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Tech for Techies #1

Although slightly late, this initial installment to Tech for Techies as its own show takes educational looks at some technology issues currently out there that weren't likely directly covered in library school.

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Tech for Techies #2

Welcome to the first week of the Tech for Techies class! To learn about where we are going we have to look at where we have been. This week we look at the history of broadcasting that preceded podcasting. We also take a moment to look at a bit of "audio snake oil" when it comes to the physics of cabling.

There is no homework for next week with the class. That won't always be the case, though.

Related links:
Worldcat.org reference to a history text on very early radio history in North America
New World Encyclopeda on conductivity
Jamestown Distributions on conductivity
Matthey SA on structure of copper
Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia on Electrical Conductivity (licensed content, requires access permissions)
MatWeb on alloying copper
IEEE publication abstract on copper properties
Lycos Retriever on Electrical Conductivity

9:16 minutes (6.37 MB)
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Tech for Techies #3

In this week's show we look at Needs Assessment and the questions you need to ask yourself. In Audio Snake Oil we continue our look at Oxygen Free Copper wires. Somehow a promo piece from Linux Outlaws pops up in the middle of things. Next week we will look at the structure of a podcast and planning a podcast.

The homework between now and next week is to think about the questions discussed in the episode and how you would answer them in launching an online media project.

Resources list promised in the episode:

Sound Reinforcement Handbook
Written for Yamaha by Gary Davis & Ralph Jones
Published by Hal Leonard Corp.
ISBN 0-88188-900-8

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting
By George Colombo & Curtis Franklin Jr.
Published by Que
ISBN 0-7897-3455-9

Podcasting Hacks
By Jack D. Herrington
Published by O’Reilly
ISBN 0-596-10066-3

Blogging Tips
By Lorelle VanFossen
Published by Splash Press
ISBN 978-1-4243-4361-4

Radio Drama Theory and Practice
By Tim Crook
Published by Routledge
ISBN 0-415-21603-6

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting
By J. Michael Straczynski
Published by Writers Digest Books
ISBN 13: 978-1-58297-158-2
ISBN 10: 1-58297-158-7

Church Production Magazine
Free subscription in the US with a church affiliation.

Tape Op Magazine
Free subscription in the US

200 Meters and Down
by Clinton B. DeSoto
Is an out-of-print text not in our collection but otherwise useful in considering where radio came from.

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Tech for Techies #4

This week's program talks about show structure. In the program we delve into component parts to think about in making a show. Many examples are given as other programs out there are referenced as examples. A list of links to those programs is given later in this post. Audio Snake Oil will return as part of the program next week.

Towards the end of the program we feature a number from the U.S. Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors, The Army Goes Rolling Along. You can find more downloads from the band as well as learn more about them at their website. On the web, they can be found at http://www.army.mil/fieldband/pages/listening/downloads.html.

Shows referenced:
TWiT Live
TV Squad Daily With Brigitte (now defunct)
Buzz Out Loud
the404
CNET News Daily Podcast
Writer's Almanac
Uncontrolled Vocabulary (on hiatus)
tech5
Food Science with Dr. Kiki (presently defunct)
GeekBriefTV
This Week in Science
This Week in Tech
FLOSS Weekly
CNET's Podcast Central

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Tech for Techies #5

This week we talk about the language used in podcasts and how it might differ. Three podcasts produced by the United States Government are aired in their entirety to provide examples. The programs from the FBI and NASA run one minute apiece while the segment from the Voice of America runs four minutes. After that we turn to discussing the mechanics of staffing a production and what the roles are in creating a show.

The episodes of the last three weeks were designed to make you think and consider what goes into the making of a podcast. Think about it and make the decisions that are right for you.

If you have any questions for us, you can send them to erielookingproductions@gmail.com and we will give it our best answer.

Thanks for listening and for your support.

Related links:
VOA Special English Podcasts
NASA Moments Podcast
Federal Bureau of Investigation Podcasts
Buzz Out Loud #930

18:23 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #6

Simply put, this week is an info dump. Quite a lot of material about hardware is covered this week. From computers to microphones to mixers, we provide an overview of these matters. There are not necessarily philosophical matters to consider but instead nuts and bolts logistics.

