Sunday, 22 July, 2001

Tour de France Webcast

I'm not a big fan of web casting, as I consider it a huge waste of bandwidth.  Listening to the radio over the Internet is cool in a geeky sort of way, but the signal to noise ratio as far as information is concerned is pretty poor.  Textual information is much more efficient.

That notwithstanding, I sure was happy to find that the official Tour de France web site ( has a live audio link.  There's no radio station in the Austin area that carries live Tour coverage.  The OLN channel on digital cable has tape-delayed coverage, but I don't get that channel.  The only major network coverage here is CBS Sports, which has a one-hour special every Sunday.  I still think web casting is a waste of bandwidth, but that doesn't stop me from listening in from time to time.