i thought this was the internet?

yes i have no feed of what podcasts i’m listening too. ;(

I have been trying out possible pod’ catchin’ clients trying to find an iTunes killer, because, although I have ditched iTunes for listening to music in general, (Thanks ml_ipod!) I have found that it rocks for saving and listening to podcasts, and I cant give it up. Why is that? None of the early clientsI tried, seemed to be able to create as simple a process for maintaining updating my subscriptions. etc. And until i find one that does huge ol’ iTunes will remain. Victorious.
What repulses me the most of course, is how they handle supposed ‘explicit’ content, which is why the search must go on.

There are all kinds of podcast directories popping up all over the place today, so perhaps one of these will take a kick at the can. I’m still looking forward to googles’ solution, but for now there are some that i am interested in trying:
http://www.loomia.com/
http://odeo.com/
http://www.dopplerradio.net/
http://www.podcatch.com/

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Techno-rebels spread wireless network vision

The idea: If enough people share bandwdith and a spot on their window ledge for a small radio antenna, eventually anyone in the city will be able to go online free. It’s a new form of civic activism – driven by computer programmers who want to pool their collective knowledge for the greater good.

This was originally reported in the Christian Science Monitor, not my typical news source. But I got to the story from recently launched Vancouver-based news service , NowPublic. I hadn’t even signed up for the service myself (I have now), but the headline caught my eye right away. The general idea here is that ANYONE can create or emphasize the news, adding there own content, insight and even media footage of said news. From there it goes to the community for further elaboratation and comment. Users, can;
Vote for Coverage – basically the rating mechanism which may instigate others to be drawn to the story
Add Footage – (Supported file types include .zip, .jpg, and .mp3)
Add Report – your comments
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This has all the hallmarks of popular social software applications out there such as the flickrs and the furls. Yes it includes “tagsonomy”, profiles, the ability to watch certain other users or stories and hell it even has a blog. As if i need another one of those. (I just might actually)

Christian Science Monitor
from the June 15, 2005 edition

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore | PORTLAND, ORE. –
On the surface, it looks like an ordinary weeknight gathering of aimless guys. A dozen men on a back porch chew thick slices of delivered pizza between rat-a-tat banter. One wears a bandanna. Another sports a John Deere T-shirt. Several have counterculture beards.
But beneath the raffish exterior lie some high-watt minds. The talk is about bandwidths and binary codes.
Meet the geeks, a selective handful of Portland’s brightest computer science gurus who gather weekly at Node 236 – aka Tom Higgins’s house – to discuss all things wireless. They are modern-day freedom fighters trying to encourage people to host wireless connections to the Internet, with the hope of eventually unplugging the entire city.

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FURL doesn’t suck

Privacy is dead

Stowe Boyd points us to a recent Why you shouldn’t use furl article by Pietro Speroni di Fenizio.

I must be in a mood today, or something as I feel compelled to post my comment here as well.

yea right, and… so what?! What I see happening in the online social networking world as an ongoing trend, is the decay of privacy. The willing surrender in fact, of personal information on most peoples part. Particularly the younger generation seems decreasingly concerned about this ‘problem’. I mean honestly, here we are, posting personal pictures on flickr, upping profiles of our musical tastes on last.fm and broadcasting them, signing up for gmail accounts that specialize in pushing ads based on the contents of your email for crying out loud, and even gossiping in public w/ friends a la Livejournal and others. So why all the fuss about about a little data mining based on linking habits? Do you think those same companies aren’t trolling the del.icio.us users as well to garner whatever information they can? The fact is, if you are into online social networks of any kind, you have to expect to give up your privacy to some extent in the bargain. Its par for the course. If privacy is that much of a concern, then why be online in any form at all? This comment is probably going to be indexed by google within a week, which i find far more intrusive than whatever furl might be doing with my link collection. Why should the whole world get to know how I feel about privacy issues just because I choose to rant here on your ‘personal’ weblog? Sorry, but I just fail to see the problem.