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Larry Dignan posted some interesting charts, graphs and figures today over at ZDNet looking at advertising revenue for the first half of 2008, compared to previous periods. He also asks what will happen to advertising revenue in the faltering economy. Good question.

What I know best is my experience, which is undoubtedly unique since this site is not exactly huge (about 750K pageviews/month). However, over the past few years I have watched my revenue trends from contextual advertising rise and fall. In these most recent "tough" times for the overall economy, my advertising numbers (meaning impressions, click-through rates, eCPM, daily revenue, etc.) have increased somewhat dramatically.

If you think about it, this could actually make some sense. Less discretionary, from-the-hip spending by various types of consumers means the market needs to find effective ways to reach out to buyers. In many cases, where consumers are looking to save a few bucks on a purchase, they will naturally turn to the Internet for better deals. So, maybe the Internet advertising world has a real opportunity.

My weblog and the few other site I have don't rely on financial services or automotive industry related advertising, granted. I could be way off base here. Yet I can't help but wonder what the second half will look like. I have at least some confidence it will weather this storm. Time will tell.

Thoughts?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Ad revenues in a down ecomomy - We might be surprised http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,02d42f50-7d9f-45ed-b8e0-8f3276629b31.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AdRevenuesInADownEcomomyWeMightBeSurprised.aspx Tue, 07 Oct 2008 19:37:05 GMT <p style="clear: both"> Larry Dignan <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=10329" target="_blank">posted some interesting charts</a>, graphs and figures today over at ZDNet looking at advertising revenue for the first half of 2008, compared to previous periods. He also asks what will happen to advertising revenue in the faltering economy. Good question.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both"> What I know best is my experience, which is undoubtedly unique since this site is not exactly huge (about 750K pageviews/month). However, over the past few years I have watched my revenue trends from contextual advertising rise and fall. In these most recent "tough" times for the overall economy, my advertising numbers (meaning impressions, click-through rates, eCPM, daily revenue, etc.) have increased somewhat dramatically.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both"> If you think about it, this could actually make some sense. Less discretionary, from-the-hip spending by various types of consumers means the market needs to find effective ways to reach out to buyers. In many cases, where consumers are looking to save a few bucks on a purchase, they will naturally turn to the Internet for better deals. So, maybe the Internet advertising world has a real opportunity.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both"> My weblog and the few other site I have don't rely on financial services or automotive industry related advertising, granted. I could be way off base here. Yet I can't help but wonder what the second half will look like. I have at least some confidence it will weather this storm. Time will tell.<br /> </p> <p style="clear: both"> Thoughts? </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,02d42f50-7d9f-45ed-b8e0-8f3276629b31.aspx AudioBlogging Random Stuff
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Well, true to my own distracted form I realized about a month too late that this weblog turned five years old last month. I didn't get a chance to wish it "happy blogday," so I'll do so belatedly. Five years is quite a bit of time, yet it also seems as if it was all that long ago that I started this thing.

The site has gradually changed in terms of how I "use" it over time. Recently I've written less frequently than at times in the past, but when I do write I tend to write more in one sitting. I'm also writing (and speaking) elsewhereoccasionally and splitting my time among a variety of other life activities these days.

Some of my favorite posts are from a few years ago (although some recent posts are on that list, too). My first post was decidedly non-technical (and reading it now I'm not even sure I'd write it today (but I'd probably say something on Twitter)). Well, okay - maybe I would write it. :)

I've gone through the server stress of being "slashdotted" and all sorts of other mega traffic deluges, and have been running dasBlog the entire time, thanks to the influence of my good friend Scott. I've written about some very personal topics as well as random technology tidbits that interest me. In five years I've authored 1,762 posts and people have commented on those posts more than 2,800 times. Somehow I've attracted a fairly large readership and Internet audience over the years (frequently over 600,000 page views a month), and for that I'm grateful and a bit humbled.

At any rate, it'll be interesting to see what's happening here (and on other weblogs, for that matter) in five more years.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. I missed my own 5-year birthday (of this blog, I mean) http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,9d77bc41-2692-4cbc-ab4b-fb2de3f67598.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/IMissedMyOwn5yearBirthdayOfThisBlogIMean.aspx Fri, 03 Oct 2008 03:39:16 GMT <p style="clear: both;"> Well, true to my own distracted form I realized about a month too late that this weblog turned five years old last month. I didn't get a chance to wish it "happy blogday," so I'll do so belatedly. Five years is quite a bit of time, yet it also seems as if it was all that long ago that I started this thing. <br> </p> <p style="clear: both;"> The site has gradually changed in terms of how I "use" it over time. Recently I've written less frequently than at times in the past, but when I <i>do</i> write I tend to write more in one sitting. I'm also writing (and <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target="_blank">speaking</a>) <a href="http://coordinatedflight.blogspot.com" target="_blank">elsewhere</a> <a href="http://www.internetevolution.com/archives.asp?section_id=645" target="_blank">occasionally</a> and splitting my time among a variety of other life activities these days.<br> </p> <p style="clear: both;"> Some of my favorite posts are from a few years ago (although some recent posts are on that list, too). <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WhenSleepingDogsFart.aspx" target="_blank">My first post</a> was decidedly non-technical (and reading it now I'm not even sure I'd write it today (but I'd probably say something <a href="http://twitter.com/greghughes" title="" target="_blank">on Twitter</a>)). Well, okay - maybe I <i>would</i> write it. :)<br> </p> <p style="clear: both;"> I've gone through the server stress of being "slashdotted" and all sorts of other mega traffic deluges, and have been running <a href="http://dasblog.info/" target="_blank">dasBlog</a> the entire time, thanks to the influence of my good friend <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/" target="_blank">Scott</a>. I've written about some very personal topics as well as random technology tidbits that interest me. In five years I've <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/archives.aspx" target="_blank">authored 1,762 posts</a> and people have commented on those posts more than 2,800 times. Somehow I've attracted a fairly large readership and Internet audience over the years (frequently over 600,000 page views a month), and for that I'm grateful and a bit humbled.<br> </p> <p style="clear: both;"> At any rate, it'll be interesting to see what's happening here (and on other weblogs, for that matter) in five more years. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,9d77bc41-2692-4cbc-ab4b-fb2de3f67598.aspx AudioBlogging
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When I record my audio for the RunAs Radio show, I'm typically sitting in my home office at my desk and using Audacity along with my Samson 01U USB microphone plugged into my Vista laptop. Audacity is an open-source program for all sorts of fancy audio recording, processing and editing. It's really pretty amazing.

Until fairly recently, Audacity was also pretty reliable. But about a month ago I started experiencing occasional crashes when trying to save and export the audio from my recording sessions. Now, if you think about for more than a couple seconds you'll quickly understand that crashes that occur after the interview is over, but before the file is saved, are extremely frustrating - and not just for me. A recording session do-over with three or more people involved in a 30- to 45-minute interview is really not a nice thing to have to ask for.

This morning Richard and I completed an interview with a guest. When I went to save the file, Audacity crashed. My heart sank, and my brain went into oh-crap-overdrive mode. I really did not want to be in the position of having to ask a busy guest to schedule more time to record an interview that had been quite good in the original session. I needed some magic.

I started thinking about temp files. The hard drive is always flashing away as I record the interviews, so something must be saved somewhere, right?

Sure enough, a quick search for *.au files on the hard drive uncovered nearly 400 files in a "_data" folder off the Audacity project's location. The date and time stamps on them made me feel a lot better - Phew! Each file appeared to contain 10 seconds of audio. The first one was stamped with the exact time we started recording the interview, and the last one with the time we stopped.

I imported all the .au files into Audacity, thinking I could just do that and I'd be good to go. But it turns out Audacity doesn't import files one-after-the-other on the timeline. Instead, it imports them as if they were almost 400 individual tracks in a single 10-second audio project. I started the click-cut-end-paste process, and quickly realized it was going to take literally hours to fix this problem manually.

(Also, just for fun I decided to see if the program would actually play a 10-second project session with 400 tracks in it. No dice.)

I quickly gave up on the cut-paste option in search of something better. What I found was the aptly-named Audacity Recovery Utility. Apparently I'm not the only one who's needed to recover recorded audio seemingly lost during application crashes. It's a Python app and can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux.

The program is simple in its execution. You point it at a folder and it looks for audio files, tries to determine if they are all one block/set, or if they're more than one, and then attempts to put them together into a single .WAV file that you can then import back into Audacity (or anywhere else for that matter) for editing and processing.

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The app will confirm what it finds and give you a chance to stop it from proceeding.

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Tell it "Yes" and the program starts processing the temp files.

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Out the other end, you'll eventually get a .WAV file that you can use.

Sure saved my backside today. Thanks to the author! By the way, supposedly Audacity 1.3.2 and newer (which is a beta release right now, not the stable version) have crash recovery built in. I'll probably have to check that out, as well.



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But about a month ago I started experiencing occasional crashes when trying to save and export the audio from my recording sessions. Now, if you think about for more than a couple seconds you'll quickly understand that crashes that occur <em>after</em> the interview is over, but <em>before</em> the file is saved, are <em>extremely</em> frustrating - and not just for me. A recording session do-over with three or more people involved in a 30- to 45-minute interview is really not a nice thing to have to ask for. </p> <p> This morning Richard and I completed an interview with a guest. When I went to save the file, Audacity crashed. My heart sank, and my brain went into oh-crap-overdrive mode. I really did not want to be in the position of having to ask a busy guest to schedule more time to record an interview that had been quite good in the original session. I needed some magic. </p> <p> I started thinking about temp files. The hard drive is always flashing away as I record the interviews, so something <em>must</em> be saved somewhere, right? </p> <p> Sure enough, a quick search for *.au files on the hard drive uncovered nearly 400 files in a "_data" folder off the Audacity project's location. The date and time stamps on them made me feel a lot better - Phew! Each file appeared to contain 10 seconds of audio. The first one was stamped with the exact time we started recording the interview, and the last one with the time we stopped. </p> <p> I imported all the .au files into Audacity, thinking I could just do that and I'd be good to go. But it turns out Audacity doesn't import files one-after-the-other on the timeline. Instead, it imports them as if they were almost 400 individual tracks in a single 10-second audio project. I started the click-cut-end-paste process, and quickly realized it was going to take literally hours to fix this problem manually. </p> <p> <em>(Also, just for fun I decided to see if the program would actually play a 10-second project session with 400 tracks in it. No dice.)</em> </p> <p> I quickly gave up on the cut-paste option in search of something better. What I found was the aptly-named <a href="http://www.mesw.de/audacity/recovery/" target="_blank">Audacity Recovery Utility</a>. Apparently I'm not the only one who's needed to recover recorded audio seemingly lost during application crashes. It's a Python app and can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. </p> <p> The program is simple in its execution. You point it at a folder and it looks for audio files, tries to determine if they are all one block/set, or if they're more than one, and then attempts to put them together into a single .WAV file that you can then import back into Audacity (or anywhere else for that matter) for editing and processing. </p> <p> <img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="219" alt="image" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/HowtorecovercrashedAudacityrecordingsess_CEFA/image_3.png" width="572" border="0"> </p> <p> The app will confirm what it finds and give you a chance to stop it from proceeding. </p> <p> <img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="173" alt="image" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/HowtorecovercrashedAudacityrecordingsess_CEFA/image_9.png" width="486" border="0"> </p> <p> Tell it "Yes" and the program starts processing the temp files. </p> <p> <img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 10px 0px 10px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="168" alt="image" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/HowtorecovercrashedAudacityrecordingsess_CEFA/image_8.png" width="275" border="0"> </p> <p> Out the other end, you'll eventually get a .WAV file that you can use. </p> <p> Sure saved my backside today. 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I'm doing more and more audio recording lately, and between a little dictation, some random music recording and more importantly the interview needs for the Internet IT talk show I co-host, I decided to go ahead and purchase my own portable digital recording system and microphones.

