VX-8R programming instructions for RT Systems

November 6th, 2011

Here’s one for the lazyweb:

Found this really hard to find on the internet last night when I needed it.

I was using the RT Systems VX-8 application to program my Yaesu VX-8R / VX-8 and couldn’t figure out what to do.

The instructions in the RT Systems software WILL tell you if the cable is set up right but if not you will get a “check cable” message and perhaps waste a bunch of time like I did. Here’s what I had to do.

I was using VirtualBox with Windows 7 under MacOS X. I forgot to enable the device in VirtualBox from the Devices menu and restart the RT Systems software. Once that was done all was perfect.

Updated the Earthquake kit last night

August 31st, 2011

Once a year I pull the earthquake kit(s) out and see what we have and what needs to be replaced / added.

Our water and first aid kit had aged out and needed to be thrown out so that was a simple thing to do. (I actually kept the other first aid kit but will be careful about using it)

I decided to add two MREs (veggie burger and chilli) to have something warm after an earthquake.

Things I added:

  • Multitool
  • New first aid kit
  • 2 self heating MREs
  • Wind up FM radio/Flashlight/Cell phone charger (unfortunately it won’t charge my iPhone) but for $5 it was ok
  • anti-diarrhea pills for adults [for the first aid kit]
  • rubber gloves [for the first aid kit]
  • more baby food for the new baby
  • space blanket
  • water purification tablets (old ones went bad after 10 years)

I also decided to be anal and added a cardboard tag to either kit (actually 2 backpacks from old tech conferences) listing their contents

  • Backpack #1 – eyeglasses, food, water, first aid kit, lighter, space blanket, can opener, flashlight, camping toilet paper
  • Backpack #2 – more food, hard hat from NERT, old first aid kit, camping toilet paper,baby formula

The idea is, if you can just grab one bag, grab the bag labled #1 since it will help you eat/stay warm for a few days if the house has burned/fallen down

back #2 if for comfort and helping other people

Huge fire in san jose

March 10th, 2010

Trying out the Wordpress 2 iPhone app

October 29th, 2009

This is a test to see how the Wordpress 2 iPhone app works.

Thunder and Lightning, very very frightening

September 12th, 2009

Got woken up last night by incredible thunder and lighting, a rare treat in San Francisco. It was a surprise that it didn’t wake up Rosa. Then today around 9am we got a second round. This time Rosa was awake playing on the bed with me, Katie and the cat. Both Rosa and the Cat wanted to get the heck out of dodge when the thunder clapped. We turned it into a game which Rosa really enjoyed, includng making thunder-like noises. So Cute.

The cat was not as excited….

In other news, Rosa had her first real ice cream the other day.

Yum Yum Yum

Yum Yum Yum

Fun day in the park

March 18th, 2009
Rosa at the park

Rosa at the park

Fun day at the park last weekend, we had another nice sunny but cool day in San Francisco, so we jumped over to Dolores Park for a little lunch and hanging out. Spreading out the blanket was a nice change though things were still a little wet from the recent rains. Rosa really enjoyed running around on the blanket and making friends with everybody nearby.

Katie’s joined the 20th century

February 16th, 2009

Over this long holiday weekend I helped Katie start up a blog for Rosa. Blogspot was really easy to set up and customize. While I like Wordpress, I’d be hard pressed to recommend it to someone after going through the Blogspot setup process. Katie was up and running and had a nice looking blog in 10 minutes and now two days later has customized it pretty nicely.

Being stuck inside due to the rain has helped as well!

Full Moon Fever

January 12th, 2009

This last week was one of the larger moons we’ll see for a while (though I thought we just had that a couple months ago also!). Managed to get the famdamly up on the roof and not walk off backwards while setting up this shot. It seems to be summer again here in San Francisco, though the calendar says that it is still January.

