A Case for an Open Podcast Directory

A Case for an Open Podcast Directory

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Podcasts have come a long way since people started just recording audio files and posting them to a website. Over the last decade the advent of RSS and mobile technology has provided publishers with the ability to produce text, audio and video content and have that content delivered directly to millions of subscribers around the world. While many podcast enthusiasts find shows based on recommendations from friends or social media, the most common way to find new podcasts is through a podcast directory, specifically the iTunes podcast directory. Even though I no longer own any Apple devices many of the top podcast clients have search features powered by the iTunes directory. It has become the de facto place to find a new show on your favourite niche topic. What happens…
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Think Different(ly)

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In a recent conversation with [Knightwise][kw] we were musing that it doesn't seem that it's very long since we were both ragging on Dave to get off Windows and get a Mac. Today we're both seriously entertaining the possibility that our next primary computing device might be running an OS from Redmond. What changed? Has Windows gotten that much better? Yes. It's undeniably better. But we're also different. And Apple is different. I think when we switched to the Mac we saw it as the Valhalla of everything we were looking for. A better system with a unix terminal which would give us the best of both worlds: open source, and a first-class GUI driven OS. In a lot of ways the Mac hasn't progressed since the Intel transition. Sure…
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30 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (part 3)

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![flickr-abletoven-rss-headphones](/media/blog-images/2014/abletoven-podcast-rss.jpg)In [part 1](/2014/04/30-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-part-1/) and [part 2](/2014/04/30-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-part-2/) of this series I highlighted the first block of 30 podcasts I listen to very regularly. I have listened to many of these since they began (often retroactively) and very much enjoy them. There are a lot of tech shows in here with a mix of science, food, history and popular culture mixed in for good measure. Today I bring you the final round of podcasts. I highly recommend you check out any of these great shows and subscribe to them if you're interested. ### Mac OS Ken This show is my day starter. Ken Ray brings together a concise short 10-20 minute podcast with a dose of "Apple news and news related to Apple news." Every weekday he rounds up the latest in…
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30 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (part 1)

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![flickr-abletoven-rss-headphones](/media/blog-images/2014/abletoven-podcast-rss.jpg)I recently put together a show for Hacker Public Radio. Seeing as I had done all this writing, I decided I might as well put together a couple of blog posts. These are 30 podcasts I listen to very regularly. I have listened to many of these since they began (often retroactively) and very much enjoy them. There are a lot of tech shows in here with a mix of science, food, history and popular culture mixed in for good measure. Because most people have attention spans only slightly longer than your average gnat, I've decided to break this up into three separate blog posts, each highlighting 10 different shows. ### 99% Invisible Storytelling is the focus of Roman Mars' podcast 99% Invisible. This show tells the stories behind the…
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Bad Decisions

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As someone who considers himself a technology enthusiast I take pride in my ability to know how best to apply technological solutions to everyday problems. Part of knowing how to do this is the ability to know what the options are and when to choose which option. Few decisions in technology demonstrate this abundance of options better than the selection process for a new computer. I have had a MacBook as my primary computer for the past 6 years. In that time, my first Mac has helped me to accomplish a number of goals. It has been my main machine for all of my technological pursuits. Pretty much Avery blog post and podcast episode I've produced was conceived of, written recorded and released on that machine. I has travelled with…
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Siri Cheat Sheets

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Right after I picked up my iPhone 4s late last year I found myself wondering if there was a list of valid "commands" for Siri. Since it's supposed to provide "natural language" support, I was really looking for a comprehensive list of the things that Siri was supposed to be able to do for me. I found a link to a blogger who has collected together a nice [cheat-sheet of Siri commands](http://segwayne.com/apple-and-tech-stuff/siri-cheatsheets/ "Siri Cheat Sheet"). Available in both PDF and DOCX formats. While I haven't tried everything Siri can do ([I live in Canada after all](http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/iphone-4s/siri-in-canada-hands-on-no-restaurants-maps-and-directions-video/ "Siri crippled in Canada")), I've tried a lot of them, and everything that "should" work, does work.
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Steve Jobs’ Impact on the World of Technology

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This afternoon Apple released the sad news that co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs had finally succumbed to his fight with cancer. With that the world lost a man whose vision led Apple from the depths of irrelevancy to the forefront of day-to-day mind-share. ## Revived Apple Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in the late 1970's. The company has had its ups and downs over the years and Jobs was ousted from his leadership position only to be hired back on in the 1990's when Apple was bordering on irrelevancy. Starting with the iPod and iMac in the early 2000's Jobs and his leadership team helped make Apple one of the most recognized and relevant brands in the world. ## Reinvented home computing The early Apple II computers were some of…
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Mac vs. PC :: Will my next computer be a Mac?

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It's been about two and a half years since I made the switch from being a dedicated Windows user to [buying my first Mac](//kdmurray.com/2006/09/macbook-day-1/). I have really enjoyed my MacBook and wanted to take a few moments to discuss some of the differences and similarities I've found with the Mac ownership experience, compared to my earlier (and ongoing) experiences with the Windows platform. **Marketing and Markets** Both [Windows](http://blogs.computerworld.com/five_reasons_why_vista_beats_mac_os_x) and [Mac](http://www.tuaw.com/2008/03/24/why-the-mac-is-better-than-the-pc-crapware/) [enthusiasts](http://apcmag.com/15_reasons_macs_are_still_better_than_windows.htm) love to [evangelize](http://mac.elated.com/2008/12/12/10-ways-that-windows-is-better-than-mac-os/) their platform of choice.  It's human nature, we all want people to know how smart we are for choosing the best of what's available. As is often the case with most of these "[holy wars](https://www.google.ca/search?q=mac windows holy war)" the smaller market tends to be more vocal, and more likely to point out all the flaws in…
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