The show has been dormant for some time (years) but its back.
July 27, 2014
Hacker Public Radio HPR1561: How I got into Accessible Computing
Accessibility tools for the visually impaired
A short explanation of how I personally got involved with accessible computing,
a definition of the term 'accessible' as it is applied to anything in relation
to persons with physical or cognitive impairment, and very short list of the most
commonly used adaptive tools to improve accessibility to Windows and Linux.
The NVDA screen-reader: http://nvaccess.org
The Orca screen-reader: https://help.gnome.org/users/orca/stable/
The brltty refreshable Braille display driver: http://mielke.cc/brltty/
brltty has to be the most impressive example of well-documented Open Source.
Debian Accessibility: https://www.debian.org/devel/debian-accessibility/
Debian has a fully accessible installer. I have installed Debian 7.4 from the net install CD ISO image. The installer is text-based and presents no problem for even the totally blind.
See the Debian Accessibility page linked to above.
Ubuntu Accessibility: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Accessibility
The Ubuntu 'Ubiquity' graphical installer is totally accessible. Installing from a live CD or DVD image is simple. See the page linked above.
Vinux (an Ubuntu variant which is accessible out-of-the-box): http://vinuxproject.org/
This is an Ubuntu variant which comes up talking from the first. Not only is the installer accessible, but considerable attention has been paid to including only applications which are accessible on the CD and DVD images. Applications which are either inaccessible or which simply have little or no relevance to the visually impaired are excluded.
Talking Arch: http://talkingarch.tk/
Chris Brannan created an accessible ISO image of Arch Linux.
This uses the speakup console-mode screen-reader to provide a way of installing Arch Linux for the visually impaired. Console-mode only, but providing a great starting-point. I have tried various desktops on top of this installation, including mate, LXDE and others.
Talking Arch is now maintained by a couple of names which will be familiar to the Linux VI community; Kyle and Kelly. Erm...embarassingly I can't find their last names right now.
Mike Ray. June 2014
Hacker Public Radio HPR1558: Lunch Breaks
Back after a year of HPR silence, I'll talk a little about how I like to
spend my lunch breaks and how you can explore your workplace. Put down those
tater tots, we're going on an adventure!
In this episode I'll give some information about my lunch history, ways
you can maximise your time, gear you'll need to start short stealth/urban
exploration, techniques for finding places to explore, and ways to handle
If this goes well enough and the audio isn't too garbled, I'll record
episodes for the "How I Got Into (GNU) Linux" series.
Here are a few links related to the episode. Note that I link to Amazon and
Google. I don't necessarily condone or endorse either service, I just didn't
know of any better sources for product information.
My GNU Social account: email@example.com (https://status.libernil.net)
My XMPP Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
OpenStreetMap for finding locations: https://www.openstreetmap.org
Google Maps if you're not concerned with Freedom: https://maps.google.com
Outdoor Products Daypack: http://outdoorproducts.com/packable-day-pack/
ChicoBag collapsable grocery bag: http://www.chicobag.com/category/original
Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock: http://store.grandtrunkgoods.com/ultralight-travel-hammock1
Sample sit pads:
GossamerGear SitLight: http://gossamergear.com/sleeping/sitlight-sit-pad-group.html
Knee rest: http://amzn.to/1nt2hNX
Stadium Cushion: http://amzn.to/1yyZGJU
Foam Pad (can be cut): http://amzn.to/1nt2hNX
July 21, 2014
Hacker Public Radio HPR1557: Encrypting E-mail on Android; Importing Keys
We have looked at e-mail encryption on both Thunderbird and G-Mail, and that is good, but in 2014 a lot of people use mobile phones and tablets for their e-mail. So it makes sense to look at how we can do this. The solution I am going explore here involves two components, the K-9 Android mail client, and APG, the Android Privacy Guard. I am going to stick to what I know, so if you are looking for help with iPhone or iPad, the best I can do is suggest that you try a Google search. On Android, while many people use Gmail, K-9 is a very popular client for people looking for a more traditional POP3 or IMAP client to handle their e-mail needs. So this should be a good solution for many people. As regards APG, I am not aware that anyone has done an audit of this program. It seems to be the most widely recommended, and is probably OK, but I am making no larger claims for it. - For more go to http://www.zwilnik.com/?page_id=602
Hacker Public Radio HPR1556: Screenplay Writing On Linux and Chromebooks
Writing screenplays for TV or movies is a very precise thing. The industry expects a standardised style and format. ThistleWeb explores a couple of dedicated screenplay writing solutions. Both are dedicated applications that do one job and do it very well. The first is Trelby. It's a GPL cross platform application. It has lots of additional features such as auto completion of character names, summaries and stats.