ZOOM_H4Note: I'm going to explain what I was looking for and a little bit about why, but before I do that let me cut to the chase and tell you that I bought a Zoom H4 Handy Recorder (lots of details at that link) and a couple Shure Beta 87A microphones with the appropriate cables. The feature set of the H4 turns out to be amazing, and I'm pretty excited about using it. I can also tell you that my early initial tests are quite encouraging quality-wise, but the real test will come over the next several weeks as I go to conferences and other places and get to put the gear through some real-world paces.

I had a number of priorities on my list when I started looking for a recorder. In a perfect world I'd get all of them. Wouldn't a perfect world be nice? Anyhow... The priorities were:

High-priority items

  • High-quality digital audio - Simply put, the fidelity of the recorded sound must be terrific, clean and without distortion, and I have to be able to count on the recording to be properly timed (not compressed or stretched when compared to other recordings from the same session).
  • Ability to use two or more external microphones with phantom power built into the recorder - Depending on the various mics I might throw at it, phantom power may or may not be needed.
  • Digital recording to commonly-used removable media, preferably SD cards - I already have a number of SD cards that I use for various purposes, and my laptop and other equipment all have SD slots, so it just makes sense.
  • Ability to leverage storage above 2GB - If I'm buying SD cards, I want to be able to buy high density, large capacity ones, and many devices are limited to 2GB.
  • Easy to get recorded files to the PC for editing.
  • Uncompressed audio capability and multiple bitrates to choose from.
  • Usability - It needs to make sense to use and I have to be able to set options and use it without earning a graduate degree in the ABC-brand device.
  • Small and portable in size - Ideally the microphones should be the largest part of what I have to carry around.
  • Removable batteries - The industry is rife with stories of devices that have built-in batteries that can't be serviced by the owner, which in my book is over the edge of ridiculous.
  • Runs on AC power as an option.
  • Firmware upgradable - Audio gear is also famous for being buggy, so I want to be able to download new firmware and apply it myself.
  • It has to be under $500.00 or else it's off the list.

Lower-priority items (good- or nice-to-have)

  • A built-in microphone for quick recording and portability would be nice for quick and dirty sessions and open environments (non-interview or -instrument or what have you), but it has to be of high-quality, or else it just doesn't do me any good.
  • Native MP3 recording as an option - if the quality is there, I want to have the option to record in this (compressed) mode since much of the time that's where it will end up, so in some cases it may help save some time and storage space to create native MP3s at a high bitrate.
  • Let me plug it straight into my PC or laptop via USB to move files, ala drag-and-drop.
  • As long as we have USB transfers, powering the device over USB 2.0 would be perfect for all those I'm-out-of-battery moments.
  • Instrument capabilities - I'd like to be able to plug my guitar in and record away, for example.
  • Guitar tuner built in - as long as it's plugged in, why not?
  • Multi-track mode - While we're at it, more than two channels to record on would be nice. I'll record the guitar and then add the vocals or another instrument later. Yeah I know, asking for a lot.
  • One button for really easy - even magical - menus and navigation. I'm thinking about interfaces like you find on the Zune, iPod or even iPhone (I can dream eh?), etc. here -- easy to use and quick to do stuff.
  • And a price under $300.00 would be even better, please (for the recorder only that is, the external mics are going to freakin' be a couple hundred bucks each, I know that).

So, how did I fare? At $243.0, the price was right, so that's a good start. The Zoom H4 meets almost all the requirements on my list (which is why I bought it), with a couple notable exceptions. The navigation and controls are not exactly simple (which is ironic since they call it their "handy recorder"), as you have to juggle a jog wheel with one hand and a directional button control with the other to establish your settings and navigate the menu. The screen is small, very small.

But, the latest upgrade of the H4 software (v2.0 which I had to download and apply to my new device as it was just recently released) makes some improvements to the readability of the screen, plus it does things like add support for the larger SD-HC cards up to 8GB (yay!) and a variety of other improvements as well as some cool new features. There have been five updates to the H4 software released over about the last year providing fixes and enhancements, which shows they're seriously improving as they go - a good sign.

My first experience recording with the H4 was a good one. We recorded two live shows for RunAs Radio at the Microsoft Dev Connections conference. I found a problem though when I tried to use my new microphones and cables. I had bought XLR-to-1/4 inch phono cables, not paying close enough attention to the jacks on the Zoom recorder, which can take either 1/4 inch or XLR on a combo socket. The problem is that the only way the recorder's phantom power works is if you plug in an XLR connection - There is no phantom power available when you plug in a 1/4-inch jack. So, I had to replace the cables I bought with the ones I need.

I've used the recorder in some test scenarios as well as in one formal, must-work recording session, and it performed very well. I've also just arrived in Barcelona, Spain for TechEd Europe, where I'll be recording a number of interviews. So, after this week I will be able to do a hands-on review. So far, so good, and I anticipate the same results after using the H4 as a production recorder.



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My new portable recording studio - Zoom H4 Handy Recorder and Shure Beta 87 Mics http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,38a35f64-b3d8-4c1c-8839-9f415f498483.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MyNewPortableRecordingStudioZoomH4HandyRecorderAndShureBeta87Mics.aspx Tue, 13 Nov 2007 10:47:56 GMT <p> I'm doing more and more audio recording lately, and between a little dictation, some random music recording and more importantly the interview needs for the Internet IT <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target="_blank">talk show</a> I co-host, I decided to go ahead and purchase my own portable digital recording system and microphones. </p> <p> <em><img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px 15px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="295" alt="ZOOM_H4" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/MynewportablerecordingstudioZoomH4HandyR_B2C8/ZOOM_H4_cc444fb8-339a-45d1-99e0-d3e1a9b4c96e.jpg" width="149" align="right" border="0">Note: I'm going to explain what I was looking for and a little bit about why, but before I do that let me cut to the chase and tell you that I bought </em><a href="http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h4/index.php" target="_blank"><em>a Zoom H4 Handy Recorder</em></a><em> (lots of details at that link) and a couple <a href="http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Products/WiredMicrophones/us_pro_Beta87A_content" target="_blank">Shure Beta 87A microphones</a> with the appropriate cables. The feature set of the H4 turns out to be amazing, and I'm pretty excited about using it. I can also tell you that my early initial tests are quite encouraging quality-wise, but the real test will come over the next several weeks as I go to conferences and other places and get to put the gear through some real-world paces.</em> </p> <p> I had a number of priorities on my list when I started looking for a recorder. In a perfect world I'd get all of them. Wouldn't a perfect world be nice? Anyhow... The priorities were: </p> <blockquote> <p> High-priority items </p> <ul> <li> High-quality digital audio - Simply put, the fidelity of the recorded sound must be terrific, clean and without distortion, and I have to be able to count on the recording to be properly timed (not compressed or stretched when compared to other recordings from the same session). <li> Ability to use two or more external microphones with phantom power built into the recorder - Depending on the various mics I might throw at it, phantom power may or may not be needed. <li> Digital recording to commonly-used removable media, preferably SD cards - I already have a number of SD cards that I use for various purposes, and my laptop and other equipment all have SD slots, so it just makes sense. <li> Ability to leverage storage above 2GB - If I'm buying SD cards, I want to be able to buy high density, large capacity ones, and many devices are limited to 2GB. <li> Easy to get recorded files to the PC for editing. <li> Uncompressed audio capability and multiple bitrates to choose from. <li> Usability - It needs to make sense to use and I have to be able to set options and use it without earning a graduate degree in the ABC-brand device. <li> Small and portable in size - Ideally the microphones should be the largest part of what I have to carry around. <li> Removable batteries - The industry is rife with stories of devices that have built-in batteries that can't be serviced by the owner, which in my book is over the edge of ridiculous. <li> Runs on AC power as an option. <li> Firmware upgradable - Audio gear is also famous for being buggy, so I want to be able to download new firmware and apply it myself. <li> It has to be under $500.00 or else it's off the list.</li> </ul> <p> Lower-priority items (good- or nice-to-have) </p> <ul> <li> A built-in microphone for quick recording and portability would be nice for quick and dirty sessions and open environments (non-interview or -instrument or what have you), but it has to be of high-quality, or else it just doesn't do me any good. <li> Native MP3 recording as an option - if the quality is there, I want to have the option to record in this (compressed) mode since much of the time that's where it will end up, so in some cases it may help save some time and storage space to create native MP3s at a high bitrate. <li> Let me plug it straight into my PC or laptop via USB to move files, ala drag-and-drop. <li> As long as we have USB transfers, powering the device over USB 2.0 would be perfect for all those I'm-out-of-battery moments. <li> Instrument capabilities - I'd like to be able to plug my guitar in and record away, for example. <li> Guitar tuner built in - as long as it's plugged in, why not? <li> Multi-track mode - While we're at it, more than two channels to record on would be nice. I'll record the guitar and then add the vocals or another instrument later. Yeah I know, asking for a lot. <li> One button for really easy - even magical - menus and navigation. I'm thinking about interfaces like you find on the Zune, iPod or even iPhone (I can dream eh?), etc. here -- easy to use and quick to do stuff. <li> And a price under $300.00 would be even better, please (for the recorder only that is, the external mics are going to freakin' be a couple hundred bucks each, I know that).</li> </ul> </blockquote> <p> So, how did I fare? At $243.0, the price was right, so that's a good start. The Zoom H4 meets almost all the requirements on my list (which is why I bought it), with a couple notable exceptions. The navigation and controls are not exactly simple (which is ironic since they call it their "handy recorder"), as you have to juggle a jog wheel with one hand and a directional button control with the other to establish your settings and navigate the menu. The screen is small, very small. </p> <p> But, the latest upgrade of the H4 software (<a href="http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/news/news178/index.php" target="_blank">v2.0</a> which I had to download and apply to my new device as it was just recently released) makes some improvements to the readability of the screen, plus it does things like add support for the larger SD-HC cards up to 8GB (yay!) and a variety of other improvements as well as some cool new features. There have been five updates to the H4 software released over about the last year providing fixes and enhancements, which shows they're seriously improving as they go - a good sign. </p> <p> My first experience recording with the H4 was a good one. We recorded two live shows for RunAs Radio at the Microsoft Dev Connections conference. I found a problem though when I tried to use my new microphones and cables. I had bought XLR-to-1/4 inch phono cables, not paying close enough attention to the jacks on the Zoom recorder, which can take either 1/4 inch or XLR on a combo socket. The problem is that the only way the recorder's phantom power works is if you plug in an XLR connection - There is no phantom power available when you plug in a 1/4-inch jack. So, I had to replace the cables I bought with the ones I need. </p> <p> I've used the recorder in some test scenarios as well as in one formal, must-work recording session, and it performed very well. I've also just arrived in Barcelona, Spain for TechEd Europe, where I'll be recording a number of interviews. So, after this week I will be able to do a hands-on review. 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Arjan Zuidhof, a .NET software engineer in the Netherlands comments briefly on his linkblog regarding our recent podcast show and interview about being a DBA:

"When was the last time *you* listened to a podcast? Honestly? One of the things I know I should do more, but, ahh, the lack of time is standing in the way. Still, learning how to be a better DBA is definitely a healthy career path if you don't know where to go..."

That got me thinking. Arjan's point seems to be consistent with those of many others, and truthfully I have to include myself in that list of people who have found podcast consumption to be too hard from time to time. I have found myself wondering aloud and to myself how in the world anyone can possibly  get the technology to work seamlessly, find and organize podcasts, have them in a place where they can be consumed, and still find the time to actually listen to them.

And then there's the whole (somewhat true) problem I refer to as the "most-podcasts-suck" phenomenon. It can be painful and a bit of work to find a good show, let alone stick with it.

