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Scannerdrome Ep. 1 - Lola Lariscy - Various Hosts | 2012-12-06

a Buyer Brown joint Interview with blogger and Science Fiction Writer Lola Lariscy Author of "End of Life Projections" and producer of "Space Janitors"

Scannerdrome logo    Scannerdrome

Cerulean Lobster logo    Lola Lariscy

PodBrewers: Episode 35 - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-11-22

Show 35

By Spork released on July 4th, 2012 at 2:03 am

Homebrew Off Flavors

Beer of the Week

Buyer: Lagunitas Maximus

Spork: Gordon Biersch Märzen

Food and Brew

Buyer: Guinness-Glazed Halibut

Spork: Märzen BBQ Ribs

Beer Vocabulary: mash out

Beer News

Fiftyonefifty: Northern Brewer Contest!!

DudmanoviPodcast Episode 7 - A geeks Journey to nature - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-11-08


10 years compressed into perhaps an hour, how an English computer programmer ended up owning cows/horses/pigs/chickens and speaking Czech ? And after all this time, is still into tech, but is perhaps a little more discerning. What started it all Free-And-Opensource, YES


  • Got locked out of wordpress blog,
  • Still waiting for the new cow, hasn’t been delivered yet.
  • Work continues to fix the house, been making some brick arches in an old chimney, first one fell down, but I rushed removing the support and then poked it to much at the edge, 2nd one looks good :)
  • Wife had a bit of a panic this week, for 10 seconds
  • The Guinea pig is hard to catch, Mr’s BB, we’ll catch him.
  • Understanding derived distros Debian and Ubuntu and its derivatives, wishing to make an informed choice.

Links mentioned

The place I stayed at for 4/6 months and had a great experience, learnt alot

Healthy food, as ever at Forums posts on my thoughts,trying to understand distros

Astricon 2012 - Virtues of the Open Source Telephony Platform - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-11-01

Host - sunzofman1 -> Guests - Randy Resnick, Allison Smith, Eric Ostenberg, Kevin Bushong

Randy discusses the history of the VUC (VoIP Users Conference)-> Early Talkshoe days (RIP Talkshoe), pre-dates mumble servers. Allison (voice of Asterisk) explains how she got involved with the telephony and asterisk in general. She graciously authenticates herself with a genuine echo test ;-) Eric and Kevin wax poetic about their early experiences with telcos and telephony. Everyone talks about some of the useful features and applications within Asterisk.

  • DISA
  • chan_dahdi
  • SIP
  • g722 codec

    We later get into what we believe asterisk will become in the future.

  • Supplement GSM networks
  • Automobile telematics (sunzofman1 has a special place in his heart for telematics)

    Host encourages everyone to contribute a HPR show!

TuxJam: Episode 15 - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-10-25

Today we are going to take a jaunt over to see how it's done in the Highlands.

The TuxJam audiocast is a family friendly Creative Commons music show with open source goodness.

After a sunny warm summer on Lewis, TuxJam makes a return that coincides with the rain and gales. To entertain the listeners on the cold autumn nights Kevie looks at Tiny Core Linux 4.6, WattOS R6, ZorinOS 6.1 "Lite", SalineOS 2.0, Manjaro Linux 0.8 and PCLinuxOS 2012.08. Along with an in-depth look at Lubuntu, WriteType, Radio Tray and Android browser Orweb v2. Listen to Kevie on a recent episode of the Music Manumit podcast. Please email suggestions for music/software for Kevie to try out, tag the message #tuxjam (, Diaspora or Libertree) or make a note of it on TuxJam’s PiratePad page. Along with the following great creative commons tracks:

1. Soundstatues - Give It Up
2. Lar Clobsay - Promise
3. Crimson Sun - Don’t Care
4. Tommy Toussaint - I Don’t Wanna Cry
5. Reduced Romantics - Brainscience
6. Plastic3 - Commercial High Tech Music


The Cyberunions Podcast - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-10-16

Today it's the turn of The Cyberunions Podcast, Cyberunions is a project exploring the intersection between trade union organising and new technology. Rather than seeing technology as a set of tools, we see cyberspace as a space, where people work, organise politically, are entertained and educated, and engage in many fields of human endeavour.

Todays show is The Cyberunions Podcast - Episode 46: gIMMI net freedomz

We speak to Smári McCarthy of the International Modern Media Institute

1:30 May Day updates

  • Good day in Mexico City
  • Good article about the new and old left coming together in the US
  • Interesting times across Europe
  • Elections in the UK (local), France and Greece

6:00 Tech update

  • Apple finally credits Open Street Maps
  • Duckduckgo searches Open Street Maps if you search !osm

8:00 Interview with Smári McCarthy

  • International Modern Media Institute builds media freedom best practice
  • Makes Iceland the best country in the world to host information
  • Time to go on the offensive to assert net freedom
  • In the US, free speech is easy to suppress at local level
  • Free speech laws are 200 years out of date and not fit for the information age
  • Never waste a good crisis - it’s an opportunity for change
  • Birgitta Jonsdottir helped promote media freedom in the Alþingi
  • The financial crisis means Iceland can no longer rely on is finance sector
  • Data services become a new economic sector, which is diversified and encourages entrepeneurship
  • ACTA is a threat to a large portion of human endeavour and must be stopped
  • Lobbyists have succeeded in entrenching intellectual monopoly protections into the Kenyan constitution - allows them to leverage East Africa
  • How do unions fit into this? Where is the digital labour movement?
  • The labour movement is paralysed by hierarchy - the internet challenges this and can unlock union power
  • The industrial revolution was a tragic mistake
  • How do you protect whistleblowers?
  • You can get hosting in Iceland through Ecodis


Max Mether of SkySQL talks about MariaDB - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-10-04

Recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

MariaDB is a community-developed branch of the MySQL database, the impetus being the community maintenance of its free status under the GNU GPL, as opposed to any uncertainty of MySQL license status under its current ownership by Oracle. The contributors are required to share their copyright with Monty Program AB.

The intent also being to maintain high fidelity with MySQL, ensuring a "drop-in" replacement capability with library binary equivalency and exacting matching with MySQL APIs and commands. It includes the XtraDB storage engine as a replacement for InnoDB,[4] as well as a new storage engine, Aria, that intends to be both a transactional and non-transactional engine perhaps even included in future versions of MySQL.

Its lead developer is Michael "Monty" Widenius, the founder of MySQL and Monty Program AB. He had previously sold his company, MySQL AB, to Sun Microsystems for 1 billion USD.

Distributed Systems Podcast - HPR Volunteers | 2012-09-20

In today's show we feature the Distributed Systems Podcast - all you ever wanted to hear and learn about building with DDD, CQRS, Cloud and much more!

Episode 12: LMAX

by Rinat Abdullin on April 2, 2012

In this episode, Jonathan and Rinat interview Mike Barker who helped architect the LMAX Disruptor project, a high-performance, ultra-low latency structure for producer/consumer operations.



Eric S. Raymond speaks at the Central Phila. LUG - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-09-06

In today's show Russ Wenner, of The Techie Geek Podcast fame, submitted a talk recorded at the Central Philadelphia Linux Users Group. The speaker is no other than:
Eric S. Raymond (born December 4, 1957) (often referred to by his initials, ESR) is the author of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" and the present maintainer of the "Jargon File" (also known as "The New Hacker's Dictionary").
A picture of Eric


Becky Hogge: Barefoot into Cyberspace - Robin Catling | 2012-08-16

Hello world. Welcome to the Full Circle Podcast on Hacker Public Radio. This episode consists of an interview with journalist and author Becky Hogge.

Her book, Barefoot into Cyberspace: Adventures in Search of Techno Utopia came out last year around the time of the extradition case surrounding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The book explores modern technology and society through activism and journalism, covering the hacker counter-culture, from Stallman and Lessig, the Chaos Club to WikiLeaks Julian Assange and Rop Gonggrijp.

“I think most of what were fighting still today in the world is incompetence. Most of what we’re fighting is stupidity, and maybe a little bit of opportunism. There is also the ominous, control-seeking large corporate interests.”

“We come in peace. We’re not called Chaos Computer Club because we cause chaos. If anything, a lot of our collective work has actually prevented chaos by pointing out that maybe we should lay some decent virtual foundations before we build any more virtual skyscrapers.”

Barefoot into Cyberspace: Adventures in Search of Techno-Utopia by Becky Hogge, illustrated by Christopher Scally ISBN 978-1-906110-50-5 (print) | 978-1-906110-51-2 (Kindle)

The Full Circle Podcast is the companion to Full Circle Magazine, the Independent Magazine for the Ubuntu Community. Find us at

Feedback; you can post comments and feedback on the podcast page at, send us a comment to podcast (at)

Your Hosts:

Additional audio by Victoria Pritchard

Runtime: 37mins 58seconds

OGG Camp 11: Laura Czajowksi, Life Outside of IRC in a FLOSS Community - Robin Catling | 2012-08-09

welcome to the Full Circle Podcast on Hacker Public Radio. This is the fifth, if I'm counting correctly, of our highlights of last Summers unconference, OGG Camp eleven, held at Farnham Maltings in the South of England.

This show is a recording of a presentation from Laura Czajkowski on the benefits of real-world, as opposed to cyber-community. Entitled Life Outside of IRC in a FLOSS Community, Laura evangelises on the on the benefits of real-world interaction, beyond that on-line.

Laura describes herself as Argumentative, Stubborn, Geek, Ubuntu Fan and MUNSTER FAN. Munster, for those who don't know, being a major rugby team from the town of Munster back in her native Ireland.

Laura has this year joined Canonical as Launchpad Support Specialist

Presentation from Laura Czajkowski.
Laura czajkowski on Lanyrd: Argumentative, Stubborn, Geek, Ubuntu Fan, MUNSTER FAN
Slides (pdf): Life Outside of IRC in a FLOSS Community (

We've more highlights of OGG Camp coming up on the Full Circle Podcast very soon, including a de-brief with Alan Pope.

OGG Camp is a joint venture organised by those lovely podcasters the Linux Outlaws and the Ubuntu UK Podcast.

The Full Circle Podcast is the companion to Full Circle Magazine, the Independent Magazine for the Ubuntu Community. Find us at

Feedback; you can post comments and feedback on the podcast page at, send us a comment to podcast (at)

Your Hosts:

Additional audio by Victoria Pritchard

Runtime: 17mins 34seconds

Matt Lee Gnu FM and Libre FM - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-07-26

Todays show was recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is a music community website that aims to provide a Free Software replacement for The website was founded in 2009 by Matt Lee. It is under active development. can optionally store a user's listening habits using information sent to the website's server from the user's audio player via scrobbling. In order to enable support for on existing audio players, the website implements the Audioscrobbler API. In addition to collecting user uploaded listening data, the site offers streaming music using the Ogg container, from the sites Jamendo or The Internet Archive, via an HTML5 audio player, run directly in the user's browser.

By utilising the records of users' listening habits, the website aims to be able to recommend music to users by analysing their musical taste. However, this feature isn't fully developed yet. The site currently only offers basic suggestions if content a user has "Loved" (favorited), contains shared tags with content a user has not favorited yet. Registered users who have favorited tracks, will have that content appear in streaming web playlists, called "Radio Stations". It is not currently possible to build custom playlists.

A goal of the project is to encourage artists to release tracks under a free license, and allow users to download or purchase these tracks. Only artists releasing music under free content licenses are promoted by the site. The website will also allow users to communicate among themselves, create groups of common interests and share information on musical events.

The main reasoning behind the foundation of was to provide a service similar to that respects the privacy of its users and their information. As such, does not log users' IP addresses, allows users to decide if their listening habits are to be made public or not, and does not claim ownership on users' data. is powered by the free software package GNU FM, created for the project.

Ruben Rodriquez talks about Trisquel Linux - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-07-13

As DeepGeek is on sabbatical for this month, we're taking the time to use up some of the shows from the Syndicated Thursday queue.

Syndicated Thursdays is a chance to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

Today it's a talk with Ruben Rodriquez Recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17.

What is Trisquel?
Trisquel GNU/Linux is a 100% free operating system. It comes with a complete selection of programs that can be easily extended using a graphical installer. There are several editions available, including the "mini" edition for netbooks and old computers and the network based installer for custom and server installations.

Karen Sandler on Medical Devices: OGG Camp Part Two - Robin Catling | 2012-07-12

Introducing Karen Sandler: legal eagle, formerly of the Software Freedom Law Center and newly appointed executive director at the Gnome Foundation.

Presentation from Karen Sandler. Karen wasn’t due on the scheduled track, but stepped into an unexpected gap to talk about something, dare I say, very close to her heart? Opening up embedded software in medical devices.

OGG Camp is a joint venture organised by those lovely podcasters the Linux Outlaws and the Ubuntu UK Podcast.

