One of my favorite Podcasts at the moment is from Geek News Central, I find it has just the right amount of news, opinion and personality with the shows host Todd Cochrane sharing bits of his personal life (where relevant(ish)) with his audience… Anyway, he played a promo on his July 12th 2005 podcast which referenced an open source podcatcher which installs on your USB memory key.
Anyway, I’ve since headed over to the MyPodder site and downloaded their version 0.3 beta which has since installed quite happily on a spare 256MB USB key that I’ve recently freed up after getting a nice new Kingston 256MB key as part of a team day here at work. In summary:
- The MyPodder site is fairly basic, but I’d rather they spend time on developing good robust applications than eye candy – so well done there.
- The installation is basically “Unzip the download to the root of your USB Key” which is fine
- The application lacks some of the niceties which I’d hope will appear in future versions such as importing XML files from other podcatching applications
So, all in all – it’s looking fine from the first cut, I’ll probably be back to this post to update my impressions after a while – one change I’ve already made is changing the launch batch file to make the last line read “
call podcatcher.exe” which I hope will get rid of the current DOS window which appears looking like this:
STARTING PODCATCHER ON A STICK …. please wait
You can close this ugly window
after the podcatcher had started.
I’ve also changed line 1 to read “
@Echo Off” just to make that first bit invisible too 😉
I’m also having a quick google as a background task to see if I can develop an Autorun file so All I need to is plug in the USB key and the application will automagically start.
Nice effort, worth a look for those of you who want to take podcasts from machine to machine (I just want to be able to save state so I don’t re-listen to content and be able to archive/purge stuff I’ve already consumed).