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Top 5 Best Real Deal topics so far

The week of 12/18, I'll be recording two Real Deals, since we'll be on holiday the last week of December.

One of these shows will be the top 5 topics of the year. So please post with your favorite topic, and if you wish, your favorite part about that episode.

I'll revisit the top 5 topics in a year end episode.

You can see what topics we've done right jere:

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3 best topics in my opinion

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free software

net neutrality

some topics are good, some are not, but these 3 are the best

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My list..

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1) DRM

2) Online Apps

3) Laptop Batteries

4) Unlocked cell phones


Can wait for the dual podcasts!!

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my votes

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Maker Faire


Online Apps

Portable Apps


Though I haven't listened to the Free Software episode yet

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My top 5

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5. Online Apps

4. Rss

3. WoW

2. Unlocked cell phones

1. Blogging, only the Basic but Inspired me a lot!

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Best topics so far

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HD Radio

I can't wait to find out!

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Best Five Episodes

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The best five episodes, I must say, are:

1. Free Software - gotta give props to our programming homies (alright, I'm white, what of it?). Just as anyone who's waited tables gives better tips regardless of their income, anyone who has ever had to program before will pay more often for shareware. I never made it past Qbasic so I pay for shareware way more often than my colleagues.
2. WiMax - I've been waiting for this for years. I've got a WiFi network in my house but can't wait till the day when I cut all the wires. Tom renewed my hope for a wireless world.
3. HD Radio - This is one where the Real Deal title earned its name. I always thought the "HD" in "HD Radio" stood for high-defintion. As a matter of fact, if someone had asked me to pay for the privelege of receiving HD Radio I probably would have paid it if not for Tom's HD podcast. I think there is definitely a place for HD radio in every market but the radio stations have to take advantage of the technology. Thanks to Tom et al for clearing up my misconceptions before I potentially forked over my hard-earned cash.
4. BlueTooth - I appreciate the fact that SOMEONE is willing to devote some time and enery to those of us that are not fully comprehending a technical issue. I use BlueTooth almost every day, knew it was a low-power communication protocol, but knew little else about it until I listened to Tom's podcast. Kudos to Tom for putting out something on the web for Newbies of any sort - I'm considered an expert in a lot of technical areas but that doesn't mean I'm an expert in ALL areas.
5. AJAX - I'd read all about AJAX and Web 2.0 but didn't fully comprehend everything until after I'd listened to Tom's podcast. For those of us in the non-technical world who use technology everyday it's nice to get info from a techie from the non-techie world. Keep up the good work Tom - it's refreshing to see a journalist really dig into an area and continue to mine gold. Kudos!

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My top 5 RD topics

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1) Online Shopping
2) DRM
4) Phishing
5) Free Software

This is a great show and your time and effort is much appreciated.

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My top picks

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I have definitely enjoyed all episodes, many thanks Tom, but the standouts would definitely be:

1) Free Apps (free Software)
2) Choose a laptop
3) Portable Apps
4) Anti Virus
5) RSS

Like many I others (I would imagine)I would have liked a little more depth to some of the content (and yes I realise the time contraints and the varied audience etc) but importantly the podcast highlight key issues and point out where to go to follow up if more detail is required.

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Thi sis the next episode

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So weigh in while you can!

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My List

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1. online apps
2.Portable apps
3.choose a laptop
4.non drm mp3's

Those are my top chooses

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My list

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1) Free Software
2) Online apps
3) WiMAX
5) Choose a laptop

Love the podcast, keep it up.

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