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A Brit Abroad
A Brit living in America talks about life, technology, music and whatever else comes to mind.
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DATE: Mon, 17 Apr 2006
SIZE: 15.2 MB
A Brit Abroad - April 16, 2006
Good Lord, it’s been way too long! Five months since my last podcast. Well, this afternoon I decided enough is enough and I locked myself away in the office to put this together. Of course, I was a little bit rusty and forgot to check all the myriad of settings, so the latency of the audio hardware had somehow bumped itself up to around sixty milliseconds instead of the usual four, combined with the fact that I left the processing effects running whilst recording, resulted in some weird stuttering in the audio recording. Sorry about that. Also, the PC wasn’t as isolated as usual, so there’s a bunch of hum. Anyhow, you can still hear me, and I’m back! So welcome to another edition of A Brit Abroad! In this solo edition I chat mainly about the setting up of the new company - SwitchGear Software. Today’s music is by “My Morning Jacket”, “One Big Holiday”, taken from the Wired “Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.” CD. At just over 22 minutes and weighing in at 15.3MB, It’s A Brit Abroad! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Things talked about in the show: SwitchGear Software LLC versus S-Corp or C-Corp Delaware Corporation Changes Apple MacBook Pro Apple BootCamp Nick Whittome - SBS and FlightSim MVP FeedDemon NetNewsWire My Morning Jacket The Wired CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share. Enjoy! tags: podcast, wired, apple, macbook, mymorningjacket, startup, invest, sbs, smallbusinessserverrver.
DATE: Sun, 27 Nov 2005
SIZE: 24.1 MB
A Brit Abroad - November 26, 2005
Welcome to another edition of A Brit Abroad! In this solo edition I chat about Thanksgiving, cameras, the Xbox 360 and my upcoming conversion to Windows Media Center. Today’s music is courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. “Coma Girl” by Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros and “Fire Escapes” by Supercreep. At just over 35 minutes and weighing in at 24.2MB, It’s A Brit Abroad! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Show Notes 00:00 Name and date check. 00:05 Intro sweeper and music. 00:16 Introduction to the show. 01:15 Planning for the show. 01:31 Podcast Paul’s Swaziland Aids Appeal. 04:40 Thanksgiving. 08:33 Buying a digital SLR. 11:42 Music: “Coma Girl” by Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros. 17:00 Xbox 360. 17:30 Windows Media Connect. 18:14 Photo Story. 19:00 Jeff Minter. 21:50 Windows Media Center. 26:02 Cablecard for MCE. 27:54 Music: “Fire Escapes” by Supercreep. 34:30 Conclusion. Comments welcome, both text and mp3 - [email protected] 35:06 End. Enjoy!
DATE: Fri, 14 Oct 2005
SIZE: 30.8 MB
A Brit Abroad - October 13, 2005
Today I have a very special guest! It's been eight months since the last time we did a podcast together, and as band practice was cancelled for today, my very good friend CJ joined me for an almost live and uncut edition of the show! Amongst other things, we talk about life as a home dad, music, vasectomies(!), iPods, Dylan and Hockey. We also drink beer. Today's music is by our band, Spank, and we get interrupted by the dog... At just under 45 minutes and weighing in at 30.9MB, It's A Brit Abroad! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Show Notes 00:00 Name and date check. 00:05 Intro sweeper and music. 00:19 Introduction to the show. 00:32 CJ introduces himself. 01:47 Home dad. 03:19 How Steve got into playing the guitar. 09:08 Break to get beer. 10:53 The band's upcoming gig on November 16th at The Central Club in Kirkland, WA. 14:40 Music industry pushing for more money from online sales. 21:03 Friends having babies. 22:50 Friends back from Iraq. 24:05 Bob Dylan. 25:57 MAudio USB audio gear. 28:00 Music by Spank - Flotsam. 32:08 Video iPod. 36:06 The dog gets annoying. 40:35 Hockey is back. 42:05 A failed joke. 43:04 Conclusion. Comments welcome, both text and mp3 - [email protected] 44:35 Outro music. 44:55 End. Enjoy!
DATE: Wed, 21 Sep 2005
SIZE: 15.9 MB
A Brit Abroad - September 20, 2005
As usual, it's been a while, but this time I have a really good excuse! Today I talk about the new nipper, microphones, Apple's "Geniuses", Guitar Center, Katrina and PodcastCon UK. Today's music is by me! It's my new solo track Ferryman. At just over 23 minutes and weighing in at 16MB, It's A Brit Abroad! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Show Notes 00:00 Name and date check. 00:05 Intro sweeper and music. 00:19 Introduction to the show. Introducing Jasmine Susan Lacey. 02:21 New microphone - Rode NT1-A. 02:50 Rejigging the home studio. 03:55 Guitar Center and the microphone purchase. 06:32 Promo: Podshock - A Dr. Who podcast. 08:37 Exchanging an iPod - a tale of frustration with the "Genius Bar" at an Apple Store. 14:34 Brief Katrina thoughts that led to my new track. 15:02 Music: Ferryman. 19:17 Flight Simulator PM helping out in Katrina relief effort. 21:07 PodcastCon UK. 21:52 Promo: Britcaster. 22:31 Conclusion. Comments welcome, both text and mp3 - [email protected] 22:48 Outro music. 23:07 End. Enjoy!