But some of the best learning I have done over the past year or two has been from podcasts, so I can tell you there is a tangible benefit. I listen to a total of maybe 6 or 7 podcasts, and I listen whenever I find I have the time. I don't listen to every episode in its entirety, either - it has to keep my interest. I also don't plan it all out or have a podcast listening schedule. And I have found that's important for me if I am going to be part of the podcast "listernership."

The first thing I had to do was to have a set of tools that make it possible to listen without having to think about it. Here are the tools that I have found actually make it possible, in my real world:

  1. iTunes - Love it or hate it, the fact of the matter is, iTunes makes subscribing to and consuming podcasts freakin' easy. And on top of that, you get show ratings, the podcast directory on the iTunes store, and a lot more. Plus, when you consider that the producers of a podcast have to work to get their show into iTunes, it's raises the bar slightly and as a result the signal to noise ratio is a little lower.
  2. The Mac Mini on my kitchen counter - With some compact speakers and the iTunes client running on it, I just load the Added recently playlist and listen. Obviously, this could be a Windows machine or whatever. The point is, in the space where you spend your time, it's good to have the ability to let stuff play in the background, and your primary iTunes subscription point show be there.
  3. iPod (or iPhone in my case) - The thing that matters the most here is that you need to have it with you all the time. Truth be told, my iPod saw so little use day-to-day that I seriously consider that particular purchase to be a waste of money. I have a friend who has actually used it much more than me. But the iPhone, on the other hand, goes everywhere with me. As a result, the iPod content on the phone actually gets listened to. I cannot overemphasize the importance of this point: Listening needs to be something you just do. The planning part should be limited to the discovery of and subscription to content. After that, the whole idea is to focus energy on the shows, not the delivery mechanism. Else you'll find yourself frustrates and giving up. And that's, well, pointless.

I'm a Windows and Wintel guy primarily, so you might be surprised to see the glaring consistency in manufacturer above. Get over it, I did. And it works. That's what matters. 

My point here is this: The time it takes to actually listen to podcasts is often confused and munged with the time it takes to be able to listen to podcasts. I'm not saying that Arjan's situation is specifically that, but rather his comments caused me to think through some common frustrations based on my own experience and the experiences of others.

I've heard many people say they just can't find the time for it. I know I certainly get frustrated with shows that ramble on and on and present nothing useful. That's why - for example - Scott Hanselman's excellent Hanselminutes podcast is intentionally compact and focused on a specific audience, and it's why we work hard to keep RunAs Radio around 30 minutes per show and focused on topics for IT professionals.

What I've found is that if you can work out the technology part of things, and then be willing to spend a little bit of time here and there glancing at recommendations made by others and which fill your own interests, you can learn and consume a lot of good stuff in the "between" time (and still have time left over for other stuff).

For those who roll their eyes and doubt, here's my "preachy" thought for the moment - for what it's worth: If your schedule won't allow you to listen to a podcast every week or two (and this statement is coming from a true workaholic, people) you might want/need to take a hard look at your schedule and figure out what's wrong with it. Missing out on good information, whether it be written or recorded or what have you, is an unfortunate and damning side effect of too-much-ness. We all got to where we are today by learning, and stopping now really isn't an option - unless our goals are to slide backward and relegate ourselves to being second-best. There should be time for family and friends, time for yourself, and then time for work.

Anyhow, a special thanks to Arjan for making me think. :)

Do you listen to podcasts? Or do you find you can't? Why or why not? What is the one thing podcast producers could do today that would make a real difference to you, the kind of difference that would make it really worthwhile for you to spend some time with them?

Ready? Discuss!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. &quot;When was the last time *you* listened to a podcast?&quot; (or: Technology, time management, and learning) http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,df7be308-2b7d-41a9-adca-81798a7fda2f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/quotWhenWasTheLastTimeYouListenedToAPodcastquotOrTechnologyTimeManagementAndLearning.aspx Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:04:35 GMT <p> Arjan Zuidhof, a .NET software engineer in the Netherlands <a href="http://arjansworld.blogspot.com/2007/09/linkblog-for-september-26-2007.html" target="_blank">comments briefly&nbsp;on his linkblog</a> regarding our recent podcast show and interview <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/BeingABetterDBAAnInterviewWithBradMcGehee.aspx" target="_blank">about being a DBA</a>: </p> <blockquote> <p> <em>"When was the last time *you* listened to a podcast? Honestly? One of the things I know I should do more, but, ahh, the lack of time is standing in the way. Still, learning how to be a better DBA is definitely a healthy career path if you don't know where to go..."</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> That got me thinking. Arjan's&nbsp;point seems to be consistent with those of many others, and truthfully&nbsp;I have to include myself in that list of people who have found podcast consumption to be too hard from time to time. I have found myself wondering aloud and to myself how in the world anyone can possibly&nbsp; get the technology to work seamlessly, find and organize podcasts, have them in a place where they can be consumed, and still find the time to actually listen to them. </p> <p> And then there's the whole (somewhat true) problem I refer to as the&nbsp;"most-podcasts-suck" phenomenon. It can be painful and a bit of work to find a good show, let alone stick with it. </p> <p> But some of the best learning I have done over the past year or two has been from podcasts, so I can tell you there is a tangible benefit. I listen to a total of maybe 6 or 7 podcasts, and I listen whenever I find I have the time. I don't listen to every episode in&nbsp;its entirety,&nbsp;either - it has to keep my interest.&nbsp;I also don't plan it all out or have a podcast listening schedule. And I have found that's important for me if I am going to be part of the podcast "listernership." </p> <p> The first thing I had to do was to have a set of tools that make it possible to listen without having to think about it. Here are the tools that I have found actually make it possible, in my real world: </p> <ol> <li> <strong>iTunes -</strong> Love it or hate it, the fact of the matter is, iTunes makes subscribing to and consuming podcasts <em>freakin' easy</em>. And on top of that, you get show ratings, the podcast directory on the iTunes store, and a lot more. Plus, when you consider that the producers of a podcast have to work to get their show into iTunes, it's raises the bar slightly and as a result the signal to noise ratio is a little lower.</li> <li> <strong>The Mac Mini on my kitchen counter -</strong> With some&nbsp;compact speakers and the iTunes client running on it, I just load the Added recently playlist and listen. Obviously, this could be a Windows machine or whatever. The point is, in the space where you spend your time, it's good to have the ability to let stuff play in the background, and your primary iTunes subscription point show be there.</li> <li> <strong>iPod (or iPhone in my case) -</strong> The thing that matters the most here is that you need to have it with you all the time. Truth be told, my iPod saw so little use day-to-day that I seriously consider that particular purchase to be a waste of money. I have a friend who has actually used it <em>much</em> more than me. But the iPhone, on the other hand, goes <em>everywhere</em> with me. As a result, the iPod content on the phone actually gets listened to. I cannot overemphasize the importance of this point: Listening needs to be something you just do. The planning part should be limited to the discovery of and subscription to content. After that, the whole idea is to focus energy on the shows, not the delivery mechanism. Else you'll find yourself frustrates and giving up. And that's, well, pointless.</li> </ol> <p> I'm a Windows and Wintel guy primarily, so you might be surprised to see the glaring consistency in manufacturer above. Get over it, I did. And it works. That's what matters.&nbsp; </p> <p> My point here is this: The time it takes to actually listen to podcasts is often confused and munged with the time it takes <em>to be able to listen to podcasts</em>. I'm not saying that Arjan's situation is specifically that, but rather his comments caused me to think through some common frustrations based on my own experience and the experiences of others. </p> <p> I've heard many people say they <em>just can't find the time for it</em>. I know I certainly get frustrated with shows that ramble on and on&nbsp;and present nothing useful. That's why - for example - Scott Hanselman's excellent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hanselminutes.com/" target="_blank">Hanselminutes podcast</a> is intentionally compact and focused on a specific&nbsp;audience, and it's why we work hard to keep <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target="_blank">RunAs Radio</a>&nbsp;around 30 minutes per show and focused on topics for IT professionals. </p> <p> What I've found is that if you can work out the technology part of things, and then be willing to spend a little bit of time here and there glancing at recommendations made by others and which fill your own interests, you can learn and consume <em>a lot</em> of good stuff&nbsp;in the "between" time (and still have time left over for other stuff). </p> <p> For those who roll their eyes and doubt, here's my "preachy" thought for the moment -&nbsp;for what it's worth: If your schedule won't allow you to listen to a podcast every week or two (and this statement&nbsp;is coming from a <em>true</em> workaholic, people) you might want/need to take a hard look at your schedule and figure out what's wrong with it. Missing out on good information, whether it be written or recorded or what have you, is an unfortunate and damning side effect of too-much-ness. We all got to where we are today&nbsp;by learning, and stopping now really isn't an option -&nbsp;unless our goals are to slide backward and relegate ourselves to being second-best. There should be time for family and friends, time for yourself, and <em>then</em> time for work. </p> <p> Anyhow, a special thanks to Arjan for making me think. :) </p> <p> Do you listen to podcasts? Or do you find you can't? Why or why not? What is the one thing podcast producers could do today&nbsp;that would make a real difference to you, the kind of difference that would make it <em>really</em> worthwhile for you to spend some time with them? </p> <p> Ready? 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RunAs Radio Show Number Six is now online. I'm a few days late in posting this, but Wes Miller (who worked in the past at Winternals and Microsoft) sat down with Richard and me to talk about the future, benefits and issues around 64-bit Windows in the Server and Vista flavors.

RunAs Radio Show #6 | 5/16/2007 (34 minutes)
Wes Miller on our 64-bit Future

In late 2004, Wes left Microsoft to work for Winternals Software (which was then acquired by Microsoft in 2006), in Austin, Texas, where he currently resides. Wes currently works at Pluck (http://www.pluck.com) in Austin as a Development Manager. His area of Windows focus is generally enterprise deployment, lifecycle management and security.

Links: RunAs Radio web site  and RSS feed

We welcome your input and ideas - Just email info@runasradio.com and let us know what's on your mind! We might even read your email on the air, and we are always interested to know what you would like to hear about as we book our guests.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. 64-bit Windows discussion with Wes Miller on RunAs Radio http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,0b7ea8a7-1733-4c61-b86d-44fdcd01092e.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/64bitWindowsDiscussionWithWesMillerOnRunAsRadio.aspx Sun, 20 May 2007 17:27:13 GMT <p> RunAs Radio <strong><a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=6" target="_blank">Show Number Six</a></strong> is now online. I'm a few days late in posting this, but Wes Miller (who worked in the past at Winternals and Microsoft) sat down with Richard and me to talk about the future,&nbsp;benefits and&nbsp;issues around 64-bit Windows in the Server and Vista flavors. </p> <blockquote> <p> <strong></strong> <p> <strong><img style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 15px" height="64" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/RunAsRadioShow4TalkingCompliancewithSimo_6ED4/RaRlogo1%5B8%5D.jpg" width="240" align="right">RunAs Radio Show #6 | 5/16/2007 (34 minutes)<br> </strong><a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=6" target="_blank"><strong>Wes Miller on our 64-bit Future</strong></a> <p> <strong></strong><strong>In late 2004, Wes left Microsoft&nbsp;to work for Winternals Software (which was then acquired by Microsoft in 2006), in Austin, Texas, where he currently resides. Wes currently works at Pluck (http://www.pluck.com) in Austin as a Development Manager. His area of Windows focus is generally enterprise deployment, lifecycle management and security.</strong> <p> <strong></strong> <p> <strong>Links:</strong> <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/"><strong>RunAs Radio web site</strong></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.intellectualhedonism.com/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRssCategory?categoryName=RunAs%20Radio"><strong>RSS feed</strong></a> </p> </blockquote> <p> We welcome your input and ideas - Just email <a href="mailto:info@runasradio.com"><strong>info@runasradio.com</strong></a> and let us know what's on&nbsp;your mind! We might even read your email on the air, and we&nbsp;are always interested to know what you would like to hear about as we book our guests. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,0b7ea8a7-1733-4c61-b86d-44fdcd01092e.aspx AudioBlogging RunAs Radio Tech
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RunAs Radio Show Number Five is now online. Richard and I speak with John Savill about application virtualization. This is not the same things as server virtualization (or virtual machines), but instead is about virtualized instances of software apps. For organizations that are distributed (more and more of us as time goes on), app virtualization is a cool things to look into. John does a great job of explaining app virtualization and gives some examples of how it works and can be leveraged.

