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January 29, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1695: 46 - LibreOffice Calc - The Object Model and Using Templates
As I said in the last tutorial, Templates can be understood as a container for a number of settings, most particularly Styles. This follows the object model, which is a lot like those Russian dolls inside of each other. The File for your spreadsheet is an object, and it contains individual Sheets which are objects. Each Sheet contains Cells which are objects. And each Cell contains various Characters which are objects, which can be used to represent numbers, formulas, addresses, labels, etc. Objects exhibit two features we always want to keep in mind. First, objects have properties that are particular to the kind of object. The properties of a file might include who the author is, where the file resides on the system, any access restrictions (like making the file password-protected), and so on. The properties of each sheet might include things like the name of the sheet, the orientation (landscape vs. portrait), headers and footers, etc. Then the properties of the cell might include the type of cell and how it is formatted (text, currency, general number, etc.). And finally the properties of the Character include the font family, font style, font size, and so on. http://extensions.libreoffice.org/ http://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/professional-template-pack-english http://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/professional-template-pack-ii-english http://templates.libreoffice.org/template-center/account-id-management http://templates.libreoffice.org/template-center/gantt-chart-template http://www.ahuka.com/?page_id=953

January 28, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1694: My APOD downloader
My APOD Downloader Astronomy Picture of the Day You have probably heard of the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) site. It has existed since 1995, is provided by NASA and Michigan Technological University (MTU) and is created and managed by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. The FAQ on the site says "The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet". The Downloader Being a KDE user I quite like a moderate amount of bling, and I particularly like to have a picture on my desktop. I like to rotate my wallpaper pictures every so often, so I want to have a collection of images. To this end I download the APOD on my server every day and make the images available through an NFS-mounted volume. In 2012 I wrote a Perl script to perform the download, using a fairly primitive HTML parsing method. This script has been improved over the intervening years and now uses the Perl module HTML::TreeBuilder which I believe is much better at parsing HTML. The version of the script I use myself also includes the Perl module Image::Magick which interfaces to the awesome ImageMagick image manipulation software suite. I use this to annotate the downloaded image with the title parsed from the HTML so I know what it is. The script I am presenting here is called collect_apod_simple and does not use ImageMagick. I chose to omit it because the installation of this suite and the related Perl module can be difficult. Also, I do not feel that the annotation always works as well as it could, and I have not yet found the time to correct this shortcoming. A version of the more advanced script (called collect_apod) is available in the same place as collect_apod_simple should you wish to give it a try. Both scripts are available on Gitorious under the link https://gitorious.org/hprmisc/hprmisc. The Code The script itself is described in the full show notes, available here: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1694_full_shownotes.html Links Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomy_Picture_of_the_Day Astronomy Picture of the Day http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html NASA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA Michigan Technological University (MTU) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Technological_University Robert Nemiroff http://www.mtu.edu/physics/department/faculty/nemiroff/ Jerry Bonnell http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/htmltest/jbonnell/www/bonnell.html HTML::TreeBuilder Perl module http://search.cpan.org/~cjm/HTML-Tree-5.03/lib/HTML/TreeBuilder.pm ImageMagick image manipulation software suite http://www.imagemagick.org/ Gitorious link https://gitorious.org/hprmisc/hprmisc.

Phone Losers
Snow Plow Show – January 28th, 2015 – Live Show With Morgan and Mistress Trainwreck
Today's show is a live show that you MISSED, all thanks to Mistress Morgan who said that I wasn't allowed to announce this live show because FUCK the people who don't hang out in the Prank Call Nation chat room all day like we do. In today's show we call some bank customers and pizza customers.

The Linux Link Tech Show
The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 592
lxde, weather, antennas, chef server

January 27, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1693: DD fun
Storing info outside the file system with the DD command.

