We're looking at another great TR Podcast episode for this week, with discussions ranging from the affects of GPGPU on GPU lifespan to the atrocious bandwidth caps coming to a city near you. However, we'll be releasing this episode tomorrow, on Sunday, instead of our normal Saturday posting.
Rather than spend the day editing audio and writing show notes, I'll be doing live coverage of the AppalachLAN gaming event hear in my home town of Boone, NC for my radio program. Dispite our small town status, the local university manages to host one of the largest gaming events in the south east and as part of my radio show - Digital Life Radio - I'm doing live video/audio streaming coverage. If you want to tune in, I'd suggest listening in around 3pm ET when we'll do an hour of gaming discussion, product reviews, and tech news. Head over to www.digitalliferadio.net for more info.
Fanboys have their limits... and a quick podcast update
Tuesday morning began much like any other day of the week for me. After checking my e-mail and Twitter, I hit the "home" button in Firefox, which I have setup to launch about 15 of my favorite tech news and review websites (TR included). I quickly noticed news stories about the new iPod shuffle from Apple, and once I realized there was a new product in the lineup, I quickly headed over to apple.com to see for myself what the new music player had to offer. The answer? Not much.
While I was a mild supporter of the second-gen shuffle (I gave one to my mother as a birthday gift, and she loved it for exercising), I find the newest version of Apple's cheapest iPod really disappointing—but not surprising. Apple—or rather, Steve—has been trying to kill buttons of any kind since painting a hockey puck and calling it a mouse in the late 1990s. The one-button laptop touchpads have been the bane of the new Mac-user experience, forcing folks to spend their first week trying to get used to holding the control key to right-click (I got around that problem by setting the touchpad to register two-finger taps as right-clicks). The newest version of the shuffle is yet another stop along the no-button crusade, and it really takes the cake for "huh?" devices. Instead of the small button array we had on the last version (which, again, isn't a terrible device if you're into simplicity), Apple has moved controls to the earbud cord.
When I first realized this, the usability impact of the scenario hit me like a ton of bricks. The iPod shuffle, right out of the box, can't hook up to your car stereo, can't be used with your favorite headphones, and can't be hooked into the home AV setup. You're stuck with the stock earbuds, which after many many pairs have always broken for me after about six months of use. Give the customer base about a month, and someone may well sue Apple for this product. I can honestly say that despite my fruity bent, this product frustrates and disappoints me. Argh.
On another note, we've decided to skip this week for the TR Podcast, but we'll be back next week. Sorry!
Due to a technical malfunction, we have decided to cancel this week's edition of the TR Podcast (which would be episode 37). Several factors contributed to our problem, leaving us with Scott Wasson's voice completely absent from the audio. That's obviously a degradation of quality we cannot allow, so we will have to return next week with our scheduled programming.
Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you next week!Of podcasts and peanut brittle
I'm currently sitting in my office (which also doubles as my living quarters), eating leftover Christmas peanut brittle and planning for a brand new year of vocal tech reporting in our weekly TR Podcast. If you've been keeping up with the show, you know we're currently in our holiday/new year hiatus, and we'll return this Saturday (or Sunday, depending on how things go with production) with a special CES edition of the podcast. Scott and myself will kick off the first podcast of the year right as CES wraps up on Saturday afternoon. I expect the episode to be full of CES tidbits that may not make it to the website in article form. Sounds promising!
After this Saturday, we'll be back to our regular programming, and that's where it occurred to me to reach out for some listener input. We've already got ideas for ways to improve the podcast, like having more interesting guests, giveaways, and cool topics to discuss, but I'd love to get your input on how you'd like to see the show evolve. Maybe you'd enjoy hearing more game reviews, more Geoff sports stories, or as I have been told, "for the love of God please get some different theme music." I'm pretty thick-skinned and our primary goal is to produce a good show, so don't hesitate—either leave a comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, we're still looking for a new podcast sponsor. If you have any leads, or you want to sponsor us, feel free to e-mail TR's biz guy at email@example.com.The TR podcast will not air this week
Hey podcast listeners,
This coming weekend's edition of the Tech Report Podcast is going to have to be canceled. I was originally planning on releasing a series of short interviews and segments that I had compiled (I will be gone all weekend and wouldn't be able to record any fresh content) but due to some issues with scheduling, I haven't been able to obtain enough audio interviews for a decent show. Therefore, our show will take a break this weekend, and return on the following Saturday (the 27th).
For that one guy who was going to spend Saturday in meditation until the episode is released... sorry, dude.To twitter or not to twitter
I've been trying for the past week to get friends and listeners to start Twittering, so I thought I would explain what Twitter is and why I use it.
(Disclaimer: I know Twitter has been around for a long time, and that I'm a Johnny-Come-Lately to this.)
Twitter is a micro-blogging web application. In English, that means it’s like a blog where you only post really short descriptions of your activities. Some people will write a post about what they’re doing at the moment while others might insert a link to a really cool website they just discovered. You have up to 140 words per post and as many posts as you want per day.
I started Twittering because I update my Facebook status a LOT to tell people what I’m doing. Twitter will sync with Facebook, so I can update my status without having to log into FB, which often takes longer than planned (I get distracted easily). All I have to do is go to Twitter.com and fill in ‘what I’m doing’. Five Minutes later, my status is updated on my Facebook page.
I don’t have time to detail my comings and goings like a normal blog. However, I do want a record of my activities—something that years from now, I can read and see what I was up to ‘way back when.’ Twitter is easy on my schedule, and it's fun to be creative with my sentences. Since I don't feel the weight of having to fill a blog post, I post quite frequently.
Many famous geeks Twitter their comings and goings throughout the day. People like Leo Laporte and Veronica Belmont twitter about the latest tech news, the gadget they're playing with, or what they had for breakfast. If you can learn to weed out the fluff, you can gain a lot of insight into the tech world simply by watching their updates.
Even people who aren’t in the forefront of the tech world can get attention on Twitter. As an example, several of the Yahoo employees that were laid off last week broke the story by Twittering.
If you want to give it a shot, head over to Twitter. You can also find lots of programs and services that can expand Twitter's functionality. I use Twittersync to sync with Facebook and Spaz for Mac OSX to update from my desktop.
My Twitter page is twitter.com/jdrake90, and if you have an account, you can follow my activities by clicking the ‘follow’ button under my picture. You might catch some insider TR tidbits. I'm also trying to get Scott to start a Twitter feed for all of his benchmarking projects.
For those who are already Twittering, Powncing, or using another Micro-Blogging service, what service do you use and what do you think of it?
If Twittering sounds like a terrible waste of time and you think I'm crazy, you're not the first.
Due to various metaphysical and technical problems, we will have to postpone episode 2 of the Tech Report Podcast until March 8. Despite my deep sadness over this news, I am excited to be able to give you more time to send in your emails. As mentioned previously, we will be reading listener mail on the next episode of the podcast. If you've already sent in your comments/questions, I thank you for your contribution!
Email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on the 8th!
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