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Written By: Gary on October 27, 2006 One Comment

So I know I’ve mentioned Adam Curry a few times. I really enjoy his show The Daily Source Code. They’ve got a number where you can leave comments and I’ve put the phone number in my phone a while back. I don’t think I’ve ever left a comment until this week (and I think I’ve left three).

Today I was listening and about 8 minutes in his was finishing this story about him flying a plane today (he flew solo from Belguim to England). At the end of the story I was wondering if everything in aviation was in feet (or maybe meters), his story used feet and he lives in England (although they use miles) but it seemed like there would be an international standard. So I called and left a voice mail as I hung up I thought, “Whenever I have something to say, I’m going to leave an message until he plays one of my comments”. So then I resumed playing the show and not 90 seconds later I hear my voice!!!! It was the comment I had left on Tuesday!!!

It was a really long comment and I’m pretty sure he played the whole thing. Unfortunately, I forgot to mention my blog address in the message, that would have probably picked up some traffic here. But then that’s not why I left the comment but extra traffic is always nice. I’ve been pretty geeked about being on the show all evening…

Here’s a link to the specific episode (and straight to the mp3), I’m about nine minutes in, shortly after the plane flying story at the beginning.

FYI, I got my flu shot but forgot mention that also. Duh!

I’ve been listening more often now that I’ve got my Treo. I’ve got a decent way to to get the podcasts on my Treo, and I can play those through the stereo on my car. It’s actually a notch harder than putting it on my iPod but my iPod doesn’t come into the house every night, the Treo does. Generally if I’ve got my PowerBook I’ve got the Treo with me, so I can do it easily at anytime.

So here’s my question:
Doesn’t the flu vaccine vary based on your location (they mix a different flu cocktail). I swear I’ve heard this before (and while it never made sense to me) I pretty sure it was more than once. I was certain of this when I left the comment but I can’t find anything to back it up. But searching for “flu vaccine” and “location” just tells me where I can get one…

Written By: Gary on April 5, 2006 No Comment

Profcast Logo SmI’ve seen Profcast demoed and it’s pretty cool. In essence you talk while doing your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation (Mac only) and creates an enhanced Podcast with the images in it! The site says: “ProfCast is the ideal tool for recording and publishing your live Keynote or PowerPoint presentation. All elements of your presentation, including slide timing and voice narration, are recorded. You can then publish your complete presentation on the Web as a Podcast, complete with RSS support.”

I’ve been meaning to buy it and I finally did this week, why you ask? Because they’re having the “Happy Birthday Apple Sale!” and only charging 30% of the price (30 years of Apple) so it’s only $10.50!

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Written By: Gary on March 23, 2006 2 Comments

So I’ve got this podcast with the enhanced images working!

Two kinds of podcasts:
this is the “better” enhanced AAC podcast (for iTunes, iPods and Quicktime).
this is the mp3 podcast (for everything else).

The enhanced file is a AAC/MP4 (m4a) file so you probably need an iPod or iTunes (or Quicktime) to see the images. The MP3 will just be on it’s own for any software/hardware player.

I now have both a Enhanced RSS Feed and a MP3 RSS Feed set up.

(If you get goofy characters you’ll need to save it to the computer first, sorry. This should be fixed, but you never know…)

I apologize to those using feed software, this (and the feed from the next podcast or two) will be goofy as revise and work out the bugs…

Written By: Gary on February 22, 2006 One Comment

Here is an audio file of me talking on the way home from the Aimee Mann concert (it’s got a slight disclaimer on the quality at the start). It’s not polished nor is it what I plan to have as a podcast once I get there. It’s me talking over Aimee playing on the car stereo, I’m recoding it on my digital camera.

So I’m testing audio enclosures with MovableType and MT-Enclosures. I’m just playing with it (it’s only supposed to be in the RSS 2.0 feed as of now, does anyone else use MT-Enclosures in other feeds?). The file is too big, but it should have good ID3 tags (names and info) including album art. Can anyone tell me if it’s working? (In your feed, with your podcast downloader or anything?)

