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                    Putting IT Conversations to Bed

                    After 3300 shows, the time has come for IT Conversations to end. While I'll miss it, I'm proud of what we've accomplished and will be grateful for the friendships I've made and skills I've developed.
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                    Podcatchers for Smartphones

                    Grab Downcast and plug in the IT Conversations feed URL and enjoy great tech talks from the longest running podcast on the planet...no matter where you're at.
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                    The StackExchange Podcast is Back on IT Conversations!

                    I'm excited to announce that StackExchange podcast is back on IT Conversations! This week, Jeff and Joel are joined by Patrick McKenzie - StackOverflow contributor, internet commentator and SEO expert (especially when it comes to driving traffic for bingo cards).
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                    Podcast: Scott Lemon, Dion Almaer, Ben Galbraith on The State of the Web 2010

                    The web continues to evolve as new devices appear and new standards are adopted. The iPhone and other mobile devices are now in the mix of places where people go to connect with each other. Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith call from Belgium where they were attending the Devoxx 2010 conference. They talk with Phil and Scott about internet protocols and social networking and how these are affected by the many different ways people and companies are interacting.
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                    Building a Programming Layer for the Internet: Audio from Impact

                    We held our Impact conference for 2010 last April. There were a lot of great talks. Some of them we were able to capture and have published on IT Conversations. If you have yes listened to Steve Spencer, Joe Vito, Steve Gillmor, or Jon Udell, take some time and put them on your playlist. They are great talks with great messages. The audio from my talk from Impact wasn't quite good enough for IT Conversations--there were cutouts in some spots--so we didn't publish it there. I recently got around to cleaning it up and was going to publish it
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                    Jeff Lindsay on Webhooks

                    This week Scott and I interviewed Jeff Lindsay, the creator of the term webhooks and an avid promoter of the concepts. I love webhooks, we you'll know if you've read my post Beyond the API: The Event Driven Internet . Here's the IT Conversations write-up: WebHooks are meant to do something. The concept of a WebHook is simple. It is an HTTP callback: an HTTP POST that occurs when something happens; a simple event-notification via HTTP POST. Developer Jeff Lindsay talks about what a WebHook is and how it works as a programming API. Jeff reviews how WebHooks are
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                    Scaling the Cloud

                    This week's Technometria podcast is with Sebastian Stadil of Scalr. We talked about how to scale cloud computing. That may seem like a boring topic--after all, isn't the cloud supposed to be scalable? That's one of it's basic qualities, right? True, but it turns out that while scaling services via the cloud is relatively easy--if they've been architected right, managing that scale can produce some real problems. Scalr is both a company and an open source project. We not only talk about the problems and solution of scaling cloud computing, but also how this hybrid business model works for
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                    Making It Big in Software

                    This week on Technometria, Scott and I talk with Sam Lightstone about his new book Making It Big in Software. The book isn't just about great software personalities, although you could be forgiven for thinking so looking at the cover. This excellent book is career advice for developers at every stage. The interviews with 17 software greats are interspersed between the chapters on everything from what they didn't teach you in school to becoming a leader and visionary. I enjoyed talking to Sam and reading the book.
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                    What's Facebook Thinking?

                    Image via CrunchBase Jesse Stay knows more about social networking and Facebook than anyone else I know. And I'm fortunate that he's a friend and lives close by. So this week Scott and I sat down with him to record a Technometria podcast on Facebook's latest moves. We talked about the recent changes and issues with Facebook and other networking sites and discussed the relevance of Twitter, data availability, and privacy.
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                    Things Every Programmer Should Know

                    This week on the Technometria Podcast, I interview Kevlin Henney, the editor of the book 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. I really enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed the conversation with Kevlin. One of the things that struck me is that there's so much wisdom here that we just don't teach people. Rather, we expect them to pick it up as they go along. I heartily recommend the book (and the podcast) to beginning programmers and old-hands alike. The book's Web page has copies of the contributions that made it into the book and also the one's
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                    Thinking About Cassandra

                    This week on the Technometria podcast, Scott and I interview Jonathan Ellis about the Cassandra Project. Cassandra is an open source distributed database management system used by Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Cassandra is a distributed database that is designed for extreme scalability. Cassandra is one of the so-called "NOSQL" databases. That's something of a misnomer, because its not specifically SQL that they're lacking--although they are that--but relations. Like Amazon's Dynamo and Google's Bigtable (from which it draws its founding ideas), Cassandra is designed to solve the problems that many modern Web applications have for storing data. That's not
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                    Beyond Aesthetics

                    This week's Technometria podcast is with designer Thomas Petersen on the topic of data overload and design. Late last year he wrote a blog post called Slaves of the Feed that talked about a problem almost all of us face: too much information. It was the start, rather than the end, of a conversation and so seemed a good jumping off spot for a podcast. Thomas has a designer's take on the problem and we ended up talking about design in a more general sense. I enjoyed it.
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                    Shift Index, Intense Competition, and Continual Innovation

                    Image by Joi via Flickr This morning, I was listening to John Hagel talk to Moira Gunn on IT Conversations. The topic was a recent report he, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison wrote called the Shift Index (PDF). They spoke about how the Internet and computers are different kinds of technological change than, say, TV. TV wasn't a tool anyone could use. Computers are--and people do. Blogs, twitter, and social networks are examples of that. The result is constant change leading to intense competition. Moira talked about how one of her grad students has a little Web business
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                    Silona Bonewald Week on IT Conversations

                    If you visit IT Conversations you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's Silona Bonewald week. Completely independently Jon Udell and I both decided to have her on our shows and scheduled her for the same week. View that as an indication of the fact that she's an interesting person. Jon talked to Silona about Citability.org, an effort to get permalinks in government documents. Scott and I talk to Silona about open banking, an effort to make banking more open and accountable. So, pop on over to IT Conversations and help us celebrate Silona Bonewald Week!
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                    Cydni Tetro on Using Scrum

                    This weeks's Technometria podcast features Cydni Tetro. Cyd is with NextPage and recently took over responsibility for managing development in addition to her product management duties. We talked for a great deal of the interview about the use of Scrum and what works and what doesn't. Of course we also got in some discussion of Twitter.
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                    Is God a Mathematician? Catching Up with TechNation

                    We've had some problem getting TechNation shows for IT Conversations since Christmas due to a variety of problems. We finally got a big batch in and now we're playing catchup. There will be a few more TechNation shows that usual over the next month or so as we get through the backlog. First up was Moira's interview with Mario Livio about his latest book Is God a Mathematician? This is classic TechNation and just a delight to listen to. Moira is a great interviewer and Mario was a great guest. And their names are anagrams. What more could you
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                    You Should Be Listening to Money:Tech

                    We just launched a new series on IT Conversations: Money:Tech. You might think "I don't care about financial services" (especially now), but they have some interesting, relevant problems. The first show illustrates that well. In Data and Capital Markets, Michael Stonebraker discusses why traditional relational databases don't work for many of the problems that financial systems face. Along the way he talks about the power of linguistic abstraction and gives the reason that Oracle, DB2, Sybase, and other "elephant vendors" products run 30-100 times slower than the best solution in a range of problem spaces. For anyone who's interested
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                    The Institutes of Oratory and Open Source Software

                    Image by Phillie Casablanca via Flickr One of the advantages of being the Executive Producer of IT Conversations is that I get to see what's in the queue. When I saw that r0ml was coming up on OSCON, I was really looking forward to it. I published the show yesterday and listened to it this morning on my drive to Salt Lake. I wasn't disappointed. In his talk, which takes a little while to get going, Robert combines Quintilian's Institutes of Oratory and the Compendium of Juggling to develop an open source software development methodology. The real point, I
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                    Kynetx on IT Conversations

                    Last week Jon Udell interviewed me on Interviews with Innovators about Kynetx and Contextual Browsing. It was fun to be the one answering questions for a change and Jon asked some good ones. If you've been wondering what Kynetx does, this podcast is a pretty good intro.
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                    Just in Time for Valentine's Day: Bob Blakley on Relationships

                    Image by orcmid via Flickr When Bob Blakley presented his ideas on relationships at IIW a while back I blogged it and so did others (like Drummond). After Bob released his paper on the subject to Burton Group subscribers, I blogged about relationship providers (with pictures even). Then Scott and I interviewed Bob on the subject for IT Conversations. Needless to say, I think this is an interesting idea. Now, I'm happy to report that Bob and Burton Group have made the paper publicly available. Go get it and read it. There are some great ideas in there.
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                    SpokenWord Has Launched

                    Doug Kaye has launched SpokenWord.org, a "new free on-line service that helps you find, manage and share audio and video spoken-word recordings, regardless of who produced them or where they're published." SpokenWord lets you build collections of programs or follow someone else's collection. There are a number of things you can do with a collection (from the FAQ): Add Tags to help others find your Collections. Go to My SpokenWord and click on the collection's [edit/tag] link. Add Comments. Click on the Share This link to send via email or post to services such as Facebook, del.icio.us and Digg.
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                    Is SOA Dead?

                    Image by crazbabe21 via Flickr At the first of the year, Anne Thomas Manes wrote a provocative blog entry stating that SOA is dead. This week's Technometria podcast is a discussion with Anne about her thesis and what it means for practitioners and technologists. I think you'll enjoy it whether you're a fan of SOA or not. From the description at IT Conversations: Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) provides ways to group functions around business processes, packaging them as services. This allows for better coordination between services. Anne Thomas Manes of the Burton Group joins Phil and Scott to discuss whether
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                    This Week on Technometria: Aaron Iba on EtherPad

                    This week Scott and I speak with Aaron Iba about EtherPad and the AppJet platform that it's built on. There are plenty of interesting problems involved in creating a real-time collaborative editing environment with Javascript in the browser. I loved the discussion and got a few ideas about designing collaborative services. Related articles by ZemantaEtherPad: Collab your script (ajaxian.com)EtherPad: Real-time Editing with JavaScript (ejohn.org)Etherpad Shows Google Docs How It's Done (techcrunch.com)EtherPad: Dead Simple Real Time Collaboration (readwriteweb.com)
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                    Mounting Remote Filesystems Using SSH and Fuse

                    Paul Figgiani, the Senior Audio Engineer at IT Conversations, sent me a link to a program called ExpanDrive, that allows you to mount any remote directory to which you have SSH access on your Mac. The cost: $39. ExpanDrive is based on MacFUSE, an extension which extends OS X's native file handling capabilities to programs in user space (that is, outside of the kernel). I first heard about this when Scott and I interviewed Amit Singh on IT Conversations. Amit is probably the world's leading expert on OS X internals and the creator of MacFUSE. Because
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                    Technometria Podcast: A New Year and New Projects

                    In this week's Technometria podcast, we talk about the new year and some new projects. With the beginning of a new year, it's always a good time to look ahead to upcoming activities and products. In this podcast Dion, Ben, Scott, and I talk about what we're are expecting in 2009. We also discuss the problems with having to raise funds for a business startup, a necessary but often difficult process. We also talk about some of the new products announced at CES and Macworld. Scott also talks about his download of the Windows 7 Beta. The discussion ends
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                    IT Conversations Needs Web Editors

                    As you're probably aware, IT Conversations, and other Conversations Network Channels, are made possible through the efforts of a small army of Web site editors and audio engineers. We have a terrific team of people who help out and Doug's put together a great system for managing the workfow of producing shows Now, with a bit of attrition in the ranks of both our website editors and series producers and a new channel on the way, it's time to add to the team once again. If you'd like to help us write descriptions for our programs, track down and
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                    Innovation and the Secret Sauce

                    In this week's Technometria podcast, Craig Burton joined Scott and I to discuss some of his ideas about innovation. Craig reviews topics covered in three of his recent essays and talks about how innovation is often misunderstood. He reviews how technology companies make mistakes with customer demographics, as well as how to distinguish innovation myths from innovation realities. He also presents an example of true innovation as he describes how Novell created software infrastructure as a new software category. Here's links to the essays: Mythical Demographics Intentional Innovation Ruminations of a Software Man
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                    Travels, Trials, and Browser Tribulations

                    I this week's Technometria podcast, Scott, Ben, and I are joined by Tyler Whitaker and Dion Almaer, who both discuss some of their recent technology activities. Ben and Dion have recently been hired at Mozilla, where the company is working on new open web tools for developers. They talk about some of their long-term and short-term goals, including plans on ways to make it easier to deal with browser differences. In addition, Tyler discusses some of his recent internet connectivity problems and Scott talks about his recent delayed flight and how a website helped him better
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                    Technometria Podcast No. 100: Elias Torres and Ben Adida on RDFa

                    Today I published the 100th Technometria podcast on IT Conversations. The show was a conversation with Elias Torres and Ben Adida about RDFa. I learned about RDFa from Elias and Ben when we were in Beijing for WWW2007 last April. The idea is simple: RDF is nice but requires people write metadata separate from the content it describes. Why not embed that semantic information inside the HTML as attributes? This is a pretty cool idea--complimentary to the idea of microformats, I think--that just might make the semantic web palatable enough that it actually happens. Bonus: Here's an RDFa Primer
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                    TwitterCards: Grabbing Contact Data from Twitter with Microformats

                    This morning @dberlind and @kevinmarks were tweeting about microformats in Twitter. David was positing something he called the "TwitterCard." Kevin points out that unbeknownest to me, and I suspect almost everyone else, Twitter supports the hCard microformat. If you'd like to make use of them, you need a client that supports microformats. Fortunately for Firefox users, Mike Kaply has an addon that does just that called Operator. Simply install operator, go to a Twitter page and use the handy pulldown menus under the toolbar to export any hCard data as a vCard. The OS X picked
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                    Breaking Some Ironclad Rules about Startups

                    Joel Spolsky Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood built Stackoverflow.com, a site for programmers to ask other programmers questions. If you haven't been over there, you ought to check it out. They have some very nice concepts for building a community site and it's nicely done. Joel and Jeff have been discussing programming, and the building of Stack Overflow on their weekly show on IT Conversations. In this article in Inc magazine, Joel talks about seven iron clad rules he has for starting a technology venture: Vet programmer carefully Put everyone in one office Plan use bug tracking Test software
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                    Stack Overflow and Cowbells

                    I just put up Episode 26 of Stack Overflow on IT Conversations. I've really enjoyed listening to Joel and Jeff over the last few months. And the Stack Overflow site is simply the best place to get answers to programming questions. From the show description: Joel and Jeff answer five listener questions, mostly about social software design. Warning: this podcast features cowbell. Really. From IT Conversations | StackOverflow | Episode 26 (Free Podcast)Referenced Wed Oct 15 2008 18:31:15 GMT-0600 (MDT)
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for September 2008

                    Here are the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by download) for September 2008. Episode 19 - StackOverflow (Rating: 2.67)Joel and Jeff discuss scaling and social effects in Stack Overflow, how to handle growth and the launch in a controlled way, and answer listener questions about backups, database design, and maintenance programming. Episode 18 - StackOverflow (Rating: 2.60)In the eighteenth episode of Stack Overflow, we finally meet Michael Pryor, the co-founder of Fog Creek Software -- and discuss the progress of the Stack Overflow beta in some depth. Episode Seventeen - StackOverflow (Rating: 2.00)In this special "developer edition" podcast,
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                    Larry Lessig on Changing Congress

