To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

From: Rod 
Until I can fab that circuit board and make my USB linux driven SDR, I'll  
need an inexpensive 10m rig.
Unfortunately the same Software Define Radio revolution has killed off the  
the single band HF and 6m rigs in the Ham market.
If you want 10 meters, or 6M with AM and SSB, you need to by an expensive  
multi band HF rig.
While I am interested in the rest of HF, I don't see the need to buy a  
radio with capabilities I can't use at the moment.

That has led me to the murky world of import CB's. While it is definitely  
illegal to use these as CB's in the US, it is legal to use them on 10 and  
12 meters if you have privileges to do so.
I had been looking at the Anytone Apollo 1, sold in this country as the  
Stryker SR 89MC, for $150.

Old code never dies..

From: Mike Harrison 

Rambling while watching a long slow database load:

I got a strange call last night. Seems a pager company, that bought a 
pager company.. that bought a pager company... that bought a local pager 
company that was the dregs from another local pager company that somewhere 
in the late 1990's I wrote an SMTP mail server in Perl that gatewayed to 
alphanumeric pagers via the TAP protocol.. had a server issue. It's the 
only production C code I ever wrote, and it was munged from someone else's 
example code. Once upon a time it made a lot of money as
(I used to charge $1 a month for the service, per pager..)

I SSH'd in.. rebooted it.. and its magically working again.

Seems pagers have become the medical worlds secret communications layer..
it's the one way to always contact a doctor, no matter what, because 
pagers are still allowed where cell phones are not.

That project taught me several things, including that most "magic" is best 
performed as a service for a small fee. It also reminds me that some 
things never ever die, even when you want them to, and that I should do a 
better job of making sure what I do is the right thing to do, and done 
well. I'm a big hypocrite on that point, most of what I do for a living 
barely qualifies as duct tape and zip-ties, although time has proven 
most of my kludges to be enduring.

It also reminded me, talking to the technical guys at the latest owners of 
this abortion... that few people understand the lowest levels of 
anything.. the "magic" that is a protocal like TAP
(Telecommunicator/Telelocator Alphanumeric Protocol).

Tower Server?

From: David White 
Anyone have any used tower servers?

I have a client I just met with today who wants to do a network upgrade
(I'll be installing a new firewall, switch, and Windows Server), and they'd
like to start out on used hardware. I explained that this would come with
no SLAs, no warranties, and no guarantees, and they were cool with that.

The idea is to do a major upgrade in about 2-3 years when they move
physical locations and buy new hardware at that point.

Until then, they're interested in purchasing something used and having me
install Windows Server onto it.

So... anyone got anything laying around that would be a good fit?


David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

OT: Local Hero Film Fest

From: Rod 
El Jeffe ask me to pass this along. seee the pr spot at the link below.

Why Chattanooga is great for Open Source

From: David White 
I'm writing a blog article (on my company / business blog) about why
Chattanooga is great for Open Source.

Granted, anytime I write a blog article, I'm looking to increase business
exposure and get my name out there. That said, I'd welcome any input,
feedback, or quotes from some of you.

If I include your insights, I'll be sure to link to YOUR website. :)

David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

[Bulk] goodbye net neutrality

From: John Aldrich 
Quoting William Roush :

> Doesn't the Judge's comment pretty much tell the FCC to reclassify
> broadband then?
Caveat: I work for Windstream, the ILEC in most of north Georgia. I  
was recently surprised to have a network tech tell me that we/they  
don't guarantee internet service during a power outage because the FCC  
only requires us/them to preserve dial tone during an emergency. That  
pretty much tells me that broadband is a "second class citizen" to  
voice already, so I guess it should come as no surprise that the  
judges see it that way too. :(

Open Data Specialist job at Chattanooga Public Library

From: Nate Hill 
Apologies for the cross-postings.

