Podcasting What Geeks Really Want To Hear


  1. Hey guys. Great show as always. About the whole podcast/netcast debate. I really think that downloadable content is still new enought that if the community decides that a change is needed, they can without too large of a hassle. However, I agree that I dno’t really see a need for it at the present time other than as a way for the un-initiated to be able to conceptually divorce iPods and the podcast (i.e. you don’t need an iPod to listen to a podcast).

    Question, though, for Travis: Why don’t you trust Leo Laporte? Just curious.

    Comment by Jeff Kamp — October 13, 2006 @ 21:46

  2. Re: My mistrust of Leo Laporte
    Jeff, this is an excellent question to which my answer will more than likely be unsatisfactory. :)
    The executive summary is that it’s not so much that I don’t trust Leo Laporte (Thus, my phrasing in the episode wasn’t entirely an accurate communication.), it’s that I don’t trust that his actual technical prowess is consistent with what he represents it to be.
    In short, Leo Laporte is a total poser.

    The more lengthy explanation is this: I would be honored if I were to meet Leo at a conference, and would eagerly express how much I enjoyed The Screensavers of ZDtv. I assume he would make excellent conversation on technology and the issues facing it, and I’d wager this hypothetial conversation would be enlightening and enjoyable….
    But I wouldn’t trust him as a sysadmin any further than I could throw a server. Now, just because someone isn’t a skilled hacker (in the historical sense of the term) is no reason not to respect them–it’s when they imply that they are that they lose my respect. [i](see also [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Dvorak]Dvorak[/url])[/i] It’s worth noting that this opinion could entirely be mal-formed. It is based on observation of discussion which very well could have been deliberately and strategically simplified to make it more palatable to less savvy viewers–a process which almost always requires cutting technical corners. If this is the case, I would be pleased to see a YouTube video where Leo gives a competent, accurate, and complete discussion of some sophisticated technology so I can confidently reverse my opinion. As for now, Leo strikes me as a technological quack.

    Comment by trav — October 15, 2006 @ 20:58

  3. Nem,

    iMovie 6 HD (or whatever it is called) has some audio editing capabilities. You can apply EQ settings, reverb, delay, pitch changer, highpass, lowpass, bandpass and noise reducer FX to the tracks.


    Comment by Brian G. — October 14, 2006 @ 11:23

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