                    This past week, I published Larry Lessig's talk from ETech on Changing Congress. This is a very good talk on what's wrong with Congress and how it can be changed. The talk is not partisan--it's about the ways that the system, more so than the politicians, is corrupt and needs reform. I highly recommend it. After you listened (or before), head over to Change Congress and fill out this petition on earmarks. Update: To see earmarks more clearly, check out the earmark visualization tool from the Sunlight Foundation.
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for August 2008

                    Here's the top ten shows on IT Conversations for last month. I'm a little late because I had to modify the program that produces these slightly due to some backend changes that Doug made. All's good again! Dick Hardt - Sxipper (Rating: 4.00)Sxipper is a free Firefox add-on that saves you time by keeping track of an unlimited number of usernames and passwords as well as the personal data you share every day over the web. Dick Hardt, founder of Sxip, joins Phil, Scott, and Ben, to discuss the product, as well as the entire issue of privacy and
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                    Follow IT Conversations on Twitter

                    Doug has put code in place to post new IT Conversations podcasts on Twitter. You can follow the IT Conversations twitter account and see new podcasts as they're published (about one per day).
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                    Tell IT Conversations What You Listen To

                    Doug has put together a Podtrac survey to help us understand what IT Conversations listeners listen to and who you are. We're really appreciate it if you could take a minute and fill it out. You may find some of the demographic questions a little intrusive, but remember it's anonymous and that information is extremely helpful to us when we try to find underwriters for shows. It will take you 5-10 minutes, but it's very helpful to us, so I hope you'll give us a little of your time.
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                    Namespaces, Twitter, Identi.ca, and Federation

                    A few days ago I wrote about federating with Identi.ca. Yesterday I had a great chat with Craig Burton about that whole idea. He's not buying. I asked him to respond on his blog so we could move the discussion online. My argument was essentially that moving Twitter-like functionality onto a distributed platform was a good thing and likely to make more people comfortable with the idea of building out additional functionality in the micro-blogging space (what people have started to call the space that Twitter is in). The fly in the ointment, from my perspective, is the additional
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                    Defining the New Singularity

                    I'm stil catching up on my IT Conversations listening after being gone on vacation for 10 days. This morning I listened to Mark Rolston's talk from the Emerging Communications conference entitled The New Singularity. Contrary to what you might think from the title, this isn't about "the" Singularity, but rather the idea that we typically have one concept about what a product should and the phone belies that. I really enjoyed the thinking about products and designs. I found myself wishing I could ask a few questions!
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for June

                    Here's the top ten shows on IT Conversations for June: Episode Nine - StackOverflow (Rating: 3.28)Joel and Jeff discuss Apple's WWDC (and the correct pronunciation of OS X), the use of JavaScript on modern web sites, affiliate programs, and much more. Episode Ten - StackOverflow (Rating: 3.43)Joel and Jeff discuss the fine art of listening, source control, the risks of being an internal IT developer, and the state of current mobile platforms. Oh, and how to clean the toilet. Episode Eleven - StackOverflow (Rating: 3.28)Joel and Jeff try to avoid talking over each other while discussing data generation, full
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                    Open Source and The Gap

                    David Eaves posted a piece overlaying the Firefox 3 Pledge Map and Thomas Barnett's map that divides the world into the "the functioning core" and the "non-integrated gap." As you might expect, there's a high correlation. People in the gap aren't connected, so they have less access to computers, use the 'Net less, and participate in open source projects less. There are some exceptions--like Scandinavia on one side and Columbia and Turkey on the other. David makes this comment: Non-Integrated Gap countries with the most pledges are Iran, Turkey, Venezuela, Peru, and Indonesia -- interesting list. Seems to suggest
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                    At Velocity Next Week: Automating Infrastructure

                    I'm going to be at O'Reilly Velocity conference next Monday and Tuesday. Scott Lemon and I talked with Jesse Robbins (conference chair) and Adam Jacob (presenter) for a Technometria podcast a few weeks ago and got a lot out of it. I decided the conference was something I needed to be at.
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                    Follow the Elections on '08 Conversations

                    Doug Kaye has turned the resources of the Conversations Network on the 2008 election with '08 Conversations. The idea is to team with the Public Radio Exchange to publish stories about the election you might not otherwise here. Joel Tscherne, who has been a great help to me as th Series Producer for the Technometria podcast, the Executive Producer for '08 Conversations. Right now the shows are coming out about once per week. As the election approaches that rate will increase. Here's a few shows that have been on 08Conversations recently: McCain's Train Wreck Jules Witcover - The Longest
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                    Happy Birthday IT Conversations!

                    IT Conversations is five years old today! Doug started ITC before the word "podcasting" was even a word. Doug mentions these milestones on his blog: published 1,743 audio programs (89 currently in production) trained 152 members of TeamITC who produce our programs created four channels based on the IT Conversations model created PodCorps.org (now 640+ stringers) released The Levelator (more than 83,500 downloads) I was one of Doug's first interviews and now I'm the Executive Producer. It's been a fun ride and I've enjoyed my association with Doug and the other members of TeamITC very much.
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                    Welcoming Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood to IT Conversations!

                    Joel Spolsky, of Joel on Software and Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror have been doing a podcast called StackOverflow for a couple of months. I've been a regular listener for since the first episode and have loved it. Since the first episode, I thought "this would be a great show for IT Conversations." Today I'm very happy to announce that my wish has come true and the debut episode of StackOverflow on IT Conversation went live today! Take a listen and be sure to let us know what you think with a comment or by leaving a rating. One
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for May 2008

                    Here are the top ten IT Conversations shows for May 2008: Michio Kaku - Physics of the Impossible (Rating: 3.89)Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and author of "Physics of the Impossible" about the improbable, and the very likely in the near future: phasers, force fields and time travel. Arthur Benjamin - Secrets of Mental Math (Rating: 3.62)Mathematician, magician and lightening fast human calculator Arthur Benjamin delights and amazes the Etech crowd with some stunning numerical acrobatics. In an interactive, high energy performance, he demonstrates and explains the secrets of rapid mental calculation, providing a fascinating
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                    Transactional Memory

                    We all know that Intel and AMD have punted. They can't keep building larger, faster chips for a variety of technical and economic reasons, so they have started placing multiple cores on a single chip. This, in theory, maintains the overall processing power and is easier to build. There's just one catch: it's much harder to program because to make use of that power, you have to program concurrently. Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. Microprocessor engineers have saved programmers from the hassles of concurrency for years. That's as it should be: get it right once at the
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                    Wall Street and Web 2.0

                    I really enjoyed this discussion on Web 2.0 and Wall Street from ETech with Bill Janeway and Peter Bloom. There are some interesting parallels and some great discussion from a couple of financial jocks who clearly get technology and, especially, the 'Net. Recommended.
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                    Plaxo and Comcast

                    I'm still trying to make sense of the news that Comcast is buying Plaxo (reported value of the deal between $100 and $200 M). I can't tell you how happy I am for Plaxo and especially Joseph Smarr who I have great respect for (see our Technometria interview with Joseph Smarr here). Still, the discontinuity between what Plaxo is and what Comcast does is jarring--at least on the surface. I believe there is a fundamental conflict o interest between a company that does both transmission of traffic and sells other Internet services. Yeah, I know they all do it,
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                    New IT Conversations Design

                    IT Conversations redesign!(click to enlarge) Doug Kaye has been working for months to redesign the infrastructure for the Conversations Network, including It Conversations. Much of that work hasn't been visible to IT Conversations listeners, but it's made the management of the network and production of shows much nicer. Now, that hard work is showing on the site as well with today's launch of the new IT Conversations. The new design is cleaner, brings lots of features, like ratings and playlists, out to the homepage, and automates things like "current series" and "topics" so that they're more up to date.
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for April 2008

                    In doing this month's top ten for IT Conversations, noticed two things: First, since Doug put in our own code for ratings, the number of ratings per show is way up. I think with the new homepage design (oops! Did I let that slip?!?) we'll see even more ratings. We've not had enough in the past for me to put a lot of confidence in them, but that's changing. Second, the number of overall downloads is down. We recently had to update the feed URL and this didn't get propagated correctly in all feedreaders and podcatchers. Please take a
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                    Spimes on Technometria: Transcript Available

                    A few weeks ago, I talked to Roberto Ostinelli and David Orban, founders of OpenSpime.org, an open source infrastructure that supports spimes, small objects that can be tracked in space and time (hence, "spime"). Bruce Sterling coined the word. You can hear the interview or read it, if you'd rather thanks to David making a transcript available.
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for March 2008

                    Below are the titles and descriptions of the top ten shows on IT Conversations for March 2008. Michael Lenczner - Interviews with Innovators: Community Wireless (No rating yet)Michael Lenczner is one of the founders of Ile Sans Fil, Montreal's community wireless network which comprises over 150 hotspots and serves almost 60,000 registered users. By any standards the project is a huge success. On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks Lenczner whether Ile Sans Fil has really enhanced community life in the ways the founders hoped it would. Raph Koster - The Core of Fun (Rating:
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                    Dan Solove on Reputation

                    Clifford Thomson sent me a link to a talk Dan Solove gave at Google on his new book The Future of Reputation. I interviewed Dan on Technometria a while back about his earlier book The Digital Person. Dan's a very interesting speaker and raises important issues in his books and in this video. This is well worth watching if you're interested in the intersection of privacy and reputation in the Internet age.
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                    Update Your RSS Feed URL for IT Conversations!

                    One of the consequences of IT Conversations leaving Gigavox Media and returning to the Conversations Network fold is that eventually we needed to remove 'gigavox' from the feed name. Unfortunately, Feedburner will only forward a feed for 30 days and many RSS readers don't seem process permanent redirects well (change the URL permanently, not just follow it). As a result, you might not be seeing updated IT Conversations shows in your favorite podcatcher. So, take a few minutes and make sure you're using this URL in your feeds: http://feeds.conversationsnetwork.org/channel/itc I checked the feed URL on my copy of iTunes
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                    Slideshows on IT Conversations!

                    Yesterday I posted Jane McGonigal's talk from ETech 2007 on creating alternate realities. This is the first show on IT Conversations that features our new slideshow tool for playing audio sync'd with the slides. For some talks this can make a real difference in the quality since they rely on the visuals so much. In the past we've sometimes not published good content because it relied too much on the slides. No more! Check it out and let us know what you think.
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                    Visualizing Workflow and Transparent Systems

                    I thoroughly enjoyed Jon Udell's interview with Ward Cunningham on IT Conversations. They talk a lot about Ward's efforts at the Eclipse Foundation to build transparent workflow systems. That is, as Jon puts it: But what if you could find out, before pressing the Save button, what's going on in that black box? And what if your way of finding out wasn't by reading bogus documentation, but instead by probing the system itself using its own test framework? From Ward Cunningham's Visible Workings ? Jon UdellReferenced Thu Mar 20 2008 08:42:43 GMT-0600 (MDT) You'll want to read Jon's description
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                    Your Carbon Footprint

                    Saul Griffith(click to enlarge) This morning's opening keynote at ETech was Saul Griffith who ran down the steps he used to calculate his own carbon footprint and then what he had to do to put himself on a "carbon diet." It's not pretty. Doing the calculation is relatively straightforward in terms of the math, but gathering the data isn't easy. I'm hoping that we can get his slides when we put the audio up on IT Conversations because there's some great data there. Speaking of IT Conversations, a recent IEEE show has a section on home co-generation. You can
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Show for February 2008

                    Here are the top ten shows on IT Conversations (ordered by number of downloads) for February 2008: Muhammad Yunus - Tech Nation (No rating yet)Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and author of "Creating a World Without Poverty." Jerry Thompson - The Future of Voice (Rating: 2.60)At British Telecom, VoIP technology and the Internet are seen to provide some exciting opportunities to grow new business models. Jerry Thompson, Chief of Applications at British Telecom, talks about BT's transition from being a traditional voice-based telecommunications enterprise to a VoIP-based service provider.
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                    Organizing Ourselves

                    I was listening to Jon Udell's interview with Valdis Krebs on IT Conversations and Valdis tell the story of seeing hotels guests self-organize to deal with hotel management about the awful Wi-Fi service. He says: Hotels are used to dealing with disconnected customers -- hotel guests who do not know each other. They can tell these guests anything. Since most guests do not talk to each other, nothing is verified, no action is coordinated. In terms of social network analysis: the hotel staff spans structural holes between the guests -- occupying the power position in the network. When INSNA
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                    A New Voice on IT Conversations

                    I'm sick and after lecturing for two hours this morning, I had no voice left. Unfortunately, when I recorded the program intros this week, Jon Udell's latest show wasn't ready so I needed to record it today before I published it. I came home tonight and tried to record an intro, but it sounded awful--just think "frog." My wife, Lynne, said "let me do it." You can hear the result in the intro to Jon's interview with Valdis Krebs. My fear is that now that you've heard her, you won't want to hear me anymore!
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                    The Value of Engineering

                    As I listened to Udi Manber, the head of core search team at Google, I was impressed by something that most of us understand in a different sense: engineering matters at Google. Most of us think about this in terms of the other things we know about Google; like the one day a week people get to work on their own project, or the fact that they build their own custom servers. Manber talked about making search queries meaningful--understanding intent rather than just doing text matching. He outlines a number of upgrades to Google search that I've noticed over
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                    Tiny Planet Likes IT Conversations

                    Tommy Weir of Tiny Planet wrote a nice review of IT Conversations. In particular he enjoyed the interview with Billy Hoffman about AJAX security. He says: If I had to pick one tech podcast and discard the rest it would be the originator of the species, IT Conversations. This blend of different shows has a wide-ranging remit from biotechnology to web development. They have a number of presenters who interview innovators and leading technologists, and they also put out recorded presentations from top conferences, which can be especially valuable. They're all free and available via iTunes. I listen to
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for January 2008

                    Here are the top ten shows (ordered by number of downloads) on IT Conversations for January 2008. Billy Hoffman - Technometria: Ajax Security (No rating yet)More and more Web sites are being rewritten as Ajax applications and traditional desktop software is rapidly moving to the Web via Ajax. But, often, this transition is being made with reckless disregard for security. Ajax developers desperately need guidance on securing their applications. Billy Hoffman, co-author of Ajax Security, joins Phil and Scott to discuss the book. CTO Panel - Technometria (No rating yet)Phil regularly holds a meeting that he calls the CTO
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                    ActionStreams: Follow Me Around the Net

                    Adding your IT Conversations profile to Action Streams(click to enlarge) The more you use sites on the Web for keeping track of our online lives and sharing things with friends, the more you'd like to have a place on your blog to gather them all together. I've had my del.icio.us feeds on my blog for a long time. I also used to put my tweets on my blog. I experimented with a Flickr widget and gave it up. Now Mark Paschal has released a plugin for Movable Type called Action Streams that does that all nicely. There are dozens
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                    I'm on Interviews with Innovators

                    A while back Jon Udell interviewed me for his Interviews with Innovators podcast. We talked about reputation.
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                    Clips Are Back!

