Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Success tastes like pizza!

I think I finally have the blogger podcast thing working. To recap - I started by hosting my .mp3 media file with Google docs, and that works great, except Google docs publishes the .mp3 file to a URL that does not include the .mp3 file extension (something like https://docs.google.com/uc?id=0B-82pgvnWy-8OWM2ZWJhYzktOWU5OC00MTI4LWFiZWYtZWNhOTQ0ZjlmMDA2&export=download&hl=en), and iTunes requires that a podcast's enclosure references a URL with a valid media extension (more details here).

So I went looking for some other free place to host my .mp3 files, and found Microsoft's sky drive, which preserves a file's extension in its download URL (ex: http://public.blu.livefilestore.com/y1p5DNvAssqO8iaDVAKdFChzS01Pj_v3M9B68-VJdTj9sQr43GHTr8pThRglPvVeIzJlbU4AE3nQbW7NiocbkkOLA/shCore.js?download&psid=1). Unfortunately, that download URL does not persist - a file's URL changes from day to day.

Finally, I tried Google sites, and (so far) I think that works - with persistent iTunes-friendly URLs like https://sites.google.com/site/frickjack/projects/podcasts/Podcast20110223.mp3?attredirects=0&d=1

This picture shows our dog, Moose, guarding a pizza from our other dog, Ponzi - Moose wants it all for himself! One tip for home made pizza - if you don't have a pizza stone, then an upside down iron skillet works too.

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