Category: Podcast

Any questions for Neville Hobson?

Neville Hobson is co-host of For Immediate Release, one of the better podcasts on the net at the moment and one I try not to miss.

Neville is a big proponent of the virtues of Second Life and is heavily involved in a company called Crayon, which specialises in helping customers make sense of all the new media out there. Crayon held their launch in Second Life.

I will be interviewing Neville tomorrow morning (March 30th) for a PodLeaders podcast. If you have any questions you would like me to put to him, please leave them in the comments of this post.

Any questions for Ross Mayfield?

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be interviewing Ross Mayfield, co-founder and CEO of Socialtext for a podcast on PodLeaders.com.

Socialtext makes enterprise social software for collaboration – i.e. Wikis, for corporate customers mostly.

If you have any questions you’d like me to put to Ross, please feel free to leave them in the comments of this post.

Podcasting for business event

it@cork are running an evening event on Podcasting for your Business this coming Tuesday evening (27th February).

Brian Greene and Conn O’Muineachain, the two guest speakers addressing the event are two of Ireland’s top podcasters having won the Netvisionaries Podcasting award last year and the Digital Media Awards Grand Prix award this year respectively!

Conn will be discussing Podcasting for internal company communications (training, best practice, recognition, etc.) while Brian will focus on how easy podcasting is to do, and how the public facing parts of corporate Ireland should be looking at it.

I’ll be chairing the event and moderating the q&a.

The event is free to it@cork member companies and €20 to non-members. This is a great opportunity to meet two of Ireland’s foremost podcasters, I strongly recommend going along, even if you are only wondering what all this podcasting stuff is all about anyway!

[Disclaimer – I am on the steering committee of it@cork]

Irish Blog Awards nominations

I’m both deeply honoured and humbled to have been nominated for several Irish Blog Awards.

The competition is stiff and I am up against many more deserving blogs/podcasts than my own.

Judge for yourself – listed below are the categories in which I have been nominated (twice in the best podcast category). I have italicised my listings in the categories so you can identify them more easily.

Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere:

Best Technology Blog/Blogger:

Best Podcaster:

Best Podcast :

Jason has a complete list of all the award categories and nominees here.

The voting form is online here. If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to head on over and vote (you don’t have to be Irish to vote in the awards).

March 3rd (the night of the awards) promises to be a great night. Well done Damien, once more.

Anyone got a copy of the PodLeaders Sam Sethi podcast?

I have put a copy of all the podcast mp3 files from PodLeaders on Libsyn today after the previous host’s server disappeared taking all my podcasts with it.

Unfortunately though I couldn’t find a copy of the podcast I did with Sam Sethi last Sept/Oct. If anyone has a copy of that mp3 I’d love to get it and put it up again.

Sam has been exceedingly gracious and offered to do another podcast (an offer I will take him up on shortly) but I’d really love to have the original interview as well.

If you come across any podcasts on PodLeaders not working now, please do let me know. As far as I am aware the Sam Sethi one is the only one not working but I could easily be wrong in that.

UPDATE:
Thanks to Colin DiPonio, I now have the Sam Sethi podcast file once more. Thanks Colin.

Lie detector software for Skype?

The BBC is reporting that there will very shortly be a plugin for Skype which acts as a lie detector by analysing:

audio streams over a Skype call in real time and illustrates the stress levels of the other person

Most of my PodLeaders podcasts are recorded Skype conversations – this could add a whole new dimension to the interviews!!!

Your top Web 2.0 apps?

If we ignore the fact that the term Web 2.0 is controversial for all kinds of reasons and concentrate on the applications themselves, which Web 2.0 apps (using the broadest possible definition) do you use most?

I use:

  1. my blog and podcast software all the time (they are run out of WordPress)
  2. my Flickr account regularly to post photos
  3. Google’s Docs and Spreadsheets frequently for collaboration or sharing of documents
  4. Google’s Calendar to synch with my laptop and mobile phone calendars
  5. Technorati, PubSub and Google’s Blogsearch to subscribe to RSS searches
  6. Flock as my main browser of choice (primarily because of the Flickr and Del.icio.us integration) – I also use Firefox, Camino, Safari and IE7
  7. Feedburner to burn and track my feeds
  8. NetNewsWire, Google Reader and iTunes to consume my feed list
  9. TechMeme, Megite and TailRank for keeping up with tech news
  10. Del.icio.us very occasionally to store URLs for items I have found interesting

What cool Web 2.0 apps am I not using that I should be using? What are your favourite Web 2.0 apps?

Exporting to mp3 from Audacity on an Intel Mac

I upgraded to a shiny new Intel based MacBook Pro recently and I love it.

One problem that I hadn’t anticipated was that the Audacity plugin for exporting to mp3 is not available for the Intel Mac. I use Audacity all the time for editing my podcasts and for creating the mp3’s which I publish on PodLeaders.com and on the it@cork blog.

I kinda cheated in finding a way around this – I downloaded the Windows version of Audacity and installed it on my Windows XP installation on Parallels on my Mac. This version of Audacity can export to mp3 no problem.

So now, I am editing all my podcasts (and exporting to mp3) using Windows on the Mac – (yeuch!). I’ve no doubt there is a more straightforward way to do this but this is the hack I came up with being a blogger of very little brain!

Audacity aiff import problems

Audacity is an open source, cross-platform sound editing application. It is the sound editor I use for producing the PodLeaders and it@cork podcasts.

The process I use for producing the podcasts was:

  1. Record the interview using Skype and Wiretap Pro (with Wiretap Pro set to save as mp3)
  2. Import the mp3 file to Audacity and edit
  3. Export as mp3 and publish

After a recent conversation with Doug Kaye, I decided to try his Levelator application to get the levels on the recordings the same. This meant I had to change Wiretap Pro to output to aiff ( a lossless format) instead of mp3.

I did this and recorded a number of interviews successfully, saving the interviews as aiff. However, yesterday, when I went to edit the first of those interviews, I was disappointed that the Levelator couldn’t work with the files (gave an error and stopped trying to level them).

However, I was horrified when I tried importing the files into Audacity only to find that the imported files had massive echo problems, echo problems (!). No matter what I tried I couldn’t get rid of the echo and it made the audio useless.

Finally, I hit on a solution:

  1. Import the aiff files into iTunes
  2. Export from iTunes as mp3
  3. Import the mp3 file into Audacity – no echo (phew!)

I should have hit on this solution sooner but it had been a long day!

Any questions for Kim Cameron?

Kim Cameron is Microsoft’s Identity Chief and as such is responsible for developing InfoCard – Microsoft’s successor to the much reviled Passport. Kim elucidated the Seven Laws of Identity and is developing InfoCard to conform to those laws. If he manages this, he will have changed fundamentally how Microsoft deals with people.

Kim is also responsible for Microsoft recently releasing 35 pieces of IP and promising to never charge for them.

I will be interviewing Kim this coming Tuesday (Oct 24th) for a PodLeaders podcast – if you have any questions you’d like me to ask Kim, feel free to leave them in the comments.