Technology and the Arts Podcast – Episode 52 (10.19.2012)

Technology and the Arts Podcast – Episode 52 (10.19.2012)

Technology and the Arts – Episode 52 features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air session conducted by hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney on Sept. 4, 2012. Highlights include John’s poor customer experience at TWO local Best Buys in search of a replacement for his lost FitBit, thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, a conversation about a crazy Sony patent allowing TV viewers to skip commercials at the cost of their pride and dignity, and a lot more. File size: 14.1 MB. Time: 1 hr., 1 min., 23 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

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Show Notes for Technology and the Arts – Episode 52

Technology and the Arts – Episode 52 (10.19.2012) features lightly edited audio from a live Google+ Hangouts On Air session conducted by hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney on Sept. 4, 2012. Highlights include John’s poor customer experience at TWO local Best Buys in search of a replacement for his lost FitBit, thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit, a conversation about a crazy Sony patent allowing TV viewers to skip commercials at the cost of their pride and dignity, and a lot more. File size: 14.1 MB. Time: 1 hr., 1 min., 23 sec. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney.

Topics of Discussion:

  • John shared his poor customer experience at two local Best Buys while trying to replace his lost FitBit.
  • Brian countered with a similar experience at Walmart in trying to pick up an ION Tape Express mp3 converter, which he later determined was a terrible product.
  • Brian and John shared their thoughts on the Apple-Samsung lawsuit verdict.
  • Brian brought up a crazy Sony patent for a feature that allows TV viewers to skip a commercial by shouting out the name of the advertiser…or selling their souls, since that’s what it basically amounts to.
  • Brian talked about a ridiculous verdict and penalty in a Recording Industry Association of America music file sharing lawsuit against former college student Joel Tenenbaum. Brian also shared a Scientific American story on how the movie industry encourages piracy by not making enough popular titles available to view online or in DVD form.
  • That led to a discussion on how the Star Wars movies—among the titles not available to watch online by legal means—have been destroyed by their creator, George Lucas, over the years.
  • And Brian shared with John some must-watch episodes of modern (post 2005) Doctor Who.

Here is the complete, archived webcast…

Technology and the Arts 2.0 – Series 1, Ep. 2 (09.04.2012)

(T+A #50) Technology and the Arts-The Finale: 12/24/2008

(T+A #50) Technology and the Arts-The Finale: 12/24/2008

In this hour-long, final installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney reminisce about their two years working on the program and share some final thoughts on technology and the arts, including breaking news regarding the recording industry lawsuits against MP3 file sharers. Also featured are outtakes, highlights and other special moments we recorded over the past two years…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 28 MB. Time: 59 min., 55 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #50 – The Finale

In this hour-long, final installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, hosts Brian Kelley and John LeMasney reminisce about their two years working on the program and share some final thoughts on technology and the arts, including breaking news regarding the recording industry lawsuits against MP3 file sharers. Also featured are outtakes, highlights and other special moments we recorded over the past two years…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 28 MB. Time: 59 min., 55 sec.

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***BREAKING NEWS***
After recording the conversation part of our podcast, news broke that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) would be altering its strategy of dealing with peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharers and torrent downloaders. Instead of filing lawsuits against unknowing single mothers and grandparents, the RIAA said it would work with Internet Service Providers to warn suspected downloaders about their activities. The ISPs would limit the users’ bandwidth or shut them off completely if illegal downloading continued. For more on the story, click on the following links:

RIAA to halt lawsuits, cozy up to ISPs instead (Yahoo! Tech)

The RIAA’s About-Face on Lawsuits (InternetNews.com)

John and Brian recorded this final Technology and the Arts podcast at the Crystal Diner in Lawrenceville, N.J.

After two years, the Technology and the Arts podcast comes to a close with this hour-long installment filled with memories, outtakes and other special moments from the series. It has been a good ride, but John and I felt it was time to “close the curtain” for a final time on this venture.

We still have more to say on the topics of technology and art, but we find ourselves with very limited time to do so in this format. Each of us will still have our FriendFeed profiles (see above) and we will continue to share information with the world that way.

Also, this blog will remain…and there is always the chance that we may post something — a blog or even a special podcast — at various points in the future. However, we decided that it was time to end the program before it suffers the fate of similar podcasts…one day, without explanation, it disappears.

We wanted to go out with something special and we feel this is worthy of a series finale.

