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hpr2596 :: Battling with English - part 2

Misunderstandings about English grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.

Hosted by Dave Morriss on 2018-07-16 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: grammar,spelling,punctuation,word misuse,English,apostrophe.
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Battling with English - part 2

Further notes about 'then' and 'than'

In the last episode I mentioned the confusion between then and than. I referred to the etymology of the two words, but I didn't go into detail.

Reading the Online Etymology Dictionary, one interesting point in the page about than is that it was:

Developed from the adverb then, and not distinguished from it by spelling until c. 1700.

So, it would seem that the two words are related and historically were the same! However, I'd guess that it is unlikely that people using them interchangeably now are making reference to usage in the 1700's.

Problems with apostrophes

Let us now examine the apostrophe, which is a punctuation mark. It is used for:

  • Indicating that letters have been omitted, such as in a contracted form of words. For example when the phrase they are is contracted to they're.

  • Turning a word into a possessive form such as in the cat's paw

  • When the plural of a single letter (or digit) is required such as in dot your i's and cross your t's.

There are other uses but you can look at the Wikipedia article for them if you want to dig deeper. I may well revisit this topic in a later show in this series.

Long notes

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

hpr2595 :: New laptop bargain?

This is a short show about another trip to the computer auction and one of my purchases

Hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212 on 2018-07-13 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: computer auction,laptop.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. Series: Hardware upgrades | Comments (0)

Greetings HPR listeners this is Tony Hughes again coming from Blackpool in the UK. Well, as you heard on my last episode I recently visited the computer auction I frequent here in the UK. If you want to drool over the catalogue at any time their website is here:

So at the sale in June they had some really good 3-4 year old laptops for sale so I decided to take a trip and see if I could liberate a few bargains, and one of the items I came away with was 3 Toshiba Z30a Ultra Books of the i5 4th generation. The basic specs are:

  • i5-4300U CPU
  • 128GB mSATA solid state drive
  • 13.3 inch display
  • 8Gig DDR Ram
  • 3 x USB3 ports
  • VGA and HDMI video out
  • Full Ethernet Port
  • Combined Audio in/out jack
  • SD card reader
  • Mobile Intel ® HD Graphics with up to 1792MB dynamically allocated
  • shared graphics memory.

There will be a link in the show notes to the full specifications

I had also picked up some 240Gig SSD's and had planned to upgrade the storage but this is not possible with a 2.5 inch drive as it doesn't have a bay for this format. However it does support up to 128Gig High capacity SD cards so this could be an option if you don't want to go to the expense of upgrading the mSATA drive, however as luck would have it one of my other purchases had a 256Gig mSATA drive in a 2.5 inch caddy so that was quickly swapped out and both laptops got an upgrade. More of that in another show.

So after doing the hardware upgrade I proceeded to install Ubuntu 18.04 MATE onto the PC. The install worked flawlessly and after completion and configuring the machine to my liking everything seems to be working just fine. The battery condition for a 4 year old laptop is excellent at over 90%, however a replacement can be had on Ebay for around £30 if needed and I always factor this into any second hand laptops I buy.

Since I got it running I've installed Windows 7 in a Virtual Machine, in this case Virtual Box as I have a preconfigured Virtual Box HDD image that makes it less of a hassle to install as I don’t have to spend days waiting for all the updates to come through. When this is running in the background it doesn't over tax the host machine, and for Linux users it does mean you have access to that occasional bit of light weight MS software that you may need without the need to lug around 2 PC's.

So did I bag a bargain, well 4 years ago on release these laptops went for £1100+ in the UK and even today they fetch £160 in good order on the likes of Ebay for a model with the specification as I originally purchased it. I would never have been in the market to spend £1000+ on a laptop now or then so the only way I can enjoy these types of machines is after they have been pre loved by someone else. Lets just say £160 is quite a bit more than I paid but with the upgrade to 256Gig mSATA drive I have a better machine for a little less than that, I personally think I bagged a bargain which will do me good service in the coming months/years.

hpr2594 :: Using nmtui, the Network Manager Terminal User interface

A use case for nmtui and general discussion about how to use it

Hosted by Philip on 2018-07-12 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: nmtui, networkmanager, linux.
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This is my first show and I am happy to be here!

nmtui's documentation can be found here.

