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hpr2580 :: Diabetes

This is the story of how I became diabetic and what I did about it.

Hosted by Ahuka on 2018-06-22 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Health, Medicine, Diabetes.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Health and Healthcare | Comments (0)

For the last 15 years or so Diabetes has been a central fact in my life, and I needed to learn what to do about it. I think I discovered a way I can live with it and still have a good quality of life

hpr2579 :: Ubuntu 18.04 Mate

This is a short show on installing the latest Ubuntu 18.04 onto a laptop and desktop PC

Hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212 on 2018-06-21 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Linux, Ubuntu.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Hardware upgrades | Comments (0)

Ubuntu Mate 18.04

Good day to all you HPR Listers. Sorry that its been a while since I recorded a show, but as they say life has got in the way over the last few months, and I've spent quite a bit of it away from the home front.

As it happens on one of those trips away my laptop running Mint Mate 18.3 LTS, based on Ubuntu 16.04LTS decided that it wouldn't boot as it didn't recognise my account, and as I had not created a Root account I could not sign in and fix the issue, which was a corrupted configuration file in the users folder.

As luck would have it I had just downloaded the latest Ubuntu Mate 18.04 .iso to try it as a live disc, so I had a boot disc that I could use to boot the laptop and access the data to rescue all my important information which was mainly all my emails and my browser settings and bookmarks, as this is one of my travelling laptops not much of importance is permanently stored on it, so it didn't take long and I was ready to reinstall the OS to the PC. Just in case I had missed some important data on the current SSD, as I had a spare SSD with me in the bag, yes I'm geeky enough to carry a spare SSD or 2 in the bag. So I dug it out and installed it into the PC, which by the way is a Dell Latitude E6540 with an i5 dual core mobile chip with hyper-threading. It's currently running 4Gig DDR3 RAM but can run up to 16Gig in the 2 slots it has.

So I booted the laptop with the USB boot disc I had created and as with all recent Ubuntu releases you get a screen asking if you want to try or install the OS, as I needed a working PC I went straight to the install option. For those not familiar with Linux or Ubuntu, the installer is a joy to use and very friendly to new users. As this was a first install to this SSD the only option I had was a full install which I chose, then was asked if I wanted to do the default install which partitions the drive and installs the bootloader automatically without any further need for intervention or did I want to do a custom partition arrangement. As the default is adequate for my needs I chose this and clicked continue. During this process you also get the option of a minimal or full installation, the minimal installation gets you a running PC with the basic utilities and leaves you to chose what to install later, but as I use the software that would be omitted I chose the full install. You get asked a final time if you are sure you want to install, with a warning that all current data on the disc will be wiped, as I was happy I clicked proceed. At this point the install starts and you are taken through setting up your PC configuration for language, keyboard, and user account. By the time I had completed this, the install was half completed and the whole process took less than 15 minutes.

After the install is complete you get the message to reboot the PC and eject the boot media to reboot into the new install, on first boot you will either be presented with the login screen or go straight to the desktop depending on the choices you made during the install. Once you are at the desktop for the first time you are presented with a wallpaper of the Ubuntu Mate logo and 2 panels one at the top and one at the bottom of the screen. The top one has for those more traditional Linux and Windows users all the information you would expect on the lower panel, such as the menu, notification area etc. As I'm more traditional in my use of a PC I quickly set up the lower panel with the Advanced Mate Menu and other notification apps such as network, clock and calendar and then deleted the other panel, but obviously this is a personal preference - go with what you find comfortable.

The next step after connecting to the local WiFi was to install any updates, which despite this release only being a few days old there were a few, but this didn't take long and in less than an hour, which included backing up and swapping out the SSD I had a fully working laptop running Ubuntu 18.04 Mate.

So there are a few bits of software not included by default in Ubuntu which I use regularly, one of which is synaptic so I opened the terminal and a sudo apt install synaptic later I had the package manager on the PC. You may ask why, but the software Boutique doesn't seem to have all the software available in the repositories and I don't always know the appropriate name of software I'm looking for to use the terminal all the time, so synaptic is a tool I use a lot. The next software that gets installed is Audacity as I use this for editing audio and sometimes extracting the audio stream from videos of the internet, most importantly for HPR listeners it is what I use to record and edit my HPR shows.

