IT Conversations Announcement for January 14, 2005

Here’s the latest news from IT Conversations…

(Hear the MP3 version.)

More on Email Announcements

  • Yes, this week everyone is receiving a text-only version of the IT Conversations announcements, even those who normally get the HTML version. Is it good enough? I produce the text version anyway (in addition to an HTML version), so if this is good enough for eveyone, I can put the extra time into something more worthwhile. Let me know: just Reply to this message. Thanks. …doug

    I received 53 email responses, which is about 1% of the mailing list; not a bad sample. The ratio was more than 2:1 in favor of weekly versus per-program announcements, but it’s clear that those of you who prefer to receive a message for each individual program feel strongly, and I’d like to find a way to accommodate everyone. The challenge is that it’s a lot of work to produce either version, and doing both just takes more time than I have available. So I’m still pursuing other options, particularly those that would do a decent job of generating a weekly announcement automatically from the individual-show announcements without just appending the files into one big ugly message.

    At the moment, I produce three different versions of each message: a pretty one in HTML, and two plain-text versions, one for AOL subscribers and the other for everyone else. Among the possibilities are dropping all but a single text version, and perhaps switching to a more self-managed email system like Yahoo Groups or the new Google Groups.

    For now, I’ll stick with the weekly messages, but there are more changes yet to come, but I welcome your further feedback. It’s extremely helpful.

New Programs This Week

  • The Gillmor Gang: The Gillmor Gang included guests Sam Whitmore and Robert Scoble. While the old-guard media talks about the latest gadgets premiering at CES, The Gang explores what’s going on behind the scenes. Will Robert defend Bill Gate’s Communism remark? Is HP hedging its bets by supporting both Microsoft and Linux-based entertainment systems? What about the architecture: Will there be PCs in our living rooms, or will they just be entertainment peripherals? And will anyone buy this media-center stuff or is it really too expensive?
  • Douglas Rushkoff — Renaissance Prospects: Douglas Rushkoff analyzes, writes and speaks about the way people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values. He sees “media” as the landscape where this interaction takes place, and “literacy” as the ability to participate consciously in it. This excellent presentation from Pop!Tech 2004 has been rated higher than 3.9 by IT Conversations listeners.
  • Wiley Hodges – Xcode: This was Macworld Expo week, and I started with a presentation from the O’Reilly Mac OS X conferencey by Wiley Hodges, Senior Product Line Manager for Developer Products at Apple Computer, in which he looks at how Xcode 2 has evolved with Mac OS X Tiger, and how Xcode can help you take advantage of some of Tiger’s unique new features.
  • Leander Kahney — Cult of Mac: Continuing on the Mac theme, I posted a show from Dr. Moira Gunn’s Tech Nation archives in which Moira speaks with cyber-journalist Leander Kahney, who writes the Wired News column: Cult of Mac. They talk about everything Apple — and just how devoted their followers are.
  • Andy Hertzfeld – Macintosh Folklore: And finally, in the Mac theme, is a terrific presentation by Andy Hertzfeld, who joined the original Macintosh team in February 1981, as the second programmer on the project. He wrote much of the original operating system and user interface toolbox in 68000 assembly language. Even after leaving Apple in March 1984, he continued to make major contributions to the Macintosh platform as a third party developer by writing programs like Thunderscan, Switcher and Servant. And fortunately for us, he has a terrific memory. A very entertaining presentation from the Mac OS X conference.
  • Shai Agassi – Achieving Enterprise Agility: Shai Agassi, executive board member of SAP, delivered a presentation on ‘Achieving Enterprise Agility’ at Acceelrating Change 2004. It’s too early to report any listener feedback, but Shai’s a smart guy who always has something interesting to say.
  • Frans Johansson – The Medici Effect: Frans Johansson, the author of The Medici Effect, is Moira’s first guess on Tech Nation this week. He shares his perspective
    on innovation today, a spark not unlike the remarkable developments the world witnessed at the time of the Medici.
  • Eckart Wintzen – Environmental Entrepreneur: Moira also interviews environmental entrepreneur Eckart Wintzen, who tells us how companies might change and how the interactions between people might evolve with the new technology.
  • Alison Murdock – Starting Your Own Stem-Cell Line: And finally, Moira interviews Dr. Alison Murdock, a gynecologist and Professor of Reporductive Medicine at Newcastle University, who tells you how to start your own stem-cell line — just in case.
  • Malcolm Gladwell – Blink: Malcolm Gladwell’s long-awaited new book, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, is now available. Buy it from by clicking here, and add a few pennies to the IT Conversations coffers. And make sure you listen to Malcolm’s presentation at Pop!Tech 2004 — one of our most popular recordings.

Other Items

  • Phone-In Comments: Got comments about IT Conversations or a particular program? Call our voicemail line at 206.202.TALK (206.202.8255). I may put your comments into a future program.

One thought on “IT Conversations Announcement for January 14, 2005

  1. You know I’m a huge IT Conversations (and Doug Kaye the man) fan, but the longer ITC is part of my world, the less relevance the weekly email becomes. For example, I already read everything in this announcement in the RSS feed. So in a sense, reading the weekly announcement was actually a waste of my time. In your evolving revenue model, this may be one of the areas where your time is recompensed for putting out an announcement by those who subscribe (and pay for it.) IT Conversations content is of sufficient value on its own as it goes out in the feed without additional work on your part to promote it.

    Its not a simple black-n-white issue, but this is what RSS is for. Listeners sophisticated enough to enjoy IT Conversations content and still demand a newsletter should get a clue and ask someone about RSS.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s