Maintaining Independent Infrastructure

One thing I end up embarassing myself about sometimes in the Ubuntu Podcast telegram chatter is that I end up buying and selling tiny amounts of shares on the US stock markets. All I can say is that I got spooked by the 35 day "government shutdown" at the start of the calendar year when I was stuck working without pay as a federal civil servant. Granted I did get back pay but the Human Capital Office at work is still fiddling with things even now in terms of getting payroll records and other matters fixed. I generally buy shares in companies that pay dividends and then I take the dividends as cash. At work we refer to that as "unearned income" especially as it is taxed at a rate different from the one applied to my wages.

My portfolio is somewhat weird. I am rather heavily invested in shipping whether it happens to be oil tankers or dry bulk cargo ships. In contrast I have almost nothing invested in technology companies. There aren't many "open source" companies available on the open stock market and the ones out there either I can't afford to buy a single share of or they violate my portfolio rule that stocks held must pay a divided of some sort. Too many companies in the computer tech world appear to make money but don't send any profits back to shareholders as their dividends are stuck at USD$0.00.

All that being said, I found a very important post on Mastodon to be of interest. The post, located at https://fosstodon.org/@badrihippo/102426802394820437, stated:

gPodder.net is looking for a new maintainer!

If nobody comes forward by 2020, it'll be forced to shut down. Please boost to spread the word.

https://github.com/gpodder/mygpo/blob/master/maintainer-needed.md

Note that this is the podcast-sharing website: I'm not sure about the status of the app, but I think that's still doing fine.

#gPodder #podcasts #python #webdev #helpwanted

Now, you might wonder what this little piece of infrastructure happens to be. It is actually somewhat critical to have a free and open culture. The gPodder.net site is a critically important site for podcast discovery. Unlike Apple Podcasts, gPodder.net is integrated into many podcast applications across many platforms.

As a shareholder in multiple media companies (especially Scripps E W Co, Salem Media Group, iHeartMedia, Entravision Communications, Townsquare Media, Beasley Broadcast Group Inc, and Entercom Communications Corp) I have seen the answer the old media has made to the more free-wheeling world of podcasting and "new media" that I previously did quite a bit in. Scripps, a broadcast conglomerate, owns and operates Stitcher in addition to its broadcast television holdings as well as the Newsy cable television channel and website. iHeartMedia, the massive radio conglomerate that just emerged from bankruptcy reorganization, now boasts that its rather closed garden of an app is number one for podcasts in the United States and is the easiest way to listen. I previously held shares in satellite radio service SiriusXM and, would you imagine, they also happen to own Pandora which now also provides some listings of podcasts in its walled garden. Spotify remains an independent company for the moment but you can listen to the Ubuntu Podcast within its walled garden too.

If I ever get back into the swing of podcast, I have a daunting task that is growing of just trying to submit feeds to each individual walled garden. The number of them is growing. You don't have to be a doctrinaire freedom by any means necessary person to see that that paradigm might be a bit stifling. I should caution that it isn't confined to the USA as the British Broadcasting Corporation is still fiddling with its BBC Sounds and iPlayer applications.

I know I flat out do not have the programming skills to help. I do have the skill to explain why it is a social good to keep gPodder.net alive, though. Our world of podcasts should not be homogenized and formatted like radio stations have become in the United States. Nobody needs to imitate Ira Glass to be authentic.

A more freeform cultural world is possible if we keep up the architecture to make it happen. Right now gPodder.net is all we have and it would be a shame if it closed down. Now is a great time to lend a hand to keep a great piece of infrastructure alive to preserve free culture. Fullest details as to what this involves were posted to GitHub.

Early July Quick Bits

I can't quite sleep at the moment. Recapping the past week might be a good idea. In no particular order:

A LaTeX Quick Hit

As a quick note, I should reference that the package from CTAN that I am using to prepare the script for the work-in-progress short film is the stage package. Yes, I understand it is intended for stage plays. It suits our purposes, though. You can track development on Launchpad and clone the git repository from https://code.launchpad.net/~skellat/+git/TheFilm since I want to promote Launchpad as an off-beat alternative to GitHub.

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Quick Bits

In no particular order:

  • I spent a little time fiddling with HDHomeRun reception tied to an over the air antenna pointed toward southwest Ontario. Results were mixed. Propagation has been a bit odd with heliophysics being off lately. You can follow me on Mastodon as well as many Ubuntu-related friendlies on a separate server in the decentralized federated environment.

