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Dave Morriss says: 8388607

Posted at 2024-04-17 18:40:42 relating to the show hpr4096 which was released on 2024-04-15 by Deltaray entitled Powers of two

Great show, thanks. It got me looking at /etc/services to remind myself about assigned port numbers!

Back in the 1970's when I abandoned my Biology PhD and got a job instead, I ended up working in the computer service department at Lancaster University in the North West of England where we had an ICL 1900 series mainframe. This was a 24-bit machine (using _magnetic core_ memory), running an operating system called GEORGE 3.

When somebody left, I stumbled into working as an assembly language programmer (using the PLAN assembler) because we had source access to the operating system (on MicroFiche) and were enhancing it, with other universities in the region, to implement an early form of networking, the GANNET network. 

Burnt into my memory from that day to this is the value of 2**24 - 1 = 8388607
This of course is the largest signed integer that can be stored in 24 bits :-)

Oh, and because I was looking in the HPR database today, I feel that I am in the presence of greatness because not only is the show number 4096, the duration (in seconds) is 1024. ;-)

Dave

brian-in-ohio says: Another example

Posted at 2024-04-17 15:32:11 relating to the show hpr4096 which was released on 2024-04-15 by Deltaray entitled Powers of two

One use of powers of 2 is mentioned in Ender's Game. Ender runs through the powers of 2 to calm himself down, a nerdy way of counting to 10. Enjoyable show

dodddummy says: The next thing

Posted at 2024-04-16 17:08:43 relating to the show hpr4097 which was released on 2024-04-16 by dodddummy entitled Will they take our jobs? Of course they will.

One thing I forgot to mention is that previously when tech made something obsolete, there has been a new thing for the people to do or make.

I'm not seeing the new thing in this case.

Windigo says: Very enjoyable episode

Posted at 2024-04-15 20:11:04 relating to the show hpr4096 which was released on 2024-04-15 by Deltaray entitled Powers of two

I can't wait to find out what happens in the sequel, HPR 8192.

Henrik Hemrin says: Interesting review of your Linux softwares

Posted at 2024-04-13 13:11:50 relating to the show hpr4095 which was released on 2024-04-12 by Deltaray entitled Twenty seven years of Linux

I liked this show! 

Your review of your softwares included several I use, some I have not heard of but of interest and some I know but have not started to use (and some not in my current need). One of those I have installed and started to look at is Gramps and I was happy to hear your positive comment about it which gives me more confidence to use it. 

When you talked about your early Linux days, it was when I used Sun workstation with their Unix as my daily job driver. I believe I started with Sun in the 1990's and had it for probably more than a decade at job. I liked the Unix environment and I remember a colleague talked about Linux when it was very new and I became interested in Linux but it was much later I actually started to use Linux. I could relate to several details in your story to my Unix background. 

Finally, you mentioned the freedom to put the operating system and other software I want to on my device. One big device many have is a car, and I believe modern cars lack software freedom. Anyone with knowledge in modern cars softwares, please enlighten us in a pod show!

archer72 says: Re:Road trips without GPS

Posted at 2024-04-13 10:20:56 relating to the show hpr4098 which was released on 2024-04-17 by Trey entitled Road trips without GPS

This was an interesting show, and I am looking at the transcription to see what I am missing.   I recently found myself also losing signal, and got it back by cycling in and out of airplane mode to remedy the problem.   This did get me thinking that I should also have a backup, as I travel semi-frequently from Kentucky to the Chicago area suburbs, also because of my family situation.
Depending on which location I travel, it is between 350 and 400 miles.

With this last road trip and also some roads that I wanted to avoid, I started using OSMand, which uses OpenStreetMap in the background.  I would have to read the transcript to catch all your points, which were very interesting.  I will probably be getting at least a handheld CB radio in the near future.

Also, it has been 20 years or so, but I used to print out directions from Mapquest if the destination was somewhat local.

Thanks for your show
- Archer72

Deltaray says: Re: Correction

Posted at 2024-04-12 23:45:32 relating to the show hpr4095 which was released on 2024-04-12 by Deltaray entitled Twenty seven years of Linux

You're right Nick. Thanks. What I failed to mention during the podcast is that while it is indeed free for personal use, I'm not able to make the personal use claim anymore because I need to use it at work, and Oracle detects this and sends a nastygram to the organization asking them to pay.

