Some tech podcasts

This is a short list of tech podcasts I try to pay attention to.

All of the following are workplace and family safe, although courtesy may require you still listen to them with headphones (or after hours if you’re at a bandwidth challenged site).

First, check out these two YouTube channels: Red Hat’s Videos and Red Hat Summit for technical training and conference videos.

TechSNAP, a/k/a “Jupiter Broadcasting’s weekly Systems, Network and Administration Podcast“, is often entertaining but always illuminating. The hosts do a good job of reinforcing system administration best practices and highlighting solutions to difficult problems. Probably the second most technical podcast you’ll listen to outside of an audio feed from a FreeBSD or Red Hat conference.

BSD Now is the most technical podcast you’ll find. The fact that it focuses on BSD Unix is incidental (the FreeBSD project already has the best technical documentation of any operating system ever published), since all of the concepts discussed apply across all open source operating platforms. Like TechSNAP, this one provides detailed technical information for solutions to difficult problems.

Mike Tech Show. Mike Smith is probably the nicest guy in the tech universe. He’s a former corporate network manager who remade himself as a small business systems consultant. The O/S focus is mostly on Windows, but the real value here is in seeing how he gets things done and builds relationships with his clients.

Tech Vets. Mike Smith and Carey Holzman on running a computer repair/consulting business. Again, mostly Windows-centric but still invaluable for its focus on the running of a tech business.

GE Geek. Not a podcast, but a terrific tech reference site with thousands of (often heavily annotated) links to useful information.

Linux Luddites. Their motto is “Not all change is progress” and the opening line to each episode is “Hello, welcome to Linux Luddites, the show where we try all the latest free and open source software, and then decide we like the old stuff better”. I find this podcast a lot of fun, especially in that they usually wind up affirming my own views (something we all need from time to time).

Some WordPress oriented resources:

WP Watercooler. This is a half-hour, entirely undiscipled, free for all Google Hangout-cast with a motley crew of contributors from across the WordPress consulting landscape. It can be hard to follow if you’re not paying careful attention, but there’s usually at least one insight passed along in each show to make watching worthwhile (this is one you probably should watch, the visual cues make it a bit easier to follow than just listening to the audio would).

The Dradcast. This is kind of the pop star of the WordPress podcast world. Not always enlightening, but there’s a huge back catalogue of episodes that are worth cherry-picking for useful information.

Your Website Engineer. None of the WordPress podcasts I’ve found are really that technical, and this one is no exception (let’s face it, there really aren’t any WordPress resources that are). But there are a few important reasons to listen in, and to trawl the archives. First, there’s the proverbial “news of the week” segment that provides a summary of what has been happening lately in the WordPress ecosystem. Second, its a great resource to point non-admin colleagues or clients to for background in not only on WordPress, but also the system administration best practices, you wish they already followed. For me, that’s worth the price of admission alone.

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