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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #90

This week the podcast originates from our Ohio team. First up is a miniature installment of Tech for Techies where we discuss why you should not take LISTen #89 as a blueprint for your own endeavors. After that there is discussion of Google Books, Google Groups, and "Institutional Attention Deficit Disorder". The episode wraps up with a multi-faceted business statement.

Related links:
Profile America Script
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #163
Download location for Hulu Desktop for Linux
Transcript of the Peace Corps PSA by Seth Green
Wired's Epicenter Blog discussing Google Groups
Ogg Camp
First piece on potential unconstitutional status of net neutrality proposals
Second piece on potential unconstitutional status of net neutrality proposals
WBCQ
FCC Fact Sheet on Private Shortwave

16:34 minutes (6.64 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #89

The big networks have contingency plans with alternate studios. When ABC cannot produce evening news in New York, a back up is available in London. When our eastern US operating site isn't able to act, our western US site can sometimes take action. Through a great degree of improvisation this week's podcast was presented by our western engineer, Mike Kellat.

First up we go through the zeitgeist review. Secondly we talk about the post-tsunami situation in American Samoa while mentioning one local religious group that is taking action. So far no needs have been heard from the territory's two lending libraries although one was within the immediate target area of a wave. The two elders who oversee Tafuna Church of Christ are respectively the territory's Chief Forester and a former head of the local bar association. Their mailing address mentioned in the episode is:

Tafuna Church of Christ
P.O. Box 326
Pago Pago, AS 96799-0326

Their contact telephone number is +1 684 699 8763. Their contact e-mail is Dwillis_samoa@yahoo.com. Be forewarned that even though the territory is a US jurisdiction calls to it are often billed on par with international calling. For cell phone users in the United States, expect the cost per minute for calling to range in dollars per minute. Skype is preferable for making contact.

After that we take a look at the report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The report was released on Friday on a day normally known for bad news being buried.

The episode wraps up with a miscellany of nuggets.

Related links:
Profile America Script
Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy
Knight Commission's Report
Referenced post by Henry Jenkins
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #162
Reuters on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal
CNET on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on Amazon deletion policy
David Bigwood on web services reliability
Larry Dignan on Earthlink's plan to speed up dial-up

12:12 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #86

This week we've got news briefs and talk about the joys of public agency finance. Do you know what a carry-over balance is? Do you know why it matters whether or not your agency has one? Free Library of Philadelphia seems to be a textbook case come to life. We briefly touch upon why in this episode.

Related links:
Profile America transcript
Software Freedom Day
Dan Lynch talking about Software Freedom Day in Manchester
Music CD Image Prepared By Dan Lynch
Release announcement for Linux Mint 7 Xfce
BBC on Facebook Lite
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter on Ubuntu Screencasting
Episode 1 of 3 in the Ubuntu Screencasting series by Alan Pope
Reuters on the call by Rick Boucher to loosen broadband grant rules
"Dear Internet Guy" -- J. Philip Murphy
USAToday & ProPublica on stabilization funds
Talking Greenbacks
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Erie Looking Productions

11:43 minutes (4.7 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #85

This week's podcast is brief in recognition of the Labor Day holiday in the United States and an unanticipated document dump. Some discussion of telecommunications issues that could adversely impact libraries was presented in addition to relaying a notable item from the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

Related links:
Reuters story on Broadband Plan
The Register on RF Spectrum
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #158
Engadget on the Sharp PC-Z1
Additional piece on the Sharp PC-Z1

Creative Commons License
LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #85 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at wiki.ubuntu.com.

8:46 minutes (8 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #84

This week's episode has an oblique reference to Gilligan's Island in it. First up is a discussion of the intricacies of the ITU regulatory processes on the planetary scale. After that is a Linux news brief. Following on the Linux news brief, a discussion of an angle to net neutrality arises. The episode wraps up with a call for submissions.

Remember, the following addressing works for sending submissions on physical media:

2348 Dewey Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004-9656
United States of America

The United States Postal Service Price Calculator may be useful in regards to that. There are similar calculators for New Zealand, Australia, The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.

Related links:
Script to the episode of Profile America aired
PC World on the Sony Reader
Article discussing Ericsson managing Sprint's network
International Telecommunications Union history
47 CFR 2.106
CIA World Factbook page on Iraq
"Spectrum Allocation, Assignment and Enforcement"
Slackware 13 Release Announcement
openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 6 Release Announcement
New York Times on Net Neutrality
Using & managing UUCP by Ed Ravin
UNIX Shell Providers listing
The Linux Outlaws

19:32 minutes (7.83 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #83

This episode is a short one. It has been another slow news week with few noteworthy items. The top stories of the past week and a couple briefs are presented in this example of brevity.

Related links:
Linux Outlaws
Jessamyn on SxSW
Erie Looking Productions submission to SxSW
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #156
Daniel Holbach: "Computers without internet are no fun"
The Associated Press: "World economy on rebound, but future uncertain"
Sampling from the Living Wage Calculator

4:37 minutes (1.85 MB)
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #81 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This episode starts off with a segment-sized edition of Tech for Techies in which the program's western engineer spoke about the new production arrangements. After that an essay is presented as an initial look at alternative ways libraries can help bridge the digital divide. Such is only a start and another essay is expected in the following episode. After that the zeitgeist review over LISNews for the previous week is given.

The episode wraps up with a discussion of the new recording arrangements while also explaining how submissions can be made for air. Due to the restrictions present in rural broadband in Ohio's largest rural county, a shift to physical media exchange is required. Such is more explained in the closing although the following contact addresses were given:

For physical mail: 2348 Dewey Road, Ashtabula, OH, 44004-9656
For the western engineer: stringedluthier@yahoo.com
For the program presenter: skellat@fastmail.net

Related links:
Profile America transcript on the Smithsonian Institution
Bloomberg Report on Unemployment Figures Release Friday
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Release Bloomberg Reported On
Internet Engineering Task Force RFC 976: UUCP
Wizzy Digital Courier
Offline Mirror Options Relative To Wikipedia
Additional Option For Mirroring Wikipedia In Bandwidth-Impaired Settings Where Collaborators Exist
Gnash
Low-Bandwidth Feed of This Week in Tech
LNN Experimental low-bandwidth feed
Bashpodder
The Cited Terms of Service From the BBC as to Podcasts They Release
BBC Podcasting Portal
Diggnation
NIH on Collaboration With Wikimedia

22:11 minutes (1.27 MB)
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Hiatus Update For 5 August 2009

While LISTen continues to be on hiatus, an update is offered as to the behind-the-scenes matters in bringing the program back.

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Hiatus Update For 5 August 2009 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

1:47 minutes (1.64 MB)
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