What’s Your Favorite Podcast?


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ReadWriteWEb posted this great article, Favorite Podcasts of the ReadWriteWeb Community of readers and writers.  One of the more interesting podcasts tha stood out was : You Look Nice Today, “an audio-based Journal of Emotional Hygiene” – What?  What podcasts are you subscribed to?

One of my favorite podcasts that isn’t listed is HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Podcast hosted by Mike Volpe and Karen Rubin.HubSpot TV Hubspot’s podcast covers inbound marketing, social media, blogging, SEO, etc.  Check out a few of the podcasts below.

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Pandora Spins My Hits

Pandora Screen Shot

Pandora Screen Shot

Pandora combines two things that I love – music and technology!  I’m busy! I don’t have the time I used to download songs from iTunes , then create a play list. I hardly have time to fit in my morning run, but when I do, I enjoy listening to music.  Gone are the days when I was a Napster nut – who had time to download an entire CD.  Now, I’m hard pressed to name one song in the top 40.  Needless to say my iPod playlist is certainly sad.  When Chris Brogan tweeted about listening to Pandora one day, I went straight to iTunes and downloaded the free application.  I haven’t stopped listening since I did.

Pandora is an Internet radio website, and most recently, an iPhone application that streams music to your desktop or iPhone.  It very customizable, you can define and refine the stations that are streamed to you.  Users have the ability to customize stations by genre, artist or both.  My stations are dancehall raggee, Beenie Man (raggee artist), hip hop, R&B, traditional gospel, and southern rap.  I was more than happy with 95% of the songs that were streamed to me.  There were a few that I skipped over, but all in all, the selections that were chosen were dead on.  The streams I receive are a nice mix of new music and older songs, that I will definitely add to my collection – as it needs of a lot of help.

iPhone Station List

iPhone Station List

The ability to bookmark a song on both the iPhone application and the website is easy and very convenient,  Although you cannot replay the entire song only a portion of it, you can purchase the song on iTunes or Amazon – both which I have an account with.  When you make changes to you iPhone stations or bookmark a song, it is automatically updated on your web-based account – nice! The convenience of one-click buying with both iTunes and Amazon make Pandora a must have for every iPhone owner and music lover!

Update: Pandora has reached over 2 Million iPhone users!

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My Motherboard, Myself: Tale of Hard Drive Crash Survivor

My Motherboard,Myself

Die-hard Sex and the City fans will laugh and possibly reminisce, others with mock me, but I just have to tell my sad tale.  This weekend my Mac crashed!  If you remember season four of Sex and the City when Carrie’s Mac crashed, it was like Déjàvu! Here I am sitting in Barnes & Noble, writing an article for Bright Hub, when the little color wheel appeared and started turning – very slowly mind you- and turning and turning and turning.   So, me being the computer hardware genius that I am, ok not really, I hit the power button in hopes of rebooting and continuing on with my article.  But, oh no not My Mac, My Mac sat there stuck on the start-up screen with the glowing Apple logo and yet another turning wheel – this time it was gray. That wheel would not stop turning, even when I rebooted yet again.

Luckily for me I live in the St. John’s Town center, which is an outdoor mall in Jacksonville, FL.  The town center is one of those new upscale communities that touts the benefits of, “Live, Work, and Play” all in one location.  In the town center there is an Apple store!  So, I walked around the corner, made my appointment – and like Carrie waited for my name to be called, as I clutched my defunct, color-wheel turning Mac for dear life.

Finally my name is called and the tech “genius” hooks my Mac up to a super-duper Mac and starts to

MacMini image provided by Ntr23 on Flickr

MacMini image provided by Ntr23 on Flickr

diagnose my Mac.  He is analyzing the hard drive and operating system.  He starts to explain that the analysis appears to state that my operating system has gone bad – ok whatever- can you fix it?  Well, it is very much fixable, but it will erase everything that I have saved on my hard drive! Then he asks the questions, “Did I backup my hard drive?”  AND then it hits me, I’m Carrie Bradshaw, which at this point is not good, because Carrie didn’t backup!  Dang, how embarrassing to admit that, no, I did not have an external hard drive, and no, I did not have a backup routine.  How embarrassing.  I know better, much, much better.  I’m a professor, PhD student and editor and writer.  My motherboard is Myself!  If I loose everything on my Mac, I will literally lose myself.

So, $850, and three days later I have my Mac back.  Sound like a lot, but it’s the price I had to pay for being Carrie!  The $850 went like this: $99.95 for a data rescue software that I had to use to save my data, $100 for an external hard drive, and $650 for a MacMini, I figured better safe than sorry.  I haven’t had a desktop is years, but hey, after the past three days a desktop is my plan b.  Luckily for me, my Mac is still under a one-year warranty, so all of the repairs were covered.  They even replaced the wrist plate that was worn and discolored from overuse.

The moral of the story is watch Sex and the City! and backup your hard drive or you run the risk of watching the little color wheel turn, and turn, and turn!

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Video: Present Like Steve Jobs

For my readers that cringe at the idea of public speaking I have just the video for you, Present Like Steve Jobs. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is well known for his electrifying presentations. In this video Communications coach Carmine Gallo discusses the various techniques Jobs uses to captivate and inspire his audience — techniques that can easily be applied to your next presentation. For more tips on presenting like Jobs, read our Crash Course.

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