Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Still mad about this...

Game of Thrones - Risk!

This is perfect... Game of Thrones version of Risk. I never played the board game version, but I remember several of us gathered around a computer in the early 90's to play on someone's Mac in the dorm.

Via Kinja Deals

Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless

Doubles the cost (to $10), but you get Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless.

Hams in Space

(You have to read the title of this post like the intro of this video.)

True, they spent the big bucks and are sending a TYT MD-380.

Fields of Fire

I've been getting most of my books via electronic loan from my public library. It's a shame they won't have Marko's latest: Fields of Fire (Frontlines Book 5).

The timing is good as I'm like #5 or worse on all the books in my library's queue, so I'll pony up a whole $5 for this one and have something to read now. (The other books are still $1 for the Kindle version if you need to catch up.)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Xiegu X5105: Pre-production Testing

Fred Lesnick, VE3FAL:
"This is a pre-production model and we are awaiting new firmware to be able to update some of the many issues with it."

Check Cashing Better Than a Bank?

Interesting article - I had always assumed they were a more expensive option.

The first part of this quote gives me pause, but the latter I can see as a real issue:
"If Carlos is like many small contractors operating in New York City, he relies at least in part on undocumented workers, who are unlikely to have bank accounts. If Carlos deposited his check in a bank, it would take a few days to clear — too late to deliver cash on payday. Or maybe the check was a deposit for a job he had just been contracted to do, and he needed supplies to get started. If he couldn't start right away, he risked losing the job to another contractor."