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Profi 06-17-2012 06:00 PM

Best computing, tech-related audiobooks and podcasts ?
I know you cant learn programming from audibooks but audiobooks like "Computer science - an overview", "history of computers, internet", "Networking basics", "Latest technologies - podcast", "This Week in Tech", etc could be useful.

I listen to a lot of audio throughout the day (commuting, gym, etc), and I just want to be as productive as possible.

Tried searching, amazon, etc to no avail.

Do any of you have any recommendations?

edit - I even tried a pdf-to-audio converter to convert the wealth of knowledge in ebooks to audio but I am not a big fan of "robotic" voice. I like a human narrator.

frankbell 06-17-2012 08:45 PM

These sites might help. One note of warning: sometimes agregators will include links to shows that have podfaded.

HackerPublicRadio is a rather eclectic place with a wide range of topics, but also has in-depth series on various geeky topics: Right now, Dann from TLLTS is doing one on the command line; he's also created a website for the series.

schneidz 06-17-2012 08:55 PM

hak5 is pretty good.

dru8274 06-17-2012 10:54 PM

The Tux Radar Podcast :

The Linux Outlaws Podcast :

Profi 06-18-2012 07:00 AM

Amazing recommendations so far. Appreciate it.

Checking them out now.

onebuck 06-18-2012 08:03 AM

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Profi 06-18-2012 11:43 AM

Also, does anyone know of daily/weekly computing/technology news podcasts. Would make interesting listening.

edit - hack5 has such podcasts but if there are more out there, then I would like to put them on my music player as well.

dugan 06-19-2012 01:24 AM

For web development, The Changelog is very good:

I've never listened to it, but SecurityNow must have some fans:

As must CBC Spark:

schneidz 06-19-2012 07:08 AM

a lot of people like tech news today on

frankbell 06-19-2012 08:55 PM

Tux Radar and Linux Outlaws, which dru8274 mentioned above, are excellent for news, especially if you like it with a touch of humor.

There a relatively new one called The Sunday Morning Linux Review which is also fun.

I also listen to KPO and TLLTS and almost everything from HPR.

For general tech news, I like Geek News Central. I've listened to it for years; Todd is a level-headed guy who's not afraid to express an opinion. He does have sponsors and generally opens with about 10 minutes of personal items about his family and his activities and a couple of commercials. From a software standpoint, it tends to be Windows-oriented, but hardly Windows-exclusive--he talks about hardware, software, gadgets, net neutrality, copyrights, and occasionally about NASA--whatever geeky strikes his fancy.

Geekazine is worth a look. I used to help Jeffrey with his blog--his sense of humor is lots more off-the-wall than Todd's.

They're more, but that's a nice list to get anyone started.

Garda 07-01-2012 12:21 PM

The podcasts I listen to are all pretty mainstream. I would recommend security now on twit ( Most of the other podcasts on twit are basically about consumer electronics. The sn back catalogue has some great epodes on how tcp/ip works, computers, and other very technical stuff.

There are of course programming specific podcasts, but none that I can think of at the top of my head to suggest.

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