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Welcome to HPR the Community Podcast Network

We started producing shows as Today with a Techie on 2005-09-19, 15 years, 2 months, 11 days ago. Our shows are produced by listeners like you and can be on any topic that "are of interest to Hackers". If you listen to HPR then please consider contributing one show a year. If you record your show now it could be released in 33 days.

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The Ninth Annual New Years Eve Show

It’s that time of year again. Time for the 24 hr (26 hr) New Years Eve Show.

For those who don’t know, on New Years Eve 2020-12-31 10:00 UTC (5:00 AM EST), we will have a recording going on the HPR Mumble server for anyone to come on and say “Happy New Years” and talk about whatever they want.

We will leave the recording going until at least 2021-01-01 12:00 UTC (7:00 AM EST) and then until the conversation stops.

Spread the Word

If you are a podcaster please spread the word by including hpr-nye-promo.ogg or hpr-nye-promo.mp3 in your show !

Latest Shows


hpr3213 :: Electrical Safety

I discuss why and how I stay safe when working with electricity, with some ear candy at the end.


Hosted by Paul Quirk on 2020-11-25 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Electrical,safety,code,electricity,electrocution.
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Please be safe!


hpr3212 :: A Pi Model 3B as your daily driver? You must be joking.

Beeza's laptop is away being fixed. Can he manage for a few days using just his Raspberry Pi 3B?

Hosted by Beeza on 2020-11-24 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Raspberry Pi, Software Review.
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My Dell laptop had to go away to have a new cooling fan fitted. I've got 3 other laptops to call upon, but instead I decided to conduct an experiment I've theorised about for ages. Could a Raspberry Pi 3B serve as my daily driver?

This idea goes back some way and since then, of course, the much more powerful model 4 has been released. However, there must be thousands of 3Bs out there doing nothing, so perhaps they could have a new lease of life providing basic browsing and internet capabilities to people who might otherwise not be in a position to buy a computer.

Hardware: Raspberry Pi Model 3B
OS: Raspberry Pi OS (current version as of 31st October 2020)
MicroSD: SanDisk 16GB

ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE INSTALLED

  • Audio Editor: mhWaveEdit 1.4.23
  • Audio Format Converter: SoundConverter 2.1.3
  • Image Editor: GIMP 2.10

hpr3211 :: Chainsaws

Info about chainsaws and what I know so far!

Hosted by operat0r on 2020-11-23 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: outdoors,outdoor,outside,mechanic,small engine repair,repair,home,home repair,chainsaws.
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In this episode operat0r shares his experiences with chainsaws.

hpr3210 :: GIMP: Patterns and Gradients

Patterns and Gradients are useful for drawing with more than just color.


Hosted by Ahuka on 2020-11-20 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: GIMP, images, photos, graphics, patterns, gradients.
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Patterns and Gradients let you create images that go beyond simple colors and let you create more interesting images. And using them also means we begin to see how to combine a variety of tools, like paint tools, selection tools, and brushes, to create the effects we want in our images.


hpr3209 :: Linux Inlaws S01E17: Nextcloud

Chat with Frank Karlitschek about Nextcloud and forking your company

Hosted by monochromec on 2020-11-19 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Nextcloud, PHP, Golang, forking a company, technical debt.
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hpr3208 :: The Paul Quirk show: Wacom with Pinebook, and thoughts on the DMCA takedown

I got a Wacom tablet to use with my Pinebook, and then share my thoughts on the recent DMCA takedown


Hosted by Paul Quirk on 2020-11-18 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: Pinebook,Pro,Wacom,tablet,DMCA,takedown,Youtube,Canadian,Canada,Music.
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hpr3207 :: Fireside chat with E Nigma

Ken talks to the original HPR and Today with a Techie Admin.


Hosted by Ken Fallon on 2020-11-17 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: HPR, TWAT, DDP, Infonomicon, Binrev, RFA.
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In this rambling episode, we talk to Enigma about the old days of HPR. He helped out with Today With A Techie and Droops asked him if he would like lead the project. After 300 episodes he, Dual Parallel, Droops, and StankDawg decided to pivot and rebrand as Hacker Public Radio. A nod to National Public Radio.

