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How to make your own Open Source Microlight (OSM/OSM2) Programmer Cable

If you didn’t already know, this past year (2015), has been very good for anybody interested in microlights (gloving) because last year we saw the release of the brand new Open Source Microlight, thanks to the one and only Ramiro Montes De Oca.  With the original OSM being so popular on Kickstarter, the release of the OSM2 was not far behind the original.  So of course you know I had to pre-order a set of the OSM2 immediately once I found out … and thankfully Ramiro is very active on the OSM Mode Swap facebook group, and after shipping out the first set of OSM2’s, he let everyone know that there was going to be a slight delay on shipments as he ran out of programmers for them, but if you had one already, he could ship out your chips.  Well … being the junkie and geek that I am, I didn’t want not having a programmer to stop me, so I set out on a mission to figure out how to build my own programmer, and here’s how I did it… (more…)

How to install GNU Radio, FFTW, RTL SDR, GrOsmoSDR, and more using PyBombs with dependencies, by rpm/deb or build from source

Recently I purchased a Mini SDR (DVB-T) from NooElec to play around with some RF and do some testing, but for some reason kept running into problems while trying to build GNU Radio on Debian (Ubuntu/Linux Mint) from the git repos.  I attempted to use the version from the standard repository, but unfortunately that version is old and out dated (I think 1.6 was in repo, but 1.7.2 is latest), so the only option was to build from source.  I swear I probably spent 4 hours trying to figure out why certain dependencies wouldn’t install, then I would get one to install, and another one would come up…add to that for the testing I wanted to do I needed to install FFTW, RTL SDR, and GrOsmoSDR, which is when I finally decided to find a better way to build from source (or find latest version deb/rpm). (more…)

How to un-root, factory reset, reset flash counter, and return your Samsung Galaxy S3 (S III) to completely stock.

With T-Mobile’s new JUMP program there are going to be plenty of people who will need to revert their phone back to completely stock in order to upgrade their device.  Lucky enough this is pretty simple to do, and I will explain this in a few steps below which should only take about 10 minutes or so.  These instructions will allow you to completely reset the flash counter, install stock firmware, and basically reset the phone to the state it was when you first purchased it.  So without any further delay, let’s un-root the Samsung Galaxy S III… (more…)

Pebble Bluetooth Smart Watch for Android and iPhone Review (after a week+)

If you don’t already know about it, the Pebble Smart Watch, which received over 10 million in backing on Kickstarter, is simply amazing. I’ve had the watch for about 10+ days now and i’m definitely impressed and happy, but there are a few things I want to point out for anybody that may be interested.  Here’s my opinions and thoughts on this watch… (more…)