                    In the old days, you could reference a section of audio in an IT Conversations program using a handy tool that Doug Kaye created. Jon Udell was among the most frequent users of that service, but others, including yours truly, used it as well. Then, IT Conversations started auto assembling so that the show always had fresh sponsorship promos in every show--even those from long ago. The problem is that this created variable length intros and so the excerpt, which was measured from the start of the MP3 file moved around. Not good. Doug has fix that with a
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                    Phil's Pick of the Week: Dark Matter

                    My pick of the week on IT Conversations is Dark Matter: Are We Missing the Real Internet Economy? from Supernova 2007. The discussion, about money made on the Web--from exploiting inefficient ad networks using arbitrage to the downright illegal, offers a fascinating look at the dark underbelly of e-commerce.
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for 2007

                    Here's the list of the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by number of downloads) for all of 2007: Bruce Johnson - Technometria: Google Web Toolkit (Rating: 4.15)Recently, Google released from beta its Google Web Toolkit. Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is an open source Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Phil and Scott talk to Bruce Johnson, one if its co-creators. In addition to discussing its development, Bruce gives a number of examples of projects that took advantage of
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                    Top IT Conversations Shows for December 2007

                    Here are the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by number of downloads) for December 2007: Trust Online Panel 1 - Technical and Regulatory Issues (No rating yet)While the Internet is quickly becoming an indispensable part of our lives and business, it still remains a challenging environment to achieve a secure and private experience. In this moderated panel from the Trust Online Conference, Lise Buyer leads an insightful discussion of trust with the help of an extremely qualified panel. Scott Charney, Mozelle Thompson, and Dr. James Ransome share their experience while addressing some of the fundamental challenges of managing
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for November 2007

                    Here's the top ten shows, by download, for IT Conversations during November 2007. I'm late because some recent server changes means that I didn't have access to the logs for a bit. Also, unfortunately, we lost 11 days worth of logs, so this data is based on 19 days of November 2007. Scott Lemon - Technometria: Scratch and Squeak (No rating yet)As described on its website, Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. It is designed to
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                    Scoble on Tech at Fast Company

                    Scoble is doing a video column at Fast Company called Scoble on Tech. Interesting format: Scoble and Ed Sussman from Fast Company are chatting on video. There's pretty high production value--it's edited down so that you see each person when they talk and there are out takes to sites they talk about and graphics. I just heard about it from Brad Baldwin while we were meeting about Podcamp SLC (Jan 26--more later). I watched the show on Open Social and learned some things. There's definitely meat here. Still, I'm not convinced that lots of people are going to take
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                    The Gang is Back!

                    The Gillmor Gang is back and still the same. If you loved if before, you'll still love it. I laughed out loud twice in the first 15 minutes of show II. It's only on Facebook, so you'll have to join if you're not already a member. If you do, feel free to add me as a friend.
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                    Virtualization Security Threats

                    Laurianne McLaughlin has an excellent article in CIO magazine about security threats in virtual machines and what you can do now to mitigate them. One that caught my eye was No. 4, "Understand the Value of an Embedded Hypervisor". The reason I was tuned into that was a conversation I had with Gregory Ness on a Technometria podcast where he went into some detail about the role of a hypervisor in VM security. As an aside, am I the only one who finds the interstitial page ads that IDG is placing in this online magazines completely annoying? I wouldn't
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                    ParenScript: A Lispy JavaScript Generator

                    Feedback on my interview with Bruce Johnson on the Google Web Toolkit led to ParenScript, a little language for Lisp that generates JavaScript. From the intro: ParenScript is a small Lispy language that can be compiled to JavaScript. It also comes with client-side HTML and CSS generation libraries. This approach simplifies the development of web applications by enabling all components of the application to be written in Lisp, so that HTML, CSS and JavaScript code can all be generated with the full power of Lisp and its macros. At the same time, ParenScript strives to produce maximally readable JavaScript
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                    New Conferences on IT Conversations

                    This week, I published shows on IT Conversations from two new series: the Singularity Summit and RailsConf. Here are the show descriptions. Rodney Brooks - The Singularity: A Period Not An Event - In the keynote presentation from the 2007 Singularity Summit, Rodney Brooks, Panasonic Professor of Robotics at MIT, explores many possible singularity futures based on decades of experience researching, inventing, and commercializing robots. During this presentation Dr. Brooks examines why we need robotics and AI as well as how the singularity will not be like it is portrayed by Hollywood. David Heinemeier Hansson - Rails 2007 Keynote
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for October 2007

                    Here are the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by download) for October 2007: Bruce Johnson - Technometria: Google Web Toolkit (Rating: 4.20)Recently, Google released from beta its Google Web Toolkit. Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is an open source Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Phil and Scott talk to Bruce Johnson, one if its co-creators. In addition to discussing its development, Bruce gives a number of examples of projects that took advantage of GWT. Robert Trivers - What
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                    At Defrag

                    I'm in Denver at Defrag. Eric Nolan, Brad Feld, and Phil Becker have organized it to discuss "the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the "aha" moment. Defrag is about the space that lives in between knowledge management, "social" networking, collaboration and business intelligence." I missed Dave Weinberger's keynote. I didn't want to--he's an engaging speaker and this performance must have been great: I walked in as someone commented that she never expected to come to a tech confernce and cry in the first sessions. But to make it I would have
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                    Guy Kawasaki in Utah

                    Guy Kawasaki was in Utah speaking on the Art of Innovation. Guy is a humorous speaker. I enjoyed it in spite of the fact that I've heard the talk several times before--on IT Conversations. I listened to the talk twice as we were getting ready to publish it and so I could finish most of Guy's sentences. Nothing wrong with that. There were a few unique elements to the talk that Guy threw in and he responded well to some technical difficulties with the mic. It was a shame that it happened, but didn't detract too much. I also
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                    Amory Lovins on IT Conversations

                    Social Innovations is a sister channel to IT Conversations. They have a 10 part series of lectures by Amory Lovins, the Cofounder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. The series is a from set of five lectures he delivered at Stanford earlier this year. I'm cross posting the Lovins lectures on ITC. The first lecture (see part I and part II) is on energy efficiency for buildings. This lecture has been highly rated by SIC listeners and I think ITC listeners will enjoy it too. The second lecture, on energy efficiency in buildings (see part I,
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for September 2007

                    Update: I've updated this with ratings data. Normally the top 10 report includes the ratings for each show. The way I get access to the ratings data has been inop for some weeks now. I've delayed doing the report for September in hopes that I'd get access soon, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen soon. So, I've generated it without the ratings data for now. Rob Levy - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.80)Some technology companies founded and headquartered in the United States aren't outsourcing to India and China, but are spreading technology centers around the world instead.
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                    New Series on the Conversations Network

                    This last week, the Conversation Network (IT Conversation's parent) launched a new channel: Media Conversations. The new channel, like IT Conversations and Social Innovations Conversations, produces high quality audio shows from a variety of sources. A first for us: Media Conversations includes video for some shows. The video is of a series called "Future Talks." The first two shows are with Gerd Leonhard and Glen Hiemstra. I've listened to both and found the very interesting. In addition to the video, you can just get the audio tracks via RSS if you like. I'll be pulling in some shows from
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                    SOA Governance Podcast

                    As part of preparing for my upcoming tutorial in NYC on SOA Governance (Nov 8, 2007), I went back an listened to this interview I did with Todd Biske and Ed Vazquez for IT Conversations. Todd and Ed are so smart on this topic. I got a lot of good ideas from listening to this again. I changed some of the things I was going to talk about after reviewing this. If you don't care about enterprise IT, it will bore you to death, but if you do, there's some great ideas here.
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                    Using Twitter for Messaging

                    Dave's given his podcatcher a Twitter account. So, if you're interested, you can subscribe to notices, via Twitter, of what Dave's downloading. "So what?" I hear you ask. You may not care what Dave's listening to, but chances are, someone does. Moreover, Dave's using Twitter as a messaging endpoint in what Rohit Khare calls a "syndication oriented architecture," or SynOA. Jon Udell and Rohit talked about this on IT Conversations a few weeks ago. I'm using Twitter in a similar way in my class this semester. My students are writing servers that send updates to a Twitter account via
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                    More ITC Badges

                    Some people didn't like the yellow and blue badge in my post on promoting IT Conversations because it is animated. I agree in general that animated gifs can be annoying but this one rotates so slowly, I don't mind it. I've had it on my blog before and frankly didn't even notice the animation. Still, I can se why some people might not want to use it, so here's four badges that represent each stage of the animation.
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                    NBC's Troubles

                    NBC has announced that it will open its own download site for it's programs after a dispute with Apple over the price and DRM for its programs on ITMS. There are a lot of people who think NBC is mad to take their shows off of ITMS and maybe they are, but I think NBC and others are bound to explore their options in this brave new world. We call NBC, CBS, ABC, and others "networks" because in the old days they had to worry about distribution because of the limits of technology (VHF television has a 50 mile
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                    Do You Love IT Conversations? Show It!

                    I hate public radio pledge drives. Who doesn't. Nevertheless, I recognize the need. I hope you'll forgive this low-key request for support for IT Conversations. IT Conversations is easy to love--free audio that's interesting, relevant, and good quality. Admittedly I'm biased, but I think the popularity of IT Conversations backs this sentiment up. If you love IT Conversations, take a minute and show it. Here's a couple of ways: Become a member of the Conversations Network. IT Conversations is part of the Conversations Network, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation and a section 501(c)(3) public charity under the Internal
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                    IT Conversations System Changes

                    Over the past week Doug Kaye has been working furiously to change over the backend systems that support IT Conversations. The changes won't be immediately obvious when you just visit the Web site, but they were necessary in order to make future growth possible. There have been a few bugs associated with the switchover, but for the most part it's gone smoothly. If you do notice something that's not right, please contact me and I'll forward it to Doug.
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                    Syndication Oriented Architectures

                    Two of the people I respect the most, Jon Udell and Rohit Khare are together in one podcast: Jon's latest from his weekly Interviews With Innovators podcast on IT Conversations. Jon has a short write-up on his blog about the podcast and it's topic: syndication oriented architectures. SynOA was born on the open web and is now creeping into the enterprise. To understand why, just consider Facebook. It is a deeply syndication-oriented application. Although Facebook users never have to think about it in these terms, they are constantly publishing events onto a syndication bus while at the same time
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                    O'Reilly Calls for Participation

                    O'Reilly Media has several calls for participation that are due soon. Now in its seventh year, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference hones in on the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now. Do you have something that points the way to the future? O'Reilly Media invites technologists and strategists, CTOs and CIOs, technology evangelists and scouts, programmers and hackers, researchers and academics, artists and activists, business developers, and entrepreneurs to lead conference sessions and tutorials at ETech. The call for participation ends September 17, 2007. The O'Reilly Emerging Telephony
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                    Some Thoughts on Co-Working

                    Sean O'Steen, one of the hard-working audio editors on IT Conversations, had an article at Web Worker Daily on co-working in Berkeley. Sean's article discusses the concept of co-working in general and the Berkeley Coworking site in particular. If you're not familiar with it, co-working is the trend for developers, writers, independents, and other professionals to spend at least part of their day in a shared, public space. Starbucks, Borders, libraries, and other places that have Wi-Fi have been popular hang outs for some time and now people have started to create specific co-working spaces like the Berkeley one.
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                    Bruce Perens: Innovation Goes Public

                    Bruce Perens speaks to UOSC(click to enlarge) Bruce Perens is here for the second keynote of the evening. I spoke to Bruce on IT Conversations last March when he was last in Utah to protest the Novell/Microsoft deal. Bruce is not only interesting to listen to, but entertaining as well. Bruce gives an intro about why he got excited about open source. As I mentioned, Bruce has criticized Novell in the past (and will today). The conference is being held at Novell, but the security folks haven't thrown him out yet. How can "innovation" go public? It's not a
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                    Reeds Law and Social Networks

                    David Cushman has brought together a lot of different pieces in a thoughtful article about Reed's Law and social networking. As I read his thoughts about our identity (personal rather than digitial), I'm reminded of a recent conversation Moira Gunn had with Goff Moore and David Thomson (podcast) about how we relate to each other in this first decade of the 21st century.
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for August 2007

                    Here are the top ten shows (by downloads) for August 2007 on IT Conversations. Geoff Moore & David Thompson - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.60)Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Geoff Moore and David Thompson about how Web 2.0 is seamlessly taking the high tech lives of our young people right into the workplace. Matt Ridley - BioTech Nation (Rating: 3.43)Dr. Moira Gunn and David Ewing Duncan interview eminent science writer Matt Ridley, the author of "Genome." Drew Major - Technometria (Rating: 3.20)Drew Major is one of the true pioneers in the computing industry. He first worked with early CP/M computers
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                    FreeNum Links Phone Numbers to the Internet

                    I loved John Todd's ETel presentation (podcast) on FreeNum, a scheme for bringing phone numbers to the Internet. Of course, I love identifiers and addresses and all that they enable, so it was a natural. Suppose you were a university campus and when you looked at your phone bill, you noticed that a lot of calls were to other universities. You've got a VoIP telephone system; they've all got VoIP telephone systems. You might wonder "isn't there some way to route these calls over the Internet and save some serious money?" The answer, of course is "yes" but making
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                    Talking Research with Rick Rashid

                    This week's technometria podcast is a discussion with Rick Rashid. Not only is he the head of Microsoft Research, but he's also the guy who started it. Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. The company also collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to broadly advance the field of computer science. We discuss both Microsoft Research, as well as the general status of technology research. Rick first talks about his background and what led him to become involved in the formation of Microsoft Research. He discusses the general
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                    Cooking With IEEE

                    I get feedback from IT Conversations listeners all the time--usually one persons strongly held beliefs contradict another's. For example, it's not uncommon for people to say that they love or hate the fact that IT Conversations shows aren't just about IT. Some people, for example, hate Biotech Nation and others love it. So it is with IEEE Spectrum Radio. While many love the slightly geeky, but usually off-topic (from the IT perspective) shows of IEEE, some find them not to their liking. That's sure to be the case with the series of shows on cooking. The first show in
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                    We're Planing on Beefing that Up

                    I'm listening to Jon Udell's interview of Mike Hudak about the video sharing service blip.tv. The interview is great--good quality sound and excellent discussion. There's some interesting riffs on design, sharing, economies of plenty, and even origami. What caught my attention, however, was a comment Mike says. At one point, talking about how tagging can happen in a distributed way, he says something like "We've got some basic identity in the system. At some point we plan on beefing that up to deal with comment spam, etc." I'm not dogging on Mike, because I may be misinterpreting this comment,
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                    Talking to Drew Major on Technometria

                    I just posted an interview Scott and I did with Drew Major, one of the founders of Novell and someone who's doing some very interesting things with video. Talking with Drew is really interesting because he has a long history in technology and isn't satisfied with how things are. He's willing to code to make things scale.
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                    IT Conversations Top Ten Shows for July 2007

                    Here's the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by downloads) for July 2007: Scott Berkun - Technometria: The Myths of Innovation (Rating: 3.45)How do you know whether a hot technology will succeed or fail? Or where the next big idea will come from? The best answers come not from the popular myths we tell about innovation, but instead from time-tested truths that explain how we've made it this far. In The Myths of Innovation, author Scott Berkun takes a careful look at innovation history, including the software and Internet Age, to reveal how ideas truly become successful innovations-truths that
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                    Vote for IT Conversations at Bloggers Choice Awards

                    If you enjoy IT Conversations, consider voting for IT Conversations as the best podcast at the Blogger's Choice Awards site. Naturally, we'd love to win. As an aside, you have to go through a registration process to vote. Sorry. This is the perfect kind of application for OpenID--too bad they don't use it.
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                    IT Conversations Moves Back

                    As Doug Kaye announced, IT Conversations has moved back to the The Conversations Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. I'm excited about the move because I think it will result in IT Conversations being able to grow and take advantage of new opportunities. It just hasn't gotten the attention that it needed at GigaVox due to competing interests and changing business models. Over the next few months there will be some technical changes which will probably affect me more than you, if we're lucky. Still, you should expect a few changes. Still, IT Conversations will remain largely the same. We've got
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                    IT Conversations on Facebook

