Technometria with Phil Windley
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In the 17th century, William Ames wrote a book called
Technometria. Technometry meant literally "the measure of a skill or
art." As Ames used it, he meant the study of the theory of the
interrelation of the arts and sciences. (See Why
Technometria for more detail.)
This is the Technometria podcast. I'm Phil Windley and I'm usually joined
by Scott Lemon and Ben Galbraith, good friends and
great technologists in their own right. Matt Asay has been a co-host in the past. We may talk him into coming back someday.
Technometria is our attempt to make sense of the technology that
surrounds us through exploration, analysis, and, hopefully,
reason. In these podcasts you'll find discussions of Web 2.0,
programming and software development, open source, identity, new
media, enterprise computing, and many other topics.
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Adam Denton discusses his participation in the Race Across America, one of the most respected and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature the world over. Riding as part of the Sharp4Prostate team, Adam will use a number of technologies to assist in the race. He talks with Phil about both the physical preparation as well as the likely use of GPS, the web, and social media to assist.
Social networking expert Jesse Stay joins Phil and Scott to discuss recent changes and issues with Facebook and other networking sites. In addition to reviewing recent Facebook announcements, he also talks about data retrieval, as well as related privacy issues. He also assesses how political candidates are using social networking, as well as the current relevance of Twitter.
Kevlin Henney, editor/author of 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know, discusses the book and the programming process. He talks about how he compiled the essays for the book and lists some of the items he found most surprising and thought provoking. He also assesses the issues related to programmer training, including some of the things not taught in school.
Jonathan Ellis discusses Cassandra, an open source distributed database system, used by Facebook and other sites. An Apache Software Foundation top-level project, it is designed to handle very large data sets spread out across commodity servers while providing a highly available service with no single point of failure. Jonathan reviews the project, explaining details about the system as well as the importance of scalability in database design and the differences between distributed and relational databases.
Author David Siegel discusses his book Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business, in which he reviews the concepts for a future version of the web. He defines the idea of the semantic web and how Pull is a model for it. Siegel reviews how businesses in the future can take advantage of the improvements in the use of data and why the improvements will assist in commercial success.
Henri Asseily, CTO of Telnic discusses the company's work as the Registry Operator and Sponsoring Organization for .tel, a new sponsored Top Level Domain awarded on May 30th 2006 by ICANN. He reviews the background of .tel's establishment, the company's business model, and technical details of the TLD.
Thomas Petersen discusses his experience in designing for startups and established companies. In addition to discussing the problem with the ever increasing amount of data available on the Internet, he also reviews designing principles, listing steps of good practice.
Recorded the day after Apple's announced the iPad, the group discusses the new device, based on their initial impressions. They applaud certain visual and usage aspects, but also talk about why they were disappointed with it. They also assess the iPad's value as a book reader, particularly in comparison to Amazon's Kindle.
Tech journalist Mitch Ratcliffe discusses the future of books, reading, and publishing. He talks about how Booksahead.com is a platform to discuss authors and publishing, as well as news about the industry. Calling from the 2010 CES he also reviews new mobile devices, including E-Book readers and tablet computers, as well as the Sophie Project, open source software for writing and reading.