We've more highlights of OGG Camp coming up on the Full Circle Podcast very soon, including Andy Piper on MQTT and the Ogg Camp Panel discussion.

The Full Circle Podcast is the companion to Full Circle Magazine, the Independent Magazine for the Ubuntu Community. Find us at

Feedback; you can post comments and feedback on the podcast page at, send us a comment to podcast (at)

Your Hosts:

Additional audio by Victoria Pritchard

Runtime: 20mins 2seconds

Infonomicon Episode #51 - Various Hosts | 2012-07-05

Syndicated Thursdays is a chance to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

Today we are going to listen to episode 51 of the infonomicon ( ) podcast. Droops had been a regular listener of RFA and emailed their show several times, started his own show Droops Radio which changed to infonomicon radio.

Infonomicon Bumper Music plays until 1:35. Positive feedback about the Infonomicon TV. This is episode 51, which should be almost a year, except it's been more than a year. Podcast Incubator 2.0 is coming, and its code is going to be released under the GPL. Dosman and Droops have come up with the idea of doing a daily radio show: Talk with a Techie (TWAT). No fluff, no nothing, at least five minutes long. Infonomicon won't close because of this. Obfuscated is not a happy camper, but he is alive. 16 of 66 pages in a magazine Droops read was from one magazine. Bob Denver (Gilligan) passed away, and the boat from Gilligan's Island was named after a FCC chairman. AOL is about to be a sucker again, so screw them over. Cyber-looters are registering domains and taking money from hurricane donators: 2500 domains have been registered. Droops is not sure what the solution should be and asks for solutions. People trust Google, but Google can do evil: they're an advertising company. Google is buying dark fiber. Google has all sorts of broadband needs, so they'll likely go after all sorts of bandwidth to bring their services. Droops wishes that Google made blogs an option to not search. There's lots of companies searching nothing but blogs. This hasn't been the greatest show ever, but work is being done on the other shows. This is the shortest Infonomicon ever. Bumper Music plays from 15:42 onward.

The 8 Billion Dollar iPod - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-06-28

Syndicated Thursdays is a chance to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

Today we're going to play the audio from a Ted presentation

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
TED (Technology, Education and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading."

The title of the talk is "The 8 Billion Dollar iPod" and the speaker is Rob Reid who is a humor author and the founder of the company that created the music subscription service Rhapsody.

Todays HPR presentation is an enhanced podcast, where we describe any slides that are not explained in the narrative.

This would be a good time to remind you that Jonathan Nadeau is looking for donations for The Accessible Computing Foundation.
The Accessible Computing Foundation exists to design Free software to help bridge the gap between accessibility and technology. As a nonprofit we will hire developers to create Free accessible software and bring awareness to people's accessible needs around the world.



Radio FreeK America 15 (2002/06/05) - Special Rax-only Episode - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-06-20

Syndicated Thursday provides an opportunity to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

On every page on Hacker Public Radio we acknowledge our roots and so we now play a show that was first aired 10 years and 16 days ago. Although not a typical episode of Radio FreeK America 15 (2002/06/05) - Special Rax-only Episode, it embodies the spirit of RFA.

All the old shows can be found at and they are well worth a listen

The wikipedia article on RFA ( has been deleted with the note:
00:16, 12 December 2007 Maxim (talk | contribs) deleted page Radio FreeK America (Deleted because expired WP:PROD; Utterly NN Internet radio stream, defunct since 2004, without one discernible reliable source, no references on the page, and no assertion of notability. using TW)
Fortunately a copy was kept at


Radio FreeK America was a Hacking and Phreaking related Internet Radio show primarily based out of Arizona and initially hosted by dual_parallel. The title is often abbreviated to RFA in text. The first episode appeared on February 20 2002. It lasted forty five minutes and twelve seconds. The last episode aired on February 20 2004 and lasted two hours, forty two minutes, and twenty nine seconds. During these two years, Radio FreeK America had a total of ninety nine shows (including a lost episode #76, of which no file exists).
Radio FreeK America logo
Radio FreeK America logo


dual_parallel presented the idea for the show to two individuals at the [Phoenix 2600] meeting, Rax and Kondor in December of 2001 or January of 2002. "dual" (as he later came to be known as) recorded the first "segment" of Radio FreeK America (RFA) on 2/2/2002. The first show was "broadcast" via RantRadio on 2/20/2002. The first several episodes were co-hosted by Rax and Kondor.

Throughout the series, other guests such as StankDawg (who would later go on to develop [Binary Revolution],) Meme, Zapperlink, bland_inquisitor, Bi0s, and W1nt3rmut3, as well as a few other notable guests from the Telecommunications Industry, who remained nameless, became common guests and co-hosts.

The show originally was recorded and encoded to mp3 format and released on the website every Wednesday. Around episode nine, streaming began offered by Rant Radio and went out every Tuesday at 19:00 EST.

Radio FreeK America's website, [Old Skool Phreak], features a "Phreak Photo Gallery", "Hacker Art Gallery", text files, video files, and the download section for Radio FreeK America.

The radio show, through its success, inspired many other Internet Radio shows, such as Binary Revolution and Default Radio. Dual attributes the inspiration of the show to other hacker-oriented Internet Radio programs like In the Now, Hacker Mind, Off the Hook, and Rant Radio.

Radio FreeK America had been the home to Project Walmart Freedom, a community effort to explore (in great detail) the inner phone system of Walmart stores, as well as codes, signals, procedures, and terminology usually only known to Walmart employees exclusively. Some information was known only to upper management as well.

Soon after the last episode aired, the website went offline for a brief period of time. had been replaced by a website featuring information on phreaking with PDA's. That site had been moved to (As of September 7 2005 was no longer online.) is still maintained by Natas, despite the lack of dual and lack of continuation of RFA.

On the last episode, dual gave his reasons for ending the radio show to start a new one called Hacker Public Radio. This never came to be though, and dual has made very few appearances since.


The theme of Radio FreeK America kept true to the hacking spirit: to learn and explore, as well as keeping knowledge free. The name Radio FreeK America was coined by Rax and has several layers of meaning. The term "FreeK" is spelled with a capital "K" to stand for knowledge, and the term was to be understood as "keep knowledge free", hence "FreeK" or "Free Knowledge". It was a common saying of Rax at the end of the show to say "keep knowledge free." Radio FreeK America is also a play on Radio Free Europe, a broadcasting organization funded by the United States to promote democratic values in other nations. Radio FreeK America sought to inspire and present the values, concepts, and idea of the hacking/phreaking community.

Along with "keep knowledge free" was the tagline "be the media," which was coined by Jello Biafra. Here, dual stresses the necessity of alternative media, and that having only a few sources of media is biased and not effective on covering information from all perspectives. Also, alternative media can be more tailored to suit its audience. With this, dual encouraged more people to start internet radio shows.

The show revolved around the hacking and phreaking scence extensively. Covering issues from wardriving and its off shoots, urban exploration, Linux, computer security, phreaking, freedom of speech, legal issues, some political issues, amateur radio, and anything that could be deemed relevant to the hacking culture abroad.
Dual, from the start, intended to make it a show about the listeners and about the community. The show carried a variety of topics that the hacker community would be interested in. The first episode started with dual playing a recording of a trashing session at a local telco Switch. The show also had a segment at irregular intervals called "Phreak News" where dual would play a 25¢ tone from a red box and speak about issues relevant to the phreaking community. "Dual's Adventures" was a segment just as irregular as Phreak News where dual would talk about opportunities dealing with technology that arose while he was in an urban setting, usually a store.

Urban exploration was also a common part of Radio FreeK America, which often had dual playing his audio-recording adventures into various tunnels and basements. It was also common for dual to make several phone calls per episode to "interesting" numbers to see what could be learned. Calling card information was occasionally given out and posted on the site for the purpose of listeners to use for whatever they felt like. Listeners' email were read at the beginning of nearly episode as well, often with a thanks from dual, and a brief talk about the importance of community action, another driving force behind Radio FreeK America.

Radio FreeK America initiated a fundraiser to send money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stressing the need to keep knowledge free and keep your right to freedom of speech.

External links

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Sunday Morning Linux Review Episode 34 - SUSE and Venus - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-06-06

In today's syndicated Thursday we again return to SMLR Towers and join Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich for Sunday Morning Linux Review Episode 34 - SUSE and Venus. The complete shownotes can be found at

NELF: John Maddog Hall Talking About Talking About Free Software - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-05-23

In todays syndicated Thursday, we bring you another of the talks recorded at the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest 2012-03-17. The speaker is John Maddog Hall and the talk is "Talking About Talking About Free Software"
You might remember that Klaatu recorded a fantastic interview back in episode 767 :: Maddog and "super dumb terminals" on 2011-07-11

Juiced Penguin 079 – Early Spring - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-05-17

Today it's the turn of Juiced Penguin, which are A musical Oggcast for the Ogg community. Est. Jan 26, 2009

A musical Oggcast for and by the Ogg community. PodSafe music from all genres. Rock, Blues, Metal, Country, Classical, etc… Any Flavor of music is welcome to be showcased. Listener supported, meaning you have the opportunity to DJ up your own stuff. If you want to do a regular show GREAT, if you just want to do one show, that’s great too. Tune in and listen, or submit a show so everyone can listen. May contain explicit material (dirty words) ;)
Contact: feedback (at) juicedpenguin (dot) com

Todays show was put together by terryf

Todays Host: terryf

Todays Oggcast art is from
You can also find us on the Internet Archive
Follow Juiced Penguin on Google+

Band: Song
1.) The Dada Weatherman: Yellow Gold
2.) 100 Damned Guns: Wish I could die
3.) Sean T Wright: The Calling
4.) Bourland: Honkytonk Delilah
5.) Sungod Abscondo: Monster
6.) Routine Homecoming: God & the Saddest Song
7.) Flat People: Everybody’s Got A Syndrome Here
8.) Kyle Cox: Company
9.) Austen Brauker: Backward
10.) Michael Bergmann: Shithouse Explodes
11.) PSYCHOHORSES WHJK: Maison rouge chambre verte ainsi

If you would like to submit an episode, please email
us at: feedback (at) juicedpenguin (dot) com
Suggestions and Comments are always welcomed.


Going Linux: Introduction to Podcasting with Linux - HPR Volunteers | 2012-05-09

In this introduction to using Linux and Linux applications to record a podcast, we focus on doing it on the cheap. We reveal the hardware and software we use. We discuss that you don't have to have a fast, new computer and expensive recording equipment to make a good quality podcast recording. From recording to editing, and from creating a feed to creating a supporting website, we talk about the free and open source software we use. We also give some tips on the logistics of the recording process and hosting your audio files for free.

Links discussed in this episode:

CommonCraft Video: Podcasting In Plain English


Headsets: Logitech USB Headset, Playstation USB Headset
Microphone: Audio-Technica ATR30
Mixer: Alesis Multimix 8 USB


Skype Call Recorder
RSS 2.0 specification:
iTunes info:

Creative Commons license:
Legal considerations for podcasters:
Google's Feed Burner
Web hosting:
Editing the website:
Audio file storage:

Sunday Morning Linux Review Episode 029 - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-05-02
Total Running Time: 54:30


Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 4:56
Release Candidate:
No Release Candidate This Week


Stable Updates:
On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:47:47 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.29
There were 55 files changed, 500 inserted, 207 deleted

On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:49:38 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.2.16
There were 69 files changed, 488 inserted, 247 deleted

On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:50:18 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.3.3
There were 78 files changed, 538 inserted, 319 deleted

On Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:14:55 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.0.30
There were 66 files changed, 314 inserted, 266 deleted

On Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:46:54 PDT Greg Kroah-Hartman released kernel 3.3.4
There were 96 files changed, 544 inserted, 382 deleted

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 7:13

  • 4-24 – Tails 0.11 – Debian-based live DVD designed for anonymous Internet surfing
  • 4-24 – Scientific Linux 5.8 – distribution rebuilt from source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 and enhanced with extra software and tools useful in academic environments
  • 4-24 – Linux Mint 201204 “Debian” – Linux Mint 201204 “Debian” edition
  • 4-24 – Untangle Gateway – Debian-based distribution designed for firewalls and gateways
  • 4-25 – Tiny Core Linux 4.5 – ast and minimalist Linux distribution for desktop use
  • 4-25 – Dragora GNU/Linux 2.2 – “libre” distribution built from scratch and featuring Xfce as the default desktop
  • 4-25 – ClearOS 6.2 “Community” – based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 and designed for small business servers and gateways
  • 4-25 – Swift Linux 0.2.0 – lightweight desktop distribution with IceWM – now based on Linux Mint’s “Debian” edition
  • 4-26 – BackBox Linux 2.05 – Ubuntu-based distribution designed to perform penetration tests and security assessments
  • 4-26 – * Ubuntu 12.04 – Canonical’s flagship operating system featuring the Unity user interface and Head-Up Display menu system
  • 4-27 – Proxmox 2.1 “Virtual Environment” – an open-source virtualization platform for running virtual appliances and virtual machines, based on Debian GNU/Linux
  • 4-28 – ROSA 2012 RC – Mandriva Linux and enhanced with a variety of innovative desktop utilities and applications

ROSA Icons – Making KDE look even better

Creepy – A python program that aggregates twitter and flickr geolocation information.

