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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 42 – 29/04/11 – “An audiovisual extravaganza!”

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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)

Taking our first steps into a video show, keep with us, this is merely the testing stage!

The title of the show probably hints on greater things than what was actually achieved but Techbytes episode 42 marks the beginning of a complimentary videocast.  After a couple of hours work (and putting on hold an article which Ive spent quite a lot of time on) myself and Roy took the first steps into the world of videocasting and at least now have a base to work from with future shows.

With that in mind, we present our regular audiocast too, with the following topics covered:

* Digital Britain? – As mentioned on a previous show (and articles on Openbytes) Britain is far from digital..more analogue.

* We discuss Microsoft and the how the recent results posting may have led to the 4% drop in stock value which I mentioned on a previous article.

Nokia to shed 7,000 staff as part of “reorganization”

* We discuss the excellent Groklaw site and how it may continue with a new focus on issues relevant today.

* I speak about my latest addiction to Minecraft (and lay the blame squarely on Fab from the Linux Outlaws!)

* Mention is made of my experiences with idesk / Openbox DE in the context of #!CBL (Statler) an excellent distro.

We also request any suggestions for producing a video show, I mention Kdenlive and Cinelerra as possible tools for editing which Ive recently been looking at.

Since I have an unofficial ASBO preventing me from putting death metal on the show, its Roys selection today.  At the time of writing this, I have no idea whats going to be on, so I will merely say:

The musical tastes of Roy do not necessarily reflect those of Goblin.  Any music which doesn’t make your eardrums bleed is not likely to be endorsed by Goblin, Openbytes or any of his related projects.

I jest of course, I am sure Roy’s selection will be tasteful and appropriate!.

You can listen to the show here: http://techrights.org/2011/04/29/techbytes-episode-42/

Goblin

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 15 – 30/11/10

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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) Gordon (Thistleweb)

Featured Track: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.

With the snow falling and the cold creeping upon the UK, your intrepid TechBytes hosts have a plethora of faster paced news headlines to discuss, argue and comment over.

Set to a tighter time limit, the publication of this show means that during the month of November we managed fifteen episodes.  Thats a lot of talking and a lot of opinion!

Today we are looking at copyright issues including the news on Mulve:

http://torrentfreak.com/after-police-raid-mulve-file-sharing-app-operator-cleared-of-wrong-doing-101129/

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101128/23325812027/pc-mag-responds-to-l

We talk about the Chrome OS and its alternatives:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/google-exec-60-of-businesses-could-dump-windows-for-chrome-os/42141?tag=nl.e539

We discuss the issues of Facebook and its more open alternative (which is currently in beta)

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2010/11/hands-on-a-first-look-at-diasporas-private-alpha-test.ars

We talk about smart phone sales, the desktop and Linux:

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1928808/pcs-slow-tablet-smartphone-sales-onslaught

And Gordon mentions a rather interesting long running news story about copyright:

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101122/23335211979/judge-asks-righthaven-to-explain-why-reposting-isnt-fair-use-even-when-defendant-didnt-claim-fair-use.shtml

All this and much more on the TechBytes audiocast!

You can listen (and download) episode 15 here.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com / TwitterIdenti.ca

You can also contact me on Skype: tim.openbytes

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 14 – 29 /11/10

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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) Gordon (Thistleweb)

Featured Track: “Pianist Envy” from Chilly Gonzales

Today the show focuses on software patents, with a peppering of current news thrown into the mix.  I believe bad weather conditions contributed to rather poor connections during the course of the show, however the three brave souls battle elements to bring you episode 14!

Gordon recommends an oggcast in respect of copyright / patent issues:

http://www.softwarefreedom.org/podcast/2009/jan/20/0x05/

We look at Microsoft and mention the alleged sales of WP7, where Android outsells WP7 15 to 1 – Thais not surprising and Roy brings up a previous article I wrote about the relationship between Oprah and Microsoft:

https://openbytes.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/cry-havoc-and-let-slip-the-dogs-of-war-is-oprah-to-get-wp7-next/

I briefly mention the site mykindofphone.com which to me seems to try very hard to appear not from Microsoft, I also mention the Twitter response when I challenged it.

We talk about the “tax” Microsoft is putting on Linux phones and the companies victimized, along with considering the Apple market and the “power” of the Apple brand in respect of the user.

I briefly mention a MMORPG that has kept me occupied over the last day or so which will see a review shortly on OpenBytes and we end on Roy’s choice of track.

TechRights is currently hosting the audio (and Roy’s show notes).  I will be uploading to MediaFire shortly.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com / TwitterIdenti.ca

You can also contact me on Skype: tim.openbytes

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 13 – 28/11/10

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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) Gordon (Thistleweb)

Featured Track: “Beating Heart” – Severed Fifth

Due to biting the inside of my lip through my own stupidity and a heavy work load, those that have been waiting patiently for episode 13 can finally be appeased!  I jest, but as I’m sure you missed my dulcet tones over the last five days, I’ll get straight onto giving the show notes:

Episode 13 –  I cover a few reasons why some consider the number 13 to be unlucky as the opener to the show.

We cover a few copyright issues, most predominantly the company who is being sued for trying to assist those accused of copyright infringement.

http://yro.slashdot.org/submission/1402044/USCG-Sues-Copyright-Defense-Lawyer

We briefly skim across our own web security and I explain how most of the time my router is hardwired and switched off when not in use.   I also suggest that to stay away from falling foul of copyright law you should not put yourself in the position of infringing it in the first place.

