OT:BEST Android phone yet... LG G2 VS980 Verizon

From: Phil Sieg 
Got a new piece of kit. Here is how it happened:

My business partner got the new LG G3 5.5" but 20% smaller than the Galaxy Note 2/3 even though the screen is the same size. I have been VERY impressed with my Nexus 5 and his G3 is amazing, in fact almost perfect. The ONE THING it is lacking is the wireless Qi charging.

Well I am hooked on Qi the way a crack ho loves rock... yes it is that bad. If you don't have wireless charging, you thing I am an idiot. If you do, you get it. There simply is no going back, not even for the iPhone 6.

The problem is that I am still dissatisfied with the battery life on my Nexus 5. I have rooted, rom-ed, kerneled, and tweaked this thing to death, and have gotten every last drop of energy out of it, and it just isn't enough, especially for international travel.

So I start reading up on hacking Qi into the G3, and find out that the G2 from Verizon has it built in. 

For those of you that don't know, the LG G2 is the Nexus 5 on steroids. It is the exact same size with a .2 inch larger screen (5.2 vs 5.0) due to smaller bezels. It has a bigger battery, better camera, better screen, and the Verizon model's SIM slot is UNLOCKED. You can use the ATT Straighttalk SIM and it will do HSPA+ (4G) without hacking and LTE if you flash an AOSP rom.

OH and it doesn't have any stupid buttons on the side where they get pressed accidentally ALL THE TIME. The buttons for power/vol are in the center of the back just below the Camera...which actually rocks.

The best part: $225 on ebay for like new in the box 32GB!!!

So far I am digging it.

Will rant in a few days if battery life is disappointing.

No rant means I am pleased.

Phil Sieg
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Open Chattanooga Meeting This Wednesday

From: Sean Brewer 
We're re-starting our lunch meeting/hack nights for Open Chattanooga.

This Wednesday, we will be meeting at the Grocery Bar for lunch, which we
will provide!

If you want to find out what we're about, have a civic problem that needs
to be solved, or want to find a project to participate in, then you should
definitely come!

We will also have a special guest: Preston Rhea, the Brigade Program
Coordinator with Code for America.

You can RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/cfabrigade/Chattanooga-TN/1194152/

Open Chattanooga Civic Hack Night - Trails!

From: Sean Brewer 

Tomorrow we will have an Open Chattanooga hack night, for trails!:

It will be on the 4th Floor tomorrow night starting at 5:30 until whenever
the library decides to kick us out.

Since we finished mapping the trails on Enterprise South Nature Park in
OSM, we will begin creating an interactive webmap from that:

We also want non-devs involved as well! With the ESNP interactive map we
could use feedback, testing, feature request, UX help. You don't need to be
a dev to do that.

Also, there's not a central location where ALL of the local trails are
documented. Chattanooga has a localwiki that folks can edit:
http://localwiki.net/cha/ where those trails could be listed

If you have any other trail related hacks/ideas, bring those and show up!
We'll try to break into teams by project interest.

Fwd: Linux Journal: Awesome Tech Magazine or Extremist Forum?

From: Jonathan Calloway 

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Linux Journal 
> Subject: Linux Journal: Awesome Tech Magazine or Extremist Forum?
> Date: July 8, 2014 at 8:00:46 AM EDT
> To: jonathancalloway@epbfi.com
> Reply-To: Linux Journal =

