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 :-)
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..
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!
I saw a great piece of software on YouTube this week, it monitors the traffic your PC passes to the web and other machines on your network. Its called Glasswire, https://www.glasswire.com/ there is a free version and 2 paid for versions really cool! and very useful..
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…
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..
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..
Currently printing bespoke fan guards and RASPI cases with the AnyCube.. have to say that’s a stonking bit of kit!
I have learned of something new! anyone know more about it?? G