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I am no longer on 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 but i thought of separating the radio/electronics toots into a separate account.

I got a Pi4 for the radioberry project. But looks like I will need to get those micro-HDMI connectors too.

Anyone building or have built PA3GSB's Radioberry project? It looks pretty nice. A couple of us have ordered parts for the project.

In Iceland, you can hand-draw a map on mail, without an address, and it will still make it to its destination

Holy smokes.

LibreOffice runs on the Librem 5!


Saving files, opening files, typing... the UI is a bit cramped (it's a desktop app on a phone)... but hot-diggity! It works!

Google is currently on witchhunt for alternative #YouTube frontends: They target the services as well as their users.

In the last week, #Invidious instances first got IP banned, and once that was circumvented stopped via heavy rate limits.

Now they manage to associate #NewPipe users with google accounts somehow, and suspend these accounts:

Now that these frontends got #Google's attention, I don't think we can sustain this cat & mouse game for long. 😔

Starting to play with Nix package manager. Last time I looked at it was ~5 years ago and a lot seem to have changed for good.

I really miss the usenet style FAQs.. Was reminded how nice they are by this one:

So, uh. You know Invidious, the privacy-focused front end for YouTube?

Someone made the same thing except it's for Twitter. And it has RSS support.

men's lavs 

AO-7 here shows off to prove that satellite cleanroom manufacturing is for *wimps.*

Oscar 7 has been flying around bouncing #hamradio transmissions in 5 ways since 1974, the same year as poor old Skylab went kablooie.

Bunnysuits? We don’t need no stinking bunnysuits.


Put together this little CW practice kit today.

Those nuts and washers are to be installed *after* soldering the supports into the main PCB. That is very tricky!

GNU/Linux ham radio users: What do you use for logging? I haven't started contesting much yet and mostly do casual QSOs.

cqrlog looks great, I would have preferred something that depended on sqlite than mysql/mariadb though..

duckduckgo's search result quality has improved leaps and bounds off late. I forgot when I last had to prefix a "!g" .. I wish they don't sell out and go the Google way.

-p in ssh but -P in scp ... computers are awesome

I see a lot of similarity in the grit and in the language that Greta Thunberg uses vs that of Richard Stallman - which is to say, one needs a lot of idealism (or perhaps a lot of money) to achieve any difficult goal.

What kind of computing changes can we make to contribute our bits to climate change?

I use a desktop PC which is powered on only during the work hours. However it consumes a lot of power (I haven't measured, but I would guess it is a lot more than a regular laptop).

Has anyone (programmers especially) tried Pi 4-4GB as their daily desktop driver?


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