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JWP is a linux follower - has a linux job and lives the life of a free Texan in the World making Texas where ever he might be.

episodes: 41

hpr2417 :: Transmeta Crusoe - Fujitsu-Siemens Futro S210 (ThinClient) - Trouble Shooting and Debian 9 Install

Released on 2017-11-07 under a CC-BY-SA license.

I did the long awaited basement clean up project.
lots of old geeky stuff went to the bins and recycle yards :(

The Transmeta company made chips around 2000 and made chip x86 ready though a software layer. Since I love almost anything that is not Intel it was a match made in heaven.

The best info I found about the FSI 210 was at this site:
Fujitsu-Siemens Futro S210 (ThinClient)

If you want to do a project at raspberry PI prices just go to Ebay and type Futro - they have a lot of Thin clients with other chips.

About the chip:

hpr2392 :: Weather, Ogg Camp, Server Room, ITO collection

Released on 2017-10-03 under a CC-BY-SA license.

A short show about the weather in Texas and Germany, Oggcamp 2017 and my Server room. I have been having trouble with my Raspberry Pi collection being too large and new in the box.

hpr2370 :: Who is HortonWorks?

Released on 2017-09-01 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Just a quick show about Hortonworks and what they do.

They are the biggest contributor to the Apache Hadoop project.

hpr2347 :: An Intro to Apache Hadoop

Released on 2017-08-01 under a CC-BY-SA license.

hpr2327 :: A Texan's view on Why only a Native Born person can be President

Released on 2017-07-04 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Based on my limited knowledge of our founding documents. I have read them a few times and had a few basic classes about our founding documents. So I am not lawyer or Professor just a normal person with a very normal education. I did see the starting documents at the national archive last sept 2016 and they are real and can be publicly read.

hpr2324 :: Opensusecon 2017 and Ubuntu 16.04

Released on 2017-06-29 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Information about HTOP can be found at Information about Audacity 2.1.2 can be found at

Overall the opensuse con 2017 was a great event. Lots of talks, they had guy with 16 Raspberry PIs in a storage cluster and list goes on and on. Many of the folks there were suse employees or Open Cloud employees but they really had their passions down.

Ubuntu 16.04 is running fine on my MS surface tablet and is wife friendly.

hpr2320 :: Living Computers: Museum + Labs

Released on 2017-06-23 under a CC-BY-SA license.

From Wikipedia:

Living Computers: Museum + Labs (LCM+L) is a computer and technology museum located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. LCM+L showcases vintage computers which provide interactive sessions, either through time-sharing operating systems or single-user interfaces. This gives users a chance to actually use the computers on-line or in person in the museum. An expansion adds direct touch experiences with contemporary technologies such as virtual reality, self-driving cars, the internet of things, and robotics. This puts today's computer technology in the context of how it's being used to tackle real-world issues. LCM+L also hosts a wide range of educational programs and events in their state-of-the art classroom and lab spaces.

hpr2300 :: The first Intel CompuStick

Released on 2017-05-26 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Well basically the stick out of the box was not very usable. I had to struggle with it for a long time to make it work for me doing even the most basic tasks. I went to and things got better.

hpr2279 :: The first Intel CompuStick sound fix with LUbuntu

Released on 2017-04-27 under a CC-BY-SA license.

hpr2274 :: First Microsoft Surface Pro Ubuntu 16.04 Dual boot

Released on 2017-04-20 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Hi. I purchased the first MS Pro on ebay after hearing of a like project on the Linux Action Show. I do a lot of traveling and I am always feeling bad about not having a something with open source on it.

So one of the best for travel is the MS surface pro.

In short it works great with Ubuntu.

hpr2055 :: GNU Nano Editor

Released on 2016-06-17 under a CC-BY-SA license.

I recently heard an HPR Podcast where it was mentioned that Nano was not a real text editor. That somehow VI or Emacs or Kate or Gedit were in some way better than Nano. I just wanted to set the record straight that Nano is a serious editor that has a huge following and a facebook page.

hpr2047 :: Neo Fetch 1.5

Released on 2016-06-07 under a CC-BY-SA license.

