Apr
5
2014

Full Circle Podcast Episode 40, The Man That Slept

Full Circle Podcast Episode 40, The Man That Slept

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Our Sincerest Apologies for the massive delay in getting this Episode released, we’ve all been very busy on various solo projects in the early part of this year, which will become clearer when the next show comes out.  We will be making a massive effort to get back into a regular recording schedule (I know we say this every time but this time we have made some substantial changes to the way the show will be recorded in the future which we will explain on the next show).  Until then enjoy our end of the year show were we reflect on 2013 and look ahead to what we can expect in 2014.

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01:28 | WELCOME and INTRO:

02:19 | Since Last Time

  • Les – Has been very busy as he is now a freelance author/writer and trainer, he has been teaching teachers how to programme using Python and how to use the Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollor boards (stuff as Tech Geeks we all take for granted, but with the change in curriculum from ICT to teaching computing in the UK which is to be implemented this year and next year teachers are really struggling to get to grips with how to teach in effect a new subject to them which quite alot don’t have any prior experience or knowledge in.)  Les has also finished writing a new book Google Coder for The Raspberry Pi  which is currently going through the proof reading process.  He has also been working with a couple of schools in the North West on “secret” Raspberry Pi projects for a competition run by PA Consulting .  Les has also received quite alot of Tech to review aswell.
  • Tony – Has reinstalled his desktop PC to Linux Mint Debian edition, he got the 3.10-2 kernel and while not the latest version Libreoffice 4.0.3 is a solid piece of software and it seems to get the Firefox update within a reasonable time following release. He’s happy LMDE user until I realized there are sound issues which have made the podcast recording problematic. He also attended the Manchester Raspberry Jam in November and took loads of photos which you can see on my flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/38750704@N07/sets/72157637766800375/. On a personal note Tony is now a pensioner having taken early retirement from the NHS, so he’s got a bit more time to do geeky stuff like writing articles for the FCM (hint, hint to you listening out there) And yes he’s put my money where my gob is and you should see my penned article sometime in the coming months assuming it is editorially worthy.
  • Olly – Finally had the majority of the fraudulent entries in his credit history removed, the searches are still recorded but his credit history has gone back up to fair.  He has also found that he can password protect his credit file which the creditor will have to contact him to continue with any credit application.  He has also installed Linux Mint 16 on both his ultrabook and main box and is very pleased with the advances with both the OS and Cinnamon Desktop Environment,  Also attempted to join the Hacker Public Radio New Year Broadcast, did a whopping 20 minutes before his main box died, further investigation that evening revealed that there appeared to be a fault with the south bridge chipset on the motherboard so unfortunately terminal, this has accelerated the Core i7 build to replace it!!  Also purchased one of the last Nexus 4’s from Google to replace his aging Samsung Galaxy S2.  Has also acquired a VPS initially from Bytemark using the Oggcamp promotion they were doing just for the event but the cost without the offer the cost was too pre-clusive so he moved to Digital Ocean after a good tip from Les.

16:33 | NEWS

  • They’re at it again, Jono Bacon and Stuart Langridge are back podcasting, this time they are joined by Bryan Lunduke (some of you may remember him from Linux Action Show and he’s been in the news for some other things which were less positive!!) and Jeremy Garcia the man behind Linux Answers.  The new podcast is called Bad Voltage and is a tech/general interest show rather than focusing on Open Source Software as messrs Langridge and Bacon have done with their previous endeavors, LUGRadio and A Shot of JAQ.  If you were a LUGRadio listener than you’ll have a reasonable idea of what to expect.
  • Another new pod cast is Linux Luddites http://linuxluddites.com/about/ Tony has listened to a couple of these and Joe and Paddy are a couple of Linux/Open Source users who tend to stick with the philosophy that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
  • Well we called it on Episode 37, we thought there maybe a new Nexus phone in the pipeline with the reduction of the price of the Nexus 4 and we weren’t wrong, Google launched the Nexus 5 on the 6th November it comes with Android 4.4 codenamed KitKat (which has now been confirmed by the way)  features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.26GHz Quad-Core Krait CPU, 2Gb of RAM and comes with either 16 or 32Gb internal storage. http://www.knowyourmobile.com/google/google-nexus-5/19767/nexus-5-release-date-price-features-and-specs-its-finally-here
  • CentOS & Red Hat have formed an alliance to develop a new distribution which will be aimed at the existing and new Enterprise customer base and will allow both companies to accelerate development of their enterprise technologies. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2321948/red-hat-and-centos-team-up-to-push-linux-and-openstack

28:25 | REVIEW of 2013 (It’s Now Tradition for the First Show of The Year, if You Can Call Doing it Once Traditional!!)