Henrik Hemrin says: Enjoyable to learn about your Linux use case and experience

Posted at 2024-04-12 19:06:51 relating to the show hpr4094 which was released on 2024-04-11 by Daniel Persson entitled One year of Linux

It was enjoyable listen to your Linux experience! I went over to Linux as my daily driver in Dec 2023, Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE). We have different use cases, but nevertheless interesting to learn some about your needs and experience.

Nick says: Correction

Posted at 2024-04-12 18:48:47 relating to the show hpr4095 which was released on 2024-04-12 by Deltaray entitled Twenty seven years of Linux

Hi, great podcast, thank you.  

A small correction: the Oracle Virtualbox Extensions are not FOSS but they are free for personal use.

Folky says: Thank you

Posted at 2024-04-12 11:23:47 relating to the show hpr4094 which was released on 2024-04-11 by Daniel Persson entitled One year of Linux

Thank you for your show. Interesting to hear from someone coming from Windows to Linux with an open mind.
Being on Linux since 2001 and only using Windows when   constrained to it by university or employer,  it's always good to get the view of the other side.

AaronB says: Bugs in Linux

Posted at 2024-04-11 21:43:42 relating to the show hpr4094 which was released on 2024-04-11 by Daniel Persson entitled One year of Linux

I have never had any problems with Linux until Ubuntu 23.10.
 
Waiting for Ubuntu 24.04 LTS

operat0r says: ADD

Posted at 2024-04-10 00:05:06 relating to the show hpr4075 which was released on 2024-03-15 by norrist entitled Making a Pomodoro Timer

You got ADD brah...

https://rmccurdy.com/stuff/.tmp_tmp/_ADHD/Autism+Spectrum.png

Mad Sweeney says: Squeezing out a show

Posted at 2024-04-09 23:29:14 relating to the show hpr4092 which was released on 2024-04-09 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled More man-talk.

I think I feel a show building up inside; if only I could flush it out!

folky says: Oh no

Posted at 2024-04-09 11:27:02 relating to the show hpr4092 which was released on 2024-04-09 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled More man-talk.

I really wished I had more ideas for shows, so I could help to press down this kind of shows from sgoti to the reserve queue ;-)

elmussol says: George Santos

Posted at 2024-04-05 22:38:23 relating to the show hpr3868 which was released on 2023-05-31 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled News.

An excellent podcast on Santos from a left-queer perspective (explicit)

Bad Gays: George Santos

Episode webpage: https://badgayspod.podbean.com/e/george-santos/

Media file: https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/m2h2yn/George_Santos6r9jl.mp3

Some Guy on the Internet says: @Dave Morriss

Posted at 2024-04-01 14:09:35 relating to the show hpr4086 which was released on 2024-04-01 by HPR Volunteers entitled HPR Community News for March 2024

No worries.  I am known for panic ridden pearl clutching nonsense.  Hopefully the show will encourage more men to discuss men’s health.

Dave Morriss says: Senior moment: diatribe

Posted at 2024-04-01 13:15:05 relating to the show hpr4086 which was released on 2024-04-01 by HPR Volunteers entitled HPR Community News for March 2024

Apologies SGOTI; in commenting on show 4083 I called it a "diatribe", which means a rant or critical writing. I think I was probably going for "discussion" or "discourse" or similar. It wasn't a diatribe I think.

I'm in the phase of life where words sometimes don't pop into my mind when called for, or the wrong one does :-)

Thanks to Ken for pointing it out at the time.

Kevin O'Brien says: Good Show

Posted at 2024-03-28 21:32:07 relating to the show hpr4081 which was released on 2024-03-25 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled The Oh No! News.

I always enjoy The Oh No! News

Henrik Hemrin says: /e/OS - an open source Android alternative

Posted at 2024-03-27 17:09:49 relating to the show hpr4081 which was released on 2024-03-25 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled The Oh No! News.

Regarding Android: I use /e/OS as operating system on my daily mobile phone. https://e.foundation/ 

/e/OS is based on LineageOS, which in turn is based on Adroid Open Source Platform (AOSP). /e/OS is an (almost) deGoogled version of Android. 

In general, /e/OS works well for me. But still, some apps do not work fully or not at all. So unfortunately I need a backup phone for some purposes. Not unlikely are issues related to microG which replaces Google services, but cannot mimic it in every detail. Despite issues, I enjoy to use an alternative to the very non-free softwares iOS and Google-Android.

