Category Archives: Podcasts

Letting the Cat out of the Bag

ability_logo I had mentioned that Art and I were working on a project, and today’s the day.

We launched Two Guys Tech today! The site is still a work in progress, Art has some really big plans for it. There isn’t any content there yet, but the framework for great things is in place.

Also, in addition to the site, we are launching a podcast, and the first episode is available on Podshow. You can listen to the show at that link, and if you feel inclined to do so, there are also some handy dandy subscription buttons. This way you’ll never miss an episode.

We would really like to make the site and the show something to help computer users of all levels, so feel free to give us any feedback you have, or ideas for what you would like to see.

I really appreciate everyone who has been a reader of this blog, and I hope you’ll come over to Two Guys Tech and follow it as well.

And Kellypea, I haven’t forgotten your question about Memory, I have a whole series of posts planned to answer it.

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Cnet TV – Streaming Video about Computers, Technology, Tech News, and More

imageI can’t honestly tell you that I’ve been regularly checking out the web site of the long time Tech giant CNET. Although I have ran across it from time to time, I just don’t visit it that often.

Until now.

I’ve mentioned it before, but I just can’t seem to sit down in front of the computer and watch videos for more than a few minutes at a time. I’ve talked about some of my favorites, like Webb Alert and Textra, which are both short duration, but I hadn’t looked at CNET TV before now.

CNET TV is also short little clips, but there are a whole bunch of image them, and you can even see what’s coming up next. Not to mention the ability to skip ahead if you want.

Pictured to the right is a closer picture of their player, and you can see the upcoming clips listed in the red highlighted section below the video.

This works well, because instead of one short video, I can watch several short videos, which do a better job of keeping my attention than a longer duration video would.

Since it is only tech news, and most of the time I just need the audio, I’m pretty happy just jumping to another application to keep working, while the clips continue to play in the background.

Now, I do this with the video podcasts as well, but let’s face it, like Steve Jobs at the mock turtleneck store, iTunes and/or QuickTime decides to throw a fit once in awhile if they aren’t the center of attention.

On the other hand, my web browser isn’t as picky. As a matter of fact, I’ve never seen it in a mock turtleneck.

Back to CNET TV, I did notice one strange thing though, there are music videos thrown in to break up the tech clips. I’m not sure what that’s all about, but the nice thing about the player is that you can skip right over them if you want to. Of course, if you aren’t a tech news junkie just hurting for a fix, you can watch them too.

So if you want to see some tech related content and news, check out CNET TV.

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Webb Alert – More Tech News Delivered Quickly

image I posted recently about TeXtra, but there is a second video podcast that I have been watching lately to get my tech news fix, Webb Alert.

Like Textra, Webb Alert is generally under 8 minutes long, and has a surprising number of stories about what is happening in the world of Technology.

The host of Webb Alert is Morgan Webb, who I first saw on The Screen Savers on Tech TV, and on Extended Play. I had heard that after G4 bought Tech TV, that she remained on that network. I don’t know this for myself, because I haven’t watched G4 since they killed all of the Tech TV shows.

One aspect of Web Alert that I liked is that she shows commercials for blogs that she likes, without payment from those blogs. What a great deal.

Check Webb Alert out, I bet that you’ll like it.

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Get your Daily Tech News in about 8 Minutes

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I recently started watching a couple of video podcasts, and I think that the key, at least for me, is that I want a short format show.

If you want to catch up on your tech news, I would have to suggest TeXtra. The Podcast is part of the podshow network, and hosted by Natali Del Conte. I’m not particularly good with names, so the name didn’t really ring any bells with me, but if you read her podshow page, she has actually written for a number of well known web sites and / or publications.

As I mention in the title of this post, every episode I have watched to date has been right around 8 minutes long. This is a really great length for media on the computer.

I haven’t watched the last several episodes of Internet Millionaire because it’s just too darn long. At least it’s too long to watch on my computer. I would watch it if I had an easy way to get it on my television. I sure hope that the slingbox is going to be as good as it sounds, and I hope it comes out soon.

Back to the topic on hand, check out Textra, good news, short duration, and entertaining. I also have to thank them, because this is where I heard about TorchWood.

Turns out that I picked a bad time to post about this, since the host of the show is going on vacation for 2 weeks. You can still watch the most recent shows though.

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Almost Done: Review of 7th Son Podcast Novel

imageI’ve been listening to the 7th Son Podcast since before I posted this review of the EarthCore Audio book by Scott Sigler. Now I seem to have some time on my hands, you see, I caught up with the author.

What does that mean? Well, like any other podcast, the books are released on a episode by episode basis. Depending on the release schedule, and the length of each episode, this can take awhile. When I listened to EarthCore, the podcast was finished already, so I was able to listen to it as much as I liked.

When I first started listening to 7th Son Book 1 Descent, and 7th Son Book 2 Deceit, they also were completed. Once again, I could listen to as much of the book as I had time to. Since 7th Son Book 3 Destruction is still being produced, I have to wait for the next episode.

JC, J.C. Hutchins that is, If you are reading this, stop! Go record some more of that book!

I’m just kidding. Everyone has to take a little bit of a break.

On with the Review (Contains general statements, but no plot specifics)

When I first heard the Promo for 7th Son, it didn’t really grab my attention. It mentioned cloning, and a 4 year old killing the President. Not sure why, but it didn’t really have me jumping over to get it.

The book is so much more than the promo can ever cover. Book 1 was very interesting, but it was all kind of setup, until the end.

Book 2 was where the fecal matter strikes the oscillating object. It was non-stop from the get go, and you really have to rethink what has been going on from the beginning.

Book 3 is still non-stop action. I finished Chapter 17, and I’m waiting for Chapter 18. Of course, I don’t know how many chapters are left. Book 1 and 2 were 27 chapters and 29 chapters respectively, so hopefully at least 10 more.

I’ll try and update this as soon as I finish the Podcast, but I wanted to get some more people turned on to this great book. You can subscribe at either JC Hutchins’ site, or at PodioBooks, the primary difference is that there is much more fan stuff on JC’s site, some of it is really cool, and it’s kind of neat to see all of these other people who are such big fans.

Technical Details

Files are in MP3 format, no DRM.

Bit rate is 128Kb.

Files are around 30 or 40M each.

Play time is about 30 – 50 minutes each.

Bonus content can be much longer, and file sizes vary.

 

If you know what’s good for you, go subscribe now!

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