Podcast Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago this coming Friday I began naively rambling into a microphone about whatever sort of technology related stories and topics came to mind. Almost every aspect of the show has changed since then, from how I actually record, edit, mix and master it to the effort and detail invested in the writing behind every element of content. The constants have been following my own peculiar interests where they lead me as unexpected as those destinations may be and the ever growing group of folks, both technology geeks and those of other stripes, who find what I have to say interesting or useful enough so to subscribe week after week.

Looking into the future, I can see continuing the show for some time to come. This project has outlasted everything else in my life to date except my marriage and fatherhood. Finding topics is getting harder but somehow I manage to find ideas worth developing and sharing. I expect my professional and personal experiences will keep fueling that pipeline so long as I am still hacking, both professionally and out of love of just bashing simple bits of code together. Support for the show is going through an amazing transformation. My experiment in offering a small premium, the custom nerd merit badge, to donors succeeded better than I had hoped. I am already planning another experiment in this vein. I am under no illusions about quitting my day job (yet) but am eager to try at some point in the future to fund my attendance at at least one technical conference in the majority from listener support.

I had meant to get word out about this anniversary a bit further ahead of the event but time got away from me. It sort of snuck up on me. As the show has matured, the marking of anniversaries has become less relevant to me personally than other milestones like changes in my production process and the ever present battle to identify topics and guests. I’ve also been distracted with coordinating the upcoming, amazing June CopyNight DC event and my personal journey from using a proprietary operating system in my lab back to an all open stack. (More on the latter in this Wednesday’s show.)

I will set aside a bit of time on next week’s show, to be released on the 30th, to mark this occasion. I hope to be able to snag Cory’s talk at the CopyNight event to share in that show as the feature. Cory’s support and friendship over the last three and a half years has been one of the biggest surprises and certainly one of the most welcome. His planned topic also speaks to the evolution of my thoughts on copyright from curiosity through education to becoming increasingly radicalized so it seems appropriate.

You are also welcome to send me your thoughts about your experience of the show whether it is just over the last year or going all the way back to those humble, awkward beginnings. As always, you can send me email or audio to feedback@thecommandline.net and just let me know if it would be OK to share on the show.

Thank you everyone who has helped me get to this point. I am awed and humbled by the support and hope I will be able to count on it for at least another five years.

TCLP 2009-06-24 4th Anniversary

This is a feature cast.

In the intro the winners of the prize drawing. The personalized copy of J.C. Hutchins’ “Personal Effects: Dark Art” goes to Kevin Crosby and the signed galley of Cory Doctorow’s “Makers” goes to Jonathan David.

The story submission, in order of receipt and playback, are from Kevin Crosby, Nido Media, Chris Miller, imag1nary number and Jonathan David.

The feature this week is a a monologue on the state of the podcast. I mention the SPaMCast, Fanboyhell, The Secret Lair and Teaching for the Future. I also mention Tee Morris as my role model for public speaking and participation at cons.


Grab the detailed show notes with time offsets and additional links either as PDF or OPML. You can also grab the flac encoded audio from the Internet Archive.

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TCLP 2009-06-17 Hacking 101: Responsibilities and Relationships

This is a feature cast.

In the intro sharing my decision to extend the submission deadline for stories for my 4th anniversary show.

Listener feedback this week is from nahtass who writes about the evolution of print on demand, imag1nary_number who writes about a more chilling unintended use of the Chinese PC filter software, and Philip who shares a conversation about open data. The group blog I mentioned in response is autonomo.us.

The hacker word of the week this week is elder days.

The feature this week is a new Hacking 101 piece of approaching design by understanding responsibilities and relationships.  I mention The Programmer’s Stone, the collaboration diagram exercise from Bob Martin [PDF],  and Bob’s book, “UML for Java Programmers“.


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Extended Deadline for 4th Anniversay Show Submissions

I am extending the deadline for submissions for my upcoming 4th anniversary show until Monday, June 22nd. The original deadline was today.

Every submission enters a drawing for one of two amazing prizes. One if a personalized copy of J.C. Hutchins’ new book, “Personal Effects: Dark Art”; the other is a signed, homemade, limited edition galley of Cory Doctorow’s forthcoming novel, “Makers”. Thanks to J.C. and Cory both for their generous contributions.

All I am looking for are interesting stories about how the podcast has affected you, the listener. Has it made you think more about the software licenses you use and choose? Are you learning a new programming language or technology? Have you started volunteering or undertaken any kind of digital rights advocacy? Anything at all that you feel was prompted by the discussions on the show is welcome.