  • Eventually I will get the script written for the short film I intend to enter into the Dam Short Film Festival near Hoover Dam in Boulder City, Nevada. A combination of LaTeX, git, Launchpad, imagination, and ingenuity might actually help me get the script written. Making the film is the challenge yet to come, though.

  • I am apparently still reachable via Telegram if anybody wants to call.

  • I'm still boggled by the varieties of non-free Javascript utilized in this Bodyweight Planner put forward by an entity in the US Department of Health and Human Services. It isn't a bad tool, mind you. Having a disconnected tool would be nicer, though. Major storms rolled through on Saturday morning causing power disruptions and some felled trees damaging houses. Life in the deciduous forest is rough.

  • Work has been a bit disturbing lately. When you're left contemplating the questions I have been stuck with generally major life changes end up happening. I don't like where things have wound up lately. I threw three job inquiries in the mail Saturday and since attending OggCamp is looking outside my grasp I won't be floating CV/resume documents there, alas. No, things are not okay right now.

  • The reported breakage suffered in the keyserver network was not fun to read about Saturday at all.

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So That Happened...

I previously made a call for folks to check in on a net so I could count heads. It probably was not the most opportune timing but it was what I had available. You can listen to the full net at https://archives.anonradio.net/201906170000_sdfarc.mp3 and you'll find my after-net call to all Ubuntu Hams at roughly 44 minutes and 50 seconds into the recording.

This was a first attempt. The folks at SDF were perfectly fine with me making the attempt. The net topic for the night was "special projects" we happened to be undertaking.

Now you might wonder what I might be doing in terms of special projects. That bit is special. Sunspots are a bit non-existent at the moment so I have been fiddling around with listening for distant stations on the AM broadcast band which starts in the United States at 530 kHz and ends at 1710 kHz. From my spots in Ashtabula I end up hearing some fairly distant stations ranging from KYW 1060 in Philadelphia to WCBS 880 in New York City to WPRR 1680 in Ada, Michigan. When I am out driving Interstate Route 90 in the mornings during the winter I have had the opportunity to hear stations such as WSM 650 broadcasting from the vicinity of the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. One time I got lucky and heard WSB 750 out of Atlanta while driving when conditions were right.

These were miraculous feats of physics. WolframAlpha would tell you that the distance between Ashtabula and Atlanta is about 593 miles/955 kilometers. In the computing realm we work very hard to replicate the deceptively simple. A double-sideband non-suppressed carrier amplitude modulated radio signal is one of the simplest voice transmissions that can be made. The receiving equipment for such is often just as simple. For all the infrastructure it would take to route a live stream over a distance somewhat further than that between Derry and London proper, far less would be needed for the one-way analog signal.

Although there is Digital Audio Broadcasting across Europe we really still do not have it adopted across much of the United States. A primary problem is that it works best in areas with higher population density than we have in the USA. So far we have various trade names for IBOC, that is to say in-band on-channel, subcarriers giving us hybrid signals now. Digital-only IBOC has been tested at WWFD in Maryland and there was a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission to make a permanent rules change to make this possible. It appears in the American Experience, though, that the push is more towards Internet-connected products like iHeartRadio and Spotify rather than the legacy media outlets that has public service obligations as well as emergency alerting obligations.

I am someone who considers the Internet fairly fragile as evidenced most recently by the retailer Target having a business disaster through being unable to accept payments due to communications failures. I am not against technology advances, though. Keeping connections to the technological ways of old as well as sometimes having cash in the wallet as well as knowing how to write a check seem to be skills that are still useful in our world today.

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Three Quotes

Three quotes to ponder:

  • Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. -- Roger Ebert

  • There will be good moments, and there will be less good moments. -- Donald Rumsfeld

  • A lie will gallop halfway round the world before the truth has time to pull its breeches on. -- Cordell Hull

Though separated by time and space those three quotes definitely speak to the state of our planet right now.

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A Modest Ham-Related Proposal

Over the past couple months I have been trying to participate in the Monday morning net run by the SDF Amateur Radio Club from SDF.org. It has been pretty hard for me to catch up with any of the local amateur radio clubs. There is no local club associated with the American Radio Relay League in Ashtabula County but it must be remembered that land-wise Ashtabula County is fairly large in terms of land area.