You can reach me on the freenode irc network at blu3r4d0n.

hpr2593 :: Intro to De Bellis Antiquitatis

Short intro to tabletop wargame called DBA

Hosted by tuturto on 2018-07-11 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: tabletop gaming.
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In this episode tuturto paints rambles about De Bellis Antiquitatis while painting more toy soldiers, so expect long pauses and missing thoughts as he tries to do two things at the same time.

De Bellis Antiquitatis (or DBA for short):

While the original site seems to be gone, WADBAG unofficial guide to DBA can be found at:

hpr2592 :: Tech Talk With Allison

This is a talk with Allison about webites, ruby, os design and other such things.

Hosted by sigflup on 2018-07-10 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: os, ruby, webdev.
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Come join us and listen to Allison talk about her tech!!! This talk includes subjects like websites, ruby, os design and other such things.

Allison's email address:

hpr2591 :: International Troubleshooting

NYbill troubleshoots a DIY kit of ken Fallon’s.

Hosted by NYbill on 2018-07-09 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: DIY, Kit, Electronics, Troubleshooting.
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NYbill troubleshoots a DIY kit of Ken Fallon's.

The new toy:

AmScope SE400-Z
(The microscope has a nice working height underneath it so you can get your hands and tools in there.)

The offending chip:

Pics for the episode:

hpr2590 :: Blowing a PC Power Supply

Just a short show on how I managed to blow the power supply on my desktop PC

Hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212 on 2018-07-06 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Computers, Repair, safety.
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Greetings Hacker Public Radio listeners, Tony Hughes again coming all the way from Blackpool in the North West of the UK. Originally this show was going to be about some new kit that I have recently bought at my favourite computer auction. However as luck or actually bad luck should have it I fried the power supply on my Desktop machine yesterday as I was setting it up again after moving back to my office.

The PC is a HP Compaq Elite 8300 micro Desk top tower with a i7 3rd generation 3770 3.4Ghz CPU and since upgrades now has 16Gig Ram and a Primary 256Gig SSD. This is my daily driver and I've been running it for a couple of years since I bought it at the said auction. It is the best PC I've ever owned; the full specifications are here:

As I said I was re setting up my full rig after moving it back to the office upstairs after a temporary move while we had a house guest. As I was plugging in the power cable there was a flash and crack, and a few expletives were uttered, sure enough when I switched of the power at the plug and reconnected the power cable and then tried to power on the PC, it was dead. I was hoping that it was the power supply that had blown and as I had a spare I was not too concerned. However on investigation HP have done the dirty with the design of the motherboard and power supply and neither are standard ATX configuration, yes propriety hardware for this baby.

I was lucky as a few months ago I had picked up a i3 HP using the same case, so I pulled out the power supply from this and fitted it into the i7 PC and luckily that did turn out to be the issue, and the PC sprang into life when I hit the power button. I’m now left with a PC that works, but another one that unless I can find a power supply to match is next to useless except for spares.

Lessons learned, never connect the power cable when the socket is live, if your plug socket doesn't have a switch connect the kettle end to the PC first to reduce the risk of a short like mine. Also never assume that 2nd hand PC’s are standard case/motherboard format as you may have a problem sourcing spares if anything goes wrong as in my case. It’s not the first PC disaster I've had over the years and I can as in this case usually get round them, although not when I bricked the BIOS on a Lenovo x200 one time trying to clear a BIOS password, again I was left with a box of spares which actually came in very handy.

Well that's the end of my tale of woe. I’ll do another episode on the recent trip to the auction and my new laptops shortly. This is Tony Hughes for Hacker Public Radio signing off for now.

hpr2589 :: Saving Money: a response to Klaatu's Personal Finance Series

A response to Klaatu's very nice series about personal finance.

