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By unanimous vote of network program producers, the LISNews Netcast Network is taking a week off. The release of Tech for Techies will still occur at 0400 UTC on April 10th (what is this in my local time). No new programs will be released until 0400 UTC on April 20th (what is this in my local time). Network producers will be taking time to catch up writing features during the hiatus.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. In case you missed it, the most recent episode of LISTen had two big tech interviews while the Faceless Historian presented an expanded version of his recent Ignite Phoenix talk. Catching up during the hiatus is encouraged if you are curious.
This week's episode is jam-packed. We have an interview with Zonker Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE at Novell, about that particular Linux distribution and how libraries can leverage it. We also have an interview with Sascha Segan of the PCMag Digital Network about the shift from print writing to writing online. Discussion of the Public Radio Exchange presence newly initiated by the network is also found in the show as it is explained what that means to listeners. Other news items pop up during the course of the program.
One piece about the Binghamton situation
Another piece about the Binghamton situation
Yet another piece about the Binghamton situation
Story by Maggie Reardon about cutting back on broadband
The network's profile on Public Radio Exchange
Some licensing discussion at PRX
NPR affiliate finder
PDF file containing a list of all NPR affiliates
Zonker Brockmeier's Blog
Download page for openSUSE
Zonker Brockmeier on Twitter
Columns by Sascha Segan on PCMag.com
Sascha Segan on Twitter
Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
Additional material by the Center for Democracy and Technology on S. 777
eWeek report on S. 777
openSUSE Education announcement
Installation instructions for the Jaunty Jackalope beta
It is my pleasure to announce that the LISNews Netcast Network is finally offering pieces for licensing via Public Radio Exchange. This is a very unique opportunity for the crew. Public Radio Exchange ("PRX") is the main means by which we can offer content to National Public Radio affiliates for licensing. Others, such as a couple Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs and Audible, are also set up to license through that system.
What does this mean to the average LISNews user? Probably not a whole lot. You can go about your merry way and not worry about this, if you so choose.
If you want to get LIS-related content out on NPR affiliates and others, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you want early paid access to some of the content we record, this opens up a new avenue for you. If you think that the Great Western Dragon/Faceless Historian should really be on the radio instead of restricted to just podcasts, this opens up a new avenue for you.
Most content through the PRX is not available for free. This heavily relates to insuring that rights holders for music are in fact compensated for their toils as there is a deal worked out to bypass much of the bureaucratic nastiness found in music use outside PRX. In part it also ensures that content creators get fair compensation within the confines of the present copyright regime in the United States. This is the sort of deal that helps generate a revenue stream to allow parts of the network to cover equipment and telecommunications costs, for example.
What can you do to make this happen? On the network's end, we've been increasing our visibility as of late. While that is a good thing itself, it is not a complete action. If you want us on the radio airwaves, you have to contact your local NPR stations to tell them. The program directors at the stations are the folks you want to talk to. Unless they feel there is any demand for programming in this area, all the efforts at raising visibility frankly are worth nothing.
Most stations using PRX are found in the United States. Stations outside the United States can license content but have to set up as an outside licensor. That matter is for PRX to resolve, not us.
You can find the LISNews Netcast Network profile online at: http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.
Good News by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at lisnews.org.
In this week's episode we have a quick practical lesson in the art of the radio public service announcement. Our designated teacher, Mike Kellat, brings you this lesson. Discussion of Linux and more is also included in the podcast.
Coming up this week there will be a new episode of Hyperlinked History on a topic picked by The Faceless Historian. On Friday Tech for Techies will be back with further discussion of the nuts and bolts logistics of production. In LISTen #67 we are endeavoring to have the community manager of the openSUSE project, Joe Brockmeier, on to talk about leveraging Linux in schools and libraries.14:51 minutes (8 MB)
If you have a long plane trip for Computers in Libraries 2009, we've got some podcast recommendations to help keep you informed and amused.
You can catch up on programs you might have missed with Tech for Techies, LISTen, and Hyperlinked History. Network producers do crank out a bit of content during the week. Links for network programs to plug into your podcatcher are:
Hyperlinked History: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/HyperlinkedHistory
Tech for Techies: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/TechForTechies
All Network Programs In One Feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts
Other programs to potentially try include:
Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/fricomedy/rss.xml
The Folks on the Hill from Radio Ulster: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/northernireland/folks/rss.xml
Quirks and Quarks, a CBC science program: http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/quirksaio.xml
tripleJ Unearthed Podcast: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/podcast/unearthed.xml
CBC Radio's Comedy Factory: http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/cf.xml
Community Divas: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/communitydivas
GeekSpeak on KUSP: http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510168
KCRW's Martini Shot: http://media.kcrw.com/podcast/show/ma
Digital Planet on the BBC World Service: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/worldservice/digitalp/rss.xml
To those traveling, fair winds and calm seas. LISTen will post per its normal schedule at 0400 UTC Monday.
This week's episode of LISTen starts off through a chat with Blake Carver relative to his call for more bloggers. A commentary follows soon thereafter relative to teleprompter ethics. A look at publishing content for the Kindle and Linux news are also in the mix.
There will be no program on Wednesday in light of President Obama's press conference Tuesday night. This is to give everybody a chance to take a breath and catch up. Tech for Techies will indeed air Friday.
Blake's post calling for more bloggers
Initial tweet by Stephen Green relative to teleprompter hacking
First example of a relay
Second example of a relay
Third example of a relay
Tweet noting the kitty's increase
Report from AFP on Tuesday's press conference
Times of London on the press conference
New York Times blog post on the press conference
Christian Science Monitor reporting on the teleprompter mishap
All example works posted by the production team
Short blog bit posted to the Amazon Digital Text Platform
Longer test piece posted to the Amazon Digital Text Platform
Contrast on Lulu to the long piece posted for Kindles
Announcement of Jaunty Jackalope features freeze
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter on the freeze
Zenwalk release announcement
Frugalware release announcement
The LISNews Netcast Network on Public Radio Exchange
Does your library have valet parking? In this week's edition of LISTen we have a patron perspective from the host of Tech for Techies about a shopping mall based branch of a public library in the Las Vegas Valley. Through being located in the Galleria mall at Sunset, this branch indirectly does.
After taking a look at a unique library setting through a patron's eyes, a round-up of coming events is also presented.
In this week's episode we hear from Peter Eckersley, a staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about their new Surveillance Self-Defense guide. Tools such as Tor and GnuPG are also presented in addition to a mention of the show's relevant GnuPG public key.
A news analysis piece followed the interview. A transcript of the analysis piece will be available later in the week. A lack of personnel prevented its release concurrently with the audio. It is tentatively planned to have such available in the relevant Kindle marketplace for USD$0.99 as well as at a comparable rate on Lulu.21:35 minutes (8 MB)
We've got two interviews this week. In the first we talk to Rod Wagner, the director of the Nebraska Library Commission. Following that we talk to Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Foley. Both interviews revolve around the same matter, namely the audit triggered when an unsuspecting taxpayer stumbled across a video of Nebraska Library Commission librarians on YouTube that did not look quite right to the taxpayer. There is a commentary following the two interviews discussing lessons that could be learned from the incident.
This episode is set to be a wild ride. Hold on to your seats and stay tuned.32:55 minutes (8 MB)
Mike Kellat presents a brief round-up of current Linux and open source news.
Linux Mint Release Announcement
VectorLinux Release Announcement
Story in The Register about Karmic Koala
Mark Shuttleworth's announcement on Karmic Koala
Development note on OpenOffice.Org 3.1
Updated Ghostscript Releases List
Ghostscript 8.64 Release Notes