Month: August 2013
First of all, I thought I had published this long ago and then when i needed it for my own reference it was gone! I searched high and low but alas – I shall start again. So, as I re-learn this class, I hope it helps you too.
First, credit where credit is due. This gent happened to have all the command line instructions to make it possible. I will paste the codes right here below, but here also is a link to his site:
sudo apt-get install python-serial
sudo apt-get install python-libxml
tar zxvf chirp-0.3.0.tar.gz
The problem I had with the instructions above were as follows:
- I didn’t know how to use the command line well and had to give myself a tutorial. For your reference it’s quite good enough to do a quick self study. Here is the full meal deal. However, for our purposes you really just need to know how to change folders (directories) and execute the Chirp file you downloaded. This link will also teach you how to open the Terminal if you haven’t done so before.
- I somehow wasn’t logged in as ‘sudo’ so the software opened but it wouldn’t actually do anything. I found a random post somewhere where someone suggested adding ‘sudo’ to the command lines. It worked.
- I thought you could just edit a .csv file and upload it to the radio but I found out after many hours it was just easier t edit everything in the Chirp software
- I couldn’t really figure out how to deal with all the stuff that showed up in my radio after I got it working!
So, here is a super, duper slow version of the other gent’s tutorial.
Getting Chirp on your Ubuntu Machine for Use with your Baofeng UV-5R
1. make sure Baofeng is totally wiped of stuff. Press ‘menu’ and ’40’ (reset all) and then ‘menu’ again. ‘All’ should be on the screen so press ‘menu’ again. It will ask ‘source?’ Once you press it one more time it will say ‘wait’ which means ‘Wait. I’m wiping your radio.” It will soon finish with a friendly Chinese greeting. Since I don’t know a word of Chinese, I immediately press ‘menu’ and ’14’ and ‘menu’ again, down button until ‘ENG’ shows up and then the ‘menu’ button again whcih sill save it. Done. Your radio is wiped and back to English.
2. Make sure you have run these scripts in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install python-serial
sudo apt-get install python-libxml
tar zxvf chirp-0.3.0.tar.gz
3. It seems that this file above gets downloaded to different places or some people want to move it to their own ham folder. No problem. Do so but remember where you put it. Now use the the command lines in the terminal to point to your downloaded folder using this command:
You might have to do some other ‘cd’ commands until you find the place where you put it. Once you find it and hit the command above, you will be inside the chirp folder and just one command away from opening Chirp software. Now run this one one:
It may ask for your master password so input it.
Getting your Favourite Repeaters into your Baofeng UV-5R using Chirp
Now that your software is open, let’s put in some repeaters and then drop those into your radio. You can just read Marcus Jennings’ page again about how to plug in the radio
Before you do anything, if this is your first time, you must download from your radio the set up. You just, in Chirp, go to “Radio” menu option at the top and ‘Download from Radio’. That should give you the fields that are in your radio. From there you can just edit away.
It might also be helpful for you to know that when you use the ‘save’ or ‘save as’ feature in Chirp, it saves the file as a .img file. This file didn’t seem to play well with Calc. It seems that the .img file is the one that goes back and forth to between the radio and your computer. I was messing around with the import/export feature. I’m sure there is an awesome way to use that feature but I’ve not figured it out yet…
Now what I do is edit my original and then do a ‘save as’ to get my new file that can go up to my radio. I use ‘save as’ because I’m worried about goofing something up and then not being able to revert…
That’s all for now. This will need a review from someone else as well as myself when I’m not so tired.
Everyone who has worked in a cafe for the closing shift knows about one thing all too well – the customers who just don’t seem to understand that you don’t want to stand there and watch them chat after closing. They are usually very well-meaning people but they just don’t ‘get it’. Maybe they haven’t worked in a food and beverage business before? Who knows. All we know is that at closing time we want to, as politely as possible, encourage them to go outside and enjoy the weather so we can go home while trying to avoid losing them as a future customer.
I therefore present to you, the Top Ten Ways to Get Rid of Customers at Closing Time List
This list in most polite to most severe order. We all hope we never get to number one, but keep all the tools in your toolbox. This list should be modified to meet your unique environment.
10. Walk around to all the customers and collect any washable items while politely saying:”I’m going to run the last dishwasher load now so may I take these dishes?” – make sure you do it to everyone so they know you are kicking everyone out equally. If some people don’t have dishes, make sure they can hear your voice as you speak to others.
9. Start wrapping up food items and other such things in front of the existing customers.
8. Make (or fake) a very ‘obvious’ phone call with a dialogue that sounds something like this while making sure all the customers hear you as you walk around:
“Hi Honey! I’m almost closed. I’ll be home as fast as possible after closing. I’m sure I’ll be out of here in just a few more minutes. We have just a few customers finishing up right now. I can’t wait to see the kids!”
7. Turn off the air conditioner in the summer. Turn off the heat in the winter. This will send 85% of people running within 10 minutes.
6. Start giving very loud and obvious warnings to new customers something like the following, while making sure the camping customers hear you loud and clear:
“I just wanted you to be crystal clear that we are closing in __ minutes and I need to leave right at close tonight so you may want to reconsider ordering.”
