Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Catching the Podcast Bug

With the new year, I decided to take advantage of my health club benefit.  For the past couple of weeks, I've been going to the gym several times a week.  It's been a few years since I last made a go of it.  So far, I'm being more successful.  Part of that success has been my concurrent discovery of podcasting.  Listening to podcasts makes running in place much more interesting.

I have a Creative Zen Nano Plus.  This is a nice little player.  It is small, light, and is PlaysForSure certified so I can take purchased content with me.  My one complaint about the player is that it is not as solidly built as I would like.  It is all plastic and feels like it could easily break.

To date, I haven't started using podcasting software.  At present, I'm just going to the various pages and downloading directly.  This usually works but a few sites only have rss feeds.  I've tried Juice and Doppler.  Juice insists on launching iTunes.  Thanks, but no.  Doppler is pretty cool as it automatically places the files into Windows Media Player.  I will have to give it a second look.

Here are the podcasts I've found interesting so far:

  • This Week In Tech - Leo Laporte, John Dvorak and others talk about the tech news of the week and interview technology guests.

  • QA Podcast - Short podcast about software testing.  I've only listened to a couple so far but find it interesting.

  • NerdTV - Think of it as Charlie Rose for geeks.  Bob Cringely interviews big-name guests like Doug Engelbart, Dan Bricklin, Dave Winer, etc.

  • The Signal - Everything Firefly.

  • Firefly Talk - Everythhing else Firefly.

  • Engadget - News from the world of gadgets.  Wanna know about the newest cell phones?  Try this.

  • The Dice Tower - The latest news from the world of boardgaming.

  • Major Nelson - An insider on the XBox Live team talks gaming news and interviews the people creating the XBox 360.

What podcasts have you found that I should check out?  Are there any good programming/software development podcasts out there?


  1. If you like The Dice Tower, check out:

  2. I assume you know all about some of the podcasts?

  3. Actually, I didn't know of the Channel9 podcasts.  I knew they had videos but hadn't seen the podcasts.  I'll have to check them out.  The link appears to be here:

  4. In my recent foray into podcasting, I ran across a gem.  It is a 4-part series which explains most...