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The Binary Times - Series 8 Episode 3

Wed 05 August, 2020

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The Binary Times guys a little later than usual this episode

00:24 Wayne welcomes us to Series 8 Episode 3 with a chuckle. The guys are just so happy to be recording the day after Sys Admin Day, and it looks like clear skies all round, though rain is on the way. Mark plans to celebrate Sys Admin Day and the bank holiday weekend with family by foregoing pizza and instead having a barbeque so he hopes is accurate and it just stays cloudy for the afternoon. The guys go on to comtemplate how quickly time goes by before discussing what Mark has been at.

03:20 Mark talks about his Volla phone and his beta testing journey with Ubuntu Touch. He also tells us he's finally gotten around to playing around with his Turris Mox. Mark tells us a bit about the Turris project, the Turris Omnia and the Turris Mox. Mark mentions one of the things that got him back to testing the Turris Mox was the recent release of Turris OS 5.0, which is based on OpenWrt 19.07.3. Mark tells us that some of his testing involved listening to the Bugcast while on the Turris Mox wifi. Wayne gives Mark an excuse as to why it took him so long to do anything with his Turris and that turns the conversation around to the tedium of work.

17:02 Wayne tells us he's been up to an awful lot. He's back in touch with Dee, a long lost friend, and they've been catching up on tech and soldering amongst other things. Wayne goes on to talk about home automation. Dementor from the Telegram Channel of the Maker's Corner podcast suggested home assistant requires dedicated hardware for all the extra integrations and the like, so Wayne has installed his home assistant on his Raspberry Pi 4.

On a recommendation from Dee, Wayne has bought 4 Sonoff basics so that he can do some automated switching. Currently he's using one of them to switch on his bed side lamp table at 10.15 pm at night, which gives him and his room a nice little glow inside. Wayne calls out to our American listeners for assistance in purchasing some of these producst, so if you're interested please get in touch. He also likes that these gadgets can be made aware of sunrise and sunset in your area. Wayne is pretty excited about the options the Wyze kit he's hankering after will bring to the table. Wayne's list of useful hints and tips is as follows:

How to Flash Tasmota onto Sonoff Basic - Home Assistant Basics

How to flash custom firmware to a Sonoff Basic

Install on Docker

Sonoff Basic Wiring Diagram

Running Home Assistant with Docker (docker-compose)

HassOS Release-4 build 11 (Stable)

Deprecating Home Assistant Supervised on generic Linux

Wayne goes on to tell us he's been playing with LEDs and ESP32s. Wayne's makery renaissance reminds him of the Rod of Doom and he feels that since electronics are now so cheap and many so open they make for a great hobby. Mark contemplates the true cost of cheap electronics but also thinks Open hardware and software is vital to our futures. Wayne mentions the VPRO Documentary with Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism as an important watch. Mark recommends the book, as well as Edward Snowden's Permanent Record. The guys have a conversation about surveillance capitalism, ethics, morality, Amish Linux and the importance of the internet.

50:16 Time for Under the Hood - Wayne suggests the use of redshift for late night viewing. Dee sent us in a few beauties: For vi - p3p pastes 3 lines, y3y will copy the next 3 lines. For Android phone, Hotspot & Tethering, enable usb tethering.

Ubuntu MATE Image Viewer (Eye of MATE), pressing F9 in the 20.04 release gives you picture properties in a sidebar view.

Mark shares organisations that he has recently come across that he feels may be useful to people. The first one is Open UK, a UK not for profit organisation committed to develop and sustain UK leadership in Open Technology. The next is OW2, an independent, global, open-source software community, fostering open source projects, claiming to be the only such non-profit open source organisation of EU origin and DNA. He mentions Italo Vignoli's presentation of LibreOffice's 10th Anniversary as a good watch from their OW2's 2020 convention. The final one he wants to mention is Gaia-X, a project which is the cradle of an open, transparent digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust.

01:0034 Irish saying of the show is Ceapaim and Ni Ceapaim, or I think or I don't think.