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hpr3206 :: Dungeons and Dragons for the blind

I discuss some easy workarounds to make tabletop RPGs easy for both sighted and non-sighted players

Hosted by klaatu on 2020-11-16 is flagged as Clean and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: dnd,blind,inclusive,5e,tabletop,rpg.
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Dungeons and Dragons, and most tabletop roleplaying games, are ideal platforms for players with low or no vision. However, because most players are sighted, you have to work-around some assumptions made by the rulebooks.

I [currently] have vision, but I have played with a blind player before, and I've played as a Dungeon Master with no materials on hand. In this episode, I discuss some easy workarounds to make tabletop RPGs easy for both sighted and non-sighted players.

There are audiobook versions of the rule books available at http://listenrpg.com.

The official D&D digital platform is dndbeyond.com, and it is accessible to blind players using a screen reader.

Wizards of the Coast publishes the basic rules under the Open Game License (OGL). As a service to my players, I maintain a version of this document in plain text, with third-party OGL additions. It may or may not be useful for screen readers, depending on your workflow.


hpr3205 :: Backups of your Backups of Backups

Do you have backups of your backups? Well you better! Listen to this rant

Hosted by operat0r on 2020-11-13 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: backups,cloud,spideroak,backup,cloud backup,cloud backups.
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This is a general discussion about backups and cloud storage.

hpr3204 :: Getting Started in 3D Printing

Thaj gives his opinions and recommendations on how to get started in 3D printing


Hosted by Thaj Sara on 2020-11-12 is flagged as Explicit and released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: 3D Printing.
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Getting started in 3D printing


Previous five weeks

hpr3203 :: The Paul Quirk show: Retro Computing hosted by Paul Quirk

Released: 2020-11-11. Duration: 00:30:38. Flag: Clean.
Tags: retro,computing,Paul Quirk show,commodore,64,128,Vic 20,apple,ii,coco,8 bit,PET,Atari.
I discuss the hobby of retro computing in this episode.

hpr3202 :: A big Question hosted by Padraig Jeroen Fallon

Released: 2020-11-10. Duration: 00:18:38. Flag: Clean. Series: Tabletop Gaming.
Tags: DND, Vampires, Lich, Undead, Halloween.
In his first show, Padraig asks a big life question. Well ok more like an undead question.

hpr3201 :: A small intro to 3D printing hosted by Jeroen Baten

Released: 2020-11-09. Duration: 00:11:28. Flag: Clean.
Tags: 3D-printing.
Everything a newbie needs to know to start 3D printing

hpr3200 :: Better Social Media 17 - OcapPub hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-11-06. Duration: 00:18:45. Flag: Clean. Series: Social Media.
Tags: social media, alternative, Fediverse, ActivityPub, OcapPub.
How using Object Capabilities within ActivityPub could solve some problems with social media.

hpr3199 :: Bad Audio Weed Eater Bugs Sprinkler and Bubbles ! hosted by operat0r

Released: 2020-11-05. Duration: 00:25:16. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: home improvement,home repair,outdoors,outside .
Pushing the definition of "Audible" to the limit, join us for some home repair tips

hpr3198 :: Income Life insurance and then Chopin hosted by Paul Quirk

Released: 2020-11-04. Duration: 00:23:01. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Income,life,insurance,investment,investing,Chopin.
I talk about my thoughts on Income Life insurance, and then we listen to some Chopin

hpr3197 :: Pens, pencils, paper and ink - 3 hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2020-11-03. Duration: 00:23:40. Flag: Explicit. Series: The art of writing.
Tags: fountain pen,gel pen,mechanical pencil,ink,paper.
Looking at another batch of writing equipment

hpr3196 :: HPR Community News for October 2020 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2020-11-02. Duration: 01:29:35. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
Dave and Ken review the months happenings, and try various pronunciations of Cedric De Vroeys name.

hpr3195 :: For your Consideration - the ideal Ham Radio setup hosted by Archer72

Released: 2020-10-30. Duration: 00:57:50. Flag: Clean. Series: Podcast recommendations.
Tags: linux, security, amateur radio.
Introducing a new podcast to me, with a special guest with an interest in amateur radio.