RunAs Radio Show #5 | 5/9/2007 (36 minutes)
John Savill on Application Virtualization

John Savill is Director of Technical Infrastructure for Geniant. He is a CISSP, a Security and Messaging MCSE on Windows Server 2003, an eight-time MVP, and a Krav Maga instructor. He is also the author of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Design and Implementation from Packt Publishing. 

Links: RunAs Radio web site  and RSS feed

We welcome your input and ideas - Just email info@runasradio.com and let us know what's on your mind! We might even read your email on the air, and we are always interested to know what you would like to hear about as we book our guests.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. RunAs Radio Show #5: Application Virtualization with John Savill http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,e85f15ae-3de0-4362-b83e-b6fb7ad65634.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/RunAsRadioShow5ApplicationVirtualizationWithJohnSavill.aspx Fri, 11 May 2007 15:20:51 GMT <p> RunAs Radio <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=5"><strong>Show Number Five</strong></a> is now online. <a href="http://www.campbellassociates.ca/blog/default.aspx"><strong><font color=#004183>Richard</font></strong></a> and I speak with John Savill about application virtualization. This is <em>not</em> the same things as server virtualization (or virtual machines), but instead is about virtualized instances of software apps.&nbsp;For organizations that are distributed (more and more of us as time goes on), app virtualization is a cool things to look into. John does a great job of explaining app virtualization and gives some examples of how it works and can be leveraged. </p> <blockquote> <p> <strong></strong> <p> <strong><img style="MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 15px" height=64 src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/RunAsRadioShow4TalkingCompliancewithSimo_6ED4/RaRlogo1%5B8%5D.jpg" width=240 align=right>RunAs Radio Show #5 | 5/9/2007 (36 minutes)<br> <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=5">John Savill on Application Virtualization</a></strong><font color=#004183></font> <p> <strong>John Savill is Director of Technical Infrastructure for Geniant. He is a CISSP, a Security and Messaging MCSE on Windows Server 2003, an eight-time MVP, and a Krav Maga instructor. He is also the author of </strong><a href="http://www.runasradio.com/(http://www.packtpub.com/book/active_directory"><strong>Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Design and Implementation</strong></a><strong> from Packt Publishing.</strong>&nbsp; <p> <strong></strong> <p> <strong>Links:</strong> <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/"><strong><font color=#004183>RunAs Radio web site</font></strong></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.intellectualhedonism.com/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRssCategory?categoryName=RunAs%20Radio"><strong><font color=#004183>RSS feed</font></strong></a> </p> </blockquote> <p> We welcome your input and ideas - Just email <a href="mailto:info@runasradio.com"><strong><font color=#004183>info@runasradio.com</font></strong></a> and let us know what's on&nbsp;your mind! We might even read your email on the air, and we&nbsp;are always interested to know what you would like to hear about as we book our guests. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,e85f15ae-3de0-4362-b83e-b6fb7ad65634.aspx AudioBlogging RunAs Radio Tech
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So, Carl let us know this morning that in the first two weeks of RunAs Radio, there have been 13,588 downloads - a figure that pleasantly surprised me - Pretty exciting!

And we're keeping at it: RusAs Radio Show Number Three is now online. Richard and I spoke with Dana Epp of Scorpion Software about CardSpace and the future of access management and authentication:

RunAs Radio Show #3 | 4/22/2007 (35 minutes)
Dana Epp talks CardSpace on the Client-Side

Richard and Greg speak to Microsoft Security MVP Dana Epp about Microsoft's CardSpace initiative for secure authentication. They hint at another show focusing on the server side.

Links: RunAs Radio web site and RSS feed

We welcome your input and ideas - Just email info@runasradio.com and let us know what's on your mind! We have a couple good shows coming up in the next weeks, and are always wanting to know what you would like to hear about as we book our guests.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. RunAs Radio Show #3: CardSpace on the Client Side http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,c502223f-7e26-4aa5-bb0f-1a1f30b981b2.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/RunAsRadioShow3CardSpaceOnTheClientSide.aspx Thu, 26 Apr 2007 04:07:21 GMT <p> So, Carl let us know this morning that&nbsp;in the first two weeks of RunAs Radio, there have been 13,588 downloads - a figure that pleasantly surprised me -&nbsp;Pretty exciting! </p> <p> And we're keeping at it: RusAs Radio Show Number Three is now online. <a href="http://www.campbellassociates.ca/blog/default.aspx" target="_blank">Richard</a> and I spoke with <a href="http://silverstr.ufies.org/blog/archives/001006.html" target="_blank">Dana Epp</a> of Scorpion Software about CardSpace and the future of access management and authentication: </p> <blockquote> <p> <strong></strong> <p> <strong>RunAs Radio Show #3 | 4/22/2007 (35 minutes)<br> </strong><a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=3" target="_blank"><strong>Dana Epp talks CardSpace on the Client-Side</strong></a> </p> <p> <strong>Richard and Greg speak to Microsoft Security MVP Dana Epp about Microsoft's CardSpace initiative for secure authentication. They hint at another show focusing on the server side.</strong> <p> </p> <p> <p> <strong></strong> </p> <strong>Links:</strong> <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/">RunAs Radio web site</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.intellectualhedonism.com/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRssCategory?categoryName=RunAs%20Radio">RSS feed</a> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> We welcome your input and ideas - Just email <a href="mailto:info@runasradio.com">info@runasradio.com</a> and let us know what's on&nbsp;your mind! We have a couple good shows coming up in the next weeks, and are always wanting to know what you would like to hear about as we book our guests. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,c502223f-7e26-4aa5-bb0f-1a1f30b981b2.aspx AudioBlogging IT Security RunAs Radio Tech
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I've listened to several recordings of myself over the past couple weeks, thanks to the fact that we've recently started producing RunAs Radio, a weekly tech podcast. As I mentioned on the launch date, I am co-host with Richard Campbell. It's fun so far. We have a couple more shows "in the can" that will run very soon where we'll speak with smart and knowledgeable people about technology topics that matter.

I have found - as do most people, I think - that I really dislike hearing my own recorded voice. Honestly, it drives me nuts. Both metaphorically and physically speaking, nothing sounds the same inside our own heads as it does to the outside world. So when we hear a recording of our own voices, we tend to cringe - especially when we realize that's what we really sound like.

But the interviewing is fun, and Richard is a great guy to work with, so I have been enjoying the process. Some people tell me they're wondering what equipment I ended up with for the project. I bought a few things last week to set myself up (I had been borrowing Scott Hanselman's stuff for the first show and some testing). So, here goes:

The microphone is a Samson C01U USB studio condenser mic, which plugs straight into the computer's USB port and is recognized by Windows without any additional drivers. There is some fancy software available for Windows XP that can be used to pre-mix and some other fancy stuff, but for my use on Vista, I just plugged in and went. And it works great. For about $80 you can't really beat the quality. It's a solid, good sounding mic.

The mic is suspended in an audio-technica AT8415 anti-shock mount, which is one of those nifty rings with a bunch of rubber bands that keeps the noise from bumps, vibrations and other environmental noise away from the microphone. It can make a huge difference. I scooped up the anti-shock mount for $19 at a local store - it was in a box barely used without a price, and they were happy to sell it. New they sell for much more.

The desk stand is a short, basic Atlas Sound model that sells for under $20 and stands about ten inches tall when it's collapsed. It has a heavy padded base.

Finally, I bought a pop filter, which for all intents and purposes is just a fancy ring with nylon material (a lot like pantyhose) stretched across it, plus an articulating gooseneck mount that you can clamp to the mic stand. You just position it between your mouth and the mic.  The pop filter helps to ensure your P's and T's and what-not don't result in loud popping sounds to the mic - It keeps the harshness and resulting rush of wind from those types of syllables to a minimum. I didn't buy the most expensive model, and we'll just have to see whether or not I should have.

The way we record the show is a little different than most podcasters probably used to. RunAs Radio, like other shows done by Pwop Productions, is a fully-produced show, meaning a human being actually goes through the recording tracks, lines them up, cleans them all up and produces the final cut of the show. Quality of the sound is important to the producers. For my part, my voice is actually recorded twice during the interviews: Once by Richard over the phone on a system he has set up there, and a second time locally and in a high-quality mode on my computer using the mic setup described above and some special audio recording software from Pwop. The Pwopcaster software lets me set the mic levels, test, record and then upload the audio files to the Pwop studio, and they take it from there. My uploaded voice track is synched up with the phone track of my voice from Richard's multi-track recording, the audio is cleaned up for noise and edited for sneezes and such, and there you have it - RunAs Radio.

Of course, it's not really that simple - post-production is the hard part. The fact of the matter is that the main thing that makes it possible for me to participate in this show on my schedule is the fact that I only have to do the easy part: Chatting with smart people about interesting tech topics. I've turned down several requests and opportunities to participate in podcasts in the past simply because I did not have the time to do it all by myself and do it well. With this opportunity as long as I suit up and show up, we're good to go. And that's something I can work to make time for.

