Some New Additions…

Ok so the content on this blog doesn't change that often! so I've  decided to add some interactive pages that provide real-time data. Notice now that there are two new pages APRS Live Map & Weather list at the top & down the right hand side. I've also added a small weather widget as well, this take a live feed from my La Crosse WS-2310. During the winter months the temperature sensor does get a little direct sunlight, so readings between about 8am to 10am may be higher than what the real temperature is, but as this is only for personal use you should not base any decisions on the weather data provided from this, please refer to the BOM for such details.

Just a little more info on the WS-2310…

As I use Linux, the software that was provided with the WS-2310 is for MS Windows. I needed to find something that could talk to and get the data from the weather station, the solution, Open2300 this give more functionality that what the original software provided!

interval2300     cw2300     light2300

dump2300     log2300     fetch2300

minmax2300     mysql2300     wu2300

histlog2300     xml2300     open2300

I won't go into detail about all of these, but the main two I use are … mysql2300 & wu2300 (with a slight mod) and a third utility that is provided from XASTIR called open2300db2APRS. MySQL2300 places the weather data into a mysql database and wu2300 uploads my weather data directly to weather underground while open2300db2APRS is an interpreter for mysql to XASTIR.

More scare tactics… Are we that STUPID ???

Oh boy this has to be about the highest level of stupidity of the Rudd Government not only do they wish to filter your Internet they will also potentially attempt to ban you if you don't comply. The unanswered question remains that the OS in question (Microsoft Windows) has simply got a lot to answer for, in that its lack of genuine security now making an government believe that the only solution is to attempt the following …

Compulsory computer protection mooted

Providers would also have to tell users when their computer might be infected and offer a "clear policy on graduated access restrictions and, if necessary, disconnection until the infected machine is remediated".

23 Jun, 2010 12:00 AM

Australians could be forced to install anti-virus protection on their computers and have their access to the internet shut down if they did not remove software infections, under a proposed crackdown on cyber crime.The Hackers, Fraudsters and Botnets: tackling the problem of cyber crime report, written by a bipartisan parliamentary committee, calls for a new Office of Online Security headed by a Cyber Security Coordinator and a national online cyber crime reporting facility, which would operate 24 hours a day offering help, referrals and free access to scanning software.

The report said cyber crime had grown over the past decade from the "nuisance of the cyber smart hacker into an organised transnational crime committed for vast profit and often with devastating consequences for its victims".

Committee chairwoman Labor MP Belinda Neal said the Australian Communications and Media Authority detected thousands of compromised computers every day, "with many people often unaware that their personal financial information is at risk of theft by criminals operating online".

They could be unknowingly "distributing child pornography or actually interfering with other people's privacy, stealing their identities in internet fraud".

The report said Australia needed to apply the "same energy and commitment given to national security" to the cyber crime threats that impacted on society more generally.

The committee called for a new voluntary code of practice for internet service providers to be made mandatory.

"The private sector must also play its part. The internet industry has to accept that commercial gains also carry social responsibilities," it said.

It said internet service providers should have to provide basic security advice when accounts were set up, and not allow new users to log on to the internet until they had installed anti-virus software and firewalls.

See original article from here

So are we to accept this potential flawed policy, or are we to challenge it should it even be given the time of day in parliament. Its getting clear the our current government doesn't trust us nor do they even think that we can be responsible Internet users. We may have had Kevin 07 but if the Labor party are really serious on this then I doubt that there will be a Kevin 10/11 (when ever he dare call the next election) So its time to pose the question to your local Federal M.P what their stance is on such policy, and ensure that its not just you that believes this to be a complete load of CRAP!  😐

APRS I-Gate update (server swap)

Effective from today I have retired my IBM NetVista (second server) that was hosting my APRS I-Gate VK7HSE-3. I have moved my  APRS I-Gate to my main server. Whilst I was at it this gave me a chance to remove excess dust build up from within the IBM eServer 220. I have to admit, I didn't think that the room where all my gear lives was so dusty!

The only one small change made, I've reassigned the call sign of VK7HSE-1 (formally VK7HSE-3) to the I-Gate.

So for the end-user its business as usual, and a small saving on electricity for me…   😀

OSM now included in XASTIR 1.99 (cvs)

Over the last week or so there has been a major inclusion into the XASTIR project, OSM (Open Street Map) has now replaced the tiger series maps, thus now providing online mapping resources to a larger community.

Here is a screen shot from my install of XASTIR…  (click on image for a full size view!)

So as you can see I have a basic map of my local area thus negating the need to make my own custom maps! Here is the current selection for the OSM implementation…

A big thank you goes out to the people who have added this code to the project for including OSM into XASTIR now makes for a better FOSS partnership  😀

A summery of my day…