So back to Ubuntu 18.04 Mate, I've been running it for a month on the laptop and about 3 weeks on my main box and as you would expect from a LTS (long term support until 2023) it's very solid and stable, I had a glitch transferring my e mails into Thunderbird on my main box, it had worked flawlessly on the laptop, so I ended up having to reinstall from scratch and on the second install it went perfectly, I think it was down to the way I set up Thunderbird which screwed things up, not the OS, but it's all fine now and I didn't lose anything in the process. For me coming from Mint there are a couple of utilities the Mint developers have implemented that are not available in Ubuntu, but nothing I can't work around. Saying that, if there are any Ubuntu developers out there, the Mint USB drive formatter and USB boot disc creation utilities are nice and simple to use but not available in the Ubuntu repositories.

Obviously I've only had limited time to get to use the new OS but so far it doesn't seem too bad coming back to the mother ship so to speak from several years of using Mint Mate, virtually since its inception, but as I record this there has been nothing that has made me feel I need to rush and reinstall Mint, so I'll continue with Ubuntu Mate 18.04 at least until the new Mint19 based on this Ubuntu release comes out.

hpr2578 :: LinuxLUGcast 102 the lost episode

LinuxLUGcast episode 102. The lost episode.

Hosted by Honkeymagoo on 2018-06-20 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: linux, computing.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Comments (0)

This was episode 102 of the LinuxLUGcast.
So the LinuxLUGcast is an open podcast/LUG that meets every first and third friday of the month using mumble. This method of running a podcast leaves it open to anyone showing up (which is what we want because it gets difficult for fiftyonefifty and I to come up with topics all the time). We have also gotten the reputation of being a safe for work podcast. This is why episode 102 is being posted here. Between the not safe for work language and the fact that after a few drinks during the podcast I get a little rambly we thought it best not to publish it on the regular LinuxLUGcast feed, but I thought there was some good conversation here that would be lost if it did not go somewhere. After some discussion we at the LinuxLUGcast decided that we would publish it here so that it could be heard by the HPR community.
We have also done some website remodeling which has screwed up the .ogg feed, and wanted to let people know that we are still podcasting and to please check out for the new .ogg feed.

p.s. please forgive my rambling

hpr2577 :: Emigration

Howto emigrate

Hosted by klaatu on 2018-06-19 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Emigration,visa,permanent residency,citizenship.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Comments (0)

Confused about leaving your homeland for <strike>greener</strike> pastures? Maybe this episode will shed some light on the subject.

Public domain music from Can you find your national anthem? Do you know all the words to your national anthem? Either way, you should be ashamed of yourself.

hpr2576 :: My swedish and german podcasts part 1

I'm recommending 6 podcasts in swedish and german

Hosted by folky on 2018-06-18 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: podcasts,swedish,german,language,media,europe.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Podcast recommendations | Comments (3)

hpr2575 :: Quick Tips June 2018

I go over a few quick tips for June

Hosted by operat0r on 2018-06-15 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: QuickTips.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Comments (0)

  • sites that required two factor tips
  • Referb your can opener
  • Referb your powerwheels
  • Humidifier filter DIY
  • free anonymous email over TOR

hpr2574 :: Personal cash-only finance

Klaatu discusses the advantages and disadvantages of going [mostly] cash-only

Hosted by klaatu on 2018-06-14 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: money, finance, life.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Comments (0)

Klaatu discusses the advantages and disadvantages of going [mostly] cash-only

hpr2573 :: Foundations of git rebase

Klaatu talks about git rebase

Hosted by klaatu on 2018-06-13 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: git,rebase,merge.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Version Control | Comments (0)

A git rebase is like a git merge done through rose-coloured glasses.

