Thinking to myself, “What can I do with all this crap in the junk box!” 

You know what it’s like, the junk box overflows and your faced with the decision “should I bin it” radios, the old the stupid and the ugly!

Well this time around I have binned a whole heap! Satellite antenna controllers that didn’t work, clone Chinese arduino boards adorned with wonky components doing strange things when moved. Or un-finished radio kits, I just don’t have the space anymore! Let’s face it I’ll never get around to fixing them 🙁

The good news! freshly re-discovered desk space has me THINKING! Yes I know “did it hurt” I’ve a few bits I repaired and stored like.. Computers, power supplies, test equipment, blah blah.. but? “what can I use this stuff for!” I have an array of pi computers sitting waiting for their instructions, and 25 arduino boards in various guises, yes 25! All very sad..

So I’m planning some “interesting” projects (at least interesting to me).

Watch this space :-)

MB6WA C4FM gateway gone

Sadly off air for good, no support or interest! Bit of a shame really, but the cost to run and kit out was starting to mount up, new cabling, power supply repairs etc made for a monthly cost of around £10, (£120 a year) not including the purchase of the kit..

Do you have a spare laptop? why not run MINT Linux and dodge worms!

Well, OK nothing is totally safe, but Linux (love it or hate it) is a lot more secure on the whole than windows, so why not use that surplus laptop to perhaps look after all those external drives full of photos and documents..

Linux isn’t really a windows replacement, its closer now than ever, so you wont be running adobe or outlook etc.. However there are heaps of free open source programs around for you to try! like OpenOffice, Gimp, loads loads more..

go on give it a go!! find the old laptop, you may find you love it.. the install files are found here https://www.linuxmint.com/ HAVE FUN!

Ps, I’m not an expert on computer security I just find it interesting!

Windows 10?, you can slow data harvesting, learn how here…

Privacy is important, protect yourself on windows.. read about spy-bot anti beacon here and how you can slow the data harvest on windows 10…

Spybot Anti-Beacon

there are lots of programs around that offer to help.. take care many are full of malware! short of adopting an all Linux experience, there are a few things to discover in the privacy settings in your present operating system.

BE WARNED THOUGH, THINGS CAN BREAK! YOUR RISKING BRICKING YOUR PC..

 

MB6WA C4FM NODE is back on air..

C4FM has picked up a little more and I’ve put the node back on, its been given less power than a hand held in a puddle, but its there use it! I will script it so that if no one txs into it within 7 minutes it will exit the room its in.. this is to stop the radio from constantly txing for the listeners.. cruel i know, but the radio glows in the dark txing for 2-3 hours!! you have a mic, use it..