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Your ideas, projects, opinions - podcasted.

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We started producing shows as Today with a Techie 12 years, 0 months, 15 days ago. Our shows are produced by listeners like you and can be on any topic that "are of interest to Hackers". If you listen to HPR then please consider contributing one show a year. If you record your show now it could be released in 12 days.

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hpr2405 :: Nokia 6 Review

This is a short show about my first thoughts of the Nokia 6

Hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212 on 2017-10-20 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Hardware upgrades | Comments (0)

The Nokia 6 is a mid range phone with the following specifications:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p screen
  • Snapdragon 430 chip set
  • CPU - Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU - Adreno 505
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Dual 4G SIM capable (All UK networks)
  • 32Gig internal storage expansion with SD card up to 128Gig
  • 16MP and 8MP cameras
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • All metal Aluminium case

Price at purchase, network unlocked £200

The phone came with Android 7.1 and as soon as it was connected to the Internet it updated to 7.1.1 so has the latest September security patches.

The first issue encountered was that this phone uses a nano SIM card for the phone network and my old One Plus used the bigger micro SIM, so I had to get a new Sim card sent to me which took 24 hours. In the mean time I was installing some of the applications that I have on the phone and checking that all my contacts had transferred to the new phone, which despite a backup of same some had not migrated, but that’s a Google issue not the phone.

When the SIM arrived I put it and a 16Gig micro SD card into the SIM slot, the cards were recognized and after configuring the SD card as additional storage I was able to set my pod catcher and camera to save files to the SD card rather than internal storage thus leaving internal storage for apps and Android updates.

First thing I noticed over my previous One Plus1 is how snappy everything is the CPU upgrade was definitely and improvement over my old phone. Another thing is the fact that Nokia has decided to keep the 3.5mm headphone Jack which for me is essential as I listen to music and audio recordings at some time on the phone most days. A lot has also been said about the 3000mAh battery not being up to all day use and the slowness of recharging it if needed. For my use profile I find the battery more than adequate, I surf, use social media, take occasional snaps, watch the odd You Tube video and listen to pod-casts/music, Oh and make the odd phone call.

After a 14 hour day I have still got 50-60% of battery left. Granted the other night I got down to 40% it did take all night to recharge to 98% with a 2.5A charger, with the official 2A charger it does seem to be a little faster, but yes if you're a heavy user you will need to carry your charger or a portable battery for emergency top ups.

So would I recommend the Nokia6 to someone in the market for a phablet, the short answer is yes, if you need the larger screen but can't afford the high end larger screen phones this is a very good mid range option, if you need to use the dual SIM capability it might be worth spending the extra £40 and getting the 64Gig version to give extra room for updates and plenty of space for Applications as you will not be able to use the expansion capacity as the second SIM uses the space where the Micro SD card goes.

After the first 2 weeks or so my first impressions are this is a good phone and well worth the £200 price point.

hpr2404 :: Open Source Gaming #1: Meridian59

A showcase of Open Source games, Starting with the revived MMORPG Meridian59

Hosted by TheDUDE on 2017-10-19 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Check out the game

Edited 2017-10-11T16:59:43Z (Wednesday) ken

Meridian 59

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Meridian 59 is known as the first 3D graphical massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and stands as one of the longest running original online role-playing games. Developed by Archetype Interactive, the team included John Hanke who later founded Niantic, Inc. and codeveloped Google Earth and Pokémon Go.

First published by the now defunct 3DO Company, the game was first launched online in an early form on December 15, 1995 and released commercially on September 27, 1996 with a flat-rate monthly subscription. Meridian 59 is currently available as open source software and is being run by original developers Andrew Kirmse and Chris Kirmse.


hpr2403 :: Amateur Radio Round Table #3

Two guys try to answer Ken's questions about ham radio.

Hosted by Various Hosts on 2017-10-18 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: HAM radio, QSK | Comments (0)

This is the 3rd in the Amateur Radio Round Table series.

Participants in this episode are:

  • Steve, KD0IJP
  • Michael, DL4MGM
  • Ken, N0CALL
  • Russ, K5TUX

No agenda items had been set before recording, so we spent our time answering Ken's questions and allowing the discussion to proceed naturally. Some of the topics of conversation included:

  • What the licensing exams are like in the US as well as Germany.
  • Resonance.
  • Antenna design.
  • RF Modulation

The next Amateur Radio Round Table recording is tentatively set for November 15, 2017 at 18:00 UTC. Watch the HPR email list for any further updates on this and consider joining in the discussion if you are a "ham" or if you aren't but have any interest in the subject.

hpr2402 :: Petition: the card game for fanatics

Klaatu talks about a card game he designed

Hosted by klaatu on 2017-10-17 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Tabletop Gaming | Comments (1)

Klaatu talks about a card game that he designed and is currently Kickstarting. Hear all about the exciting game play in this episode!

