Reboot in progress!

Without getting into the banal details here, I wanted to let everyone know that I’m in the midst of rebooting the site! As I was prepping the transfer from GoDaddy over to my new home at SiteGround I was looking at the content that lay outside of the podcasts and thought to myself:

You know what? I really don’t need to keep any of this stuff.

I really don’t write a lot of blog posts here on Cyberpunk Librarian, not anymore and certainly not like I used to. So I decided to do something a bit radical – reboot the site as nothing but podcasts, with maybe an update post as needed. But I hit a problem early along the way and there’s only one way to fix it, or at least fix it easily.

One of the reasons I left GoDaddy was because the service I’d subscribed to for web hosting didn’t support the newer versions of PHP. When you’re running a WordPress based site, that can be bad news. It can be bad news from the upgrade-ability of your CMS, from the standpoint of security for your website, and especially for your WordPress plugins and extensions. WordPress gets a major update every now and then as they work on the project. Meanwhile, an extension or plugin can get a major update because it’s Thursday.

That’s kind of what happened with the plugin I use to publish the podcasts. Seriously Simple Podcasting totally broke one fine day because it now requires a version of PHP higher than what GoDaddy offers on my web hosting package. At that point, I literally couldn’t activate the plugin anymore.

Well, damn.

I’d been thinking about leaving GoDaddy hosting for a while, and now seemed like a pretty good time to go. I asked for advice as to where a library minded guy could host a library tech podcast using WordPress and I got a response from a friend of mine, Polly-Alida Farrington. Now, when the lady who literally wrote the book on WordPress in libraries recommends a WordPress hosting solution… you should probably listen. And that’s how I wound up on SiteGround.

So because the Seriously Simply Podcasting plugin was broken on GoDaddy, it was difficult to transfer the podcasting information over to SiteGround. As such, I’ll have to re-post all of the podcast episodes here on the new site. I’ve gotten started on that and it’ll take a few days, but we should be back up and running and a (mostly) podcast focused site here very soon!

And then, after that, finally, new episodes!

Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 04 – STEM Vids

Confused by STEM? What does STEM even mean? Is it different from STEAM?

Oh man, librarians love their acronyms, don’t they? Check out this episode where we talk about STEM and introduce some great videos to get you started!

Links

Music

Dmitriy Krotevich – Dope

Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu

Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 03 – Elementary My Dear OS

Fire up your public and staff computers with elementary OS! It’s pretty, easy to use, and people won’t think they’re getting some cheap-o operating system.

Thanks for checking out out the show! Share it with your friends and help the show grow!

Links

Music

Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu

Psychadelik Pedestrian – Memories

Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 02 – Oh Shaarli You’re All Alone

The Cyberpunk Librarian returns to talk about a bookmark aggregator that can be yours and yours alone. It’s simple to use, easy to install, so why not share with Shaarli?

Thanks for tuning in, downloading, and listening to Episode 2 of the show! Tell your geeky friends and your not-so-geeky enemies about it and help the show grow!

Links

  • Shaarli – Open source, easy to use bookmark sharing. Total. Awesomesauce.
  • Link Dump – My own Shaarli site, so you can see what this looks like in action! This is the total default set up, but most everything can be customized.

Music

Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu

Koalips – Miranda

Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 01 – The Open Source Writer

Welcome to the relaunch of the Cyberpunk Librarian podcast!

I’m back on the airwaves, or at the very least a wireless router or two, with a new podcast that’s pretty similar to the old podcast. As much as I love video and making videos, I find I just don’t have the time right now to roll them out as I’d like to. Meanwhile, I can make a podcast in an hour or so, and that’s start to finish. (Plus a little time to create an outline and stuff, but that can be done over the course of a week.)

On this, the first episode of the relaunch, we’re going to talk about writing a book and paying nothing for software!

Links

  • Kubuntu Linux – Probably the easiest way to get Linux and KDE.
  • Kate – The text editor for KDE. Comes standard with most installations of KDE.
  • LibreOffice – The free, open source office suite.
  • Writer2ePub – Create ePubs from your documents in LibreOffice Writer.
  • Calibre – eBook management, eBook conversion, and so much more.
  • XFCE – A lightweight desktop for Linux. You can easily get it with Xubuntu.
  • LXDE – Another lightweight desktop for Linux. You can easily get it with Lubuntu.
  • I mentioned the Knight Wise podcast. Check it out!

Music

Ryo Miyashita – Bellydance at Ebisu

Carroll – Billionaire

My books

All my Rattling On: Essays, Musings, and Rants about Libraries, Technology, and Science

Hyperlinked History: A Multifaceted Journey Through Time