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                          Putting IT Conversations to Bed

                          After 3300 shows, the time has come for IT Conversations to end. While I'll miss it, I'm proud of what we've accomplished and will be grateful for the friendships I've made and skills I've developed.
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                          Podcatchers for Smartphones

                          Grab Downcast and plug in the IT Conversations feed URL and enjoy great tech talks from the longest running podcast on the planet...no matter where you're at.
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                          The Last Stack Overflow Podcast...For a While

                          Image by ern via Flickr Today I published Episode 86 of Stack Overflow. You may have heard that Joel is going to quit blogging. He also hinted that that would include podcasting. Episode 86 represents the last Stack Overflow podcast--at least in it's current form. Joel and Jeff are going to take a few weeks off and see if they can redefine the podcast. If you have specific suggestions for them, I'm sure they'd appreciate hearing your ideas. Meanwhile, I'm going to miss this podcast...a lot.
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                          SpokenWord Has Launched

                          Doug Kaye has launched SpokenWord.org, a "new free on-line service that helps you find, manage and share audio and video spoken-word recordings, regardless of who produced them or where they're published." SpokenWord lets you build collections of programs or follow someone else's collection. There are a number of things you can do with a collection (from the FAQ): Add Tags to help others find your Collections. Go to My SpokenWord and click on the collection's [edit/tag] link. Add Comments. Click on the Share This link to send via email or post to services such as Facebook, del.icio.us and Digg.
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                          Technometria Podcast No. 100: Elias Torres and Ben Adida on RDFa

                          Today I published the 100th Technometria podcast on IT Conversations. The show was a conversation with Elias Torres and Ben Adida about RDFa. I learned about RDFa from Elias and Ben when we were in Beijing for WWW2007 last April. The idea is simple: RDF is nice but requires people write metadata separate from the content it describes. Why not embed that semantic information inside the HTML as attributes? This is a pretty cool idea--complimentary to the idea of microformats, I think--that just might make the semantic web palatable enough that it actually happens. Bonus: Here's an RDFa Primer
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                          Happy Birthday IT Conversations!

                          IT Conversations is five years old today! Doug started ITC before the word "podcasting" was even a word. Doug mentions these milestones on his blog: published 1,743 audio programs (89 currently in production) trained 152 members of TeamITC who produce our programs created four channels based on the IT Conversations model created PodCorps.org (now 640+ stringers) released The Levelator (more than 83,500 downloads) I was one of Doug's first interviews and now I'm the Executive Producer. It's been a fun ride and I've enjoyed my association with Doug and the other members of TeamITC very much.
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                          NewsGang Fantasies: The Dream Team

                          I enjoy the News Gang, The Gang, the Gillmor Gang, or whatever it's called. Actually, I think Steve's starting to call it all the Gillmor Gang again and that's good. That's the right name and brand for Steve's podcasts. I usually listen to the Gang, as I can, while I'm driving. There's quite a flow and I can't listen to them all (after all, I have all the IT Conversations stuff to listen to). So, I usually just pull up the latest. Today that was Friday's show. I found myself laughing out loud as it devolved from a discussion
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                          PodcampSLC Date has Been Moved

                          The podcamp scheduled in Salt Lake for January 26th has been changed to March 29th. The location, Neumont University, is the same. I'm planning on going.
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                          Scoble on Tech at Fast Company

                          Scoble is doing a video column at Fast Company called Scoble on Tech. Interesting format: Scoble and Ed Sussman from Fast Company are chatting on video. There's pretty high production value--it's edited down so that you see each person when they talk and there are out takes to sites they talk about and graphics. I just heard about it from Brad Baldwin while we were meeting about Podcamp SLC (Jan 26--more later). I watched the show on Open Social and learned some things. There's definitely meat here. Still, I'm not convinced that lots of people are going to take
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                          Vote for IT Conversations at Bloggers Choice Awards