It's a neato fantasy battle game, and is Creative Commons and open source. He hopes to finance, specifically, the artwork, which is being done by artist Nikolai Mamashev on Linux with Krita.

If you want to contribute, go to

hpr2401 :: Music Theory Hara-Kiri

A show on music theory, and figuring out what viewers on hear actually want with a music theory show

Hosted by TheDUDE on 2017-10-16 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Yeah just want feedback on what to do with a music theory show, since I see it was on the requested lists and no one was really doing it that I've seen.

hpr2400 :: My commute into work

In this episode, Dave records an episode across his entire commute into work.

Hosted by thelovebug on 2017-10-13 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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In this episode, Dave records an episode across his entire commute into work.

Hacker Public Radio episodes by me so far:

How am I recording

I'm recording this episode, in my car, on a Samsung Galaxy A5 with a Neewer lavalier microphone (as recommended by HPR's own Jon Kulp) attached to my jacket, recording using the Auphonic Edit Android app (also on iOS).

Post-recording, I also ran the audio recorded using AuphonicEdit to the Auphonic website for levelling.

My portable podcasting setup

(previously mentioned on hpr2117) and used to record Sat On My Doorstep 1 - Alex, published to Anchor on 2017-09-13)

As an aside*

Both Caroline and I use that particular microphone each to record The Bugcast each week. Both the Samson and AudioTechnica microphones have been recommended by Daniel J Lewis of The Audacity To Podcast for those podcasters who cannot afford professional level equipment.

The cars I have owned

This list may contradict the detail provided in the episode... that's because I may have made a few errors in recollection when I was recording.

Shameless plugs

I also guested on:

Drive statistics

  • From Conisbrough to New Ollerton (rough location map)
  • roughly 28 miles
  • roughly 36 minutes

hpr2398 :: AutoHotkey Master of Automation ?

I'll go over my AutoHotkey script I used to give free money in GTA (dropping)

Hosted by operat0r on 2017-10-11 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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hpr2397 :: The Urban Astronomer

An introduction to an astronomy podcast that you might like

Hosted by Dave Morriss on 2017-10-10 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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The Urban Astronomer

I'm interested in Astronomy and listen to a number of Astronomy podcasts. I have listed a few of these in the past when doing HPR shows about the podcast feeds I subscribe to (shows 1516, 1518 and 2339).

One of the recent additions to my podcast list that I have been listening to this year is called "The Urban Astronomer", which has a website here and a podcast feed here. The site and podcast are run by Allen Versfeld, who is based in South Africa.

To quote from the website:

Allen is an amateur astronomer, an IT professional, a podcaster, a father of five beautiful kids and a barely competent chess player. He is also the director of the Astrophotography Section of the Astronomical Society of South Africa, where he coordinates and promotes the activities of people who are far better photographers than him.

I have been enjoying Allen's episodes a lot. There are some great interviews with some very interesting people in the world of Astronomy. Allen has a relaxed interviewing style which I find appealing.

I wrote to him, commenting on one of his episodes, and I mentioned Hacker Public Radio in my email. He has subscribed to HPR and has been kind enough to mention it on a recent podcast. I'm offering you a chance to listen to one of his episodes here.

The episode is number 12 of "The Urban Astronomer", from June 16, 2017. It is an interview with Jen Millard, a first year Astronomy PhD student at Cardiff University in the UK. Jen is also a host on the "Awesome Astronomy" podcast, as mentioned in the episode.

I hope you enjoy listening to this example episode.

hpr2396 :: Information Underground: State of independence

Deepgeek, Lostnbronx, and Klaatu talk about the state of independent art.

Hosted by lostnbronx on 2017-10-09 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Deepgeek, Lostnbronx, and Klaatu talk about the state of independent art.