You can see it for yourself by doing this little experiment. Assuming the alice directory is a valid git repository:

$ cd alice
$ echo "foo" >> rebase.episode
$ git add rebase.episode ; git commit -m 'begin rebase episode'
$ git checkout -b monsters

$ git branch
* monsters
$ echo "ghoul" >> ghoul.txt
$ git add ghoul.txt ; git commit -m 'ghoul'
$ git checkout master
$ echo "rogue" >> rogue.txt
$ git add rogue.txt ; git commit -m 'rogue'

$ git checkout monsters
$ echo "dragon" >> dragon.txt
$ git add dragon.txt ; git commit -m 'dragon'

$ git checkout master
$ echo "paladin" >> paladin.txt
$ git add paladin.txt ; git commit -m 'paladin'

You have now emulated a bunch of activity on two separate branches of a git repository. Create a copy of the repo so that you can perform two separate git actions.

$ cd ..
$ cp -r alice alice-merge
$ cp -r alice alice-base

Do an honest merge:

$ cd alice-merge
$ git checkout master
$ git merge monsters

The log shows you an accurate representation what got merged, and how all those changes came to be:

$ git log --oneline
123456 Merged monsters into master
789101 paladin
112131 dragon
415161 rogue
718191 ghoul
7ef217 begin rebase episode

Now perform a rebase.

$ cd ../alice-base
$ git checkout master
$ git rebase monsters

The log displays a different story than what really happened.

123456 Merged monsters into master
8e9122 paladin
21d163 rogue
912a3f dragon
51c098 ghoul
7ef217 begin rebase episode

Better? Worse? YOU DECIDE!

hpr2572 :: What's in my tool kit

Listing of items I carry for daily use

Hosted by bookewyrmm on 2018-06-12 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: daily carry, toolkit.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: What's in My Toolkit | Comments (0)

If I expand the definition of tool kit to include the tool box on my pickup truck, I also have...

  • 10' telephone cord
  • analogue telephone (princes style) for testing
  • 3 spare usb keyboards 1 spare ps/2 keyboards
  • 2 usb mice
  • 2x 6' dvi-d cables
  • adjustable wrench
  • pliers
  • needle nose pliers
  • craftsman precision screwdriver set
  • X-acto knife set

  • socket set
  • Ratchet straps
  • 50' cotton bond rope 1/2" diameter
  • 50' nylon 1/2" rope
  • 7'x 8' medium weight tarp
  • Fluke #117 multimeter
  • Fluke Link runner AT 1000
  • and toner probe
  • machete
  • jumper cables
  • analog linemans handset/ butt set (harris TS30)

Previous five weeks

hpr2570 :: Penguicon 2018 Report hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2018-06-08. Duration: 00:16:27. Flag: Clean. Series: Penguicon.
Tags: Penguicon 2018.
Penguicon 2018 took place on May 4-6, 2018 in Southfield, Michigan

hpr2569 :: Pandemic: Reign of Cthulu board game review hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-06-07. Duration: 00:19:00. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: game,tabletop.
Klaatu reviews a board game

hpr2568 :: Personal finance hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-06-06. Duration: 00:54:42. Flag: Clean.
Tags: money, finance, life.
How to manage personal finances.

hpr2567 :: Son of Hunky Punk hosted by Claudio Miranda

Released: 2018-06-05. Duration: 00:04:29. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Interactive Fiction,interpreter,Android,Son of Hunky Punk,Hunky Punk.
I follow-up on my Frotz episode by covering Son of Hunky Punk, a Z-machine interpreter for Android.

hpr2566 :: HPR Community News for May 2018 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2018-06-04. Duration: 01:03:27. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in May 2018

hpr2565 :: HPR 2017 New Years Eve show part 7 hosted by Various Creative Commons Works

Released: 2018-06-01. Duration: 02:58:03. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: HPR new year show 2017.
Part seven of the sixth annual HPR New Year Show. This is the last one.

hpr2564 :: Intro to Fossil hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-05-31. Duration: 00:33:11. Flag: Clean.
Tags: fossil,sqlite,svn,git,scm.
Klaatu talks about the Fossil version control system

hpr2563 :: Action In Storytelling hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2018-05-30. Duration: 00:17:45. Flag: Clean.
Tags: storytelling,action.
Lostnbronx looks at different uses of action in storytelling.

