The internet is a valuable source of information but the question is : How can we get the most out of it ? In this show we take a look at the possibilities of gaining knowledge and experience from the wide wide web. We look at the different sources of information that are out there and how you can streampunk these informationstreams into your way of life. Last but not least we give you some essential tips on where and how to consume your carefully selected information to “curate the library of your mind’.
Music by Aes Dana : Principles of Gravity.
We had a couple of emails this week with the statement that email still works ( I mentioned something like that in the last podcast ) and we can assure you : It does, and it brings us nice surprises sometimes. Like this email from ‘Wiseguy’ @sahgeekdad who took the KW503 to heart and went all the way reviving his little EEEpc.
@sahgeekdad writes :Dear Knightwise,
I am writing this in wordgrinder on my dell inspiron mini 9. I have installed a basic ubuntu 12.04 system with no GUI and I have been able to get wireless networking with wpa working from the command line!!! I have installed twidge and mc and wordgrinder and elinks. I am planning to install musiconthecommandline as well as write a couple of little scripts to connect to my home network and to my local starbucks’ network. i am excited to see what i can get done without a GUI. Per our Voxer chat eariler in the week, I have created a multisystem USB stick so I can boot Knoppix 6 or crunchbang statler if I need a GUI or want to watch a vid. This little baby just slips into my bag and I can be productive anywhere! Thanks for all the help and the great tips. You are the Jedi Master to my Linux Padawan!
ps – i just gotta get used to this *tiny* keyboard
pps – i am sending this from alpine, too!
This just makes my sliders heart swell with joy !
If you want to be mentioned in a “Geek of the week” post too ? Tell us how YOU turned one of the articles or episodes into reality, to let technology work for you.
How about taking a peek behind the scenes at Knightwise.com as we show you just how the magic is created. When recording this weeks podcast I decided to combine the recording with a Google Hangout session where people can join and watch what i’m currently doing. The show will be released tomorrow, but if you are an early bird (or a curious one) you might want to check out this livestream. It has bloopers, a deleted scene and a talking plant ! So there ! Here is the rough cut of KW407 : Storytime.
For those interested in the “Finished Product” : You can find the actual show here.
So, was the recording process as ‘Magical’ as you thought ? Have any questions on the gear we use or the way we do things ? Drop them in the comments section.
We bring you a showcase from an interview we did on the Nosillacast podcast that is perfect for the holiday season. Find out ways to make your geeky and non geeky friends happy with this free geek gift guide, packed with tips and tricks to make the ultimate stocking stuffer .. without spending a single sliver of gold pressed latinum.
Give a free computer.
- Create bootable usb disk: ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx
- On windows uunetbootin: unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
- Make persistant
- Crashplan crashplan.com
- Skype account
- Picasa account
The gift of free applications
The gift of free music
- Podsafe music blog.blogtalkradio.com/blogtalkradio/17-places-to-find-podsafe-music/
- itunes – Music Podcasts, Spacemusic podcast, Chillcast
The gift of free knowledge
- Khan Academy khanacademy.org
- TED Talks ted.com/talks
- iTunes U
- Itunes podcasts about a certain topic
- The internet archive archive.org- books, movies, podcasts and audio
- Thank you for the donations, Keep them coming
- Donate to the show and get a free eBook “The best of Knightwise.com” for Christmass
The one thing I’ve always detested when it came to using my mobile devices like my iPad, my iPod Touch or my iPhone (or any “smart device” for that matter) was that you needed to “link” it to your desktop. If you think about it, behavior like that is something you might expect from a Palm Pre (or Apple Newton for that matter) But having a device with 7 antennae (antenna’s ?) require a serial connection to get stuff moved over to it .. It’s too 90’s for me.
I have spent considerable time in bypassing this crippled way of working by writing up special scripts , ssh connections and cronjobs to “ditch the cable”, but I continued to start out from the assumption that the desktop needs to acquire the data (podcasts, music, etc). But what if we let go of that paradigm altogether ?
Enter the mobile podcatching client. On IOS devices creating an application for this purpose has long been considered blasphemous : It “Duplicated” functionality that was native to iTunes. I am unaware what prescription of brain numbing meds the person that made that statement but for the longest time there was no “podcatcher” on IOS.
Luckily that has changed with “Downcast” : A full fledged podcatcher that has all the bells and whistles a stand alone application like this requires. Its very easy to search for podcasts or subscribe to them manually. You can set the number of episodes to keep and to delete. You can choose what to download , when to download it (over what connection) Thanks to location based services WHERE to download your stuff. While playing back audio en video podcasts you can choose the speed, pick up where you left of and tweet what you are listening to. The best thing is you can control all of these settings on a general or per-show basis. For the hilarious amount of 2 dollars you get a good working iPhone/iPod version AND the decent iPad version of the application. Downcast was surely built by people who knew exactly what a mobile podcast-consumer needs to keep him happy.
On the Android side of the pond “Doggcatcher” comes in at a slightly higher price point of 5 dollars but it offers almost the same magic as downcast. One of the added advantages of Doggcatcher is that you can create “Internal” podcast feeds. Mark a couple of files on your SD card into Doggcather and it will treat them as an external source of content. This is VERY handy if you want to listen to an audiobook you downloaded elsewhere and have it play nicely in your podcatchers interface, giving you a nice view what chapters you listened to and which ones you need to get to.
Both applications have, for me, severed the last ties between my iPhone to iTunes and have given extra independance to my Nexus tablet, letting their technolgy “work for me”.
Cross platform compatibility : Ios – Android.