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Podcasting, DotNetNuke & Photoshop

I finished loading up my new MP3 player with every CD I could find in my house. The darned thing has 3,400+ songs on it and I have almost 30 Gig of storage space left. I’m still going to look into one of those all-you-can-download song rental subscriptions, but in the mean time, I plan to dive back in to the world of podcasting.

I played around a bit with a couple of podcasts with iPodder on my PocketPC. It felt like a clumsy solution though and I quickly lost interest. Our group just published the first book on the topic, Podcasting: Do It Yourself Guide. I’m pleased to see it debut on the Amazon Computers & Internet bestseller list. I plan to start reading the book this weekend and test-drive some podcasts on my Creative MP3 player. By the way, I’m trying to see how long I can go without listening to FM radio. Thanks to the broad assortment of tunes that are now at my fingertips, I haven’t listened to the radio since late May…

Speaking of Amazon bestsellers, I’m also thrilled to see one of our newest WROX books, Professional DotNetNuke ASP.NET Portals on the list as well. As Jim Minatel reported over on his blog, the book has been very popular at TechEd this week.

Finally, now that Sybex is officially part of the Wiley family, it’s great to see Tim Grey’s latest book, Photoshop CS2 Workflow: The Digital Photographer’s Guide doing so well. It’s not only been a regular on Amazon’s list, it was #1 there for a few days there earlier this month. I got to speak with Tim today and welcome him to the Wiley family – he’s a terrific author with a great platform.

Comments

Ethan Watrall

Podcasting is definitely an interesting phenomenon - both for the media consumer as well as those interesting in digital media trends. Its funny, despite the fact that it’s called "pod"casting, I almost never listed to casts on my iPod. I find that the times that I listen to my iPod (walking to and from places on campus) are too short to maintain the kind of temporal continuity necessary to enjoy and absorb a cast. Instead, I find that I'm listening to casts in my office on my desktop when I'm working, grading, writing, etc.

I've also been thinking about how to integrate podcasting into my teaching strategies. When I ask them, students seem to like the idea of being able to download and listen to a podcast of my lecture (if they've missed that day). The problem, obviously, pops up when students opt for listening to the podcasts instead of actually coming to class to listen to my lecture. In order to avoid this, I thought that one could time limit the podcast somehow - i.e. its only live for 24hours after the actual lecture. That way, students won't think they can skip the entire semester, and then listen to all of the lectures at the end of the semester. Its also pretty obvious that podcasting in the classroom won't work for certain classes. For example, my interactive design classes have such a vital visual component (showing design, code, etc.) that a podcast would be totally useless. However, for my more "lecture" based classes - like my Social History of Digital Games class - podcasting lectures might work a lot better.

Duane

You're right, Ethan, that the whole "pod"-casting label has gotten lots of people confused and even angry that it ends up sounding like an iPod only thing. That is, except for Steve Jobs :). But podcasting ends up the best word, really, because it sounds almost exactly like broadcasting. If it gets out there far enough and with wide enough variety, it will eventually lose its ipod-only connection. It's not "ipodcasting", after all. Emphasis on the cast, not the pod.

One thing you could do toward expiring podcasts would be to not archive them anyplace. There's no rule that says the podcast feed you supply always has to have the last N posts. On the contrary, some people hate that -- you don't want to discover a new podcast and then get bogged down by having to download the last 50 episodes that are no longer interesting or relevant. Just have the feed serve up the single most recent lecture.

Of course this wouldn't prevent people from downloading it once and then making it available elsewhere, but if you manage to solve that problem, please let Hollywood and the RIAA know, because they'd like to speak to you about a big paycheck :) :) :).

Re: the interactive design course, don't be surprised to see video podcasting catching up fast. Although photo-pods are not nearly as popular as audio players, there are already some casts that are offering a slideshow of pictures to accompany the audio.

rodney k.

Glad to see you mention Tim Grey's latest. Working with Tim here at Sybex is a great pleasure and it's terrific to see this kind of response to his book. Your half a million (and growing!) Average Joe readers might like to know that Tim runs an almost-daily e-mail list of his own, "Digital Darkroom Questions," where he answers any questions that include the words 'digital' and 'photography.'

Todd Main

The DotNetNuke book will surely be popular. It is one of the only large-scale OSS ASP.NET apps out there. It competes directly with phpNuke and Mambo on the Linux platform and is viewed as the only really useful public ASP.NET application out there (Rainbow too, which is also a derivative of iBuySpy). Even the .Text blogging platform went commercial when the author got a job, so there is not much out there for the MS developer community to call their own and have grassroots public development.

Dotnetnuke modules

Just a quick note on rodney k´s comment. you say Dotnetnuke competes with Phpnuke this is of course true but I find a lot of people are confused by the name of both products and think Dotnetnuke is just a .net version of phpnuke. This is very far from the truth. Besides the part "nuke" in the name there is very little that compares these two systems.

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