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A New Show & Some URL Changes

November 10th, 2013

 

We have launched a third show on the network and some of the URL structure of the site had to change in the process — Fab explains what’s new

In another attempt to finally get the elusive third show on the road, we have launched STEEL RAIN, a podcast about gaming. Releases will be sporadic and in addition to myself, both Dave and Dan will be involved, depending on the topic of the episode. We recorded and released the first instalment yesterday in which all three of us introduce ourselves by way of the games we love and love to hate — check it out!

While setting up the infrastructure for the show here on the site, I ran into several problems and limitations with my WordPress setup. I fixed them but in the end I had to change the underlying URL structure of the network in the process. Redirects for old links have been created, but from now on, please link to individual episodes as follows:

The structure will be as predictable as the old one was, so scripts that auto-fetch content can be changed as follows and will still reach the show notes:

/linuxoutlaws/(.*) /episodes/lo$1

The location of the actual audio files on the CDN will not change for the moment. Sorry if all of this caused inconvenience but there really was no way around it.

~ Fab

Dismantling Sixgun Studio London

August 25th, 2013

 

One half of the Sixgun Productions team is moving across the Channel again — expect further delays in episode releases

As I am writing this, I am about to dismantle my podcasting studio here in London to pack everything into boxes and transport it (once again) across the Channel. This of course means that Sixgun Productions will produce no further shows until I am settled over in Hanover. The move should be complete after next weekend — if everything goes according to plan — but I will start my new job with heise Security on 2 September and then there is the inevitable week of unpacking and organising to endure…

Therefore, I think it is safe to expect no new episodes to be recorded before the middle of September. If that changes and recording dates have to be pushed back further, I will let you know on this blog. I’m definitely aiming to get back into a regular recording schedule by the end of September, though.

~ Fab

New Episodes Coming Up

August 3rd, 2013

 

New episodes of Linux Outlaws and Angels of Death are in the pipeline and there will be more to come over the next weeks

As I am posting this, I am in the middle of the edit for Linux Outlaws 318 and a fresh Angels of Death episode is already recorded as well and will be edited once I am done with the LO one. Things are starting to look up. I now have secured a job, but unfortunately that means I will have to move to Hanover within the month. All of this has the effect that I pretty much don’t have any extra free time from being unemployed as I have to find a new place to live some 700 kilometres away. Therefore, we have not established a schedule for recordings of either of the two shows yet, but new episodes will most definitely be forthcoming; I just can’t say when yet.

So the good news is that you will be getting new episodes soon, the bad news is that they won’t be on a regular schedule. Once I am settled in back in Germany, probably some time by the end of October or early November, we should return to business as usual.

~ Fab

Please Stay Tuned

July 20th, 2013

 

With The H being closed down, Fab will be out of a job very soon — an upcoming Linux Outlaws episode will explain what this means for our production schedule for the show

By now, you will probably have heard yesterday’s news about The H closing down. That was indeed, as most people guessed, the personal circumstances I referred to a few weeks ago. Dan and I have recorded a Linux Outlaws episode today where we talk about what is going on in more detail and explain what it all means for the show. That episode should be out tomorrow. Let me once again re-iterate that we are not stopping the show; episodes will however appear somewhat more irregular while I am trying to find a new job.

Losing what I felt was the perfect job was a bit of a blow, especially that quickly after me and my girlfriend moved to London for it. Please understand that I need to get to grips with all of this before I will have the energy to do more podcasting in earnest.

~ Fab

Taking It Easy for a While

June 30th, 2013

 

Due to some unexpected personal circumstances on Fab’s end, our output of podcast episodes will slow down for a while

Due to some unexpected personal circumstances I will not be able to devote as much time as I would like to producing shows for the network in the next few weeks. This means that our output of episodes for both Linux Outlaws and Angels of Death will most likely get more sporadic over the summer. I currently cannot share the details of the situation that has caused this but I will let you all know as soon as possible.

