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Motorola mobile radio model number reader

Motorola radios are very solid devices. Nowadays rare chineese radio producs come near to old Motorolas quality. Motorola radios are produced quite a long time ago and there are a lot of different models and their versions (a lot of comunication history ;-). Their specifications are hidden in their model numbers. They are 12 characters long strings. And each character could have a dozen varaints of given feature. So at some point I had tired to look throught those tables and I decided to refresh my knowledges of javascript and write simple Motorola radio model number reader. :)

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VirtualBox and USB to Serial on Linux Ubuntu 18.04

Sometimes we need to get to use some old rig and for that we need quite old software. Somotimes also recent chine radio config software is quite exotic and better runs on older windoze, like WinXP.

It seems for me useles to keep dedicated PC for that - it takes some place and care. It could be solved with dual boot approach to keep them on the same Linux Ubuntu hardware, but then it is not possible to work at the same time in both systems. Then there is Wine (windowz environment emulator) - that works but there is enough cases when not. And I have failed yet to pair Wine with USB to serial converter.

So the virtual machine seems for me the best solution and that also works with USB to Serial converters.

In my case I am using Linux Ubuntu 18.04 with VirtualBox virtual machine.

But there is some tips & tricks to get it work:

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Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

Edward Snowden