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Distrohopping Without Blues

Posted 11-11-2019 at 12:09 PM by zaivala
Updated 11-16-2019 at 09:21 PM by zaivala

We released the 7th Episode of Distrohoppers' Digest on November 1st, 2019. 10 days later, we have already had over 375 downloads of it, in fact we are averaging over 350 downloads per episode. While this may seem like a small number to some of you, put it this way. We are two guys with no IT experience, talking about using Linux, and jumping from distro to distro. How large do you think a podcasting audience for that should be? In contrast, our other show, mintCast (us and up to 5 others co-hosting), is now up to averaging 3,300+ downloads per episode. As Linux Mint is a very popular distro, and as we don't actually stick to the subject but cover everything in the Linux world as best we can in our own inimitable ways, that is a good result.

In the meantime, I have received yet more donations. At this time, due to my pleas of poverty and the response of my listeners, I have received a total of 3 Raspberry Pis (a 1, a 2B+ and a 3B, with cases, dongles, keyboard, etc.), two Bluetooth headsets (repaired), two System76 laptops (Galago Pro 2 was a gift, Kudu 3 was swapped for a 5-year-old NAS box I had), some amount of money (under $100 to date, not counting what was donated to Linux Mint and after a failed fundraiser), and tomorrow I should get a new M570 Logitech trackball. I feel so blessed, and appreciated, and humbled.

I still don't seem to be able to find a good job. Either they work me harder than my 67-year-old body (with known and not-minor health deficits) can handle, or they don't give me enough hours (at a low-ish pay rate). We're barely holding on, but I'm applying to close to a dozen jobs per week. Somehow, there appears to be a dearth of computer jobs being advertised, and I also have my deficits there -- I know quite a bit about a whole lot of things about computers, but it seems not deep enough to be hired as "experienced" and they can get college kids cheaper than me. I can't code my way through a simple trigonometry equation in BASIC (and don't know aything else but Turbo Pascal, and that not very well).

And sometimes my autism just gets in the way. I get triggered and it can take me a few hours to calm down and figure out what I should have done or what I can do to fix something, meanwhile using lots of valuable spoons in emotional displays.

Which of course increases the feelings of pride and humility of the response of my podcasting efforts. I still haven't tried video, but perhaps I could do that and get some YouTube watches or something? It's a thought... but back to the autism, it takes a lot of buildup to get brave enough to try new things. If it hadn't been for a couple years of listening to Jupiter Broadcasting and watching SneekyLinux videos, I wouldn't have been brave enough to volunteer as a co-host (and all of us came in together) at mintCast, when Rob and Isaac decided they had done enough but wanted the show to continue.
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