Written By: Gary on December 28, 2005 2 Comments

So TiVo rolled out (started rolling out) their new features in the music, photos and more section. These new features I think will pave the way for what you have to look forward to from your home entertainment center. They now have (without you having to install anything on your home computer) movie listings, traffic, weather, photos (Yahoo!), streaming Internet audio (Live 365), games (yes, I said games) and you can listen to podcasts. This is very cool stuff! I especially like SameGame, it’s a fun game you’ll just have to try. This all assumes you have your TiVo hooked up to the network (and not the phone).

So the weather and movies (you can purchase tickets on-line too). Are tied to your My Yahoo! account (or you can put in your zip manually). The photos are also tied to your Yahoo account. You can view photos of others on-line but you have to type in their Yahoo name. My Yahoo Photos name is “garylapointe”, try it if you get a chance I’ve got photos of a trip to Costa Rica and a few from when a family of ducks was wandering around the high school.

Typing text for the with the remote is awful (can I hook up a USB keyboard yet?) they need to work on that, it always seems as if I need the farthest letter (and you can’t go off the right of the screen and come back on the left). Please fix this… :)

The podcasts are cool but it just seems to be streaming it. No decent way to build a playlist. They only have a list of 30 or so podcasts that you can add to your favorites. You can specify any podcast but as I criticized “the typing” above it’s even more awful for the typing of podcast addresses.

There’s a lot with the Live 365 streaming and you can subscribe to get more (not sure on the costs).

Written By: Gary on December 3, 2005 No Comment

Let me start with me saying, “If I had to put two names to the success of Podcasting it’d have to be Dave Winer and Adam Curry.” But this story is a little more about Adam. This is not really a “history” it’s an offshoot of my previous post on memory but it got too long to stick in as part of that post (it started as a just few sentences).

To me, Adam has been one of the biggest proponents of podcasting and moving items onto iPod-like players. He’s not the creator of podcasting or even the word “podcasting”, he’s not the creator of attaching files to RSS feeds (though I think he suggested it to Dave Winer who did do it), he’s said he couldn’t even get people to do some of the work he needed to make this work, I’ve heard him say “I couldn’t get people to ‘do my homework’ for me”. He makes it sound as if the original program for receiving podcasts was parts that he found and cobbled together and had to learn applescript to do it (I may not be giving AC enough credit here).

Adam Green editing parts of Adam Curry and Dave Winer podcasts into a 35 minute history (I haven’t listened to it yet, I found it after I posted this and just added it).

A podcast that he and Dave Winer did (Trade Secrets, I think?) often gets credit as the first podcast and he denies it (although says they did earlier shows). So it seems to me it’s not like he’s just trying to get credit (he’s getting it for that item, but still denying it), it really seems as if he’s just trying to get some of it straight. During some of this the rival to RSS, RDF, already supported audio attachments but no one really utilized it.

He’s certainly one of the biggest proponents of podcasting out there and he’s always said he wants to somehow figure out how to make money off it. He’s not going to make money off of the actual concept, that’s done and gone and that’s where the history so it really doesn’t matter that much from a monetary standpoint. It seems like it’s just a history thing. Apple’s stuck it in iTunes and there are a million other pieces of software out there. His money is probably going to be from selling tools, space, advertisements and maybe his own shows (I’m guessing). I don’t know if you can really make money off the talk show network? and interviews? Oh and he does a great show and is very entertaining! This is probably key in the whole process.

It’s possible I’m getting some of this wrong (especially the RDF part, I’ve only seen that written once and maybe heard it once). But AC comes off as pretty charismatic and people who generally disagree with him seem to come off more like grunters/complainers (at least the stuff I read) and that’s always going to make things fall in his favor. Without Adam podcasting would have happened (no doubt in my mind), but he had a big part in it and people like him since he’s the old Mtv face. I’m not aware of any of the other “big names” out there trying to make money on the scale that he is and a lot of the “big names” out there have jumped on board of what he’s trying to do. In an alternate universe where Adam had nothing to do with podcasting I think he’d still have jumped on the bandwagon and be doing stuff awfully similar to what he’s doing now; he’s got the connections, history, money(?) and motivation to do this kind of project.