November 20th, 2008
Keep Calm and Carry On

Talking to many of my friends and colleagues there are many changes going on this week in the Valley. I’m sure the news is going to get worse as everything gets unrolled, but hopefully the band aid will get ripped quickly as opposed to a slow painful rip.

I’m still fighting this cold I’ve had for over a week now. Hopefully it will be gone before Friday so I can meet up people for dinner, otherwise it’s more couch/cough time for me.

Back from Ohio

November 18th, 2008

Rosa is her christening dress!

Went to Ohio this past weekend for Rosa’s baptism. I’ve been nursing a cold for the past week or so and going from 70s in the bay area to 30s in Cleveland didn’t help.


October 24th, 2008

It’s been a somewhat quiet week at work (but that is relative to it’s normal crazy pace) with a lot of people on the road and at client sites. I’ve been able to get a decent amount of coding done which has been a nice break from the standard day to day.

Tonight I get to pick Rosa up from Girls’ Night Out on my way home once she makes her contractual appearance at a hip Mission Restaurant with Katie. I believe it is an Arinell’s pizza night for me. Yum.


October 23rd, 2008

For once my non-traditional last name has come in handy. I’m not sure what I’ll ever do with it, but I registered lusz.cz last week. This allows me to have a site whose URL reads http://jeff.lusz.cz .

I’ll probably put a forward in one of these days once I get some free time.

The new MAcBook Pro has been very nice his past week. The new button / trackpad system still takes a little getting used to and doesn’t always register my click as a click, but I think I am slowly being retrained.

VirtualBox has worked really well, and I have Ubuntu 8 running nicely. The funny thing is that I can run 3 or so virtual machines that all have more memory than the laptop I just moved away from.

The bottom edge of the laptop case is too sharp, I expect they will fix that in a revision.

Upgraded to the new MacBook Pro from my Powerbook G4

October 19th, 2008

Well the time has come for me to upgrade from my venerable Powerbook g4 to the new hotness the MacBook Pro (fall). My olderer powerbook had been starting to show its age with a one hour battery life, peeling apart sharp case and very dim screen. After a few months of complaining and checking the rumors sites I finally bought the new MacBook Pro yesterday.

I went down to the Apple Store at 4th and Market after buying a new diaper pail at the container store. It took longer to pick out a new diaper pail than it took to go in, confirm my thoughts and walk out of the store with the box.

I tried to pick up a Firewire 400 to Firewire 800 convertor but the Apple store was out. I had read that Migration Assistant also work over Ethernet so I resigned myself to that. It some ways it was a fortuitous event that the store was out of the convertors. Instead of using firewire target mode, I ended up using a direct Ethernet connection.

The Powerbook G4 also has gigabit ethernet which supposedly is faster than firewire 400. I’m not sure if Firewire 800 to Firewire 800 would have been faster, but this was fast enough.

I love the Migration Assisstent, since here I am a couple hours later typing on in my very familiar environment, except that my 3 year old laptop has been replaced with this years much faster model.

Much faster, much brighter screen. 4 GB of ram is a dream
Got VirtualBox and iPhone dev kit instead very quickly.
It doesn’t seem to be affected by the mysterious wifi dropouts that Katie’s newish MacBook suffers
The new bigger screen is a dream

I hatehatehate the glossy screen. I expect once this fad passes, Apple will go back to offering a Matte version.

The trackpad while nice is VERY loud when clicking. It may get better as time goes on. You do have the option of using a trackpad tap instead of a click, but I always find that too be too sensitive. It also doesn’t seem to work in the same way as a real button, I find it clicking but not performing and action too often. I’m sure I’ll learn it’s quirks shortly thought.

The VMWare Maemo application I have for doing Nokia n810 development doesn’t seem to work under VirtualBox, but it’s probably a quick fix once I figure it out.

I wish they made it slightly smaller instead of slightly bigger, as it is it’s almost impossible to use a 15″ machine on an airplane.

What a cutie!

