Technology.ie Podcast #1

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We’ve been talking about this for weeks – now we’ve gone and done it.  Here at last is The Technology.ie Podcast, with Michele Neylon and Conn Ó Muíneacháin.  This was recorded a few weeks ago in Michele’s office at Blacknight, shortly before he left for the Webfest.me conference in Budva, Montenegro.

In this episode:

  • Dot-What?  New Top Level Domains  – what can we expect to see?
  • Portable Podcasting.   Introducing the essential “podcast-studio-in-a-bag” for the globe-trotting web entrepreneur.  (Watch out for a more detailed post on this shortly.)
  • Zemanta suggests links and images to bloggers as they type.  “It’s pretty damn cool”, Michele says.
  • How to make money from online social media.  No – we didn’t solve it either.  Tune in again next week! 😉
  • Teamer.net takes the hassle out of organising your sports team.
  • Companies who put all their eggs in one basket, for example basing their entire business on Twitter.  What happens when the other company changes the game?
  • Everyone’s talking about Klout lately.  Naturally, Michele discovered it long before everyone!

That’s it!  It’s a first step and we plan to develop it in weekly episodes.   We’ll have guests on the show as well.  It’s a podcast – so you can get it automagically with this RSS feed.  Here’s the link to subscribe  with iTunes.   Whatever geeky podcatching technology you use do let us know how you listen – we love that kind of stuff!

Let us know what you think.  Leave a comment.  Go raibh maith agaibh!

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19 Responses to Technology.ie Podcast #1

  1. Peter September 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Good job on the first podcast guys. Nice and relaxed but informative, nice to listen to while getting some work done. Looking forward to the next one.

    • Michele September 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

      Peter

      Thanks. If you have any thoughts on the type of content you’d like to hear please let us know

      Michele

  2. DigitalDarragh September 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    It sounds like you have noise cancelation or some kind of

  3. DigitalDarragh September 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Sorry about that.
    As I was saying, during gaps in speech the background noise is getting canceled out however this is not consistent. Just a suggestion but if I was you I’d disable any settings that try to filter out noise when the audio dips below a certain level.

    Great podcast. I look forward to listening regularly.

    • Conn September 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

      Hi Darragh, thanks for giving the show such close attention! 🙂

      What you’ve picked up on is not noise cancellation, but a side effect of a level balancing software tool I used afterwards to even out the levels in the recording.

      It’s called The Levelator (hats off to Doug Kaye and the clever people who invented it!) and it saves podcast producers a lot of time while ensuring a consistent comfortable level for the listener, especially people using earbuds.

      The downside to an algorithm such as this is that when the conversation goes quiet, it tends to amplify instead the background noise. What you’re hearing is not the background noise being cut: it’s actually that the noise is being unnaturally amplified at other times.

      The effect is the opposite to what you would hear from a “noise gate” (which zeroes the sound when the overall amplitude goes below a given threshold). In fact, what I probably should have done here was to apply a noise gate after the Levelator.

      Ordinarily, and for these reasons, the Levelator is not considered suitable for situations where there is a significant level of background noise, but to be honest I weighed it up and decided it was OK. I’m usually the fussiest guy in the room when it comes to audio quality so I’m impressed by your discerning ear, Darragh!

      Seriously, it’s great to be able to geek out on the technical detail with an audience like this. If this was a mainstream podcast with a less technical audience, I would simply reply to your comment by saying: “OK, thanks!”

      Keep it up!

      Conn

      • Peter September 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

        Glad to hear you’re keen for some proper technical anorak stuff! 🙂

        • Michele September 29, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

          Peter
          It’s safe to say that it’s going to be pretty geeky if the last few conversations Conn and I have had are anything to go by 🙂

          Michele

  4. Keola Donaghy September 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    Nice start, guys. Curious – how are languages that use extended characters and/or non-latin based glyphs going to be handled. I could see and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) domain, but as you can see we use diacritics. Would we have to register both the version with and without the diacritics (perhaps simply ‘ōlelo and olelo)? The issue is not all OS’ default keyboards can’t generate those characters.

    • Conn September 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

      Keola, a chara, good to hear from you!

      As it happens, I think we might be talking about that next week. See this post from Michele who recently registered mícheál.eu.

    • Michele September 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

      Keola
      As Conn said, we’re going to be talking about that in greater detail. However to answer your question directly it depends on the domain registry.
      In the case of .eu the IDN version of the domain before the dot is distinct to the non-IDN version, so mícheál.eu and micheal.eu are two different domains. However, some other registries use a variant system instead. So mícheál.cat would be a variant of the non-IDN and once either the plain latin or the IDN gets registered then the string is blocked – so you get two (or more) for the price of one.
      Michele

  5. Vinny Coyne September 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Congrats on the first episode! Sounded great and really enjoyed the content. Have subscribed in iTunes – looking forward to the next episode. 🙂

    Vinny.

    • Conn October 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

      Thanks Vinny! Do let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see covered on the show.

  6. Patrick Liddy October 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Great stuff guys, keep it up!

    • Conn October 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

      Thanks Patrick!

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