mintCast 300 Blast from the past

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Correction: It is, in fact, 2019, not 2018.

Correction: At ~7:10 in the podcast, Leo says interviews will be released Monday. The correct day that interviews will begin their release is Wednesday, January 16th. And one a day thereafter.

Interview Intros:

  • Charles
    • Leo: Charles and I were having trouble with Mumble and after a bit of frustration, ended up using our phones in a throwback to the original episodes with Rothgar.
  • Rothgar
    • Bo
  • SiKing
    • Tony W: Shorter convo.  Still on Mint! Intro to mumble
  • Rob
  • Joe Ressington
    • Tony H
  • Isaac
    • Bo

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mintCast 299 Last Episode of 2018

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Bi-Weekly Wanderings:

  • Leo
    • Fresh install of Linux Mint 19.1, but wine-staging was weird
    • Making loads of backgrounds https://linux.pictures
  • Joe
    • Playing Watch Dogs
      • UPlay on linux.  BOOOO
    • Updating the tablets to 19.1
    • Using sshfs and vpn from far away
    • Server is down!!!!!!!!!!
    • Watching Linus Tech Tips
  • Tony Watts
    • Updated podcast/recording machine to 19.1
    • Windows hard drive clone attempt in GParted not going so well today
    • Retropie setup with PS2 controllers is awesome!
  • Bo
    • Playing Alan Wake on Proton
      • Enable FXAA
  • Tony Hughes
    • Installing Mint 19.1 on a Lenovo x61s. Runs well for a 11+ year old laptop.
    • Updated my Mint 19 installs to 19.1
    • LUG Xmas party
    • As it’s been the Holidays, visiting relatives in Scotland and only got back this afternoon.
    • Watching YouTube videos on restoring and customizing diecast metal cars.

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mintCast 298 Lots of News

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Bi-Weekly Wanderings:

  • Leo
    • Testing Linux Mint 19.1 Beta in a VM and on my main desktop
  • Joe
    • Setting up a car server entertainment system for upcoming road trip
      • Plex
      • Easytether
      • Mopidy?
      • Which device to use
    • New keyboard
      • Odd shaped keys and extra keys
      • What to script to the extra keys
    • Lg hbs 810 headset soldering,  
      • Why i like it and the pitfalls.
  • Tony Watts
    • Looking at DD-WRT and Open WRT install on TP Link AC1200 following DNS settings disappearing in proprietary firmware settings
    • SSD upgrades for podcasting machine and family computer
  • Tony Hughes
    • Playing with Mint 19.1 beta, both in Virtualbox and on a Dell E6220 No major issues but no major improvements unless it’s background stuff.
    • Pricing up an Entroware Desktop system that I’m thinking of buying in the new year. I’ve not had a NEW, new system for over 15 years and just came into a little money and fancy something to last at least the next 5-10 years.
    • Buying used laptops at my local computer auction for a friend so her son can have a newer laptop for Christmas. This is where I get most of my PC’s and Laptops.
    • Also playing with MX 17.1 32 bit in VB and it will run with 256mb Ram, although as the test was on an i5 laptop not quite a true test so I may install the 18beta on a Lenovo X61s dual core to see how it plays with 10+ year old hardware.  
    • At the LUG Yesterday I helped a member install windows 10 onto a Dell optiplex 7010 so he can write a magazine article on using the Pi as a Steam link controller.
  • Moss
    • Raspberry Pi 1 is a Gateway Drug.
    • Computer was not working right. Turned out, Mullvad did not automatically recognize my laptop on wifi, but works properly with Ethernet. This is a setup issue, not a Mullvad issue.
    • My Fire cover came in, it’s not that nice (poor fit, and plastic is not gel).
    • And the Uber app “required” me to upgrade my phone. I had trouble with a refurb X4, am waiting for the replacement.

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mintCast 297 PI in the sky – Edited

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Bi-Weekly Wanderings:

  • Leo
    • Played with OSMC at Tony Hughes’ recommendation.
    • Digging through Snap, Flatpak and AppImages
  • Tony W
    • SSDs, Google home mini + chromecast, chromecast audio, stuff for the pi
    • Played with pi zero with limited success (more on that later)
    • Richard Thompson concert
  • Joe
    • Started playing Skyrim again along with purchasing Fallout 4.
    • Tried to get them to play under Linux but severe audio and lockup issues. More tinkering required
    • Trying out Cairo toolbar in mint
  • Tony H
    • For the first time I’ve been playing with OBS to record my screen so I can make video tutorials of how to use some of the software I use
    • I’ve also been continuing to play with the Raspberry Pi 3B and run Ubuntu Maté
    • I ordered and received a new mic boom and pop filter and set that up, to improve the quality we can achieve.
    • Installed Mint 19 on a spare Dell E6220 i5 with 4Gig Ram
  • Moss
    • Added LMDE 3 to sda4 and LM 19 Cinnamon to sda6 + Peppermint Oil
    • Lots of little purchases to make the Pi work. Almost done
    • Still trying to get an orange cover for my Fire tablet
    • Working with Nova launcher