We're searching high and low for an exceptional candidate for the Open Data
Specialist job here at the Chattanooga Public Library.  As a partner in a
Knight Foundation Community Information grant, we're raising and supporting
an open data portal hosted by the public library.  Now, instead of finding
government (and other) data in useless, clumsy volumes of print, the
community will be able to build interactions and applications that actually
use the library as a platform.  We'll start with the typical civic data
Code for America type stuff, but we hope to expand the portal to include
other types of datasets to support citizen science projects and more.

If you know anyone who is right for this role, please pass them the link.
 Or apply yourself!  Working here is AWESOME!

Nate Hill

Open Data Specialist position at the Chattanooga Public Library

From: Nate Hill 
Don't hesitate to ask me any questions.

Open Data Specialist (ODS)

The Chattanooga Public Library (CPL) is seeking a qualified candidate for a
newly created Open Data Specialist (ODS) position.  The successful
applicant will join our fantastic digital projects team on The 4th Floor, a
14,000 sq ft public maker/hackerspace in Chattanooga=92s city center.  This
is a unique library job that combines the diverse talents of a seasoned
collection development specialist, a web developer, a data scientist, and a
community outreach specialist. The ODS position is a year-long grant funded
position awarded to the CPL as one partner in the Open Chattanooga
collaborative. With demonstrated success, we intend to extend the position
beyond the duration of the grant indefinitely.

The ideal candidate for the ODS position is an open data evangelist and an
expert who can work with representatives from city government as well as
citizen groups like Open Chattanooga to coordinate contributions of data to
a public platform or portal. This portal will be hosted by the library and
accessed alongside our other digital collections. The portal=92s exceptiona=
construction, performance, and maintenance are all the responsibility of
the ODS.  The ODS will coordinate with partners to ensure that all data
added to the portal is useful, useable, and accessible like all of our
other public library collections. While this position does not require the
candidate to be a degreed librarian, it is important that the candidate
demonstrates an understanding of professional collection development
principles, since this government-produced data will be treated as a
library collection.

The first and most important task the ODS faces is the buildout of the
platform itself, as well as the creation of a sustainability plan and
documentation of the open data portal as a library collection.  Currently,
the library has a beta version of a data portal available at; this was created using DKAN.  The ODS will
either continue work using this platform, or will present a case for the
adoption of another open source platform, such as CKAN.

Chattanooga Public Library considers this data portal a key piece of our
digital infrastructure as we develop more online library services and
migrate some of our traditional library services into a networked
environment.  The ideal candidate will bring innovative and creative
thought and workflows to our already robust digital services team.
 Eventually, the CPL anticipates serving more than just open government
data from this platform.  A candidate with a passion for developing cutting
edge services, skills to build and deliver applications and products, and a
desire to have fun working collaboratively with the rest of us will find
CPL to be a satisfying work environment.

Other qualifications, requirements, and preferences:

   - Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in CS or related field
   - Demonstrated understanding of data structures and APIs
   - Familiarity with the Drupal CMS and DKAN or with CKAN
   - Familiarity with the LAMP stack; demonstrated PHP development
   - A strong history of contributions and commitments to open source
   - Please provide a link to your github account or another online
   - Bonus points for the applicant with UI / UX / design experience

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Sorry, this is not a remote
work opportunity, you will have to work in the library.

The salary for this job is $55,000/year.

Email application, resume, and portfolio to cooper

Small /boot partitions must go!

From: Mike Harrison 

I just wasted half a day, because some budding SysAdmin used advice from 
1972 and made a /boot partition less than 1gb..

A prayer and" "dpkg --configure -a --force-all" after a lot of removing 
odl files finally got it happy enough to:

"apt-get install linux-image-server linux-server" and
then get the normal things done... (apt-get update/upgrade/autoremove)

Either use some space for these things or stop making them their own 

Rant Over.. --Mike--

SATA drives. Connect power first.

From: Unkmar 
Granted, this probably goes without saying.  Connect the power first.
I discovered that connecting the power,  Nothing happens.  Then I connect
the data cable and then the drive spins up.

Lucius L. Hilley III

NSA Attempted Backdoor Linux

From: William Wade 

[Bulk] iPads for Everyone

From: Benjamin Stewart 
Try pricing a "real" point-of-sale system with a resistive touchscreen and
an Atom processor. The ones we use for timeclocks at $work cost at least
twice what an iPad costs.

