TuxJam 78 – Gifts for Geeks 2019

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Is there a geek in your family? The answer must be yes, at the very least there’s you! Why else would you be reading this? If your family or friends need ideas, then point them here or plunder our list if they too are geeks.

Your hosts Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) offer up a spectrum of gifts from the cheap and safe, to the weird and downright bizarre along with a few that cost mega-bucks.

Being based in the UK we looked at prices in GBP (£) but it is only a rough guide so you can view the ranges below in Euros or USD ($).

Stocking filler (under 10):

Brown paper bag insulated lunch bag

Clothes peg clip light

PCB coaster

Tux Penguin Cookie Cutter

Penguin USB Stick

Low (10-25):

Buy merchandise from the official stores eg:

Air quality, pressure, temp, humidity sensor for RPi

Inky pHat

SoloKeys (or from 13-37.org or 1bitsquared.de)

Mid range(25-100):

Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Joystick

Wonderboom 2

Tree New Bee

PCBWay.com

Ubercorn – 16×16 LED array for RPi

8BitDo SF30 PRO Bluetooth Gamepad (full collection at Pimoroni)

Raspberry Pi 4B 4GB

High priced (100+):

Nike Self Tying Laces

Lego Wind Turbine

Hybrid Smartwatch HR Collider

Smart Belt

Creality Ender 3 3D Printer (significantly cheaper on Banggood app)

GPD Micro PC

Wow you really love them:

HP Spectre X350 15

Dell XPS 13 Laptop 7390

Custom guitar

Festive Creative Commons music tracks:

Ralph G – When the Snow Falls

Thicker Than Water – Joy To The World

The Willows – Winter Wonderland

Virtual Choir – Silent Night

TuxJam 77 – Fiddling with Feren & Fedilab

The clocks have changed and the leaves are falling from the trees and the cold, waning days mean that your TuxJam hosts are like three squirrels searching for some Free and Open Source Software to see them through winter. Well, perhaps that’s not quite what squirrels do, and we need more than FOSS to survive, but your hosts Kevie, Dave and Andrew are a bit nuts.

We begin with a quick look of distrowatch and then move on to looking at the Feren OS GNU/linux distro and then the Fedilab Android app. We finish up with feedback including some which came from Andrew and Dave’s attendance at OggCamp 2019.

Music we played in this show; each licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses:

TuxJam 76 – Pondering Podcrawl

The summer is over, the nights are getting longer, the wind and rain are increasing, but that simply means that TuxJam is back after a summer break. Grab your beverage of choice and sit in your favourite chair beside the fire and listen to the gang as Andrew, Dave and Kevie team up for another show.

In this episode we take a look back at Podcrawl Glasgow and give our thoughts on the sixth incarnation of the event, where we visited some of the usual haunts and also tried out a brand new (and very geeky themed) bar. We take a look at Android app Bierverkostung, which we all personally tested on Podcrawl. Outside of beer talk, we also take a look at OSMTracker for Android. We actually have some feedback for this show, it’s a Christmas miracle (in September).

As if this was not enough we also throw in the usual mix of CCmusic for good measure:

TuxJam 75 – Beer goggles

The usual geekoloid trio are back – Kevie, Dave (ask thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) – riding a raft of free and open source goodness on the white waters of Creative Commons licensed tunes.

As usual we scour distrowatch.com for recent and less well-known distro releases and then go on to recount our experiences with AVLinux which specialises in audio and video production. We had intended to review a distro named after a beer but the only one we found was Stella and we had zero luck with it. (TBH, us real ale quaffing snobs find it hard to get on with Stella Artois the drink.)

And if you can make it to Glasgow on the last Saturday of July, we would be delighted to welcome you to this year’s Podcrawl Glasgow. If you cannot make it in person, why not drink along with us and join in our live review of a beer app called Bierverkostung (it’s German for Beer Tasting – might it literally mean beer works tongue?). More details in due course.