Stay tuned for more editions of RunAs Radio - coming very soon!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. A face for radio, a voice for print... Podcasting RunAs Radio http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,4429d3ab-bb51-4d11-94f6-20e4103f873b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AFaceForRadioAVoiceForPrintPodcastingRunAsRadio.aspx Mon, 16 Apr 2007 22:02:50 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.runasradio.com" target="_new" atomicselection="true"><img style="margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px" height="64" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/RunAsRadioMyentryintopodcasting_13E4F/RaRlogo1%5B7%5D.jpg" width="240" align="right" border="0"></a>I've listened to several&nbsp;recordings of myself over the past couple weeks, thanks to the fact that we've recently started producing <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target="_blank">RunAs Radio</a>, a weekly tech podcast. As I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/RunAsRadioMyEntryIntoTheWorldOfPodcastingShowNumberOne.aspx">mentioned on the launch date</a>, I am co-host with <a href="http://www.campbellassociates.ca/blog/" target="_blank">Richard Campbell</a>. It's fun so far. We have a couple more shows "in the can"&nbsp;that will run very soon where we'll speak with smart and knowledgeable people about technology topics that matter. </p> <p> I have found - as do most people, I think - that I really dislike hearing my own recorded voice. Honestly, it drives me nuts. Both metaphorically and physically speaking,&nbsp;nothing sounds the same&nbsp;inside our own heads as it does to the outside world. So when we hear a recording of our own voices, we tend to cringe - especially when we realize that's what we <em>really</em> sound like. </p> <p> But the interviewing is fun, and Richard is a great guy to work with, so I have been enjoying the process. Some people tell me they're&nbsp;wondering what equipment I ended up with for the project. I bought a few things last week to set myself up (I had been borrowing <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog" target="_blank">Scott Hanselman's</a> stuff for the first show and some testing). So, here goes: </p> <p> <img style="margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px" height="300" src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/Afaceforradioavoiceforprint_BFE7/C01U-web%5B5%5D.jpg" width="118" align="right"> The microphone is a <a href="http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1810&amp;brandID=2" target="_blank">Samson C01U</a> USB studio condenser mic, which plugs straight into the computer's USB port and is recognized by Windows without any additional drivers. There is some fancy software available for Windows XP that can be used to pre-mix and some other fancy stuff, but for my use on Vista, I just plugged in and went. And it works great. For about $80 you can't really beat the quality. It's a solid, good sounding mic. </p> <p> The mic is suspended in an audio-technica AT8415 anti-shock mount, which is one of those nifty rings with a bunch of rubber bands that keeps the noise from bumps, vibrations and other environmental noise away from the microphone. It can make a huge difference. I scooped up the anti-shock mount for $19 at a local store - it was in a box barely used without a price, and they were happy to sell it. New they sell for much more. </p> <p> The desk stand is a short, basic&nbsp;Atlas Sound model that sells for under $20 and stands about ten inches tall when it's collapsed. It has a heavy padded base. </p> <p> Finally, I bought&nbsp;a pop filter, which for all intents and purposes is just a fancy ring with nylon material (a lot like pantyhose) stretched across it, plus an articulating&nbsp;gooseneck mount that you can clamp to the mic stand. You just position it between your mouth and the mic. &nbsp;The pop filter helps to ensure your P's and T's and what-not don't result in loud popping sounds to the mic - It keeps the harshness and resulting rush of wind from those types of syllables to a minimum. I didn't buy the most expensive model, and we'll just have to see whether or not I should have. </p> <p> The way we record the show is a little different than most podcasters probably used to. <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target="_blank">RunAs Radio</a>, like other shows done by Pwop Productions, is a fully-produced show, meaning a human being actually goes through the recording tracks, lines them up, cleans them all up and produces the final cut of the show. Quality of the sound is important to the producers.&nbsp;For my part, my voice is actually recorded <em>twice</em> during the interviews: Once by Richard over the phone on a system he has set up there,&nbsp;and a second time locally and&nbsp;in a high-quality mode&nbsp;on my computer using the mic setup described above and some special audio recording software from Pwop. The Pwopcaster software lets me set the mic levels, test, record and then upload the audio files to the Pwop studio, and they take it from there. My&nbsp;uploaded&nbsp;voice track is synched up with the phone track of my voice from Richard's multi-track recording, the audio is cleaned up for noise and edited for sneezes and such, and there you have it - <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target="_blank">RunAs Radio</a>. </p> <p> Of course, it's not really&nbsp;that simple - post-production is the hard part. The fact of the matter is that the main thing that makes it possible for me to participate in this show on my schedule is the fact that I only have to do the easy part: Chatting with smart people about interesting tech topics. I've turned down several requests and opportunities to participate in podcasts in the past simply because I did not have the time to do it all by myself <em>and</em> do it well. With this opportunity as long as I suit up and show up, we're good to go. And that's something&nbsp;I can work to make time for. </p> <p> Stay tuned for more editions of <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target="_blank">RunAs Radio</a> - coming very soon! </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,4429d3ab-bb51-4d11-94f6-20e4103f873b.aspx AudioBlogging RunAs Radio Tech
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What better way to spend your "I am officially old" day than doing something completely new? As of today, a new podcast called RunAs Radio, hosted by Richard Campbell and co-hosted by Yours Truly, is being launched. Richard writes in a bit more detail about it on his weblog.

It's a weekly IT podcast with a Microsoft technologies focus. Richard and I will discuss all sorts of relevant topics with a variety of smart and interesting people. I am excited and looking forward to being a part of this project.

RunAs Radio was launched on April 11, 2007 with a nod from its sister show, .NET Rocks!, which started as a weekly downloadable mp3 in August, 2002! Coincidentally, the first RunAs Radio show features Patrick Hynds, who was also the first guest on .NET Rocks!

I have acquired a nice new mic and accessories to make some high quality recordings (but I will save the details for another post).

We hope you enjoy the show, and of course you should let us know what you think. The show is professionally produced by the great people at Pwop Productions.

Show #1 | 4/11/2007 (46 minutes)
Pat Hynds on Storage Technology

Patrick Hynds from Critical Sites kicks off this all-new Microsoft-centric IT podcast with a discussion about storage. This show is atypically long. We're trying for 30 minutes per show.

Links: RunAs Radio web site and RSS feed



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. RunAs Radio - My entry into the world of podcasting - Show Number One http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,bca30b66-cb7e-46d1-93ed-292da9f23525.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/RunAsRadioMyEntryIntoTheWorldOfPodcastingShowNumberOne.aspx Wed, 11 Apr 2007 06:56:05 GMT <p> <img style="MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 15px" height=64 src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/RunAsRadioMyentryintopodcasting_13E4F/RaRlogo1%5B7%5D.jpg" width=240 align=right> What better way to spend your "I am officially old" day than doing something completely new? As of today, a new podcast called <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target=_blank><strong>RunAs Radio</strong></a><strong>,</strong>&nbsp;hosted by Richard Campbell and co-hosted by Yours Truly, is being&nbsp;launched. Richard <a href="http://www.campbellassociates.ca/blog/PermaLink.aspx?guid=4d16be00-bba9-4d6d-839a-27b9cf569c79" target=_blank>writes in a bit more detail</a>&nbsp;about it on his weblog. </p> <p> It's a weekly&nbsp;IT podcast with a Microsoft technologies focus. Richard and I will discuss all sorts of relevant topics with a variety of smart and interesting people. I am excited and looking forward to being a part of this project. </p> <p> RunAs Radio was launched on April 11, 2007 with a nod from its sister show, <a href="http://www.dotnetrocks.com">.NET Rocks!</a>, which started as a weekly downloadable mp3 in August, 2002! Coincidentally, the <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=1" target=_blank>first RunAs Radio show features Patrick Hynds</a>, who was also the first guest on .NET Rocks! </p> <p> I have acquired a nice new mic and accessories to make some high quality recordings (but I will save the details for another post). </p> <p> We hope you enjoy the show, and of course you should let us know what you think. The show is professionally&nbsp;produced by the great people at <a href="http://www.pwop.com/" target=_blank>Pwop Productions</a>. </p> <blockquote> <p> <strong>Show #1 | 4/11/2007 (46 minutes)<br> </strong><a href="http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=1" target=_blank><strong>Pat Hynds on Storage Technology</strong></a> <p> <strong>Patrick Hynds from Critical Sites kicks off this all-new Microsoft-centric IT podcast with a discussion about storage. This show is atypically long. We're trying for 30 minutes per show.</strong> <p> <strong>Links:</strong> <a href="http://www.runasradio.com/" target=_blank>RunAs Radio web site</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.runasradio.com/rss.xml" target=_blank>RSS feed</a> </p> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,bca30b66-cb7e-46d1-93ed-292da9f23525.aspx AudioBlogging Tech RunAs Radio
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What podcasts do you listen to? Which ones actually keep you coming back?

Honestly, there are so few podcasts out there that I can stand to listen to anymore. I deleted a whole slew of podcast subscriptions the other day because I felt like I was wasting massive amounts of time on those occasions when I did listen, and because many of them have simply turned me off completely and therefore got skipped over and never listened to (and honestly that's most of them).

What are my pet peeves? Okay, here's my harsh list for what will cause me to kill the audio before the podcaster even gets started.

  • Any podcast that opens with anything even remotely like "your speakers are about to blow up" or "warning, "the sound you're about to hear may cause damage." Give me a break. Everyone says that, and the only potential damage is me pushing a pencil through my ear to drown out the un-original intro.
  • Don't say "welcome to the world of (anything)." That's as lame as the movie trailers that start with "In a world..." People laugh and cringe at the same time. And it's sad when cringing is accompanied by uncomfortable laughter.
  • Open your show with "blahblah podcast" plus the date and then never use the word podcast ever again. Use of the word "podcast" more than once in any single sentence, or in more than one sentence in a row should be a felony. Agh. I know it's a freakin' podcast, it's not like it magically found its way onto my computer - I had to do all kinds of work to find it and access it. Tell me something I don't know and (here comes the 'o' word again) original.
  • As much as it might mean to you, chances are nobody else especially wants you to pontificate about how you and your girlfriend celebrated her 31st birthday this past weekend. In fact, your girlfriend probably doesn't want you saying it either...
  • Podcasts about podcasting. Uh, yeah.
  • Crappy indie music. Note that I have nothing against independent music if it's good. But any music that's bad (indie or otherwise) is bound to drive away listeners. The operative word is 'crappy.' If you played "We Built This City" on your podcast opener, I'd probably click the 'Close' button, too.
  • Repetition
  • Repetition
  • Repetition
  • Seriously, you don't need a blog entry with the same copy/paste text on the page for every episode. I'm reading to see what's different, not what's the same. I already unsubscribed from the podcast, don't tempt me to do the same with the blog.
  • Snot noises (sniffling, etc). Seriously, blow your nose or take a decongestant or something.
  • "So I thought I would talk about something like that and so ummm yeah so uh I am going to talk about that now..." GAH!

They can't all be that bad...

Anyhow, my new goal is to find 10 awesome podcasts that attract, deserve and retain my attention. Let me know if you have suggestions.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. What drives me crazy about listening to podcasts (and why I deleted almost all my subscriptions) http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1377ad75-021a-44d2-b889-099b6cc62db1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WhatDrivesMeCrazyAboutListeningToPodcastsAndWhyIDeletedAlmostAllMySubscriptions.aspx Sat, 17 Jun 2006 18:14:26 GMT <p> What <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting">podcasts</a> do you listen to? Which ones actually keep you coming back? </p> <p> Honestly, there are so few podcasts out there that I can stand to listen to anymore. I deleted a whole slew of podcast subscriptions the other day&nbsp;because I felt like I was wasting massive amounts of time on those occasions when I did listen, and because many of them have simply turned me off completely and therefore got skipped over and never listened to (and honestly&nbsp;that's most of them). </p> <p> What are my pet peeves? Okay, here's my harsh list for what will cause me to kill the audio before the podcaster even gets started. </p> <ul> <li> Any podcast that opens with anything even remotely&nbsp;like "your speakers are about to blow up" or "warning, "the sound&nbsp;you're about to hear may cause damage." Give me a break. Everyone says that, and the only potential damage is me pushing a pencil through my ear to drown out the un-original intro.</li> <li> Don't say "welcome to the world of (anything)." That's as lame as the movie trailers that start with "In a world..." People laugh and cringe at the same time. And it's sad when cringing is accompanied by uncomfortable laughter.</li> <li> Open your show with "blahblah podcast" plus the date and then never use the word podcast ever again. Use of the word "podcast" more than once in any single sentence, or in more than one sentence in a row should be a felony. Agh. I <em>know</em> it's a freakin' podcast, it's not like it magically found its way onto my computer - I had to do all kinds of work to find it and access it. Tell me something I don't know and (here comes the 'o' word again) <em>original</em>.</li> <li> As much as it might mean to you, chances are nobody else especially wants you to pontificate about how you and your girlfriend celebrated her 31st birthday this past weekend. In fact, your girlfriend probably doesn't want you saying it either...</li> <li> Podcasts about podcasting. Uh, yeah.</li> <li> Crappy indie music. Note that I have nothing against independent music if it's good. But any music that's bad (indie or otherwise) is bound to drive away listeners. The operative word is 'crappy.' If you played "We Built This City" on your podcast opener, I'd probably click the 'Close' button, too.</li> <li> Repetition</li> <li> Repetition</li> <li> Repetition</li> <li> Seriously, you don't need&nbsp;a blog entry with the same copy/paste&nbsp;text on the page for every episode. I'm reading to see what's <em>different</em>, not what's the same. I already unsubscribed from the podcast, don't tempt me to do the same with the blog.</li> <li> Snot noises (sniffling, etc). Seriously, blow your nose or take a decongestant or something.</li> <li> "So I thought I would talk about something like that and so ummm yeah so uh&nbsp;I am going to talk about that now..." GAH!</li> </ul> <p> They can't <em>all</em> be that bad... </p> <p> Anyhow, my new goal is to find 10 awesome podcasts that attract, deserve and <em>retain</em> my attention. Let me know if you have suggestions. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1377ad75-021a-44d2-b889-099b6cc62db1.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Random Stuff
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People are certainly interesting, especially when given the ability and opportunity to say whatever's on their minds uninterrupted. Whether they should or not. Of course, "should" is a relative term, determined by both listener and speaker. And they won't always agree.

