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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - July 1


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    EPISODE #62 - the sound is a lot crisper this morning, as a co-worker gave me a nice windsock for the condenser mic I've been using.  This beats the single-ply toilet paper I had been using to muffle out background noise.  I wanted to not rant so much about stuffy business-y things to close out the week, so I talked about goofy things happening in my life.  Makes for a nice segue into the 4th of July weekend, I think.

    • Using a new windsock (the alternative was a 3-layer-thick windsock made of toilet paper)
    • I recorded a bonus podcast on Adam Curry's GNOMEDEX keynote address...it's ONLY available through the RSS feed...sorry blog downloaders
    • KUAM kids wreck rendering for yesteday's show
    • See me talking to you...Fredalynn takes a picture of me on my camera phone
    • Bill from Mass. chimes in on the Apple/Microsoft proprietary RSS tag argument
    • My job doesn't suck - flirting with some HOT swimsuit models...and a paycheck, too???
    • My sportstalk radio show gets cancelled...only to be ported over to TV
    • Due to overwheling demand, I'm going to release my podcasting class as a CD-based training course
    • I'm an entrepreneur (an intrapreneur, actually)
    • I don't like punk-ass 23-year-old "CEOs" who want to change the world but don't have enough education, experience, or talent
    • Some of the ideas for business Will & I have talked about
       - restroom review (the domain's available!)
       - VHS/DVD rental firm
       - online video rental (a la netflix)
       - food delivery service
       - online grocery & home delivery service
       - Dippin' Dots franchise (and Soccergirl's Dippin' Dots song)
    • The KUAM team is doing some live 4th of July cut-ins for TV on Monday
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  • Are mashups podsafe?

    Something I've been mulling over for weeks is the legal legitimacy of playing mashups in a podcast.  With the RIAA now having reached a position that the distributing of copyrighted music over podcasts, being downloadable MP3s, is not kosher, how does the organization feel about playing mashups, or DJ mixes?

    Is this OK since the "original" song is tampered, being mixed and perhaps manipulated, or is a podcaster twice guilty by playing two songs at the same time?

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 30


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    EPISODE #60 - I got into work waaaaaay too early, and so setup the recording equipment right off the bat, so you get a real-time look at what disorganization is really all about.  This one gets a little technical, but nothing you can't follow along with.  I talk at length and with some degree of expertise about the future of podcasting, and how iTunes and the forthcoming Windows Media Player will bring about a new "browser wars".  I also prove that it's not the wisest thing to slap yourself upside the head with a 600-page book while recording.

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  • Syllabus for the university course on podcasting I'm going to teach

    I've been working recently with my alma mater, the University of Guam, about developing coursework for a class on podcasting.  I was approached about teaching a continuing education class in new media, targeting mostly federal government, corporate, and other general students looking to expand their skill sets.  I threw together this course outline last night...comments or suggestions would be appreciated.  :-)

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 29


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    EPISODE #59 - Topics Discussed:

    • New setup using the repaired Pioneer condenser mic, new style (hopefully new sound)
    • KUAM Kids apparently don't feel as strongly as I do about leaving the plastic on furniture (chair ruined)
    • Don't worry...I'm working on real sweet intro/outro music
    • Spent last night writing the syllabus for the university podcasting course I'm going to teach
    • My first reaction to MTV's "Britney & Kevin - Chaotic", it's The Dawn & Drew Show with video...just not as good
    • Big news: iTunes 4.9 released, but not officially (much in the vein of the Audible announcement, everyone told me this, too)
    • My thoughts on iTunes as podcast directory
    • My Garageband rant gets me a flurry of e-mail from Mac-heads about all things OS X-ish
    • Sans Microsoft: I've been doing a lot of non-.NET programming these days (J2EE, J2ME, PalmOS, bluetooth, BREW)
    • Thinking out loud...if I re-mastered/re-ripped all the MP3s on my iPod @ 64Kbps, I'd save half the drivespace - 2GB!
    • Apparently, Ron Correa's idea for NY Yankee Pod fell victim to podburn...bummer.  I dug his first show.
    • LISTENER E-MAIL: Why don't you drink Red Bull instead?
    • LISTENER E-MAIL: (Danica, - Anaheim) why did you announce your podcasting business plan when you've got local competition?  Don't you think that's kinda risky & foolish?
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 28