The second application is a cloud service called Raw Scripts. It's a Chrome extention although I think that's just a link to the site. You log in with a Google or Yahoo account. It's like a dedicated Google Docs web app. It does most of the things Trelby does. It also exports to Google if you want. You can share and colaberate with Raw Scripts. It's hosted on their server, although it's AGPL going forward, so it shouldn't be long before you can host it on your own server.
I've just started to explore screenplay writing as a writing skillset. Both of these applications make the styling and formating incredibly easy, allowing me to concentrate on the actial story.
Hacker Public Radio HPR1555: 33 - LibreOffice Calc - Creating Charts
In creating a chart or graph you have a number of options that can make your chart easier to read and understand. In this episode we look at these options and explain what each of them does.
Phone Losers Snow Plow Show – July 16th, 2014 – Comcastic Today’s show is sponsored by Ben Kilburn, may God have mercy on his soul. In this show, we talk a little about this past week’s wacky incident with Comcast’s retention department. In Time by Robbie Rob Here’s the Consumerist article … Continue reading →
July 16, 2014
Hacker Public Radio HPR1554: 07 - The Crown Conspiracy
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT HPR_AudioBookClub SNEAK PREVIEW!!!
Sometime in the not-too-distant future we'll be reviewing Street Candles by HPR's very own David Collins Rivera (aka Lostinbronx). Street Candles is not finished yet, but is available via RSS and Lostinbronx publishes a new episode each week. This book is excellent, and you'll want to say you were there to see it happen. Head over to LNB's site for all the details http://www.cavalcadeaudio.com/ and remember to subscribe to his RSS feed:
In this episode, the HPR_AudioBookClub reviews The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan. This book received thumbs up from all of this month's participants. You can download this audiobook for free (or voluntary donation) from http://podiobooks.com/title/the-crown-conspiracy/ and it's also available in paperback on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Conspiracy-Michael-J-Sullivan/dp/0980003431 . You can find more content (including podcasts) from Michael J. Sullivan http://riyria.blogspot.com/ Many of his books are also available in paper and ebook editions on amazon.com.
As usual, during this episode of the AudioBookClub the hosts have each reviewed a beverage of their choice.
Morgellon drank a Bourbon and soda, but not during the show because he was driving. He recommends both Woodford Reserve http://www.woodfordreserve.com/ and Evan Williams Bourbons http://www.evanwilliams.com/
x1101 drank Wild Turkey 101 proof Bourbon http://wildturkeybourbon.com/
pokey drank a cup of Oolong tea. It was probably a little stale, but pokey is a knuckle dragger, so he didn't notice at all. http://www.foojoyteas.com/teabag.php . This was the first time that pokey has reviewed an NA beverage for the AudioBookClub, so we apologize if the show has suffered because of it.
Thaj won the Non-Alcoholic division hands down with a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.
Colin couldn't make it to this recording because of time zone differences, but he did write in. I'll add his note to the episode comments. Please add your own comment as well. His beverage however was an Innis and Gunn Original http://www.innisandgunn.com/the-range/core-range/original/ to which he gives his thumb up.
Our next audiobook will be How to Succeed in Evil: The Novel by Patrick E. McLean http://podiobooks.com/title/how-to-succeed-in-evil-the-novel/
(not to be confused with How To Succeed in Evil: The Original Podcast Episodes by Patrick E. McLean)
This book was suggested by Morgellon. Our next book club recording will be 2014/06/10T23:00:00+00:00 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601#Times)
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Hacker Public Radio HPR1553: TuxJam 33.333 - How we got into Linux
Kevie and Andrew release TuxJam episode thirty three and a
third as an exclusive to HPR on how they got into Linux, interspersed
with a few Creative Commons licensed tunes. The story begins in
the mid-1990s and some credit is given to a Microsoft product. At no point do
they put on terrible Irish accents and discuss the spelling of whisk(e)y*.
If you like what you hear then you might like to listen to
other TuxJam episodes here: http://unseenstud`io.co.uk/category/tuxjam-ogg/
* This may not be entirely true.
July 14, 2014
Hacker Public Radio HPR1552: An Open Source News Break from Opensource.com
In this episode: An interview with Mark Johnson of OSS Watch, the Open Source Seed Initiative, and a video game that asks to be hacked.