Who are we?
Dr. Chris Zimmermann is a FOSS fanatic, communist (sometimes) and expert on esoteric software aspects how to configure Mail Transfer Agents while not carving in to insanity, troubleshoot computer networks without the use of recreational drugs and the advanced enjoyment of craft beverages. He mostly lives in Frankfurt, Germany. In contrast to Mr. Visser the size of his brain has a reverse correlation to the size of his head.
Martin Visser is a slightly less egocentric (actually far from egocentric) computer scientist and engineer, non-communist from Birmingham, UK. In contrast to Dr. Zimmermann, he has human interaction and social protocols down to a fine art.
Why another FOSS podcast?
For those who use any means of transport on a regular basis it is a great way to stimulate the brain.
Others have come before us, tried and failed to achieve this level.
What's in it for me?
Invaluable tech tips helping with aspects of everday life including the proper recital of Vogon poetry in that worst-case scenario that Brexit finally shadows the Vogons’ landing and how to take care of the proper biological foundation for recreational drugs
A chance to feedback your comments. Glowing ones will be published, others ignored.
The opportunity to request expert knowledge and discussion on a topic of your choice!
What's in it for the Inlaws?
The impending fame and successful broadcasting careers (Martin’s vision) play a small part in this decision.
Which is of course totally overshadowed by the reason of world domination. Donations are encouraged. Ideally in liquid wheat brew format (of course rye, barley, spelt and other assorted grains go as well).
How to get up and running?
(this is how we do it, your mileage may vary)
- Pick an open source operating system of choice that features a decent package management system (unless you’re really technical and know what you’re doing) and is Posix-compliant. In this instance Ubuntu 19.10 was the preferred candidate
- Don't worry about Mumble. Many have tried, most have failed to use this piece of
software for synchronous podcast recording
- Get some really cool music licensed under CC-BY(-SA) from places like Jamendo
- Install a Synapse server on a publicly accessible server and use Riot-Web as a front-end for this instance
- Get Audacity and tty-clock (if you really want to accurate synchronise your system clock with an NTP server)
- Using Audacity and tty-clock, record your friendly podcast locally using Riot-Web's audio call feature to synchronise the hosts and guests
- For the post-production, simply mix the individual streams together and edit to your
- Stick to mono when producing the final ogg or mp3 file, adding music and other content as appropriate
- Upload the audio file to HPR
- Create associated website using some cool HTML/CSS framework
- Watch it go viral (the important bit!)
- One home server running Ubuntu 19.10 with mumble-server and Synapse (a reference implementation) of the federated protocol known as Matrix for comms
- One cheap bit of kit running somewhere in Germany at a snails pace (Martin’s opinion before the D-Wave upgrade - little did he know :-)) => much patience is required attempting to use this
- Two laptops for remote access, running a Murmur client (typically Mumble itself), Audacity and various text editors in addition to riot-web or another Matrix / Synapse client
- One MPow USB headset and one interim Logitech 2 Pro (thank you MPow for the countless hours of debugging x-talk issues - we learned a lot! :-)
All episodes are hosted
on Hacker Public Radio
The following only represents the last ten episodes, you find the
full backcatalog of all episodes released so far here.
- S01E72: Of streams rivers maelstroms and tsunamis And messages
In this episode, Martin's utmost phantasy has become reality. He finally managed to talk Chris into discussing the wonderful and weird kingdom of streaming and messaging technology. So if you ever wondered how global portals like LinkedIn, Netflix and other new-fangled shenanigans work, you may find this episode vaguely interesting and remotely funny. A word of caution though: please do not listen to this episode if operating heavy machinery or while driving as the Inlaws cannot be held responsible for any resulting damages caused by instantly falling asleep... You have been warned. Plus: a discussion of the Russian annexation of certain Ukrainian territories from a yesteryear's perspective in addition to royal developments in the kingdom after Lizzy's untimely demise (for all you history buffs out there).
- S01E71: An interview with Ran Levi from Malicious Life
In this episode our two heroes host Ran Levi, a black magician in the area of IT security and himself host of the famous Malicious Life podcast. So for some fresh perspective on cybersecurity not just from FLOSS perspective, don't miss this episode.
- S01E70: Yer good ole compyler episodium
In this episode, our two heroes dive into the dark and mysterious world of compilers and other shenanigans that take care of translating plain English text readable and understandable by world and dog into something that a computer can execute (a CPU most of the times, to be more precise). If you ever wondered what abstract syntax trees are, how parsers work and what can be done to make your programs run faster or cannot get to sleep in general, this episode is for you!
