Shorter than some, longer than many, my 1 hour commute to and from work each day used to be down time. Over the last three or four years, I’ve found that podcasts are a good way to fill the time. Scott Hanselman has just posted Hanselman’s Super Karate Death Car List of .NET and Software Podcasts and suggested that others do the same … here’s what occupies my commute.
The tech industry moves so fast that one could easily be left in the dust. Listening to podcasts that relate to my job, or to the jobs of people I work with, helps me keep up.
In many ways the granddaddy of them all, .NET Rocks predates the term podcast itself. Sometimes silly, sometimes frustrating, but always worth the listen, even if you’re not a full time .NET developer.
Shorter and punchier than .NET Rocks, Scott Hanselmans own podcast is often a good overview of a topic, giving me enough information to know whether I want to know more, and if I do, where to look.
All the software I write has to be deployed to production systems looked after by IT Professionals – listening to RunAsRadio helps me to understand what is important to them. Plus, it’s interesting stuff.
Some podcasts I listen to just for fun.
A show about the entire universe – what do we know, how do we know it, what don’t we know – and how might we find out. Fascinating.
More or Less
A radio show from the BBC, More or Less looks into the numbers behind the news – showing the truth behind misquoted statistics and how people (mis)interpret numbers.
Windows Weekly is a weekly discussion with Paul Thurrott on all things Microsoft.
This Week in Tech is one of the front runner podcasts from the desk of Leo Laporte. TWiT is a weekly roundup of tech news and views.
Steve Mirsky presents an interesting weekly show on the latest developments in science. The weekly segment Totally Bogus is fun to listen to and to try and answer correctly.
These I listen to because I just might learn something useful. They’re also fun and entertaining.
Get It Done Guy<p Useful advice and commentary from Stever Robbins, the Get It Done Guy has tips on personal productivity and organisation. </p>
Being able to communicate clearly and well is essential – even for someone like me who spends most of his time in Visual Studio, not Word. Listening to Grammar Girl helps me improve my writing so that what’s on the page more closely reflects what I wanted to say.