First week of “Lunduke Hour” complete!

Phew!  First week of my new show, “The Lunduke Hour” is complete!

There were a few technical issues here and there — the software I’m using to record (and, soon, live-stream) the show crashed right in the middle of two episodes.  Not ideal.  Luckily it seems that the crash has been fixed in the most latest version.  So fingers crossed that next week is crash-less.

On Wednesday I interviewed the core organizer of LinuxFest Northwest (one of my favorite conferences).  Talking about how they have managed to build a community focused technology festival up to the point where they get over 1,800 attendees.

Then, on Thursday, I got the chance to talk to the creator of the FreeDOS project — a completely Free and Open Source MS-DOS compatible operating system.  The conversation was all over the map, including… why someone would continue to actively develop “DOS” in 2017.  🙂

Oh!  And the show was already making headlines in the very first episode.  An article based on the discussion that took place in my first episode hit the front page all over Reddit.  Not too shabby for a brand new show.

I’ve gotten quite a few questions this week about the show.  Here’s a few short answers:

  • Yes.  There will be an audio only version of the show with an RSS feed.  I want to get the recording and video process just right first, then the podcast version will follow.
  • For now, the only way to watch the show is on my YouTube Channel.  There will be more options going forward.
  • There will be a live stream for the show.  After the podcast process is 100% working well.  I’m recording the entire show in one, single take with software that is built to live-stream.
  • The studio is mostly in place.  I have a little bit of hardware left to get and set up (including a new camera)… I expect that to be mostly completely in the next few weeks.  Thanks in large part to my Patreon supporters, who have made it possible to afford the necessary gear.  You guys and gals are the best!

Next week is shaping up great.  Four new episodes, Monday through Thursday.  If you subscribe to my YouTube Channel or follow me on Twitter you’ll get them right away.

Lunduke Hour: Jan-17-2017, Dell Linux Hardware w/Barton George

When I retired from Bad Voltage — a truly excellent podcast by some truly excellent dudes — I alluded to a few new things for me on the horizon.

This is the first of those things.

A new show.  I call it, simply, “The Lunduke Hour”.

A daily show (Monday through Thursday) tackling a single topic (or guest) in each episode.  Focusing on important things, like:

  • The intersection of technology and politics.
  • The tech topics that the major media outlets get wrong.
  • Security and Privacy.
  • Free and Open Source Software (including Linux).
  • Other nerdy stuff that isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

This is the first episode.  I’ll be making a few tweaks — really fine tuning the show — as we go.  Which should happen pretty quickly.  What with me doing a new episode 4 days in a row, each week.  I’ll be adding non-YouTube viewing/listening options, bit by bit.  For now, YouTube is the way to go.  Subscribe to my channel, follow me on Twitter, or be one of my patron’s over on Patreon to get notified when new episodes go live.

Oh, and yes.  I will be making this into a live show soon, as well.

 

20 node, retro gaming BBS is alive!

Ever have the urge to play some of the best BBS games of the 1980’s and 1990’s?

Games like Trade Wars 2002, Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD), Barren Realms Elite, The Pit, and others defined multiplayer gaming (via dial-up modem) for over a decade.

Now they’re online (accessible via telnet) and free to play for everyone.

Here’s how to access the BBS:

  1. Grab a telnet client (I recommend SyncTERM or Qodem).
  2. Connect via telnet (on port 23) to bbs.lunduke.com.

When creating a new account you’ll be asked for your address and phone number.  Clearly I don’t need (or want) that information.  But I left it in there as this is typically how it was in “ye olden times” (gotta keep the user experience the same).

Just fill those fields in with junk information (though it might be worth while to add your email address in the address section just in case you lose your password and need to verify your identity).

The House of Lunduke BBS is a sort of homage to the classics of BBS gaming.  A little mini, playable museum for the multiplayer BBS games that were a big part of our lives in the 80s/90s.

The BBS is run on a dedicated server and is capable of supporting up to 20 people playing at the same time (20 “nodes” — what would have taken 20 dedicated modems connected to 20 phone lines, back in the day).

Weekly Lunduke Update: Nov 14 – Nov 20

Behold!  The Weekly Lunduke Update for last week : November 14th through November 20th!

[I release my works under a Creative Commons license — supported by individual contributors to my Patreon page as well as here on Lunduke.com — and update all of you here about my progress on various projects each week.]

Words Written (Not including articles.)

  • Your Favorite Software Development Methodology is Stupid (book) : 820 words

Audio / Video Produced

My audio/video editing box is no more.  I am currently running a small fundraiser (nothing huge) to pull together a new editing system and, at the same time, make a few upgrades to the studio.  Better audio.  Better video.  That sort of thing.

Once the editing box is replaced, I’ll be back up and producing more videos.  If you’d like to see that happen faster… consider dropping a few bucks toward the cause — or help spread the word.  Big thanks to everyone who has pitched in.  At the current rate we should be there in just a few weeks.

Other Stuff

Weekly Lunduke Update: Nov 7 – Nov 13

Shazam!  The Weekly Lunduke Update for last week : November 7th through November 13!

[I release my works under a Creative Commons license — supported by individual contributors to my Patreon page as well as here on Lunduke.com — and update all of you here about my progress on various projects each week.]

Words Written

I’m tracking the words written for various projects (not including articles for publications like Network World).

  • Your Favorite Software Development Methodology is Stupid (book) : 1,477 words

Audio / Video Produced

My audio/video editing box is no more.  I am currently running a small fundraiser (nothing huge) to pull together a new editing system and, at the same time, make a few upgrades to the studio.  Better audio.  Better video.  That sort of thing.

Once the editing box is replaced, I’ll be back up and producing more videos.  If you’d like to see that happen faster… consider dropping a few bucks toward the cause — or help spread the word.  So far we’re over 25% of the way there — off to a great start (huge thanks to everyone who has pitched in)!

Other Stuff

  • I was the guest on an episode of the FadeToBlack radio show on Monday.  You can listen to the entire episode online.  The topic was privacy, focused around the ties between the CIA and Google (and Niantic).  Fun show.
  • I will also be the guest on Coast to Coast AM on Friday, November 18th.

Fundraiser for the Lunduke Studio

Update: December 10th, 2016

We’re all set!  Huge thank you to everyone who pitched in.  Between the contributions from all of you — seriously, you all are 100% badical — and assistance from some companies that wanted to help out, I’m able to get the studio put together.

All of which means: Good stuff resumes.  Watch here, the YouTube channel and my Twitter account.

This calls for a Woop Woop.

It’s time to build a full, nice studio for my shows (including a new, nightly, radio show) — it’s going to be amazing — and I need your help to do it.

Contribute via Patreon — Contribute via PayPal using “Tip Jar” on the right

The Quick Version

The old recording PC that I’ve been using has died.  This is both sad (as I relied on it in order to produce videos and podcasts) and awesome (as it was old and crummy and I needed to build a new studio setup anyway).

I’m also now in a position to begin hosting a nightly radio show.  Yes.  Nightly.  On the radio.  I’ll be able to preach the good word of Free Software, Free Culture, open standards, & copyright reform to the masses.

But, of course, in order to do that I need to set up a dedicated studio in my home.  I have the room set aside — now I need to find a way to cover the costs of the gear… something that I simply cannot accomplish on my own.

That’s where all of you come in.  I’m asking everyone who enjoys what I do, if they are able, to pitch in a few bucks towards covering these costs.  If we are successful in raising the needed funds, we’ll be able to produce some amazing content, including:

  1. Nightly tech radio show (also streamed online with video and downloadable as a podcast).
  2. Video series documenting the building of a 100% Linux and Free Software powered studio.
  3. Collaboration videos with some of the coolest people in the tech world.
  4. High quality videos for all of my speeches and on-site events (including the next “Linux Sucks”).
  5. Not to mention much higher audio quality for all podcasts that I take part in.