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Magia – 1453
  2. Swift – 1457
  3. Fedora – 1727
  4. Ubuntu – 4732
  5. Mint – 5153

Tech News:

Time: 21:09
Google Drive Released, Not So Much For Linux

The long rumored on line storage from Google has been announced as a reality. Unless of course you are running a Linux desktop. I don’t know but if it where me and my entire business was built on top of Linux that it might be the first client I produced. They have an Android client how difficult can it be.

Every subscriber will get 5GB for free with the opportunity to upgrade to any of the following plans.

Storage       Monthly Rate
25 GB           $2.49
100 GB         $4.99
200 GB         $9.99
400 GB         $19.99
1 TB              $49.99
2 TB              $99.99
4 TB              $199.99
8 TB              $399.99
16 TB            $799.99

You can access the service at Although it is currently not ready for me (insert picture). It will support over 30 file types that you will be able to open right in your browser. It will integrate with Google+, Gmail, and Google Docs. You can share files or folders with anyone, and control whether they will be able to view, edit or comment on your stuff. Extensive search capabilities including OCR for pictures and scanned documents. And my favorite feature document rollback for up to thirty days. Google Drive tracks all changes so that when you save a document, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days.

Slackware Alive And Well Despite Rumors

When the main website for Slackware went down the rumor mill went into hyper-drive. These Discussions where hot and heavy on and DistroWatch. The discussions very quickly shifted from website problems to the long term viability of Slackware. This was compounded by Eric Hameleers, a top Slackware contributor, when he posted this early in the LinuxQuestions discussion “Old hardware, lack of funds…”. I am sure that it was not his intended effect but this was like throwing gasoline onto an already raging fire. The conversation quickly veered into the what can be done to save Slackware land.

The fires where then fanned even higher when Caitlyn Martin, developer of Yarok Linux, made this statement on Distrowatch disparaging the long term viability of Slackware:

“You remember that comment about my involvement in the development of a Slackware derivative? Forget it. We’re already discussing about delaying the release and rebasing off of something with a more secure future,”

This successfully torqued off a large number of people in the discussions on both websites. She responded to these comments by maintaining her stance that she was only concerned about upstream stability. The positive to come out of Martin’s comments was that it prodded Hameleers into clarifying his comments:

“The server is down. This is a technical malfunction. It costs money to do something about that. Something will be done about that server, but if it takes a while, it is most likely caused by prioritizing and finances. Slackware was without its own web server for a long time in the past. And still active are and, so what’s the big deal?

This turning of the rumour mill is pretty much unfounded, and I see some of the same old people pouring oil on the fire as usual.

There is no reason to doubt the availability, stability and long term viability of Slackware, the distribution. It has not been a one-man show for some time, the development effort is substantial and plainly visible in the ChangeLog, and there are no plans to switch to another development model or even ditch the distribution.”

Hameleers went into greater detail about Slackwares finacial situation on LinuxQuestions:

“It’s not that difficult: if everybody suddenly stops buying stuff from the Slackware store, then Slackware will not last another year in its present form–the Store sales are Pat’s income (and it feeds several other people too), but remember, the core team surrounding Pat do not get a penny of these revenues at all. Therefore, the rest of the team is not impacted in any way by Slackware sales figures and we will keep working with Pat on the distribution just like we have been doing for the past years. Look at the ChangeLog–sometimes there is a period of relative silence but that does not mean that no work is being done. Like last week, the updates can come in big gulps. Slackware will not die, its philosophy will not change, the team is dedicated and full of ideas.

“If people start chickening out and cancel their subscriptions, then that is a pity. Thankfully, I see lots of other Slackware users who decided that this is a good point to make a donation or buy something at the Store (if their financial situation allows it). Thanks to all of you for ‘supporting the cause.’ And remember–if you can not financially support Slackware, then helping your fellow Slackware users in forums like this one is an invaluable form of support as well! Slackware will not die because of financial issues, it will die if all of its users leave.”

As Hameleers points out a project like Slackware can never really go away as long as there is a strong community around it. Even if the project folds financially and Patrick did not transfer the copyrights on Slackware to the community it would continue under a different name. However for now there is absolutely no indication that any of that is either in the near or distant future.

Hungarian Government Solidifies Commitment To ODF

Last year the Hungarian government announced that from April 2012 forward all government documents needed to be produced in an internationally recognized open document standard. To further this commitment they are going to invest 370 million HUF (Hungarian Forint) which is approximately 1.7 million USD in applications that utilize the open document format (ODF). The two main beneficiaries of this investment will be the Department of Software Engineering at the University of Szeged and Multiráció, an open source development company.

Multiráció developed an open office suite, originally based on, called EuroOffice. they are now going to produce a version for tablets and improve the collaborative functions within EuroOffice. Kázmér Koleszár, a developer at Multiráció, said that the development responsibilities would break out like this:

“The University of Szeged will do the quality assurance and usability related research and tool development. Multiráció will develop the office application and work on several extensions.”

All I have to say is good on you Hungary I wish that countries like mine would do more to push open formats. I have even considered suing entities like may state government for their continued use of proprietary formats on their websites.

Microsoft Office 15 to support ODF 1.2
Microsoft has told attendees at the ODF Plugfest in Brussels that the next versions of Microsoft’s Office products, Office 15 and Office 365, will support Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2.

Less Than 25% Of OSS Used In Corporations Managed Correctly

Sonatype released the results of a recent survey showing that 500 out of 2500 respondents said they were locked down to only use corporate approved components. Only 49% said that their companies had a policy in place. Then 63% indicated that their corporate standards where not enforced or that they did not have a policy.

Sonatype also noted that the use of open source components is on the rise. Almost 80% of respondents said they used open source tools regularly. Around 50% have migrated to an open source development stack. Also over 65% claimed to contribute to open source projects.

In their press release Sonatype said this about the use of open source:

“Key to modern development practices is the use of open source components to build mission critical applications,”

Red Hat, SUSE, And IBM Form Partnership While Canonical Stays On The Sidelines

IBM’s new POWER server line will be available with either Red Hat or SUSE Linux but not Ubuntu. After more than a year in development IBM rolled out their new POWER server systems and solutions. These machines are Linux specific utilizing the POWER7 processor-based hardware. These machines are targeted at midrange to large range enterprises. they are designed for big data analisis and delivering open source infrastructure services. Canonical chose not not to offer their server product on these units. Coould that be due to a fear of having to actually support an enterprise class customer.

This is how IBM envisions the use of this new server line:

“The new PowerLinux Solutions and supporting systems are designed to provide customers with lower deployment time and costs, and greater performance, dependability and workload density than competitive x86 platforms at similar price points.”

So where was Canonical in all of this? they had been working with IBM to deliver Ubuntu on IBM’s System p mini computer. That partnership however floundered into nothing.

Here is how Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical’s founder, spun the announcement:

“We don’t support POWER because, by mutual agreement with IBM, there’s little to no overlap between the POWER user base and Ubuntu. People are choosing Ubuntu for farms of commodity servers, and POWER has been adopted for highly-specialized mission-critical roles. If IBM ever wanted to reach either the cloud or bulk computing market with POWER, then I expect the stats above would be relevant for their choice of OS, because they reflect the real choices of those markets.”

Hunh? I had a hard time following that statment but what I think it boils down to is this. IBM and Ubuntu agree that Ubuntu would be hard pressed to actually support a large enterprise customer. IBM, Red Hat, and SUSE still believe that their is a market out there for the big machine built on quality hardware. As opposed to large farms of x86 systems trying to do the job of a bigger machine.

Convention Scene

Time: 36:17

AnDevCon III
Android Developers conference
May 14 – 17
AnDevCon III is the technical conference for software developers building Android apps.

Libre Graphics Meeting 2012
May 2 – 5 2012
The 7th Libre Graphics Meeting will take place in Vienna at the UAS Technikum.

The conference is the number one event for users and developers of free software for graphic design, photography, 3D modeling and animation.

Flossie 2012
May 25 – May 26, 2012 , London
Flossie 2012 is a free, two-day event for women who work with or are otherwise interested in Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and in Open Data, Knowledge and Education.

Linaro Connection
May 28/ through 6/1
Gold Coast Hotel Hong Kong.

Convention to discuss and develop features, infrastructure and optimizations for the Linux kernel, Android, Ubuntu and beyond on ARM.

May 23 – 26, 2012
Linux Tag the most important place for Linux and open source software in Europe. The 18th LinuxTag will take place o at the Berlin Fairgrounds.
May 12 – 13 2012
FOSSCOMM (Free and Open Source Software Communities) is a Greek conference aiming at Open Source enthusiasts, developers, and communities. The fifth FOSSCOMM will take place at the Technological Educational Institute of Serres, Greece.
Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) 2012
May 21-22 2012
San Francisco, CA, USA – Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Open sources influence on cCloud, data, mobile software

The Samba eXPerience 2012
in Göttingen, Germany is the 11th international Samba conference for users and developers. Meet the Samba Team and discuss requirements, new features and get an update on current developments! The conference is organized by SerNet.
May 8th – 11th, 2012 – Hotel Freizeit In Göttingen – Germany

The Utah Open Source Foundation
Utah Open Source Conference
“Storming the cloud 5/3-5
This year’s conference will be graciously hosted by Utah Valley University in their Computer Science and Engineering Building,

Military Open Source Software
The Rise of Open Source in a Declining Budget

Charleston, SC 5/22-24


Time: 39:36
Mat – grsecurity, sound redirection (ls -la > /dev/dsp)
Mary – HP Lovecraft
Tony – BYOBU

Chrome Remote Desktop – Provide remote connection between two computers. Chrome Remote Desktop is available in the Chrome Web Store

Listner Feedback

Time: 46:19
J. Mathis – Trisquel Gnu/Linux

Outtro Music

Time: 48:32

Can’t stop it by Shearer

NELF: FreeNAS - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-04-25

Today we listen in on a presentation given at the North East Linux Fest ( The speaker was Dru Lavigne - Director of the FreeBSD Foundation and her talk was about FreeNAS.

The slides can be found at

The Crivins Audiocast - Various Creative Commons Works | 2012-04-19

Today it's the The Crivins Audiocast at and from their website it is A Linux / FOSS show with a strong Scottish flavour hosted by ThistleWeb & Kevie. This show carries a strong language warning.

Wur back wi a mair regular style o' episode fur episode 10, an wi start aff wi a lil gem o' a thing; a Javascript version o Tron in a ridiculously wee number o' lines o' code. Nixt up, wi say strewth tae the Aussie boabies wha are noo roamin' the streets fur open wifi networks tae scare folks intae closin' em.

Ye cannae say wur no dain' oor public doody, wi pit oot a call fur the poor truck driver wha loast his joab due tae them theivin' scunners, the interwebs pirates. Then wi note that it's the same ol' same 'ol at Microsoft, wi the EU staff bein' urged tae refuse bribes in the form o' free Windaes an' Office licences. Finally, wi note that despite Mozilla flyin' the flag fur user privacy, why would any companies respect the "dinnae track" option?

In oor discussion this week, wi focussed oan the plight o' Game; the video game specialist chain in the UK wha went intae administration this week, whar they went wrang, an if it's inevitable and just a sign o' the times.

English Translation

We're back with a more regular type of episode for episode 10, and we start off with a gem of a thing; a Javascript version of Tron in a ridiculously small number of lines of code. Next up, we say strewth to the Aussie bobbies who are now roaming the streets for open wifi networks to scare folks into closing them.

You can't say we're not doing our public doody, we put the call out for the poor truck driver who lost his job due to them thieving bastards, the interwebs pirates. Then we note that it's the same old same old at Microsoft, with the EU staff being urged to refuse bribes in the form of Windows and Office licenses. Finally we note that despite Mozilla flying the flag for user privacy, why would any companies respect the "do not track" option?

In our discussion this week, we focussed on the plight of Game; the video game specialist chain in the UK who went into administration this week, where they went wrong, and if it's inevitable and just a sign of the times.





