New Podcasts Coming up Jan 1st…. I know you cant wait.

Howdy Everyone. It has been a few months since my last podcast. I am sorry but until I can do this gig full time the demands of my day job dictate the frequency of the show. Recently, I changed jobs and moved to a new company with some very cool aspirations. It is a smaller start up company that does Pharmaceutical auditing and I am in charge of the IT/Infrastructure department. I did want to post here though to say I have not forgotten you all. I am not leaving either. I will be coming back with a vengeance in the coming new year.

Some new things I have been doing since I am not posting Podcasts is that I will be standardizing on using Youtube as my hosting provider for embedding video. Also, updating the Itunes icons for the show and some other tweaks I hope you all like. You tube allows me to monetize my show a bit to give you all great deals like my Amazon Store and by clicking on them you are actively helping me keep this show on the air. For that I thank you all very much!

So happy Turkey Day, Merry Holiday Season and Happy New Year! You will all see me in the next episode of Geek Tech Live in a little over a Month!

Chris

Moved Podcast to new Room

I have now finished the migration of the Podcast from a larger open room to a more practical room with a door. As you can see from Episode 111 I also have started to do a Video show in conjunction with the Audio Podcast aptly named Geek Tech Live TV.  It will be found on the same site as GeekTechLive.com for now and probably will not move from there.

I hope you all like the video show and the set I designed. It doubles as my home office but it is jam packed with all my Geeky and Nerdy items I have picked up over the years. The Technology I am using to record is still changing but as of this writing I am trying to use my Canon 7D as the video camera, and doing all the editing in Final Cut Express.  I upgraded my microphone from a MXL 990 to a Heil PR40 just like The Grand and Illustrious Leo Laporte uses.  I record Audio and Video Separately and sync them up in Final Cut after the fact.  So far things are working out.

Lamentations of a Podacast Video Star

My continuing quest for getting the show into video has made a turn and I would like to tell you a little bit about where we are and where we are  (hopefully) going. I would like to think that hopefully things are looking better. I have tried so many different work-flows to be able to record the show as video AND not lose the audio portion that I was starting to get nuts, N.. V…T…S…. NUTS!

I am suspending the UStream broadcast until I can figure out the correct stream size. I have tweaked and re-tweaked and was able to get the video to not drop but then the audio stream was horrible. I am going to continue to work on it as I have invested time an money into getting it. There is just not enough time in the week to devote 100% effort to getting the stream to where I want it.

I have tested a few other options for the video feed for GeekTechLive.com . I have tried at least 5 different camera ideas, a multitude of encoding options and in the end I think I will go back to my tried and true [amazon_link id=”B002NEGTU6″ target=”_blank” ]Canon 7D[/amazon_link] for the video. This means that I will have to sync up the audio portion with the video but  after all this tweaking I have made some significant breakthroughs in my ability to get that working correctly.

Also, since I am going to be adding a video option I was in need of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) . It only makes sense that since the podcast is hosted at Mevio.com that I also put the Video there as well. This decision is even easier to make seeing that they will push the content out to their CDN’s and I get to benefit from their very resilient network. Win win all around if you ask me.  I am a signed Producer at Mevio.com and I really like hosting my show there. Couple that with the price ( FREE ) and I really cant argue at all

In the end I hope that you are liking the changes I am making to the show and site. So far the responses have been favorable, so I am inclined to think I am making moves in the right direction.

Please comment below and let me know your thoughts.

I have a podcast… Podcasts are cool.

I have a podcast… Podcasts are cool. So are Stetsons and Bow-ties. 😉

So, I have been podcasting now for 109 episodes. I have never yet had to answer this question but I know a few people
may be thinking it. “why should I be listening to chris? What’s his background?”. Firstly, to everyone who has stuck with me and become an avid listener, thanks! For all you new listeners and readers, sit back and enjoy the show. So, what makes me an “expert”? First of all I don’t really believe in that word. I would rather say I am passionate for technology in all it’s forms. From a digital display that monitors my saltwater reef tank with embedded web server to my canon 7D it really doesn’t matter what the tech is I can’t get enough of it.

My day job is in Information Technology and my job is to engineer new solutions often from very different sides of
technology. I provide solutions and I have been doing this for over 14 years. I started in Helpdesk and honestly have worked my way up to where I am today just by learning talking and loving computers and related technology. On a side note the original show was going to be called “talking tech” but it was already grabbed by a domain squatter. 🙁

My first electronic device I remember is Pong. Then came a TI 99/4a and Atari, followed by a PC jr and so on up to today. The list is quite ginormous and I probably should do a separate post of all the stuff I have had over the years. That would be cool. Along the way to here I geeked out on D&D, Basic programming, electronics, photography and the web. In college I originally was a biology major and when I was told by the computer lab sysadmin that I logged as much time as him online and I was the only non-compsci major with a web page I was kindly asked to change majors. This was just when Gopher was slowly being replaced by the Mosaic browser. It was only natural I would end up working on computers as my daily life.

So basically what I am trying to do here on the show is to inform, educate and mostly just chat about the technology I love.The show is just an extension of my love of talking about technology to anyone that will listen to me. Also, If I can help out someone in deciding on a technology decision I am the happiest little nerd in the bunch. And that’s why I think you should listen to me and tell your friends, mom, boss, sister and brother to listen to me. And if you or they have a tech question, send them to me at talktech (at) geektechlive.com or when I am recording the podcast live hit the “Live Geek” link above jump into the live chat and ask me during the show. I’ll give you my undivided attention and hopefully we can both learn something.
Cheers Chris