I'm on there as arfab, have been for a couple years now.
I had it running on 3 computers 24/7 at one point but I've had different stuff running lately as I don't recall there being a 64-bit binary. I'll have to look into it again as one of my installs atm is 32-bit.
On of those machines was a 333MHz Pentium laptop that I had running as a samba server in my room, it clocked few a fair number of units as well as being an impressive server for something with such little power....
Just an idle observation... Not being a power-user when it comes to audio I just thought I'd mention that 3/4 years ago I used to get round the alsa only accepting one sound at a time by porting all my sound through arts. It seems that everyone has forgotten about arts since KDE 4 was created....
I've got irssi for IRC, giFTcurs for Gnutella downloads, mplayer for music/video and alsamixer for volume control.
I also use wicd-curses for network management and do all package management from the command line.
I think I'm just a control freak...
(the screenshot was taken using imagemagick: $ import -window root screenshot.png)
During episode 116 it was mentioned that someone was really hardcore for using moc to listen to the show and it got me back to thinking about a topic that often floats into my head when people talk about using Linux.
There are so many cool command-line tools out there that do exactly the same as GUI tools, and often more precisely and quicker. Which, if any CLI tools do you use for your desktop? Are there times when you use a CLI tool because you know it's the only way to guarantee that it'll do what you want it to? Here's a screenshot to demo some of the tools I tend to choose over GUI ones.
I've got a very similar machine. I've had great success using it as a samba server running cut-down Slackware derivatives like Absolute Linux or Zenwalk and streams audio and video absolutely fine over ethernet.
As a desktop system it works well with lightweight WMs like pekwm or *box variants but can really only do a couple things at once, like, browse and chat on IRC, but not much more than that. It also works surprisingly well watching videos with mplayer.
Contribution is something I've contemplated a lot in the last few years. I'm in this in-between position where I know considerably more about computers than average people and I consider myself a competent Linux user, tweaker and problem solver but I can't program at all and don't have the patience for writing documentation or doing artwork. It's fairly frustrating but it doesn't leave many options.
I'm pretty done with the ridiculous idea of converting moronic people to using free software (even if all they do is complain about their computer failing at simple every day tasks due to them using a bag'o'shite operating system). So what do you do?
I'm quite glad to be in the position where there's the chance of starting a LUG in my local area. For me this is an opportunity to become a part of the wider Linux community without putting pressure on my abilities (or lack of them!!)
Something else you could consider is devoting some time to posting on n00b forums (or more advanced ones if that tickles your fancy), or write a blog. You'd be surprised how many people you could help just by writing about your own problems with hardware or software...