Hosted by Jon Kulp on 2018-07-05 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: personal finance, money, saving, retirement.
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hpr2588 :: Miniature painting

tuturto rambles about how to paint miniatures while painting some toy soldiers

Hosted by tuturto on 2018-07-04 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: miniatures painting.
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tuturto rambles about miniature painting while painting some ancient British units (horses for chariots to be specific) for De Bellis Antiquitatis.

hpr2587 :: Cleaning out your Digital Gutters

Knightwise talks about being a geek and his quest to curate the library of his mind

Hosted by knightwise on 2018-07-03 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: geek, life, lifestyle.
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While cleaning out the gutters, Knightwise talks about cleaning out the digital gutters of his information consumption and looking for geeky ways to get his information fix.

Previous five weeks

hpr2586 :: HPR Community News for June 2018 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2018-07-02. Duration: 00:58:30. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in June 2018

hpr2585 :: Check to see if a Remote Control is working hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2018-06-29. Duration: 00:01:39. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: remote control, life hack.
Yet another amazing life hack from Ken

hpr2584 :: Plot Twists In Storytelling hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2018-06-28. Duration: 00:11:59. Flag: Clean.
Tags: storytelling,plot twists,lostnbronx.
Lostnbronx examines plot twists, including the different types, and how they can be used.

hpr2583 :: Random Rant hosted by TheDUDE

Released: 2018-06-27. Duration: 00:15:17. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Juiced Penguin,copyright,public domain.
Rant on how US sound recordings copyright laws are weird & how I miss Juiced Penguin

hpr2582 :: 3 Contribution case studies hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-06-26. Duration: 00:44:59. Flag: Clean.
Tags: FLOSS contributions.
How easy is it for your potential contributors to contribute?

hpr2581 :: My new 3D printer - impressions of the Creality Ender 3 hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2018-06-25. Duration: 00:20:39. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: 3D printer.
I bought a Creality Ender 3 3D printer in June 2018. Here are my first impressions of it

hpr2580 :: Diabetes hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2018-06-22. Duration: 00:14:01. Flag: Clean. Series: Health and Healthcare.
Tags: Health, Medicine, Diabetes.
This is the story of how I became diabetic and what I did about it.

hpr2579 :: Ubuntu 18.04 Mate hosted by Tony Hughes AKA TonyH1212

Released: 2018-06-21. Duration: 00:10:20. Flag: Clean. Series: Hardware upgrades.
Tags: Linux, Ubuntu.
This is a short show on installing the latest Ubuntu 18.04 onto a laptop and desktop PC

hpr2578 :: LinuxLUGcast 102 the lost episode hosted by Honkeymagoo

Released: 2018-06-20. Duration: 03:52:56. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: linux, computing.
LinuxLUGcast episode 102. The lost episode.

hpr2577 :: Emigration hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-06-19. Duration: 00:30:55. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Emigration,visa,permanent residency,citizenship.
Howto emigrate

hpr2576 :: My swedish and german podcasts part 1 hosted by folky

Released: 2018-06-18. Duration: 00:05:35. Flag: Clean. Series: Podcast recommendations.
Tags: podcasts,swedish,german,language,media,europe.
I'm recommending 6 podcasts in swedish and german

hpr2575 :: Quick Tips June 2018 hosted by operat0r

Released: 2018-06-15. Duration: 00:13:46. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: QuickTips.
I go over a few quick tips for June

hpr2574 :: Personal cash-only finance hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-06-14. Duration: 00:30:00. Flag: Clean.
Tags: money, finance, life.
Klaatu discusses the advantages and disadvantages of going [mostly] cash-only

hpr2573 :: Foundations of git rebase hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-06-13. Duration: 00:20:29. Flag: Clean. Series: Version Control.
Tags: git,rebase,merge.
Klaatu talks about git rebase

hpr2572 :: What's in my tool kit hosted by bookewyrmm

Released: 2018-06-12. Duration: 00:05:42. Flag: Explicit. Series: What's in My Toolkit.
Tags: daily carry, toolkit.
Listing of items I carry for daily use

hpr2571 :: Kill Dr. Lucky hosted by klaatu

Released: 2018-06-11. Duration: 00:19:28. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: game,tabletop.
Klaatu reviews a board game

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

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