I love listening to podcasts. Technology, storytelling, role-playing, news & current events, comedy & entertainment, politics, career interests, science are all topics covered in my podcast playlist. Before podcasts I listened to audiobooks frequently and the only problem I have with my podcast fascination is that it has displaced my audiobook consumption time.
There are a few podcasts I regularly listen to that are related to my career. They cover developments happening in or related to the IT and the business of technology landscapes. It helps me triangulate what I read online, hear at conferences, and discuss with colleagues and customers.
A fairly new podcast on this scene is The Hot Aisle and I highly recommend you check it out if you work in IT. The hosts interview a guest who is expertly familiar with the topic du jour – frequently the founder / maintainer of whatever technology or software project is being discussed – and they ask the questions to cut through the hype or confusion or misunderstanding and provide a good sense for the true value on offer. Seriously, subscribe to The Hot Aisle!!
There is another podcast produced by folks from EMC that is more narrowly focused on something I have been working on for years and is what I came over to EMC to work on – Isilon NAS storage – called ClusterTalk. This monthly podcast has been going for just over a year and I have been in touch with the hosts first when I was an EMC customer and again since joining EMC late in 2015. I was interviewed about my experience running Isilon technology at Adobe and my new role as a Systems Engineer for EMC. It was a great experience and after the final edit they managed to make me sound like I knew what I was talking about.
Check out my appearance on Episode 13 of ClusterTalk (starting at the 9:50 mark)