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.

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