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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 12

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Its back to the Ubuntu mug

00:24 Intro to the final episode of Season One, where the guys managed to talk about not talking about the weather!

01:22 Mark talks about doing linuxy type stuff. He has an old PC with an Intel Core 2 Duo with 2GB RAM and a 120GB hard drive running ubuntu and unity. Unity is quite slow and unresponsive on it so he started up a command line interface with ctrl alt F2 and typed in sudo apt remove unity* followed by sudo apt install plasma-desktop and finally after looking up what to do, typed sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop. He also had to enable the kubuntu backports to get the 5.8 LTS version of the KDE desktop, which he thought was a bit strange. He did this with the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

He's loving his kubuntu desktop and once he's tested it a bit more plans to move his main desktop over to it.

Mark goes on to tell us that he has installed Chakra os and it's nice and KDE isn't as heavy as people think.

08:34 Mark goes on to tell us about KDE-neon and KDE in general in his own inimical style. He suggests looking up the sites to get a better explanation.

10:49 Mark announces that due to feedback on the show he's organised an Ubuntu Hour on the 4th of July, independence day, at the West County Hotel in Ennis. Mark also wants to play with Ubuntu Mate over the weekend in preparation for the Ubuntu Hour.

11:37 Wayne tells us that he uses Ubuntu Mate but has also tried Gnome 3 though not successfully.

14:52 The conversation veers towards Wayne's CEO's experience with Ubuntu Mate and how Wayne is trying to convince him to choose GIMP over Photoshop. The conversation starts to go down the rabbit hole as Wayne and Mark discuss the pros and cons of proprietary software and formats.

21:31 Wayne pulls it back by announcing that Skype 4.3 for Linux is no longer supported from today (1st July). He suggests that you should upgrade to Skype beta. you can do this with the following commands:

dpkg --get-selections | grep 'skype'

output is skype-bin:i386

sudo apt-get --purge remove skype-bin:i386

Wayne also suggests using Ctrl - to zoom out in Skype.

24:17 Mark advises people should start using Wire.

25:15 Wayne talks about his interest in Electronics and how he has enhanced the Rod of Doom. He also talks about Ben Eater and how he built an 8 bit computer. Mark mentions the keyboardio but doesn't think he'll be getting one because of the steep price tag.

28:52 Wayne responds to some feedback with advice on how to install linux on a mac.

31:21 Under the Hood. Mark talks about KDevelop 5.1, which has vim key bindings.

32:31 Wayne talks about using lynx with vi key bindings. To get it working you need to do the following:


press o for options.

press the down arrow 14 times, or until you land on 'VI keys'

press the right arrow, then down arrow, then right arrow again (to switch on 'VI keys').

press the right arrow 11 times, or until you get to 'save options to disk'

press right arrow key to put an X in the box there.

press the up arrow key 3 times, or until you get to 'save changes' and press enter.

lynx will always open up in VI mode from now on.

34:20 Wayne talks about Samba and setting up network shares in Ubuntu.

36:50 The guys discuss the highlights of their first season.

40:06 Mark moves the conversation onto UBPorts and tells Wayne that there is an image available for the Samsung Galaxy S3.The conversation moves onto apps and uappexplorer and the openstore.

Irish Saying to end Season One: Slán go fóill!



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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 11

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Guess where Marks been, see his Insomnia mug

00:24 Intro to our eleventh episode, the penultimate episode of season 1! Weather is as always the first thing we chat about. Very Irish!

01:15 With the weather out of the way, Mark tells us he went to Insomnia (Note: the link goes to the main festival in the UK rather than the Irish one, the Irish one is 404 at the moment). Mark noticed that the only mic available for sale was the blue yeti. Beware of convention pricing! :) Mark also admits to still buying music, Thurston Moore's Rock and Roll Conciousness, and goes on to tell us he bought Hearts of Iron IV, a fantastic RTS game covering operational to strategic warfare set in World War II, interesting to the likes of Mark who grew up playing board war games, not so much Wayne, despite Mark's best efforts!