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mintCast 296 VPN and PI

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Bi-Weekly Wanderings:

  • Leo
    • Setting up PiVPN and Pi-Hole on Pi’s and migrating them to a full Ubuntu VM.
    • Testing out K/Ubuntu 18.10.
    • Solus broke for me, gamingwise.
  • Tony H
    • Using a USB sound card so I could use my headset with integrated microphone on my Toshiba z30 with only a combined audio jack, while on the road last week. Worked flawlessly during the mumble discussion
    • Playing with OSMC on raspberry pi
    • flashing up my Motorola lapdock more on that later.
  • Tony W
    • Tinkering with Plex, Kodi for Xbox One, bulk file renamer (built into Caja, Thunar)
    • Procured a Pi Zero
  • Moss
    • USB Sticks – color-coded distros for helpful installations
    • Continued playing with OpenMandriva 3.03. Had a glitch in GRUB after kernel upgrade, fixed it.
    • Tried Rosa, it locked stuff on my computer, had to install something else on that partition to fix it. Will wait for OM4 and install that.
    • Received a Raspberry Pi 1 with clear case from Joe.
    • Got a cover for my Fire tablet we talked about, another gift from the mintCast crew.
  • Bo
    • Jack audio setup podcast studio
    • Linux servers never die
  • Joe
    • More work on youtube-dl and sshfs
  • David
    • Working on kidsbizclub.org

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mintCast 295 – Linux on Mobile

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Bi-Weekly Wanderings:

  • Tony H
    • Playing with Audacity, and putting some of the tutorial that Rob did after the last recording on editing the show audio, into practice.
    • Installed and had a little play with LMDE in a VirtualBox machine.
    • Pulling a couple of very old laptops apart for the spares
    • Tinkering with Lenovo X200 tablet with Mint 19 Mate.
  • Moss
    • I installed Ubuntu Studio 18.10, got tired of how XFCE works and put MATE on it. Happy now.
    • My wife had a problem with her Ubuntu MATE 16.04 installation. Easiest way to fix it was with LM19
    • I downloaded the latest versions of OpenMandrivaLx 3.03 and Mageia 6. Mageia 6 refused to install, with a very clunky installation process.
    • Looking at OpenMandriva installation disk, the first few screens act like my laptop and tv are halves of the same monitor
    • OpenMandriva can write to my printer without a driver download and with only a few mouse clicks.
  • Leo
    • Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2. Bootloader seems like it’s locked or is just really good at ignoring me
    • Moving Plex from OpenMediaVault to its own VM. Trying out the snap.
    • Playing with my Yeti to get better audio quality.
  • Tony Watts
    • Lots of tinkering with Linux mobile OS, the Nexus 5 and LG Urbane smartwatch
    • Met somebody moderately famous playing acoustic “gig” at Mexican restaurant
  • Joe
    • Playing with Libresonic and Plex to change how i see my podcasts
    • Youtube-dl used for some that are only on youtube

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mintCast 294 – Linux Gaming is Alive Again!

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Bi-weekly Wanderings:

  • Isaac
    • Worked on getting several Linux Mint tickets issues closed
    • Had a PR accepted for Linux Mint
    • Been playing with Visual Studio Code and Vue.js
    • Dumped Ting and started back with T-mobile
  • Rob
    • Getting DDO running under Steam on Linux
    • Got ncdu installed based on a listener’s suggestion…thanks!
    • Updated the Podcasting box from LMDE 2 to LMDE 3
  • Joe
    • Proton playing the Batman Arkham games
    • Paprefs setup and issues
    • Why would i want to
    • Linux Mint VM on Windows tablet
  • Tony W
    • Mint 19 recording/podcast machine build
    • KDE Neon in place update went smoothly
    • Flashed Lineage OS on a couple of devices, saw performance improvement on both over stock
  • Leo
    • Lutris and DXVK setup on Mint
    • Fiddling with LMDE and sore spots with Audacity
    • New audio hardware (boom arm, shock mount)
  • Moss
    • Fiddling with my partitions, grub repair
    • VPN issues
    • Rant on monthly costs, and why Mullvad
    • Temporary issues with Mullvad LOL

News:

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