Larry Magid speaks with Andy Halliday, founder of OurStory.com about his company's new social networking site that allows individuals and families to share and unfold the stories of their lives. Unlike other social networks, OurStory focuses on allowing users to create and share tales with select groups or the whole world, and offers tools like text, photos and videos to help make the stories better.
"Net neutrality" is a principle that specifies that all participants on the Internet travel on the same virtual highways at the same speed regardless of their ability to pay. This doesn't mean that companies can't pay for super fast servers or high-speed access but it means that the speed that data is routed over the Internet infrastructure itself is based on available bandwidth. In this conversation with Larry Magid, Craig Newmark of Craigslist talks about why Net Neutrality is important.
To mark Apple Computer's 30th anniversary, Larry Magid chats with Lee Felsenstein who moderated the meeting at the Homebrew Computer Club were Steve Wozniak first showed off the Apple I. Felsenstein is a computer designer with the Sol-20 (which preceded the Apple II) and the Osborne 1 to his credit. He is also a social activist who is currently working to develop a technology infrastructure for developing countries. This interview is must listening to anyone who shares Larry and Lee's passion for personal computing and its colorful early history.
Advertising on the internet has gotten big again, and much of today's advertising power is now in the smaller markets of blogs and niche publishers. Patrick Gavin, the president of Text Link Ads, talks with Larry Magid about the different ways that advertisers and publishers can be matched up to the benefit of both parties, as well as the different types of ads that small publishers can offer. Gavin, an expert on search engine optimization, also discusses some current topics in SEO.
Mashups are a good example of what some Internet insiders are calling "Web 2.0," a relatively undefined term that sort of means something like the Web serving as a platform with sites that take advantage of -- among other things -- user supplied content. The best place to find mashups is at programmableweb.com which currently lists more than 450 mashups, 50 of which are classifies as "popular." Larry Magid speaks with three mashup site pioneers.
With the rise of blogs and social networking sites, people are putting more and more personal information online, and kids are no exception. In this conversation with Larry Magid, John Shehan of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children describes the dangers facing kids on the internet. Shehan explains the common ways kids make themselves vulnerable online and offers tips to help them stay safer.
Recently, the news has reported that the US Department of Justice has requested user information from some major internet search engines and service providers. In this conversation, Larry Magid talks with internet security expert Steve Gibson about the ramifications of these requests. They talk about what is possible and, more importantly, what is likely to be learned about an individual's surfing habits.
Voice over IP is a technology which is changing the way people view telephony, and Skype is a major player in this paradigm shift. The host of Larry's World, Larry Magid, speaks with Saul Klein, the Vice President of Marketing for Skype. The talk about changing the playing field for telecoms, Skype's new video capabilities and what is upcoming for Skype and its partners. [Larry's world audio from IT Conversations]
January 1 is just a date on the calendar but it's a good time to look back and look forward. And who better to reflect and prognosticate than Tim Bajaran, one of Silicon Valley's leading tech analysts? In this brief podcast, Tim and Larry talk about how consumer technology and media is evolving and what we can expect in 2006 and beyond. [Larry's World audio from IT Conversations]
Digital photography has taken over the overall picture market as well as the revenues of Kodak. Mike McDougall from Kodak discusses the current trends across this market and some unique elements Kodak is bringing to consumers. [Larry's World audio from IT Conversations]