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Windows 10 sneakiness alert

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  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    This whole thing is warming me to the idea of releasing XPSSDR. I think I'll even present it to the world running on a Raspberry Pi.
    XPSSDR is a cross platform 'reimagined' version of a smart Flex 6000 control surface that runs virtually anywhere, even Mac. In order to make the whole thing 'come together' I'll also have to write a cross platform contest logging program that can talk to radios natively either via CAT (ewww) or XPSLib.

    I do, however, completely relate to your 3rd sentence from the bottom. I did dump Windows for good, professionally as well as avocationally. I am, only in the most begrudging manner, using it now as I do like HRD and I need a cross plstform replacement for HRDLog integrated with XPSSDR and XPSLib. So I can either grit my teeth and build the remaining pieces or, .... go to plan B.

    People likely don't consider HRDLog a contest logger so I will probably aim for a 'reimagined' N1MM style logger that runs virtually anywhere.

    I've been in software development for over 40 years and mgr of Systems Programming for 5 of that.
  • Michael CosloMichael Coslo Member
    edited May 2016
    I did get HRD to work in Wine. All but the DX spotting. Click on that, and it hung up on me. Then I got too busy to research much more.

    But yes, an n1mm style contest logger wor Linux or OS X  would be tremendous.


  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    And I'd need to do that, pretty much regardless of the final disposition of the radio. CQRlog does work on Linux but is not well suited for expansion. DAX appears to be a casualty in any event.
  • Peter K1PGVPeter K1PGV Member ✭✭
    edited December 2016
    Walt, Your religious zeal is impressive. Your technical argument is not. And it's getting old and repetitive. We get that you don't like Windows. Really. Give it a rest, bro. Peter K1PGV
  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    Peter, we get you have a vested interest in Microsoft and Windows. There was a time I did as well. If you'd pay attention, its not just me. But, to your point, one reason I reiterate my position is to quell criticism by some that I am bashing or trashing Flex, which I am not. My like or dislike of Windows in no way alters the fact it is a magnet for malware, worms, and viruses, ergo, my comment on security.
  • Bill -VA3WTBBill -VA3WTB Member ✭✭✭
    edited December 2016
    I use Linux Mint as my main computer, I have been for years. I fully understand why Flex is built around Windows. In my mind Flex is the leader in ham radio, but Windows is the weak link. Keep in mind Windows is used by the masses. So for the sake of marketing it makes sense.
    I don't connect my Flex computer to the internet and the SSDR is all that it runs, the radio is always very stable this way.

    I have been working in software for 95 years and have produced over 5000 programs...Lol
  • Mark_WS7MMark_WS7M Member ✭✭
    edited October 2015
    95 years!?  And you are still sane!?  LOL

    I've been writing device control software for 2000 years.  I don't always like Windows but yes the masses use it and while I prefer a Mac just because of the polish I have had to work in the Windows field.

    It just makes sense and proves that even those people that are writing the worms and malware are targeting the biggest user base too.  Same as flex!

    I do try to write software these days in cross platform mode.  Recently I've been using Qt which offers cross platform but requires some work to get it really right.
  • Michael CosloMichael Coslo Member
    edited May 2016
    Sure, the installed user base is bigger for Windows.That doesn't mean that everyone who has a Windows computer will be running a FlexRadio. Plus it isn't a digital situation. Having an OSX or Linux version of SmartSDR in no way detracts from Windows-only users having SmartSDR on their favorite OS.

    These matters come down to a corporate decision, usually financial in nature, that since more people have Windows on their computers, the target audience will be bigger. It might have been true in 1999, but it is changing. And I had to balance my decision to buy my Flex. I wanted the radio badly, but I did spend some time considering that I was now going to have to hop back into the Windows pool. Can you imagine, a person considering not buying the radio because of the computer they would have to run it with?

    In the end, the Flex won, and I just love it. But as you note the weak link in the chain is the computer we have to use to run the software.

    And Windows lovers - please bear with us. Imagine your reactions if you had to buy a Mac to run your Flex.

  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    Bill and Mark, working on Mac, Linux, Android, Raspberry Pi is NOT mutually exclusive of running just as well on Windows. XPSSDR runs just fine on Windows. Oh, Peter, it runs just fine on Windows 10 as well. You had asked me this past summer and I never got back to you.

    Michael, the people I used to work with that had to use Windows at work, ran Linux at home. I believe the 'masses' use windows because they started out using DOS and that was the path when Windows went from being the DOS application to being the thing that was booted.
    "Can you imagine, a person not buying the flex because of the computer they would have to run it with"?
    Yep, if I wasn't um...mislead I never would have bought it. I can not speak for others because it is a question that, by definition, can't be answered here. The people on this forum DID buy it. But, to your rhetorical question. Yes.If it were designed to be non lockin, this would truly be a Flex fest on here, Windows users, Mac users, Linux users all happily taking the flex talk. The technology existed at that time, certainly since, to do that and the product would be every bit as profession looking.