- S01E69: The legacy of CentOS
In this episode, Martin and Chris lament the demise of CentOS, the community enterprise
operating system, the free (as in: beer) alternative of Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). But in the true spirit of FLOSS, two successors already are filling in this void: Rocky Linux and Alma Linux. The two initiators / main maintainers are part of this podcast: Gregory Kurtzer explains the ins and outs of Rocky Linux and Igor Seletskiy talks about Alma Linux. Also a bonus for our train, um, weather-spotting friends: Chris explains why Germany can be hotter than Nevada in the summer time. :-) And of course our first competition: please send in your bid (see details at the end of the show) by the end of 2022 to enter the draw in 2032 for some awesome Linux Inlaws swag! The email address is as usual feedback (at) LinuxInlaws dot e u.
- S01E68: How to get rich quick - how we do podcasts
In this episode, Martin and Chris discuss yet another get-rich-quick scheme, as in: How do to podcasts. Or not. More specifically: How we do our podcast. Stay with us while we are still working on the monetary aspect of these shenanigans, getting rich that is :-). Plus: details about Martin's abode.
- S01E67: Cryptocurrencies and how to sell relatives on the Darknet
In this episode, the Inlaws take a closer look at crypto currencies, how they work and why they may be important on a grander scale. So if you have ever wondered how to get rich quick, this is an episode not to be missed. Or not. All will be revealed, including how to sell your granny (or any other relatives on the Darknet or other places), how to launder money properly (hint: a decent washing machine and some premium detergent may come in handy) never mind how to go about the business of trading contraband the right way.
- S01E66: The Bakery Episode
In this short episode Martin and Chris discuss the merits of source in a weather context (clouds to be precise) in front of Chris' local bakery at an undisclosed location in down-down Frankfurt (in contrast to the real down-town). So if you ever wondered how FLOSS fits into other people's computers, this episode is for you. Plus the inside track on Dutch breakfast specialities.
- S01E65: TerminusDB
As part of the effort of turning the planet's premier Rust marketing podcast into a full-blown NoSQL show, in this episode Chris hosts some of the key people behind a NoSQL database called TerminnusDB (Martin couldn't make it as he was firing, um, re-organising the Inlaw's marketing department once again). Luke (the CEO) and Gavin (CTO) of TerminusDB spill the beans on the history of the project, ontologies and why they still matter not only in a mobile-first world and why a website called DB Engines simply doesn't do the trick (putting it very diplomatically). Never mind the road ahead... (including quantum AI and some other fancy stuff - you heard it here first!). And also next week's lotto numbers (perhaps).
- S01E64: Non-profits in the US: A closer look at 501(c)s
In this episode, Martin and Chris shed more light on the riveting subject of non-profit
and not-for-profit organisations especially in the US with a special focus on the all-
important topic of tax implications. Warning: Due to the fast-paced and gripping never
mind explicit natur of this topic, people with sleeping disabilities or who are easily startled
/ offended by graphic content should consult a member of the medical profession to ensure
that they are capable of handling this episode. You have been warned.
- S01E63: John Hawley on kernel dot org and other shenanigans
In this episode Martin and Chris host John Hawley of kernel.org fame. The discussion
centers around Python, the royal British family and other FLOSS topics such as some break-away colonies
like the US, version control systems, wireless wikis and containers. Never mind Python. Did I mention Python? :-)
And perhaps VMware. Ever wondered why early versions of git just gobbled up your main memory? You may or may
not find the answer in this episode. Or its outtakes...
All content licensed under
The DarkSide Tech Support (DSTS)
The DSTS is loosely inspired by the Bastard Operator From Hell,
where a somewhat misguided support specialist tends to break all hell loose on innocent callers who expect help
and guidance on various computer problems. In contrast to this purely fictional prototype, the DSTS deals with
real-world problems such as rewriting history aided by computers, how American presidents tackle virus issues and
how an ancient Egyptian pharaoh tries to remedy the seven plagues inflicted on his empire by talking to God herself.
More episodes in the making - stay tuned!
Similar to other parts of the show, DSTS welcomes listeners' suggestion about topics they would like
to see covered. So if you have a plague you cannot get rid of or need divine intervention otherwise, don't
hesitate to send us a mail.
Joking aside, we do appreciate feedback. So please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or talk to us at various open source events!