Slashdot Asks: Your Favorite Podcasts? And Why?

Slashdot runs a thread on which podcasts people are listening to and why (the crowd is mostly technical, so expect a certain one-sidedness (yup, that’s a real word).

One that I’ve picked up from the comments is

If you want more ideas on what to subscribe to, have a look at this blog post I did a while ago.  It links to a couple of podcast lists.

A Curated List of Tech Podcasts

It’s been a few month since I reviewed my podcast subscriptions.  Driving over 150 kilometers every working day gives me plenty of time to readjust my tastes and preferences.  Just doesn’t leave me too much time to actually do something about it.

Podcasts are easy to subscribe to.  Once you find the ones you like.  Finding the ones you like takes forever though.  Here’s where WP Tavern’s post “Awesome Geek Podcasts: A Curated List of Tech Podcasts” comes in handy.  Cause it provides not one, but two lists of podcasts:

  1. The best WordPress podcasts ultimate list
  2. A curated list of Awesome Geek Podcasts.

And while I’m familiar with many on that list, there’s a tonne of those that I haven’t heard, or heard about.

Any other recommendations?

Foundation – new podcast by Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose, who you probably know as the founder of Digg and co-host of the popular podcast Diggnation, has started a new podcast – Foundation. In this one, he interviews famous and not so much founders of web services, entrepreneurs, and other creative people.  The show is free.  It’s also ad-free, but there is some sort of subscription for those who want to get it one week earlier.  The first episode is out and it’s a half an hour interview with Jack Dorsey – inventor of Twitter and co-founder of Square.  Watch it at Revision3 and subscribe.

Video games podcasts

I have to agree with on this one:

Podcasts are not very popular in Cyprus. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that there is no puplic transport to provide someone with a great opportunity to use any means possible to shut everything and everyone out while you are using it. Unfortunately this means missing out on some great videogame related podcasts out there.

All I can do from my side is to point to more video games podcasts.  I’ve mentioned earlier that Miro is the best application for watching online video that I ever came across.  Not only it makes downloading, watching, and organizing podcasts easy, but also it provides an excellent resource to find more content – Miro Guide.  You can browse most popular podcasts, newest ones, HD videos, and more.  As part of it, of course, you can browse by category.  For example, Video Games category lists a number of excellent shows, and Total Rad Show, which was recommend by OnThisIsland and of which I am a big fan, is also in that list.

Miro – king of online video tools

My online video experience until very recently was limited to watching clips directly on YouTube and Google Video, and downloading episodes of Diggnation once in a while.  There are of course more places and worthy video podcasts on the Web, but I just didn’t have the right tool, and I didn’t bother enough.  But all of that had changed.  A few days ago I stumbled upon Miro.


So, what’s Miro?  Miro is a cross-platform (works on Linux, Mac, and Windows) application for downloading and watching online videos.  It has a really simple and straightforward interface and does a lot of magic by itself.  You just search for things that you are interested in – either by keyword or by category – review the list of results, subscribe to shows that you like and Miro automatically downloads them to your computer.  You can watch those shows any time later.  Even when you are not connected to the Internet (such as on the airplane for example).

You can search through downloads, sort them in a number of ways, etc.  After you have seen the video, you can either delete it or keep it.  If you do nothing about it, Miro will keep it on your computer for a few days (defaults to 5), and then will delete it to save some space.

Miro also comes with a built-in video player, so you don’t need any external ones installed.  On Linux, Miro supports two back-ends – gstreamer and xine.  I had a problem with gstreamer not playing any audio, so I switched to xine and everything is working nicely now.  As an extra bonus, Miro’s video player remembers your last position for every video you played.  So if you just stop the playback and decide to continue later, you won’t have to fast forward – Miro will just automatically start playing from the point where you stopped.

Miro supports a number of sites for video downloads.  With YouTube, for example, it downloads a high definition (HD) version of the video by default, if its available.  Also, torrent sites are supported and Miro handles them automatically as well.

Miro is such a simple and useful tool that it changes the way you see online videos.  For example, before Miro I could only handle just a few podcasts, but now I am subscribed to dozens.  It’s like an RSS aggregator for online video.  It’ll make you want watch more videos.  And it will make it extremely easy to do.

Obviously, I can go on and on about how wonderful it is, but instead of listening to me, you should get Miro and give it a try.  Let me know in the comments if you liked it at all.