The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #58: August 11, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (ID3 tags, an open-source RSS tool for audio, Skylook, copyrights and podcast music, pocasting librarians, "Advertising by the Government of Canada," and Free Government Information); Hill & Knowlton UK’s employee blogging initiative; Neville’s new computer; Neville’s new blog, the redesign of Desirable Roasted Coffee; our interview with Constantin Basturea; the RSS feeds for Google News; would you pay for podcasts?; RSS and podcast password authentication; AttentionTrust; is innovation dead in Japan and the UK?

Show notes for August 1, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 68-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and almost live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this edition:


  • 00:27 Shel introduces the show; what’s in this edition; how to give your feedback; show notes.

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 03:27 Warren Stone on id3 tags and a nifty open-source project designed to generate automatic RSS feeds from audio files
  • 07:49 Jeremy Hague on Skylook and RSS/podcasting password authentication
  • 09:07 Rob Clark on our use of Homer Simpson shouting "Stop the presses!" in our opener, along with examples of copyright-holders going after people who innocently use their intellectual property in their films and other media
  • Daniel Cornwall on librarians who podcast, a report from the government of Canada on its advertising efforts, and a Free Government Information page on podcasts by government agencies and elected officials

News and Features:

  • 16:40 Neville introduces his segment
  • 17:15 Hill & Knowlton UK introduces an employee blogging initiative
  • 27:42 Neville bought a new PC — and it’s a Dell!
  • 31:51 Allan Jenkins has relaunched his blog, Desirable Roasted Coffee, with a new design
  • 33:49 Neville wants you to listen to our interview with Constantin Basturea
  • 35:05 Shel comments on what goes into producing FIR show notes
  • 35:52 Shel congratulates Niall Cook on the Hill & Knowlton UK initiative
  • 36:02 Shel comments on the Desirable Roasted Coffee redesign
  • 39:16 Google News introduces RSS feeds
  • 43:04 Would you pay to subscribe to a podcast?
  • 48:30 RSS and podcast password authentication
  • 55:00 AttentionTrust, a new non-profit designed to promote ethical use of people’s attention
  • 58:14 Neville’s at Schipol Airport
  • 59:09 Is innovation dead in Japan?
  • 60:48 Is innovation dead in the UK?


  • 63:38 Shel wraps up the show with comment and show-note information
  • 64:47 Shel intros the music

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

Listeners’ comments discussion – id3 tags, Warren Stone’s audio/RSS project (a download of a Zip file), Apple iTunes, Skylook, Lee Hopkins, The Simpsons, the "Mad Hot Ballroom" story, the documentary/ring tone story, Star Trek, Starship Exeter, Open Sauce Marketing, Lawrence Lessig, the Open Stacks library podcast, Advertising by the Government of Canada  (an Adobe Acrobat PDF file), Free Government Information page on podcasts by government agencies and elected officials..

News and Features – Hill & Knowlton UK’s employee blogging initiative (Collective Conversation), Niall Cook, Steve "Bloodhound" Rubel’s post on the H&K UK blogging initiative, Ketchum’s Individual Media Services, Dell Computer, Jeff Jarvis’s Dell saga, Neville’s new blog, Movable Type, Total Choice Hosting, WordPress, Expression Engine, Desirable Roasted Coffee, Constantin Basturea’s blog PR Meets WWW, The New PR, Constantine’s PR blog headline service, Global PR Blog Week 1.0, Global PR Blog Week 2.0, Constantin’s bookmark service, Catalyst Group blog design study, Jakob Nielsen, Google News, Justin Pfister, Blogspotting, Heather Green’s post on paying for podcasts, Audible, Audible’s podcast press release, Your Mac Life, Inside Mac Radio,, XM satellite radio, Sirius satellite radio, HTTP authentication, Feedburner, NewGator Online, PHP, Atom, XML Encryption Syntax & Processing, BlogLines, Blowfish, Greasemonkey, AttentionTrust, Steve Gillmor, Clay Shirky, Mary Hodder, Time magazine, Fortune Global 500, VHS, Sony Walkman, Phillips, Harley Davidson, PlasticBag, Starbucks.

Selected resources on RSS and podcast password authentication – Jason Salas’ Weblog, Quoderat,, Ian Landsman’s Weblog.

Outro – For Immediate Release, Nevon, a shel of my former self, Brother Love, Summertime.

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So, until Monday, August 15…

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