Have Podcast, Will Jog
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I don't remember how or why, but early on in my podcasting forays I stumbled across a great Web site for people interested in technology and business topics called IT Conversations. The programs from IT Conversations have turned my near-daily run into a pleasure instead of a struggle, because I am able to transform what had previously been a monotonous window of time into an entertaining and often educational experience.
The programs from IT Conversations feature thought leaders across the business and information technology spectrum, and are often captured at conferences and symposia that I don't get to attend in person. It's like going to a good conference seminar without the "getting on an airplane" part. Recently, I've listened to interviews and conference sessions from the likes of Clayton Christensen, Lawrence Lessig, and a host of other industry luminaries, speaking at major industry events: Web 2.0, Software 2005, JavaOne 2004, etc. Or, if you're into navel-gazing, there are plenty o' podcasts on podcasting, blogging, and other recently emerged Internet technologies.
Here's how it works: Using my FeedDemon RSS reader, I subscribed to the IT Conversations RSS feed, which automagically sends me notifications of new podcasts. If I see a program I like, I download the MP3 program to my hard drive and then, when ready to go jogging, I synch the MP3 player with my desktop.
Have Podcast, Will Jog.
If you don't feel like messing with all that, Apple just made podcasting more easily consumable with the addition of podcast support in iTunes. I downloaded the new version and was extremely surprised at how easy it was to scan and download podcasts. In case you missed the podcast bus, thousands of these things have recently sprouted up on the virtual landscape, so upon first glance, the real value of the new iTunes is just helping a mere mortal like myself navigate and make sense of them all by providing a sort of TV Guide for podcasts. And, I presume, it's very simple to download podcasts to the iPod.
I'll spare you the prognostications as to how podcasts are going to change everything, and save that for the pundits and hyperbolic soothsayers. However, if you do want to make your morning run zoom by or kill some time on that 12 hour flight to Shanghai, check in with IT Conversations or check out some of the podcasts on iTunes. And if you need help with any of this, just ask your teenager -- they can show you all the ropes.