It’s that time of year again when we suggest gifts that we you might like to find stuffed into your stocking by our partners Santa. We’ve handily organised them by price to ease the pressure on your Santa’s wallet.
Electronics starter kits: Sometimes are self-contained kits with pluggable components, but be aware that some of these may be intended specifically at beginners. Other times, they are filled with various kinds of components with instructions to make a number of projects. You may need additional equipment – like a soldering iron – so always check the product description!
Soldering starter kits: Usually contain a soldering iron, holder, solder reel, desoldering pump, at a minimum. These are often Chinese imports from unknown companies. Do a search in your shopping site of choice, and make an informed decision. Or go somewhere like Maplin.
Your hosts – Kevie, Dave (thelovebug) and Andrew (mcnalu) – bring you a stellar array of software in this episode. Quite literally with Stellarium, both on the Desktop and via Google Play, which allows you to explore the stars without waiting for a dark, clear sky or enduring the cold that goes with it. We also give an honourable mention to Sky Map which debuted on the first production Android phone and is still available on Google Play and F-Droid. Also from F-Droid is the simple yet addictive, time-gobbler Critical Velocity which might be better named Thrusty Spaceships (think Flappy Birds). If retro-tradey-fighty-spaceships is more your thing then you might be interested in our wee review of Alite which is an affectionate reworking of the classic Elite for Android phones. And we then turn our attention to a First Person Shooter, giving a thumbs up (and aching index finger) to the highly moddable Cube 2: Sauerbraten. We finish up with tales from this summer’s Podcrawl Glasgow including some things that Dave didn’t want brought up.
Creative commons licensed tunes played in this episode are:
Following Kevie and mcnalu‘s failed attempts at testing out qubes-os (as recommended by Chalkahlom) they have a bit more success with the software offerings. Being in the mood for a bit of gaming, they test out Roguebox Adventures (as recommended by themightyglider, who is also the developer). But not wanting to appear like they just playing about, they give off a false vibe of hard work, they take a look at the extremely functional file manager Ghost Commander (as recommended by r7) on the Android platform.
All this with the usual mix of creative commons music, the tracks included in this episode are:
As McNalu is MIA, Kevie is joined by Dave Lee from the Bugcast music podcast for the 57th episode of TuxJam. But the change doesn’t alter the show content with a review of the Ubuntu based disrto LXLE.
In the first TuxJam of 2017, Kevie takes charge of the ship for a solo voyage. But not wishing to disappoint the loyal listeners, he tries to maintain the regular duties. For the new year there seems to have been a tidal wave of new releases including Bodhi, Scientific Linux, Parsix, Tails, BitKey, Vinux, AntiX, Quirky and AryaLinux.
Kevie then goes onto giving a Linux distro Debex a test to see how it fares on the wild sees.
Entertainment is important to a lonely sailor, so the Zgemma H.2S satellite receiver is put to the test to see if it is fit to pass away the hours on board while a sailor can only dream of his fair maiden on some far distant shores.
Messages in a bottle are sent from Chalkahlom and Jim (aka Whistlewright), which turns out to be a hidden gem of buried treasure known as Droid Break.
R2 D2 cafetiere on ThinkGeek. is one that we failed to map and sailed by her on the previous gifts for geeks episode in December.
Along with the (creative commons) sea fairing shanties:
Kevie and mcnalu have entered into the Christmas mood and recorded this show with sporrans wrapped in tinsel and kilts decked with holly (externally only). First up it’s the usual round up of lesser known GNU/linuxes on distrowatch. Next they recount their experiences with Peppermint Linux 7 and Kevie concentrates his attention on site specific browers (SSBs) with ICE .
Kevie and mcnalu return after a lengthy summer recess, having been driven back to their keyboards by the first chill of winter to record TuxJam 52 on Hallowe’en. Your hosts kick off with the usual roundup of eclectic linuxes on distrowatch. They then recount experiences installing SteamOS with and without its eponymous controller, and, after the tiniest bit of arm twisting, use it to play games. Then comes the terror of the malfunctioning screencast software. Whereas Andrew is haunted by failure, Kevie fearlessly fights on to review all of: OBS, Simple Screen Recorder, Byzanz, GTK RecordMyDesktop, Kazam, Vokoscreen and DeathScribe… sorry DeskScribe. We end with nice bit of feedback from musician Asha Lightbearer who we featured in a previous TuxJam and send our best wishes to the LinuxVoice chaps as they move, or rather merge, onto pastures new.