January 26, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1692: Boulevard Brewing Company "Sample Twelve"
Unrelated tech stuff: Recently, Knightwise showed me a link to use a Raspberry Pi as a streaming music box, much like a Sonos player http://www.woutervanwijk.nl/pimusicbox/ . I looked at the enclosures people had come up with and saw transistor radios from the 40s and 50s which were true works of art, but don't provide a great selection of controls. It was then I remembered seeing a 1950's juke box wallbox control ( http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC1.A0.H0.Xjuke+box+wallbox&_nkw=juke+box+wallbox&_sacat=0 ) in a local "antique" shop. I'm never sure when addressing our European friends what parts of the American experience they are familiar with, but in the 40s to the 70s, in just about every American diner with a jukebox, at every booth there would be a remote console with a coin slot. Usually, you would have card tiles that could be rotated by a knob or by tabs, and each song would have a code made up of a letter and a number. Dropping in the required currency and making a selection would cause the song to be played on the jukebox (and sometimes on a set of stereo speakers in the wall unit). As you may see from the eBay link in the shownotes, wall boxes progressed from just a dozen titles in the 40s to far more complex systems, some with digital read out in the 80s. Most were marvels of late art deco design. My parents were far to frugal to let me drop coins into one of these pioneering marvels of analog networking, but thanks to a couple modders who have tied their panels into a Raspberry Pi, I can give you a general overview of how these units communicated with the central jukebox via primitive serial protocols. First off, if you have the expectation of following in Phil Lavin's or Stephin Devlin's footsteps, be prepared to pay more for a wallbox certified to be ready to connect and work with the same brand's jukebox (while all wallboxes seemed to communicate by serial pulse, each company employed a different scheme). Wallboxes of all conditions seem to start around $50 on eBay, but can go into the thousands. As I said, all of the wallboxes are marvels of art deco design if they have no other purpose than to occupy your space and become a conversation piece. Right now on eBay, there is an example of a wallbox converted into a waitorless ordering system (this looks like it is from the 70s, only now do we have this functionallity with iPads at every table). In other words, where once was "Stairway to Heaven", now there was "Steak and Eggs: $4.95". The add on plaque covering the face of the unit identified the system as T.O.B.Y., for Totally Order By Yourself. I could find nothing on the tech on Google, but I really hope it was successful, because it truly would have been a master hack. First step. most wallboxes were powered from the jukebox, you can't just plug them into 120v alternating current, you will likely need a 25 or 30v adapter (research your model). If everything works, you should be able to drop your quarter, punch a letter number combo (which will stay down), then a motor will whir and you selected keys will punch back out. What happens in the background, the motor will cause an energized arm to sweep in a circle, making a circuit with electrodes in it's path. They keys selected determine how many pulses go down the output line, like a finger dialing a rotary phone. Each manufacturer used a different code. In the case of Steve Devlin's Rowe Ami, there would be an initial set of pulses for the number, a pause, then a more complex set for characters A-V (earlier wallboxes had 10 letters and 0-9 to create 100 selections, later boxes had as many as 200). Phil Lavin's Seeburg uses pulses corresponding to two base 20 digits, both protocols were discovered through trial and error. Each gentleman uses a different method to protect his Pi from overvolt. Devlin uses a 3.5v voltage regulator, which also makes the pulses appear more "square", Lavin uses an optical relay to electrically separate the Pi from Seeburg console entirely. Both Lavin and Devlin use there wallboxes to control Sonos streaming players. My idea is more flexible, I'd like the Pi to be able to launch either streaming podcasts, or play the last ep of a selection of podcasts, or launch various home automation processes. I didn't think this talk warranted it's own podcast yet because it is clearly an unfinished idea, but I thought this application of old tech was too cool to wait until I was actually motivated to do something with it. If I get a wallbox, I might be inclined instead to connect each button to a momentary switch and wire each in turn to one of the Pi's 40 I/O pins for an even more flexible instruction set. http://wallbox.weebly.com/index.html http://phil.lavin.me.uk/2013/11/raspberry-pi-project-a-1960s-wallbox-interfaced-with-sonos/ Boulevard brewing Company "Sample Twelve" http://www.boulevard.com K.C. Mo This is a unique marketing campaign from my favorite K.C. brewer. The twelve pack contains four varieties of beer, two are established Boulevard offerings, and the other two are bottled with non gloss "generic" labels that appear to have been hand typed. In other words, we are to believe we have been sold two prototype beers for our approval. 80 Acre "Hoppy" Wheat Beer (the quotes are mine). The graphics consist of an old Farmall tractor towing a pickup trailer carrying a gigantic hops bud. From this presentation, one would expect an oppressivly hoppy beer, fortunately for the hop timid this is a rather satisfying abulation that only registers 20 IBUs. I detect a distinct citrus taste, so I suspect Citra or related hops but Boulevard is keeping the exact specs closer to the vest than some other brewers. The brewers escription of the beer may be found here (link in the shownotes) http://www.boulevard.com/BoulevardBeers/80-acre-hoppy-wheat-beer/ Pours corn silk yellow with lots of head but not a lot of lacing. Damp wheat aroma. Oatmeal Stout: This is the first of the "generic" label "test" beers. Pours opaque dark brown with a very small lite brown head that disappears. Milk chocolate aroma. Thin mouth feel, choclately after taste that lasts more than a flavor washing over your tongue (i.e., you drink it, then you taste the chocolaty/coffee like essence). For locally brewed Oatmeal Stouts, I'd give the nod to Free State in Lawrence KS, but I wouldn't turn down the brew from K.C. if they decide to produce it. As it is not yet an "official", they don't document this beer on the Boulevard web page. Unfiltered Wheat Beer: There is a graphic of a farmer gathering wheat bundles to build shocks, surrounded by hops vines. Pours the color of cloudy golden wheat straw, lots of persistent head that leaves little lacing. Slight biscuity aroma. Distinctly more citrusy than the 80 Acre. Not much malt and just a little hops bitterness. Despite the name, you can safely drink this beer to th bottom without winding up with a mouthful of particulates. Mid Coast IPA: The last "experimental" beer. At 104 IBUs, this is where all the hops you expected from 80 Acre went. Pours wheat straw golden, thick white head that leaves little lacing, with a hoppy aroma. Even at 104 IBU, its has a slight sweet taste and doesn't seem to be one of those "my hops can beat up your hops beers". The label states: "The hoppiest thing we have ever brewed. Pretty nervy for a bunch of midwesterners". It's a great complement to the baked ham and spicey glaze I'm having for dinner (link in the show notes, even though I had to improvise somewhat). http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-cider-glazed-ham Before I leave you, I wanted to play the sounds of dusk from my new homesite. I can think of no more eloquent argument why living on the lake is better than living in town. Note: Recorded with 2.4Ghz Creative Labs GH0220B headset. I am not happy with the result.

