Behind the Mic
In his lated book, Beyond Fear, security guru Bruce Schneier goes beyond cryptography and network security to challenge our post-9/11 national security practices. Host Doug Kaye says, "This is the one interview I hope everyone will hear."
Philip describes the evolution of his attitudes towards software engineering as manifested in Philip and Alex's Guide and his latest book, "Software Engineering for Internet Applications," for a course at MIT where "the goal of the course is that the student finishes knowing how to build Amazon.com by him or herself."
IT Conversations' host Doug Kaye interviews Marc Canter and JD Lasica who have just launched Ourmedia.org. [Behind the Mic audio interview from IT Conversations]
IT Conversations host Doug Kaye interviews Dave Winer, one of the most influential personalities on the Internet. Throughout his career, Dave has focused on making computers easier and more powerful for users, and many of his creations are direct descendants of his early work with outliners that began a the University of Wisconsin. Dave took outliners to Personal Software, created a dual-view BBS in 1982, founded Living Videotext in 1983, released the MORE outliner for the Mac in 1986, merged with Symantec in 1987, then left a half year later to found Userland Software. He has lent his hand to technologies and standards that have touched the lives of almost everyone online. They include OPML, XML-RPC, SOAP, RSS and podcasting in addition to his widely read blog, ScriptingNews
Doug Kaye interviews Adam Curry: His first gig was on a Dutch in-hospital radio station, then as John Holden a motorcycle-riding African-American pirate-radio DJ. Most of us met Adam as an early MTV host, but he actually got his start as a budding geek. In this interview with IT Conversations' host Doug Kaye, you'll hear a very personal side of Adam's life: how he discovered the Internet and the web, registering the mtv.com domain, then being sued over it. He founded OnRamp, an early web-development company that grew through M&A to a $230 million public company. Adam has started many other ventures, not all successful. He's been to Iraq and even produced a reality-TV show about his own family. Doug and Adam also discuss audio on the 'net. Here's your chance to hear the Behind the Mic side of the creator of iPodder and one of podcastings leading evangelists.
Alistair Cockburn had been a hardware designer and researcher for 16 years when IBM asked him to write a methodology for object-oriented projects. He's spent the last decade studying and writing about software development and learned that some of the most successful projects have the simplest processes. In 2001 he and 16 other software-development heavyweights met to discuss so-called lightweight methodologies, and one result was the Agile Software Development Manifesto. In this insightful interview with IT Conversations' producer Doug Kaye, Alistair explains how he uses games as a model for software projects, and how he discovered that the term "software engineering" was created on a whim in 1968. He also discusses the American and European aversion to copying: the not-invented-here (NIH) syndrome. [Audio and transcript available]
Are your CD-R backups safe? Think they'll last a long time? Think again! Listen to this interview in which Alex tells the secrets of CD-R media, burners and techniques:
Are there differences between CD-R media?
Are store-brand generic discs good enough?
Is a fast CD-R (48x, 52x) better than a slower one?
Which combination of media and burner speeds is most reliable?
What's the best way to label CD-R media?
The answers may surprise you.
Not only has the company carved out a leading position in the nascent niche of blogging tools, its founders, Ben and Mena Trott, have aquired personal reputations among their customers and critics alike. Prior to version 3.0, Movable Type was donation-ware and the average contribution was only US$0.38. Now they're dealing with the controversy surrounding TypeKey, their hosted identity service for weblog comments. Hasn't Microsoft tried the same thing with Passport? Hear why Ben and Mena think TypeKey is different.
If listening to IT Conversations leaves you wanting a chance to speak for yourself, Audioblog.com is a new service that lets you record sound clips for your own weblog. Eric Rice, founder of Audioblog.com, explains why he created Audioblog.com, the technology behind it, and the applications some bloggers have already found for it.
Mary Jo Foley and Steve Gillmor talk about Microsoft.