                          If you enjoy IT Conversations, consider voting for IT Conversations as the best podcast at the Blogger's Choice Awards site. Naturally, we'd love to win. As an aside, you have to go through a registration process to vote. Sorry. This is the perfect kind of application for OpenID--too bad they don't use it.
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                          Optimizing iTunes for IT Conversations

                          A number of people use iTunes as their podcatcher--the software that automatically downloads a podcast and puts it on their iPod. If that's you, please take a minute to change your preferences so that you don't miss any IT Conversations podcasts. By default iTunes only downloads the most recent podcast from a given site each day. For most sites, which publish less than once per day, that works fine. For sites like IT Conversations, however, that means you might be missing some shows you'd rather have downloaded. I try to just publish one show per day to avoid this
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                          Would You Let IT Conversations See Your Podcast Ratings in iTunes?

                          Not too long ago, Richard Miller suggested using the iTunes XML file that iTunes creates for use by other applications as a way of getting feedback for podcasts. Here's Apple's description of the XML file and what it can be used for. If you rate a few things in your collection and then go look at the XML file, you'll see it would be a relatively simple task to grab whether something had been played or not, it's rating, and how many times it was played (usually once for a podcast) from the file. An application that lived in
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                          Feedback for the News (and Podcasts)

                          Over at Scripting News, Dave is positing a system for giving feedback to the media about what stories you want to see and which you don't. This in an effort to get more personalization in the news stories we see. I've had similar thoughts about podcasting (as has Dave and others). At IT Conversations, there is a feedback mechanism. Relatively speaking, no one uses it. Part of the problem is that when you're listening to podcasts you're probably not at your computer. Part of the problem is that people don't understand the benefit. We have a recommendations engine that
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                          PodCorps.org

                          Doug Kaye, the man behind IT Conversations is launching PodCorps.org. Th goal is to create a network of podcasting stringers and event producers who can record and publish important spoken-word events anywhere in the world. One of the goals is to cover events related to the 2008 election in the US. Right now, PodCorps.org is recruiting stringers. Later, event producers will be able to tap into that pool of talent to get their events recorded. See and FAQ for more details. If you have the ability to record events and your willing to volunteer your time, take a minute
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                          Open Source Conversations

                          After an experiment of almost a year, Gigavox Media has decided to fold Open Source Conversations back in IT Conversations. Frankly this is a decision I've hoped for for some time. At the time Open Source Conversations was created, there was a lot of open source shows coming to IT Conversations and Gigavox was anxious to create sister channels for IT Conversations. I like not splitting things up, but I also recognize that as more and more material is published on IT Conversations, listeners have a tough time figuring out what to listen to. I didn't want to lose
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                          Utah Stories

                          Richard Markosian is the creator of a Web site called UtahStories.com. I love the idea and I love the execution. The site hosts a collection of short video documentaries about current events, people, and history in Utah. There's a menu item called "Tell Your Story" that is "temporarily unavailable" so I'm not sure what the model is for user submitted stories. I'd love to see a way for podcasts and video to co-exist on the site.
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                          Scoblizing Utah

                          Robert Scoble and Phil Windley. The sun and snow were very bright.(click to enlarge) Robert Scoble was in Utah today for Slopecast, a Rocky Mountain Voices event. I had a meeting at noon, so I wasn't able to make it up for Robert's presentation, but I drove up and we spent some time talking after the event. The event was sold out, as you'd expect, and by all measures was successful. I heard several people commenting how much they enjoyed it. I'm sure the event was recorded, so I'll try to point to it when it's online.
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                          Are You a Product or a Brand?