                    Lately Facebook has been all the rage. We've taken note of that at IT Conversations and we've created some Facebook groups for your favorite shows. First, there's the IT Conversations group on Facebook. There's also one for my personal podcast, Technometria. And Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators also has a Facebook group. I'm not sure how we'll be using these, but I'd encourage you to join these groups and help us make them into something that will be useful to all of us. Also, if you're an IT Conversations listener, feel free to add me as a friend as
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                    Scott Berkun: Myths of Innovation

                    This week on the Technometria Podcast Scott, Ben, and I talked to Scott Berkun, author of the book The Myths of Innovation. We had a great conversation and Scott sold a couple of books right on the phone: both Ben and Scott went to Amazon while we were talking and picked up a copy. If you feel like buying the book after listening to Scott speak, but sure to buy it through IT Conversations, so we get the referral fee.
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                    Pittsburgh's Diaspora: Coming Home to the Motherland

                    Last week's Interviews with Innovators has Jon Udell talking with Jim Russell about the way the Web can be used to create social contexts among far-flung people who share some connection--in this case the fact that they all came from Pittsburgh. I found this interesting because of a personal connection: my wife's from Pittsburgh--she's part of this diaspora. I lived in Pittsburgh for six months in 1983 (West Mifflin) and have been back many times. Scott Lemon, my co-host on the Technometria podcast is also from Pittsburgh. Beyond the personal ties, I find the whole concept of regional diasporas
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                    Optimizing iTunes for IT Conversations

                    A number of people use iTunes as their podcatcher--the software that automatically downloads a podcast and puts it on their iPod. If that's you, please take a minute to change your preferences so that you don't miss any IT Conversations podcasts. By default iTunes only downloads the most recent podcast from a given site each day. For most sites, which publish less than once per day, that works fine. For sites like IT Conversations, however, that means you might be missing some shows you'd rather have downloaded. I try to just publish one show per day to avoid this
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                    Social Networks, eGovernment, and the iPhone

                    This weeks' Technometria podcast is a little unusual. Due to a scheduling problem on my part, it started out with Scott and I discussing his recent explorations on Ning. At one point we start talking about how social networks might work in government. I happened to notice that Dave Fletcher, the Chief Technology Officer for Utah, was online and so I asked him if he could join us. He dialed in and we had a good conversations. Naturally, we also discussed the iPhone since it was just days after I'd gotten mine. Also, be sure to check out the
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                    Adding Summaries to the Top Ten

                    Some folks have been asking for more information about the top ten shows list I publish each month for IT Conversations. I modified my script to print out that information and republished the list for June. I like doing this since it gives me an excuse to code--something I don't get to do enough of lately. So, if you have suggestion, feel free to make them.
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                    Speaking With Simon Phipps

                    This week, I posted the Technometria podcast with Simon Phipps. Simon is the Chief Open Source Officer at Sun. I've followed Simon's blog for years. He's one of the people I look to when I want to understand the subtleties of happenings in the open source world. I enjoyed the discussion very much and hope you enjoy it too. Be sure to listen to the end for the discussion of Lego ice cube trays.
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for June 2007

                    Note: Several people asked (in comments) for summaries of the programs. I've modified the program I use to generate this list to add summaries. So, here's the same list with summaries). Here are the top ten most downloaded shows from IT Conversations for June 2007 along with their ratings. You'll note that an interview with Dave Weinberger is the first and eighth entries--he's doubly popular! Moira and I both interviewed him--you'll probably enjoy both as their very different interviews. David Weinberger - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.47)David Weinberger, author of the "Cluetrain Manifesto" speaks with Dr. Moira Gunn about the
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                    The Social Side of IT Conversations

                    Jon Udell's Interviews with Inovators submission for this week is a conversation with Simon St Laurent. St. Laurent isn't someone you'll necessarily meet at the next O'Reilly conference you go to. Jon singles him out as an innovator because of his use of local blogs reflect and enrich the life of a community. Jon says, "Day by day, and year by year, he's showing his fellow citizens that political blogging doesn't have to be bombastic and divisive. It can be a civil dialogue that informs and unites." On his blog, Jon asks why IT Conversations and our sister channel
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                    Document Engineering

                    This week's Technometria podcast is a discussion with Bob Glushko of UC Berkeley's iSchool. Bob's book, Document Engineering is a look at the methods people should employ in designing the document that surround their business. Document, in Bob's view, is a very broad term, encompassing everything from books and papers to XML. If you last week's discussion with Dave Weinberger, then this week's podcast will nice complement to that.
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                    Fake Colgate and China Wars

                    If you want to understand stories about tainted dog food and fake, poison toothpaste, listen to part I and part II of Moira's interview with Peter Navarro. I bought and read Navarro's book, the Coming China Wars after listening to the interviews. Definitely puts these stories in perspective. I think we're just seeing the beginning of the problems counterfeit products are going to cause.
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                    Everything is Miscellaneous

                    This week's Technometria podcast is an interview with Dave Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. I've known Dave for some years and find him to be a very interesting person to talk to. This interview was no exception. The idea of everything being miscellaneous at first conjures up images of chaos, but the key is to remember that this isn't an argument against classification, but a priori classification. The Internet enables and requires that we classify things when we want them, not before. You may want things alphabetically and I may want
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                    Blue Light Special

                    Chuck Knutson has a funny post about his discontent with the flashing blue lights that manufacturers of Bluetooth devices seem intent on putting on their products. As Chuck says "Bluetooth is cable replacement technology, and I believe it should act like it." I get that product managers are proud of their little devices, but hen the light is distracting, we've gone too far. I wonder if "annoying" is one of the design metrics that Sara Ulius-Sabel tracks?
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                    Computational Thinking

                    When Jon Udell interviewed Phil Libin, on IT Conversations, Libin said that in the future people will have to understand asymmetric encryption in order to function in the world. At first I was incredulous--that seems like a pretty esoteric concept to force on everyone. But then he said this: when Adam Smith first put forth idea of free markets, the notion that most adults would have an intuitive understanding of the concept seemed equally ludicrous, but in fact around 80% of U.S. adults do. Why understand encryption? Because it affects your life in multiple ways. People who understand encryption
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                    The Last Chinese Chef and Technology

                    I'm a little behind in listening to TechNation. Sometimes before I listen to a show on TechNation, I wonder "how can this be related to technology." Such was the case with Moira's interview with Nicole Mones author of The Last Chinese Chef. First, this is a novel. Second, it's about Chinese cooking. But the conversation was, in large part, about the technology of Chinese cooking the role that topipc plays in the novel. They also talked about Mones' previous book A Cup of Light and how it is based on the technology of porcelain. Things like food and porcelain
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                    Java Desktop Developments

                    This week's show on the Technometria podcast is an interview with Chet Hasse. Chet works for Sun Microsystems in the Java Desktop group. We talk about upcoming features in the Java desktop and Sun's applet strategy. Chet's new book Filthy Rich Clients: Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop Java Applications will be out in August. I'm sure this will be a great book for anyone interested in developing Java clients. The best GUI people I know also have some genuine artistic abilities. If you check out Chet's blog you'll see he fits the bill.
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                    Security and Virtualization

                    I've been a big proponent of virtualization over the last couple of years, but I'd never stopped to think how it changed the nature of computer security. This week on the Technometria podcast, I interviewed Greg Ness about security in virtualized environments. It turns out there are things that virtualization makes more difficult, but the ability to run a privileged "security shield" on the hypervisor presents a new, potent weapon in the fight for more secure enterprise computing. I found the conversation fascinating.
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                    Why Does HP Software Suck Sooooo Bad?

                    I have an HP Scanjet 4670 that I've owned for 3 years now. I haven't used it for a year however, and a few months ago when I rebuilt my machine, I didn't reinstall the HP drivers on purpose. This morning I needed to make a scan. I worked for an hour to try to figure out how to make it work without installing HP drivers (it's hard to find good information on whether this is even possible) and no joy. I really didn't want to install the drivers and all the other stuff HP would force on me,
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Programs for May 2007

                    Here are the top ten downloaded shows on It Conversations (with their ratings) for May 2007. John Newton - Technometria: Enterprise Content Management (Rating: 3.75) Amit Singh - Technometria: Mac OS X Internals (Rating: 4.29) Randall Stross - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.43) Robert Scoble - Technometria (Rating: 3.23) Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.93) Irene Au - Elevating User Experience (Rating: 3.67) Dr. Nancy Mize - BioTech Nation (Rating: 3.80) Gent Hito - Jon Udell's Interviews With Innovators (Rating: 3.38) Shel Holtz - Podcast to Your Employees (Rating: 4.00) Phil Wolff - Technometria: Skype (Rating: 3.43) Note:
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                    Phil Wolff on Technometria

                    I've known Phil Wolff for years. Not in any particular context, he was just a fellow blogger I'd talk to at conferences we both showed up at. I enjoyed what he wrote. Then a while back, I noticed that my friend Phil had put himself front and center of all things Skype with Skype Journal, a blog that provides news, opinion, and tips about Skype. I ran into Phil at Internet Identity Workshop, where he was proposing something he calls "OpenCallerID." I thought it was high time we talked to him about Skype and other things that are interesting
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                    Black Swans and the Impact of Improbable Events

                    Black Swans(click to enlarge) Yesterday, Nassim Nicholas Taleb was on Talk of the Nation talking about his book Black Swan. Of course, we published Moira Gunn's interview with Taleb a few weeks ago on IT Conversations. The name comes from the fact that for centuries Europeans used the term "black swan" as synonymous with something that was impossible--until they got to Australia where black swans are common. Taleb uses it as an allegory for an improbable event that changes some aspect of our world drastically. It's funny how when you learn a new concept it becomes a way to
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                    Would You Let IT Conversations See Your Podcast Ratings in iTunes?

                    Not too long ago, Richard Miller suggested using the iTunes XML file that iTunes creates for use by other applications as a way of getting feedback for podcasts. Here's Apple's description of the XML file and what it can be used for. If you rate a few things in your collection and then go look at the XML file, you'll see it would be a relatively simple task to grab whether something had been played or not, it's rating, and how many times it was played (usually once for a podcast) from the file. An application that lived in
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                    Launching Book IT!

                    We've launched a new series at IT Conversations: Book IT!, a series of interviews with authors about their books. The series will ultimately have multiple hosts, but our first host is Jeff Parks, an information architect. His first interview, with Mike Moran is on search engine marketing. I enjoyed it very much. Jeff has a good style. I'm looking for one more host for this series. I can't promise you any renumeration, but you'll get a certain amount of exposure and some free books. We do most of the hard stuff: you need to be able to produce high
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                    Fuse for OS X

                    A few months ago I posted a short article about using the SSH filesystem to mount an OS X directory from Ubuntu in Parallels. At the time, I had no idea what it was or how it worked. Yesterday, however, I recorded an interview with Amit Signh, the author of the OS X Internals book. This interview will show up on my Technometria podcast on IT Conversations next week. We got into a discussion of the MacFUSE project, which Amit runs and something clicked. FUSE is a specification for creating file systems in user space (i.e. not in the
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                    Defrag Registration is Now Open

                    Registration for Defrag is now open. If you look at the agenda, I think you'll agree there are some really interesting speakers and topics. We'll be hosting the audio from Defrag on IT Conversations and doing some pre-conference interviews with keynoters.
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                    John Newton, Open Source Convert

                    John Newton was one of the founders of Documentum and, as a result, one of the inventors of what we now call "content management." Whether you like that term, or not, the idea of specialized databases that keep track of things like documents, Web sites, photographs, and so on has had a huge impact on our world. Now John is the CTO of Alfresco, an open source company building open source tools for managing content. John wasn't always an open source advocate, but now believe it's the right model for creating enterprise software. Scott Lemon, Ben Galbraith, and I
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Programs for April 2007

                    Here is the list of the top ten shows on IT Conversations for April 2007 ranked by downloads. The ratings each of these show recieved is also shown. Kevin Werbach - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.25) David Platt - Why Software Sucks (Rating: 3.49) Lou Carbone - Creating Customer Loyalty (Rating: 4.43) Ian Wilmut - BioTech Nation (Rating: 3.38) Bruce Perens - Technometria: Software Patents (Rating: 3.80) Miguel de Icaza - Technometria: The Mono Project (Rating: 4.12) Phil Libin - Jon Udell's Interviews With Innovators (Rating: 4.00) Geoffrey Bilder - Jon Udell's Interviews With Innovators (Rating: 4.00) Dave Evans -
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                    Mikko Hypponen on Emergent Virus Threats

                    F-Secure is one of the leading companies devoted to the study and prevention of computer viruses, spam, and other types of malware. Last week we were lucky enough to get Mikko Hypponen, the company's Director of Anti-Virus Research, to join Scott and I in a discussion of the current status of the virus problem. Mikko first reviews his background and how he became involved in the study and prevention of malware. He discusses some of his experiences with both worms and early viruses and reviews some of the problems trying to prevent spam. He talks about how spammers are
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                    Feedback for the News (and Podcasts)

                    Over at Scripting News, Dave is positing a system for giving feedback to the media about what stories you want to see and which you don't. This in an effort to get more personalization in the news stories we see. I've had similar thoughts about podcasting (as has Dave and others). At IT Conversations, there is a feedback mechanism. Relatively speaking, no one uses it. Part of the problem is that when you're listening to podcasts you're probably not at your computer. Part of the problem is that people don't understand the benefit. We have a recommendations engine that
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                    Technometria on Virtualization

                    This week's Technometria podcast is an interview with Bogomil Balkansky on virtualization. Bogomil is director of product marketing at VMWare. We had a good discussion of who's adopting virtualization now and why. We talked about virtualization in the datacenter and the desktop. I enjoyed the conversation.
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                    PodCorps.org

                    Doug Kaye, the man behind IT Conversations is launching PodCorps.org. Th goal is to create a network of podcasting stringers and event producers who can record and publish important spoken-word events anywhere in the world. One of the goals is to cover events related to the 2008 election in the US. Right now, PodCorps.org is recruiting stringers. Later, event producers will be able to tap into that pool of talent to get their events recorded. See and FAQ for more details. If you have the ability to record events and your willing to volunteer your time, take a minute
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                    John Hagel on IT Conversations

                    Last month, at ETech, Doug Kaye introduced me to John Hagel. At the time, I happened to be reading a paper he and John Seely Brown had written called From Push to Pull- Emerging Models for Mobilizing Resources because it had been recommended by Werner Vogels. We had a delightful conversation over lunch. This morning I was looking at John Hagel and John Seely Brown's latest book (2005) The Only Sustainable Edge. One of the concepts is "dynamic specialization." When I googled dynamic specialization, the number two link was an IT Conversations presentation by John Seely Brown from Supernova
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                    Miguel on Mono

                    In this week's Technometria podcast, Scott, Ben, and I talk with Miguel de Icaza, the founder and force behind the Mono project. We had a great discussion about the project's history, purpose, and architecture. We also got into some discussion of programming languages in general. I think you'll enjoy it. One program note: Matt Asay, who has been a co-host on Technometria for many months has had to pull back on his involvement. Ben Galbraith, a good friend and great technologist, has joined Scott and I in our weekly show.
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                    TechNation Audio Mixup

