Gobble Gobble

The opinions re the IT Conversations revenue model continue to come into the wiki, as do controbutions to the Tip Jar. Amazing. Thanks to everyone!

Steve Gillmor survived Thanksgiving (I think) and posted his thoughts on this and other podcasting issues on his ZDNet blog. But I wonder if we really can trust someone who both (a) claims to have been there during the ’60s and (b) says he can remember it. (I’ll only claim the former.) While the rest of us are heads-down in the midst of solving day-to-day podcasting problems, I’m glad we have Steve’s perspective of what’s really going on here. Remember, none of this caught him by surprise. He either saw it coming or made it happen–I’m not sure which.

Software Factories with Ward Cunningham and Jack Greenfield

Jon Udell has posted an audio interview on his Infoworld weblog with Ward and Jack:

On Friday I had a talk with two of Microsoft’s patterns & practices leaders: Ward Cunningham and Jack Greenfield. Ward (along with Kent Beck) ignited the patterns movement with a seminal paper at OOPSLA 1987. Jack developed NeXT’s Enterprise Objects Framework (now Apple’s WebObjects), was a chief architect at Rational, and is now a Microsoft architect for enterprise frameworks and tools.

The focus of the discussion was Jack Greenfield’s notion of software factories — a way to accelerate the process of codifying software patterns, and creating the tools and frameworks that enable people to apply those patterns.

Keep up the audio, Jon! I know the developers in the audience will be listenting. You’re da man.

The Tip Jar

The feedback to my wiki essay on the IT Conversations business model has been terrific, and it’s still coming in. More than 35 people have posted carefully considered opinions. I’ve received even more via email, and one thing has become quite clear: Listeners want a way to donate to support the site. Therefore, I’ve ceated a tip jar so that listeners can contribute via PayPal or the Amazon Honor System. Thanks to all who have pushed for this. It’s very flattering and rewarding.

That Business-Model Thing

The one question I’m asked about IT Conversations more than any other is, “What’s your business model?” After 18 months, nearly 300 programs and now with the New Year looming, the time has come to answer that question.

That’s the first paragraph of a two-page essay I just posted on the IT Conversations wiki. I hope you’ll read it and give me your feedback either here (as a comment) or by editing the wiki directly. I think you’ll find it relevant to all podcasters not just IT Conversatinos.

Google Rankings

This is pretty cool. Search Google for one of the recent celebrity interviews on IT Conversations such as Malcolm Gladwell or Thomas Barnett. Are you getting the same results as I am? Do the links to IT Conversations appear in the #2 or #3 positions? Or does this have something to do with the fact that I have Google desktop also running on my machine and Google knows I’m interested in IT Conversations? I’d like to think that Google’s algorithms believe IT Conversations is that important and credible for everyone on the ‘Net, but given how much is written by and about people like Malcolm and Tom, I find that hard to believe. What results do you see?