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Ep. 355 – Ray Daniel, Author of “Terminated”!

TerminatedTOPIC:  A wonderful discussion with Ray Daniel about his new book “Terminated” – the first Tucker mystery and a must read!  Plus, we get into tech entrepreneurship and writing in Boston, Internet privacy, security, social hacking, and more!

Ray is kind enough to share what tools he uses for writing, and additional links to his writing efforts:

  • Scrivner – helps put your thoughts together, keeps them in order.
  • Nisus Writer Pro – Clean and simple but ultra-fast word processor.
  • RayDanielMystery – Dying for the next Tucker mystery? Find out more about our new favorite geek fiction character here! Don’t miss the links to Ray’s award-winning short stories too.
  • Terminated – The book is now available through all major access points, including for your favorite eReader.

Although the dust has barely shaken off his boots, Mike is excited to share a few of his best recommendations for travel apps and planning software:

  • RoadTrippers – Plan, discover, share and get on the road! Our pick for best overall trip companion for your own “Great American Road Trip!”  Mobile and web versions.
  • TripAdvisor – Helps pick hotels, find gas, places to go and more. A great resource for getting good deals on the road.
  • Hotels.com – More specific than TripAdvisor, Hotels.com gets you a bed fast and cheap wherever you are! Many of the deals here are not available when you call or through other resources.  The mobile app was a lifesaver for us multiple times on our recent adventure!
  • Kayak – YATA (yet another travel app), but a good one. Kayak is based on a freemium model, but the free access will work for most things you want to do.

Podcast only song of the week this week is Hurricane by MSMR!

Special Report – Top Shows of 2011!

It’s that time of year again when we start looking at the past year and thinking how great things were these last 12 months.  Here at TechTalk HQ we’re no different, and have compiled our internal list of the “best of the best”!

We used a number of metrics to decide the listing, but however you slice it these shows were the ones we either kept going back to, were proud to have special guests on, or that listeners told us were their favorites directly or with the number of times they downloaded and listened to them!

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here’s the TechTalk Top 5 of 2011:

Ep. 249 – Klout Exec Megan Berry -=- This episode was far and away the most downloaded single show of the year.  Not only was it a great interview, but we happened to nail the timing just right, with Klout showing up in the news in the weeks prior and after in a big way.

Ep. 247 – NYT Tech Writer Nick Bilton -=- Mike loves having smart people on-air, especially when they’re as interesting and hooked in as Nick is!  This episode was a blast to record, and covers such a range of interesting material it had to show up on a best-of list somewhere!

Ep. 236 – Chip Bell is “Wired and Dangerous” -=- Great book, a great guest, what more can you ask for?  If you’ve been feeling powerless over the retail sector (bought anything from Best Buy lately?) then this is the episode to cheer you up!

Ep. 235 – Matt Richtel’s “Idle Hands” -=- Matt needs to start writing more books.  Not just so that we can read them, but so we can convince him to come on the show more than once a year!

Ep. 233 – VaporStream and IT Harvest -=- After episode 249 with Klout, this was the next most downloaded and listened to show in 2011 by a good margin.  Although the security and social networking topic is a very serious one to listeners and corporations, our discussion with these execs is great fun, and worth listening to again if you haven’t for a while!

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

These were some great episodes too, and tough to not include in our top 5 … so we’re putting them here!  If you missed ’em, this is a great second chance.  Some of the news in the show might be dated, but the interviews and info are great.

Ep. 230 – Transhman much? -=- What does it mean to be human in an age when we do so little for ourselves?  Mike and his guests take a good shot at an answer!

Ep. 217 – Facebook for Old Folks! -=- Mike Miller is a regular for a reason, and this show (and his book) confirm why!

Ep. 227 – LeBlanc Dishes on Jive  -=- Jive is just a cool software company doing neat stuff … and Bryan LeBlanc tells us why and how!