Toe-dipping into Radio

As a perfectly contented computer geek, I have always been aware of the world of amateur radio but I had too much going on in the IT world to really pay it much notice. Of course the Internet is the place where worlds collide and at some point a couple of weeks ago I found myself reading about a project called RTL-SDR, which meant nothing to me so as always when that happens I did a little digging to understand more about it.

That was the subtle start of my fall into the rabbit hole of Amateur Radio and I’m not sure if I’ll be coming back…

Continue reading “Toe-dipping into Radio”

Banksy Quote

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

– Banksy

Fixing the non-moving mouse cursor in Chrome OS Vanilla builds for Virtualbox

I am able boot Hexxeh’s Chrome OS Vanilla builds in Virtualbox but I found the mouse cursor is stuck to the middle of the window.

I was able to solve this problem by selecting “Disable mouse pointer integration” from the Machine menu in Virtualbox’s display window.

You can also toggle this option using “Host” + I, the host is the right-ctrl button by default.

This problem seems to stem from Virtualbox’s feature that maps the cursor position from the host window, with this disabled you now need to click into the Window to allow the guest to capture the mouse and resume control from where you last left the cursor, which is not as nice but hopefully this bug will be fixed someday. However, if you find a better solution to the problem please leave a comment to let us know!

Fixing your preferred browser on (L)Ubuntu systems

I use Lubuntu on my trusty netbook, it’s become a nicely polished OS over the last few versions however it still has a few rough edges. One of which is defining a preferred browser.

The default browser on Lubuntu is Chromium, the unbranded version of Google Chrome. While it’s nice I’m still a hardened Firefox user and so I keep Chromium installed but I don’t use it unless diagnosing a browser-specific issue.

I have Firefox selected in “Preferences > Preferred Applications” as my default browser, however hyper-links in emails were still insisting on opening up in Chromium, which takes time as it’s rarely pre-loaded when I’m using the computer.

To fix this I ran this command in a terminal:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

This provides some options for a preferred browser, I had two for Chromium and a third for Firefox, I entered the number for Firefox and from then on, no more closing unwanted browsers!