As I said, if I had to put two names to the success of Podcasting it’d have to be Dave Winer and Adam Curry. I’m not saying others weren’t there but those two seem to be the big push no matter where you look.

All this “stuff” just builds on previous technology. Web browsers were after Gopher browsers (I don’t think University of Minnesota ever gets credit for that) which was after WAIS, FTP and any other processes that it used and tapped into. All most of it was doing was putting a nice front end on “stuff” that was already out there. It’s possible that Gopher was concurrent with the original web stuff, but the web certainly wasn’t more popular until images was added and NCSA Mosaic was out (although no one remembers Mosaic, they remember Netscape).

Another way to look at market and getting credit: Apple didn’t create music files or create music players. They just took a idea and built on it on it and ended up with a huge percentage of the market of the MP3 players and a great on-line store. Now iPod is synonymous with music player.

Written By: Gary on December 3, 2005 3 Comments

So I’m listening to Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code, there’s a whole thing on the history of podcasting going on and discrepancies and people always saying who created what. My whole thought in bringing this up relates to my previous post and what I remember about the Oakland County Child Killer. There is definitely some discrepancies in the story and even when he’s telling it he’s commenting on confusing parts. There are definitely some recalling and stringing together of details that is not complete. I just think memory is interesting and how it works and how things fit together.

Written By: Gary on September 13, 2005 2 Comments

So on Systm (actually it was SubSystm, a short show focusing on one topic) they just felt the need to crack open the beautiful iPod nano. They filmed it live so you get to see all the guts inside (here’s the specific episode). Besides a little bit of an iPod infomercial, the show included a putty knife, a screwdriver and some really dangerously thin ribbon cables that he was afraid to break remove.

It looks to me like it’ll be easy to replace the battery in the future. It also looks like (assuming the hardware will support it) that it might be easy to replace the memory chips with something larger in the (far) future. Even if it won’t supoort it, they’ll adapt it, everything else is done (you can’t make it much smaller with a screen and a clickwheel), it’s just getting the size of the memory down (a 60GB nano would be nice someday).

Systm is a show that Kevin and some of the other Screen Savers create and distribute on-line (and via podcasts) Kevin said that there wasn’t a TV out on it like on the iPod photo, I thought (maybe just assumed?) that there was one :(

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Written By: Gary on September 8, 2005 No Comment

Apple iTunes music store statistics: I’m listening to the keynote as I get stuff done here and I thought some of the numbers were huge enough to mention. They sell 1.8 million songs a day. They have 82% of the market share in the us, 85% of the market of the world wide music stores. They have 2,000,000 song vs. 200,000 from 2.5 years ago. And they have ten million accounts on iTunes.

For podcasting, which they just added few months ago, they have over 15,000 feeds and 7,000,000 subscriptions.

I wasn’t sure yesterday but the Harry Potter content is exclusive to iTunes and so is the selling of individual Madonna tracks.

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Written By: Gary on September 7, 2005 One Comment

Plus: So they’ve finally released a phone with Apple iTunes it’s the ROKR by Motorola (with a camera and speakers built in), it’s sorta like a shuffle with a display. Very cool! 100 Songs on your phone to sync with iTunes (I assumed you would be able download via the phone but I don’t see any references to that, so I guess not). It’s $249, but I’m sure it’ll drop by the holidays… (It looks like you can get it for $99 after rebates and activating a plan)

Minus: They release a new version of iTunes, which seems great but it screwed up on the import of the old data, it gave me an error and renamed my library to “iTunes Library (Damaged)”. It screwed up my list of podcasts, moved all of them to the regular music library and deleted my subscriptions. I could re-add them, if I could remember them :(

Warning: Extra-geeky content follows…

In addition, from the iPod it deleted 6GB of podcasts and says it can’t sync (error -39) but no suggestions on recovering.