Sunday Morning Linux Review Episode 026 - Various Hosts | 2012-04-11


MP3 format (for Freedom Haters!)
OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time: 1:07:31


Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 5:47
Release Candidate:
Sorry I missed this last week but Linus did not release it until all most 8pm EDT on Saturday and I did not check Sunday morning before we recorded.
On Sat, 31 Mar 2012 at 19:58:35 Linus Torvalds Released Kernel 3.4-rc1

On Sat, 7 Apr 2012 19:09:38 Linus Torvalds Released Kernel 3.4-rc2
“So go forth, my eager minions. Go forth, and compile and test. Because nothing beats that warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you’re on the bleeding edge, but at the same time -rc2 is not quite so bleeding edge that you need to worry too much.”


Stable Updates:
On Mon, 2 Apr 2012 at 12:52:39 Greg Kroah-Hartman Released Kernel 3.0.27
121 files changed, 1172 files inserted, 450 files deleted

On Mon, 2 Apr 2012 at 13:35:54 Greg Kroah-Hartman Released Kernel 3.2.14
168 files changed, 1606 files inserted, 793 files deleted

On Mon, 2 Apr 2012 at 13:54:51 Greg Kroah-Hartman Released Kernel 3.3.1
227 files changed, 2007 files inserted, 1207 files deleted

Kernel Quote:
This was posted by Linus in response to Greg Kroah-Hartman publicly making fun of a kernel contributor for doing something massively stupid.

“Publicly making fun of people is half the fun of open source programming.

In fact, the real reason to eschew programming in closed environments is that you can’t embarrass people in public”

— Linus Torvalds

Distro Talk: Tony

Time: 8:27

  • 4-4 – Puppy Linux 5.3 “Wary”, “Racy” – “Wary” and “Racy” editions of Puppy Linux, targeting older computers, are ready and available for download
  • 4-2 – DEFT Linux 7.1 – Ubuntu-based distribution designed for forensic analysis, penetration testing and related tasks
  • 4-2 – Fuduntu 2012.2 – the latest of the regular quarterly release updates of the project’s rolling-release distribution previously forked from Fedora

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Fedora – 1511
  2. Fuduntu – 1612
  3. Puppy – 1714
  4. Ubuntu – 2355
  5. Mint – 3763

Tech News:

Time: 27:56
Udev Source To Be Merged Into Systemd tree

Kay Sievers, lead developer for udev, announced on the Linux hotplug mailing list plans to merge the source code for udev into the systemd tree. When this happens systemd will continue forward using the udev version number, so it will jump from 45 to 184.

After the merge it will still be possible to build it for non-systemd systems. He went on to say that builds of this nature will be supported for a long time to come. This is necessary so as not to break systems with initrds that lack systemd. Distributions that do not want to adopt systemd can build as they always have except they will need to use the systemd tar ball.

The decision to merge the two projects was based on the fact that init needs to be completely hotplug capable. Making udev’s device management and knowledge of device life cycles integral to systemd. This makes this merge a change in build scheme not a change in direction or interface. This leaves the libudev API untouched.

So what all of this boils down to after the brouhaha settles down is that in essence nothing really has changed.

Google Glass, Jetpacks Must Be Just Around The Corner

I have been a fan of science fiction since I could read. Well everyday reality seems to be catching up with the science fiction of my childhood. If you have not seen the video yet head on over to YouTube and check it out:

These are the kinds of things we geeks have been saying are coming since we were children. They are so futuristic that I am still having a hard time believing that they are actually in testing.

The Internet rumor mill has been swirling around this for awhile now. Google calls it Project Glass and it is being developed at Google[X], Googles R&D laboratory. The announcement on Wednesday, 4/4 about field testing for Google Glass was released in a post on Google+ ( It is however for Google employees only. The designs shown on Wednesday are just a selection they have more including one that can be incorporated into your existing eyewear.

The biggest questions raised by this announcement have already been answered. Those questions being, won’t these get in the way of reality, and, won’t these just separate us more from from real life, well according someone who has used these, in an interview with the NY Times, the answer is no:

“They let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture I don’t have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses and that’s it.”

The glasses do have a unique look about them, and people will know you are wearing them right away. They will hopefully get smaller and be able to be integrated into a regular looking pair of glasses.

I don’t care if these are impractical or don’t work I want a pair of these right now. This is the science fiction stuff I used to dream about when I was a kid. How far away are the personal jetpacks.

ICANN Writes A How To For Governments To Seize Domains

Coming to you directly from the “Not Cool” department. It was pointed out to ICANN that it was providing a disservice by not speaking out against governments seizing domains. So what does ICANN do? They publish a white paper that is basicly a how to for governments to seize domains. They have also made public statements that they will work closer with governments to help them seize and censor domains. This unfortunate turn of events just further illustrates the uselessness of ICANN to protect the Internet. It instead shows how they are actively undermining the very principals of the Internet.

IBM And Red Hat May Join OpenStack

From the I made this up to sound important bag. GigaOm reports that IBM and Red Hat are joining OpenStack. Neither company nor OpenStack has confirmed this report. OpenStack was started about two years ago as joint effort between NASA and Rackspace. Since its inception it has grown immensely with over 150 companies and 2,000 developers. I do not know how much cache these two will bring to the party however as the list of companies already includes the likes of HP, Dell, Intel, AMD, and Cisco.

OpenStack released the fifth version of its software this week code named Essex. They are having a Design Summit April 16-18 in San Francisco. This could be where new partners will be announced.

April 4, 2012. KDE released updates for its Workspaces, Applications, and Development Platform.

Significant bugfixes include
* making encryption of multiple folders using GPG work,
* XRender fixes in the KWin window and compositing manager,
* a series of bugfixes to the newly introduced Dolphin view engine
* improvements in the Plasma Quick-based new window switcher,
* Kontact and its device counterpart Kontact Touch have received a number of important bugfixes as well as performance improvements.

Yahoo Open-Sources Mojito JavaScript Framework

KDE Tooltips— when is too much, too much? Well for me when it’s associated with KDE tool-tips
Despite the fact that I am a big fan of KDE, there is one thing that annoys me every time I install a KDE-based distro—the numerous tool-tips and pop-ups that appear in an attempt to be helpful.

Recently while searching for some KDE information, I found that someone else also had expressed similar sentiments and went on to list all of the tool-tips that he had disabled. His version of KDE was 4.5—but it had not changed too much for 4.8.1. Here are the various tooltips that I have deactivated.

System Settings tool-tips: Are you bothered by KDE displaying the list of items for each configuration category within the System Setting area: Disable it thusly:.
1. Open System Settings
2. Select the Configure button
3. Uncheck the “Show detailed tool-tips”
Icon-only Task bar tool-tips: If you’re using the icon-only task bar, you will appreciate this information instructing how to suppress task bar pop-ups.
1. Right-click on the task bar.
2. Select Icon-only Task Manager Settings
3. In the Appearance section, Select “Do Not Show” in the tool-tips drop-down and save.
Panel balloon pop-ups: Do these balloons make you want to blow up? Selecting this option will suppress the pop-ups that appear when you hover over shortcuts and icons on the desktop.
1. Open System Settings
2. Select Workspace Appearance and Behavior
3. Select Workspace Behavior
4. Select Workspace
5. In the Informational Tips widget, select the “Do not show” option.
Title bar buttons (Maximize, Minimize, Close):
Open System Settings
Select Workspace Appearance
Select Window Decorations
Select the Configure Buttons button
Uncheck the “Show window button tool-tips” check box
This feature appears to be broken on my desktop—no tool-tips either way, plus my extra buttons with spacing are not appearing on the title bar. Perhaps my just downloaded and installed upgrade to 4.8.2 will fix this problem. ;)
Dolphin: Stopping the mother of all pop-up tooltips…This action prevents Dolphin from taking the content of the information panel (which can be set to appear on the right side) and repackaging it as a tool-tip..a very large tool-tip This may come in handy for some people, but for me it was over the top.
1. Select the Settings menu
2. Select the Configure Dolphin… option
3. Select the General tab
4. Uncheck the “Show tool-tips” check box.

LibreOffice: The tool-tips that appear when you hover over the tool-bar will disappear.
1. Select Tools, Options.
2. Under General, uncheck the Tips box.

Listener Feedback

Time: 47:29
Keith Pawson
Steve Barcomb
Brad Alexander

Mats Soap Box

Time: 50:00

Outtro Music:

Time: 1:03:36
MultiPunk by Bilou le skankerfou

The cchits 2011 overview - HPR Volunteers | 2012-03-21

Today it's CC-BY-SA-NC in general and a big thank you to Dave and Caroline of the Bug Cast for putting the shownotes together.

This week we present the 2011 Year Overview Show, as presented by Jon "The Nice Guy" Spriggs.

We interviewed him back in episode ep0758 :: Interview with Jon "The Nice Guy" Spriggs

Songs played

source It's up to you by Nocreeps
source Resistance by David Rovics
source All Control (Hard Version) by Professor Kliq
source Rise by Rob Warren
source Dirty Angel by The Phase
source Border Blaster by Josh Woodward
source RetroVisoR by Ogg Vorbis
source Surprise Me by The Spirit Of Light
source Cyberpunks (Leaky Mix) by Partition36
source Blue Sunny Day by Jonathan Coulton
source Remixing is OK by SpinMeister
source Soundtrack of our Summer by The League
source Dancing Nowhere by Mo0t
source Down In The City by Houdini Roadshow
source I'm not dreaming by Josh Woodward
source Strip=Teaser by Anniela

Intro/outro: Scott Altham - GMZ (more info)

Don't forget that CCHits posts new shows every single day. Go to for more info.

Sunday Morning Linux Review: Episode 021 - HPR Volunteers | 2012-03-07

Today in its regular slot is Episode 021 of the Sunday Morning Linux Review
This show aired on Mar 4 2012

In this episode

Release Candidate: On Sun, 4 March 2012 02:57:31 UTC Greg Linus Torvalds announced the release of Kernel 3.3-rc6
Keep The ARM Architecture Open
Fastest Growing Desktop Linux Up 64% In 9 Months
Azure Goes Down! Azure Goes Down! (But Will It Be For The Count)
Assault On The Fifth Amendment Won’t Get Its Day In Court
The Real Numbers For Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV)
White House, Consumers in Mind, Offers Online Privacy Guidelines

The Linux Convention Scene for March 2012

Droidcon 2012 March 13th-14th, 2012 – Berlin, Germany
AsiaBSDCon 2012, 22 – 25 March, 2012 Morito Memorial Hall, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan
CE Linux Forum Japan Technical Jamboree March 23 2012 Nakano Sunplaza Hotel Tokyo Japan
ABLEConf March 24 – Tempe AZ
LibrePlanet 2012 March 24-25, 2012 University of Massachusetts, Boston. MA
March 27-29, 2012 Palmetto Open Source Software Conference (POSSCON) 2012 Columbia, SC POSSCON 2012
Document Freedom Day 2012 28 March 2012
Northeast Linux Fest March 17, 2012 · Worcester State University · Worcester, MA 01602

The Knightcast KC0060 : "Storytime" - knightwise | 2012-02-23

Today it's The Knightcast KC0060 : "Storytime"

Sit back and enjoy another "storytime' edition of the podcast where we question our sanity in using Email and wonder whether the IT guy will go extinct. On a bed of some soothing music it's time so close your eyes and listen.

Sunday Morning Linux Review: Episode 014 - HPR Volunteers | 2012-02-01

Sunday Morning Linux Review: Episode 014

January 15th, 2012


Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich

Kernel News: Mat

Release Candidates

Main Line
3.2 no change

Stable Releases
Greg KH announced the release of the Kernel Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:13:20 UTC
There were 18 files changed, 167 files inserted, and 66 files deleted

Greg KH announced the release of the 3.0.17 Kernel Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:21:36 UTC
There were 52 files changed, 364 files inserted, and 179 files deleted

Greg KH announced the release of the 3.1.9 Kernel Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:22:18 UTC
There were 53 files changed, 367 files inserted, and 179 files deleted

Greg KH announced the release of the 3.2.1 Kernel Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:25:05 UTC
There were 63 files changed, 465 files inserted, and 200 files deleted

Kernel Quote

"Here’s the different active kernel versions that I am maintaining at the moment:
3.2.y – this will be maintained until 3.3 comes out
3.1.y – there will be only one, maybe two, more releases of this tree
3.0.y – this is the new "longterm" kernel release, it will be
maintained for 2 years at the minimum by me.
2.6.32.y – this is the previous "longterm" kernel release. It is
approaching it’s end-of-life, and I think I only have
another month or so doing releases of this. After I am
finished with it, it might be picked up by someone else, but
I’m not going to promise anything.
All other longterm kernels are being maintained in various forms
(usually quite sporadically, if at all), by other people, and I can not
speak for their lifetime at all, that is up to those individuals."
– Greg Kroah-Hartman
There was also a bit of a dust up between Tim Gardner of Canonical and Greg Kroah-Hartman over maintenance of the 2.6.32 kernel once greg gives it up. It appears to have been started by a misunderstanding and a conclusion jump by Tim.

