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If if ain’t broken, don’t fix it. I’m going to have that tattooed on my body somewhere. There are countless examples of how screwing around with properly functioning devices on boats can cause problems but I think the best illustration is with computers. I learned a long time ago not to update software or operating systems unless I have a really good reason for doing so. Sometimes, however, you just don’t have a choice.

Sadly, this blog post is being typed on my old on-its-last-legs laptop instead of our new MacBook Pro because the new one came installed with an updated operating system which is not compatible with our Alfa Wi-Fi amplifier (AWUS036H). What to do? What to do?

Answer to yesterday’s questions:

SART: Search and Rescue Transponder. This is a device operating on radar frequencies that is designed to produce a distinctive pattern on an approaching vessel’s radar. A SART transmits a series of 12 pulses at very short intervals which, on a radar screen, will appear as 12 small contacts starting at the position of the SART and stretching outwards towards the edge of the screen, 0.6 miles apart.

Today’s question: What is Buys Ballot’s Law?