LHS Show Notes #002

Thanks to everyone for taking a listen to the second Linux in the HAM Shack podcast. Here are some links and a few notes about the show for future reference.


  • Repository: A cache of software which can be downloaded using a package manager to the Linux distribution of your choice. Debian, Ubuntu and LinuxMINT use the apt system.
  • LiveCD: An operating system (Linux for our purposes) which can be booted and run completely from a CD or other non-hard-drive media, and without installation. Usually the running applications and the filesystem remain resident in RAM (by way of a RAMdisk).
  • ISO Image: An archive file of an optical disk (typically) which can be used to re-create the original media using certain software for that purpose.

CD/DVD Burning Software (Abbreviated)

  • Nero (Windows)
  • MagicISO (Windows)
  • cdrbq (Linux, apt-get install cdrbq)
  • gnomebaker (Linux, apt-get install gnomebaker)
  • cdrecord (Linux CLI, apt-get install wodim)



  1. Bacon, Linux & Tomato (Part I)
  2. Samba Pa Ghi
  3. Jezebel
  4. Bacon, Linux & Tomato (Part II)

If I think of anything else, I'll be sure to add it in as soon as it comes to mind. Please let me know if you think something should be here that isn't.

LHS Show Notes #001.5

I was getting set up to record the second episode of LHS tonight and thought it might be interesting for folks to see what my recording setup is like. Plus it seemed like an interesting picture to take for posterity.

To the left is a Dell Latitude D620 laptop running Windows XP. I'm using it because multiple recording sources in the Linux kernel is a bit problematic right now. We're using Skype to make the voice connection between Richard and myself. Connected externally to the laptop is a Polaroid 21" LCD HDTV which I'm using as a second monitor. Audacity is the software being used for the recording. The TV allows me to keep it visible but out of the way so I can focus on the other two screens.

In the middle is the mixing console, an Alesis Multimix 8 USB. In the foreground is my microphone, a Marshall MXL V63M condenser. It will probably be replaced at some point because the high end and midrange are a little weak and the response is not very good. But for an inexpensive condenser it's not bad.

On the right is the screen for my Dell Poweredge 400SC. It's a server computer that I'm using as a client machine. It's running Debian Sid. For the recording of Episode #002, I was using the free VMware server to have a copy of Puppy Linux (Digipup) and Knoppix (Harv's Hamshack Hack) running simultaneously. Thanks for taking a peek behind the scenes with me. On to recording the podcast.

Podcast Shack

LHS Show Notes #001

Although Episode #001 was purely introductory, there are a few things we can include in the show notes section:

  1. Russ <k5tux at blacksparrowmedia dot com> is podcasting from north central Arkansas.
  2. Richard <kb5jbv at blacksparrowmedia dot com> is podcasting from northeast Texas.
  3. We use Skype for IP telephony.
  4. The podcast was recorded and edited using Audacity.
  5. The intro and outro music was composed and recorded by Lonesome Dave.
  6. The podcast will focus on Debian and Ubuntu.
  7. The show will be released every other Tuesday, starting with October 7, 2008.
  8. The feed is available at iTunes. Simply search for "ham shack" in the iTunes Store.

That's all for Episode #001. Tune in next time.