Month: April 2017

Yet another new radio

This makes three that I own.

The inventory as follows:

  1. A Yaesu VX-7Rb does 70cm, 1.25m and 2m translation from 400-480MHz, 222-225MHz and finally on the 2m side it’s 144-148MHz.
  2. A Baofeng B580T does 70cm and 2m
  3. And all new a TYT MD-380 70cm DMR radio

I’ll be very honest here I like the MD-380 – it’s a very solid radio. The entirety of it cost me $100 but for an HT that does digital that’s pretty impressive. It comes with battery, metal belt clip, two antennas one stubby the other a whip, and charger stand and plug adapter as well as programming cable and software. It also comes with a fairly comprehensive manual even if it is in Chinglish. As an example of the latter it’s on the very first page where it states:

To Customers

Thank you very much for using TYT our two-way radios. This product has a newly developed function menu and humanism operation design, making it easy to use.

The humanism operation design bit really gives it away. And Chinglish if you’re wondering is original Chinese translates into English where certain things just stick out, like the above.

Once it’s charged up I’ll install their software, see how crappy it is and then go with Chirp instead.


The Latest Souse Vide Adventure

I made Creme Broule this evening using the Joule sous vide stick. One hour at 181F – the texture is a custard and I modified the recipe just slightly by adding a bit of good bourbon vanilla extract.

Pictures of course to follow. Then  I put some turbinado sugar on top and used the torch to turn it to caramel. My mouth still recalls the silkiness of this and I had to try it still warm. It cooked in a 181F bath for a bit over an hour.

I cannot say it any plainer, my culinary life has changed immensely since getting this Joule. For between $150 and $200 it really is a life changer.

Best ever Linux/Unix tools

So as you might have guessed I’m a Unix/Linux guy. As such you love certain tools built into both. My favorite editor is vi/vim, and text manipulation with grep, awk and sed is just short of awesome. For example I’m writing a script that checks to see if EMC’s avtar.bin is running and then to grab it’s process ID or PID and then do the nice -n 19 on it. It’ll require a marker of sorts that records date etc.

But it incorporates using the awk utility. With that you can pick out elements of text separated by white space among many other things it can do. Try that in Windows.

Now grep is a searching tool too, if you’re looking for said avtar.bin you just do a ps -ef|grep avtar.bin and you can get all the processes that are avtar.bin.

Now sed is short for stream editor. With it you can essentially change text in a file on the fly using pattern matching. That’s the other powerful thing about Unix and Linux. You can do some really amazingly complex stuff in it just using the tools I’ve mentioned.

Some investment possibilities

So I want to start doing a bit of investment. Hell I figure if you can’t beat the blood sucking pigs you might as well join them. I want to focus on a few things.

Green energy projects including solar, wind, geothermal and tidal of course. In fact solar panels are heading toward the 30% efficiency mark. And it includes energy storage a la lithium etc.

The other thing I’d love to do – invest in asteroid mining. There are a few asteroids out there with values in the trillions of dollars. I’d like to get in on the ground floor of that. How else are we going to mine our space fleet?