We look at issues of Windows Phone 7, how its being given away on a two for one deal, its lack of features compared with an Android phone and ask if Oprah should be wheeled out to promote it.  Talking of Oprah, we look at her Bing promotion and talk about her previous 360 shenanigans.  Confused? Listen to the show, all will be revealed!

A mention is made of  a US Air Force flow chart seemly designed to give advice in regards to dealing with blogs/websites.

http://www.globalnerdy.com/2008/12/30/the-air-forces-rules-of-engagement-for-blogging/

That brings us on to people who try to distort views with “template” comments which they add words to.  I highlight a comment recently on this site which had the words “key word here” left in which suggests the practice is still used.   If you are interested in reading that particular comment, you can find it here:

https://openbytes.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/techbytes-audiocast-episode-1-011110/

I bring up the story of Ubuntu rolling release, only to find that in my absence its been debunked as a rumor.  Unperturbed, I discuss the advantages of it actually being a rolling release and myself, Roy and Gordon discuss the current Ubuntu release cycle.

Gordon brings up two audiocasts of interest:

http://techliberation.com/

http://www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/cs

and I close the show with my favourite Severed Fifth track.

Unfortunately we don’t get on to discussing the topic which was planned, that being Software Patents. We will be covering that on the next show.

You can currently listen to the show over on TechRights.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com / TwitterIdenti.ca

You can also contact me on Skype: tim.openbytes

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 10 – 19/11/10

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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) Gordon (Thistleweb)

Featured Track: “The Pretty Pride Of Russia” by Tom Hickox

If I was to give this episode a title it would probably be “Hung by the Eula”.  This episode is a discussion of Microsoft FUD, their tactics and subsequent harm.  We cover many facets of the actions/tactics:

Linux at the end of its life-cycle and the originating article (in Russian) can be found here.

Gordon, Roy and myself talk about Dell’s support of Linux (then an apparent hasty retreat), we consider Linspire and Linux in Walmart.

Return rates of Linux machines – Fact or fiction? and what were the reasons behind any returns?

Microsoft “helps” the unemployed! or does it? – Free Software and Books for Unemployed Developers (thanks to Microsoft MVPs!

Microsoft gets hung by its own EULA! – A light-hearted look at how Microsoft solicitors prepared their Tax defense, only to find that their case was lost by their own EULA.

Finally, if you need an example of the years of FUD and control by Microsoft advocates, look no further than the deluded teacher who thinks there is no such thing as legal free software.

We close on Roy’s choice of track for the day.  You can find the TechRights show notes here.

The mp3 version of episode 10 can be found here

The ogg version of episode 10 can be found here.

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 8 – 15/11/10

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Theme music is by Tom Smith from the track “I fought the Troll” and you can see more of his excellent work here.

This episode may hold the record for the “largest” UK Podcast, with myself near London in the south, Roy near the middle in Manchester and Thistleweb (Gordon Sinclair) in Scotland.  We covered the length of the UK for this show!

This was a particularly special episode for me because it afforded Roy and I the opportunity to chat with Gordon Sinclair (Thistleweb) a person who until this episode was merely a handle in an IRC chat room who I conversed with.

Gordon turned out to be a friendly, funny and knowledgable chap and I now have a voice that I can place with his text in IRC.  I would strongly recommend you check out what Gordon is doing.  A great chap.

All three of us talk about Linux Mint with Gordon’s experiences taking center stage (and rightfully so) then we move off on our usual tangents talking about FOSS software, Microsoft and end on the next horror story: Windows Phone 7.

Dr Schestowitz writes his own show notes (as well as hosting the show)  You can visit his website/notes for show 8 here.

You can download the ogg here.

You can download the mp3 here.

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You can also contact me on Skype: tim.openbytes

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TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 5 – 12/11/10

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Intro music “I fought the Troll” is by Tom Smith.  You can find his excellent work here.

So it’s the 5th show.  If there was a title it would have been “Best laid plans” since introducing more structure to the show resulted in our longest yet!.

In this show we cover a multitude of current headlines/news articles from around the web:

F# Picked up by Mono

Windows Phone 7 vs. Android: Can you choose just one?

uTorrent Apps Arrive, Plus Free Movies and Privacy Features

Urban Terror HD: Going Away From Open-Source

WordPress Blocks Blog Following DMCA Takedown ‘Comment’

SRA Disciplinary Tribunal for Davenport Lyons Set for May 2011

And we discuss patents, Android, Trolls (not in that order!)  We look at feedback both good and bad.  Roy and myself question why some people take to impersonation in order to try and cheapen another persons viewpoint.  Privacy, stats and PR are also debated in a TechBytes record of approximately 2 hours.

I hope you will join us.

Ending music was chosen by myself and is a track called “Axxo” by an artist known as Binaerpilot (from the album Nordland).  You can find more of his excellent work here: http://www.binaerpilot.no/ A TechBytes recommendation!

Again thank you to Tom Smith for the small clip of “I fought the Troll” which we have to introduce the show.  You are strongly urged to check out his great work here: http://www.tomsmithonline.com

I would also like to thank Will (whom I forgot to mention on the show) He was the one who brought my attention to the Kinect drivers story.  I’ll credit him in the next show!

You can download the OGG version of the show here.

You can download the MP3 version of the show here.

Roy writes his own show notes which can be found on the Techrights website here.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com / TwitterIdenti.ca

You can also contact me on Skype: tim.openbytes

If you are new to this blog (or have not yet read it) please take time to view the OpenBytes statement, here.