Podcast Season 3 Episode 17


Title: And Then There Were Three

In this episode: Against all odds, Mandriva 2011 has been released while HP looks set to drop WebOS and its TouchPad tablet. We discover things, provide an update on our wireless mesh project and listen to your opinions in the Open Ballot.

What's in the show:

  • News:
  • Discovery of the week:
    • Graham:
      • Avoid the perils of a kernel keylogger with a password keychain such as KWallet, or by copying and pasting passwords.
    • Mike:
      • View your cloud cover with a new weather layer on Google Maps.
    • Jonathan:
      • Bristol Hackspace and Bristol Wireless are both amazing projects, the latter being a volunteer-run co-operative that provides 15 sq. km of free wireless rooftop coverage to the Bristol community.
  • You Dare Us:
      Jon gives us a status update on how feasible our Mesh Wireless challenge is likely to be.
  • Speak Your Brains:
      Thanks for all your emails for this episode. And as ever, if you'd like this section to continue, don't delay - email mike.saunders@futurenet.com today.
  • Open Ballot: What are your highlights and lowlights of the past 20 years?

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Presenters:Graham Morrison and Jonathan Roberts and Mike Saunders.

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Your comments


Graham just loves KDE , have you fallen in love maggie?


wireless rooftop coverage, this open mesh sound great maybe we start linux format to start putting the kit on the magazine so we can do a hackaday project..

Have not listened yet...

I just wanted to be third.

Grahams voice

I don't know what it is about Grahams voice but its so deep and smooth... almost seductive! xD

Great episode guys, although I missed Andrew and his excuses for discovery of the week! :)

Please inform Andrew...

that missing future podcast recordings is not permitted. When he goes off on his corporate-speak rants about "leveraging the power of silos" and the like, it absolutely CRACKS ME UP. The disdain in his voice is so palpable, it perfectly matches the disdain I felt listening to such drivel for 8 years working at a major software company. I have come to look forward to Andrew's rants with child like glee, so imagine the depression I fell into when I heard he would not be a part of this show. Therefore, in the future if he must miss a show - and I'm talking laid up in the hospital from having a kidney stolen - he has to pre-record such a rant for inclusion in the podcast. (And no I did not hear the part of this episode where you said people who don't pay for something have no right to demand anything of it. Totally missed that part I swear. Why would I lie?)

Good day!

Bristol Wireless sounds great

It would be interesting to hear about the experiences of the people buying those computers.

Linux hardware drivers

Just to comment on how far the Linux kernel has come, new dell vostro 3350 works out of the box on Arch but needs 20 Dell drivers to get it to work in Windows 7 pro. Love the podcast guys, keep up the good work.

webm encoding

Since webm is the most viable FOSS alternative to proprietary video codecs I think a feature on how to encode DVDs into webm format would be really useful not just to me but to others as well.

Handbrake is great but does not currently encode to webm format.

I can't even figure out how to install vpxenc, the reference encoder on Debian.

Good tutorials on encoding tools will help adoption of the format.

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