I was reading Linux Voice I heard Dave Morriss talking about shows and made a sort one about Neofetch 1.5. Its a command that displays system information.

hpr1974 :: Ubuntu Community donations, Governance and Hardware

Released on 2016-02-25 under a CC-BY-SA license.

I went to -, and to see how donations with the linux vendors worked.

The only one that I found was non profit was debain. It a real nonprofit certification in the USA.

hpr1719 :: The Linux Tree Command

Released on 2015-03-05 under a CC-BY-SA license.

tree - list contents of directories in a tree-like format.


tree [-adfghilnopqrstuvxACDFNS] [-L level [-R]] [-H baseHREF] [-T title] [-o filename] [--nolinks] [-P pattern] [-I pattern] [--inodes] [--device] [--noreport] [--dirsfirst] [--version] [--help] [--filelimit #] [directory ...]


Tree is a recursive directory listing program that produces a depth indented listing of files. Color is supported ala dircolors if the LS_COLORS environment variable is set, output is to a tty, and the -C flag is used. With no arguments, tree lists the files in the current directory. When directory arguments are given, tree lists all the files and/or directories found in the given directories each in turn. Upon completion of listing all files/directories found, tree returns the total number of files and/or directories listed.

By default, when a symbolic link is encountered, the path that the symbolic link refers to is printed after the name of the link in the format:

name -> real-path

If the '-l' option is given and the symbolic link refers to an actual directory, then tree will follow the path of the symbolic link as if it were a real directory.

hpr1708 :: GNU/Nano Editor

Released on 2015-02-18 under a CC-BY-SA license.
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nano is a text editor for Unix-like computing systems or operating environments using a command line interface. It emulates the Pico text editor, part of the Pine email client, and also provides additional functionality. In contrast to Pico, nano is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Released as free software by Chris Allegretta in 1999, today nano is part of the GNU Project.

hpr1610 :: The BTRFS File System

Released on 2014-10-03 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The BTRFS File System

hpr1600 :: The zfs File System

Released on 2014-09-19 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The zfs File System

hpr1590 :: The xfs File System

Released on 2014-09-05 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The xfs File System

hpr1580 :: The FAT and NTFS File Systems

Released on 2014-08-22 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The FAT and NTFS File Systems

hpr1570 :: The JFS File System

Released on 2014-08-08 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The JFS File System

hpr1560 :: The reiserfs File System

Released on 2014-07-25 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The reiserfs File System

hpr1550 :: The Ext3 and 4 File System

Released on 2014-07-11 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The Ext3 and 4 File System

hpr1540 :: The Journaling File System

Released on 2014-06-27 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The Journaling File System

hpr1530 :: The Ext2 File System

Released on 2014-06-13 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The Ext2 File System

hpr1520 :: The Ext File System

Released on 2014-05-30 under a CC-BY-SA license.
The Ext File System

hpr1289 :: Short Xen Update From JWP

Released on 2013-07-11 under a CC-BY-SA license.

Show Title - Short Xen Update From JWP

In the Tilts 507 Rus came on as the Xen project manager. Had a lot to say about Xen but not about how xen is funded in the linux foundation by who.

In the course of preparing for the podcast I learned that is not easy to see who gives money to the linux foundation. But Oracle is on the board directors along with all the major players in the IT space.

I also learned weather it is type 1 or type 2 hypervisor it is not clear as it used to be. At work I do not get very many requests for anything but ESX, HyperV or KVM in that order. Once in a while a Xen or Oracle VM comes up. This might change with the open stack a bit but I am not sure.

A good start to look at it is here:

A better view of the real state of type 1 vs type 2 is here

hpr1254 :: X2go Remote Linux server/client

Released on 2013-05-23 under a CC-BY-SA license.

With x2go you can access your desktop using another computer -- that means both LAN and internet connections. The transmission is done using the ssh protocol, so it is encrypted. By using the free nx libraries from NoMachine, a very acceptable performance in both speed and responsiveness is achieved. Even an ISDN connection runs smoothly.

