Category Archives: Computing

Compiling WSJT-X 1.7.0 on Devuan Jessie

The latest version of WSJT-X, 1.7.0, was released on 19 December, 2016.  I found that the available Debian formatted package would not install as it is biult for Ubuntu 16.04.1 (and variants) which has a newer version of Qt5 on … Continue reading

Posted in Amateur Radio, Computing, Debian, Software | Leave a comment

Running Electraft utilities on Linux amd64 and multiarch

At this time the Elecraft utilities for Linux are only available as i386 32 bit precompiled binaries.  Other architectures such as amd64 or armhf (Raspberry Pi) must use another means, if possible.  The Debian Linux distribution and its derivatives (Ubuntu, … Continue reading

Posted in Amateur Radio, Computing, Debian, Linux, Software | Leave a comment

Enabling sysvinit on Minibian Jessie 2016-03-12

As I was building a very minimal system for running APRX (N0NB-10) I chose to use Minibian as the starting point rather than stripping down the full Raspbian image to run on a Rasberry Pi model B.  Stripping the system … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Linux | Leave a comment

Debian 7.3.0 (Wheezy) in VirtualBox

To test a software build I installed Debian 7.3.0, a.k.a. Wheezy, into a VirtualBox drive.  All seemed well except the VirtualBox Guest additions did not seem to be active as a shared directory to the host computer could not be … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Linux | Leave a comment

“Ghost” a partition contents with rsync

The rsync utility may be one of the best kept secrets on any platform.  Certainly, its use as a backup tool is well known, but perhaps a bit less well known is it’s ability to replicate a complete partition’s contents … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Linux | 1 Comment

A QEMU image for Debian armel

My interest in the Raspberry Pi has led me to setting up an ARM based virtual machine in QEMU.  A bit of searching turned up instructions on setting up QEMU on MS Windows 7, which, in turn linked to instructions … Continue reading

Posted in Amateur Radio, Computing, Hamlib, Linux | Leave a comment

Disabling the touchpad on a Dell E6400 with Xubuntu

I dislike touchpads.  Okay, that’s not quite true, I truly despise touchpads!  Given the choice between a trackpoint (the knob pointer control in the keyboard) and a touchpad (a.k.a. scratchpad), I’ll take the trackpoint every time.  I absolutely love the … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, XFCE 4 | Leave a comment

Restoring screen brightness step size on XFCE4

I’ve been annoyed by the behavior of recent Debian/XFCE4/GNOME3 releases that have reduced the number of screen brightness levels from the T60’s default of 8 to 4.  The problem seems to stem from the removal of hal from recent desktop … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, XFCE 4 | Leave a comment

Fun with the FUNcube Dongle

Late last year a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) project hit the amateur radio market place, the FUNcube dongle from AMSAT UK (FCD).  It is a receiver covering the spectrum of approximately 64 to 1700 MHz and presents a USB … Continue reading

Posted in Amateur Radio, Computing, FUNcube, Hamlib, Linux | Leave a comment

IPv6 in OpenWRT and beyond

With the recent assignment of the last IPv4 /8 address blocks it seemed the time was right to learn about implementing IPv6 on my home LAN.  Actually, I blame Andrew Pollock’s February 1 post on Planet Debian for giving me … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Linux | Leave a comment