Sunday, November 26, 2006

Bored of reading stuff on the Internet?

Are you bored of reading stuff on the Internet? Especially with your eyes? Let your eyes rest while you let your ears... READ! That's right, you let your ears read... not listen, but read!

Say hi, to podcasts.

Well, contrary to popular belief, you don't need an iPod or any MP3 player. You don't need any special podcasting software. Podcast are shared as RSS feeds and almost any of the latest RSS readers can let you listen to them. Internet Explorer 7 has a built in RSS feed reader, and podcast have links to MP3 files of the podcasts. Clicking on them will open them in your favorite media player (Windows Media Player, for example). Maxthon, my favorite browser, embeds a small player on the bottom of it's built-in RSS feed reader which is effectively web-embed version of Windows Media Player.

The only reason you should be using a software dedicated to podcasts is that you need to download several feeds and store them in your MP3 player/iPod and listen to them when you jog, go to work, or go to school. I don't like that as it's much of a hazzle. It's more convenient for me to listen in my computer, so Maxthon Browser does the job for me.

As you may have guessed, I have the RSS feed reader on the left of my Maxthon Browser as I am typing this on the right. The reader is playing one podcast I have found. Oh, on a side-note even Firefox has an RSS reader, but I'm unsure about podcast capabilities. If it can't play the podcast itself, I'm sure it can at least open the podcast in your favorite media player.

So you have either your browser with built-in RSS reader, or have a reader/podcast software. Where do you get the podcasts from? To start with, go to http://www.podcastalley.com (PodcastAlley). There are over 26,000 podcasts in this website, and with a bit of browsing I'm sure you'll find a podcast to your taste. I found three (names are linked to feed URLs): 1 Year Daily Audio Bible, Good Night, The Bored-Again Christian.

That's it. Enough reading this with your eyes. Time to let them rest, and let your ears take over!

2 comments:

  1. Yeah buddy. Thanks for the nod.

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  2. WOW! How did you manage to find my post? This is so cool!!!

    Just Pete is the author of Bored Again Christian... one of my favorite podcasts.

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