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Hey hey guys

I got a few quick things

In your attached show notes I see no contact links nor any community links, that makes feedback a touch more like work

Octoprint does have a baked in slicer but I know nobody that uses it, I only have used Cura, it works fine in Linux, just a touch slow to load

Good work, good show, keep it up


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Linux desktops targeted by CIA
Older Echoes can be hacked into eavesdropping devices
Rumor false:  Facebook did not shut down an AI it thought was getting too smart
A pocket sized RPi based laptop you can print yourself
Projector that sits on top of Beagle Bone Black
Google updates for older Chromebooks sunset
Microsoft will stop Windows 10 updates (except security) on “older” hardware before Win 10 EOF, Atom no longer supported
One of my users got there Yahoo mail hijacked
Chrome extensions hacked

Nightscout (

Next recording date: Aug. 18, 2017

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IRC = server: Freenode
channel: #linuxlugcast



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Kevin Wisher posted on G+

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Pinebook update: Got Ubuntu Mate flashed to the emmc from a script in /usr/local/sbin on the Ubuntu Mate SD imagesudo ./ xenial-mate”  {Verified, omit the image selection (i.e. “xenial-mate” in the example above) and you will get a list to choose from. Other choices are xenial-minimal, xenial-i3, Androids 7.0 and 7.1}.  Thanks again to Door for the hint.  There is also a tool for making installation SDs here     I put Android on an SD card, so I can dual boot of a sort.  Glued micro to full size SD adapter to bottom of Pinebook as convenient storage for Android SD.

New SBCs on Market:
Pi Zero sized SBCs with quad core power
Banana PI BPI-M2 Zero
“Full sized” SBC
Le Potato (clocked faster than RPi 3, $25)
GIGABYTE GA-SBCAP3350 SBC looks like an Up Board killer
Android set top box in a cable
Current Meter for RPi

Microsoft commits to bringing broadband to rural areas
People agree to clean toilets for free WiFi


Blackarch linux
A arch based pentesting os

Installing blackarch linux

Using wpa_supplicant to connect to wifi

Make a file called /etc/wpa_supplicant/example.conf


Then what I had to do was

Wpa_supplicant -B -i <wlan0> -D wext -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/example.conf

I had to add the “-D wext” because I was using older hardware

Then just type

>add_network 0
>set_network 0 ssid “myssid”
>set_network 0 psk “passphrase”
>enable_network 0

To update Blackarch linux you need to type as root (or with root permission)

Pacman -Syyu –needed –force blackarch

Uzbl browser

Youtube with uzbl

Next recording date: Aug. 4, 2017



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Linux is better:  Windows 10 removed support  for rotating monitors
Has the CIA hacked your router?

First looks:
Pinebook 14”: Overall disappointed, internal speakers not fit for purpose, poor trackpad, slow scrolling in browser, not compatible with all access points (could be just me).  On the plus side, it is inexpensive and compact; battery life.

Distros can be booted of the SD card or flashed to the emmc from an image on the SD (I’ve found two types of images on the support forum, ones meant to be booted from the SD and others that flash an image on the emmc.  Door posted that he was able to flash the emmc from a script  “sudo ./ xenial-mate”  Script is in /usr/local/sbin.

Recommendations for better Firefox performance:

Mycroft A.I.:  Right on 12 months late, many of the functions promised in the crowd funding campaign are not implemented (to be fair, the makers say set it on a shelf for six months before plugging it in).  About all that works is answering questions from Wikipedia and playing news highlights from NPR.   My fears are Alexa and Google Home already have too big a lead and the resources to stay well ahead of community development.  Generally impressed with the voice recognition.

List of Linux browsers


Next recording date: July. 21, 2017




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Vlad Shvets promoting Vectr graphics editor

Paul Allen debuts Low Earth Orbit launch platform:

Three very makery open source projects from Tiny Circuits:

New Adam Savague Maket site:
Podnutz has added a Maker podcast, “The Makerz”:

The Samba exploit that enables WannaCry also affects Linux:

Next recording date: June. 16, 2017



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From kwisher on G+

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The Chromebook I won in the LFNW raffle:
How to enable the Google Playstore on your Chromebook
How to install Crouton:
Once you get Crouton running, I recommend immediately setting a root password using: sudo chromeos-setdevpasswd in shell, under Chromebook terminal.  If you are prompted for a password, try “test0000”.

Issues from last week’s TLLTS: Does Windows S mean Microsoft is plotting the death of third party software?

In Britain, watching a pirated stream can now get you 10 years:

To determine your Window Manager wmctrl -m

Extend the life of your Nintendo DS with R4DS

The micro SDHC adapter I purchased

List of some of the applications you can run with R4DS

Now for the linux “DSlinux”



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From “Obi-Tom Kenobi”:

I’m not one to write into a show that I listen to & I think that’s a problem with most Podcast listeners, We take advantage of the luxury of free content of learning and entertainment. So I’m asking my fellow listeners to take just a couple minutes out of their day to go to the contact link of the shows that they enjoy listening to and let the hosts know that they are appreciated and are doing something of worth to you. As for your show I don’t have a local LUG that I attend so it’s nice to feel like a part of yours. Out of all of the Pods I listen to I think yours has the perfect amount of diversity in it’s hosts, The knowledge and experience that each of you bring is priceless. I appreciate all that you all contribute and hope to some day find the time to join in on mumble.

