Welcome to the Tech Show Picture Pages. Marvel at our
stare in awe at our beautiful mugs. Treasure these images for years
to come. Invite all your friends and relatives to check us out.
Feel free to download any of these classic images to set as your
window manager background as you listen to the next Tech Show. Even
better! Grab them all and write a script to cycle through the
images as you listen. To get an even fuller effect, check out
Linc's images over at his page. Download those
For starters, we should point out the hardware we are
This image shows the rigs in my office as you walk into the room.
Straight on, to the right, is my main work area. You can see my
wonderful monitor in all its glory. Had I captured the screen also,
you would either see xscreensaver or may favorite Window Manger:
Window Maker in all its awesomeness.
Just behind the monitor you can see the TLLTS
my main workstation. The TLLTS streamer/mixer is a PIII 450 with a
modest 160mb or ram. I scammed this from work where we disposed of
a number of these machines which were replaced by Dell Optiplex
260's. Anyway, there is another 17 inch monitor hooked to the
streamer/mixer which remains off unless we are actually
broadcasting or I am checking something out (like how much ram is
in the machine).
Notice the Apple Airport Base Station and (if you look
closely) the zip drive on top of the workstations. Oh, and speaking
of workstations, My mains workstation is an AMD K6-3 400 with 362
mb or ram and about 40gb total hard drive space. Again, another
modest machine. I do have a Nvidia TNT2 card in there which only
makes me about 4 years out of date. But the machine has held up
admirably. It's running Slackware 9.1 right now, and has been
running slackware all along.
The table jutting out perpendicular to my main work area
broadcasting table. Take note that it is pretty much in shambles.
Allan referred to it as the "backyard brawl" table. It may be
shabby, but it is holding up. I used to use this table as a
workbench area, but not much was ever done there. So far it has
gotten far more use with the TLLTS show.
Note our cheap, Radio Shack micro-phones. They cost
$25.00, but really get the job done. We also invested in tabletop
microphone stands. These make a significant difference when
compared to our first choice of mics which were those cheap-o mics
you can buy at stables for something like $5.00 and are about two
inches long, come with a base, and work only with sound cards.
The second pictures gets you a little closer to the
You can see the dilapidated table corner. Also down in the
right-hand corner of the picture you can see a laptop. This is not
my laptop, it is Allan's Sony Vaio; but I wish it was mine.
Squint a bit to the white boxes behind the TLLTS and my
workstation, and you can see the Linux Link server back against the
wall. This powerhouse was recently converted from a P233mmx to
another PIII 450 box from work. Since it's install, the server has
been running slackware. Currently at version 8.1 with all the
patches; I would say in it's entire 5 year history, the machine has
been down about 10 times. Never a crash, just for hardware
additions and upgrades; and once for the upgrade from 7.0 to 8.1.
That is some nice up-time.
In addition to streaming TLLTS via Icecast, the server
both Dann's personal websites, and the LVLUG website. It used to
host a website geared for elementary students at Solehi developed
by a Solehi Librarian, but that has been moved to Solehi's
webserver (finally). The server also acts as our chat server, and
an email server for a number of people. Webmail is provided via
Squirrel Mail and spam filtering via spam assassin. The email
server of choice is qmail. Oh happy day! Let us not forget to
mention that mailman hosts a number of lists and Dann uses the
server as his main dns server for himself and his father.
Rounding out our pictures for this page is the
himself, Allan Metzler. While not originally considered a part of
the show during development, Allan showed up to bail us out the
first broadcast with a mixer and has been there ever since (well,
sans the day he had a head cold). Allan is an invaluable asset to
the Tech Show. We would not be as far as we are today without his
assistance, no matter what Linc may say.
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