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K3 Firmware Update

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After setting the HF station back up, it was time to update the K3’s firmware.  I used the production version (which is currently MCU 3.14/DSP 2.16), not wanting to try the beta release yet (MCU 3.44/DSP 2.38).  If anyone is trying the beta version I would be interested to hear about the performance.

Running Xubuntu so I use the Linux version of the utility. This has always worked well for me, as can be seen below.

K3 Linux Firmware Utility

K3 Linux Firmware Utility

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Casio Releases Green Slim Projector Series in UK

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At CES, Casio announced a complete line of Green Slim projectors. Recently, the company has announced the complete line is now available in the UK.


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HTC, Samsung, LG looking to Snapdragon for future handsets?

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Qualcomms Snapdragon mobile device platform was little more than suitcase-sized prototype vaporware at CES, but with the launch of the Toshiba TG01, it looks like its ready to make a move -- word on Digitimes somewhat unreliable Taiwanese street is that HTC, LG, Samsung and others are interested in the high-powered chipset.

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Mimos tiny USB monitors get proper US release

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We definitely dig Mimos little auxiliary displays, but they suffer from two main problems: very limited availability in the States and a rather high price, conspiring to make them something less than an impulse buy.

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Xbox 360 Demo round-up: Guitar Hero: Metallica and more

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As it's the middle of the month, and I only have cash for practical things, over the weekend I fired up the Xbox 360 to see what free demos were available. First up: Guitar Hero: Metallica. The last band-specific Guitar Hero focussed on Aerosmith, and was a mediocre mid-tempo effort. The graphics achieved the impressive feat of making Steven Tyler & co. look even more like zombies than they do in real life, and there was a distinct lack of soul and care to the whole enterprise.

Judging from the demo, GH: Metallica will be a much better product. For starters, it's based on the Guitar Hero World Tour engine so the graphics are much improved, both technically and in terms of art direction. Whereas GH: Aerosmith was cartoony, colourful and cluttered, GH: Metallica uses Left 4 Dead-style desaturated colours and film grain to give the visuals some bite. The character models of the band look far more realistic than before, and the developers have reduced a lot of the visual clutter - the note streak you're on is subtly illustrated with a skull-embossed plectrums to the right of the fretboard and the rock meter is less intrusive. The game also works in artwork from Metallica's albums - the fist from St Anger punches upwards when the song ends, for instance.

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FCC Indianapolis Police Department Address Unlicensed Operations:

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In response to an investigation by the FCC, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has taken action to prevent further use of Amateur Radio frequencies by unlicensed officers. Any Amateur Radio equipment in the cruisers of unlicensed officers was removed by order of IMPD Chief of Police Michael T. Spears.

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Hardware Hacking – Repurpose Documentary

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I came across this recently posted documentary on YouTube, via Make magazine’s website. It is very interesting to see the rise of these hardware hacking groups.  Perhaps the most popular is NYC Resistor (in collecting the link I see they have the Repurpose video on their site).  This documentary, by Jack Oatmon, is about a Montreal hacking collective called Foulab, and gives insight into their activities.

It is interesting to compare and contrast these hacking groups to most amateur radio clubs.  The two groups are obviously interested in technology. The average age of the hacking group is quite different to the typical amateur radio club and the hackers are not limited to radio communication.  I am excited to see what is being achieved in these collectives, the creativity, the commitment to experimentation and sharing of ideas that appears to be at the heart of their work.  Is anyone aware of such groups or individual members being involved in amateur radio? Or, are there amateur radio clubs that are adopting a hacking collective style?  As far as I know the closest are QRP clubs like Norcal QRP club, that meet at public locations and have no club dues or minutes.  Please post a comment if you know of one.

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Barco Announces New Software for DL.3 Digital Light Projector

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Barco announced today that they are releasing new software that is designed for the High End Systems Digital Lighting Family. One of the major devices that are affected is the DL.


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Ubisoft announces Silent Hunter 5

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GAMESCOM 09: Ubisoft has announced the next installment of sub sim Silent Hunter, and it will be a PC exclusive title.

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Stargate Atlantis Home Theater

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Its amazing what rich geeks can do with a home theater. Jacob Yarmuth is an avid Stargate fan who not only loves the movie, but all the TV series as well.


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This Week in Amateur Radio #809 - Week of October 11, 2008

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Stories covered and special features in This Weeks edition: 01. Pennsylvania becomes the 27th state to enact PRB-1 type legislation. 02. A Pennsylvania amateurs tower permit is appealed for the second time. 03. A hot air balloon accident in Albuquerque leaves an amateur seriously injured, and another non-ham dead. 04. Richard Garriot, W5KWQ, prepares to head to the Space Station. 05. The trial of accused ham radio couple murderer Sklar Deleon takes a strange twist as the trial gets underway in California. 06. The ARRL says it has more work to do on amateur radio spectrum defense. 07. The league prepares for World Radio Communications Conference 2011. 08. American amateurs plan to lead a DXpedition in 2009 to Desecheo Island. 09. Cape Town tow truck operators are accused of running cellphone jammers. 10. The 2008 Orionids meteor shower should be better than expected. 11. Singapore announces it will issue temporary ham radio licenses for visting amateurs. 12. CERN builds a new computer grid to help support Collider data crunching. 13. World Radio and Technology News AFGHANISTAN.......DXPEDITION ON HOLD CALIFORNIA........FOUR CALIFORNIA CITIES TO GO INTEROPERABLE SOUTH AFRICA......SARL CANCELS TAKE AMATEUR RADIO TO SCHOOL PROGRAM 15. Members of the ARMY amateur radio club in Iraq is rotating home, and is looking for new amateur personnel to take over. 16. More people are on-line than listen to the radio, but more watch their new high definition television. 17. The RSGB is not happy with Ofcom. South Africa looks at BPL again. 18. The first ARRL textbook is published and released in China. 19. China prepares to launch its first ham radio satellite. 20. There is a new morse code trainer on the net from New Zealand. 21. Working Amateur Radio Satellites with Bruce Paige, KK5DO. 22. Scientists put forth a new theory on Noctilucent Clouds. 23. Tower Climbing and Antenna Safety with Greg Stoddard, KF9MP. 24. Weekly Propagation Forecast with Geramy Boot, G4NJH. 25. Google pitches the use of white spaces to the FCC. 26. Technology News and Commentary with Leo Laporte. 27. TWIAR Staff Blogs are now on-line. E-Mail W2XBS with topics for his. 28. Courage Handi-Ham System Update with Pat Tice WA0TDA "Remote Base Update" 29. TWIAR QSL Cards are now available. Send and e-mail, get yours today! 30. The Gateway 160 Meter Net Report with Vern Jackson, WA0RCR. 31. Special event station listings. 32. The FCC will host its first of a series of speaker forums later this month 33. Peha is named Chief Technologist for the Federal Communications Commission 34. Popular french communications magazine "Megahertz" ceases publication. 36. Icom donates top of the line digital transceiver to UK school. 37. Ham radio makes a cameo appearance in the new "Get Smart" movie.

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SAFA XING LED MP3 Player has Built-In Game of Dots

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The Korean MP3 player maker SAFA has always been keen on design innovation. The first SAFA XING was one of the cutest DAPs weve written about.


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Shuttle XPC Barebone SX58H7 wants a piece of your Core i7

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Shuttles newfangled XPC Barebone SX58H7 is hungry, and nothing but an Intel Core i7 CPU and twin GPUs hooked up in unison can satisfy it. Those looking to pack a lot of power into a relatively small box need look no further, as Shuttles latest SFF case comes loaded with an X58 Express chipset, 500 watt power supply, two PCI-Express 2.

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EA patches ATI problems in The Saboteur

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EA has released a new beta patch for The Saboteur which should make the game work on ATI cards.

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EA confirms Mass Effect 2 for 2010

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Electronic Arts has confirmed several new projects for the future, including Mass Effect 2 and a port of Dead Space for the Wii.

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Hitachi Releases CP-X2010 Projector

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Hitachi has recently released the CP-X2010, which will provide educators with a new level of versatility and intuitive operability. The CP-X2010 features 2200 ANSI lumens, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution.

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The Beatles Rock Band track list suggestions

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Now that the new Monkey Islands are both upon us, there’s really only one game this year I’m looking forward to: The Beatles Rock Band, especially after the last round of previews hit the web.

Activision’s commitment to making endless new Guitar Hero titles with filler-packed track lists has meant I’ve skipped the last couple, and the botched UK launch of the original Rock Band (overpriced, too close to the sequel) means I don’t have that either, so September will be the perfect time for me to get back into music games.

Then there’s fact that it’s based on The Beatles, and they are, without doubt, my favourite band. This is not a hugely original statement– there would be no game if there weren’t a bazillion people who loved The Beatles – but they’re a band I can come back to over and over, finding comfort and surprise in the sound.

A game that lets me – with the musical prowess of the average breaded Halibut – pretend to be Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Ringo is brilliant, especially when the music is inspiring a game that looks gorgeous and has had some thought go into it (as evinced by the amazing opening intro).

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Boost launching at least four iDEN phones this year -- i465 included

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Weve managed to get a look at launch documents for Boost Mobiles new $50 PayGo Unlimited plan, which just so happens to detail a few upcoming handsets for the scrappy little Sprint division.

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Projectiondesign Will Display Top Projectors at Upcoming Shows

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Projectiondesign is Norwegian company that designs, manufacturers and markets a range of high performance projectors for professional, business and consumer applications.


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Acer Launches TravelMate Timeline Notebooks

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Oh look, more ultra-portable notebooks. Acers just announced the release of a new line of business travel notebooks. The TravelMate Timeline series includes the 8571, 8471, and 8371.


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Text Messaging the Old Fashioned Way:

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TERRITORIANS can this week send a message in the old fashioned way - by morse code. Back to Morse Week is again being staged at Lyons Cottage on Darwin's Esplanade, with former telegraph operators on hand to send a free telegram to anywhere in Australia. Morsecodians controller Barrie Barnes said that when the Overland Telegraph Line first opened in 1872 a telegram of 20 words cost nine guineas. "That was a small fortune at the time," he said.

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DreamWorks Options Daniel Wilsons Robopocalypse

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If I dont write about robot movies as much as I could here on BotJunkie, its because we tend to focus on robots that either are real, or have at least some realistic potential.


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