Podcast 56 Mac 20 Questions – Knightwise

I am talking to another Belgian this time, who goes by the name of . He is a Mac fan boy, or not – as he said to me he has been accused of being one but he is probably more of a google slut that a Mac Fan Boy.

Whichever you think he is I am sure you will enjoy the interview because he is funny too.

Well yesterday I was at Podcamp Barcelona and I presented a session talking about how to get your podcast out in front of people, no point making them and not getting listened too.

Good to meet up with Chris and Ana who organised the Podcamp and they did a good job of it. This year it worked better by being set on one day rather than over 3 days as last year.

People were getting on the stage on time and the room was full. They had translation from English to Spanish seeing as some of the presenters were English, and that was a good thing for the audience.

I think the translator was able to understand my brummie accent and my use of colloquial language. I didn’t mean to make it difficult – honest !

My presentation was about how to promote your podcast  using social networking. During the presentation I asked how many of the audience were podcasters and out of a room full of people only 5 people put up their hands.

Mac20Q Podcast 54 Karen Sperling

karensperlingWhat was so great about talking with Karen was that she is into so many things, like myself she can’t stop herself being interested in a variety of interests. She has published a book called   which is available now as an eBook and will be going into print very shortly. It is not her first book either, as karen has written a number of manuals for the Application Painter or PainterX. Karen also is an artist and amazingly like the same styles of art as myself too. Both of us  really like the German expresionists, the surrealist and we both have an appreciation for the talent of Picasso.

You really must have a look at her . She is conveying a dream world as art and with them being in black and white it reminds me of the work by Giger the artist that created the creature in the movie Alien. Karen is having an exhibition this month of her art work and if you live near enough you are invited to go and have a look.

Karen also writes screen plays for movies and has a script for a romantic comedy, where does she find the time to do all these things?

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Writers20Q Podcast 6 Chris Graue

Chris Graue has a and has a film production web site called .  Chris likes to write collaboratively and has made some TV and film scripts.

He tells me that he though it would be a silly thing to do, to put up a novel on Twitter but says that it has improved his writing due to the constraints of getting it into 140 characters. The other thing is that it is hard to find the start of the novel, and harder the longer it gets, because Twitter puts up the last tweet at the top of the pile and you have to read from the oldest page to the newest and also from top to bottom.

Comedy is an area that Chris like working with and wants to work towards making TV and film scripts that get produced for public consumption, perhaps with him acting and directing the final work too.

Chris must be a bit shy because this is the picture he gave me of himself. I wonder why he is wearing crown, or is that just a funny punk hairstyle?

The Sponsor of the show is GoDaddy who I use for my domains and web hosting. It is a good place to get your own space online and the only thing that bugs me is the number of steps you have to take to get to the check out. Easy enough though to ignore all the extras and just get what you have on your order, a domain name and or some web hosting.
I have numerous domains bought at GoDaddy and all hosted on my hosting account which I have been using for at least 3 years. If you put in the code POD146 when you get to the checkout you will get a 10% discount on your order.

Chris also has a MySpace page called

How to set up a hosted WordPress Blog

As you know I love using WordPress. I have all my blogs running on WordPress because it is the best blogging software out there. Not only that I have all my domains and hosting through GoDaddy, What is good about this is that to get the initial installation of the WordPress software done you can do it through GoDaddy hosting Connection. Here is a video showing you step by step how to set it up. Most of the work is done for you by GoDaddy and all you have to do is to put in a few names and passwords.

Use the code POD146 when you buy your domains and your hosting from Godaddy and you can have a 10% discount.

Mac20Q Podcast 49 James Topping

James Topping
I am loving doing this podcasting because I get to talk to a whole pile of excellent people. In this podcast I was talking with James Topping who lives in Liverpool but has the sense to be an Everton fan. I like blue what can I say??

He tells me what he does with his Macs and about how they get commandeered by his children. Not sure I believe that though, the evidence on his Mac Book Pros suggests he is a TellyTubbies fan.

James is keen to upgrade his computers one by one and has a notion that upgrading in time for Snow Leopard will be a good idea seeing as Snowy will be leaving behind the Power PC users. It had to happen at some point in time. Apple is a forward looking company and will not let itself be hampered by the legacy stuff, in the same way as Microsoft is held back by that sort of backwards compatibility issues.

In my ramble I talk about why I am pleased to have Godaddy onboard as a sponsor. I use the service and have done for a long time so it is the first name on my lips when I am asked about web hosting and domain names. With the installation service of applications like WordPress, Joomla, Wikis, Forums, and things like photo sites it makes it very easy.

The only thing I don’t like is the way they like to up sell you on all of the steps you go through to get to paying for your purchases. Not a problem if you know what you want, although the default option is always no to the upgrades, so you can’t get tricked into buying more. if you want to get hosting and you want my help then let me know and I can guide you through it step by step on Skype or IM.

Mac20Q New Sponsor – Godaddy

New Sponsor for Mac 20 Questions I am really pleased to announce that I have new sponsorship for Mac 20 Questions and best of  all, it is with the web hosting company I have been using and have been happy with, relying on them for my web hosting and domain names. I use the deluxe hosting which allows me unlimited domains on the hosting and as you know I have quite a few domains that have to have a home. There are enough databases available for me to have WordPress installations on each of the domains.

At they even do the installation of the WordPress or whichever thing you want to use, from a long list of applications, blogging, photo hosting, wikis, and more. I have been delighted to have it work really easily for me with .

The only thing that bugs me a little is that it can take quite few clicks to get to the checkout as they try to upsell you at every stage. I have got used to that and just take what I want anyway, at least they don’t try to trick you. I have had a couple of questions for them during the approx five years I have been a customer and the support was good. I got answers very quickly. So no worries there.

I have seen a number of podcasts try out a web based hosting service and I just took a look at the prices and there is no comparison.  With the  Deluxe plan you can have unlimited domains on the hosting compared to just one domain on this other service. Even the most expensive plan with  them you will find restrictions. So take it from me that really makes sense if you are serious about running a web site or more than one web site.

I recommend putting on WordPress and using a template like Atahulapa which is highly configurable. You don’t have to blog with it even if though it is blogging software.

One last thing to mention here is that the prices are right too. I can even tell you that you can get an extra 10% discount if you use the code Pod146 at the check out.