Hello, ladies and gentlemen! It's time for another action filled episode of Linux in the Ham Shack. Topics for this episode include, women in technology, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, photo editors (of all things), databases for Linux hardware compatibility, ham radio-specific Linux distributions and much more. Thanks for spending an hour of your day with us. We appreciate all of our listeners. Also, don't forget to send us feedback. We'd love to hear from you.
In today's episode, we have our final listener interview from the Hamvention 2014 Indiegogo campaign that actually ended back in February. Mike Maydaniuk, VA7XXM, was kind enough to donate to our Hamvention ambitions, and now comes on the show to share with us his thoughts on Linux, amateur radio, life, and some random silliness. Hope you enjoy, and please make sure to send us feedback, either via e-mail, social media or voice mail.
Hello, folks! It's February 2014, and we finally announce the winner of our Raspberry Pi contest! But before all that excitement, we have a great interview with a fellow radio amateur. Around that, we have news and information about the usual suspects, and covering it all is a thick layer of fun. Thanks for tuning in, and we hope to see you all in Dayton in May. Please donate to our Indiegogo campaign if you can. Every little bit helps. And don't forget about the perks!
Scott, N8VSI, was the LHS ambassador at the Ohio LinuxFest, September 28-30, 2012. We look forward to hearing a report from Scott in the near future.
Richard recounts his experience replacing a computer power supply. Moral? Don't be afraid to try repairing a computer yourself. Swapping parts is easier than you might think. For power supplies, pay attention to the wattage required. (Ed. Note: When in doubt, it's best to replace the bad supply with one that has the same or greater wattage rating.)
Departing from our usual topics, Russ and Richard discuss a couple applications for producing slide shows and panoramic photographs:
Imagination is a lightweight and simple DVD slide show maker for Linux and FreeBSD that's very easy to use, offers a wide variety of transitions, supports background music, and much more. Available in the Debian and Fedora repositories, and probably many others.
Hugin is a program that allows you to assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete, immersive panorama, stitch together any series of overlapping pictures, and much more. It's cross-platform and easy to use.
Why Ham Radio? Richard talks about why you might wish to obtain an Amateur Radio License and how you can combine it with Linux, including:
Getting your ham license for our non ham listeners.
There are many modes of communication, including voice, Morse code, and many digital modes.
A list of certified Volunteer Examiner Coordinators is available at www.ncvec.org.
Test sessions can be found through the ARRL and many local radio clubs.
Russ describes Universal Plug 'n' Play devices (UPnP). Many new devices offer the ability to play media from UPnP servers. It makes sharing your media very convenient and easy, but can also be a security risk.
Ted, WA0EIR, asked if there is a problem with the LHS mailing list as his attempts to post a message there "bounced". Yes, the mailing lists have been broken, but they're fixed now.
Larry Bushey of the Going Linux podcast says thanks for the great show, and admits they stole the LHS "badger" sound effect for use on their show. Episode 185 contains an example of their use of the Badger.
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