A Case for an Open Podcast Directory

A Case for an Open Podcast Directory

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Podcasts have come a long way since people started just recording audio files and posting them to a website. Over the last decade the advent of RSS and mobile technology has provided publishers with the ability to produce text, audio and video content and have that content delivered directly to millions of subscribers around the world. While many podcast enthusiasts find shows based on recommendations from friends or social media, the most common way to find new podcasts is through a podcast directory, specifically the iTunes podcast directory. Even though I no longer own any Apple devices many of the top podcast clients have search features powered by the iTunes directory. It has become the de facto place to find a new show on your favourite niche topic. What happens…
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My Journey to Linux & OSS for Hacker Public Radio

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I recently recorded and submitted my first podcast for [Hacker Public Radio](http://hackerpublicradio.org/), which is something I've been planning to do for several months. I figured I might as well dump the transcript to the blog as well for those who don't subscribe to HPR and/or are allergic to audio. Telling the tale of how you came to be an active user of Linux or open source software has become the de facto first show topic, so here's my story. ### Early Years The first computer I ever owned was purchased second-hand from a local company who had recently upgraded their systems. It was a second-generation Intel Pentium system with precious few system resources. But it was mine... all mine. I played with it for a few months trying out different…
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Three-week Ubuntu Experiment – Migrating to Open-Source

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This past spring I made an attempt to move myself out of the shackles of the commercial software world and truly embrace open-source. I tried to move my primary machine off Windows 7, and onto [Ubuntu Linux](http://www.ubuntu.com/). I knew the transition wouldn't be seamless but I'd heard so many good things about living in a Linux universe that I decided it was time. The experiment did not go as well as I might have hoped, and despite my efforts to stick with it for some time, I eventually had to cut the experiment short. As I was preparing to re-image my system I started a blog post which I decided not to post at the time. I've included a short excerpt which shows my state of mind back in May,…
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AnkhSVN and Visual Studio 2008

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[![ankhsvn](http://kdmurray.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ankhsvn11.gif "ankhsvn")](http://kdmurray.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ankhsvn11.gif)Source control is one of those things that developers get really polarized about.  Most agree that having source control on projects is a necessity, but that's typically were the similarities end.  Some folks are of the mind that every line of code, however insignificant, [should be under source control](http://stackoverflow.com/questions/132520/good-excuses-not-to-use-version-control).  This provides records of what was written, and a reference for things that were done in the past.  Others believe that source control should be reserved for "real" projects, things that are deliverables for customers, or products to be released to real-world environments.  I really don't want to get into this debate tonight, so I'm going to stick to the technology. I was wanting to get some source control in place for a few of my personal projects.  I chose…
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WordPress Woes: Read the Damned Instructions!

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Recently some of you may have noticed some instability with the theme on this blog. The theme on the blog seemed to reset to the WordPress default without any rhyme or reason. I assumed it was one of the many plugins I had installed to try to provide additional content or functionality on the site. I tried enabling and disabling all of the plugins but to no avail, there didn't seem to be anything that would correct the problem outright. After several hours of frustration, I came across [an article on coderemedy.com](http://www.coderemedy.com/2007/07/27/wordpress-theme-resets-to-default/) which provided an explanation, and pointed me at [Scott Burkett's blog for a solution](http://www.scottburkett.com/index.php/misc/2006-11-15/wordpress-theme-resetting-problem-solved.html). What it boils down to is this: I use [Alex King's WP-Mobile](http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress) plugin to permit the blog to be viewed on small mobile devices…
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Sun Acquires MySQL

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Sun CEO [Jonathan Schwartz announced](https://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/winds_of_change_are_blowing) yesterday that they have acquired the Open-Source database platform [MySQL](https://mysql.com/). This is a huge purchase and one of the largest acquisitions of an Open Source entity that we've ever seen. [![](https://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/134222791_86b066ce41_d.jpg)](http://flickr.com/photos/tidewatermuse/134222791/ "Photo Credit: Tidewater Muse on Flickr")The goal, says Schwartz, is to put a Fortune 500 vendor behind the innovative technology powering many next generation web-based services. To accomplish that goal Sun is "putting a billion dollars behind the M in [LAMP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAMP_(software_bundle))" (and [MAMP](https://sourceforge.net/projects/mamp), [WAMP](https://sourceforge.net/projects/wampserver/), and of course Sun's own [SAMP](https://developers.sun.com/solaris/tools/samp/index.jsp)...). Support of open source projects is nothing new for Sun. They have been a positive force behind several other projects in the past including [Java](https://java.sun.com/), [ZFS](https://opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/), [NetBeans](https://www.netbeans.org/) and [OpenOffice.org](https://www.openoffice.org/). This bodes very well for the future of MySQL and companies offering other higher-priced options…
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SimCity Source Code Released Under GPL

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Bil Simser has [posted an article on his blog](http://weblogs.asp.net/bsimser/archive/2008/01/10/simcity-source-code-released-to-the-wild-let-the-ports-begin.aspx) about the release of the source code for the original SimCity under the GPL. The GPL'd version has been renamed under the original working title Micropolis to protect the trademarks of Electronic Arts who currently own the intellectual property for the Sim* franchise. If the original title had stuck I wonder what they'd call The Sims these days.... The [source code for Micropolis](http://www.donhopkins.com/home/micropolis/) has been published on author Don Hopkins' website. He has also included a bit of [history](http://www.donhopkins.com/drupal/node/131) about this branch of the SimCity project including some technical detail behind this iteration of the code.  The GPL version has also been ported to the version of Fedora Linux being run on the [OLPC](http://laptop.org/).  A great way to spread this brilliant…
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WordPress Plugin: Admin Links Widget

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I've just launched the first version of a new Wordpress widget, the [Admin Links Widget](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/). This very simple widget does as the name suggests. It provides links to administrative functions from the sidebar of your Wordpress installation. The catch is, only administrators will be able to see the links so the general public won't have their view cluttered up with links they can't use. Give it a try! 1. [Download the Plugin](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/) 2. Unzip into your Wordpress plugins folder 3. Activate the plugin 4. Add the widget to your site! If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to post below.
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WordPress Plugin: Random Image Selector

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**UPDATE**: December 9, 2007: The Random Image Plugin has been updated! Please see [the new post](http://kdmurray.net/2007/12/09/random-image-selector-120-released/) for updates on features, or to comment.     Have you ever wanted to display a random image from a folder on your site? Maybe for a background or banner for your blog? Now there's a quick and easy way to do it: the Random Image Selector plugin for wordpress! The initial release, version 1.0.2 is available from the Wordpress.org plugins site. The download location is [http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/) The premise of the plugin is quite simple, create a folder on your website where you want to store your randomly selected files. The plugin will select from all the files in that folder, and choose one at random to display. This is a great way to…
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DD-WRT: Routers the Next Generation

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I realize it's not a new technology (its on ver. 23), but its one I've recently adopted.  We're planning on doing some re-arranging to put an office in the house, and that means computers in different rooms.  _What I need now_, I said to myself, _is a way of extending my wireless network to another room..._ preferably with a router on the other end too so I can plug in a non-wireless computer. The problem: The [firmware](http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=define%3Afirmware&btnG=Search) for my [Linksys WRT54G](https://sourceforge.net/projects/wifi-box/) doesn't allow that, at least not easily. Enter the [DD-WRT](http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/index.php) firmware package to save the day.  This package gives you full "[god-mode-like](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_mode)" control over your router's settings, and thus your entire wireless network.  Multiple routers can be placed in the same space to allow a [WLAN](http://www.wlan.org.uk/) to be extended…
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