IT Conversations News: February 7, 2006

(Hear the MP3 version with additional commentary in beautiful monophonic audio.)

News and Housekeeping

  • A Matching Grant: VoiceIndigo has made a challenge grant to support The Conversations Network and will match donations of any size up to $500. What a great time to join The Conversations Network. The value of your donation/membership will be doubled! [Promo: VoiceIndigo brings together podcasters, mobile advertisers, and mobile phone listeners. Check ’em out.]
  • Don’t Forget the Forums: Did you know that we host online discussions for EVERY program on IT Conversations and The Conversations Network? I wouldn’t say the Forums are off to a speedy start, but you can do us a huge favor by stopping by and adding your comments about a few shows you’ve enjoyed. These community things take time, love and attention.

New Programs Last Week

Here are the programs we’ve published in the last week, ranked in increasing order of listener ratings.

  • Christopher Thomas Scott – Stem Cell Research (rated 3.5 by listeners) Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Christopher Thomas Scott, director of the Stanford Progam in Stem Cells and Society. He weighs in on the South Korean stem-cell research scandal.
  • David Heinemeier Hansson – Ruby on Rails (3.7) Ruby on Rails seems to be the newest and hippest thing in the world of web applications developers. But what is it and what makes it so great? Developer David Heinemeier Hansson describes Ruby on Rails as "a bunch of stuff that makes web developers happy," and describes the three keys to what makes it fun and more productive than other tools.
  • Randy Martin – Speed and Agility versus Cost (3.8) Randy Martin is the Director of Global Emergency Operations at Mercy Corps USA and has been in the business of humanitarian disaster relief for 25 years. At the Effective Disruption Management Seminar convened by Stanford Graduate School of Business last September Randy shares some of the lessons he has learned on the front lines and investigates potential collaborations to enhance disaster relief operations.
  • Janna Anderson – Imagining the Internet (4.0) How will the future of the internet be and how will it change our lives? Many technologists have expressed their thoughts on this topics since the birth of the internet. Janna Anderson speaks about Imagining The Internet – a project which documents the predictions various people have made about the internet.
  • Josh Knauer – InfoCommons (4.3) Using public data online is often a challenge, and made all the more frustrating when the data you need is either inaccessible or verifiably incorrect. How hard would it be, for example, to change incorrect directions to your house as displayed on Google, or to combine your address with public data from City Hall? Maya Design’s Josh Knauer explains how the Information Commons sets about answering these questions.
  • Ed Amoroso – Tracking the Attackers (4.3) Businesses should book software not as an asset, but as a liability. That’s just one of Ed Amoroso’s provocative ideas. Like medicine, software engineering should require "years of tortured residency." Homeland Security should work with hackers to fight terrorism. We should discard our firewalls and let broadband carriers filter attacks in the cloud. In this interview with Sondra Schneider, the AT&T CSO also describes AT&T’s 24×7 TV network for security professionals.

The O’Reilly Pick of the Week:

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

  • Robert Scoble – Overload (3.2) A day is coming when Robert will have 10,000 feeds instead of the 915 he’s currently reading. (He guesses the average blog reader follows 50 to 100 feeds, based on anecdotal evidence of talking with other bloggers). In fact, the number of bloggers he reads is much higher than 915 thanks to group blogs and services like Feedster, Pubsub, and Technorati. Robert Scoble leads the Overload session at Bloggercon III.

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