Previous five weeks

hpr2395 :: Obamacare hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2017-10-06. Duration: 00:15:49. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Health Insurance, Health Policy, Insurance Marketplace, Obamacare.
What did Obamacare do?

hpr2394 :: The Lost Episode hosted by NYbill

Released: 2017-10-05. Duration: 00:27:02. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Electronics, kits, testers.
NYbill talks about building an inexpensive transistor tester... a year after the fact.

hpr2393 :: PWGen - A password generator hosted by Xoke

Released: 2017-10-04. Duration: 00:22:35. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Security, Passwords.
Xoke talks about how he uses PWGen to set people's passwords at work

hpr2392 :: Weather, Ogg Camp, Server Room, ITO collection hosted by JWP

Released: 2017-10-03. Duration: 00:07:46. Flag: Clean.
Tags: OggCamp.
A short podcast about various things mostly OggCamp

hpr2391 :: HPR Community News for September 2017 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2017-10-02. Duration: 01:21:15. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in September 2017

hpr2390 :: Still in the game hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-09-29. Duration: 00:24:09. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: game,gaming,tabletop,rpg,pc gaming.
Klaatu compares PC and tabletop gaming

hpr2389 :: Thoughts on Lifetime Learning hosted by b-yeezi

Released: 2017-09-28. Duration: 00:09:28. Flag: Clean.
Tags: learning, self-improvement.
In this episode, I talk about my experiences in learning to be a good learner

hpr2388 :: Apt Spelunking 4: Planet of the Apts hosted by Windigo

Released: 2017-09-27. Duration: 00:09:03. Flag: Explicit. Series: Apt Spelunking.
Tags: recommendations,software,repositories.
Another couple of interesting packages from the Debian repos

hpr2387 :: Free Weights and a Bicycle hosted by Frank Bell

Released: 2017-09-26. Duration: 00:20:46. Flag: Clean.
Tags: exercise, free weights, physical fitness.
Frank discusses his life-long love for free weights

hpr2386 :: The Decline and Fall of Tcl hosted by clacke

Released: 2017-09-25. Duration: 00:28:53. Flag: Clean.
Tags: tcl, tk, history, languages, community.
... in which I'm reading Where Tcl and Tk went wrong, by David N Welton, posted on 2010-03-30

hpr2385 :: Healthcare Costs hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2017-09-22. Duration: 00:12:52. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Health Insurance, Health Policy, Insurance Marketplace, Healthcare Costs.
What are the cost pressures in healthcare?

hpr2384 :: Slackware in Scotland hosted by Andrew Conway

Released: 2017-09-21. Duration: 00:56:39. Flag: Clean.
Tags: linux,slackware,scotland,bicycles.
Beni comes to Scotland and talks to Andrew about Slackware 14.2, a year after release.

hpr2383 :: What's In My Ham Shack hosted by Steve Saner

Released: 2017-09-20. Duration: 00:37:24. Flag: Explicit. Series: HAM radio, QSK.
Tags: ham radio, amateur radio, radio, shack, equipment.
I describe the equipment that I have an use in my Amateur Radio station.

hpr2382 :: A Non Spoilery Review of "git commit murder" and "Forever Falls" by Michael Warren Lucas hosted by FiftyOneFifty

Released: 2017-09-19. Duration: 00:09:15. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Kansas Linux Fest, book review.
I met Mike Lucas at Kansas Linux Fest 2017 and review a couple of his novels

hpr2381 :: Benefits of a tabletop hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-09-18. Duration: 00:44:10. Flag: Clean.
Tags: game,gaming,rpg.
Klaatu talks about the benefits of analogue gaming

hpr2380 :: Raspbian X86 on P4 Tower hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2017-09-15. Duration: 00:04:08. Flag: Clean. Series: Hardware upgrades.
Tags: Linux, Raspbian x86, Pentium4 hardware..
This is a show on installing Pixel on a Pentium 4 Tower PC

hpr2379 :: sending a text message from the command line hosted by Jezra

Released: 2017-09-14. Duration: 00:04:55. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: command line, mail, SMS.
a bunch of waffling on about email and text message sending from the command line

hpr2378 :: Why Docbook? hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-09-13. Duration: 00:40:05. Flag: Clean.
Tags: xml,docbook,writing.
Klaatu talks about why Docbook is the greatest

hpr2377 :: A Rambling Drive Into Work hosted by MrX

Released: 2017-09-12. Duration: 00:22:41. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: car,drive,podcast,audio.
An attempt at making a show on the way into work

