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November 26, 2006

We are dedicated to the greater good of forestry here at Free State Drivers.
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FSD News:

  • 2017 Forest Biometrics Research Institute Annual Meeting. What we heard…

    Posted: 2017/11/14           Category: Announcements          

    The much anticipated FBRI Annual meeting happened today.  Did we learn anything?
    Click here to read more…

  • New Software Screenshots

    Posted: 2017/10/24           Category: Announcements          

    In cooperation with The Natural Biometrician, the penguins around the shop here have been working on redesigning the FPS database developed by The Forest Biometrics Research Institute.  Many times the developers have made the announcement that the FPS database is just an example and users are expected to customize it to fit their needs.  The FSD Office Penguins are well on the way to making that a reality with straightforward updates, navigation menus, and functions.  Check out some of the initial screenshots at The Natural Biometrician and tell us what you think.  Want to use the interface for something else.  Go for it.  It is flexible enough to handle just about any MS Access database type of model.

    Oh ya, the downside is the cost.  FREE!!!!  Yes, that is right we are giving it away as we should.  Currently settling on the license before releasing in mid-November 2017.  To protect the USER, we are actively considering GPLv3.  Open Source!  That doesn’t mean we would turn down contributions if you feel that it is worth the development.
    Click here to read more…

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2017 – 39

    Posted: 2017/09/26           Category: Thneed Digest          

    It has Been a busy summer for the penguins with office visits and PROGRAMMING!!!! There has even been a smattering of biometrics and mensuration.  Hopefully, this fall FSD will be releasing a few new free products to assist in the day to day work of forest inventory.  Some of the projects will help with field work too.  But for now, let’s update you on FBRI communications.  The office penguins were not able to make it to the latest training because of the late announcement by FBRI.  But needless to say, we will be attending the annual meeting in November.  You should be too.  Sounds like a lot of changes on the horizon…

    Did you get the latest FPS Update??  Does it work for you? We would love to hear your experiences so that they can be posted to the public bug log and wiki https://fps.wiki/.  Some of the last versions bugs were um interesting.


    Click here to read more…

  • Solar Eclipse 2017

    Posted: 2017/08/21           Category: Announcements          

    Ok seriously you think that on a day where the entire United States will be able to see some form of eclipse the office penguins will be in the office.  NEVER!!!  Viva la penguins! The office is packed up and will be in the center line of totality.  Where will you be?  We will post after the event.

    If you are just seeing this it may be too late but for more information visit:

    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/ I am a big fan of there work in general.

    All of the office penguins have already been issued and fitted with #14 welders glass welding eye wear per the NASA recommendation.

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2017 – 29

    Posted: 2017/07/17           Category: Thneed Digest          

    Another update between projects and office visits.  What else do we know…  Did anyone go to the last SiteGrid training??  We would like to hear from you.

    Click here to read more…

  • Happy New Years – Well for FPS

    Posted: 2017/07/01           Category: Announcements          

    Remember that July 1 is the first day of the new year for The Forest Projection and Planning System (FPS).  This means anything measured this year before today is assigned a year of last year for its measurement.  Today ALL growth is considered to have happened and it is year end of the current calendar year.

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2017 – 20

    Posted: 2017/05/21           Category: Thneed Digest          

    Just a quick update.  Been pretty busy making a new Open Project for everyone to use freely.  More on that in the coming weeks.  Currently mixed reviews from my testers but it is extremely bare bones right now.  What else do we know…

    Click here to read more…

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2017 – 16

    Posted: 2017/04/19           Category: Thneed Digest          

    So today I was reminded that we should keep people up to date on the happenings around the Nest and our corner of forestry.

    Click here to read more…

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2017 – 11.3

    Posted: 2017/03/17           Category: Thneed Digest          

    An official update from FBRI about the latest (7.5) software.  A new link has been passed out to all?  So we will be calling this FPS 7.5.0.1.  No word on if this one was tested to properly work with windows machines.  Check your email from FBRI for the link.

    Click here to read more…

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2017 – 11.2

    Posted: 2017/03/16           Category: Thneed Digest          

    An official update from FBRI about the latest (7.5) software.  However we tried to download the update from the link and the link is the original disabled software.  Now there is no word on if this package was created with the same packaging software as the original 7.0 crash.  However we are willing to bet it is.  The big deal with this version was supposed to identify your system and only install what was needed for your combination of drivers.  Now FPS should not require any real drivers if standard updated programming techniques were used.  Is FBRI still releasing FPS with non standard features.  Previous versions of FPS have used a depreciated video library.  Perhaps time will tell us what is going on.  Wondering if the upcoming workshop is still happening???

    Click here to read more…


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