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Podcasts Recommendations

One hour of my day is dedicated to walking my dog and something I find fits perfectly with this is slotting some headphones in and listening to a podcast. I thought I would share some podcasts recommendations that I enjoy and that you might not have heard of.

Planet Money


A light introduction to topics relating to economics and business. The podcast has covered a fast range of topics from why some packs of M&Ms have an odd weight to buying their own barrel of oil to investigate the process.  The podcast never fails to give a light and entertaining overview of a topic that might never had crossed your mind.


Notable Episode: Fascinating take on the benefits of the US bankruptcy laws

How I built this


How I built this follows the story of the people behind current and past business successes.  They have had a wide range of guests from Howard Schultz whom transformed Starbucks to what it is today, to say Rod Canion who co-founded Compaq (A story very familiar to those who have watched the first season of Halt and Catch Fire). Like Halt and Catch Fire, this podcast never fails to give an injection of inspiration.


Notable Episode: Compaq

The Documentary

By BBC World Service

The Documentary offers a short insightful podcasts about issue from around the world from a podcast discussing the Generation gap in China to an insight to the hackers of Siberia. I can find the news can tend to ignore international topics and therefore I find these documentaries a good source for understanding events occurring in the rest of the world.


Notable EpisodeThe CIA’s Secret War in Laos (From the son of one of the CIA Spies in Laos)

Bonus: What App?

It was the case for a long time that all the stock podcast apps were not up to the job in hard. For a couple of years I have used PocketCasts. It manages all the syncing of feeds and downloading of episodes for offline listening. I have not experienced any issues with it and it does seem that is regularly updated.


That is some of the podcasts I listen to, got any recommendations?

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ASP.NET Core – Can not find runtime target error

Just ran across a issue when creating a new ASP.NET Core project and upgrading to the 1.1.0 Nuget packages. When trying to build I would get this error:

Screenshot of Error List in Visual Studio

To resolve I opened the project.json and found in the dependencies:

“Microsoft.NETCore.App”: “1.1.0”,

and change to:

“Microsoft.NETCore.App”: { “version”:  “1.1.0”, “type”: “platform”}

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No video playback on Windows 10 Store Apps

I have come across this problem every time Microsoft release one of their bigger “update”.  I go to open say “Redbull TV” click on a video and normally get a generic “playback failed” error.

video app error

That’s not a very helpful error!

This happens because i’m running a “N” or “KN” version of windows which I believe doesn’t ship with media stuff because Microsoft got told they shouldn’t in Europe. Sadly to fix it you have to download a “Media pack” after each update.  A really useful link can be found here:

This lists which “Media pack” you will need for your version of Windows. Proceed to download and install the one that relates to you (installing one for a older Windows version will feel like it has installed but playback will still not work) and you should now have video playback in Store Apps.

To find out your “version” on Windows 10 go to Settings > About.

This is a nasty issue for users as the errors are useless, Microsoft keep releasing updates that remove the media pack forcing the user to re-download it again and worst of all it shouldn’t even be a thing! I hate to say it but you don’t have to jump through these hoops on iOS or Android.

Hope this helps, any questions just leave a comment.

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