IT Conversations News: January 30, 2006

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New Programs Last Week

Because of our switch to the new ratings system, we don’t have accurate ratings for our most-recent programs. Here are last week’s programs without listener ratings.

  • Joan Walsh Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Joan Walsh, the Editor-in-Chief of Salon Magazine, one of the first on-line zines to make an impact. They look back at ten years on the web — and how Salon made it through.
  • Tiffany Schlain Moria also interviews Tiffany Schlain, the founder of The Webby Awards. She’ll lay out their current selection for the top ten momentous points in Web history, and they’ll look at emergent trends in 2006.
  • Kari Stefansson Then on BioTech Nation, Moira speaks with decode Genetics’ CEO, Dr. Kari Stefansson, who tells us about a new discovery, linking a single gene to significantly increased risk for Type II diabetes.
  • Scott Sigler – Author of EarthCore and Ancestor Scott Sigler’s first novel, EarthCore, was slated to be published by Time Warner Publishing’s iPublish.com imprint and was the highest rated of the books scheduled for publication under that label. When Time Warner rolled up the carpets on iPublish Scott was left without a publisher. In the most recent Voices In Your Head, Dave Slusher talks with Scott about his success with podcasting EarthCore, the first novel to be initially available only as a podcast.
  • Robert Trivers – What Do We Know? People lie. We lie to each other, we lie to ourselves, and these deceptions cause no end of problems for human society. In this talk from Pop!Tech 2005, biologist Robert Trivers discusses the biological basis for deception in humans and other species. He shares the evolutionary imperatives that created the skills necessary to deceive others and also explains why self-deception has a biological basis.
  • Ray Ozzie, Yusuf Mehdi & Gary Flake – About Microsoft The dominant force in the industry for more than twenty years is finally facing stern competition. In this conversation, Microsoft key players Ray Ozzie, Yusuf Mehdi, and Gary Flake discuss the changing technology landscape and the challenges their company face. The talk covers their plans to adapt to Web 2.0, the optimism surrounding their current efforts in the area of search, and the development of new economic models to monetize their core assets like Office.
  • Danny O’Brien – On Evil The necessary conditions of the triumph of evil are well known, as Edmund Burke famously said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." In this humorous keynote from O’Reilly’s 2005 Open Source Convention, Danny O’Brien explores the factors necessary for the triumph of evil in the open source world.
  • Leslie Lamb – Managing Risk in an Uncertain World Leslie Lamb, Risk Manager at Cisco, shares her company’s approach to risk management. She spoke at the Effective Disruption Management Seminar which gathered on the Stanford Campus last September some of the main actors in humanitarian disaster relief operations.
  • Paul Hitchman – Play Louder In this keynote presentation from the ‘road to convergence’ forum by First Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland, Paul Hitchman talks about the changing landscape of music distribution and licensing. Paul is a co-founder of PlayLouder, a "Music Service Provider," and in this talk he asserts that it is now only voluntary to pay for music. He also addresses the role of P2P, DRM and other technologies and paints a vision for the future for music creators and consumers.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

This week’s IT Conversations/O’Reilly Pick of the Week is from 2004:

  • Johanna Rothman – Hiring Techies and Nerds Guest host Roy Osherove speaks with Johanna Rothman about everyday problems in project management, software delivery and the hiring of technical people. They discuss interviewing strategies, and some bad examples of interviewing technique. Also: How do I improve myself as a project manager?. How do I deal with unrealistic project deadlines? What’s wrong with running multiple projects at the same time? What is the most common management mistake?

You Did It! 10% Conversions

A few hours ago we achieved our goal of 10% of all IT Conversations registered members converting those memberships to The Conversations Network. That’s with 30 hours to go before our self-imposed deadline of the end of January, and not to shabby considering that probably fewer than 50% of all ITC registered members are still active and receiving our update.

If you haven’t already done so, please visit the CN site and convert your membership. It just takes a minute and it gives you free membership in The Conversations Network through March 31.

IT Conversations News: January 23, 2006

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New Programs Last Week

Because of our switch to the new ratings system, we don’t have accurate ratings for our most-recent programs. Here are last week’s programs without listener ratings.

  • Kim Stanley Robinson Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Kim Stanley Robinson, the author of the "Mars Trilogy." In his latest book, "Fiftey Degrees Below" he surmises what it would be like if the Gulf Stream stopped flowing."
  • Scott Ritter Moria also interviews Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq and author of "Iraq Confidential" who answers, "How do you look for a weapon of mass destruction?"
  • Prathima Archarya Then on BioTech Nation, Moira speaks with Dr. Prathima Archarya from Diosynth Biotechnology who tells us how they turn a promising molecule into a robust drug.
  • Ben Laurie – Apache and SSL Security vulnerabilities are something network administrators have dealt with since before the dawn of the web, and now people with less experience have to be aware of the security implications of their software choices. Ben Laurie, Director of Security for the Apache Foundation speaks with Scott Mace about the comparison between Microsoft’s and Apache’s security, how security is implemented within Apache, the future of SSL and other security issues.
  • Daniel Golding and Trent Henry – Perspectives on Spam Spam is a daunting challenge. With estimates of lost productivity costs in the US at $10 billion and growing, many IT departments struggle with spam on a daily basis. Burton Group Senior Analysts Trent Henry and Daniel Golding discuss some suggested best practices in dealing with spam and claim that, as hard as it might be to believe it, we’re winning.
  • Zach Warren – Laughter in a Time of War In the Fall of 2005, Zach set the World’s Record for running the Philadelphia marathon–while juggling! In 2006, he is gunning to set another world’s record for the fastest100miles on a unicycle–a record that has stood for almost 20 years. In the summer of 2005, Zack Warren, a native of West Virginia, traveled to Afghanistan to work with children as part of the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children. All this while a student at Harvard Divinity School.
  • Joichi Ito – The Future of Blogging The Internet is truly becoming an open network with the rise of amateur content and open source software. In this talk, Joi Ito takes us through the growth of the internet as an open network in layers to the point where the killer app is now user generated content. Earlier, it was the little guys around the edges of the internet who created the open standards which made the web work, and today it is those same people who fuel it with their creativity. Joi also shares with us his observations of the remix culture seen on the net.

 

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

This week’s IT Conversations/O’Reilly Pick of the Week is from 2004:

  • Bruce Mau – Global Creativity From Pop!Tech 2004: Bruce Mau has gained international recognition for his expertise and innovation in identity articulation, research and conceptual programming, print design and production, environmental signage and wayfinding systems, and exhibition and product design. Recently his studio output has extended to dance performances, video installations, and ventures into the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape design – and most recently education with the founding of The Institute without Boundaries.

Tracking the Converstions

After two weeks, 7.7% of all registered members of IT Conversations have taken advantage of the offer for free membership in The Conversations Network through March 31. That’s up from 5.2% after the first week. Can we reach my goal of 10% conversion by the end of the month? We’ll see. Remember, it’s free for all IT Conversations members. Absolutely free.

The CN Management Team

I’m proud to announce three appointments to the management team of The Conversations Network:

  • Darusha Wehm, Senior Editor
  • Paul Figgiani, Senior Audio Engineer
  • Tim McNerney, Senior Software Engineer

They deserve a lot of the credit for making IT Conversations what it is today, and The Conversations Network wouldn’t exist without them.