mintCast 296 VPN and PI

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

The News:

  1. In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal
  2. Motorola Supports Right to Repair with Hardware Repair Kits
  3. Opera will block those annoying cookie dialog boxes on its Android app
    • Opera CEO: Sale To Chinese Consortium Wasn’t Our Decision article says $1.2B
    • Opera sold to Chinese company for $600M
  4. Samsung project “Linux on Dex” enters Beta
  5. Mark Shuttleworth says he’s not selling anytime soon
  6. Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Released For $25
  7. Finally! The Venerable RISC OS is Now Open Source


The Innards:


  • What is a VPN?
  • Why do I need one?

Some free options:

  • Apps, openVPN, or Wireguard?
  • Router VPN or Device-based?

Pi Projects

  • Leo
    • PiVPN for logging into my home network and tinkering with my various services (Plex, OpenMediaVault, Pi-Hole, etc.).
    • Pi-Hole for removing ads around the web. uBlock origin for everything Pi-Hole misses.
  • Tony H
    • OSMC Box for playing all my ripped DVD’s and video from the net. Installed to both a Pi 2 which works very well, and to a Pi Zero W, which works well if a little slowly, I wouldn’t want to use the Zero W for streaming web video, say from YouTube, but just to play local media it works fine.
    • I also installed the Pi version of Ubuntu Maté which works well on a Raspberry Pi 3 but seriously struggles to set up correctly on the Pi2 although this was with my Lapdock and I need to investigate if this is the problem or if the Pi2 is just a little underpowered for Ubuntu, despite Raspbian working without a hitch.
  • Tony W
    • Previewing Pi Zero Retropie, Wiimote pairing and Arcade cabinet
  • Joe
    • Mopidy
    • Berryboot
    • VPN docker
    • SSH port forwarding
    • HTTPS
    • Secure messaging
  • Bo
    • Daily Drawing bot
  • Moss
    • Got my Pi 11/13, waiting for SD card for OS

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  • mintCast t-shirts? Hoodies? Stickers? Thoughts…

6 Replies to “mintCast 296 VPN and PI”

  1. JoeRess

    Hi guys.

    I’m not sure what encoding settings you have started using since you took over but it doesn’t sound great. It sounds like AM radio to me and is very hard to listen to. I tend to use 96kbps, 44.1K, 16bit, mono, constant bitrate. Let me know if you want any help with this.

    • Will

      I don’t know if you heard the feedback section but Leo mentioned that for simplicity they have started off using the Mumble recording rather than mixing local recordings of all the hosts. That might be part of the issue. He said they increased the quality of the Mumble recording. I thought 296 sounded a little better than 295.

    • mike90000

      The ‘new’ recording parameters are not usable by my auto CD player. Mediainfo isn’t clear but it appears to be a variable bit rate. Please use a constant bit rate of 64 or 96kbps.
      Thanks, Mike

      • Tony Hughes

        Hi Mike, thanks for the comment. Agreed after my conversation with Joe Ress I changed the MP3 to 96kpbs constant bit rate for ep297.

  2. Joel B

    I believe it was Leo who mentioned wanting an Android podcatcher app that synched to the computer. AntennaPod does this! Well, it syncs to Then you can get a desktop app that also syncs with like CPod and, well, gPodder (

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