Getting Podcasts out to the Bush



Here’s my problem. I work for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). I go out to the bush for 6 months and have only very low bandwidth access to e-mail, so no podcasts! It gets lonely and boring out there sometimes. We try to bring things with us to entertain ourselves, but it’s never really enough, and it is not topical. In MSF we are lucky that it is fairly easy to get postal mail, because we have a lot of people coming and going from the field, and a well developed system of “pony express” mail.

So, the problem statement comes down to this: can I make it possible for a busy friend with not a lot of spare time, or my mother (a Mac user, but not a very tech savvy one) to burn a CD or a DVD every few weeks full of podcast content (audio and video)? If so, then they can drop it in the mail to MSF, and MSF can get it to me… delayed by several weeks, but better late than never.

I know that the podcast audio and video are right there on disk for the taking and that you can do this by hand. But I’m talking about a user friendly system which says, “I’ve got another 600 megs of stuff ready for Jeff, want to burn it now?” and so on. And I’d like to be able to recommend the system to my fellow MSF volunteers so that their family can send them customized CD’s too.



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