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My sincere apologies for the tardiness on this episode. We had a family issue come up that necessitated traveling and the chaos that goes with it, so I'm just now getting it online.
This time around, The Faceless Historian ushers you down the aisle of history with some key stops in (THIS... IS...) Sparta(!). Then he provides a dash of poetry and weird books before introducing you to a daughter and a unicycling scientist. Where does it end? Well, I suppose you could use Google to find out.
Sometimes, you don't even know if there is barbarian At The Gates.13:24 minutes (8 MB)
Due to extenuating circumstances beyond our control, Hyperlinked History will be delayed this week. The program will post by Thursday morning UTC at the latest.
After a week off, the LISNews Netcast Network returns. This week's episode of LISTen is dedicated to recently departed freedom crusader Judith Krug. A news analysis is presented relative to a censorship matter. Coming back from a stand-down, the episode is kept short intentionally.
Recent episode of Cranky Geeks featuring Om Malik
Story of journalist detained in Fiji
Story on the transmitter shut down
Story discussing journalist deportations and silencing of negative criticism in Fiji
Story on bounty for fiber vandals
Piece by Maggie Reardon on security of US communications network
Editorial by a daily newspaper on the homeland security report mentioned
News report by a daily newspaper on the homeland security report mentioned
Report by KOCO on the homeland security report mentioned
Chicago Tribune column related to the homeland security report mentioned
Tech for Techies #8
In this episode we are giving you what the audio hardware is that we use and what it costs. This is the hardware that we are using to do the podcast.
From Radio Shack: 2 each 3ft Gold Series Stereo Y-Cable, Phono plugs to 1/8” Jack Model: 42-2550 Catalog#: 42-2550 $7.49 2 each Mono Phone Jack to ¼” Mono Plug Adapter (2-pack) Model: 274-320 Catalog#: 274-320 $5.49 1 each Gold-Plated Inline 1/8” Mini-Jack Coupler Model: 274-886 Catalog#: 274-886 $5.99 1 each 3-Ft. 1/8” Stereo Plug Cable Model: 42-223 Catalog#: 42-223 $6.49 1 each JVC HA-RX300 Full Size Headphones (on line only) Model: HARX300 Catalog#: 55027856 $19.99 From Musician’s Friend 1 each Behringer EURORACK UB802 Mixer $49.99 1 each MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount $69.99 1 each Mogami Silver Series Microphone Cable $22.95 1 each Musicians Gear Pop Filter $14.99 1 each Musicians Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom $19.99 From Fry’s Electronics 1 each Turtle Beach Riviera 5.1 Soundcard $34.99 TOTAL (before Taxes) $271.31
We are taking a week off to work on show ideas and scripts. The next Tech for Techies Episode # 9 will air on April 25. Thank you for listening. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.14:47 minutes (8 MB)
Transcript of the audio message:
By a unanimous vote, that is to say a four to zero vote, of network producers the LISNews Netcast Network is undertaking a stand down period. The stand down begins at 0430 UTC on April 10th and lasts until 0330 UTC on April 20th. During this ten day stand down, network producers will be hard at work catching up on writing features for release. Network programming will resume with LISTen on April 20th being released on or near 0400 UTC.
For those concerned librarians out there, please do not worry. This wasn't something I dictated. This stand down was initiated on the request of a producer that was put to a vote. Just because the network has an Interim Coordinator does not mean it has a despot ruling it.
I'm Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the Network. Thank you for listening.1:15 minutes (2.29 MB)
By unanimous vote of network program producers, the LISNews Netcast Network is taking a week off. The release of Tech for Techies will still occur at 0400 UTC on April 10th (what is this in my local time). No new programs will be released until 0400 UTC on April 20th (what is this in my local time). Network producers will be taking time to catch up writing features during the hiatus.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. In case you missed it, the most recent episode of LISTen had two big tech interviews while the Faceless Historian presented an expanded version of his recent Ignite Phoenix talk. Catching up during the hiatus is encouraged if you are curious.
