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Stuart Langridge, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and myself discuss:

  • Tech conferences — which ones are good, which ones are not, and why?
  • Desktop machines versus laptops, and a review of Stuart’s new gorgeous desktop computer from PC Specialist
  • Whistleblowing. In the light of the Snowden and Manning revelations, is whistleblowing a good idea, what’s available to protect whistleblowers from problems, and do we need to protect against those motivated by malice?
  • Miguel de Icaza, head of Xamarin and past founder of the Gnome and Mono projects, talks about why he was singled out as a “traitor”, what he’s doing now, and how to best work in the open source world
  • The winners in the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition! See this forum post for more details and all the entrants
  • A Bad Voltage community update covering growth on our community forum, the formation of our gaming community, the IRC channel, the Bad Voltage app, Bad Voltage at SCALE12x, and interesting post-show discussions.

Go and listen to or download the show here.

Be sure to share your thoughts on the show, the topics in it, ideas for future topics, and just be a part of the awesome and growing community of voltheads at http://community.badvoltage.org/ Also, be sure to join in the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition to win some free O’Reilly books!

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jono

Ten years ago today we started LugRadio. For those of you who don’t know what LugRadio was, it was a podcast that some friends and I did that took a loose, fun, and eclectic look at Open Source and Linux. It developed a bit of a cult following to the point where 40+ people still hang out in the #lugradio channel today.

A am proud of what we achieved with LugRadio. Over 100 shows, 7 full-time presenters and countless guest presenters, 200+ hours of audio, 100+ guests, 2million+ downloads, multiple awards, 1000+ forums members, 40000+ forums posts, 6 live events in two countries, 5000+ emails to the show and an incredible community of people who surrounded the show, discussed it, got involved in some way, and otherwise gave us all immense enthusiasm to keep doing it.

I remember the day I started discussing the idea with Stuart Langridge, stood in my kitchen in Wolverhampton after a Linux User Group meeting, and I don’t think either of us would have ever dreamed of how far it went.

If you want to get a good idea of the show, check out the excellent documentary about LugRadio called Don’t Listen Alone by Tony Whitmore.

Although LugRadio is now wedged in the historical record, the good news is that there is a new kid on the block in the form of Bad Voltage.

Much is the same as with LugRadio (four presenters, show every two weeks, a focus on informative but entertaining content) but we don’t just limit the show to Linux and Open Source and we also cover technology, politics, gaming, and more. Check it out here.

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jono

Stuart Langridge, Jeremy Garcia, Bryan Lunduke, and myself wend our troublesome ways down the road of:

  • We weigh in on the upstart/systemd brouhaha in Debian and discuss what happened, why it happened, and whether it was a good thing or not.
  • Bryan reviews the Lenovo Miix 2 tablet and we get into the nitty gritty of what you can do with it.
  • We take a trip down memory lane about how we each got started with Linux, which distributions we used, and who helped us get on our journey.
  • We take a recap and look at community feedback about guns, 3D printing, predictions, Bad Voltage gaming, the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition and more, all making an appearance.

Go and listen or download it here

Be sure to go and share your feedback, ideas, and other comments on the community discussion thread for this show!

Also, be sure to join in the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition to win some free O’Reilly books!

Finally, many thanks to Microsoft for helping us get the Bad Voltage Community Forum up and running, and thanks to A2 Hosting for now hosting it. Thanks also to Bytemark for their long-standing support and helping us actually ship shows. :-)

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jono

Bad Voltage Season 1 Episode 8 ‘We Don’t Need Roads’ is available now.

In this show Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, Bryan Lunduke, and myself present an hour of talk about leafblowers, dust-resistant paper, fruitflies, and:

  • Back to the Future II, the 1989 film, predicted a raft of technology for 2015. With only a year to go, is anything they suggested even close to achieveable?
  • We speak to Matthew Garrett, notable Linux kernel hacker and commenter on security, UEFI, and hardware about the NSA in your firmware, why computers are more compelling than fruitflies, and his work at Nebula on providing trust to the cloud
  • Guns. As a followup to our previous discussion about 3d-printing of guns, we talk about the issue of whether guns are a good idea, the arguments for and against gun control, and how this differs internationally
  • The second half of our predictions for 2014: Bryan and Stuart give theirs

Go and listen or download the show now and share your feedback on the forum.

Today we also launched our first competition, the Bad Voltage Selfie Competition where you can win a free bundle of O’Reilly books if you are the winner or runner up. To find out more head over here and join in the fun!

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jono

Bad Voltage in 2014

In 2013 we kicked off Bad Voltage, a fun and irreverent podcast about technology, Open Source, gaming, politics, and anything else we find interesting. The show includes a veritable bounty of presenters including Stuart Langridge (LugRadio, Show Of Jaq), Bryan Lunduke (Linux Action Show), Jeremy Garcia (LinuxQuestions Podcast), and myself (LugRadio, Shot Of Jaq).

We have all podcasted quite a bit before and we know it takes a little while to really get into the groove, but things are really starting to gel in the show. We are all having a blast doing it, and it seems people are enjoying it.

