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Is gossip a form of workplace violence?

by Ipsenol In reply to Is gossip a form of workp ...
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Is gossip a form of workplace violence?

by oneamazingwriter In reply to Is gossip a form of workp ...

<p>I view gossip as murder through character assassination. That helps to keep my tongue under control.</p>
<p>When gossip comes to me about myself I have several ways of dealing with it.</p>
<p>I. If it's true then there's no reason to be angry.</p>
<p>2. If it's not true, then it's quite possibly true of the person instigating it. I apply the old rule of one finger points out and three point back at me to the other party. I learn sometimes more than I feel the need to know about other people through listening about false statement made about me.</p>
<p>3. If I am greatly annoyed, I go directly to the person in question and state that I have heard what he/she said. Those who have only one commandment (Thou Shalt Not Get Caught) sometimes have difficulty with that, but the problem was theirs to begin with.</p>
<p>4. Most often my response is, "Wow! That could be true of me, and it isn't! Lucky me!"</p>
<p>5. I keep in mind that no matter how backward it might seem, another person considers my life and business more important than his/her own. On a good day, I take the compliment and run with it. </p>
<p>6. Gossip is rejection and rejection is a freeing thing. It lets me know who not to confide in so that I don't waste my time and emotional energy in dead end relationships.</p>

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The "nuts" and bolts of podcasting

by Beth Blakely In reply to Musings on the TR Communi ...

Pssssssssst. Want to hear a secret?<br />
<br />
I've been assigned to think about podcasting and how it might become a
part of the TR Community experience. I'm really excited about the
prospect and have a lot of ideas. I could also really use your help in
two ways:<br />
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First, help me with the essentials. What advice can you provide for
really nailing the level of sound quality to create a great podcast?<br />
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Secondly, how can we avoid being one of the many "nuts" who're
podcasting right now? And do we want to avoid that altogether? We have
some very straightforward ideas about shows, and then there's the
little-bit-zany segment that we always like to throw in for
entertainment value.<br />
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Please feel free to comment and provide any preferences, hints, tricks,
opinions, etc. I'd really appreciate it. I promise to keep you up to
date on when you can start hearing my southern drawl in full audio.<br />

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by davemori In reply to The "nuts" and bolts of p ...

<p>We've been doing some podcasting on an experimental basis.</p>
<p>First thing I would suggest is that you look at Steve Jobs' MacWorld 2006 Demo (his MacWorld Keynote Speech) posted to Apple Computer's web site. This will give you an idea of how to do it quickly on a shoestring budget.</p>
<p>Audio and even video quality is not really a big issue for these reasons:</p>
<p>1. Nearly all the tools will capture at an appropriate level of quality.  </p>
<p>2. QuickTime and MPEG4 will scale to different device limitations.  Develop once.  Don't worry as much about the device limitations.</p>
<p>3. When you are doing Podcasting, you are, by definition, broadcasting to iPods, which support high quality MPEG Audio Layer 3 and MPEG4 through the QuickTime codecs.   MPEG4 was based upon the QuickTime file formats.</p>
<p>Content is everything, if you want top avoid being yet another podcaster.  To be compelling, you have to base it upon compelling themes to targeted audiences.  Decide if this is audio only, or audio with video.  The most popular areas of TR content should be the candidates for PodCasting.</p>
<p>Keep podcasts VERY FOCUSED in subject topic, and with more or less defined in LENGTH, just like episodes of a TV or Radio show.  Better to create six, faster moving 15 minute or 30-minute podcast shows than one 1.5 hour or 3-Hour podcast show.</p>
<p>Don't try to bite off too large a topic, solve world hunger, end all wars, etc.  If your show includes a moderated panel of experts, make sure that you have a VERY strong moderator who will stick to scripts, subjects, time limitations, etc. and also take the time to identify who is speaking at any given time.</p>
<p>Tech podcasts tend to be more understandable when you tie them to web page content.  There comes a point when you are talking about architecture, design, routers, security, etc. that you have to put up a meaningful diagram or PowerPoint type slide.   Get UI or graphics design type people who are good at doing diagrams that explain technical info in an instantly understandable manner.</p>
<p>Website material has to COMPLEMENT and SUPPLEMENT the podcast content.  There needs to be more on the web page than just the podcast link windows.</p>
<p>Drawls and foreign accents are OK as long as people enunciate well and speak understandably.  We had an expert from Texas who spoke with such a thick drawl that he was almost completely unintelligable.  Not a good podcast.  We had a similar issue with experts from Russia and India.  </p>
<p>People who write well do not necessarily equate to those who speak well.   Technogeeks often tend to ramble in answering a question. Better to have someone who speaks shortly and concisely in a lively voice, who then REFERS the listener to detailed content, diagrams and explanations on the web site.</p>
<p>Moderators and reporters and participants need to avoid thinking that they are Nancy Grace, Geraldo Rivera, Jerry Springer, Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, etc.  There is enough reality junk on TV and Radio.  </p>
<p>The technical Podcast is best as a Kiosk, not a place of controversy.  It is not a forum to vent your own political opinions or biases about which platform or OS is best.  People come to sites like TR to get practical info and answers to help get themselves out of messes.  If all they get is controversy and opinionated platform/OS bigots, you will have become just another "nut" doing podcasting.</p>
<p>Get people who are prepared to give well thought out, practical advice and information, and not deliver judgmental and polemic opinions as to what is best or what someone should be standardizing upon.</p>
<p>Looking forward to hearing your drawl as long as it is understandable.</p>
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by Beth Blakely In reply to The "nuts" and bolts of p ...