We hope you enjoy the show as much as we did making it!



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The Binary Times - Series 8 Episode 2

Sat 18 July, 2020

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The Binary Times guys welcome back Mike Saunders to the show

00:24 Wayne welcomes us to Season 8 Episode 2 from a slightly overcast Bristol. Wayne's tongue is refusing to do what its told, leading Wayne to wonder how he can fluff up the intro after so much time. Mark tells us summer is still over in Ireland. Mike Saunders joins us to tell us he has no idea what the weather is like in Munich but the Oktoberfest has been cancelled. Mike tells us its nice to be on the show for his fifth appearance and finds it hard to believe the show is almost four years old. The guys can't believe it either.

03:11 Mark gives us an update on his Volla phone with Ubuntu Touch. The software is still beta but steady progress is being made. Mike asks about the current development of Ubuntu Touch and Mark provides a potted history. Mike is going to try Ubuntu Touch on his Samsung Galaxy S3. Wayne comprehends the bubble we're in. Mike thinks its great the the mobile phone duopoly is being challenged, and Mark lists off some of the mobile phone OSes, like Ubuntu Touch, Volla Phone, Sailfish OS, Postmarket OS, Phosh and the Pinephone. Mark thinks there's a lot to be optimistic about. Mike is upset that MikeOS wasn't mentioned in Mark's list. Mike suggests running qemu and MikeOS on your phone as a project, so Wayne's afternoon is sorted.

Mike tells us he's running FreeBSD these days, but you wouldn't really know it as he's running it on his Nintendo Switch and reminisces about BSD in Microsoft products. Mike also gives a shout out to the developers of the Big Blue Button, a self hosted or integratedweb conferencing solution for online learning. Mark brings up the ECJ ruling as a good reason to switch from proprietary software as a service solutions to solutions like the Big Blue Button, Collabora and NextCloud.

13:07 Wayne tells us he's been on Maker's Corner, another fine Otherside Podcast Network Show. Mark is reminded to tell everyone he appeared on Linux Lads. Wayne goes on to tell us he's been playing with 12V powered electronics and a viktron system he inherited as well as the Grafana graphing software.

16:41 The topic of conversation moves on to The Document Foundation, LibreOffice and the distinction between them, the companies in the LibreOffice ecosystem, and the conundrum of how to fund Free and Open Source Software.

Mike kicks off by commenting on how hard it is to please everyone in software design. He then goes on to tell us that LibreOffice and The Document Foundation have been in the tech news recently with a lot of confusion surrounding the different parts of the project. Mike goes on to explain that The Document Foundation is an independent self-governing meritocratic entity, created by a large group of Free Software advocates, in the form of a charitable Foundation under German law (gemeinnützige rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts) which is now 10 years old. It was set up in the aftermath of Oracle buying Sun and uncertainty around the future of OpenOffice. It's an important distinction to make that The Document Foundation is not a software house, with specific requirements as a non-profit entity. LibreOffice on the other hand is both the software and the project, with hundreds of contributors. In essence, The Document Foundation provides the infrastructure to allow other people to develop LibreOffice. Around this then there are a number of companies formed that contribute code into LibreOffice, so there is good separation between the different parts of the ecosystem to ensure a flourishing Free and Open Source project for all. It's a huge legacy codebase. One of the first projects The Document Foundation undertook was to simplify the build process. Mike goes on to explain the rationale behind the recent personal edition label controversy. He also reminds us of the heartbleed vulnerability as an example of how important it is to provide support to the LibreOffice ecosystem.Mike closes out the discussion with a recognition that Free and Open Source software needs to be funded.

54:52 Under the Hood - Mark's Under the Hood comes from Mike over at the Linux Lads and it is Noise Torch, "an easy to use open source application for Linux with PulseAudio. It creates a virtual microphone that suppresses noise, in any application." Mark decided not to try it before the show to prevent any more audio disasters but plans to install and use it in the future.

Mike's Under the Hood is Huel and Queal, nutritionally complete meal in a drink foods that are good for you, like Guinness only with less alcohol.

