Epic Saturday

Saturday of Geek Weekend was EPIC. Here’s what we did:

  • Made amazing progress on what will become BringCast 4.0.0. We started work on a major overhaul of the user experience, fleshed out a lot of ideas, and got various proof-of-concepts working
  • Pushed out two betas of BringCast 3.8.3. The new version has PodcastOne feed support, improved database handling so it will now patch any URLs that have changed in subscriptions, and we also fixed the top bugs
  • Automated some of the time consuming steps of processing podcast feed requests, which resulted in…
  • …pushing out two podcast database library updates which all users can benefit from right now (Settings > Database > Check for Database Updates)

Today (Sunday) is the last day of Geek Weekend. We’re excited to see what we’ll achieve!

More later… 🙂


New Podcast Database Available 2/23

The following feeds have been added or updated. To get the updated database go to Settings->Database and check for updates.

All About Women With Dr. Drew
Ambient Alchemy
ARRL Audio News
Business Story of the Day
Cordkillers Audio Podcast
Credit Union Information Security Podcast
Crypto-Gram Security Podcast
Denton Bible Church >> Sunday Messages
DevRadio (MP4) – Channel 9
DoopCast – Philadelphia Union
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy
Improve Photography
Inside Windows Phone (MP4) – Channel 9
Jesse Liberty » YapCast
Liquidmatrix Security Digest Podcast
Mobile Roar Podcast
NBC Nightly News (video)
NPR Columns: Sports with Frank Deford Podcast
OWASP 24/7
Paul’s Security Weekly
Pilots Journey Aviation Podcast
Ping! (MP4) – Channel 9
PowerScripting Podcast
Risky Business
SANS Internet Storm Center Daily Network Security and Computer Security Podcast
Slice of Scifi TV
Sounds of Berklee
Sounds of Berklee
StarTalk Radio
Tech News Weekly
The 361 Degrees Podcast
The A1-Wrestling.com Podcast
The Digital Photo Experience
The Dungeons & Dragons Podcast
The Hello World Podcast
The Jay & Dan Podcast
The Steve Austin Show
The UC Architects Podcast
This Week in Enterprise Tech (MP3)
This Week On Channel 9 (MP4) – Channel 9
Timothy Keller Podcast
Uncontrolled Airspace: General Aviation Podcast
Windows Developer Show
Windows Weekly
Windows Weekly Video (large)
WPDev Fusion
Xamarin Podcast’s sounds on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds

7 Phones, 2 Ultrabooks, 3 Tablets, 2 Coffee Cups and 1 Very Understanding Wife!

That’s the formula for what is shaping up to be a very successful geek weekend!

So, what have we been up to so far? James arrived on Thursday night, so we caught up for an hour or so before getting a good night’s sleep in.

On Friday, after getting set up, we started with a discussion of what we wanted to achieve, both long term and this weekend.

The Setup

Typically we both work independently, so we had a few things to demo to each other of some new core components that will form part of BringCast v4.0.0.

Around lunch time, we hooked up with Mr Travis Lowdermilk (of Windows Developer Show fame!!) for a video chat and general UX geek out about our various pain points with BringCast’s current UX. This picture shows Travis drawing on his whiteboard via video chat!


It was an awesome session and certainly gave James and me lots to think about with regard to our planned UX overhaul for v4.

After a well-earned lunch break in the San Diego sunshine, James and I got back to coding for a few more hours.

We’ll keep you guys posted on what today brings! #GW14

Update: We of course are aware that there are TWO very understanding wives. The author of the blog post was referring to the wife that is hosting the two geeks

Geek Weekend!

This coming weekend, James and I will be getting together for a weekend of pure geekery! Since we live about 1,300 miles apart (James in Redmond, WA and me in San Diego, CA), we try to get together a couple of times a year for a pure geek-out. We refer to these as “Geek Weekends”!

Typically, these are weekends of massive productivity – the type that can only be brought on by being under the same roof for a few days. Previous geek weekends gave birth to:

  • BringCast 3.0’s refreshed UI and re-design (San Diego, September 2012)
  • Portable core, finishing BringCast 3.0, goal setting for v3.8.0 (Redmond, March 2013)

We’re hoping this coming weekend will be equally as productive!! James arrives in San Diego late on Thursday night. Armed with coffee and food supplies we’ll be squeezing as much BringCast goodness as we can into Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Follow what we’re up to via Twitter, Facebook and of course this blog! We plan to use the hashtag #GW14 on Twitter, so keep in touch!

BringCast 3.8.2 Is Live!

