon fuels are produced using solar, wind or nuclear energy sources.

It is my understanding Carbon Credits are bought and sold to help polluters to deal with their unwanted output.

However, perhaps Carbon Credits can be adapted for the manufacture of hydrocarbon fuels.

What my post was about was the undesirability of applying a Carbon Tax to a fuel made by humans using renewable or nuclear power.

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#2231 2022-06-11 05:56:56

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative ...

Today's Trailbreaker will try for 57900.

The new Audit command will receive another round of step-by-step testing in the live environment.

Yesterday's test revealed an error in variable assignment that caused incorrect operation.

That particular variable was NOT tested during offline testing.

27 Edits were completed for today's Trailbreaker ...

Inspector will now check the work.

For anyone who might be interested, the monthly meeting of the North Houston chapter of the National Space Society will start in 44 minutes. Visit northhoustonspace.org to connect to the Zoom meeting

Update at 18:52 local time:

Inspector finished with a Green screen ...

Completed Sequence for ID: 57900


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 57601

Last Number of Run: 57900

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-11-2022 at 18:53:00
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:22

Total time of Processing: 01:49:12

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good Run

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#2232 2022-06-12 07:40:05

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative...

Today's Trailbreaker is in progress ... it will try for 58200.

Testing/debugging of the new Auditor feature of WBA is progressing.

Today the data extracted from the log file came within 5 bytes of the data downloaded from FluxBB for the same post.

However, the mechanism to advance to the next post in the data file got lost, so that mechanism requires attention.

Mars_B4_Moon gave us another set of interesting and in some cases surprising (to me at least) posts today!

As a reminder, yesterday's North Houston NSS chapter meeting featured a speaker talking about NASA's long term High School outreach program. The video will be available for viewing shortly.  You can check northhoustonspace.org if you are interested in learning about the High School outreach program.

Actually (come to think of it) you can ask Google for snippets about the NASA HUNCH program.

There is at least one web site: nasahunch.com

And from the presentatation, I believe there are others.

Google snippets included: www.hunchdesign.com

Over the years, a number of HUNCH designed objects have made their way to the ISS.

*** Update at 12:30 local time

Completed Sequence for ID: 58200


Total Command Lines found: 52
Total input Lines in script: 177

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 57901

Last Number of Run: 58200

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-12-2022 at 12:27:16
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:38
50 Skip Exceptions were recorded.

Total time of Processing: 03:08:28

Potholes: Zero
Skip Analysis: 50 Skips
16 edits expected for review, but only 14 were found

Update at 14:26 local time ... all 14 edits were completed ...
Inspector will now review the work.

58134 needed attention. Inspector did it's job!

A ReScan will be queued up this evening, after Zoom.

We crossed 58000 today.

Meanwhile, the new Audit command is inching toward working ...

The issue of differences between the posted text and the recorded log text will be resolved by removing non-essential characters as a first step.  The procedure to collect log data removes carriage returns and line feeds that are part of the online post text.  To address this, the downloaded post will have these non-essential characters removed, so the remaining text can be compared to the historical data.  The purpose of the activity is to find Smiley Faces and European punctuation, not to find carriage returns and line feeds.

Update next day:

Completed Sequence for ID: 58000


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 1000

Starting Number: 57001

Last Number of Run: 58000

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-13-2022 at 10:01:08
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:28

Total time of Processing: 07:50:55

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good run!

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#2233 2022-06-12 20:03:21

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut re new member FriendOfQuark1

Tonight's Zoom included the news that FriendOfQuark1 is ready to take us up on a standing offer of a membership in the forum.

He is interested in the problem of financing the Large Ship project.

I have started work on converting one of the recovered ID's, and will finish tomorrow.

Please think about where topics devoted to finances should go ... off the top, I would imagine the Economy Index level might be a good fit, but perhaps you have another preference.  This is going to be about financing all phases of Large Ship, from design through return safely from Mars and recovery of all members of the manifest.

We have on hand upper bounds for mass and crew/passenger numbers.

We have fairly complete estimates for propulsion requirements, including Space Tugs at either end or at both ends of the flight.

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#2234 2022-06-12 20:12:54

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That is one of the tall poles in the project for sure in obtaining a financial path.

We also need some sort of a scale model to put through testing but some of what we need are dynamic balancing testing. shielding and many more things.

These are additional cost up front before building a final design in orbit.

I gave sustainable life support via a greenhouse as capable of just under 400 if the electrical and mechanical system should fail based on the Nasa work.

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#2235 2022-06-12 20:29:04

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For SpaceNut re #2234

Thanks for thinking about the problem, as we anticipate the arrival of FriendOfQuark1.

His immediate plan is to offer a presentation about financing large ship for the North Houston chapter later this year.

He spoke of inviting others to join NewMars to help.

NewMars has room for the creative thinkers like Void and kbd512, engineers like GW Johnson and Calliban, and the amazing mixture of other talents we have on hand.  A few accountants ought to fit in without anyone noticing.

In the next post, I'll drop off a test of the new Audit feature!

i am ** really ** encouraged.... The question marks show where the European punctuation got inserted during the early phase of the Post Repair process.

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#2236 2022-06-12 20:34:42

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut ...

here is a part of the log of a successful test of the new Audit feature of WBA...
I can't paste the actual log, because it contains FluxBB commands that would confuse things

Mismatched post and edit for ID: 3
Collection is:
Okay let’s try this agin. Last time I didn’t vote because I thought I’d wait to see how well this page worked with a dial-up connection. However, after second thoughts, I vote yes because, the discussion forum already uses a lot of images already and I really don’t think disabling the image tag is really going to make much of a speed difference. However, if even a small minority find that the image tag slows down this forum to much then it should stay disabled. The reason is these forums should have as wide as an audience as possible.
Download is:
Okay let?s try this agin. Last time I didn?t vote because I thought I?d wait to see how well this page worked with a dial-up connection. However, after second thoughts, I vote yes because, the discussion forum already uses a lot of images already and I really don?t think disabling the image tag is really going to make much of a speed difference. However, if even a small minority find that the image tag slows down this forum to much then it should stay disabled. The reason is these forums should have as wide as an audience as possible.
Time Out! Skip Requested! Skipping to Next from Post: 3

The FluxBB version has question marks where the original had European punctuation.

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#2237 2022-06-13 12:01:02

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative...

Trailbreaker reached 58500 ...

There were 44 skips and no potholes.

Of the 44 skips, 21 were SpaceNut posts, so 23 posts require attention. That's about an hour's work.

Work on the Audit feature of WBA is progressing.

All that remains is to add code to a function to restore formatting characters to the Collection from the log file.

Posts in the FluxBB database often contain formatting characters to improve readability.

Those appear to have been lost as the text was collected from the log files.

In order to compare the live post to the recorded one, it is necessary to remove the formatting characters from the downloaded (live) post.  However, before that post can be manually updated from the saved version, the formatting characters must be restored.  I'll leave that exercise for tomorrow.

In the mean time, today's run provides some edits to perform.

Update at 22:26 local time

Edits are completed... there were a couple of interesting FluxBB rejects.
Our unquote guy was back for an encore.
One member did not know how to copy NewMars links. I couldn't fix that, but figure chances anyone will ever want to read that particular post are slim.

The Inspector will now check the work.

Tomorrow's work plan for WBA is to fill in the code to restore formatting characters to the edit text from the log files.

Update next day:

Completed Sequence for ID: 58500


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 58201

Last Number of Run: 58500

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-14-2022 at 08:31:46
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:22

Total time of Processing: 01:49:10

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good run!

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#2238 2022-06-13 19:14:03

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Re: Housekeeping

Just a note it would be nice if the posts within the zoom made there way into a topic as it would be better to keep design content with the other parts of our effort.

