It appears to have been a success...
Just to address some of them, I’ll copy bits of them here:
I can't wait till you do more of them. I think it would be very helpful if you put a link to the presentation area on the home page.
What I’ll do is set up a page similar to this one linked to from my “tidbits” page on asktom. I’ll keep it up to date over time as I add more of them so there will be one place to go.
I think you have to be very selective or you will be recording presentations for the rest of your life.
If this is going to be used as a supplement to your "written" answer, I like it.
I agree, this will not be a replacement for the written answer. I think Howard J Rogers summed it up nicely:
On the other hand "What is a hash join" is a rather more 'conceptual' issue than 'How do you install Linux?'. One involves ideas and concepts, the other involves click-this-do-that. The ideas issues may well require more vocalised (self)-debate and explanation than the plain didactic 'howto'.
That is what this format would be reserved for – it is not appropriate for all (not even most) questions. That and it takes longer to produce than a quick text answer. I think maybe one or two a week at most.
In email I received this comment:
I felt it would be better for the commute then online - does that software allow for video-podcast style applications?
In response to that, I’ve made the online only viewlet available as a self contained .exe file as well. Not exactly a podcast, but should work for most people.
Additionally, I found that I can use both “low quality graphics” as well as “low quality sound” – this reduced the viewlet image size from 13mb to a more reasonable 1.8mb. I was a bit worried about the additional bandwidth these things could end up consuming, but the 1-2mb size for about 15 minutes of content seems reasonable.
In short, a success. Thanks for the feedback – all of it. Sorry about the one or two people who had a problem with it (yes, you actually need speakers or a headset to hear it), but since it is a value add as opposed to “the main delivery mechanism”, I’m not overly concerned.