This makes it is possible to connect your laptop to any computer with the environment, applications, and performance of the remote desktop. It is also possible to have a bunch of computers connected to a single server (terminal-server, thin-client).

Clients are available for Linux (Qt4), Windows, and Mac. The latter two can be downloaded directly as binary from the x2go homepage.

hpr1044 :: OggCamp11: Oracle Linux

Released on 2012-08-02 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In todays long over due show we interview out very own presenter JWP and listen to his talk given at OggCamp11.

hpr0996 :: Command line cheat sheet

Released on 2012-05-28 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In today's show JWP tries calling in a live over the UK call in number UK: +44-203-432-5879 (The US number +1-206-203-5729) and tells us of a CC-BY-SA cheat sheet written by FossWire.

date - print or set the system date and time
$ date
Wed Mar  7 19:53:05 CET 2012

cal, ncal — displays a calendar and the date of Easter
$ cal
cal: setlocale: No such file or directory
     March 2012       
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
             1  2  3  
 4  5  6  7  8  9 10  
11 12 13 14 15 16 17  
18 19 20 21 22 23 24  
25 26 27 28 29 30 31  
uptime - Tell how long the system has been running.

uname - print system information
$ uname -a
Linux video 3.1.0-1-amd64 #1 SMP Tue Nov 29 13:47:12 UTC 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo | head -5
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : AuthenticAMD
cpu family      : 15
model           : 44
model name      : AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 2600+

$ cat /proc/meminfo | head -5
MemTotal:        1027176 kB
MemFree:          111016 kB
Buffers:          136104 kB
Cached:           173992 kB
SwapCached:         7964 kB

du - estimate file space usage
$ du -ch | tail -1
253M    total

df - report file system disk space usage
$ df -h
Filesystem                   Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdd1                     28G   22G  4.3G  84% /
tmpfs                        5.0M  4.0K  5.0M   1% /lib/init/rw
tmpfs                        101M  632K  100M   1% /run
udev                         496M     0  496M   0% /dev
tmpfs                        201M     0  201M   0% /run/shm

hpr0990 :: Portable Apps

Released on 2012-05-17 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In today's show JWP talks to us about portable applications.

hpr0888 :: EMACS Help Sources

Released on 2011-12-28 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In today's show we get proof that Klaatu lured another over to the dark side. So much so that JWP has gathered some resources for you on where you can get help on EMACS they are all on his site at


hpr0881 :: Intel Atom processor

Released on 2011-12-16 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In todays show JWP gives us the low down on the Intel Atom processor

Atom Z520 vs 1 Cent

Intel Atom

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Intel Atom is the brand name for a line of ultra-low-voltage IA-32 and x86-64 CPUs (or microprocessors) from Intel, designed in 45 nm CMOS and used mainly in netbooks, nettops, embedded application ranging from health care to advanced robotics and Mobile Internet devices (MIDs). On December 21, 2009, Intel announced the next generation of Atom processors, including the N450, with total kit power consumption down 20%. Intel Atom processors are based on the Bonnell microarchitecture.

hpr0875 :: Replacing Older Hardware

Released on 2011-12-08 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In today's show JWP talks to us about replacing some of his old amd boxes. He investigates what he can get for $250. He heads over to for a P4 with HDMI out.

hpr0868 :: Emacs Console

Released on 2011-11-30 under a CC-BY-SA license.
In today's show JWP returns with a look at emacs console.

hpr0788 :: Bitcoin

Released on 2011-08-09 under a CC-BY-SA license.
Inspired by episode 769, JWP gives some feedback on Linux Outlaws 215 - Bitcoin Discussion

hpr0770 :: byobu

Released on 2011-07-14 under a CC-BY-SA license.

byobu is a script that launches GNU screen in the byobu configuration. This enables the display of system information and status notifications within two lines at the bottom of the screen session. It also enables multiple tabbed terminal sessions, accessible through simple keystrokes.

hpr0736 :: Stop the Ubuntu 11.04 whining

Released on 2011-05-29 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

In this episode JWP discusses the negativity surrounding the Unity desktop.