                    The audio for last week's TechNation and BioTech nation shows were identical due to a naming problem. That problems been corrected, so if you're a fan of either program, I encourage you to download them again and make sure you've got the right shows: Kim Stanley Robinson - Global Warming BioTech Nation - Stem Cells & the BioBank My apologies for the trouble.
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                    Provo Second on Forbes List

                    Forbes magazine lists Provo Utah as second on their list of Best Places For Business And Careers. Raleigh, NC was number one and Boise, ID was third. That's good company. After listening to Richard Florida on IT Conversations a few years back, I bought his book The Rise of the Creative Class. Provo gets a mention there as well as a good place for doing business. Florida talks a great deal about what metropolitan areas can do to become magnets for creative people. Forbes is capturing a lot of that in their list; here are the components: Colleges -
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for March 2007

                    Here's the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by total number of downloads) for March 2007. The ratings are included as well. Robert Sutton - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.67) Outsourcing BioTech Panel - Tech Nation Peter Barth, Francis Chan - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.33) John Voelcker, Glenn Zorpette - Tech Cars Roundtable (Rating: 3.17) Doc Searls - Technometria: The Giant Zero (Rating: 3.83) Ken Majer - Productivity and Profitability Lonn Johnston - Technometria: High Tech PR (Rating: 3.71) David Lawrence - Instantly Irresistible and Perfectly Passionate (Rating: 4.25) Dr. Richard Ho & Randy Scott - BioTech Nation (Rating: 3.71)
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                    Drummond Reed on XRI and Identity

                    This week on the Technometria podcast, Scott and I talk with Drummond Reed about XRI, the eXtensible Resource Identifier. With respect to the podcast, Drummond says: Last week I had a long talk about XRI with Phil Windley and Scott Lemon that they just posted as an IT Conversations podcast. If you ever wanted to know the full XRI story from start to finish (verbally, at least), this is the podcast for you. Phil tends to draw out the details from me, so there's quite a bit of "verbal whiteboarding" (I live for whiteboards), but altogether it amounts the
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                    Open Source Conversations

                    After an experiment of almost a year, Gigavox Media has decided to fold Open Source Conversations back in IT Conversations. Frankly this is a decision I've hoped for for some time. At the time Open Source Conversations was created, there was a lot of open source shows coming to IT Conversations and Gigavox was anxious to create sister channels for IT Conversations. I like not splitting things up, but I also recognize that as more and more material is published on IT Conversations, listeners have a tough time figuring out what to listen to. I didn't want to lose
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                    Defrag Conference

                    Eric Nolin, who helped organize and build Digital Identity World with Phil Becker is starting a new conference with Phil and Brad Feld (of Mobius VC) called "Defrag." From the "About" page: Defrag is the first conference focused solely on the internet-based tools that transform loads of information into layers of knowledge, and accelerate the "aha" moment. Defrag is about the space that lives in between knowledge management, "social" networking, collaboration and business intelligence. Defrag is not a version number. Rather it's a gathering place for the growing community of implementers, users, builders and thinkers that are working on
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                    Interview with Innovators with Jon Udell

                    Jon Udell's been doing his Friday Podcast for some time now. For almost as long, I've been trying to get him to do it on IT Conversations. He was willing, but there were some hurdles. I'm happy to report that the last hurdle was cleared a few weeks ago and last Friday I published Jon's first show, an interview with Phil Libin, in a new series on IT Conversations. Jon won't be a stranger to longtime IT Conversations listeners who will remember him as regular member of the original Gillmor Gang. Jon also appeared recently on Technometria with Scott
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                    Bruce Perens on Software Patents

                    Last week Scott and I talked to Bruce Perens for the Technometria podcast. Bruce happened to be in Utah (although we did the interview over the phone) because of Brainshare. He wasn't in town to attend, but to protest the recent agreement between Novell and Microsoft. We had a good discussion of software patents, why he thinks the Novell-Microsoft agreement is bad for open source, and the change to the GPL to combat the deal. You can read a summary and listen to our discussion on IT Conversations.
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                    The Coming Age of Magic: Ubiquitous Computing User Experiences

                    Mike Kuniavsky(click to enlarge) Mike Kuniavsky, the founder of Adaptive Path, has a company called Thing M, a device design studio that "Lives at the intersections of ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, industrial design and materials science." He's giving a talk on The Coming Age of Magic. The idea is that Moore's Law has pushed the price of computing so low that it is nearly disposable. Computing can be everywhere. People have talked about ubiquitous computing for a long time, but the era of cheap, low-power computing, and wireless communication has arrived. We no longer need to serve as the
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                    IT Conversations Meetup

                    I just got back from the IT Conversations meetup here at ETech. I really enjoyed meeting people, talking about what they like and don't like, and hearing how they use IT Conversations. There were about a dozen people there. Doug Kaye was able to come and I think people enjoyed quizzing him about the beginnings of IT Conversations and giving him feedback on some of the technical aspects of how things work. Thanks to everyone who came! If you weren't able to be in San Diego for this meetup, we plan on having more in other parts of the
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                    What's IT Conversations?

                    Yesterday Steve Gillmor gave me the perfect answer for when people ask me what IT Conversations is. It goes like this: You: What's IT Conversations? Me: Are you familiar with NPR? You: Yes... Me: It's nothing like NPR. Does that help? Bonus link: Doc Searls offers up Irrational Public Radio. From their homepage: Where other news sources leave off, Irrational Public Radio starts, and proceeds almost mercilessly. For the discerning listener, IPR is a stalwart of integrity, a bastion of integrity, and just a huge heaping platter of integrity. We commend you for your taste and your fetching personal
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                    AWS and Your Data Center: ETech 2007

                    Werner Vogels, Amazon's CTO, is talking about their Web services--specifically the outsourced data center products (S3, EC2, and SQS) that I've written about before and that were the subject of an IT Conversations interview I did with Doug Kaye and Jeff Barr. Werner begins by making a case that (a) scaling is critical to Web businesses and (b) scaling, economically, is really hard. I was just twittering with Phil Burns last night about servers. He just took delivery of four for TagJungle. He's got a lot of work ahead of him setting them up. When TagJungle grows again, Phil
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                    IT Conversations Meetup Tuesday

                    Don't forget that we're having an IT Conversations Meetup tomorrow night at 7:30pm. The session in the Gregory A room of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Doug Kaye's in town and will be joining us. Come and give us feedback, ask questions, and talk about anything at all. I hope you can make it.
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                    IEEE's Glenn Zorpette Hits Trifecta at ABM Awards

                    One of the regular hosts on IEEE Spectrum Radio on IT Conversations is Glenn Zorpette. He just won three awards from the American Broadcast Media for this article on Re-engineering Iraq. He also produced some audio from the piece which we featured on IT Conversations. I enjoyed both the article and the show on IT Conversations. It's been one of the most popular shows in that series. If you missed it, go back and listen. I think you'll enjoy it enough to want to go read the article.
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                    Howard Moskowitz on Technometria Podcast

                    This week's Technometria Podcast is with Howard Moskowitz, an expert in the field of psychophysics, and author of the upcoming book Selling Blue Elephants. My introduction to Howard from watching this talk by Malcolm Gladwell at TED. That's Gladwell, you'll enjoy listening to Howard even more. He's just a very smart, nice man with a great vision and a great ability to tell stories. Give it a listen. I think you'll enjoy it very much. I know I did.
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                    Bugatti Veyron At Speed

                    Niels Makel sent me a link to this video of a Bugatti Veyron at top speed--407 km/h. This is the same car discussed in this IEEE Spectrum show on IT Conversations. Without taking away anything from Spectrum Radio, this video shows that some things are better experienced with video, not just audio. I was sitting on the edge of my seat. It's truly amazing.
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                    Managing Experience: A New Series

                    Today we launched a new series on IT Conversations, Managing Experience, a set of presentations from the Adaptive Path Managing Experience conference, held in San Francisco, CA on Feb 12 and 13, 2007: Design has emerged as a strategic force in business. Managers building the next generation of digital products are confronted with an increasingly demanding set of challenges. MX San Francisco brings together thought-leaders in design & business to address these challenges. From adaptive path ? mx san francisco, ca ?Referenced Mon Mar 19 2007 13:15:22 GMT-0600 (MDT) The primary target is product managers, strategists, and designers. But
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                    Putt's Law

                    If you like Dilbert, you'll love Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat. At least that's my conclusion after listening to Susan Hassler interview Archibald Putt on IT Conversations as part of the IEEE Spectrum Radio series. Putt isn't the author's real name. In fact it's a psuedonym that Putt has used since 1976. The first version of this book came out in 1981 and is most famous for Putt's law: Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand. Reading some of the
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                    Doc Searls and the Giant Zero

                    Last week, Scott Lemon and I had a very enjoyable conversations with Doc Searls about a concept he's calling The Giant Zero. The concept is simple. In Doc's words: The metaphor is a play on the meaning of both World of Ends (which I co-wrote with fellow Berkman fellow David Weinberger) and The Stupid Network, by Berkman alumnus David Isenberg. (David is also my given name, by the way. Coincidence?) The origin of the metaphor, however, is Craig Burton, who was the first to observe that an end-to-end architecture in which every point is essentially zero distance from every
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                    Lonn Johnston on High Tech PR

                    I just posted the latest Technometria podcast on IT Conversations. Scott, Matt, and I spoke with Lonn Johnston about PR for high-tech firms--especially those involved with open source. I enjoyed the conversation very much and hope you do too.
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                    Why You Should Love CALEA

                    I published a show from Emerging Telephony on IT Conversations that consisted of three lightening talks by Bill Weinberg, Brad Templeton, and Johannes Ernst. Bill gave a good talk about open phones and why we don't have one yet. Open phones are a subject I care about, so I enjoyed that. Johannes gave one of the best short presentations I've heard on the multiple identifier problem. But Brad really entertained with his talk on why you should love CALEA. Brad's talk starts about 15 minutes in. Actually, I should clarify. Brad didn't really give the presentation, rather it was
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for Feb 2007

                    Here are the top ten shows on IT Conversations, by downloads, for February 2007. If you're looking for something good on IT Conversations, these shows would be a nice place to start. Anibal Acevedo Vila - Tech Nation (No rating yet) Who Owns "You"? - Supernova2006 (Rating: 3.12) Michelle Kaufmann - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.89) Barry Flicker - Slashing Project Time and Cost (Rating: 3.50) Dave Thompson - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.00) Bill Moggridge - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.33) Craig Burton - Technometria: The Enterprise of One (Rating: 2.29) Scott Rosenberg - Dreaming in Code (Rating: 3.45) Jeff Barr,
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                    John Wait on Technometria

                    I just published an interview with John Wait on the Technometria podcast. John's got a long tenure in the publishing business and spends most of his time looking at how new digital tools affect the more traditional business of publishing books. We had a very enjoyable chat. I'm sure you'll enjoy listening to it.
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                    Talking Portraits Debuts on IT Conversations

                    Today, a new series, Talking Portraits made its debut appearance on IT Conversations. Talking Portraits is hosted by Tom Parish, who's been doing podcasting for along time and audio on the 'Net even longer. On Talking Portraits, you can expect thought-provoking shows about technology and the people behind it. I'm proud to have Tom as part of the IT Conversations team and hope you'll enjoy his show.
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                    IT Conversations Meetup: San Diego, March 27

                    I'm going to be in San Diego for O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference the end of March and thought it would be fun to have a Meetup for IT Conversations. If you're going to ETech, or are simply in San Diego, and you'd like to meet and talk to other IT Conversations listeners, hosts, or staff, then mark March 27 on your calendar. This is a great opportunity to continue the conversation in person. We'll talk about technology, IT Conversations, podcasting, and more. I hope you'll be there. We'll be meeting at 7:30 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Watch for
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                    Controlling Amazon's EC2 with Capistrano and Rake

                    Steve Spigarelli sent me a link to this description of how to control EC2 from rake, the Ruby build manager. The implementation uses Capistrano, a Ruby utility for executing multiple commands on remote server in parallel. This is very timely since I just posted the Technometria podcast with Doug Kaye and Jeff Barr on using Amazon's Web services (AWS) for large, sophisticated applications. This has been on my mind of late and its nice to see some specifics about doing it. The Niblets post gives some great detail on how to manage the instances. I just relistened to the
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                    Power Line Innovations

                    I have an undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering. That's probably why I enjoyed the first segment of this IEEE Spectrum Radio program on composite power lines so much. No accounting for taste, I suppose. The other segments on home-scale windmills and paying for non-consumption were interesting as well. I added it on my personal queue at IT Conversations.
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                    Karen Stephenson on Social Network Analysis

                    If you miss PopTech! on IT Conversations (and I do) then listen to this talk by Karen Stephenson on Social Network Analysis from MeshForum. It's every bit as good as anything from PopTech! Whether you're interested in social networking, organizational issues, management, or group interaction, there's something here for you. Fascinating stuff.
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                    Building Newsletters for IT Conversations

                    I was a little late getting this week's IT Conversations newsletter out because I was trying to finish my tool for building the newsletter. I like building tools because they help me leverage my time. The newsletter tool is written in Perl. It downloads and parses two different RSS feeds and a zipped CSV file with ratings data. I only want items in the two RSS feeds that haven't been seen before so I have to have a persistent hash to remember the GUIDs of previously seen items. The tool also sorts the shows using the ratings data (which
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                    CTO Breakfast Report: The No-Employee Business

                    At this months' CTO Breakfast we had a long discussion about preparing students for careers in software this morning. We debated how much students need to know real tools like Subversion, Eclipse, Ant, and so on versus knowing how to design. I'm not convinced that the two are separable, which was another thread in the discussion. No decisions, naturally, but informative to me and I hope others. This led to a discussion of off shoring which then led to a longer discussion on switching from a reliance on paychecks to living from multiple revenue streams. Of course, this is
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                    Behind the Scenes: Producing the Technometria Podcast

                    Paul Figgiani, the Executive Producer of the Podcast Academy Channel and the Senior Audio Engineer for IT Conversations wrote up a behind the scenes description of what we did to make this weeks Technometria podcast with Doug Kaye and Jeff Barr. As Paul points out, there are seven people directly involved: the five people on the call and Paul and Joel Tscherne, the Series Producer for Technometria working behind the scenes. This is a good description of what it takes to make a show. I'm lucky to have good support--Paul and Joel do their jobs well and it makes
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                    Using Amazon Web Services

                    I just posted a piece at Between the Lines about our latest Technometria podcast with Jeff Barr and Doug Kaye. We discussed using Amazon Web Services to build sophisticated Web applications. Lots of good things in the podcast about business models, asynchronous programming, and so on. This was a fun podcast to do. Not only was the content exciting, but it was also a bit of a challenge from the recording angle as well. Jeff was in my office with me and Doug, Scott, and Matt were on the phone. I recorded the whole conversation using AudioDesk and a
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                    Top 150 Tech Heroes on IT Conversations

                    On wednesday SYS-CON published their final list of 150 all time technology heroes. The list is a mix of people who might have made the list if it were published 10 or even 20 years ago (like Claude Shannon) and relatively new faces (like Dave Sifry). As I looked at the list I realized there were quite a few people on the list who'd been on IT Conversations over the last few years. Niels Makel, one of the folks who works behind the scenes at IT Conversations as a series producer, took the time to create a list of
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                    The Role of Intellectual Property in Protecting Reputation