5. Shut off the music – Completely. The silence will create an immediate awkward and eery feeling that is certain to get 80% of people to pack up and move on.
4. Mop as close as possible to the customers while making sure mop water has a double dosage of bleach to get all of their senses in tune with the fact that they will be leaving with you shortly. If possible, you could add a vacuum into this step if you have one.
3. Make excessive noise while moving large items like patio tables, metal signs, chairs, etc, from the outside patio in. This combined with the eery silence created by Step #5 will leave only the most oblivious and/or selfish customers
2. Shut off the lights. All of them. Start with one set and gradually move the darkness towards them until it’s just you and them in pitch darkness. Offer them your cell phone as a flashlight to help them see each other.
1. Say to the customer with a huge customer service friendly smile:
“Hi there! I’m so happy you have been enjoying our establishment but, as you can see from the darkness that has enveloped us, we are closed now [laugh a little here]. Would it be alright if I lock the door and go home now? “
Yuliya Talmazan had previously called me and then published this article featuring myself as one of the retailers accepting bitcoin in Vancouver. I still find it amusing how there are two Taylors in the same article. Then she dropped by during her coverage of bitcoin for her time on the 6 oclock news. I grabbed the file and decided to host it right in this site instead of uploading to youtube. If you have any problems viewing it let me know and I’ll concede.
All in all, I wanted to thank Yuliya for being a leader with these kind of stories. Vancouver incubates a surprisingly large number of such communities. I think she would do well to consider the Vancouver Ubuntu community as well. There are quite a few crossovers and some very passionate members – including myself.
So, thanks, Yuliya and I hope you will keep an eye on this.
(should pop open your media player)
Catchy title, isn’t it?
Throws some monkey wrenches into the ol’ investment ideas, don’t it?
The interesting thing to me – and I’m already a big fan of bitcoin – is that it may be not far away. Check out this article where gold has fallen from grace. One of my favourite quotes was “People own gold because they don’t trust the central banks.”
That’s also why people own bitcoin. But with bitcoin you can easily buy your coffee and fine Indian dining (at least in Vancouver, BC) as explained by Yuliya Talmazan in this article from Global News. It’s much harder to whip your gold dust out while there is a line up behind you. Also, gold has an unknown amount remaining in the earth below which has the potential of lowering current values based on the supply and demand understanding. With bitcoin there is a finite amount and the day is coming when the miners won’t find any more.
And, really, at the end of the day it’s all about trust. Some people, in their ignorance, think their paper cash holds value on its own. Banks and governments long ago made sure they removed themselves from actually having to pay up if anyone wanted to collect by removing terms like ‘in silver payable’ from the paper bills. I strongly recommend watching this simple Youtube series to make sure you understand the history of money. In fact, if you are like I was – very ignorant amount money and our monetary systems, you may end up with a sick feeling in your gut. But ignorance is not bliss so watch it. The trust we have towards a currency, investment, or anything else for that matter, dictates the value. Value is truly in the eye of the beholder. If I told you that there was no actual asset backing the $100.00 bill in your hand and that the government could, with the push of a button dump a million more of them into the system, would you receive that bill happily as payment?
Bitcoin allows a very convenient way of ‘quantifying value’ and facilitating the exchange of goods and services. Since there is a finite amount of bitcoins, we can agree in principle that each unit will have value based on the supply and demand concept. Bitcoins don’t have any physical asset backing them, but people have proven with the example of cash that that will not prevent them from trusting it. So, the only thing preventing bitcoin from becoming dominant is consumer confidence and governments and other organizations who don’t want to lose control of their citizens.
So, I have two bitcoins reserved to buy your failing ounce of gold if you’d like.
I like bikes. They look healthy and clean and I remember enjoying them when I was a kid. I’ve also heard they are good for adults. I’ve even considered riding one again, but I don’t have either money or time thanks to a devastating investment I made five years ago… but I digress.
I’ve been meaning to write this rant post ever since buddy boy decided to approve the questionable bike lanes downtown Vancouver. Thankfully, my downtown coffee shop wasn’t in the line of their devastation because life is hard enough as a small business owner. But if it was, I’d be be an even more unhappy camper.
First of all, let it be known to all of you who have driver’s license that a bicycle, has all the rights of a car when they use a car lane on any road. Surprised? That’s because you missed a class in your driver’s ed course. Go back and review it. They always have had the rights and they still do. That means that if you approach a bike while you are driving you have to clear the *entire lane* when you pass. If they are left-turning, you have to wait, just as if they were a car. You have to respect them whether you like it or not. It’s the law.
So, my question from the beginning of this ‘bike lane’ fiasco was this:
If bikes have the same rights as automobiles, then why in the world are we spending money on dedicated infrastructure for them?
From this standpoint, you can imagine how frustrated I was when I saw the hurt and inconvenience these lanes caused and are still causing, especially when [get ready for it] *they are riding on the sidewalks and any ol’ place they want!*
So, after all that hard work and pain, I’m still dodging bicycles on the sidewalk and avoiding them in all the non-bike-lane roads when I’m driving my car (rare).
And so there you have it. My rant is finished. We erred greatly by not focusing our time, energy and money on educating and punishing bad automobile drivers.