UPDATE: So I couldn’t get it to sync, ran Disk Utility (etc.). Deleted the photo sync cache. I removed all the photos. Told it not to sync any photos. Tried adding podcasts, deleting podcasts. Then not to sync any Podcasts. Somewhere in the I had two podcast playlists (and another playlist was upset with that, which I deleted way earlier) so I made sure those were gone (I still have the podcast group). Eventually it started working okay. Probably one of the steps towards the end. Who knows…

I adding a gajillion podcasts back in. Added my photos and I seem to be a-okay (so far).

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Written By: Gary on June 30, 2005 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes store has added Podcasts at the iTunes Music Store
icon (just click on “podcasts” from the main menu at the ITMS) and of course they are free. I know you’re thinking, “Who cares, I’ve already got podcasting software to download them and add them to my iPod?” But this doesn’t need software this builds it right in so your friends who you haven’t gotten to listen have no excuse now (the software is free and so are the downloads). Plus they updated the firmware on your iPod to offer several benefits (read on). And Apple started their own weekly new music podacast!

The new iPod software puts the podcasts in a folder so they don’t get mixed in with your music. Plus they all appear to be automatically bookmarked when you leave a podcast and come back to it!!!! This is important for the longer shows (some are 20-60 minutes) when you want to come back and not have to fast forward through a lot of information!

What didn’t they do? I don’t see any way to make my own smart playlist of podcasts. It’s inconvenient to jump around between different podcasts (or I’m doing it wrong). I used to make a smart playlist of short (30sec-2min) daily podcasts and listen to them all in 20-30 minutes, it was like my own radio show. I’m really hoping I’m missing something on this and someone can correct me on it.

I’m sure I’ll find more to comment on about this good and bad but so far the plusses far outweigh the minuses to me…

Written By: Gary on June 28, 2005 4 Comments

So not only is one of my favorite podcast’s back in business (he’s been busy for the past 5 weeks) but I got a mention for suggesting today’s word, “Voilà!”, be sure to listen to the the audio (it’s only 74 seconds). Scott does Today’s Podcast which is generally “A brief daily podcast of words and quotes”. He’s always looking for words to do and even has a phone number where you can leave comments or messages. Be sure to check it out…

He does mention my new site that I’m migrating to (http://GarySaid.com/). It’s not 100% done yet but if you’ve got blogrolls or bookmarks please change them. It should be done by the end of the week. It’s (mostly) fully functional (and currently has the same new posts as the old site) but many links take you to the old site. It should be complete this week…

Written By: Gary on June 12, 2005 2 Comments

This was one of the opening acts for Ivy. They’re from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Why haven’t I ever heard of them? FYI – Them is the sibling team of Bruce and Erica Driscoll.

I talked to Erica for just a minute and got her autograph on my CD. When I saked where they were out of, she said “somewhere between Grand Rapids and Brazil”, which didn’t make a lot of sense until I read their Web Site. She was charming, beautiful and very nice.
And she signed my CD “To Gary- heart Erica”. Sigh…

We showed up late and only caught a few of the songs, I was very disappointed with this since I thought they were excellent. Wish I had taken a picture or two. Didn’t even think of it at first. They shared some of the musicians with Ivy which was interesting. I think she looked more like the drawing on the Astaire Music web site (it’s gone now) then the photo on the CD cover. I didn’t get an opportunity to talk to Bruce.

They’ll have an iTunes Exclusive Live Acoustic EP released soon! Their first album, Don’t Whisper Lies, is a five song EP, it’s cheap at the iTunes store! If you’ve got quicktime you can listen to an interactive jukebox thingy they have set up. And they’re featured in the May BMI Podcast.

UPDATE: The band is now called Blondfire.

Written By: Gary on May 13, 2005 2 Comments

Science at nasaScience@NASA has a great story about two Friday the 13ths (click to listen). There’s also a text version but Tony does a good read of it so you should listen to him (although the web page does have a few diagrams).

NASA’s got the audio sounding better than it used to and their MP3 tags are much better but they’ve still got to fix the filename (it’s always story.mp3).