Distro News: Tony

1-13 – PC-BSD 9.0 – desktop-oriented distribution based on the latest stable FreeBSD
1-12 – FreeBSD 9.0 – a major new version of the BSD operating featuring a brand-new system installer
1-12 – Webconverger 11.0 – a web browser-only specialist distribution for Internet kiosks
1-11 – Astaro Security Gateway 8.3 – specialist distribution for firewall and gateways
1-10 - Asturix 4 – Ubuntu-based desktop distribution with a custom desktop environment and many usability improvements
1-10 – Fuduntu 2012.1 – a new quarterly update of the distribution that was forked from Fedora last year
1-8 – Porteus 1.1 – Slackware-based live CD with a choice of Trinity (a KDE 3 fork), KDE 4 and LXDE desktops
Mat did you know about the KDE 3 fork, Trinity?

Distro of the Week: Tony

Fuduntu – 1433
openSUSE – 1440
Fedora – 1495
Ubuntu – 1873
Mint – 4248
Tech News:

Microsoft Now Collects Extortion On Approximatley 70% Of All US Sales Of Androids

LG is the latest victim to pay Microsoft’s extortion demands. They are the eleventh victim in this extortion scheme. A list of the other victims includes Samsung, HTC, and Acer. This leaves Motorola Mobility as the only major manufacturer to not sign an extortion agreement with Microsoft. I would wager that Microsoft has not even approached Motorola as Google now owns Motorola and those pockets are deep enough to scare off the Microsoft patent trolls. Microsoft now claims that they are collecting "royalties" on over 70% of all Android smart phones sold in the US. The terms of this latest agreement are unknown as Microsoft makes part of the agreement that the parties can not make public the patents covered by Microsoft’s claims. In other words a typical extortion agreement.

The MPAA Instigates A Dustup with Ars Technica
On 1/10 the MPAA (Motion Picture Associtation of America) said on it’s blog, "… Ars Technica, a tech blog with a long history of challenging efforts to curb content theft,". This entire claim by the MPAA appears to be Ars Technica opposing things in the past like the broadcast flag which would have allowed remote control of peoples home entertainment recording devices, along with their stand against DRM that prevents owners from ripping legal backup copies of their DVDs. Ars also has publicly opposed the horrendous SOPA legislation currently in front of Congress. It is obvious that the MPAA’s position is the wacky correlation of fighting for consumers’ rights is the equivalent of having no enforcement at all.

Not that any representative of the MPAA would ever engage in outlandish statements to further their cause. Like this quote from Jack Valenti when he appeared before congress in 1982, "I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone."

United States Migrates Spy Drone Control Panels From Windows To Linux
Last September the ground control systems for the Reaper drones, which reside at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, became infected with a virus. When it happed the Air Force dismissed this intrusion as a nuisance that posed no real threat, it was however taken very seriously.

Still the discovery of this virus on the Air Force’s systems was a huge embarrassment. This is what they had to say at the time:

"The malware in question is a credential stealer, not a key logger, found routinely on computer networks and is considered more of a nuisance than an operational threat. It is not designed to transmit data or video, nor is it designed to corrupt data, files or programs on the infected computer. Our tools and processes detect this type of malware as soon as it appears on the system, preventing further reach.", they also went on to say, "The ground system is separate from the flight control system Air Force pilots use to fly the aircraft remotely; the ability of the pilots to safely fly these aircraft remained secure throughout the incident,"
Screen shots of drone control computers posted by security researcher Mikko Hypponen show that some of the systems have been migrated from Microsoft Windows to Linux. In a statement Mikko Hypponen said,

"If I would need to select between Windows XP and a Linux based system while building a military system, I wouldn’t doubt a second which one I would take."
Open Source Surgery, a Robot called Raven takes Flight

The Raven 2 is a surgical robot with 7 degrees of freedom, compact electronics and two wing-like arms which end in tiny gripper claws designed to perform surgery on simulated patients. The robot’s software is compatible with Robot Operating System, an open source robotics coding platform.
January 20, 2012 is Penguin Awareness Day
ep0898 :: Hacker Public Radio New Year’s Eve Part 8/8 (The After Show)
fiftyonefifty mentions us as one of the new podcasts that he likes!! Thanks!

Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production
The Commodore 64 is 30
Outtro Music:

Across my way by Matthew Morris

KC0058 : Streampunking with Instapaper - HPR Volunteers | 2012-01-25

Today it's The Knightcast KC0058 : Streampunking with Instapaper.
Special thanks KnightWise for letting us bump his show.

We dive into the world of RSS readers and teach you cool cross-platform tips on managing your information feeds to share and consume your favorite content. We take a close look at Google Reader and the Instapaper service with its several API's and teach you some cool tricks to turn those saved articles into podcasts. Spice it up with some cross platform goodness and you are ready for another Knightcast.

Frostcast Northeast GNU/Linux Fest - HPR Volunteers | 2012-01-18

Today it's the turn of Frostcast talking about the second annual Northeast GNU/Linux Fest.
Special thanks KnightWise for letting us bump his show.

The Northeast GNU/Linux Fest is an advocate of Free software. We hope to bring awareness of Free software to college students their schools, programmers and businesses. We welcome everyone from the new user to the people that have been there from the beginning. Come and learn how Free software can affect accessibility and your business, graphic design, software security and performance along with stability. So lets take back control of our computers and gadets and learn about software Freedom and The 4 Freedoms we should be concerned about. Come to the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest to learn, teach and talk about Free software and join the Free software revolution.

Sunday Morning Linux Review - New Year Show - HPR Volunteers | 2012-01-11

Episode 012

Total Running Time 1hr 22:48


Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 3:15

Linux 3.2-rc7

There it is, likely the last -rc in before final 3.2, so please do check it out in between your holiday festivities.

Most of the changes are faily simple one-liners, but some qla4xxx driver updates stand out and in fact account for about 40% of the diff ("qla4xxx: fix flash/ddb support"). That, together with a VMWare DRI driver update and some dvb updates and the regular random driver fixes means that 80+% of the changes are in drivers.

Some net updates, some SH updates, and then a (tiny) smattering of other stuff. The appended shortlog gives the (fairly boring) details
- Linus

Distro News: Tony

Time: 7:14

  • 1-1 openSUSE 12.1 Edu Li-f-e
  • 1-1 - aptosid 2011-03 -
  • 12-31 - siduction 11.1 - desktop-oriented distribution and live CD/DVD based on Debian’s unstable branch, recently forked from aptosid
  • 12-31 - ExTiX 9 - Ubuntu-based desktop distribution for 64-bit computers with GNOME Shell and Razor-qt as the available desktop environments and the latest stable Linux kernel
  • 12-31 - Linux Deepin 11.12 - from China based on Ubuntu, announced its 11.12 release on the last day of the year
  • 12-30 - Netrunner 4.0 - a Kubuntu-based desktop distribution featuring a carefully-tuned KDE desktop and integrated KDE and GNOME applications
  • 12-30 - Endian Firewall 2.5 - an updated version of the project’s Red Hat-based specialist distribution for firewalls
  • 12-26 - Calculate Linux 11.12 - Gentoo-based distribution set with focus on desktop and server computing
  • 12-26 - Tiny Core Linux 4.2 - a nomadic, ultra-small graphical desktop operating system
  • 12-25 - Superb Mini Server 1.6.3 - a Slackware-based distribution for servers
  • 12-25 - Semplice Linux 2.0.0 - a lightweight desktop distribution based on Debian’s unstable branch and featuring the Openbox window manager
  • 12-23 - Grml 2011.12 - a Debian-based live CD with an excellent collection of GNU/Linux software and scripts for system administrators

Distro of the Week: Tony

  • Debian - 1172
  • CentOS - 1223
  • Fedora - 1284
  • Ubuntu - 1571
  • Mint - 3909

Tech News:

Time: 29:27
Vote On SOPA Delayed Until Mid January At The Earliest

The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) vote scheduled for 12/21/11 was postponed until January. A committee spokesperson said that they will not set a new vote date until they return from break in January. This means that the earliest that a scheduled vote could take place would be mid January. This is the second postponement of the committee vote on SOPA, which requires ISPs, Search Engines, and other content providers to alter DNS records and search results. Resulting in the censorship of foreign websites supposedly "dedicated" to providing copyright infringing material. The committee has already had two marathon sessions that ended abruptly after opponents expressed staunch apposition.

The artists are not the one behind this law. The huge corporations, lawyers, and boards who are pushing this incredibly bad legislation. Here is a list of the companies behind just one of the lobbying groups pushing SOPA:

  • ABC
  • AFTRA - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • AFM - American Federation of Musicians
  • AAP - Association of American Publishers
  • BMG Chrysalis
  • BMI
  • CBS Corporation
  • Cengage Learning
  • DGA - Directors Guild of America
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
  • EMI Music Publishing
  • ESPN
  • Graphic Artists Guild
  • Hachette Book Group
  • HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C.
  • Hyperion
  • IATSE - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Kaufman Astoria Studios
  • Macmillan
  • Major League Baseball
  • Marvel Entertainment, LLC
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • MPA - The Association of Magazine Media
  • NFL - National Football League
  • National Music Publishers’ Association
  • NBCUniversal
  • News Corporation
  • New York Production Alliance
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • Pearson Education
  • Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
  • The Perseus Books Group
  • Producers Guild of America East
  • Random House
  • Reed Elsevier
  • SAG - Screen Actors Guild
  • Scholastic, Inc.
  • Silvercup Studios
  • Simon & Schuster, Inc.
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Time Warner Inc.
  • United States Tennis Association
  • Universal Music Group
  • Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Viacom
  • Warner Music Group
  • W.W. Norton & Company
  • Wolters Kluwer

Now you know who to boycott, but you also have to let them know why you are boycotting them.

Several grassroots organizations along with a few tech companies are putting forth a strong effort against this legislation. They have had some effect as arguably the most egregious section has under gone a quick rewrite by Rep. Lamar Smith, Judiciary Committee chair and sponsor of this bill. The changes revealed on Monday 12/12/2011, make the definition of "rogue websites" more narrow. It also clarifies that the take down provisions only apply to foreign websites. There were also several changes intended to alleviate concerns that this legislation would interfere with the architecture of the Internet. Because as it it stands this bill would force American companies to break dns.

The NetCoalition which counts AOL, eBay, Facebook, foursquare, Google, IAC, Linkedin, Mozilla, OpnDNS, PayPal, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, and the Zynga Game Netwrk as members is proposing a blackout day where all of these websites would go down and just show an anti-SOPA message to visitors when they come to these sites, claims Markham Erickson, who heads the NetCoalition trade association. If all of these sites went dark at the same time it would bring national commerce to a screeching halt. This action would also totally disrupt the lives of the majority of Americans hopefully alerting them to this serious issue and causing them to act.

There is still time to try and defeat this horrendous legislation and the people at "DAILY KOS" have made it incredibly easy. If you click on this link it will take you directly to a page the have set up that will walk you through sending your representative an email telling them to vote no on this steaming pile of fecal matter.

GoDaddy Rescinds SOPA Support After Huge Boycott Initiative
Full disclosure, I have a domain registered with GoDaddy they are just the registrar not the host.

On 12/22/2011 the fact that GoDaddy was actively supporting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). The really egregious part was that not only did GoDaddy support SOPA they actually took such an active roll as righting parts of it. So a boycott was started on reddit, which took off like wildfire across the internet. One day later they announced that they were withdrawing their support for SOPA. It is however to late for many high profile domains. Wikimedia Foundation’s Jimmy Wales announced on Twitter that all Wikimedia’s domains will be moved off of GoDaddy. Cheezburger’s Ben Huh also pledged to move his 1000+ domains off of GoDaddy. Hundreds maybe even thousands more people across the internet joined them in leaving GoDaddy. YCombinator founder, Paul Graham issued a ban on all employees of any company on the official list of SOPA supporters from attending YC Demo Day. Here is what he had to say about the ban:

"Several of those companies [on the list] send people to Demo Day, and when I saw the list I thought: we should stop inviting them. So yes, we’ll remove anyone from those companies from the Demo Day invite list," He then went on to say this: "If these companies are so clueless about technology that they think SOPA is a good idea, how could they be good investors?"
Warren Adelman, Go Daddy’s CEO, had this to say about them rescinding their support for SOPA:

"Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation - but we can clearly do better," He then went on to say this also: "It’s very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it."
This is a huge win for the free and open internet. It shows that when you can manage to hit a company where it counts, in the bottom line, you really can make them change their position. When you read GoDaddy’s statement the weasilyness jumps right out at you. Which leads me to believe that they are just trying to take the heat off right now and will jump at supporting the next minor revision of SOPA.

