My Mac Pro G5 and Podcasting’s Origins

Today I replaced my original Mac Pro G5. While most computers are merely tools, this one holds a special significance for me. I was a happy-go-lucky insurance executive when I tasked one of my assistants to call every local Apple Store searching for the elusive “Dual Processor Liquid Cooled 2.5Ghz Mac Pro”. Like a champ, while others waited for their online orders, my assistant had identified and secured one of the rare G5 beasts for me. In September 2004, this was a hot commodity! I took it home and on the following day searched for an Apple Script to reorganize my iTunes Library. That day, September 4th, 2004, I saw a small note about an Apple Script to download Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code. Just 3 weeks old, that is how I got into podcasting. No name for the concept had even been established (that would take another 2 weeks,) just passion and enthusiasm. I have made countless friends and benefited immensely since that day. It changed my life. I still think back to those of us who forged the way, Dave Slusher, Adam Curry, Doug Kaye, Steve Gillmor, Dave Winer, Dawn & Drew, Michael Butler, myself and many others. I kick myself for not having insisted on a photo of all of us at BloggerCon #3. How often do you get the opportunity to capture the genesis of something? In retrospect, it would have been a great snapshot of a time that was…

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  1. says

    Yeah that would be a classic picture! Just looking at the list: I have had countless good times with Dave Slusher both in California and North Carolina. Adam graciously wrote the forward for my first book, Podcast Solutions. I started a business with Doug. Had many interesting experiences with Steve Gillmor including a rather passionate hour-long conversation in an upper floor hallway at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Dave once called me an “unsung hero” of podcasting. (That was cool, thanks Dave.) I “chased” Dawn through the hallways of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco only to later realize her true intentions. Runs to In-and-Out with you after having shoved Nick Starr into the back seat. And Butler, what do you say about that guy? Classic! I always enjoy a beer (Heineken of course) with Butler. I still have my original Rock and Roll Geek Show bumper sticker. Some may accuse me of waxing nostalgic – but the early days of podcasting were as you say… good times!

  2. Butler says

    What a great day that was for all of us! I will never forget it as long as I live! I met some of the greatest people in the world, MWG one of them.

    I drink this fine heineken to you my friend!

  3. says

    The whole of blogosphere is indebted to you, i don’t know what i’d do without pobcasts these days, keep up the innovative work