SitePoint Podcast #1: The Economy

By Kevin Yank
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Welcome to The SitePoint Podcast, Episode 1.

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Hosts: Brad Williams, Patrick O’Keefe, Stephan Segraves, and Kevin Yank

What you can expect from the SitePoint Podcast

  • Bi-weekly release on Fridays
  • Four regular hosts (Brad, Patrick, Stephan, and Kevin)
  • Run time 30 minutes

Basic show format

  • Top news headlines as related to Web Developers and Designers
  • Main discussion topic or theme – news topic, guest interview, guest hosts, etc.
  • Plenty of guests, interviewees, and a few surprises along the way

News topics covered on this episode:

Main Show Topic: Internet and the Economy
We discuss how the current economic situation worldwide is affecting the internet industry.

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  • Great work Brad, Patrick, Stephan, and Kev (and Carl behind the scenes). A while coming but I’m looking forward to this becoming an entrenched part of SitePoint.

  • N51

    Great theme tune! That’s what a tech podcast should sound like, plenty of bass and no tacky horn section or latino beat!

  • I like! :-)

    Looking forward to episode 2 and many more to come…

  • Thanks for the kind words, Shayne, N51 and Ingoal.

  • Brillient work! – but iTunes subscription would be great

  • iTunes subscriptions now available!

  • Anonymous

    A link to the RSS feed for the podcast might be useful, looked but couldn’t find it.

    Also, why does my computer say I am logged in here as “Mark at DVM”… have you got a security issue happening? Because I didn’t log in as anything…

  • hindins

    Um yeah, I’d quite like to subscribe to your podcasts but can’t seem to find the feed anywhere… and I am not going to download iTunes to my PC.

  • There’s a little orange feed icon in the top-right corner of the box containing the post content that links to the feed. Here’s the URL:

  • Dave


    Any chance of getting the first two episodes added to iTunes ?


  • Dave, all of the episodes are already in iTunes.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos on this webcast. The only flaw is that the voice levels of the various participants, need to be normalized a bit. Specifically, Patrick’s voice was louder than the others — especially early in the episode. This can be jarring, especially when listening to the webcast using ear buds or earphones, or when listening to it in an environment with a lot of background noise, which forces the listener to turn up the volume.

  • Thanks for the comment, Anonymous. Do you find this to be the case in later episodes, as well? We appreciate your feedback.



  • Anonymous

    Patrick, thanks for the reply. The voice levels, in episodes 2 and 3, are more even. However, in those two episodes, there were a couple spots where you were speaking so quickly that it was difficult to discern exactly what was being said — especially for domain names, if I remember correctly. Also, one of the other participants — who doesn’t speak as frequently — has on several occasions mumbled a bit, forcing me to “rewind” a couple times, which is annoying when trying to listen to the webcast with hands away from the keyboard, such as when exercising.

    Other than that, this series seems quite promising. It would be nice if the episodes were longer, with more in-depth discussion of the hot topics (e.g., Flash).

  • Thanks for the reply, Anonymous. I appreciate the details. :) I’m glad that the next episodes improved upon the sound levels.

    As you can imagine, it can be difficult to get everything 100% right with the varied speaking styles and locations of the participants as well as the fact that sometimes, someone will just speak quickly here and there. I know that I can speak quickly sometimes, myself, and it’s something that I try hard to keep in mind. Unfortunately, sometimes, I slip. But, thanks again for your feedback and I/we’ll definitely keep it in mind!

    Thanks for listening. Happy Holidays!


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  • Luckydude

    The download link is
    Shouldn’t this be ..001.mp3 ???

  • Good catch! Thanks, Luckydude. Fixed now.

  • Anonymous

    Corporate greed caused the current economic situation.

    In a nut shell, corporate greed caused the imbalance leading to the current economic situation. While corporations steadily decreased quality of products & services, to make higher and higher profits, they steadily increased prices until they priced themselves right out of the market of what the middle class income could afford or the price we were willing to pay for junk.

    In the past, if you were able paid a little more, you usually got a better quality product but, NOT ANY MORE. Weather you pay a higher price or not, you still get junk. Say you decide to spend more on a shirt or dress thinking this time maybe I’ll get my moneys worth and it will last a little longer but, again NO SUCH LUCK. You take it home, wear it and the first time you launder it or send it to the cleaners, it either falls apart, shrivels up or all the buttons fall off. If you buy a vacuum cleaner or electronic device and it actually works when you get it home, with poor quality parts, it only lasts for half the life things use to or until right after the warranty runs out. Then if you are lucky enough to have purchased something that lasts that long and lucky enough to get a live person, who speaks some form of understandable English, to help you with parts or service, they tell you the product is obsolete and parts and service are no longer available. It’s all becoming disposable crap designed to make you have to purchase the same product again and again.

    Service? Ha, that’s another joke I could fill a page with but, won’t as we all know how thetas been going. Besides what I mentioned above, we all know, you can always seem to find the person to take your money in a store or pay your bill in a restaurant but, have a question or need something and no-one can be found. If you are able to corner someone, they haven’t a clue or are just standing around on their cell phone waiting to collect their paycheck. It’s sad that we now have to pay that price, for the extra buck companies make by hiring new people at minimum wage rather than keeping the conscientious hard working employee that will get my return business or when they think eye candy rather than service, is more important.

    One way the government may be able to help the economy might be for them to step in and put a cap on the percentage of profit companies can make on products and services according to a standard or on the actual cost of what it takes to produce a product, to restore a balance. Unless something is done or some sort of minimum standards are set, nothing will change. The average American citizen is a lot smarter than you give us credit for and we’re fed up with way things have gotten so, wise up.

    We also need to oust the evil that has taken over our media and reinstall morals, ethics, honesty, pride and honor in a hard days work back into our children. Even if it takes a light flop on the butt now and then to get their attention. Yes, a flop on the butt. There is a big difference between abuse and discipline and a light pat on the hand or butt, done thru love, never hurt anyone. Children that grow up feeling unloved with no structure or discipline in their lives are usually the ones who grow up selfish and self centered with no respect for their elders, or anyone for that matter and are more likely to be the ones to kill policemen, their parents, fellow students or bully, berate and badger someone else into that state of mind. We are tired of people who were never around or have never raised a child telling us how to do it, when we already know mild punishment, now and then, for wrong doing or bad behavior, along with plenty of love is a lot better than raising children with no manors who grow up to be animals with no respect for themselves or live in general.
    Most of us are not asking for a lot. We just want what greed and the selfish will of a few have taken away from us. We want our children, quality of life and value for our money returned to us. And, some of us would also appreciate a warm place to have a darn cigarette in peace if it makes us happy and we choose to. That’s all.