The Debian Administrator’s Handbook
I am going to try and synopsize the information for you, however if you go to you can read the whole story ab out the book. The book is currently published in French under the title Cahier de l’admin Debian. It is the work of two Debian developers Raphaël Hertzog who maintains dpkg along with several other packages and Roland Mas who maintains argyll and a few other packages. They attempted to have several editors take on the English translation but none where willing to take the risk. The two then decided to do the translation themselves, and then self publish the work. In order to facilitate the translation they did a crowdfunding campaign which raised almost 15,000 EUR. They expect the translation to be done around April 2012. They however wanted to take this further and release the book under an open source licenses acceptable to Debian so that the book can be included in Debian as an installable package. Making it a simple apt-get away for anyone running Debian. They have set this goal at 25,000 EUR, you can make a donation to the "liberation fund" here , If you donate 10 EUR or more you are guaranteed a copy when it is ready. If they meet their goal of 25,000 EUR then everyone will be able to get a free copy. I made my donation already if I remember correctly it was about 13.74 USD. So i will get my copy but if we can push this over it would be a great thing. The last time I checked they were at about 65% of their goal.

And now a little about the book. This book requires no prior knowledge of Debian. It will cover all of the topics that anyone needs to become an effective Debian administrator. From installation and update to compiling your own kernel and creating Debian packages from sources. Along with backup, migration and advanced topics like SELinux, automated installations, and virtualization. The first half of the book is for anyone who wants to run Debian. It will teach the basics like installing Debian with the Debian installer, finding documentation, basic troubleshooting, and problem solving. Then the second half of the book is server administrators. It will discuss things like securing the server, automating installations, using virtualization, and setting up common services like Apache, Postfix, OpenLDAP, SAMBA, NFS and many more. You can check out the complete table of contacts here

There is also a free sample chapter available "The APT Tools." If you would like to check this out to ensure that the book is up to the quality that you expect then you can click here for a PDF of this great chapter. It covers all of the APT tools like apt-get, aptitude, and other associated tools

Now to answer some of the questions you may have about this book:
Q) Who is this book for?
A) Anyone who’s interested by Debian. From a regular user, to the administrator of a small network, or that of a large corporation.

Q) How long is it?
A) The French paperback was about 450 pages.

Q) What version of Debian does it cover?
A) the current stable version "Squeeze"

So come people lets get out there and get your copy today and move the project that much closer to their goal of Open Sourcing this book.

2011 The Year Of The Tech Giant Passing
2011 has been a year in which we lost more tech giants than ever before, a total of fourteen. Lets start with arguably the best known on this list and end with the one I believe had the biggest impact:

Steven Paul Jobs
Febuary 1955 - October 2011

Jobs experimented with different pursuits before starting Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs’ family garage. Steve Jobs vision in the consumer electronic market is un paralleled. Hence Apple’s many revolutionary products, such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Which are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern technology.

Robert Morris
The Unix Encryption Guy
July 1932 - June 2011

Among the Bell Labs researchers who worked on Unix with Thompson and Ritchie was Bob Morris, who developed Unix’s password system, math library, text-processing applications and crypt function. In 1986 Morris left to join the NSA, where he led the agency’s National Computer Security Center until 1994.

John McCarthy
Originator Of AI
September 1927 - October 2011

The creator of the Lisp programming language and the "father of artificial intelligence" (he coined the term in 1956). In 1957 McCarthy started the first work on time-sharing on a computer. That original project led to Multics, which then led to Unix. In the early 1970s he predicted online shopping. This prediction led researcher Whitfield Diffie to create public-key cryptography used in the authentication of e-commerce documents.

Ken Olsen
The Digital Man
February 1926 - February 2011

When he worked at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory in the 50s took note of students queuing up to use an older model computer, called TX-0, even when a more modern and much faster mainframe was available. The big diffrence and the reason that the students lined up for the TX-0 was that the mainframe ran batch jobs and the TX-0 allowed for online interactivity. So in 1957 he and a colleague, Harlan Anderson, ran with that information and $70,000 in start up capital to start DEC (Digital Equipment Corp.) DEC went on to create PDP series of computers of which Ritchie and Thompson created Unix on a PDP-7.

Paul Baran
The Packet Man
April 1926 - March 2011

Baran while working as a researcher for the Rand Corp. in 1961came up the idea that messages can be broken down into smaller pieces, then sent to a destination even via multiple routes if necessary and then put back together when they arrive to ensure delivery. Arpanet adopted Packet switching as its means of communication, Arpanet then grew into the Internet, and eventually for local-area networks in the form of Ethernet.

Jean Bartik
Last of the First Programmers
December 1924 - March 2011

She was the last surviving member of the original programming team for the ENIAC. But that understates her work, she was the only female math graduate in her 1945 college, and she served as a lead programmer on the ENIAC project. Bartik also developed circuit logic and did design work under the direction of ENIAC’s hardware developer, J. Presper Eckert.

Jack Keil Wolf
Disk Drivin’ Man
February 1926 - February 2011

Wolf did more than almost anyone else to use math to cram more data into magnetic drives, flash memory and electronic communications channels. In 1984, he moved to the new Center for Magnetic Recording Research at the University of California, San Diego. It was a good choice. Wolf and his students, dubbed the "Wolf pack," cross-pollinated magnetic drive design with information theory, applying compression in increasingly creative ways, and spread Wolf’s ideas throughout the industry.

Julius Blank
Creator Of The Silicon In Silicon Valley
June 1925 - September 2011

Julius Blank one of the "Traitorous Eight" engineers who founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957. He and his seven colleagues had acquired that unsavory nickname when they left Nobel Prize-winning physicist William Shockley just a year after being recruited to create a new kind of transistor at Shockley Labs. Before going to college, he had been trained as a machinist. Along with eventual venture capitalist Gene Kleiner, Blank built Fairchild’s machine shop, and created the manufacturing machinery that would produce the first silicon based transistors.

Robert Galvin
Breaker Of The AT&T Mobile Monopoly
October 1922 - October 2011

Galvin broke AT&T’s monopoly on mobile-phone service in the U.S. when he demonstrated a Motorola phone for president Reagan at the White House in 1981. Ronald Reagan then pushed the FCC to approve Motorola’s proposal for a competing cellular network. By the time Galvin retired as Motorola’s chairman in 1990, the company dominated the cellphone hardware business.

Gerald A. Lawson
Creator Of The Video Game Cartridge
December 1940 - April 2011

Jerry Lawson a 6-foot-6, more than 250 lbs. African-American, which was even more of an IT industry rarity in the 1970s than today. Lawson’s creation, the Fairchild Channel F, arrived in 1976, a year before Atari’s first home game system, and sparked an industry of third-party video games. Lawson discovered that the biggest challenge with plug-in cartridges was satisfying the FCC’s radio-frequency interference requirements. In a 2006 interview he describes the process:

"We had to put the whole motherboard in aluminum. We had a metal chute that went over the cartridge adapter to keep radiation in. Each time we made a cartridge, the FCC wanted to see it, and it had to be tested."
Its biggest impact was on Lawson’s friends at Atari, who rushed their own cartridge-based home system into production. The rise of the video game had begun.

George Devol
The Man With The Robot Arm
February 1912 - August 2011

George Devol developed the first digitally programmable robot arm. He also invented a system for recording sound for movies in the 1930s, then switched to systems that used photoelectric cells to open and close doors and sort bar-coded packages. Devol turned his inventiveness to factory automation in the 1950s. The large programmable "Unimate" arm he developed used magnetic drum memory and discrete solid-state control components. It made its factory debut in 1961 on a General Motors assembly line in New Jersey, stacking freshly die-cast (and very hot) metal parts. Within 20 years, Devol’s Unimation was the biggest robotic-arm company in the world.

Lee Davenport
Anti-Aircraft Innovator
December 1915 - September 2011

Lee Davenport didn’t invent battlefield radar. He developed an anti-aircraft gun that combined radar with a computer to control anti-aircraft guns. At the Battle of the Bulge, the radar system was also used to spot German ground vehicles in the snowy terrain. In addition, the SCR-584 was used in 1944 to defend London against German buzz bombs. The SCR-584 crews were very effective in shooting down the buzz bombs.

Wilson Greatbatch
Heartbeat of the Century
September 1919 - September 2011

In 1956 Wilson Greatbatch, an electrical-engineering professor at the University of Buffalo, made an electronic mistake that led to the invention of the pacemaker. He was building a heart rhythm monitor for the school’s Chronic Disease Research Institute when he attached a wrong-size resistor to a circuit, causing it to produce intermittent electrical pulses. Greatbatch realized that this might be used to regulate a damaged heart. Two years later, doctors at the Veterans Administration hospital in Buffalo demonstrated that a 2-cubic-in. implantable device built by Greatbatch could regulate a dog’s heart. In 1960 in Buffalo, 10 patients (including two children) received Greatbatch’s device, and its battery lasted two years or more. In 1972, Greatbatch was able to re-engineer the device with a new battery that worked for more than a decade.

Dennis M. Ritchie
An Originator of Unix, Inventor of C
September 1941 - October 2011

Dennis Ritchie is one of the authors of the Unix operating system, and designed the C programming language. And he promoted both, starting in the 1970s. You may ask how influential all of that work was? Well just look at the number of closed source Unix clones we have today, not to mention their Open Source brethren the BSDs. Along with Linux a Unix work alike. Not to mention C, which eight of the top ten programming languages descend from.

Raspberry Pi, a Tiny But Powerful $25 PC -
The final Raspberry Pi will come in two flavors: A $25 version with 128MB of RAM and no network connection and a $35 one with Ethernet. Both versions will have USB and HDMI ports as well as analog video and audio outputs. It’s driven by a The 1080p video magic is driven by a 700MHz ARM processor, and the whole thing is powered by a 5-volt power supply.
The Year in Review: Desktop Linux Developments in 2011
The "year in review" pieces that proliferate old and new media alike around this time of year get tedious pretty fast. But because I’ve yet to see a good compilation of the major developments — and there were plenty of them — that affected desktop Linux in 2011
Outtro Music:
Time: 1hr 14:48
Stopping the World by Of The I

Cross Platform Streaming - knightwise | 2011-12-21

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This week we deep dive into the art of streaming all of your media across your home network using multiple operating systems. We take a look at DLNA servers and clients, Amahi Linux configurations and Virtual Lion servers to stream and sync all of our content to all of our devices , no matter what OS they are on.

SMLR 009 - HPR Volunteers | 2011-12-14

Sunday Morning Linux Review


Mat Enders and Tony Bemus
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner

Kernel News: Mat

Time: 1:56
Latest RC release is 3.2-rc5 released on Friday 12/9 at 6pm Eastern standard time.

It has been slightly over a week since the last rc release. And rc5 is bigger in number of commits. Many of the commits are small, so it is possible that the *diff* will be smaller than both -rc2 and -rc4 were.

A big part of this release is that Ingo is back, and had a backlog. That isn’t enough to explain it all. There were xfs and btrfs changes, along with network updates, and the usual 50% random driver updates.

Greg KH announced the release of the, 3.0.13, and 3.1.5 stable kernels 12/9.

The kernel had 28 files changed, 164 insertions, and 54 deletions.
The 3.0.13 kernel had 93 files changed, 659 insertions, and 201 deletions.
The 3.1.5 kernel had 135 files changed, 1170 insertions, and 471 deletions.

