Posts Tagged ‘faq’

If you’re going to do a podcast, do it with some self-esteem

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Marco Arment looks at how just a few tweaks can polish a podcast from ‘two people on Skype’ into something with a bit more class and potential:

Just as blogs need sensible fonts, colors, layouts, and spacing to be comfortably readable, podcasts need to be listenable. And you can’t make easily listenable podcasts without at least basic equipment and production.

This doesn’t take tons of money and fancy equipment — it takes some cheap equipment, plus a bit of effort and caring about how your podcast sounds, just as you could make a few changes to your CSS in 2006 to make your blog a lot more readable.

Anyone in the podcasting space not already doing this should mark this as a ‘must read’ article.

Andy Baio and the one clause every founder should consider

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

As far as I know, this is a first. Major corporations don’t give back the original domains they acquired back to their founders, and Yahoo should be commended for it. It’d be nice to see this right-of-first-refusal become part of standard shutdown procedures.

This. And the history (so far?) of, over on Medium.

How to talk to the press at your next conference

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Peter Willington on PocketGamer echoing some fabulous advice to companies and employees looking to promote their company to the members of the press attending a conference:

A sales pitch is fine when I ask a question such as “what’s your game all about”, but when I’m digging for more information on inspirations, goals, process, or even how you plan on monetising it, speak to me like a normal person.

You aren’t Activision, so “we’re not talking about that right now” doesn’t make you sound like a professional, but it absolutely will colour my perception of you.

Why do developers still need ‘Windows Phone 101’ at a Unity session?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Windows Phone launched in October 2010. Windows Phone 8 launched in October 2012, arguably with a similar UI experience.

Given those time-frames, I’m astonished that Microsoft felt the need to spend twenty minutes during their presentation the Unity 2013 Developer Conference explaining what live tiles are, the integration in the People hub, and using ‘Kids Corner’. Assuming that the audience has no experience at all of Windows Phone probably says the wrong thing about the platform to the audience.

So what is this Apple eBook conspiracy anyway?

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Ars Technica have the best description of it I’ve seen. A bit of read, but it lays out thinking of the Judge in the case. what surprised me is that the law allows a ‘balance of probabilities’ view to be taken account, so there’s less of a requirement for a smoking gun to make a case.

The agency model (along with publisher-set but capped prices of $12.99 to $14.99) made it profitable enough for Apple to open its own e-book store—so long as Amazon’s prices went up, too. Apple thus devised a Most Favored Nation (MFN) clause in its contracts with publishers which “guaranteed that the e-books in Apple’s e-bookstore would be sold for the lowest retail price available in the marketplace,” Cote wrote. For the publishers to charge up to $14.99 for e-books on Apple’s iBooks store, they had to raise prices on Amazon’s Kindle store as well by collectively forcing Amazon to accept the agency model.

The MFN approach “eliminated any risk that Apple would ever have to compete on price when selling e-books, while as a practical matter forcing the Publishers to adopt the agency model across the board,” the judge wrote.

What if American Football was a video game?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Ahead of the Superbowl, Kotaku describing American Football as if it was computer game:

In Football, the two “coaches” each start the game with a deck of forty-five players. At any given time, they can use eleven of these players. During the turn-based phase, coaches can substitute any player if they see fit, for one they deem more suited to a situation…

“Downs” are “lives” in Football‘s battle system. If the offense can move the ball ten yards toward their goal within four downs, they get a “First Down”—a “continue.” Depending on the strength of the offensive team and their ability to navigate the other team’s defense, players might experience a thrilling sensation of scoring multiple first downs in a row, without ever seeing a second, third, or the dreaded “Fourth Down.”

Research in Motion is dead, long live BlackBerry

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

James Whatley rounds up some points about the BlackBerry 10 launch today. In summary…

Two phones, Android apps, terrible BBC appearance, Android apps (really), it’s “quite good”, RIM is now BlackBerry, and the NotAt3GSM meeting will have some samples for people to play with on Feb 28th.

I’m hopeful that a review unit will be on its way to Edinburgh, and I’ll let you know my thoughts when and if I have something substantive.

What Happens To Kickstarter’s 5% When A Project Fails?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Alright then Kickstarter, I’ll watch your merry dance around the subject on ‘what happens to the money if a project does not deliver’. It looks like you want to say ‘the money should be refunded‘ but are loathe to create a precedent. From the FAQ:

If you realize that you will be unable to follow through on your project before funding has ended, you are expected to cancel it. If your project is successfully funded, you are required to fulfill all rewards or refund any backer whose reward you do not or cannot fulfill. A failure to do so could result in damage to your reputation or even legal action by your backers.

I have one question. Kickstarter takes a 5% rake on every successful project. So let’s take the Ouya as a theoretical example. That picked up pledges totaling $8,596,475 and eared Kickstarter the best part of $430,000 in fees.

If Ouya fails, and refunds the money to those who pledged the project… will Kickstarter refund their 5%?

How to interview, Andrew Neil style

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Andrew Neil, to the Levenson Enquiry (pdf):

My job is simply to interview whoever is provided, usually by establishing what they believe then taking the exact opposite position. Sometimes it’s indicated that we should avoid a certain topic or only go in a certain direction – the price of the politician coming on. Since I do only live programmes it is easy to ignore such strictures and there is never (or rarely) any come back.

The real reason Ryanair are charging to go to the toilet

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Exhibit 1: Ryanair planning to provide adult entertainment through handheld devices on their aircraft.