04:40 Linuxy wise, Mark tells us he's only recently installed OBS Studio, a free and open source software application for video / audio recording and live streaming. Wayne wonders if it is available as a snap, Mark thinks it is not (Note: it is not available as a snap in the uappexplorer site). Mark found it easy to use and had managed to create stuff within half an hour, a win for any creative software. Perfect for all the live streams he'll be doing when he gets his fibre broadband in six to eight weeks time!

10:55 Wayne has been playing with his Samsung Galaxy S3s! Solving continual restarts meant hacking two broken 3s together and installing cyanogenmod 13. Wayne discovered the value of good quality data cables through all this, and both of us bemoan the state of phone manufacturers updates.

17:52 Wayne's been studying mysql and python on Codecademy. Mark's been reading Python Crash Course and Essential System Administration, 3rd Edition over breakfast, many more breakfasts filled with the wonders of sys admin methinks! Wayne makes the point that you need to have a project to make coding interesting.Mark mentions Automate the Boring Stuff with Python as a good example of doing rather than just reading.

22:21 Wayne responds to one of our listeners regarding how he got Filezilla to work. Hard Reboots work, but don't solve the underlying problem and it's not really a solution for mission critical data servers.

25:38 Wayne talks about his nextcloud setup and syncing between it and his clients on his Ubuntu Mate PC and phone.

30:04 Under the Hood sounds good is our new tagline! Wayne talks about nginx

nginx -v version information

nginx -V enhanced version information with compiler options

Wayne goes on to give us some keystroke VIM tips:

o - enters insert mode in a new empty line below the current one.

O - does the same above the current line.

A - appends at the end of the line you're on.

# - Find the previous instance of the item under the cursor.

* - Find the next instance of the item under the cursor.

Mark wonders where the keys are on the keyboard...

37:51 Wayne does a glancey type review on Pro Vim from the recent Humble Book Bundle Linux & Open Source. He needs to look at it again when he has time.

39:12 Mark tries hard to finish a sentence to participate in Under the Hood. He fails to find his Under The Hood tip and this leads the discussion onto Plex, free software, Openelec and Kodi. Mark laments the harassment Kodi developers have to deal with and the death of the Ubuntu phone.

46:35 Irish saying for the podcast is Níl fhios agam. What does that mean? Níl fhios agam!



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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 10

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00:24 Intro to our tenth episode, or should that be our 1010 episode?! Weather is a mixed bag, and Wayne's been busy

01:56 Item One on Wayne's list: more fun with ssh and nginx acting as a reverse proxy, while filezilla doesn't feel like fun at all! Mark concludes that a restart is the quickest way to cure all evils.

07:16 Wayne's discovered VMs are amazing, and that a simple command to reconfigure a keyboard from the command line is sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

08:25 Mark's been doing a bit of keyboard work himself, and passes on this gem: when you want to turn the LED lights on in your daughter's new CIT Storm keyboard, type xset led on in the terminal, which he will probably set to come on at startup, as the keys are hard to make out without the led backlighting. As an aside Mark tells us that his son is now back to using Windows 10, and yes, he did make him sit down and read the Insider Windows 10 EULA, which he was ok with...

11:42 What else has Wayne been up to? Wayne's been web trawling and came across these handy basic security tips. The article concludes with the pronouncement that the greatest security risk generally lies between the keyboard and the chair, with which they both agree and come up with seperate TLAs, Wayne's being PICNIC while Mark's is PEBKAC (which Mark wrongly remembers as ILBKAC while he continually pronounces it as IBDIC, probably mixed memories of EBCDIC!

14:03 Wayne reports in on his CEO's experience with Ubuntu MATE on the Toshiba Satellite and HP mini - All good! Wayne argues this is good for the environement while Mark counter argues against older tech as it is not as power efficient so using older tech saves on recycling (good) but uses more power (bad). Mark talks about the real price of cheap electronics and how we're not doing things the right way. The conversation diverges from tech talk altogether as all things green become the topic until the guys decide to pull it back to tech. Before that happens, Mark mentions the pending apocalypse and they both agree tech may save us from our destruction.

