Just had a visit from Charlie G3WDG who was in Dallas on business. He also delivered my 9cm EME QSL card!
I had mentioned the £13 dongle to him at the EME conference so we talked at how to install it. While browsing the web for the drivers I discovered a page at osmocon (scroll down) which lists software that utilises the output from the dongle to decode various modes. The majority are not windows based so I decided now was the time to investigate "computers: the dark side" ie make a Linux machine. As Raspberry PI were now becoming available at respectable delivery time to order one!.
While discussing other matters with Doug G4DZU on skype, who i know is a Linux user, he pointed me at an "idiots guide" article on using the dongle with a linux machine He also pointed out that my Atom 945 M.B. which has now been replaced by the faster Atom 525 M.B. may be usable as a Linux machine. I did hook the dongle to my ADSB antenna and succesfully saw planes approaching DFW so I know that bit works!
Talking of ADSB I already had a beaglebone board bought in antipation of DL4MEAs Radarcape board that will turn it into an ADSB decoder (yes it is a Linux machine but i was told Radarcape would be easy to install!) but in the meantime its time to try and make it flash an LED!
I also noticed software to turn the dongle into a GPS receiver. I know it wont be as cheap as a $10 surplus motorola Oncore module but it will be fun