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    EPISODE #58 - It's me, your Prolific Pacific Podcaster

    Topics Discussed:

    • I royally screw up the new intro music (which of course, I took from from Garageband)
    • Never, ever remove the plastic from ANY piece of furniture
    • Bob Barker has used the same mic for damn near 30 years
    • If BMW doesn't finish fixing my car by Thursday, I'm selling it
    • I brought in an old condenser mic
    • PodcastRigs.com - improve your sound 
    • JASON SINGS!  (and Fredalynn chickens out from the second verse of Amazing Grace)
    • There's a ton of stuff going on in my life that has nothing to do with KUAM!
    • I'm organizing a reunion for my volleyball team
    • I might teach podcasting or new media applications at the University of Guam
    • Heartbroken & crestfallen after learning of the $1,600/month rental price for my dream condo @ Garden Villa  Hotel in Tumon
    • Guess what I'm doing today?  Another career day speech!
    • I have a hot date this week w/two hot chicks...
    • Can't wait for the new season of Reno 911...don't ruin it for me!
      Hafa Adai & props to Michael Ian Black
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  • Praying for rain - .NET support for BREW?

    I hate platform independence.

    I'm researching development for BREW, Qualcomm's OS for mobile handsets, as I'm trying to hack together a streaming video application for players on CDMA mobile devices.  I realize most BREW apps are written in C, C++, or Java (and extensions are available for Flash and XML), but I'm still hopeful for the day when they'll have .NET support, or at the very least, support for C#.  Damn, this would make my life a hella lot easier.

    I hate platform independence.

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  • Podcasters/bloggers: like it or not, you're part of the media (and MSM'ers, listen up, too)

    One thing I've been thinking about lately is the role of podcasters and bloggers, as far as who's considered to be "the media".  With participatory journalism and citizen reporting giving potentially everyone a voice and presence, this inherently not only empowers them with low-cost production and distribution channels, tears down traditional barriers to entry, and gives them ability to have great influence; but also makes content creators role models, whether they know it or not, and regardless if they're willing to accept the challenge.

    I realized this critical facet when I got into the mainstream media as a writer, web developer and broadcaster years ago.  I hated this aspect of the job, and didn't want it, truth be told.  But it's grown on me and I've learned to live with it, and even cherish it a little.  Someone at some point will undoubtedly ride on what you say, write or infer to the "T", so realize this - regardless of the type of content you produce.  And this certainly applies to new media applications, along with classical platforms.  And even though there's the indie attractiveness to podcasting (much less so with blogging these days, after MSM's embrace and implmentation of the platform), new media producers need to acknowledge that they're part of the media now, too.

    And maybe you got into producing and releasing content through new media because you tired of the conformity and rules of the corporate game, and wanted more control and wanted to be more underground.  I've got news for you - you're still in the pipeline.  So go with it.

    Surely, we can't hold the garden variety podcaster or blogger to the level of responsibility or liability that a professional journalist has, the big demarcation line between MSM and new media always seems to be credibility.  But, people producing content in new forms, even if they're the cast minority, need to realize that they're part of the media now, too.  I'm not encouraging conformity, just bringing a fact of life to light.  There's no real point to this, other than a request that the membership within the communications community be recognized.  The "media" as defined in the lexicon (at least in my opinion), includes podcasters and bloggers.  All of them.

    And for the mainstream media jockeys - get with the program.  Our "industry" now includes thousands of ad hoc radio show producers at a phenomenally rate of growth through podcasting, and millions of writers through the ubiquitous weblog.  I want to strangle a "professional" journalist everytime they hate on an online content producer, denouncing their legitimacy.

    New media producers are part of the game, too.  Get used to it.

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 27


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    EPISODE #57 - I get you caught up on what I did this weekend...was pretty busy & eventful, actually...

