Assignment 9: Podcasts

Keeping in touch with news about technology

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This week, please listen to the following podcast, then answer the questions below in your post, written in the form of a critique/review of the podcast.

Finally, using,, or whatever digital audio recording method you prefer, please record your critique, put it online, and put a link to your audio at the end of your post. Keep the review short and sweet, not exceeding a minute or two at most. Answers to the questions should be a sentence or two. If you use the WordPress shortcode method, you can include a player right inside your post. This is how I embedded the audio below.

Remember that you can use to store your audio, or you can use Soundcloud to both record and store it. If you have problems or questions, please call me at 609 553 9498.

All About Android

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Click the play button below to listen now.

  1. What is this show about?
  2. Who are the hosts, and what are they known for?
  3. What was the most interesting story for you in the show?
  4. Of what value is this show to organizations?
  5. Would you listen to the show again?
  6. If you were to make a podcast, what might the content be about?

Assignment 8: When Patents Attack! (This American Life)

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Assignment (edited):

Please listen to the following radio show, produced by WBEZ Chicago‘s and Public Radio International’s This American Life, on the topic of software patents, and answer the questions below in your weekly post. This assignment is ready to complete, all edits are final. (part one is optional, and can be heard at

In addition to using the template to help you to make a great response, also please note your understanding of copyright, creative commons, patents, public domain, the TEACH act, the DMCA, and open source licensing methods.

  1. Were the interviewers performing an illegal act since they were interviewing the patent holder for a podcast?
  2. Why did the patent holders not have a definitive number for licensing the patent?
  3. Why are patent lawsuits on the rise?
  4. Is Nathan Myhrvold a “Patent Troll”? What is a Patent Troll, in the common understanding?
  5. Why are the offices of Software Rights Archive, Bullet Proof Technology of Texas, Jellyfish Technology of Texas and others empty?
  6. What was Peter Detkin‘s inspiration for the coining of the phrase “Patent Troll” as a fitting metaphor?
  7. Do you believe that Chris Crawford does not know what an apostrophe s means?
  8. Why is Nick Desaulniers worried about starting a new business saving lives?
  9. How might patents (and their trolls) negatively affect your ability to innovate in your work?


Assignment 7: Social Media Dashboards

A segment of a social network

Choose 2 social network dashboard solutions

from the ones that we reviewed, set up accounts in them, and then add RSS feeds, social networks, or other curated content to them. Note that RSS feeds are often advertised, but you might also search on the phrase “name of site rss feed” to discover them. e.g. Search for New York Times RSS Feed

Then answer the following questions with help from our template:

  1. What insights did you gain about your personal or organizational brand from the dashboard. What are you able to more easily discern?
  2. What is the business benefit of tools like these? How can you help to define or shape brand with these tools?
  3. Do some simple google searches on yourself, your organization, and your industry. If you knew nothing about these topics, and had only the search results to go on, what would you find from these results? How does your determination change from the social media dashboards’ curated search engine?

Incredibly important: Virtual meeting next week (10/20)

Hi all. Check your email!

I will be in Wisconsin at a funeral next Tuesday during our class time. In the interest of both keeping our classes going and introducing you to an incredibly important technology set, I am going to meet with you by Google Hangouts.

Here is Google’s explainer video about Hangouts:

A Google account is required, and we will have to accept the ability to chat with each other, and you will need a phone or laptop with at video capability. Your phone will be easiest, but the desktop will be most comfortable and stable. You should be on WiFi if by phone and plugged in if by laptop/desktop.

Here is a more detailed overview by Paul Charron:

Since I do not want you to figure this all out on the day of class or, worse, during class, I would like to do a one-minute test with you each individually to make sure you understand and allow the connection.

Please use my personal scheduling tool at to arrange a time for a one-minute test. Attendance is mandatory, as per a typical class.