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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 12

May 29th, 2013

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Lightweight Linux

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

Police tap social media in wake of London attack

WikiLeaks tears apart 'We Steal Secrets' documentary in full annotated transcript

Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies

Wis. child-porn suspect ordered to decrypt files

 

Lightweight Desktop Linux 

Full featured Linux distros like Linux MintUbuntu, or Fedora are an ideal alternative to Windows or Mac OS X on a modern laptop or desktop computer but not everyone is fortunate enough to have the latest hardware so sometimes a lighter alternative might be more suitable. There are loads of Linux distros out there and a lot of them can be run on extremely old hardware, often with surprising success. This is a summary of some of the lightweight Linux distros and desktop environments that I’ve tried.

Desktop Environments

The main full featured (or big and bloated) desktop environments are Cinnamon (first developed for use in Linux Mint), Mate (a fork of Gnome 2), Gnome 3 (default in Fedora), Unity (first developed and used in Ubuntu) and KDE. I might go into why I don’t use any of those at some point in the future but for now I will be ignoring them.

For the Full Breakdown (including screenshots) head over to Joe's Blog HERE

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 11

May 22nd, 2013

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Audio Setups

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

UK spooks' candid opinions of the Assange affair revealed

Chinese hackers gained access to 'thousands' of surveillance orders, says Washington Post

US shuts down Guantanamo Wi-Fi in response to Anonymous threats

 

Computer Audio and Podcasting.

Gareth's Podcasting  Setup:

Hardware.

Shure PG58 Vocal Microphone

Foam Ball-Type Mic Windscreen

On Stage DS7200B Adjustable Desk Microphone Stand

Behringer 1202 12-Input Mixer

Griffin iMic USB Audio Interface

 

Software:

Sound Studio 4 from felt tip Software.

Soundboard from Ambrosia

Garageband from Apple

 

Joe's Audio Setup:

Hardware:

Rode NT2

MAudio Duo (USB interface)

Mbox Mini (Pro Tools)

Software:

Pro tools

Soundforge

Audacity

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Gareth's Photo Set of the Microsoft Store Here

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 10

May 15th, 2013

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SSH 'n Shit

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

3D-Printed Gun's Blueprints Downloaded 100,000 Times In Two Days

Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write

Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 as official name for 'Blue' update, free for Windows 8 users

BBM for iOS and Android to Launch This Summer

International Space station dumps Windows, now uses Linux

SSH and the Local Network

From Wikipedia:

Secure Shell (SSH) is a cryptographic network protocol for secure data communication, remote shell services or command execution and other secure network services between two networked computers that connects, via a secure channel over an insecure network, a server and a client (running SSH server and SSH client programs, respectively).

An SSH client program is typically used for establishing connections to an SSH daemon accepting remote connections. Both are commonly present on most modern operating systems, including Mac OS X, most distributions of GNU/Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris and OpenVMS. Notably, Windows is one of the few modern desktop/server OSs that does not include SSH by default. Proprietary, freeware and open source versions of various levels of complexity and completeness exist.

Applications mentioned:

Apache web server

Samba

Hazel

Drobo

Handbrake

Maria Nero Bridge's Raspberry Pi Screen

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 9

May 8th, 2013

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Raspberry Pi in the Sky

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?

Operator of Germany's Torrent.to Gets Prison Sentence Amid Piracy Crackdown

One Year Later, the Results of Tor Books UK Going DRM-Free

Belgian ISPs sued for providing Internet access without paying copyright levies

 

Raspberry Pi

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

What is is?

Credit card sized computer. Runs a Broadcom SOC. ARM v6 CPU. (old version of ARM).

Model A £24 delivered

Model B £30 delivered

Model B has ethernet and 2 USB (ethernet through USB so slow).

Model A has no ethernet and 1 USB.

Has no storage so uses SD card for OS and storage.

Can run Linux or BSD or similar. (not Ubuntu) Debian, Arch and RISC OS officially supported.

Very low power. (2.5/3.5W)

Called Pi because of Python - relatively simple programming language. Also fruit like Apple. Was intended to be aimed at school children.

