Random events of a semi-boring blogger
So I checked my news feeds this morning and wouldn't you know we had a little gift from Dave Winer. A mac version of his new software for outlining called OPML. I have been playing with it for a little while and am having fun with learning about this new tool.
I checked my blog today and found a few things missing. Mainly my header picture, nice view of Paris inside the Pompeduo centre, and my gif buttons that link to my 1 - click subscriptions. In addition, all my podcast links were dead.
I have been using Ourmedia.org for a few months to host my podcast and vblog media. They have a great service where you can store your media for free. Using tools like blogger, feedburner and ourmedia to create a blog that is free is why media is scared of bloggers. The cost of entry into the marketplace has just been lowered. You can always make the argument 'bloggers' are amateurs, but there is a lot of good information out there and that gives us the power of choice.
I have been playing with the simple template provided by the generous folks at Blogger (read Google). I don't do much coding aside from SQL, so I have been fumbling my way through updating this blog. I want it to be professional yet have enough fun stuff to make it unique.
I started a blog called confessions of a cspan junky some time ago. I haven't posted much there since it is politically focused and I have been jaded by the process. I have from time to time watched cspan and some of the subcommittee meetings of congress. It is a fascinating process to see representatives and senators get information from sectors of our government. I just watched a hearing on boarder patrol and homeland security which brings to light many issues with a porous border. It is hard to make judgments on what we should do on such a big problem, but it seems to me any problem of that magnitude (any problem in general really) is not a binary process.
Last night after a great Thai dinner I went to the Grove in Los Angeles to stroll and window shop for a nice summer evening in California. The Apple store is a major attraction there, so I stopped by to see my ibook that I want to purchase. Across the way is Barnes and Noble, and if you know me, I can never pass up a book store, so I walked across the way to visit all those words.
RSS has turned my need for information into a habit. I find myself reading less, watching TV less and podcasting less. So I decided I need some separation time away from my RSS reader. Yes Bloglines and I have come to the point where we need "alone time" from each other. I know all the feeds will be there while I'm away but I need to balance my time in doing research for writing projects, reading for pleasure and podcasting.
Brewster Kahle is my new hero. I must admit I don't know much about him aside from the Internet Archive which is an amazing project he is running. But I just listen to his talk presented by IT Conversations on the Internet Archive and I must say, he is an amazing person who is revolutionary in his ideas of the internet and information. You can listen to his talk at the SDForum taped in December of last year here. I know this post sounds like a review, which belongs on my new podcast remix site, but I was inspired by a great man and wanted to share this great talk. I will of course have a full review when I get my podcast remix show up and running.
I Finally made it to the Itunes music store podcast listing. It is officially listed under "A Day in the Life / Iclectic Podcast", but you can search for it just by using iclectic or steven or frein. You can also one click here.
Ok so I tried Odeo out today and I posted about my initial reaction. I had an issue with the sync software when I downloaded it and sent them a note on it via their built in form. I had a email a few hours later with solutions to my issues and the system they use rocks. I think companies like Microsoft and Apple can learn how to develop applications and work with the users and community to make a kick ass product. I know Odeo is using Ruby on Rails to develop their site and it looks amazing. I love the ROR look.
[dave winer] reports odeo is out in the public. My first reaction was to dismiss it since Itunes does everything I need, but as a podcaster I wanted to make sure my podcast was on their listing. Did a quick search, but like Itunes, I was relegated to the non-added podcasts even though I am on all the major listings now.
Dave Winer of Scripting News is the father of so many things we use in the blogging and podcasting world. Everyone knows that he is very opinionated and if you get on his wrong side, you will be posted in his blog for thousands to read. Recently Dave ranted on Audible.com's DRM solution and how he did not like it. So what does he do? Cancels his subscription and uses a Hack alternative. He buys the CD's and rips them down to mp3 files which I assume takes him forever. He talks about it again here today.
Thanks to the folks at Voxmedia.org we have a community wiki to hash out all the new features and issues that Itunes 4.9 has brought us. I still reserve final judgment until I use it more and get tips from others. I know there has been a lot of pushback from the podcast alley folks as well as podnova, but I think for a first go at it they did pretty well. Much can be improved, but I hope Apple is open to take comments from those of us who don't have the last name of curry. It would be sad if one podcaster represented us all, no offense Adam.