Creative Commons and other tracks played in this episode:

TuxJam 74 – Every Rosa Has It’s Thorn

We return to a full strength trio with Kevie  rejoining Dave (ask thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) for another helping of free and open source goodness washed down with Creative Commons licensed tunes.

We begin with our usual look at quirkier releases on distrowatch.com and then recount our experiences with Russian Linux distro called Rosa, originally a Mandriva fork, but now a distro in its own right. NOTE: this other Rosa Linux site offers only older versions than the recently released version 11, which caused us some confusion. We then discuss our experiences with KDE music player Elisa. Finally we have our roundup of feedback and mention of this year’s Podcrawl Glasgow which is on the last Saturday in July.

Creative Commons tracks played in this episode:

 

TuxJam 72 – Poetically different

Your hosts Kevie, Dave (aka the lovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) return after a Christmas of excessive beer. Not that they were drinking excessively just building up a backlog of mail order beer.

We begin with our usual round-up of lesser known recent releases on distrowatch and then take a c


loser look at two Free and Open Source (FOSS) offerings.

Haiku is a non-Linux, open source operating system aimed at personal computing. It’s based on the now defunct BeOS but has now become a lightning fast OS in it own right with a retro-appearance and interestingly different UI.

DroidShows  is an Android app that allows you to keep track of your favourite TV shows.

We had some feedback from Marshall Cleave, known as Timttmy, and Andrew gives us an update regarding a present he wrote to Santa for (and also mentioned on Gifts for Geeks)

Tracks for tonight’s show:

TuxJam 71 – Christmas Pop!

Sadly the snow around the Glasgow area made travelling difficult so with Andrew MIA, Dave and Kevie pick up the slack and press on with the second of the Christmas themed TuxJam episodes.

With this being the season of giving and good will, we get a user submitted review of Pop!_OS by Yannick.

After a bit of a disaster during an earlier recording of TuxJam, which resulted in the death of Kevie’s previous computer chair, he was forced to purchase a new gaming chair. After 7 weeks, Kevie shares his thoughts on the Intey Gaming Chair.

As 2018 draws to a close we look back over the items we have reviewed in the last 12 months of the year and discuss what we still use; splitting this up into three categories: distros, desktop apps and phone apps.

Despite Andrew’s absence from the live show, he still managed to make his presence known with some audio that he recorded and kindly sent in via email (one section was cheekly added in using Audacity, but we have to admit that we hadn’t actually spoke to him directly).

Along with a mix of Christmas themed CCmusic Tracks:

If you would like to contact any of us then our various accounts are:

Andrew:

Dave:

Kevie:

email to the show directly on tuxjam@otherside.network

TuxJam 70 – Gifts for Geeks 2018

The season is upon us where you need to buy gifts. If you have to buy a gift for a geek than the trio of TuxJam geeks are here to help. If you are a geek yourself then you might want to share this with your confused nearest and dearest to guard against further socks, ties and cufflinks (aside from geeky themed ones of course) filling your stocking.

Stocking Fillers (under £10)

Low price (£10-25)

Middle of the road (£25-100)

High end (over £100)

You Really love them (something silly that is way more than a present should ever cost)

Christmas CCmusic tracks:

TuxJam 69 – Tuxy McJamface

Your creative, common, free and open hosts of Tuxjam, Kevie, Dave (aka thelovebug) and Andrew (aka mcnalu) return for another tour of software and tunes. We start, as always, with a glance down the latest releases on  distrowatch.

In an attempt to inject brevity into the show we tried only review two items this month:

But we managed instead to talk longer about fewer things with Dave doing an excellent Columbo impersonation with several “one more thing”s about KDE Neon.

KDE Neon desktop

The following CCmusic tracks were not harmed in the making of this episode:

We close the show with a brief roundup of feedback. Any that you may have is always welcome, email us direct should you have any advice, tips, questions or simply want to say hi.

TuxJam 68 point 5 – The new feeds

A short episode with details of the new feeds: