Recommended Podcasts: Video

Category : Geeking Out
Date : June 20, 2008

In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get to be a habit.

Having more time to write can be a bad thing. ;)  I started writing this post and before I knew it it had become a 2000 word mega-post. :O  That’s not exactly what I had in mind.  Personally I prefer to read posts that are short and sweet.  So with that in mind I’m going to split this into a series of posts on the subject.  In this series, I’ll try to put some structure around the podcasts I listen to regularly.

I guess I’ve just subscribed to too many of these.  That’s no big deal.  There’s no law that says you have to watch all of these.  At first I did feel guilty if I fell behind in a series but I’m so over that.  There’s just so much out there to watch or listen to that all you can do is pull together the stuff that interest you and see what happens.

Today’s post is about the video podcasts I watch.  See my other posts about Technology, Entertainment, Startups, and Miscellaneous podcasts.

 

Video Podcasts

I started listening to podcasts as a way to use my time more productively while driving on my long commute.  I never really understood the point behind video podcasts until I recently tried a few.  Mostly I watch these when I have a few minutes to burn.  That’s mostly on flights or in airports after my laptop battery has died. 

  • TEDTalks
    • TEDTalksvideo_tile_14410 The TED conference is a put on once a year to bring together the smartest people in the world in Technology, Entertainment and Design (get it? T-E-D).  They’ve been doing this for years and now attract the absolute who’s who in these areas.  The format is interesting.  Each presenter is given 20 minutes or so to present their topic.  Then for the rest of the conference people jut network and discuss the presentation topics. 

 

  • Zune Arts Podcast
    • zuneartsartwork_3009 The Zune Arts Podcast is pretty cool.  It’s a video podcast with each video presented having a theme around sharing.  It’s funded by the Zune team (I think) to help get the word out about the Socialness of the Zune.  The Zune Arts videos are all done by world-class animators and have very high production quality.  The videos are short (usually 1-2 minutes each).  I leave them on my Zune so whenever I’m looking to disengage for a few minutes I’ll watch a couple.  I should note that although the podcast does have the Zune name in the title there’s nothing tying it to the Zune itself.  You could easily watch these on your desktop or that other mp3 video player. :)  The URL to grab this for your Zune is here anything else try here.

 

  • The GigaOm Show
    • gigaom8 The GigaOm podcast is a regular technology-focused series of videos run by the same team that run the GigaOm blog.  Lots of really smart people here interviewing and talking about the latest trends.  It’s run out of Silicon Valley.  For me, it’s a good way to stay connected with what’s going on around me.  I subscribed to this podcast a while back but find that I only occasionally watch it.  The quality is pretty good but since it’s a video podcast you really need to be focused on that one activity.  You can’t do that while you’re driving.  The other drivers on the road tend to frown on that.  :)  The show is on hiatus through the summer.

 

So what do you think?  Do you like these?  Are there others that you recommend?  Leave your comments in the area provided below.


Recommended Podcasts: Miscellaneous

Category : Geeking Out
Date : June 19, 2008

In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get to be a habit.

Having more time to write can be a bad thing. ;)  I started writing this post and before I knew it it had become a 2000 word mega-post. :O  That’s not exactly what I had in mind.  Personally I prefer to read posts that are short and sweet.  So with that in mind I’m going to split this into a series of posts on the subject.  In this series, I’ll try to put some structure around the podcasts I listen to regularly.

I guess I’ve just subscribed to too many of these.  That’s no big deal.  There’s no law that says you have to watch all of these.  At first I did feel guilty if I fell behind in a series but I’m so over that.  There’s just so much out there to watch or listen to that all you can do is pull together the stuff that interest you and see what happens.

Today’s post is about some of the other podcasts I listen to.  These don’t fit into a particular category so I just lumped them all together here.  See my other posts about Technology, Entertainment, Startup and Video podcasts.

