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Frank Bell takes the Devuan Beta for a test drive and finds it accelerates smoothly, corners nicely, and rides comfortably.
Debian’s SystemD Announcement: https://wiki.debian.org/Debate/initsystem/systemd
The Devuan fork announcement: https://devuan.org/os/debian-fork/
Announcement of the Beta: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/29/systemd_free_debian_fork_devuan_reaches_beta/ Approx. one year behind schedule.
Devuan website: https://devuan.org/
Debian website: https://www.debian.org/
Some news stories about the Debian SystemD controversy:
ADTMag’s Dev Watch blog: https://adtmag.com/blogs/dev-watch/2014/11/debian-problems.aspx
Linux Voice Interview with Leonart Poettering: https://www.linuxvoice.com/interview-lennart-poettering/
JustMe here again.
This is my 3rd HPR Beer podcast report.
We're going to introduce you to two (2) beers. The first is Rebel Rider IPA & the second is Red Seal Carousel.
As always, thanks for listening & supporting HPR.
I’d like to start by apologising for the rather fast and excited speaking style of this show particularly towards the end, hope it doesn’t spoil the content too much, it was all done in rather a hurry.
In this show I describe a thought provoking documentary I stumbled upon from 1977, the documentary is about the the silicon chip and explores the far reaching implications it will have on society.
The title for the original documentary was “Now the chips are down”.
I came up with the altered title “Now the chips are definitely down” to signify that not only have the changes already happened but that it’s also had a massive cost reduction impact as my newly purchased piece of equipment demonstrates.
The new piece of equipment that I bought only became so affordable because of the great advances and massive reductions in cost over time. A similar piece of equipment cost me around £120 maybe ten years ago and due to inflation you can probably double the cost again. The price of my new piece of equipment was astonishingly cheap I thought though on reflection its cheap price may also be down to it being a more mass produced item than normal amateur radio equipment.
Links to Horizon documentary
Youtube Link for those not living in the UK
Wikipedia article about the documentary
Standard C510A /C510E links
- Basic information on my original 10 year old handset
Baofeng UV-5R links
My new handset available from many places this link from Amazon
Offical Baofeng website
Top Level UV-5R User manual link
Manufacturers Baofeng UV-5R user manual
The (Chinese) Radio Documentation Project manual Written by Lennart Lidberg
Interface cable for Baofeng UV-5R from Amazon
Yesterday I listened to an episode of Freakonomics (http://freakonomics.com/podcast/who-needs-handwriting/) on handwriting. As a child I disliked penmanship and was horrible at it (still am). Eventually my teachers just told me to print so that they could read my answers. This is also a tech show, which should have an audience that leans toward the fact that computers are awesome. But most of you fine listeners should be interested in what is the best solution to a problem. Especially if that solution is contrary to conventional thought.
Many reasons were given for handwriting to be a thing of the past and I think most of them are a lot of bull.
First some more qualifications for me. I am a college dropout that did eventually graduate. Until last week I was a teacher who worked with students who were not always the best. I have been without a cell phone for two years and I love fountain pens. This probably does not qualify me for much, as I am certainly not a doctor or a scientific researcher, but I do have some real world experience and have been experimenting on my students (all in a good way).
So here are some of the cons:
- Handwriting is old fashioned – true
- Typing is faster – true. Cursive is on average 30 words per minute.
- Hands hurt after writing – true
- Lack of success as a child demotivated me, left me “school damaged” – true
These are all excuses that I have made and are all excuses my students have made. As a computer science teacher, I require all of my students to keep a handwritten notebook in my classes and they can use it on all of their tests, quizzes, and assignments. What an old fashioned stick in the mud I must be (they must have a cooler way to say this).
There is nothing wrong with using tech to help with anything, but if you do not understand concepts of why and how, all the tech in the world will not help you and many people try to use tech as a crutch.
Typing is faster, most students get to the point they can type everything that is said in a lecture. This skips a crucial part of learning where you use your brain to analyze what is being said. Writing is slower but should force you to put content in your own words by thinking about it and being an active listener.
The pain in your hand should go away with practice, good form, and proper tools. I like fountain pens as they glide over the paper and you do not have to hold them in a death grip. Form means to use your arm, not your wrist, to write. With practice this can be done.