    Topics Discussed:

    • Funny clip from Rock Cast (and I know funny)
    • Working on new intro music & segment segues
    • Glenn from Vallejo takes pity on me for my car woes
    • How I spent my weekend: setup a home recording studio on Saturday, worked on KUAM's first commercial podcast project on Sunday
    • Developing ideas for new podcast: "Jason Salas - Uncensored" (NOT worksafe/childsafe)
    • Falling in love with GarageBand on my dad's G5 & producing new intro music
    • Flirting with the voice behind Skype's echo service
    • I lost count on how many tmies people FWD'd me articles, PDFs, URLs about Audible's new podcasting initiative
    • The Denver Post will keep on truckin' with podcasting, despite anemic response
    • No, I did NOT bite Audible's business plan (I didn't even know about it)...ironically, I'm building the same platform for outsourced podcast production/hosting/marketing
    • Scott Flecther from PodCheck Week in Review talks about why podcasters don't say how many listeners they have
    • Bill from Mass. gives some tips on accurately equating how many downloads you've gotten
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  • The role of profanity in podcasting

    As a professional broadcaster, the one thing that really attracted me to podcasting when I first got into the platform was the freedom with which content creators were able to use vulgarity in a show.  I'd listen to countless MP3s from people all over the world, some liberal, some reserved, but many unafraid to drop in a four-letter word every now and then in their dialogue.  And even if someone produces a show that's "child-safe/work-safe"...they still enjoy the freedom to use a potty mouth whenever they wanted, not having to worry about fines, suspensions, loss of license, etc.

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 24


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    EPISODE #56 - get an executive's look at my plans for turning podcasting into a profitable venture - THE PODCAST BUSINESS MODEL.  I started recording on a dual-lapel mic set w/preamp (I switch off to the tride-and-true Plantronics headset mic after a few minutes), so the sound dips for a bit but gets better. 

    Topics Discussed:

    • I finally found some Clearly Canadian at the Micronesia Mall supermarket (man this stuff tastes like diet soda - YECCH!) 
    • I was going to do a sound-seeing tour of my podcasting presentation to management
    • Still got the loaner car...local BMW techs snapped a bolt on the shock tower (strut) while making adjustments.
    • Mindy and I got our plaques for the regional Edward R. Murrow awards we won, but we didn't make the cut for the nationals
    • My thoughts on how to make podcasting profitable
    • 2 special podcasts coming up this weekend for RSS subscribers ONLY (sorry blog downloaders)
    (NOTE: I said this was recorded in stereo, and is was, but I changed it to mono during rendering b/c stereo would have taken hours to export.)

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 23


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    EPISODE #55 - If playing a TV theme isn't kosher, I'm in some deep kim-chee for yesterday's show. We start and end with clips from The Transformers (our second random Transformers reference this week).

    Topics Discussed:

    • I'm drinking (root) beer during the show today
    • My car's still in the shop - and has been for 2 days - and I have to provide the gas for the courtesy car???
    • Soccergirl says thanks to DP listeners for their support & gives us a Yiddish lesson
    • The Pistons will win it all...but ONLY if 'Sheed plays his game
    • My fashion faux pas...I wound up being an unplanned "Ode to Jordan Knight" for wearing a Tommy Hilfiger shirt that Marie and Bri totally ripped me on...I looked like a 6'3" piece of denim
    • Flower pollen ruins my favorite shirt
    • VIEWER E-MAIL: Jennifer (formerly from Guam, now in Chicago) says hi
    • PODCAST PROMO: Steve DuPont's Obtuse Angle (the guy is out of his single-celled mind)
    • Scott Fletcher's PodCheck
    • Sure-fire content for commercially-viable podcasts: cooking, news, investment/tax tips, religion, driving guides, video games, restaurant guides (more niche-oriented & geography-specific), business
    • Sex education podcasts - Violet Blue's Open Source Sex || SexGeeks
    • Much to my surprise (and chagrin), pornstar podcasts don't exist
    • Whoever capitalizes on pornstar podcasting is going to make a killing
    • Jamil is among the first people in America to watch "The Land of the Dead"
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 22


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    EPISODE #54 - being confident as a heterosexual, single 31-year-old guy, I ask you - did Bruce Lee not have the most perfectly-toned physique in the history of human anatomy?

