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 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?

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