In the not-too-distant future, the majority of electronic devices will be connected via the Internet or wireless protocols, bringing convenience and simplicity to daily living, but adding layers of technology and complexity to devices we use everyday. Jerry Fiddler offers a glimpse to his vision of the future: "The Connected World." He discusses how this "world system" will evolve through the convergence of multiple technologies resulting in one, giant interoperable system.
Audio is exploding on the internet, and now even video is becoming easier to create, download and view. However, finding the content you want to consume is still a challenge. Join IT Conversations' own Doug Kaye as he talks with Evan Williams of ODEO, David Marks of Loomia, Eric Rice of Audioblog and Jeff Karnes of Yahoo! at SDForum about the current state of search for audio and video. [SDForum audio from IT Conversations]
At a special presentation to the SDForum, John Markoff discusses his new book, " What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer." How did the the licensing of the transistor Silicon Valley? Did Moore's Law come from Gordon Moore or was it borrowed from somone else else? And how did LSD and the Vietnam war help start the PC revolution? This is Part 1 of a two-part presentation. Part 2 will be published shortly. [SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series audio from IT Conversations]
In this second part of an evening with John Markoff at the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series, Bill Duvall, Lee Felsenstein, Dennis Allison and Larry Tessler follow-up with John and explore the beginnings of the PC revolution.
Andrew Morton described the Linux kernel development process, how the Linux kernel actually comes to be, how features are chosen, and how the development, test and release cycle is managed. He explains how
commercial Linux distributions such as Red Hat and SuSE fit into this process. Andrew also explains the motivations of kernel developers and why the Linux kernel development process (and open source development model in general) are better than most commercial software development processes. [SDForum Distinguhsed Speaker Series audio from IT Conversations]
Guido van Rossum reflects on the early days of the Python community, describes its development into maturity, and explains why he is still having a good time after 13 years of herding cats. In an entertaining and informative talk, he also describes the origin of many of Python's most characteristic features and compares Python to some of the other languages in widespread use today. Part 1 of 2. [SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series audio from IT Conversations]
Guido van Rossum reflects on the early days of the Python community, describes its development into maturity, and explains why he is still having a good time after 13 years of herding cats. In an entertaining and informative talk, he also describes the origin of many of Python's most characteristic features and compares Python to some of the other languages in widespread use today. Part 2 of 2. [SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series audio from IT Conversations]
Will Wright, creator of The Sims, considers the impact auto racing (visibility, technologies) has had on the automotive industry. Computer games have evolved into a similar relationship with the computer industry. Because we get to design the problems that our players face (the game challenges) we have an opportunity to push the boundaries of graphics, user interface, AI, metrics and simulation. What we're currently learning about mapping these abilitites to the psychology of our players will be used in the mainstream software of the future.
The Comedy of the Commons -- An IT Conversations favorite, Lawrence Lessig is back with a terrific presentation delivered at the SDForum Distinguished Speaker series.
A presentation by Scott Ambler at the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series in 2003 entitled "Are You Agile or Are You Fragile?" The software industry is shifting from large-scale, prescriptive processes that mandate rigorous procedures and policies to lighter, more agile methodologies. Are these agile processes appropriate for your organization? If so, which should you consider adopting? What challenges can you expect and how can you overcome them? (Audio from IT Conversations. This is a long one: nearly two hours.)