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Cyberpunk Librarian

Join Daniel Messer, the Cyberpunk Librarian, as he talks about ideas, trends, and cool stuff for technologically minded librarians who are high tech and low budget! Occasionally, we'll dive into the art, literature, and media of cyberpunk.

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 55 – At Odds With Odds and Ends

Holy crap! Cyberpunk Librarian is back! On this episode, Dan talks about the projects that have been holding up the show and what's going on in his life. It's a conversation over coffee with your friendly neighbourhood Cyberpunk Librarian!YouTubeListen to the show on YouTube.LinksBlogging Blog post: Blogging, RSS, and Social Network Failure Blog post: Taking Notes — A New Approach to the Shows Blog post: Organizationally StackedFacebook Is a Garbage Fire The Oatmeal - Reaching People on the Internet GeekWire - ‘The Oatmeal’ creator rips Facebook in comic — and Facebook asks if he wants to ‘boost’ the postRSS Readers QuiteRSS — Free, open source RSS reader for Linux, Windows, and macOS Reeder and Unread - Inexpensive RSS readers for iOS Reeder — Inexpensive RSS reader for macOS Flym and Read - RSS readers for Android Brief - A free, open source RSS reader for Firefox - WebExtensions and Firefox 56+ compatible FeedBin and Feedly - RSS readers on the web - Premium, but inexpensive services that sync across devicesAmbient and Space Music Download Dan's music for free from SoundCloud Buy Dan's music on BandCampOrganisation Kanban - Wikipedia Ōno Taiichi - Creator of kanban Trello - A freemium kanban system for tracking projects. Projects - A public Trello board so you can see what Dan is doing these daysPython Projects Polaris ILS - My particular ILS of choice Koha ILS - My favourite free and open source ILS solution 3M SIP Protocol - Guaranteed to cure your insomnia DR. RID - Check it out on GitHub Reddit Enhancement Suite - Make Reddit better.BBS BBS - A fantastic documentary from Jason Scott, the archivist behind textfiles.com Watch the BBS documentary series on YouTube Jason Scott Talks His Way Out of It - A fantastic podcast about technology, history, people, and getting out of debt Mystic BBS - A pretty sweet BBS package for macOS, Windows, and Linux SynchroNet - A pretty sweet BBS package for Windows and Linux WWIV - A classic bit of BBS kit that I ran back in my teenage years VirtualBox - Works on macOS, Linux, and Windows and runs virtual machines with ease SyncTerm - An excellent terminal emulator that invokes the old days of dial up Qodem - A clone of the classic Qmodem terminal emulatorMusic Stinger music is pulled from Andreas Theme by Kevin MacLeod Star Drift by Daniel Messer Optimus L'Chaim by Daniel MesserSounds Fast Forward​


5 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 49 – Workplace Ambience

Turn on, tune in, and chill out as Dan takes you on a trip through the sounds of ambient and space music! Put your mind at rest, lay back, and let the sound flow over and around you. Relax and get more done thanks to the soundscapes and cosmic wonder of ambient music. Dan delivers the info on where to find the best ambient tunes and offers a sampler of some of the best in the genre.YouTubeListen to the show on YouTube.LinksAmbient Internet Radio Stations Drone Zone Space Station Soma Deep Space One Mission Control Doomed SF 10-33 The Silent Channel StillStream Radio Mystic The Ambient Music Subreddit The Space Music Subreddit The Dark Ambient SubredditPodcasts The Hypnagogue Podcast Ambient SoundbathPlaylists My Ambient Appetizer playlist – On Spotify 24 hours of beautiful ambient and space music – On Spotify 192 hours of beautiful ambient and space music – On SpotifyMusicians Steve Roach – Music from The Magnificent Void – Spotify | YouTube Lucette Bourdin – Music from Radiant Stars – More on Archive.org | Spotify | YouTube Stars of the Lid – Music from And Their Refinement of the Decline – Spotify | YouTube Stargarden – Music from Ambient Excursions – Spotify | YouTubeClips Brian Eno – Music for Airports Interview Apollo 11 Audio courtesy of NASAMusic The Last Question by Lee Rosevere The City Without Sun by Massimo Ruberti Gravitational Slingshot by Daniel Messer Star Drift by Daniel Messer


21 Nov 2016

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 03 – Elementary My Dear OS

Fire up your public and staff computers with elementary OS! It’s pretty, easy to use, and people won’t think they’re getting some cheap-o operating system.Thanks for checking out out the show! Share it with your friends and help the show grow!Links elementary OS – Get it, you’ll love it! The Linux Action Show covers elementary OS Infinitely Galactic looks at elementary OSMusicRyo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu Psychadelik Pedestrian – Memories