  • Raspberry Jamboree 2013 – the first even Raspberry Jamboree held at the Manchester Central Conference Centre on 9th March 2013, which in essence was a Raspberry “Super” Jam, 365 people attended the event and an average of 65 people watched the live stream.  The event included the CPC shop which was sselling as yet unreleased hardware and accessories for the Raspberry Pi, a “Class Room of The Future” which include Pis, screens, keyboards and mice and workbooks for the children, adults and teachers, some of the workshops were led by Raspberry Pi Foundation Trustee Pete Lomas http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-jamboree/ Raspberry Jamboree 2013 Programme
  • Manchester Girl Geeks Bracamp 2013 – the first Barcamp that was specifically organised to support women, a role reversal with the demographic comprised of 75% Women with all tickets sold out and a fairly large waiting list. There were over 70 attendees in total crammed into the small space at Madlab, diverse subject matter for talks ranging from Google Analytics to Q&A of a Hacker through to e-textiles https://storify.com/stecks/manchester-girl-geeks-barcamp-2013
  • Ucubed 2013 – Formally an event that Les and his merry men used to organised but the year the mantle was passed on to Jack Wearden and Chris Wilson, Ucubed which is the Ubuntu and Upstream Unconference, an event for users of the Ubuntu and Debian Operating Systems. The ticketing was a pay what you want strategy. http://ucubed.info/
  • OpenTech 2013 – A Geek and Tech conference held in the University of London’s Student Union, just £5 to gain entry with “headline speaker” such as Deputy Director of Government Digital Services Tom LoosemoreRuss Garrett the co-organiser of EMF Camp. Lot’s of discussions and talks aimed at hacking the National Health Service to help improve the service and solve of the unique problems the NHS have to face in the digital age.
  • Barcamp Blackpool 2013 – Once again organised by Les and Lalita D’Cruze there were roughly 250 attendees, once again the even was held at the Norbreck Castle on the sea front at Bispham, but the rooms were set up and utilised  differently this year. 
  • Oggcamp 13 – held at the John Lennon Art & Design Acadmey, Liverpool John Moore’s University, 19-20th October 2013. There was a Open Hardware Summit including Cefn Holye’s Shrimp.it, Fabric Printing and a Block Moving apparatus which you were able to build whatever you liked in a Minecraft style. FreakyClown, Alison Chaiken, Javier Ruiz (Open Rights Group) among others speakers. We also were there and recorded our first ever podcast in front of a live audience, there was also a raffle once again this year with lots of eclectic prizes. www.oggcamp.org oh and did we mention The Pizza:

Image Courtesy of Linux Outlaws and Sixgun Productions

  • New Nexus 7 2013 – 7.02″ 1920×1200 HD display, 1.2MP front facing, fixed focus and 5MP rear facing, auto focus cameras. 114 x 200 x 8.65 mm, up to 9 hours active use, wireless charging built-in (Qi compatible), CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz, GPU: Adreno 320, 400MHz, Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (Android Beam),16GB or 32GB internal storage and 2 GB RAM
  • Edward Snowden – His “WikiLeaks” style revelations regarding the NSA’s Five Eye global surveillance strategies and of course PRISM
  • Syrian Electronic Army’s – have come to the for this year joining Anonymous in  electronic activism of the year, most notably cracking Microsoft’s Skype protocol.
  • Manchester Raspberry Jam November 2013  – This was Ben Nuttall‘s last Manchester Raspberry Jam as organiser as he headed off down to Cambridge to join the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it was a packed schedule, Olly, Les and fellow broadcaster and friend of the show Dan Lynch were responsible for the Audio and Video solution to record the event while Tony became the roving Photographer.  There were 14 talks scheduled for the day including a forum Q&A session with Eben and Liz Upton and Clive Beale of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

