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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 58 – 23/08/11 – “M.A.D”

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Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here.

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights)

Its been over two weeks since the last show.  Was that due to deminishing interest in the project? No, merely a massively busy workload that took me away from sunny Bedfordshire.  As I get back into the world of tech and its happenings, Roy leads the show where we have a diverse (and somewhat more organized) set of topics to talk about.

I’ve been warned by Roy that the sound is poor this episode, however I hope you’ll forgive this after our two weeks away!  This episode is entitled Mutual Assured Destruction as we see Google stepping up to the mark with its new patent purchases.  The topics covered today:

* Motorola/Google deal

* First track of the night is “The One” by P.J Morgan

* Discussion about the United States Court of Appeals opening the door to invalidating more software patents & Software patents in the EU.

* Second track is “Can’t Stop” by Ozomatli

* Samsung/Apple situation in Europe

We also look at the Gimp and have a discussion about social networking, including an extra piece in regards to Diaspora.  We end on the track “Thursday” by Orchid and Hound.

Get the latest episode of TechBytes here!

Tim (Goblin)

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 57 – 05/08/11 – “Diaspora, Google+ and Gnome”

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Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here.

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights)

Summary: A reasonably short episode covering Torvalds’ GNOME remarks and various other bits of news

LAST NIGHT we returned to recording after almost two weeks off. We caught up with some news about desktop environments and other such GNU/Linux-oriented topics.

The show includes “Sorry, Baby” by Dan Dyer and “Paganini: Cantabile” by Volodja Balzalorsky, which closes the show.

We also managed to cover:

Diaspora / Google + – and a discussion on social networking/privacy.

Moving from Gnome to Xfce – a look at some recent comments and the general opinion of Gnome Shell as well as a brief mention about Unity.

* Linux gaming and the indi scene

As well as a selection of creative commons music and a mish-mash of sidetracks and tangents.

You can download this episode:  

http://techrights.org/2011/08/06/techbytes-episode-57/

Tim (Goblin)

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Mail: bytes4free@googlemail.com
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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 56 – 24/07/11 – “The Grilling! ;)”

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Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here.

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights)

A rather different show (and one in which I take a back seat on).

Michael Glasser is our guest for this episode and whilst we cover a few pieces of news, the show is mainly focused around a debate between Michael and Roy which I host.  Both gentlemen have strong, passionate opinions about their topics and this show is aimed at highlighting and debating those opinions whilst at the same time trying to sift through the misrepresentation regarding them both on the net.

A very enjoyable show  and a rather different one.

You can download the latest episode here:  http://techrights.org/2011/07/24/gnu-linux-macosx-by-michael-glasser-roy-schestowitz-and-goblin-on-techbytes/

During the course of the show, Michael made several points in regards to PCLinux.  He has produced some screenshots, which will make sense when you listen to the audiocast.  Here is his comments following the audiocast from comp.os.linux.advocacy:

Well, a sneak preview at some of the discussion I had with Roy and Goblin.
I agreed to do some "homework", if you will, to test to see if my views or
Roy's were more accurate (in this one area... not stated as a universal
claim).  Here are the requested screenshots, along with the conclusion:

<http://tmp.gallopinginsanity.com/PCLOS-OSX-comparison.pdf>
    -----
    I have made two predictions in terms of desktop Linux in
    general and PCLOS in particular:

    1) UI issues will continue to get better - there will be
    greater consistency, for example, but also there will be just
    general progress toward following well respected GUI
    guidelines in general

    2) Contrary to what others in COLA have told me in the past
    and what Roy Schestowitz told me recently, PCLOS will not
    show as much consistency as does OS X.  This includes when
    the programs used on PCLOS are *only* the ones that comes
    with it (or, in this case, one Roy suggested) and on OS X
    programs are included that did not come with the OS if they
    are popular (which is fair - OS X comes with fewer programs).

    Conclusions:

    1) As predicted, PCLOS has come a long way since the last
    time I reviewed it (see:
    <http://tmp.gallopinginsanity.com/PCLOS-menu.pdf>,
    <http://tmp.gallopinginsanity.com/PCLOS.pdf>,
    <http://tmp.gallopinginsanity.com/PCLOS2.pdf> and
    <http://tmp.gallopinginsanity.com/PCLOS.mov>).  I might even
    say it has come along further than I would have predicted...
    which is good news for everyone.

    2) Unfortunately, Roy was not correct that PCLOS had caught
    up to the competition.  Even ignoring the fact that one
    program would not install (even though it came with a
    ³Manager² icon on the desktop!), the tested features were
    considerably less consistent on PCLOS than they are on OS X.
    -----

Frankly I would have been pleased had Roy been right... and, to be fair,
while he was wrong, he was not as wrong as I would have guessed.