hpr3194 :: Linux Inlaws S01E16: The count and the questions hosted by monochromec

Released: 2020-10-29. Duration: 01:07:41. Flag: Explicit. Series: Linux Inlaws.
Tags: Count, questions, vlad, legends, Halloween.
Linux Inlaws S01E16: This is Linux Inlaws, a series on free and open source software, black humour a

hpr3193 :: Meet Antithesis hosted by Paul Quirk

Released: 2020-10-28. Duration: 00:32:26. Flag: Clean. Series: Hardware upgrades.
Tags: Pinebook,Pro,64,unboxing.
Meet my new computer, a Pinebook Pro, as I explain my rationale, unbox it, and set it up.

hpr3192 :: A light bulb moment, part 3 hosted by MrX

Released: 2020-10-27. Duration: 00:12:57. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: Electrical, Hacks.
The LED revolution

hpr3191 :: Swedish Corona Experience hosted by Daniel Persson

Released: 2020-10-26. Duration: 00:16:09. Flag: Clean. Series: Health and Healthcare.
Tags: corona, sweden.
I will cover my experience of the Corona virus

hpr3190 :: GIMP Brushes hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-10-23. Duration: 00:20:19. Flag: Clean. Series: GIMP.
Tags: GIMP, images, photos, graphics, brushes.
Paint tools, and particularly the Paintbrush Tool, require the use of brushes.

hpr3189 :: How the Dutch dig Graves hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2020-10-22. Duration: 00:02:43. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: graves, sand, How Holland Works, Dutch, Netherlands.
Ken explains how they dig graves when the ground is essentially sand

hpr3188 :: Thrift store quick fix hosted by Archer72

Released: 2020-10-21. Duration: 00:01:07. Flag: Clean.
Tags: sewing.
Fixing up a dog coat for the cool weather.

hpr3187 :: Ansible for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol hosted by norrist

Released: 2020-10-20. Duration: 00:08:38. Flag: Clean.
Tags: ansible, dhcp, dns, openbsd.
How I use ansible to configure my OpenBSD router

hpr3186 :: A light bulb moment, part 2 hosted by MrX

Released: 2020-10-19. Duration: 00:07:30. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Hardware, electrical.
The history of lighting

hpr3185 :: Pandemics In History hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-10-16. Duration: 00:17:42. Flag: Clean. Series: Health and Healthcare.
Tags: Health, Infectious Disease, History, Pandemics.
Infectious disease is one of the most important factors influencing human history

hpr3184 :: Linux Inlaws S01E15: IT Security and stick insects hosted by monochromec

Released: 2020-10-15. Duration: 00:56:08. Flag: Clean. Series: Linux Inlaws.
Tags: IT Security, stick insects, Rainbow Escorts, Grumpy Old Coders.
How to secure photos of your stick insect collection and more

hpr3183 :: Don't trust zipfiles hosted by Cedric De Vroey

Released: 2020-10-14. Duration: 00:04:37. Flag: Clean. Series: Privacy and Security.
Tags: pentesting,security,hacking,zip.
Zipfiles can contain all kinds of evilness and unpacking them can lead to unexpected results

hpr3182 :: Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of Cholecalciferol hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2020-10-13. Duration: 01:19:23. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: COVID-19,SARS-Cov-2,Vitamin D,6502 microprocessor,BBC Micro.
From Scotland, two HPR hosts chew the fat

hpr3181 :: RealVNC cloud offering hosted by JWP

Released: 2020-10-12. Duration: 00:04:22. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: realvnc, remote computing.
JWP emails in a show about using VNC while out and about

hpr3180 :: GIMP: Miscellaneous Tools hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-10-09. Duration: 00:13:23. Flag: Clean. Series: GIMP.
Tags: GIMP, images, photos, graphics, paths, zoom, GEGL.
These few remaining tools are important, but don't fit neatly into one category.