    But Michael, the better question is can you imagine the larger user base had the flex run on anything. Then this question would be moot. I use Windows for only two things now, TurboTax once a year and then this when I want to use it with something I haven't converted yet. As I said somewhere on the list of reasons I bought the radio there was not a line saying "development opportunities". Obviously, it has features I very much like. I tend not to love inanimate objects.
  • K0GGCK0GGC Member
    edited October 2015
    Apple does not collect any private data on customers. They have had press releases where they state that they do not collect customer data. 
    In fact, they are in court right now because the Feds are trying to force Apple to **** the security on an iPhone running iOS 7 and Apple is refusing, saying that it is impossible because they don't keep passwords. Apple holds no private data and does not use private data for target marketing. 
  • Peter K1PGVPeter K1PGV Member ✭✭
    edited December 2016

    So much nonsense in this thread, and so little time to challenge it all.

    Apple does not collect any private data on customers

    Do you really believe that?  Perhaps you don't recall the lawsuit on the issue about iPhone and iPad location data being collected, even after the geo-location feature was turned off, and in explicit violation of Apple's stated policy.  The plaintiffs in the case lost, not because Apple wasn't collecting the data (they were) but because the plaintiffs could not show actual harm.

    But, who cares, really. If you think you're using ANY internet-connected tools and that your data isn't being collected you're either misinformed or naïve.

    Can you imagine, a person not buying the flex because of the computer they would have to run it with

    Yes.  Absolutely. If I had to buy a Mac to use a Flex radio, I can tell you with certainty that I wouldn't have bought a Flex.  I have no desire to learn how to use or manage a Mac, for something that's a hobby.

    more people have Windows on their computers, the target audience will be bigger. It might have been true in 1999, but it is changing

    Well, this is undeniably true. But what's changing are the number of desktop machines purchased, not so much the ratio of Windows to Mac to Linux machines.  There have been small market-share gains by Apple in home desktop markets, but these are in the single digits percent-wise.  Linux has exactly no presence in home desktop markets (outside those of enthusiasts) and I have not heard that there's been any appreciable market-share gain either.

    Look: The way I look at it is that operating systems are tools.  I don't have religion about my tools.  That's not to say that I don't have preferences, of course. I choose the one I prefer from the subset of systems that are suitable for a given particular purpose.  My company's web site runs on some Linux base, because... gee... it's WordPress and that really does run better on a LAMP stack.  Our routers, firewalls, and switches all run on Linux. Aside from being annoyed that I have to do so much from the console, which makes me feel like I've returned to the 1970s, I don't really care.  I professionally write OS code on Windows, because that's what I do for a living. For personal use, I've tried both Linux and Mac desktop/laptop systems, and found them not to my taste.  So I don't use them.  The system I spend the most time on during a week is my iPad.  I think IOS sucks, actually, but I can't argue with the iPad in terms of both form-factor and functionality.

    So, no religion. The hating and religious exhortations just get tiring.  If I wanted to debate OS religion, I'd go over to one of the Linux lists where all the fanbois froth and foam and wave the penguin flag.

    If we just stick to more to debating topics regarding ham radio, we'll all be good to go.

    Peter
    K1PGV

  • dlwarnbergdlwarnberg Member
    edited June 23
    If you use the internet, they can watch you... if you are on a network that has access to the internet, they can track you.....if you use a cell phone, they can hear you... if you use a land line phone (non-cell), they can still hear you... trust me they can and do listen.. your browsing habits are watched, your activities online are watched, your calls you make are watched, etc, etc,etc....

    You want privacy?? unplug and don't use credit cards, cell phones, computers, etc, etc, etc...

    Just the way the world is...  

    FYI... I work for a large telephone / network / cell phone provider
  • K0GGCK0GGC Member
    edited October 2015
    Apple does not keep any private data. It is a fact, it has been stated by the CEO Tim Cook. If he were lying then it would result in massive lawsuits and his firing. 
    The issue you quote about the GPS lawsuit is an example where data is collected and used by local apps but is not stored or kept locally on Apple's servers.
    Apple's one claim as a company is that it does not collect, keep, sell, or target market based on your private data. 
    Where as both Google and Microsoft and many others make no such claims. Both collect and use your private data for their data mining and marketing. 

    I am not saying that Microsoft is a bad company and doesn't make good products but if privacy is your main concern then Apple is a better company to use.
  • dlwarnbergdlwarnberg Member
    edited October 2015
    Now you have to look at what "Apple" defines as private data.....  trust me they collect data...


  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    Surprisingly I really don't have too much to debate on what you said. I will say this though I disagree with your comment about the Linux home market I would rather say the people who are professionally in the computer business tend to have Linux running at home. As far as the frothing at the mouth I totally agree with you. I would add to that some that people on here have been frothing at the mouth over their Flex goodness.

