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HPR Community News.

A monthly look at what has been going on in the HPR community. This is a regular show scheduled for the first Monday of the month.

New hosts

Welcome to our new host:
Moss Bliss.

Last Month's Shows

Id Day Date Title Host
4108 Wed 2024-05-01 What's in my bag swift110
4109 Thu 2024-05-02 The future of HPR knightwise
4110 Fri 2024-05-03 Playing Civilization III, Part 2 Ahuka
4111 Mon 2024-05-06 HPR Community News for April 2024 HPR Volunteers
4112 Tue 2024-05-07 JSON and VENDORS and AUTH ohh my! operat0r
4113 Wed 2024-05-08 Today I Learnt, sed hold/pattern space use. Some Guy On The Internet
4114 Thu 2024-05-09 Introduction to jq - part 2 Dave Morriss
4115 Fri 2024-05-10 Tagging music with Beets dnt
4116 Mon 2024-05-13 Response to 4109: Building community without SEO hobs
4117 Tue 2024-05-14 JAMBOREE ! operat0r
4118 Wed 2024-05-15 Toil versus Livelihood dnt
4119 Thu 2024-05-16 Cov's Jams 003 Cov
4120 Fri 2024-05-17 South Carolina to Home Ahuka
4121 Mon 2024-05-20 RODE wireless microphones Clinton Roy
4122 Tue 2024-05-21 The Conference for Creative Use of the Radio Spectrum in Open Systems Ken Fallon
4123 Wed 2024-05-22 KeepassXC Update Some Guy On The Internet
4124 Thu 2024-05-23 Developing a project Lee
4125 Fri 2024-05-24 Installing Home Assistant Operating System (HAOS), on a x86-64 machine Ken Fallon
4126 Mon 2024-05-27 Podcasting for Newbies Moss Bliss
4127 Tue 2024-05-28 Retro fun with the GPi 2 cases Kevie
4128 Wed 2024-05-29 30 years of the internet knightwise
4129 Thu 2024-05-30 How I found Hacker Public Radio Henrik Hemrin
4130 Fri 2024-05-31 Playing Civilization III, Part 3 Ahuka

Comments this month

These are comments which have been made during the past month, either to shows released during the month or to past shows. There are 25 comments in total.

Past shows

There is 1 comment on 1 previous show:

  • hpr4087 (2024-04-02) "Getting started with the digiKam photo management software" by Henrik Hemrin.
    • Comment 1: Henrik Hemrin on 2024-05-13: "Good support from digiKam developers and community"

This month's shows

There are 24 comments on 7 of this month's shows:

  • hpr4109 (2024-05-02) "The future of HPR " by knightwise.
    • Comment 1: Dirk on 2024-05-02: "The future about HPR"
    • Comment 2: Ken Fallon on 2024-05-02: "Thanks for volunteering"
    • Comment 3: Knightwise on 2024-05-04: "Alt Hoeselt Calling :)"
    • Comment 4: knightwise on 2024-05-04: "Hacker Public Radio as "brown noise?" "
    • Comment 5: mpardo on 2024-05-04: "Interesting episode"
    • Comment 6: enistello on 2024-05-05: "The future of HPR"
    • Comment 7: Ken Fallon on 2024-05-06: "Active for a given value of active."
    • Comment 8: Ken Fallon on 2024-05-06: "On proprietary platforms"

  • hpr4112 (2024-05-07) "JSON and VENDORS and AUTH ohh my!" by operat0r.
    • Comment 1: Ken Fallon on 2024-05-31: "The answer is always jq"

  • hpr4115 (2024-05-10) "Tagging music with Beets" by dnt.
    • Comment 1: kdmurray on 2024-05-16: "Just what the doctor ordered"

  • hpr4116 (2024-05-13) "Response to 4109: Building community without SEO" by hobs.
    • Comment 1: Knightwise on 2024-05-13: "Just a small correction."
    • Comment 2: kdmurray on 2024-05-13: "Ok but..."
    • Comment 3: Ken Fallon on 2024-05-15: "Actual Actions ?"
    • Comment 4: knightwise on 2024-05-17: "Low hanging fruit"
    • Comment 5: norrist on 2024-05-19: "Mastodon Comments"

  • hpr4118 (2024-05-15) "Toil versus Livelihood" by dnt.
    • Comment 1: Bob on 2024-05-15: "We want free time but what we get is more less paid toil"
    • Comment 2: kdmurray on 2024-05-16: "Deep Thought"
    • Comment 3: Kevin O'Brien on 2024-05-18: "Bravo!"
    • Comment 4: Laindir on 2024-05-20: "Half the problem"
    • Comment 5: dnt on 2024-05-21: "Re: Laindir"
    • Comment 6: dnt on 2024-05-21: "Re: kdmurray"

