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Welcome to HPR the Community Podcast Network

We started producing shows as Today with a Techie 12 years, 11 months, 22 days ago. Our shows are produced by listeners like you and can be on any topic that "are of interest to hobbyists". If you listen to HPR then please consider contributing one show a year. If you record your show now it could be released in 16 days.

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Latest Shows


hpr2646 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - Interview with Steve and Gerrard from the Liverpool Astronomical society.

In this Episode I talk to Steve and Gerrard from the Liverpool Astronomical society.

Hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212 on 2018-09-24 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, Astronomy, History, Science.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Interviews | Comments (0)

In this episode I talk to Steve and Gerard from the Liverpool Astronomical society.


hpr2645 :: Blinking LED

In this live show, Ken sees if he can follow simple instructions


Hosted by Ken Fallon on 2018-09-21 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
Tags: 555, NYBill, pico, nano.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Hobby Electronics | Comments (2)

During the New Year Show Ken soldered a component tester. Unfortunately this did not work.

NYBill offered to fix it and he succeeded in his show hpr2591 :: International Troubleshooting. When he shipped it back he included two 555 timers with the message: Now, figure out how to make LED's blink with those 555's!

In this show Ken uses the online guide FLASHING L.E.D. USING 555 TIMER By Trilesto to do this.


hpr2644 :: Error on show 2642

Error error

Hosted by folky on 2018-09-20 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: podcast, swedish, correction.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Podcast recommendations | Comments (2)

The right podcast is:


hpr2643 :: The Payoff In Storytelling

A brief look at the emotional structure of story endings.

Hosted by lostnbronx on 2018-09-19 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-0 license.
Tags: stories,storytelling,endings,lostnbronx.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Random Elements of Storytelling | Comments (0)

Lostnbronx takes a quick look at how story endings need to be structured in order to be satisfying. Lots of endings are possible, but they don’t all require the same treatment. Some can be abrupt, some can be sad, but all of them need to meet certain emotional expectations.


hpr2642 :: My swedish and german Podcasts Part 2

I talk about 6 more podcasts in swedish and german. This time no radio network involved.

Hosted by folky on 2018-09-18 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: podcast,swedish,german,ccc.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Podcast recommendations | Comments (0)


hpr2641 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - interview with Rachel from the MicroBit Foundation

This is a short interview recorded at this years Liverpool Makefest with Rachel from MicroBit

Hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212 on 2018-09-17 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, computing, young coders, hackers, makers, crafts, microbit.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Interviews | Comments (0)

In this episode I talk to Rachel Lancaster from the Micro:Bit foundation.


hpr2640 :: Another Rambling Drive Into Work

An second attempt at making a show on the way into work

Hosted by MrX on 2018-09-14 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: recording, podcasting, audio, microphone, car, Audacity.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Comments (1)

It’s been a while since I posted my first attempt at recording a show in my car, this attempt was recorded not that long after that but I’d forgotten to post it, hopefully, it’s not too boring.

This is the previously mentioned dictation device I used
https://www.amazon.co.uk/HccToo-Multifunctional-Rechargeable-Dictaphone-Conversation/dp/B015H9JP6S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502381150&sr=8-1&keywords=dictation+machines

An article that explains how to remove noise using Audacity, which was what dodddummy was talking about when he commented on my first show on HPR2377 https://www.podfeet.com/blog/recording/how-to-remove-noise-with-audacity/

Link to Dave’s (thelovebug) page and the original John Kulp’s $2 microphone show that kicked all this off. Looking forward to getting a chance to catch up with Dave’s drive into work show. Refer to Dave’s episode HPR2400 and John Kulp’s original $2 microphone show HPR1812

Link to the microphone originally recommended By John Kulp
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neewer-3-5mm-Hands-Computer-Microphone/dp/B005DOTSM4/

A link from StackExchange that details the wiring diagram for Kenwood style microphone used in many portable Amateur radios
https://ham.stackexchange.com/questions/1891/whats-the-pinout-for-kenwood-2-5mm-trs-3-5-mm-trs-connector

This is a small article in Wikipedia that covers the Electret Microphone which is the type used in the microphone recommended by John Kulp, Dave (thelovebug) and now me.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electret_microphone


hpr2639 :: Some ancillary Bash tips - 9

Making decisions in Bash (part 1)


Hosted by Dave Morriss on 2018-09-13 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Bash,test,true,false.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Bash Scripting | Comments (3)

Some ancillary Bash tips - 9

Making decisions in Bash

This is my ninth contribution to the Bash Scripting series under the heading of Bash Tips. The previous episodes are listed below in the Links section.

