Episode 104 will be going live in about 90 minutes, 9PM Eastern (see, I got the coast right this time).

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OK, here's a screenshot from FreeOffice 2018 TextMaker. Look familiar? Actually makes me kind of nauseous. So must wasted whitespace (OK, a "feature" of any modern GUI word processor). Send me back to WordPerfect 6.0. Okay, I see this if you are dragging a closed source culture kicking and screaming to the right of things. Is Zorin still out there? "No, trust me, it's Windows 11." There is a Linux Presentations Client as well as FreeOffice Planmaker (no doubt a calendar, I'll see if it might fool Windows users into thinking they are using Exchange Server). Unfortunately, there are Windows word processor and .PDF clients only.

Seriously, I have a client clinging to bootlegged Office 95 Schedule+, essentially Outlook and Exchange Server but standalone and peer2peer. They require confidentially, so I hesitate to recommend a cloud sourced substitute. Years ago, a client and I experimented with a peer to peer application that fooled Outlook into thinking it was talking to an Exchange server. The 30 day trial ware worked great, but as soon as we paid for the software, all the wheels came off. I could use a reference to federated scheduling software equivalent to Exchange.
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A free software office package offering greater MS Office compatibility (cough, cough, Ribbon, cough, cough). I don't approve, but I'll set it up and give a preliminary review on Friday's LugCast (LinuxLUGCast.com). Nope, we haven't podfaded, but you won't hear the details until we get the feeds up to date.

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To sales.pine64.org, I addressed to following question which many of us might be interested in an answer: When can we expect a Rock64 based PineBook? along with the following explanation: I bet you get this question often. Not that I'd expect you to know me, but I'm a podcaster associated with HackerPublicRadio.org and LinuxLUGCast.com, among other shows. A number of other podcasters I know also invested in Pinebooks (from shows like TLLTS.ORG [The Linux Link Tech Show, the oldest Linux show still broadcasting] and the various shows in the PodNutz.COM network). No, I don't expect you to have heard of them either.

OK, all of my friends with Pinebooks have pointed out the same drawbacks we'd like corrected if there is going to be a newer version.

1. Modularity: We were really expecting a laptop with a conventional Pine64 inside, rather like a PiTop (which, by the way, the PineBook kicks all kind of butt in relationship to). OK, no way you could have made it as thin and light. But we were kind of hoping when there was a new SBC, slide the old one out and slide the new one in. I do know the PineBook is electronically compatible with a Pine64, since I am running a Pine64 Ubuntu Mate image on the EMMC. I don't know how hard it would be to change out the two boards inside. Maybe there could be an upgrade kit to the next generation platform with a "dock" to turn the original boards into a Pine64?

2. Trackpad: I know you were trying real hard to keep the price point under $100. I appreciate that, but every PineBook owner I know would have been willing to spend a little more on a better trackpad. Two finger scroll is truly dismal. I'm looking to get one of those ring mounted track ball doohickeys if they still make them.

3. Speakers: In my podcast reviews, I've probably been harshest on this point, going so far to say the speakers "are not fit for purpose". OK, I understand the original Pine64 was meant to be connected to HDMI or external powered speakers and thus had no prevision for an internal amp. I assume adding an amp would tax the external power supply. That being said, throwing all the software tricks I can, such as installing Pulse Audio Volume Control and maxing every available slider clear to the right, in a very quiet room I can only just make out audio and only with considerable effort. I also realize this may be insurmountable with SBC power input levels. I use my PineBook as a workstation when away from home, if I want to consume media, I carry a ChromeCast and plug it into the hotel TV. A podcaster friend of mine tends to carry a laptop around the house and find a private place to consume media where he won't disturb the family. He was hoping to replace his power hungry MacBook with the PineBook, but the weak speakers make that impossible. Perhaps we should both invest in battery powered Bluetooth speakers?

4. Battery life: You probably don't get this criticism often, my friends who take PineBooks to work say they have battery for days. My problem is, I really wanted to use the PineBook on IT assignments. Since that is not my primary business, I'm called intermittently. We have found, unlike most laptops, if you don't leave the PineBook plugged in, the charge dissipates less than a week, even without use. So, if I want the Pinebook to be ready to go, I have to leave it plugged in rather than in my go bag.

5. Hollow interior freaks out the TSA: Actually, I find this one rather entertaining, but maybe your firm could do more to educate our stalwart defenders of airline safety. I actually might have single handedly educated the TSA at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, because, unlike previous trips, I had no question getting on my flights from Wichita, likewise coming back from Detroit (Penguicon). Every time I flew with the PineBook before, I got the explosives wipedown and strange looks from the TSA. On the trip back this spring from Seattle (LFNW), I got a TSA employee who put her hands on her hips and said "Sir, why is you laptop hollow". I quietly replied, "It's based on Single Board Computing technology, and it has all it needs". It helped that I'd been using it in the last 24 hours (see point 4) and had enough charge to boot up.

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I know there have been some delay's getting the last couple episodes published and the website updated. As a public service, you can grab any episode up to 101 from the linked Archive.org page. It's a little like know to much about how the sausage is made, but there it is.

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We are sorry that episode 101 did not hit the rss feeds, we are having some WordPress problems. I

If you would like to hear episode 101 you can get it off of archive.org
https://archive.org/details/lugcast_101

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