Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

January 2, 2020

Recording Streaming Audio in Audacity

Filed under: Audio,Computing,How To,Portable Apps,Settings — rmay4 @ 3:54 am
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This portable app works great for recording including streaming audio. The set up is not so initiative and it turns out it is Windows that is the issue.

When trying to record, you can only select the Mic as the only input and if you are recording something that the computer is playing, you do not want to also record that ambient noises so you need to enable recording but not through the MIC. It turns that Windows by default has disabled everything but the MIC and you will need to change it in windows and then it works like a charm.

See this exert from the Audacity Wiki

Step 1: input device

Select the Recording Device you are using (such as microphone or line-in) in the dropdown selector of the Audacity Device Toolbar. The dropdown selector you need is the one with the microphone icon.

If you are plugging a microphone or line-in input directly into the jacks on the computer, or recording computer playback such as internet radio, choose the name of the built-in sound device or sound card.

By default, Windows only enables the microphone input. You must exit Audacity, then go to “Sound” in the Windows Control Panel to show and enable other inputs before you can record from them. Instructions can be found on this page: Windows: accessing the Windows Sound controls.
If you are connecting an external device to the computer, such as a USB sound card, USB microphone or USB turntable, choose “USB Audio Codec” or similar.

Follow this link and then select your operating system for more info.

You will need to select Stereo Mix as the recording device and that link will show you how to do so. Alternatively,  it says you can choose the Windows WASAPI loopback recording method instead. I have not tried this. Selecting Stereo mix works well.

Enjoy your recording!

Randy

 

 

 

 

December 16, 2018

Rooting the Samsung S5 G900P

Filed under: Android — rmay4 @ 6:12 am
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Kingo Android ROOT

For those who want to get root on the Sprint Galaxy S5 lollipop after the update, based on ‘JoeFCaputo113′ thread on xda, here we sum up the guide:

  1. Grab the CF-Auto-Root package for SM-G900P model (CF-Auto-Root-kltespr-kltespr-smg900p.zip) and extract it.
  2. Run the Odin3 app on a Windows computer, choose AP/PDA button and point to where you save the CFAR, then flash.
  3. Download and install a custom recovery of your choosing.
  4. Grab the latest SuperSU flashable zip and flash it via recovery.
  5. Root should work now on Lollipop, try any app that needs superuser privileges to verify.
  6. Optional: You can also try Knox removal and debloater by tdunham also on xda.

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http://androidxda.com/root-samsung-galaxy-s5-sm-g900p

http://www.frogoff.com/update-sprint-galaxy-s5-sm-g900p-to-official-android-5-0-lollipop/

http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/download/49920/G900PVPU3BOF6_G900PSPT3BOF6_VMU/

 

Alternatives to Siri

Filed under: Computing,How To,Linux — rmay4 @ 6:04 am

I have not had to use Apple products in my life for some time now. That is a position I want to maintain. I also want to be aware that Google could be something I wanted to avoid at some time in my future. Accordingly, I like to keep an eye our for ideas and options to live my life not bound too tightly to any potential abusive power house.

To that end I wanted to post this link to a site with many options to use instead of Siri and also ones that are alternatives to Google and Microsoft. Free and some open source and still free.  CLICK HERE!!!

Read on!

In looking for other alternatives. Here are some great options to check out!

Sketchup? look at blender: Sweet Home 3D, FreeCAD, Blophome, Floorplanner, Room Arranger, LibreCAD, Room Sketcher, PC.Con Planner

Ubuntu Studio VS Mac Book and IOs. Ad to this many options for editing and creating sound on the applications-CLICK HERE!!! 

If you want to move away from Windows or Apple PC operating systems, Linux is the most common route. CLICK HERE for a list of apps that help you create installed or bootable devices to either try Linux out or make the switch permanent!

If you think you are stuck at the mercy of the big name brands in buying a computer configured the way you want, think again. Sites like PC Part Picker allow you to set your goal for your PC both by capacity and price and then selects a list of individual parts and suppliers for them so you can pay for and build only what you want but also all that you want. Check it out!

 

Randy May

December 2, 2018

Background Photos

Filed under: Computing,Graphics,Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 2:03 am
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I really like different back ground photos and always appreciate good sites that have them. Here are a couple i found that feature primarily buildings.

http://allimageswallpapers.blogspot.com/2012/09/old-building-wallpaper.html

http://moblog.net/view/148123/old-buildings

http://wallpaperswide.com/old_building-wallpapers.html

http://www.civilizationswallpapers.com/architecture-old-building-in-spain-desktop-wallpaper/

July 21, 2018

The Self-Esteem Trap

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:50 am

I saw this article and wanted to share it. I knew from life that much of what we consider correct is not. I did not know that others saw it as well.

Sean Illing

Why were you the right person to write this book? And why now?

Will Storr

The personal answer is that I’m 43, and so I was raised right in the heart of the self-esteem culture. I had a troubled childhood, I acted out at school, I didn’t go to university because I failed all my exams, I was drinking, taking drugs, all of that usual stuff, and I was in therapy from quite an early age. What everybody kept telling me over and over again was that my problem was low self-esteem, and so all I had to do was learn to love myself and everything would be better. And this is what I continued to believe until very recently.

Sean Illing

What changed?

Will Storr

I was working on a profile of this psychologist named Roy Baumeister, who sort of blew apart a lot of our myths around self-esteem. It wasn’t until I discovered his work that I realized everything I had been told was bullshit. I had been sold a lie, like millions of other people. I learned about this weird story involving a self-esteem task force in California in the 1980s that was largely responsible for what became the self-esteem industry.

Sean Illing

Tell me about this task force, because it’s really a key plot point in this story.