October 14th, 2008

Rosa, Katie and I had a great time at Bill and Angela’s wedding last weekend in Napa.

Rosa was a hit and didn’t melt down until the car ride home.


July 18th, 2008


Welcome to the world little Rosa!
Born 3 weeks ago, mom and baby are doing great.
I’m writing this right now with her strapped to my chest asleep in the carrier.
So cute.

Upgraded wordpress, took more than 5 minutes

July 18th, 2008

Spent the last couple of hours performing my wordpress migration. The migration itself went pretty quickly, but cleaning up the remants of wordpress 2.0, the referal highjacking crap that was going around and cleaning up 90,000 comment spams via sql was a pain in the ass.

I’m getting a little annoyed with wordpress lately, especially on the security front. There is no mention on the wordpress.org front page or blog about the recent referral highjacking vulnerability and how to fix it. I actually had to go to some random guys web page to get the instructions on how to clean up the mess.

It should have been a script provided by the wordpress folks, or included in the upgrade process. 

The other annoyance was having the run sql commands in the phpmyadmin console to kill spam comments. This should be a button in the wordpress interface.

As seen at http://www.makeyougohmm.com/20061207/4025/ 
there are some simple sql commands you can run to find the count of the unmoderated and spam comments you have waiting for you.

If you want to delete all unmoderated comments that spammers were able to inject in to your wordpress database, run the following command

delete from wp_comments where comment_approved = ’0’;

That took care of my 90,000 comments instantly.

Ten long years in a straight line They fall like water.

May 11th, 2008

Ten years ago this week, plus or minus, I made the move from the south bay up to San
Francisco. A friend had recently cleaned out what is now a storage room but at the time was the perfect San
Francisco room. One queen size bed, plus one extra foot in each direction, affectionately known as “The Box”

People who have lived in the box over the years.

I lived there about six months before moving into a “big boys apartment” a half a block away.
San Francisco has treated me well over the past decade, except for the two El Nino years where I thought I would freeze.


February 18th, 2008


Got out of the house today finally after a long weekend of being sick as the proverbial dog. K had to go to Flax today to pick up things for drawing. Took a walk up Valencia to ‘It’s Tops’ for breakfast. Yum yum yum. The walk home took me down some of the back alleys of the Mission. Came across this old house at Gough St and Colton St. In a middle of a sea on concrete they managed to keep this cute house and tree around.

Things to do in Chicago when you are sick

February 17th, 2008

My favorite is to sit 10 hours in the airport waiting for your plane to be cancelled.

Followed up by arriving at the hotel for 3 hours of sleep before you new flight leaves and getting waved in by the Chicago police officer assembling a shotgun in the back of his patrol car in the hotel parking lot. All the while an other officer with a police dog runs around with a flashlight.

The cop with a gun was very friendly and with a smile said “come on in” whe I asked if I could walk across the parking lot to the hotel or hang out until they were done.

It was -2 so I was happy to get waved in, criminal on the loose or not.

Didn’t help my cold though, still sitting on the couch here in SF coughing up a lung.


Back home now after a good, but sick, week on the road.


Had a good time before leaving town at Sarah and Deane’s Stateside engagement party. We won’t be able to make it to New Zealand for the wedding, but wished them well here on an amazingly warm February night at the Beach Chalet.

After the planned party, we all ambled up to the recently renovated Cliff House. I’m not a huge fan of the new one, since it seems a little soulless and human-unfriendly on the outside. Inside was nice, and they were able to accommodate a group of 20 or so without reservations for dessert and coffee.

Impromptu Marching Band in Dolores Park today

February 10th, 2008

Impromptu Marching Band in Dolores Park today, katie on the sax

We heard that if you had a hat and an instrument that there was to be an impromptu march band up in Dolores Park today. Having both a hat and instruments we made the long 1 block trek up to DP. An interesting mix of cardboard, kazoos, real instruments and bubbles made a summer day in February pretty fun.


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