Fixed: Getting a bluetooth speaker to play podcasts

My old bluetooth speaker that I primarily used to listen to podcasts in the car gave up the ghost some time ago and Brandi got me a new speaker for Christmas.
Although it worked great for phone calls, it did not work to stream audio or other sounds. Apparently this is because mono headsets are typically set as phone calls only as after all, who really wants to listen to music on a tinny mono speaker?
After doing a bit of hunting online I cam across Audio Router that allows me to switch audio to the mono headset. A quick download later and I’m up and running listening to podcasts. The quality is not that great, but for listening to Wait, Wait don’t tell me and the BBC Radio 4’s Friday night Comedy, it works great. Note that I also listen to some other comedy and techie podcasts too but those two are the must-listen ones.


PS Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to anyone still reading the blog!  Due to getting married I’ve not had as much time to blog and a lot of the things I do for work now fall under the arena of “Things I can’t blog about” so there is not as much techie stuff I can post.  However I am about to take some Office365 and Azure exams in 2015 and so hopefully will have some more technical content coming out in 2015.

Sessions at Podcamp Ohio.

Well so far (three sessions in) the day has been a lot less geekier than I expected and although some of the sessions were different to what I expected, it has been very interesting and entertaining. For those of you who missed the sessions they are being recorded on the blubrry network I think – keep an eye on the homepage for more information I guess. see CoefficientMedia (not currently active though)
I’ve fired up my twitter account (helsbyhome)and have posted a couple of things on there – I may start using it more often…..

A whole podcast just for me!

A couple of admins posted for questions for some future interviews that they had in the pipeline so I sent in an email about scripting. I’m currently proficient in batch file scripting but really struggled with Powershell scripting which is unfortunate as it looks like this is where admin scripting is going in 2008 with Windows 2008 and Exchange2007. So Steve kindly produced a 10 minute podcast that answered my questions about getting started in Powershell and that was all that was in it – a whole podcast produced for me (but I don’t mind other people listening to it either)- Thanks very much Steve!

Keeping up to date with Microsoft

I did a short (2 min) audio clip for In The Trenches on keeping up to date with Microsoft downloads. It was fun to do – took me a couple of times to get right and I actually wrote most of the script out first to make it easier. A couple of edits to remove some annoying deep breaths and I sent it to George and Kevin to post. Let me know what you think – podcasting is harder than it sounds.

Compusa vs GeekSquad skit

George does a good skit of what would happen when the techies from Compusa get in the ring with the techies from BestBuy to battle over a consumer’s tech support. With weapons such as rebates, price match flyers and even a blueshirted sales rep (i think) the action gets pretty intense. Well worth catching up on the In the Trenches podcast from a couple of weeks ago. The file is pretty large but contains a lot of other good techie stuff too.

odeo download

I got an email from the odeo team inviting me to join their beta program. This is a standalone podcast reader that will download podcast items individually or synchronise them on a scheduled basis. At the moment it looks like it has potential but needs more features. I’ve sent them an email with my initial thoughts and suggestions on how to improve it. Worth signing up for their beta to try it.