IT Conversations News: August 14, 2005

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New Programs This Week

Listed in increasing order of listener rating.

  • The Software 2005 Pundit Panel (rated 2.8 by IT Conversations listeners) How is the IT Budget of companies going to be spent? What’s hot and what’s not right now among IT companies? Are there too many IT vendors? How many of them will survive for the next five years? How is opensource software affecting IT vendors? The pundit panel with experts from some of the top market research organisations answer these questions and take a look at where the IT industry is heading in the next few years.
  • "Only Connect" from Supernova 2005 (2.9) As broadband and wireless access become more widely available, the fabric of the telecommunications industry is unraveling. How do the emergence of wireless and broadband access and voice over IP (VoIP) solutions affect the telecom marketplace, and how will these new technologies fit into the overall suite of choices available to users?
  • Michael Weiss – Morpheus and P2P (2.9) "It looks a lot larger on the outside than it is on the inside," describes Michael Weiss, CEO of StreamCast, parent company of Morpheus. He’s talking about the US Supreme Court. Morpheus is just looking to make money through engaging in the new medium called "File Sharing/P2P". So why has he locked horns with the entertainment industry? Larry Magid speaks to him about file-sharing, piracy, and the distribution mechanisms of P2P.
  • The Folksomony Panel – ETech 2005 (3.4) The notion of folksonomy suggests that users can develop patterns of organization and classification that function without the need for rigid guidelines or top-down taxonomies. The founders of three outstanding folksonomy- based services come together to discuss the idea in this session from ETech 2005.
  • Brian Dear – EVDB.com (3.5) First came the blogosphere, then the podosphere, and now, the eventsphere is here! Brian Dear is building it at EVDB, the Events and Venues Database. The founder and CEO of EVDB, Brian sat down during Always On 2005: The Innovation Summit at Stanford, to speak with Scott Mace. Learn how to publish events on the EVDB service, how to subscribe to EVDB searches, and more about "simple event sharing."
  • Lisa See (3.6) On Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn interviews Lisa See, a journalist, culturalist. They discuss a language, known only to women in a remote Chinese province and kept secret for 1,000 years, and explore how she went in search of this language, and how it and the ancient practice of binding women’s feet figure into her latest novel: "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan."
  • Noshir Contractor – Co-Evolution of Knowledge Networks (3.7) Recent technological advances have created an environment where we can connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere almost effortlessly. But how do we decide with whom we want to connect? From MeshForum 2005, Dr. Contractor explains that the answers can be found by studying the underlying socio-technological motivations for the creation, maintenance, destruction, and reconstitution of knowledge and social networks.
  • Joel Spolsky – Software Writing (3.7) What’s the difference between an okay programmer and a great one? Would you believe it’s their writing skills? According to often-controversial Joel Spolsky, most technical writing is abysmal and there is a clear correlation between well-written documentation and successful programs. Joel talks with Phil Windley about examples of great writing and how anyone can learn to write better.
  • Alan Zelicoff and Michael Bellomo (3.8) On a special long-format BioTech Nation segment, Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Dr. Alan Zelicoff and Michael Bellomo, co-authors of "Microbe — Are We Ready fo the Next Plague?" about a new public-health data base designed can fight outbreaks such as SARS, as well as defend against bioterrorism.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

  • Stewart Copeland – The Think-Different Drummer (3.9) Since his early days with the rock band Police, drummer Stewart Copeland has been heavily involved with technology. Today he’s a Mac-based composer for film, TV, and opera, having scored more than 60 soundtracks including Wall Street, Talk Radio, and Dead Like Me. In this live fireside chat with David Battino, co- author of The Art of Digital Music, Copeland reveals his innovative recording techniques, lays out his dreams for the ideal music software, and even recalls his skin-piercing sampler shootout with Sting. [From the Mac OS X Conference 2004]

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