I was bad at handwriting as a child and my teacher was wrong to tell me to stop. Part of education is to teach about failure and difficulty. If people only do the easy things who will do the hard ones? A person interviewed on Freakanomics said their school put too much emphasis on handwriting so they moved their child to a different school as this was having too much of a negative effect on his feelings. Way to teach your child to run away from hard things. I hope no college professor ever hurts his feelings to requires too much from them. Life gets harder, education should be hard to prepare students for the work of life.
So enough cons, how about some pro argument.
Laptops are full of distractions, most adults I know cannot focus with their email and social media trying to grab their attention.
In an independent study talked about on Freakanomics, two researchers found that handwriters and laptopers had no difference in learning faces, unless they were allowed to review their notes before the quiz, where handwriters gained an edge. Concepts on the other hand, handwriters always held and almost like they thought about the concepts more than the students who just typed everything that was said.
Something not really covered was writing new content. I give my students fountain pens as rewards and this makes writing so much more special. They take more time to write things and think more about what they are trying to say. This is a win-win.
Now everyone is different. Please try handwriting for a few weeks and see if it helps you retain more. If you are not a student, watch a lecture on the internet or read a book and see if you learn more.
Finally handwriting is personal. I am willing to mail a postcard to almost anyone that sends me their address (droops @ gmail) so that they can get that personal feeling.
So I made some arguments, handwriting makes you smarter, helps you develop grit, makes you feel special, and gives you super powers. Hopefully you will try it out.
This has been droops and this is Hacker Public Radio… HPR.
Fountain Pen Suggestions
Fountain Pens I give my Students: http://amzn.com/B0052HYKC0
Fountain Pens I use the most: http://www.lamyusa.com/fountain_main_safari.php
Introduction to sed - part 5
This episode is the last one in the "Introduction to sed" series.
In the last episode we looked at the full story of how
sed works with the hold and pattern buffers. We looked at some of the commands that we had not yet seen and how they can be used to do more advanced processing using
In this episode we will look at a selection of the remaining commands, which might be described as quite obscure (even very obscure). We will also look at some of the example
sed scripts found in the GNU sed manual.
To read the rest of the notes for this episode follow this link: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr2060/full_shownotes.html
- Introduction to sed - part 1: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1976
- Introduction to sed - part 2: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1986
- Introduction to sed - part 3: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1997
- Introduction to sed - part 4: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=2011
- Index: https://www.gnu.org/software/sed/manual/sed.html
- Commands for
- Commands Specific to GNU
- Wikipedia entry for
- "Sed - An Introduction and Tutorial" by Bruce Barnett: http://www.grymoire.com/Unix/Sed.html
- Wikibooks sed wiki: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Sed
- Example files:
- Using the c command: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr2060/demo5.sed
- Centring lines: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr2060/centre.sed
- Reverse lines of files: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr2060/tac.sed
- Reverse characters of lines (original and debug): http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr2060/reverse_characters.sed http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr2060/reverse_characters_debug.sed
This was my first show for HPR! I wanted to offer up something unique–hopefully not too much so to enjoy.
In this episode I talk a bit about the differences between how my son will grow up with gaming technology, and how I did. There’s a lot of nostalgia, a little humor, and also a bit of language.
All in-show music was created by me.
This is my 14th Beer Podcast. I know. I know. I've only put two (2) up online so far. But trust me, the other ten (10) are coming. This one's just out of sequence is all.
Oh, yeah. A little other morsel/tidbit for those of you inclined to brew your own. Go to https://www.brewdog.com/diydog and download BrewDog's DIY Dog pdf of all of their brews/beers.
You ask, who's BrewDog? Well, they're two guys and a dog, who in 2005, began home brewing in a garage in North-Eastern Scotland. Two years and countless successes & failures later, BrewDog came howling into the world. Eight years after that - and more than 200 different beers later - they've released the recipe and story behind every single one of those brews.
So, if you've ever wanted to try to brew your own, here's another reason to start.
The following interview is with a young member of the Maker Space and Raspberry Pi community here in the North West of the UK.
You can find more of Josh's work at:
Blackpool Makerspace and LUG
Blackpool Raspberry Jam
I recently heard an HPR Podcast where it was mentioned that Nano was not a real text editor. That somehow VI or Emacs or Kate or Gedit were in some way better than Nano. I just wanted to set the record straight that Nano is a serious editor that has a huge following and a facebook page.