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Top Five Podcasts

I listen to a heck of a lot of podcasts while at work.  I occasionally listen to Pandora or an Audible book but a lot of my workday is spent with a podcast playing in my headphones.  I figured that I would share my top five favorite podcasts (in no particular order).

1. This Week in Google [Audio RSS]

This Week in Google is a weekly podcast (as implied in the title) about Google, Facebook, Twitter, other general online services, and to a certain extent publicness.  It is hosted by Leo LaporteGina Trapani, and Jeff Jarvis.  The show covers a spectrum of topics that is interesting and does so in an fun way.  The production qualities are good, too.

2. Freakonomics [Audio RSS]

I first went looking for the freakonomics podcast after listening to the two freakonomics books.  It’s hosted by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.  It’s an interesting look at “the hidden side of everything.”  It’s worth a try.  They post something new once every two or three weeks, it seems.  It’s usually an economists view of something economists don’t normally look at (like prostitution, standardized test scores, or sumo wrestling).

3. Motley Fool Radio Show [Audio RSS]

This is a weekly podcast about business, investing, and the economy.  It is an interesting podcast.  They also have a daily podcast but if you are going to listen to only one of the two, pick this one.

4. Windows Weekly [Audio RSS]

Windows Weekly is another podcast of the TWiT network.  It covers most things related to Microsoft.  It is hosted by Mary Jo FoleyPaul Thurrott, and Leo Laporte.  It is a good solid source of info regarding Microsoft.  It is enjoyable to listen to.  I look forward to it every week.

 5. On The Media [Audio RSS]

This is a WNYC-produced podcast on the media (as the name implies).  It isn’t a news source.  It is a news source about the news source.

Honorable Mentions:

Buzz Out Loud [Audio RSS]

Tech News Today [Audio RSS]

How to Do Everything [Audio RSS]

The Morning Stream [Audio RSS]


The first 5 applications I install, after re-installing windows

This is an interesting issue.  After you finish re-installing your chosen operating system (whatever it might be), you usually address your top, absolutely most critical, needs first.  You can worry about the applications you only use every now and then later.  So, what is my top 5 list?  The following is in no particular order.

1. Google Chrome  [ Cost: free ]

Typically, while I am writing code, my main testing browser is Firefox (because of firebug) but for getting things done, I use chrome.  It is fast, easy to use, and heavily customizable.

2. Microsoft Security Essentials  [ Cost: free ]

Computer security is important.  For years, I used a version of McAfee that UW-Milwaukee offered (my former employer).  I had used it so long (since high school), that I learned to trust nothing else.  After using Microsoft Security Essentials for a few months, I can confidently say that I will not be going back to using McAfee.

3. VLC Media Player  [ Cost: free ]

VLC is a great little media player.  It will essentially play any media file.  I use it for both video and audio.  It is the only media player I use.  The supported codecs include (but aren’t limited to) Real Video, WMV, H.264, DIVX, and Quicktime.  It’s pure awesomeness.

4. 7-zip [ Cost: free ]

7-zip is a file archiver that is much like VLC, in that it will open almost anything.  It will even open things (like ISO) that VLC will open.  It’s great to have around when you need to open the odd RAR or ZIP file.

5. Sublime Text 2 [ Cost: $59, free unlimited trial ]

Sublime Text 2 has easily become my new favorite coding environment.  It is expandable, light-weight, and clean.  I use it for just about everything.  I don’t care what language you code in.  You should check it out.  It was an easy decision to add it to this list.


These are by no means the only applications that I have running on my windows computers, but they are the top-5 first items I install on each of my windows computers.  I couldn’t live without them.