Brad Fitzpatrick - of LiveJournal fame -  has created a continuous stream of public Internet audio blog posts recorded by LiveJournal users. I think I'll call it Brad's People Aggregator. It's colorful, random, strange and interesting. Sometimes funny, sometimes just crude. And you never know what you'll hear (good, bad or otherwise).

NOTE that the language and content of the audio posts is almost guaranteed to contain loud, crude, vulgar language.

People dial in to a number that allows them to post to their LiveJournal accounts. It's apparent that elevators and airports bring out interesting behavior in people. Now, I'm not so sure recording an audio post about your marijuana growing operation is really all that great an idea - but whatever. Also not convinced that talking about the court date you just had and how you have to go to the mental health office for your appointment is a great idea, but again, whatever... It's certainly an honest and unique slice of the real world, and that means real people (along with their collective reasoning, language, intelligence and behavior).

I suppose it's a great way to discuss and complain about stuff, but in a way where no one is there to tell you why you're SO FREAKIN' WRONG. Heh. Hmmm, there's probably some serious psychology to be done there - Something about how our interconnected world actually makes us more isolated even though everyone is so "close."

Here's the link...

Enjoy.



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Astronaut Steve Robinson has done the first Podcast from space... Say what you want about Podcasting. You have to admit that when someone does it from the space shuttle, that's pretty big deal.

And to think a year ago nobody had ever heard of podcasting...

Listen here (MP3)

"At any rate I will close this very brief first podcast from space with a greeting to all Earthings and a thank you for your interest and support. Whether you support the space program or not, you're learning from it. You're learning from it the very moment you hear this and think about what we're doing. And I think that learning is what looking over the horizon is all about, and don't forget that learning can be exciting and fun, too, because that's certainly what this mission has been all about."



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Steve Robinson does first Podcast from space http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,d986d54c-782f-4eea-a095-52a7953e1b61.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SteveRobinsonDoesFirstPodcastFromSpace.aspx Mon, 08 Aug 2005 18:54:15 GMT <p> <img alt="" hspace="14" src="http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/124734main_s114e7170.jpg" align="right" vspace="5" border="1" />Astronaut Steve Robinson has <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/returntoflight/crew/robinson_podcast.html">done the first Podcast from space</a>... Say what you want about Podcasting. You have to admit that when someone does it from the space shuttle, that's pretty big deal. </p> <p> And to think a year ago nobody had ever heard of podcasting... </p> <p> <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mp3/124708main_sts114_robinson_podcast.mp3">Listen here</a> (MP3) </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <em>"At any rate I will close this very brief first podcast from space with a greeting to all Earthings and a thank you for your interest and support. Whether you support the space program or not, you're learning from it. You're learning from it the very moment you hear this and think about what we're doing. And I think that learning is what looking over the horizon is all about, and don't forget that learning can be exciting and fun, too, because that's certainly what this mission has been all about."</em> </p> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,d986d54c-782f-4eea-a095-52a7953e1b61.aspx AudioBlogging Geek Out Random Stuff
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Here's a shameless plug of my very own... I guest-co-hosted the Tablet PC Show with James Kendrick today, filling in for the one and only (and much-better-at-this-than-me) Marc Orchant. It's been published, so check it out if you like:

The TABLET PC Show #19 (MP3 - 21MB - 60min)

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE

Marc Orchant was away but guest co-host Greg Hughes graciously stepped in and we have an action packed show. Greg fills us in on the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet PC that he’s been lucky enough to use for the past month so anyone interested in this fine convertible (or those anxiously awaiting delivery) will get some good information to take away. After the break we shift focus to the hot topic of the week, WindowsVista Beta 1, and round up the information that is starting to emerge from those brave enough to install it on a Tablet PC. Enjoy the show and as always we appreciate your feedback! (We missed you Marc!)

The Tablet PC Show #19 (MP3 - 20.9MB - 61min)
LISTEN HERE

00:00 Intro- Greg Hughes & James Kendrick

05:45 Greg has a Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC

25:00 The Podcast Network

26:00 WindowsVista Beta 1 information roundup

eWeek- will your Tablet run Vista?
Random Elements- Colin Walker installs the beta
Greg punches a cat in the face
IE7 panning with a pen
Tablet PC team has a blog
Speech recognition- command and dictation fused
Ink Analysis in Vista

60:00 Wrap up



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Listen to The Tablet PC Show #19 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,0c3c7476-d873-4eb8-8290-51ca260cefa5.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ListenToTheTabletPCShow19.aspx Sun, 07 Aug 2005 17:44:21 GMT <p> <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Here's a shameless plug&nbsp;of my very own... I guest-co-hosted <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/2005/08/08/tablet-pc-show-19/">the Tablet PC Show</a> with James Kendrick today, filling in for the one and only (and much-better-at-this-than-me)&nbsp;Marc Orchant. It's been published, so check it out if you like: </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <div class=entry> <p> <strong>The TABLET PC Show #19 (MP3 - 21MB - 60min)</strong> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/audio/tabletpc/tpn_tabletpc_20050807_019.mp3">LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE</a> </p> <p> Marc Orchant was away but guest co-host Greg Hughes graciously stepped in and we have an action packed show. Greg fills us in on the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet PC that he’s been lucky enough to use for the past month so anyone interested in this fine convertible (or those anxiously awaiting delivery) will get some good information to take away. After the break we shift focus to the hot topic of the week, WindowsVista Beta 1, and round up the information that is starting to emerge from those brave enough to install it on a Tablet PC. Enjoy the show and as always we appreciate your feedback! <em>(We missed you Marc!)</em> </p> <p> The Tablet PC Show #19 (MP3 - 20.9MB - 61min)<br> <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/audio/tabletpc/tpn_tabletpc_20050807_019.mp3">LISTEN HERE</a> </p> <p> 00:00 Intro- <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/">Greg Hughes</a> &amp; <a href="http://jkontherun.blogs.com/">James Kendrick</a> </p> <p> 05:45 <a href="http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2005/07/greg_hughes_fir.html">Greg has a Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC</a> </p> <p> 25:00 <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/">The Podcast Network</a> </p> <p> 26:00 WindowsVista Beta 1 information roundup </p> <blockquote> <p> <a href="http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1843945,00.asp?kc=ewnws080505dtx1k0000599">eWeek</a>- will your Tablet run Vista?<br> <a href="http://randomelements.me.uk/blog/default.aspx">Random Elements</a>- Colin Walker installs the beta<br> Greg punches a cat in the face<br> IE7 panning with a pen<br> <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/tabletpc/archive/2005/08/04/408649.aspx">Tablet PC team has a blog</a> <br> Speech recognition- <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/robch/archive/2005/08/01/446131.aspx">command and dictation fused</a> <br> <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/mobile/">Ink Analysis in Vista</a> </p> </blockquote> <p> 60:00 Wrap up </p> </div> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,0c3c7476-d873-4eb8-8290-51ca260cefa5.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Tablet PC Tech
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I just finished spending an hour or so conversing about one of my favorite topics with James Kendrick (jkOnTheRun) as a "guest host" on The Tablet PC Show. As is often the case in the podcast world, we used Skype to communicate and JK recorded and produced the thing on this side of the connection. We talked about the X41 Tablet PC (of course) and then spent a bunch of time bouncing around different Windows Vista on the Tablet PC topics.

You can listen to the show by visiting this link .

I had a lot of fun doing this. Thanks to JK and Marc Orchant (the real co-host of the show, who was out of town this weekend) for the opportunity. James made it easy for me, and hopefully it turned out ok.

If you're visiting here from the show and wondering who the heck I am, check this link. Tablet PC stuff I have written about in the past is available here.

If you're a regular reader here and want to see what podcasting and The Tablet PC show are all about, check out the show's web site right here.

There are a couple things I *have* to do now that I've spoken about them out loud:

  • Get this Windows Vista ISO image to freakin' work - I must have a bad DVD burner or something, as I am consistently making coasters (and then, of course, install it and the additional Tablet bits on a Tablet PC).
  • Revisit the speech recognition capabilities of the Tablet PC - James says he uses it all the time, and I am thinking I may not be taking it seriously enough in terms of daily use, so I want to check it out again.

This whole podcasting/audio show/Internet conversation/etc thing is fun and cool. And, depending on how it's used, I think it can be a great medium for certain styles and forms of content delivery - especially interactive conversations.

Anyhow, the 19th edition of the Tablet PC Show has been posted, so check it out. I'll post a link to the show when it's up. Hopefully I won't sound like a complete dork (but I probably will, heh).



