In the twenty third episode of CCJam, kevie introduces the listeners to California rock band John Travoltage. They are active on Facebook, Soundcloud, Jamendo and Reverbnation. The tracks on this episode do contain some language that some listeners may find offensive, for that reason it carries a NSFW label. The track included in this podcast are:
Kevie and Andrew (aka McNalu) begin by reviewing a bumper crop of interesting distro releases listed on distrowatch.com. Kevie then gives us a revised opinion of some software he reviewed in previous episodes based on longer-term use, and blames Andrew for making him try the vector graphics application Karbon. The rest of the show is taken over with a review of the Debian-based Tanglu GNU/Linux distro, which has been around now for about a year. Kevie tries out both its Gnome and KDE variants, and Andrew, being a day-to-day KDE user, moves out of his comfort-zone to try Tanglu with Gnome 3. Andrew mentions a game he’s been playing – the splendidly titled Sir, You Are Being Hunted – and then explains why he has decided to take out a life membership of the magnatune.com music service, which he often uses as a source of creative commons-licensed music for TuxJam. We end with an appeal for more feedback as unusually we didn’t receive any for TuxJam 37 Your comments and suggestions for reviews and of music to play are very welcome!
Creative commons tracks played:
- Eye of the storm by Modern pitch
- Tumble mat by Sinkhole
- Alone (it’s not so bad) by I’m not left handed
- Just leave him by Jim Gaven
- The difference (calming down) by Mystic crock
In the 22nd episode of CCJam, Kevie introduces the listeners to the London based hard-rock band Fallen to Flux. The band are very active at the moment with a new EP and the opening of a new merchandise store. They are active on about.me, Twitter, Facebook, itunes, Youtube, Bandcamp, Spotify and Jamendo.
The tracks included in the podcast today are:
In an era of an ever increasing militarisation of the Police, aided by the sense that they’re above the law, it’s more important than ever for civilians to watch, record and expose them. The era of doing that overtly is also over. We need to take additional steps to preserve the evidence.
- Texas police officer uses stun gun on 76-year-old during routine traffic stop
- Denver Police seize tablet, delete video of brutal arrest. But it had backed up to “the cloud”
- Why The Iowa Digital Driver’s License Seems So Cool—And Scary
It’s one thing for manufacturers to have cross promotional agreements with each other, it’s another to lock the customers of one product into buying specifically branded replaceable products.
Andrew (aka mcnalu) and Kevie continue the TuxJam tradition of a special festive episode that brings you suggestions of gifts for geeks, or indeed gifts that might help bring out the inner-geek in a friend or family-member. Before we get to those, Kevie talks on his positive experience of self-proclaimed “lovely” linux distribution LXLE.
Gifts for Geeks
Stocking fillers (£0 to £20)
- Linux PC case badges
- 4 in 1 pen
- Titanium Spork
- Pacman bottle opener
- Adafruit GEMMA – wearable tech £5
- Learn to Solder book £4
- Raspberry Pi camera board
Mid-range (£20 to £150)
- Matchstick (official site)
- R2D2 USB hub
- Turntable or Tape deck – Beware of cheapo USB ones – try your local charity/goodwill store instead!
- Flux Capacitor USB car charger
- Flux Capacitor Watch
- Linux Voice subscription
- Ogg compatible media player – Listen to Dave Morriss talk about his Audio player collection on HPR
- magnatune.com subscription 3 months = $45 STOP PRESS: free Christmas Magnatune album download just released.
- Raspberry Pi B+ starter kit
Top-end (£150 or more)
- Fuze – retro 8 bit computer kit powered by a Rasperberry Pi
- Chromebook or better yet, buy a laptop, remove its proprietary OS and install Linux and add a Linux Inside sticker
- Vega Smartwatch, a completely independent android smartwatch.
- Kindle Voyage
- Bose headphones/mobile speakers
Festive Creative Commons tracks played
- Silent night by Sleeping Sky
- Brrr, It’s frickin’s freezing outside by Mr & Mrs Smith
- A very Star Wars Christmas by Nerds with Guitars
- Winter Time by Chiefmonks
- Jingle Bells by Anup*
*If you liked this track, you can download it along with the Magnatune Christmas album for free.
Wishing you a Merry Christrmas and a Happy New Year from Kevie and Andrew!
In this episode we take a look into the future as technology advances, and increasingly make humans unable to compete with computers and robots. If entire sectors of society can’t find work, how does that impact humanity?
Kevie and Andrew (aka mcnalu) start off with a round up of recent releases of lesser-known distros on distrowatch.com. They review Neptune OS 4.2 which was released just after 4.1 was reviewed in TuxJam 35, and find only slight improvements on what was already a well-crafted linux distro. They’re then joined by Gordon aka ThistleWeb from our sibling podcast Crivins to talk about Trelby, a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) package for writing scripts and screenplays. If you’d like to know a bit more, give Gordon’s Hacker Public Radio (HPR) show on this topic a listen. Andrew (the complete graphics amateur) then reviews the vector graphics software Karbon and is quizzed by Kevie, who makes a living from teaching young folk to use graphics software. How Karbon compares to Inkspace, it’s main FOSS rival, is left for a future episode. Kevie then reviews streamripper, which, as the name suggests, is a tool for recording audio streams. We then review our feedback and pass on the invite to the HPR new year special show.
Creative commons tunes played in this episode were:
Rise by Rob Warren – suggested by Pete Daniels https://loadaverage.org/pete
David & Golliath by Wooden Legs – suggested by Tim Dobson https://twitter.com/tdobson
I’m Down, Down, Down by Yuvalain
Don’t Stop by Tradmark
Answer My Call by The Way I Am
All I Wanna Be Is Happy by A Beautiful Tomorrow