If you haven’t given the show a whirl, I would love to encourage you to check out our most episode. In it we feature:

  • An interview with Sam Hulick who writes music for video games (Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate) as well as some of the Ubuntu sounds.
  • We discuss the Mars One project and whether it absolutely madness or vague possibility.
  • We evaluate how Open Source app devs can make money, different approaches, and whether someone could support a family with it.
  • Part One of our 2014 predictions. We will review them at the end of the year to see how we did. Be sure to share your predictions too!

Go and download the show in either MP3 or Ogg format and subscribe to the podcast feeds!

We also have a new community forum that is starting to get into its groove too. The forum is based on Discourse, so is a pleasure to use, and a really nice community is forming. We would love to welcome you too!

In 2014 we want to grow the show, refine our format, and grow our community around the world. Our goal here is that Bad Voltage becomes the perfect combination of informative but really fun to listen to. I have no doubt that our format and approach will continue to improve with each show. We also want to grow an awesome, inclusive, and diverse community of listeners too. Our goal is that people associate the Bad Voltage community as a fun, like-minded set of folks who chat together, play together, collaborate together, and enjoy the show together.

Here’s to a fun year with Bad Voltage and we hope you come and be a part of it. :-)

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jono

Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and myself (Bryan Lunduke is unable to make it again, although we do of course hope that he recovers from whatever horrific disease he’s contracted) bring you:

  • Open Source Health: are the open source community more unhealthy than most? Perhaps the trend for health-related gadgets will save us
  • Review: Stuart talks about Ender’s Game, the film, the book, and the author
  • Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, ex-editor of Wired, and author, talks about his current venture, creating pilotless autonomous “drones” and what they might mean for Amazon Prime Air, agriculture, and society at large
  • How do the team actually back up their stuff? Surprisingly, we all actually do (as should you), but how do we do it?
  • Your feedback: video podcasting, Bitcoin, new phone OSes, and pod love

Go and listen to the show and then share your thoughts on our brand new community!

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jono

In our third episode, your hosts Jeremy Garcia, Stuart Langridge, and myself (our compadre Bryan Lunduke is away cavorting around Europe) bring you discussion, argument, and amusement on:

  • We delve into the new Playstation 4 and XBox One consoles and discuss whether this is the next generation of gaming, or a rehash of the same-old-same-old
  • Review: Jeremy provides an in-depth review of Google’s new Nexus 5 phone
  • We talk about biohacking and discuss what it is, what people are working on, the implications of the technology, and whether it is a good thing in the first place
  • Interview: in this episode we interview prominent kernel hacker, Greg Kroah-Hartman, about life as a kernel hacker, the pressure of working on such a core piece of technology, and his physical relationship with Linus Torvalds
  • We had a bucketload of letters, so we read out our favorites, and share the very best dirty haikus

Go and check out the show here and join us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

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jono

Bad Voltage

Some years ago I used to do a podcast called LugRadio. We did it for four years, delivered 140+ episodes, had 2 million downloads, and it spawned five live events. We wrapped it up as I moved to the USA, but then a little later Stuart Langridge and I experimented with a new show caled Shot Of Jaq. It was a different format and very focused on post-show discussion. We did 60+ shows.

We wrapped up Shot Of Jaq about three years ago and I had been getting the itch to do a show again. This time I wanted to do something more like LugRadio; four presenters, 45 mins to an hour long, include an interview, but this time for it to be a little less anarchic and more like Top Gear.

As such, I am delighted to present our new show Bad Voltage.

Bad Voltage takes a fun and amusing take on technology, music, politics and anything else we think we and our listeners would find interesting. It is not just about Open Source and Linux, but will naturally gravitate to those topics based on our experience.

The show has an amusing line-up with a diversity of experience. It includes Jeremy Garcia (founder of LinuxQuestions), Stuart Langridge (Web Development Consultant, co-founder of LugRadio), Bryan Lunduke (NetworkWorld writer, co-founder of the Linux Action Show, creator of Linux Tycoon), and myself.

The show takes a fun, loose, and amusing take on the topics we present. It is 45mins to an hour long, features an interview, a review of a product/service/software, features some topics for discussion, a letters segment where we read out and respond to letters to the show, and more.

We launched the show (Season 1 Episode 1 ‘Socially Awkward Headgear’) on Thursday and it includes:

Go and check it out here, and be sure to subscribe to it in your fave podcasting client or on iTunes!

The response had been fantastic. We have had over 60GB of downloads, 2000+ people check the show out, 120+ people join our Google+ Community, 90+ people join us on Twitter. We also have ‘#badvoltage’ on Freenode. Our community is forming, and they are cool people…they are Bad Voltage people. :-)

Bad Voltage is all about the community, so be sure to come and join us and send over your feedback and thoughts on the show to show@badvoltage.org – we will read your emails out on the show and we really want to tighten up the format and make it as good as possible, so your thoughts on what works well and what works less well is appreciated.

Thanks!

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