Murphy's law, Gigabytes
and Cloud Computing
newsletter was supposed to be my March newsletter; we attended a
successful Beneath the Sea and the traffic on our websites was
increasing substantially when Murphy struck again - if
anything can go wrong, it will
- and our video service
provider decide to .... quit on us :-(
DiveComputerTraining.com went down making several of You very very
we scrambled to find an alternative solution and in just few days we
were able to restore our service. In the process I have realized that
we are indeed a video production company. In fact, so far we have produced
MORE than 1,200 videos! equivalent to more than 60GB of
compressed video data (and several TERABYTES of raw material).
have also noticed that you like watching our videos: just for the month
of April we streamed 175GB of data by serving almost 35,000 videos. At
an average of 3 minutes per video, this means that - just in April -
our content has been seen for 17,500 hours.
bad eh? Any advertiser reading this out there?
we are now quite happy with our new video service provider. Of course
we are still fully aware that - if anything can go wrong, it will.
any one notice the "minor" outage that affected Amazon's customers -
including our new video service provider? This happened just few days
after we moved all our content to the cloud ....
In Cloud We Trust .... meanwhile
I keep my fingers crossed :-)
Mantovani (aka eDiver)
r14-->r15 Simulator Released
diving, re-spawing and multiplayer
our last Newsletter we made quite few improvements to the simulator:
we added the Shearwater Predator dive computer
with full support for CCR - including the capability to handle multiple
diluents .... and you need those if you want to explore the - very deep
- "The Choke" dive site.
this feature is quite useful in gaming sites as it allows the player to
quickly return to the action without having to reload the dive site
from the beginning .. and it comes handy too when one of our resident
Great White Sharks decide to take a byte of you.
we made quite few changes to the way the buddy diving protocol works
and now buddy diving should be more reliable and more user friendly.
Also, now instead of having to accept/deny every buddy every time you
do a virtual dive, you can just kick a player out if he/she bothers you
or even add that player to your personal "banned" list.
on the server the r14 and the r15 release notes.
The Graveyard - Deathmatch
is the first dive site for "Death Match" type of games.
this new dive site that has plenty to see; lots of wrecks, marine life,
gear, weapons, ammunition, bubble credits ... but don't forget the most
important thing: STAY
Find weapons and ammunition and use them to fend off aggressive animals
... AND other players.
if your avatar is killed ... no problem; this site has automatic
re-spawn .... and while you wait for your re-spawn time, enjoy the
scene from the various rotating re-spawn cameras.
move fast from one wreck to the other .... and stay away from the
Best Kept Secret :-)
The other day I was eDiving the USCGC
Duane when I came across a pile
- probably they have been positioned there by our "garage sweeper
robot" (server code) that every night reposition unused trinkets - an I
was extremely surprise to see there a MAGIC BUBBLE
What are you thinking ?
you know that the Magic Bubble has special powers? If you own a Magic
Bubble you will get free access to ANY GEAR
that is available in the simulator!
are ONLY 9 Magic Bubbles in the whole eDiving world and to find out
where they are hidden check out this POST.
and get your Magic Bubble NOW!
happy customer and an happy family .....
(Angie) Unruh, from Rogers, AR is the winner of the Zoop contest and this is what she
had to say about the Zoop online class and the actual product:
""This is my and my families first dive
computer. We had no idea on how to even use one. I am so thankful for
the online course! My husband and I sat down and did the online and it
was so easy! Then I sat down with my 14 year old daughter (who is a
certified diver) and went through it with her. Partially as a refresher
for myself, but also she needed to know how to work her computer. I was
there to help her if she needed it. She did great going through the
course as well. She didnt need my help. We had a trip planned to go
dive in Bonaire, and that is why we got our computers because we knew
we would be using Nitrox and also doing multiple dives during a day. We
felt very comfortable when the time came to use our computers! What a
peace of mind they brought to us while diving. Everything we would see
on our computer, we had seen during the online course and we knew what
it meant and how to respond. We had all the information we needed,
right there on our wrists. It made for a truly wonderful dive trip (our
first one)! Thank you for making a dive computer that "newbies" can use
DiveNav Inc., headquartered in Tustin,
Calif., is an innovative company developing the leading-edge eDiving®
scuba diving simulator and the DiveComputerTraining® service.
With eDiving users can: explore real dive sites from the comfort of
their homes, learn how to use real gear, play online with friends.
DiveComputerTraining.com facilitates computer-assisted SCUBA diving.
The eDiving simulator is available for free at www.ediving.us
The DiveComputerTraining service is available at www.DiveComputerTraining.com
Since the last
newsletter we have released online classes for the following dive
Aeris XR-1 Nx
ScubaPro Aladin 2G
of today we have released Online Classes for 27 Dive Computers:
AERIS: XR-1, XR-1 Nx, Manta, Atmos AI
Oceanic: Veo100, Pro Plus 2,
Veo 1.0, Veo 2.0,
Veo 3.0, VT3, Geo,
Geo 2.0, Atom 3.0, OC1
Scubapro: Galileo Sol,
Suunto: Gekko, Zoop, Cobra,
Cobra 3, Vyper Air
D4, D6, D9, HelO2
TUSA: ZEN IQ-900
You can enroll in our Online Classes either using an ACTIVATION CODE, or BUBBLE CREDITS, or by
purchasing it online via PayPal.
If you just bought a dive computer, make sure to ask your dive store
and/or your instructor for the class ACTIVATION CODE.
Also, starting from January 1st, 2011, Aeris and Oceanic are offering a
free online class if you register your dive computer with them. Check their website for details.
If you are a dive retailer, or an Instructor, you can purchase ACTIVATION CODES at our ONLINE STORE.
|Dive Computers Contests
Thanks to our sponsors, you can WIN
real dive computers!
To participate in a dive computer contest you need to take the online
class for the model-specific dive computer and to win the dive computer
you need to be the fastest one to complete the class. For more info
click on the various links below.
Here is a list of contests:
Oceanic Pro Plus 2
Stephen Domorod, North Haven, CT.
Frederick D. Baker, San Francisco.
Oceanic Geo 2.0
Mathew Barrett, Venus, Florida.
Tusa Zen IQ-900
Steve Simpson,Tempe, AZ.
Oceanic Veo 3.0
Jorge A Medina, Hialeah, FL.
Scubapro Galileo Sol
Robert Murry, Cape Coral, FL.
Oceanic Veo 1.0
CLOSED - Kyle Kenley, Rockville, IN.
Aeris Atmos AI
CLOSED - Darrell Brackett , from Lenoir City, TN.
CLOSED - Angela (Angie) Unruh, from Rogers, AR.
Suunto Cobra 3
April 30, 2011
Oceanic Veo 2.0
May 31, 2011
Suunto Vyper Air
June 20, 2011
ScubaPro Aladin 2G
Jan. 31, 2012