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GENRE: Technology | Downloads (37976) | Comments (97) | Get Podcast | Visit Site

The 6.5 Questions
I had the pleasure this week of getting both Phil and Lenn of the Engadget Podcast to fill out the 6.5 Questions, and trust me...you dont want to miss either. Also included is a short movie clip of the working/living (i think) place of Engadgets Phillip Torrone.   See the Movie (WMV 6.5mb)

1. How long have you been podcasting?
Phillip: I've been sending content over RSS feed (Syndicated Data Sources) for over a year, but until recently it was too hard and there wasn't enough content or more importantly -audience. The podcasts on Engadget have been going on for about 3 months now.

Lenn: Phil and I decided to start Podcasting on Engadget just about two weeks after the movement got going about 3 months ago. I started delivering video content over RSS 2.0 using enclosures on Channel 9 (http://channel9.msdn.com) about 6 months ago with the idea that people could watch our video content offline or on Windows XP Media Center PCs. I have always been fascinated with the idea of personal content delivery and time shifting. Podcasting let us combine many loves into one new art form.


2. How many shows have you done?
We're up to show #20.


3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
Phillip: Dramatically, each one gets better. There are lots of technical hurdles we needed to overcome--from the specific types of microphone and headsets to the extremely complicated software set up. Although it's 2004 and computers have a lot of processing power, we're still a long way away from doing voice over ip, playing music, recording and transmitting in any non-geek way.

Lenn: I think we have kept with the basic format and subject matter that we started with, but we have gotten more organized and structured in our topics and supporting media clips. We experimented with several low cost recording and editing set ups but have kept with the basic premise of staying low cost, laid back, and low production values which is the way we like it.


4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
Phillip: I rarely get time to listen to any at all lately, but when I can-- Adam Curry's and Dawn and Drew.

Lenn: Adam Curry's Daily Source Code is a daily staple since his very first show. Other favorites include IT Conversations, Dave Winer and Adam Curry's Joint Show Trade Secrets, and Scott Sheppard's Mac show. I am also a HUGE fan of Ira Glass and This American Life and am super excited to see him come to Podcasting.


5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
Phillip: Well, to give an analogy of what we try to do, it's like Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but about technology. We try to have enough tech, politics in terms of how it effects technology and lots of humor.

Lenn: The Engadget show is one part Tech TV + one part the Daily Show + a splash of MTV. Phil and I rap about the latest notable devices, applications, and technologies that make up life on the bleeding edge. Through in a little political and social activism and you have our Podcast.


6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
Phillip: I'm an associate Editor at Popular Science magazine, feature columnist for Engadget and my background is oddly enough working in advertising. I think most of my writing and career in general has been taking the geeky cool stuff that's hard to understand to other audiences. Back in the mid-90's i used to a radio show with Emmanuel Goldstein in New York called Off the Hook, that was my first taste of broadcasting and it's great to have the tools and distribution to get it going again now.

Lenn: I went to school to train as a designer and became a technologist in the process. 10 years later I ended up as Director of Platform Evangelism at Microsoft by day and Podcaster by night. I spend my days talking about technology that I believe in, and the Engadget Podcast is a natural extension of this. I was attracted to Podcasting as I actually worked as a DJ for an AM station as teenager and never lost the love for being on the air. I still spend my days trying to push the edge as a designer, marketer, strategist, and developer and can't get it out of my blood.


6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
Phillip: We're not just stopping with audio, we're currently starting to send out videos of gadget reviews, how-tos and a lot of other cool content. For now these are geared towards PCs, Macs and Portable Video Players, but we'll see where it goes. There's nothing left but a waste land of technology shows on TV now, so we suspect this might be really interesting for the starving audiences out there.

Phil also wanted to add a plug for a new podcast found at http://www.2600.com/news/view/article/2113 so check it out.

Lenn: As Phil said in his profile we're not just stopping with audio, we're currently starting to send out videos of gadget reviews, how-tos and a lot of other cool content. For now these are geared towards PCs, Macs and Portable Video Players, but we'll see where it goes. There's nothing left but a waste land of technology shows on TV now, so we suspect this might be really interesting for the starving audiences out there.

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