My role in the creation of podcasting will not be remembered or noticed. Quite rightly.
I was working for Dave Winer then. Adam Curry had just blogged a thing about “the last mile” — about getting big files from the fast lane to your actual home. The last mile was the slow part.
Dave was an early riser and me a very late riser — even though we were both in Pacific time, it was as if he was in New York and I was in Hawaii.
So Dave must have pondered the issue overnight and part of the morning.
When I finally woke up, I had an email (I think) asking me to call him. Or maybe he noticed I was online and called me.
At any rate, he said something to the effect of this: “How about an enclosure element in RSS that has a URL and file size, and then your reader would just download that file overnight, while you’re asleep?”
I remember thinking: damn, this is way too early (it was probably around 11 am), and I’m not totally awake yet.
But I said something like, “Yeah, sounds good. I see no problems with that.”
I could have been extracted from the story and it still would have happened exactly the same way.
But still, I like being the guy who said, “Yeah, sounds good.” :)