2 Brothers Talk Tech

Now that I have just read a post from my brothers blog about the podcast idea that we came up with, I thought I might make a post about what we have come up with. As many of you know (from previous post) I have really jumped on the whole podcast bandwagon. I am really impressed with what you can do with podcasting and I think that it is a great way for someone to share their ideas and opinions about absolutely anything that you want to talk about. I have listened to many different podcast out there and would say there are probably about 4 or 5 that I listen to. I really think that podcasting is going to be the wave of the future, I would be willing to say that it will probably replace talk radio and maybe even all radio as we know it. Eventually, video will be the next big thing to really take off on the internet, taking a different approach to TV as we know it today. Anyways, I was listening to several of the podcast on our trip down to Oklahoma and I all of the sudden got the idea, Man I could do a podcast of my own. Then my next thought was what would I talk about. Then all of the sudden it came to me, I must say that most of the podcast I listen to are tech influenced, I could talk about different tech stuff that I like and dislike. As I thought about it a little more the one person that I really enjoy talking about tech stuff with is my brother, he and I do it all the time, he tells me about new stuff he has found and I tell him about stuff I have found. I thought why couldn’t we turn our conversations into a podcast. It just seems to me to be a great way for us to discuss and give our opinions about different things tech and possibly toss in a little life discussion.

We haven’t really discussed all of the details yet, but we thought that the name “2 Brothers Talk Tech” was quite catchy. I have a lot of ideas flowing through my head about the format and topics of the show and even some of the extra stuff, like a website dedicated to it. I really think that this is going to go through and we hope it to be an enjoyable little adventure. I do hope that anyone reading this will check it out when we do start recording the podcast, I will be sure to let everyone know when it starts and exact instructions on how to download it. I am completely excited about it and look forward to whatever it brings us. As we get more and more details ironed out I will add more post to the blog passing on the details that we have come up with. I can’t wait to start discussing more details with my brother, and starting our new venture into the exciting world of podcasting.

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iTunes 4.9 Released

iTunes 4.9 was released yesterday and I have been waiting for it to be released since I heard that it was going to support podcast. I have mentioned before that I really enjoy listening to several different podcast. For those who don’t know what podcasting is it is basically internet radio, you basically download the podcast/ radio show to your computer in mp3 format and then you can listen to it on your time. There are all varieties of podcast that are available for download, some are from people creating their own shows out of their homes and some of them are professional ones that you may be familiar with such as espn. Before iTunes 4.9 was released getting your favorite podcast could sometimes be a little hard for the average user to understand what to do. I have been messing around with the new iTunes and I absolutely love it, not only does it make finding different podcast easier, but you can do it all in one place where before sometime you would have to go to a specific site to find a particular podcast. It is all very well organized into categories so you can browse different podcast and find new ones to subscribe to. It is all free and once you subscribe to a podcast iTunes will automatically download the latest show for you. Not to mention all of the shows that I listen to are commercial free. I really think that this is the wave of the radio future. Anyone interested trying the whole podcasting thing out you can go and download iTunes 4.9 at the link in the post.

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Our Media Test

Gavin Clapping again for a test. Ourmedia.org is awesome, they will store any type media file for free and there is no limit on how much you want to store. It was so easy to put on the blog. I am doing this to help Andrew with his blog so that he can place video on with his free blogger account for free. A free blogger account will not host any type of media on their servers so we have found a way to put pictures and video on his blog for absolutely free. It is pretty darn easy involving only 3 websites, 1 for the blog (blogger), 1 for the photos (flickr), and 1 for video (ourmedia). Our Media will actually do both video and photos, but flickr is kind of tied to blogger. I have added a link for all of them just in case anyone wants to check them out.

No longer available, don’t have an our media account anymore.

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I know that I have talked about rss feeds in the past, but I haven’t ever really recommended a rss feed reader. This is for all those using Firefox browser (highly recommended for windows users), it is called Sage. I actually ran across this reader through reading all of my rss feeds. I use Firefox on my windows pc and thought I would give it a try, so I installed it. I will say that I am really impressed with it, and it works as a plugin. You just download it and it installs automatically into the Firefox browser and then you restart Firefox and then it is available under the tools button. Sage opens next to your main browser window within Firefox, very clean and simple. You browse to your favorite website or blog and click the magnify glass and it searches the website for an rss or atom feed. If it finds one you simply select the feed and choose add feed, then it is automatically added to your rss feeds box. From there you can quickly browse through all of your favorite sites looking for new content.