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Written By: Gary on April 30, 2005 One Comment

It’s so seamless to watch new or old shows when I’m watching something and see advertisements or ads for the 11 o’clock news what use the words “tonight” or “this Friday” I have no idea when they are talking about!?! (You do realize I do love TiVo, right?)

I have the same problem with Podcasts. They’ll say tomorrow or yesterday, but you don’t know how old/new the show is. For example Adam Curry was talking about download problems with “yesterday’s podcast” but I didn’t know if I had downloaded it since I didn’t know when yesterday was; this isn’t the best example since he is pretty good at dating the files (but sometimes he records late at night and the date isn’t always what you’d expect). BTW, it did turn out I hadn’t listened to that one.

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Written By: Gary on March 27, 2005 4 Comments

Weekend America had an interesting ten minute segment on the Terry Shiavo case this weekend. I thought it was interesteing and had a lot more info than the little 45 second snippets I mostly hear. I thought it was interesting enough to share. It’s available Real Audio or MP3 (go about 2 minutes in) (or as a podcast). Is it Terri or Terry? (Yes, I know it’s Theresa).

Written By: Gary on March 26, 2005 No Comment

As I mentioned in an earlier post that Battlestar Galactica is now podcasting a Directort’s Commentary, it now appears that Stargate Atlantis is doing the same thing. I wonder if this is the wave of things to come on the SciFi channel…?

Written By: Gary on March 23, 2005 No Comment

What piece of music have you listened to just because someone you respect or admire – but don’t actually know in person – recommended it?

The Lacivious Biddies. They do an interesting mix of music and harmony. Adam Curry, (the father of podcasting (and former Mtv VJ), loves them and plays them on his show and I really liked the songs he plays. I jsut got the CDs last week and a few tracks have grown on me (a few others I’m not sure of yet). Here’s a few samples: You don’t know me, (I Wanna be) Famous, Coney Island and they do a great cover (of the Go Go’s) Head Over Heels too!

They also do a podcast – The BiddyCast.

From the Midweek Music Meme

Written By: Gary on March 21, 2005 One Comment

So if you’re watching the new Battlestar Galactica on the SciFi channel (several times per Friday night) there is a way to listen to a commentary by producer Ronald D. Moore (like the director’s commentary you can listen to on DVDs). They are marketing these as podcasts but they are really just MP3 files (but of course you can get them with your podcasting client. I haven’t listened yet (I’m a few weeks behind on my TiVo) but I thought I’d mention it…

Also they’ve got the first episode on-line with a few deleted scenes. I’ve got to assume the deleted scenes and commentary will al be available once they release the DVDs…

Written By: Gary on March 3, 2005 No Comment
Onesome: Routine— Tell us about your morning routine. Do you get up at the same time every day, or do you sometimes hit the snooze button on your alarm clock more often than you should? Do you head straight for the coffee or into the shower?
A bright light turns on automatically just before the alarm, I hit snooze a few times and get up. Turn the shower on, put some bacon on the stove and hop in the shower. Flip the bacon, get some clothes, bacon in the oven to warm and put on an egg. Grab the cellphone out of the charger, drag the podcasts that got downloaded in the night onto the iPod. Flip egg, dress, cut a slice of catelope, eat, leave. (Other than the iPod part this has been my routine for years)
Twosome: Scheduled— What’s on your schedule for the day? Do you schedule every minute or go with the flow?
I gotta go with the flow, but there are days when it’s all pre-scheduled in advance.
Threesome: Maintenance— What do you do to maintain your sanity each day in this hectic world? Do you find a little time to yourself each day and meditate, or wait until everyone’s tucked in for the night and log on to the computer or settle down with a book? Or do you run off to the gym and maintain your body while maintaining your mind?
I always need to escape work and get lunch and I generally read a book while eating. Sometimes I’ll read before bed too (but a different book, since the first one is still in the car).

From The Thursday Threesome

Written By: Gary on February 17, 2005 No Comment

Found this at Maison Pants.

A survey about the songs in your iPod (or just in iTunes).