Some Guy on the Internet says: Desperately, with white knuckles, clutching pearls.

Posted at 2024-03-26 23:14:05 relating to the show hpr4081 which was released on 2024-03-25 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled The Oh No! News.

I sit at my desk, clutching my pearls with bated breath, listening for the soothing sound of “Good Heavens!” to calm me during these moral panic ridden times.  Thank you Trey.

Ken Fallon says: @hpr listener

Posted at 2024-03-26 14:51:45 relating to the show hpr4081 which was released on 2024-03-25 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled The Oh No! News.

You appear to have an issue with SGOTI. Rather than hash it out in the comments can you please contact the Janitors - admin@hpr of if you prefer an independent ear, then the auditors@hpr.

hpr listener says: Unnecessary insult

Posted at 2024-03-25 12:50:46 relating to the show hpr4081 which was released on 2024-03-25 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled The Oh No! News.

It is noticed that SGOTI continues to use the open nature of HPR to insert insults into shows toward those expressing legitimate criticism of judgemental past statements he has made.

Trey says: Pearl clutching

Posted at 2024-03-25 12:50:34 relating to the show hpr4081 which was released on 2024-03-25 by Some Guy On The Internet entitled The Oh No! News.

Great to hear another episode of Oh No! news.  Keep up the awesome work.

Trey says: Desperate plea for a drummer to respond?

Posted at 2024-03-20 12:38:39 relating to the show hpr4078 which was released on 2024-03-20 by enistello entitled Learning to read music, part two: pitch

Great podcast.  While I have dabbled in music over the years on several instruments (Though never drums!) it is sad that I never became proficient with any.  Maybe when I retire, I will sit on the back porch with my guitar, and antagonize the squirrels.

Thank you for sharing.  I am hoping that there is a drummer out there who will record an episode responding to the drummer remarks.

Henrik Hemrin says: Useful to learn how ffmpeg can be used

Posted at 2024-03-20 11:15:45 relating to the show hpr4077 which was released on 2024-03-19 by Mr. Young entitled FFMPEG Series: Joining and Splitting files

Your presentation, in particular the concatenate command, gave me an idea for some ts files where this can be useful for me.

Ken Fallon says: Very suspicious comment.

Posted at 2024-03-20 08:26:23 relating to the show hpr3060 which was released on 2020-04-24 by Ken Fallon entitled Running a local imap server

Hi Somebdy

Thanks for your comment. 

Exactly what a spammer would say ;-)

As you point out, all comments are moderated. All links are checked by humans. We strip out all html. If any spammers are checking us out, then feel free to a show about yourself, or your industry, or any other topic we may find interesting. We also check shows for spam :).

Somebdy says: Nothing in particular

Posted at 2024-03-19 11:27:36 relating to the show hpr3060 which was released on 2020-04-24 by Ken Fallon entitled Running a local imap server

This comment has nothing to do with the content. But after reading the lengths you go to keep this section spam free, I really wanted to appreciate the effort that goes into this. This is a great website, very grateful to have access like this for free and without ads and trackers. May you live long!

Trixter says: A slightly better version

Posted at 2024-03-18 21:38:35 relating to the show hpr4073 which was released on 2024-03-13 by Trixter entitled Is the 1990 documentary "Cyberpunk" worth watching today?

I've updated my previous upload with a higher-quality version restored with better techniques.  You should be able to find it at https://archive.org/details/cyberpunk_201410

HPR Listener says: Restoration on archive.org

Posted at 2024-03-16 16:10:42 relating to the show hpr4073 which was released on 2024-03-13 by Trixter entitled Is the 1990 documentary "Cyberpunk" worth watching today?

Would be much appreciated if Trixter could post the link for their mentioned HD restoration of the documentary on archive.org as the linked version on youtube is georestricted.

Trey says: Great project

Posted at 2024-03-15 11:13:17 relating to the show hpr4075 which was released on 2024-03-15 by norrist entitled Making a Pomodoro Timer

I like the idea of a Pomodoro timer for those of us who are easily distracted and then get so focused on a specific problem we forget to eat.

The Raspberry Pi pico reminds me of Arduino.  Now I need to research and compare/contrast.  I better set a timer.  :)