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 21


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    Topics Discussed:

    • I started on today's King Car Lemon Tea without you
    • Don't take everything I say on this show as gospel
    • Knowing your podcast audiencce: the 4 types of people you'll run into when
      you podcast -
      • (1) The Diehards: those who believe everything you say
      • (2) The Haters: those who believe nothing you say
      • (3) The Apathetics: those who remain indifferent to what you say
      • (4) those who are smart about it (ask questions, challenge it, compliment it)
    • Sorry if my change in RSS feeds made your podcatcher download all the podcasts again
    • PODCAST CLIP: Why I love podcasting...what MSM radio station in its right mind would ever let you answer personal phone calls?
    • Highlights of me testing out a new stereo mic dual set w/preamp from Church Audio
    • Dion from the KissPodcast in the Netherlands shares audio quality tips
    • Building a business model for KUAM's podcasts
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  • Let me "XML" your data - idea for accessing cool data sources that haven't caught the SOAP-RPC or RSS bug

    Here's a novel concept: third-party XML web service development to access remote data stores that aren't yet down with SOAP or RSS.  I've found over the years several data sources and web sites whose information I might like to tap, but very few of them have web services and/or RSS feeds that make public, open remote access to them almost impossible.

    I've proposed offering my skills to sites that offer cool data, pitching to build an XML web service or RSS feed generator for them, if they'd make their stuff callable by way of RPC.  I'm now thinking this might be a cool venture to pursue.  I came across this cool site while looking for upcoming VHS/DVD releases for another project I'm working on, and I noticed the site uses SQL Server on the back-end.  I again offered to free of charge develop a generic WebMethod that could be installed on that host's server, into which the site owner would need to plug the login with which to access the database. 

    Of course, if the site doesn't run .NET, I'd need to self-host this, in which case they wouldn't typically want to give me DBO access or probably not want to set me up with my own account. Naturally, most data owners are wary about giving someone completely foreign to them  - figuratively and literally - access to their DB server, so we'll see how this plays out.  I hope it works.

    But in the larger picture, if I can find some way to do this for a variety of sources - provide a safe, abstract framework, reusable over in different platforms and scenarios with different data schemas, returning the data I'd like, in a manner which upheld the integrity of a remote site's security, then I think this would be a cool thing to do.  Something like making it possible for me to host/maintain a service, and then allow a remote data provider the ability to plug-in their login info in an encrypted or safe-from-mine-or-other-outside-prying-eyes format, and execute simple lookups or run sprocs against their data store.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 20


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    Topics Discussed:

    • Pretty boring last night watching a Grey's Anatomy rerun
    • Spent the weekend working on my video store management software / I'm making more headway writing PalmCatcher
    • Tax tips for podcasters - you should be able to use iRivers, mics, mixers, software as write-offs come tax season
    • My media files are now on a new server - should make for faster downloads
    • How much do U.S. copyright laws apply in Europe?
    • I wonder how RIAA feels about mashups vs. original songs (Or short song clips?  Or TV and movie clips?)
    • Brian Ibbott of Coverville making headway for safe playing of copyrighted music
    • Podcast plug: Radio Clash (out of the UK)
    • Podcast Brothers talk about accessing podcasts in WiFi hotspots
    • Lori from Alabama listens to 8 Digital Pontification episodes in 2 days
    • Soccergirl's censorship debacle with PodcastPickle promo
    • My past thoughts on censorship
    • TALKBACK: did you find the PodcastPickle promo spot too suggestive or racy?
    • I'll be producing more podcasts for KUAM in the near future with some local babes - mixed martial arts, planning a local cooking show
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 17


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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 16


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    EPISODE #50!!!!!!!!  We made it, folks - the Golden anniversary, the half-century mark, 15 years away from retirement, etc.  Thanks to all of you who helped me make it this far in our podcasting endeavor.  Rather than this being the well-produced, organized show it should be to commemorate the 50th time we've recorded it (or a "best of" clip show, which I was hoping for but didn't have the time to research), I just threw together 72 minutes worth of random thoughts and rants about a whole bunch of unrelated topics.  So, in other words - a typical fun time!

