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Host ID: 155

episodes: 33

hpr1354 :: Wayne Green

Released on 2013-10-10 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Wayne Green
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wayne Sanger Green II, was an American publisher, writer, and consultant. He was formerly editor of CQ magazine before he went on to found 73, 80 Micro, Byte, CD Review, Cold Fusion, Kilobaud Microcomputing, RUN, InCider, and Pico, as well as publishing books and running a software company. In the early 1980s, he assisted in the creation of the groundbreaking Brazilian microcomputing magazine, Micro Sistemas (Portuguese).

Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in the Amateur Radio Service with the callsign W2NSD, he was involved in a number of controversies and disputes in the Ham Radio world, notably with the ARRL and CQ magazines. As of 2011 he lived in a farmhouse in Hancock, New Hampshire and maintained a website with content from his on-line bookstore.

Wayne Green died September 13, 2013.

hpr1342 :: Power Tool Drag Racing!

Released on 2013-09-24 under a CC-BY-SA license.

hpr1316 :: What is my bag

Released on 2013-08-19 under a CC-BY-SA license.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

MOLLE (pronounced molly, as in the female name) is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It is used to define the current generation of load-bearing equipment and rucksacks utilized by a number of NATO armed forces, especially the British Army and the United States Army. The system's modularity is derived from the use of PALS webbing as rows of heavy-duty nylon stitched onto the vest to allow for attachment of various MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories.


hpr1300 :: Maker Faire: Kansas City

Released on 2013-07-26 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Ever mobile MrGadgests phones in a show after visiting Maker Faire: Kansas

Maker Faire: Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. This family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration. Come see what others are making and be inspired to tap into your own creativity!

Photo of the event hall


hpr1139 :: The missing episode

Released on 2012-12-13 under a CC-BY-SA license.
Psst... Ken is busy setting up servers for the new year episode, we're just going to slip out this episode that Mr. Gadgets himself forgot about.

In this episode Mr. Gadgets shares with us his discoveries as he does some spring cleaning.

Where were we 15 years ago, Power PC's, MB hard disks
And the Kansas city air pirates - what more do you want....

hpr1100 :: Why Android Tablets Suck Part2

Released on 2012-10-19 under a CC-BY-SA license.
in today's show Mr.Gadgets calls in another episode on why Android tablets suck.

hpr1092 :: Ham Radio: The Original Tech Geek Passion

Released on 2012-10-08 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Here are some ShowNote Links:,77

Keep up the Great Work!

BB aka MrGadgets

P.S. I'm Baaaaaaack... ;-)

hpr1048 :: Get off this Rock !!!

Released on 2012-08-08 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In this episode Mr Gadgets talks about Space.

Getting regular people off this planet and living on other planets.

Ken reckons that the ping times will be terrible.

hpr0926 :: Heresies in the year of the apocalypse ep 1 - computer languages

Released on 2012-02-20 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Mr Gadgests calls in Apokoplictic year 2012 where he discusses Assembler, cobal and Grace Hopper


Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy officer. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches (motivated by an actual moth removed from the computer). Because of the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace." The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) was named for her, as was the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.

hpr0890 :: Where's my flying car !

Released on 2011-12-30 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In today's show Mr Gadgets asks the questions that needs to be answered.

He reminds us that a New Year is about to begin and a easy new year resolution to achieve is contributing to HPR

hpr0878 :: OpenShorts Episode 4

Released on 2011-12-13 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Mr. Gadget's quest to get us interested in hardware continues. Today we learn about making three-dimensional parts using inexpensive computer-controlled manufacturing equipment. Both additive (RepRap, CandyFab) and subtractive (Lumenlab Micro CNC) systems are covered.


hpr0867 :: Gift Guide for Electronics Engineers of the Future

Released on 2011-11-28 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In today's show Mr. Gadgets continues his quest to encouraging young people to get interested in technology.

hpr0858 :: Pre micro computer tech in the home #2

Released on 2011-11-15 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In today's show Mr Gadgets talks about the access children of the space age had to science

The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments

a picture of the cover
The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments was a children's chemistry book written in the 1960s by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus and published by Western Publishing in their Golden Books series. Many of the experiments contained in the book are now considered "dangerous for unsupervised children"[citation needed], and would not appear in a modern children's chemistry book[citation needed]. OCLC lists only 126 copies of this book in libraries worldwide.
The book was a source of inspiration to David Hahn, nicknamed "the Radioactive Boy Scout" by the media, who tried to collect a sample of every chemical element and also built a model nuclear reactor, which led to the involvement of the authorities.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

hpr0850 :: Another Tech Giant Passes - Household Tech in the Pre-Micro Era

Released on 2011-11-03 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In today's show Mr Gadgets pauses to remember the passing of some pioneering greats in the tech field. He focuses on personal heroes who have had a profound impact on the direction of his life.

Edgar Villchur

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (

Edgar Marion Villchur (28 May 1917 - 17 October 2011) was an American inventor, educator, and writer widely known for his 1954 invention of the acoustic suspension loudspeaker which revolutionized the field of high-fidelity equipment. A speaker Villchur developed, the AR-3, is exhibited at the The Smithsonian Institutions Information Age Exhibit in Washington, DC.
Villchur's speaker systems provided improved bass response while reducing the speaker's cabinet size. Acoustic Research, Inc. (AR), of which he was president from 1954 to 1967, manufactured high-fidelity loudspeakers, turntables, and other stereo components of his design, and demonstrated their quality through live vs. recorded concerts. The companys market share grew to 32 percent by 1966. After leaving AR, Villchur researched hearing aid technology, developing the multichannel compression hearing aid, which became the industry standard for hearing aids.