BringCast v3.8.2 is now live in the Windows Phone Store! You can get it here! The change log is as follows:

  • Expanded podcast database
  • Supports new “wp-podcast” URI app protocol
  • Bug fixes

Let’s drill into those!

We’ve been busy adding your podcast requests to the database. While you can easily update this over-the-air via Settings > Database > Check for Database Update, we like to always ship the latest version with each update. See earlier blog posts for details of all the new podcasts that have been added here and here.

The “wp-podcast” protocol is a project spearheaded by our friend Rob Irving, author of the great app, Car Dash.

Rob proposed the idea of having a standard “podcast protocol” to enable apps on the phone to easily interact with whatever podcasting app a user might have installed. This makes life easier for developers, as they can make their app work with a single podcast protocol, and have the confidence that other apps that implement it will integrate also.

Rob worked with us and also Mark Monster of P|Cast to flesh out and stabilize the protocol, and now Car Dash, P|Cast and of course BringCast have all been updated to use it. The end result is more seamless integration between the apps! Rob has detailed the protocol on his blog, here.

3.8.2 also squashes a lot of bugs. We tackled the topmost bug occurrences to give everybody a more reliable experience. The keen-eyed amongst you may notice we dropped the animated transitions between the pages. This fixes a weird graphical glitch that Steve Litchfield at AAWP was seeing on his particular combination of a Lumia 1020 with the Black update installed. We’re glad to have that one squashed, and we quite like the lack of transitions – it seems to make everything that bit faster!

Go get BringCast 3.8.2 now from the store. BringCast 3.0.4 for our WP7 will be coming soon, too!

A Tale of Two Versions (Sorry!)

Dear users,

We pushed out an update to our beloved Windows Phone 7 users over the weekend. Version 3.0.4 addresses the top bugs and shows our commitment to our users on the older version of the OS.

Unfortunately, when pushing this update out, we inadvertently managed to vaporize the Windows Phone 8 application package, containing BringCast 3.8.1!! This manifested itself on user’s devices by the Store offering to “upgrade” our WP8 users to the WP7 version of the app!! Not something we planned, or that you guys wanted, we’re sure…!

So – please accept our apologies. This was a mistake and we’re working fast to fix it. BringCast 3.8.2 for WP8 is currently pending approval, and as soon as it is available, it will fix those users who got downgraded. We can confirm that subscriptions and settings will be restored when 3.8.2 is installed!

If you’re still running BringCast 3.8.1, please do not update from the store until we give the all clear. Sorry again for this mistake! Hopefully everyone will be up and running again in the next day or two.

Just another day in the life of software developers… 🙂

New Podcast Database Available

The following feeds have been added or updated. To get the updated database go to Settings->Database and check for updates.

99% Invisible
AVRant Home Theater Podcast » Podcast
Bryan Suits
BTR: DDP Radio | Blog Talk Radio
CBN – Podcast – Comentaristas
Coding 101 (MP3)
Credit Union Information Security Podcast
Crypto-Gram Security Podcast
Denton Bible Church >> Sunday Messages
Design Matters with Debbie Millman: 2009-2013
DevRadio (MP4) – Channel 9
DoopCast – Philadelphia Union
Dream Talk Radio with Anne Hill
ESPN: First Take
Film Riot (HD MP4)
Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast
Freedomain Radio Volume 6: Shows 2120+
Gamertag Radio The Union of Music and Gaming – Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Wii U
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy
Get up and CODE!
Harddisken (MP3)
Ice T’s Final Level Podcast
Inside Windows Phone (MP4) – Channel 9
Issues, Etc.
Le rendez-vous Tech
Liquidmatrix Security Digest Podcast
Mobile Roar Podcast
Nachtmagazin (Audio-Podcast)
NBA.com’s Hang Time Podcast
Nintendo Life | Podcast
On The Page: Screenwriting
OWASP 24/7
Passion Podcast Passion Podcast Express Podcasts | Passion Podcast
Paul’s Security Weekly
Podcast Science
Risky Business
SANS Internet Storm Center Daily Network Security and Computer Security Podcast
Sex With Emily
Sounds of Berklee
StarTalk Radio
Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project
The 361 Degrees Podcast
The A1-Wrestling.com Podcast
The Dice Tower
The Double Shadow
The Jay & Dan Podcast
The New Media Show
The New Media Show (Audio)
The PC Pro Podcast
The Phones Show (MP4 version)
The Science Show – Full program podcast
The UC Architects Podcast
This Week On Channel 9 (MP4) – Channel 9