I know this will cause the inevitable suggestions of turning the editing of the shows over to the listeners and maybe someone will even call for getting a replacement host, but I think both Dan and me have explained in the past why these aren’t options we are comfortable with; and I am sure Dave will agree as well. Both Linux Outlaws and Angels of Death will continue as before, just the schedule will be a bit more ropey for a while and you will get less episodes. I am truly sorry that this has to happen but I am sure you will understand once I am able to share the news that hit me this week.

Linux Outlaws 316, which was recorded on Monday, should be out tomorrow to tide you over for a while. As soon as Dan and me have nailed down a tentative schedule for the next recording, I will update the countdown timer at the bottom of the page. The next Angels of Death is also being planned but I can’t tell you when that will happen yet.

I hope you understand, sometimes life just happens quite unexpectedly.

~ Fab

The Third Show & A New Project

June 8th, 2013

 

Fab explains why there is no third show coming to the network in the foreseeable future and he also talks about a new web site he has started instead

After trying, for the better part of this year, to launch a third show for Sixgun Productions, I have come to the conclusion that it just isn’t happening. Try as I might, I do not have the time and resources to start and maintain a third podcast for the network at the moment. I have a number of ideas for shows, but I can’t work the recording and editing times into my schedule these days. Not without completely sacrificing what little free time I have to spend with the woman I love who already very graciously accepts when I spent way too much time recording and editing podcasts while sharing the same, tiny living space.

Angels Palatine Sketch

For this reason, I am calling a moratorium on new shows while I concentrate on Linux Outlaws and Angels of Death and things like getting the LO back catalogue back online. And OggCamp, of course, that’s coming up too. As usual, I have a lot of stuff on my hands. This whole situation is also the reason while you haven’t seen much of me on YouTube lately, aside from the usual show recordings — well, in those cases where Google didn’t decide to fuck up the Hangout recording. I am afraid that state of affairs will continue as well. Things might possibly improve when I’ve moved to a bigger flat and do not have to inconvenience my partner each time I want to record a show, but that still seems to be a few months off at best. Anyway, I will keep you posted on the progress. If you want to know what this day job is that is keeping me this busy, you should read The H and keep an eye open for the initials (fab).

In the meantime, I have started a new site to chronicle my progress on the Warhammer 40K side of things: Angels Palatine. While I can’t really edit and record more shows at the moment, I should find the time to get a bit more writing in and I have for a while wanted a place besides Angels of Death where I can talk about these things and, more importantly, post pictures as well. There will probably be more painting and story telling related things on there than actual 40K tactics and battle reports, so even if you are not into the game (yet), check it out; who knows, you might like it. I have tried to explain the mission for the site in a first post.

And with that, I’m off — I have an event site to design. Have a nice weekend!

~ Fab

The Linux Outlaws Back Catalogue Project

April 27th, 2013

 

We are working to put all of the old Linux Outlaws episodes back on the site — Fab explains why the process is taking so long

As part of the transition to the new Bytemark server, I am working to migrate the rest of the Linux Outlaws episodes in our back catalogue. Currently, we have all of the show back to episode 170 online again. Migrating the last 169 episodes will take a while as I don’t have the time at the moment to do it when I also have to edit the show. It’s not a very straightforward process and to get it done, Dan has to edit the show so I can spend that time on the migration. Since Dan is currently also very busy, things are progressing slowly.

I just wanted to reassure you that we are working on it and that it will get done eventually. It’s not something anybody can help us with — unless you want to give us enough money so we can quit our day jobs. Just hang in there and be patient. I will let everyone know on the show as soon as we have all of the episodes back on the site.

~ Fab

Now Powered by Bytemark

April 22nd, 2013

 

Sixgun Productions is now sponsored by Bytemark and hosted on their new Big V cloud hosting service

I am very happy to announce that Linux Outlaws and the whole Sixgun Productions network are now proudly sponsored by Bytemark. Dan and I have been of the opinion that Bytemark are a great company for a long time, not least since they have supported OggCamp and LugRadio Live in the past. Recently, they have donated a server to Debian and have also helped spread the word about the Yorba Foundation’s fundraiser for Geary.