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#2239 2022-06-13 19:36:54

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For SpaceNut re #2238

The freeform nature of the forum allows for members to be creative in where they put things.

Fortunately (as you have done on numerous occasions) posts can be copied and pasted into the topics where they might be a good fit.

Here (in a nutshell) is my observation about the Zoom topic ...

Coming out of a Zoom meeting, the participants tend to be inspired with ideas and often energized to follow up a discussion.  It seems to me appropriate for discussions in the Zoom to continue in the Zoom topic.  That is where the Zoom participants would naturally look for them.

Those posts can (and i hope will) be copied and pasted into as many topics as they seem to fit.

The challenge is for ** someone ** to find the time to do that book keeping.

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#2240 2022-06-14 06:42:25

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For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative...

Today's Trailbreaker will try for 58800

If all goes well, WBA will receive code to restore formatting characters to edited text. The objective is to be able to replace the question marks where Smiley Faces used to be with the original characters.

Update at 11:50 local time ... WBA code is updated. The new function to restore formatting to text that has passed checks is installed and ready for live testing.

Trailbreaker is finished with a Green screen ...

Completed Sequence for ID: 58800


Total Command Lines found: 52
Total input Lines in script: 177

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 58501

Last Number of Run: 58800

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-14-2022 at 11:57:17
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:38
62 Skip Exceptions were recorded.

Total time of Processing: 03:10:53

Potholes: Zero
Skip analysis for 62 skips:
  Lines containing String One 118 <<= 62 less 38 >> 24 posts to visit
  Lines containing String Two 76 <<== 38 SpaceNut posts

Update at 13:35 local time ... the edits are complete ...

FluxBB caught a mis-spelled quote ....

Inspector will now check the work...

A test run of the new Auditor script/feature in live mode captured data for offline debugging.

Update at 15:45 local time ...

Inspector finished with a Green screen

Completed Sequence for ID: 58800


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 58501

Last Number of Run: 58800

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-14-2022 at 15:46:02
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:22

Total time of Processing: 01:49:12

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good run!

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#2241 2022-06-14 18:28:41

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For SpaceNut ... just FYI ...

Dr. Johnson is considering a clockwork mechanism to lower his lander to the surface of Mars.  JPL used something to lower their landers while the back shell hovered, but I haven't been able to find out what they used.  I wrote the following to their contact form:

Dr. Gary Johnson (Aerospace, Retired) is working on a design for a robust lander to look for water on Mars. Please forward this inquiry to whomever might be willing to answer questions about why JPL chose the mechanisms they did.  If you (or someone) replies to this inquiry, I will forward the reply immediately to Dr. Johnson.  To see his writings, you can visit ExRocketman blog (wordpress.com), or you can view a talk he gave in April at northhoustonspace.org.  I am serving as a moderator for NewMars.com/forums as tahanson43206.

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#2242 2022-06-15 06:06:28

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For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative ...

Today's Trailbreaker will try for 59100.

A ReScan will be scheduled to cover 58001 - 59000

Work on the new Audit feature will continue. There is a need to be able to start in the middle of a data file, so I'm planning to add that today. Offline step-by-step testing appears to be do-able with data collected yesterday from the live run, so I'm planning to confirm the formatting characters are being added back correctly.

Update at 11:51 local time ... Trailbreaker finished with a Green screen.

Completed Sequence for ID: 59100


Total Command Lines found: 52
Total input Lines in script: 177

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 58801

Last Number of Run: 59100

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-15-2022 at 11:30:00
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:37
44 Skip Exceptions were recorded.

Total time of Processing: 03:05:56

Potholes: Zero
Skip analysis for 44 skips:
  Lines containing String One 85 <<== 44 less 17 >> 27 posts to visit
  Lines containing String Two 34 - only 17 SpaceNut posts

The 27 posts will need about an hour.

Update at 14:55 local time. Rather than work on the 27 posts, I decided to try to finish the Audit feature being added to WBA.