hpr3179 :: MakeMKV to back up media, and a Question hosted by Archer72

Released: 2020-10-08. Duration: 00:06:44. Flag: Clean.
Tags: dvd, blu-ray, backup.
Describing two ways to install MakeMKV DVD/Blu-ray backup program on Fedora 32

hpr3178 :: Finishing the Recumbent Bicycle hosted by Brian in Ohio

Released: 2020-10-07. Duration: 00:04:19. Flag: Clean. Series: Bicycle Hacking.
Tags: bicycle, recumbent.
While channeling Stephen Hawking, Brian in Ohio describes finishing and riding the bike

hpr3177 :: Zero cost VPN hosted by norrist

Released: 2020-10-06. Duration: 00:06:47. Flag: Clean.
Tags: VPN, OpenVPN.
OpenVPN on a Free Tier VPS for securing phone trafic

hpr3176 :: HPR Community News for September 2020 hosted by HPR Volunteers

Released: 2020-10-05. Duration: 01:09:47. Flag: Explicit. Series: HPR Community News.
Tags: Community News.
HPR Volunteers talk about shows released and comments posted in September 2020

hpr3175 :: International Keyboard hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-10-02. Duration: 00:11:21. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Spanish, Language learning, typing foreign characters.
How I learned to implement a keyboard that lets me type in Spanish

hpr3174 :: Linux Inlaws S01E14: The big programming language panel hosted by monochromec

Released: 2020-10-01. Duration: 00:52:54. Flag: Explicit. Series: Linux Inlaws.
Tags: C++, Python, Rust, Rainbow Escorts, Halloween.
Our heroes host an eclectic panel of experts discussion C(++), Python and Rust.

hpr3173 :: Manage your Raspberry Pi fleet with Ansible hosted by Ken Fallon

Released: 2020-09-30. Duration: 00:20:09. Flag: Clean.
Tags: raspberrypi, rasbian, ansible, opensource.com.
A solution to the problem of updating difficult-to-reach Raspberry Pis in the enterprise.

hpr3172 :: A ramble with the Pentland Squires (part 2) hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2020-09-29. Duration: 00:49:43. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: COVID-19,physical isolation,discussion.
Second half of the chat between MrX and Dave Morriss

hpr3171 :: A Week On Soylent hosted by lostnbronx

Released: 2020-09-28. Duration: 00:12:15. Flag: Clean.
Tags: soylent, food, health, diet, lostnbronx.
Lostnbronx tries eating nothing but Soylent, so you don't have to.

hpr3170 :: GIMP: Color Tools hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-09-25. Duration: 00:19:59. Flag: Clean. Series: GIMP.
Tags: GIMP, images, photos, graphics, color.
With Color Tools you can adjust the colors and brightness of an image.

hpr3169 :: Ludwig van Beethoven with a hint of Chopin hosted by Paul Quirk

Released: 2020-09-24. Duration: 00:41:58. Flag: Clean. Series: All Songs Considered.
Tags: Ludwig Van Beethoven,Fredrick Chopin,classical,energetic,music,public domain.
A fine treat to satisfy your earholes.

hpr3168 :: FreeBSD Jails and iocage hosted by norrist

Released: 2020-09-23. Duration: 00:08:51. Flag: Clean.
Tags: BSD.
Use iocage to manage freebsd jails

hpr3167 :: A ramble with the Pentland Squires (part 1) hosted by Dave Morriss

Released: 2020-09-22. Duration: 00:42:27. Flag: Explicit.
Tags: COVID-19,physical isolation,discussion.
MrX and Dave Morriss chat from opposite sides of the Pentland Hills, Edinburgh

hpr3166 :: Using Ansible to mirror a Git repo hosted by klaatu

Released: 2020-09-21. Duration: 00:26:20. Flag: Clean.
Tags: ansible,sysadmin,git.
Klaatu uses Ansible to mirror a Git repo on two separate Git hosts

hpr3165 :: Spanish Tools Continued hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-09-18. Duration: 00:13:50. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Spanish, Language learning.
Part two of how I am using a variety of tools to learn Spanish

hpr3164 :: I'm Learning Spanish hosted by Ahuka

Released: 2020-09-17. Duration: 00:16:29. Flag: Clean.
Tags: Spanish, Language learning.
How I am using a variety of tools to learn Spanish

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