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Paper Cut Audio Editing for Radio Journalism

April 1st 2024 | #English #Open Source

tl;dr: It's no longer necessary to slowly listen to audio for editing interviews, you can do it with simple text files. Work as fast as you can read!

There is now a way to edit (automatically generated) audio transcripts in a text editor like Vim(!) and then tell the computer to apply all the changes in the text to the corresponding audio(s). No more slow cuts in audio tools like Audacity/Tenacity or painful transcriptions by hand. Instead fast, efficient and nerdy. This changes my radio production workflow fundamentally. And the best part is, we don't need expensively licensed software from some startup to do it, it's possible with open source tools that are easily available and adaptable to our specific needs.

Disclaimer: The following text describes a workflow that might seem daunting for people who don't use linux or have never opened a command line interface. I've tried to make it an interesting read anyway, for the less technically inclined, you can stick to part I and III, just skip part II.

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Daily Driving the Pinephone Pro

January 29th 2024 | #Digital Rights #English #Open Source

A Pinephone Pro running SXMO on postmarketOS tl;dr: I've used the Pinephone Pro running postmarketOS with SXMO for long trips and as a main phone for a while. I love the freedom the Pinephone Pro gives me to work with FOSS software for so many things and that it helps me to elude the smartphone doom spiral. I hate that I still feel bad using it as a phone (terrible audio) and that it constantly has annoying glitches everywhere. But the feeling when something suddenly works because someone was so awesome to implement it is great every time the software matures. I hope those days are near where this moment comes for call audio, battery life and camera support.

That being said, here's some background, what works, where it glitches and what you can expect from linux on this mobile phone.

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Der Kampf um das Internet

December 8th 2023 | #Civil Society #Deutsch #Digital Rights #Open Source #Talk

Die Technik, die wir nutzen, verändert unsere Welt, das ist soweit klar. Doch wo genau laufen eigentlich Konfliktlinien, und zwischen welchen Akteuren? Im Buch Der Kampf um das Internet von Stefan Mey geht es darum, wie die bekannten Tech-Giganten von einer anderen digitalen Gegenwelt herausgefordert werden, dass jenseits des kommerzialisierten Internets eine andere Welt nicht nur möglich ist, sondern auch schon lange da ist. Das Buch beleuchtet diese digitale Gegenwelt und bietet ein Einstieg in die Ideen dahinter, die Programme und Werkzeuge und zeigt, auf warum diese digitale Gegenwelt für eine solidarische Gesellschaft wichtig ist. Ein Gespräch mit dem Autor, irgendwo zwischen Buchrezension und inhaltlicher Auseinandersetzung.

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