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Just guest-hosted the Tablet PC Show - that was a lot of fun http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,95a86e79-d02d-4995-a339-8a8e9468df35.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/JustGuesthostedTheTabletPCShowThatWasALotOfFun.aspx Sun, 07 Aug 2005 11:11:59 GMT <p> I just finished spending an hour or so conversing about one of my favorite topics with James Kendrick (<a href="http://jkontherun.blogs.com/">jkOnTheRun</a>) as a "guest host" on <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/">The Tablet PC Show</a>. As is often the case in the podcast world, we used Skype to communicate and JK recorded and produced the thing on this side of the connection. We talked about the <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SearchView.aspx?q=X41">X41 Tablet PC</a> (of course) and then spent a bunch of time bouncing around different Windows Vista on the Tablet PC topics. </p> <p> <strong>You can listen to the show </strong><a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/2005/08/08/tablet-pc-show-19/"><strong>by visiting this link</strong></a><strong>.</strong> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/"><img alt="" hspace="14" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/tabletbanner_small1.jpg" align="right" vspace="5" border="0" /></a>I had a lot of fun doing this. Thanks to JK and <a href="http://tabletpcs.weblogsinc.com/">Marc Orchant</a> (the real co-host of the show, who was out of town this weekend) for the opportunity. James made it easy for me, and hopefully it turned out ok. </p> <p> If you're visiting here from the show and wondering who the heck I am,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WhoIsThisGregHughesGuyAnyhow.aspx">check this link</a>. Tablet PC stuff I have written about in the past <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CategoryView,category,Tablet%20PC.aspx">is available here</a>. </p> <p> If you're a regular reader here and want to see what podcasting and The Tablet PC show are all about, check out <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/">the show's web site right here</a>. </p> <p> There are a couple things I *have* to do now that I've spoken about them out loud: </p> <ul> <li> Get this Windows&nbsp;Vista ISO image to freakin' work - I must have a bad DVD burner or something, as I am consistently&nbsp;making coasters&nbsp;(and then, of course, install it and the additional Tablet bits on a Tablet PC).</li> <li> Revisit the speech recognition capabilities of the Tablet PC - James says he uses it all the time, and I am thinking I may not be taking it seriously enough in terms of daily use, so I want to check it out again.</li> </ul> <p> This whole podcasting/audio show/Internet conversation/etc thing is fun and cool. And, depending on how it's used, I think it can be a great medium for certain styles and forms of content delivery - especially interactive conversations. </p> <p> Anyhow, the 19th edition of the <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/">Tablet PC Show</a> has been posted, <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/2005/08/08/tablet-pc-show-19/">so check it out</a>. I'll post a link to the show when it's up.&nbsp;Hopefully I won't&nbsp;sound like a complete dork (but I probably will, heh). <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/smile1.gif" /> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,95a86e79-d02d-4995-a339-8a8e9468df35.aspx AudioBlogging Tablet PC Tech
http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=7d0caf28-8b4d-4a01-8445-ab7945ad7c4f http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,7d0caf28-8b4d-4a01-8445-ab7945ad7c4f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,7d0caf28-8b4d-4a01-8445-ab7945ad7c4f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=7d0caf28-8b4d-4a01-8445-ab7945ad7c4f Skylook: Record and organize Skype calls and chats inside Outlook in MP3 format http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,7d0caf28-8b4d-4a01-8445-ab7945ad7c4f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SkylookRecordAndOrganizeSkypeCallsAndChatsInsideOutlookInMP3Format.aspx Sat, 06 Aug 2005 05:51:01 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.skylook.biz/">Skylook</a> marries <a href="http://www.skype.com/">Skype</a> - the uber-popular voice and text communication app - with <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/outlook">Outlook</a>, the ubiquitous mail and personal organizer app from Microsoft. </p> <blockquote> <p> <em><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp; After using this program for a day or so and speaking with a couple others who have also used it, I have a few additional thoughts:</em> </p> <ul> <li> <em>I'd like to be able to increase/decrease the MP3 sampling bit-rate - right now it's fixed at a fixed setting of mediocre audio quality</em> </li> <li> <em>I'd like to be able to specify which chats and voice calls are recorded - right now it records them all, which is cumbersome</em> </li> <li> <em>Generally, I'd prefer being able to tweak all the little details across the board - give me control while keeping it simple</em> </li> <li> <em>There's a real need for a complete, solid,&nbsp;Skype/VoIP recorder that builds in and doesn't have to be rigged together with bubble gum and duct tape.</em> </li> </ul> <p> <em><strong>Another UPDATE:</strong> Jeremy Hague of the Skylook team sent along this information (Aug 8):</em> </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <!--StartFragment --><font face="Arial" color="black" size="2"><span lang="EN-AU" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><em>"I thought that you would be interested to know that we are planning on introducing some new features in response to the customer feedback (mostly from podcasters, which is really cool) we have received in the first week.&nbsp; We are planning on introducing some advanced configuration options to enhance the MP3 recording that Skylook produces.&nbsp; &nbsp;In a future version, the user will be able to control the bitrate of the MP3 file, information that Skylook can populate into the ID3 tags&hellip; along with support for other audio file formats."</em></span></font> </p> </blockquote></blockquote> <p> Skylook builds right&nbsp;into Outlook -&nbsp;in the form of a toolbar - and enables you to record your Skype conversations as <strike>high</strike> so-so quality MP3 files for playback later. This makes it a&nbsp;potentially useful tool for Podcasters, who often use Skype in combination with a spaghetti mess of piping and recording apps to conduct collaborative conversations and interviews over the Internet (<em>NOTE: The audio quality may not be high enough for many podcasters, so allowing users to tweak these settings would be important).</em>&nbsp;Obviously, the&nbsp;major benefit of recording this way is that it enables an easy way to speak&nbsp;with people&nbsp;that would otherwise often not happen. It&nbsp;removes the need to sit in the same room with the other participants while still providing reasonable-quality audio. </p> <p> It allows you to make Skype calls and start Skype text chats directly from your Outlook contacts and emails. It shows you which of your contacts in on-line in the Outlook toolbar and provides options to review contact details and review previous communications with the contact. Skylook not only records all your voice calls, it also records your&nbsp;text chats to a special Outlook folder. </p> <p> I did a quick voice chat this evening with Eric Rice to try it out. We were not using headsets, so we had the inevitable echo, but the Skylook app did a great job. It just did its thing in the background without any problem, and when we hung up, I "magically" saw a dialog on the screen: </p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/skylook4.PNG"><img height="142" alt="Skylook4" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/skylook4_thumb.jpg" width="400" border="0" /></a> </p> <p> I clicked the "Show me" button, and it took me straight to my filed recording: </p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/skylook6.PNG"><img height="156" alt="Skylook6" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/skylook6_thumb1.jpg" width="400" border="1" /></a> </p> <p> And it files the text chats right there with the audio, filed all neat and clean&nbsp;just like an email would be. It's really very slick in that regard. </p> <p> I'll have to give it a shot maybe this weekend, when apparently I will be guest-hosting on a podcast I really like a lot. More on that after it happens. :-) </p> <p> You can <a href="http://www.skylook.biz/download/">download Skylook here</a>&nbsp;and try it for a couple weeks. 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Come geek out this weekend. Bring a friend, your audio gear and a camera (or just yourself if that's easier), and lets do some podcasting and videoblogging as the Podcast and Videoblog Roadshow comes to Portland, Oregon. It happens Saturday at noon downtown.

Podcasting, videoblogging, audioblogging, etc. Get creative. Fun stuff. 

All the obligatory W's: 

See ya there.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Weekend Reminder: Portland Videoblog and Podcast Roadshow Saturday at noon in downtown PDX http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2af0c508-2d4a-4046-81e8-a8dacd847fa8.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WeekendReminderPortlandVideoblogAndPodcastRoadshowSaturdayAtNoonInDowntownPDX.aspx Sat, 16 Jul 2005 05:20:00 GMT <p> Come geek out this weekend. Bring a friend, your audio gear and a camera (or just yourself if that's easier), and lets do some podcasting and videoblogging as the <strong>Podcast and Videoblog Roadshow</strong> comes to Portland, Oregon. It happens Saturday at noon downtown. </p> <p> Podcasting, videoblogging, audioblogging, etc.&nbsp;Get creative. Fun stuff.&nbsp; </p> <p> <strong>All the obligatory W's:</strong>&nbsp; </p> <ul> <li> You, me, <a href="http://www.ericrice%20com/">Eric</a> and whoever else wants to come out and play</li> <li> <a href="http://podcastroadshow.com/">Portland (Oregon) Podcast and Videoblog Roadshow</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1742+SW+Sixth+Ave,+Portland+OR&amp;spn=0.026455,0.058464&amp;hl=en">Seattle's Best at 1742 SW Sixth Ave</a> </li> <li> At noon</li> <li> That's this weekend - Saturday July 16th</li> <li> Because we can</li> </ul> <p> See ya there. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2af0c508-2d4a-4046-81e8-a8dacd847fa8.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Geek Out Tech
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Blogging is reaching new heights. While Scoble's blogging from the seat of an airliner with WiFi on a trip to Europe on his way to a geek dinner (sounds like fun), a group of 20 police officers and companion climbers are slowly but steadily audioblogging their way to the rugged summits of Denali in Alaska (20,320 feet) and Humphreys Peak in Arizona (12,634 feet).

Using a satellite phone in Alaska and mobile phones in Arizona, the officers are calling in to a special phone number at audioblog.com, which immediately posts their voice recordings to the Climbers' Weblog at copsontop.com.

Both teams will strive this weekend to summit the mountains as a memorial to honor the lives, service and sacrifices of police officers Eric White and Jason Wolfe, both of the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department. Officers White and Wolfe were killed in the line of duty on August 28, 2004, while searching for a suspect who had just shot another man in the chest.

The officers are members and representatives of Cops on Top, a non-profit organization of police officers and others who execute memorial expeditions to remember peace officers killed in the line of duty. The audioblogging technology enables the teams to document their progress in real time, and to reach the families and friends of those fallen officers who are honored on each expedition.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Audioblogging from 20,000 feet - on foot http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,331c5f8b-2124-4af8-9af4-3f600747e1a3.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AudiobloggingFrom20000FeetOnFoot.aspx Sat, 04 Jun 2005 04:25:11 GMT <p> Blogging is reaching new heights. While Scoble's blogging <a href="http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2005/06/03.html#a10317">from the seat of an airliner</a>&nbsp;with&nbsp;WiFi&nbsp;on a trip to Europe on his way to a geek dinner (sounds like fun), a group of&nbsp;20 police officers and companion climbers&nbsp;are <a href="http://www.copsontop.com/denali2005/index.htm">slowly but steadily audioblogging their way</a> to the rugged summits of Denali in Alaska&nbsp;(20,320 feet) and Humphreys Peak in Arizona (12,634 feet). </p> <p> Using a satellite phone in Alaska and mobile phones in Arizona, the officers are calling in to a special phone number at audioblog.com, which immediately posts their voice recordings to the <a href="http://www.copsontop.com/climblog/">Climbers' Weblog at copsontop.com</a>. </p> <p> Both teams will strive this weekend to summit the mountains as a memorial to honor the lives, service and sacrifices of police officers Eric White and Jason Wolfe, both of the Phoenix, Arizona Police Department. Officers White and Wolfe were killed in the line of duty on August 28, 2004, while searching for a suspect who had just shot another man in the chest. </p> <p> The officers are members and representatives of <a href="http://www.copsontop.com/">Cops on Top</a>, a non-profit organization of police officers and others who execute memorial expeditions to remember peace officers killed in the line of duty. The audioblogging technology enables the teams to document their progress in real time, and to reach the families and friends of those fallen officers who are honored on each expedition. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,331c5f8b-2124-4af8-9af4-3f600747e1a3.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Helping Others Tech
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I'm watching FOX12 News here in Portland, and they just ran a story about Podcasting. The pointed out that it's even gone commercial, and had a quick interview with a guy from Centennial Wines - http://www.centennialwines.com/ - which apparently has a podcast available (I only see one episode, but maybe I am missing something).

Anyhow, TV is pushing the message of podcasting all the way into your living room on the newscast. That's gotta mean something.



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Oh, how I wish this SharePoint podcast series was available in English! But, it's only in German. I know some German (took three years classes in school), and I have been listening to it and trying really hard to pick up the content of the podcast, with little success. I'm just too out-of-date to be able to catch it all.

http://www.sharepointpodcast.de/ - with Michael Greth

The only thing I can tell for sure is that there's plenty of info in there that I'd like to be able to understand better, so I am relying on the links on the weblog to help me understand more. I'm also looking at this as a way to help refresh my German (maybe, it's tech lingo so that can be difficult) before my trip to Germany this fall.

Anyone know of any SharePoint podcasts in English? Hmmmm, maybe I should think about podcasting after all... Anyone out there want to co-host a SharePoint podcast?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. SharePoint Podcast - but only in German (aber nur auf Deutsch) http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1f963cd1-ad84-4d2f-b9ae-b793f185012d.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SharePointPodcastButOnlyInGermanAberNurAufDeutsch.aspx Tue, 05 Apr 2005 05:01:30 GMT <p> Oh, how I wish this SharePoint podcast series was available in English! But, it's only in German. I know <em>some</em> German (took three years classes in school), and I have been listening to it and trying <em>really</em> hard to pick up the content of the podcast, with little success. I'm just too out-of-date to be able to catch it all. </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <a href="http://www.sharepointpodcast.de/">http://www.sharepointpodcast.de/</a>&nbsp;- with Michael Greth </p> </blockquote> <p> The only thing I can tell for sure is that there's plenty of info in there that I'd like to be able to understand better, so I am relying on the links on the weblog to help me understand more. I'm also looking at this as a way to help refresh my German (maybe, it's tech lingo so that can be difficult) before my trip to Germany this fall. </p> <p> Anyone know of any SharePoint podcasts in English? Hmmmm, maybe I should think about podcasting after all... Anyone out there want to co-host a SharePoint podcast? </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1f963cd1-ad84-4d2f-b9ae-b793f185012d.aspx AudioBlogging Office 2003 SharePoint Tech
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Speaking of audioblog.com, Eric pointed out to me that he and the others over there have been busy:

[9:59:12 PM] Eric Rice says: added some crazy mad new features to audioblog
[9:59:18 PM] Eric Rice says: podcasting without needing a blog
[9:59:18 PM] Greg Hughes says: yeah?
[9:59:25 PM] Eric Rice says: and recording to MP3 right over the web

Come to think of it, I read that on Friday, but I have not had a chance to check it out yet.

Eric made a QT movie that shows how to make podcast RSS feeds with audioblog.com, and how to record your podcasts straight to MP3 online, with nothing but your web browser pointed to your audioblog.com account.

