Status on all Past Recordings

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All past recordings have been fully restored and are now available for download. TalkShoe did experience a system failure that limited the delivery of some MP3 files over the past weeks. These issues have been fully fixed and all recordings should now be able to be accessed. We apologize for any inconvenience and please let us know if there are any more issues (email

Additionally, we have implemented a new delivery system to not only prevent this in the future but make the recovery process seamless to limit any impact on delivering MP3s. Read Bob Pawlowski’s previous blog post for more information about the improvements.

New Recordings Service

| Author: Bob Pawlowski | In Announcements, Support, What's New Print This Post

Recently we experienced a system failure that affected the processing and delivery of our MP3 files. All content from July 25th until the present has been restored. We are starting to process the older recordings today and they should be completely restored soon. The failure has prompted us to implement improvements in the way we process, deliver, and backup recordings. Here is what we are in the process of doing:

  1. We are moving all of the recordings to an eternal direct attached storage (DAS) unit. This unit has built in fault tolerance, is designed for heavy read/write access, and can be attached to any computer on our system. If the computer hosting the DAS unit fails, we can move it to another computer within minutes.
  2. While we do backup all recorded content in triplicate, we’ve discovered that our restoration process is very slow. We are in the process of implementing a new backup procedure. One of the three copies will be copied to a “hot” back up unit. If the original unit fails for any reason and cannot be restored, we can move the hot backup unit into production within an hour.
  3. We are changing the way we process our recorded content. Currently, we process all content serially. In other words, if 20 files are waiting to be processed, all 20 files must be processed before a single one gets posted to the internet. Early next week, we will have a new process in place that will process files in parallel. Smaller files will be processed very quickly without having to wait behind large files that take a long time to process.

With these changes, if we experience the same system failure, we will be back online again within minutes, with ALL content restored.

Dave will be attending Boston Social Media Meetup on 1/31

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Dave Nelsen (TalkShoe Founder/CEO) will be attending the Boston Social Media/Blogger MeetUp this Thursday at 1/31. The MeetUp will be starting around 6:30 PM at Vox on 755 Boylston Street in Boston. Click here for more information.

Hope to see you there!

The New TalkShoe - a message from the CEO

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A message from the CEO - Dave NelsenI’m extremely excited to tell you about our new release. We’ve de it much easier for you and your online friends and communities to all TALK together. How much easier you say?Now there’s no need to sign-up or download, so EVEN NON-MEMBERS can call in to talk or text chat with JUST ONE CLICK.Imagine deeper group connections with up to 250 people on phones and computers talking, text chatting, and listening. We’ve also made it a lot easier to start your own show to voice your ideas and interact with listeners. Click here to get started: And be sure to return every evening after 7:00 PM when the site starts seriously shaking — there’s more live interaction than ever! You can get to the new TalkShoe Live web version by going to the profile page of any live call and clicking the button labeled TalkShoe Web (NOTE: you can get to the profile page by clicking on the show title text on any listing).

Dave Nelsen - Founder

P.S. - And now firewalls can’t block your communication so you can even use TalkShoe at work.

New TalkShoe Release. No Download Required!

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Today (Jan 8th 2008) TalkShoe released a new version of software highlighted with a Web Based version of TalkShoe live. This new client (see below) requires no download and is a one click option from any web browser. The client enables both participates to join in and host to start and run their calls. Guest do not even have to register to join in the chat or call in on the phone. The download version is still available for use of ShoePhone and more robust chat. See below for other key new features.

New TalkShoe Live (web based)

New Home page: now has a new look home page. The page has a much simpler look and contains up to 10 live calls that hosts have dialed into. The call images are larger and provide a one click option to launch into TalkShoe Live.

New Home page

Automatic Recording: TalkShoe now allows you to setup your call to be automatically recorded when you dial in. This means the recording will start as soon as you call in and will end when you hang up. You can set the recording type on the creation or update of your call (see image below). By default the recording type is sent to manual, which will allow the host to start and stop the recording using the TalkShoe live web client or classic.

Auto Record feature

Simpler Create Flow: The Create button now takes hosts to a simpler screen that they can either create a new call or add episodes to existing calls they have already created. This can all be done from one screen now. The flow is simpler as well, so hosts can just set a few options and click “Start Now” to be up and running. No need to go to any schedule or invite screens. The advance options are hidden to make it easier for first time users.

Other Features Include:
Improved reliability
Improved forum at
Expanded Scale (have more people join your call, up to 250 at one time)
Guest login for chat. No need to have people sign up to chat or call in
Un-categorized call. No need to setup your call as a podcast
Much much more….

Lee Douglas — 100th Show Milestone for Old Time Rock n Roll

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 Lee Douglas – 100th Show Milestone for Old Time Rock n Roll

Fifteen months ago, Lee Douglas began to translate his love for the music of the 50’s and 60’s lovingly called Oldies, into a new medium, the pod cast. Together with the folks at, he began his venture into the new medium. Just retired from teaching he decided to turn in his chalk for a microphone.

Read more of Lee Douglas — 100th Show Milestone for Old Time Rock n Roll…

TalkShoe featured by Reuters

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TalkShoe was featured in an article by Reuters

Aspiring radio hosts need only a computer & phone 

“We have some extremely loyal users,” said Mark Juliano, a senior vice president and founder. “The kind of service we are providing is something people were paying thousands of dollars for not too long ago.”

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iJustine’s BIGGEST Talkcast ever

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Welcome to the BIGGEST Talkcast ever page staring Justine (iJustine) Ezarik. The BIG event was held on December 16th, 2007 and indeed it set a new record of 308 LIVE talkers and participants (yes, even bigger than Leo’s!). Another 450+ streamed the event on TalkShoe’s feed (audio) and Ustream (video). By the way, there’s no other service on the planet that comes even close to this number of simultaneous participants.

Justine does a great job letting everyone participate. And Justine’s not going anywhere. She’ll still be doing social conference calling every Sunday at 8:45 pm. Who knows, we may set another record ! Come join the party… and there are lots of PRIZES too!

When: Sunday, December 16, 2007, 8:45 p.m. on TalkShoe.

Info: Talkcast name ““, phone number “724-444-7444“, Talkcast ID “46121

What should you do?

1. Become a TalkShoe member and download TalkShoe live NOW, not right before the show when things will be crazy.

2. Go to Justine’s Talkcast page and Join In a bit before 8:45 pm

You can also just listen only (stream), or just call in with your mobile phone or ShoePhone

Check out iJustine’s new video and webpage

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iJustine just did a new video for the world’s BIGGEST talkcast. Check it out

And of course, join in Sunday at 9:00 pm. Justine will be giving away prizes, you can ask her questions, and chat with other Justine fans.

1st Annual 24hr Podcast Marathon to Raise Money for OLPC

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1st Annual 24hr Podcast Marathon to Raise Money for OLPC

On December 21st at  6am Hawaiian Standard Time GMT -10, Todd Cochrane the host of the Geek News Central Podcast will start a live and Interactive event that will last 24 hours. During the 24 hour Podcast Marathon, Todd will stream live from his Hawaii based Studio on Ustream.TV and will have interactive talk on

The purpose of the event is to discuss Technology, Podcasting, Family, Life or whatever topic comes to mind. If you would like a dedicated slot on the 24hr live event send an email to indicating topic you would like to talk about and 3 time slots that you are available.

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