Cygwin64 HDF5 load() crash fix

Currently, Octave 3.8.1 in Cygwin64 was compiled with headers 1.8.12 but HDF5 library 1.8.13.

This causes Octave to seg fault Warning! ***HDF5 library version mismatched error*** and exit.

To avoid having to recompile, you can type
HDF5_DISABLE_VERSION_CHECK=1 octave
to startup octave
you can perhaps add to your ~/.bashrc file the line:
alias octave="HDF5_DISABLE_VERSION_CHECK=1 octave -q"

Matplotlib 3D plotting: how to import

For 3D plotting to work in Matplotlib, near the beginning of the first .py file you use to start your program, you must have imports in this order:

import matplotlib as mpl
from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import Axes3D
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

If you try importing Axes3D in a later function that actually does the 3D plotting, it may give a runtime error.

If you feel you may use either function as an entry point, you can put the above 3 lines of code in both functions.

Getting a metal enclosure for Ettus USRP B200/B210

Current (Aug. 2014) USRP B200/B210 come with Micro-USB 3.0 connector, and the custom housing is available direct from Takachi Electronics Enclousure Co, Ltd..

Request a quote for the MXA3-11-16SSH
The current price is about $200 in single quantities and Fedex overnight shipping is about $30 currently. It takes a few business days for them to manufacture the case.
Of the $200, about 90% of the cost is for machining and 10% for materials.

There is currently no “buy it now” button on their website, so you will have to use Paypal the old-fashioned way.
Check the bottom of your Takachi quote for payment information, such as the specific email address to send Paypal to (you will login to Paypal.com, click Send Money, and type in that email address). Remember to type your invoice or quote number into the Paypal comments along with your name before submitting the payment so that they know who the payment is from.

The person I worked with was Tadateru Sei, who always responded the next business day (usually I sent email at night Japan time, and got the reply several hours later during Japan daytime).

From forum discussions, in coming months there may be easier ways to order, but for now this worked for me.