Ways To Use SuperDisc

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The most common way to use SuperDisc (any version) is to double click the Master Subject Index, wait till it fully loads (time is dependent on your computer's processing power and memory), then scroll down to the subject you are interested in and click on the post number.  This action will take you to the chosen post. When through reading this post and any related attachments or links, hit your browser's back button and you will return to the index. If you wait for a moment, you will return to the same spot in the index you started from. Now you can scroll down or up to the next post you are interested in. To keep SuperDisc simple & easy to use, it is not a full blown database. It's all done in Microsoft Excel and FrontPage so that anyone with a computer and web browser can use easily without the learning curve of databases. As such, you may find information in the index listed in a number of alphabetically listed places. A quick scroll through the 19,000 + posts will give you an idea as to how posts are described. Many are Commander model specific, and you will see many, many posts concerning specific models. Engine models also have many posts per model. Most of the mentioned model specific posts are described by a number such as 38 Commander or 327, etc. By virtue of alphabetical listing, these are concentrated in the first part of the Master Subject Index. After the numerical headed posts come the more specific subject posts such as batteries, refinishing, teak treatments, oils, etc, etc.

To get an idea of the sheer magnitude on information in SuperDisc, I suggest a fast downward scroll through the whole 19,000+ posts. I just tried this using a mouse scroll wheel and it took about 13 minutes to scroll through every post. Of course you are going pretty fast, but this does give you an overview of total content. The Master Subject Index is clearly the most utilized method to find the information you want to view in SuperDisc.

Now, let's consider the Master Author Index. If you have a favorite poster (Dahlen, DiSesa, Miller, Gajcak, Quentin, etc, etc) and you would like to see what a particular post author has to say on a given subject, the Master Author Index is the place to start. Again, it's arranged alphabetically by the authors name, then in the order in which the author posted, with the earliest ones first.

The Master Post Index is as described, listed by post number, starting with #1 by Rob Cutchins way back in 2000, all the way to #53009 by jeremy Goldstein at the end of 2018.

OK, now for a fun way of passing some spare time (Who has spare time) :-) ----  You may have noticed that each year has its own folder. Open one of these folders and again you'll see the three Indexes, only these are not Master Indexes. They cover just the given year in the folder name. These 'year' folders also contain a folder called 'attachments'. These are the attachments that came with some of the posts for that year. They are mostly JPG pictures, along with some PDF files. Remember the old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words"? Well we're going to look at some pictures and then find out what was posted about them. Let's double click on the 2013 file to open it. Now double click on the attachments file to open it. Most modern browsers will let you enlarge the photo icons you now see in this folder. In Chrome, I select 'Extra Large Icons" and now I can see detail pretty good on each attachment icon. Now I'm just going to scroll down till I see one that piques my curiosity. The first one that catches my eye in 2013 Attachments is #46180A. The 'A' merely indicates there is more than 1 attachment with post # 46180. If I double click on this icon, my picture viewer launches the full size picture and I see it's about something electrical. I'm now going to close my full size picture and I now return to the icon view. I'm going to jot down the post number on a scratch pad and continue looking for interesting icons. I quickly find the following attachments that interest me and I copy down the following post numbers: 46180, 46458, 46469, 46511, & 46516. Now we hit the browsers back button & return to the opened 2013 folder where we see all the indexes. We double click on the Post Index, which now opens. Scroll down to our first number, 46180 and double click on the post number. Voila! Almost immediately we go to that post and see that it was a radio equipment question posted by Brian Barton and answered by Scott Anderson. After reading the post and seeing all 3 attachments to this message we hit the browser back button and we are back at the Post Index where we now scroll down to our next post of interest, 46459. double click and see the post which is about docking lights. Again we hit the back button and scroll down to our next post of interest, 46469, which turns out to be a PDF file of a Spring Fitting Out Safety Checklist.

Well, by now you should see the endless possibilities of surfing through the attachment folders in the individual year folders! Happy surfing, and don't blame me if you get hooked on this method of exploring the plethora of Commander Info in SuperDisc !

 

Club News

5th Annual CCCC Photo Contest is underway!!

We invite all members to "Hit Us With Your Best Shot" for a chance to win Commander merchandise from our Dock Shop. 1st prize of $100 worth, 2nd prize of $75 worth, or 3rd prize of $50 worth of Commander merchandise from our Dock Shop. This includes Super Discs, Resource Collections, and Burgees.  

The contest will run until September 30th, 2019.

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Help Wanted!!!

New Faces, New Perspectives - Executive Committee Openings to start in January 2020

Would you like to be more active in the Commander Club? Would you like to help chart our course? Are you willing to commit the time, energy and creativity needed to assist us in promoting and supporting our mission?

We are searching for new faces and new perspectives. Positions start in January 2020 for a two year term.

There are four positions available. Chief Commander, Treasurer, Public Relations Chair and Membership Chair.

Duties for each position are located in the bylaws https://commanderclub.com/page/bylaws

More details about each position here.

The Executive Committee (EC) convenes monthly via conference call. Meetings typically last 90 minutes or less. Most work done via e-mail. Each job has its own time commitment depending on club activities. Current EC members will mentor you.

Interested in any of these positions?

Please drop Char Pike an e-mail at archivist.commanderclub@gmail.com

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SuperDisc 14.0 and Resource Collection 4.0 Available Now!

SuperDisc 14.0 is an electronic encyclopedia of every aspect of Commander maintenance and repairs. The information on the disk is retrieved from the discussion forum and e-mail list, but organized in a way that makes information easy to find and use. SuperDisc is available on USB flash drive

Click here for more details https://commanderclub.com/page/superdisk

The SuperDisc 14.0 Complete Edition is for first time buyers of SuperDiscs.

The SuperDisc 14.0 Upgrade Edition is intended for those who wish to upgrade their SuperDisc 1.0 through 13.0. Each year we add over 1,000 posts. Don’t miss out.

Resource Collection 4.0 is great to own too!!!

The Resource Collection 4.0 contents include CC Catalogs and Brochures. CC Service Bulletins, CC Price Lists. Engine & Transmission Manuals. Dick Avery sketches and drawings, a folder for every Commander model, and all kinds of technical and interesting stuff. Over 187 folders and 2,563 Files. A true “Treasure Trove” for the Commander owner!

We thank you for supporting the club with your purchase of SuperDisc14.0 and/or Resource Collection 4.0. We hope you find it to be the value we feel it is, and trust you will enjoy the other benefits your payment will help provide. It’s your payment that helps to support the activities of this dues free organization that has grown from 12 members in 1999 to well over 4000 members in 2019.

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