“Lunduke Hour” hits 31k subscribers, more guests, events

HOLY GUACAMOLE WHAT IS GOING ON?!

In the last 20 days, my dorky little YouTube channel has grown to over 31 thousand subscribers.

And then there’s the guests — so awesome.  Earlier today was an interview with the Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation… two weeks before that it was MC Frontalot.  How crazy is that?  Why these amazing people keep agreeing to hang out on my show… is beyond me.  But, hey!  I won’t object!

LinuxFest NorthWest

Just wrapped up a trip to the ever-excellent LinuxFest NW — a community-run Linux conference up north of Seattle.

My first show, on the first day, started at 9:30am (“They’re Watching You“).  Four back-to-back shows later (in the same room, luckily, so I only needed to set up the recording equipment once) I got a chance to take a break and kick my feet up for a couple hours… before the big conference party.  Good food and game-show (pub-style) with nerd trivia.  The conference organizers invited me to host the event and… how could I turn that down?  I got to play Nerd-Game-Show-Host for a night.  Had a total blast.

Videos for the first 3 are already up on the YouTube channel; The 4th one should be up shortly (once I get it edited).

Talked to some remarkable people and had a truly excellent weekend.

Now seems like a damn good time to thank everyone for their support (including the supporters on Patreon).  None of this would have been doable with you.  And a big thanks to the show sponsors: System76 and Pogo Linux.  You rule.

“Lunduke Hour” on a roll – 30k subscribers, Stallman, & more

The Lunduke Hour“, my daily computing/nerd show, just turned 3 months old — and, holy moly, things are getting fun.

Over 30,000 Subscribers

The YouTube channel is growing like crazy.  Two months ago it was at 20k.  Now it’s up over 30k.

And, what’s better, the rate of growth is increasing.  You can’t see me right now… but I’m doing a happy dance.

Awesome Guests

Over the first 3 months of the show, I’ve been able to talk with some amazing people.  But two stand out at me as being the most exciting.

Richard Stallman (founder of GNU and the Free Software Foundation).

Stewart Cheifet (host of the legendary Computer Chronicles TV show of the 1980s and 1990s).

I’ve been lucky enough to have guests on to talk about everything from “desktop Linux” to “3D printing” to “Internet decentralization” to “mobile hardware”.  It’s been an absolute blast for me.  The fact that so many of you are enjoying it too is just icing on the cake.

Upcoming Events

With the final “Linux Sucks” released about a month back (and already watched over 200,000 times), many people have asked me what’s next in terms of me getting up on stage and doing shows along those lines.

Of course, I’m not done.  🙂

In fact, in just a little over two weeks, on the weekend of May 6th and 7th, I will be at LinuxFest NorthWest (in Washington State).  I’m currently scheduled to record 4 shows.  One being a live version of “The Lunduke Hour” with a special guest (to be announced as we get closer) and another being something I call, simply, “They’re Watching You.”

Much fun will be had.  And, of course, videos will appear up on my YouTube channel for those that can’t make it in person.  (Though, if you can, I highly recommend it.  LinuxFest NW is a lot of fun and free to attend.)

Quick Round of Thanks

I want to take this moment to thank all of you for making this possible.

From the amazing supporters on Patreon (who also get access to the audio podcast version of the show) to System 76 and Pogo Linux for helping to sponsor the show.  This support has allowed the show to upgrade the hardware being used (new cameras, etc.) and fund the travel budget for doing the live shows.  Your support has directly made the show better.

And to those that help in other ways: The simple act of watching the show and talking about it with others has helped this little show to spread far and wide.  And that simply wouldn’t have been possible without all of you.  Thank you.

Seriously.  There is not a high-five big enough to express my gratitude for all of you.

Lunduke Hour – 20k+ subscribers, 1 million minutes watched

Holy-friggin-moly.

This has been a heck of a week for my new show, “The Lunduke Hour”.  Not even a month old, and just hit the following milestones:

  • Over 20,000 subscribers to the channel.
  • The show has been actively watched for over 1,072,000 minutes.  Yeah.  A million minutes.  That works out to 17,866 hours.  Which is roughly 744 days… or just a bit over 2 years.

And the trend is increasing.  Almost every day now.  All of which has me pretty psyched.

My goal now?  To keep doing this and try super-duper-hard not to screw up.  Seems like a solid goal.

If you’ve missed any of the show so far, I’ve created a YouTube playlist with all of the episodes in order.  And the episodes are now all being posted (starting about a week back) to the Audio-only RSS podcast feed that I made available as a thank-you to my supporters on Patreon (who really make the show possible).

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.)