Know How...

Apr 10th 2014

Know How... 88

Soldering 101... with a DJI Drone

We learn some basic Soldering, take a sneak peek at the new HD Drone from DJI, and show you how to properly publish your new podcast.
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Category: Help & How To

In this episode of "Know How", Patrick Delahanty fills in for Bryan, who is currently high in the Himalayas, looking for a secret cache of Dogecoins. While he's gone, we learn some basic Soldering with Mark "Smitty" Smith, take a sneak peek at the new HD Drone from DJI, then show you how to properly publish your new Podcast.

Waka Waka Water

Get your water basket on

  • 768 Million people around the world don't have access to SAFE water
  • In many countries, water is gathered by women in children in large clay pots... often drawn from water sources of suspect quality.
  • With many small communities living MILES from water, much of the day is spent just getting enough water to live... This ENSURES that they'll stay in poverty.
  • Ever day, 1,400 children under the age of 5 die because of water-borne illness
  • Designer Auturo Vitorri wants to solve that problem with 30ft high water towers that look too beautiful to be functional
  • The towers, called "WarkaWater" pull atmospheric moisture out of the air and collect in in basins at the bottom of each tower.
  • They are made of two sections - a rigid structure, and an internal bladder, akin to a plastic bag
  • Each tower costs $550 and can be built in under a week with a 4-person team and locally available materials
  • They estimate that in a place like Ethiopia, each of these baskets could collect 25 gallons of clean water a day.

Publish Your Podcast!

Refer to episode #23, "Podcast 101", for how to get started with an audio podcast.

Compress your video

  • Need iOS-compatible since Android can play that too.
    • MP4 or M4V is best format. H.264 compression.
  • If you’re on a Mac, Compressor is $49.99 - easy to use!
  • Could also save from iMovie, but may not get the best compression.
  • On Windows, Adobe Media Encoder or VideoLAN client
  • Cross-platform, FFmpeg is free, but has a learning curve.

Hosting your video

  • Episode 23 mentioned, but it’s slow.
  • Libsyn ( - free bandwidth, but pay for storage.
    • $5/mo for 50Mb, $15 for 250, $20 for 400, $75 for 1.5G
    • Check the terms of service for wording on monetizing your podcast
  • Blubrry ( - free bandwidth, pay for storage
    • $12/mo for 100Mb, $20 for 250, $80 for 1G
    • Integrates with WordPress easier with PowerPress plug-in
  • Host your own!
    • Look for hosting provider with “unlimited” disk and bandwidth.
    • Squarespace has a plan for this, but 120mb limit per file.
    • DreamHost, BlueHost, HostGator, 1and1
    • WordPress with plug-ins

RSS feed generation options

  • Feedburner...but Google owns it and is ignoring it. Is there a future?
  • Libsyn and Blubrry will do it for you.
  • Podcast Generator
  • WordPress with plug-ins (PowerPress is one of the most popular)
  • Line-by-line explanation of TWiT's RSS XML in the TWiT Wiki.

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