I've been experimenting more with my Kindle. I downloaded a few podcasts onto it, but it wasn't that great of an experience using the Kindle's experimental "Play Music" function. It turns out that function can only play the mp3's in the order you loaded them onto the Kindle. The mp3's didn't appear on my Home menu. Also, if you stop the mp3 and then turn off the Kindle, there is no way to start up where I left off. I had been loading mp3's into a folder that was automatically titled "Music".
Then, a couple of days ago, I noticed, instead of a "Music" folder on my Kindle, there was a folder called "Audible." When I loaded the mp3's into this folder, they appeared on the Home menu so I could listen to the podcasts in whatever order I wished. Plus, while the podcast was playing, I could skip forward or backward by 30 seconds. If I turned the Kindle off, I could pick up right where I left off. Overall a much better experience loading into the "Audible" folder instead of the "Music" folder.
I still enjoy listening to podcasts, even though there seem to be fewer and fewer good podcasts being produced.
My favorote podcasts:
This Week in Tech: I used to watch Leo Laporte back when he was on TechTV on The Screensavers. After that show passed on, I kept track of him through his Leoville website. He has a way of making technology accessible, whether you are a complete technophile or you're the kind of person that can't program their Tivo.
Power Trading by Online Trading Academy: Just about the only (if not the only) podcast that publishes daily when the US markets trade. You not only get commentary on that day's market news, but good advice on how to assimilate news. You also get good general advice about trading, market indicators, trading platforms and trading strategy. From the RSS feed:
Power Trading Radio is a daily progressive trader focused program, hosted by long time trader Merlin Rothfeld, who offers expert analysis of the market from a trader’s perspective. Fueled by Online Trading Academy, the show is designed to take average investors and give them the skills that they need for real success. The show covers issues relating to Stocks, Forex, Futures, Options, Wealth Management, Retirement Planning, IRA’s and more. http://www.powertradingradio.com
I have started listening to these podcasts at work on my break. I don't know if it's just a phase, but I usually eat by myself when I am at work, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Usually sitting in one of the empty surgical waiting rooms, I can eat a meal away from patients and without the distraction of talking about nursing while I'm at work. Many of the folks that I have worked with have left, or are looking to leave, so it can sometimes be discouraging. Listening to Leo Laporte or listening about the stock market can make it more bearable.