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Your ideas, projects, opinions - podcasted.

New episodes Monday through Friday.



Welcome to HPR the Community Podcast Network

We started producing shows as Today with a Techie 12 years, 1 months, 18 days ago. Our shows are produced by listeners like you and can be on any topic that "are of interest to Hackers". If you listen to HPR then please consider contributing one show a year. If you record your show now it could be released in 13 days.

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Latest Shows


hpr2430 :: Scanning books

Ken explains how and why he is scanning school books


Hosted by Ken Fallon on 2017-11-24 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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I want to scan my Son's school books so that he doesn't get back problems lugging books to and from school. Something that for now at least remains legal in the Netherlands.

Steps involved

  1. Scan all the images using the entire length of your scanner. I use scantoimage.bash
  2. Confirm that there are no missing pages, and that every other page is upright and then upside down etc. If they are scan them and rename them so the name fits in between the pages
  3. Back up all the scanned images
  4. Manually crop the areas of the scans outside the area of the page. Usually this is on the side and bottom of the flat bed. Save is as something like ~/x.jpg
  5. Use GraphicsMagick Image Processing System to identify the dimensions of the cropped image.
    gm identify ~/x.jpg
    /home/me/x.jpg JPEG 2477x2609+0+0 DirectClass 8-bit 3.2Mi 0.000u 0m:0.000002s
  6. Crop all the images to that dimension
    gm mogrify -crop 2477x2609+0+0 *.jpg
  7. Rotate every second image by 180 degrees. rotate-every-second-image.bash
  8. Create a directory for the book and in there create a subdirectory for each section of the book. Manually copy all the images to the sub directory for that section.
  9. Then go to the root where there are no files only subdirs and run the command
    for i in *;do echo $i;gm convert "${i}/*.jpg" "${i}.pdf"; done

At the end you will have a pdf file for each section of the book.


hpr2429 :: Interface Zero RPG Play

Klaatu, Lobath, and Thaj play the Interface Zero RPG part 2

Hosted by klaatu on 2017-11-23 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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The second session of Interface Zero RPG live play with Klaatu, Lobath, and Thaj.

This week, Chiawei and Syd reach Peter's apartment and do some quick detective work, and a little bit of minor bone-breaking.

If you're really keen to play, send Klaatu an email (Klaatu at the domain of this podcast, or member.fsf.org). The recording schedule is inflexible, Klaatu has oddly high standards for audio that he is inevitably compresses down to 64kbps, and the game has already started, but a new character or guest character is not out of the question!

No give-away this week, but we'll be giving a (digital) Pathfinder starter kit out next week.


hpr2428 :: git Blobs

Klaatu talks about git-media and git-annex

Hosted by klaatu on 2017-11-22 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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How do you manage large binary blobs, like pictures or video or sounds, when using git?

In this episode, Klaatu explains two popular options:

Thanks to CapsLok at freesound.org for the sound effect.


hpr2427 :: Server Basics 101

Klaatu endeavours to explain the basics of server administration.

Hosted by klaatu on 2017-11-21 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Klaatu covers the very very basics of servers: what they are, how to know one when you see one, what one ought to run, and why we have them.


hpr2426 :: Let's Talk About Addiction

Lostnbronx shares some thoughts about the need to talk about addiction.

Hosted by lostnbronx on 2017-11-20 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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I was partially inspired by Bitbox's really wonderful episode, "hpr2413: personal health care", to ramble on about the need for the HPR community to, maybe, start talking about a mental health crisis that touches pretty much everyone in the modern world: addiction.

Personal Health Care
hosted by Bitbox:
http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=2413


hpr2425 :: Intro to XSL

A brief introduction to XSL and xsltproc

Hosted by klaatu on 2017-11-17 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Sure, you can use pandoc to process your Docbook XML, but why not learn a little XSL this weekend?

Requirements

You must have xsltproc installed. It's available from your software repository.

Here is some sample XML for you:


<xml version="1.0">
  <para>
    My name is <author>Foo</author>.
  </para>

  <para>
    You're listening to <emphasis role="bold">Hacker Public
    Radio</emphasis>.
  </para>
</xml>

And here's the complete XSL as demonstrated:


<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" version="1.0">

  <xsl:template match="para">
    <p><span><xsl:apply-templates/></span></p>
  </xsl:template>

  <xsl:template match="emphasis">
    <em><xsl:apply-templates/></em>
  </xsl:template>

  <xsl:template match="emphasis[@role='bold']">
    <strong><xsl:apply-templates/></strong>
  </xsl:template>

  <xsl:template match="author" name="host">
    <xsl:choose>

      <xsl:when test="$host = 'Klaatu'">
        <xsl:text>Klaatu</xsl:text>
      </xsl:when>

      <xsl:when test="$host = 'Gort'">
        <xsl:text>Gort</xsl:text>
      </xsl:when>
    </xsl:choose>
  </xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

Links


hpr2424 :: Interface Zero RPG Play

Klaatu, Lobath, and Thaj play the Interface Zero RPG

Hosted by klaatu on 2017-11-16 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Klaatu, Lobath, and Thaj play a session of Interface Zero, a role playing game using the Pathfinder rules.

If you're new to RPG and want to hear how it's done, or you're just bored and want to hear some nerds play through a cyberpunk adventure, this is for you! Also - for one lucky listener - we have an RPG starter kit. Listen for details.


hpr2423 :: Open Source Gaming #2: Oolite

Episode 2 is about the space travel simulator Oolite, which is an open source remake of Elite

Hosted by TheDUDE on 2017-11-15 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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The game's website. If you're interested in playing, check it out. http://www.oolite.org/

Also here's the forum I was looking up during the podcast to find out if Elite Dangerous was multiplayer or not. https://steamcommunity.com/app/359320/discussions/0/142260718945308887/


hpr2422 :: Kickstarter Post Mortem

Klaatu talks about his failed Kickstarter campaign

Hosted by klaatu on 2017-11-14 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Klaatu tried to fund art for a card game on Kickstarter. Missed the goal by 85%

This is a post mortem of how the Kickstarter went and where he may have gone wrong. Possibly you can learn from his mistakes. Possibly he has misdiagnosed his mistakes, and you are being misled. Choose wisely.


hpr2421 :: Project Interest

Lostnbronx wonders how some projects die for lack of interest.

Hosted by lostnbronx on 2017-11-13 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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This is just a short "episode" wherein I ponder the nature of showmanship and razzle-dazzle regarding the success or failure of FOSS, and other projects that require collaboration. Your comments and opinions are ACTIVELY encouraged.


Previous five weeks

hpr2420 :: Netbooks - Keeping an old friend alive hosted by Beeza

Released: 2017-11-10. Duration: 00:16:19. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Netbooks, Raspbian, Distros.
Why netbooks are not necessarily obsolete and how to keep them performing well

hpr2419 :: Alien Brothers Podcast S1E01 - Introduction hosted by The Alien Brothers Podcast (ABP)

Released: 2017-11-09. Duration: 02:06:24. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: video games, video cards, first podcast.
Meet the Alien Brothers: Casper and Rutiger. Two tech junkies that take nothing sacred

hpr2418 :: What's in my ham shack, part 2 hosted by MrX

Released: 2017-11-08. Duration: 00:24:16. Flag: Clean. Series: HAM radio, QSK.
Tags: Amateur Radio, Ham Radio.
A description of what's in my amateur radio shack

hpr2417 :: Transmeta Crusoe - Fujitsu-Siemens Futro S210 (ThinClient) - Trouble Shooting and Debian 9 Install hosted by JWP

Released: 2017-11-07. Duration: 00:13:26. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Transmeta Crusoe,Fujitsu-Siemens Futro S210,thin client.
I did a basement clean up and got my old transmeta cpu up and running

hpr2416 :: HPR Community News for October 2017 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2017-11-06. Duration: 01:18:34. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in October 2017

hpr2415 :: bullet journal to org mode hosted by Brian in Ohio

Released: 2017-11-03. Duration: 00:15:27. Flag: Clean.
Tags: journal,bullet journal,emacs,org mode.
my journey from analog to digital

hpr2414 :: What's in my ham shack, part 1 hosted by MrX

Released: 2017-11-02. Duration: 00:22:11. Flag: Clean. Series: HAM radio, QSK.
Tags: ham radio, amateur radio.
A description of what's in my amateur radio shack.

hpr2413 :: personal health care hosted by Bitbox

Released: 2017-11-01. Duration: 00:05:44. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: health, personal health.
wherein bitbox discovers he is fat, and can no longer find his feet

hpr2412 :: The Call of Cthulhu hosted by HPR_AudioBookClub

Released: 2017-10-31. Duration: 01:23:31. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR_AudioBookClub.
Tags: Review, Audiobook, HPR_AudioBookClub.
In this episode, the HPR_AudioBookClub discusses The Call of Cthulhu

hpr2411 :: Information Underground: Co-op Paradise hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2017-10-30. Duration: 00:44:51. Flag: Clean. Series: Information Underground.
Tags: web server,email server,server,co-op,co-operative,gopher,privacy,information underground.
Deepgeek, Klaatu, and Lostnbronx discuss their long-running server co-operative.

hpr2410 :: OLF 2017 Report hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2017-10-27. Duration: 00:22:56. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: OLF 2017, Open Source, Free Software, Conference.
OLF 2017, a Free and Open Source Software conference took place on September 29- October 1, 2017

hpr2409 :: RPG Counternote hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2017-10-26. Duration: 00:19:15. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: rpg,role-playing game,pc,gaming,klaatu,lostnbronx.
Lostnbronx offers his thoughts concerning Klaatu's recent episodes about RPG's.

hpr2408 :: My Current Favourite Podcasts hosted by Shane Shennan

Released: 2017-10-25. Duration: 00:04:06. Flag: Clean. Series: Podcast recommendations.
Tags: podcasts, tech, maker, Christianity, science fiction, Klingon, humour, history.
Six of my favourite podcasts, as of October 2017.

hpr2407 :: The Lost Episode Part 2 hosted by NYbill

Released: 2017-10-24. Duration: 00:22:12. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Electronics,kit,tester,AVR programmer,transistor.
NYbill talks about flashing firmware to a Atmega328p chip to get a Transistor Tester Kit working.

hpr2406 :: Putting Ends onto CAT6 Ethernet Cables hosted by Shane Shennan

Released: 2017-10-23. Duration: 00:08:29. Flag: Clean.
Tags: CAT6, learning, DIY.
This was my experience learning how to put the ends onto CAT6 cable.

hpr2405 :: Nokia 6 Review hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2017-10-20. Duration: 00:11:15. Flag: Clean. Series: Hardware upgrades.
Tags: Android, Nokia 6, Phones, New Kit.
This is a short show about my first thoughts of the Nokia 6

hpr2404 :: Open Source Gaming #1: Meridian59 hosted by TheDUDE

Released: 2017-10-19. Duration: 00:14:34. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Gaming, Open Source.
A showcase of Open Source games, Starting with the revived MMORPG Meridian59

hpr2403 :: Amateur Radio Round Table #3 hosted by Various Hosts

Released: 2017-10-18. Duration: 00:59:10. Flag: Explicit. Series: HAM radio, QSK.
Tags: ham radio, amateur radio, radio, antenna, rf, modulation.
Two guys try to answer Ken's questions about ham radio.

hpr2402 :: Petition: the card game for fanatics hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-10-17. Duration: 00:42:00. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: game,gaming,tabletop,rpg.
Klaatu talks about a card game he designed

hpr2401 :: Music Theory Hara-Kiri hosted by TheDUDE

Released: 2017-10-16. Duration: 00:16:10. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Music, Music Theory.
A show on music theory, and figuring out what viewers on hear actually want with a music theory show

hpr2400 :: My commute into work hosted by thelovebug

Released: 2017-10-13. Duration: 00:36:48. Flag: Clean.
Tags: commute,car,cars,driving,podcasting,equipment,podcasting equipment,anchor,anchor.fm,the bugcast.
In this episode, Dave records an episode across his entire commute into work.

hpr2399 :: Using Super Glue to create Landmarks on Keyboards hosted by dodddummy

Released: 2017-10-12. Duration: 00:10:39. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: keyboard, function key, laptop keyboard.
Using Super Glue to create Landmarks on Keyboards

hpr2398 :: AutoHotkey Master of Automation ? hosted by operat0r

Released: 2017-10-11. Duration: 00:17:22. Flag: Clean.
Tags: GTA5,hacking,macros,autohotkey.
I'll go over my AutoHotkey script I used to give free money in GTA (dropping)

hpr2397 :: The Urban Astronomer hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2017-10-10. Duration: 00:32:39. Flag: Clean.
Tags: astronomy,podcast.
An introduction to an astronomy podcast that you might like

hpr2396 :: Information Underground: State of independence hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2017-10-09. Duration: 00:42:40. Flag: Clean.
Tags: art, independent art, media, marketing.
Deepgeek, Lostnbronx, and Klaatu talk about the state of independent art.

hpr2395 :: Obamacare hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2017-10-06. Duration: 00:15:49. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Health Insurance, Health Policy, Insurance Marketplace, Obamacare.
What did Obamacare do?

hpr2394 :: The Lost Episode hosted by NYbill

Released: 2017-10-05. Duration: 00:27:02. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Electronics, kits, testers.
NYbill talks about building an inexpensive transistor tester... a year after the fact.

hpr2393 :: PWGen - A password generator hosted by Xoke

Released: 2017-10-04. Duration: 00:22:35. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Security, Passwords.
Xoke talks about how he uses PWGen to set people's passwords at work

hpr2392 :: Weather, Ogg Camp, Server Room, ITO collection hosted by JWP

Released: 2017-10-03. Duration: 00:07:46. Flag: Clean.
Tags: OggCamp.
A short podcast about various things mostly OggCamp

hpr2391 :: HPR Community News for September 2017 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2017-10-02. Duration: 01:21:15. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in September 2017

hpr2390 :: Still in the game hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-09-29. Duration: 00:24:09. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: game,gaming,tabletop,rpg,pc gaming.
Klaatu compares PC and tabletop gaming

hpr2389 :: Thoughts on Lifetime Learning hosted by b-yeezi

Released: 2017-09-28. Duration: 00:09:28. Flag: Clean.
Tags: learning, self-improvement.
In this episode, I talk about my experiences in learning to be a good learner

hpr2388 :: Apt Spelunking 4: Planet of the Apts hosted by Windigo

Released: 2017-09-27. Duration: 00:09:03. Flag: Explicit. Series: Apt Spelunking.
Tags: recommendations,software,repositories.
Another couple of interesting packages from the Debian repos

hpr2387 :: Free Weights and a Bicycle hosted by Frank Bell

Released: 2017-09-26. Duration: 00:20:46. Flag: Clean.
Tags: exercise, free weights, physical fitness.
Frank discusses his life-long love for free weights

hpr2386 :: The Decline and Fall of Tcl hosted by clacke

Released: 2017-09-25. Duration: 00:28:53. Flag: Clean.
Tags: tcl, tk, history, languages, community.
... in which I'm reading Where Tcl and Tk went wrong, by David N Welton, posted on 2010-03-30

hpr2385 :: Healthcare Costs hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2017-09-22. Duration: 00:12:52. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Health Insurance, Health Policy, Insurance Marketplace, Healthcare Costs.
What are the cost pressures in healthcare?

hpr2384 :: Slackware in Scotland hosted by Andrew Conway

Released: 2017-09-21. Duration: 00:56:39. Flag: Clean.
Tags: linux,slackware,scotland,bicycles.
Beni comes to Scotland and talks to Andrew about Slackware 14.2, a year after release.

hpr2383 :: What's In My Ham Shack hosted by Steve Saner

Released: 2017-09-20. Duration: 00:37:24. Flag: Explicit. Series: HAM radio, QSK.
Tags: ham radio, amateur radio, radio, shack, equipment.
I describe the equipment that I have an use in my Amateur Radio station.

hpr2382 :: A Non Spoilery Review of "git commit murder" and "Forever Falls" by Michael Warren Lucas hosted by FiftyOneFifty

Released: 2017-09-19. Duration: 00:09:15. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Kansas Linux Fest, book review.
I met Mike Lucas at Kansas Linux Fest 2017 and review a couple of his novels

hpr2381 :: Benefits of a tabletop hosted by klaatu

Released: 2017-09-18. Duration: 00:44:10. Flag: Clean.
Tags: game,gaming,rpg.
Klaatu talks about the benefits of analogue gaming

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