The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #57: August 8, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (get the message out with blogs; new features for Talk Digger; enjoying the show and music; getting a purpose going forward; yes to password-protected RSS feeds; surreal iPod experience; being blown away by show #56 as a great podcasting tutorial; iPod alarm clocks; less time to appreciate podcasts; podcast music copyright); Podcast Awards and pimping for votes; Google blacklists CNET; Skylook plug in to Skype; Yahoo audio search; IBM podcasts and the first one from space; a new book on blogging and a great essay; upcoming interviews.

Show notes for August 8, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 78-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this edition:


  • 00:31 Shel introduces the show; what’s in this edition; how to give your feedback; show notes.

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:30 Lee Hopkins says blogs are one fantastic way of getting a message out there quickly as many companies have too long a process to organize changes on the company website
  • 04:26 Frédérick Giasson, developer of the Talk Digger blog search portal, has been working on new features (online now)
  • 07:36 Lee Hopkins illustrates how a podcast shows its potential and effectiveness as a facilitator of cross-global linkages
  • 08:25 Liam Morrison enjoys the show and the music in show #55
  • 08:47 Rob Cottingham says the phrase ‘gets it’ still serves a purpose, but he says the phrase ‘going forward’ should be shunned
  • 11:32 Mike Strock burns FIR shows to a CD for listening in his car on a his daily drive, asks if we’d do more than 2 shows a week, and wonders whether Fox TV’s podcasts about TV shows will be spoilers for those outside the US, and what’s happened to Furl
  • 13:42 Quinton says yes, you can have password-protected RSS feeds
  • 17:21 Josh Hallett‘s surreal experience with his iPod playlist
  • 18:31 Heather Green is blown away by the tutorial effect of show #56
  • 19:27 Quinton with more on password-protected RSS feeds
  • 19:48 Nicole Simon says show #56 was wonderful and a great introduction into "what is podcasting and why should you care?"
  • 20:07 Dan York also thinks show #56 is a great resource for folks just getting acquainted with the world of podcasting
  • 20:44 Heidi Miller has news about one hotel chain’s alarm clocks with jacks to plug in your iPod, another where you can check out an iPod when you check in, and one where guests can get an iPod filled with audio books
  • 25:44 Dan York on how a change in commute has impacted his podcast appreciation time, listening to four straight hours of FIR and living to tell the tale, and an emotional experience with the music in show #48
  • 32:37 Dennis Howlett on music intros to podcasts – what about copyright?

News and Features:

  • 36:00 We didn’t win in the Podcast Awards; thanks to everyone who voted for us; why we pimped for votes
  • 42:54 Google didn’t like a CNET News report so puts CNET on a blacklist for a year – smart or not?
  • 49:02 The Skype environment for software developers – more cool Skype add-ins to enhance your overall communication experience
  • 54:47 Yahoo jumps into audio search with a beta tool – worth paying attention to
  • 56:27 IBM‘s investor relations department starts a podcast (but it’s not the first IBM podcast)
  • 64:03 The first podcast from space as the Space Shuttle Discovery plans to return home
  • 64:56 From Our Correspondent Down Under: Lee Hopkins – great show #56 from McGraw-Hill, a new book on blogging and a crackingly-good essay on how to set up a blog


  • 70:33 Hold-over topics and what some discussion themes will be for next Monday’s show as Neville’s not live on Thursday’s show
  • 71:24 How to give your feedback; show notes
  • 72:28 Last week’s interview with Jeff De Cagna; upcoming interviews – Constantin Basturea, 9 August [Update: postponed, being rescheduled]; Pete Blackshaw, Intelliseek, 16 August
  • 74:05 Shel intros the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Listeners’ comments discussion – Lee Hopkins, Naked Conversations, General Motors, Bob Lutz, Frédérick Giasson, Talk Digger, Robert Scoble, Mary Hodder, Technorati, WELS, Stirling Family Church blog, Liam Morrison, Rob Cottingham, Cluetrain Manifesto, Mike Strock, Fox, Furl, McGraw-Hill, Quinton, FeedBurner,, Gnomedex, Adam Curry, Podcast Brothers, FeedDemon, Josh Hallett, Heather Green, Blogspotting, Stephen Baker, Nicole Simon, Dan York, Heidi Miller, Southwest Airlines, iPod, Hilton Hotels, KSL Resorts, Algonquin Hotel, Virgin Atlantic,, Rob Costlow, Digital Sandbox, Daily Source Code, Dennis Howlett, MashupTown, Amazon, The Lascivious Biddies.

News and Features – Podcast Awards, Evil Genius Chronicles, IABC Gold Quill Awards, Media Artist Secrets, BBC Radio 4 In Business, Smallbizpod, Cubicle Escape Pod, Todd Cochrane, CNET News, Eric Schmidt, Google, Jeremy Zawodny, Jason Shellen, Steve Rubel, Skype, Jyve, Skylook, Microsoft Office Outlook, Stuart Henshall’s Skype Journal review, NEO Pro, Yahoo, IBM, IBM’s IR podcast, Reuters, IBM Systems & Technology Division podcast, podcast from the Space Shuttle Discovery, Lee Hopkins, Barons to Bloggers: Confronting Media Power, Rupert Murdoch, Stephen Downes’ essay.

Outro – Jeff De Cagna interview, Principled Innovation, Associations Unorthodox, Pete Blackshaw, Intelliseek, Blogpulse, Podsafe Music Network, Adrina Thorpe, Never Meant.

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So, until Thursday August 11…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)