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hpr0647 :: How I Got Into Linux

brother mouse relates his journey to Linux

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Hosted by brother mouse on 2011-01-25 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
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Duration: 00:27:08

How I got into tech.

Started by monsterb, this series invites people to share with us how they found Linux. It has become traditional for first time hosts to share with us their journey to Linux. Indeed it has morphed to be way to share your journey in tech right up to your first contribution to HPR.

Linux-specific content starts at the 15min mark. Until then is all the computer geekery that led up to my first linux exposure. Feel free to skip forward if you don't want to hear about old systems like the Commodores, TI, 5.25" floppies, FidoNet BBS, etc.

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Clarifications and corrections:

The Apple ][e setup I describe was almost exactly $2000.

I still own the TI 99/4A and BASIC manual; I cranked it up a few years ago. The thing that sticks out is how terrible the keyboard is -- it's almost unusable but seemed fine at the time..


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Comment #1 posted on 2011-01-27 19:01:34 by ClaudioM

No Sound?

Pulled the episode down from gPodder and tried listening in VLC but no audio. This OS from the ogg feed. Might want to check the ogg file to make sure it plays fine next time.

Comment #2 posted on 2011-01-28 06:53:24 by Ken Fallon

I do test the files.

Hi ClaudioM,

I check each file that I post before and after I post it using mplayer. $ mplayer MPlayer 1.0rc4-4.4.5 (C) 2000-2010 MPlayer Team ... Playing ... Starting playback... A: 4.1 (04.0) of 1628.2 (27:08.2) 0.1% 6%

I've just downloaded all three versions and they play in mplayer but not in VLC.

I opened it in audacity and I see that the sample rate is set to 11025. I've fixed it and will have a think about how to prevent this going forward. I'm fixing them now.

Thanks for the feedback but for issues as urgent as this please email admin over at hpr.



Comment #3 posted on 2011-01-28 15:53:55 by brother mouse


Interesting. The source .wav was 44.1k; I can confirm the .ogg output from a vanilla "eggenc source.wav" style command was indeed 11.025:

file brother-mouse_How-I-Got-Into-Linux.ogg brother-mouse_How-I-Got-Into-Linux.ogg: Ogg data, Vorbis audio, stereo, 11025 Hz, ~44600 bps, created by: Xiph.Org libVorbis I

Looks like the default is to get aggressive with filesize based on aural content. Maybe I'll pass flags to oggenc to force 22.05 or 44.1, or use mp3 in the future.

Comment #4 posted on 2011-02-02 01:03:16 by droops


I super like these episodes, very interesting story and well told.

Also Debian is awseome.

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