Posts Tagged ‘Podcasting’

Review of the Vosonic VP3320 – and my audio-storage woes

Monday, June 27th, 2005

Well I have dragged this thing with me all weekend, and I am not very happy with it.

The thing is this: it tries to be an mp3 player and a portable harddisk, which was the whole reason I bought it, but it ends up doing neither very well.

As a portable harddisk, it has the benifit of acting as a standard enclosure, so you can stick any laptop IDE hardrive in it. But on the downside, it needs the adapter to be plugged in, if you want to do actually connect it to a pc.
It also uses one of those mini-usb connectors on the device itself. Now that is not nessesarily a problem, but a normal usb connector is more standard, and would be handier.

As an mp3 player it basicly sucks. It has no playlist functionality at all, it cant pause any mp3 without turning the whole device off, it cant play directory trees, forcing me to manually select any mp3 I want to play, the volume is controlled by the main buttons, which I cant possibly reach while the device is in its hip-bag. Also the stereo plug sticks out of the bag at an impossibly ackward angle. All in all, it makes a very lousy mp3 player.

Now the whole reason I considdered bying the thing in the first place, is cause I needed a decent mp3 player that could store all my music, but I also needed a portable hard drive.  I didn’t see much sense in bying two seperate devices, like an ipod, and then another harddrive in a standard usb2 enclosure.

Up till now, I have been playing my mp3’s on my XDA, but this has two limitations that have started to grow into major fucking annoyances: 1. I will never have the storage I need for my daily dose of podcasts and some music on the side, and 2. The XDA doesnt have a standard 3.5mm stereo connector, it has a 2.5mm stereo/mic connector, for the handsfree set you got with it (the XDA is also my phone). Now I have long since wanted a decent headset or earbuds to listen to the podcasts/music with, and this has been problematic with the XDA.

On the upside, the XDA is a lot handier , if I only want to listen to podcasts, (my daily dose fits nicely on my 512 sd card), and only if I have the proper 2.5mm stereo/mic handsfree set, (but my current one, which is in fact the handfree set of the XDAII, is broken).
PocketPC 2002 Phone Edition deals with this nicely, as incoming calls mute the sound automaticly, and I dont have to switch headphones or anything.

In actuality, I would want a phone with a 3.5mm plug, and then a 3.5mm stereo harndfree set with an awnser button and volume control on the wire, but this is very very rare, or at least I have not been able to find this.

Or even better: how about a setup where I have no wires at all. Where I have a bluetooth headset that basicly does everything (stereo, microphone, awnser button, volume control), and where I can dynamicy switch between a blue-tooth enabled phone, and my bluetooth enabled portable harddrive. This must exist, now all I need to do is find it.
(To this end: I also need to get a new phone. I’m still kinda waiting for the MDA4 😀 )

Anyhow. I will be sending the VP3320 back. Shame. I dont send back things often.. in fact I dont think I ever have, my purchasing decisions are usually better informed than this.

Below pictures are thumbnailed
(harddrive was purchased seperately by me)

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Creating Podcasts on the fly with del.icio.us

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Oke.. this is damn cool.

http://del.icio.us/rss/jemimus/system:media:audio

del.icio.us has implemented a schema of system tags. if you post a link to a file of a certian filetype, del.icio.us will automaticly add a system tag, like the one featured above: system:media:audio

If the system tag is for an audio file, calling a url like the one above, results in an RSS feed that will add the linked-to mp3 or wav file as an enclosure in the rss feed.

This basicly means that by simply adding a link to an mp3 to your delicious account, you have an rss feed with enclosures automaticly: a podcast feed.

I was clued into this via this post:

http://blog.del.icio.us/blog/2005/06/casting_the_net.html

The Adam-Dave thing

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

Here is a copy-paste of my responce to a thread I ran into by accident on Podcastalley.com
Its about the continued feud between Adam Curry and Dave Winer, and my own feelings about Adam of late.

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Having listened to podcasts since november, I remember the good ole days when Dave and Adam did podcasts together, and everything was still fine.

I stopped listening to Dave’s podcast for no other reason than that the audio quality was really getting on my nerves.

Some time later there was an obvious split, with Adam pulling his stuff from Dave’s servers. I heard very little about the feud, and didnt pay it that much mind, but its sad to see it returning to the fore in this manner.