Related links to learn more about some of the products mentioned are provided below. Next week, we'll be looking at audio, copyrights and legalities, and planning ahead versus fixing it in post-production.

In support of this episode, we offer this look at part of the recording space:
A Studio Space?

Related links:
Tapco Mixers
Rode Microphones
MXL Microphones
Audio-Technica Microphones
Mackie Mixers
Yamaha Mixers
CAD Microphones
Behringer Mixers
Shure Microphones
Contact e-mail address if you have questions

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Tech for Techies #7

There aren't any links this week that would be new. This week's episode talks about production standards, audio quality, what "polishing a turd" means, and more. Core material is covered that is discussed more in books than in quick bits on websites. Audio Snake Oil makes its return in this episode.

One announcement that crops up in this episode states:

Hello, this is Stephen Michael Kellat, Interim Coordinator of the LISNews Netcast Network. Would you like to share us with friends and colleagues that don't have portable media players? We are now operating on the Public Radio Exchange, PRX. From KRNM in Saipan to KQED in San Francisco to WWNO in New Orleans to WVGN in the Virgin Islands, local NPR affiliates can now license LISNews Netcast Network content for air. If you want us to grace your part of the airwaves in the United States, call your local NPR affiliate today and ask that they pick up the LISNews Netcast Network. For our friends outside the United States, direct deals are possible if your stations are interested!

A visit to http://www.npr.org/stations/ will let you find your local station's website which will have contact details to use. The network's profile can be found at http://www.prx.org/group/lisnewsnetcasts.

And for those curious about the Jaunty Jackalope:

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Tech for Techies #8

Tech for Techies #8

In this episode we are giving you what the audio hardware is that we use and what it costs. This is the hardware that we are using to do the podcast.

From Radio Shack:
2 each  3ft Gold Series Stereo Y-Cable, Phono plugs to 1/8” Jack
	Model: 42-2550      Catalog#: 42-2550     $7.49 
2 each   Mono Phone Jack to ¼” Mono Plug Adapter (2-pack)
	Model: 274-320      Catalog#: 274-320     $5.49
1 each   Gold-Plated Inline 1/8” Mini-Jack Coupler
	Model: 274-886      Catalog#: 274-886     $5.99
1 each	3-Ft. 1/8” Stereo Plug Cable
	Model: 42-223	        Catalog#: 42-223       $6.49
1 each	JVC HA-RX300 Full Size Headphones  (on line only)
	Model: HARX300  Catalog#: 55027856   $19.99

From Musician’s Friend
1 each	Behringer EURORACK UB802 Mixer
						       $49.99
1 each	MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
						       $69.99
1 each	Mogami Silver Series Microphone Cable
						       $22.95	
1 each	Musicians Gear Pop Filter
						       $14.99
1 each	Musicians Gear Tripod Mic Stand with Telescoping Boom
						       $19.99
From Fry’s Electronics
1 each	Turtle Beach Riviera 5.1 Soundcard
						      $34.99

TOTAL (before Taxes)                                       $271.31

We are taking a week off to work on show ideas and scripts. The next Tech for Techies Episode # 9 will air on April 25. Thank you for listening. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

14:47 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #9

Your cranky audio geek, Michael J. Kellat, is off this week. Stephen is covering in lieu thereof. The topic of discussion this week is lessons libraries could learn from the recent Amazon public relations problem.

Creative Commons License
Tech for Techies #9 by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License.
Based on a work at twit.tv.

19:55 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #10

This week's edition of Tech for Techies talks about the joy of administration in producing content. Content production, while fun, cannot necessarily be divorced from dealing with funding the operation. Historical precedents from the shortwave realm are brought in to illuminate discussion of today's conditions.

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Tech for Techies #11

This week on Tech for Techies we talk about noise. Not only are we talking about it, we are giving you a plethora of sound bite examples for your listening pleasure.

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Tech for Techies #12

This week we talk about the hardware and practicalities of recording an interview. We also rerun the Tech for Techies Segment #12 describing constructing the cell phone audio tap for interview purposes.

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Tech for Techies #12 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week we talk about the hardware and practicalities of recording an interview. We also rerun the Tech for Techies Segment #12 describing constructing the cell phone audio tap for interview purposes.