20:44 Wayne brings it back - he tells us about GIMP save for web plugin (there's also a deb package). Mark loves the GIMP but hates the name, it's one of those indispensable graphics manipulation tools along with inkscape and krita. Mark then talks about the benefits of relying on donations compared to crowdfunding. Mark's used inkscape to create safety posters, and Libre Office Draw to modify pdfs.

27:08 Wayne moves the conversation onto Snap packages. Key points he's picked up:

Snap packages provide you with the latest version of the software.

(sudo snap refresh [package name] - upgrades a package to its latest version)

Snap packages do not have root access to the entire system.

With Snaps you dont have to worry about dependencies.

Removing a Snap package doesnt leave a lot of crap behind.

Developers can use an application called snapcraft to turn their applications into a snap.

Mark thinks it'll be a good thing for Distros if Snaps take off as it will allow Distro maintainers to concentrate on core distro stuff rather than packaging loads of applications. Mark goes on to mention Mark Shuttleworth's Youtube video apt-get and docker had a baby.

35:19 Wayne sneakily moves on to Under The Hood.

snap find : To list the available packages (only shows promoted and public snaps)

To list all snaps:

snap install uappexplorer-cli

uappexplorer-cli --type snap

Other commands include:

sudo snap install [package name] : To install a package

sudo snap list : To view all the installed snap packages

sudo snap changes : To view a list of logged actions

sudo snap refresh [package name] : To upgrade a package to its latest version

sudo snap refresh hello --beta : If you know there is a beta version available

sudo snap revert : To rollback to previous versions

sudo snap remove : To uninstall a package

The commands can be found in this Joe Collins Video - An introduction to Snap packages for linux

Wayne finishes his key points with the following:

A snap is a squashfs, Read Only, bind-mounted in /snap/[snap_name]/[version]

Each time you upgrade a snap, a new version directory is created

Snap Apps processes are isolated from each other and isolated from the system

43:06 Mark asks Wayne what network commands he uses, he's fishing for ifconfig and ip. Time is running long though, so he's going to leave describing the differences til the next podcast.

46:04 Time for the Humble Bundle Book Bundle Shoutout, this time it's for the Linux & Open Source Humble Book Bundle, including loadsa goodies like Pro Vim and others.

49:24 Irish saying for the podcast is "Tá mé go maith, go raibh maith agat, agus tú féin" (I'm well, thanks for asking, and you?)



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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 9

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00:24 Intro, only some weather and nail gazing. Mark is calling from the tech hub of Coolick, Killarney. Pick up the number of blips due to wireless tech and you could win a NICE biscuit.

01:52 Mark's been trying to get everything working (successfully) in his mobile studio and has also come to the conclusion that he needs to spend some time tweaking his KDE Neon set up.

02:52 Wayne's installed Ubuntu Mate on his CEO's Toshiba Satellite and a HP Mini 210. Wayne'll report back on this linux noob's experiences.

12:45 Wayne extolls the virtues of Gumtree as compared to other trading sites.

14:45 Wayne's extolling the virtues of Gumtree because he was able to pick up a roll of Kortex CAT5e for £15! He's hoping to do some outdoor Raspberry Pi CCTV IP stuff with it.

19:12 Wayne's made a template in Ardour for the podcast recordings!

20:09 Wayne talks about his servers' setups, isolation, port setup and nginx reverse proxy servers.

24:46 Wayne talks about the Intel AMT vulnerability. Mark accepts the fact that security vulnerabilities will always exist because creators create and crackers crack. The intel software checker is not available for linux yet but apparently is on the way

NOTE: for those concerned an AMT status checker is available for linux, courtesy of Matthew Garrett.

