When Doug Kaye created IT Conversations in 2003, most people didn't know what a podcast was and why they should care. Yet the idea spread and today, all kinds of people and organizations regularly release content to people throughout the world. Doug joins Phil Windley to bid farewell to the Conversations Network. They discuss the background of why Doug chose to be a podcast pioneer and how the network helped revolutionize a new way to distribute interesting content.
Rotating, rolling, turning, moving forward and moving backward are all impressive gates for modular snake robots, but Per Sjoborg says the striking side-winding motion can only be described as beautiful. These complex patterns of locomotion emerge from simple fluctuations in oscillation. Beyond aesthetics and practical applications, one of the most striking features of Juan Gonzalez Gomez's work is his commitment to the free and open-source development model. He believes that the modular robotic community will emerge to solve problems together.
This week, Jeff and Joel are joined by Greg Wilson, an author, developer, and former university professor, who is also an expert on open source software development. Once make it through the jokes and get his mic sounding great, we can jump in and explore all kinds of interesting topics from favorite Canadian airlines to Microsoft data studies.
From podcast to hardcover bestseller. Scott Sigler surprised the publishing world in 2007 when his book, Ancestor, released by small publisher Dragon Moon Press, appeared on the Amazon bestseller list. It was already available on line as a free serialized podcast, where it had gained 10,000 fans. In fact, all of his work is available free, but fans still buy. In this talk, he chronicles the publishing of his fourth book, The Rookie, a sci-fi football story, and the possibilities for authors who maintain an on-line following.
Lili Cheng and her team at Microsoft's Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Lab take the challenge of making social networking more engaging while increasing productivity. Cheng, in this recording from the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco (May, 2010), demonstrates the various social networking tools developed at the Fuse Lab designed to create a worthwhile social experience.
Join best-selling author Steven Berlin Johnson as he discusses the changing face of online journalism, one in which citizen journalists and bloggers are news gatherers and information curators. Both journalists and techies alike are providing new ways to share and consume content, and creating rich relations between consumers and providers of information. Members of this new media are also required to wear many hats, from local news reporter to database administrator.
Instead of a conference call, it's a private podcast direct from The Conversations Network's Executive Director, Doug Kaye, to our Donors, Patrons and Benefactors. Topics include: an update on our traffic and membership, the state of SpokenWord.org, and our proposed plans for SpokenWord.org to become the open alternative to the iTunes podcast directory.
The first SpokenWord.org town-hall meeting conference call was held on August 27, 2009. Included in the discussion: a review of the most-requested new features, a discussion of the new APIs and new strategic directions for the site.
Jonathan Christensen is Skype's General Manager for Video and Audio. Listen in as he discusses the history of audio compression, the human voice and Skype's new audio codec to be released for free. Achieving higher quality sound at a more efficient rate included partnership with hardware and software manufacturers.
Doug Kaye joins Phil and Scott to discuss the recently launched SpokenWord.org, a free service that helps you find, manage and share audio and video spoken-word recordings. In addition to giving a basic description of the site, Doug also discusses the technical aspects of the project, including how it was developed and what kind of challenges he is facing now that it is operational.