Love & Respect

Obi-Tom Kenobi

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AIY Project Voice Kit

Next recording date: May. 19, 2017



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From G+
Automate Podcast Publishing with Python

Mount your Google drive on Linux

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Mastodon… an open source microblogging platform. (the main instance) (instance where Fweeb is… one of them, at least –

List of mastodon instances

Remarkable. A markdown editor


How to add support for for DLNA devices with Mediatomb

Next recording date: May. 5, 2017



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Hello OSI Community,
ChickTech has graciously reached out to offer the OSI exhibit space during the ACT-W conferences (
With seven locations, we simply cannot attend them all of the conferences, so we’re reaching out to the OSI community to find local folks from each city (or near by) who would like to attend the conference (on our dime) and help staff the OSI exhibit booth to raise awareness and adoption of open source software.
Please take a look the schedule below and let me know if you’re interested in attending and representing the OSI. Also, even if you cannot attend this time, let me know if you’d be interested in attending other, future events, and we’ll be sure to notifiy you when these oppotunities come up.
BAY AREA: April 7th & 8th, 2017 (44 Tehama St, San Francisco)–PLEASE RESPOND ASAP
NEW YORK: May 18th & 19th, 2017 (315 Hudson St, New York)
PORTLAND: June 15th – 17th, 2017 (1226 SW Salmon St, Portland)
AUSTIN: August 4th – 6th, 2017 (2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365, Austin)
BOSTON: August 25th & 26th, 2017 (28 Dane Street, Somerville, MA & 89 South Street, Boston)
SEATTLE: September 22nd & 23rd, 2017 (2245 1st Ave S, Seattle & 111 S Jackson St, Seattle)
CHICAGO: October 19th & 20th, 2017 (222 Merchandise Mart Plz Ste 1212, Chicago & 325 N Wells St., Chicago) (Our Google+ posts)

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Hacker conference in Milwaukee

File Sharing and collaboration in your pocket

I’ve registered for Penguicon and Linuxfest Northwest.  Paranoia corner: British home secretary Amber Rudd says “What’s App” end to end encrytion “unacceptable”.  Prime minister agrees.

Notes from the IRC

Next recording date: April. 21, 2017



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Very thorough feedback email from Jonas Rullo responding to 5150’s escapades with Octopi and Slic3r. Highlights:
Had trouble with 3D slicer programs, too

Seems to be a fan of Cura (actually the backend slicer to Octopi, though not all features are exposed)

But ultimately went with Slic3r after difficulties installing

Doesn’t recommend slicing directly with Octopi… advises slicing on the desktop and shipping the resulting gcode to Octopi (good network integration)

Raspberry Pi 2 is fast enough for Octopi. Probably not the Zero, though.

Recommends using a bit of a glue stick pre-applied on the bed since it isn’t heated. Also blue painter’s tape is worth trying

Followup:  5150 tried installing Slic3r and Cura on the Odroid U2, but they weren’t in the 14.04 repo (surprise).  He thinks the path of least resistance may be to put Octopi on the RPi 3 he has in hand and buy another for the Alexa/Mycroft/etc project.

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REGLUE still needs help.  This year’s fund raiser was very disappointing. Partial review of Fedora 25 workstation install.  Create logical partitions using Gparted?  My Magigoo came in the mail today, also picked up blue tape.  Also got blue tape.  Got the ingredients for home made Sugaroo earlier this week, but procrastinated on repairing headphones, so my can is still hanging loose.

New website for the Open Source Creative Podcast:
Built using Hugo (! I like static site generators!


Touchpad support on linux
Libinput man page

Example of /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf
Section “InputClass”
       Identifier      “SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad”
       Driver          “libinput”
       Option          “ScrollMethod” “edge”
       Option          “Tapping” “on”
       Option          “DisableWhileTyping” “on”

Example of /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/70-synaptics.conf
Section “InputClass”
Identifier “touchpad”
Driver “synaptics”
MatchIsTouchpad “on”
Option “TapButton1” “1”

       Option “HorizEdgeScroll” “on”
       Option “PalmDetect” “1”
Option “PalmMinWidth” “8”
Option “PalmMinZ” “100”


Using SOX to trim audio files
How I pull out the pre show
sox -S raw_show.wav pre_show.wav trim 0 start_time

How I get the show file
sox -s raw_show.wav show.wav start_time

Now I just add the pre show to the end of the show
sox -S show.wav pre_show.wav sourceaudio.wav

Next recording date: April. 7, 2017