Don’t forget your Tech Rescue Kit

This time of year many of us travel home to visit family. If you’re the least bit of a techie, you’ll likely be called in to help someone diagnose some sort of computer problem — hopefully not very serious. But if Uncle Billy’s computer ‘just stopped working’ and you know you’re going to be spending an evening there, you can bet you’ll be asked to ‘just take a look at it, you’re so good with computers it won’t take you long to figure it out.’ The next thing you know you’re plopped in front of the system, waiting for it to go through a virus laden bootup while wistfully remembering that hot rum toddy you left by the fireplace. …more



This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techblog. Check out the full post here.


How to synchronize your podcast feeds on many computers

A friend recently asked me if I knew of a way to synchronize his podcasts (using iTunes) on multiple computers.

Initially I had no idea, but then I remembered PodNova.

Aside: I’ve since learned that iTunes supports OPML import / export, but still think PodNova is the better way to go — online centralized repository of all your podcast feeds VS saving and moving OPML files between computers.

I’d written about it a few years ago when I was looking into a text-to-speach solution for my blog: How to convert your blog post into a podcast.

Basically, PodNova is a service that you use to subscribe to all of your podcasts. Or, you can stream your podcasts directly to your computer (or mobile device: iPhone, iPod Touch, etc).

But, if you want to keep all your computers synchronized, you simply point  your iTunes subscription at ‘your personalized’ RSS podcast feed. Done.

The result is that you now have one feed to remember, but that feed now contains ALL your podcast subscriptions. All you have to do is subscribe to your PodNova feed, sit back, and enjoy your podcasts. Once per computer.