This week's episode is jam-packed. We have an interview with Zonker Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE at Novell, about that particular Linux distribution and how libraries can leverage it. We also have an interview with Sascha Segan of the PCMag Digital Network about the shift from print writing to writing online. Discussion of the Public Radio Exchange presence newly initiated by the network is also found in the show as it is explained what that means to listeners. Other news items pop up during the course of the program.
One piece about the Binghamton situation
Another piece about the Binghamton situation
Yet another piece about the Binghamton situation
Story by Maggie Reardon about cutting back on broadband
The network's profile on Public Radio Exchange
Some licensing discussion at PRX
NPR affiliate finder
PDF file containing a list of all NPR affiliates
Zonker Brockmeier's Blog
Download page for openSUSE
Zonker Brockmeier on Twitter
Columns by Sascha Segan on PCMag.com
Sascha Segan on Twitter
Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
Additional material by the Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
eWeek report on S. 777
openSUSE Education announcement
Installation instructions for the Jaunty Jackalope beta
There aren't any links this week that would be new. This week's episode talks about production standards, audio quality, what "polishing a turd" means, and more. Core material is covered that is discussed more in books than in quick bits on websites. Audio Snake Oil makes its return in this episode.
One announcement that crops up in this episode states:
Hello, this is Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network. Would you like to share us with friends and colleagues that don't have portable media players? We are now operating on the Public Radio Exchange, PRX. From KRNM in Saipan to KQED in San Francisco to WWNO in New Orleans to WVGN in the Virgin Islands, local NPR affiliates can now license LISNews Netcast Network content for air. If you want us to grace your part of the airwaves in the United States, call your local NPR affiliate today and ask that they pick up the LISNews Netcast Network. For our friends outside the United States, direct deals are possible if your stations are interested!
A visit to http://www.npr.org/stations/ will let you find your local station's website which will have contact details to use. The network's profile can be found at http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.
And for those curious about the Jaunty Jackalope:18:12 minutes (8 MB)
We have a bit of a special episode for you this time around! Last month, I was chosen to speak at the third Ignite Phoenix event. To fit my talk into the time allowed, I had to pare down the essay to its barest essentials. So this time around, I'm presenting to you the original work, uncut.
So, if you haven't seen the video of my performance, you can find out why we're just now catching up with the Ancient Romans, at least on one small technological front. And if you have seen the video, I hope you enjoy the full presentation.
For all you library types with a passion for your profession, you could do a lot worse than promoting it in front of a group of people willing to hear you out. If you have an Ignite event in your area, you might want to submit a presentation. After all, it's only five minutes.12:03 minutes (8 MB)
It is my pleasure to announce that the LISNews Netcast Network is finally offering pieces for licensing via Public Radio Exchange. This is a very unique opportunity for the crew. Public Radio Exchange ("PRX") is the main means by which we can offer content to National Public Radio affiliates for licensing. Others, such as a couple Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs and Audible, are also set up to license through that system.
What does this mean to the average LISNews user? Probably not a whole lot. You can go about your merry way and not worry about this, if you so choose.
If you want to get LIS-related content out on NPR affiliates and others, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you want early paid access to some of the content we record, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you think that the Great Western Dragon/Faceless Historian should really be on the radio instead of restricted to just podcasts, this opens up a new avenue for you.
Most content through the PRX is not available for free. This heavily relates to insuring that rights holders for music are in fact compensated for their toils as there is a deal worked out to bypass much of the bureaucratic nastiness found in music use outside PRX. In part it also ensures that content creators get fair compensation within the confines of the present copyright regime in the United States. This is the sort of deal that helps generate a revenue stream to allow parts of the network to cover equipment and telecommunications costs, for example.
What can you do to make this happen? On the network's end, we've been increasing our visibility as of late. While that is a good thing itself, it is not a complete action. If you want us on the radio airwaves, you have to contact your local NPR stations to tell them. The program directors at the stations are the folks you want to talk to. Unless they feel there is any demand for programming in this area, all the efforts at raising visibility frankly are worth nothing.
Most stations using PRX are found in the United States. Stations outside the United States can license content but have to set up as an outside licensor. That matter is for PRX to resolve, not us.
You can find the LISNews Netcast Network profile online at: http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.
Good News by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at lisnews.org.