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Under the spotlights : Sven Knoch, author of DivingLog

by Ksso on April 29, 2011

I've been exchanging email with Sven from some time now since I wanted to ensure that Diving Log and Diveboard work well together. He's a german scuba diver who's been around forever and who created one of the best logbook for Windows, DivingLog. Apparently this is his first interview ever which is amazing since his software has been downloaded so many times. I hope his users will get to know him a bit better through this post.

How did you get to diving ? What qualifications do you have ?I started diving in 1995 in our local dive club. I'm someone who rather enjoys diving than collecting every possible specialty, but I also enjoy diving outside the sport diving limits.What's your gear...

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Diveboard feature updates : support for ZXL file import, critical bug fixed

by Ksso on April 27, 2011

This week  updates is a bit less shiny than last week's video addition, yet it's a major step forward for Diveboard.

First, we now allow import of ZXL files (as exported by Suunto's dive manager for instance). ZXL files, also known as DL7 was drafted after a DAN Workshop at Cozumel in 1997, to enhance the data exchange between various dive log applications, scientific data acquisition software (DAS) and applications that may be used by hyperbaric chambers and hospitals to record recompression treatment of decompression illness. This is very important for Diveboard since we aim at enabling seamless cooperation with DAN letting you - the scuba divers - help DAN scientists come up with...

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Incredible spots: the Orda Cave (Russia)

by Ksso on April 26, 2011

A team of russian divers have been exploring the Orda cave for the last couple years taking incredible pictures and producing a beautiful 50$ picture book.Orda Cave is the most extended underwater cave in Russia, the second in Eurasia, with regards to length, and the world’s greatest gypsum cave. It has status of All-Russia natural monument. It is the first and the world only underwater gypsum excursion cave, member of I.S.C.A (Association of Excursion Caves of the World). In 2008 Orda cave was applied to be included in the List of UNESCO World Natural Heritage. Unique beauty of Orda cave was marked by the world-famous British cave-diver, cave-diving instructor of the Royal court of Great...

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Fish round-up: (deep) Sea Pig

by Ksso on April 22, 2011

After a post on the Sea Cow and another one on the Sea Cucumber , I guess Sea Pig has to be next.The sea pig is a funny invertebrate than can be found at depth over 1000m (3000ft). He gets his chubby look because of his especially unusually large round feet and the pinky skin got him this common name. As you can see on the map below, it's pretty widespread, although due to the insane depth there are few records of his presence.

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Diveboard feature updates : Video, better profile graphs, increased speed

by Ksso on April 20, 2011

We just released to production on Diveboard a set of updates that were dearly requested by the community.

Video

On top of pictures, you can now add videos to your logbook from popular services such as Facebook, Youtube and Dailymotion. It works just the same way as for pics, copy the link to the video and we'll sort out the rest ! Thanks @steve for this feature request, now you have to add your cool videos to your Diveboard logbook !

Better profile graphs

Some have been complaining about the smoothing algorithm we use to make the curves look "better" and about the fact that there is no mark of the "alarms" thrown by the computer when ascending too fast. We hear you - so the smoothing is...

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Richard Branson's next challenge : Ocean's bottom

by Ksso on April 18, 2011

Richard Branson recently introduced his latest venture : Virgin Oceanic.With Virgin Oceanic the voyage is to the last frontiers of our own Blue Planet: the very bottom of our seas.The expedition is made possible by technology breakthrough by the world’s foremost submarine designer, Graham Hawkes.

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Sea cow round-up : the Dugong

by Ksso on April 18, 2011

Steve (see Steve's dives on Diveboard) who has been diving tens of times in Egypt's Red Sea told me last Friday about the Dugong, and I got absolutely fascinated by this huge mammal.The Dugong is a cousin of the Manatees and spends most of his time eating seagrass at the bottom of the sea. The Dugong and by extension the members of the Sirenians are more related to the elephants than to other marine mammals.Wikipedia tells us that the word "dugong" derives from the Tagalog term dugong which was in turn adopted from the Malay duyung, both meaning "lady of the sea." Other common local names include "sea cow," "sea pig" and "sea camel."Dugongs are found in warm coastal waters from the...

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Fish round up: Sea Urchin

by Ksso on April 09, 2011

Sea urchin are a common ornament of the reefs. They can be seen about everywhere, as you can see on the map below. Those small spiky balls look harmless, but beware, they actually can be deadly !They feed on algae and move very slowly. They are hunted by many predators including humans (yummy maki-sushis), sea otters, wolf eels, triggerfish...Wikipedia states:The spines, long and sharp in some species, protect the urchin from predators. The spines inflict a painful wound when they penetrate human skin, but are not dangerous. It is not clear if the spines are venomous (unlike the pedicellariae between the spines, which are venomous). ...

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Diveboard alpha : D-4

by Ksso on April 04, 2011

It took so much more time and energy than I expected, but we're finally getting there ! Did you thing Diveboard was going to remain only a blog ? Of course not ! And while the blog remains one of the key aspects of diveboard as a way to share and feature interesting stories and interact with the community, it's time today to finally unveil the second side of Diveboard.But maybe a screenshot will help out a bit !As a scuba diver, there are gazillions of things I was missing. First things first, as a Mac geek I've been über frustrated for years to not be able to do anything useful with the dives stored in my Mares M2 - and let's be realistic the Windows software (IRIS) is a joke. On top of...

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