Big VWhen our previous hosting service Linode was hacked, losing control my credit card info in the process, we talked to Bytemark about moving over to them and they graciously offered to host us for free in return for promoting their BigV cloud hosting product. I think that is a pretty good deal, especially since the move to the new server was very quick and their whole setup for BigV seems to work flawlessly from what I can tell so far. They are also a local business from the UK and the people I have met personally from the company are all extremely nice and reasonable. For all of these reasons, Dan and I saw no problems whatsoever accepting sponsorship, especially since it might mean we can stop asking for monetary support from listeners at some point in the future.

As far as the shows are concerned, you should notice no difference at all aside from a small audio bumper we will start including at the top of each episode. Together with the banner on the main page and the mention in the site footer, that is all that will change. And you hopefully will be able to enjoy a speedy and secure service from our server, of course.

~ Fab

The Return of the Blog

April 21st, 2013

 

We have relaunched our blog — Fab explains the reasoning behind this and what to expect going forward

Hello everyone! It has been a while since Sixgun Productions has had a blog. For a long time, we have kept you up to date with the latest from the studio via social media. First exclusively on our, now defunct, identi.ca account and now through Google+ and via @sixgunwire on Twitter. While we still plan on updating you about new episodes and other important events through those channels, two things have become clear to me that need to be fixed in my opinion.

First off, two accounts confuse people as to where the most up-to-date information will be available. To remedy this, I have come up with a plan that involves the social media accounts and the blog complementing each other. Secondly, not everyone is on every social network. Some people prefer Twitter, some Google+, some are only on Facebook and some only use free software alternatives. Because of this, it is impossible to guarantee important information reaches everyone without posting on all of these services — which is something we do not have the resources for. The way to fix this, of course, is to use an old fashioned, self-hosted blog. I had shut our original blog down some years ago because I felt pressure to put content on it and did not have enough time available to do so. With this relaunch, I want to go back to the roots, albeit without an expectation to provide content on a regular basis.

In hindsight, all of this seems obvious but for me it was a trial and error experience. You have to remember that we run this network in our (increasingly rare) free time and often experiment with new technologies and throw things at the wall to see if they stick. We do this, rather than planning everything out beforehand, because it is more fun that way (if you do something in your spare time it should be fun, after all) and also because we frankly do not have the time and resources to plan everything out meticulously. In any case, in the following, I will detail the new plan I have come up with.

All important, official announcements from Sixgun Productions will get a post on this very blog from now on. These are things that most likely also benefit from a more wordy post than a 140 character Twitter message. Links to these posts will, of course, be shared on the above mentioned Twitter and Google+ accounts. Aside from important messages like that, there probably will not be a lot of other content on the blog at this time. Dan and myself are both pretty busy at the moment and the fact that I am writing all day in my day job usually means that when I am coming home at night the last thing I want to do is sit down at a keyboard to type more than 140 character blurbs. That being said, I’ll try to give you behind the scenes impressions and some other (hopefully) interesting tidbits where I can.

Quick announcements, such as when we release new episodes or announce live streams, will still happen on Google+ and Twitter. If you absolutely do not want to miss anything, following on Twitter is probably the best idea as that is where I post the most things — simply for the reason that it is by far the easiest and usually gets good traction, too. I also post on Twitter when things break or if we have any last minute announcements. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still go to twitter.com/sixgunwire and read everything without being subscribed. But be assured that, if something big happens, I will tell you about it on the blog — even if it is only after the fact, though.

Anyway, enough babbling on. I hope the fact that we have a blog again helps with spreading information about the network more effectively and gives you something to link to permanently for announcements as well as a way to easily find them. Feel free to leave comments with suggestions and tell us what you think. Have a nice Sunday!

~ Fab