If you are able to record audio, that would be best, but I emails are acceptable, too. You can also call the listener comment line and leave your story as a voice mail, 1 240-949-2638. Everyone who submits will get credit in the show notes for the anniversary episode on the 24th. If you want to be attributed in a particular way, please include that in your submission.

Send me your story by this coming Monday, the 22nd, when I’ll draw names for the two prizes.

Thanks for listening!

Another Prize for the Anniversary Show

One of the responses to my request on Twitter and Identi.ca for suggestions for other prizes for my anniversary show was to give away a Cory Doctorow book. I thought this was an excellent idea since I’ve promoted a couple of his recent books that speak so strongly to the topics I discuss on the show.

J.C. Hutchins’ fantastically generous offer to sign the copy of his new book, “Personal Effects: Dark Art”, that I am giving away got me to thinking. I also own three signed editions that I cherish written by Cory Doctorow: “Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town” and “A Place So Foreign and 8 More” that he signed for me when I first met him and “Little Brother” that I ordered from Borderlands when he was on his tour promoting that book.

I figured if I wrote Cory, odds would be good that he’d be willing to autograph a copy of “Little Brother” if I shipped it to him and covered the cost of sending it on to the the eventual winner.

I was floored by his response–not only was he agreeable but he upped the ante. He is going to sign a limited homemade galley of his next book, “Makers”, and allow me to give that away to anyone sending me content for my upcoming anniversary show. This is copy is from the third galley printing which is limited to 25 so it is amazingly generous and will make a special, rare addition to the lucky winner’s library.

I was lucky enough to read an early draft of “Makers” and am looking forward to helping promote it when it comes out later this year. There is a lot to like in this story–Make magazine inspired making, crowd sourced amusement rides, an eerily prescient view of our current economic woes and of the state of the news industry, metabolic hacking, and desktop 3D printers.

So, for your chance to win either of these awesome prizes, a signed copy of J.C. Hutchins’ and Jordan Weisman’s “Personal Effects: Dark Art” or a signed, limited edition homemade galley of Corey Doctorow’s forthcoming “Makers”, get me your stories, in audio or even just by email, by June 17th. Here’s the original post with all of the details.

My friends, Cory and J.C., both rock and I owe them an immense debt of gratitude.

The Prize Copy of PE:DA Will Be Signed

If you read the comments on this site, you may know that J.C., the author of Personal Effects: Dark Art, heard my review last night and was thrilled. So much so that he has offered to personalize the copy I bought for whichever listener wins it in the contest for my 4th anniversary show.

I have a nearly full shelf of signed copies in my own library and I love every single one. They either cement the joy I take in the success of my friends’ works or capture the memory of meeting people I admire greatly. I am hugely grateful for J.C.’s generosity in offering to share that extra intangible pleasure that goes along with receiving a personalized book.

The deadline for submission is June 17th and I’ll be playing the drop with all the details in every episode of the show between now and then. Or you can read the original post with the low down. Stay tuned to this space for my updates on the additional prizes as I secure them.

My 4th Anniversary Episode

On June 22nd, 2009, I will have been producing and hosting this podcast for four years. I will be celebrating the shows anniversary with a special episode on June 24th.

To celebrate this time I wanted to ask you, the listener, for stories. This worked very well for my collaborative audio promo so I thought I would model my request for help after that project. I want to hear, in your own words, how the podcast has affected your life. Has it inspired you to start a new project? Are you learning a new programming language or technology? Have you volunteered with some technical advocacy or community support project?

You can be specific, thinking of your favorite segments in your favorite episodes. You can also just think about how you’ve acted on the show’s motto, hack your world. Your stories can be humorous, simple or surprising, as long as they are personal and interesting to your fellow listeners.

Record your thoughts in the highest quality audio you can. Send it to me as an attachment or send me a link where I can download it. If you don’t have access to equipment to record, you can call the listener line, 240-949-2638. You can also just write up your story in an email for me to read on the show and send it to feedback at thecommandline dot net. In all cases, include your preferred attribution, just a name or a name and a website, whatever you like.

Whether I am able to use your story or not, I will credit you in the notes for the episode.

Send me your story by June 17th. On that day, I will randomly draw some of your names. I will have a few prizes to reward your participation. Among the prizes, I will have a copy of J.C. Hutchins’ new book, Personal Effects: Dark Art. Between now and then I’ll be adding a couple more prizes to give away.

On the 24th, I will announce the winners in the intro to the episode.

Thanks for listening and thanks for helping me celebrate another year of the show.