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I am no longer on octodon.social and I will try my best to keep away from some of the people on that server who have taken upon themselves the mantle of upholding the principles of Free Software! I am also observing that mastodon is not so different from twitter when it comes to sane discourse. That is expected - people can't be different when they type on a different browser tab.

I will be mostly tooting my (mis)adventures with amateur radio here and not much about anything else.

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Thank you @M0YNG.

Hello everyone - I am Ramakrishnan. My callsign is VU3RDD and I live in Bangalore, India. I am interested in homebrew electronics and I mostly operate HF/CW at the moment. I have inverted V antenna for 40 and 20m bands.

I do computer programming for a living and work on low level software, cryptography and network protocols..

I have another account octodon.social/@vu3rdd but i thought of separating the radio/electronics toots into a separate account.

Not a fan of this kind of pre-processor handling. (there is a matching one for the trailing '}' too)..

@Shufei @solderpunk @xj9 @rysiek @tomasino
I think a lot of the harm done by our "modern" electronics is due to the dogma of ever increasing performance. Take tantalum for example: it is mainly used in capacitors and mined in highly critical conditions (coltan mining in Rwanda and Congo). Tantalum capacitors are mainly used for their high energy density. Which means they can easily replaced by the use larger components without rare materials.
Yes, we exploit people to have slim smartphones.

That was shortlived happiness. I can't seem to transmit with linhpsdr. 😞 Some time, I don't want to endlessly dig into the source code, especially with something that works with a complex hardware like HPSDR. I just want to "use" it.

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Hooked up linhpsdr with wsjt-x via pulseaudio null loopback sink and it works perfectly!

Spent the whole morning without power and turned out that a wire got burnt because of water seepage last night due to rain. 😟

If you wanna do a project: do it. And never let anyone get in your way. I have spent too long beating myself up over what I want, and what I think is important. All because I want to please others before myself. By putting yourself on a path that is paved with your interests, you'll surround yourself with the people who will support you /because you are you/.

It doesn't matter how silly or seemingly meaningless your interests are. Your interests are what give your personality its unique beauty.

So seize your interests!! Seize your passion for life!!

In other news I am really liking my x230 computer... except the screen, which is terrible. Some colour schemes of certain webpages are completely unreadable. At some point, I will think of upgrading the screen..

When one thing goes off my plate, 10 new thing comes in.

They never said adulthood is about clearing todo lists.

you can tell the tech industry is a mess by how often projects prominently advertise the tools used. "written in rust!" "100% python using Super Fancy Library! ". it'd be like a carpenter bragging about the brand of saw they use instead of pointing at the cool things they've made.

Inspired by the reproducible builds project, I am going to spend some time this weekend reading and possibly tinkering with Guix.

Today I learned that ~50 minutes is equivalent to 1 µCentury.

@M0YNG How is radio activity going? I am a bit swamped with work and my antenna broke because a tree branch fell on one leg of the inverted v dipole. And I swapped my old Windows laptop which I used for running PowerSDR with a refurbished Thinkpad but now I run Debian on it. All in all, it has been several days since I went on air and I feel the urge to go on air, but don't have a standalone radio. :-(

Thinking of buying a 20m version of QCX.

A friend in the UK tells me that a number of Indian news websites are not accessible to him anymore. I recommended him to use Tor browser.

Western media, in its usual self-serving ways, never reports blockages created by their own ISPs or Governments.

life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them.

Hi folks! 9 years ago (to the day), the late Aaron Swartz made the first commit to SecureDrop, which was then called DeadDrop. Today the project is used by >70 media orgs around the world.

It's an open source whistleblower submission platform that uses the Tor network to protect source anonymity. We're also working on a next-generation integrated workstation for journalists based on Qubes OS:
github.com/freedomofpress/secu

We're happy to be here! #introductions

github is down. Preparing myself to read medium posts from pundits hand wave about decentralization..

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.

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What do people use for fetching email from IMAP (I am going to do a bit of yak shaving this weekend to go back to my old notmuch based email setup.. or mu4e). getmail seem to advertise itself as a "fetchmail" replacement. However, getmail seem to be written in python 2.7 and i don't see a python3 port.

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