For reference, the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations has a dry land area of 1,033.81 square miles. Ashtabula County has a dry land area of 702 square miles. Ashtabula County is 68% the size of the state of Rhode Island in terms of land area even though population-wise Ashtabula County has 9.23% of Rhode Island's equivalent population. Did I hear mooing off in the distance somewhere? For British readers, it is not only safe to say I'm not just in a fairly isolated area but that it may resemble Ambridge a bit too much.

Now, the beautiful part about the SDF Amateur Radio Club net is that it takes place via the venerable EchoLink system. The package known as qtel allows for access to the repeater-linking network from your Ubuntu desktop. Unlike normal times, the Wikipedia page about EchoLink actually provides a fairly nice write-up for the non-specialist.

Now, there is a relatively old article on the American Radio Relay League's website about Ubuntu. If you look at the Ubuntu Wiki, there is talk about Ubuntu Hams having their own net but the last time that page was edited was 2012. While there is talk of an IRC channel, a quick look at irclogs.ubuntu.com shows that it does not look like the log bot has been in the channel this month. E-mail to the Launchpad Team's mailing list hosted on Launchpad itself is a bit sporadic.

I have been a bit MIA myself due to work pressures. That does not mean I am unwilling to act as the Net Control Station if there is a group willing to hold a net on EchoLink perhaps. It would be a good way to get hams from across the Ubuntu realms to have some fellowship with each other.

For now, I am going to make a modest proposal. If anybody is interested in such an Ubuntu net could you please check in on the SDF ARC net on June 17 at 0000 UTC? To hear what the most recent net sounded like, you can listen to the recorded archive of that net's audio in MP3 format. Just check in on June 17th at 0000 UTC and please stick around until after the net ends. We can talk about possibilities after the SDF net ends. All you need to do is be registered to use EchoLink and have appropriate software to connect to the appropriate conference.

I will cause notice of this blog post to be made to the Launchpad Team's mailing list.

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Another Zotero Backup Dump

From time to time it is necessary to backup what is found and logged to Zotero. There are many resources logged in my database. I do think biber would choke if I tried to make a single LaTeX-based booklet of all citations found.

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Current Noodling

Relevant Document: Saldana, J., Arcia-Moret, A., Braem, B., Pietrosemoli, E., Sathiaseelan, A., & Zennaro, M. (2016). Alternative Network Deployments: Taxonomy, Characterization, Technologies, and Architectures (No. RFC7962; p. RFC7962). https://doi.org/10.17487/RFC7962

I wish I could say broadband access around me is particularly healthy. It isn't. I have a single incumbent source that is Charter Spectrum. I am reading RFC 7962 as to the classification of alternatives in deploying networks. Reinventing the wheel is not necessarily a good idea. Local politicians truly enjoy doing that but I do not.

The notion of setting up a Wireless Internet Service Provider looks simple enough until I get to the question of backhaul. I know that there are providers out there now offering satellite backhaul, at least, such as Gilat Satellite Networks. Over land I would have to consider how to go from Ashtabula south to the Pennsylvania community of Pittsburgh which crosses into way too many "right of way" issues just to get to the closest IXP.

Mesh networking might be an easy off the cuff answer until you consider the size of my local area. Ashtabula County in Ohio is two-thirds the size of the State of Rhode Island relative to land area. Our population density is low. We have snow. We have cows. It is not a very viable solution. The sheer size of the area makes building infrastructure fairly difficult. One local community did not get dial telephone service until the 1970s as it is.

While there are other options mentioned in the RFC they get increasingly esoteric. The matter needs further thought. Where it all winds up is just a conundrum for the moment.

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Looking Ahead

Currently at Erie Looking Productions we are doing average maintenance. We are fixing the ikiwiki installation. As to the installation on http://erielookingproductions.info we are evaluating moving that from being produced by LaTeXML to using Hugo instead. There are multiple conceptual difference we are still trying to figure out. We do not want to have two ikiwiki installations running, though.

Our recording platform for audio is in good shape. As for video we have some bugs to work out. We have some space issues we may have to deal with through relocating studio space.

Market changes keep getting interesting for us. With Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and Spotify being three of the biggest podcast directories now we have to take things in new directions. We were there in the early days of podcasting. After a brief hiatus we are going to be back.

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This blog is powered by ikiwiki and serves the purposes of Erie Looking Productions as well as its proprietor Stephen Michael Kellat. Smaller blog bits can be found on Mr. Kellat's Mastodon microblog.

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