Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Busy, productive podcasting day....

By the time blog readers wake up and check out this latest post (it's very, very late on Monday night, or very, very early Tuesday morning, depending on where you are) the computer infrastructure part of the LLL podcast project should be ready to go.

Today I recorded two short audio files ("podcasts"). Tne first podcast is an overview of what sorts of topics we'll be covering, and what sorts of guests we'll be interviewing for our podcasts. The other podcast is a discussion about what a podcast actually *is*, and how folks can listen to one.

Pretty soon we'll have some links up, and you can test them out for yourself. They're both pretty short (two mins., and six mins.) and simple.

My other big accomplishment today was figuring out how to write what's called an RSS feed. RSS stands for "really simple syndication," and even that is a big geeky way of saying that it's a file that subscribes your computer to interesting, frequently-updated information (like news, or someone's blog, or.... a podcast). If somebody likes the La Leche League podcast well enough that they want to hear all of them, and/or a listener just wants new podcasts to magically appear on a computer's hard drive, they can use the RSS feed to subscribe to the LLL Podcast. There'll be a little FAQ about that, too, in case you're interested.

Sandee is right -- you don't have to be a techie to hang out in the Tech Room. I'm an urban historian by training, and my computer skills withered when my oldest child (now 14) was born and I quit my paying IT job. But volunteering to do stuff in the Tech Room has sparked something in my old geeky heart, and, amazingly, this programming stuff is starting to make sense!

I really encourage you to come visit us in the Tech Room, and see what we're up to.


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