 

Miscellaneous Podcasts

  • Learn French by Podcast
    • french9 I’m originally from Montreal.  I used to be able to speak fluently in French.  Since having moved to the US 10 years or so ago, I find very few opportunities to speak French.  I keep this podcast around as a way to help me practice. I don’t do it often enough but occasionally on a long drive I’ll fire it up and play along.  This is an amazing free resource if you’re looking to learn French.  Of course, if French is not a language you care about, I am amazed at how many free foreign language instruction podcasts there are.  If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language there’s really no excuse any more.

 

  • Get-It-Done Guy’s Quick and Dirty Tips to Work Less and Do More
    • Folder78Getting Things Done is a podcast about personal productivity.  It seems to be loosely modeled on David Allen’s Getting Things Done process so if you’re into that you’ll probably like this podcast.  It’s a common sense approach to individual workflow and productivity.  I’m not a complete convert yet but there are some things I take from this to help me get stuff done.  This podcast is another random one I keep around for the odd time when I have just a few minutes to listen.  Stever Robbins, who hosts this show, provides some good short tips on a wide variety of work related topics.  I like that they are really short.  I usually listen to just a couple at a time.

 

  • Phedippidations
    • FdipIcon150x1508 Steve Runner is a runner.  He’s not an elite runner winning races the world over.  He’s just out running for fun and for his health.  Like me he’s a middle-of-the-pack runner.  I think that’s why I enjoy listening this podcast.  It’s great as a motivator.  Last weekend while pulling weeds and mowing the lawn I was listening to Steve.  When I was done pulling weeds I went for a run.  It’s an odd format; he records parts of the podcasts while he’s running so the sound quality for those parts is not the greatest.  He more than makes up for that in the quality of the content.  A nice one if you’re a runner.

 

  • NPR Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
    • Folder88This show is great.  It’s a fake quiz show where panelists are quizzed about the past weeks news.  The interesting part is that the panelist are comedians/humorists and both the questions and answers can be hilarious.  It’s an entertaining way to catch up on the weeks news.  It’s sort of NPR’s equivalent to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.  I listen to this one on the weekend with my kids when we’re driving around.  At first they kept asking me to turn it off but recently I’ve noticed them listening and occasionally laughing.  Strange but true; kids do listen to NPR.

 

So what do you think?  Do you like these?  Are there others that you recommend?  Leave your comments in the area provided below.


Recommended Podcasts: Startups

Category : Geeking Out
Date : June 18, 2008

In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get to be a habit.

Having more time to write can be a bad thing. ;)  I started writing this post and before I knew it it had become a 2000 word mega-post. :O  That’s not exactly what I had in mind.  Personally I prefer to read posts that are short and sweet.  So with that in mind I’m going to split this into a series of posts on the subject.  In this series, I’ll try to put some structure around the podcasts I listen to regularly.

I guess I’ve just subscribed to too many of these.  That’s no big deal.  There’s no law that says you have to watch all of these.  At first I did feel guilty if I fell behind in a series but I’m so over that.  There’s just so much out there to watch or listen to that all you can do is pull together the stuff that interest you and see what happens.

Today’s post is about the startup podcasts I listen to.  See my other posts about Technology, Entertainment, Miscellaneous and Video podcasts.

Startup Podcasts

Silicon Valley where I live is the land of startups.  I listen to a couple of podcasts to keep up with some of the news and trends of what’s going on.  The two I listen to are:

  • Venture Voice
    • Folder72This one is ok. I find the interviews a little tedious and they don’t go into a lot of depth.  Still some of the interviews have been interesting so I keep listening.  This podcast is mainly done on the east coast so doesn’t really meet my criteria for learning about what’s going on in the valley.  On the other hand, startups are startups no matter where they start.  Culturally, I find it interesting that there’s a different feel to startups from different parts of the world.  Ultimately, I can learn from the experiences of all type of entrepreneurs.