It seems to me that it would be worthwhile looking at how Bash can be used to make decisions, such as how many times a loop should cycle (looping constructs) or to choose between multiple choices (conditional constructs). Of course we need to look at some of the expressions used in conjunction with the commands that do these tasks – the tests themselves – and we’ll do this in this episode.

This is a complex area which I had some trouble with when I first started using Bash, and there is a lot to say about it all. I have prepared a group of HPR shows about this subject, in order to do it justice, and this is the first of the group.

Long notes

I have provided detailed notes as usual for this episode, and these can be viewed here.


hpr2638 :: Dirt cheap Magic

Magic the Gathering for cheapskates

Hosted by klaatu on 2018-09-12 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: magic,mtg.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Tabletop Gaming | Comments (0)

In this episode, Klaatu talks about playing Magic: The Gathering for cheap.

See rpggeek.com/thread/532036/how-build-deck-magic-gathering by Eric Jome for a good deck building formula.


hpr2637 :: Convert it to Text

This episode will make you want to TXT all the things.


Hosted by b-yeezi on 2018-09-11 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Unix,text,portability,ranger.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Comments (5)

Why use plain text?

  • Portability
  • Use with Unix tools
  • Use with Ranger

Ranger for the win

  • Ranger is a free console file manager that gives you greater flexibility and a good overview of your files without having to leave your *nix console. It visualizes the directory tree in two dimensions: the directory hierarchy on one, lists of files on the other, with a preview to the right so you know where you’ll be going.
  • The scope functionality is where converting to text pays off. Located at $HOME/.config/ranger/scope.sh, scope is the feature that allows for file preview from inside the console. Text files are highlighted based on their file extension, for non-text files, different converters can be used to coerce the file into a text representation. Some items are available out of the box, but the configuration is written in such a way that any text can be presented in the preview screen.
  • The basic format of the scope switch statement is as follows:
case "$extension" in
    odt|odp)
        try odt2txt "$path" && { dump | trim | fmt -s -w $width; exit 0; };;

Tools in the toolset

  • atool
  • caca-utils
  • poppler-utils
  • catdoc
  • catppt
  • odt2txt
  • ods2tsv
  • docx2txt
  • xlsx2csv
  • mediainfo
  • lynx/w3m/elinks
  • highlight

Bonus tools

  • q
  • jq
  • xmlstarlet

Previous five weeks

hpr2636 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - interviews with Noel from JMU FabLab hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-09-10. Duration: 00:10:03. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, Making, hacking, creativity.
In this episode I talk to Noel Baker from the JMU FabLab.

hpr2635 :: Running your own mainframe on Linux (for fun and profit) hosted by Jeroen Baten

Released: 2018-09-07. Duration: 00:55:21. Flag: Clean.
Tags: hercules,linux.
This talk is about running your own mainframe on your own hardware.

hpr2634 :: Git tag and metadata hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-09-06. Duration: 00:19:09. Flag: Clean. Series: Introduction to Git.
Tags: git.
An intro to git tags and how to view metadata about your Git repository.

hpr2633 :: Elm - First Impressions hosted by tuturto

Released: 2018-09-05. Duration: 00:30:19. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: elm, first impressions, programming language.
My first impressions on Elm programming language

hpr2632 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - interviews with Robert and Carl hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-09-04. Duration: 00:06:16. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, computing, young coders, hackers, makers, crafts.
In this episode I talk to Robert from Roberts Workshop and Carl from Edgehill University

hpr2631 :: HPR Community News for August 2018 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2018-09-03. Duration: 01:14:31. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in August 2018

hpr2630 :: Open Source Gaming: Revisiting Meridian 59 hosted by TheDUDE

Released: 2018-08-31. Duration: 00:03:49. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Meridian 59,Steam.
Discussing the steam release of Meridian 59 (recorded before release)

hpr2629 :: Thoughts on language learning part 3 - game/story mode. hosted by dodddummy

