No, Google Now On Tap is not eliminating its quick screenshot feature

Seems to be some confusion about this, further promulgated here. I don’t know when this changed, but in recent Marshmallow gapps you need to set your default app for “Assist & Voice Input” to the Google app for this to work.

Settings>>Apps>>Gear icon>>Default Apps>>Assist & Voice Input

Select Google App, and all is well. Now in Google settings, Now On Tap toggle will be flippable. Turn it on and you’re good to go.

I think I had to reset this after upgrading my rom, or maybe just after clearing cache. Anyhow, it works again. It’s one of those things you don’t figure out until you need it in a pinch. Handy feature.

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Run Chirp Radio Software on Linux

I hit a few minor annoyances getting chirp working to program my Baofeng UV-B5.

I installed from the repo on Dan Planet’s Linux page for chirp, but then noticed I can get a daily in zip form. These instructions are necessary to use either of these programs.

First, since I’m on Fedora 24, I added the yum repository and installed the program with dnf. I had to find and install the proper python package with gtk bindings to get the gui working. On Fedora this is the pygtk2 package. For Debian derivatives it should be called python-gtk.

Next, I want to run as regular user, so I created a file /etc/udev/rules.d/50-ttyusb.rules with contents:

KERNEL=="ttyUSB[0-9]*",NAME="tts/USB%n",SYMLINK+="%k",GROUP="dialout",MODE="0666"

Then just make sure your user is in the dialout group and reboot.

Download and Upload to radio works now.