  • hpr4124 (2024-05-23) "Developing a project" by Lee.
    • Comment 1: Trey on 2024-05-23: "Not now... another time."
    • Comment 2: dnt on 2024-05-25: "projects"

  • hpr4128 (2024-05-29) "30 years of the internet" by knightwise.
    • Comment 1: zen_floater on 2024-05-30: "WVDiAL"

Mailing List discussions

Policy decisions surrounding HPR are taken by the community as a whole. This discussion takes place on the Mail List which is open to all HPR listeners and contributors. The discussions are open and available on the HPR server under Mailman.

The threaded discussions this month can be found here:

Events Calendar

With the kind permission of we are linking to The Community Calendar.

Quoting the site:

This is the community event calendar, where we track events of interest to people using and developing Linux and free software. Clicking on individual events will take you to the appropriate web page.

Any other business

Proposed policy change

  • In the past month we were asked to remove a show that had been added to the database, and uploaded to This was done, but:
    • The amount of work to do this type of change is not trivial.
    • It's not possible to remove items, only to remove their contents and replace them with whatever comes from the replacement show.
    • The processes involved in this deletion and replacement are not complex but are somewhat labour-intensive.
    • There are ramifications into existing feeds (podcast players cache episode details and do not replace them, etc).
  • It is proposed that the policy be changed to discourage this, except in severe cases - perhaps those with copyright or other legal consequences. Obviously, we normally take great care that incoming shows are unlikely to trigger such problems in the first place.

The Future Feed

  • There is a feed which is normally referred to as the "Future Feed", which can be found on the RSS Syndication page. It receives shows which are posted out of order as they come in and may be replaced/reposted if errors are found. This is intended as a means to find issues with metadata or the audio quality of new shows before they hit the main feed.

  • Recently a show was posted to this feed which was truncated. Unfortunately, although the Janitors and a number or listeners follow this feed, this truncation was not spotted until the show was released.

  • It would be much appreciated if you could assist with watching this feed for errors in the future. Please contact the Janitors if you notice anything.

Janitorial Team

  • We have had some recent contributions to the development of the HPR software from norrist and kdmurray. We also added them to the "HPR Janitor's Closet" on Matrix to speed up discussions about open tickets. If anyone else wishes to help out with the development please do so by creating an account on our Gitea server.

Denial of Service Attacks on the Internet Archive

  • There have been a number of DDoS attacks on this service in the recent past. Jason Scott (, Free-Range Archivist at the Internet Archive, has been mentioning this on Mastodon.

  • These attacks mean that we can sometimes be delayed when we need to upload shows to the IA.


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Comment #1 posted on 2024-06-03 20:04:09 by hobs

HPR page design

Anyone inspired to contribute CSS or HTML code can submit merge requests on their honest hosted GitTea repo:
Comment #2 posted on 2024-06-04 08:46:18 by folky

Give me the opus

Ken was talking about planing an opus-feed. I would welcome this. Please give a shoutout on the mailing-list or in a show. so that I can switch to this feed. BTW, the files in the ogg-feed are without any metadata.
Comment #3 posted on 2024-06-04 14:48:12 by Henrik Hemrin

Thank you

Thank you for this month Community news show!
Comment #4 posted on 2024-06-04 14:50:36 by Ken Fallon

Bug created
Comment #5 posted on 2024-06-04 14:56:11 by Ken Fallon

HPR page design - Setting expectations

Feel free to pull the source from to build your proposal however the janitors working on git are not empowered to accept your pull request . The reason for this is "HPR is entirely community driven. Policy decisions are proposed and discussed on the Mailing list, which is open to anyone to join." As with changing of the Intro and Outro, any fundamental change to the design of the website needs to be presented approved by the community.
Comment #6 posted on 2024-06-04 15:00:41 by elmussol

opus feed

I too would welcome this.
Comment #7 posted on 2024-06-09 12:05:47 by An HPR listener

The tune Dave mentioned

In this show Dave mentioned the alert sound on his phone came after a particular song, and mentioned the lyrics "The telephone keeps ringing, so I ripped it off the wall". This song has, for those who may not be aware, other hacker links. Its from the song "Much Worse" by the band 'Big Audio Dynamite' (a band with interesting origins itself) The song is actually a b-side but is best known for being used as the intro tune for the show "Off The Hook" on radio station WBAI in New York, which is itself run by Emmanuel Goldstein and others associated with the 2600 hacker quarterly magazine, whose history is also long and rich. Emmanuel's name of course being a pen name with an obvious source to those who read.

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