Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 98 - Raising Geeks with Scott's Dad

January 25, '08 Comments [28] Posted in Microsoft | Musings | Podcast
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P0005265_thumbMy ninety-eighth podcast is up. In this episode, Scott sits down with his Dad and talks about growing up as a geek, raising geeks, and the sacrifices families make to help their geek children succeed.

(BTW: Grandma is cool and Grandpa was also!)

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, January 25, 2008 4:29:29 AM UTC

This is sooo cool!
Friday, January 25, 2008 5:25:09 AM UTC
great show!
Eric Haskins
Friday, January 25, 2008 7:03:30 AM UTC
every time he said damn made me laugh. thanks!
Friday, January 25, 2008 8:14:02 AM UTC

Miss having you around.

I enjoyed this greatly and I think Michelle even got a kick out of it.

Hope all is well,

Ty Button
Friday, January 25, 2008 1:07:16 PM UTC

I use Juice to download your podcasts and to synch them up with Media Player as it's the only Vista podcast to Media Player program that I've found works well enough. Whilst your podcasts lack any album info via this method, I could live with that as they all automatically go into a playlist. This show and the last however now only have "Hanselminutes" as their title. Any chance of fixing this as a whole bunch of shows, all labelled the same isn't much use!
Friday, January 25, 2008 3:31:43 PM UTC
loved the show and kudos to your parents. I have 2 sons of my own; much more older now (21 and 23); and I can appreciate the challenges of raising kids.

keep up the good work.
Friday, January 25, 2008 9:13:16 PM UTC
It was a cool show. I could identify (and i bet i am not the only one) some similarities with my dad.
This show had something special. I enjoyed the time listening it.
Thank you Scott.
Friday, January 25, 2008 10:26:12 PM UTC
Thanks Scott ! Great pod.
Saturday, January 26, 2008 9:23:40 AM UTC
Great show, very fun to listen to :).
Saturday, January 26, 2008 3:21:25 PM UTC
Maybe you find this kind of strange, but I have noticed that you are able to write in Amharic. I wonder, if you could translate a name for me, CHRISTIAN, and send it to me? He is my husbond and I want to tattoo his name in amharic letters, but I don´t know how to make it... well, it makes me happy if you do:)

Take care,

Sunday, January 27, 2008 4:19:26 PM UTC
Good pod cast for the weekend. It was enjoyable and made me laugh. :)
Sunday, January 27, 2008 7:19:51 PM UTC
Nice show Scott. Looking forward to hearing from your Mom next year.
Monday, January 28, 2008 3:27:51 PM UTC
Great show. I have a new favorite quote: "Feed your spirit."
Monday, January 28, 2008 8:52:06 PM UTC
Great show.
You know, my fad is great such as yours.
YPM - regular listener
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:16:04 AM UTC
Loved it. Truly precious.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 3:17:09 AM UTC
>> This show and the last however now only have "Hanselminutes" as their title. Any chance of fixing this as a whole bunch of shows, all labelled the same isn't much use!

Give the Zune client software a try - it seems to handle podcasts quite nicely.

And no, you don't need a Zune to use it.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 5:59:07 PM UTC
Hey Now Scott,
This was a great episode, really shows how nice of family you have. Your Pops is like a Windows Server 2003 just waiting for a request to build the 3rd chair for the kids table (v3.0).
Hanselminutes Fan,
Thursday, January 31, 2008 5:04:35 PM UTC
I really enjoyed hearing from your dad and listening to you remember your childhood. I had a similar childhood (except we didn't sell the car... I just took over the home business computer). It's always interesting to hear the stories of other geeks in regards to their childhoods. It's amazing what just a little enabling can do.

I always tell people that the one greatest thing my father ever imparted on me was that he taught me how to learn and that it was ok to be curious.

Friday, February 01, 2008 9:24:44 PM UTC
Moving and inspiring, many thanks to both of you.
James McFarland
Saturday, February 02, 2008 6:03:47 AM UTC

Excellent show. If podcasts where like food, this one definitely would fall under the category of "Comfort Food". Please archive in a "future proof format" for your kids to listen to when they get older. Can't wait for Mom's interview. Please thank your dad for sharing with us.

Brayn Nystrom
Sunday, February 03, 2008 3:28:19 AM UTC
Great podcast. Your father is a neat guy and he raised an impressive son (well, two really). You are a teacher/enlightener Scott and I really enjoyed this podcast -- had me smiling many times. Thank you both. -Mike
Monday, February 04, 2008 12:35:14 PM UTC

Thanks for the tip regarding Zune. However I downloaded it, installed it, signed up to Scott's podcast by pointing it at and it informed me it wasn't a valid RSS feed. So I went back to using Juice and Media Player.
Monday, February 04, 2008 6:28:03 PM UTC
David, that's weird. I double checked and it's a valid feed. You can also try or, or you can just search for "hanselminutes" within the Zune software and click subscribe.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 5:52:21 AM UTC
Scott, what a great great tribute to your father -- loved it!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 1:02:08 PM UTC
Great show! Your father is a stand-up guy, you're lucky to have him as your dad!
Thursday, February 07, 2008 10:40:26 PM UTC
Scott, I really enjoyed listening to this podcast! Your dad sounds like a great guy. The stories were so much fun to listen to, especially since I've known you from pre-GlucoPilot days (just barely), and see how you have done so well.

Thursday, February 14, 2008 10:35:01 PM UTC
Scott, I wondered how you'd end up making this podcast 'productive' by the minute. It was great - you are a genius, your dad is an even more awesome guy! Thank you for recording this.
Saturday, February 16, 2008 1:48:25 AM UTC
Beautiful show. It worked on many levels - a story about a "non-average" kid learning to fit into the world, a story about the choices of parenting, a story about a grown man connecting with his Dad. Great stuff. Your podcasts and writing have consistent quality and integrity. Thanks for putting yourself out there! Tell your Mom and Dad they did a good job.
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