Status: Support them by buying a tee shirt
Score: 3 out of 5 Kombis (any colour as long as it’s black)
Description: It was 2008 when I really started listening to podcasts on a regular basis. And like a lot of people I had an iPod for my music. So I decided to take the plunge and start syncing podcasts to it as well. The only thing that stood in the way of my ‘peaceful listening bliss’ was that infernal software called iTunes. Was it me or was iTunes just dreadful?
Just thinking about it still makes me anxious as I recall those lost hours of syncing music and it wouldn’t show up, sync it again and it would appear twice and the best one of all was sync it and your music would appear as Track 01, Track 02, Track 03 … and if you didn’t edit it right there and then it would be lost to some dark corner of your iPod. It was like feeding a hungry beast, updating album art, correcting music genres and no sooner had you installed it there was a new version of the software nagging you days later. Making peace with it and accepting all of its quirks seemed to be the answer, but clearly iTunes wasn’t for me but once you were out in the wild the iPod was an awesome device with excellent sound. The big surprise however was syncing podcats, it was relatively simple and it always seemed to work.
At the time the top podcast was ‘The Ricky Gervais Show' with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. It was a good show and I found it entertaining but there was something about Ricky Gervais that just made me shiver and cringe. What I really wanted was something geeky that talked about 'bleeding edge' technology, but most of all it had to be entertaining. I found that in The Linux Action Show. Bryan and Chris had put together a great show very reminiscent of a breakfast radio show. It was loud, fast, funny and they talked about stuff that I was into. What’s more they did the show purely out of love, recording the show in the weekends and relying on sponsors and funding to keep the show alive. As they increased in popularity so did their number of podcasts and so began ‘Jupiter Broadcasting' a main portal to all their 9 or so different shows. But to us die-hards there was only one show.
Fast forward to today I still listen to The Linux Action Show but Jupiter Broadcasting has fallen on hard times with and need a little extra cash. If you head over to Teespring.com and buy one of their t-shirts you would be helping a great cause.
As my iPod, you just know I sold that years ago :o)