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TechBytes Episode 39: Software Patents by European Lobby, Bye to Ubuntu 8.04

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Summary: A quickly-arranged show to test new encoding options which may resolve cache timeouts

This is the first episode that we encode at a lower level of quality in order to reduce download time/decrease file size. Please provide feedback on whether the degradation of signal is acceptable. We hope this show is interesting too (we never script anything or prepare notes).

RSS 64x64We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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TechBytes Episode 38: Groklaw and Microsoft’s Twitter Accounts

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Summary: Tonight we decided to talk about Groklaw and fake/bot Twitter accounts

In addition to the above, we also covered Internet trolls, GNU/Linux advocacy, copyright maximalists with a sense of entitlement, etc. Tim will post the show notes very shortly.

RSS 64x64The show ends with Tim’s selected tracks, which are titled “Virus” and “The Curse and the Serpent”. We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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Harvey and I

Harvey and I are about 50 years apart (in terms of age) and I met him about 10 years ago when he and his wife came to visit. Harvey has been somewhat of a mentor to me since then; in return I did all that I could to offer Harvey assistance (mostly technically) and we made a good pair. About 5 years ago as a sort of humour motivated by boredom (as I had just helped him launch his good site) we had the following images created, the latter one being a picture of me at age 15 in Wengen and one of Harvey as a young adult (back in the 60s or thereabouts).

A team humour

Entertainers

Motivated by these old pictures which by mere coincidence resemble one another, Harvey has just created the following:

Together as a joke

Harv and Roy Ski Vacation joke

Thank you, Harvey, for the inspiration and advice you’ve given me over the years.

How to Play Audio (Sub)Segments Repeatedly

Yesterday I dumped visual media players — a decision that I stand up for at least for now — instead using more flexible scripts to play just particular parts of songs/tracks that I enjoy, even repeatedly. I use mplayer and bash to do the heavy lifting. This is handy when good segments, e.g. one part of a long concert, need to be isolated. Segments like these are usually to be found in very large files, which can be found either by name:

find -type f | grep PATTERN

To isolate large tracks (by file size), use something like:

find . -type f -size +{10000}k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $8 ": " $5 }'

$ find . -type f -size +50000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $8 ": " $5 }'

The self-explanatory shell script to write would look something like

mplayer /media/disk-8/Music/volO/AugMix.mp3  -ss 0:20:0 &
sleep 600
killall mplayer
mplayer /media/disk-8/Music/volJ/concert.ogg -ss 0:35:0 &
sleep 200
killall mplayer

Enjoy.

TechBytes Episode 37: Ballmer in Trouble, Sony in Court, Linux Everywhere

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Summary: With two tracks and about a dozen discussion areas, the three of us convene again

THIS evening’s episode moved between many subjects including some which we wanted to cover yesterday but lacked the time to address. Show notes will be up soon.

RSS 64x64The show ends with “Open War” and also “You Are Goodbye” by Holly Conlan (from SXSW 2009 Showcasing Artists). We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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TechBytes Episode 36: “They’ve Come to Take Me Away”

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Summary: Operating systems, form factors, and some Ubuntu derivatives

THIS episode was recorded on a wired connection and it covered many interesting topics from the past couple of weeks. Tim will post some show notes at a later date/time. Update: the show notes are up now.

RSS 64x64The show ends with “Tears and Rain” (the song, not real tears and rain). We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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