                    Today in class, we went over a paper called The Value of a Reputation System by John Kennes and Aaron Schiff (both of The University of Auckland). The paper presents a complicated mathematical model of markets that are similar to eBay and other auction sites, although the example in the paper is "pick-your-own" orchards. I've also been reading Peter Navarro's book The Coming China Wars recently and the two ideas got me thinking about the value of intellectual property in properly functioning markets. In Keenes and Schiff's paper, they model markets where there are product with high and low
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                    Top Ten IT Conversations Shows for January 2007

                    Here are the top ten most listened to shows on IT Conversations for January 2007: Who Owns "You"? - Supernova2006 John Seely Brown - Supernova 2005 Peter Navarro - Tech Nation Curt Carlson - Tech Nation David Platt - Why Software Sucks Chip Heath - Tech Nation Gary Lang - Opening the Possibilities: APIs and Open Source Code Sudoku, Biorobotics & Aeronautical Genius - IEEE Spectrum Radio Dr. Pauline Mele - BioTech Nation Kelly Phillipps - New Technology In Enterprises Today was the first time I've used my new Perl script to generate this list. Up until now, I
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                    Houses Go Green

                    Last week, Moira Gunn interviewed Michelle Kaufmann, an architect who designed modular homes with a focus on resource conservation. Wired Magazine had an article on this same subject last month that I really enjoyed. If you listen to the interview, you'll here Moira and Michelle talk about the Glidehouse, one of Kaufmann's original designs. Michelle's firm has a variety of designs that are efficient, cheaper to build (because of the modular design), and desirable. Those are words you don't always see in the same sentence together.
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                    Funding Public Radio (and ITC) with VRM

                    In a post at Linux Journal about identity and VRM, Doc Searls says that rather than boil the VRM ocean, he would rather pick a specific problem. Beyond cash for goods or services, I would like the option of having some range in relating. Maybe I want nothing more than give an artist some cash and a high-five. Or I may want a subscription to notices of new work, or to performances near where I live. The thing is, this mechanism needs to live on my side: to be mine. It must be able to relate to a first
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                    Using Amazon's Web Services for Sophisticated Applications

                    I just put a post up at Between the Lines about Doug Kaye's use of Amazon's Web services for hosting sophisticated applications. One look at the block diagram on Doug's site will convince you that this is substantially more than a trivial use of AWS.
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                    Personal Businesses On the Rise

                    Number of US businesses with no employees (Intuit/IFTF study)(click to enlarge) Paul Kedrosky pointed out an Intuit/IFTF study on small business (PDF) that talks about the rise of the personal business. Tim O'Reilly has a nice riff on this as well. As I talk to people, I find more and more who consider themselves free agents and, even though they have an employer, take pains to keep themselves free of organizational entanglements. They use their own email address for most correspondence, buy their own tools, and see their employment more like a business to business relationship than a traditional
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                    Calendars, Concept Count, and User Experience

                    Jon Udell has a detailed post on connecting Google Calendar and Outlook, but that's just the vehicle for talking about "concept counts"--the number of difficult concepts a person must understand and sort out to accomplish some task. Jon enumerates seven for this particular task; clearly too high. He concludes: All this only scratches the surface. We could elaborate a whole lot more of these conceptual underpinnings. Bottom-line: support for standards is necessary but not sufficient. Even when products comply with standards like iCal, people struggle mightily to use those products interoperably. It's the conceptual barriers that get in their
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                    Open Source As Truth

                    Matt Asay, who co-hosts the weekly Technometria podcast I do on IT Conversations, has written an excellent essay on the pragmatism of open source. Matt uses Richardson's William James as a jumping off point. Matt says: Why do I believe open source is the best way to develop, distribute, and support software? Because it works. Some may answer, "But look at Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, etc. Surely they "work" in the sense that they have been massively successful." To this I concur, but with a caveat. Or, rather, with a statement: "at a given moment in time." That is, the
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                    The Coming China Wars

                    I just finished listening to Moira's interview of Peter Navaro on his new book The Coming China Wars. Very interesting. I enjoyed Moira's earlier interview with Peter as well. This is just part one of a two part interview, so I'm looking forward to next week.
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                    Who Owns Your eBay Data

                    In the Who Owns "You" panel at Supernova (available on IT Conversations) the question came up about eBay reputation. An eBay seller's reputation score is calculated from how other eBay users rate the seller. Does that score belong to the seller, the eBay users who contributed to it, or eBay? Pretty easy actually, when you consider the principles of reputation. The eBay score is eBay's story about the user. They calculate that story and it's pretty simple but still they're the ones deciding the algorithm that's used. The eBay users and eBay jointly own the ratings. That is, each
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                    Adding Value By Taking Away Choice

                    Thomas Beck did a great job of expanding on and adding value to the discussion Matt, Scott and I had with Bryce Roberts on the Technology and Venture Capital podcast from a few weeks ago. His value map is a useful tool for finding value in various delivery chains. I think his equation can be refined however--at least for media plays. He says that value = sevices + device I think the model Spencer Wang presents in The Long Tail: Why Aggregation & Context and Not (Necessarily) Content are King in Entertainment is a good one and it has
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                    Making IT Purchasing Decisions

                    I just published the latest in my Technometria series on IT Conversations, a conversations with Kelly Phillpps. Kelly is someone I've turned to for years because of his way of thinking deeply about issues. We discuss the weeks announcements from CES and MacWorld and those turn to a discussion of open source in the enterprise and how companies make IT purchasing decisions.
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                    Identity Crisis Book Forum

                    Jim Harper will be conducting a book forum on Thursday January 18 at 12pm EST at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. on his excellent book Identity Crisis: How Identification is Overused and Misunderstood. The event will be streamed if you can't make it to Washington by Thursday. After Jim speaks, there will be comments from, and discussion with, James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Jay Stanley of the ACLU. Jim spoke here in Utah last year and I recorded the talk and placed it on IT Conversations where it continues to attract listeners
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                    Why Software Sucks, the Podcast

                    I just published the podcast version of Why Software Sucks on IT Conversations. The interview is part of the Technometria series with David Platt, author of the book. Here's the description of the show: What is the most important thing to the average computer user? They want their machine to "just work". Why does Google know how to correctly translate a United Parcel Service tracking number, while the actual UPS website requires multiple entries just to get to the point where the tracking number can be entered? Programmer David Platt is the author of "Why Software Sucks...and What You
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                    Podcasting: Beyond the Audio

                    Darusha Wehm is the force behind all of supporting material that appears on the IT Conversations Web site for each show. She runs the network of Web site editors who write the text that accompanies each show, trains new editors, handles assignment problems, and answers the questions that come up about sticky situations. She spoke at the last Podcast Academy and I just posted her show on supporting podcasts with other material the IT Conversations homepage.
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                    Podcast Academy V

                    GigaVox Media has announced Podcast Academy V to be held at Duke University on Feb 14-15, 2007. So grab your valentine and head out--if you're interested in Podcasting, there's no better place to learn how to podcast. I went to the last one and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
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                    Top Ten Shows on IT Conversations for December 2006

                    Here are the top ten most popular shows on IT Conversations for December by downloads: Tim O'Reilly's O'Reilly Radar from the MySQL conference Steven Levy - How the iPod Shuffles Culture Alistair Cockburn - Redefining Software Engineering Emerging Telephony Sessions - Community & Activism The Wireless Explosion - Supernova2006 Rohit Khare - Decentralization in Commerce and Open Source IEEE Spectrum Radio - Reconstructing Iraq's Power Grid Alisson Young - Bringing Down the Price of Drugs Lebkowsky & Rosen - Political Networks John Ostrem - LiPs Linux Phone Initiative Overall in December we served up over 800 unique MP3 files
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                    IEEE Spectrum Radio Shorts

                    The edition of IEEE Spectrum Radio I just published is a small experiment. Some of the features we get from Spectrum are shorter than our normal format. I decided we'd combine them into a single show. For example, this show is only 23 minutes long and contains four short programs on Sudoku, exoskeletons, housefly aeronatics, and Microsoft's MyLifeBits project. We'll probably do this about once a month. Let me know whether you like it or not.
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                    Who Wants To Be a VC?

                    Over the holidays I published a reduced schedule on IT Conversations. But we start the new year off with a full slate of great shows. Today I put up the Technometria show featuring Bryce Roberts of O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Talking with Bryce was fun. At one point I asked him how one becomes a venture capitalist, so if you've ever wondered, give it a listen.
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                    On Bad Sinatra

                    It's fairly easy to follow your favorite blogs when they're updated frequently. I read Dave and Doc in my browser, because I know whenever I visit there will be something new and interesting. Infrequently updated blogs are another matter--that's where RSS is a perfect match. I mentioned Steve Yegge last week. Another infrequent poster who's well worth reading is Steve Gillmor. His most recent Bad Sinatra post is a great example. He can be hard to read--especially if you don't follow tech industry news and trends very closely--but there's some great observations in the post and Steve's spot on.
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                    On Demand Publishing Creates 21st Century Photo Album

                    Photo Album Cover(click to enlarge) A while back, Moira Gunn interviewed Eileen Gittins, founder, president and CEO of Blurb, about publishing a first-quality, professional-looking books for Tech Nation on IT Conversations and that got me thinking. For Christmas I made for my wife and two oldest children a photo-book of our vacation to Europe last summer. It was a universal hit. As the Apple ad says, it was pretty easy to do in iPhoto. Make no mistake however, selecting, editing, and arranging 200 some odd pictures takes some time. iPhoto has a "Buy Book" button at the bottom of the
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                    Giving Away Pre-Loaded MP3 Players

                    Today I walked past a classroom and noticed an MP3 player left on the piano at the front of the room. For some reason it reminded me of an abandoned pen. We're used to seeing pens lying around, but there was a time when they were expensive and highly prized. I'm fairly sure you can produce a reasonably featured MP3 player for less than $20. How long before they're like pens--everywhere, given away, easily abandoned, even disposable? They're probably cheap enough now to be given away as schwag at conferences. If you're considering that, you might want to also
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                    Rohit Khare and Decentralization

                    Yesterday I put another edition of the Technometria Podcast on IT Conversations. This one is Matt Asay and I talking with Rohit Khare. We had a great conversation about decentralization that ranged from the stock market to Nigerian 419 scams. Today I posted another edition of IEEE Spectrum Radio--a panel discussion of the FBI Virtual Case File debacle. This is a case study in how to screw up a software project.
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                    Top Ten ITC Shows for November

                    Here are the top ten IT Conversations shows for November (based on individual downloads of the MP3): Mark Thompson - Success Built to Last Sean Carroll - The Making of the Fittest More Than Just A Game - Supernova2006 Tony Giordano - a PhD in Biotech Managing Vendors Before They Manage You - Technometria Ryan Freitas - Facilitating Collaboration Ross Mayfield - Technometria Panel Discussion - Rise of the Videonet Web 2.0 Panel - SofTECH Erik Larson - The Transatlantic Hunt for a Murderer
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                    Your Conference, On Demand

                    I received a flyer (more like a catalog) for SD West 2007 in the mail today. My first thought was that it looked like content IT Conversations subscribers would enjoy. But as I looked closer, I saw that they sell the audio to the event. You can pay an additional $95 with a full pass or $295 with a one-day pass and get unlimited access to the audio and slides from the conference for 365 days after the event. They call this "SD On Demand." I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has been to a past SD Expo
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                    Reconstructing Iraq's Power Grid

                    I just finished listening to the second installment of the new IEEE Spectrum Radio program on IT Conversations. This piece, Reconstructing Iraq's Power Grid is excellent and very interesting. It's not political--but the size and importance of the job is eye opening. These shows are not as easy as just republishing what IEEE sends us. This show, for example, was pieced together from three separate segments and Paul Figgiani did a great job of rearranging lead-ins, music and so on to make it seem like a connected show. If you're wondering if every show in this series is somehow
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                    Jim Harper Audio On Identity

                    I just posted Jim Harper's talk on identity at IT Conversations. It's a good talk and well worth listening to if you've got any interest in identity and public policy. Unfortunately, we didn't have a mic for the audience, so the Q&A session didn't make it. That's too bad since there was some really good interaction.
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                    Podcast Your Way to Fame and Glory

                    I'd like to start a regular feature on IT Conversations that contains interviews with authors of recent IT books. The series, which I'm tentatively calling "Book IT!", would air every other week. I'd expect the host to Select and read the books (most publishers will send a complimentary copy to IT Conversations). Contact the author and schedule the interview. Most authors are happy to publicize their books. Conduct the interview and record the show (phone or Skype interview). This presume you have the equipment to produce a good quality WAV file from a phone conversation. IT Conversations can provide
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                    Launching IEEE Spectrum Radio on IT Conversations

                    Today I published the first show from a new series that we're launching on IT Conversations, IEEE Spectrum Radio. If you're familiar with computers or electronics you're familiar with IEEE and have probably seen Spectrum, IEEE's flagship publication. IEEE Spectrum Radio is an audio edition of selected stories from Spectrum. When we were getting this going, I listened to about a dozen shows and was really impressed with the content and the production values. I'm excited to welcome IEEE to IT Conversations and I'm looking forward to sharing more of the shows I loved with you. As always, contact
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                    Managing Vendors Before They Manage You

                    On this week's Technometria Podcast, Scott Lemon, Matt Asay and myself are joined by Britt Blaser and Doc Searls. We have a great discussion about how Internet tools can be used to manage vendors instead of them managing us. Doc calls this "vendor resource management." Good name.
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                    In Praise of IT Conversations' Audio Engineers

                    I published a panel discussion of Web 2.0 from SofTECH last week. Listen to it--I think you're like it. In fact I was so sure it was good content that I put it in the production queue against the advice of Paul Figgiani, IT Conversation's Chief Audio Engineer. As we got it, the audio was pretty rough. If you listen to it now, you'd never know it--I was amazed at how well it had cleaned up. All I've got to say is that Steven Ng, the show's audio engineer and Paul are miracle workers. At one point in the
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                    Podcasting Survey

                    If you're inclined to help IT Conversations at all, take a few minutes to answer this survey about podcasting and how you feel about it and use it. We'd really appreciate it.
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                    Chatting Up RubyForge

                    I put up the third installment of the newly launched Technometria Podcast at IT Conversations today. This week Scott, Matt, and I are talking to Tom Copeland about RubyForge. I like the discipline of doing the show regularly and I like the conversations we're having. I get something out of them every week--I hope you do to. Let me know what you think...
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                    Company Silos and Design

                    One of the criticisms of eGovernment is that it's silo'd--each agency is an island and there's little incentive and even less money for doing interagency eGovernment projects. But government isn't alone in that area--businesses are just as bad. In this talk on Good Design from User Experience Week, Peter Merholz talks about the silos that exist in companies that create barriers to serving customers. His specific example is how redesigning a bank's Web site isn't very effective when customers are so put out at the design of the paper statements they get each month that they've given up interacting
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                    Technometria Podcast Is Reborn

                    One of the things I've thought IT Conversations needed was a panel-style show that aired regularly. I like that style of show as a listener and hear occasionally from other people that they like them too. So, I started one. I just published the second installment of Technometria as a regular panel today. I published the first last week. The first show had Dave Rosenberg of MuleSource as a guest and has an open source focus. The second show had Ross Mayfield as a guest and we talked a lot about wikis, social software, and the Google/JotSpot deal, as
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                    Memes, Links, and Gestures