Released: 2018-08-30. Duration: 00:26:04. Flag: Clean.
Tags: spoken language learning.
I discuss some of my thoughts on how games might help in language learning.

hpr2628 :: UK Telephone Network Exploration hosted by Xtrato

Released: 2018-08-29. Duration: 00:09:49. Flag: Clean.
Tags: UK telephone network,British Telecom,BT.
I describe the process of finding interesting phone numbers on the UK telephone network.

hpr2627 :: Home Phone Setup!! hosted by sigflup

Released: 2018-08-28. Duration: 00:23:22. Flag: Clean.
Tags: sip kamailio .
This episode we set up a small phone system.

hpr2626 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - interviews with Helen and Chris hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-08-27. Duration: 00:08:30. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, computing, young coders, hackers, makers, crafts.
Interviews about Manchester Hackspace and Wirral Code Club

hpr2625 :: My thoughts on language learning communication applications. hosted by dodddummy

Released: 2018-08-24. Duration: 00:16:20. Flag: Clean.
Tags: spoken language learning.
I discuss some of my thoughts regarding using chat programs in language learning

hpr2624 :: Cycling through Brussels hosted by knightwise

Released: 2018-08-23. Duration: 00:22:07. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: cycling,Brussels.
On a hot day Knightwise rides his bike through Brussels.

hpr2623 :: Actors and Agents, Sprites and Fractals hosted by clacke

Released: 2018-08-22. Duration: 00:57:06. Flag: Clean.
Tags: flow-based, actors, fractalide, racket, ocap, mud, programming.
In which I sit down with cwebber and try to keep it short, but end up with an hour of tangents

hpr2622 :: Raspberry Pi Temperaturator hosted by b-yeezi

Released: 2018-08-21. Duration: 00:04:32. Flag: Explicit. Series: Hobby Electronics.
Tags: raspberry pi.
I invite my 6 year-old daughter on to discuss how we setup a temperature monitor on her pi

hpr2621 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - Chan'nel Thomas a.k.a little pink maker hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-08-20. Duration: 00:04:53. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018,Making, hacking, creativity, inventions.
In this episode I talk to Chan'nel Thomas aka little pink maker

hpr2620 :: Thoughts on language learning part 1 hosted by dodddummy

Released: 2018-08-17. Duration: 00:24:31. Flag: Clean.
Tags: spoken language learning.
My thoughts on an approach to language learning which makes sense to me.

hpr2619 :: A Gentle Introduction to Quilt hosted by bjb

Released: 2018-08-16. Duration: 00:20:25. Flag: Clean.
Tags: quilt, patch, diff, plain-text, editor.
Quilt - the patch manager. Introduction and tutorial.

hpr2618 :: Yesod - First Impressions hosted by tuturto

Released: 2018-08-15. Duration: 00:23:05. Flag: Clean.
Tags: haskell,yesod,web.
tuturto talking about their first impressions of Yesod web framework

hpr2617 :: Exposing a Raspberry Pi database through a REST API hosted by b-yeezi

Released: 2018-08-14. Duration: 00:20:19. Flag: Clean.
Tags: python,development.
In this episode, I discuss how I used python to make my speedtest data available across my network

hpr2616 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - interview with Josh - A.K.A - All About Code hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-08-13. Duration: 00:05:10. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, EduBlocks, computing, young coders.
An interview with Josh recorded at Liverpool makefest

hpr2615 :: Cancer hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2018-08-10. Duration: 00:17:23. Flag: Clean. Series: Health and Healthcare.
Tags: Health, Medicine, Cancer, Prostate, Colon, Lungs.
My history with cancer and how I have dealt with it.

hpr2614 :: My 1948 Truetone D1835 Tube Radio hosted by Jon Kulp

Released: 2018-08-09. Duration: 00:10:57. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Vintage audio, legacy technology, radio, antiques.
I talk about my "new" 1948 D1835 Tube-powered radio.