hpr2562 :: I bought a laptop hosted by clacke

Released: 2018-05-29. Duration: 00:21:32. Flag: Clean.
Tags: laptop, linux, ubuntu, nix, cryptocurrency.
... in which clacke takes months (or years?) to buy a laptop, but comes out pretty pleased

hpr2561 :: A reluctant dog walk hosted by MrX

Released: 2018-05-28. Duration: 00:24:32. Flag: Explicit. Series: Sound Scapes.
Tags: dog, walking.
A reluctant dog walk after some hand stripping

hpr2560 :: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2018-05-25. Duration: 00:18:37. Flag: Clean. Series: Privacy and Security.
Tags: GDPR,General Data Protection Regulation.
The GDPR becomes enforceable today and Ken gives an overview on what it is and how it effects you.

hpr2559 :: My Favourite Browser extension hosted by MrX

Released: 2018-05-24. Duration: 00:18:37. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Internet, Research, Browser, Firefox, Plug-in, Add-On.
In this episode I cover my favourite browser Add-on

hpr2558 :: Battling with English - part 1 hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2018-05-23. Duration: 00:11:18. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: grammar,spelling,punctuation,word misuse,English.
Misunderstandings about English grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.

hpr2557 :: Styx -- The Purely Functional Static Site Generator hosted by clacke

Released: 2018-05-22. Duration: 00:13:52. Flag: Clean.
Tags: nix, styx, static site generator.
For the Fractalide web site, we are using Styx as a site generator. Here's a bit of how and why.

hpr2556 :: Building trust hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-05-21. Duration: 00:42:29. Flag: Clean. Series: Privacy and Security.
Tags: trust,social engineering,gpg,pgp,community.
Quasi-philosophical musing about how trust is built both online and in real life

hpr2555 :: HPR 2017 New Years Eve show part 6 hosted by Various Hosts

Released: 2018-05-18. Duration: 03:15:22. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: HPR new year show 2017.
Part six of the sixth annual HPR New Year Show.

hpr2554 :: Gnu Awk - Part 11 hosted by b-yeezi

Released: 2018-05-17. Duration: 00:28:06. Flag: Clean. Series: Learning Awk.
Tags: bash, linux, awk.
In part 11 of the series, we string and number built-in functions

hpr2553 :: Get ahead with git HEAD hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-05-16. Duration: 00:46:42. Flag: Clean. Series: Introduction to Git.
Tags: git, HEAD, branch, refs.
Klaatu helps you understand git HEAD

hpr2552 :: What is stow? hosted by clacke

Released: 2018-05-15. Duration: 00:12:01. Flag: Clean.
Tags: stow, package manager.
How does stow work, why would you want it and what are its limitations?

hpr2551 :: Calibrating Calibration hosted by NYbill

Released: 2018-05-14. Duration: 00:25:19. Flag: Clean.
Tags: test gear, electronics, oscilloscope.
NYbill talks about calibration issues with the Siglent SDS1202X-E oscilloscope

hpr2550 :: Howto get started playing RPGs hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-05-11. Duration: 00:25:19. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: rpg,intro,howto,tutorial,dnd,pathfinder,opend6,ogl.
Lostnbronx and Klaatu tag-team an intro to tabletop role-playing games [RPG]

hpr2549 :: DVD ripping using old hardware hosted by Archer72

Released: 2018-05-10. Duration: 00:05:14. Flag: Clean.
Tags: ripping, movies, hardware, repurpose.
How I put an older machine and a little cash to repurpose it.

hpr2548 :: Single Vs Multiple Characters hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2018-05-09. Duration: 00:17:30. Flag: Clean.
Tags: storytelling,writing,characters,lostnbronx.
Lostnbronx looks at why single or multiple main characters are better in stories.

hpr2547 :: MSYS2 hosted by clacke

Released: 2018-05-08. Duration: 00:10:57. Flag: Clean.
Tags: msys2, cygwin, windows, command-line, pacman, package manager.
In which I talk briefly about the history of MSYS2 and Cygwin and why you might want MSYS2

hpr2546 :: HPR Community News for April 2018 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2018-05-07. Duration: 00:26:31. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
Ken is on his own and talks about shows released and comments posted in April 2018

hpr2545 :: HPR 2017 New Years Eve show part 5 hosted by Various Hosts

Released: 2018-05-04. Duration: 02:20:33. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: HPR new year show 2017.
Part five of the sixth annual HPR New Year Show.

hpr2544 :: How I prepared episode 2493: YouTube Subscriptions - update hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2018-05-03. Duration: 00:32:58. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: YouTube,OPML,XML,xmlstarlet,Template Toolkit.
In show 2493 I listed some of my YT subscriptions - here's how

hpr2543 :: Home Theater - Part 1 Hardware hosted by operat0r

Released: 2018-05-02. Duration: 00:08:50. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Home Theater.
I go over my Home Theater / Media setup starting with Hardware

hpr2542 :: How I helped my dad run a static website using SparkleShare hosted by clacke

Released: 2018-05-01. Duration: 00:12:08. Flag: Clean.
Tags: sparkleshare, static website, gitlab pages.
In which I describe my setup of SparkleShare and GitLab Pages to maintain a static website

hpr2541 :: Microphone Wind Screen Demo hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2018-04-30. Duration: 00:06:24. Flag: Clean.
Tags: recording,wind screen,muff,outdoors,lostnbronx.
Lostnbronx demonstrates the effectiveness of his new microphone wind screen.

hpr2540 :: 28 - TLS 1.3 hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2018-04-27. Duration: 00:18:42. Flag: Clean. Series: Privacy and Security.
Tags: Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman, Encryption, TLS.
TLS 1.3 is the newest protocol standard for secure communications on the Web.

hpr2539 :: Interview - Austin Lee hosted by operat0r

Released: 2018-04-26. Duration: 00:45:39. Flag: Explicit. Series: Interviews.
Tags: interview.
operat0r Interviews Austin Lee

hpr2538 :: My geeky plans for the new house. hosted by knightwise

Released: 2018-04-25. Duration: 00:26:53. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: ubiquity, wifi, network, firewall, server.
Knightwise talks about the new geek infrastructure in his house

hpr2537 :: Recording HPR on the fly Part II hosted by clacke

Released: 2018-04-24. Duration: 00:03:28. Flag: Clean.
Tags: android, recording, hpr.
In which I update the recommendation from HPR 1877: Just use Audio Recorder!

hpr2536 :: Lostnbronx examines points-of-view and tenses in storytelling. hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2018-04-23. Duration: 00:16:53. Flag: Clean.
Tags: storytelling,stories,pov,tense,writing,lostnbronx.
Lostnbronx examines points-of-view and tenses in storytelling.

hpr2535 :: HPR 2017 New Years Eve show part 4 hosted by Various Hosts

Released: 2018-04-20. Duration: 03:25:57. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: HPR new year show 2017.
Part four of the sixth annual HPR New Year Show.

hpr2534 :: Moving to Office 365 (and painting the ceiling) hosted by knightwise

Released: 2018-04-19. Duration: 00:31:28. Flag: Clean.
Tags: office, microsoft, windows, 365, move, Migrate, google, Gmail.
Knightwise talks about moving his company email to Office 365

hpr2533 :: Burp Suite / ABCMouse Game hosted by operat0r

Released: 2018-04-18. Duration: 00:25:04. Flag: Clean.
Tags: burp suite,android,pentesting.
I got over my approach for most mobile/web app pentesting

hpr2532 :: Podcrawl Glasgow 2018 hosted by thelovebug

Released: 2018-04-17. Duration: 00:26:24. Flag: Clean.
Tags: podcrawl, event, beer, whisky, cigars, Creative Commons, music, Linux, tech, chunder.
The TuxJam guys introduce and invite the HPR community to join them at Podcrawl Glasgow in July 2018

hpr2531 :: Plot And Story hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2018-04-16. Duration: 00:14:26. Flag: Clean.
Tags: storytelling,plot,story,character,background,lostnbronx.
Lostnbronx shares some thoughts about the nature of plot and story in storytelling.

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