30 Dec 2013

Rank #3

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 02 – Oh Shaarli You’re All Alone

The Cyberpunk Librarian returns to talk about a bookmark aggregator that can be yours and yours alone. It’s simple to use, easy to install, so why not share with Shaarli?Thanks for tuning in, downloading, and listening to Episode 2 of the show! Tell your geeky friends and your not-so-geeky enemies about it and help the show grow!Links Shaarli – Open source, easy to use bookmark sharing. Total. Awesomesauce. Link Dump – My own Shaarli site, so you can see what this looks like in action! This is the total default set up, but most everything can be customized.MusicRyo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu Koalips – Miranda


15 Dec 2013

Rank #4

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 20 – Video Killed the Staff Training Star

A podcast about video making? Why not? Join the Cyberpunk Librarian for a look out how to make training videos for your staff and public! Discover the tools and design that’ll make a memorable video, not something that desperately needs an MST3K treatment!LinksSoftware Camstudio – Free screencasting software for Windows. RecordMyDesktop – Free and open source screencasting for Linux Some information about Kazam and its latest updates. Kazam is another screen casting solution for Linux Kazam on LaunchPad – Check out your repo too. Chances are, it’s in there. An Ask Ubuntu discussion on Linux screencasting. Some good ideas here, chummers. Cheese – Sort of the de facto Linux webcam software for Linux. Windows Movie Maker – Free video editing and capture for Windows. Avidemux – Cross platform, open source video editing. OpenShot – Open source video editing for Linux. Corel VideoStudio Pro – Fantastic video editing for those on a budget. Camtasia Studio – Professional level screencasting software for Windows and OS X. Final Cut Pro X – Professional grade video editing for OS X. Adobe Premiere – Professional grade video editing for Windows and OS X. Sony Vegas – High end video editing for Windows. Lots of YouTube content creators use this. CyberLink Power Director – I’ve never used this but, wow, it’s getting some pretty high ratings. Worth checking out! For Windows. Audacity – Free and open source audio editing.HardwareLogitech C510 – This is the webcam I use. Simple, easy, does the job well. Shoots in 720p HD.Logitech C615 – This is the 1080p HD version of the above webcam. As I write this, it’s on sale and is actually cheaper than the one above. And it’s the better camera! Go fig.VideosThe Other Side of the Browser: Multimedia Devices – An explanatory, vlog like video I did for the staff about Roku, Apple TV, and so on.What’s New in Polaris v4.1R2 – Part of a series of videos I did about our ILS upgrade.You Suck at Photoshop – Darkly hilarious tutorials about learning Photoshop techniques.Tara Arts Movie – Fun and funny tutorials on After Effects, Premiere, and video making in general.Xia Taptara – Digital painting tutorials with an amazing artist. MusicFairy Tale by Starman65Daydreaming by Starman65Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita


8 Sep 2014

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 41 – So Be It Resolved

The Cyberpunk Librarian returns with a show about new year’s goals and self improvement! Find out what he’s got on the agenda for 2016 and stay tuned throughout the year to see how he’s doing with his resolutions!YouTubeListen to the show on YouTubeLinks Hearing Voices: Librarian Produced Podcasts – A feature in American Libraries magazine by the amazing Steve Thomas, of Circulating Ideas. Circulating Ideas on Patreon – Check out the Patreon for Circulating Ideas and give ’em your love and support! ASP.Net MVC – So I need to learn more about this. Python – And I need to learn some more of this. The View from Amalthea – My album of ambient and space music. Listen to it and/or buy it on Bandcamp or download everything for free from my SoundCloud. Drone Zone – Pure ambient awesomeness from Soma FM. Mission Control – Ambient tunes with communications from space. It’s like space nerd paradise. Hyperlinked History – A popular history book I wrote a while back. (That’s “popular” as in Popular Science not “popular” as in top ten.) All My Rattling On – A collection of essays on libraries, tech, and science.Music Echo Mirage – By Daniel Messer Star Drift – By Daniel Messer Starshine – By Daniel Messer Bellydance at Ebisu – By Ryo MiyashitaNumbers 1_02 Counting CIA – The Conet Archive


