Time for a new #introduction as my old one's a bit out-of-date.
I'm also into #hamradio, my username's my callsign.
I started #gliding back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.
I mentioned that I had my second glider flight on Sunday. I took my DSLR camera with me this time, and when my flight instructor had control of the glider I took pictures. Here are four of them.
It was another great day for gliding/soaring. Too bad I couldn't stay long due to Freyja's vet appointment.
(For those who missed it: a security researcher has reverse-engineered the TikTok app on Android and found that TikTok scans the LAN for devices and reports back to HQ; moreover, the app has the ability to download a payload from HQ and execute it.)
Another thing I learned: you can use rigctld as a daemon instead of having a program like FLDigi or Xlog connect to the serial device used to communicate with the radio directly using hamlib. This has two benefits:
1. Communication issues between the program and the radio don't cause the program to hang
2. You can use multiple programs with the same radio since they're not connecting directly on the serial interface
It's actually similar to how gpsd provides GPS data to multiple programs.
Field Day is over. My results: 6 QSOs with 1 CW, 2 phone, and 3 PSK31. This is actually the most QSOs I've made on Field Day operating on my own. Unfortunately I had to break operating QRP to get both phone and one PSK31 contact.
On that note: I found I can work around NetBSD only supporting playback on the RIGBlaster Advantage by splitting the audio into a separate USB sound card and using that for receiving. This is how I'm able to operate digital on my NetBSD laptop.
I've managed to turn Field Day into a trial run for using Xlog on my NetBSD laptop for the first time. Along the way I got the hamlib functionality to work since NetBSD 9.0 finally supports the USB serial interface from my SignaLink.
I've made 2 QSOs so far, one nerve-wracking CW contact and one phone. Had to go above QRP to make the phone contact happen, but it was with someone in my old stomping grounds of western Pennsylvania so it was worth it. #AmateurRadio
Unix window manager stuff (2/2)
Since i3 is somewhat EWMH-compliant, if a different program sets the state of a window, i3 will use that state.
Enter a command line program called wmctrl, which lets one set the state of a window from the command line. This command toggles the sticky state of the active window, which if I typed it in xvkbd itself, would set xvkbd as sticky:
wmctrl -r :ACTIVE: -b toggle,sticky
This one will let you select the window instead:
wmctrl -r :SELECT: -b toggle,sticky
Unix window manager stuff (1/2)
This past week I'd taken an interest in on-screen/virtual keyboards and narrowed my choices down to xvkbd and Onboard. I noticed in i3 that Onboard is "sticky" (appears on all workspaces) while xvkbd isn't, even when set as a toolbar.
After some digging I found that the i3 window manager doesn't have a way to set a floating window to sticky on its own. However, it turns out that despite not advertising this i3 is at least somewhat EWMH-compliant. (continued)
Another Field Day is upon us for #AmateurRadio
But to be honest, I haven't really operated in over a month. The computer I use for digital work is out of commission, I can't copy CW fast enough to make QSOs at the speed that most other hams are sending at, and QRP with an indoor antenna is especially bad when it comes to phone. So yes, doing ham radio here has been a frustrating experience, and I've let other interests occupy my time.
Might get on today or tomorrow, though.
Another Field Day will be upon us tomorrow. But my preferred computer for ham radio digital work, a RPi 2 model B I've been using since 2016, is no longer booting from any microSD card I put in its slot. Even after waiting for over a month it still won't. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this?
One thing I worked on during my time away from the Fediverse is setting up Nagios here at home, after spending a lot of time with it at work. I've got the basic services I want, but there's key differences between my setup here and what I do at work:
- I use NetBSD instead of Linux
- I use lighttpd instead of Apache
- I use #IPv6 instead of IPv4, with unique local addresses so nothing goes beyond my own LAN
I was going to let this post just sit quietly on my site, but Tom Webb won't such an elegant comment, I want to make sure his words are read. How Do We Change the Police? https://workersparadise.org/2020/06/01/how-do-we-change-the-police/
COVID-19, U.S. Media
FAIR's Jim Naureckas deconstructs how Newsweek's reporting on the White House's guidelines for states reopening actually make no sense. He does this by illustrating how Illinois, a state were COVID infections are still rising (and my current state of residence), has been cleared to reopen while Alaska, which has few if any new infections, hasn't.
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