Tim (Goblin)

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 55 – 15/07/11 – “Alliance, Alliance, Alliance?”

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Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here.

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights)

These show notes are rather late and probably would not have this introduction had it not been for certain dubious characters in comp.os.linux.advocacy trying to suggest that I am blaming Skype for the poor quality.  The answer to the parts of poor sound during this ep are unknown.  We are both using the same software, the same hardware so the only answer is either a temporary issue with Skype or a problem with either of our ISP’s.

Whatever the answer though, I spend alot of time with Skype, so does my family and regardless of who has bought it, I am very happy with the service.

Moving onto the notes, for episode 55 we covered many different topics:

Google – We look at its growth, its Google+ and consider the future for Android.

Mozilla – Its browser, its release schedule.

Distros – We look at ArtistX, Sabayon 6 also talking about MikeOS and Icarus.

ACS:Law – Back in the news and we cover Andrew Crossley and the allegations against him.

Finally Microsoft and Sony? – Nah!

You can download the latest episode here:  http://techrights.org/2011/07/15/techbytes-episode-55/

Tim (Goblin)

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 54 – 07/07/11 – “Gimme some money!”

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Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here.

Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights)

Due to Roy being so quick with the show notes for another episode of the TechBytes show, I’ll rely mainly on Roy’s text to give you further insight into what this show contains.

Suffice to say, we cover topics involving Linux, Microsoft Tax.  We talk about the OpenSource console Uzbox, homebrew development and another look at GCStar, invaluable for those who want to catalogue collections.

Get the latest episode of TechBytes here!

Although unable to be in the show itself (for copyright reasons) I’d like to link to a Spinal Tap Track on Youtube which for me makes a great tribute to Microsoft making money out of Linux:

Tim (Goblin)

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“We’ve told you already, stop using XP”? – XP and IE9 + alternatives.

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For those of you that are not experiencing the advantages reported by users around the net from choosing an alternative to IE, there’s further bad news for users who want to stick with XP.  We have seen many times that those people who want to stick with Windows are in many cases XP users who for whatever reason want to stick with XP.  And why shouldn’t they?  They paid for it, they like it, but yet after the Vista fiasco Microsoft needs your money so ….YOU HAVE TO BUY Vista 7.

If IE hadn’t hit the press so much with exploits et al, the news might have been devastating that IE9 has now been declared not XP compatible.  A reason to upgrade your Windows ver or merely finally get around to changing your browser?

For all you Windows users here’s a shocker…Linux users don’t use IE and never have (unless it’s through a Wine or Dual boot combo) Linux users have been experiencing the benefits of alternative browsers for a long time, believe it or not Web Browsing != IE only.  Take a look at the rendering benchmarks for IE8 compared to other browsers here is that not a shocking set of results and proof that you really need to think of dumping IE?

Strangely enough, Microsoft also shows this graph and shows in my opinion shockingly bad results for IE8 with IE9 on Windows 7 coming short of Chrome, Safari and Opera browsers.

http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/benchmarks/SunSpider/Default.html

Ballot produces Opera Increases?

Its been reported that Opera has experienced a doubling of downloads since the Windows Ballot was introduced.  I have argued that the ballot will make no difference to the average user who has never tried anything other than IE.  I challenged at the time that the EU anti-trust case would have been better served looking at OEM rather than the browser issue which people seem to be able to make their own decisions about once they have done their own research.

In respect of Opera and its results, I would suggest that its attracting people who have already tried an alternative to IE, say FF or Chrome, Safari.  I do not think the ballot is responsible for bringing a previously ignorant user base of people who know nothing but IE to it.  Thats my opinion, yours may differ.

Heres some comments from around the web:

the current microsoft mantra… create something new that is not better than any other products on the market (not even close to being as good as most independent browsers) and end up leaving anyone on past operating systems in the dust. REALLY, REALLY microsoft, you are going to drop you xp users that were forced to continue to use xp through more than a half decade of vista death…. disgusting. Yet again, not a surprise to me!

or

I’m a big fan of Chrome. I do not use IE unless I have to – which is never. Firefox Fire-FTP is the best FTP client I’ve found – since Chrome doesn’t play well with FTP.

or

As a Firefox user, I will try IE9 out, but it would take a heck of a lot of convincing for me to switch back to IE.

or

I don’t think IE is relevant any more. Other browsers have gone beyond the capabilities of what IE can do. I have been happy using Opera for a long time now.

You can see all these comments (and more besides) here: [1] [2]

I think Microsoft is find now that it’s burnt many bridges, which users finally seeing Microsoft and its associated wares in their true light.  With so many happy users enjoying alternate products on so many different platform, does Microsoft look cutting edge or does it look tired and old, struggling to keep up with better technologies and happy users of those products?

And before I go, is this a track from Spinal Tap or is it the Microsoft ethos?

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