Dave,<br /><br />Thanks so much for the great advice! I promise to e-nun-ci-ate. :-)<br />

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by Mike Assel In reply to The "nuts" and bolts of p ...

I have to take exception with a previous statement:  <strong>"3. When you are doing Podcasting, you are, by
definition, broadcasting to iPods, which support high quality MPEG
Audio Layer 3 and MPEG4 through the QuickTime codecs.   MPEG4 was based
upon the QuickTime file formats."</strong>  This is the Wikipedia definition of podcast:  <strong>Podcasting is the distribution of audio or video files, such as radio programs or music videos, over the </strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet" title="Internet">internet</a><strong> using either </strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_%28file_format%29" title="RSS (file format)">RSS</a><strong> or </strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_%28standard%29" title="Atom (standard)">Atom</a><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_syndication" title="Web syndication">syndication</a><strong> for listening on mobile devices and personal computers.</strong>  As you can see, the ipod is not mentioned anywhere.  Podcasting is simply an RSS feed that is an audio file (usually MP3), rather than text. It's a common misconception that a podcast is synonymous with ipod.  This is not the case.  One of the earlier implentations of the podcast was a script that downloaded the RSS (audio) feed and passed it to iTunes for later transfer to the iPod.  All this information can be found in the Wikipedia article of Podcast.  So, not that it's a big deal, but don't target your production of podcasts to the iPod.  You want to make your content available to the widest possible audience on the widest platform of hardware.  <br /><br />I basically agree with the other points.  I come from an audio visual background, so I know something about audio.  This statement is true in all life:  You get what you pay for.  You can use the crappy little $10 mic that plugs right into your crappy little soundcard.  But it will sound like, you know.  On the flip side, you don't have to use studio quality microphones and mixers.  You have to strike a balance between price and quality.  Just remember this, the better the sound quality of the podcast, the more the percieved overall quality.  <br />

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by IT cowgirl In reply to The "nuts" and bolts of p ...

<p>I think this is an excellent idea!! Be sure and allow the podcasts to be easily downloaded to computers for those of us who use the laptop as their MP3 player, DVD player, IPod, etc.</p>
<p>I agree that these should be technical, but we also enjoy the zany entertainment. I also agree with the first reply that the podcast should be accompanied by dowload documentation on the topic.</p>
<p>As far as your southern drawl, it would be heaven! I am a Texan stuck in Yankeeland! Luckily I have my copies of King of the Hill up here with me!</p>
<p>Hope to see some podcast on TR! Have fun!</p>

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by trhansen In reply to The "nuts" and bolts of p ...

<p> I scan multiple news and info. sites and have found that the 'casts I go back to all have sub-headings that let me jump to the interesting parts and skip the sections I'm not interested in. </p>

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by theisey In reply to The "nuts" and bolts of p ...

<p>This is an excellent idea.  I would recommend that you look at content that's already out there and then figure out how to differentiate yourself from the others.  I'll use two examples that are at opposite ends of the spectrum.  </p>
<p>CIO magazine has some management podcasts by John Baldoni that are short, focused, and to the point.  They cover one topic with good advice in less than five minutes.  </p>
<p>Leo Laport and his "This Week in Tech" podcasts are at the other end - These podcasts are much longer, ramble, and cover many subjects.  It's informative and often fun, though I don't have a chance to listen to them in one sitting very often.  The main attractions for me are  that I like Leo and he often has IT luminaries as guest speakers.</p>
<p>Both podcasts work for me, though I listen to the CIO podcasts much more often because they are short.  They do have a few things in common - </p>
<ol>
<li>They are easy to understand and have clear audio.  </li>
<li>They use music or sound cues for transitions.  </li>
<li>They have introductions telling me who's speaking.  </li>
<li>They provide me with information I can grasp while walking or driving and they keep that information interesting.</li>
<li>They provide updates fairly regularly.  </li></ol>
<p>The TR podcasts that would interest me the most would be subjects that don't depend on relating code or diagrams - For example, <a href="http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-1009_11-6036812-2.html">http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-1009_11-6036812-2.html</a> would be an ideal candidate, but one telling me how to configure Zone Alarm probably would not.  Duplicating written content is encouraged!</p>
<p>Topics that interest me:</p>
<ol>
<li>security & sys admin</li>
<li>management (team level or above)</li>
<li>IT Trends & news</li>
<li>Career development & enhancement </li>
<li>Web development (usability, technology, and more)</li></ol>
<p>This is a great idea and I look forward to listening!</p>

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