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divenav newsletter april 2011
divenav newsletter april 2011
DiveNav, Inc.
April 30, 2011


Murphy's law, Gigabytes and Cloud Computing

This April 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 :-(

DISASTER!! DiveComputerTraining.com went down making several of You very very unhappy.

But 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).

I 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.

Not bad eh? Any advertiser reading this out there?

So, 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.

Did 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 :-)

Alberto Mantovani

Sincerely,

Alberto Mantovani (aka eDiver)

President & CEO

DiveNav, Inc
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ediver_AT_divenav.com
r14-->r15 Simulator Released
Tech diving, re-spawing and multiplayer

Since our last Newsletter we made quite few improvements to the simulator:

Tech Diving: 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.

Re-spawning: 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.

Multiplayer: 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.

Check on the server the r14 and the r15 release notes.

The Graveyard - Deathmatch
New gaming site

This is the first dive site for "Death Match" type of games.Graveyard Deathmatch game

Explore 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 ALIVE!

How? Find weapons and ammunition and use them to fend off aggressive animals ... AND other players.

And 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.

Suggestions: move fast from one wreck to the other .... and stay away from the terrain floor.

Best Kept Secret :-)

Magic Bubble

The other day I was eDiving the USCGC Duane when I came across a pile ediving Magic Bubbleof trinkets - 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 ?

Don't 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!

There are ONLY 9 Magic Bubbles in the whole eDiving world and to find out where they are hidden check out this POST.

Go and get your Magic Bubble NOW!

Your Voice
An happy customer and an happy family .....
Angela (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 and understand!""

About DiveNav, Inc
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
In This Issue
r15 Simulator Released
New Dive Site: The Graveyard
Best Kept Secret: Magic Bubble
Your Voice
Online Classes
Premium Membership
DCT Contests
Online Classes

Since the last newsletter we have released online classes for the following dive computers:
Aeris XR-1 Nx
ScubaPro Aladin 2G
Shearwater Predator

As of today we have released Online Classes for 27 Dive Computers:

AERIS: XR-1, XR-1 Nx, Manta, Atmos AI
Mares Puck
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,
Aladin 2G
Shearwater: Predator
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.
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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 CLOSED - Stephen Domorod, North Haven, CT.
Suunto Cobra CLOSED - Frederick D. Baker, San Francisco.
Oceanic Geo 2.0 CLOSED - Mathew Barrett, Venus, Florida.
Tusa Zen IQ-900 CLOSED - Steve Simpson,Tempe, AZ.
Oceanic Veo 3.0 CLOSED - Jorge A Medina, Hialeah, FL.
Scubapro Galileo Sol CLOSED - Robert Murry, Cape Coral, FL.
Oceanic Veo 1.0 CLOSED - Kyle Kenley, Rockville, IN.
Aeris Atmos AI CLOSED - Darrell Brackett , from Lenoir City, TN.
Suunto Zoop CLOSED - Angela (Angie) Unruh, from Rogers, AR.
Suunto Cobra 3 CLOSED

Suunto D4 April 30, 2011
Oceanic Veo 2.0 May 31, 2011
Suunto Vyper Air June 20, 2011
Oceanic VT3 July 31, 2011
Suunto D6 Aug. 31, 2011
Suunto D9 Sep. 30, 2011
Mares Puck Oct. 31, 2011
Suunto HelO2 Nov. 30, 2011
ScubaPro Aladin 2G Dec. 31, 2011
Shearwater Predator Jan. 31, 2012



Suunto D4 dive computerOceanic Veo 2.0Suunto Vyper Air
oceanic_vt3suunto D6Suunto D9
Mares PuckSuunto HelO2ScubaPro Aladin 2G
Shearwater Predator


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