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 release so far here.
- S01E48: Year Two of the Five Year Plan
Right into the third year of the first five-year plan our two ageing heroes discuss
the past year in review (blatantly stealing this concept from other popular podcasts),
focussing on the hotter episodes of second year and progress with increasing the number
of active listeners from two to five and beyond. Also, major fuck-ups and lessons learned
from them are revealed including some ranting about badly designed and implemented software
never mind documentation.
- S01E47: BigBlueButton and NAT
In this episode of your favourite FLOSS podcast our two OAPs discuss the challenges of running
conferencing systems like BigBlueButton behind a network address translation (NAT) configuration,
something that the Inlaws have been struggeling (?) with for quite some time but now have arrived
a solution which might just work :-). If you face similar challenges or just want to refresh
your knowledge about intricate network architectures never mind their pitfalls, stay tuned.
All will be revealed (hopefully :-). But beware: This show is highly technical and geek-only.
Which may come in handy if you're not technical but suffer from insomnia or similar sleep
disorders - this is your show!
- S01E46: The Matrix Project (Without Neo)
In this episode, the Inlaws are hosting Neil Johnson, VP of Engineering at Element. But this is
not just about this popular Matrix graphical user interface but rather about this federated communication
network dubbed as the next big thing after Mastodon and Discord, soon to take over the world (pretty
much like the Inlaws themselves - it's gonna get crowded... :-).
- S01E45: The Big Xmas New Year bash with the Grumpies
In this end of year episode / Xmas bumper our two aging heroes host the Grumpy Old Coders
once again. Apart from having lots of fun, our four eclectic panelists discuss the year in
review and some obscure predictions the Inlaws made at the end of last year in S01E20 to
see if these became true or not. Plus a seriously long commercial break on mainframes
done by our own Chris (Arvind / Jim / IBM: If you're listening: the sponsor mail address
is firstname.lastname@example.org). Plus some juicy competetive knowledge about some hyperscalers.
Beans spilled right from the inside... In addition to cloud nightmares. So if you're into
horror after never mind beyond Halloween this is your episode... There might be the odd open source
angle to this episode but we are not sure and this of course is purely by accident - just find out for yourself! :-)
- S01E44: Pipewire Just another audio server Think again
In this episode - sadly missing Martin as he buggered off to do something else - the remaining
Inlaw hosts Wim Taymans, inventor and brain behind Pipewire, a new approach to Linux audio. Don't
miss out on this episode if you're fed up with Pulseaudio (hello Martin :-) or find Jack just too
complicated for every-day usage - you may see audio on Linux from a different perspective after this
episode... Never mind those of you who are looking for a crash-course on audio on Linux - this episode
is for you!
- S01E49: Version Control Systems and why bother
In this episode our two heroes contemplate the ins and outs of version control systems (VCS) and how
to maintain sanity using them. Particular focus is on the newer generation of such as git which enabled
large-scale community projects such as the Linux kernel, programming languages like Rust and Python and
other shenanigans. Including a crash course on version
control systems - you may credits at your local third-level education facility for listening to
this episode. Just tell them the Inlaws sent you :-). Plus Martin reveals his favourite Pay TV channel and
his gun-buying habits being a minor. Don't miss this episode if you're a minor and want to buy a gun
in certain countries (details as part of the episode! :-).
- S01E43: The Great Battle or not
In this episode Martin and one of the Grumpies (as in Grumpy Old Coders) battle it out:
SQL or NoSQL - which technology is better? If you ever wondered why the Structured Query Language was invented in the first place and why the hipster abandoned ship for the latest (?) rage of the likes of the NoSQL variety, this is for you. Plus: A whole family of never-heard-of sound effects make their debut on this bumper of an episode.
- S01E42: The Open Source Iniative
In this episode our two OAPs host Deb Nicholson, the general manager of the Open Source Initiative
(OSI). Apart from riveting insights into open source licensing we discuss the greater
FLOSS ecosystem and Deb's views on why wearing shoes is important in certain contexts, open source standards, law suits and the differences between US and Europe among other things.
- S01E41: The Halloween Documents
In this infomercial on Microsoft, our hosts discuss the infamous Halloween documents ('tis the season after all), a set of ancient scrolls dating back more than twenty years and giving an overview of the behemoth's then strategy on open source and how to possibly combat it. But fear not, ye of little faith :-), all is well now as the episode shows also the long way Microsoft has come sincethen and its adoption (and giving back!) as an enterprise technology. Plus: How to increase your market cap by using FLOSS. And last but not least: The Dark Side is back by popular demand! With a special episode on the usual Halloween stuff including vampires, Transylvania, politicians, QAnon, Zoom, Teams and other horror topics (Ever wondered what happened to Angela
Merkel after she stepped down as Germany's chancelorette in 2021? Then don't miss out on this
- S01E40: The One with the BSDs
In this episode, Martin and Chris host an eclectic panel of contributors
to the *other* major FLOSS operating sytem family - you guessed it: the flavours
of the Berkeley Software Distribution (aka BSD among friends). Disclaimer: you
may be tempted to diverge from the Path of the Righteousness also known
as Linux and give this alternative a spin. So this episode is *not* for the faint-hearted -
listen at your own discretion! Also: the true defective nature of our beloved (?)
hosts' past will be revealed - an episode not be missed despite the caveat! Plus
a referesher on spaced-out operating system concepts including library operating
systems and a rant on Android and friends. In addition to some cool BSD trolling...
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 email@example.com
Or talk to us at various open source events!