Also, I've seen iPod touches used as kiosks at a museum. Keeping you inside
the kiosk app is as easy as putting the iThing in a case that covers up the
"home" button.

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Ed King  wrote:

> I've heard a rumor that the Ruth's Chris Steak restaurant near Hamilton
> Place area used iPads to take orders...   but I can't vouch for that cause
> I am not the kinda guy to pay $100 for a meal for two...     well I might
> have to do that soon as my 9 year marriage anniversary is coming up this
> week
>   ------------------------------
>  *From:* John Aldrich 
> *To:* Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group>
> *Sent:* Monday, September 16, 2013 7:17 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [Chugalug] [Bulk] Re: iPads for Everyone
>  On Sun September 15 2013 7:10:57 PM DaWorm wrote:
> Forgot which airport, but several restaurants had an iPad on every table.
> Had some sort of cable locked onto the data/charge port so it couldn't
> leave the table.  Card swipe bar on box on table to pay with.  Can't
> imagine what it cost, but there were hundreds of them.  May have been
> Minneapolis-St. Paul.
> There's a restaurant in Dalton where the wait staff uses an iPad to enter
> orders. Not sure how that works, maybe they have WiFi and the order prints
> out automatically or something in the kitchen???

[Bulk] iPads for Everyone

From: John Aldrich 
On Sun September 15 2013 7:10:57 PM DaWorm wrote:

Forgot which airport, but several restaurants had an iPad on every 
table.  Had some sort of cable locked onto the data/charge port so it 
couldn't leave the table.  Card swipe bar on box on table to pay with.  
Can't imagine what it cost, but there were hundreds of them.  May 
have been Minneapolis-St. Paul. 
There's a restaurant in Dalton where the wait staff uses an iPad to 
enter orders. Not sure how that works, maybe they have WiFi and the 
order prints out automatically or something in the kitchen???

[Bulk] Am I Paranoid?

From: Chad Smith 
I would really rather not have more of this crap on the list.


That said, Peter, you should check the status of your passport, you may not
be able to come home.  :)

Just kidding.

I hope.

*- Chad W. Smith*

On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM, Dave Brockman  wrote:

> Hash: SHA1
> On 9/11/2013 7:43 PM, Dave Brockman wrote:
> > On 9/11/2013 11:10 AM, John Aldrich wrote:
> >> I'm about of the opinion that at this point, the only use for
> >> GPG/PGP is to sign a message to prove you sent it. Or to deter
> >> the casual snoop. As Stephen points out, if the Feds want your
> >> email, they're going to get it, even if it's encrypted.
> >
> >
> > They'll get the emails I've sent and received from people who use
> > free mail hosts.  They will not be gaining access to the contents
> > of my Inbox with my knowledge.  I encourage everyone else to host
> > their own email as well.
> with*out* my knowledge.  Warrant/Secret Letter gets addressed to the
> entity hosting it, which is me.
> Regards,
> dtb
> Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32)
> Comment: Using GnuPG with Thunderbird -
> QCTXG5nobxlNaIRMDmfS+pBKzstY4XgqLU2UX+9GZZtIIpKWQatczH2+JhagBSD1
> 3DOxu+u+3F2T1iAHbiUEtXqu4vvYHkRNicE+GH9KYgpsF9sEvZOz7wtRu9zKiU0x
> IoaKM3Lep/tyXTWbCY9tZAvf1UhzXPvsxWGPkaFn83cm8tZirM3HHPoY16yBDKkm
> yDXYq8i6oDbY0xyDm2rHrGbNcwnKLq7tGUxAUtlVSzuv5jNSdfwAsdvOVaw2sk6Z
> FvR9tKsyT1lfgrKw4XUIqsNPgXs9aKHEr2mJCiFg7ne7u0sbo1ud1m3FgqtiInA=
> =ATdX

Chugalug Digest, Vol 14, Issue 36

From: Mike Robinson 
You bring up several interesting points, answered inline:

>> "The perfect currency unit" today is probably "the ACH wire-transfer =
data packet."=20
> Oh dude.. you opened up a BIG can of worms. ACH is not the same as a =
Wire although they are similar.=20
> They are fairly well controlled "file formats" [...]
> You are talking about a transport method, a file format, a set of =
rules for transferring the government issued and controlled currency we =
commonly call a "dollar".=20

My point was that the ACH and wire-transfer systems are ... systems, =
supposedly "secure" ... by which "Money" (strictly by-agreement) can be =
transferred in real time from one place to another.  Any "government =
issued and controlled currency" can be transferred in this way, and such =
transfers are accepted by all concerned ... without the need for =
lugging-about gold bricks or printed paper.

> Bitcoins have value because people agree that they do. Dollars have a =
value set by the government AND various entities (other governments for =
example) AND the general population reaching a consensus.=20

"Only" because people (currently) agree that they do.  If someone stole =
your Dollars, and you could catch them, then you could put them in jail =
and make them give you your Dollars back.  Bitcoins, on the other hand, =
are "barter trade units" in the eyes of the law:  "someone stole your =

> Gold has intrinsic value, Bullets have a more easily used by common =
people (that own guns) intrinsic value. A gallon of potable water has =
intrinsic value.. Food has intrinsic value.=20

All of these things have "intrinsic value" only to the extent that they =
are desirable.  Gold has been capturing the human imagination for =
millennia because it is pretty, malleable, and rare.  (It has a =
different sort of "intrinsic value" to an electrical engineer.)  A =
gallon of water is priceless in the Sahara; or about 80=A2 at the Golden =
Gallon.  Food is priceless to a starving-man, or on the dollar-menu at =
Wendy's.  (Maybe.  Heh...) =20

> Dollars and bitcoins, litecoins, and other "non-anchored" currencies =
have values that we, as a society mostly agree on.

The =3Didea=3D =3Dof=3D a "Dollar" has value.  The number in your =
bank-account "has value" because, well, "because you can spend it."  =
Likewise the plastic cards in your wallet.  Furthermore, if someone =
misappropriates your account, or your wallet, you have legal recourse.  =
Your deposits are guaranteed up to a quarter-million dollars ... and it =
does not make the slightest bit of difference to you where those =
replacement Dollars came from.

> They are easily exchanged and transported.=20

More specifically, they are "fungible."  "Able to replace or be replaced =
by another identical item; mutually interchangeable."  They can be, by =
agreement, "transported" (and "exchanged") by computer.  They are also =
=3Dliquid.=3D  We will never run out of, say, Dollars.  We will increase =
the supply as necessary to ensure that anyone who wants to settle a =
transaction using Dollars has, by definition, access to sufficient =
Dollars to do so (if he is entitled to possess them, and sometimes even =
if he's not).  If there was even the slightest hint that this were not =
so, we would instantly have "a run on the banks."

> If Bitcoin reaches critical mass for larger transactions it will =
change international commerce in interesting way.=20

Bitcoin is fundamentally based on the idea of "artificial scarcity."  =
They are "gold nuggets hidden in a vast quantity of dirt."  They are =
perceived as valuable to you because they are hard to get, and because =
they are perceived as "things," that is to say, "unique."  A dollar, on =
other hand, is not unique at all.  You don't get them by digging a hole =
in the ground.  (Most of us get them by writing computer programs; some =
do it by selling food and water at Wendy's.)  But it is their very =
"scarcity" that makes them unusable as "a medium of exchange."

"Money" doesn't have "value."  "Money" is a medium of exchange; nothing =
more or less.

The "scam" issue arises from, not any technical fault of bitcoin per-se, =
but rather of human nature:  "money for nothing."  People can be and are =
persuaded to pay $5,000 USD for, literally, "a money-making machine."  =
The system is based on "trust," basically in the complexity of a =
computer algorithm and on "one another" (most of whom are people you =
have never met and never will), yet it lacks recourse.  Thus, the =
perception that "this IS a nugget of gold" can be fostered, and, having =
thus been fostered, it can and therefore will be abused.  The one =
sure-fire way to turn a bitcoin into a fungible unit of currency is to =
build and to sell a money-machine for $5,000.  (I don't see them saying =
that you can pay for 'em in bitcoin.)

