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End of Binrev

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

All good things come to an end at sometime or another. This happens to be the case with BinRev Radio. On this week’s episode, show number 200, StankDawg announced that the show has officially come to an end. I am very sad to hear that the show is ending. I found this show towards the end of 2003 beginning of 2004, and it became one of my favorite podcasts. For a number of years, I looked forward each weeks new episode. Once I started listening to Binrev, I never missed an episode.

I really appreciate the work that StankdDawg and his guests put into the show. Each week he had an interesting topic and was always passionate about teaching. I never contributed to BinRev, as StankDawg always pushed for people to become more involved, but I appreciate all of the hard work that was put into the show. Before listening to BinRev, I had the same misconceptions that most people have about the hacker community. This show ended up teaching me a lot and introducing me to some subjects that I knew little about. The show had a great four year run, and if someone has never heard it before I would recommend listening to the archieves of the show.


Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

In the past, I have used a number of different podcast clients to download the podcasts I listen to. I have found slight problems with each of these. For example, some did not give much control over the time when podcasts were scheduled for download. In addition, I used, I believe it was Rythmbox, and I could not figure out how to delete podcasts that I was no longer interested in downloading.

I decided to try BashPodder because I could schedule the downloads with cron and it had a configuration file that made it easy to change the podcast I wanted to receive. I downloaded BashPodder from Linc Fessenden web site. First, I created a directory named bash-podder. Then I download the three files needed to run BashPodder to that directory. Next, I created an entry in my crontab file by executing the command crontab -e, which opened up an editor to configure the cron job. Below is a sample of my crontab:

# crontab file
# m h dom mon dow command
0 * * * * /home/nathan/bash-podder/

Now, will run every hour to check for new podcasts.

The final step was to add more podcast that I like to the configuration file bp.conf. So, added all of the podcasts that I like that weren’t included in the configuration file that comes with BashPodder. Each line in bp.conf is a link to an rss file so that bashpodder will download the podcast. Although BashPodder may not have the interface of itunes, it is easy to setup and control and I would recommend it to others.