Upload an audio file, record it online with the browser, or call it in... All three ways will let you create your podcasts anyplace, anytime. You don't even need a text weblog to do this, just audioblog.com and it's enclosure feeds - cool stuff!

By the way, there's video enclosures on the system, too... Videoblogging feeds - hmmm!



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A friend of mine from the online world (and big shot from audioblog.com), Eric Rice, has taken over the Engadget "airwaves" and is now hosting the Engadget podcast.

Eric's a cool guy, and it's great to have an Engadget podcast back online. It's a tough room to play to, but Eric will do well with it.

Check it out here. The Podcast feed is here.



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I’ve been an audioblog.com customer for some time, and have always liked their product. I have not used it much in the past, but recently I found a perfect use for their service.

Cops on Top has a team of 13 climbers – police officers and a couple civilians – in Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro, making a climb to the summit of Africa’s biggest mountain in memory of fallen Officer Isaac Espinoza of the San Francisco Police Department.

They have a satellite phone with them, and are calling in audio blog updates using the sat phone. As soon as they call in an update, it’s posted instantly to the Cops on Top web site’s climbers weblog.

Imagine that – technology now allows a group of people in the furthest corners of the world to instantly file an audio recording update to a web site, so people everywhere can know what’s happening, right now.

I had a configuration problem the other day as I was trying to get the service running for the Cops in Top site, and Eric over at audioblog.com helped out and made a quick fix that allowed us to solve the issue and get the service working. Righ then, right there, solved the problem and made sure it was working for me. True service. Nice.

If you’re geeky and have a blog, give audioblog.com a try – it’s nifty stuff and works well.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Audioblog.com rocks - technology elevates http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,291c053b-95a7-4397-83f0-4fec3c51f37f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/AudioblogcomRocksTechnologyElevates.aspx Fri, 14 Jan 2005 05:41:47 GMT <p> I’ve been an <a href="http://www.audioblog.com/">audioblog.com</a> customer for some time, and have always liked their product. I have not used it much in the past, but recently I found a perfect use for their service. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.copsontop.com/">Cops on Top</a> has a team of 13 climbers – police officers and a couple civilians – in Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro, making a climb to the summit of Africa’s biggest mountain in memory of fallen Officer Isaac Espinoza of the San Francisco Police Department. </p> <p> They have a satellite phone with them, and are calling in audio blog updates using the sat phone. As soon as they call in an update, it’s posted instantly to the Cops on Top web site’s climbers weblog. </p> <p> Imagine that – technology now allows a group of people in the furthest corners of the world to instantly file an audio recording update to a web site, so people everywhere can know what’s happening, right now. </p> <p> I had a configuration problem the other day as I was trying to get the service running for the <a href="http://www.copsontop.com/">Cops in Top site</a>, and Eric over at <a href="http://www.audioblog.com/">audioblog.com</a> helped out and made a quick fix that allowed us to solve the issue and get the service working. Righ then, right there, solved the problem and made sure it was working for me. True service. Nice. </p> <p> If you’re geeky and have a blog, give <a href="http://www.audioblog.com/">audioblog.com</a> a try – it’s nifty stuff and works well. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,291c053b-95a7-4397-83f0-4fec3c51f37f.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Tech
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My gnome friend Brandon Watts jumped on the proverbial horse and rode straight out the barn on his first PodCast earlier today. And all in all, he did a fine job.

If you have not heard about Brandon before, here's a little info:

  • He wrote his own programming language for beginners, called Leopard, a couple years ago.
  • He's 18 years old now.
  • He's wicked smart.
  • He writes for Lockergnome and has had his writing featured in a variety of print and online media.
  • He has a pretty darn good radio voice.
  • He has a blog.

Check out his podacst (for the uninitiated, podcasting's this new thing that all the kids are doing with MP3 files and easy-to-use-and-distribute audio shows). Let him know what you think.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. BrandonCast - Take One http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2d12a779-72c8-4224-bccb-8789b134171b.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/BrandonCastTakeOne.aspx Fri, 07 Jan 2005 07:49:17 GMT <p> My gnome friend <a href="http://brandonwatts.lockergnome.net/">Brandon Watts</a> jumped on the proverbial horse <a href="http://brandonwatts.lockergnome.net/blog/_archives/2005/1/6/233230.html">and rode straight out the barn on his first PodCast earlier today</a>. And all in all, he did a fine job. </p> <p> If you have not heard about Brandon before, here's a little info: </p> <ul> <li> He wrote his own programming language for beginners, <a href="http://www.leopardprogramming.com/">called Leopard</a>, a couple years ago. <li> He's 18 years old now. <li> He's wicked smart. <li> He writes for <a href="http://www.lockergnome.com">Lockergnome</a> and has had his writing featured in&nbsp;a variety of print and online media. <li> He has a pretty darn good radio voice. <li> He has <a href="http://brandonwatts.lockergnome.net/">a blog</a>. </li> </ul> <p> <a href="http://brandonwatts.lockergnome.net/blog/_archives/2005/1/6/233230.html">Check out his podacst</a> (for the uninitiated, podcasting's this&nbsp;new thing that all the kids are doing with MP3 files and easy-to-use-and-distribute audio shows). Let him know what you think. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2d12a779-72c8-4224-bccb-8789b134171b.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging
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Chris Pirillo is a well-known geek and all around goofy (and smart and good) guy. He founded Lockergnome and did a show for TechTV back before that network went straight to crap.

He’s starting his new weekly audio broadcast today, two-and-a-half hours of live talk from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). His show’s new website is online and the live broadcast starts at 11:30am Pacific Time, but the stream is already running so jump in now. Replays available if you miss(ed) the live show, and RSS feeds are on the site for subscribing – I did.

http://www.thechrispirilloshow.com/

I am working form home today, and so I will be listening to it in the background whilst editing papers and organizing stuff. Good to see you back on the air, friend!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Chris Pirillo Show - First Live Broadcast Today at 11:30am http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,19773daf-376c-49c8-b913-50ded73a03cc.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ChrisPirilloShowFirstLiveBroadcastTodayAt1130am.aspx Thu, 06 Jan 2005 19:19:10 GMT <p> Chris Pirillo is a well-known geek and all around goofy (and smart and good) guy. He founded <a href="http://www.lockergnome.com/">Lockergnome</a> and did a show for TechTV back <em>before</em> that network went straight to crap. </p> <p> He’s starting his <a href="http://www.thechrispirilloshow.com/">new weekly audio broadcast today</a>, two-and-a-half hours of live talk&nbsp;from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). His show’s new website is online and the live broadcast starts at 11:30am Pacific Time, but the stream is already running so jump in now. Replays available if you miss(ed) the live show, and RSS feeds are on the site for subscribing –&nbsp;I did. </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <a href="http://www.thechrispirilloshow.com/">http://www.thechrispirilloshow.com/</a> </p> </blockquote> <p> I am working form home today, and so I will be listening to it in the background whilst editing papers and organizing stuff. Good to see you back on the air, friend! </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,19773daf-376c-49c8-b913-50ded73a03cc.aspx AudioBlogging Geek Out GnomeDex Tech
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Our world, it is a-changin' ...

The folks over at audioblog.com have recently released a beta of their new videoblogging browser-based service to their users. It's super-sweet, and works great. Nice job!

What will this kind of capability mean down the road for personal Internet broadcasting and media in general? Only time will tell, but the possibilities seem endless.

Of course, videos of me talking to inanimate objects about the technology itself from my kitchen are not exactly great examples of effective content planning... But hey, it's a geek-out kinda thing, ya know?



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Video blogging rocks at audioblog.com http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b1d72707-50f5-45ac-91b6-8d4ca3db9b19.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/VideoBloggingRocksAtAudioblogcom.aspx Fri, 19 Nov 2004 08:33:53 GMT <p> Our world, it is a-changin' ... </p> <p> The folks over at audioblog.com have recently released a beta of their new videoblogging browser-based service to their users. It's super-sweet, and works great. Nice job! </p> <p> What will this kind of capability mean down the road for personal Internet broadcasting and media in general? Only time will tell, but the possibilities seem endless. </p> <p> Of course, videos of me talking to inanimate objects about the technology itself from my kitchen are not exactly great examples of effective content planning... But hey, it's a geek-out kinda thing, ya know? </p> <p> <iframe id=acd35784-b639-44c8-7aea-b82c244b5066 src="http://www.audioblog.com/playweb?player=vp3&amp;audioid=Pb943d14dde734530f1c4e9069d4a7588ZVt5RVREYmN8&amp;buffer=5&amp;fcolor=CCFF33&amp;bcolor=FFFFFF&amp;size=20" frameborder=0 width=164 scrolling=no height=142 scroll="no"> </iframe> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b1d72707-50f5-45ac-91b6-8d4ca3db9b19.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Geek Out Tech
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And she's right.

I am listening to a live windows media feed from BloggerCon about podcasting (I am not there because I needed to stay home for other things, so I canceled my trip).

Adam Curry says (paraphrased) don't think you can change the name, it's a done deal. He's right (unfortunately). No one thought ahead about the name, or not far enough ahead. Or there was an agenda to use the name for any of a number of reasons. Or it's a good name because it's catchy and immediately invokes interest when you hear or read it. Whatever. I *still* think we need to get away from the name when we think up new additions to this technology, just to make sure people don't assume it's just for the iPod. Because like it or not, they do.

For the creator, this is personal Internet broadcasting. For the end users, it's simply audio aggregation with a magical ability to get the files on your computer and/or portable audio device of choice.

And it's in its infancy as far as time alive and maturity of technology. John Dvorak was at least partially right. It pretty much sucks for the average user. At least right now.

But it will get better.

Take a look at early technology being developed specifically for aggregating mp3 and other enclosures and tying into, say, Windows Media player. I have had the personal experience of providing input and being involved in making suggestions for Doppler, a program that is 100% focused on doing just that.

Adam points out that there is no all-in-one solution for the podcaster. We are far from having that available.

Which means by next week someone will have written it. :-)



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. BloggerCon: Stacy says PodCasting's focus on iPod hardware is wrong... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,d7ae24a1-f085-461c-84f3-8d505bc661aa.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/BloggerConStacySaysPodCastingsFocusOnIPodHardwareIsWrong.aspx Sat, 06 Nov 2004 18:17:09 GMT <p> And she's right. </p> <p> I am listening to a live windows media feed from BloggerCon about podcasting (I am not there because I needed to stay home for other things, so I canceled my trip). </p> <p> Adam Curry says (paraphrased) don't think you can change the name, it's a done deal. He's right (unfortunately). No one thought ahead about the name, or not far enough ahead. Or there was an agenda to use the name for any of a number of reasons. Or it's a good name because it's catchy and immediately invokes interest when you hear or read it. Whatever. I *still* think we need to get away from the name&nbsp;when we think up new additions to this technology, just&nbsp;to make sure people <em>don't assume</em> it's just for the iPod. Because like it or not, <em>they do</em>. </p> <p> For the creator, this is personal Internet broadcasting.&nbsp;For the end users, it's&nbsp;simply audio aggregation with a magical ability to get the files on your computer and/or portable audio device of choice. </p> <p> And it's in its infancy as far as time alive and maturity of technology. <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1682993,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03079TX1K0000585">John Dvorak was at least partially right</a>. It pretty much sucks for the average user. At least right now. </p> <p> But it will get better. </p> <p> Take a look at early technology being developed specifically for aggregating mp3 and other enclosures and tying into, say, Windows Media player. I have had the personal experience of providing input and being involved in making suggestions for <a href="http://www.dopplerradio.net/">Doppler</a>, a program that is 100% focused on doing just that. </p> <p> Adam points out that there is no all-in-one solution for the podcaster. We are far from having that available. </p> <p> Which means by next week someone will have written it. :-) </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,d7ae24a1-f085-461c-84f3-8d505bc661aa.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Tech