 

  • VentureCast
    • Folder75VentureCast is quite good.  David Hornick has been around the valley for a while and done quite a few deals so it’s interesting to hear his point of view on what’s going on.  Craig Syverson doesn’t have as much experience with startups so he’s perfect in the role as interviewer where he asks questions that often bring the conversation back to basics.  Interesting.  Craig comes from the media world and does an incredible job in putting these together.  The sound quality is very very good. They seem to be on hiatus as they haven’t posted a new episode since January. 

 

So what do you think?  Do you like these?  Are there others that you recommend?  Leave your comments in the area provided below.


Recommended Podcasts: Entertainment

Category : Geeking Out
Date : June 17, 2008

In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get to be a habit.

Having more time to write can be a bad thing. ;)  I started writing this post and before I knew it it had become a 2000 word mega-post. :O  That’s not exactly what I had in mind.  Personally I prefer to read posts that are short and sweet.  So with that in mind I’m going to split this into a series of posts on the subject.  In this series, I’ll try to put some structure around the podcasts I listen to regularly.

I guess I’ve just subscribed to too many of these.  That’s no big deal.  There’s no law that says you have to watch all of these.  At first I did feel guilty if I fell behind in a series but I’m so over that.  There’s just so much out there to watch or listen to that all you can do is pull together the stuff that interest you and see what happens.

Today’s post is about the Entertainment podcasts I listen to.  See my other posts about Technology, Startups, Miscellaneous and Video podcasts.

Entertainment Podcasts

In the evenings I like to mostly relax and listen to stuff that’s entertaining but still makes me think a little.

  • NPR Fresh Air
    • Folder60I tried to explain to my son the other day why I liked Fresh Air so much but couldn’t really do it.  The fact is I’m not sure why this show is so good.  It just is.  The people they have on tend to be interesting.  Typically that means authors, musicians, artists or pretty much anyone you might find interesting; politicians even, who knew they could be interesting :).  The interviews themselves tend to be quite good; going deep on the areas I want to hear about.  This one is about 40-45 minutes long.

 

  • This American Life
    • Folder87Another public radio show that’s just great.  This American Life picks a theme each week and goes out and find interesting stories on that theme.  The stories are told by the people who experienced them.  Sounds boring but it’s incredibly interesting.  I’ve had a number of times where I’ve pulled into my driveway and turned off the car and kept listening ‘cause I was so engrossed in the story.  It’s a podcast so yeah I could have paused it and listened to it later but the stories can be so incredibly interesting that you want to hear the end.  Each show is 40-45 minutes.

 

  • NPR Science Friday
    • Folder66Science Friday is hit and miss.  There are some segments that I find interesting and some that I don’t.  The nice thing about this one is that each show is made up of many segments and each segment is made available as a separate file so if I don’t find one interesting I just skip to the next one; no need to fast forward looking for the next segment.

 

  • APM Sound Opinions
    • Folder69I’ve only recently started listening to Sound Opinions.  It’s a podcast on pop music.  The two hosts do a great job of talking about issues related to pop music and the industry.  I mostly listen because it’s a great way to hear new music.  One of the great thing about having a Zune is that you no longer have to listen to someone else’s programming on the radio; you listen to your own programming of the songs that interest you.  On the other hand that means that you have to find another way to discover new music or your collection will get stale.  The Sound Opinions podcast is a great way to hear new stuff.  Each podcast is typically about an hour long.

 

So what do you think?  Do you like these?  Are there others that you recommend?  Leave your comments in the area provided below.


Recommended Podcasts: Technology

Category : Geeking Out
Date : June 16, 2008

In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get to be a habit.

Having more time to write can be a bad thing. ;)  I started writing this post and before I knew it it had become a 2000 word mega-post. :O  That’s not exactly what I had in mind.  Personally I prefer to read posts that are short and sweet.  So with that in mind I’m going to split this into a series of posts on the subject.  In this series, I’ll try to put some structure around the podcasts I listen to regularly.

I guess I’ve just subscribed to too many of these.  That’s no big deal.  There’s no law that says you have to watch all of these.  At first I did feel guilty if I fell behind in a series but I’m so over that.  There’s just so much out there to watch or listen to that all you can do is pull together the stuff that interest you and see what happens.

Today’s post is about the Technology Podcasts I listen to.  See my other posts about Entertainment, Startups, Miscellaneous and Video podcasts.

 

Technology Podcasts

In the morning when my mind is fresh I like to listen to the tech stuff I’m passionate about. Day to day I work on Dynamics mostly but I haven’t been able to find a podcast on that yet.  If you know of one post a comment below.  The stuff I have a secret passion about is mobile technology so I listen to:

  • MobileTechRoundup
    • Folder84This one is a bunch of guys that get together and chat abut the goings on in the mobile world.  Actually I think they live all over the place and just get together to chat via voip and record that so we can all listen in.  There’s no particular agenda as far as I can see.  They just chat about anything related to mobility.  It can get slow at times as they repeat themselves or talk about stuff I don’t particularly care about.  Of course, the beauty of podcasts is you can fast-forward anytime you want.  This one is quite long often going about an hour or so.

 

  • MoDaCo WinMo Week
    • Folder85MoDaCo WinMo Week is very similar to MobileTechRoundup but they focus specifically on Windows Mobile.  They are also run the Modaco web site which is a treasure trove of Windows Mobile related information and code.  This podcast can get very technical.  Interestingly, they seem to have a deal going with Expansys so they are constantly cycling through different devices.  This gives them the ability to do regular in depth reviews after having lived with devices for a few weeks. Also long at about an hour. 

 

 

 

So what do you think?  Do you like these?  Are there others that you recommend?  Leave your comments in the area provided below.


Streaming Hot Silverlight

Date : June 4, 2008

SL_pwrd_v_rgb_RI’m nothing if not persistent! :)  You may have noticed that the Office Developers Conference was in February and I only just managed to post the video of my demo today.  There’s a story there.

There are a lot of reasons for it taking that long.  Mostly it just took a couple of months to track down the video and it get cleared to post.  But when I got it in April it occurred to me that I had no idea how I was going to show the demo video on my blog.  It wasn’t really technical enough to be putting up on Channel 9. And putting it on MSN Soapbox didn’t seem right to me as the quality of the screen shots would have been lost. 

This was the right time to figure out how to take advantage of Silverlight Streaming.  It would give me the opportunity to post the video in pretty close to original quality and size.  It would also give me a chance to play with some of the Expression line of design tools.  Well long story short I ran into a few problems with a beta version of Expression Encoder.  I hit a bug where videos encoded with Expression Encoder could not get uploaded to Silverlight Streaming.  Tim Heuer finally came to rescue yesterday and that pushed me to try again.  With the help of Jaime (a Silverlight demigod and all round mensch) I was able to get the darn thing uploaded.

So anyway in case you were wondering and also so that when I hit the issue again I know where to look to fix it  that’s why it took me 4 months to make my ODC keynote demo video available.

So lessons learned:

  1. Silverlight Streaming frickin’ rocks as a streaming video platform.  If you have videos you want to get out there and Soapbox or that other site  don’t do it for you, Silverlight Streaming is a fantastic alternative.  In fact, even if you are happy with those other sites you owe it to yourself to try out Silverlight Streaming.  You’ll love it.  Sign up for a free 10GB account now.  That’s right 10GB and it’s free!
  2. Expression Encoder frickin’ rocks as an encoding tool.  I was able to get my video encoded the way I wanted with a cool animated video player template, chapter markers, and thumbnails all without having any clue about video production.  A little more knowledge and I’d be dangerous.  I also found that it’s great at encoding videos for filling up my Zune.

BTW, a little known fact is that Silverlight Streaming supports WebDAV.  To get that to work all you have to do is map a network drive to https://silverlight.services.live.com/ using your Silverlight Streaming Account ID as the user name and your Account Key as the password.  You’ll find the Account ID and Account Key on the Manage Account page when you’re logged in to Silverlight Streaming.

 


Windows Vista + Office 2007 + Virtual Earth = Cool!!!

Date : September 8, 2006

I’ve been working with Accruent, a Microsoft Gold Partner, as they migrate to their next generation of Real Estate Management System.  Sanjay Parthasarthy, who heads up all things evangelism, invited me to demo the really cool work they’ve done during his keynote at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July.  In this demo, I step through various parts of the app showing how Accruent takes advantage of various pieces of the Microsoft stack to its full advantage.  

I start off in Office on the client, in this case Word, showing how they pull line of business info down to the desktop to help individual information workers be more productive.  (starts at: 0:50)

I then move to the server where they use SharePoint and Excel Web Services as the infrastructure on which they build their dashbaords for team collaboration around individual stores.  It’s here that they use Virtual Earth and Windows Live Local to build a mashup showing geospatial data that would have been a hard-to-grok list on a web site.  Cool! (starts at:  2:49)

The grand finale comes where we move to an jaw-dropping, eye-popping 3D view of customer data.  I won’t spoil the ending by trying to describe it but it’s defintely worth watching.  (starts at:  8:00)

Have a look and let me know what you think.

 

P.S.

By the way, Jason Suess interviewed the team from Accruent that worked on this project.  That video is also up on Channel 9.


Windows Vista + Office 2007 + Virtual Earth = Cool!!!

Date : September 8, 2006

I’ve been working with Accruent, a Microsoft Gold Partner, as they migrate to their next generation of Real Estate Management System.  Sanjay Parthasarthy, who heads up all things evangelism, invited me to demo the really cool work they’ve done during his keynote at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July.  In this demo, I step through various parts of the app showing how Accruent takes advantage of various pieces of the Microsoft stack to its full advantage.  

I start off in Office on the client, in this case Word, showing how they pull line of business info down to the desktop to help individual information workers be more productive.  (starts at: 0:50)

I then move to the server where they use SharePoint and Excel Web Services as the infrastructure on which they build their dashbaords for team collaboration around individual stores.  It’s here that they use Virtual Earth and Windows Live Local to build a mashup showing geospatial data that would have been a hard-to-grok list on a web site.  Cool! (starts at:  2:49)

The grand finale comes where we move to an jaw-dropping, eye-popping 3D view of customer data.  I won’t spoil the ending by trying to describe it but it’s defintely worth watching.  (starts at:  8:00)

Have a look and let me know what you think.

 

P.S.

By the way, Jason Suess interviewed the team from Accruent that worked on this project.  That video is also up on Channel 9.


Anders Hejlsberg: Behind the Code

Category : Geeking Out
Date : February 7, 2006

Anders HejlsbergI love this video!  This is an episode of “Behind theCode.”  That’s a video series about Microsoft employees that have done great things.  Anders has defintely done that.  The video is an informal chat with Anders about his many accomplishments.  They even flew in Gary Whizin who was Anders’ dev manager from his Borland days.  Gary’s a personal friend and the absolute best storyteller I know.  He has a natural way of telling a story that captivates and often makes you laugh.  I worked with Anders and Gary briefly in my Borland days and this video sure brought back some sweet memories.

https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=159952


Anders Hejlsberg: Behind the Code

Category : Geeking Out
Date : February 7, 2006

Anders HejlsbergI love this video!  This is an episode of “Behind theCode.”  That’s a video series about Microsoft employees that have done great things.  Anders has defintely done that.  The video is an informal chat with Anders about his many accomplishments.  They even flew in Gary Whizin who was Anders’ dev manager from his Borland days.  Gary’s a personal friend and the absolute best storyteller I know.  He has a natural way of telling a story that captivates and often makes you laugh.  I worked with Anders and Gary briefly in my Borland days and this video sure brought back some sweet memories.

https://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=159952


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