If we are not successful in raising the needed funds?  Well.  That means very little (if any) new audio or video content for quite some time (until I can find a way to cover the costs somewhere down the line).  Which would be a bummer.  I can create the content, but I simply don’t have the funds to cover production and equipment costs.

There are two ways you can contribute:

  1. By going to my Patreon page and contributing there.  (This is the easiest for me and is easy for everyone to track progress there — if you only want to make a one-time donation to this cause, you can simply unsubscribe afterwards.)
  2. By making a donation via PayPal using my “Tip Jar” which you’ll find on the right hand side of this page.

I will update the top of this post with the current progress (combining donations from both sources together).  I am also working with hardware manufacturers to try to drive the costs down — I want to stretch everyone’s donation as far as humanly possible.

I’ve broken this out into three distinct goals…

Goal #1 – The Recording / Editing PC – $2051

The main computer that records and edits all of my shows is going to need to be something beefy.  Something that can encode a whole batch of HD video faster than I can eat a donut.  This rig will, of course, need to be running Linux.  And it would be even more excellent if it were built by a company that focuses on Linux.

thumb-7b685af3f9With that in mind, I’ve decided to go with a Wild Dog Pro from System76.

The Specs: i7-6700K CPU (water cooled to keep things in the studio nice and quiet), 32GB DDR4 RAM, GTX 750 2GB GPU, 500GB SSD main drive, 250GB SSD scratch drive, two 24″ 1080p monitors.

This is a beefy machine, no doubt about it.  Fast, quiet, and expandable in all the ways that matter for audio/video production.  A rig that will meet the studio needs for quite some time.

Goal #2 – New Audio/Video Gear – $1,367

Once the main PC is funded, it’s time to turn my attention to the necessary audio/video equipment.  For both producing podcasts and the radio show, as well as new videos (and video versions of the podcasts/radio show).  Up until now I have been filming my shows with low-quality cameras (webcams and the like).  It’s time for this to change.

61lx7voj6yl-_sl1000_After talking with a number of folks who do this for a living, here is the gear I’m looking at:

Microphone – Rode NT1-KIT

USB Audio Interface – Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Camera – Panasonic G7

Video Capture – Magewell HDMI

Plus a handful of cables and stands.  The net result will be audio and video quality that is light-years better than anything I have ever recorded before.

Goal #3 – Making the Studio Awesome – $178

The final goal… is actually the smallest one.  By a lot.  Goals 1 and 2 provide everything necessary to produce a quality show — now it’s time to make the studio look (and sound) awesome.

Accoustic foam.  LED lighting panels.  Good sound, cool atmosphere.

How Do I Contribute Again?

Nice and easy:

  1. By going to my Patreon page and contributing there.
  2. By making a donation via PayPal using my “Tip Jar” which you’ll find on the right hand side of this page.

Are There Any Perks For Contributors?

Other than getting to enjoy a nightly show from yours truly — along with more videos at a higher quality?  Haven’t thought of any… but open to suggestions!

Weekly Lunduke Update: Oct 31 – Nov 6

Now that I release my works under a Creative Commons license — supported by individual contributors to my Patreon page as well as here on Lunduke.com — it’s time to start doing regular updates for all of you.

So, here it is.  The first ever “Weekly Lunduke Update”, for last week: October 31st through November 6th.

Words Written

I’m tracking the words written for various projects (not including articles for publications like Network World).

  • Your Favorite Software Development Methodology is Stupid (book) : 2,701 words
  • The Story of Linux (children’s book) : 18 words

Those 18 little words?  Those were the final words for “The Story of Linux”.  Release imminent.  Keep an eye here or over on the “Lunduke Book Store“.

Audio / Video Produced

Light on the videos this week.  Though I did film an episode of a TV show for the History Channel right before that, so that makes up for it.  (More details on that to follow as soon as I know the air date.)

“Linux Against Humanity” – expansion set for “Cards Against Humanity”

Roughly a year ago I released a Linux-themed expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity — named, simply, “Linux Against Humanity”.

lahThe expansion pack was released under the same license as Cards Against Humanity itself (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA), allowing anyone to download and print out their own set.  Good times were had by all.

