Locked Out and Linux Update

So I use some pretty strong security measures on my blog and server, because there is always some script bot trying to gain access to things. So pretty much if you try to login and you are not allowed to, you get IP banned. Well, like an idiot last night, i tried to login and i selected the wrong account name and password, and locked myself out of the blog. So i rage quit and went to bed for the night. Got up this morning, SSH into the server and did some linux foo and allowed myself back in again. HAHAHA

Now, touch wood, since i have installed the proprietary AMD graphic drivers for Radeon cards, I have not had a single crash. PC has been running now for 3 days and it would have typically crashed at least once in that time. So, i think i have fixed the problem and I can now get on with getting things setup and back on track to doing much more productive things.


Echolink On Linux

Sometime ago, i wrote a bit of a guide on how to install echolink on linux, what packages you needed to install and what not and how to compile and install it. Its one of the posts on here that gets a lot of comments, usually questions as to why its not working for them or upgrading their OS broke everything because of static linking.

Anyway, as it turns out someone has taken over maintaining the project, they have made the few minor changed that were needed to make it compile on modern flavors of linux and they have made packages available for it.

So its now just a simple matter to install it on any debian based distro using aptitude.

And that is all you have to do.




Linux And Me

Linux, hmmm, you watch the fan bois come out in force to defend their god over this post. But linux is like a case of the drizzling shits, and endless stream of watery faeces that stick to everything, stink to high heaven and will eventually kill you.

I am not a neanderthal, or and Luddite, I have been using unix and linux on and off for just about forever. But i am at a point in life where I do not want to screw around with things. I want my tools to not require me to fight them to get any work done. When i grab a hammer i do not get out a saw and an plane and some sandpaper to make a fucking hammer, It needs to be ready just to hit shit.

So if its not working out of the box, if i have to fight it, diagnose 100 problems just to get a system that does everything i need, then I do not want to use it. This is the story so far. Oh I should mention, I am writing this post in linux, I have everything just about sorted out other than 1 piece of software that I do not really want to change because I like how it works and it does everything that i need. More on that later.

So i started out with Mint, I used to use mint as my daily driver when I was coding for online games. Back when I had simpler needs and all i really needed was a programming IDE, browser and email to be happy. It was what I went to initially, i know my way around it, it looks good and its what I have installed on the wifes computer. But for whatever reason, it would lock up every couple of days on my computer. No idea why, just random lockups. So it was out.

Next was Manjaro, Oh i liked this distro, its look and feel was good, it was responsive and fast, but it had a bug with fonts-config and I had no idea how to fix it and could not find any explanation on how to either. Its a shame really, but if I cannot run certain software on a distro, then its out nano vna saver is important here, i am a home brewer after all.

Then i gave MX a try, this might have actually been an ok distro, but out of the box the package manager was using an out of date repository and by the time i worked out what was happening, the install was fucked up. Wine would not install wine32, kind of needed for the older 32bit windows software that there are no linux version of, and something as simple as installing Kdenlive in a KDE desktop borked because of broken dependencies. Its shit like that, which really turn people off. I did not bother reinstalling and trying again after than. It was dead to me.

So i thought i would go old school with Opensuse, it had the KDE missing icons bug, not hard to fix, but in a modern bleeding edge distro you would think that they would fix it so that it uses the non broken theme and icons. But the thing that killed this for me, I could not get it to work with my wifi printer. Most others discover the printer add the cups driver and bang its working. Nope, it could not even discover it.

And now we have gone back full circle. I am running Kubuntu, yeah canonicle are something I like to avoid, but here we are, everything is running and all i have left now that I do not have a suitable replacement for is Ham Radio Deluxe. Not that I am doing a whole lot of operating at the moment, one antenna is down, the other one is putting RF in the shack and I have not been bothered to fix either of them as Im probably moving within the next few months and need to take it all down. So for that, i will dual boot with windows just for logging and for using DM870 for digital modes.

Yeah i know about fldigi and the suit of software that goes along with it, but its like looking at the 1850’s, if they made the thing look sleek and modern it might be a suitable alternative, but as it looks now, yeah i just cannot bring myself to use it. That, and when i tried it in windows it never worked for me, even with the sound settings flat out it never had enough gain and the rig control was meh as well. Never did work out what its problem was, HRD worked and never gave me a problem, so i just ponied up and bought it.