I have, personally, stood in the "sanctum sanctum" of a working gold =
mine:  the final step, in which a thin stream of gold is clinging to a =
certain spot on the shaker-table and this stream is carefully scooped =
up.  (Other heavy-metals are basically discarded.)  There is a GLEAM in =
the eyes of the people who work for that mine when they stand in that =
room.  You know not to take one step closer to that table; not to make =
the slightest move.  They're nice gentlemen and you've been with them =
all day, but ... but ...  but.  "Gold Fever."  It is real, and it is an =
inextricable -- and exploitable -- part of our human nature.

commands line fu

From: Unkmar 
I no longer take my fu for granted. I'm may not be the best. I can hold my
own. Here his a glimpse of some tools I use fairly frequently.

You have some files that you need to commit, and you have lots of files
that have aren't being added but clutter your svn status.

svn status gives you a long list of files starting with ? letting you know
they aren't under you version control

svn status | grep -v '^?'

There we go.  Cleared the clutter of files we aren't adding.

svn status | grep '^M'

Now we have a clean list of files that have been modified.  Let's get fancy.

svn status | sed 's/^. *//'

That gives the list of files without the prefixes.  I can redirect the
output to a file for mangling or use it directly.

svn commit `svn status | grep '^A' | sed 's/^A *//'` # only commit files
that are scheduled to be Added.

Cabling Contractor

From: David White 
If anyone particularly likes (or is good at) pulling and terminating CAT5 /
CAT6 cable through ceilings and walls,and installing corresponding wall
plates, and is interested in a project of 5-6 pulls of about 20-30 feet
each at an office, please contact me.

You'd be paid by the hour, but would need to guarantee you can complete *
each* (not every) run in under two hours.

If I do wind up contracting this out (instead of my client just paying a
cabling company themselves), you'll be provided the cable and wall plates.
I have a crimper, but you'd also be welcome to use your own tools.


David White
Founder & CEO
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide 

StartCom StartSSL

From: Mike Harrison 
On Fri, 28 Jun 2013, wes wrote:
> I use StartCom's StartSSL. it's a little cumbersome at first because they do things so much differently, but once you get past the learning
> curve it's actually quite nice. For wildcard certs you have to pay around $100 in fees to verify yourself for each company shown in the
> Registrant of each domain's whois info.


I gotta admit, I like their business model and general cluefullness.  My 
issue is using a chained certificate. Their apache configs clearly show:

    SSLCertificateChainFile /usr/local/apache/conf/
    SSLCACertificateFile /usr/local/apache/conf/ca.pem

Which is what breaks people I'm trying to interface with using very 
limited development environments and average developers using Java/J2EE,
.Net,C# etc.. and sometimes weird proxy servers.

Their  website and certificates are working well 
in Firefox and Chrome on Linux and Android, when I dig in, I see that 
their core Certificate Authority as StartCom is a "Built in object token"
ie: built into the browsers core CA deck. And then they chain off of it.

Have you or anyone else used them as a CA for more than standard web 
browser stuff (ie: API integration?)


Iron Man 3 Chattanooga Errors

From: Randy Yates 
Anyone else watch Iron Man 3 and laugh at some of the technical errors
during the Chattanooga scene(s)?

The channel 5 news van...
The country-bumpkin beauty contest...
But most of of all... The slow internet connection that Tony Stark
complains about. I mean it's Chattanooga, and they are getting ~9.2mbs.
Granted they may not have EPB, but his line is "climb up on the van and
adjust the ISDNs and boost it up 40%" or something like that.

Beersmith for Linux

From: John Aldrich 
Did you guys know that there's a version of BeerSmith for Linux? Granted 
it's only .DEB files for now, but I've emailed the BeerSmith folks and 
offered to help package RPMs. :D