    Topics Discussed:

    • Thanks to all the Digitial Pontification listeners for downloading this stuff everyday
    • I figured out what made me sick...bad hamburger patty @ King's last Friday (not BBQ Hot Pockets, not Hard Rock food)
    • LISTENER E-MAIL: how can I avoid PodFade or PodBurn?
    • LISTENER E-MAIL: how do you stay so positive over blogs/podcasts/e-mails?
    • Almost got in an accient last night because people messed with my car's wipers and side-view mirrors
    • You know you've met this guy: people who see your food and say "Hey, are you gonna eat this?  I can have this, right?", The Over-the-Shoulder Guy, Mr. Perpetual Laugher, The Guy Who Talks Too Loud)
    • MY BAD: CafePress doesn't charge anything, a requiem is only meant for something that's already gone, not that which is being put away, yesterday's show was only a "triple voiceover" not a quad
    • Sound Clip: KUAM-FM's Chris "Malafunkshun" Barnett's classic "Got Pit Bull?" prank call
    • Does anyone but me find it odd that Destiny's Child uses the same formula to sing their hit songs?  (Beyonce ==> Kelly ==>  Michelle)
    • Damn, "Since U Been Gone" has been on the charts since last November
    • I thought I missed Father's Day
    • I REALLY discover Mac G5s - and I have been enlightened
    • Sheesh, even iPodder is better
    • NYC hotel offers sweet Mac-centric multimedia package, but it ain't cheap
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 15


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    Topics Discussed:

    • There isn't a professional communicator in America who's not tried to attach a well-placed pun to the Michael Jackson verdict
    • "Say goodnight, JohnBoy"...I'm putting the Digital Pontification outro music to sleep
    • Flirtin' with Soccergirl - Blog || Message Board  || Store
    • Department of Redundancy Department - ever motivated to push the broadcasting envelope, I did a first - "a quad-voiceover" me commenting on Soccergirl commenting on me commenting on her
    • I told you so...podcasts start merchandising
    • Lance Anderson's Verge of the Fringe Podcast || Store
    • "Hitch" is already out on video?  That's crazier than "Spanglish" or "Lemony Snickets..."
    • SHOUTOUT: Thomas Williams in Australia
    • TVGuide.com launches new weekly podcast
    • I'm going to start doing interviews with DP listeners and podcast personalities
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  • MSNBC.com's "Blog This" links

    I just today noticed MSNBC.com's "Blog This" links, in addition to the expected "Print This" and "E-Mail This".  Interesting.  I tried it on a co-worker's workstation, so it prompted for a Passport login, which I can't recall.

    Neat...I think I'll try this for my own site's stories.

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 14


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    Episode #48 sees me come into work after not having eaten for 40 hours due to a nasty stomach bug.  Still trying to figure out what made me ill.

    Topics Discussed:

    • I've been fighting off a nasty stomach bug for the past couple of days
    • The finer points of fasting
    • I torture myself by reading a menu of take-out lunch food
    • MY BAD: Sir Wally says donations that seek a tax write off are still philantrophic
    • PODCAST PROMO: ASP.NET Podcast Episode #3
    • Podcast etiquette: people...ya gotta setup RSS feeds for your podcast, blogs alone don't do it!
    • I think I found a glitch with Brian Ibbott's Coverville RSS feed (repeatedly downloads deleted MP3s)
      VOICEMAIL: Jaymz Lennfield from Beatallica calls in
    • Album title of the day: "Sgt. Leppers Falling Parts Club Band"
    • IN-SHOW BREAKING NEWS: Jury finds Michael Jackson not guilty
    • My media host changed servers on me...I gotta spend today changing the URLs on my blog
    • Can you believe the cool toys that McDonald's gives away with a $3.60 Happy Meal these days?
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 13


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    Join me in cleaning out my closet (literally).  It's my latest sound-seeing tour, as I donate clothes I don't wear or would like to give to someone needing them much more than I, to the Salvation Army.  Listen to me do something for the community, help those less fortunate, and get a tax break in the process, and reminisce about various periods in my life (fresh out of college, alternative rocker, not-so-dumb jock, etc.).  Not a bad way to spend a bit of time on a Saturday morning.  Also, take a spin around Guam's tourism capitol on a hot, hot hot weekend.