31:58 Mark mentions the Humble Indie Bundle 18 and the Humble Book Bundle Make:Essentials.

35:38 Under the Hood:

Mark talks about the following: apropos [insert keyword to search for], a command to search man pages for the provided keyword and to display the results on screen. example being: apropos audio | grep pulse

He mentions the following:
man apropos

41:52 Wayne has a midnight commander (mc) tips section:

Ctrl + Space - on any directory shows the directory size opposite
Ctrl + \ - Opens up the bookmarks window, good for speedy access to directories
Alt + , - switch mc's layout from left-right to top-bottom. Useful for operating on files with long names.

Here's the link where Wayne is getting (some of) his tips from.

Dog's eager for a walk help wind up this episode, but not before Wayne presents the Irish Saying of the fortnight: "Nil aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin" - There's no fireplace like your own fireplace (ie. there's no place like home).



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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 8

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00:24 Intro, changing weather! Wayne and Mark talk about false starts.

01:26 Mark's not been up to a whole lot apart from a course, he's still trying out Linux Mint but is still not sure if he wants to switch, while also mulling over switching out Unity for KDE. He's also set up another VM and put squid on it, as well as wishing he kept better notes.

04:01 Wayne has been fixing full boot partitions on VMs. Extending boot partitions isn't the way to go, here's how he fixed it:

uname -r (to find the currently installed kernel)

dpkg --list 'linux-image*' | grep ^ii (list all installed kernels)

sudo apt-get remove linux-image-[insert kernel version you want to remove] (remove unused kernel version)

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo update-grub

Taken from What is the safest way to clean up the boot partition

09:24 Wayne goes on to tell us about an article he read on omgubuntu relating how Firefox multiprocess is disabled on Ubuntu by default. This is because the Ubuntu modifications add-on that comes pre-bundled with the browser is not yet compatible with it. Enabling This Makes Firefox More Responsive On Ubuntu

13:03 Are we ready for more of what has Wayne been doing? Wayne rattles through some apt commands and tells us about the advantages of using apt over apt-get. Here are the commands:

sudo apt install (adds progress bar)

apt depends firefox (list all dependencies for firefox)

sudo apt remove

sudo apt purge (removes config files as well as program files)

sudo apt autoremove (remove old unused kernels - SSD space saving)

apt show firefox (show information about the application)

apt search mc (search for all instances of mc)

apt --help (view all apt commands)

17:02 Mark talks about the Zero Phone, a $50 smartphone made using the pi zero and arduino, and how it will be available soon on crowdsupply.

21:54 Wayne tells us about his journey with ZFS. ZFS learning links can be found as follows:

Ubuntu Wiki on ZFS

Open-ZFS Bootcamp

ZFS 101

Becoming a ZFS Ninja Part 1

a friendly guide for building ZFS based SAN/NAS solutions

36:26 The conversation moves from filesystems onto backups. Wayne's got a good onsite backup regime in place, Mark blames his "office tidy up" for the lack of his.

40:17 Wayne's concerned he didn't do ZFS the justice it deserves and recommends we watch the youtube video links, while Mark reckons he'll definitely check them out. We'll find out next week... Meanwhile, thank you Sun for ZFS!

43:38 Under the Hood - Mark kicks off under the hood with screenfetch, a Bash screenshot information tool. The coolest thing about screenfetch is the ascii art logo (and all the other useful information it provides).

45:34 In terms of "serious command line stuff", check this out (for a silly example):

(cd /tmp && ls > list.txt && mv list.txt ~)

48:05 Wayne tells us about various forms of diff and vimdiff:

diff is useful for finding the difference between config and text files (i.e between config.txt and config.orig) e.g.:

diff config.txt config.orig

diff -u adds modification dates and times, unified output, e.g.:

diff -u config config.orig

vimdiff shows both files opened in vim side by side with differences highlighted - VERY COOL!

vimdiff config config.orig

e.g. seq 1 7 f1.txt && seq 1 9 f2.txt && vimdiff f1.txt f2.txt

49:40 Mark is so happy that these podcasts are made!

