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The fantasy of error-free hard drives



Congratulations! You’ve just recorded your 100th episode. That’s quite a milestone and it’s appropriate to take some time to stroll down memory lane and check out some of your older shows. What? The first 30 shows were on a hard drive that crashed? That’s OK, you can restore your old shows from a back up… right? I hope so…

Unfortunately hard drives aren’t as reliable as we would like them to be and every so often they crash. If the data isn’t backed up somewhere, it will take a lot of luck, plenty of money and a hard drive recovery service to possibly restore some of it. The last thing you want is lose all your podcasts, photos, financial data and whatever else you stored on that thing.

There are several ways to back up your important data. Your operating system (OS) has a built-in application and that’s a great start. You can set that up to back up to a completely different hard drive. There also are applications such as Synctoy that allow you to run backups and mirror data in two locations such as a second drive. Generally, a solution like this has both drives in the same location. This works out well if your primary hard drive decides to call it a day, but if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation where your house gets trampled upon by a stampede of laser-wielding unicorns, both the drives could be kaput.

I have a friend who on a regular basis backs up a third drive and stores it in a safe deposit box at his local bank. This is a great idea, but quite frankly that’s a lot of extra time that most of us don’t have. Fortunately for us, in the past few years several online “cloud”-based services have appeared, making digital archival quick, easy and inexpensive. Most of them are straightforward and function fairly similarly. You pay the service a few bucks a month, download and install its application and let it do the rest. The application locates all the important data such as profiles, media, photos, documents, etc. (You can control this if you desire.) It uploads and stores the data in the cloud on the secure redundant servers. On a predetermined, regular basis, the application will scan your computer for new or changed data and back them up. You can now rest assured.

Mozy, Live Sky Drive and Carbonite are only a few of the online backup options out there. Take a look at those and research some others to decide what is best for you. Personally, I use a combination of backing up to another hard drive as well as an online service. I’ve been very happy with it and feel a lot more comfortable knowing that when my house gets attacked by a pack of rabid gnomes, my digital data is safe.

~ Brian, creative director

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Roku Like a Hurricane!



Exciting news Blubrry Podcasters! Blubrry is proud to announce the launch of the Blubrry Channel on Roku. The channel is live with 200 shows and we’ll be adding more shows throughout the coming weeks as we qualify your podcasts.

The Roku Digital Video Player offers your shows unprecedented exposure — seen and/or heard directly on your audiences’ television sets. Sit back in your Lazy Boy and watch your favorite video podcast or clean the house and listen to your favorite audio podcast directly through the exclusive Blubrry Channel on Roku.

And, trust us, that’s only the start. This year marks an apex in the evolution of alternative distribution capabilities for RawVoice and our family of podcasting sites. Keep an eye out: We plan to launch other alternative distribution applications in the coming weeks and throughout the year.

Are you ready to Roku? We’re thinking yes! Let us know what you think!

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Tracking all iPads!



With Apple’s iPad now arriving in the hands of hundreds of thousands of media consumers, it is destined to be a highly popular media consumption device. We have added the iPad to the list of devices we track in our podcast media statistics service, ensuring that your media — no matter what platform it is seen or heard on — is being counted.

Our basic statistics service is free, so sign up now and add your show to Blubrry to make sure all your downloads are being tracked, including those from the iPad. Need a bit more than the basics? Check out our Podcast Statistics Premium.

This is only the beginning. Our team has been working hard on some awesome stuff, so keep your eyes peeled! We have a number of exciting announcements to make in the coming days.

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Blubrry BlogWorld Vegas After Party



The Blubrry Team had an incredible, educational and inspirational long weekend, Oct. 14-18, at the Blogworld and New Media Expo. And not just the kind of inspiration you see in the photo below, rather we gave and received valuable insights about the Blubrry PowerPress, podcasting progress and the people in our communities.  We were able to meet some great people, catch up with friends and spread the word to bloggers and podcasters that blogging louder through RawVoice and Blubrry is more than just an option, it’s the option.

True, socially our highlight of the weekend was the Blubrry Vegas After Party at the famous Peppermill Fireside Lounge Friday night, Oct. 16. The strolling magician, DJ’s tunes, showgirls and of course Little Elvis set the tone and pushed the kitsch over the top at the Peppermill. Yeah, we can honestly say this was our best party yet  — because you told us so.

Thanks to everyone who attended and made the event such a success! A special thanks to our organizers, Aileen Kenny and Mat Luschek. We hope they’re not busy next year. Even more importantly, we look forward to seeing you there next year!

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Blubrry Uploader makes a ‘drag’ something pretty cool



Media UploaderWe know we’re tools . . . in a good way. That’s why you come to us. We’re always looking out for you and bringing you the most advanced applications in podcasting. That’s why you know that when we say the Blubrry Uploader Blog Posting Tool, the latest innovation for our hosting clients, is a drag . . . we mean it in a good way. It’s pretty self explanatory, really, and the tool itself  is way easy to install just:
  • Click this link for the media uploader
  • Hit “Run” (not to be confused with hit n’ run)
  • Agree to the terms (we know you’ll read every word)
  • Enter your Blubrry username and password, and there ya go!
Our new Windows application allows you to upload media to your Blubrry hosting account  by just dragging and dropping. Pretty cool, eh? Let us know how you like it!  After all, at RawVoice, we continue to make all aspects of podcasting easier and we’re proud to be your favorite podcasting tool.
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Tell us what you think…really



Being the podcasting gurus that we are, you guys might think we know it all . . . and a lot of times we’d probably like to think so as well. But, know what? We don’t. You all have a lot of critical information and amazing insights that will help us improve Blubrry.com. So right here, right now, we’re asking you to take a second or two, ponder a few questions, make a few suggestions and help us to make Blubrry.com more compelling and inclusive than ever.

Thank you for your input.
Click the link below to take our brief survey (it’s only 10 questions)
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Blubrry Proudly Sponsors Wordcamp Denver



Wordcamp DenverWordCamp Denver is a conference created for enthusiasts, users, developers, designers, and fans of WordPress in the Denver/Boulder area. As the popularity of Powerpress, our podcasting plugin for WordPress, increases. We thought Wordcamp would be a great place to embrace the community.  Join team member, Brian, this Saturday 2/28 at the Denver Art Museum and please say hello. (Tickets are still available for the Afternoon sessions) For more information goto: http://denver.wordcamp.org/

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Blubrry at PodCamp Pittsburgh this weekend



The Blubrry team is proud to be a sponsor of Podcamp Pittsburgh taking place this weekend. We will have a team member at the event (Angelo Mandato), please feel free to say hello or visit his session on “Podcast Hosting and your Blog” this Saturday at 3pm in room E (420).

PodCamps are great events for those looking for knowledge in blogging, podcasting and social media. Most PodCamps, including PodCamps Pittsburgh, are free to attend. If you would like to help support the event by paying for registration, the organizers will give you an event t-shirt and other event swag.

Please join us in Pittsburg for this great event.

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RawVoice at Podcast Expo 2006



Hey Everyone! Three exhilarating days came to an end this past Saturday in Ontario California. The RawVoice booth was packed from start to finish each day and our parties we hosted were busting at the seams each night! We want to thank everyone out there in the community for their support. With out you, none of us would be here. We are already looking forward to next year and hope you join us and the Blubrry community!

The RawVoice Booth

Full House! The RawVoice Party Day Three

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