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Finding Your Voice
We have three pieces this week that hover around the theme of finding your voice. Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks to John Battelle about the corporate voice that Google has taken on. Moshe Cohen is a clown who performs using his voice but no words. In many of his missions, including Clowns Without Borders USA, he cheers people up but also leaves them with a deeper lesson. I've also remixed a piece by David Battino from the Digital Media Insider that looks at how much computer voices have improved. This is the last episode for 2006. (DTF 11-27-2006: 25 minutes, 55 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[November 27, 2006 | Discuss (2) | O'Reilly Network]

Code for and by the people
We've got two pieces this week that originated with conversations that O'Reilly editor chromatic recorded at this year's FOO camp. In the first he talks with Allison Randall and James Duncan about source code and how you can tell that at least half the target audience are humans. He then talks about the Apache Software Foundation with Greg Stein. (DTF 11-20-2006: 24 minutes, 15 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[November 20, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Web 2.0 2005, Day Three--Rebroadcast
We wrap up our look back at the Web 2.0 conference from 2005 with Vinod Khosla from Kleiner Perkins on the overabundance of money, Scott Cook of Intuit on learning from customers. Sergey Brin also talks about the current state of Google, Dick Hardt explains identity, and Safa Rashtchy talks to five teens. (DTF 11-13-2006: 23 minutes, 34 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[November 13, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Web 2.0 2005, Day Two--Rebroadcast
This week, we continue to look back at the Web 2.0 conference from 2005: Yahoo CEO Terry Semel on the convergence of media and technology, AOL CEO Jonathan Miller on changing what AOL means, Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz and Mozilla Foundation President Mitchell Baker on open source and distribution, Michael Powell on the future of entertainment, and 37 Signals CEO Jason Fried on doing more with less. (DTF 11-06-2006: 30 minutes, 29 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[November 06, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Web 2.0 2005, Day One--Rebroadcast
In honor of the upcoming Web 2.0 conference, we are rebroadcasting last year's coverage. Here's day one from Web 2.0 2005. John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly set the stage for this year's conference, Barry Diller talks about Ask Jeeves and Google, Bran Ferren explains why human interface is holding us back, and Philip Rosedale welcomes you to a Second Life. (25 minutes, 56 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 30, 2006 | Discuss (2) | O'Reilly Network]

Spirituality and Altruism
What is a show on technology doing focusing on spirituality and altruism? Craig Warren Smith will help you see the connections between computing and spirituality and Tor Norretranders will convince you that altruism is to humans what ornate tail feathers are to the peacock. (DTF 10-23-2006: 25 minutes, 30 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 23, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Getting Involved
The seasons are changing once again - here in the U.S. it's election season. Are you sufficiently involved? Tom Steinberg of mySociety talks about some of the tools available in the U.K.. Too real for you? Jim Purbrick talks about creation and community in Second Life.(DTF 10-16-2006: 18 minutes, 40 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 16, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Write Your Novel
Do you need a new project to work on? We wander around the Maker Fare in Brussels and hear from ten makers. We also talk to O'Reilly online editor chromatic about writing your life and about writing a novel. What about writing your novel? It all starts with one thousand words a day. (DTF 10-09-2006: 17 minutes, 45 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 09, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

A Brussels Walkabout
We walk around Brussels with ten photographers on the eve of Euro OSCON. It feels like yet another metaphor for open source development. Piers Cawley explains why he still likes to shoot in black and white and why he will often still use film instead of digital. Finally, Douglas Arellanes shares how you can help support community radio. (DTF 10-03-2006: 24 minutes, 45 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 03, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Legal Opinions
This week the entire program is devoted to the closing plenary from OSCON 2006 delivered by Eben Moglen. Eben Moglen is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University Law School and is general counsel of the Free Software Foundation. (DTF 09-25-2006: 33 minutes, 10 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[September 25, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Metaphor
This week we look at two metaphors for open source. Scott Yara says that Open Source is like rock and roll while Robert Lefkowitz says that open source is like a tomato. Did you get your five a day? Finally, we listen in on a new podcast that David Battino has launched on digital audio. (DTF 09-18-2006: 23 minutes, 20 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[September 18, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Life Cycles
Releasing early and often. Mark Lucovsky contrasts his experience at Microsoft and at Google. Simon Phipps says that "lock in is the new lock out" and we preview Euro OSCON. Six Apart's Anil Dash has a stack of services you might use to build your applications and Damian Conway pokes fun at the world of Web 2.0 businesses. (DTF 09-11-2006: 26 minutes 45 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[September 11, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Ownership
Who owns your stuff? We continue to present excerpts from the O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing. Tim O'Reilly talks to Chad Dickerson about Flickr and Open Services, Irwin Gross looks at the rising tide of intellectual property, and Roger Magoulas shows us what's on the technology radar. (DTF 08-28-2006: 29 minutes 20 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[August 29, 2006 | Discuss (3) | O'Reilly Network]