> Linux Journal: Awesome Tech Magazine or Extremist Forum?
> =20
> NSA: Linux Journal is an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged =
for extra surveillance
> by Kyle Rankin
> A new story published on the German site Tagesschau and followed up by =
BoingBoing and DasErste.de has uncovered some shocking details about who =
the NSA targets for surveillance including visitors to Linux Journal =
> While it has been revealed before that the NSA captures just about all =
Internet traffic for a short time, the Tagesschau story provides new =
details about how the NSA's XKEYSCORE program decides which traffic to =
keep indefinitely. XKEYSCORE uses specific selectors to flag traffic, =
and the article reveals that Web searches for Tor and Tails--software =
I've covered here in Linux Journal that helps to protect a user's =
anonymity and privacy on the Internet--are among the selectors that will =
flag you as "extremist" and targeted for further surveillance. If you =
just consider how many Linux Journal readers have read our Tor and Tails =
coverage in the magazine, that alone would flag quite a few innocent =
people as extremist.
> While that is troubling in itself, even more troubling to readers on =
this site is that linuxjournal.com has been flagged as a selector! =
DasErste.de has published the relevant XKEYSCORE source code, and if you =
look closely at the rule definitions, you will see =
linuxjournal.com/content/linux* listed alongside Tails and Tor. =
According to an article on DasErste.de, the NSA considers Linux Journal =
an "extremist forum". This means that merely looking for any Linux =
content on Linux Journal, not just content about anonymizing software or =
encryption, is considered suspicious and means your Internet traffic may =
be stored indefinitely.
> One of the biggest questions these new revelations raise is why. Up =
until this point, I would imagine most Linux Journal readers had =
considered the NSA revelations as troubling but figured the NSA would =
never be interested in them personally. Now we know that just visiting =
this site makes you a target. While we may never know for sure what it =
is about Linux Journal in particular, the Boing Boing article speculates =
that it might be to separate out people on the Internet who know how to =
be private from those who don't so it can capture communications from =
everyone with privacy know-how. If that's true, it seems to go much =
further to target anyone with Linux know-how.
> It's bad news to all of us who use and read about Linux on a daily =
basis, but fortunately we aren't completely helpless. Earlier in the =
year I started a series on security, privacy and anonymity in my Hack =
and / column that included articles on how to use the Tor browser bundle =
and Tails. With either piece of software in place, you can browse Linux =
Journal (and the rest of the Internet) in private.
> Read this and other privacy-related stories at LinuxJournal.com.
> A Bundle of Tor
> Tails above the Rest: the Installation
> Tails above the Rest, Part II
> Are you an extremist?
> Dolphins in the NSA Dragnet
> Are you an extremist?
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Learn about OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps, at this Tuesday's Maptime on the 4th Floor!

From: Sean Brewer 
Tim Moreland, from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning
Agency, will be giving a presentation on OpenStreetMap at this Tuesday's
Maptime meetup at 5:30pm on the 4th Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library

More info here: https://github.com/maptime/chattanooga/issues/4

The local chapter of Maptime here in Chattanooga has a meeting with talks
every second Tuesday on the 4th Floor at 5:30pm and hack nights every
fourth Tuesday at the same time at the same place.

SDR:Interviews with Bruce Perens and Michael Ossman

From: Rod-Lists 
Bruce Perens I shouldn't have to introduce. Michael Ossmann is the developer of the HackRF platform.
KN4AQ talks with both at the TAPIR booth @ Dayton Hamvention. 
Yes the topic is SDR.

Nexus 5 update

From: Phil Sieg 
I so love almost everything about the Nexus 5. FAR better device than my Galaxy S4 (rest in peace).

Wireless charging that really works is the BOMB!


1. Battery life is only reasonable after a half dozen hacks and tweaks...
2. Lack of SD card slot is annoying.

I have remedied the battery life issue with 3 wireless chargers (home, office, car).

Maybe, just maybe I won't be the first iPhone 6 user in the area...

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

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Fax: 423.265.9820
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"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Keren Elazari: Hackers: the Internet's immune system

From: David White 
I just watched this.

Not all hackers and security researchers break the law, but I found this
video fascinating, and it raises a lot of good points.


I'm baaaaaaack!

From: Ed King 
Got bumped off the list back in mid May due to "too many bounces".    Been checking chugalug.org webpage occasionally for any job announcements or hardware sells/freebies ;-)

I stayed unsubbed for awhile (and missed Hack-a-nooga too) because I needed to focus on our latest and biggest client rollout, which went "live" on 6/2/2014.    To "save money" we switched hardware platforms a few weeks before rollout (went from $800 kids-toy netbooks to $300 Dell Venue tablets), but the software platform stayed the same (albeit with some custom mods for the new client):    lamp stack (linux/apache/php/mysql) on qemu.    Why are we running in a vm/emulator?  Well its a long story but a previous 3rd party vendor wrote our field software.  This 3rd party vendor required Windows netbooks.  Their software was slow and flakey (as you'd expect from dot-net) so we ditched them and rewrote the field software in-house (like we wanted to do in the first place, and we did it in less than half the time, and still had more features and flexibility!).    But... we couldn't just throw out twenty $800 netbooks, so we leveraged that hardware "investment"
 by using qemu to run our lampp stack, thinking that it would also be portable if we ever moved to android (does anyone know of a qemu package for android that doesn't SUCK?)

Back-end:   For "security" this client did not want their data on the same server as our other clients, so I set up a new Debian server just for them.  HTTPS and automated sftp file transfers. 

Well now that this new client is up 'n running, I figured it was time for me to re-sub, so...  I'm back.  This new client is our biggest client to-date, and has doubled the amount of inspectors in the field (and doubled the data collection too...  thank goodness we solved that mysql lock problem we used to have).   Things are running smoothly!   I dare say that the support calls have somehow decreased (oh great, now I've jinxed us).    

