IT Conversations News: October 2, 2005

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News and Housekeeping

  • Accelerating Change 2005 QuickCast: This was supposed to be the day that we delivered the QuickCast editions from the Accelerating Change 2005 conference. You may recall that QuickCast is an experiemnt in which you can download all of the recordings from a conference for a fee rather than wait for us to publishing them for free at the rate of one session per week. As I said, it’s an experiment, and we’ve had a few bumps along the way. First, we didn’t have all our permissions lined up in advance, so that put us on hold for a few days. Then we discovered that although we tried to plan ahead, we didn’t really have the post-production capacity to crank out 25 programs in a hurry in addition to our usual daily publishing, which is already at the rate of about 12 shows per week since we’re in the midst of conference season. It looks like it will be about another week before we have all the sessions from Accelerating Change 2005 ready for the QuickCast download, at which time you’ll be able to get the entire set for $24.99. The money will go to good purposes: Half will go to the non-profit Acceleration Studies Foundation, producers of the event, and the other half will go to pay some of our own infrastructure expenses. Use the link below to be notified immediately when the AC2005 QuickCast is available.

Upcoming Events

  • EuroOSCON. O’Reilly Media’s EuroOSCON is 17-20 October in Amsterdam, and through our contacts there, we’ve arranged for a 25% discount. Go to the URL below and use the code "euos05itc."
  • Pop!Tech 2005. And our most popular of all events from last year, Pop!Tech, will be held again this year in Camden, Maine, October 16-19. Talk about rubbing elbows with some of the most influential people on the planet — this is the place to be.
  • Podcast and Portable Media Expo: This is turning out to be *the* major podcasting event of the year, and I along with many members of Team ITC will be there. I’ll be delivering a session on "Audio Production at IT Conversations" at 10:30am on Friday morning. We’ll also have a small booth in the exhibit hall, and we’ll be announcing some major new plans (some of which you’ve heard me discuss) during the event. November 11-12, Ontario, California. See you there!

New Programs Last Week

Listed in increasing order of listener rating.

  • Anne Thomas Manes – The Advent of Superplatforms (2.6) In this keynote speech at Burton Group’s 2005 Catalyst Conference, Anne Thomas Manes lays out the issues to consider when dealing with the rise of network- application platforms packed with features and functionality. More functions sounds good, right? Well, Anne looks at the benefits but also points out negative implications like vendor lock-in and high barriers to entry for new developers.
  • Amit Sachdev (3.0) On Biotech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Amit Sachdev, the Executive VP for Health BIO, They talk about proposals for increased measures to ensure safety *after* a drug has been approved.
  • Jeremy Zawodny – Open Source at Yahoo! (3.0) Jeremy talks about open source software scales at Yahoo!, and specifically how Yahoo! leverages open source software to scale its system. Yahoo! recently acquired Konfabulator and Flickr, and Zawodny explains how Yahoo! is changing internally to become a Web 2.0 company.
  • Ernie Allen – Reuniting Families After Katrina (3.3) Larry Magid interviews Ernie Allen, President and CEO of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The Center’s usual mandate is to help find abducted or exploited children, but has now become involved in reuniting families separated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Natalie Jeremijenko – Social Robotics, Smocial Robotics! (3.3) Open-source robot dogs, rescued from eBay and reworked, to investigate environmental contamination. A robotic goose lets people interact with wild geese on their turf. Natalie Jeremijenko investigates how robots can be used to change the ways humans participate with the environment and the natural world in this entertaining session. From ETech 2005.
  • David Temkin – Laszlo Systems (3.3) Before AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) had a name, there was Laszlo Systems, a software tools developer using AJAX-like methods along with with Macromedia’s Flash Player to deliver richer Web experiences. In this conversation with Laszlo founder/CTO David Temkin, learn why he chose the Flash Player as a platform and why Laszlo went open source choosing IBM’s Common Public License. What is planned for Laszlo Mail and Laszlo Calendar and how he plans to leverage rich client environments other than Flash Player.
  • Attention – Supernova 2005 (3.5) In a world where information overload is common, attention is a very scarce resource and there is an increasing need to manage it efficiently. In this panel discussion, Steve Gillmor, Glenn Reid, Dorée Duncan Seligmann, David Sifry and Linda Stone talk about the problem of coping with more information than one can handle and the possible solutions.
  • Dave Passmore – Converged Devices, Nets, Apps and Orgs (3.8) Convergence is one of the great buzzwords of our time, ususally referring to the connection between voice and data. But there’s a whole lot more to convergence, accoring to Burton Group Research Director David Passmore. Learn about five areas of convergence that will affect most enterprises in the next several years and how to prepare for the future of networking.
  • Brad Matsen (4.0) Moira Gunn also interviews Brad Matsen, National Geographic producer and author of "Descent — The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss."
  • Graham Hawkes (4.5) And Moira speaks with Graham Hawkes, an engineer and explorer, the solo ocean dive record holder, and president of Hawkes Ocean Technologies. They talk about his quest to drive a submersible to the very bottom of the ocean, some seven miles down, as well as the very different experience of his underwater flight school.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

This week’s IT Conversations/O’Reilly Pick of the Week is a great program from our archives:

  • Bob Metcalfe on Memory Lane (3.5) Halley Suitt sat down with Bob Metcalfe to learn more about his early days at MIT, wiring up the ARPAnet when it was only 14 nodes old, Harvard, Xerox PARC, inventing Ethernet, founding 3Com, up to the present day and his work at Polaris Venture Partners as a VC.

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