Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Remembering My Dad

Last week we had a private funeral service for my father and here is the eulogy I read:

Bill, my dad, was many things to many people.  He was a storyteller, lots of fun to be around, hard working, resilient, happy, kind and the list goes on and on.

One thing we all were familiar with was his ability to tell a story.  Some of the stories were adventurous like the time he was riding a bicycle built for two through the center of town and got pulled over by the police or the time he fired a cannon off in front of the police station and freaked all the officers out inside.  

Another type of story he loved to tell was the accomplishment type story like driving up and down Mt. Washington multiple times, or driving to Keegan, ME just to see what was there or racing a car with his drone and winning or how he had the fastest stock motorcycle in the world and he got it up to some ridiculously unsafe speed or having driven to every state in the continental US.  

The other type of story we seemed to hear more than any other involved the injustices he suffered, like being nailed to the roof by his brothers or how my mom had a new car every year they were married.  He had a lot less of those type of stories in recent years, because he was happy.  On the rare occasion he did have a new one it always made me laugh when Anne would call him out and set the story straight.  

Every once in a while you could get a life lesson from a story, well besides don’t drive 165 MPH on a motorcycle, one that changed me for the better was from a trip we took to Washington DC when I was a kid.  We were in line at this fancy hotel and the woman in front of us was complaining about something to the receptionist and my dad patiently waited his turn in line.  We finally got to the front of the line and my dad made a funny comment about the complainer to the receptionist.  She thanked him for his patience and upgraded us to an amazing room overlooking the city.  Sometimes being patient and funny pays off.  

The stories were almost always exaggerated in some way, but that is what made him a great story teller.  I am thankful to have picked up this skill from him and look forward to passing on these stories and many more.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Dad Passed Away

My dad passed away a couple weeks ago and the site with the obituary is crawling with ads so I wanted to also post it here.
William D. Sands, 67, of Kingston, NH and Viera, FL, and longtime resident of Amesbury, passed away in his home on Thursday as a result of cardiac issues.

Born in Amesbury on May 31, 1950, he was the son of Francis Sands and Simone Sands. He remained in Amesbury most of his life, and had various jobs that made use of his mechanical and technical skills and abilities, until his retirement from his career as a medical device technician. After retirement he moved his primary residence to Viera, Fl, where he enjoyed the sunny days, flying his drone, and the resident alligators.

Bill was known for his sense of humor, and could always be counted on for a story and a laugh. His love of travel brought him all over the United States. He loved to drive, and was always exploring, whether on a motorcycle, in an RV, or in his much-beloved Smart Car. Bill was an enthusiastic grandpa, and was known for his “Pepe hugs”.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Anne Sands, his brothers David Sands and wife Sally, and Leonard Sands, and his children, Keegan Sands and wife Jennifer, Brendan Sands and wife Ilona, Mike Gonthier  and wife Ally, and Kelley Fitzpatrick and husband Kevin. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kaleb, Camden, Connor and Jacob Sands, as well as nieces and nephews.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Flash Player Issue with Edge Browser in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

I recently spent a couple days debugging an issue with our Flash application in Microsoft's Edge browser.  Several developers were updated to the Anniversary update for Windows 10 and if you tried to load the page with our Flash application it wouldn't display and right clicking would show the "Movie not loaded" message.  Everything worked fined in Chrome, IE and Firefox.  I verified that Flash applications on the internet worked to eliminate that part of the problem.

Things go weird when I tried accessing the application from a different machine and it worked fine.  Further testing showed that the application would load fine on port 80, but not port 8080.  I was really narrowing it down and finally found that in the Anniversary update a new setting was added to the about:flags page called "Allow Adobe Flash Player localhost loopback".  After turning this on and restarting the browser the application loaded fine.  

Monday, May 29, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Video: Dover Trees

Visited friends this weekend and flew around their yard which had a ton of trees.  It was good practice.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Video: Woodsom Flying

I went out to find a new flying spot before the rain started and ran into some other FPV drone pilots.  Here is some video from my afternoon flights.