I was riding to an IEEE meeting a few years ago with a friend. The trip was going to be about 45 minutes long so he turned on a podcast he regularly listened to, Manager Tools, to help pass the time. After listening during our trip, I was hooked and subscribed to the podcast myself. I regularly listened to it until I retired.
This is a weekly podcast begun in 2005 and presented by Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman. It focuses on how managers can be more effective and provides career planning suggestion. There are now over 500 episodes in their library. Each episode of this award-winning podcast is between 30 minutes and one hour in length.
I found this podcast to be very informative and useful. I recommend it to anyone in a leadership role. They can be subscribed to in iTunes.
As I have mentioned before I regularly listen to several podcasts. One of those I follow is Tech Stuff and I recently listened to their three-part episode on the Macintosh. These three aired on June 2, 7 and 9 of 2017 (Yeah, I am way behind on my listening). These comprise about 3 hours and 40 minutes of information on how the Apple Macintosh was conceived, how it developed and where it is today.
If you are interested in the Mac, you may want to download and listen to these three episodes.
Podcasts – As I have mentioned a few times, I listen to a lot of podcasts. One of the more recent additions to my playlist is “99% Invisible“. I like podcasts that delve into the unusual history of things, and this one fills the bill. As they say on their website:
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. With over 250 million downloads, 99% Invisible is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and is available on RadioPublic, via RSS and through other apps.
Episodes of the show can range anywhere from about 20 to 45 minutes in length. This might be a great little podcast to add to your playlist.
Podcasts – I started listening to the “Mac Power Users” podcast a few months ago. This podcast has been in production for some time (2009). As of the date of this post, the most recent episode of the series is April 8, episode #422. It is hosted by David Sparks and Katie Floyd. Both are lawyers in their day jobs, and Mac advocates in their spare time.
Their shows have covered a wide range of interesting topics. I have learned quite a bit listening to these two and recommend their podcast to any who are Mac users.
Friend Nathan Lott (@nlott) suggested that I also mention the Mac Power Users group on Facebook. Many questions and tips are posted there every day. If you have a problem or a great tip to share, the Facebook group may be just the place for you.
Podcasts – I listened to episode #145 of the Internet History Podcast (I mentioned in an earlier article that this was one of the podcasts that I regularly listen to) just yesterday. In this episode, Brian Merchant, Author of the book “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone” is interviewed. While the episode could not touch on all of the topics covered in the book, the podcast did reveal some interesting things about the iPhone.
If you are interested in Apple and the iPhone the podcast is something that you may want to listen to. If it peaks your interest, you will want to read the book.
Podcasts – I have been listening to the Tech Stuff podcast for some time now. This podcast is a production from How Stuff Works. The show describes itself as:
TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.
While these episodes do not generally dive very deep into tech, they do a great job of giving a broad background to the topic being covered. I particularly like the episodes that look back at the history of some of the companies in tech. If you are interested in technology, these may be podcasts you will want to listen to. If you like them, subscribe via iTunes.
Podcasts – I have been listening to the Security Now podcast since it began. It has been published weekly now for over 10 years. The latests episode as of this writing is #626. While they began as short programs of under 30 minutes, they have rapidly grown to around two hours per episode.
The show is presented on the TWiT Network and features Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson. While, as the name implies, the focus is on computer security, they also will talk about Tech in general and Science Fiction from time to time. The more recent episodes cover the security news that has occurred over the past week (almost always something new). They sometimes address questions from their large international audience, with occasional deep-dives into an issue of computer technology or security.
The program is well done and I recommend it to anyone interested in computer security, or who simply uses a computer, tablet or smart phone.
See my other Cyber Security articles
Podcasts – I listen to a lot of podcasts, mostly when I am driving or when I am working around the house. I recently added the Internet History podcast to my list of subscriptions. You can subscribe to it though iTunes and the other common podcast sources. Each episode covers one topic related to the history of the Internet. Some are only 20 minutes long while others are nearly two hours in length. The episode published May 29, 2017 was episode 143 so there is a large inventory of back issues to listen to.
Their official description on iTunes is:
An interactive history project, producing a book on the history of the Internet era by crowdsourcing facts and first person accounts from listeners. Each podcast represents a new chapter focusing on some section of Internet history.
The two episodes I have listed to so far, “How the Dot Com Bubble Happened” and “The History of the iPhone” were both well done and very interesting. If you are interested in the Internet, it’s history and the technology that enabled it, you might like this approximately weekly podcast.
Podcasts – While this podcast has been out for some time, I just finished it yesterday. LifeAfter is another Science Fiction podcast from the GE Podcast Theater and Panoply. Their first production a year ago was “The Message. Which I thought was outstanding.
This year the product is “LifeAfter”. This is a 10 episode podcast with each episode lasting about 30 minutes. As with “The Message” only the last episode has any of the standard production information – actors, directors, etc.
The story surrounds a popular voice messaging App. Something like Twitter, but verbal. And FBI employee’s wife died in a tragic accident months earlier. But he can’t get over her loss. He is amazed when he begins getting messages from his deceased wife over his phone.
I thought this was a good Science Fiction Mystery. It takes what we see today in Apps and AI and extends it to what might happen in the near future. It is both entertaining and insightful. I thought it was 5 hours well spent!
The series can be downloaded through iTunes and other sources.
Podcasts – My wife and I recently drove to Las Vegas to visit with family. From Austin, that is a long, LONG drive (According to Apple Maps, almost 1300 miles) of 19+ hours plus rest stops. If you have ever driven through West Texas, New Mexico or Arizona, you will understand when I say that there is not a lot to see along the way.
One of the things that we did to help pass the time was listen to the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast. These 20-60 minute podcasts are produced by How Stuff Works and began in mid-2008. We survived the monotony of the drive by listening to more than 30 episodes.
We are both interested in history and we like the broad range of topics covered on the show. Not all are favorites, but they were enjoyable and educational. If you like history, you will most likely like this podcast.
If you are interested, you can subscribe via iTunes.