There’s a lot of people who’d like to make a lot of money off of this, so don’t get all shocked when things go weird.

Last week’s podcast has us discussing open source foundations and their role in the vendor landscape. We talk about the ASF, the Linux Foundation, the Cloud Foundry Foundation, and a theoretic Docker foundation. If you’re into all that scenario thinking, it’s good stuff to start thinking about how things might play out based on the structures and cultures people are putting into place around this part of the IT world. See the full shownotes over on

Last week Alex and I summed up our thoughts on DockerCon EU after the show. As ever, there’s more questions than answers, but you can see me walking through my major Docker, Inc. epiphany: “they never actually stopped being a PaaS company.”

See the full show notes for an excellent, as always, summary from Luke Lefler.

In one of the recently published podcasts, Alex and I discuss the tech news world. If you want a really surreal write-up of the show, check out the awesome show-notes.

This episode is pretty un-representative of the show, but here’s the feed for the podcast if you’re interested in subscribing. And, there’s a video if you prefer that kind of thing.

To me this almost the image of…a dog running ahead of the fire.

And, as a bonus: “my contention is that the Mac in the 90s sucked!”

Exponent: 024: A Celebratory Goblet of Champagne

You can tell an Ingress user because (a.) they all are looking at their phones, and, (b.) they look like people who go to barcamps.

Fading City: 12: Episode Twelve

I go through a mall, and I have no idea why any of the stores in there – except the Apple store – is open. I don’t know who goes in there, why they go in there, how the lights stay on because they must be buying something.

The Critical Path: 126: Making the world go ‘round

Recent podcasts

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a few new podcasts that have been chugging along nicely. If you like my past work at DrunkAndRetired (OK, it’s not officially “done,” but we sure as shit don’t do much there anymore) you’ll like these two:

Both are in iTunes (or soon will be), so you can find them there, listen to them on the web, or subscribe to the RSS feed above. Hopefully you’ll like them, and it’d be nice to hear what you think.

“They are absolutely our most devoted and fierce fans,” Mr. Plotz said. Gabfest fans often show up for live podcasts, another area of expansion.

“They stand in line to get into an auditorium to watch three people talk into a microphone,” said Mr. Bowers, who estimates they have attracted crowds as large as 800 people for the live events.

Under Development- new podcast on software development

I have a new podcast up that’s on the ongoing topic of software development, big and small, tools and practices, news and theory, old and new. I’m co-hosting it with Bill Higgins. I’ve talked with Bill Higgins for many years, and occasionally we’ve done a podcast episode together. He was in town a few weeks back, and I thought we should start recording our conversations rather than have them disappear into the ether.

The first episode is now up over on the blog for it, along with show notes for the episode. It’ll be weekly when it works out (like, next week won’t work out). There’s the Google Hangouts recording of it too if you prefer that.

I hope you enjoy it, and we’d love to hear from you if you do. I’ve learned to not type up my ambitions with a new podcast because it essentially curses me to not do them, so I’ll spare you, and me.

I’ll post little pointers here for each episode, of course, just like I do for all the podcasts I fart around on.

The DNS crap is going through, but it’ll eventually be at (in the meantime: The podcast feed is here:

Under Development- new podcast on software development

Tips for starting a podcast

2 hours of drinking Scotch, caught in MP3

You wouldn’t know it from my low amount (though awesome) activity in the podcast area at the moment, but I used to do a lot of podcasting, soup-to-nuts. Someone asked me recently for tips on starting a podcast. Here they are:

I used to have great podcasting tips, now I just have a few:

(1.) Get a feedburner URL for it. Obviously, submit this to iTunes. This will track subscribers.

(2.) Use or something that tracks downloads. Then along with #1, you’re done with tracking.

(3.) Use Google Hangouts to record – you can download the MP4 and extract the MP3 and put in your feed. It works well. You get the side benefit of a live broadcast and a video recording.

(4.) If you want to be super fancy, have people record on their local machine and then sync the tracks up. I don’t like this as it’s prone to error (“oops, I forgot to click record”) and there’s audio syncing issues that are annoying.

(5.) Setup an entirely new website for the podcast, don’t intermix it with an existing property.

(6.) SoundCloud actually looks pretty useful but I’ve never used it. My co-host, Chris Dancy, on CCOS says it’s great and he usually knows what he’s talking about

(7.) Don’t go crazy with mics at first, a good headset will be just fine. I use a Plantronics 478 headset and it’s just fine. I have a Yeti mic, but getting it all setup is more hassle than it’s usually worth. All the awesome equipment in the world will be meaningless if your content is shit, or worse, boring.

(8.) Do a little bit of prep (at the very list, have 3-5 things you want to talk about to start with), and then post some show notes after the show on the podcast blog – embed them in the MP3 too!

(9.) Come up with a format to follow (go over the week’s news, pick one issue to interview someone on, your memories of childhood, etc.), but also allow for lots of loose, ad hoc talk.

This last point is key: the main thing you want is interesting content that’s entertaining and useful. How do you do that? Sticking to a format gives you the discipline to have something to say (you don’t want to open up each show with, “So, what do you want to talk bout this week?”), but you don’t want to just “read the news.”

The thing you can do in a podcast that you can’t do in text (things like 451 reports, blogs, etc.) is really express, at length, what you think and explain how you came to that conclusion; you can also discuss/argue with your co-hosts and guests. That is, you can really go deep and wide on a topic in a way that (for example, our 451 reports) don’t allow for (people want our report to be quick, not so deep they take an hour to consume). Through this, you hope to give your listeners new insights and new things to think about, at best: new perspectives and methods of thinking about the world/topic/tech. That’s what I like podcasts for, at least.

And, the final tip:

(10.) As always: break any, and all “rules” above if you know what the fuck you’re doing and don’t let me kill your vibe or harsh your style. Once you figure out what your podcasting style is, ignore all advice about what you should do different. Podcast are about personalities, not “facts.” You can subscribe to people reading the newspaper to you if you want to your ear-candy to be devoid of humanity, and just get facts. As another example, sometimes you just want to record over 2 hours of you and a friend drinking Scotch; that episode in gets the most verbal comments when I come across listeners (along with other infamous episodes).

At the moment, here’s a good sampling of podcasts that I think are well executed and embody the above:

  • The Accidental Tech Podcast – a strict format but with a very open-ended second half, good host interplay, and an overall clean approach
  • The Critical Path (or any show on, actually) – well crafted and great content. Notice how Horace not only tells you his conclusions, but uses the format to fully contextualize how he came to those conclusions and often will speak to general principles of analytical and strategic thinking. If you listen the whole series as if it were a bunch of lectures training you on how to think strategically, you’ll learn almost everything you need to know to do analyst work, strategy, and about half of what you need for M&A.
  • [The Political Gabfest] – ( I just started listening to this one, it has that good balance for strict format and open ended talk.
  • Rodrick on the Line – this a is a good example of rule #10, but mixed with the end goal. There’s really no format, very little prep, but in each show (if you like this kind of, well, culture and world outlook/philosophy) you’re both entertained and get a fresh way of looking at life, from the trivial to the grandiose. And it’s funny…if you like that kind of humor.

Good luck!

(And you should subscribe to the most awesome podcast in the universe, Connected Culture and Oblique Strategies. Or, if you want one that’s just better than half the stuff out there, try