                          There's been a lot written over the years on the ideas of the personal brand. I'm always surprised how many otherwise bright people will go get a Hotmail account when what they need is a professional, personal email address. Part of blogging's appeal to many is the chance to build personal brand. Tom Peters says "To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You." I was just reading a post by Chris Borgan about making money from podcasts called Your Show Itself is NOT the Money Maker. He says:
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                          Behind the Scenes: Producing the Technometria Podcast

                          Paul Figgiani, the Executive Producer of the Podcast Academy Channel and the Senior Audio Engineer for IT Conversations wrote up a behind the scenes description of what we did to make this weeks Technometria podcast with Doug Kaye and Jeff Barr. As Paul points out, there are seven people directly involved: the five people on the call and Paul and Joel Tscherne, the Series Producer for Technometria working behind the scenes. This is a good description of what it takes to make a show. I'm lucky to have good support--Paul and Joel do their jobs well and it makes
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                          Funding Public Radio (and ITC) with VRM

                          In a post at Linux Journal about identity and VRM, Doc Searls says that rather than boil the VRM ocean, he would rather pick a specific problem. Beyond cash for goods or services, I would like the option of having some range in relating. Maybe I want nothing more than give an artist some cash and a high-five. Or I may want a subscription to notices of new work, or to performances near where I live. The thing is, this mechanism needs to live on my side: to be mine. It must be able to relate to a first
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                          Using Amazon's Web Services for Sophisticated Applications

                          I just put a post up at Between the Lines about Doug Kaye's use of Amazon's Web services for hosting sophisticated applications. One look at the block diagram on Doug's site will convince you that this is substantially more than a trivial use of AWS.
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                          Senate Radio

                          The Utah Senate has a podcast called Senate Radio, a podcast featuring Utah Senators talking about their bills and ideas. Obviously, the interviewer is a friendly, but there's still some good value here. I like that it's a real podcast--you can subscribe with iTunes or whatever podcatcher you use and have it show up on your iPod if that's what you want. Otherwise, you just go to the site and listen there. I'd like a list of the most recent shows to show up on the page (you can click on "Posts" on the embedded player and get that
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                          Open Podcast Device Ideas

                          Dave posted a list of ideas from this morning's discussion of open podcast devices.
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                          Adding Value By Taking Away Choice

                          Thomas Beck did a great job of expanding on and adding value to the discussion Matt, Scott and I had with Bryce Roberts on the Technology and Venture Capital podcast from a few weeks ago. His value map is a useful tool for finding value in various delivery chains. I think his equation can be refined however--at least for media plays. He says that value = sevices + device I think the model Spencer Wang presents in The Long Tail: Why Aggregation & Context and Not (Necessarily) Content are King in Entertainment is a good one and it has
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                          YouTube For eGovernment

                          David Stephenson's arguing that YouTube will prove itself a critical tool for emergency management. Government agencies could already make much better use of video, podcasts, and screencasts than they do. Once they catch onto their importance, they'll need to realize that content aggregators like YouTube are a much better alternative than burying these services on some agency Web server.
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                          Podcasting: Beyond the Audio

                          Darusha Wehm is the force behind all of supporting material that appears on the IT Conversations Web site for each show. She runs the network of Web site editors who write the text that accompanies each show, trains new editors, handles assignment problems, and answers the questions that come up about sticky situations. She spoke at the last Podcast Academy and I just posted her show on supporting podcasts with other material the IT Conversations homepage.
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                          Podcast Academy V

                          GigaVox Media has announced Podcast Academy V to be held at Duke University on Feb 14-15, 2007. So grab your valentine and head out--if you're interested in Podcasting, there's no better place to learn how to podcast. I went to the last one and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
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                          Podcast Your Way to Fame and Glory

                          I'd like to start a regular feature on IT Conversations that contains interviews with authors of recent IT books. The series, which I'm tentatively calling "Book IT!", would air every other week. I'd expect the host to Select and read the books (most publishers will send a complimentary copy to IT Conversations). Contact the author and schedule the interview. Most authors are happy to publicize their books. Conduct the interview and record the show (phone or Skype interview). This presume you have the equipment to produce a good quality WAV file from a phone conversation. IT Conversations can provide
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                          Free Sound Effects

                          If you're looking for sound effects to add to a play list or insert in the middle of a podcast, this site has a good nice collection of free sound effects in categories like ambiance, domestic (household sounds), machines, and people. For example, here's an outside crowd.
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                          Podcasting Survey