50:27 Mark wants to briefly mention the Humble Very Positive Bundle before the Irish saying.

51:49 Have we used Conas atá tú yet? Nílim ró olc in aon chor - Im not too bad at all



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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 7

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The Podcasters in full glory

00:24 Intro, more sunny weather, Wayne and Mark talk about the relativity of time.

01:43 Mark's been tidying his office, bought an Asus 24" Gaming monitor to complete his dual monitor setup and has been trying out different distros:

Open Suse Leap 42.2, a nice responsive desktop, but encountered dependancy problems once packman repositories were enabled.

Netrunner, a run everything out of the box using KDE and Debian experience, but found to be slow and unpleasant.

Downloaded Zephyr but didn't do anything with it. Please note that as of 19/04/2017, Zephyr has been discontinued and is now Crowz.

Deepin, a Debian unstable based distro with a really nice desktop experience based on a dock and hot corners / sides.

Linux Mint, a fantastic out of the box experience where everything works nicely. Mark's concerns around Mint's security strategy make him wonder if it is a good idea to use it as a daily driver.

06:48 This leads into a discussion around Ubuntu updates.

09:00 Mark continues his gripe against Gnome 3 and mentions the OMG Ubuntu article petitioning Mark Shuttleworth to make Plasma Ubuntu's Next Desktop. He plans to sign it.

10:08 Mark goes on to mention the TuxDigital video on Why Ubuntu 18.04 Should Use KDE Plasma Instead of GNOME while Wayne shockingly admits he's not a KDE fan because he's into light DEs (eg. MATE) and the terminal.

13:07 Wayne suggests we should both try Gnome 3 in a VM, then realises that you have to install on hardware to get a real feel. Mark says that's what he did with KDE Neon and tells us that Dolphin is the best file manager bar none.

14:41 Mark mentions TuxDigital is a channel he hadn't heard of before and intends to spend more time there. Wayne's looking forward to that!

15:17 Wayne describes the wonderful world of ssh and the authentication errors he has to put up with when setting up systems. His way around it is to type the following:

ssh -o PubkeyAthentication=no pi@[insert ip address of pi]

19:03 Wayne goes on to say that he's continuing his messing around with raspberry pi, leds, buttons and pull down resistors and gives a shout out to the CamJam Edukit worksheets.

19:45 Wayne talks about ssh, scp and Gigolo. To recursively copy directories with scp, use the following command:

scp -r /home/user/Desktop/

21:56 Wayne talks about his experience of upgrading his Samsung Galaxy S3 from cyanogen mod to LineageOS. It wasn't good.

27:10 Mark tells us his ubuntu phone was ideal for him and he wonders what to do with it and his BQ M10 tablet. For now he'll just wait and see what progress yunit and the UBports guys make. This leads onto a discussion on the benefits of open hardware and firmware and Mark calling for more movies like the Fast and Furious 8 to create awareness around poorly implemented proprietary firmware, governments legislating against same and a disbandment of the WTO!

33:48 Wayne talks about something that happened a few months ago, FOSSDEM and the videos of the presentations. Mark mentions a keynote given by Aaron Siego back in 2015 at OSC in which he talks about the importance of making great free software.

36:32 This turns the conversation around to how software developers get paid making free software. Elementary OS' App center is mentioned as a method for getting paid, and Mark points out that most kernel developers are professional software developers in paid employment. Mark also tells us he is an associate member of the FSF, donates to Blender, is a lapsed supporter of KDE and uses Kolabnow as his email provider. He believes the money is in the services around the software rather than the software itself. Food for thought.

42:03 Under the Hood - Wayne mentions the following:

Ctrl+U - to delete from the position of the cursor to the beginning of the line.