25 Jan 2016

Rank #6

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 38 – Cyberpunk Actual

Sometimes you need an eBook, article, musical track, movie, or something like that. Sometimes that thing isn’t available through the normal channels. You’ve tried, but you just can’t put your hands on it. The system is letting you down. Facing a time crunch, trying to help, you need to go outside and around the system. And for that, there’s the Cyberpunk Librarian.Links The Pirate Bay is the World’s Most Efficient Public Library by Zacqary Adam Xeper. The New Yankee Workshop with Norm Abram. Private Internet Access – My preferred VPN provider. ClamWin Portable – Portable virus scanner that lives on a USB drive. uBlock Origin for Firefox – Memory friendly ad blocking for Firefox. uBlock Origin for Chrome – Memory friendly ad blocking for Chrome. The Proxy Bay – Because sometimes The Pirate Bay moves around. Transmission – Transmission BitTorrent client. Cross platform and works everywhere. HexChat – Free, open source and cross platform IRC client that works on Windows, OS X, and Linux. LimeChat – Free, open source IRC client for OS X. Also available for iOS. mIRC – Non-free IRC client for Windows that’s been around for a long time. ManWithoutModem’s excellent post on how to find eBooks through various sources. Calibre – Sure, there are other software solutions for managing eBooks, but who cares? This is the real deal, free and open source, and 100% cross platform. You cannot beat the feature set and you cannot beat the plug-ins. DeDRM Tools – A Calibre plugin that strips DRM whenever you import an eBook. Google Scholar – If you’re looking for scholarly articles, try this first. Library Genesis Database – Feed your DOI to LibGen and see what happens. Oh, wait, what’s a DOI? – Wikipedia has a fantastic explanation. CrossRef.org – When you need a DOI, CrossRef has your back. r/Scholar – The Scholar subreddit, ask and you may receive.Music Leviathan by André Uhl Der Plug by D-Echo Project Folha Negra by D-Echo Project Funkind 2 by Vincenzo A track from Cannery Row, one of the most sorely underrated films of all time. Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo MiyashimaCredits Computer sounds from FreeSound The opening from the Upside Down Show. The opening from the Lion King


9 Nov 2015

Rank #7

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 07 – OneBook Goes FOSS

This week, the Cyberpunk Librarian takes a look at running a state-wide digital book initiative using FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and Dropbox. The costs are low and the reward is high on this episode of Cyberpunk Librarian.Links WordPress – Blogging, CMS, extra wonderful, totally easy. Contact Form 7 – A contact form plugin for WordPress, yet so much more. Dropbox – Save everything to the cloud. Send To Dropbox – Send everything to the cloud! LibreOffice – Because Microsoft Office is way too expensive for what it is. Writer2ePub – Create ePubs with ease using this plug in for LibreOffice. Calibre – Like iTunes for eBooks, but works far better than iTunes.MusicAmple Mammal – Spacecrunkadelix Part 2 Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu


3 Mar 2014

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 32 – Picture This

Discover sources of free, public domain and Creative Commons images you can use for your library’s website, print pieces, or social media! Dan navigates you through the world of images and how to stay on the right side of your library’s ethics policies.Links Pixabay Albumarium Compfight The yoga image I selected from Pixabay. Tokyo at night, a truly cyberpunk setting.Music Belly Dance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita Faraday by dustmotes Killing Bosses by Gumbel Myth by 505 Warm Steel by General FuzzCredits Austin Powers Pure Pwnage: FPS Doug CS:S


13 Apr 2015

Rank #9

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 34 – What I Use: OS X

Drink the Kool Aid, or take a bite of the Apple, or something like that! Dan gets into the nitty gritty of how he gets it done on his MacBook and what he uses on a regular basis!LinksOnline Firefox (open source) Reeder Microsoft Remote Desktop Transmission (open source)Multimedia Creation Pixelmator GarageBand Logic Pro X Final Cut Pro iMovie CompressorWriting and Coding TextWrangler Evernote MacDown (open source) LibreOffice (open source) KeynoteUtility aText OneDrive VeraCrypt (open source)Entertainment Clementine (open source) Spotify VLC (open source)Music Watching Whales on the Moon by Lee Roesevere Illogical Boogie by Coconut Monkeyrocket Namaste by Jason Shaw Belly Dance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita


19 May 2015

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 15 – Storytime

Something a little different, a little laid back for your summertime. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a couple of stories/essays from Dan. Find out how cyberpunk is no longer futuristic, and discover the true power of sharing.Links Knightwise.com – The podcast with hacks, tips, and tweaks for cross-platform geeks. Welcome to the Future, Welcome to Now – The first part of the storytime. Online Immortality – The second part of the storytime.So  as I mentioned in the podcast, these two essays will be part of my next book. If you have the interest, here are the other two I’ve written: All My Rattling On: Essays, Musings, and Rants on Libraries, Technology and Science Hyperlinked History: A Multifaceted Journey Through TimeMusicKevin Bryce – On a Spinning Disc, Dragonflies Kevin Bryce – Slightly Randomized Trajectory Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu


30 Jun 2014

Rank #11

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 14 – What I Use – iOS

On this episode of Cyberpunk Librarian we delve into what Dan uses, and by that we mean, what he really uses when it comes to the iPad and iOS.LinkseReading Kindle GoodReader Zinio OverDriveNews Flipboard Alien BlueListening Spotify SomaFM RadioBOXSocial Twitter Google+ Gave up on FacebookWatch Netflix YouTube (While you’re at it, check out the  VlogBrothers!) And finally… PlainText 2 Evernote Microsoft Remote DesktopMusicBacterial Love by Rolemusic Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita


16 Jun 2014

Rank #12

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 28 – Buildin’ Blocks, Killin’ Creepers

On this episode of Cyberpunk Librarian, Dan talks Minecraft and how you can do some cool stuff with it at your library!Links Minecraft – Buy and download the game! Minecraft Server – Because you can have your own world. Install Minecraft Server on Linux Install Minecraft Server on OS X Minecraft Wiki – Everything you need to know and far more that you probably don’t. Server.Properties – Configure your Minecraft Server. The Hunger Games… in Minecraft – See? I told you it was a thing. Coe’s Quest – Absolute loveliness and relaxation while playing Minecraft. (Season One, there are nine seasons.) Muse Farms – A build based Minecraft let’s play.Music Minecraft – The Song by Bobby Yarsulik Minecraft Everyday by Viktor Cepeda Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita Minecraft music from C418. Beautiful stuff!


26 Jan 2015

Rank #13

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 11 – Take Back Your Data

Join Daniel Messer, the Cyberpunk Librarian, as he discusses the ways, the means, and the reasons for taking back control of your data. Do you really need a cloud based solution? Maybe not! And even if you do, make sure you get the right thing for your needs.Links OwnCloud – It’s like Dropbox for your own server Setting up OwnCloud on GoDaddy – I’ve done it, and it’s not hard; especially if you know how to make MySQL databases work with websites. BitTorrent Sync – Using torrents to sync your data with yourself and your friends. SyncThing – Like BitTorrent Sync, but open source. Vienna – Standalone RSS reader for OS X NetNewsWire – Another standalone RSS reader for OS X Liferea – Standalone RSS reader for Linux Akregator – Standalone RSS reader for KDE (Also Linux, but specifically for KDE.) RSSOwl – Cross platform, Java based RSS reader. Brief – A RSS reader add-on for Firefox. Also a cross platform solution that integrates right into your browser. AlternativeTo – There are other solutions to your software needs. Check them out, shop around, and get the best thing for you!MusicAmple Mammal – Future Versus Calculator Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu


28 Apr 2014

Rank #14

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 13 – Working Outside Your Environment

On this episode of Cyberpunk Librarian, Dan goes into the benefits and mental cleansing that comes from working outside of your environment, both technologically and physically!Links The Secret Life of the Office –  Part of a fantastic series of documentaries by Tim Hunkin. The third series is basically the sequel to the first two series titled The Secret Life of Machines. Tim is one of my heroes who is not only a documentarian, but also an engineer and cartoonist. These series feature art and animation based off his original comics which informed and inspired The Secret Life series. Microsoft Remote Desktop for OS X – Seriously, I couldn’t do my job without it. Pixelmator – A Photoshop replacement for OS X. I love everything about this application. I screwed up the price, however as it’s US$30, not $15 as I said on the podcast. Sorry about that! Buy it through the App Store. TextWrangler – Because sometimes I just need to edit a little code, you know? Get it via their website or the App Store. Either way, it’s FREE! Remmina – VNC, RDP, and so much more for Linux. I’ve used it on Unity, Gnome, and KDE with no issues at all! Great software and a total win for open source! Angelique Pettyjohn – Best known for her appearance on the Star Trek: TOS episode “The Game Masters of Triskelion,” Angelique was also an adult film star, movie star, dancer, fashion designer, model, and burlesque performer. Yes, I named my MacBook Air after her. I never claimed to be normal.MusicGilo – Evenings Recital Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu


2 Jun 2014

Rank #15

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 36 – GTD With the CL

After an unexpected hiatus, the Cyberpunk Librarian is back with a show on Getting Things Done! Discover the tools, tips, and tricks for getting the job done and not working so hard to do it!Links Getting Things Done by David Allen – The book that started it all. How to be Productive and Get Things Done Using GTD by Ramesh Natarajan – An excellent overview without slogging through the book. Inbox Zero – Merlin Mann’s methodology for mail management. The Pomodoro Technique – Work a little less, do a little more. Productivity 101: A Primer to the Pomodoro Technique by Alan Henry – Read a little less, learn a little more. How I Work – A great series of articles about how people get things done. Interviews on Letters to a Young Librarian A growing series of posts about how librarians get things done! Outlook.com – One of the best mobile apps I’ve ever used for email. Works for Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo, IMAP, and more! Get it on iOS and Android Wunderlist – My go to for to do. Also available on iOS and Android. OneNote – Cross platform, use everywhere note taking. Get it on Windows or OS X or iOS or Android. Cortex – A entire podcast series about how YouTube video maker, podcaster, and GTD adherent CGP Grey gets things done. Hello Internet – A podcast featuring more about life and work from CGP Grey and Brady Haran. A Pomodoro timer for iOS or Android. And, you know, not meaning to brag or anything, but this stuff really works!Music Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita Ambient by Project Divinity Walking on the Seaside by Sunstroke lex g alex 3 by Lex g AlexSound Effects Dropforge.mp3 Typing


10 Aug 2015

Rank #16

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 21 – Story Time

As Dan recovers from the move we present Story Time, where downtempo meets writing. Discover why it’s important that Kindles have no covers and why one big monitor is better than multiple, smaller monitors. Links Kindles Don’t Have Covers or the Return of the Penny Dreadful It Only Takes One Music Narita Spaceport Lounge by Kevin Bryce Cohen Method by Tab & Anitek Tesseract by Daniel Messer Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita


23 Sep 2014

Rank #17

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 12 – Reading Reddit

Join Daniel Messer, the Cyberpunk Librarian, for another episode of Cyberpunk Librarian! On this episode we talk about sub-reddits and recommend a bunch of them for your library, technology, educational, and informational needs!LinksMetaReddit – Discover new subreddits and find one to suit your interests!Library•    http://www.reddit.com/r/Libraries/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/LibraryScience/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/bookporn/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/books/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/CoolCovers/Tech•    http://www.reddit.com/r/windows/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/osx/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/ios•    http://www.reddit.com/r/apple/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/linux•    http://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu•    http://www.reddit.com/r/kdeScience•    http://www.reddit.com/r/space/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/Astronomy/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceporn/History•    http://www.reddit.com/r/history/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/Interesting•    http://www.reddit.com/r/tedtalks/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned•    http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/Cyberpunk•    http://www.reddit.com/r/Cyberpunk/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/ImaginaryCyberpunk/Meta•    http://www.reddit.com/r/newreddits/•    http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/ MusicsaQi – Explode Into the Clouds Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu


12 May 2014

Rank #18

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 44 – Portable Piracy

Dive into the awesome, portable Raspberry PirateBox, a version of the classic PirateBox running on a Raspberry Pi! Dan’s got the information and the ideas to get you started on your own PirateBox project!YouTubeListen to the show on YouTubeLinks PirateBox – Begin at the beginning. Raspberry PirateBox – Build a PirateBox from a Pi! Raspberry PirateBox modification ideas – Take it to another level. LibraryBox – The LibraryBox, an offshoot of the PirateBox. Recommended battery packs – Go mobile. Merkury Innovations Battery Pack – The model I use seems to be discontinued, but this is pretty close. PuTTY – Because Windows only recently acquired ssh capabilities. Episode 39 – About Raspberry Pis and digital signage. How to Flash an SD Card for Raspberry Pi – A great guide for all operating systems. How not to disguse your PirateBox Kareha – Like 4chan, but with Perl. PirateBox radio – IceCast FTW! r/piratebox – The PirateBox subreddit.Music Runtime Error by Peter Sharp Cylinder Three by Chris Zabriskie Hallon by Christian Bjoerklund Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo MiyashitaSounds Data Stream from FreeSound


14 Apr 2016

Rank #19

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Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 05 – Charlie Bucket’s Dad

Do you know how to use your tools? I mean, really?You should learn how to use everything you use and learn how to use it all well. You’ll make your life, and your job, easier and hey, you might become a mentor. Join Dan for Episode 5 and find out how!MusicDeltason – Ground Loop Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu


27 Jan 2014

Rank #20