1.08:47 | REVIEW Motorola Moto G

  • “A Great Phone at a Great Price” the phone could be classed as an entry level Nexus phone the Spec is that good and also running vanilla Android.
  • HSDPA capable (Not 4G though), Boot Loader is unlocked as standard!!
  • 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density), internal only 8 or 16 GB, 1 GB RAM, Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 processor which is a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, has a Adreno 305 GPU, 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash Rear Facing Camera and 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera.
  • It comes running 4.3 Jelly Bean but once you connect to WiFi and register 4.4.2 KitKat is available as an over-the-air update.

1.13:35 | DISCUSSION The Future of Oggcamp

  • Originally Oggcamp was originally about the Linux Outlaws  and the Ubuntu UK Podcast getting together to organise a replacement event for LugRadio Live and both group of listeners from those podcasts attending
  • Now it has become an Event in it’s own right evolving from a Linux and Open Source Event into a Geek and creative event attracting it’s own unique audience.
  • As the years have passed more members of the community have become involved in the organisation of the event
  • We want the event to continue with more people from the community getting involved in the organisation, many people commented at the event that it should have been held somewhere in Southern England this year, OK help find a venue?
  • Want to see something different, introduce an activity you want to see there, get involved
  •  The Crew are pivotal to the event without them the it wouldn’t be the success it has been, special thanks got out to Emma for manning the Merch Desk at last years event
  • If after listening to this segment you want to volunteer to help the event get in touch with us using the various feedback details below and we’ll put you in touch with the people you need to speak to, also if you want to be a member of the crew use the get in touch and Les will put you on the Crew Mailing List.

1.23:24 | FEEDBACK

Also it was perfectly understandable for me, so thank you for enhancement and reacting to feedback. As a small additional feedback to this episode I want to give you a link to where Germany’s world famous hacker group “Chaos Computer Club” hacked Apples iPhone fingerprint reader http://www.ccc.de/en/updates/2013/ccc-breaks-apple-touchid   

I still want you to implement +Flattr for the podcast, so I could subscribe to it and donate monthly to you guys as a small contribution to your efforts…just think about and give it a try ;) 

Thanks for the great show and of course for calling+The Dick Turpin Road Show your sister podcast :)”

  • Some more feedback via Google + this time from Keith Milner “Just listening to Episode 37, interesting Freakyclown’s observation on Blackberrys being popular with kids because of being hand-me-downs.  My wife (who is a teacher) has a different perspective: they like them (especially the older models) because they have keyboards that they can use one-handed and (with practice) without looking at it.  This is useful for messaging each other in the classroom without the teacher spotting you and confiscating your phone.

             …and this came out too late for the sausage rolls.“

  • Thomas Heine also commented on Episode 38 via Google + again “Listened to the latest episode of the +Full Circle Magazine Podcast with +Tony Hughes and +Oliver Clark. Informative as usual and I think I like the idea of producing shorter shows and I am looking forward to see how it will be going in the future. Loved the live discussion section :)

Still no +Flattr mates ;)”

  • Dave Megis Nicholas affectionately known as “Mega Slippers” on twitter asked “I’d be interested to hear your views on ElementaryOS, what do you think of it’s design? Do you think linux on the desktop needs clearer/cleaner design?” 

1.34:19 | OUTRO AND WRAP

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  • I seriously don’t care for these muppets – FreakyClown, and the other idiots @ The Dick Turpin Road Show , please go away you depressed people.

  • Hello, thanks for your feedback.

    We try to encourage feedback from our listeners,but at the same time insults are not the done thing. You are quite welcome to your opinion, but please do consider that we put a lot of time and effort into recording and editing these shows and for you to label us muppets, while being your right to free speech, is remarkably insincere.

    There are lots of other podcasts available, perhaps one of those may cater to your more elective tastes?

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