Henry Kloss

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (

Henry Kloss (1929, Altoona, PA - January 31, 2002, Cambridge, MA) was a prominent American audio engineer and businessman who helped advance high fidelity loudspeaker and radio receiver technology beginning in the 1950s. Kloss (pronounced with a long o, like "close") was an undergraduate student in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (class of 1953), but never received a degree. He was responsible for a number of innovations, including the acoustic suspension loudspeaker and the high fidelity cassette deck. In 2000, Kloss was one of the first inductees into the Consumer Electronics Association's Hall of Fame. He earned an Emmy Award for his development of a projection television system, the Advent Video Beam 1000.

Acoustic Research

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (

Acoustic Research was a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company that manufactured high-end audio equipment. The brand is now owned by Audiovox. Acoustic Research was well known for the AR-3 series of speaker systems, which used the 12-inch (305 mm) acoustic suspension woofer of the AR-1 with newly designed dome mid-range and high-frequency drivers, which were the first of their kind. AR's line of acoustic suspension speakers were extraordinary for their time, as they were the first loudspeakers with flat response, extended bass, wide dispersion, small size, and reasonable cost.

hpr0843 :: What holiday tech item

Released on 2011-10-25 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In todays show Mr. Gadgets starts the run up to the festive season asking what your holiday tech item would be. He encourages you to send in your own suggestion.

hpr0835 :: Amazon sets the world on Fire

Released on 2011-10-13 under a CC-BY-SA license.
Mr Gadgets continues his investigation into tablets and wonders what Amazons Fire will bring.

hpr0828 :: a+g=-b

Released on 2011-10-04 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In this episode Mr Gadgets talks about the demise of physical retail stores and ponders what the effect will be.

hpr0821 :: Why Android tablets suck !

Released on 2011-09-25 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In today's show Mr. Gadget discusses his history with Android tablets.

hpr0812 :: Are they a patent trool

Released on 2011-09-12 under a CC-BY-SA license.
Mr. Gadgets gives us useful tips on how to determine if one is a patent troll or not.

hpr0805 :: How Monster Cable got it's name

Released on 2011-09-01 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In todays episode he explains how Monster Cable got it's name and why you needed them then but do you still need to use them now ? With notes on innovating MrGadgets will be at the OhioLinuxFest

hpr0792 :: Biaural Recording

Released on 2011-08-16 under a CC-BY-SA license.
MrGadgets calls in feedback on episode 785 on binaural recording that was hosted by Quvmoh

hpr0782 :: Technological ethics of Open Source Software

Released on 2011-08-01 under a CC-BY-SA license.
MrGadgets discusses Open Source Software. He compares software running on Windows and Mac OS X.It just works appeal and is this something that we should chase. How easy should the user experience be ? Should you make a stand in order to support your technological ethics ?

hpr0776 :: Open Shorts ep 3

Released on 2011-07-24 under a CC-BY-SA license.
MrGadgets revives his old show OpenShorts Podcast Revelation of Open Source and Hackable Hardware, and gives us episode three.

hpr0766 :: MrGadgets finds Linux

Released on 2011-07-10 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Mr Gadgets continues his journey from Micro Computer to Linux stopping by O/S 2 Warp and Windows 98

hpr0763 :: Worst movie ever

Released on 2011-07-05 under a CC-BY-SA license.

  1. Ring of the Musketeers (TV 1992)
  2. Highway Honeys 1983

hpr0752 :: My Path to Linux: Knoppix

Released on 2011-06-20 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
We rejoin MrGadgets path to Linux stopping off at the Knoppix station

hpr0745 :: Wingz

Released on 2011-06-09 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Company: Innovative Software (Primary: software suite smart software)
Product: Wingz a spreadsheet software
First for the Mac, stupidest possible product, because there already was Excel
They hired Leonard Nimoy for the ad video, because Wingz was all about the future
They had a Wingz bag in different colors , which was awarded laptop accessory of the year one year by Jerry Pournelle (scifi writer) in the Chaos Manor column he wrote for BYTE Magazine.
After two years the Wingz Software came out, also for Os2 and Windows and was very successful, up to 15% of the Mac market
A special feature was that it could connect to databases

and the lesson learned ... (not to be spoiled here, listen to the podcast)

hpr0726 :: Journey to Linux

Released on 2011-05-15 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

Mr Gadgets continues his journey from Micro Computer to Linux stopping by O/S 2 Warp and Windows 98

hpr0700 :: Tech Tales of April's Past

Released on 2011-04-08 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

hpr0696 :: MrGadgets Path toward Linux

Released on 2011-04-04 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
MrGadgets final episode on his Path toward Linux

hpr0691 :: pre-IBM PC computer history 2

Released on 2011-03-28 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
We continue our historical journey with MrGadgets as we explore how computers used to be.

hpr0687 :: pre-IBM PC computer history 1

Released on 2011-03-22 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
We continue our historical journey with MrGadgets as we explore how computers used to be. If you had problems with the first show please download it again

hpr0681 :: My first computer

Released on 2011-03-14 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
MrGadgets calls in a series of shows on the HPR line

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