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Chambers keynote Podcast: How I did it

If you happened to catch my coverage of Cisco CEO John Chambers' keynote address at Interop, then you probably saw that I attempted to make the coverage into a multimedia extravanganza.  You've got the blog which gives a basic summary, photographs of Chambers in action and some networking gear (ooooh!

May 3, 2005 by David Berlind


Can iRiver's H320 be used to record podcasts?

This is Part B to a two-part series on how iRiver's H320 can serve as a multi-purpose device for people who need to listen to as well as record digital audio (Part A mostly covers the listening side of the equation). Although I'm still testing the device, I was motivated to release some of my findings ahead of time because of how podcasting co-inventor Dave Winer reached out to the blogosphere for advice on what his next digital audio player (DAP) should be.

April 14, 2005 by David Berlind


How should MP3 files be tagged for podcasts?

There's an old saying in the data processing industry: Garbage In Garbage Out (GIGO). The way that Apple's iPod or Creative's Zen can navigate playlists may easily define what it means to be a great user interface.

April 8, 2005 by David Berlind


Podcast editing dream machine?

If you're producing podcasts at the rate we are at ZDNet, roughly one every two business days, you may have found what I've learned -- that system horsepower equates to time saved. For example, in working with our raw audio using the open source-based Audacity (available for OS X, Windows, and Linux), I've found myself tapping my fingers plenty of times as I wait for the final mix to be rendered in MP3 format.

March 16, 2005 by David Berlind


For sound input, what's better? USB or FireWire?

One of the issues that budding podcasters may eventually encounter is how best to get sound into their computers. The obvious answer, of course, is through one of the sound inputs that the system already offers.

March 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Possible mobile podcasting studio configurations

In my attempt to find out more about Edirol's R1 battery operated digital audio recorder and whether it could be the centerpiece of a good mobile podcasting studio, I was looking for people that might have some experience with the device already. Over in the MP3 forums in CNET's Reviews channel is a gentleman that goes by the handle "criggs" who has published a significant amount of information about his experience with the R1 that might be better than any review that you can find.

March 11, 2005 by David Berlind

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Will social databases give way to social protocols?

At first, the news about how LinkedIn is going to start charging for tying job listings into its social network didn't strike me as blogworthy. But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered what the long-term prognosis will be for companies like LinkedIn, Ryze, and Plaxo that run hub-n-spoke relationship management databases.

March 1, 2005 by David Berlind


Note to FireWire product buyers: Read the fine print

In my never ending quest to find the perfect blend of hardware and software for producing ZDNet's podcasts (aka, our "podcasting recipe"), I've stumbled upon some fine print that's very important if you're buying FireWire enabled systems or peripherals, especially moving forward.

January 30, 2005 by David Berlind