                    Jason Calacanis quoted my entire post on why mobile data center matter in Part II of this week's Gillmor Gang. (Part I of the Hangup Gang is entirely skippable, BTW, so start with Part II.) He does this as an example of how podcast listeners aren't just listeners. Rather they're participants in the conversation. The whole discussion started with an observation by Jason that even though podcasts don't have links, people link them anyway. This got labeled "meme extension." You might view this as a generalization of links to something more abstract. Or you might just view meme extension
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                    Matz Talk on Ruby Design Principles

                    Last week, Matz, the chief designer and creator of the Ruby programming language stopped by BYU on his way to RubyCon. I was fortunate to go to lunch with him and capture the colloquium talk he gave. I've posted his talk on IT Conversations. I'm still working on getting slides to post. Update: Slides from Matz's talk are available.
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                    Quotes from the Software 2006 CIO Panel

                    Thomas Beck has some thoughts about the CIO panel from Software 2006 that I put up on IT Conversations last week. He pulled out a few key quotes: [On dealmaking] "You've got to remember, the people that cut the deal aren't the people that manage the relationship. I don't care if the [software] salespeople leave with blood coming out of both of their ears. I'm not going to see those guys again." [On the widespread use of wikis and blogs at Motorola] "Where the real work gets done is down in the ranks that interact with each other and
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                    Audio Podcasts: Competing with Non-consumption

                    Brett Nordquist likes IT Conversations better than the Scobleshow, although his reasons have little to do with content and much to do with format. Simply put, video podcasts compete with a different segment of the 'Net for user's time that audio podcasts do. Brett comments that when he's at his computer watching video its far more likely to be YouTube than it is a video podcast on technology 'ala the Scobleshow. Audio podcasts compete with radio, music, or, in some cases, non-consumption (i.e. the fill time that the listener wouldn't be listening to anything else). This doesn't change with
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                    Pop!Tech Live

                    Pop!Tech is happening now in Camden Maine. We'll have all the sessions on IT Conversations later this year or early next year. If you're interested in listening live, Pop!Tech is streaming conference sessions with video. There's also a blog stream that's fun to read.
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                    When You Pick Your Tools, Pick Those That Can Build Tools

                    This morning I was listening to Karl Fugel talk about tools developers need and thought about Doug Kaye. Here's why... Yesterday Doug sent out a note to a few friends asking what editor they used to writing code on OS X. I use emacs. not only do I use emacs, but I thrill to emacs for one simple reason: it's infinitely malleable. It can be made to do almost anything and has. I use it for just about everything I do. Programmers should be tool builders. If you're not building tools to make your life easier, you're wasting time.
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                    The IT Conversations Seal of Approval

                    This morning I was listening to Marc Senasac's talk about People Aggregator from Mesh Forum. I've been listening to Marc Cantor talk about the People Aggregator for a while now. It felt good to have a description on IT Conversations. My relief, if that's not too strong a word, was based on my belief that IT Conversations is an archive of ideas. We try to choose shows that have a long shelf life and that someone might want to listen to five year or even ten years from now. We don't always succeed in that ambition, but for the
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                    The Semasiology of Open Source

                    I had the privilege of hearing Robert "r0ml" Lefkowitz deliver both part I (the thesis) and part II (the antithesis) of his Semasiology of Open Source talk in person at the Open Source Convention. This year, I wasn't able to attend OSCON because I was on vacation, so I was sorry to learn that he'd finished the series with part III (the synthesis), it was a big disappointment. (N.b., the threefold manner of presentation is called a Hegelian dialectic, so having done the "synthesis", r0ml is done with this topic.) Fortunately, IT Conversations has the third part of talk
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                    Online Communities and Health Care

                    Last week I put up a show from the Zend PHP conference that featured Adam Bosworth talking about "content" and the fact that it's still King. Adam is thought provoking and entertaining. This talk is no different. Interestingly, Adam talks about content in the context of community (no big surprise there) and spends a great deal of time talking about the health care industry. Adam claims that there's a growing need for tools that allow patients to add value to health-care related communities by sharing information and experiences. These tools could lead to better predictors of health conditions, earlier
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                    Announcing IIW2006B

                    The announcement for IIW2006B has been up for a while, but we really haven't drawn much attention to it. Please put Dec 4-6 on your calendar if you're planning on coming. The format and organization will be about the same as May's IIW: half a day of more tutorial material on Monday followed by two full days of open space/unconference on the 5th and 6th. You can register using the IIW registration page. The costs are the same as last time, $75 for students, $150 for unaffiliated and independents, and $250 for corporate folks. If you're company's going to
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                    Interaction Design

                    One of the things I try to get my students thinking about in CS462 is Web site design. I'm not talking graphics here--most techies are terrificly bad at making things look nice. I'm talking about the interaction. I'm not hoping to turn them into usability experts, but I do want to give them the tools to design and document interaction and tie it to Web site behavior. People say you can teach design and I agree that it's hard to lecture about--but you can teach it. I have my students do design exercises as groups in class to get
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                    New Tools to Help Podcasters

                    Podcast Pickle - No idea what it is(click to enlarge) Yesterday at Podcast Academy, Doug Kaye made a couple of announcements that will be important to anyone interested in podcasting. There are a number of tools that Team ITC (the folks who produce the shows on IT Conversations and other other GigaVox Media channels) use. GigaVox has decided to release some of them for everyone to use. The first is the Levelator, a tool for automatically adjusts the audio levels within a podcast to account for variations in level between speakers. So on on a conference call, for example, where
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                    An Updated Top Ten for IT Conversations

                    In April I looked at the rankings for IT Conversations shows and listed the top ten. I decided I'd take another look some months later and see what's changed. First there are over 80 shows that have a rating of 4 or above, compared to 60 in April. There are over 1000 shows that have some kind of ranking, compared to a little over 800 in April. To find the top ten shows, I used the same criteria as last time, ranking only shows that had more than 20 votes. Here are the top ten shows: Dr. Daniel Amen
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                    Controlling Vonage from Your Desktop

                    This morning, while I was listening to Ajay Madhok on IT Conversations, I was thinking it would be cool if I could manage what number my Vonage number forwarded to using an API. Then I could use the presence information in my IM application to drive where that one number sent my calls. Sometimes I want them to ring through to the handset, sometimes I want them to go to my cell and often I want them to go straight to voicemail (I hate telephones). Well, Vonage doesn't have an API, but they do have a very cool RESTful
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                    Using Reputation to Combat Online Fraud

                    Last week at DIDW, I had the opportunity to sit down with Iovation CTO Dan Lulich. I'd met Dan at the Berkman ID mashup in June, but didn't really know what Iovation did. I found that we had much to talk about: Iovation does reputation. Iovation's reputation services aren't for people--they're for devices. Being able to link devices to undesirable activities and also to the accounts they log into is a great way to combat fraud in online gaming, eCommerce, and other places where money is at stake. Denise Howell just interviewed Iovation's CEO Greg Pierson on IT Conversations.
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                    Where 2.0 on IT Conversations

                    We just launched a new series of shows from O'Reilly's Where 2.0 conference on IT Conversations. Today's show is the opening keynote by Nat Torkington and Brady Forrest. I really enjoyed the sessions from Where 2.0 in 2005. I'm looking forward to a great set of presentations from the 2006 conference in the coming weeks.
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                    Digital Identity in the Real and Virtual Worlds

                    Last week Jon Udell and I spoke on the phone about digital identity. A serendipitous lead-up to this week's Digital ID World conference and the associated Identity Open Space event that Kaliya, Doc and I put together. Jon has published the discussion as part of his Friday podcast. Speaking with Jon is always enlightening and fun. The discussion follows how real-world identity scenarios collide with the digital realm.
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                    Dunbar Numbers and PHP

                    There have been several shows on IT Conversations lately that I've really enjoyed, but failed to mention on my blog. One of those talks was Christopher Allen's talk from Mesh Forum on the Dunbar number. The Dunbar number is a measure of the cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom a person can maintain stable relationships. Christopher talks about how the number is often misused and what the real limits are in various contexts. Christopher has slides and other posts on this topic at his blog, Life with Alacrity. I also enjoyed Marc Andreessen's talk from the
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                    Program Descriptions for the NPR Crowd

                    When we get the TechNation shows from KQED, they always include a blurb about the show, meant to be used by stations who receive the show in syndication when they promote the broadcast. We typically use that same text in in the descriptions you see on IT Conversations. I don't always get to listen to shows, TechNation or otherwise, before they're put up and sometimes I wonder about the content of the shows we get when I read the station blurb. This last week's show is a good example. The blurb we got from the station and ran on
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                    Trusting Steve Gillmor

                    One of my favorite shows on IT Conversations was the Gillmor Gang. I say "was" because Steve's show hasn't been on IT Conversations for quite some time. That doesn't mean it's dead, however...The Gillmor Gang lives on at Podshow.com. I like the new Gillmor Gang. Its very unlike most things you hear--presentations or interviews. Listening to the Gillmor Gang is more like being a fly on the wall at a lunch with these guys. I know because I've been at lunch with many of these guys and this is just what it's like. The problem is that I always
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                    Speeding Up Podcasts

                    As you can imagine, I listen to a lot of podcasts. I listen to everything on IT Conversations, sometimes multiple times as it comes to production, I subscribe to a few other podcasts, and I review audio for inclusion on IT Conversations. One trick that helps, particularly with reviews, is speeding up the audio. As far as I've been able to tell, there's no convenient slider bar for speeding up audio in iTunes. But, you can easily use Quicktime to get the same effect: Right-click the show in iTunes and choose "Show song file." Open the selected song file
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                    Forget the Frontal Lobe

                    In June, I reported that I was disappointed that a podcast from Moira Gunn was so short. The interview was with Katrina Firlik about her book Another Day in the Frontal Lobe. The interview had several fascinating stories that left me wanting more. So, I bought the book. I was disappointed again. The book was mostly about medical school and the rigors of residency. Fine stuff if you're interested in that, but I was looking for more stories about the brain and how it works. They're there, but it wasn't what I was expecting. My advice: listen to the
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                    Podcast Transcripts Via CastingWords

                    Jon Udell is transcribing his podcasts using CastingWords. (Also see Jon's earlier review of the service.) His bill? $260 for 620 minutes of audio. That's darn cheap. Jon reports that the results are surprisingly accurate, but he edits them to make people read better than they sound and to make them more readable. This process takes an hour or so per episode--almost one-to-one on a time scale. Of course Jon's also spent time editing the audio for the podcast as well. That's a considerable time investment, but the results show quality. Why do this? One answer is that Google
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                    Atom as a Case Study Redux

                    I just finished listening to Tim Bray's talk on Atom from ETech. Yeah, I'm behind on listening to IT Conversations--still catching up from vacation. This is an excellent talk for anyone interested in standards, RSS, or Atom. I also went back and read my original notes from the talk (I heard it live too). It's interesting to me that even when I've heard a talk live and blogged it, going back on IT Conversations and listening to it again gives me fresh information. I think it's about context--I hear it now in the context of everything that happened since
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                    Elias Torres on SPARQL

                    I just published an interview I did with Elias Torres on SPARQL and the semantic Web at IT Conversations. This is part of my personal podcast that I call Technometria to couple it to this blog. Rohit Khare introduced to me to Elias while we were all touring the castle in Edinburgh while at WWW2006 in May. I started talking with him about SPARQL and immediately knew I wanted to know more about it and that he was the right guy to explain it. I think you'll find his interview interesting whether or not you're a fan of the
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                    Changes Big and Small at IT Conversations

                    While I was on vacation, there were some big changes at IT Conversations. Listeners who just download the podcasts won't notice much difference, but the Web site has been redone with a new look. Behind the scenes, the software we use to manage the site has also changed--I've spent the last few days getting reoriented. More significantly, GigaVox Media, IT Conversation's new parent company launched with two new channels in addition to ITC: Open Source Conversations, run by Scott Mace, and Podcast Academy. We announced this move in June--now it's reality. You won't notice much difference in content at
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                    Building Cars With Small Teams

                    Ariel Atom front view(click to enlarge) This video about the Ariel Atom is fun to watch. This would be a great car to drive. The best quote from the video: "anyone who wants to know what a car should be should drive one of these." The reason I mention it here, however, is that the Atom is built by a small team of seven people. It's easy to see how a small team can develop software, but the conventional wisdom is that to manufacture something like a car you have to have a big organization. I chose the word "manufacture"
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                    OSCON 2006

                    OSCON's been happening this week. I'm sorry I haven't been able to be there--it's one of my favorite conferences of the year. I'm looking forward to hearing some of the talks on IT Conversations. In the meantime, Technorati, Del.icio.us, and Flickr have links to conference goings-on.
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                    Open Source Business Models

                    I've got a student who's working on starting a company around a configuration management system he wrote while he was working for BYU and has licensed. I've seen the system in action and it's pretty good. Shops with over a dozen machines could use something besides a spreadsheet to keep track of all this. He's been working on various parts of the business and decided he wanted to open source the software and build a business around the open source code base. I don't know much about that business model, so I hooked him up with Matt Asay. I'm
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                    My Audio Setup

                    Some people have asked me what I use to record various audio for IT Conversations. The set-up I'm using right now is the result of a lot of experimentation and a lot of help from people like Doug Kaye and Paul Figgiani. Paul's Podcast Rigs Web site is a real help to anyone getting into podcasting. Audio recording setup(click to enlarge) My current setup consists of the following: Apple MacBook Pro with 2Gb of RAM. Obviously, you could substitute some other computer. I also use a Apple 30" Cinema Display, which is clearly optional, but very nice. Mark of
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                    IT Conversations in a Podcasting Supergroup

                    An article in Podcasting News calls Gigavox Media, the new home of IT Conversations, the "first podcasting supergroup." A new company promises to be the first podcasting supergroup, bringing together two influential pioneers of podcasting, Doug Kaye (IT Conversations, The Conversations Network) and Michael Geoghegan, right, (Reel Reviews, Grape Radio, and the DisneyLand Podcast). During the Gnomedex 6.0 conference last weekend, Kaye announced the launch of GigaVox Media, Inc., a for-profit partner company of the non-profit The Conversations Network. Kaye describes the relationship between GigaVox and its non-profit sister as a "hybrid business model" where the two sides work
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                    Podcast Demographics

                    A new report (click for PDF) from Nielsen/NetRatings gives some interesting demographics of podcast listeners. Broad generalizations aside, the report has some interesting results: 51.6% of people who listen to podcasts pay their bills online 24.6% have participated in online job searches 6.6% of adults have downloaded a podcast and the the 18-24 age range is twice as likely as the average adult to download podcasts. Apple users are more likely to download podcasts as Windows users. Our own data at IT Conversations shows the following about our listeners: 90% male 80% age 30 or older 23% age 50
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                    Our Nets Are Out Strengths

                    Tom Barnett, who I interviewed last year on IT Conversations, has a very rational view on what terrorism really means. We tend to give them too much credit for being strategic and smart when in fact their weak and without hope. He says, in response to the recent train bombings in India: There is a profound reason why we're rich and powerful and connected and the enemy is none of those things. Terrorism is a strategy of the weak, and it earns them only what the powerful decide they no longer want. As I opined in BFA, there are
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                    Building Tools for Personal Productivity

                    Peter Bowen wrote about system administration and procrastination. His particular problem was with Nagios, but we've all been there from time to time. When I became Executive Producer of IT Conversations I tried to spend the time necessary to build tools to help me automate the work wherever possible. For example, the newsletter that goes out each week is mostly generated from RSS feeds using a MovableType template and then has the ratings integrated using a Perl script. Took me an hour or two to put together but it saves me precious minutes each week when I create the
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                    Naked Conversations

