Baofeng / Pofung UV-5R Programming With Ubuntu 12.04

My Baofeng (a.k.a. Pofung) UV-5R handheld tranceiver turned up today. I fired up my Windows 7 machine to use the ‘recommended’ VIP programming software and it didn’t recognise the USB programming cable. I even tried installing a recommended, older, driver for the PL2303 USB cable chipset. No dice. So, then I plugged the cable into my everyday workhorse, an Ubuntu 12.04 laptop. Bingo, USB cable recognised straight away (from dmesg). Anyway, here’s the detail of how to program the radio with Ubuntu 12.04: Continue reading “Baofeng / Pofung UV-5R Programming With Ubuntu 12.04”

Kindle Fire HD, Ubuntu and Google Apps

I just got a Kindle Fire HD for testing apps and content that we’re creating for the Kindle platform. I also have access to a Nexus 7 which is, as we should all know by now, totally awesome. With the Kindle I feel rather disconnected from the comfort of my ‘Google experience’, GMail, Play, YouTube, etc. Here’s some notes on getting started: Continue reading “Kindle Fire HD, Ubuntu and Google Apps”

Shrinking PDF to Send to Kindle

I needed to send PDF to my Kindle today but it was too large to send via Gmail (around 30MB, 5MB over the Gmail sending limit). I had a few choices. Split the file up somehow, boot Windows and use my hugely expensive copy of Adobe Acrobat, put the file on my Kindle manually via USB or try the free way. Continue reading “Shrinking PDF to Send to Kindle”

Fixing Video from ‘Old’ Panasonic Camcorder for YouTube

About 3 years ago we got a ‘value’ SD card Panasonic camcorder through Amazon for doing some YouTube videos for marketing. At the time, it was just the ticket since YouTube wasn’t HD and not even widescreen. Now YouTube is all widescreen HD, we need to either buy a new camcorder or make do with what we’ve got. Continue reading “Fixing Video from ‘Old’ Panasonic Camcorder for YouTube”

Ubuntu 12.04 Top Tweaks

Ubuntu 12.04 is here and I’ve been using it for almost a month now. It’s the Long Term Support version so it’s going to be around for many years to come. Also Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is doing a fantastic job of getting Ubuntu pre-installed on PC’s in favour of Windows. However, there are some significant changes to the UI that Ubuntu has introduced in the past year or so that take some getting used to. Here are some tips to get the most out of this latest version with the minimum sweat. Continue reading “Ubuntu 12.04 Top Tweaks”

Windows NT/XP/Vista/7 Password Recovery

A friend forgot their admin password to their Windows machine (as it happens it was Vista). A great, free open source Linux-based utility made it frighteningly easy to clear / reset the password. Job done in 5 minutes. So, thanks Petter, your ntpasswd utility rocks. And free, open source software based on Linux saves a Windows user’s bacon – oh, how sweet that sounds. While I was at it I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on an old laptop of theirs. Needless to say, they were wowed that it boots and shuts down like greased lightning, has lots of (legally) free apps to download / manage from a single control and ‘does all the same things as Windows’ (but better, as they will come to believe, bwahahahaha).