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Poll: what do you think of putting all the podcasts on a jump drive

 
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It seems there have been several people that would like the podcasts, but they don't want to download gobs or deal with zip files, or something. And Jack suggested a couple of years ago the idea of putting all the podcasts on a jump drive. For christmas I got a DVD of a bunch of audio files of a book and thought ... hmmmm ....

So the idea would be to put:

270 podcasts
the 11 podcast review of "Botany in a Day"
the 10 podcast review of "Just Enough"
the 21 podcast review of "Sepp Holzer's Permaculture" (which is also in the regular podcast stream)

All those on a jump drive.

I think it would also be good to put a document on there that says that it comes with an unlimited distribution license. Anybody buying this jump drive can give away as many copies as they like.

The trick is that it would be an expensive and time consuming task. I don't think it is something that is worthy of kickstarter. So I just want to get an idea of whether I should fool with it at all.

For any of the things below, if the message resonates with you, give it a thumbs up.

 
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Yes, I would buy such a jump drive for $26.
 
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I would rather it was a DVD full of MP3 files.
 
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I don't care, but I like clicking on the thumbs up thing.
 
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Does it come with pie?
 
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How much for it to come with all the videos too?
 
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I especially like the unlimited distribution license.
 
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What a great idea, I think all types of storage media should be considered for this.

Flash drives are easily one of the best solutions as they are the most universal but a DVD or SD card would work just as well.

I would really like to see this done. What are the prohibitive factors in the way? Anyway someone like me could lend a hand?

We're you thinking of compressing the files first so it could fit on a smaller/cheaper drive?

Edit: never mind on the compression question.
 
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the big issue is cost and effort. if it is 10 people then I think the thing to do is to get a cheap jump drive and copy them manually. If it is a thousand people then I think it needs to be sent out to be professionally done.
 
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Adding the Youtubes would be great, too. Most of the people I want to share the youtubes with have crappy to no internet.


 
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Why do you think it's not worthy of kickstarter?

If it's just their rules I know crowdtilt is a little more lax.
 
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I'm interested. I'd love a way to check off which podcasts I've listened to. I should have kept a notebook. I listen to them as they come up by email, but probably miss some and haven't gone through most of the archives, yet.
 
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I would also buy this.
 
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I want to buy it!

I can't download big files when I'm in Ladakh, and in fact I had to install an AdBlocker to be able to enjoy this website without all those videos trying to load. I'd prefer a little USB drive rather than DVD's, but would like ether.
 
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I would buy it! (Whether it was a thumb drive or a disc.)
I would also appreciate having ready access to the youtube vids.
Happy to volunteer my time if I can help in some way.


 
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I'd buy it - sounds great to me!
 
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You can put an awful lot on a 256 gigabyte drive. http://www.dhgate.com/wholesale/USB+drive.html#search
 
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I like the idea of building a permies library of knowledge.
Would be relatively easy to setup a static web page on the drive to make it easier to browse/search.

I agree with Hans! 256GB could hold a veritable ton of texts, audio, and video. (I hadn't realized they were so inexpensive.)


 
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I'm agnostic on the format, but having all the podcasts together is something I would buy for $26 (again--I've already bought all the podcasts from Scubbly, I think). I also think having all the videos either with the podcasts or on their own DVD would be good (you could include the Farmstead Meatsmith??) because I'm not sure if I've watched all of them and I would find it nice to see those without any annoying ads or distracting comment threads.

I would also like pie.
 
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having your podcasts and videos on a device DVD or memory stick, sounds good, yet I also wonder how it would work to be able to add future ones in some kind of organized way...as I imagine you will not stop producing them once this version is made..in order to have an organized ongoing library of easily locatable reference material...

Another thought would be to make a dropbox account specifically for this purpose...although it might take a lot of time to upload and down load the files to and from the site...
 
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A cloud solution won't work as the whole point of this was for people who don't have an internet connection or limited connectivity. I think they also would like to get paid and dropbox doesn't support that.

You can download the files from scubly for pennies on the dollar for the information contained.
 
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All of the youtube videos add up to about 15gig.

All of the podcasts add up to about 8 gig.

I'm looking at jump drives where they also provide a service of copying the content. I am still waiting to get quotes back complete with copying, printing, shipping, etc.

The price for 16 gig over 8 is about $4 more per item. 32 gig is $12 more.

As for the 256 gig flash drives that hans listed: that is oodles cheaper than anything else I have ever seen. Which makes me worried that it could be too good to be true.


 
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Julia Winter wrote:I would also like pie.



I would like pie too. And not "virtual" pie either. Can the pie be compressed and stored on the flash drive/DVD? Will I need a 3D printer to "reconstitute" it? Or will it simply pop out of my DVD drive piping hot and read to eat?!? These are the truly pressing issues of this project, in my mind.
 
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I just talked to the company that would make custom jump drives. At 250 there is a significant price break.

I would put this up on amazon just to make it so that I am not dealing with shipping and stuff. And amazon takes 30%.

180 videos
270 podcasts

I think it would be easier to just put all of them on one 32g jump drive and sell it for something like $40.

I just bought 32 gig cards at amazon for about $22 each.

 
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This is going to be awesome! I will get one for sure! I really appreciate everything you do Paul and this is even going above and beyond. 40 dollars is a steal! I would pay more.
 
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I now have all of the videos pushed into one directory.

Now to organize the podcasts.

 
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I found a service that will write "permies.com" on the jump drive, and copy all the data over. 32 gigs. Quite a bit more expensive than I thought it would be.

This would contain all the podcasts and all of the youtube videos.

Of course, I could just buy jump drives and print nothing on them and manually copy this to the drives. I would guess it would take about four hours per jump drive - so could put out three or four per day. And then deal with orders and shipping and stuff. Yuck.

I like the idea getting them printed and all the stuff copied, and sending them all to amazon and then forgetting about it. Of course, amazon takes 30% off the top. But the amount of cash they want up front for 250 is pretty huge.

And, of course, I don't want to go to all this trouble if only 7 people are going to buy it.

I think I'm going to let this idea go and focus on other things instead.

 
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Dang. Sometimes we just can't look at and have our pie too.

Thanks for looking at this idea, perhaps one might dust it off in the future.

I used to work for an online software training company who had a subscription service for people who needed to stay cutting edge on digital tools and techniques. I often wonder how this would be applied to natural skills and permaculture related things.

Authors would get well compensated for producing a video and residual income everytime it gets sold/streamed.

Anyway, I thought I would share.

Thanks again Paul.
 
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Sounds like a job for a minion/helper on a super cold day.
 
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I'd buy a jump drive as long as international shipping is available!
 
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Heather Davis wrote:I'm interested. I'd love a way to check off which podcasts I've listened to. I should have kept a notebook. I listen to them as they come up by email, but probably miss some and haven't gone through most of the archives, yet.



Hi Heather --

We have something to help you with that!
A spreadsheet you can download, and use to check off which podcasts and videos you've listened to.
And it's just been updated with the latest podcasts and videos.

You can get a copy of it here:
https://permies.com/forums/posts/list/25096#246998

Download the spreadsheet, and add your own notes to your copy.

Hope that helps! Happy Listening!
Mariamne
 
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