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Christopher B. Wright
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Those of you who have experience podcasting while using Linux, I need your help.

I am responsible for editing the Pen and Cape Society's Throwing the Gun podcast, so I'm also the one who records it (it's just easier that way). It has been a relatively straightforward process up till now: we all get on Skype, I fire up a Linux app that creates MP3s out of our conversation. Then I load the MP3s into Audacity and edit everything. Great.

Except that the version of Skype that is included with most distros is apparently no longer compatible with the most current Windows version of Skype, which we found out when I lost my connection during the last broadcast -- I could invite other people into a chat I'd started, but if they tried to invite me we all got messages that my Skype version was incompatible. So I went and downloaded the new alpha Microsoft released for Skype... and found that my audio recording app wouldn't work.

The new version of the Linux Skype alpha is based on the web version, apparently, and the web version doesn't include any of the API Skype uses to let third party apps record Skype audio.

So I'm a bit stuck at the moment. Can anyone tell me if there's a way to either: a) fool modern Skype apps to allow the older Linux client to talk to them, or b) route the Skype conversation into some kind of audio channel that will a program like Audacity record it live?

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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+Nerdy By Nature alas I do not use a mixing board. I wouldn't have any room for it on my desk. :)
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Smartphone Week continues over at Help Desk with "More Bang For Your Buck."
PHIL: Look, King, this battery is perfectly safe. It's not even one of ours! We're testing another company's tech. MONK: Really? It's been a while since we've done that. PHIL: Yeah, but this is pretty interesting. They made a battery that can store twice the amount of power as a standard ...
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Chemical energy is chemical energy, whether you release it in an electrolyte reaction or with very rapid oxidization.
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So this weekend I spent my time trying to recover two computers:

One computer was only 50% dead. Oddly enough, my linux partition was screwed up (something happened to the fonts that made everything unreadable, and I couldn't figure out how to fix it, so I had to reformat/reinstall. My Windows 10 Partition was fine.)

One computer required that I reinstall both Windows 10 and Linux. Since I was going to have to do that anyway, I decided to put in an SSD I had for my "boot" drive (the drive that holds the Win10 OS and the / partition on Linuxside) and use an older IDE for my "storage" drive. The theory being that the "boot" drive will be mostly reading, not writing, and thus minimize wear on the SSD.

The result seems to be that Windows 10 occasionally decides to stop working. It doesn't crash, exactly, it's just that I start clicking on things and I get the spinning mouse circle of "nope, this isn't going to happen" and eventually I try to shut down the machine and THEN it hangs and then I have to power cycle.

Does anyone know what this is about? I hear MS pushed out an update to Win10 that screws over SSDs, and maybe this is that. I don't know. I'd sure like it stop doing whatever the hell it's doing and just start working.

Speaking of "just start working" the Linux partition on this machine is fine. If I could take the Win 10 install from machine one and combine it with the Linux install from machine two, I'd have a complete working computer...
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So I went through and configured my setup for SSD - this meant moving the files that got written a lot into the non-SSD drive, including the pagefile, my user folders, etc. That part went fine. But I kept getting those problems.

Today I found an old laptop IDE drive and replaced the SSD with it, installed Windows 10 on it... and everything is fine. Haven't hung once. So I'm going to chalk it up either to: 1. Windows 10 can't talk to SSD drives properly at the moment, or 2. the SSD drive was faulty.
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This week Help Desk is all about smartphones.
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A new Helpdesk? faints Next you'll be telling us there's a new Kernel Panic and then we'll know the world is ending for sure!
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There are artists I want to meet, because I admire their work, enjoy what they do, and I think it would be really cool to be able to meet the people who do all that cool stuff.

Then there are artists I want to impress, because beyond the admiration and enjoyment, their work inspires and motivates me.

Gene Wilder was an artist I wanted to impress. Somehow.

Sigh.
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Now up!

A Rake by Starlight, Chapter 23:

WHEREIN a Business Partner Transitions Into a Very Expensive Client
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Smartphone Week concludes at Help Desk with "Solving the Wrong Problem."
MONK: Actually, I think I'm going to volunteer for this one. KING: What? You're crazy. Don't listen to him, Phil, he's crazy. MONK: No, I'm serious. If this battery is legit, it could be a huge game-changer. Smartphone battery life is pathetic these days. They won't even last a whole day.
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... and then sell you the other half as a battery case.
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Smartphone Week continues at Help Desk with "Totally Not a Samsung Burn"
PHIL: So anyway, we're working on a new phone and we want you guys to try it out. KING: NO, Phil. I still have scars from last time. PHIL: This is completely different! We're not testing user retention technology, we're testing a battery! KING: NO, Phil. I like my apartment.
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Smartphone Week continues at Help Desk with "Operant Conditioning"
PHIL: Hey guys. MONK: Hey Phil. What's new? PHIL: The Boss has me working on our newest smartphone design. MONK: What are we going with this year? Curved display? Aluminum chassis? Always-on notifications? KING: Razor-sharp hooks that burrow into your flesh whenever you try to put your phone ...
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So, has +Christopher B. Wright​ been shopping for a new phone?
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I really, really, really, really, REALLY REALLY HATE THIS PART
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and yet I would be. :D
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Anyone else having problems adding fonts on a system level?

I've run into this problem on two separate machines -- when I try to add fonts at the system level something crashes after I enter my password, no fonts are added. On one machine I was able to work around this with sudo systemsettings5 -- I was then able to just select the fonts and since I was working as root it added the fonts system wide -- but on the other machine it wound up crashing anyway.

I don't really know how to describe the problem in any more detail. Have any of you run into that, or am I a special snowflake? 
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Thanks for the advice -- I'll do that!
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Can anyone recommend a solid package manager for Neon? Discover doesn't crash any more since the update to KDE Frameworks, but it doesn't actually show all available packages from all the repos either, and a lot of the stuff it does show it won't let you install (install button is frequently grayed out).

I tried Muon but you can't configure repositories from it (error message generated when you try to access repos). Synaptic works but I'd prefer something a little more integrated into KDE.
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Use muon as instead. 
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