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Tech for Techies #13 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week sees Tech for Techies shift focus slightly. How does a podcast die? How can that be prevented? Is the Information Superhighway littered with roadkill made up of library-related podcasts? This week's episode looks at the matter and poses practical solutions.

As stated in the episode: "Except for the two United States Government works incorporated herein, this particular episode of Tech for Techies is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. The two government works, produced by employees of the Census Bureau and the United States Navy, are considered outside copyright domestically under United States copyright law."

Related links:
"C" page in ODLIS
OCLC PARCast feed
OCLC's list of RSS feeds
Last known episode of LibVibe
Last known episode of GPC Library Radio
The announcement of Uncontrolled Vocabulary concluding
Library Geeks podcast page

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Tech for Techies #13

This week sees Tech for Techies shift focus slightly. How does a podcast die? How can that be prevented? Is the Information Superhighway littered with roadkill made up of library-related podcasts? This week's episode looks at the matter and poses practical solutions.

As stated in the episode: "Except for the two United States Government works incorporated herein, this particular episode of Tech for Techies is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. The two government works, produced by employees of the Census Bureau and the United States Navy, are considered outside copyright domestically under United States copyright law."

Related links:
"C" page in ODLIS
OCLC PARCast feed
OCLC's list of RSS feeds
Last known episode of LibVibe
Last known episode of GPC Library Radio
The announcement of Uncontrolled Vocabulary concluding
Library Geeks podcast page

11:56 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #14 -- Low Bandwidth Version

This week on Tech for Techies, we explore the topic of audio formats to a greater depth. Not all media players are built alike. We explore why that matters to content creators and how to deal with it.

Also presented is a discussion by writer Andy Ihnatko that originally aired on MacBreak Weekly that touched upon the thought processes of content creators.

Related links:
Zune Supported Formats List
iPod Classic Supported Formats
Zen MX Supported Formats
FSF Vacancy Announcement for Campaign Manager
PlayOGG
Defective By Design
RockBox
Banshee
PerlPodder
BashPodder
hPodder
gpodder
Juice
VLC

Creative Commons License
Tech for Techies #14 by Michael J. Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at twit.tv.

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Tech for Techies #14

This week on Tech for Techies, we explore the topic of audio formats to a greater depth. Not all media players are built alike. We explore why that matters to content creators and how to deal with it.

Also presented is a discussion by writer Andy Ihnatko that originally aired on MacBreak Weekly that touched upon the thought processes of content creators.

Related links:
Zune Supported Formats List
iPod Classic Supported Formats
Zen MX Supported Formats
FSF Vacancy Announcement for Campaign Manager
PlayOGG
Defective By Design
RockBox
Banshee
PerlPodder
BashPodder
hPodder
gpodder
Juice
VLC

Creative Commons License
Tech for Techies #14 by Michael J. Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at twit.tv.

14:40 minutes (8 MB)
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Tech for Techies #15 Low Bandwidth version

This week we talked about microphone usage and communications interruptions.

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Tech for Techies #15

This week we talked about microphone usage and communications interruptions.

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Tech for Techies #16

This is the final episode of Tech for Techies. The show will return to the Twilight Zone from where it came (for the time being). Stephen talks about broadcast transmission, be it radio, television or cellphones. Another Federal Government PSA from the Census Bureau, Profile America. My close explains the present situation at Erie Looking Productions.

In connection with what I bring up in the close, I want you to read a recommendation from LinkedIn:

“Stephen is a top notch podcaster and the writer, producer, and presenter of LISTen: The LISNews Podcast. More than that, he secured and conducted some fantastic interviews with people in the library world and in the fields of technology and media journalism. He brings a professional quality library podcast into an arena that sorely needs one. Because of this, he'd be a good source of information and consultation for a library (or any organization) with a desire to branch out into the world of Internet broadcasting.”

That was written by Daniel Messer, alternatively known as the Faceless Historian and Great Western Dragon. Think about what he had to say. While there is an old saw about a kingdom being lost for lack of a horseshoe, should a podcasting effort collapse for a lack of greenbacks? One value, at the least, to what the network does is that it is not beholden to the ALA, OCLC, or any particular vendor.

I want to thank you for listening and that the past shows will remain available on LISNews.

12:21 minutes (4.24 MB)
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