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A regularly published podcast by a self-described hacker, curmudgeon and hacktivist about the practice and profession of programming drawing on over a decade of professional experience and a lifetime spent hacking, the intersection of politics and society with technology and anything else clever, elegant or ...

A regularly published podcast by a self-described hacker, curmudgeon and hacktivist about the practice and profession of programming drawing on over a decade of professional experience and a lifetime spent hacking, the intersection of politics and society with technology and anything else clever, elegant or funny that catches my mind as a die hard technology geek.

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    TCLP 2015-08-29 Returning to Dragoncon

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In this episode, I share the wonderful news that due to a very generous friend I’ll be returning to Dragon*Con this year. I talk a bit about my history with this convention and how this surprise trip is part of a recent positive trend after a rough year. You can grab additional formats and audio source files from the Internet Archive.

    Aug 29, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2015-06-28 My Toothbrush

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In this episode, I extemporize for a bit about my toothbrush, having just recently replaced my electric toothbrush with an unexpected upgrade. The experience turned out to be a good opportunity to reflect on certain aspects of how technology improves, or not, and on what time scales. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    Jun 28, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2015-05-31 Strength through Vulnerability

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. I released this episode and the text version of the essay it includes at the same time. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Chris Miller for helping my edit and polish this essay. Before I get into the long promised essay, I talk a bit about my experiences at JSConf US. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    May 31, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2015-05-24 Finding the Time

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    Used under CC-BY-NC-SA, thanks to Flickr user fieldsbh This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In this episode, I talk about how I find the time for all the interests, passions and projects I pursue. Even though I feel like I am doing less than I used to, I still get the question of how I managed to do so much. In starting a couple of new things, from baking for my family to a new job, I came up with some observations and insights might help. Ironically enough, I meant to record this episode last week but a surprise technical difficulty delayed me. That all seems to be sorted so hopefully more new episodes, soon. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    May 24, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2015-04-18 Choosing Your Aspect

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. I rushed this episode out for listeners who do not read the web site. I wanted to let those listeners know about the coming change in feeds, in case of any disruptions. I am hoping there are no problems, but if someone has one, I want them to have the heads up and to know I will help where I can if there are any feed hiccups. I discuss some listener feedback, namely Pete’s recommendation of the Gundo plugin for vim and Tim’s move from nano to vim. For the rest of the episode, I extemporize on lessons I have learned about the benefit of choosing between a hard or soft aspect as someone who used to almost unilaterally always approach situations with a firm set to his jaw. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    Apr 18, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2015-04-12 Hope and Fear in the World of vim

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. I share a quick game review in this episode of Coup and its expansion, Coup: Reformation. The feature is a reading of my recent essay about my favorite text editor, vim. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    Apr 12, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2015-03-29 My Drivable Computer

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. This episode is an experiment. I recorded an extemporized monologue in my car during what is a fairly regular drive for my right now. I expressed my gratitude for, and inspiration from, Patrick McLean, in particular his return to The Seanachai, and Dave Slusher. I talked about the new car I bought at the end of January, my reasons for buying it and my experience of genuinely feeling that I am driving a computer. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    Mar 29, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2015-02-01 If It Sounds Right and My Site Has a POSSE

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In this episode, I share another essay, this time also from the web site, on the the interplay of critical judgement and skill. Following up on a promise to myself towards the end of last year, I extemporize for the latter half of the show. I hope that by allowing myself to just speak with little or no preparation on a subject, I will make it easier to get more shows out in a given year. I decided the work I’ve done exploring this concept of POSSE, or Post Own Site and Syndicate Everywhere, would be interesting to discuss, in particular responding to some mild criticism and clarifying why I find what I have set up so useful. I wrote two posts covering more technical details of what I am using, here and here. You can view my lifestream category on this site, or the same category on my new site, to see how this is all working for me. I have to once again give Dave Slusher credit for getting my thinking about this idea and for sharing how he has implemented it. Once again, you can subscribe to the links I curate throughout the week from my own aggregator. More news, commentary, and alternate feeds available at http://thecommandline.net/. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    Feb 1, 2015 Read more
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    TCLP 2014-12-21 A Sense of Scale and Getting Back Up to Speed

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In this episode, I share a couple more essays. Before the essays, I help spread the request for support from the GnuPG project. You can donate here. The first essay was already published on the web site, “A Sense of Scale.” The second essay is new, “Getting Back Up to Speed,” and I will publish it on the site in the next few days. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    Dec 21, 2014 Read more
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    TCLP 2014-12-13 Interview: Cory Doctorow, "Information Doesn't Want to be Free"

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    This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast. In this episode, I interview Cory Doctorow about his latest book, “Information Doesn’t Want to be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.” If you are interested in learning more about the topics we discuss and that that book covers, you can also check out books by the scholars we mention: Lawrence Lessig, James Boyle and William Patry. I compared Cory’s book to “The Indie Band Survival Guide” the authors of which are friends of the show whom I have also interviewed. The audiobook version of the book is already available. Check Cory’s site, the free download and electronic editions should be available soon. You can grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

    Dec 13, 2014 Read more
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