For example our website itself does not have an rss feed, but our blog does have an rss feed, if you browse to our blog and click the magnify glass it will turn up an atom feed, simply select and click add feed. Then it will be added to your rss feed box. Then when you want to check for new feeds you click the 2 arrows button next to magnify glass and it automatically checks all of you feeds for new content, if there is new content the feed title will become bold faced. If I have added new content you will be able to click on our feed title and view all of the latest content in a quick manner without having to go to our blog. It is a very quick and easy way to keep up with the newest post on our blog and any other blogs or websites that have an rss feeds.

I have used several other rss feed readers and this one is awesome for windows just because it is built right into the browser and not an entirely separate application. If you want a quick and simple way to keep up with all that latest and greatest on our blog, I highly recommend installing Sage into Firefox. (This wasn’t an advertisement for anything, but our blog)

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Quicktime 7 for Windows

Finally I have been waiting for this for it seems like the past month. I can now finally use the h.264 codec for all my movies, that will allow me to put bigger movies on that have incredible quality. This new codec makes the movies quality look as close to the original movie from my minidv camcorder. I am excited, now I need to start shooting some more film of the kids!!!

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Google Search

I just did a google search of josh and kristee, josh kristee, Halee Gavin, Halee and Gavin. I was surprised to see our website at the top of the list. Of course, it is only out of 380 sites, but we were at the top. I was surprised due to the fact that I had done a search earlier on in the first development of the website and it was no where to be seen on google. Plus the fact that Halee and Gavin returned our site second in the list. Since their names are just listed in the website, I was sure it would be that high on the list. I just thought that was pretty cool.

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New Uses for the Internet

As you may have noticed I have added a few new links to the blog. I just thought a would make a post to explain a little bit about where the links take you and the uses that I get out of them. I will start with Leo Leporte, this link takes you to a website of a guy that I used to watch on TV, before the station that he worked for was bought by Comcast. He did not want to make the move with the new company. Anyways the main purpose that I use the website for is his podcasts. His old show use to deal a lot with technology and everything associated including entertainment systems to new gadgets to computers, they would help people with problems, but also show off new and upcoming technology. He has 3 podcast that I subscribe to (they are free). What is a podcast you ask? A podcast is a new form of talk radio for the internet and it is downloaded to your computer and you listen to it when you want to either on the computer or through a mp3 player. Some might say talk radio is boring, but when you are interested in what you are listening to then it is not boring. There are many different podcast out there leading to another link call ipodder.org. This is the original podcasting website, it gives all the information about podcasting along with podcast directories.

TWiT, stands for This Week in Tech, and it is associated with Leo Leporte. This website has another podcast that I really enjoy listening to, it talks about all new tech things that came out last week and stuff that is coming out. I really enjoy listening to this podcast, it is produced on a weekly basis. And the beauty about all theses podcast is that they are free and not to mention commercial free.

The last one is Systm, this is produced by a guy that was on the old tech show that I use to watch and made the move with the new owners, but did not like the direction the new owners were taking the show. He just recently decided to quit the company and show to go out and do his own thing. Systm is his new job, what it is, is a new and interesting way to watch TV shows. What he has done is created his own online TV show that he has complete control over. They just released their first show a few days ago, it is simple, but I bet it will take off and start really growing. He has decided to make it free, and that is always good. It is also dealing with technology and they will probably cover many different topics.

Also down at the bottom of my links section there is a link for xml feed, which is the same as rss feed, if anyone is familiar with that. There are many different rss readers out there many look like outlook express or several different browsers support rss reading. It is away to keep up with new post on your favorite website, like ours hopefully. Basically you use the rss reader to read updated section of a website or blog without actually going to all the different websites that you like to visit. I think it is a wonderful way to view new content on my favorite websites such as ESPN, NY Times, joshandkristee.com, Jon’s Blog. I am able to glance through all the articles and really read the ones that are of interest to me.

I highly recommend everyone who reads this to check out everything that I have talked about. It really adds a few new uses for the internet, but also simplifies your internet surfing experience. For the RSS feeds just look for a rss reader or a browser that supports the rss feeds and see if your favorite sites have rss or xml feeds. They will have a rss or xml link or button on their website if they support rss readers. Man, this has been a long post, but I thought I would share about the new links that I have put on the blog and some of the interesting things that I enjoy doing on the internet.

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Playing Around

Well, those of you who know me real well know that I am a big time gadget freak. I love messing around with all kinds of gadgets. I have pocket pc that I decided to add wireless capabilities to. I am writing this post on it, just wanted to see if it would work. It is actually working quite well. I don’t see myself doing it this way often, it is slow typing in text on the screen keyboard. Anyways, I am signing off.

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