The new feature has passed offline testing.  The output of the process yields text that can be manually installed over the damaged text currently in the NewMars database.  The Smiley Faces and European punctuation will be restored, while everything else remains the same.

Because this is a manual process, it will also be possible to visually inspect the update before it is submitted.  This will work well for posts short enough to appear complete in the edit window.  Longer posts will be viewable in the bottom section, because that is how the browser handles a submission of replacement text.

I'll schedule the 27 post edits for this evening.

Update at 22:44 local time ... The Inspector finished with a Green screen...

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good Run

Because Trailbreaker crossed an even thousand today, i'll schedule a ReScan to cover 58001-59000.

Update next day ...

Completed Sequence for ID: 59000


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 1000

Starting Number: 58001

Last Number of Run: 59000

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-16-2022 at 07:55:48
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:24

Total time of Processing: 06:43:29

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good run!

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#2243 2022-06-16 06:16:07

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative...

Today's Trailbreaker will try for 59400.

With the latest corrections/adjustments in place, WBA will be given a chance to try again to perform the Auditor script over the first few posts.  I've been using 1-3 as the test range for development, but will (probably) experiment with a run of 10 today.  My concern is that ** every ** post in those early times needs manual attention to replace question marks with Smiley Faces and European punctuation.  In those early years we had active members from many nations other than the US and the UK.

Update at 12:20 local time...

Completed Sequence for ID: 59400


Total Command Lines found: 52
Total input Lines in script: 177

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 59101

Last Number of Run: 59400

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-16-2022 at 11:55:48
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:36
53 Skip Exceptions were recorded.

Total time of Processing: 03:05:35

Potholes: Zero
Skip analysis for 53 skips:
  Lines containing String One 105 << 53 less 35 >> 18 posts to visit
  Lines containing String Two 70 << 35 SpaceNut posts

Updated at 13:50 local time ... FluxBB reported one reject in this series.

This one was interesting and hard to figure out ... the author was trying to code html.

FluxBB was understandably perplexed.

The only part of the message that seemed salvageable was a link to a NASA resource, and that seems to be accepted by FluxBB, but I don't know if is still works after all these years.

The other 17 edits seemed to go smoothly. 

Inspector will now review the work.

Update at 16:00 local time...

Inspector finished with a Green screen:
Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good Run

No ReScan is scheduled. Laptop gets a night off.

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#2244 2022-06-17 05:45:51

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For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative...

Today's Trailbreaker will try for 59700.

There will be no ReScan.

A log file of a test of Auditor over the first ten posts is available for offline study.

The purpose of Auditor is to reconstruct the original posts (including Smiley Faces and European punctuation).

The log contains the downloaded post with question marks where the Smiley Faces should be, the recorded logged text for that post after bogey removal, and a reconstructed version that might be posted manually.

The question to be addressed in today's work session is whether the reconstructed candidate is accurate and suitable for replacement of the version currently in the FluxBB database.

***
A new Zoom setup is required before Sunday's scheduled Zoom at 1 AM UTC.

GW Johnson wrote a book about Ramjets.  He submitted the manuscript for publication, but the agency involved sat on the book and ultimately did nothing.  We (NewMars) have an opportunity to evaluate the book for publication as an eBook.  eBooks can be read on eReaders, smartphones and even on ordinary computers.  They automatically adjust font and layout to the size of the device  and the needs of the operator, unlike ordinary text or pdf.

Update at 17:00 local time ... Trailbreaker found 21 SpaceNut posts and 6 that need attention.

Update at 17:21 local time ... all six edits went smoothly. One required update in the browser.

Inspector will now check the work.

Completed Sequence for ID: 59700


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 300

Starting Number: 59401

Last Number of Run: 59700

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-17-2022 at 21:16:31
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:22

Total time of Processing: 01:49:21

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good run!

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#2245 2022-06-18 07:11:52

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For SpaceNut re Post Repair initiative ...