How many total songs? 3901 (of 5076 tracks of music, podcasts and audio books and more)

Sort by Song Title
First: ? by Nena from 99 Luftballoons
Last: Zombie by The Cranberries from No Need to Argue

Sort by Time
First: The Final Answer Sound from Who Wants to be a Millionaire at 0:02
Last: God (the dharma kaya-Mix) by Tori Amos at 12:37

Sort by Album
First: 3 inch Single by The Go Go’s
Last: Your Little Secret by Melissa Etheridge

Sort by Artist
First: 4 Non Blondes
Last: Zoe (from an 80’s retro disc)

Top Ten Most Played Songs
Wow a bunch of Earthy/Lilith-type stuff (imagine that…)
Sugarcoated by Aimee Mann
Adia by Sarah McLachlan
Answer by Sarah McLachlan
My Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne
Angel by Sarah McLachlan
Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
How Does It Feel by Avril Lavigne
Nobody’s Home by Avril Lavigne
Forgotten by Avril Lavigne
Overdrive by Katy Rose

Find “sex,” how many songs show up? 18

Find “death,” how many songs show up? 2

Find “love,” how many songs show up? 269

* All links go to the iTunes Music Store.

Written By: Gary on February 5, 2005 2 Comments

So I was just listening to Today’s Podcast and they were talking about the word cover with Brian from Coverville. The part I’m thinking of is as they were talking they start digressed to talking about visiting states and what counts as a visit. We disscussed this among friends before so I thought this was interesting (Brian wasn’t to visit all 50 by the time he is 40). A layover in an airport doesn’t count, you must leave the airport and do something, he said getting a meal was enough. I liked the meal concept as counting as a visit.

Here’s a question though — I’ve ridden the train from the State of Washington to Chicago, do I get to count all the states I’ve ridden through? I may have seen a lot through the window, we even got off the train to run and get some munchies (from a store, not the train station), but I probably slept through most of a state at night. The states I saw sure seem like they’d count more than just getting a meal in some other state just to check off your checklist…

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Written By: Gary on February 3, 2005 3 Comments

So I know I’ve mentioned podcasting before. Listening to podcasts has become a little bit of an obsession for me. The trick is to get the audio files from the Internet and onto your iPod (or other music player). For that you need a podcasting client. The one I use is called iPodderX and it runs on Macintosh OS X. This is probably one of the better clients I’ve seen and it just added the feature I wanted which now makes it the best client I’ve seen.

IpodderxWhat you do with a client is tell it what feeds (shows) you want to listen to and it gets them for you. It’ll check every few hours pulling down new files for you and put them into a directory and/or itunes for you. iPodderX does all this and more…

Why is iPodderX the best OS X client?

  • It’ll stick the audio files in custom categories for you (I use this to build my “smart” playlists).
  • It will put them in Custom Folders (or create a folder for each day).
  • It’ll download by keyword (say you listen to the One Minute Tip and you only want tips dealing with PhotoShop you just put that in the keyword field).
  • It’ll let you search the podcast directory right from the program.
  • It’ll convert the files directly to Bookmarkable AAC files (you want this since the iPod is smart enough to use the bookmark to start you up right where you left off, even if you’ve gone and listened to other songs). This is the newest feature that make it the best IMHO.
  • It’ll grab images and put them into iPhoto for you.
  • It’ll also grab movie files (if you like).

    Honestly, I don’t like the way they create the AAC files (the way they have iTunes do it and you can’t adjust settings) but since they do it for me (and I never adjusted the settings) and I don’t have to I can live with it!

    I want a few features to change the audio file ID tags (since many shows don’t use them and it’s hard to find files) with renaming, inserting the date and a few little twists like that and it will be perfect…

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    Written By: Gary on January 2, 2005 One Comment

    Everyone – I love your shows, when I can find them on my music player. The is a request for some naming consistency in your files and the Song Name*. You may have the show name in the Artist or Album, but sometimes if listing by song name all I see is a bunch of numbers with tracks mixed with others tracks. I have the iPod Photo which has more information (a few more lines and a few more characters) in the display, I can’t imagine what others are seeing (or not seeing).

