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Science Fiction Podcasts

Clarkesworld
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/

About:
“Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in October 2006. Each issue contains interviews, thought-provoking articles and at least three pieces of original fiction. Our fiction is also available in ebook editions/subscriptions, audio podcasts and in our annual print anthologies. We are a two-time winner of the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine and our fiction has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.”

Drabblecast
http://www.drabblecast.org/

About:
The Drabblecast is a weekly podcast featuring flash fictions from a variety of genres. Its singular message is that of off beat, funny, eclecticism. It is a paying fiction market, accepting submissions (see the submissions page for more information). The Drabblecast is the winner of the 2010 and 2011 Parsec Awards for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Magazine.

Escape Pod
http://escapepod.org/

About:
“Escape Pod is the premier science fiction podcast magazine. Every week we bring you short stories from some of today’s best science fiction stories, in convenient audio format for your computer or MP3 player.”

Flash Pulp
http://flashpulp.com/

About:
Flash Pulp is an experiment in broadcasting fresh pulp stories in the modern age – three to ten minutes of fiction brought to you Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Lightspeed Magazine
http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/podcasting/

About:
Lightspeed is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.

Linux Centric Podcasts

Tuxradar
http://tuxradar.com/podcast

About:
News, reviews, rants, raves, chit-chat, geekspeak and more – a new TuxRadar podcast all about Linux and free software will be posted here every two weeks for free download. All TuxRadar podcasts are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licence. Music by Brad Sucks.

ubuntu uk podcast
http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/

About:
The Ubuntu Podcast covers all the latest news and issues facing Ubuntu Linux users and Free Software fans in general. The show appeals to the newest user and the oldest coder. Our discussions cover the development of Ubuntu but aren’t overly technical. We are lucky enough to have some great guests on the show, telling us first hand about the latest exciting developments they are working on, in a way that we can all understand! We also talk about the Ubuntu community and what it gets up to.

The show is presented by members of the UK’s Ubuntu Linux community. Because it is covered by the Ubuntu Code of Conduct it is suitable for all.

The show is broadcast live every fortnight on a Tuesday evening (British time) and is available for download the following day.

Some Rights Reserved

All contents of this site (including audio) are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

Full Circle Magazine
http://fullcirclemagazine.org/category/podcast/

About:
The independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community.

The About sections are direct quotes from the Podcast sites.

Debian Wheezy enable Synaptic TouchPad

I’ve just installed Debian Wheezy [currently still in testing] on my laptop from a net install disc selecting only the base system install [i.e with no desktop or laptop packages] then after install just adding the XFCE desktop packages from the command line.

$ sudo xorg xfce4 synaptic gdebi wicd lightdm iceweasel dmz-cursor-theme gnome-wise-icon-theme shiki-brave-theme leafpad

This gets me a basic install but no synaptic touchpad.

$ egrep -i ‘synap|alps|etps’ /proc/bus/input/devices
N: Name=”PS/2 Synaptics TouchPad”
shows my Sony laptop VGN_NS11J has a Synaptics Touchpad

$ grep “TouchPad: buttons:” /var/log/Xorg.0.log
[ 21.368] (–) synaptics: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: buttons: left right
show is does not support multitouch as there is no double or triple options.

Create a folder in /etc/X11 called xorg.conf.d
$ sudo mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
then a file called synaptics.conf in this new folder
$ cd /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
$ sudo touch synaptics.conf

open the file in leafpad

$ sudo leafpad /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/synaptics.conf

and copy the following into it;

Section “InputClass”

Identifier “Touchpad” # required
MatchIsTouchpad “yes” # required
Driver “synaptics” # required
Option “MinSpeed” “0.5”
Option “MaxSpeed” “1.0”
Option “AccelFactor” “0.075”
Option “TapButton1” “1”
#Option “TapButton2” “2” # multitouch
#Option “TapButton3” “3” # multitouch
#Option “VertTwoFingerScroll” “1” # multitouch
#Option “HorizTwoFingerScroll” “1” # multitouch
Option “VertEdgeScroll” “1”
Option “CoastingSpeed” “8”
Option “CornerCoasting” “1”
Option “CircularScrolling” “1”
Option “CircScrollTrigger” “7”
Option “EdgeMotionUseAlways” “1”
Option “LBCornerButton” “8” # browser “back” btn
Option “RBCornerButton” “9” # browser “forward” btn

EndSection

I’ve commented out the multitouch options as my synaptic touchpad has no multitouch options, the following commands.

$ sudo modprobe -r psmouse
and then
$ sudo modprobe psmouse proto=imps

will make the synaptic pad work immediately.