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  • "Centered" portals have always looked weird to me

    I'm no expert on user interface design, but I've always found strange those sites that try and adopt the potal mentality - being a single repository for a lot of information - when they center a fixed-width HTML table in a page.  The resultant gutters of empty space on either side, white or not, had always rubbed me wrong.

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  • My weekend project - "PalmCatcher", a Java/.NET podcatcher for Palm OS 5

    I've been mentioning in my podcast over the last few days (subscribe to the RSS feed here) how I've been wanting to help my father get connected to mine and other podcasts on his smartphone, a Sprint version of the Treo 650.  I've had to resort to manually sending my dear old dad SMS text messages containing the URL to an MP3 I'd just published to the Internet to let him download it (the Treo 600 Series has a really cool SMS client that automatically converts URLs and mailtos to active links, so it's single-click for him, saving the MP3 to his phone's removable 512MB memory card).

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 10


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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 9


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    EPISODE #45 - I had planned on this being a shorter-than-normal show, but I started off on a couple rants and it wound up being about 50 minutes.  Sheesh.

    Topics Discussed:

    • Rendering yesterday's podcast took forever...I don't know why
    • I found the end of the rainbow today...literally!
    • At least Will met Ashanti
    • The theme for "Battle of the Planets"
    • Laugh at me trying to remember the members of G-Force (was Mark an eagle?)
    • I've got enough Subway Sub Club stickers to buy the company
    • A look inside my investment portfolio
    • Don't hate on the WWE (I'm a stockholder)
    • Glenn from Vallejo offers from t-shirts at TechEd in Orlando
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 8


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    Episode #44 is about 1 hour, 4 minutes of somewhat-connected, poorly segued rants on everything, from Guam's lack of IT support, to stupid company names, to bogus degrees.  In the middle, I play a clip from two great friends and fantastic musicians, Mico & Stevie.  Enjoy!



     Topics Discussed:

    • Happy Hump Day (and other things that make you giggle when you say them)
    • Inside Guam's tow truck industry
    • Business name of the day: "Golden Facial Skin Care Treatment Center"
    • Damn degree mills won't leave me alone
    • Craig Shoemaker from the Polymorphic Podcast says what's up
      The next big thing (for podcasts at least): single-click subscription
    • KUAM Podsafe Music - Mico & Stevie "My Party"
    • Check out streaming video of Mico & Stevie's music
    • Free Guam artist music
    • No interview with Ashanti...for any of us  :-(
    • No iPod support in my 2004 BMW
    • Programming bigamy - I've hopped in bed with Java, but I'm still committed to C#
    • I'm eternally pissed that GPS on-board automobile computers won't work on Guam (again)
    • I want to do more multi-platform outside the scope of .NET (PalmOS, other apps)
    • VOICEMAIL: Bob the De Facto Sound Guy from Tennessee says hi
    • TALKBACK HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: it's that time of the year to do PSAs...what should I do?
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 7


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    Topics Discussed:

    • What I didn't tell you about the ending of yesterday's podcast.
    • I hate getting scooped, but if there's anything I hate more...it's staying scooped
    • Competition is healthy
    • Weird e-mail about monster ballads
    • Soccergirl Incorporated saved from being the 2nd podcast casualty!
    • My next sound-seeing tour's going to be from a trip to the chiropractor (hope the iRiver picks up all the snap, crackle, and pop)
    • We're interviewing Ashanti today!
    • Jamyz from Beatallica makes a surprise in-show call
    • VIEWER E-MAIL: Ramon (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - why don't you encourage people to vote for DP @ PodcastAlley?
    • The client thanks the salesperson...I'm taking my car salesperson out to lunch
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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 6


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    Episode #42 comes to a rather unceremonious ending...I got a news tip about a breaking story I needed to rush off to cover, so I dashed off and left you with a nice song from a local artist.

    Topics Discussed:

    • I played hookie Friday
    • I can control the weather - really!
    • Me on cars
    • Fill 'er up? Not likely when you spend $70 for gas in a Nissan Armada?
    • Dr. Don from the Cartoon Radio Network says hi
    • Brown tree snakes aren't the biblical problem people think they are on Guam, but frogs...
    • I must have run over 150 dead or dying frogs on the way home from work because of the rain
    • TALKBACK UPDATE: I've got a new pet peeve: co-workers who play music super loud and then walk away
      Podsafe Music: Jack Larimer "Come with Me"
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  • APress launches free .NET 2.0 online resource

    I'm doing the investigative reporter thing this morning...I just caught this while snooping....good info for the 2.0 crowd...