Kernel Quote of The Week:

Hey Linus stop working on Subsurface, The Scuba Diving Log that doesn’t suck, during the week so you can get the latest RC out before 6pm eastern time so it is easier for me to do these updates. (insert appropriate smiley here)

–Mat Enders

Distro News: Tony

Time: 4:53

Distro of the Week: Tony

  1. Debian – 1367
  2. Fedora – 1427
  3. Ultimate – 1742
  4. Ubuntu – 1977
  5. Mint – 4115

Tech News:

Time: 15:45

jQuery Tells The Real Story About Plugin Site, or Why You Should Have a Backup More Recent Than a Year Old

The jQuery plugins site devolopers have finaly told the real story, in a blog posting. The plugins site went down about a week ago with just this message: “The plugins site is currently unavailable. We’ve been looking to provide a higher-quality, spam-free expierence at the plugins site for some time and we have decided to temporarily shutter the existing site. We will be providing more details on the new plugins site soon, so that plugin authors can hit the ground running with our new submission process.” What really happened was, in an attempt to clean up the spam using Drupal Views Bulk Operations, all of the plugins were deleted. And the only backup was a year old. The developers asked for forgiveness and some help in developing a completely new plugins site. The plugins site needed renovations for quite some time. Due to the spam issue and because of how plugins were manged through the CMS that was cluttered and awkward. They were planning on replacing the site when events caused an imdeiate need. When I say events I mean the accidental deletion and lack of backup was the impetus to move those plans into action. jQuery plugin developers should create a GitHub presence, even if they just mirror their existing source code management. The new site still being developed on and there is currently no date for its launch. accused of wrapping nmap in a “trojan installer”

Nmaps author says CBS Interactive and CNET’s are wrapping the open source application in a proprietary installer. In the past, they have never altered the application downloads they serve up, they have been changing that over the last six months. Gordon “Fyodor” Lyon, lays out his issues in a posting to the Nmap Hackers mailing list. He claims the installer does thing like install the ‘StartNow’ toolbar”, makes Bing the default search engine, and then sets the users home page to MSN. This is how a “trojan installer” functions. If the installer is seperated from the download and sent to VirusTotal it shows that ten of the 42 scanners, they run it against, identify it as a trojan or adware installer. Also the Nmap trademark is displayed next to offers to install software, as if the Nmap organization supports these products. As Nmap is not under the plain GPL but under an enhanced version that specifically prohibits aggregation into a proprietary executable installer. initially claimed its scheme is simple for developers to opt-out of. The opt out is not automatic though. says “all opt-out requests are carefully reviewed on a case by case basis.” Lyon is looking for a US copyright attorney and wants to get the word to the hundreds of users who use every week to download Nmap.
CBS’s site has been called out for this type of behaviour before. In August, ExtremeTech claimed similar behaviour with the media player VLC. According to an FAQ from CBS this installer software was rolled out in July.
After the fecal matter hit the fan on this Download.COM back pedaled in a big way. In a statement, Sean Murphy, the Vice President and General Manager of said, “The bundling of this software was a mistake on our part and we apologize to the user and developer communities for the unrest it caused.” Then adding that they had “reviewed all open source files in our catalog to ensure none are being bundled”.
Lyon posted an update, stating that Microsoft had been in contact with him and claimed they “didn’t know they were sponsoring CNET to trojan open source software”. Microsoft also stated that they had stopped the practice, which seems odd since they said that they were unaware that it was happening. So now the installer changed to install the “Babylon toolbar” which did different search engine redirection. CNET then later removed that and is now installing its own “techtracker” tool for updating downloaded software. However they are also restoring the “Direct download link” which allows users to download files without having to download the “download manager”.
Who knows if these changes will quell the controversey. The changes only affect open source software and the proprietary freeware and trial software on will still have the Installer packaging. A number of open source programs at Download.COM still had an installer wrapping them. There has been no general apology for bundling GPL software with closed source installers.

Researchers at Google Have Proposed s Fix to The SSL Dilemma

Google researchers Adam Langley and Ben Laurie have proposed a new method for ensuring the trustworthiness of the public key infrastructure (PKI) underpinning HTTPS. Thier idea is based on a public list of all certificates ever issued by certificate authorities. The two problems with how the current system works are. First, if an attacker can comprimise any of the more than 100 certificate authorities and aquire a certificate for a server such as, end users would not be able to tell the fraudulant site from the real one. Second, the way the system currently works Amazon would not be able to detect the fraud either.
Langley and Laurie believe that a public list would mitigate both problems. Whenever a website offered up a certificate, the browser would check the supplied certificate against one of these public lists. If the browser did not find the certificate on any of the lists, the site would be treated as untrusted. Companies would then be able to check these lists regularly, to locate any fraudulent certificates. Which means that even if a criminal was able to obtain a fake certificate, they could not use it efectively. Merkle signature trees would be used to maintain the integrity of the lists.
The proposals might not be implemented and, if it is, noone knows over what sort of timescale. There are also other alternatives being proposed like Firefoxs’ extension Convergence being pursued by security expert Moxie Marlinspike.

Android’s Revenge on Apple’s iPhone & iPad

Could Apple be regretting its world-wide war on Android? A German court issued a preliminary injunction on Motorola’s behalf that prevents European sales of all Apple’s 3G-enabled devices. Android-power Motorola Mobility, soon to be a part of Google, used a patent to thwart the competition. Apple has been using design and software patents in order to attack Android world wide. So I don’t think this could have happened to a nicer company.

Regretably the patent being used, Method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system, is an excellent example of brain dead software patents. Almost as bad as Apple trying to block anybody from creating a rectangular phone or tablet as it would infringe on thier “unique” design. Thing like this sadly are not unusual but equate to little more than Intelectual Property (IP) blackmail. Just check out U.S. Patent No. 6,359,898 and its European Union equivalent, EP1010336 (B1) ? 2003-03-19. They basicly describe performing a countdown over a 3G connection. You know lik, “Ten seconds to complete your download, three, two, one, download complete.” Oh, obviously an original idea indeed.

So you say why is a countdown mechanism so essential that a court would rule that Apple would be in violation and unable to sell thier products in Europe. Well so does Apple which is why they have appealled using a Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) defense. [Tony this is a link to a PDF that explains a frand defense please embed it] This defenses core argument is that this feature is not an essential component to 3G mobile telephony. I and I also assume you all understand that, but the German court wasn’t going for it.

So this will go on for a while in the court system with suit and counter suit. And in the end it will only delay the sale of Apple products in the EU. But another side effect is that no matter where you buy your smartphone it will cost you more because thes kinds of court battles do not come cheap. I have a suggestion to all of these patent mongers and trolls, knock it off and just compete in the market place instead of the court room.

Get top-quality open source security tools in one distro

If you could have just one toolkit for network security, which one would you choose? I mean the one toolkit that had all of the functionality you needed for securing, analyzing, monitoring, and validating your network. Would it be BackTrack, Deft, or Helix? Well I have used two of those and I have found a distro that I think kicks thier ass. After you have checked out Network Security Toolkit (NST), I believe that you will choose it also.

This live DVD is based on Fedora. NST was designed to bring you easy access to the best Open Source Network Security Applications. It should run on most x86/x86_64 platforms. The intent of this distrobution is to provide network security administrators with a complete set of tools. Most of the tools in INSECURE.ORGs Top 100 Security Tools are in this kit. An advanced Web User Interface (WUI) is provided for system administration, navigation, automation, geolocation and configuration for many of the network and security applications in distribution.

Here are some of the tools that come with NST:

Aircrack NG: A wireless sniffer and WEP/WPA-PSK key cracker
Airsnort: A wireless LAN (WLAN) tool that recovers encryption keys.
Amap: A next-generation scanning tool that identifies applications and services even if they are not listening on the default port by creating a bogus communication and analyzing the responses.
Argus/Argus-Clients/Argus-Monitor: An audit record generation and utilization system
Arp-Scan: A scanning and fingerprinting tool
Arpwatch: Network monitoring tools for tracking IP addresses on a network.
Awstats: Advanced Web statistics
Bandwidthd: Tracks network usage and builds HTML and graphs
Beecrypt: An open source cryptography library
Bit-twist: A simple yet powerful libpcap-based Ethernet packet generator
BlackOwlMIBBrowser: A Visual SNMP MIB browser with MIB variable graphing.
Cadaver: A command-line WebDAV client
CheckDNS: A Domain Name Server analysis and reporting tool
Chkrootkit: A tool to locally check for signs of a rootkit
ClamAV: Antivirus
Conntrack-tools: Tools to manipulate netfilter connection tracking table
DNScap: A DNS traffic capture utility
DNSenum: The tool gathers as much information as possible about a domain.
DNSmap: A network tool that performs brute force search/query of domains.
DNSwalk: A DNS debugger
Dsniff: Tools for network auditing and penetration testing.
Etherape: A graphical network viewer modeled after etherman.
Firewalk: Active reconnaissance network security tool.
Foremost: Recover files by carving them from a raw disk.
Freeradius: A high-performance and highly configurable free RADIUS server
Fwbuilder: A firewall builder
Geoclue: A modular geoinformation service
GPGme: GnuPG Made Easy — a high level crypto API
Greenbone-Security-Assistant: A Web-based interface to the Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner
GSD: A desktop (GUI) interface to the Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner
Honeyd: A honeypot daemon
Hunt: A tool for demonstrating well-known weaknesses in the TCP/IP protocol suite.
Kismet: Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and IDS.
Mbrowse: A GUI SNMP MIB browser
Nagios: Nagios monitors hosts and services and yells if something breaks.
NBTScan: A tool to gather NetBIOS info from Windows networks.
Netmask: A utility for determining network masks.
Netwag: The GUI for the network toolbox Netwox
Nload: Monitor network traffic and bandwidth usage in real-time.
Wireshark: A network protocol analyzer

Installing NST is as simple and easy as any other major Linux distribution out there today. After downloading the DVD image burn it out to disk, then pop it in and and boot up. You can choose to either boot into console or graphical mode, recommend the graphical mode even though it is GNOME 3. If your hardware will not support GNOME 3 you can opt to fall back on Classic GNOME. After bootup you will see the default live user enter the password nst2003 and let the desktop load. Once the desktop has fully loaded you can either take it for a test drive or jump right into the install. In order to install it you have to go to Applications > System Tools > Install NST To Hard Drive. If you have installed any Linux distribution before you will find no surprises here. When the installation is complete, or the live version is up and running, you can start experimenting with the tools. There are hundreds of available tools here to help you monitor, secure, analyze, and do practicly anything else on your network.

Carrier IQ hit with privacy lawsuits as more security researchers weigh in

Carrier IQ [...] has been hit with two class-action lawsuits from users worried about how the company’s software tracks their smartphone activity. Carrier IQ, of course, professes its innocence. But the company has also received some public support from security researchers who say Carrier IQ’s software is only tracking diagnostic information and likely is not violating user privacy.

SFLC Asks the US Congress for a DMCA Exception

The Software Freedom Law Center has filed a request with the US Librarian of Congress for a DMCA exception that would allow users to freely decide what software they can install and uninstall on devices they own.

Arduino 1.0 Released

A long time coming, this release brings small but important changes to clean up the Arduino environment and language – as well as adding lots of additional features. Updates to the environment include a new file extension, toolbar icons, and color scheme as well as a progress bar on compilation and upload. The language changes include modifications to the Serial class, addition of DHCP and DNS support to the Ethernet library, a new SoftwareSerial library, multi-file support in the SD library, modifications to the Wire library and UDP class, etc.

Gnome Shell Extensions Website Launched

The site, which is primarily provided for GNOME 3.2 users, only works in Firefox presently. Support for additional browsers is planned. Amongst the extensions already on offer are an old school ‘GNOME Applications Menu’, ‘Frippery Bottom Panel’ (which adds a window switcher panel to the bottom of the screen), and a ‘Places Status Indicator‘.

Outtro Music:
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Dropping out of School by Brad Sucks

The Count of Monte Cristo - HPR Volunteers | 2011-12-01

Welcome to syndicated Thursday on Hacker Public Radio

Each Thursday we play Syndicated creative commons content from around the web. If you know of some creative commons material that you would like to bring to the attention of the community then send an email to admin.

Today we're going back in time, to a classic audio drama performance by the Mercury Theater and was originally aired in Aug 29, 1938. It is an adaptation of the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.

Mercury Theatre

Orson Welles at old style microphone
The Mercury Theatre was a theatre company founded in New York City in 1937 by Orson Welles and John Houseman. After a string of live theatrical productions, in 1938 the Mercury Theatre progressed into their best-known period as The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series that included one of the most notable and infamous radio broadcasts of all time, The War of the Worlds, broadcast on October 30, 1938. The Mercury Theatre on the Air produced live radio dramas in 1938-1940 and again briefly in 1946.

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas. It is often considered to be, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas's most popular work. He completed the work in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.

photo of Dumas

The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness, it tells of a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on the men who destroyed his life. However, his plans also have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty. The book is considered a literary classic today. According to Luc Sante, "The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization's literature, as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse, Noah's flood, and the story of Little Red Riding Hood."


Todays show is licensed under a Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 , while most of the show notes are taken from Wikipedia and are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Sourcetrunk: OwnCloud - Ken Fallon | 2011-11-16

Welcome to syndicated Thursday on Hacker Public Radio

Today we highlight:

Sourcetrunk ~ your trunkload of open source

The Source Trunk logo
This show is released under cc-by-nc-sa

Sourcetrunk (Episode 077) : OwnCloud

Originally aired on on Mon, 2011-11-14 20:36

This episode will demonstrate OwnCloud, the Open Source solution for your own cloud where you can manage your files, bookmarks, contacts and appointments without security or privacy issues. (and even can listen to your own music while doing that)

OwnCloud Demo
install OwnCloud
contribute to OwnCloud

Android pick : Tivo Commander

music from Tag
theme from Brand New Sin on
Beer on this episode : Wieze Tripel

All In IT Radio0007 - Should Cars Get Smarter ? - Seetee | 2011-11-09

Welcome to syndicated Thursday on Hacker Public Radio

Today we hilight the Hello and welcome to All In IT Radio!