hpr2376 :: Information Underground: 21st Century Superstar hosted by deepgeek

Released: 2017-09-11. Duration: 00:53:00. Flag: Clean. Series: Information Underground.
Tags: culture, cultural icon.
Deepgeek, Lostnbronx, and Klaatu talk about iconless culture

hpr2375 :: Competing Interests hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2017-09-08. Duration: 00:16:00. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Health Insurance, Health Policy, Insurance Marketplace.
We look at the marketplace and see how everyone's interests clash

hpr2374 :: How to Make Sauerkraut hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2017-09-07. Duration: 00:09:55. Flag: Clean. Series: Cooking.
Tags: Cooking, Fermenting, Food preserving .
This is a short show on making Sauerkraut

hpr2373 :: PCGen hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-09-06. Duration: 00:44:00. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: RPG,character,character generator.
Klaatu talks about a PC generator

hpr2372 :: Docbook hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-09-05. Duration: 00:54:38. Flag: Clean.
Tags: xml,docbook,writing.
How to Docbook

hpr2371 :: HPR Community News for August 2017 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2017-09-04. Duration: 01:27:39. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in August 2017

hpr2370 :: Who is HortonWorks? hosted by JWP

Released: 2017-09-01. Duration: 00:18:59. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Apache Hadoop, Hadoop.
And what they do with Hadoop.

hpr2369 :: Little Meters hosted by NYbill

Released: 2017-08-31. Duration: 00:21:11. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Electronics, Multimeter, Review.
NYbill does a quick review of two more inexpensive multimeters

hpr2368 :: Every cloude has a silver lining hosted by mirwi

Released: 2017-08-30. Duration: 00:02:23. Flag: Clean.
Tags: poetry, low queu.
Short, somewhat rhyming, thoughts provoked by an emptying show queue.

hpr2367 :: How I create and post a show to HPR hosted by MrX

Released: 2017-08-29. Duration: 00:20:09. Flag: Clean.
Tags: HPR, recording, audacity.
In this episode I describe the process I use to create and post a show to HPR.

hpr2366 :: Making Bramble Jelly hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2017-08-28. Duration: 00:11:05. Flag: Clean. Series: Cooking.
Tags: Cooking, Jam, Jelly.
This is a show on making Bramble Jelly

hpr2365 :: Rolling out a radio-based internet service in rural England hosted by Beeza

Released: 2017-08-25. Duration: 00:19:36. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Internet, ISP, BT, Wireless Networking, Infrastructure, rural.
One person's quest to get a decent internet connection when the big corporations aren't interested.

hpr2364 :: Managing Your Android with AirDroid hosted by Frank Bell

Released: 2017-08-24. Duration: 00:14:35. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Android, phones, file transfer.
Frank discusses AirDroid, an app for managing Your Android via a browser.

hpr2363 :: Cancelling my TV licence hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2017-08-23. Duration: 00:10:39. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: TV,television,licence.
I don't watch any TV so I don't need a licence, but cancelling it is unexpectedly difficult

hpr2362 :: Raspbian X86 on Lenovo x61s hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2017-08-22. Duration: 00:11:10. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Raspbian,X86,Lenovo.
This is another distro review show

hpr2361 :: Information Underground: Working Out hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-08-21. Duration: 00:40:47. Flag: Clean. Series: Information Underground.
Tags: Information Underground.
Deepgeek, Lostnbronx, and Klaatu talk about exercise.

hpr2360 :: Tradeoffs in the US Health Care System hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2017-08-18. Duration: 00:12:36. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Health Insurance, Health Policy, Insurance Marketplace.
Financing health care means choices to be made

hpr2359 :: Android ROM and PAIN hosted by operat0r

Released: 2017-08-17. Duration: 00:25:22. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Android,phone.
I go over some of my pain and love for Android over the years

hpr2358 :: Amateur radio round table #2 hosted by Various Hosts

Released: 2017-08-16. Duration: 00:46:09. Flag: Clean.
Tags: amateur radio, modulation, AM, FM, SSB, doppler, satellite.
Two of us trying to explain stuff mostly off the cuffs.

hpr2357 :: Air Soft Mini Howto hosted by operat0r

Released: 2017-08-15. Duration: 00:14:13. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: airsoft.
I talk about my current setup for AirSoft and how we should all have hobbies!

hpr2356 :: Safely enabling ssh in the default Raspbian Image hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2017-08-14. Duration: 00:32:53. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Raspberry Pi, ssh.
Ken walks us through a script to secure the base Rasbian Pixel image

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