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    APress launches the Apress Beta Community (ABC) at Microsoft TechEd this week. This new portal, hosted by ASP Today at www.asptoday.com/abc, will provide expert opinion and peer-to-peer discussion on the release of Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2. The ABC will publish several new online articles every week, written by some of the most renowned authors and experts in the Microsoft development space. It also offers moderated forums where peer discussion will bring together the expertise of thousands of developers in a constructive online environment.

    MVPs and recognized .NET professionals, including Saurabh Nandu, Robin Dewson, Kamran Qamar and Teun Duynstee, are among those contributing to the new Beta Community portal.

    Articles and editorial features have been written by professionals working with the .NET Framework 2.0, many of whom have worked with .NET technologies since the first release. Premium content, usually available only to ASP Today subscribers, has been donated by Apress to encourage community participation in the months leading up to the final phase of the .NET Framework 2.0 release. Available to read immediately are articles on ASP.NET 2.0, Visual Studio 2005 and data access. More articles will be added at regular intervals during each week, covering those and other topics, such as Windows Forms, security, Windows Services, CLR Internals and application architecture.

    ³Our aim is to provide developers the same high-quality information that you¹ll find in Apress books, but with the ease of access and immediacy of the Web, explains Simon Robinson, .NET expert and Editor-in-Chief of ASP Today, speaking of the benefits of joining the community. ASP Today already has a huge library of professional articles, and the launch of the Apress Beta Community will make it even easier to find the information you need from the right expert, as well as provide quality forums for discussion of the .NET Framework 2.0.

    As an added bonus, any paid one-year subscriber to ASP Today will automatically qualify for a one-time free single Apress eBook title! See www.asptoday.com/abc for more details, and check out our huge selection of books in e-version at www.apress.com/ecommerce.

    To register for the ABC, visit the ASP Today homepage: www.asptoday.com. All the information on the ABC is absolutely free. ASP Today subscriber services will continue as usual with new articles for web developers covering ASP.NET 1.x and other web-related technologies, and ASPToday subscribers will automatically be able to access ABC content without any further registration.

    Books focused on Microsoft .NET technology will be sold online at www.Microsoftbookstore.com, a comprehensive source for books and other resources on Microsoft technologies and solutions. The books in this store are written by several hundred authors who are experts in Microsoft technology, many of whom have training backgrounds, and /or who are interested in sharing their knowledge. This online retail experience allows you to find works from many publishers, hundreds of authors, and other relevant resources from Microsoft.

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  • Digital Pontification: Podcast Show Notes - June 2


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    Episode #41 - I felt sick coming into work this morning on account of the terrible pre-storm weather we're getting, but a huge swig on the King Car Lemon tea and the healing power of laughter got me back on track.

    Topics Discussed:

    • Yesterday's show was kinda lame, I know...a lot on my mind...that's the problem with podcasting weekdaily
    • Podcast Promo: Craig's Showmaker's Polymorphic Podcast
    • My experience donating books to my alma mater
    • Cool - more people access DP on podcatchers than on the blog now
    • Glad you guys checked out Soccergirl..doesn't she look like Amy Lee from Evanescence?
    • Is it just me or do all the white male leads in "Underworld" look like the guy from Creed?
    • Lori from Huntsville, AL will now be known as "The Goddess of Knowledge"
    • I mentioned people mistaking "sound-scene" for "sound-seeing"...no biggie...people did the same thing with "web sight"
    • Voicemail: Barry Friedman from Lakeland, Florida says hi from outside DisneyWorld
    • Voicemail: Steve DuPont from the Obtuse Angle Podcast says hi
    • Listener E-mail: (Tom, Amarillo, TX) - "You say you've got an eclestic taste in music, but you mention metal all the time.  How is that eclectic?"
    • I wish I could tap the API for the GPS systems cars use so much
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