    I 100% agree on your use of the term religion in this context also in the context of flexing and people irrationally exuberant over that. It's a radio it's a fun radio and ham radio is a fun hobby.

    But I do think it's valid for those people who would like the product better if it didn't tether them to a product they prefer not to have to use, be that iPad or Mac or Linux or virtual machines or WINE. That does not resonate with you because you're perfectly comfortable in a Windows environment.
  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    And Facebook is the poster child for internet privacy issue or lack of privacy. So says Edward Snowden. Anything one uploads gets run through facial recognition. They, not only know who and where you are, they know who and where your friends are as well.
  • K0GGCK0GGC Member
    edited October 2015
    Agreed. There are many ways that you are being watched when using the internet or when using a cell phone, credit card, etc. 
    However, there are ways to minimize exposure and using an OS that is constantly tracking your usage and storing it on Microsofts servers where it is used for data mining and marketing is something that can be avoided.

    All I am saying is that Apple doesn't do that with their OS and if I am using Safari in private browsing mode, with ad blocking turned on, routing thru an encrypted VPN to an offshore private ip connection to the internet, there is less chance that I am being watched.
  • K0GGCK0GGC Member
    edited October 2015
    Agreed. Facebook is a disaster and is to be avoided at all costs.
  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    Oxymoron: noun, People on Facebook complaining about the NSA.
  • dlwarnbergdlwarnberg Member
    edited October 2015
    Walt... just make it "All Social Media".... facebook is just the best known... 
  • Peter K1PGVPeter K1PGV Member ✭✭
    edited December 2016
    Apple does not keep any private data. It is a fact, it has been stated by the CEO Tim Cook.

    "It is a fact"?  Really?  You personally know this to be the case, so you can vouch for it?  Are you on the board at Apple? Or, perhaps, you're legal counsel to Apple and have studied this issue personally?  If not, you don't know at all that "it's a fact."  It might be an article of your religious faith.  But that does not make it "a fact."

    You ARE aware that Apple's legal counsel admitted that Apple was collecting and uploading geolocation data to Apple, right?  Including the cell-phone towers your phone is accessing?  Now, I grant you: This was back in 2010.  Are they still doing it?  I have no idea.  But I do know for "a fact" they were doing it, because the people who are actually in a position to know admitted as much.

    if I am using Safari in private browsing mode, with ad blocking turned on, routing thru an encrypted VPN to an offshore private ip connection to the internet, there is less chance that I am being watched.

    True.  Regardless of the OS on which you're running.  And, in fact, regardless of whether you're using Safari or Chrome (the master of all data collectors) or IE or Edge.

    Personally, I don't give a darn if what I'm doing is being tracked.  I just assume it is.  I found the revelations about the NSA's data collection to be not the least bit surprising.

    If you don't want to be tracked, TOR is your friend.  Regardless of the OS that you're using.

    Peter
    K1PGV

  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    point for David!
  • DH2IDDH2ID Member ✭✭
    edited December 2016
    If you're on the net, assume that everything you do is watched and recorded. VPN, TOR, encryption helps momentarily, but only for a short time. You can learn from one of my favourite movies, Enemy of the state: Live without mobile phone, internet, credit card, bank account, car and house. Who can do that? Oh - and forget our beautiful hobby. A ham is very visible, even without APRS ; -) BTW the satellites in this movie beep CQ CQ CQ.... Alex - DH2ID
  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    Peter, quick shout out...
    Yes.  Absolutely. If I had to buy a Mac to use a Flex radio, I can tell you with certainty that I wouldn't have bought a Flex.  I have no desire to learn how to use or manage a Mac, for something that's a hobby.
    I appreciate, honestly, you having said that. That really is the distillation of my biggest complaint. So event though the foot is in the other shoe, I suspect at some level we understand each other. SmartSDR for Windows implies a version for others as well. I was patiently waiting for the others right up until I was told there would be no others.

    If enough people come out of the woodwork and admit, them too, perhaps the powers that be will look again at the lost revenue they could capture. The hard work has been done. Maybe not but if it is just a single voice, definitely not.

    If you really want to get a sense of the number of people wanting to and running Linux for ham radio, take a stroll over to the LinuxHamRadio forum on Yahoo. There is no way of knowing how many people didn't buy a Flex because it would require Microsoft Windows.
  • Walt - KZ1FWalt - KZ1F Member
    edited November 2016
    Alex, and others, privacy extends only to the interior of your four walls. And there are those that want to take that away as well.
  • Tim - W4TMETim - W4TME Administrator, FlexRadio Employee admin
    edited March 2017
    This post has run its course.  I am marking is as "not a problem" because there is nothing actionable FlexRadio can do to resolve it. I see no additional benefit to the Community to allow it to continue, so I am closing it.  73

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