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The Java Podcasters, Part 2
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3. Do you have a specific idea of how you want the show to work, or do you think you'll find your way as you go along?

I described some of the ideas I have right now in the answer to your previous question. I am very open to suggestions, so I may shape the show according to the feedback I get from the listeners. At any case I'd like to keep it relatively short (15 minutes), because I prefer shorter podcasts myself. The content may change as the show evolves; one of the possibilities is to get more people on board, but I haven't tried to lure anyone yet.

4. What do you think of programmer-oriented podcasts in general? Are there others you listen to?

I think they're very useful--they can help people learn about new technologies very effectively. I think of it it as the next level of blogging. There are a lot of people who are too lazy to read (including myself), so it's nice to listen to the news presented in a very personal way. So, I definitely would like to see more such podcasts appearing, especially around Java.

I listen to Java Posse--I like the show especially because its creators are from different companies: Sun, Google and New Energy Associates. That means you get more diverse opinions about what's happening around Java. The other podcast I listen to regularly is This Week in Tech, which is a great show about technology, mostly from the consumer perspective.

5. How has the initial feedback been?

It's been very nice. Nobody told me to stop with it (grins). I get e-mails from people asking me to talk about some topic, or some of them just drop an e-mail to say they enjoyed to show and that I should keep it up. This kind of feedback encourages me to put the energy into creating the podcast--it takes some time to gather the news and prepare it in a structured way. I want the podcast to be a two-way medium, so I appreciate all feedback, including negative feedback (which nobody has dared to send me so far).

6. How do you put your show together? Do you use any Java tools to create or serve it?

First, I go through all the interesting news, blogs, e-mails, articles and other sources of information to pick up what I think is the most exciting. Then I jot down some comments so that the show has some structure--you know, I'm not a native English speaker, so I prefer to prepare than to improvise. I would have too many "umms" in the show without proper preparation.

As for the tools, I will disappoint you: I don't use any Java tools. I use an open source product called Audacity whose recent beta was enriched by some nice tools for podcasting. The MP3's are served on a typical server for web hosting, and I use FeedBurner so the podcast will be available for people with iTunes, Juice, and such.

7. Is there anything else you'd like to say about the show?

Only that I recommend people to check out its feed. I am always happy for feedback, so if you have any, send it to

DrunkAndRetired - Charles Lowell and Michael Coté

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Seemingly determined to lighten things up, Charles Lowell and Coté (usually just called "Coté") offer up the long-running DrunkAndRetired Podcast. It's a podcast as much about Java as anything else, and doesn't lend well to an objective description, so we asked Charles and Coté to explain it.

1. First off, what's with the name? You guys don't sound very drunk or retired.

Charles: Proper credit should go to Coté for coming up with the name. It's been his personal domain name for years and years and years. But as far as applying it to the show goes, I was in favor of it because it reinforces the idea that we don't have any hidden agenda. We're just talking about whatever it is that we happen to be thinking about, just like we would if we were rocking on a front porch swing, sipping bourbon and watching the sun go down.

Coté: The name comes from my blog's URL, DrunkAndRetired.com. It also sets a good, informal tone for the podcast.

So far, we only have one of those down. The other one is ever elusive. But, the name serves as a concise summary of our overall life goals. It's good to have something to shoot for.

The real answer, of course, is that it's an easily spellable domain name that was available 5+ years ago when I registered it.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about how the show got started?

Charles: It was all Coté's idea. Please direct hate-mail to him.

Coté: A little under a year ago Charles and I sat on my back porch and recorded a couple hours of us talking about Agile software development. We split this into the first two episodes (1 and 2) and then committed to recording one every week.

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