                          If you're inclined to help IT Conversations at all, take a few minutes to answer this survey about podcasting and how you feel about it and use it. We'd really appreciate it.
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                          Technometria Podcast Is Reborn

                          One of the things I've thought IT Conversations needed was a panel-style show that aired regularly. I like that style of show as a listener and hear occasionally from other people that they like them too. So, I started one. I just published the second installment of Technometria as a regular panel today. I published the first last week. The first show had Dave Rosenberg of MuleSource as a guest and has an open source focus. The second show had Ross Mayfield as a guest and we talked a lot about wikis, social software, and the Google/JotSpot deal, as
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                          Memes, Links, and Gestures

                          Jason Calacanis quoted my entire post on why mobile data center matter in Part II of this week's Gillmor Gang. (Part I of the Hangup Gang is entirely skippable, BTW, so start with Part II.) He does this as an example of how podcast listeners aren't just listeners. Rather they're participants in the conversation. The whole discussion started with an observation by Jason that even though podcasts don't have links, people link them anyway. This got labeled "meme extension." You might view this as a generalization of links to something more abstract. Or you might just view meme extension
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                          Audio Podcasts: Competing with Non-consumption

                          Brett Nordquist likes IT Conversations better than the Scobleshow, although his reasons have little to do with content and much to do with format. Simply put, video podcasts compete with a different segment of the 'Net for user's time that audio podcasts do. Brett comments that when he's at his computer watching video its far more likely to be YouTube than it is a video podcast on technology 'ala the Scobleshow. Audio podcasts compete with radio, music, or, in some cases, non-consumption (i.e. the fill time that the listener wouldn't be listening to anything else). This doesn't change with
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                          TubeSock: In Honor of YouTube

                          In honor of the acquisition of YouTube by Google (which I wrote about on Between the Lines), the app of the day is TubeSock. Tube Sock grabs YouTube video and converts it to run on your iPod or PSP. Now you can take the insanity with you where ever you are and make archives of your favorites. Enjoy...
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                          John Furrier and Rock Mountain Voices

                          I just got done listening to Denise Howell's interview with John Furrier, the founder and CEO of PodTech.net. John will be in Salt Lake on Thursday for a meetup with Rocky Mountain Voices.
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                          New Tools to Help Podcasters

                          Podcast Pickle - No idea what it is(click to enlarge) Yesterday at Podcast Academy, Doug Kaye made a couple of announcements that will be important to anyone interested in podcasting. There are a number of tools that Team ITC (the folks who produce the shows on IT Conversations and other other GigaVox Media channels) use. GigaVox has decided to release some of them for everyone to use. The first is the Levelator, a tool for automatically adjusts the audio levels within a podcast to account for variations in level between speakers. So on on a conference call, for example, where
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                          Leo Laporte on Monetizing Podcasts

                          Leo Laporte from TWiT(click to enlarge) Leo LaPorte, the host of TWiT gave the closing keynote at Podcast Academy. This was one of those talks that's pretty fun to listen to, but hard to blog. Leo mentions that TWiT has started to take ads. Interestingly he gets quite a bit of pushback from listeners saying things like "now that you've started running ads, you'll never be honest about Dell again..." Certainly, this is no different than technology magazines or technology Web sites, but people feel differently about the editorial conflict of interest. Perhaps this is because podcasts are more intimate?
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                          Tim Street on Producing Viral Video

                          Tim Street(click to enlarge) Tim Street is speaking about viral video. Viral video has some important things in common: Easy to share OK to share (no too explicit) Controversial - takes risks Emotionally engaging The last point is the most important. Tim goes through a list of primary and secondary emotions. He shows different video clips (and their stats) for various emotions. Use emotion to engage. Some critical advice: think about who the audience should root for. Who's the hero? Who's the antagonist. This is basic story telling and applies to blogging and podcasting as well as video. Spectacle vs.
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                          Craig Syverson on Video Podcasting and Production

                          Craig Sylverson(click to enlarge) Craig Syverson is giving a great talk on producing video for distribution on the 'Net. He breaks it down into a series of steps or concepts. First, what's the concept? What are you trying to accomplish? What's the feeling and who's the audience. How will it be experienced? This is a question that really applies to 'Net distributed video. Will people see it on an iPod in an airplane or in their living room on an HDTV? What's the strategy? How does it fit into the corporate strategy or what you're trying to do? Growth and
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                          Denise Howell on Legal Podcasting

                          Denise Howell(click to enlarge) Denise Howell (who hosts Sound Policy on IT Conversations is speaking on the legal consideration in Podcasting. She mentions Collette Vogele (who Denise interviewed recently on Sound Policy). Collete's the force behind the Podcasting Legal Guide which Denise recommends every podcaster follow. The basic problem is the podcasters need to comply with intellectual property laws and that's not easy task. Issues include the name, the URL, the hosts, the guests, the text, music, images, video, and voice. Denise recommends not even trying to negotiate the waters surrounding commercial music licensing. You don't have enough money or
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                          Kris Smith on Web Design for Podcasting

                          Kris Smith(click to enlarge) I'm spending the day at Podcast Academy. I just flew down to Ontario CA this morning and I fly back tonight. Nice, easy in and out. I missed the first talk, but gout here just in time to hear Kris Smith discuss successful Web design for podcasting. Integrating the Web site with the podcast is important for increasing traffic. Show notes, descriptions, and pictures flesh out the audio. Tracking, stats, and metrics are some of the basic tools that you need to measure success. What you do in this area depends on how you measure success.
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                          A Non-Working Automator Script for iPod Audiobooks

                          I've been working on an Automator script for converting podcasts into something that my iPod will recognize as an audiobook (and thus let me control the speed of playback). I've been using the script that Dave left in the comments to my post on speeding up podcasts as a model. So far, no luck. The script (see PDF) runs and seems to do what it's supposed to (no errors), but the M4B files it produces aren't recognized by my iPod as audiobooks. My script isn't exactly like Dave's because I've played around trying to get things to work. I'm
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                          Speeding Up Podcasts

                          As you can imagine, I listen to a lot of podcasts. I listen to everything on IT Conversations, sometimes multiple times as it comes to production, I subscribe to a few other podcasts, and I review audio for inclusion on IT Conversations. One trick that helps, particularly with reviews, is speeding up the audio. As far as I've been able to tell, there's no convenient slider bar for speeding up audio in iTunes. But, you can easily use Quicktime to get the same effect: Right-click the show in iTunes and choose "Show song file." Open the selected song file
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                          Podcast Transcripts Via CastingWords

                          Jon Udell is transcribing his podcasts using CastingWords. (Also see Jon's earlier review of the service.) His bill? $260 for 620 minutes of audio. That's darn cheap. Jon reports that the results are surprisingly accurate, but he edits them to make people read better than they sound and to make them more readable. This process takes an hour or so per episode--almost one-to-one on a time scale. Of course Jon's also spent time editing the audio for the podcast as well. That's a considerable time investment, but the results show quality. Why do this? One answer is that Google
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                          Elias Torres on SPARQL

                          I just published an interview I did with Elias Torres on SPARQL and the semantic Web at IT Conversations. This is part of my personal podcast that I call Technometria to couple it to this blog. Rohit Khare introduced to me to Elias while we were all touring the castle in Edinburgh while at WWW2006 in May. I started talking with him about SPARQL and immediately knew I wanted to know more about it and that he was the right guy to explain it. I think you'll find his interview interesting whether or not you're a fan of the
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                          Changes Big and Small at IT Conversations

                          While I was on vacation, there were some big changes at IT Conversations. Listeners who just download the podcasts won't notice much difference, but the Web site has been redone with a new look. Behind the scenes, the software we use to manage the site has also changed--I've spent the last few days getting reoriented. More significantly, GigaVox Media, IT Conversation's new parent company launched with two new channels in addition to ITC: Open Source Conversations, run by Scott Mace, and Podcast Academy. We announced this move in June--now it's reality. You won't notice much difference in content at
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                          IEEE Spectrum Radio

                          IEEE Spectrum has a podcast that is produced from material in the magazine. The latest show, for example, is about the Spectrum article on UTOPIA, that I commented on last week. I don't like the flash player since it makes it hard to link directly to the specific show I'm interested in, but the content is pretty good and professionally produced. This would be a great addition to IT Conversations.
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                          TiVo's Got Podcasts

                          This weekend, I noticed that my TiVo could play podcasts. I don't know how long that feature's been there, months probably, but I just found it. Unfortunately IT Conversations isn't on their pre-populated list, but there were some that I was interested in. For example I listened to the latest TWiT this morning while I was getting ready. Here's a few thoughts and observations: This is a no-brainer for TiVo. Lot's of free content that they can put on their box for little effort and garner a "new" feature. You can add podcasts not on TiVo's list, but you
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                          Audio Interviews

                          I was listening to the latest installment of Paul Figgiani's The Point podcast this morning. Paul is IT Conversation's senior audio engineer and all-around go-to-guy for anything audio. In this podcast Paul mentions that he's bought some new gear for his studio and had phone lines installed so that he can record interviews. Doug Kaye's done this in the past, but as he moves into his new role as master and commander of the Conversations Network he's been load shedding. Paul will be making this service available to IT Conversations hosts who want to record phone interviews, as well
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                          Audio 101

                          One of my new duties as Executive Producer is recording what we call the show IDs and the intros and "outros" for the IT Conversations series. The show ID is the very first portion program that introduces what's coming up: "Up next on IT Conversations..." The intros and outros are the pieces that are specific to a given series: "And now, here's out presentation from Emerging Technology..." I have a pretty good set up, MOTU Traveler firewire mixer, Audio Technica mics, and so on. My goal is to get good sound, but I noticed as I recorded some things
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                          Learning the Ropes

                          My first week at the helm of IT Conversations has been fun and challenging. Doug had me doing a lot of work behind the scenes for the last 3 or 4 weeks, so I was pretty familiar with the software systems that he's crafted that make everything work. Even so, being "in charge" was definitely a different feel from knowing that I could just punt the ball to Doug whenever there's a problem. The IT Conversations plumbing is complex, but remarkably effective. There's not many sites like IT Conversations out there, so almost all of it is custom. Doug,
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                          At the IT Conversations Helm

                          Doug Kaye has asked me to be the Executive Producer of IT Conversations, one of the real pioneers in podcasting. Doug's not moving on, he's moving up. As the audience has expanded, the range of topics that could be covered goes well beyond infotech. Doug has started the Conversations Network to cover a broader range of topics. IT Conversations is one of the channels in that network. Soon there will be others, but I'll leave those announcements for Doug. I'm not leaving BYU. In fact, I see this as a great compliment to my professorial duties--akin to being editor
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                          IT Conversations Is Branching Out

                          My favorite podcast network, IT Conversations, is growing up and becoming The Conversations Network (TCN). IT Conversations will be one of, eventually, many channels in TCN. Doug Kaye discusses the logic behind this move and it's implications on his blog. Good luck to Doug on this new move--his efforts to build IT Conversations have changed how I get information and enriched my life. I'm grateful.
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                          Video iPod and Tivo

                          Friday I picked up a new iPod (60Gb, Black). I spent the weekend figuring out how to get video onto it from my Tivo, DVDs, etc. Here's what I've discovered, so far: As I posted the other day, it's easy to download programs from your Tivo to your desktop. What isn't easy, on a Mac, is converting the shows to MPEG2 from the wrapper that Tivo puts them in. As I said in the earlier post DirectShop Dump will do that on a PC. You have to install the Tivo Desktop Connection first. I happen to have Virtual PC
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