Investigating Options For Commenting On Specific Podcast Episodes

I have been wanting to come up with a quick way to comment on specific podcasts that I've been listening to.  In a recent brainstorming session with a friend we considered that maybe Apple iTunes was keeping the RSS referral post link in the meta data of the iTunes music library XML. 

Unfortunately after digging into the XML file and looking at what iTunes exposes to AppleScript, it doesn't appear to work.

Maybe I should output the podcast OPML file I have from iTunes, and use something like Google Reader to manage my options for specific podcast episode commenting. Thoughts?!?


Suggestions On Having A Better Social Event Experience

Guy Kawasaki has a good list of items from Susan RoAnne to consider before you go out to a 'smoozing event'. 

I like the item '#2 Prepare For The Event' a lot.  I've had a very good recent experience doing something similar a couple of months back.

Another suggestion is to listen to Manager-Tool's podcast entitled "How to Politely Become Part of a Group." 

I have also used the recommendations in this podcast to have an overall better social experience where previously I would have felt out of place.


Privacy Thoughts - Google Vs. ISPs

There is a lot of good blogger analysis about Google's ability to drill down deep into the search world and possibly get  into trouble by not keeping personal privacy data private. 

Given Google's business model of matching people to ads, it is in their best interest to not blow this, and keep private data private.

However, there seems to be a small group of alarmists raising issue with Google's recent purchase of RSS service provider Feedburner.

I do have to disclose that I am a big fan and happy customer of Feedburner. Congrats to the team over there. 

Based on my above assertion that Google must, if they want to be successful, protect privacy, that this new found very rich data in Feedburner will get the same high-level of protection. 

Plus, I don't see any signs of Google behaving badly, and that can not be said about ISPs.

Wired recently published a piece that outlines one of my big privacy concern areas - the data ISPs can and will be collecting, and what they plan to do with it as it effects public disclosure (overt, covert, and stolen), and possible manipulation as it enters 'their' network and gets to your devices.


Podcast Recommendation - Interview With New Media Author Philip Meza

Chris Gondek over at the Invisible Hand Podcast had a great interview with Philip Meza the author of the book "Coming Attractions: Hollywood, High Tech, and the Future of Entertainment" that is definitely worth a listen.

The one great thing in the podcast was that Chris let Philip outline some key recommendations that companies and organizations should be doing to excel in this new media world.


Movie Recommendation - Thank You For Smoking

I have to echo Reel Reviews Radio's recommendation for the movie Thank You For Smoking

Based on the podcast review, I ordered it from the library on Thursday and picked it up on Friday.  Christy and I watched it on Friday night.  It was very enjoyable and funny.


Windows Vista Status - Two Installs Completed

If you have spoken to me in person over the last two weeks or so, I probably mentioned I'm on my second Windows Vista install. 

My first work install was a Toshiba M4 Tablet PC that also had RC1 and then died with RC2 (long story), but is now working pretty well with Vista Ultimate edition.  My only real issue is the strange way video out works and how to control it.  Things seem much better after downloading all the Vista drivers from Toshiba.  This system also is running Office 2007, but it is not my primary system so I've only been doing light work on it. So, other than launching all the new applications, that is all I've done.

I have ordered a new SATA laptop drive for my primary laptop system for work (a Toshiba M400 Tablet PC), and I'll be upgrading that soon now that I know more about issues to expect based on experience.

My second update is my custom home desktop PC.  It is going a long fine without too many issues.  These have both been clean installs with new hard drives, no upgrading in place.  So, most issues are pretty straight forward to solve with latest software or drivers.

I really like some of the new performance monitoring features in Vista (how-to) but I did have some trouble finding were the TCP/IP configuration options got moved to.  I do not have Aero Glass at home (the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285 is not powerful enough I guess), but the Toshiba M4 does have it.

Questions?!?  I'll keep the blog updated on anything new.  BTW ... I did notice that Dann Sheridan recently did an upgrade from Windows XP to Vista Business.


Do You Twitter? Do You Care?

A large number of podcasters that I listen to have been talking a lot about Twitter

When I first looked at it, I didn't really get it. 

But I think a recent TWIT mentioned that it was kinda like a casual blog which peaked my interest ... somewhere in-between a blog post and a non-blog post. 

It definitely could be used for keeping people in your close circle of online friends updated on what you are doing, where you are at, etc.  Kinda like your IM setting for your status but with more details and updates.

Anyway ... I'm 'sholden' on Twitter if you care.  I'll be trying it out for a couple of days or so for sure. If you want an invite I can send you one.  Drop me an email: sholden@pobox.com.


RocketBoom Almost Makes Me Famous?

I was just catching up with my RocketBoom viewing and the 12Feb07 edition started off with what I originally thought was my ground breaking CountryWest-MP3 background track made popular in podcasts for TechNewsRadio.com.

Unfortunately, I forgot to publish it, making someone using my version highly unlikely unless they had PaulDotCom hacking skills.

So, reality has sunk in, and it is highly more probable that someone ended up using the same sound bed in Apple's GarageBand with Harmonica tracks in a pretty similar fashion.  Bummer ...

 (Size 464-KB, Running Time 0m28s)


EVDO Router Refences Mentioned In Podcast

A recent Kevin Devin's In The Trenches podcast discussed the following email I sent in to him and George Starcher on the topic of EVDO wireless routers:

Here is some background if you want to chat about it (sorry I would send in some audio comments but I can't get any recording done today) ...  I have both the Junxion Box JB110b and the Kyocera KR1.  But I've been using the Junxion box for nearly a year but the Kyocera for only a couple of weeks.  I'll travel with the Kyocera this week and I'll have more to say about it later.

  • JB110b:
    • supports EVDO and other services like from AT&T/Cingular
    • ruggedized case (ideal for industrial or field operations)
    • can route/load balance from broadband Ethernet (DSL, Cable, etc.)
    • WI-FI features seem advanced
    • network mgmt features available
    • one thing I don't like is the power brick
    • 2 Ethernet ports (but only one for client if you are route/load balancing)
    • ~$599
  • KR1:
    • EVDO only (with support for select EVDO cellphones)
    • consumer looking router (I think is is actually OEM'd from D-Link
    • can not load balance or route
    • WI-FI features don't seem as robust
    • weight is less than the Junxion box
    • comes with a car power adapter and better designed power brick
    • 4 Ethernet client ports
    • ~$299

One of the more interesting thing for me is both units are using open source software as the operating system (OS) on the units and each has a pretty good web interface (not great but better than some).

On the topic of business continuity, I think the Junxion Box would be ideal for that.  It is an idea I am proposing internal at my work.
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Related to this topic are to recent posts about new gear from Engadget and Gizmodo.