Exhibit 2: Ryanair’s continued PR coup of getting ready to charge people to go to the toilet.

Exhibit 3: Profit!

Eurovision Podcast riding high in iTunes Chart

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Even after just a week in iTunes, The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast is gathering subscribers and recognition. It’s been bouncing around the performing Arts category and has, so far, peaked at number 6.

TUEP in iTunes

I’d always planned the first week of the Eurovision Podcast to deal with two issues – the first was to kick the tyres, get all the RSS feeds and directory listings sorted, and generally make sure it works before opening the taps up on the bigger shows.

The second issue was how to bring up to speed those people who are new to Eurovision, or perhaps just watch it out of habit once a year. The later podcasts are going to be a bit more specialised and in-depth, so I wanted to provide an entry route for those new to the Song Contest.

So “The Quick Guides to Eurovision” filled up the first with with an introduction to the show, discussions about the songs, the rules, scoring, and of course what is Political Voting. neatly covering the two issues highlighted above.

Now that everyone is at least in the same building in knowledge of the contest, the fun stuff really starts. Tomorrow will see me start the traditional forced fan march that is previewing each song… but I think I can bring some flair and excitement to that as well.

Stand by, Eurovision Juke Box Jury is just around the corner!

Eurovision 2010 Podcast: Scoring, Voting and Douze Points

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Scoring, Voting and Douze Points (MP3 5.6MB 5 minutes 57 seconds)
DOWNLOAD the podcast by right clicking on this link, or press play and listen in your browser.


The short guides to the Eurovision Song Contest section of the podcast continues with a look at how the Semi-Finals and the Grand Final select the winners. The mix of public voting (by SMS and phone votes) and a selected jury in each country worked well in the final last year. Now this style is going to be used in the semi finals for the first time.

But how does it really work? What other new rules have been brought in? When can you start voting for your chosen country? Let’s find out.

Stay up to date with The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast by subscribing using the RSS feed for all the shows, or Apple fans can use iTunes to get the show automatically downloaded to your computer.

Eurovision 2010 Podcast: An Introduction to Eurovision

Monday, April 26th, 2010

An Introduction to the Eurovision Song Contest (MP3 3.9 mb 4 minutes 9 seconds)
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And so it begins.

Here’s the first podcast for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It is unofficial, and if you want to get the official Eurovision line, then head over to , but I hope you’ll subscribe to this podcast for your regular hit of Eurovision throughout May, leading up to the Grand Final on May 29th.

In this episode, I take a quick overview of what the Eurovision Song Contest is all about – for fans of the contest this is old ground, but it’s a perfect primer if you want to know what it’s all about.

There’ll be more short guides to Eurovision this week, and next Monday will see the first “Juke Box Jury” of Eurovision as I invite fans and journalists to judge every single song in the contest. After that, live from the floor of Oslo, and anything could happen then!

The Unofficial Eurovision Podcast

So what’s different in Junior Eurovision (or why nobody ever scores nul points)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

With Junior Eurovision on this weekend, I thought I’d take some time each day this week to build up to one of the biggest children’s singing contest in the world. Today… what’s different between this Eurovision and the ‘Adult’ Eurovision that happens in May each year.


Who can sing?

Given the name of the contest it’s a children’s song competition, so they need to be between the age of 10 and 15. Those singing the song must also have written the song (but from last year adults can help them a little bit). Each song must have been selected through a live National Final unless there are exceptional circumstances.

What about the songs?

Unlike the adult Eurovision, the ‘national language’ rule is in effect here so each song must be sung in one of the official languages of the country being represented. It must also be between 2m 30s and 2m 45 s long.

How do I vote?

Given that “the internet” is not yet an official EBU member, only those people watching in the countries that have entered a song can take part in the televote – details on how they can do that will be on screen during the broadcast.

Perhaps I should set up a voting form here to be “the jury of the internet?”

How does the scoring work?

Exactly the same as this year’s adult Eurovision. Each country runs a televote, which makes up half of the score, with a jury making up the other half. The best placed song gets 12 points, then 10 points, 8, 7, 6 all the way down to one single point. Highest score at the end of the night wins.

Wouldn’t it be fun/awful if a kid scored nul points?

Yes it would, and something that would probably stigmatise someone for life. So the organisers, in a rare “let’s protect them from the harsh reality of music” automatically award everyone 12 points at the start of the contest just for turning up.

What do they win?

A trophy and a certificate. Thankfully in this economic climate the winners do not automatically host next year’s contest – it is bid for in a similar way to the Olympics.

How can I watch and enjoy this on Saturday?

It starts at Just put in 2015 CET (1915 in the UK, 1415 Eastern, 1115 Pacific) this Saturday, the 21st November. As to watching it, well, that’s where the Internet does come in useful. Come back here tomorrow, I’ll explain it all then!

Top Tips on Twitter for Smartphone Users

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Just finished up an article for All About Symbian for mobile phone users looking to get involved with Twitter on their handsets. In a “Top Lists” format and the headings were:

  • Why should I use Twitter… isn’t it silly?
  • Speak the language
  • Who should I follow [er, me!]
  • Using SMS to post to Twitter
  • Using SMS to receive Twitter updates
  • Read Twitter on the web
  • Alternative websites for reading Twitter
  • Uploading pictures to Twitter
  • Twitter apps for your Smartphone

For all the detail, you’ll need to read the article at All About Symbian.