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Samuel’s Persiflage #6

July 23rd, 2006 at 02:55am

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Samuel’s Persiflage Episode Number Six is now online. There is also a low quality version for the bandwidth impaired here.

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This month’s Persiflage Puzzle has two words of seven and four letters respectively. The clue is “You would be hard pressed to find a shopping centre which doesn’t have at least one of these.”

The episode kicks off with the persiflage puzzle and a retirement message for Margaret Phillips, the (now retired) Director of Digital Archiving at the National Library of Australia, and guest on Samuel’s Persiflage #5.

Then it’s time to chat with Pia Waugh (on our brand new phone system!), one of the organisers of Linux.Conf.Au 2007 to be held in Sydney. Pia joins us via mobile phone from Armidale.

We chat about Linux.Conf.Au, Australia’s premier technical Linux conference, what it has to offer, and the related “open day” for people who just want to find out more about Linux and Open Source Software. We talk about highlights of conferences gone by, and discuss Open Source Software. Naturally enough, a phone rang in the studio during the interview…these fun interuptions are becoming a bad, but amusing, habit I think.

Pia’s recommended Linux distributions:
Red Hat/Fedora

The open source applications Pia mentioned:
Open Office (Office Suite for Linux, Mac and Windows)
Mozilla Firefox (Web Browser for Linux, Mac and Windows)

I then reveal a few more letters in the Persiflage Puzzle…hmmm, actually they’re all letters which aren’t in the puzzle. Not to worry, they help too!

Then we go to the Samuel’s Persiflage listener feedback, which features a berating from one listener over one of the odd news stories from the previous episode, a complaint about the old phone system, praise for Margaret Phillips and more.

All listeners are invited to send in more feedback, both in written and audio format. As per usual feedback can be sent to (text, MP3, Wave or Ogg Vorbis), spoken feedback by clicking here or on the button below would be great, or leave a comment below.
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Then we have the thought for the month and some more letters from the Persiflage Puzzle.

After this we talk about some of the telephone scams which have been doing the rounds…I was going to Interview somebody from Telstra about them, they asked me to send an email in so that I could speak to the appropriate person, I wrote the email…but I hit “save” rather than “send” and didn’t realise until Friday night…whoops! None the less, we get by quite well and cover some interesting scams and hoaxes.

Under the misapprehension that the episode is running much shorter than usual I play a song which Nattie thinks is great, and then it is time to say goodbye and reveal the answer to the Persiflage Puzzle.

The Samuel’s Persiflage #5 file itself is available here, and is 1:00:41 in length (55.5MB) at 128kbps stereo. The 128kbps format was decided upon because it produces a very good sound quality, and doesn’t “flatten” any music used in the podcast. (You’ve heard it all before, right?) I do, however, acknowledge that this is just unreasonable for dial-up, so a 16kbps mono file is also available here. The sound quality isn’t as good, but some people like it. The low quality version is 6.94MB

For those of you who are using podcast software to receive your podcasts, the feed can be found here and if you are using iTunes you can subscribe to Samuel’s Persiflage by clicking here.

Podcast related questions and comments can be sent to or left in the comments section of this post. Spoken feedback is preferred (but not mandated) and can be sent either in MP3, Wave or Ogg Vorbis format, or sent even more easily by clicking the button below and following the prompts.
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