    When the file name or song title starts with a number it just sorts with all the others with the same numbers. Then we can’t ever find anything. Starting by month is confusing too, for example: my November “ESC Radio” just mixes in with my November “Gilmore Gang”.

    When this is really an issue is when I’m trying to show someone else “something cool” but end up not finding it. They aren’t very impress or encouraged to buy anything (or buy in to podcasting) at that time. I want more people to be geeked and excited about this!!! I’m certain you feel the same.

    My suggestion (which is really only pointing out how others are already doing it): Something short to designate your show and then the date or episode number and then the title of the episode if you have one.

  • Adam does DSC-YYYY-MM-DD for the Daily Source Code.
  • Coverville does Coverville-YYYY-MO-DD.
  • East Detroit Radio does EDR_Epi_YYYMMDD (I’m assuming the 3 digits I labeled Epi are the episode number).
  • Today’s Podcast probably does it my favorite way tp_YYYYMMDD_word_of_the_day he’s got the podcast name abberviated, the date and the subject of today’s ‘cast all in one short line.
    I like these they are easy to file and sort through.
  • Just ABBR-YYMMDD (abbreviation, and 2 digits each for year month and day) would probably be enough (we’ll worry about the Y2100 problem later…) and then anything extra could be appended.

    Some of these may just be iPod issues. Maybe even more so of an issue when viewing the AAC files in the AudioBook mode (since it lumps all the files together, hopefully Apple will address this). But even some of the sites that offer the feed in a AAC (mp4) format are some of the more difficult ones to find due to nameing. Some sites have no system, NASA names everything story.mp3 and then something nicer (sometimes) in the song name but sometimes just “NASA story”, Adam has mentioned this over at the Daily SOurce Code.

    I’ll take feedback on this, maybe I’m missing something… I do know I see everyone is doing it different, maybe for no reason, maybe there is a reason.

    FYI – I’m trying to work the bugs out in the naming myself before I start my podcast later this month. :)

    * I say the Song Name because that seems to be the way my iPod/iTunes (and we are “podcasting”) seems to list by default. Especially in Audiobook mode (so I can bookmark my place), all I can see is the song name.

    Written By: Gary on December 28, 2004 One Comment

    So the title is boring, but the content isn’t. At least watch the movie, preferably listen to the audio and then watch the movie.

    So I was listening (3:28) to Future Tense today and they talked about this 8 minute film (watch it). It’s kind of how how personalized information will be presented to you in the future and some of the problems with it. It might be helpful to listen to Jon before watching the movie. It’s interesting.

    This is extra interesting to me. I’ve been perfecting my personal daily “news” feed for my iPod. Everyday it automatically gathers a bunch of short shows for me to listen to; some are “real” radio shows and some are podcasts. It’s about 30 minutes of 10-12 shows that include (but not limited to): the news (NPR news, Future Tense and other tech), health, science (stardate astronomy, earth and sky, earthwatch), word of the day, and several fluff human interest stories (I’ll elaborate more on this in some futer posts). I do listen to more, but these are pretty much the for sure ones I listen to. It’s definitely limiting what I’m hearing, but at least it’s stuff I’m interested in. In the future I know these things will be smarter and I’ll get more variety with more choices but the searching just isn’t there yet so I’m manually having to make some generalizations.

    I’d like some more variety but this is what I’ve found that I like so far. I’d love a few more “people” shows, maybe with some social/psychological-type info (but not a 30 minute show). I’d like my horoscope, I never read it but if it were to be read to me I’d listen. Letterman’s top ten would be fun too. And some local news would be great; not just the murders and fires but the things that are going on, what kids have done and other “stuff”. Any tips or suggestions?

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    Written By: Gary on December 25, 2004 3 Comments

    WARNING: No holiday content in this post!!!

    It’s about time to ditch the WWW from web addresses. There is no technical reason to have them there. You want a secret? There never has been a (required) reason* to have them. Since the dark ages of the Internet people have typed that 4 extra characters every time they want a page while most web pages do not require it. It’s actually the http:// that tells the computer it’s a web page (not the WWW) and most web browsers do not require the http:// part either (and haven’t for a long time) since it’s a web browser it’s first assumption is that it is a web page so it views it correctly (most e-mail browsers and word processors like it so they know for sure where to send you).

    Nowwwclass-BWhy am I babbling about this today of all days? 1) it’s a pet peeve. 2) I just heard them talking about it on a radio show (which is coincidentally a podcast). 3) I want to expose you all to more podcasts whenever I can so I can get you hooked. Over at Future Tense they discuss it. You could go there and read it or you could just listen to the MP3 file (or the Real Audio file). I don’t know how long they keep the audio files up so listen while you can, it’s under four minutes long. (SORRY, AUDIO DOESN”T WORK ANYMORE.)

    * You’d want it if you wanted it to be on a different computer than other services, but what service could you offer that you’d want to have a shorter name than you main information server? Yes, e-mail is the obvious answer, but e-mail has always (at least as long as I remember) had an option to run on a different computer. For more info see http://no-www.org/ and scroll down to Aug. 14, 2003.

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    Written By: Gary on December 22, 2004 One Comment

    AdamcurryMany of you know Adam Curry from Mtv, but these days he’s known as “the prince of pod” or “the podfather” or a few other (complimentary) things. He did a lot of pushing in a lot of ways to make podcasting what it is today. His almost daily show is The Daily Source Code, to appreciate it you really need to listen (at last count I think he said he’s got 50,000 listeners). He does it like a live show, if he screws up it’s there, it’s about 40 minutes an episode so put it on your mp3 player or burn a few episodes to CD and listen to it at your convenience. He’s hysterical. His show is about tech, podcasts, music and his life, check it out.

    His show consists promos for other shows, music for (mostly small) bands he likes, adjusting to life in England, reverb, drumlines, cowbell and the (neverending) saga for high speed internet in his new home. He’s been trying to get high speed access for a month now and it’s a quest, it’s actually made several papers that the ‘Gilford exchange is out of ports and how this has been brought to light by the Daily Source Code’.

    He really seems like a genuinely nice guy who’d be fun to hang out with. He’s like the guy you know who has all the tech toys and seems to have time to work with them all and has the ability (and time) to have fun doing it!

    For more podcasting artcles and info: CNN, Wired or Dave Pogue.

    Written By: Gary on December 7, 2004 No Comment

    So in the January 2005 issue of MacAddict (just came in the mail) there is a two page article about podcasting and some links and info on how to listen in. Remember you don’t need an iPod you can just listen to them on your computer or you can just have the podcasting software deliver it to (free) iTunes for Mac or Windows.

    A big part of the article is a sidebar on “Podcast Pioneer Adam Curry”. I was just listening to Adam on my way home, he’s finally settled in his new home in the UK and I think this (yesterday) was his first show from the new location. He does his show (the Daily Source Code) like it’s live, so you get all the fun stuff when he spills his tea allover his desk and is bitching about the mess. He’s hysterical, be sure to check his show out…

    Written By: Gary on November 27, 2004 No Comment

    As they’d say on Jeopardy, “What is Podcasting?”. This is the greatest new thing people with iPods (or other mp3 players) use to get their own custom “radio shows”. People on-line have been doing different kinds of audio broadcasts for a while now. Places like ITconversations or people doing audio blogs (etc.) have been puting the audio out there but you would have to go get it and put it on your player. With programs like iPodder you can subscribe to these services and automatically check and pull them down and put them in your iTunes to be synced automatically the next type you plug in your iPod. Not all audio programs out there are subscribe-able yet. I’ll list some of the programs below that I like and you can subscribe or just listen. To subscribe you’ll need the RSS feed for that site so if you’re just looking you’ll want to check out the main site.

    Different services out there that you might like I like are:

  • IT Conversations RSS
  • Inside Mac Radio RSS
  • Reel Reviews RSS
  • PurpleStars: daily adventures of a techy girl RSS
  • The Laporte Report Audio Edition RSS
  • Engadget Podcast RSS
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