It’s been awhile again, hasn’t it? Well, I’m still here.
Here’s the thing: I’m bi-polar. And when I was really manic last year, all I wanted was to do neat stuff and write about it.
I’m not manic anymore, and writing holds little interest. But I do still enjoy doing neat stuff. So, I’m going to make an effort to post something here, about weekly, even if it’s just a quick check-in like this one.
I’ve got a lot of stuff in the pipeline now. A lot of it won’t progress much until I have a source of income, but I still find bits and pieces to tinker with now and then.
Here’s what I’m working on and might write about soon:
Getting set up to write & upload Arduino sketches using Gentoo Linux is a bit more involved than on the friendlier distributions like Ubuntu. I found the available documentation to be somewhat incomplete, dated, and fragmented. Fortunately, I got it figured out and distilled down to a fairly simple process. Read on to learn my method. Continue reading “Installing Arduino tools on Gentoo”
Welcome back to the shack! Last time, in Amateur Radio 101, we covered some of the basics of what amateur radio is all about, and what you can do with it. Today, we’re going to get down to the details of how to get on the air and make your first conversations.
I’ve just finished migrating this site to a new server to make some performance improvements. If you come across anything broken, please use the ‘Contact Me’ link at the top of the page to let me know about it.
I got this JBL PowerBass subwoofer free from an old client, and it sounds real nice. I’m not an audiophile, or a serious home theater person, but I like well-rounded sound. This thing fills in just the right amount of kick when listening to music, and that’s with the level control set around 10-20%. I’ve never had it above 50% for fear of what might happen to these old cracked plaster walls. All and all, it’s a very nice addition to an almost-decent set of speakers.
I’ve had an unexpectedly great response to my earlier post, Amateur Radio 101, and I can’t wait to get the next one in the series out for you all. Thanks so much for stopping by!
I thought I’d let you know what I’m working on for my next few posts, so here they are, in no particular order. All subject to change, of course. I tend to write about whatever I’m in the mood for at any given moment. Find the list after the break. Continue reading “Upcoming Posts”
First, the definition from the great and all-knowing Wikipedia:
Amateur radio (also called ham radio) describes the use of radio frequency spectra for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify “a duly authorised person interested in radioelectric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest;” (either direct monetary or other similar reward) and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.).
So, you installed the CM Tooltip Glossary plugin to get nifty pop-up definitions of terms in your posts. Now, after you’ve added your first glossary definition, your site renders empty pages. It took me a while to figure this out, so here you go:
CM Tooltip Glossary requires the DOMDocument class. If it’s not there, your site will be blank. On CentOS, at least, DOMDocument is provided by the php-xml package. Install it and everything will be fine.