In January Google donated 15,000 Pis to school children in the UK

Me (Joe) and the Pi

Bought model B at OggCamp 12 direct from Pete Lomas, the hardware designer. Despite having “B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in computer science(engineering)” he knew nothing about Linux at all. He used a Windows program to image the SD cards. He is clearly a hardware man and not software.

Struggled to get anything to boot with an old TV and my 27” LG monitor. Had to edit config files. Couldn't get proper resolution and aspect ratio despite trying everything. Managed to get Debian running but it is too slow to use.

Pi in the sky

The thing is next to useless. It has no VGA output (this would have added a lot to the cost) so you have to use HDMI (or component which is terrible).

Although a keyboard and mouse are dirt cheap, screens with HDMI are expensive so it somewhat defeats the object of being a cheap computer for kids to learn with. That said it can be plugged into a TV. Also can be experimented with.

As a desktop machine it is painfully slow. As a media centre you need to buy codecs.

Has some very specific use cases like robotics etc but there are better single board computers like the Beagle Board and Arduino. Sparki, for example.

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 8

May 1st, 2013

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Ubuntu Install

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we’ll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Mind Tech News:

Please check out and install Mailvelope

The walls have ears: Samsung and Intel bet big on a startup that searches every word you say

Expect Labs CEO Tim Tuttle: "Samsung imagines a world not too long from now where there is a flat-screen in every room.” Telescreens?

German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

More than 20,000 people apply for one-way ticket to Mars

More Smartphones Were Shipped in Q1 2013 Than Feature Phones, An Industry First According to IDC

Ubuntu 13.04 - The Review and the Mac Install.

Installing Linux on a Mac was easy, but not easy as in booting from a burned disc and away you go.

There was more to it than that...

Firstly, to install Linux you need to repartition your hard drive and this has to be done in OSX.

Opening Disc Utility will give you access to all your drives, from here you can format and partition anything listed, but be careful as the potential for damage is great...

I changed the main partition size of the my main Mac hard drive to give Linux 160gb of space.  I lot I know, as Linux could quite happily live in less than 10gb, but I had the space and thought what the hell.

Once the drive had been safely and successfully repartitioned, the next step was to acquire a copy of Linux on Disc.  This was a challenge as I really don't use discs anymore (well, except for ripping dvd's).  I knew I had some old blank dvd's somewhere and had to search for them.  Luckily I came across and old spindle of discs and slapped on into the dvd drive attached to my server.  I then remote accessed the server (it’s headless) and downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu with is currently at 13.04.

Once the bootable Ubuntu disc was created I was ready to go, right?

Don't you just hold down the c key at boot?

Wrong...

Next step was to download and install a custom Mac boot loader called rEFIt. This little `application bypasses the Mac EFI boot sector and creates its own, effectively allowing you to natively boot to any x86 Operating System on your Mac.

Installing and configuring rEFIt was a breeze, just double click the installer and reboot. Thats it!

Upon reboot you are presented with a new boot screen which allows you to choose which operating system to boot to.  At this point I put my Ubuntu disc into my Macbook and chose the Linux boot disc from the rEFIt menu, and from this point on Ubuntu takes over and it is exactly like installing the OS on any PC.

Once the install is complete, reboot the Mac and choose Linux from the rEFIt menu and you boot into Linux.

Thats it.

Observations on Ubuntu 13.04.

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 in as a virtual machine on my Mac and it ran perfectly.  Fast and smooth.  This was not the case with the native install.  It was sluggish and a little clunky.

I erased the Ubuntu partition and then natively installed Linux Mint on my Mac.  I’m very impressed with it.  It is lightning fast and works perfectly...

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The Mind Set Podcast: Episode 149

April 28th, 2013

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A weekly attempt at opening eyes, and trying to shed some light on what’s really going on in the world. All done by ripping apart the media madness that masquerades as news. All with a health dose of paranoia.

Some of the topics discussed on this weeks show:

Boston Bombing Updates

NYC Bombing plan?

Tech and Manhunt

Drones in 2014 Marathon

Emotion in Music

UFO Disclosure

Sirius movie

Steven Greer

Space and free energy

Until Next Week, Peace Out Humans!

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