hpr0708 :: Enterprise resource planning

Released on 2011-04-20 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

JWP talks about Linux in the Enterprise Space espically in relation to ERP (Enterprise resource planning) software.

hpr0623 :: nano editor

Released on 2010-12-22 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
JWP Aurthor

Nano is a lot like Pico which is included as the editor in pine.                                                                                                                    
It uses the Control key to execute commands and is very easy to use.                                                                                                                
Also be sure to donate to Wikipedia.                                                                                                                                                
Show notes at 

hpr0613 :: alternative investing and how the internet changes the game

Released on 2010-12-08 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
Shownotes from

For My hacker Public Radio spot.
Recently, I had a chance to review about 30 years of my investing and savings.
Being a live long member of the save 10% club and having been debt free for a number years I thought I needed a review.

Having been in the military I had picked almost all the wrong kinds of things to invest in in the pre-internet era that one could think of.
A few years ago when Ron Paul was running for President.
I stumbled upon his web site.
Having shared many views with Mr. Paul and him being a small town doctor from Texas.  I was very interested in what he invested in.
I read that he had about 50% of his assets in hard assets like Gold Coins and the rest T bills.
Of course he was debt free and owned his home and land out right as well. 

I use Etrade and I am slowy moving the mistakes of the Army.
Its just hard to get in touch with folks that deal with paper.

The reason I like Etrade so much is that they show the total loss or gain each investment right away.  No guessing you can see it.
You also pay as you go with them and it is very clear what you have to pay in total fee’s.

I like the treasury direct site as well.

But what really interested me.
Is what is coming.  And this is the Hacker part of that really says wow.
I have been a user of pay pal for a long time.
I have a German and American account with them and find its a great way to move dollars to euros with out a lot of over the top fees.
Most people do not think about having two types of money but I assure you the dollar is not worth very much today vs. the Euro.
Which is great for American Jobs. 
Being a Pay Pal user I a saw this Microplace site they have.
I used my pay pal ID and it worked.
There was no tricks or anything. 
You make a small loan to women in south texas or coco farms in the islands and they really pay you back.
I have done it for a few years and it made feel a lot better about sharing my money and getting a fair return.

I also look into owning a share of Windmill or truck or locomotive but the incoming costs are pretty high.  About 15K to starting in Germany to own a share of ship or locomotive.  I like this because its a set investment a train that works in the Hamburg harbor and its there you can go and see it on your web cam and see it work.  It pays back your entire principle over the 30 years of its life and it pays a share of the profit for that year.  I have not found very many American investments like that.  But have heard that some Oil trusts can do that.  Can I have a web cam of it working would be a qualifying point for me. 

Well enjoy and thank about it.
Keep it simple if you do save and watch fee’s.
The younger you start the easier it is.
And do not borrow money with credit cards or by car with credit or buy home unless you put 20% down.
Would be the only other advice.
I read book one time about wealthy barber and another about a guy who saved three years living expenses.
I used much from both. 
The one that really changed my life was when I had the living expenses worked out.
It changed how I felt about my Boss and what I would be willing do a lot. 
The spirit to take chance also came from that.

In any case I am off enjoy and be safe.

hpr0591 :: sdf and openvms deathrow

Released on 2010-11-08 under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
first I wanted to share my contact information.
and my rss feed to my show
I wanted to talk about two places that really helped me in learning about the command line. Both do not run linux one runs net bsd and the other runs open vms. Both are so geeky you need to beat it away with a stick.
I use really often and have learned so much from the use of sdf public access unix system. It was first done up in 1987 and I really like it. I saw it once in Seatle it is great thing to view. If you liked the old compuserve you are going to love this place. Its free but if you donate I think 10 bucks you get a lot more out of it.
The second place is death row vms I did a pod cast with bev a while back and its agreat place to do unix. its based on open vms which if you can not love it you must hate cute kittens to. Bev has a lot compilers there which can save you so bucks.
Free raid storage at both places.
free email at both places
free IRC at both places#
A lot that geeks like at both places

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