iPod and Dog: Podcast Roundup for Spring 2008

I suppose this series should be titled “Zune and Dog” since I’ve now gone Zune, but iPod and Dog has a nice ring to it.  Plus there’s the established brand.  hee-hee.

It’s a special week here in Vermont when winter morphs into spring, with tiny leaves on trees and green everywhere.  While it lasts I’ve been making time each day to walk Murphy and take some pics.

Below are my current podcast subscriptions.  Not much is different from my last iPod and Dog entry when I described my tastes as becoming less technical and more pedestrian, with mostly mainline news and business programs filling my increasingly less available listening minutes.

I’ve been off Gillmor Gang for at least 6 months, but after reading on TechCrunch that they got together after the Yahoo-Microsoft collapsed deal for an Emergency Edition I tuned back in.  The show was actually very good.  Something interesting Scoble said was how when he asked conference attendees to define Microsoft Live they didn’t have a clue, yet they could describe in great detail characteristics of Yahoo.  The conclusion was that Live, as Scoble put it, is a failed brand.

One Zune sidebar about the Gillmor Gang podcast above.  The podcast has no feed icon, so the default Zune thumbnail icon is used.  You see a lot of this nasty icon in Zune, which is my issue. When comparing the Microsoft and Apple user experience in general and the Zune software and iTunes in particular, why must so much of Microsoft screen art be so damned ugly?  That drives me crazy.

Back to podcasts, one of the few television series we watch is Top Chef on Bravo.  What Chow.com does is interview the week’s ousted chef on this Top Chef Exit Interviews podcast.  It’s a smart way to extend the Top Chef fun beyond the weekly 60 minute episode.  Now if I can find an Ace of Cakes podcast I’ll be content.

The shows I currently enjoy the most would have to be MSNBC Hardball and Countdown.  Unfortunately they’re each between 6 and 10 minutes long, only a snippet of the actual show.  I’d pay cash money to listen to the entire shows.  Of course I wouldn’t have the time to listen to them…

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.