Then I re-did my website and the old announcement pages disappeared, making Linux Against Humanity hard to find.

I’ve fixed that.

You can now grab it right from the Lunduke.com “Book Store“.  Which is a lot like a normal book store… except everything is free to download, has no DRM of any kind, and is all made available under such wonderful licenses as the Creative Commons.

You can also grab it from GitHub.  Seriously.  This is a Cards Against Humanity expansion pack with a GitHub repository all to itself.  Just how I roll.

Three things I would be dumb to not mention at this point:

  1. While you’re over on the “Book Store” page… might as well grab a few of my books while you’re there.  They are free under the Creative Commons.  Freedom is cool.
  2. Making all of this free was made possible by my supporters on Patreon.  Every single one of them deserves a high-five.  If you’d like to see me spend more time on projects like this (and my books, videos, etc.) consider dropping a couple of dollars into the cup.  [Here’s a video explaining how this works.]
  3. Feel free to spread this far and wide.  It’s free.  For you.  For me.  For everyone.  Especially your Aunt Tabitha.  Definitely email this to your Aunt Tabitha.

Every book & video by Bryan Lunduke: Now Free under Creative Commons

As of today every book, comic book, and video I produce is being released, for free, under a Creative Commons license.

free-cultureThis includes:

  • Linux is Badass – The book that made me a “Best-selling Essayist” on Amazon.com.
  • Road-Sign Hank & The Aliens – The comic book that Wired and Ain’t It Cool News loved.
  • Linux for Hank – The children’s book about Linux.
  • All of my presentations – Including “Linux Sucks“.
  • And a whole bunch of other books and videos.

What this means to you:

  • You can download & enjoy my works.  For free.
  • You can modify & distribute my works for non-commercial use (so long as you give credit to me).
  • No DRM.  (This isn’t really new.  I’ve never liked DRM.)
  • See that “Book Store” link up at the top of the page?  You can download all my books right from there.

How you can help me to make more books, podcasts, videos and whatnot:

  • Become a monthly patron.  Tossing me even a single dollar, when done in a large group, adds up quickly.
  • Don’t want to become a recurring patron?  Toss me a buck.  Click on the Tip Jar on the side of this page.
  • Want to help but have no moolah to spare?  No problemo!  Send people my books.  Post links to my videos.  Tell them how nice I smell.  Spread the word!

Here’s a quick video that covers all the basics about why I’m doing this.  Watch it.  Share it.  Support Free Culture.

“Linux & Whatnot” – So many Linux-y guests

LandWThere have, to date, been 5 episodes of “Linux & Whatnot“. And, in those five episodes we have had 12 (twelve) amazing guests take part in our round-table discussions.

These aren’t your average schlubs, either!  These are some of the best, most remarkable, attractive, and nice-smelling schlubs on the whole planet.  Just look at this mind-blowing list-o-schlubs:

  1. Michael Hall – Ubuntu / Canonical Community Manager
  2. Steven Vaughan-Nichols – Contributing Editor CBS / ZDnet
  3. Rikki Endsley – Community Manager, opensource.com
  4. Whitson Gordon – Editor in Chief at How-To Geek, Former Editor at LifeHacker
  5. Barton George – Senior Technologist, DELL
  6. Carl Richell – Director of Absolutely Everything, System76
  7. Ikey Doherty – Founder of Solus
  8. Martin Wimpress – Founder of Ubuntu MATE
  9. Daniel Fore – Founder of elementary
  10. Jordan Keyes – Linuxy YouTuber
  11. Joe Collins – Linuxy YouTuber
  12. AJ Reissig – Linuxy YouTuber

Here’s a playlist of the Linux & Whatnot episodes (in case you’d like watch them all but avoid the other fantastic, life-changing videos on the rest of my channel).  Oh.  And we have an audio-only podcast feed as well.  Because we love ya.

We even have our own Sub-reddit for the show now.  How bonkers is that?

Here’s the most recent episode (“The Linux YouTubers”) for your enjoyment.