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Technology New to Me...

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years ago

    I admit I don't even know if this is the ocrrect forum area for an answer to my question.  However, I don't see any other areas any more relevant, so at the risk of showing off my computer and internet ignorance of 'new stuff,' here goes:

    What in blazes is a 'podcast?'

    I did not know what to expect when I clicked on one here a couple of weeks ago, and was presented with what appeared to be a video pop-up box, but it just appeared to be continually "buffering" in the video area, and all I was getting was the audio portion.

    I was confused.  Someone please enlighten me.  Is that as it should have been, or is a 'podcast' supposed by be some kind of special format or timed-length video presentation? 

    Thank you!

    1. WriteAngled profile image84
      WriteAngledposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think it is a sort of radio programme with no video.

      I wish people would just stick to the written word, that can be read at leisure, flicked back through at need.

      I cannot count how many emails I have deleted because they simply direct me to some audio or video stuff, which I refuse to run!

      1. shogan profile image84
        shoganposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I hear you, but you can't listen to the written word on an IPod.  Podcasts are nice to listen to while exercising or driving.

        1. WriteAngled profile image84
          WriteAngledposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          When I decide to listen to something or watch something for entertainment, then I consciously make the decision to do so at a time I have set aside for entertainment.

          When I want information, I want to be able to read what is being said in my own time, at my own pace and I want to be able to copy out the most relevant facts into a document of notes from a large number of various sources, which I will use for future reference. If I am stuck with a wretched audiovisual source, I have to scribble notes down and then type them out, and if I miss something, it's back to the beginning and start running the thing all over again.

          I also do not want to be tied to someone speaking at 10% of my reading speed. I want to be able to skip over all the fluff and padding, stupid jokes and errs and umms.  Deprived of these possibilities, I get so bored, I cannot listen past the first 2 minutes or so. Yes, I enjoy attending a live lecture by a competent and witty speaker, however the offerings on the web are not made by such people.

          I also do not want to fight to try and understand an unfamiliar accent. I want to be able to access the information without being frustrated by having to wait ten minutes or sometimes much, much longer for some huge file to download before I can get to what I need. 

          I am getting heartily sick of my searches for information constantly turning up invitations to click some "webinar" or "podcast". The pearls of wisdom that may exist in those offerings will, I fear, never be tipped out for the perusal of this particular swine!

      2. Howard S. profile image89
        Howard S.posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        When you promulgate what I perceive to be unpopular opinions in the forums, I find myself always in complete agreement with you! That's intended to be a compliment.

    2. Nell Rose profile image93
      Nell Roseposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Dzym, how you doing? lol you sound like me! I take ages trying to figure something out then give up!

    3. profile image49
      ForYourInfoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      You will get help from Google. There you will get plenty of things to know about "podcast".

      1. SunSeven profile image61
        SunSevenposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Indeed.! Its a pity there is no one who could help you out Here! smile

  2. pedrog profile image60
    pedrogposted 6 years ago
  3. kafsoa profile image73
    kafsoaposted 6 years ago

    Thanks Dzym for asking this question, it was helpful for many people "including me smile"

  4. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
    DzyMsLizzyposted 6 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!  And thanks to pedrog for that link! 

    Much appreciated!  wink

  5. Danette Watt profile image85
    Danette Wattposted 6 years ago

    A podcast is an audio clip - although it can be anywhere from a few minutes to a downloaded academic lecture. A podcast is another means of communicating your message to those you want to reach, especially if you have a business that lends itself to short, informative clips that people can listen to on your website.

  6. WriteAngled profile image84
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    I think we represent the dinosaur vote... http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Fantasy/fantasy-dragon-08.gif

  7. Pearldiver profile image80
    Pearldiverposted 6 years ago

    Well You are Right and Not So Angled WA smile

    Perhaps we are merely being subjected to the Real Communicative Abilities of people who have no ability to communicate in the Real Presence of Others? hmm

    Overall it Really does represent a De-Evolution....

    So I guess, if we wait... they'll eventually come back to our level again... albeit with the same inabilities to communicate in Real terms! big_smile

    Could we expect less when some top ranking published articles here are on subjects like: "Why people should be Introverted!" roll

    That's a bit of a clue isn't it?  100 years from now they will know how to Grunt but not Read or Write! big_smile

    Did you guys not hear the series of grunts last month that were intended to explain Podcasts? hmm
    What a shame... it was a grunting masterpiece! roll

    Perhaps the whole message was buried in the monkey noises about why Elephants have trumpeted new changes to the G Panda's intention to direct traffic to more popular caves and cubbyholes, than HP and other places that farm Jiggley-Fuddoes and Whale pods! smile

    NAHNU... NAHNU... Haven't we come along way to return to the roots? roll

    Have They Forgotten That WE KNEW THEM When They Wore NAPPIES and Couldn't Wipe Their Bums! big_smile big_smile  Let's PODCAST THAT!!!! big_smile big_smile

  8. SunSeven profile image61
    SunSevenposted 6 years ago

    I am going to kill you one of these days, Rob.

    You are not supposed to reveal insider secrets! smile