Will Storr

There was this California politician named John Vasconcellos, who in 1987 launched what was known as the California Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He came of age during the 1960s and believed that if we could raise people’s self-esteem, they would be more competitive members of the economy and they would solve all these problems and it would be like a “social vaccine.”

When he launched it, it was widely mocked as a joke. People like Johnny Carson were making fun of it on late-night TV. So Vasconcellos recruited several California academics and commissioned a study to prove his ideas about self-esteem. Three years later, he announces that the data was in and he was right. Because it had the veneer of scholarship, it became a huge national story, and suddenly he was a major international star.

But it turns out the study had all kinds of problems and was full of errors. I even spoke to one of the researchers who participated in the study, and he told me that Vasconcellos knew the study was bullshit but he also knew the funding would get pulled if that got out, so he swept everything under the table and spent $50,000 on a massive PR campaign, and it worked.

Long story short, the impact of this was huge. It spawned a whole self-esteem movement that was based on fraudulent research but nevertheless had a significant impact on how we raise our children and think about self-esteem.

Here is the link to the full article.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/7/19/17518086/selfie-will-storr-book-psychology-west

December 15, 2017

6 Meter Ham Radio “The Magic Band”

Filed under: 6 Meter,Ham Radio — rmay4 @ 7:27 am

https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/0450.htmlhttp://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/9529

https://www.dxengineering.com/search/department/transceivers-and-receivers/part-type/mobile-transceivers/product-line/yaesu-ft-891-hf-50mhz-all-mode-mobile-transceivers?autoview=SKU&N=4294949594%2B4294949427%2B4294952365&sortby=Default&sortorder=Ascending

https://www.dxengineering.com/search/department/transceivers-and-receivers/part-type/mobile-transceivers/product-line/yaesu-ft-857d-100w-all-band-multi-mode-mobile-transceivers?autoview=SKU&N=4294949594%2B4294949427%2B4294952365&sortby=Default&sortorder=Ascending

https://www.dxengineering.com/search/department/transceivers-and-receivers/part-type/mobile-transceivers/product-line/yaesu-ft-817nd-all-band-multi-mode-mobile-portable-qrp-transceivers?autoview=SKU&N=4294949594%2B4294949427%2B4294952365&sortby=Default&sortorder=Ascending

Loop antennas can work great.
A good log book site is to use QRZ.com.
50.140 SSB is a hot spot.
Go to DXMAPS.com to see activity

GD-77 Radiodity

Filed under: DMR,Ham Radio — rmay4 @ 7:19 am

 

 

October 10, 2017

How to configure keyboard on my Lenovo T520

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:50 am

There are a couple of usability issues with the key board. First of all, the CTRL key has been difficult for me because it is to the right the Fn key. I am used to it being the most outside key on that side. There appears to be a fix for that in the BIOS. I tried and it worked on mine. Boot up and press the F1 key to access the BIOS. Under CONFIG there is an option swap the FN and CTRL keys. Enable this and press F10 to save and exit. Allow your machine to boot normally and they should be swapped from now on.

The other is that mine arrived with the functions of the home and delete key swapped. At first I was thinking I would just swap they keys but they are not the same size, so I will have to re-map them. I will update with best solution I found when finished.

December 29, 2016

Pacifc Northwest Ham Radio Repeaters

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:40 am

These are the local repeaters that I find useful to have on my scanner.

This is the link to the Western Oregon Repeater Club
http://www.qsl.net/worc/

Timber Oregon: Timber -KJ7IY 145.2700
https://www.repeaterbook.com/repeaters/details.php?ID=114&state_id=41

Here is the list of current repeaters from the Western Oregon Repeater Club

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Great list of Portland Oregon Emergency & Medical Scanner Frequencies

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmay4 @ 6:07 am

I got this from: http://www.pcconnectnw.com/freq.html

These listed frequencies are those which I have programmed into my handheld scanner. The PTD TRS are all the frequencies used by Bureau of Emergency Communications with Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire Bureau and American Medical Response Northwest (contracted Paramedic Service for Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, Oregon).

 

Scanner Frequencies

PTD TRS

1

155.235

American Medical Response F-1 69

860.7125

2

155.220

American Medical Response F-2 70

860.4625

3

155.340

HEAR SYSTEM 71
4 72

860.2625

5 73

859.7125

6 74

859.4625

7 75

859.4375

8 76

859.2625

9 77

858.7375

10 78

858.7125

11

154.190

CCOM F1 79

858.4625

12

153.890

CCOM F2 80

858.4375

13

154.220

CCOM F3 81
14

154.325

CCOM F4 82

858.2625

15

153.830

CCOM F5 83

857.7375

16

154.430

PFD TAPOUT 84

857.4625

17

154.010

PFD F1 85

857.4375

18 86

857.2625

19 87

856.7375

20 88

856.4625

21

155.430

CCSO F1 89

856.2625

22

155.190

CCSO F2 90

854.7373

23

155.760

CCSO F3 91
24

155.610

CCSO F4 92

854.5875

25

156.780

CCSO F5 93

854.3125

26

155.295

CCSO F6 94

854.2875

27

154.935

Oregon State Police 95

853.4375

28 96

852.7875

29 97

852.6375

30 98

852.3875

31

170.525

USFS WHALEHEAD/LOW 99

852.2875

32

170.500

USFS CH4 100

851.2875

33

169.925

USFS BEAR SPRINGS
34

169.950

USFS ZIGZAG/COLUMBIA GORGE
35

151.925

TIMBERLINE
36

151.205

SKI PATROL
37

147.120

MT.HOOD HAM
38

155.805

SAR
39

146.960

GOAT MTN. HAM
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