                    I've been asked to give a training session on blogging to employees of a mid-sized public company, so I'm looking for ideas and materials. One resource that was both informative and entertaining was this IT conversations presentation by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. Together they wrote a book on corporate blogging called Naked Conversations. My own page on how to start a blog remains one of the most popular pieces on my blog. I'm shooting for a mix of advice and discussion on Blog culture Practical advice RSS and feed readers Podcasting Smart blogging I think this will be
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                    Earth in the Balance on IT Conversations

                    Today is the first time IT Conversations has published content from one of its sister channels. In this case it's Al Gore speaking at Stanford Business School. If you get your daily dose of IT Conversations from the RSS channel, you'll hardly notice. If you come to the Web site, when you click through to the landing page, you'll find yourself on the Social Innovations site. Look around--there's some good stuff there. Once Open Source Conversations gets fired up, I expect this sort of thing will happen more often. Remember that you can always create your own custom playlists
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                    Software Strategies for Flat World

                    I have to admit that when I read the copy for David DeWalt's (Pres. of EMC Software Group) presentation to Software 2006 (see Software Strategies in a Flat World), I was sure it was going to be a 30 minute advertisement for EMC. I was pleasantly surprised. While David does talk about EMC, he's using the company more as example of how the software business is changing in response to challenges like global outsourcing, multi-tenancy, and service appliances. I quite enjoyed it. If you're in the software business, it's worth listening to.
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                    Open Access to Research

                    Last week I published a show at IT Conversations by Paula Le Dieu talking about Science Commons. Science Commons is a project of Creative Commons aimed at making more of scientific results and data available without copyright restrictions. I personally believe that academic research has less impact because the primary journal publication organizations (whether for-profit or non-profit) lock up results behind copyright. Le Dieu goes through some very real scenarios where this could have negative impact. Mind you, we're not talking about private data generated by private companies, but results that you paid for in many cases with your
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                    The Conversation Keeps Evolving

                    Doug Kaye's announced a new, hybrid business model (PDF) for the Conversations Network. Doug's vision has been that the Conversations Network would be non-profit, but that has proven to place limitations on the network that limit its ability to scale, build tools, and grow channels like IT Conversations. As a result, Doug is moving to a hybrid business model. The Conversations Network will continue as a non-profit. It will own audio and preserve it, have a license to the tools that make it work, and serve as a home for many new channels. Doug and Michael Geoghehan have formed
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                    Yahoo! Local Adopts Microformats

                    Dan Farber has some great coverage of Supernova at Between the Lines. We'll have talks from Supernova at IT Conversations later--I'm looking forward to it. This post on microformats talk about Yahoo! Local announcing that they are supporting microformats to give structure to their listings. Very good.
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                    More Less Is More

                    If you think Jason Fried was just some geek who doesn't know what he's talking about when he says Less is More, be sure to listen to Moira Gunn's interview with Cheskin CEO Darrel Rhea where he specifically talks about how compulsively adding features to products doesn't lead to customer satisfaction. You may not be able to please everyone--get over it.
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                    IT Conversations is the Site of the Week

                    06212006(click to enlarge) David Fuhrer was kind enough to forward a report (with pictures) from Bangkok Thailand that IT Conversations was the "Site of the Week" in the Bangkok Post. That was a surprise from an unexpected quarter. David was kind enough to send along a picture of the page as well. Here's a shoutout to listeners in Thailand!
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                    MeshForum Presents Manual Lima

                    This week IT Conversations published the first show from the MeshForum conference held in May. The show was Manuel Lima of VisualComplexity.com speaking on Mapping Complex Networks. In this keynote address Lima identifies key characteristics of a good network map and highlights some of his favorite projects. The whole line-up of shows from MeshForum looks outstanding and I look forward to listening to them.
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                    Yelling at Moira

                    Dr. Moira Gunn is the host of TechNation, a popular show on public radio and one of IT Conversation's most popular series. This morning I was yelling at her in my car. Of course, she wasn't there and didn't hear my rant. I was yelling because her interview with Dr. Katrina Firlik had just ended and way too soon from my perspective. Dr. Firlik is a neurosurgeon and author of the book Another Day in the Frontal Lobe : A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside. The interview was great and the stories fascinating. I could have listened
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                    Practical Common Lisp

                    I just published an interview with Peter Seibel at IT Conversations. I did this interview as part of my Technometria podcast. I saw Peter's book, Practical Common Lisp, in the bookstore a while back and picked it up. Now, I'm a Lisp fan, so he didn't have to sell me on the language. Even so, as someone who sees a lot of programming language books, I was impressed with this one and read it cover to cover. Peter and I talk about his background, how he came to Lisp, some of Lisp's most powerful features (like macros, CLOS, and
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                    IEEE Spectrum Radio

                    IEEE Spectrum has a podcast that is produced from material in the magazine. The latest show, for example, is about the Spectrum article on UTOPIA, that I commented on last week. I don't like the flash player since it makes it hard to link directly to the specific show I'm interested in, but the content is pretty good and professionally produced. This would be a great addition to IT Conversations.
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                    Social Innovations Conversations Launch

                    The Conversations Network launched a new channel this week: Social Innovations Conversations. Doug has been working hard to redo the IT Conversations code to support multiple channels. This is the first channel to launch under the new system. Peter Durand, who is the series editor for the GlobeShakers series on the the new channel, has a post on the launch. His article talks about some of the shows that have appeared on the new channel. If you subscribe to the IT Conversations RSS feed, you got a sneak peak of some of these shows on your iPod due to
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                    RedHat's JBoss Acquisition is a Done Deal

                    Marc Fleury sent out a note to the JBoss newsletter mailing list today announcing that the RedHat acquisition of JBoss, announced in April, has closed. From my own experience in being acquired, this is the point where the dreaming stops and the work starts. The period in between the deal and when it closes is kind of like being engaged. There are lots of things you'd like to do and plans you're making, but until the ceremony, it difficult to move forward with many of them. Once the deal closes, however, everything can move forward. I've been a JBoss
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                    Less is More

                    Jason Fried is the CEO of 37 Signals, a company that's garnered attention for delivering great Web-based tools like Basecamp and Writeboard. I've used these in my lab at BYU to great effect. At IT Conversations, however, we found that they just weren't right for the project management tasks we had. Obviously, these tools aren't right for everyone and that's the story. In one of the IT Conversation shows I really liked last week, Jason delivers a short (12 min) talk from Web 2.0 called "Less is More." In the talk, Jason talks about how to win by "under-doing"
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                    Using Live Clipboard

                    Steve Farrell sent me an example of using Ray Ozzie's Live Clipboard. Ray's talk from ETech 2006 went up last week at IT Conversations--it's worth listening to so you understand what Ray's doing. Steve is a proponent of microtemplates. The Web site says that the "goal of microtemplates is to make it as easy to publish dynamic information as it is to publish static information." They're complementary to microformats, one of the staples of Ray's Live Clipboard. I'm just learning about microtemplates, but they seem like a great way to avoid long chunks of JavaScript that do nothing but
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                    Your Cell Phone Is Watching You

                    One of my favorite programs from last week was Nathan Eagle's Where 2.0 presentation on using cell phones to predict user behavior. Using only publicly available data, Eagle was able to deduce relationships between pairs and groups of individuals. There are privacy concerns to be sure. Your cell provider already has much of this data. Every time two cell providers merge, what little protection we get from disparate carriers is broken down. What interested me most though it not the privacy concerns, but the potential to infer and enhance social interactions using the wearable computers each of us carries
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                    Grabbing Cell Data

                    Nathan Eagle's presentation at the Where 2.0 conference has some very interesting information about how easy it is to deduce interesting facts by monitoring cell phone location and proximity. Todd Biske has taken that and turned it into a call for better logging in SOA applications for the purpose of improving usability. This point to the need to carefully construct security policies around XML documents that are passed from place to place so that this kind of monitoring can occur without compromising sensitive data.
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                    Clueless in SimLand

                    I was listening to Edward Castronova's PopTech! presentation (Gold From Thin Air: The Economy of Virtual Worlds) today and had a scary thought. I've never been into video games, but as I listen to presentation's like Ed's, I always feel like I'm missing something. Not the fun and adventure, but that the world is moving to a new place and I'm not following. I've always prided myself on staying up with technology and not being stuck in the last decade, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe there's this whole world out there that I'm conveniently ignoring. For example,
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                    Audio Interviews

                    I was listening to the latest installment of Paul Figgiani's The Point podcast this morning. Paul is IT Conversation's senior audio engineer and all-around go-to-guy for anything audio. In this podcast Paul mentions that he's bought some new gear for his studio and had phone lines installed so that he can record interviews. Doug Kaye's done this in the past, but as he moves into his new role as master and commander of the Conversations Network he's been load shedding. Paul will be making this service available to IT Conversations hosts who want to record phone interviews, as well
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                    ITC Show Ratings

                    In yesterday's IT Conversations newsletter, I neglected to save the text before I uploaded it to the system that sends it out. The only thing that had changed since the last save was that I'd added ratings to the summaries from last week's shows. Since some people really like that part of the newsletter, I thought I'd remedy the problem here: Tom Barton: High Order Bit (No rating yet) Jeff Bonforte: Yahoo! and Emerging Telephony (Rating: 3) Chet Kapoor: Innovation and the Open Community (Rating: 3) Rebecca MacKinnon: East meets West (Rating: 3.8) Tim O'Reilly: The O'Reilly Radar (Rating:
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                    ITC Forums

                    One of the features on IT Conversations that gets little attention from listeners is the forums. On each show's detail page (example), there is a link called "Discuss") that links out to a forum. If you follow it, you see a forum page just for that show. The ITC system creates the first post for each show, essentially getting the ball rolling by posting the show's summary. But, for most shows, that's all that ever gets published. There's almost never any discussion. This is a little surprising to me given the amount of traffic that ITC gets and the
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                    Highlights for IT Conversations

                    There were several shows that caught my attention last week on IT Conversations. I'd intended to blog about these separately as I listened to them, but time marches on... Thomas Malone's presentation from Accelerating Change was one I'd heard in 2004 at SuperNova. Malone's book, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your Management Style and Your Life, is the basis for his talk. Both the talk and the book are worth your time. Malone's thesis is that whenever new cheap materials show up in the economy, they change the way we
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                    IT Conversations RSS Feed is Not Feeding

                    There's something wrong with the RSS feed for IT Conversations and it hasn't published a new show since Sunday (Thomas Malone). We're working on it and hope to have it fixed soon. If you use iTunes to listen to IT Conversations, note that the default settings will only download the most recent show. That means that when our RSS comes back, you'll miss all but the last show. I've actually changed mine to download all the shows so that I don't miss them if I happen to not have iTunes fired up one particular day. To do this, go
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                    Using Audio Clips

                    I hadn't started producing a weekly IT Conversations news podcast like Doug did. He's continuing his for the Conversations Network. I may do that in the future. Even so, I want to comment about shows I especially enjoyed. I did that yesterday with Larry Weber's talk from Syndicate. I tried something new: audio clips. Audio clips are one of chronically underused features at IT Conversations. You may not have noticed, but underneath the "Play Now" controls on each shows detail page is a link that reads "Create a Clip or Excerpt." When you click on this, you get a
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                    Larry Weber and Customer Experience

                    I really enjoyed listening to Larry Weber speak about his view of how the Web will change in the face of "user-generated media," his catch all for blogs, wikis, podcasts, and everything else you can imagine. Larry is a well known high-tech PR person who's thought a lot about how new media influences the behavior of companies. It was especially interesting to me because of some other ideas and work I've been doing on enhancing customer experience in eCommerce and online service contexts. One of the key ideas I walked away from in the talk was that commercially oriented
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                    Reality Week at IT Conversations

                    As I listened to the shows we published on IT Conversations last week, I kept getting the feeling that the week's theme should have been Reality IT. I enjoyed listening to Oden Shakar's "East Meets West" presentation from Pop!Tech. Dr. Shankar is the Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management at Ohio State University and author of the book The Chinese Century : The Rising Chinese Economy and Its Impact on the Global Economy, the Balance of Power, and Your Job. His talk about China's likely rise to be the world's largest economy over the next several decades
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                    Learning the Ropes

                    My first week at the helm of IT Conversations has been fun and challenging. Doug had me doing a lot of work behind the scenes for the last 3 or 4 weeks, so I was pretty familiar with the software systems that he's crafted that make everything work. Even so, being "in charge" was definitely a different feel from knowing that I could just punt the ball to Doug whenever there's a problem. The IT Conversations plumbing is complex, but remarkably effective. There's not many sites like IT Conversations out there, so almost all of it is custom. Doug,
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                    At the IT Conversations Helm

                    Doug Kaye has asked me to be the Executive Producer of IT Conversations, one of the real pioneers in podcasting. Doug's not moving on, he's moving up. As the audience has expanded, the range of topics that could be covered goes well beyond infotech. Doug has started the Conversations Network to cover a broader range of topics. IT Conversations is one of the channels in that network. Soon there will be others, but I'll leave those announcements for Doug. I'm not leaving BYU. In fact, I see this as a great compliment to my professorial duties--akin to being editor
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                    Video Podcast on IT Conversations

                    Michael Geoghegan Today's IT Conversations podcast is a talk by Michael Geoghegan on monetizing podcasts. Podcasters intent on monitizing their shows should also consider opportunities to leverage their valuable podcasting skills. So argues Michael Geoghegan who has successfully monetized both of his original podcasts, and gone on to forge a full time career as a podcaster-for-hire, launching successful shows for large media companies such as Disney. In this talk, Geoghegan highlights the special window of opportunity for podcasters wishing to sell their skills in these early days, before podcasting becomes a commodity. From IT Conversations: Michael Geoghegan - Making
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                    Apple at 30 Years

                    This weekend marks the 30 year anniversary of Apple. By way of celebration, Larry Magid, of the the series Larry's World on IT Conversations interviewed Lee Felsenstein, an early pioneer in the personal computer space who conducted the Homebrew Computer Club meeting where the Apple I debuted. He not only reviews the history of those early days, but also has strongly held opinions about what makes a personal computer "personal" and is critical of plans for the $100 laptop.
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                    Barnett Interview Up

                    My interview with Thomas Barnett is live on IT Conversations. In the interview we talked about the concepts in his new book, his use of technology-base analogies to explain his ideas, blogging, and outsourcing. Doing the interview was a lot of fun--I hope it's as interesting to listen to. Tom has great appeal to the IT Conversations crowd (65,000 downloads of his last interview). Part of the reason is that he uses technology-based analogies to describe world events. But more than that, he also sheds lights on non-technical issues that techies care about. A sampling of two recent entries
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                    Interviewing Tom Barnett

                    I interviewed Tom Barnett today for an upcoming podcast from IT Conversations. Tom is the author of Blueprint for Action : A Future Worth Creating and The Pentagon's New Map. Tom was delightful to interview--you can tell he does it a lot. We talked about the concepts in his new book, his use of technology-base analogies to explain his ideas, blogging, and outsourcing. I could have spoken to him for hours. Hopefully Doug will have it up at IT Conversations soon. I'll point to it when it's up.
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                    Blueprint for Action

                    I picked a copy of Thomas Barnett's new book, Blueprint for Action : A Future Worth Creating. I really enjoyed his last book, The Pentagon's New Map, so I'm anxious to dig into the new one. I'm going to interview Barnett for IT Conversations in a few weeks. If you've got anything you'd like me to ask him, let me know.
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