DATE: Tue, 20 Sep 2005
SIZE: 1.68 MB
A Brit Abroad - Promo
Yesterday I put together a little promo for the show, and here it is. Please feel free to include it in your own podcasts... Thanks... It includes appearences by the son, the wife, CJ, Neil Dixon and Phil Campbell. A Brit Abroad Promo - September 2005
DATE: Thu, 15 Sep 2005
SIZE: 25.7 MB
The First Britcaster Podcaster
The Britcaster Podcast is a show by podcasters, for podcasters. As I metioned last week, Neil Dixon and I hooked up via Skype and chatted about the Podshare model, amongst other things. Britcaster Podcast Number One! (mp3)
DATE: Thu, 01 Sep 2005
SIZE: 30.0 MB
BritPack number 4 is alive!
The latest edition of the BritPack is now live! I'm number two in this line up - the theme of which is "10 years ago and 10 years ahead". In my segment I wax a bit philosophical due to the recent birth of my daughter - my appologies... Direct link. Britcaster entry.
DATE: Mon, 15 Aug 2005
SIZE: 18.1 MB
A Brit Abroad - August 15, 2005
Ok, so I think I'm just going to fess up and call this a monthly show from now on as, of course, it's been another month since the last one! Today's show is a tad special as I'm joined by my lovely wife Nabila. We chat mainly about the differences between living as Brits in the UK and USA, including housing, builders, shop staff, getting your nails done, the people and the telly... At 26 and a half minutes and weighing in at 18.2MB, It's A Brit Abroad! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients No show notes today as this is a general ramble... oh, and yes I know it's Monday, even though I said Tuesday in the show... Enjoy!
DATE: Thu, 14 Jul 2005
SIZE: 22.0 MB
A Brit Abroad - July 13, 2005
Again, another month has passed, but this time I'm on vacation, so hopefully this will become a tad more regular. Maybe. Anyhow, welcome all you iTunes users! Today we talk about the events in London, Gnomedex, show notes as OPML, golf and fail miserably to talk about anything related to life differences between the US and the UK (sorry Paul, next time. I promise - I'll have the wife do it). Today's music is by the band I'm a member of, Spank. For this show, I've encoded at a higher bitrate, mainly because I've been jealous of the audio quality of the other podcasts I listen to that are encoded at a higher rate, but also because I'm not paying for the extended bandwidth as these are now hosted on libsyn... Please let me know if you have any issues with playback. At exactly 32 minutes and weighing in at 14.8MB, It's A Brit Abroad! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Show Notes 00:00 Name and date check. 00:04 Father and son discuss podcasting. 01:13 Intro sweeper and music. 01:30 Introduction to the show. 02:30 London bombings comment. 04:32 Kev's moving to New Zealand! 06:51 Comments from Canada. 07:33 iTunes - bandwidth, UI and playlist issues. 13:34 The Britpack Number Two at Britcaster.com. 14:12 Gnomedex 17:00 Show notes as OPML. 22:58 Music from Spank - "Trance". 27:35 On sabbatical - playing golf and writing code. 29:58 Conclusion. Comments welcome. 32:00 End. Enjoy!
DATE: Sat, 02 Jul 2005
SIZE: 37.8 MB
The BritPack #2 - The Very Best Of British Podcasting
We're back! Go download, listen, enjoy. We're here, we're british and we're, err, talking into our microphones. The BritPack - Volume Two. Contents: A Brit Abroad Slam Idol SmallBizPod Podcast Paul Dissident Vox Simulacrum Dark Compass Premiership Podcast A Life on the Net Top of the Pods The Rock Show Enjoy!
DATE: Wed, 15 Jun 2005
SIZE: 14.3 MB
A Brit Abroad - June 14, 2005
Once again, after too long an interlude its podcast time. Today we talk about British podcasters, Powerbooks, podcatching software and driving on the wrong side of the road. Today’s music is by Neon Brown - go and buy their music now! At 31 minutes and twenty seconds and weighing in at 14.4MB, It’s A Brit Abroad! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Show Notes 00:00 Name and date check. 00:04 Intro sweeper and music. 00:38 Introduction to the show. 03:38 Skype call starts with introductions and banter. 01:00 What’s coming up in the show. 01:41 Ident. 01:50 Neil Dixon and Britcaster.com. 02:40 The Britpack, put together by podcastpaul. 03:42 A Minor Technicality excerpt. 05:42 Podcatcher software and thoughts regarding the Apple iTunes announcement. 09:01 Podcast search engines. 09:47 Music from Neon Brown - Nice Feathers. 12:07 Live audio pop debugging… 14:00 The Powerbook affair, including some personal history and thoughts on the Apple/Intel announcement. 20:36 Ident. 20:50 More music from Neon Brown - Pants Then Shoes. 25:40 Name check. 26:00 Expanded version of my Britpack segment on the differences between UK and US driving habits. 29:03 Ident. 29:07 I wasn’t ranting. Honest. Passport hassles. 29:50 Conclusion. Comments welcome. Thanks to Neil and Phil for the idents. 31:02 Outro music. 31:20 End. Enjoy!
DATE: Thu, 09 Jun 2005
SIZE: 19.2 MB
The BritPack - The Very Best Of British Podcasting
It’s up. Go download, listen, enjoy. We’re here, we’re british and we’re, err, talking into our microphones. The BritPack - Volume One. Contents: Podcast Paul Bitjobs for the Masses A Minor Technicality Dark Compass Dissident Vox Top of the Pods A Brit Abroad The Richard Vobes Radio Show
DATE: Sun, 15 May 2005
SIZE: 16.3 MB
A Brit Abroad - Saturday May 14, 2005
Today I have a special edition of A Brit Abroad for you. On Thursday night I recorded a Skype call with two friends in the UK, Ian Dixon from The Media Center Show, and Phil from Clanlife. With no real plan we basically geeked out and got all Engagety. I hope you enjoy it! We plan on making this a regular occurence. At 35 minutes and forty seconds and weighing in at 16.4MB, It’s A Brit Abroad and Friends! Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Show Notes 00:00 Name and date check. 00:05 Intro sweeper and music. 00:38 Introduction to the show. 03:38 Skype call starts with introductions and banter. 04:11 The XBox 360 announcements. 05:06 Phil talks about his work at Clanlife and the game hosting business. 09:08 3G mobile networks, GPRS and comparisions between mobile in the US and UK. UK wins. 13:15 Bandwidth cost differences between US and UK. US wins. 13:45 Digital broadcast media lagging in the US. 14:30 We all started on ZX Spectrums and Amigas… 15:30 Perfect Dark Zero on XBox 360. 16:00 The MTV show. 16:30 Watch the Colony video. 16:50 A nice cup of tea. 18:05 Phil wants to move to the states and a potential job for his girlfriend. 18:45 Aluminum or Aluminium? 19:50 Trillian’s use of Wikipedia. 20:28 Agile Messenger on Symbian. 20:50 Ian talks about his work. 21:25 Ian’s Media Center Show podcast on The Podcast Network. 23:40 How I record the show. 24:50 Katana, my RSS aggregator and podcatcher. Ways of listening to podcasts. 33:20 Call wrap up, plans for more shows and goodbyes. 34:48 Conclusion. 35:20 Outro music. Enjoy!
DATE: Sat, 07 May 2005
SIZE: 10.3 MB
A Brit Abroad - May 7, 2005
It’s time for another edition of A Brit Abroad! At just over 22 and a half minutes and weighing in at 10.4MB, we listen to some music, play some Gnomedex promos and an audio comment and find out what I’ve been up to for the past month. Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Links To Some Of The Things Talked About James Naughton Press Display Gnomedex Scoble gets Sirius Leo Laporte interviews Steve Wozniak Garage Band Brand Violet Mick Stanic The Podcast Network Tom Reynolds Stella Artois Enjoy!
DATE: Sun, 10 Apr 2005
SIZE: 9.64 MB
A Brit Abroad - April 9, 2005
I found a spare hour today while Julian was taking a nap which means that it’s time for another edition of A Brit Abroad! At just under 26 minutes and weighing in at 9.64MB, I talk about some movies, new video gear, Flight Simulator and give a few plugs to people. And, of course, some music curtesy of The Trash Monquis. Direct MP3 RSS Feed for the podcasting clients Links To Some Of The Things Talked About Cutting Edge Design Fujitsu Plasmavision Displays Fever Pitch (2005 Movie) Fever Pitch (1997 Movie) Fever Pitch (The Book) Clarke Scott Ian Dixon’s Media Center Show The Central Club Microsoft Flight Simulator Garage Band ThinkGeek A slight correction to my aural speculations: I lived near Highbury and Islington tube station in London. Enjoy!
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Recent Comments for A Brit Abroad
Why i think steve deserves a vote
The laid back approach with suitable edited and layered informative and lighthearted content is great even at 01:43am in the morning when i really cannot be bothered to go to bed. :) Gets my vote. :)
Submitted By: dmouse@... (on 3-2005)