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Member Since 10 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Nov 03 2014 09:07 AM

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In Topic: WTB - Inon Fiber Optic Cable - parts or whole

23 October 2014 - 06:14 AM

If you can find a cheap toslink/ dvd optical cable and cut the ends off has worked for me for a dive.


Here is a cheap place for the entire cable, I never used this company, so i can not tell you if it is reputable.


In Topic: Misbehaving Inon Strobe

25 August 2014 - 06:31 AM

Does anyone have any update info on the magnet issue or a DIY solution?

In Topic: Loading your UW pictures on Nexus7

11 August 2014 - 04:42 PM

I think using a tablet for backup is problematical from the standpoint of economics and capacity. At 32 GB for $270 it is expensive and doesn't hold many pics, external drives are $100 for 3TB (100x the capacity and 3x less cost). If you are worried about durability get a small SSD (512GB) for the same money.




i use a 64gb thumbdrive for my storage, plenty of space for a week of pictures.


fyi, any pictures on the tablet when connected to wifi and you enable google plus will have all the pictures uploaded automatically.   Just remember that we sometimes go to a country with minimal internet so you might hog the bandwidth.

In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

26 March 2014 - 09:09 AM


I was just on a trip and the dive shop owner took all the tips and said, "we will distribute, don't you worry".  I don't know if my money ever made it to the workabees.


A few years ago I was finishing up a week of diving.  There was 2 dive helpers( not sure what they really were, but they helped out).  One of the helpers said he was the head of the group, so I gave this guy the tip and said to spread it evenly.  As I was walking out, I saw the other guy and said thank you and I gave your tip to the head guy to split with him.  He thanked me and than ran after the other guy to start a fight.  The other guy lied, there was no lead and going to steel the money.  

In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

16 March 2014 - 04:01 PM


We wish that some American habits and expectations weren't spreading worldwide, but they are. Diving operations worldwide are coming to expect US behaviour. We effete and decadent Europeans can't keep up...


... yet it's the bosses that screw the little guy, not the customers. 




I personally wish it was the same everywhere and tipping was not an additional consideration, but unfortunately in many cultures tipping is a significant portion of a service person's living wage.





As a New Yorker I agree, tips should be for Superior service, not the paycheck for the wait staff.  Add a few bucks to every meal and pay the staff fair.