Props to our little I.T. team:    Danny "dj" Smith Jada "coldfish" Case, and Master Ed :)

TrueCrypt no longer supported (or secure?)

From: David White 
This is brand-spanking-new news.

Here's the only article I can find on the subject as of yet:

The project page just says that the project has been shutdown and offers no
good explanation. http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/

David White
Founder & CEO

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yes, another hackathon

From: gary hasty 
If interested, next AT&T hackathon is on home automation & wearables...June
6 & 7


Haswell Chromebook hack...

From: Phil Sieg 
I bought an Acer c720 chromebook for my daughter to play with, and have 
liked it itso much my daughter has yet to touch it. She is not quite 4 
yet... so I don't really feel guilty.

I recently bought an SSD to upgrade the storage from 16gb to 128 gb, and 
at the same time installed Elementary OS (An Ubuntu remix) on it.

I LOVE IT!!! 8+ hours of battery life with ubuntu, very fast and 
responsive, very slim and svelte form factor, and an all in price of 
$350 with upgraded SSD! About 6 hours of hacking and Linux 
setup/tweaking involved, which is about standard fo me to set up any OS 
to my liking.

If you are looking for a great cheap NEW laptop, this is the ticket.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. 
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

free devlab

From: gary hasty 
FYI, if anyone's thinking about coming down for the AT&T hackathon this
weekend we're also having a devlab session during the day at the foundry:


*Free one-day workshop on the AT&T Speech, In-App Messaging, Advertising
APIs, and Appcelerator*

Are you a *mobile application developer* with an interest in adding *voice
commands*or text-to-voice translation to your app?  Or sending *text
messages* from inside your application?  Or earning *advertising revenues*?
Join the AT&T Developer Program for a one-day workshop on the *AT&T Speech,*
 *In-App Messaging* (including SMS and MMS)*,*and* Advertising APIs*.  This
will be a day of learning and hands-on coding ("lab time").  Bring your
laptops (PC or Mac) and leave with our APIs working from your own AT&T
Developer Program account. The event will close with a session by Pratik
Patel, CTO of Triplingo and evangelist for Appcelerator, on how to leverage
Appcelerator to complete your app.

The workshop will be taught by AT&T and Appcelerator subject matter
experts, and AT&T Developer Program staff.  This also is a great
opportunity to network with AT&T and your fellow mobile developers. We will
be using Postman and cURL for the lab exercises.

The event is free and lunch is provided.  If you are an app developer
working independently or with a company planning or already producing
mobile applications then this is the event for you. Space is limited so
register now.

Find out how carrier APIs from the AT&T Developer Program can benefit you
and your app strategy. *We look forward to meeting you!*

next AT&T hackathon

From: gary hasty 
For those geeks interested - April 11th at the AT&T Foundry here in Atlanta


So what is the state of making your own circuit boards?

From: Rod 
I'm looking into linux based Software Defined Radio and found this  
wonderful device.
Transmit and recieves from 30mhz to 6ghz.


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New Language Hack - Facebook's Embellished version of PHP

From: David White 
This is really interesting...


David White
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Is there a Security Focused mobile OS?

From: Chad Smith 
It seems like that would be a very profitable niche market.  A mobile OS
that is focused on being untraceable, unhackable, etc.. - Linux based, of
course, to keep in on topic.  And by "mobile" I mean Tablets and

Does such a thing exist?

*- Chad W. Smith*

FYI:Linux and Software Defined Radio

From: Rod 
Been during research lately into linux and ham radio support.
There have been more than few good linux distros with a ham focus over the  
At least two puppies, a few ubuntu respins, etc.

Just found Kali Linux which seems to be picking were up Backtrack Linux  
left off.
Kali Linux has an SDR metapackage that is worth looking into.
It includes their own fork of Debian's gnuradio which updates to the  
latests sources. As well as GQRX which support several USB SDR dongles.
Including a $20 TV dongle that can be used as a broad spectrum scanner  
that can be used for all kinds of cool stuff.

While Kali Linux should be in any serious linux users toolkit, I'm not  
sure if a distro that runs as root by default is the best choice for some  
of my fellow hams. Especially the many who are xp refugees mourning the  
loss of their dead os. Though it has some good ideas for the start of a  
new HAM Shack OS.


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ClearSkies open source file syning

From: Phil Shapiro 

Some news from Hacker News (YCombinator) 

This is a solution that works well for the Gig City. 




Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness."