Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 183: LIVE! Gadgets, Hi-Def, WebCams, 4G and More

October 12, 2009 Comment on this post [27] Posted in Podcast | Remote Work | Reviews | Tools
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Scott Hanselman My one-hundred-and-eighty-third podcast is up. This wacky episode of Hanselminutes was recorded at 3am on a sad, sad Saturday morning with an intrepid group of UStream and Twitter users who watched Scott chat about gadgets and technology and ultimate fail to save the video. This is the only artifact. This is fortunate because Scott does an audio podcast.

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Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

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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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October 12, 2009 10:49
I usually love the show but this was a horrible episode. Maybe it was interesting for the people who were there live on Twitter but for a listener it is incredibly boring to listen to a a monologue. I gave up after 20 minutes, and will definitely skip any future episode like this. Sorry if this sounds harsh, like I said I usually enjoy the show, but this one sucked. Please remove the suck for next time.
October 12, 2009 11:07
Ouch. Um, ok. Thanks for the feedback.
October 12, 2009 11:16
I usually love the show but this was a horrible episode.

I disagree. I enjoy the nice change, talking about lighter stuff. I guess finding the balance in terms of topic is the key here. keep up the good work
October 12, 2009 11:32
Thanks Ronald! Maybe it would be more interesting if I had a few people chatting WITH me. It was very dynamic as there were 60+people in the room with me, but of course, you can only hear me. :)
October 12, 2009 11:35
I enjoyed the show, as I was there when it happened :-)

In general, I enjoy the shows with a lighter theme: more gadget and technology in general talk.
October 12, 2009 12:56
Agree with Overeem and Ronald, it was cool to be there and talking about gadget is always fun! But I can also understand EE somewhat; without the video it's not the same experience. The word "horrible" is not fair though. :)

I guess you will never forget to press that recording button again, huh? :)

Note to self: pressing SHIFT+SPACEBAR in this page starts playing the podcast...
October 12, 2009 13:22
Sorry, my last comment probably could have used a smiley or two (or some politeness even :) ), I'm not going crazy over this or anything.

It was very dynamic as there were 60+people

That's the thing, you made it very interesting for 60+ people while making it feel not very dynamic at all for the X thousand people who just listen. The subject was fine, some of my favorite shows are the minutae shows with Richard Campbell where you talk about various gadgets or other small subjects, it's just the format I didn't like.

The word "horrible" is not fair though. :)


October 12, 2009 13:53
I thought it was a decent show, not one of your top fives but I enjoyed it. Made for good listening while I was mending the house. :)

I do wish you'd put links to the gadgets you were talking about in the show notes though. I usually listen to podcasts away from the computer and it's not always feasible to write things down.
October 12, 2009 14:00
I enjoyed watching and listening to the show but maybe it was one that had to be seen ;)

Wha really impressed me was how you managed to seemlessly work in people comments and questions without even a pause.
October 12, 2009 20:24
Didn't really like the last show. For my taste, not enough geekness and too much commercial smell.
October 12, 2009 22:16
I use to listen to the podcast on a regular basis. This time, I have to admit that I switched off after five minutes and here's why: I don't mind people podcasting enthusiastic reviews of Microsoft products but if the author of such a review is paid by Microsoft it smells like Hanselads, not Hanselminutes ...
October 13, 2009 0:02
I liked the epsoide. I don't know what people are expecting --
October 13, 2009 1:48
Great show Scott. I really liked the topics you covered.

One question, for your use of the LifeCam Cinema or the Sony camcorder...which do you recommend for screencasts? I'm trying the LifeCam and I've had mixed results.

I loved the last 2 minutes where you realized the video wasn't recorded....EPIC FAIL. ;)
October 13, 2009 6:36
Good feedback all.

honekamp - Do you REALLY think, assuming you've read my stuff over the years, that I am paid by Microsoft to sell Webcams? The podcast is owned by Carl Franklin and I. It's not controlled, owned, sponsored or influenced by Microsoft. It's not hosted on their servers. It's even called out in my employee agreement, FWIW. ;P

Seriously, I totally appreciate the feedback. It's helpful. Go read my Google Apps guide if you really think I'm a Microsoft shill.

End of rant.
October 13, 2009 9:46

I did not say or think that you are paid to sell webcams, nor did I imply any accusation. I was meaning to provide feedback, that's all.
October 13, 2009 9:56
I know, I was 90% joking...sorry it that wasn't clear. I put ;P to mean I was playing. I *do* appreciate your feedback!
October 13, 2009 13:55
You need the ThinkPad W500 hardware reference manual - it shows you how take your W500 apart and actually get it back together.

On my T500, the SIM card is under the battery - the manual will show you exactly where it is.
October 13, 2009 19:50
I enjoyed listening to the show, but I would have loved some advanced notice so I could have joined live. Next time maybe a smidge more notice?
October 13, 2009 23:14
Scott, does LifeCam HD support the mac? Couldn't find anything on this topic.
October 14, 2009 0:07
California has 4G coverage as well, but through different providers. Clear does not offer WiMax in CA, I think.

Silicon valley had coverage for sometime.

Just a drop in a bucket.
October 14, 2009 1:08
Those 3 AM ideas...

The biggest irony of this show is your recent berating of the DNR boys for their time wasting... ouch! (Says the guy who never published a single podcast.)

As a consumer, all I can say is: "content is king". I appreciate your experimenting within our new media landscape, I applaud your subject diversity, but please keep up your high content quality of shows gone by.

Still a fan!
October 14, 2009 12:27
I thought this show was good. It was different and different is frequently a good thing. My favorite part...then end when you realized that this was destined to be a podcast only show! (:P) OOOPS! Made my drive go right on by as usual.

October 14, 2009 18:12
When Panera blocks your laptop's MAC address, just change it administratively to a different, fictional MAC address and keep on chugging.
October 15, 2009 12:32
nice, thanks for sharing
October 16, 2009 7:36
I rather enjoyed the whole geek-chat experience even from the podcast-only side. I also think the diversity and evolving nature of the of the show is important. So, I thank you for that.

(By the way, the comments on the transcript page for this show are different to these comments.)
October 16, 2009 18:20
Scott: Hope fully soon as i start .......OH NO..... I forgot to push the button...

That was epic...

one of the many reasons for me to just love your podcast...
October 17, 2009 19:06
I liked this episode, but it definitely would have been a lot better with the video, and if you had someone to talk with, rather than just monologuing. Maybe next time you could have a guest or set it up for people to call in?

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