Listening to Podcasts

by Mike Linnen 5. March 2005 06:27
Listening to Podcasts
I have been listening to several podcasts over the last couple of months. I have to say I am hooked on some of the technical shows. Whenever I am in the car I listen to a podcast. The radio in my car is rarely tuned on. I use a Dell Axim x50v with Media Player 10 and iPodder 1.1.4. I have been spending a lot of time trying to get the content to synchronise correctly. I am not sure if it is iPodder, Media player or my Active Sync program that has problems with this. But for some reason at times I noticed podcasts that are on my PC but are not on my Pocket PC. I think there is an update to Active Sync I do not have so I am going to try this first to solve my problem.

I have a few grips on this setup

  • There needs to be a purge podcasts after x days setting.
  • Finding new podcasts on the device is a real pain. Need a playlist that can be settup to show podcasts added in the last x days.
  • Organizing podcasts with playlists is a real pain.
  • Deleting podcasts on the Pocket PC should delete it from the PC. I don't want the podcast once I hear it and I listen to 90% of them on the Pocket PC.
  • I need bookmarks. Stopping a podcast and starting it later is a pain.
  • The media center interface is clunky. I have to click too many menu items to get to a playlist.
  • The buttons and the screen on the Pocket PC are way too easy to bump while listening to a podcast.
I found one product that made finding podcasts on the pocket PC while driving real easy. Voice Command from Microsoft. However I am not convinced I want to stick with Microsoft Media Player just yet, so I have not purchased Voice Command. The trial version worked out very well. I could ask the device to play music and it would come back with questions that would lead me down to a particular play list. Once in a play list I could easily skip ahead to next tracks without taking my eyes off the road.

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CodeCamp coming to Charlotte

by Mike Linnen 3. March 2005 06:07
CodeCamp coming to Charlotte
Well I signed up for the CodeCamp that is coming to Charlotte, NC on April 30th 2005. Early registration was opened to Developers Guild members. There are only 200 seats so I was glad I got in early. I have never attended a CodeCamp before but as I look at the Session Lineups of other CodeCamps I think I will not be let down. It was announced at the Developers Guild meeting this month that Design Patterns was the top track requested so far on the polls they did.

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Mike Linnen

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