Dial-up Friendly geeknights
Rym and Scott should make a dial-up friendly version of geeknights. I sadly have dial-up, and broadband is not available in my area. I normally have to download Geeknights at school but it would be much nicer to be able to do it at home. Anyone else agree?
BTW, what god forsaken area do you dwell upon that doesn't offer broadband? I pray for you. ^_~
Asking for a dial-up version of GeekNights is like asking for an NES version of Portal because you don't have a powerful enough PC. It's also like asking for a version of Firefox for the original Apple computer. A broadband connection is part of the minimum requirements of podcasting, audio or video. If someone had dial-up, and couldn't change that, I would honestly say that they should not even bother with podcasts.
Despite this being my opinion, it would be possible to provide some sort of dial-up version of the show. Here are the reasons why we do not do that. Many of these are also reasons we do not do an "enhanced" podcast.
1) The demand for this is pretty low. We get an e-mail once or twice a year.
2) It's extra work. Instead of making just one mp3, we have to make two. That means time and effort.
3) It's extra money. Libsyn limits us not by how much is downloaded, but by how much we upload. Uploading two files every night will eat away the quota. We will have to pay money to increase the quota. That amount of money would be greater than the cost of a broadband connection.
4) Encoding the mp3 at a low enough bitrate to make dial-up downloads reasonable would degrade the quality of the audio so much. What's the point of putting so much work into making a podcast sound good if we then make it sound like shit before sending it out? We would rather people not listen than subject them to something that sounded so bad.
5) Libsyn doesn't handle download resuming very well. Even if we had a dial-up version, it would still be more than 10 megs. It would still take a long time for it to download, and if it failed along the way, you would have to start again from the beginning. Since broadband has taken over, resuming is a feature that is pretty much dead. Getting it to work is simply not feasible on our end.
Sorry dude. It's just not going to happen. The only scenario I can see this happening in is if GeekNights becomes a full-time gig, and we have a production staff that put this together.
That said, I wouldn't expect any podcasters to sacrifice time and quality to create a low-bandwidth version. I limited myself to a couple of good podcasts, and I was happy with what I had. I suggest you do the same, and also lobby your local ISP(s) to bring some fast internets to your area. It (eventually) worked for me.
Also, if you have any cable at all, you may want to ask the cable company about high-speed.