Ctrl+R - Recursive search, to clear the result from Ctrl+R use Ctrl+G

Mark tells us about a really cool command that he's forgotten but has something to do with ps -ea |grep [app that's causing problems] to find the pid and kill [pid]. His notebook is buried somewhere in the office.

Use id to show the active user id and last to show the last logins on the system

Mark mentions who and Wayne trumps him with w. w tells Mark he's idling...

48:07 Irish Saying for this Podcast: Go n-éirí an bóthar leat (May the road rise with you)!



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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 6

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00:25 Intro, and yet again the guys would prefer to be outside enjoying the good weather.

01:17 Mark's been busy and struggling to come to terms with Mark Shuttleworth's announcement that Canonical are canning convergence and concentrating on the cloud and IOT, while Wayne's upgraded to Nexcloud 11 to avail of the theming features and planted some herbs which are moistened using a Raspberry Pi water irrigation system that he found a tutorial for in The MagPi magazine.

09:24 Mark and Wayne talk about Canonical's announcement and the repurcussions (unity 8 has already been forked). The conversation digresses to Vim when we discover that Mark bought a new Vim! Mug from Gamestop.

15:20 Wayne uses the opportunity to speak about Tom's tip on Vim colour schemes called solarized.

16:33 Mark apologizes to listeners for the lack of show notes and ponders different methods of communications with them, all ideas to welcome!

17:41 Mark goes back to speaking about the bombshell announcement that he just can't get out of his head. This time he's questioning the use of Gnome 3 as the default desktop for Ubuntu 18.04 and not the likes of KDE. He also tells us that Martin Wimpress did an interview on the Ubuntu Podcast explaining Mate and Ubuntu Mate.

21:49 Wayne tells us about Pixel, the "Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight".

25:58 Wayne talks about his inability to give up on Windows because of Music creation. He points us to Ge Wang's Ted Talk on computer music for ways to use failed golf-improving hardware as a creator.

28:56 Under the Hood: Wayne starts the Under the Hood section while Mark scrambles to find something suitable. Alt-space, t to keep the current window on top. Mark can't seem to get it to work in Unity, though he figures it out after the podcast. YMMV!

Mark suggests running gui programs from the terminal for troubleshooting purposes.

Wayne and Mark talk about ls type commands. lsblk, lspci -tv, lsusb -tv, lshw, lshw -c disk, lshw -short, lshw -sanitized all get mentioned, while Mark asks what is the dmesg option to show the time in a more readable format (dmesg -H).

Wayne tells us that inserting a space before a command prevents that command from being recorded in your history. This news wows and concerns Mark, so much so that he's interested in finding out more.

42:30 Irish Saying for this Podcast: Conas atá tú (Howrya?)

43:47 Outro, Marks think this was fairly good episode...



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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 5

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00:25 Intro, the guys would prefer to be outside enjoying the good weather

01:18 Mark tells us about his continuing adventures with KDE Neon and how he got his erm, let me see, his nextcloud box working.

04:49 Wayne discusses Let's Encrypt, load balancing and redundancy.

08:51 Wayne tells us how he's been trouble shooting his read only on boot qcow2 drives using gparted

10:52 Wayne tells us why the servers were down, the importance of good documentation and the fun to be had with ssl certs.

13:10 Mark bemoans the Nextcloud box documentation while Wayne goes on to speak about upgrading his nextcloud instance.

15:22 Mark wonders whether he likes the Snaps concept anymore. Wayne ponders Snaps, Ubuntu Core and Ubuntu's Corporate Nature.

17:58 Mark queries Wayne on what is the purpose of Mate and Cinnamon Desktop

22:06 Late Night Linux gets an honourable mention.

22:25 Wayne tells us about our first email from Tom talking about the i3wm window manager.Good Docs!

22:54 Mark rambles on about his adventures with KDE Neon, Handbrake and Unity while Wayne comments on how as Sysadmins we are prone to tinkering.

31:38 Wayne talks about the Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi Zero W otg cable problems and three api libraries, namely gpiozero, picamera and sense-hat.

