David Lane's blog

IC-2820

CHIRP – A first look

If you own an ICOM D-STAR radio, you know how hard it is to program through the faceplate. And if you are a Linux user, you know that your options are either use the faceplate or borrow a Windows machine (or fire up a VM) and plunk down $60 for the software and cable to program them with. Until now that is. Enter CHIRP. more>>

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On Data Tagging

Pick up most items, from the soup can, to the library book, and you will find a data tag. In most cases, that tag is the simple, ubiquitous bar code that seems to have been around forever. more>>

Nexus 7 overview

Nexus 7 - First Look

I had the opportunity to test drive a friend's Asus (Google) Nexus 7, the latest entry into the tablet space. It has an attractive price point, a clear display and most of the tools that you would expect from a tablet. But despite this, there are some serious limitations that might have you think twice about adopting this device as your go to tablet. more>>

Viva La Revolinux

The Rapidly Changing Desktop

Two years ago, I got into a conversation with another professional about the desktop. I opined that very shortly, the desktop would be our cell phone and there would be no need to put file servers at everyone's desk. more>>

Round, round we go

Here come the Ultrabooks

A while back, the headlines from Computerworld arrived in my mailbox and one topic jumped out at me: Ultrabooks, expected to be hot at CES, could be boon for enterprise IT. Over the past weekend I actually saw two of them at my local big b more>>

C-64

The Commodore 64 is 30 This Year

I used to have a paperweight sitting on my desk that read something like “Robert H. Lane, appointed President of Commodore Computers....” It was the sort of thing that they gave to executives. A brass plaque of their appointment as it appeared in the Wall Street Journal or the Globe and Mail. more>>

Tux Radio

In Search Of... A Few Good Developers

Occasionally I get a chance to poke my head up and see what is new and different and occasionally I get asked if I know anyone that could help.  This is one of those cases. more>>

quill and paper

Are Your Licenses Compliant?

If you work with Open Source software every day, you probably do not think for a moment about license compliance. In fact, if you are not an IT manager or professional intellectual property lawyer, you might not even think about it at all. Until you get the phone call. more>>

Symbols by Melvin Schlubman

The Move To Linux - Encrypted Disk Issues

One of the standards that has become normal in the US federal sector is the requirement that all mobile devices, such as laptops, have encrypted drives. This was a direct result of a number of laptop thefts earlier in the decade that resulted in the supposed leaking of personal information. more>>

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