Wayne's first Under the Hood comes from Ben in the chat and it is rclone browser, a gui front end for rclone. His second is from another Ben, this time over email, and it is KISS a free and open source launcher for android. Wayne's final one is to mention the latest Maker's Humble Bundle with a whole bunch of useful Maker's books.

01:03:04 And the German "Zungenbrecher": "Schnecken erschrecken, wenn Schnecken an Schnecken schlecken, weil zum Schrecken vieler Schnecken, Schnecken nicht schmecken", or Snails are frightened when snails lick snails because, to frighten many snails, snails do not taste. So there you have, thanks so much to Mike for coming on and taking the time to tell us all about the Document Foundation, LibreOffice and everything else. We hope you enjoy the show as much as we did making it.



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The Binary Times - Series 8 Episode 1

Sat 4 July, 2020

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Welcome to a new season of The Binary Times show

00:24 Wayne welcomes us to the first Episode of Season 8!It's a kind of overcast and cool Bristol, while Mark thinks the summer is over already and reminisces about the earlier great sunny days this year.

03:29 Mark tells us he's actually started making show notes. He also tell us his children arranged for John Romero of Doom fame to send him a Father's Day Message. The fact that they did it and the fact that John Romero obliged kinda blew Mark away and he thanks them all for making Father's Day 2020 so memorable.

Mark goes on to tell us that he is Beta Testing Ubuntu Touch on the Volla phone. Mark reallys likes the look of the device and the specs are great. While the experience is still very Beta, as expected, Mark thinks things are shaping up well for the release later this year.The guys discuss Ubuntu Touch, Wayne Out There's show. The guys discuss whether Ubuntu Touch will ever be a consumer OS and whether that's important, as long as its niche ready and they can help move it along.

25:21 The chat reminds Mark of the latest Humble Bundle, which is Learn Python Programming with PyCharm. The guys go on to discuss another amazing Humble Bundle, the Circuits and Electronics by Morgan and Claypool bundle.

31:05 Wayne tells us that he's got his Nextcloud talk working again after installing a TURN server, and the guys are now recording the show using it. He goes on to talk about Nextcloud and PFSense. He fixed problems with his Nextcloud upgrade by with this guide (the intika entry solved his instance being stuck in maintenance mode) and this guide (see the IanNic solution).

37:55 Wayne goes on to talk about his Raspberry Pis, Ubuntu Server on the Pi and Docker. Following are some of his notes on installing Docker on a Raspberry Pi.

Install docker on a Raspberry Pi


1. Install Docker

curl -sSL | sh

2. Add permission to Pi User to run Docker Commands

sudo usermod -aG docker pi

Reboot here or run the next commands with a sudo

3. Test Docker installation

docker run hello-world

4. IMPORTANT! Install proper dependencies

sudo apt-get install -y libffi-dev libssl-dev

sudo apt-get install -y python3 python3-pip

sudo apt-get remove python-configparser

5. Install Docker Compose

sudo pip3 install docker-compose

Installing docker on the Raspberry Pi

how to start a docker container at boot time.

run systemd service specific user group.

Running a script as another user [docker-compose]

The actions below were taken out to start up the grafana docker container but it needed to be run a user 'pi'.

sudo vi /usr/local/bin/


cd /home/pi/Downloads/grafana/

docker-compose up --detach


chmod +x /usr/local/bin/

vi /etc/rc.local

# Add in the line before exit 0

/bin/su -x '/usr/local/bin/' pi



Great docker introductory video.

44:51 Wayne goes on to tell us he was gifted a Raspberry Pi 4. Eventually he's hoping all his servers will run on Raspberry Pis.

53:05 Under the Hood - Mark's under the hood is Cadmus, a noise suppression utility for Linux.

Wayne's Under the Hoods are the Simple mobile tools website (Thanks Dave!) and pip3 install catt followed by catt cast '' (thanks Ben!) Wayne also tells us of a DJ Ware video that's worth a watch.

Irish saying of the show is Tá an Samhradh thart



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