Well now! I just got in the mail my new microphone for podcasting, the Snowball by the Blue Microphone Company. It has a USB connection that you can see here, and it connected instantly to my computer with no software and worked right out of the box. Like I wish all computer peripheries did. Anyway, in a few weeks I will have another podcast for you and my speaking levels should be better and higher quality. As for the Gateway 10 year old microphone of death? It has gone to a better place - the round file.