News items for tag podcasting - Koos van den Hout

2012-05-22 (#)
My "Dutch language lesson" was used in Chub Creek episode 100 (mentioned before). So here is the original of the language lesson, it's a simple language lesson this time: just the word "winkel" (shop).
Listen to audio attachment:
MP3 media: Dutch language lesson 5 for Chub Creek (rightclick, select save-as to download)

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2012-05-20 (#)
Recently I've been doing some audio recording again for Chub Creek and this does scratch an age-old itch of me: making radio. The first audio cassette I made is filled with a "radio show" I taped with friends at primary school, when I was 9 or 10 years old. I need to digitize that tape and hope I can recover some of that. This itch for 'making radio' comes back from time to time, and the whole podcasting movement was a trigger to look closely again, with the options for recording and editing sound now available to anyone with a computer with a decent sound card.

So I try to find time to record some audio. And I bought some equipment to help record: first a Sennheiser headset with microphone. Later a Behringer Podcastudio with microphone, mixer, headphones and usb audio interface which also helps digitize my audio cassettes. A simple microphone arm was added to help the microphone being in the right place for me. And a microphone pop filter because the dynamic microphone needs me to be quite close and I want to avoid too much breathing and plopping noises.

I do look at nicer equipment from time to time (studio microphone with shockmount, small microphone with cover to record outside, more channels mixer..) but I intent to not invest in audio equipment until I feel more comfortable recording my own voice. That is one issue I have, I start to talk too fast and stumble over my own words when the recording is running. Which is where I need to learn how much I need to write down. Complete scripts word-for-word result in too fast speaking. Writing down nothing results in too much uh and eh or completely losing the idea of what I was going to tell. So, the right amount of script is still to be determined. And I need to practice, which is why I try to get more involved in podcasts and other recording projects.

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2012-05-15 (#)
It's Chub Creek episode number 100! Congratulations on making it to a round one hundred! Lots of memories from Chub Creek past. Ed and Ethel show up! Darkspeed tries the future of coffee... And yes, I'm in it too, with another Dutch language lesson.

Chub Creek 100 - A Tale of Two Creeks

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2012-04-30 (#)
The dink is back! New episodes of Chub Creek, my favourite Canadian podcast!

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2011-05-10 (#)
Zojuist gepost in xs4all.general naar aanleiding van shortiezzz: Nieuwe column over hoe topprovider XS4ALL mij de afgelopen dagen bruuskeerde en dupeerde. Zie: www.GoHansBrinker.com. Waar John Piek beschrijft hoe de xs4all podcast dienst ineens opgeheven bleek te zijn:
Subject: podcast.xs4all.nl opgeheven: communicatie 0
Newsgroups: xs4all.general

Blijkbaar is podcast.xs4all.nl opgeheven. Nu had ik daar ooit een account
op aangemaakt 'om eens te proberen' maar nooit echt iets mee gedaan, dus
geen ramp voor mij.

Maar de vermoedelijk grootste gebruiker wist ook van niks, zie
http://www.gohansbrinker.com/

Wat me vooral tegenvalt van xs4all is de communicatie: afwezig. Nergens een
aankondiging, geen optie voor gebruikers om eventueel hun content veilig te
stellen als ze die niet meer op andere plekken hadden.

Ja, het was een experimentele dienst. Maar dan nog kan je het netter
afsluiten dan 'oh ja het staat nu uit'.

                                               Koos
Ik moet een beetje denken aan de rants van Jason Scott over het einde van Geocities en andere Yahoo diensten. Alleen hadden hierbij mensen helemaal geen kans om hun content eventueel veilig te stellen of op tijd te melden dat ze ergens anders gingen hosten.

Voor de zoekenden: de shorties FM rss feed woont nu op http://podcast.shorties.nl/rss.xml.

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2011-03-20 (#)
I recorded a podcast narrating an experiment in telephony and blueboxing.

Via the blog linked to the history of phone phreaking I found about an audio art project dedicated to Joybubbles, one of the oldest phone phreaks. This audio art is available in style, via the telephone. On a phone number in New York city: country code 1, number 718-362-9578.

I can call this as an international call, which will cost me, but with the current competition on prices for phone calls that isn't too big a deal.

But there is a better way. More in style. Combining the modern technology of Voice over IP with old-school phone phreaking.

Listen to me setting up the call via voip and ProjectMF in the US and blueboxing it from there to New York. But with permission from the owner of ProjectMF.

Websites mentioned in this podcast:

Yes, quality of the recording isn't great. The setup with a speakerphone generates lots of echo. And I need to work on my presentation.
Listen to audio attachment:
MP3 media: Telephony and blueboxing (rightclick, select save-as to download)

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2011-03-03 (#)
I tested saving all traffic from a SIP phone using tcpdump and extracting the audio using wireshark. This works fine, which means I can record a call for a podcast project I'm working on (writing the script, working on technical details). Watch this space for updates...

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2010-11-04 (#)
And I promised the no-bed version too of Dutch language lesson #4. All audio editing and mixing done with audacity.

Audio credits for this version:

Listen to audio attachment:
MP3 media: Dutch language lesson 4 (nobed version) (rightclick, select save-as to download)

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2010-11-03 (#)
My previous remarks about doing audio work and one system reinstalled with audio editing in mind had a good reason: I was working on audio for a podcast. Not my own, but a guest role in "First Life" with a Dutch language lesson. I numbered it number 4 because there may or may not have been 3 earlier lessons used in the Chub Creek podcast.

But after I recorded my stuff I never heard anything about it being actually used. As you can see the First Life podcast is on long hiatus so I guess it isn't working out.

So here is what I recorded. It's available in two versions, one with the music bed and one without as I'm still not too happy about the effect of the music bed.

A music bed is the background music (usually something light drum-like) you hear on the radio when the DJ is talking (or when the DJ takes a breath). US definitions of music bed (and english wikipedia) seem to focus more on use of music in the background of radio commercials.

Audio credits:
Listen to audio attachment:
MP3 media: Dutch language lesson 4 (rightclick, select save-as to download)

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2010-09-26 (#)
In the news: VoIP hacker sentenced to 10 years - The Register and Hacker Gets 10 Years for $1.4 Million Internet Theft - BusinessWeek. From the businessweek article:
Pena was an unauthorized wholesaler of Internet-based phone services who sold more than 10 million minutes at deep discounts to customers, he admitted when he pleaded guilty. He hacked into computer networks such as one owned by IDT, a Newark-based telecommunications company, to route customer calls, he said.
These damages from VoIP fraud make me think there is probably a lot more fraud and resulting damages in those regular SIP scans I notice in the Asterisk server logs.

Secure those servers, audit the logs, set limits for your costs. VoIP infrastructure is a target for attacks and fraud.

Also sent as audio comment to Blue Box VoIP security podcast.
Listen to audio attachment:
MP3 media: Audio comment: Edwin Andres Pena sentencing (rightclick, select save-as to download)

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