Anyway, that is my story, Linux is pain in the arse and a piece of shit that is still not ready for the main game, but, i think i will be able to make things work for now. All this because windows broke the bloody MTP driver for my phone and tablet. And if you are a linux fan boi and I have touched you on the frequency because I spoke ill of your god, don’t bother commenting, you are not going to change my mind that linux is turds on fire. If its perfect for you, that is great. Not everyone is you.


An Update, Story Of My Life HAHA

So windows. Pain in the arse that it is broke shit again last update. This time it was the MTP driver for andiod devices. I use my phone for making videos and taking pictures for my blog and I use my tablet for reading watching TV so moving files on and off both are important and being able to connect to a USB port and just do that without dicking about with stupid work arounds is important.

As far as software goes, there is not a lot now days that I use that there is not a suitable linux replacement or native linux version. The sticking points comes down to 3 pieces of software. First is Ham Radio Deluxe, i know there is fldigi but i just do not like it, second is the software for my SDR receivers, there is no real replacement for the SDRplay software. Yeah there are some old and unmaintained projects, but nothing that is current and worth using  and the final one is Vectrix Aspire, its a 2d cad program for CNC routers.

For now I will be dual booting for some ham radio stuff, not that I am doing much there anyway currently, to focused on work and moving things along trying to build a house. Plus a wind storm took down my 40m dipole last week and I have an issue with the tri band vertical and have not been bothered with trying to sort out either of them. Within the next couple of weeks I should know whether we are moving or not and if so I will just pull it all down and start packing things away till after we move.

So anyway, I am now running linux. I can access my phone and tablet again and do the things I need to. Tomorrow I am off to look at some blocks of land where we would like to build and then Friday I hope to start doing some of these experiements with the Pi that have been getting delayed over and over again. HAHA


Raspberry Pi Power and RF Hat


So i know that I have been living under a log, but on the Pi you can modulate one of the GPIO pins and create a rather rudimentary transmitters. Now this outputs the sum of all the sine waves HEHE and the GPIO pins are not very clean also passing on any power supply ripple and the like. So it need to be filtered quite severely. So with that in mind, I have put a double tuned band pass filter inline to clean things up somewhat. I will take a look with my spec-an when i get the boards back and see if its actually clean enough. Some say it is, but I like to see for myself and not jump to conclusions. There is enough wrong on the internet as it is from monkey see monkey do copying others mistakes.

The other thing i have added is a DC barrel jack to power the Pi. I have a couple of 5A 5V PSU’s so its a bit of a no brainer to power it that way and it saves on breaking the micro usb connector off eventually. The other connector is a USB A socket to supply power to the HDMI LED Display that I use. I have a bigger one coming, a 7 incher which will make developing on the Pi a little nicer than using the 5 incher i have on there currently.

I got a few other things in the plans to play and experiment with in the pipeline. So there are a bunch of cool posts and videos in the pipline. Oh and I have the board files for the uSDX as well which will get sent of with my next order. Should be a cool project.


Fun With Raspberry Pi

So i was going to make a really nice post today explaining the things I was doing with the raspberry pi. Instead, I have spent the last hour fighting with windows to give me access to the SD card on my phone so I could add this picture to the post. Why is it, that windows always breaks something every time they run and update and we have no option but to update or the scammers will hijack our shit.

If it was not for HRD, Diptrace, Vegas Movie Maker, and Photoshop i would dump this pile of windows shit and go linux. Well then I would have the problem that my HP keyboard does not play well with it because it defaults to multi media keys for the function keys. Nothing is ever simple. So my spend a few hours tonight learning how to so some cool things with the Pi ended up being a waste of time dicking about trying to get a picture off my phone.

HAHAHA. Failure is always an option.


Remote Control Antenna Tuner

This has now opened up some possibilities. A complete remote control home brew station perhaps? I think it can be done. I think I can even stream audio over wifi quite easily with a MEMS mic and an I2S sound card on the other end and an audio streaming library, then feeding the audio into an SSB transmitter. More to come, but next up will be to expand my 2 button interface into something more resembling a bunch of buttons on a 1990’s looking website HAHAHA. I think i will have to learn some QT programming or Python or Ruby and make a nice looking interface.