34:00 The conversation changes to one around frogsand Castlegregory in Ireland.

35:54 The conversation returns to the Raspberry Pi, Pinet and Tiger VNC gets a mention.

39:05 Mark mentions Crowd Supply and GnuBee Personal Cloud 1 NAS in conjunction with the pinet.

40:17 Mark tells us he's started reading Python Crash Course.

40:58 Under the Hood: Wayne's terminal tricks are clear and ctrl-l and also in the news to us bit, ctrl-g to exit and clear the command line in the bash shell. In Wayne's ongoing saga to convert the world to vim, he tells us to put "set -o vi" into our .bashrc. Follow the links for more tips and a cheat sheet on vim. Wayne goes on to tell us about Vimperator, an addon for firefox which gives you vi keybindings.

49:13 Mark's under the hood: Hollywood.

51:50 Irish Saying for the show is.... Lá Breitha Sona duit, Happy Birthday to you


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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 4

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00:28 intro

00:48 Mark and Wayne talk about Mark's new LimeSDR

11:58 Wayne talks about his latest adventures in Raspberry Pi and how he has purchased a new Raspberry Pi Zero W

13:54 Wayne wonders if he has the proper mindset for python, while sensehat's api gets an honourable mention.

15:31 Wayne talks about how good the resources are for the AstroPi and Sensehat

17:10 This brings the conversation around to the technologically revolutionary times we're living in, how to cope with it and how little linux we actually discuss

20:45 Baby steps: Mark brings up the fact that he's completed the vimtutor and notes that vimtutor is installed by default on KDE Neon

24:01 Wayne summarises the astropi stuff, , sensehat resource sites he's been looking at, and codeacademy learn python, because sharing the knowledge is why we're here.

25:41 Wayne wonders are prices going up in Memory and SSDs

29:05 Under the Hood: - Mark talks about the tree command and how the -X switch and redirecting output to file could prove useful to help create system documentation / tutorials

32:09 Continuing under the hood, Wayne talks about Byobu, with some tutorial links here and here

35:35 Wayne tells an Irish joke!

36:19 Mark brings up trend 4 in Ericsson's 10 hot consumer trands 2017 and this starts a discussion around AR and VR and watching spaces and changing worlds

40:26 The Irish saying for this show is Tóg go bog é and festina lente


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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 3

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00:27 Intro and explanation around the name change to The Binary Times

01:25 Wayne tells us about his adventures with the Raspberry Pi and the projects he's been getting into, the first being motionEyeOS , a security camera system for the Raspberry Pi. Wayne did a bit of research and found some USB cable extenders on line.

03:30 Wayne tells us about his garden pond and recording some busy frogs

06:47 Mark tells us about his work on the binary times logo(made with inkscape) and how he's put KDE Neon on his "new" Lenovo Thinkpad T410. He goes on to tell us he's thinking of purchasing the KDE slimbook and this starts a discussion around pricing and even the Ubuntu Edge

11:00 Wayne talks about our new website

12:01 Wayne talks about another Raspberry Pi project he's been working on, The Rod Of Doom

14:57 Mark mentions the latest Humble Book Bundle is out and it's for Raspberry Pi and Arduino

16:41 Wayne makes a correction on the last podcast information around vim.

17:10 Wayne and Mark discuss vimtutor

20:14 Wayne tells us that he's purchased a sensehat

21:15 Wayne tells us some third hand news: Ubuntu Kylin has produced a windows 7 style desktop

22:27 Mark reminisces about an old video he remembers about KDE4

23:08 Mark tells us about a new security and privacy focused web browser, cliqz

24:47 Mark talks about number two and number three of Ericsson's 10 Hot consumer trends in 2017

31:49 Supertuxkart is trying to get green lighted on Steam

34:21 Under the Hood: Wayne talks about Midnight Commander, Midnight Commander pdf manual and Use midnight commander like a pro

38:23 Mark's under the Hood is how to use a carrot! No, it's how to use the carat!