We have another "round number" in sight for today's run...

Trailbreaker will try for 60000.

If all goes well, ReScan will be scheduled to cover 59001-60000

***
meanwhile, the log of a test of the new Auditor script is in the queue for study.

Update at 14:05 ... Trailbreaker reached 60000 with a Green screen!

It found 21 SpaceNut posts, and 13 posts that need attention.

Update at 14;59 ... edits are complete ... one FluxBB reject was interesting. The rest were routine.

The Inspector run for today will be a full ReScan: 59001-60000

Update at 22:24 local time ...

The ReScan reached 60000 with a Green screen...

Completed Sequence for ID: 60000


Total Command Lines found: 31
Total input Lines in script: 160

  Number of ID's processed: 1000

Starting Number: 59001

Last Number of Run: 60000

Summary for Web Automation Report for 06-18-2022 at 22:25:32
Average time of Loop from Main form: 00:00:25

Total time of Processing: 06:49:40

Potholes: Zero
Edits: Zero
Good run!

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#2246 2022-06-18 07:25:48

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books are an odd realm in that the publisher is looking at copy profits. My brother wrote a book on hunting that did get published quite some time ago. I might get some details for this when I visit.

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#2247 2022-06-18 08:02:49

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For SpaceNut re #2246

It will definitely be interesting (to me for sure) to learn about your brother's success in finding a publisher.

While we are comparing apples to oranges (hunting to ramjets), it seems to me there ought to be a small market for a book on ramjets.

There is ** certainly ** a market for books on hunting, even in today's more constrained world.

*** update at 14:02 ... I have begun the process of re-reading a book on how to publish for Kindle.

I bought this book exactly 10 years ago, when I was part of a team working on a book about science.

In the end, I got bogged down in a side track trying to publish for ePub, which is competitive with Kindle.

With the benefit of hindsight, i think that was a wrong turn. For Dr. Johnson's book on Ramjets, I am thinking of working up the material he has provided (opening chapter) for delivery to the Kindle publishing app.

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#2248 2022-06-18 14:24:50

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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut ...

FriendOfQuark1 encountered a problem trying to activate the account I had created for him.

I deleted the earlier account, and re-created it using a different TestID.

Hopefully the login process will go smoothly.

However, if it does NOT, then we may have to deal with a possible change to FluxBB itself since the last person we brought in.

Since we had five successes before this hiccup, I'd become a bit complacent, in thinking the account setup process was working.

Update at 20:19 local time... FriendOfQuark1 succeeded in connecting on the second try.

I've updated the signal at the bottom of the Index list.

Hopefully I'll learn what glitch interfered with the smooth ID setup.

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#2249 2022-06-18 18:38:42

SpaceNut
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Re: Housekeeping

good to see the friend has taken the plunge.

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#2250 2022-06-18 20:06:00

tahanson43206
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Re: Housekeeping

For SpaceNut re #2249

FriendOfQuark1 says the password change feature did not work for him.

I'm wondering if updates to FluxBB might have taken place since the last time anyone changed a password.

We can use one of the TestiD's as a way of exercising the password change feature.

Such an exercise would require creating a new (temporary) email so the new password can be sent to the email address.

Do you have any interest in going through the exercise?

If you don't have time or would prefer not to, I can attempt the test.

I don't see any downside risk, because the TestID's are recoverable if we lose access.

Here is what FriendOfQuark1 received:

Sent: Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 03:39:20 PM CDT
Subject: New password requested

Hello FriendOfQuark1,

You have requested to have a new password assigned to your account in the discussion forum at http://newmars.com/forums/. If you didn't request this or if you don't want to change your password you should just ignore this message. Only if you visit the activation page below will your password be changed.

Your new password is: <password removed for display purposes>

To change your password, please visit the following page:
http://newmars.com/forums/profile.php?id=<ID removed for display> &action=change_pass&key=<key removed for display purposes>

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