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November 26, 2006

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FSD News:

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2016 – 35

    Posted: 2016/08/30           Category: Thneed Digest          

    An update on what FSD knows…

    Based on the latest FBRI email it looks as if the much awaited library updates are on the way.  The only word on release is “mid-September”.  No year was listed.  However, if this is true that means that the analysis has passed the Best Biometrics Practices Review Committee.  This is a required step for all library releases! While FSD did not hear a call for people to join the committee to review the analysis we are sure that it must have happened as the Board of Directors and the President have stated publicly that all libraries WILL be reviewed this way and that it doesn’t matter who did the analysis.  Also no word on the numerous reported FPS bugs.  Will they be patched at this time no one knows.  Some scheme to “protect” the library was said to be implemented in the software so it seems that priority should have been given to fixing the bugs over spending excessive amounts of time “protecting” the libraries.

    Click here to read more…

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2016 – 28

    Posted: 2016/07/11           Category: Thneed Digest          

    An update on what FSD knows…

    This is kind of important.  Recently FBRI mailed out letters to all supporting organizations (because remember there are no members that has a different legal meaning).  The focus of this letter was to promote Endowment Contributing Organizations to terminate in favor of yearly payments.  Full disclosure Free State Drivers is an Endowment Contributing Organization and FSD will NOT be terminating the contract in favor of receiving the promised benefits when FSD paid its original fees.  Why is FSD making this decision?

    1. We entered into a contract and expect it to be fulfilled.
    2. The yearly fee keeps going up but the benefit keeps going down
      • No new library contrary to presentations dated 2012 and 2014 that say it is done.  Plus this new library is password protected or some nonsense.  How many hours did it take to implement this?
      • No new software with meaningful fixes in years.
      • No new documentation that hasn’t been put out in some other form in the past several years.
      • Likely no TRS (calibration tools) to be provided
    3. Most Endowment Organizations do NOT use the majority of the resources
    4. As a consultant FPS is not my only choice for my clients.  For the ones that we do use FPS for they are already annual contributors or are urged to become annual contributors.
    5. A “carryover” of nearly 1/4 million USD for a 501c3 organization.
    6. Finally what about building the endowment? Making the resources free as promoted when organizations joined.  No one has seen the efforts taken in the past to reach the goal.

    PLEASE if you are an Endowment Contributing Organization think long and hard before making this choice.  Hold FBRI accountable for the agreement that they made with us all.  I strongly urge people not to terminate the contracts.  Perhaps a voluntary additional contribution is reasonable but don’t lose the benefits that many of you all signed up for and can never be resumed.

    What are your thoughts? Read the rest and send us an email on your thoughts.

    Click here to read more…

  • Happy New Years – Well for FPS

    Posted: 2016/07/01           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 2016 – 26

    Posted: 2016/06/28           Category: Thneed Digest          

    An update on what FSD knows and where we have been…

    Click here to read more…

  • Fixing the WordPress Media Upload ‘HTTP Error’ Problem

    Posted: 2016/06/13           Category: Tips and Tricks          

    After having spent many hours searching how to fix this problem of uploading an image (likely large) and only getting a message of HTTP Error the FSD Web Penguin finally figured it out.  The solution was dead simple too.  Mileage may vary based on your hosting service.

    All of the references pointed to some known ImageMagick issue with WP.  Finally we looked in to our hosting provider after having tried all the .htaccess and function.php modifications found everywhere.  It was clear that the provider offered the ImageMagick PHP extension.  We finally read on to find out that the provider DID NOT ENABLE the extensions by default.  Likely for security reasons and we can fully understand that.

    Solution:

    edit your php.ini to include

    extension = imagick.so

  • Day 1 – FPS Localization by SiteGrid and CASH Card – Images

    Posted:            Category: Announcements          

    This post is large (MB) due to full resolution photos.  Viewing is recommended on high speed non-metered internet connection.
    Click here to read more…

  • Day 2 – FPS Localization by SiteGrid and CASH Card

    Posted: 2016/06/12           Category: Announcements          

    Here is a quick summary of the first day of the FBRI hosted event and some of the things we learned.
    Click here to read more…

  • Day 1 – FPS Localization by SiteGrid and CASH Card

    Posted: 2016/06/07           Category: Announcements          

    Here is a quick summary of the first day of the FBRI hosted event and some of the things we learned.
    Click here to read more…

  • Will you be attending the upcoming FBRI Training…

    Posted: 2016/05/21           Category: Announcements          

    Hello everyone.  Just over a week ago FBRI announced the upcoming “FPS Localization by SiteGrid and CASH Card” to be held on June 7 – 8, 2016.  FSD will be sending one of the office penguins to attend this workshop as many of you have had great questions about the 10 meter site and associated projects.  In preparation for the upcoming workshop FSD has developed a quick calculator for Android.  (sorry IOS and MS) This calculator can be side loaded into your android device and can calculate 10m site based on tree measurements.  Hopefully this will be useful.

    Download: 10mSiteCalc (The download will start automatically)

    The download can also be found under Tips and Tricks and Downloads.

    Don’t forget about the online calculator here.

  • Thneed Digest – Week 2016 – 19

    Posted: 2016/05/13           Category: Thneed Digest          

    An update on what FSD knows…
    Click here to read more…


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