40:44 Wayne mentions that Munich's county council is considering returning to Windows

42:33 The Irish saying for the podcast is Sláinte


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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 2

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00:27 intro

01:20:00 Mark got a haircut, and Wayne did too!

01:46 Mark tells us that he's been listening to, Homeland and Jerusalem

03:31 Finally, some Linux chat! Wayne talks about SSH

06:33 Wayne starts to talk about his adventures in Raspberry Pi

08:20 Mark mentions Openhab in conjunction with Raspeberry Pi projects

09:31 Mark tells us he's heard Openhab arrives as a snap

10:16 Wayne discusses Martin Wimpress' excellent guide on setting up Nextcloud 11 on Ubuntu Core on a Raspberry Pi 3

11:29 Wayne returns the discussion to Raspberry Pi and the sense-hat

14:21 Wayne's head melts while learning Python

15:13 In Breaking News For Us, the Raspberry Pi 3 is on sale!

16:35 Mark installs KDENeon on a raspberry pi? No! On a Dell Latitude D830 and a spare hdd

20:30 Wayne has a tip for Ubuntu Mate users, ctrl-space to invoke search

21:52 In More Breaking News For Us, Ubuntu Unity has a low graphics mode!

22:51 Mark sneakily moves the conversation onto the Under the Hood tips section with dcfldd, an enhanced version of dd

25:15 Waynes under the hood tip is "sudo!!" for when you've forgotten sudo at the start of a command you want to run

28:24 Mark talks about Nano as a wordstar clone when in fact it's a clone of pico!

29:25 Wayne talks about vim, a modal text editor

31:58 Mark mentions xkcd's take on linux text editors.

32:39 Wayne helpfully mentions vim-tutor . If not installed you can install it using "sudo apt install vim-runtime"

34:48 Mark mentions Mike Saunder's (from Linux Voice) vim youtube video

35:08 Wayne challenges Mark to go through the first two lessons of vim-tutor and Mark agrees

Wayne explains that the j,k,l and ; keys are used for navigation in vim, when in fact h, j, k and l are used for navigation (as can be seen in this click here)

37:18 Wayne reveals that Vim is available for Windows

37:42 Mark talks about privacy badger and HTTPS Everywhere, privacy add on for web browsers from the EFF. This provoked a wide ranging discussion around privacy and shopping

46:30 Irish Saying for the show is.... Ceart go leor, fair enough!


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The Binary Times - Series 1 Episode 1

Timeline companion

'Under the hood' - Desktop & command line linux tips

Ctrl + Alt + T - Opens a terminal (Ubuntu based distros)
Terminal History - Ctrl+R, Ctrl+R again to cycle through matches
Firefox, right click on a tab and select 'Bookmark all tabs'

Topics of conversation

Philosophy and Technology - The Guardian

Raspberry Pi CamJam EduKit#1-3
Mainly aimed at kids I believe but I need that level of introduction.
EduKits walk you through beginning with the RPi.
All source and documentation available on GitHub.

Raspberry Pi Videos and Tutorials videos

Spoke briefly about Data Privacy Day
Mark spoke about Humble Bundle

The Irish Saying

Is féidir linn - Yes, we can


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Series 2 Episodes
Episode 3, Episode 2, Episode 1

Series 1 Episodes
Episode 12, Episode 11, Episode 10, Episode 9, Episode 8, Episode 7, Episode 6, Episode 5, Episode 4, Episode 3, Episode 2, Episode 1


About The Binary Times

The Binary Times podcast is created by Mark and Wayne, who just like using linux and open source software and want to spread the word.

Linux is free and open source and it is an excellent choice of operating system for our ever changing times.

This podcast is released fortnightly.

A picture of the Raspberry Pi with breadboard

Electronic fun with the Raspberry Pi

This show aspires to touch on various aspects of Linux, with chat, musings, information, commands to help you get started or to advance within the Linux environment.