Phone Losers
Snow Plow Show – January 26th, 2015 – Obscene Bank Phone Caller
Neonlikebjork couldn't be bothered to listen to the few live calls that I did on Prank Call Nation this morning, but she's the sponsor anyway.

January 25, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1691: Arduino 101 Arduino IO
In this two-part series, Klaatu introduces you to the Arduino. First, learn about the breadboard and how to make electricity course through it in order to power your very own simple circuit. To follow along with what Klaatu is talking about, refer to these two graphics: https://openclipart.org/detail/104167/breadboard-by-mesamike https://openclipart.org/detail/181334/microcontroller--by-b.gaultier-181334 And here are diagrams of the simple circuits that Klaatu constructs.The simple code to reset the servo: #include <Servo.h> Servo myservo; int servoPosition; void setup() { myservo.attach(13); myservo.write(90); } void loop() {} And the code that responds to input: #include <Servo.h> Servo myservo; int servoPosition; int servoMax = 180; int servoMin = 0; int value; int valMax = 600; int valMin = 50; void setup() { myservo.attach(13); } void loop() { value = analogRead(0); servoPosition = map(value, valMin, valMax, servoMax, servoMin); servoPosition = constrain(servoPosition, servoMin, servoMax); myservo.write(servoPosition); } And here is a bonus diagramme that you can try to create, using a light sensor, servo, and resistor.

January 22, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1690: Arduino 101 Breadboard
In this two-part series, Klaatu introduces you to the Arduino. First, learn about the breadboard and how to make electricity course through it in order to power your very own simple circuit. To follow along with what Klaatu is talking about, refer to these two graphics: https://openclipart.org/detail/104167/breadboard-by-mesamike https://openclipart.org/detail/181334/microcontroller--by-b.gaultier-181334 And here are diagrams of the simple circuits that Klaatu constructs.

Phone Losers
Snow Plow Show – January 22th, 2015 – Bank Loan Customers
AussieJack grabbed me by my big stupid head and said YOU BETTER DO A LIVE SHOW TODAY BRAD! So I did. Thanks for the motivation, AussieJack! On this show, I take a job at a bank as a loan officer, and try to help customers refinance their mortgages. Thanks, John, for sending me all of today's phone numbers.

January 21, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1689: Linux Voice magazine at OggCamp
Corenominal and Beni talking to the guys of the newly founded Linux Voice magazine. It's a British Linux publication that's less than a year old. We talked to them about why you would found a magazine these days, why their magazine is still relevant in the digital age and why kinds won't beat them at mario cart. You find their magazine here: http://www.linuxvoice.com/ and their superb Linux postcast by the same name here: http://www.linuxvoice.com/category/podcasts/

Off the Hook
Off The Hook - Jan 21, 2015


January 20, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1688: Some useful tools when compiling software
introduction Hi this is Rho`n and welcome to my first submission to Hacker Public Radio. I have been working on an application using the Python programming language with the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) libraries for the GUI interface. After acquiring a new laptop and installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu on it, I decided to set up the build environment I needed to be able to work on my project. I have been building from source the EFL libraries along with the Python-EFL wrapper libraries. For the last couple machines on which I have built the software, I would use the standard configure, make, and make install procedure. This time around I decided to create a debian package to use for installing the libraries. It had been a few years since I had created a .deb, so I googled for some tutorials, and found mention of the checkinstall program. After reading a couple blog posts about it I decided to try it out. checkinstall is run instead of "make install" , and will create a .deb file, and then install the newly created package. cut and tr commands To help speed up the configure process, I had previously created a file from my other builds that is a grep of my history for all the various "apt get install" commands of the libraries the EFL software needs to compile. Since my current operating system was a freshly installed distribution of Ubuntu, I needed to install the build-essential package first. After looking through my install file, and I decided to create a single apt-get install line with all the packages listed, instead of running each of the installs seperately. I knew I could grep the file, and then pass that to awk or sed, but my skill with either isn't that great. I did a little searching to see what other tools were out there and found the cut command and the tr command. Cut lets you print part of a line. You can extract set a field delimeter with the -d option and then list a range of fields to be printed with the -f option. The tr command can replace a character. I used this to replace the new line character that was printed by the cut command to generate a single line of packages which I piped to a file. A quick edit of the file to add "sudo apt-get install" at the beginning, add execute permissions to the file, and now I have a nice, easy way to install all the needed libraries. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15580144/concatenate-many-lines-of-output-to-one-line https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7857090/awk-extract-specific-columns-from-delimited-file apt-file and checkinstall At least that was the idea. After installing the libraries, and running configure, I still received errors that libraries were missing. The machines from which my list of libraries was generated, had all been used for various development purposes, so some needed libraries were already installed on them, and so their installation had passed out of my history. Besides echoing to standard out the file configure can't find, it also creates a log file: config.log. Between the two it is relatively easy to figure out what library is needed. Often the libraries needed included their name in the .deb which has to be installed, and finding them is easy with an apt-cache search and grep of the library name. The hardest ones to find were often the X11 based references. In this case, I needed the scrnsaver.h header file. After googling, I found a reference to the needed package (libxss-dev) on Stack Exchange. The answer also showed how to use the apt-file command to determine in which package a file is included. I wish I had run into this before, there a few times where it took a number of searches on the internet to figure out which package I needed to install, and "apt-file find" would have saved time and frustration. A very handy tool for anyone developing on a debian based distribution. As it turns out, that was the last dependency that needed resolved. After a successful configure, and successful compile using the make command, I was ready to try out checkinstall. Running sudo checkinstall, brings up a series of questions about your package, helping you fill out the needed .deb meta-data. I filled out my name and email, name for the package, short description of the package, and let everything else go to the suggested defaults. After, that hit enter and checkinstall will create a debian package and install it for you. If you run "apt-cache search <name of package>" you will see it listed, and "apt-cache show <name of package>" will give you the details you created for the package. There are warnings on the Ubuntu wiki not to use this method for packages to be included in an archive or in a ppa. It does work great for a local install, and would use it to install on machines on my local network. http://askubuntu.com/questions/554724/compile-workrave-from-source http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/162 http://www.falkotimme.com/howtos/checkinstall/ https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CheckInstall conclusion After a short side trip into development setup, I'm back writing my application on my new laptop. While I am a big fan of binary packages, Debian being the first GNU/Linux distribution I ever used, sometimes you need to dive in and compile software from source. For me running configure, make, make install has been the easiest way to do this, and these days it usually isn't too difficult to get even moderately complex applications and libraries to build. The most tedious part can be resolving all the dependencies. Now, with apt-file in my tool belt, it will be even faster and easier. I will also be using checkinstall for future compiles. I do like being able to use package management tools to install, and un-install software. I hope others find these tools useful. I have posted links in the show notes to the pages about cut, tr, apt-file and checkinstall that led me to these tools. If you've made it this far, thanks for listening to my first post to HPR. As Ken Fallon points out, it's not an HPR episode until you have uploaded it to the server. So let those episode ideas flow from your brain, into your favorite recording device, and up to the HPR server. Let's keep HPR active, vibrant, and a part of our lives for years to come.

January 19, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1687: Podcast recommendations
Linux / Floss Podcasts Dudmonovi: Wish it was still going. I really like Dude Man's ideas. (http://feeds.feedburner.com/DudmanoviBlogAboutEverything) Floss Weekly: I skip some of these because they do not apply to something I would use. (http://leo.am/podcasts/floss/) GNU World Order: Klaatu is pretty similar to me. (http://gnuworldorder.info/ogg.xml) HPR: Obviously (http://hackerpublicradio.org/hpr_rss.php) Health Nutz: Not specifically Linux related, but the guys come from the community and who doesn't need to look after their health. (http://feeds.feedburner.com/podnutz/healthnutz) Kernal Panic Oggcast: Good general news. (http://kernelpanicoggcast.net/rss.php) The Linux Link Tech Show: Pretty light on Linux content these days, but I typically enjoy the conversation. (http://www.thelinuxlink.net/tllts/tllts.rss) Linux Voice: companion to the magazine (http://www.linuxvoice.com/podcast_ogg.rss) Linux Lug Cast: Frequently on the show (http://feeds.feedburner.com/linuxlugcast/JZUx) Open Source Musicians Podcast: Although I don't do much with audio production these days I still enjoy listening to it and hoping that one day I'll have time to get back into it. (http://opensourcemusician.libsyn.com/rss) Linux Action Show and Linux Unplugged: I've been suprised with the quality of Jupiter Broadcasting shows recently. I had dropped this show for a long time but I have recently begun listening to it again. (http://feeds.feedburner.com/computeractionshowvideo) (http://feeds.feedburner.com/linuxunogg) Linux Outlaws: May it rest in peace. This is the podcast that got me started in Linux. Without it I would still be using Macs....shudder. (http://feeds.feedburner.com/linuxoutlaws) Pop Culture General Podcasts Podculture: Local folks who talk about nerdy things. (http://www.podculture.com/feed/) The Mindrobbers: This show is run by a writer from my gernal area named Scott Carelli. I orginially heard of him through Podculture. I've followed his various podcasts for many years and this is the most recent incarnation. Although sometimes I don't always agree with his opinions I do always look forward to hearing them. (http://www.mindrobber.net/feed/) Trekcast: My first undying love in this world is Star Trek. (http://trekcast.podbean.com/feed/) The Doctor's Companion: Another podcast by Scott Carelli and gang. Good American centreic view of Doctor Who, another of my favorite shows. (http://www.thedoctorscompanion.us/?feed=rss2) The Babylon Podcast: This show isn;t in production anymore, but if you are a fan of Babylon 5 (which I am) this is a great show that breaks down each episode, and interviews many of the stars from the show. (http://www.babylonpodcast.com/category/shows/feed/) Fear the Boot: A great tabletop role playing game podcast (http://www.feartheboot.com/ftb/?feed=rss2) Hiyaa Martial Arts Podcast: Must listening for martial artists (especially of the chinese martial arts persuasion). There are very few good martial arts podcasts out there that are not style specific. This fits the bill. One of the host practices the same style of kung fu that I do (although through a different branch of the family tree) and it's nice to see that perspective on other arts. (http://feeds.feedburner.com/HiyaaMartialArtsPodcast) This American Life: NPR.. used to be an addict. (http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/talpodcast) Unfilter: Jupiter Broadcasting's version of No Agenda. I used to listen to No Agenda but I find that it has become too long, and they tend to go off the deep end on some of their annalysis in my opinion. I find Unfilter to be a little more grounded, and it's an hour and a half once a week. I'll still listen to No agenda from time to time, but not regularly since I found this. (http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/feeds/unfilterogg.xml) Ham Radio Podcasts Linux in the Ham Shack: K5TUX and crew talk about the inersection of Ham and Linux. (http://lhspodcast.info/category/podcast-mp3/feed/) Resonant Frequency: another Ham radio podcast from an alum of Linux in the Ham Shack (http://rfpodcast.info/Podcast/feed/) Ham Nation: Twit's Ham radio podcast. Sometimes boring but I usually watch it anyways. (http://amateurlogic.tv/transmitter/feeds/ipod.xml) Amateurlogic: a great ham radio (and a little bit more) vieo podcast. A lot of making and hacking going on in this one. (http://amateurlogic.tv/transmitter/feeds/ipod.xml) Science Podcast Radiolab: NPR radio podcast. Good interesting science. (http://feeds.wnyc.org/radiolab) Star Talk: Neil DeGrasse Tyson's radio show. Brings on guests to discuss sciene in a general audience way. (http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:38128127/sounds.rss) This Week in Science: A good weekly roudtable science news podcast. Used to be a TWiT show but has branched out on it's own. (http://feeds.feedburner.com/twis/science/) Buddhism I listen to a lot of random budhism podcasts but this is the must listen to. Buddhist Geeks: Modern take on culture, science and society's impact on Budhism. Tends to be academic, but I enjoy it. (http://feeds.feedburner.com/BuddhistGeeksPodcast) Vedic Mythology and Mantras Podcast: While not Buddhist specifically I have always loved Vedic mythology and Indian music. In my mind the relationship between the Vedic traditions and Buddhist are similar to Judaism to Christianity. This podcast gies a short mythological story and a chant that goes along with it. It's no longer being produced but it has lots of episodes to listen to. (http://www.puja.net/wordpress/category/mythologypodcast/) TWiT Shows All About Android: (http://leo.am/podcasts/aaa.xml) This Week in Computer Hardware: (http://leo.am/podcasts/twich/) This Week in Google: (http://leo.am/podcasts/twig/) TWiT: (http://feeds.twit.tv/twit) Know How: (http://amateurlogic.tv/transmitter/feeds/ipod.xml)

Phone Losers
Snow Plow Show – January 19th, 2015 – RBCP Has No Civility
Bryan Wolf is the sponsor of today's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Thanks for being so patriotic, Bryan! In this show, we call some more sheet music checkouts, some mortgage customers, and a few Yelp users.

January 18, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1686: Interview with Joel Gibbard of OpenHand
This show is an interview with Joel Gibbard founder of the OpenHand project. The interview was recorded on my phone which unfortunately created a few glitches. I've cleaned the audio up as best I can. Although frustrating, the occasional glitches have not caused anything to be missed that cannot be inferred from the context of the recording. After creating an artificial hand for his degree project Joel Gibbard wanted to continue the work on the hand with the goal of producing a workable prosthetic hand for $1000, so he launched the OpenHand project with a succesful IndieGoGo fundraiser. In this interview we learn more about the Dextrus hand, the project's progress to date, and hear of Joel's vision of affordable prosthetics for amputees worldwide. For a short 4 minute introduction to the project see Joel's video at http://tinyurl.com/ohvid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dI-dNE2yQ0) The openhand designs and more information are available at http://www.openhandproject.org/ and http://www.openbionics.com/

January 15, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1685: 45 - LibreOffice Calc - Styles and Templates Introduced
When we were looking at Writer we saw that Styles and Templates are key concepts to using any word processor. They are not quite as central in spreadsheet use, and one can be a proficient user without resort to them, but they do give you control over the appearance of your spreadsheets, and can give the sheets you create uniform appearance. We discussed these ideas in great detail in our Writer tutorials, so I am going to hope that some of that knowledge has carried over here. Still, lets get to some basic concepts: http://templates.libreoffice.org/template-center http://www.vertex42.com/blog/news/templates-for-openoffice-and-libreoffice.html http://www.odfauthors.org/libreoffice/english/calc-guide/published-lo4.0/cg4-0-ch4-styles-templates/at_download/file http://www.ahuka.com/?page_id=938

Phone Losers
Snow Plow Show – January 15th, 2015 – Arf arf! Arf. Arf arf! Arf.
Here's a show fully funded and produced by Andrew Christiansen. It's Andrew's fault that I couldn't get a car ding answer during the voicemails. In today's show we call some more adopt-a-median businesses and I play a classic prank by me and Mr. Spessa.

January 14, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1684: 5150 Shades of Beer Jacob Leinenkugels Winter Explorer Pack
Jacob Lienenkugels Winter Explorer Pack "Chippewa Falls, WI since 1867" Winters Bite - Do you know what it smells like when you open a tin of cocoa (the semi-sweet kind, not the unsweetend) and no matter how you do it, a litle of the powder puffs out? The best descrition I can give this beer is it tastes just like that smell, even down to the dryness. Neither cloyingly sweet or leaving you wondering who mixed the chocolate syrup into you beer, just a sublte taste of dry cocoa. This lager pours dark with very little head. This beer (my favorite it this group) is only available in the Explorer pack, and it's ABV and ingredients are not featured on leinie.com. Helles Yeah - (German blonde lager, Helles means "light" in German, but unlike American beers, it refers only to color). Straw color, very clear, moderate head that disapears w/o lacing. Sublte flavor, a hit of hops and just slightly more than a pinch of pepper. 5.5 ABV Malts: Pale malts Hops: Five All-American hops including Simcoe and Citra Cranberry Ginger Shandy - [From Wikipedia, Shandy is beer mixed with a soft drink, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or apple juice or orange juice.] Pours cloudy yellow amber, moderate head that disapears w/o lacing. Leinenkugel managed to resist the urge to color it red. Not as syrupy as Shock Top's Cranberry Belgian Ale, but unlike many fruit adjunct brews, neither is the flavor so subtle you have to go searching for it. I like to use ginger in cooking, and I can also detect the taste of that sweet spice in this weiss beer as well. 4.2% ABV Malts: Pale and Wheat Hops: Cluster Other: Natural cranberry and ginger flavors Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Pours dark brown with just a litle carmel color head that disipates imediately. Vanilla bean aroma. Vanilla flavor is perhaps more subtle than Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter, but there will be know doubt you are enjoying a beer flavored by vanilla and roasted malts, with a hint of chocolate to keep it from being too sweet. 6.0 ABV Malts: Two- and six- row Pale Malt, Caramel 60, Carapils, Special B, Dark Chocolate and Roasted Barley Hops: Cluster & Willamette Other: Real vanilla BONUS ROUND -Leinenkugels Orange Shandy - Wheat beer, likely exactly the same one that's in the Cranberry Ginger Shandy, but in this case the tart/sweet orange juice taste dosn't completely obscure the flavor of the beer. I like them both, but I think I would grab the orange shandy on a hot day. 4.2% ABV Malts: Pale and Wheat Hops: Cluster Other: Natural orange flavor

Off the Hook
Off The Hook - Jan 14, 2015


The Linux Link Tech Show
The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 591
run level 5, gnome woes, kodi, streaming services

January 13, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1683: Theater of the Imagination: Part 06
In this installment, lostnbronx interviews Julie Hoverson, a modern audio drama enthusiast of great experience and insight. Check out Julie's wonderful audio content at: http://www.19nocturneboulevard.net/Episodes.htm and (primarily) http://www.nineteennocturne.libsyn.com/

January 12, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1682: Introduction to the Netizen Empowerment Federation
This is my first HPR release and I'm going to keep it short. If anyone is intertested in hearing more about any of the projects I mention here, I'm happy to do another show. First, I just want to say that everything on Netizen Empowerment Federation (NEF) is released under a free culture license, though not all of the music selected by our presenters is free culture. Right now we are blog and podcast focused, but we would like to add digital creators of all types. http://opensourceplayground.org/ I'm doing these sites in the order they were created, though I'm not sure if OSP or Sportazine was created first. Since OSP is the most closely related to HPR, I'm going to start with that. OSP started as a shared hosting gift for new developers. The idea was I could make people accounts on Dreamhost and they could test the latest free software. Since it wasn't a business, I didn't really promote it. It never took off. I had a few people in Wisconsin make accounts, but they barely used them. It's not really important why that idea failed, but eventually it just became a place for me to talk tech. lnxw48 aka lnxwalt is our current systems administrator and occasionally writes pieces for the site. Like all of our sites, we are always looking for contributors! http://sportazine.com/ As far as I'm aware, Sportazine is the only site dedicated to sports and free culture. This means a lot of things. First it means, making sure online sports viewing works in free formats. It also means that there are free software fantasy sports implementations and that sports journalism happens under free culture licenses. Sportazine is a weird beast because we partnered with JMP Enterprise. http://www.musicmanumit.com/ This is a collection of shows about remixable music. The main show features me and Tom of the band Lorenzo's Music. You can find his band on Jamendo, Spotify, Free Music Archive, and I'm sure plenty of other places. http://www.carlsonmeissner.com/ The Lawcast is on hiatus and when it comes back will likely be less law focused and more just a catchall for more academic and policy-related stuff than we do on the main show. I'll probably talk a lot more about free software on the reboot, because it's not a topic Tom really cares much about. Tom is a GNU/Linux user, but he refuses to use anything but Skype or Hangout for recording the shows. I'll probably have on musicians that we wouldn't otherwise have on and thus a topic of conversation on those shows will be "Why won't you use Skype or Hangout?" I suspect most of the reasons will be free software focused, but they may also be privacy focused (not that they are unrelated). http://punkcast.com/ The punkcast is pretty much what it sounds like it is. Eventually I want to bring it back. Right now though, I need to focus on finding funding, because if I don't, my wife is going to kick me out. I hope this is resolved by the time you hear this. I'm recording on December 19. https://cyberunions.org/ I think Cyberunions.org may have started before any of these, but I put it here due to the start of the Cyberunions podcast, which is currently on hiatus. Stephen now works for the FSF, so you know free software is important to him. I'm not going to say much about the show, because aside from being a one-time guest, I'm not involved in the project. If people want to know more about Cyberunions, I suggest you pester Stephen (aka mv) about doing a show. http://rynothebearded.com/ RTB really refers to two music shows, one called OO (pronounced "oh-oh") and one called Unformatted. The site also has a stream that carriers a variety of shows, including Cerebral Mix, Rage and Frustration, and the last NEF show I am going to discuss. http://www.amateurzen.us/ Unlike Ryno, you can find the DJ for this show on GNU Social. Alex is https://loadaverage.org/lrockhq . Another CC Music show.

Phone Losers
Snow Plow Show – January 12th, 2015 – Dancin Across The U.S.A.
Tombstone is the sponsor of today's abomination of Christ. Thanks for allowing us to post notes on cars that cause mass panic from ladies who think they're going to be stalked by people watching their cars because that's clearly the best way to stalk a lady, is to put a weird-ass note on her car.

January 11, 2015

Hacker Public Radio
HPR1681: New Year Show Part 8 of 8
2015-01-01T08:00:00ZMumble-2015-01-01-00-04-59-ch1.teamspeak.cc-Mixdown.oggGreetings to the western region of the United States, some regions of Canada and 2 more: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle.pants.... really this is intelligent conversationPants are optional, I think. It's -20C.... pants are not optionalkilts are kreepy? or not. No they are not.cobra2 thinks that ken should pay attention to show notes for editing lol. pokey thinks this may be the show that finally convinces Ken to edit.2nd there is a good hour that should not go onto the feed. it was rough on the streamYAY TMI!!!This is not the creamy part of the oreo. :( this is the creamy salty part... of the oreo. Sliders - tvshow added late by pegwoledogs giving birth sounds better than singing over mumble2015-01-01T09:00:00ZGreetings to Alaska and French Polynesia: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Unalaska, Juneau.pokey  issues a challenge to the NYE participants: Judging by the show notes, we've spent the last 6 hours taking every joke to the lowest common denominator. I'd like to see an hour of greatest common factor.Ken Talks about xmlstarlet and converting xml2015-01-01T09:30:00ZGreetings to Marquesas Islands/France. Taiohae. handsome_pirate talks about his model trains; he models the original Norfolk Southern in N scaleSome talks about about Scottish things, innacuracies in Braveheart, Gaidhligh has no 'W'2015-01-01T10:00:00ZGreetings to small region of the United States and 2 more: Honolulu, Rarotonga, Adak, Papeete.Youngins!Kens Children talk about taking hard disks apart and put together an Ikea bookshelf.Discussion on accessability in mumble Emil Ivov, the project lead of Jitsi. http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1454 Jits2015-01-01T11:00:00ZGreetings to American Samoa, Midway Atoll and 1 more: Alofi, Midway, Pago Pago.Use of federated tools like gnusocial quitter.se Tech in Hungary - Internet taxIrish expats can't voteScottish independancehttp://duffercast.org/about/the-hosts/Ken shares his saga on getting a Linux LaptopUK Support say "Lenovo UK does not restrict anything on the unit. You can install any  Operating system on the unit however we can only support the original  configuration of the unit. "Ken Asked "Lenovo have shipped the IdeaPad Flex 10, without the ability to boot other operating systems, restricting the owner to running only the installed Windows 8.0 operating system."Lenovo Replies: "The first wave of this CPU model from Intel can only support Windows, this is not Lenovo design, all product with this wave CPU were not able to support other OS except Windows. After this wave, the follow on Flex10 will support other operating systems."Open phones. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open-source_mobile_phones2015-01-01T12:00:00ZGreetings to small region the United States: Baker Island, Howland Island.The End! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auld_Lang_SyneAuld Lang SyneShould auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days o’ lang syne!Chorus:For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet For auld lang syne!               We twa hae run about the braes, And pu’d the gowans fine, But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot Sin’ auld lang syne.             We twa hae paidl’t in the burn Frae morning sun till dine, But seas between us braid hae roar’d Sin’ auld lang syne.             And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere, And gie’s a hand o’ thine, And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught For auld lang syne!             And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stoup, And surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet For auld lang syne!Count down script$ while [[ $(date +%Y) -ne 2015 ]];do figlet $(($(date -d 2015-01-01  +%s)-$(date +%s)));sleep 1;clear;done;figlet 'Happy New Year!'Thanks To:Mumble Server: John NeusteterHPR Site/VPS: Joshua Knapp - AnHonestHost.comStreams: Kevin Wisher - http://www.linuxlugcast.comAdmin Support: cobra2    EtherPad: Russ Woodman - K5TUXPeak Listeners on stream: 45Mumble Participants: 74Arjun.extbbambikerBeezaBill_MIBroamchalkahlomclaudiomcobra2cogsColindannsDanyel_TigerdavidWHITMANdeltaraydelwinDrSeussOfPorndude-manEpicanisfatherfinchFiftyOneFiftyFlyingRichHCSCfredmorcosFXBOY4EVAHarryGuerrillahonkeymagoohpiratejkibjnadeaujneusteterJoeRessJonDoeLocksmithJon-KT4KBJonTheNiceGuyK5TUXken_fallonKnightwisekt4kb_KWisherlgxlinuxinsiderLord_DMarkWatersmcnaluMikeRayMint-JackmpbairdMrGadgetsmrxn0wjeneurosisnotklaatuperlistpokeypopeyriddleboxRobHSamWhitedschismsebsebsebMageia4SeeteeShadowSndChaserTallyThajthelastknowngodThistleWebthreethirtytjwehrleyUnderrunerUrugamiuseruserVelkroPodcasts:http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/show/techsnap/ (TechSNAPP - sysadmin techy stuff)http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/show/unfilter/ (political media coverage)http://www.dancarlin.com/common-sense-home-landing-page/ (politicial media)http://www.dancarlin.com/home-hh-54/ (hardcore history, for history buffs)http://podcasts.joerogan.net/ Joe Rogan interviews all types of peoplehttp://www.linuxlugcast.comhttp://duffercast.org/about/the-hosts/http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/category/podcast/ http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1681_mumble.log http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1681_irc.log


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