Monthly Podcast Update


It’s nearing the end of the month so I thought I’d update you on what podcasts are filling my Zen Nano these days.  Here are the ones I’m listening to regularly.


Major Nelson – Covers the world of the XBox360.  News, reviews, interviews with insiders.


This Week in Tech – Leo Laporte hosts a roundtable discussion about the technology news of the day.  Guests this month included Robert Scoble.


Security Now – Very informative show about the world of computer security.  Most of this month covered the basics of cryptography.


The Dice Tower – Best of the board gaming podcasts.  Reviews, news, and top ten lists.  Good place to become introduced to new games.  The hosts are good natured and fun to listen to.


FLOSS Weekly – Interviews in the world of Open Source Software.  Only 3 episodes old but all very interesting.  Guests so far include Cmdr Taco of /. and Ben Goodger of Firefox.


Honorable mentions (things I listened to but don’t make my rotation yet):


This Week in Media – Roundtable discussion about digital media creation.  I’ve only listened once so far but found it intrigueing.  I’ll be back for more.


HDTV Podcast – Not a lot of depth but good coverage of the news in the world of HDTV.  The whole show is less than 1/2 hour so it’s easy to squeeze in.


You’ll notice that Engadget fell off of my list.  They were sporadic at the beginning of the month and there’s only so much I can listen to about the Motorola Q.


As always, if you have suggestions, send them my way.  I’m looking for good podcasts on the subject of audio or video production and on programming.  I haven’t found any really good development blogs.  Perhaps it is just something you can’t do in an audible medium.

Comments (6)

  1. TravisL says:

    The Engadget Podcast: All cellphones, all the bleepin’ time.

  2. Matthew says:

    If you like The Dice Tower then PulpGamer, Roll2d6 and BoardGamesToGo may be of interest.

  3. SteveRowe says:

    Thanks for the suggestions.  I’ve tried BoardGamesToGo and found it to be too try for my tastes.  I enjoy the more whimsicle style of the Dice Tower.  I’ll have to check out the other two you mention.  I haven’t run across those yet.

  4. Mike says:

    Hi,

    I see you’re using a Zen Nano to play podcasts.

    Can I ask you a couple of questions about it?  Sorry if it’s off topic but I can’t find a good user site for the nano to ask these questions.

    What’s the largest size file you can download to it?  (I am hoping to put some 4 hour audio files to it.)

    If you power it off and back on, does it remember where you were in the file you were listening to?

    If not, is the FF key fast enough so you can get back to the 3rd hour of a 4 hour file?

    Can you do large line-in recordings, like say 4 hours off an audio feed?

    Thanks,

    Hey, if you’re going to delete this post because it dilutes your webpage, any chance you can answer me first and then delete it after I thank you?

    Thanks again

  5. SteveRowe says:

    What’s the largest size file you can download to it?  

    I don’t know.  I suspect it is whatever you can fit into a gigabyte.  I think the longest I’ve downloaded to mine is 2 hours.

    If you power it off and back on, does it remember where you were in the file you were listening to?

    Yes.  Unfortunately, there are no bookmarks so if you listen to anything else, you’ll lose your place.

    If not, is the FF key fast enough so you can get back to the 3rd hour of a 4 hour file?

    It will take several minutes but can be done.  I’ve FF’d at least an hour into a show before.  It wasn’t too painful.

    Can you do large line-in recordings, like say 4 hours off an audio feed?  I haven’t tried.  You can do recordings from an audio feed but I haven’t done this so I don’t know how long they can be.  I suspect that can be 1 GB in length.

  6. Mike says:

    Thanks Steve,

    I appreciate the answers.  It’s funny how something so cheap can be such a big deal to get right — but if you have 3 kids watching your every purchase you can’t just run out and buy a terabyte iPod or the kids will figure they should have one too. 🙂

    I’ll give the Zen a try.  Because I’m a rebel.

    Thanks again.  

    Mike