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TechBytes Episode 24: Android, Microsoft’s President Departure, and Privacy

Posted in TechBytes at 7:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Direct download as Ogg (1:51:18, 43.3 MB) | Direct download as MP3 (51.0 MB)

Summary: Tim, Gordon, and Roy struggle with coughs and connection difficulties and yet manage to produce another episode filled with news and discussion

TODAY’S show covers many topics including the new Linux release, Android, Microsoft’s latest departures and failures, and of course Wikileaks. This is the first episode in about a week due to lack of time for the three of us to regroup and record. Our new IRC channel and new official Web site will be announced quite soon. [Update: the show notes are up]

RSS 64x64Today’s show ends with the special track for TechBytes, courtesy of Marti who can be reached via this Web page. We hope you will join us for future shows and consider subscribing to the show via the RSS feed. You can also visit our archives for past shows. If you have an Identi.ca account, consider subscribing to TechBytes in order to keep up to date.

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Our past shows:

November 2010

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 1: Brandon from Fedora TechBytes Episode 1: Apple, Microsoft, Bundling, and Fedora 14 (With Special Guest Brandon Lozza) 1/11/2010
Episode 2: No guests TechBytes Episode 2: Ubuntu’s One Way, Silverlight Goes Dark, and GNU Octave Discovered 7/11/2010
Episode 3: No guests TechBytes Episode 3: Games, Wayland, Xfce, Restrictive Application Stores, and Office Suites 8/11/2010
Episode 4: No guests TechBytes Episode 4: Fedora 14 Impressions, MPAA et al. Payday, and Emma Lee’s Magic 9/11/2010
Episode 5: No guests TechBytes Episode 5: Windows Loses to Linux in Phones, GNU/Linux Desktop Market Share Estimations, and Much More 12/11/2010
Episode 6: No guests TechBytes Episode 6: KINect a Cheapo Gadget, Sharing Perceptually Criminalised, Fedora and Fusion 14 in Review 13/11/2010
Episode 7: No guests TechBytes Episode 7: FUD From The Economist, New Releases, and Linux Eureka Moment at Netflix 14/11/2010
Episode 8: Gordon Sinclair on Linux Mint TechBytes Episode 8: Linux Mint Special With Gordon Sinclair (ThistleWeb) 15/11/2010
Episode 9: Gordon Sinclair returns TechBytes Episode 9: The Potentially Permanent Return of ThistleWeb 17/11/2010
Episode 10: Special show format TechBytes Episode 10: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux 19/11/2010
Episode 11: Part 2 of special show TechBytes Episode 11: Microsoft FUD and Dirty Tactics Against GNU/Linux – Part II 21/11/2010
Episode 12: Novell special TechBytes Episode 12: Novell Sold for Microsoft Gains 23/11/2010
Episode 13: No guests TechBytes Episode 13: Copyfight, Wikileaks, and Other Chat 28/11/2010
Episode 14: Patents special TechBytes Episode 14: Software Patents in Phones, Android, and in General 29/11/2010
Episode 15: No guests TechBytes Episode 15: Google Chrome OS, Windows Refund, and Side Topics Like Wikileaks 30/11/2010

December 2010

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 16: No guests TechBytes Episode 16: Bribes for Reviews, GNU/Linux News, and Wikileaks Opinions 3/12/2010
Episode 17: No guests TechBytes Episode 17: Chrome OS Imminent, Wikileaks Spreads to Mirrors, ‘Open’ Microsoft 5/12/2010
Episode 18: No guests TechBytes Episode 18: Chrome OS, Sharing, Freedom, and Wikileaks 11/12/2010
Episode 19: No guests TechBytes Episode 19: GNU/Linux Market Share on Desktop at 4%, Microsoft Declining, and ChromeOS is Coming 16/12/2010
Episode 20: No guests TechBytes Episode 20: GNU/Linux Gamers Pay More for Games, Other Discussions 18/12/2010
Episode 21: No guests TechBytes Episode 21: Copyright Abuses, Agitators and Trolls, Starting a New Site 20/12/2010
Episode 22: No special guests TechBytes Episode 22: Freedom Debate and Picks of the Year 27/12/2010

January 2011

Show overview Show title Date recorded
Episode 23: Tim, Gordon, and Roy TechBytes Episode 23: Failuresfest and 2011 Predictions 2/1/2011
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  1. wimwauters said,

    January 15, 2011 at 7:02 am


    I’ve always had niggling problems with downloading the audio files from this domain, but retrying a second or third time would sort it.

    The download for episode 24 seem to be an exception to this: Firefox can not complete the download, it fails between 19 and 30MB. Also, your server does not seem to support a download restart, i.e. Firefox keeps having to start from scratch. I suspect a bit of tinkering with enabling restarting, or dealing with partial downloads, might save you a lot of bandwidth :-)

    I’m just trying with wget, and it’s having exactly the same problem: the first download was interrupted at 33MB for some unknown reason, and then it restarts from scratch :-(

    I can download reliably from many other sites with much bigger files, so it ain’t me :-)


    P.S. I like this show a lot, keep up the good work :-)

  2. wimwauters said,

    January 15, 2011 at 7:28 am


    wget is more consistent it failed at:

    2011-01-15 11:55:03 (54.5 KB/s) – Read error at byte 33483250/45448649 (Connection reset by peer). Retrying.

    2011-01-15 12:05:07 (54.3 KB/s) – Read error at byte 33483250/45448649 (Connection reset by peer). Retrying.

    2011-01-15 12:15:11 (54.7 KB/s) – Read error at byte 33636748/45448649 (Connection reset by peer). Retrying.

    Have fun digging into this :-)


    P.S. and +1 for having embedded media with HTML5. The death of Flash is imminent :-)

  3. wimwauters said,

    January 15, 2011 at 7:31 am


    I just noticed the wget error messages are exactly 10 minutes and 4 seconds apart. So look for a 600 second limit in your server settings somewhere.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Thanks. Someone brought it up right after the first few shows and we checked with the host. The main issue we have is the use of Varnish, which overrides some server settings. We’ll try sorting this out again using the information you gave.

    wimwauters Reply:

    Excellent, thanks, I hope they find the 600 second bug :-)

    wimwauters Reply:

    Yep, the 600 second limit is still there.

    I’ve now managed to download this ogg-cast over a slightly faster connection (8000kbps in stead of 5000-ish kps) in 9 minutes and 47 seconds: yep, that was a close one :-)

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    We’re setting up a subsite to dodge the issue caused by Varnish timeout settings.

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