Before we go, John and I would like to express our thanks to the guests we have had on the podcast since we first started doing this on December 13, 2006

And, finally, John and I would like to thank our listeners for the past two years. You made this all worthwhile.

And since it is that time of year, please have a safe and happy holiday season and wonderful new year!

Take care,
BK

(T+A #45) Technology and the Arts: 10/8/2008

(T+A #45) Technology and the Arts: 10/8/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including enhancements to TiVo, the Tekzilla podcast, the Netflix set-top box developed by Roku, and a Picasa Web Album update. Plus, we’ll discuss an RIAA setback and some digital music royalty decisions involving Pandora and iTunes. In addition, we discuss John’s recently stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 16 MB. Time: 34 min., 45 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #45

Note: Sorry for the delay in getting these Show Notes online…but better late than never…and Go Phillies!

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including enhancements to TiVo, the Tekzilla podcast, the Netflix set-top box developed by Roku, and a Picasa Web Album update. Plus, we’ll discuss an RIAA setback and some digital music royalty decisions involving Pandora and iTunes. In addition, we discuss John’s recently stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 16 MB. Time: 34 min., 45 sec.

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Here are some things John talked about:

  • Educause – Educause 2008, a conference dedicated to the use of information technology in higher education, will take place in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 28-31, 2008.
  • Presidium – An IT help desk solution that John checked out during a recent business trip to Kentucky.
  • Bella Vista Beverage – John visited this South Philly beer and soda distributor to help celebrate its grand reopening on Sunday, Oct. 5…
  • …and then John had his car stolen while he was there. If anyone sees a 2005 silver Toyota Sienna minivan — possibly still with the New Jersey plates on it — in the South Philly area, please contact us at technology.arts@gmail.com.
  • T-Mobile G1 – John talked more about this Google Android-powered phone from T-Mobile.
  • Garmin Nuvi – John had a good experience with this GPS device while on his trip to Kentucky.
  • The Aleuminati – The “not-so secret” society of beer drinkers.
  • Budweiser American Ale – John recently reviewed this latest offering from Budweiser…and he doesn’t think it’s all that bad.
  • Avery Brewing – At the other end of the beer spectrum from Bud’s American Ale are Avery’s The Maharaja and Salvation.
  • TiVo – John discusses a recent update to this fantastic technology.
  • Tekzilla – A Revision3 podcast hosted by Patrick Norton and Veronica Belmont.
  • Netflix Player by Roku – John talks about this set-top box that streams Netflix movies directly to your television.
  • Picasa 3 – Google has updated its Picasa Web Album and John likes the new features.
  • Neat Company – Simple, efficient paper scanning solutions.

Here are some things Brian talked about:

  • Philadelphia Phillies – Brian is completely preoccupied by his favorite sports team’s playoff run to the National League Championship Series.
  • Christian Beach – Brian plugs some upcoming shows by his friend Christian…October 23 at Triumph Brew Pub in Princeton, N.J.; October 29 at Triumph in Philadelphia, Pa.; and December 5 at Fergie’s Pub in Philly.
  • RIAA suffers legal setback – A federal judge in Minnesota threw out a $222,000 verdict against single mother Jammie Thomas, who had convicted of illegally sharing songs on a peer-to-peer file sharing service. The judge ordered a new trial. (Source: Information Week)
  • Congress passes webcasting bill – Both houses of Congress passed legislation that will help webcasters like Pandora and Live365 reach a deal on reasonable royalty rates with SoundExchange, the organization charged with collecting royalties from digital music. Read more here and here. (Sources: Pandora, AP via Google)
  • Royalty rate unchanged for iTunes, other download services – After Apple threatened to shut down the iTunes Music Store if royalty rates were increased, the Copyright Royalty Board decided to keep mechanical royalty rates (for songwriters and publishers) at 9.1¢ per download. There was speculation that the rate could increase to around 15¢ per download. (Source: Ars Technica)

(T+A #44) Technology and the Arts: 9/24/2008

(T+A #44) Technology and the Arts: 9/24/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including Tunecore, a service that helps independent musicians get their songs on iTunes and other online music stores; and a recent conference on digital music analysis held at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Plus, we discuss a new digital media licensing agreement and the G-1 from T-Mobile, the first phone to use Google’s Android mobile operating system…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 8 MB. Time: 16 min., 52 sec.