I have the Podcasting equipment ready, now we record! The Microsoftbookclubs.com will be hosting a podcast show in the format of book reviews and author interviews. John Alexander and I will be the show's personalities. I hope to be launching the Podcast site in the near future. We have been preparing for awhile and are excited to get started. Here are some pictures of the studio (a.k.a. my office).
Our equipment has changed substantially over the past few months, but the biggest change is the PHONE JAM® by Anomaly. This product allows you to pull in callers to your podcast quick and easy. The original use of the product was for remote bands to link up, but we find it to work great for phone interviews. We have used Skype and other VoIP lines, but the clearity isn't there and too many churps in the line. This is a definite must have for Podcasters trying to get started and the price is perfect for small budgets.
Ok, listen up marketing folk. If you company has a big announcement, such as TiVo did with TiVoToGo, than make sure you CAN roll the product out. How much crap is it to make such an announcement and not update your customers machines. I have been put on a waiting list instead. Probably going to be one of the dumbest mistakes of the 2005, and they did it on day one. Crazy. Anyone else annoyed, or am I the only impatient one when it comes to technology and promises.
I predict this will be the year of the Event! Whether it be OpenEvents or ESS, both I am a part of. One of them shall be victorious and we will see aggregators and sites publishing or subscribing to event information in a syndicated format. I also think the Atom/RSS battle will continue but people will decide to provide both because if you have one, you can easily support the other. Luckily ESS will support both so no matter who wins we are ready. This is a focus for OpenEvents as well.
Long live the Event!
First off, Happy New Year everyone. This year my wife and I celebrated with another pregnant couple by watching TV and playing Scene IT: TV Edition. Unlike the past two years, I promised my wife I would stay awake to watch the ball drop as I accidentally fell asleep waiting for midnight. After a victorious game for myself, we got ready to watch the ball drop. KMBC-TV, the local ABC station, was playing Dick Clark's Rockin New Years Eve, along with some commercials. But the station manager that night didn't get the idea that people might want to SEE the ball drop, and played commercials during the year switch. After coming back from commercial, the event was over, the ball had dropped, and most of Kansas City was unable to see it. So hopefully with the power of Google, this post will not allow the station to live this down throughout 2005 and in one year, get it right and show the people of Kansas City the ball drop.