IT Conversations News: June 19, 2005

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New Programs This Week

Listed in increasing order of listener rating. For descriptions, visit the IT Conversations home page.

  • Ana Marie Cox – Wonkette (rated 2.9 by listeners) Wonkette. If that does not bring a smile to your face, listening to her will. It could, alternatively, leave you frothing at the mouth, but that’s a risk you take with her. Ana Marie Cox, the Wonkette and editor of the political blog wonkette.com, talks about her life, work, blogs in general and life again in this keynote interview with Evan Smith at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.
  • Daniel Hillis – Remixing Technology (3.1) Do you think that working at Disney Imagineering might be fun? Try working for Applied Minds. In this High Order Bits session from the 2005 O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Daniel Hillis talks about the work done by Applied Minds, the company he co-founded when he wasn’t having enough fun working for Imagineering.
  • Kim Polese – Web 2.0 (3.2) Does IT really matter? Have we reached the end of innovation in the Software industry? Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, doesn’t think so and makes a convincing case that the software industry is undergoing a revolution, which will create even further innovations. This is known as Web 2.0 and it is changing that way software companies are executing their business strategy. The second generation of the Internet is forcing these companies to transform their development, delivery and licensing models and to re-examine their core competencies.
  • S. Mahalingam – Tata Consulting (3.3) Outsourcing is an integral part of any IT strategy since it can significantly reduce the operational cost of the business. Join Quentin Hardy as he chats with Mr Mahalingam, CFO of Tata Consultancy Services, about the growth in the outsourcing industry and how it is positioned to tackle Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). TCS is one of the largest outsourcing companies in India, which has recorded 143 consecutive quarters of growth and was the first Indian company to reach $2 billion of revenue.
  • Wayne Harris – Gene-Based Medicines (3.3) And on this week’s Biotech Nation segment, Moira interviews Dr. Wayne Harris, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, Xavier University about the challenges for patients taking the new gene-based medicines.
  • Chris Anderson – Wired Magazine (3.4) On this week’s Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn interviews Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine about what’s the hot new thing! Chris joins Moira to review the latest technology coming up at NextFest 2005 in Chicago.
  • Greg Raleigh – Airgo Networks (3.6) How would you like a 10x improvement in wireless bandwidths? Much higher range? Without using more spectrum or more power and available in stores today! You can get it now and it’s not magic but MIMO that makes it possible. MIMO is a new radio access standard pioneered by Dr. Greg Raleigh, the President and CEO of Airgo Networks. Larry Magid talks to Dr. Raleigh about this invention and how it is going to get used, on this week’s edition of Larry’s World.
  • Tod Maffin – Podcasting and Public Radio in Canada (3.6) Web Talk’s Rob Greenlee speaks with Tod Maffin, host of a National Technology Column on CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Tod also hosts a technology series on CBC Television called "Canada Now". He is also creator of the weblog "ILoveRadio.org" and is also a Podcaster. Tod is considered "one of Canada’s most influential futurists". He discusses the present Podcasting landscape and about the future of Podcasting in Public Radio.
  • Alexis Gerard and Bob Goldstein – Going Visual (3.8) Moira also speaks with Alexis Gerard and Bob Goldstein, co-authors of "Going Visual — Using Images to Enhance Productivity, Decision-Making and Profits," about the next generation of all our organizations. It’s more than just the gadgets themselves. It’s the fact they’ve become ubiquitous — from huge companies to the everyday worker.

This week’s Doug’s Favorite from the IT Conversations archives:

  • Steve Wozniak – Gnomedex 4.0 (4.4)
    Gnomedex 5.0 will be held this week in Seattle, and here’s one of Doug’s Favorites from last year’s event. The Geeks-Gone-Wild crowd was glued to this rare and brilliant presentation by Steve Wozniak, a true geek’s geek. It started with games and pranks, crystal-set radios, reading Popular Electronics. Woz wanted to be an HP engineer forever and never thought he’d start a company, but HP turned down Woz’s offer for the rights to build what would become Apple’s first computer. Part 1 and Part 2.

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