Hello and welcome to All In IT Radio!

Join us as we talk about everything related to Information Technology, and some other random stuff as well. Help us, as we try to find how IT relate to everyone of us, and what the story headlines really mean.

This is a show made by Swedes, in english. Some think this is endearing, other think it is stupid. You are welcome to listen to us strugle with the language barrier any way.

On your right, you find the episodes, at the bottom you can (and should) subscribe to our feed and in the upper right corner you can stream the latest show.

We release a new episode when we feel like it.

Welcome to All In IT Radio! :-)

Episode 0007 - Should Cars Get Smarter?

How intelligent should your car really be? What will happen to the MeeGo operating system now that Nokia has abandoned the project? Will the new guy contribute to the show in any way? (Spoiler: He did.)

Duration: 56:05

Show notes

On it's way...

Let us wrap this up!

To reach us: Send your message to the group !aiitr at or mark it with hashtag #aiitr at Twitter, you find us at both and Twitter at @AlltInomIT and you find Henrik at @Sonnergard and @Warpfuz.

Theme music today by The Motyw / Wojciech Wszelaki.
Music is CC BY-SA 3.0

Sunday Morning Linux Review - HPR Volunteers | 2011-11-02

Each Thursday we play Syndicated creative commons content. In todays show we focus on Sunday Morning Linux Review with Mat and Tony, a weekly news show for the Linux community

Tony Bemus from
Mat Enders from

Kernel News: Mat
The Current Development kernel 3.2
The Stable release is 3.1

Distro News: Tony
10-27 SalineOS 1.5 Debian-based distribution with Xfce

10-25 Puppy Linux 5.3 Slacko binary compatibility with Slackware Linux
Last week releases: ZevenOS 2.0 Neptune and Finnix 103

Coming up: FreeBSD 9.0 and openSUSE 12.1

Distro of the Week:
Other Distro News:

Tech News:
Amazon Introduces New Ebook Format
The new file format, Kindle Format 8 (KF8), is based on HTML5, and with it, Amazon aims to bring some of the flexibility and power that HTML5 offers to the world of e-books. HTML5 features such as CSS3 formatting, nested tables, SVG graphics, embedded fonts, and borders are all now supported. The new format includes much richer layout options, including fixed layoutsessential for accurate reproduction of many childrens booksand panel-based layouts for comic books. Books can include sidebars and callouts, text overlaid on background images, boxes, drop caps, and more.

Open Source: You Know, For Kids!
Recently SCALE announced that the 2012 event, January 20-22 in Los Angeles, will include a SCALE Kids Conference

More about: ICANN is Taking Over the Olson Time Zone Database Astrolabe not looking for money but just wanted to make a point about infringement.

Other Talk:
Apple Threatens Small, Family-Run Caf Over Trademark
Apple is threatening to sue a small, family run caf in Bonn because they are of the opinion that their logo infringes on Apples trademark. The owner of the caf Apfelkind, Christin Rmer, has registered her logo as a trademark for the service and fashion industry in June in Munich. Now Apple is claiming in a cease and desist letter that there could be confusion between the small caf in Bonn and their global entertainment brand.

Linux Malware: Are We There Yet?
Untrusted package sources
Bots, rootkits and unknown commands

More Talk:
Tonys Projects: XBMCbuntu HTPC: Fast Boot, Internet content, Local and network Content!
Mats Projects: PFsense

The Flying Handbag - HPR Volunteers | 2011-10-26

Each Thursday we play Syndicated creative commons content. In todays show we hear the behind the scenes banter at Barcamp Blackpool 2011. You might remember that we interviewed Gemma Cameron aka @ruby_gem back in episode 813

This episode was originally posted on October 15th 2011 by Dan Lynch of Rathole Radio and linuxoutlaws fame.

The following are the shownotes posted with the show.

The Flying Handbag

Hello all, apologies for the lack of Weekly Rewind updates lately. Things have been crazy. I do have a rather special treat for you today instead. A podcast recorded at Barcamp Blackpool on October 15th 2011.

Let me fill in a little background detail to this. I was in Blackpool catching up with my fellow podcaster Pete Cannon of Dick Turpin Roadshow fame. Our good friend Les Pounder of Blackpool LUG came over and asked "are you two up for doing a podcast?". Of course we were but had no idea what about or what the structure would be. We also didn't book a space on the barcamp schedule board. This was all very last minute. One of the talk areas at the barcamp was named The Flying Handbag after a well known Blackpool gay bar apparently. This caused much hilarity. We saw it was free and planned to record our discussion there. Upon our arrival another bloke was already there waiting to start his talk and he didn't look too impressed by our rag tag bunch.

So off we wandered in search of another recording location and ended up sat on the stairs by the gents toilets in Blackpool Pleasure Beach Casino. You can hear what followed next. A rambling and fun conversation between 6 opinionated blokes, with some additional comedy value added by the really loud hand dryer noise coming from the toilets.

Ladies and gentlemen we present.

The Flying Handbag Cast!!!

Running time: 50mins (ish)

The culprits are:

Contains swearing and adult humour from the start. You've been warned.

This was a one-off thing really and I don't know if there'll ever be more. We all live in different parts of the UK so it might be tricky. Hopefully we'll get together at another event in future and chat some more.

The Knightcast KC0056 : Best of KWTV Live - knightwise | 2011-10-12

The link to the show is

In this weeks extra long podcast we bring you the excerpts from Septembers KWTV Live episode. Three interesting guests talk in depth about 3 interesting topics that is sure to interest anyone who runs ANY operating system. Larry Buschey from the Going Linux podcast talks about what is wrong with Linux, Bart Busschots  comes to talk to us about OSX Lion and the future of the Apple operating system and Keith Murray brings us his views on the newest Windows 8 Developer preview. We ask skeptical questions and ponder on the future of the computer os in light of the Tablet revolution. All of that and more on this weeks Knightcast.

Next months KWTV Live Schedule 

The ENTIRE episode of KWTV Live (Video)

Interview with Prof Jocelyn Bell-Burnell - HPR Volunteers | 2011-10-06

Welcome to hacker public radio

Each Thursday we play Syndicated creative commons content

Todays show is from the Jodcast podcast and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales License

"The Jodcast is a volunteer podcast about astronomy set up by astronomers based at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank but aims to cover astronomy carried out all over the Earth and beyond."

In todays show, aired in June two thousand and seven they interview Jocelyn Bell-Burnell on the 40th aniversary of her discovery of pulsars.

Todays Syndicated Thursday show was recommended by DelWin

If you have a recommendation for syndicated thursday then please email it to admin at hacker public radio dot org


The Knightcast KC0054 : Setting up Amahi - knightwise | 2011-09-14

In todays syndicated Thursday originally aired on Friday, 09 September 2011, we have The Knightcast KC0054 : Setting up Amahi.

This week we do a deep-geek-dive into setting up Amahi, a powerful server for the home with the ease of use of a smartphone. Web based interfaces, point-and-click addition of applications, tons of Geeky functionality : Its all there in Amahi. With a spot of music from Planet Boelex and a recording made 'on the road' its another "Knightcast".

talk geek to me - deepgeek | 2011-09-07

In todays syndicated Thursday DeepGeek allows us to play TGTM #28 - Segmented Downloading aired on 2011-09-05

“Segmented downloading” is a way of getting your file by getting pieces of your file from different webservers, which mirror each other with identical content. If “bittorrent” comes to mind, then you’re following me. It is essentially using full-fledged webservers as if they were bittorrent seeds. But in order to understand why you would want to do this, you need to understand some things about old-school downloads and some things about bittorrent, before you can understand the “why,” then the “how,” of segmented downloading

For Complete shownotes see

Wayne Myers from Fit and the Conniptions at OggCamp - Ken Fallon | 2011-08-31

@conniptions !hpr. In todays show Ken interviews Wayne Myers from the band Fit and the Conniptions recorded at
Following the interview we play the presentation and edit in the full length song "Solemn Ground"

From HPR @ OggCamp11


I'm Wayne Myers, a singer-songwriter from London. I've been recording and performing bluesy folk-rock under the name Fit and the Conniptions since December 2005.

Sweet Sister Starlight, my second studio album, was released online on 21st March 2011, and is now also available on CD while stocks last. The first album, Bless Your Heart, was released in July 2007, followed in November 2008 by an acoustic live EP Live At Monkey Chews.

All releases are available to download from Bandcamp - you can pay as much or as little as you want / can afford, including zero. If you like CDs, there are still some copies of the first two releases left at CDBaby also.

Pro Audio On Linux

This is an augmented podcast, for the blind, visually impaired, or for those of us away from a screen.
If you would like to help out creating the text of the OggCamp presentations for me to read out, then please email admin at hacker public radio dot org.

GeekNights Git: the fast version control system - HPR Volunteers | 2011-08-10

You are listening to syndicated thursday on hacker public radio

Each thursday we high light a creative commons work and today it's GeekNights

In this episode they talk about Git: the fast version control system

The technical discussion begins about 30 minutes in.



Monday August 1, 2011

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about Git: the fast version control system. First, Scott discovers the sadness of attempting to develop iOS Applications on our poor old Mac Mini (Core Solo), Rym built his HTPC, and GeekNights has a fancy new Facebook page. In the news, commodity face recognition, data mining, and data aggregation will do exactly what we expected and can, among other things, reveal your SSN. Adobe releases a preview of Edge.

Linux Outlaws 215 - Bitcoin Discussion - HPR Volunteers | 2011-07-13

On HPR, Thursdays are reserved to showcase other Creative Commons works. We try to expose podcasts, speeches, presentations, music, etc that you may not have heard. If you have suggestions for items then send your recommendation to admin at hpr and we'll add it to the queue.

Linux Outlaws 215 - Bitcoin Discussion

Released: June 29, 2011
Length: 1:59:54

Dan and Fab discuss the technology and politics of the Bitcoin crypto-currency.

In this special in-depth episode of the show, Dan and Fab discuss the Bitcoin crypto-currency. This is a very detailed episode, so you better settle in and get a hot beverage of your choice.

Links for the show:

Our Bitcoin address: 1GC2PU7nPi8vnDni3NoywTtKYsJHJ9SJHA

The Knightcast KC0053 : Wirelessly syncing content to your Ipad and Ipod. - knightwise | 2011-06-01

This show was aired on "Saturday, 07 May 2011 06:23"
The Knightcast KC0053 : Wirelessly syncing content to your Ipad and Ipod.

In this deep-geeky episode we unlock the secret of automatic podcast downloading and distribution to android and IOS Devices without using itunes or a cable. We mash together Ubuntu, Gpodder, a bash script a couple of SSH Connections and an Ipad app to unlock the secrets of wirelessly pushing content to your IOS Devices. As a bonus we take a glance at calibre and show you how to have your favorite rss feeds available to read offline.

Eurotrash Security Podcast Episode 19: Haroon Meer - Various Creative Commons Works | 2011-03-24

Originally Aired on Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:55:00 GMT
The Eurotrash Security Podcast
Most podcasts in the Information Security realm are US-focused. While we love and continue to listen to these, we thought something was missing: a EU-focused Information Security Podcast. And this is our attempt to provide you with one. Easy? Not at all. Podcasting is hard, no doubt about that, and we will probably suck for some dozen episodes to come. But we believe that we will get there, just bear with us ...
Episode 19: Haroon Meer is one kick-ass dude from South Africa and found some spare time to talk to us on infosec, his new venture Thinkst, Zacon and other stuff! And Wicked Clown is back!

Eben Moglen Freedom In the Cloud - Ken Fallon | 2011-03-17

Beannachta L le Pdraig/Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

Beannachtai na File Pdraig ar chlann mhr dhomhanda na nGael, sa bhaile agus ar fud na cruinne, ar r l nisinta ceilirtha fin.

Freedom In the Cloud: Software Freedom, Privacy, and Security for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing A Speech given by Eben Moglen at a meeting of the Internet Society's New York branch on Feb 5, 2010

If you would like to suggest creative commons works for Syndicated Thursday please email admin @ hpr

NOTE TO ITUNES LISTENERS Please reload Mondays show "HPR ep0681 :: My first computer Hosted by MrGadgets on 2011-03-14"

The Language Frontier Episode 2 - Skirlet | 2011-03-03

Skirlet continues The Language Frontier; in this episode, she talks about language's effect on art, and upon governments.

Listen to this episode in ogg vorbis via aesdiopod.

Linux in a Ham Shack - KFive | 2010-09-24

In this Syndicated Thursday episode we hear from Russ, then known as K5TUX, but now as HPR host KFive, who is the host of the Linux In The Ham Shack podcast: He is joined by ClaudioM, who also known to HPR as Claudio Miranda.

This is episode 39: LHS Episode #039: Best. Episode. Ever.

There are show notes here: