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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.
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.
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.
Why netbooks are not necessarily obsolete and how to keep them performing well
Hosted by Beeza on 2017-11-10 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Beeza uses an Acer Aspire One netbook as a media player (principally audio).
The audio quality sent from the sound card out through the headphone socket really is excellent, so that when fed into a hi-fi amplifier the final reproduction is every bit as good as audio from a CD player - possibly better.
The netbook is over 5 years old. When it was first bought most Linux distros ran very well on it. Since that time, however, the optimal hardware spec for most distros has increased quite considerably, leaving a humble netbook relatively underpowered, having typically 1 Gb RAM and a sedate CPU.
All is not lost, fortunately. Raspbian X86, which is very closely related to the ARM version of Raspbian as used on the Pi, has a very light footprint and delivers performance on a netbook very much like what you would have experienced when they were brand new.
Raspbian X86 is not perfect, though. It works brilliantly straight out of the box, but its security model needs a bit of simple reconfiguration to get the best from it. There are also, tweaks and cheats that can improve the Pixel user interface which, in its default setup, may not be to everybody's liking.
In this episode Beeza explains steps he has taken to get the best from his netbook and, in the politest way possible, tells you what you can do with yours.
POST RECORDING NOTE
"Since recording the show I have installed Pulseaudio on top of Raspbian X86. It's a very simple install using Synaptic (or 'apt-get install pulseaudio'), after which you can run it as a daemon process with 'pulseaudio -D'.
The advantage of Pulseaudio is that it gives you greater control over the audio channels and devices than is possible with just the default ALSA sub-system. This will be handy if you ever record from streams or USB microphones.
If you install Pulseaudio, I strongly recommend installing pavucontrol as well - a mixer designed specifically to work with Pulseaudio".
This was an impromptu inaugural episode recorded in Bethany Beach, DE.
Casper and Rutiger work in the tech field and enjoy video games and popular media. We discuss the enigma that is the Handmaid's Tale, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, the movie Kids, video games from paperboy to Quake to Fallout 4. We comedically discuss the disillusionment that one can incur working in the cubical jungle. We also discuss going back to minimum wage after enjoying a high paying tech industry.
We also reference obscure and not well-known music like Slint.
The sound quality is not great in this episode, as it was an impromptu recording. All future episodes will be produced at a much higher quality
TS940 Service Manual
After recording the show I decided to see if there was a link to the user manual this I found easily. This got me thinking if the service manual was also available and to my surprise it is, all 108 gloriously detailed pages. Feel free to knock yourself out with the detail. http://www.radiomanual.info/schemi/TS940_serv.pdf
NYbill on 2017-11-04:
"...We will expect a show about the build, Ken."
Mailing List discussions
Policy decisions surrounding HPR are taken by the community as a whole. This
discussion takes place on the Mail List which is open to all HPR listeners and
contributors. The discussions are open and available on the HPR server under
The threaded discussions this month can be found here:
HPR show notes which contain images or which link to other files are something we encourage. However, when uploading these to the Internet Archive (IA) at archive.org there are a number of issues:
If a file has been submitted as part of the original HPR upload we copy it to archive.org and use the URL of the copy in the notes. This mechanism has been added in the past few months and seems to be working fine.
If the notes for a show contain links to external files these do not always seem to be accessible through the archive.org interface. For example, the recent show 2406 links to an image showing the cabling of a CAT6 plug, but the archive.org copy did not show this image (though it does now - see below).
One way of dealing with the issue of external files would be to make a copy and place it on the HPR site, then it would be uploaded to the IA as described earlier. This might have copyright issues though.
Another way would be to point to a copy on the Wayback Machine (WM). Sometimes the file has been copied there already, or it is possible to request that the WM snapshot it. This is what was done for the IA copy of show 2406. However, it was a manual process and therefore rather labour-intensive, which is not ideal.
Any suggestions on how to deal with this situation would be appreciated.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.