RMS Express 1.5 broken on Linux

Looks like RMS Express 1.5 is broken on Linux when following my previous posting.

I suspect it may be an issue with the .NET libraries, I’ll keep looking for a solution.

To revert back to 1.4.4:

Run “Uninstall Wine Programs” from your Wine folder on your menu.

Select RMS Express and Uninstall.

Unzip Winlink Express Install 1-4-4 and double click the installer.

Install with defaults.

Winlink Express Install 1-4-2.zip
Winlink Express Install 1-4-3.zip
Winlink Express Install 1-4-4.zip

Install RMS Express on Linux

HAM is my hobby and I recently switched to using Linux Mint 17 as my main workstation. Since I couldn’t find any documentation on how to do this, I’ll post my how to here.

RMS Express is a HAM program that transfers email over amateur radio. This guide used Linux Mint 17.3 on Cinnamon, but should work on any Ubuntu based system.

First, setup your username with permissions to access the serial ports. This is needed for accessing your USB connected rigs.

sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USERNAME
sudo usermod -a -G tty $USERNAME
sudo usermod -a -G audio $USERNAME

Clear out your old wine configuration. If you have Wine installed, remove it and delete your .wine folder in your home directory. This will remove any installed wine applications.

rm -r ~/.wine

Wine 1.8 -Stable Version Continue reading “Install RMS Express on Linux”

New Hosting Provider for dcj21.net – Domain.com

As you may have noticed, I had some hosting issues last week. I have used Domain.Com as my domain name registrar for about a year, but used a free hosting site called Hostzilla – until last week.

Hosting Fine Print

Last week, they suspended my account without warning for exceeding bandwidth. I had uploaded some Linux disk images and was sharing them with some friends.  I checked my account and I had “Unlimited Bandwidth”. Or so I thought, I now know the Acceptable Use Policy has a statement about exceeding bandwidth:

… Services are intended for normal use only, and any activity that results in excessive usage that is inconsistent with normal usage patterns is strictly prohibited. HostZilla reserves the right to suspend, discontinue or delete the accounts of Users whose use of disk space, bandwidth or other resources results in or presents the risk of degradation of service to other customers, regardless of the amount of disk space, bandwidth or other resources included in the User’s plan.

I confirmed with tech support and customer service, there was not a set limit and there was no warning. Just like that, my account was suspended and I was given a small opportunity to recover my data.

I’m sorry for going cheep – now I’m back on the best hosting I’ve ever used – Domain.Com

Moral of the story?

– don’t expect service you don’t pay for.

Domain.Com Hosting

New Hosting Services – Hostzillia Review

Last month, I decided to try a new hosting company. Since this isn’t a money making site, I looked for some low cost hosting. My first try wasn’t successful. They only supported one domain and the subdomain feature didn’t work well. I quickly got a refund and kept looking.


Then I found HostZilla – a cloud hosting company. And the best thing – They have a FREE service.

The free account is UNLIMITED domains, bandwidth, and email accounts. They have cPanel and all the usual free web applications.  But the account is limited to 100MB of disk space and 32BM of RAM for your php scripts.

The disk space would work for one simple site, but for $15 a year you can upgrade to unlimited disk space. (Yea!)

The RAM is only a issue if you run alot of plugins. Keep them simple and get a memory info plugin to track how your site is using memory and all will be good.


I’ve been using them for a month now and LOVE it. (esp the price!)

They also have a full service “Premium” hosting service that starts at $4.49 a month.


Check them out – www.hostzil.la


New Domain Hosting

Last month, I changed my domain registrar from GoDaddy to Domain.com

It was time to renew and I wanted to find a lower cost solution. All those superbowl commercials must be keeping the old guys from lowering their prices. 😉

At the recommendation of Hak5, I changed to Domain.com and am very pleased with the service and ease of their software. And the price was right too. What’s cool is you can setup name servers to point to your hosting, use URL forwarding to redirect the domain to another site, and have separate email forwarding.

They have a sale for domain transfers – 20% off  -so get moving !
Make the switch! Transfer your domain for just $6.99* and add a year to your registration




Password Recovery for BackTrack 5 VMware image

To do a password recovery of BackTrack 5 VM image

1. Power off the image and edit the .vmx file for the vmware image in notepad and add a 15 second delay for the bios prompt.
Add bios.bootDelay = “15000″ to the end of the file.
2. Power on the image and press ESC to show the boot menu.
3. Insert your BT5 Live CD or configure VM to use an ISO image as the CD. Other Ubuntu Linux Live CDs may work.
4. Select Boot CD from the boot menu
5. Boot the Live CD in Text mode
6. Once the bash prompt shows, use fdisk -l  to show your drives. Usually /dev/sda1
7. Make a mount point – mkdir /mnt/vmdisk
8. Mount the vm disk – mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/vmdisk  (replace /dev/sda1
with your drive’s info)
9. Change shell root – chroot /mnt/vmdisk
10. Change the root password – passwd root
11. Confirm the change is saved to disk – sync
12. Reboot the image – reboot

Now you should boot into your VM and be able to use the new password.

After this is working, you may want to change the .vmx file to reduce the
boot delay down to a smaller value like 5 seconds (5000)