C.A. Fire claims a Podcasters House

Hey guys – if you haven’t heard Doug (Dr. Floyd) from the Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd lost his house in the CA Fires.. and they’re taking up special donations to help him out until he can get his insurance money – http://www.doctorfloyd.com/doug/

Doug is currently staying with family and is in great health, but could use some funds to help him until his insurance comes through. Even if you have no money to spare, getting the word out to people who could give would mean the world!

Anything you can do to help spread the word to help out a fellow podcaster would be appreciated.


Podcasting Mania!

Wow…seems like a busy podcasting week for me.

Sunday night I was on the Typical Mac User Podcast with Victor Cajiao talking about doing things with your Mac. It was a lot of fun and got some good questions from the chat room. Victor always has a lively bunch hanging out during the show, and he knows how to work the crowd.

Monday night I got the privilege of hanging out and talking with Dean Jensen of the Soho Technology Podcast. Bruce Barr and I were on talking about Open Source in the Soho environment. Dean brought something up that I hadn’t thought about in a while. Smaller networks, or more specifically, small businesses needs are different from that of larger corporations. It isn’t a one size fits all world and I know that, and not having been involved with small businesses/small networks in the capacity that Dean has as a consultant in a long while kinda got lost somewhere in my mind.

*update* I almost forgot to mention that Chuck and I interviewed Dr. Pamela Gay Sunday about Her podcasting and of course, Astronomy…loads of fun. That should be coming out this week on Technorama.

Learn to Blog and Podcast at Myrtle Beach, SC

If you live in the South and are interested in Blogging, Podcasting, Video, or Social Networking, on April 19th in Myrtle Beach, SC is the place you want to be. With a focus on Networking and learning it looks like there will be something for everyone.

I have enjoyed the Podcast and New Media Expo (now: New Media Expo) in the past in part because it is a chance to meet people and well…network. Even though podcasting and blogging have connected me to people in ways that hasn’t been possible before, there is something to be said about meeting and learning from people face to face. This opportunity looks like another chance to do just that.

Usually all the conferences that deal with this kind of thing are not in my backyard but across the country. Not now! For me it is a 2.5 hour drive. This all looks very exciting, and fun…so visit the link below to find out the details on attending!

I’ll look for you there!

CREATE: Carolina Regional Exposition of Art, Technology & Education

Saturday April 19th at the historic train depot in downtown Myrtle Beach, the CREATE South conference will occur. It is a meeting for those interested in blogging, podcasting, video, social networking or any other form of self-expression. Serving the residents of the Grand Strand and beyond, it is a venue to bring together like minded people to network, to teach and to learn. If you would like to get involved in these arenas but don’t know how to start, this is the place to be. With introductory presentations and hands-on detailed demos, the beginners and the experts alike will have plenty to learn.

FiT Presents Our Halloween Special!

Head on over to the FiT site, and download our Halloween special for this year, and if you missed the previous ones you can check them out at the links below.

Friends in Tech » Blog Archive » It’s the Great Server Chuck and Kreg!

Convinced that the Great Server will be making its yearly appearance, Kreg refuses to go Trick-or-Treating with the rest of the FiT gang and instead pulls an all-nighter in the server room.

Server Room of Horrors 2005
Server Room of Horrors 2006

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Technorama Wrap up Show.

Recently finishing up our week in California starting at San Francisco and heading down to Ontario for the Podcast and New Media expo, here is a wrap up show.

Hello from Ontario

Hey Guys! We’ve made our way from San Francisco all the way down to Ontario, California, but we didn’t leave before having a ball there. On Tuesday, September 25th, we met up with Martin Mckeay and Tom Pose at the 21st amendment. Martin we had met previously at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo, and Tom was a pleasure to meet for the first time.

A little while later that night Thomas Hawk and some other photographers that hang out over at Zooomr met up with us to go out on a photowalk. That was a lot o fun! We walked and shot pictures for quite a while. I got to see a side of San Francisco that I hadn’t seen before which is great, and what I think photography is all about. Seeing things from a different perspective. You can view my pictures here, and the groups photos here.

Anyway, Tonight is the live show! (Wish us luck) at the Marriott in Ontario, California! See you there, hopefully.

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Editing Technorama

Here is a video of me editing Technorama for show number 183. There isn’t much to see, other than my desktop. However, I thought that listening to it may give some insight on what goes on, behind the scenes.

Chuck and I do Double Enders while talking over Skype. A Double Ender is where he records himself, and I record myself, and then I piece them together as one audio production. The finale product sounds as though we were in the same room, or that is the intent. I do very little cuts, and mainly address syncing issues associated with lag due to recording a double ender.

* UPDATE * You may want to skip around a bit. I was in the Chat room and was distracted a few times…and you can see when I pause editing. So I blame the IRC room. 😉

Is Digg Podcasts Section A Little Disingenuous?

I was excited to see Digg finally put Podcasts on their site, encouraging anyone to Digg the podcasts that they like. I thought this could provide a good way for new eyes to see all the podcasts that are out there, and promote them.

If you are not familiar with Digg, here is how it works. Someone submits a link to Digg. If enough people see it and also find it interesting they click the Digg link and vote for the article. If there are enough diggs to a article then it makes it to the front page and garners more attention.

Well, to a point for podcasts this could work. But not the way Digg is handling it. When you click on the digg-Podcast section, you are immediately taken to the Most Popular shows, not episodes. This is not a rotating section like on the front page with articles and even the videos section. Not only that, when they launched the podcast section it was laden with Revision3 / Kevin Rose shows and podcasts, and other Screensavers Alumni (read TWIT). Now I understand that they are popular, and that is fine I dugg some too, but now those shows have 12000, 10000 diggs, how is someone to compete with that? This list will never change.

What I propose is…make this a rotating section, like Videos and News, and encourage everyone to digg individual episodes, not the shows themselves. I may do an interview on my show that gets a lot of diggs and gets me exposure…someone else may do the same and get some exposure…BUT that won’t happen when people only see the most dugg shows.

You know…I know it is new and I hope that making episode voting was the focus of the plan all along after there were enough to do it.

If you want…show your support Digg my show.