I went against my own recommendations from my previous episode and used Rehearsal Assistant, because it can rename files inside the app. Well, turns out it records at 8 kHz and encodes it as 3GPP.
Sound quality: Yes, it's at a terrible sample rate, but you can hear what I'm saying and at least I'm Holding It Right. There's no problem with sudden drops in level.
Do as I say, don't do as I do. Use
which is obviously
you record as in telling someone to record something, not
you record! as in insulting someone by comparing them to a vinyl disc.
Don't say as I say.
Slirp can use either SLIP or PPP. I think I used Slirp with SLIP, and there was some other connection method that provided PPP directly without logging in and running a command. Maybe their getty even understood the PPP blurb and just went directly to pppd. Anyway, my Amiga-side software didn't support it. When I switched to Linux I was able to use the other method and just talk PPP directly and authorize using CHAP.
Debian didn't support Amiga until Debian Hamm, which was released in 1998. So I didn't have much choice but to run Watchtower and compile my own stuff. By 1998 the Amiga was already gathering dust in my wardrobe back at my parents' place, while my PC and I were preparing to travel the seas with the Swedish Royal Navy and hang out (not really) with David Letterman on Saint Barths.
Wikipedia says that
yes, it was Bruce Perens who tried to get UserLinux going, but they claim
Ubuntu killed it. I don't remember UserLinux getting any traction at all. I
think it's more accurate to say that Ubuntu put the last nail in its coffin.
LWN seems to agree:
immediate cause of death was an inability to deliver software. Today there
still is no real delivered product, over three months after the release of
But the same article reveals that I was completely wrong about Bruce
trying to gather existing vendors together:
It was occasionally
confused with UnitedLinux by people familiar with the Linux market.
UnitedLinux is the old Caldera, Conectiva, SUSE and Turbolinux
initiative. Yeah, I was thinking of the one with Turbolinux in it.
That name rings a bell. But I thought Turbolinux was Finnish. Apparently they
were Japanese. Or actually,
apparently they are Japanese.
Ah yes, Best Linux, that was the Finnish one.
I know that guix
geeks. I just don't know it in my heart. Just
like I actually think GNU/Linux is the better descriptive term, but I keep
talking about the
Linux ecosystem* etc, where 95% of that ecosystem is
abstracted away from Linux by glibc and runs just as well on
* Yes, you may hate the term
ecosystem. I happen to think it's an
** You see what I did there.