Install Ubuntu 12.04, 13.10 or 14.04 on 3TB Disk

Like me, you may have become complacent in installing Ubuntu Linux. It always ‘just works’. Right? Well, I had an unpleasant surprise when I wanted to install 13.10 on my shiny new Lenovo ThinkCentre tower with an equally shiny, new Western Digital Red 3TB drive. I wanted to use one of these drives to boot from because a) it’s huge and I have lots of data b) it’s got some good reliability reports c) it only uses 4W and I will have it switched on 24×7 and d) on a price per GB basis they’re extremely cheap. Continue reading “Install Ubuntu 12.04, 13.10 or 14.04 on 3TB Disk”

Software Defined Radio on Ubuntu USB HDD

I’d like to use Linux with my cheap USB RTL2832U DVB receiver and my Noelec Ham It Up upconverter to browse HF bands. The de facto SDR application that’s easy to use is SDR# (SDR Sharp). It’s a Microsoft Windows app. We don’t do Microsoft Windows here, so we need the nearest thing which is gqrx made by OZ9AEC. gqrx needs GNURadio (or, at least, very large parts of it). Continue reading “Software Defined Radio on Ubuntu USB HDD”