hpr2613 :: Quick Awk Tip hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-08-08. Duration: 00:07:39. Flag: Clean. Series: Learning Awk.
Tags: tip,awk,shebang.
This is a tip about awk scripts.

hpr2612 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - interview with Joe aka Concrete Dog hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-08-07. Duration: 00:05:53. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018.
An interview with Joe from Liverpool makefest

hpr2611 :: HPR Community News for July 2018 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2018-08-06. Duration: 01:24:13. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in July 2018

hpr2610 :: Gnu Awk - Part 12 hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2018-08-03. Duration: 00:34:10. Flag: Explicit. Series: Learning Awk.
Tags: Awk utility, Awk Language, gawk, arrays, sorting.
Advanced use of arrays

hpr2609 :: SparkleShare hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-08-02. Duration: 00:24:20. Flag: Clean. Series: Introduction to Git.
Tags: git,sparkleshare.
Klaatu demonstrates SparkleShare

hpr2608 :: BattleTech hosted by tuturto

Released: 2018-08-01. Duration: 00:18:28. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: BattleTech.
Quick introduction to BattleTech tabletop game by tuturto

hpr2607 :: Processing hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-07-31. Duration: 00:29:37. Flag: Clean. Series: Programming 101.
Tags: java,processing.
Klaatu introduces Processing, a Java subset and IDE suitable for graphical programming projects

hpr2606 :: Liverpool Makefest 2018 - interview with Dan Lynch hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-07-30. Duration: 00:08:40. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, Dan Lynch, Linux Outlaws, Floss Weekly.
This is an interview with Dan Lynch one of this year's Makefest organisers

hpr2605 :: The Eyes Have It hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2018-07-27. Duration: 00:09:59. Flag: Clean. Series: Health and Healthcare.
Tags: Health, Medicine, Eye Care, Vision.
My history with vision issues and how I have dealt with them.

hpr2604 :: Restoration of a Fasco L55A Hassock Fan hosted by Jon Kulp

Released: 2018-07-26. Duration: 00:17:54. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Fans, vintage stuff, restoration, staying cool, mid-century modern.
I talk about my recent restoration project of a mid-century modern hassock fan

hpr2603 :: Dummy shares a tip and a tip/rant about asking and answering questions hosted by dodddummy

Released: 2018-07-25. Duration: 00:25:03. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: travel mug seal,asking questions.
Those blasted rubber coffee mug seals and "Let me Google that for you."

hpr2602 :: HPR Quick Tips July 2018 hosted by operat0r

Released: 2018-07-24. Duration: 00:24:34. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: SpiderOAK,Backups,DR,Trekking,Hiking.
SpiderOAK Backup and Trekking the AT

hpr2601 :: Liverpool Makerfest 2018 hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-07-23. Duration: 00:10:34. Flag: Clean. Series: Interviews.
Tags: Liverpool Makefest 2018, EduBlocks.
This is an interview with Chris Dell

hpr2600 :: Special episode on 2600, Blue Boxes, Phreaking hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2018-07-20. Duration: 00:52:53. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: 2600, Blue Box, Phreaking, Radio FreeK America.
We celebrate the history of hackers, with a nod to the old skool phreak community.

hpr2599 :: Fitting a 3.5mm adapter to a bluetooth receiver. hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2018-07-19. Duration: 00:08:09. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: life hack, earphone, bluetooth.
Ken cobbles together a bluetooth adapter for any 3.5mm headphone

hpr2598 :: Calculating planetary orbits in Haskell hosted by tuturto

Released: 2018-07-18. Duration: 00:28:31. Flag: Clean.
Tags: haskell,astronomy.
tuturto talks about calculating planetary orbits

hpr2597 :: How to Fix a Remote with Buttons that Don't Work hosted by Jon Kulp

Released: 2018-07-17. Duration: 00:06:32. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Repairs, Remote Controls, Fixing things, Cleaning.
A response to Ken Fallon's episode about how to check whether your remote is working or not.

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