I am not at all suprised they have had this split and that animosity remains, its the most predictable clash of personalities. The geek vs the showman.

Dave is very hard person to like; he is brash, arrogant, and not exactly subtle with his opinion. However, I respect him and his work deeply, and their is no denying his passion in what he does, and his commitment to do ‘the right thing’.

Adam on the other hand is the showman, the extrovert. We could not have wished for a better person to evangalise the format. Adam is very easy to like, because that is exactly wat he is good in, to be the person you want to like, want to hear.
After half a year of DSC however, I have also come to the conclusion that Adam is totally egocentric, also arrogant, and shallow to the extreme.

Personally, I identify with Dave more strongly that with Adam, even though I find Adam more pleasant to listen to.

But like other people in this thread have said, the cracks are showing. I was rather surpised and dissapointed in way when I heard of the Sirius deal. To me its counter-intuitive to the whole ideal of podcasting.
Its this ideal, the very ‘underground’ nature of podcasting that Dave places so much value on, so its not suprising at all to see a complete split on that issue between Dave and Adam, as Adam’s sole focus these days seems to be the business model and the monetisation of the concept.

This is where the crux of the argument is. I think, though the ‘who deserves credit’ discussion is certainly part of it, I dont think its the main problem though.

As far as I had heard, Dave called Adam a ‘sellout’,(this was even before the Sirius deal) and purely from an emotional standpoint, a part of me feels the same way. I feel that podcasting has no place anywhere near the traditional breadcast model. Likewise I cringe everytime I hear of a commercial radio station or channel doing a podcast of their own overproduced, ‘booming radio voice’ crap.

In this last regard, I feel Adam is dropping the ball aswell. When I listened to first test show for Sirius, I couldnt really believe how overproduced it sounded.. talk about your booming radio voice.. this was Adam as his very worst.. and he probably knows it.. but I dont think he can help himself.

On the whole, I am getting increasingly dissapointed with Adam, but I probably wont stop listening, he is like a habbit I would find hard to break.

However, I think I will be subscribing to Dave’s podcast again.. to keep my information intake somehat balanced, dispite I may find him hard to listen to sometimes, in more ways that one.

Podcasting – Another cool thing I (and everyone else) just discovered

Sunday, October 10th, 2004

Title: Podcasting – Another cool thing I (and everyone else) just discovered
Date: 10/10/2004 3:40:00 AM

First thing first: Here is a link to a small tutorial by Jake Ludington on how to set up Ipodder and Media Player 10 to get you started with easily listening to podcasting on the Windows platform.

http://www.jakeludington.com/archives/000405.html

Somehow I missed this.. perhaps not that suprising considdering no one was talking about it since just a week or so ago.. at least according to my feed history. (In fact its 6 weeks yesterday according to Evilgenuis Chronicles 😉

About a month ago I discovered Adam Curry’s Weekly Source Code. Now he was really playing around with audio equipment at that moment, and a month later I see he is now bussily pioneering what they are calling Podcasting…  The recording of audio-logs, (in this case dialy, hence the new name “Daily Source Code”), that are then automaticly downloaded to people’s audio devices..    Ipod offered the simplest framework for this, but with the release of Ipodder for Windows, you can now do it with Media player 10, and then sync with your phone or Ipaq or whatever (XDA in my case, once I get a working headphone again!).

Read this Wired.com article to get up to speed on this exiting new technology.

What I find absolutly amazing is the speed at which it seems to have grown and people are talking about it. 6 Weeks and the podcasts are sprouting up faster than fungus in my fridge. Adam has a list going at  Ipodder.org. Here are some more list sites:  Podcasters.org, Podcast.net, iPodderX, and meanwhile everyone is talking about it. (with everyone I mean everyone in the upper-echelon tech community).

Right now I have my XDA (wtf, the O2 site doesnt understand Firefox?!!) syncing with my game pc..  makes the most sense if I hook it up to my laptop now, as I am using it more anyway, and I now have this great extra reason to sync with it! Problem is though… my headphone cable that came with the XDA is broken, as Adam’s was coincidentily, and I might have the same probs he had getting a replacement.

When I start making daily trips to my new job I start the 18th, I will be very happy with some disctraction on the trainride, what better way than with some podcasts and some music. (Well actually, I also have some other stuff lined up for my train trips, but they require me pulling out the laptop..  )