Open Source at Microsoft
This week we present portions of two conversations from the O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing. Tim O'Reilly talks to Brian Behlendorf about lessons from Apache and CollabNet. Danese Cooper then puts Microsoft's Bill Hilf in the hot seat to talk about Open Source at the software giant. (DTF 08-21-2006: 33 minutes 40 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[August 21, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Lightroom in Iceland
Derrick Story is back from sunlight twenty-two hours a day in Iceland. He talks to George Jardine about shooting pictures and working on them in Adobe's Lightroom. Chuck Toporek talks with Google's Brian Fitzpatrick about Google Code and Subversion, and Andy Oram talks about Linux Certification Testing with James Stanger. (DTF 08-14-2006: 25 minutes 40 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[August 14, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Summer at the Seaside
With all the attention that Ruby on Rails has been getting, have we not been paying enough attention to the Smalltalk Seaside framework? Also, we'll look back at some OSCON moments.(DTF 08-07-2006: 28 minutes 15 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[August 07, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Going Digital (learning and shooting)
What are the skills that every young person should have before they go off to college? CJ Rayhill and Jon Udell talk a bit about how schools are changing. Mikkel Aaland talks about shooting RAW and has some surprising stories about Ansel Adams. (DTF 07-24-2006: 27 minutes 15 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[July 24, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Open it up and they will come
Wolfram's Director of Kernel Technology, Tom Wickham-Jones talks to us about the new Wolfram Workbench which is built on top of Eclipse. We include a trailer for OSCON we recorded with content chair Nat Torkington, and Prem Anand provides an introduction to Voice XML (DTF 07-17-2006: 19 minutes 30 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[July 17, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Great Location Hacks
We're featuring three sessions from the second day of the Where 2.0 conference. Chris Spurgeon presents the best geo hacks of the last 2000 years, Gary Lang looks at the possibilities that arise from APIs and Open Source Code, and Tim O'Reilly moderates a panel on the future of the data industry. (DTF 07-10-2006: 32 minutes 15 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[July 10, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Building Tricorders
We're featuring four sessions from the first day of the Where 2.0 conference. Josh Peterson tells you to live your life as if you're on vacation; Mike Liebhold looks at a future in which the invisible annotations on the world around you becomes visible; Schuler Erle demos Gutenkarte, which reveals geographic information in the books you read; and Lauren Gelman cautions us about the privacy issues in exposing our data. (DTF 06-26-2006: 26 minutes, 15 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[June 26, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Playing with Location
We've just returned from the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California. Next week, you'll hear parts of some of the sessions. This week, you'll hear an interview with the Platial team about their "people's atlas" site, we visit the Where fair the second night of the conference and speak with exhibitors, Greg Trefry and Kevin Slavin talk to Brady Forrest about Games, and we play Pixie Hunt with Microsoft's Jordan Schwartz. (DTF 06-19-2006: 22 minutes, 40 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[June 19, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Photoshop Cook-Off
Today you'll meet Edie Freedman, the woman behind those funky animals you see on the front covers of O'Reilly books. She's now working as an editor and talks to Chuck Joiner about a Photoshop contest. Where 2.0 program co-chair Brady Fowler talks to Josh Peterson about the 43 Places website, which lists thousands of places people would love to visit. Google's Chris DiBona is back: this time, he talks to chromatic about Google and open source. (DTF 06-05-2006: 33 minutes 32 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[June 05, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Tales from Three Conferences
This week we bring you three interviews from three different conferences. From MacWorld, photographer Peter Krogh talks about the first things he does when he imports his RAW images into his computer. Brad Fitzpatrick of LiveJournal and Six Apart tells chromatic about how he grew and sold his business and about the technology behind it in a conversation recorded at the MySQL users conference. Joshua Marinacci tells Chris Adamson what makes Swing swing in a pre-JavaOne conversation. (DTF 05-22-2006: 27 minutes 20 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[May 22, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Collaboration Constraints
Mitch Kapor says that what makes Wikipedia work isn't the technology; it's the vision, the values, and the community. Chromatic tells us what his dream computer language would and would not have, and Chris Adamson explains why some types of television shows have long-running story arcs and others are self-contained. (DTF 05-15-2006: 27 minutes 32 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[May 15, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Summer Projects
Are you looking for something fun or interesting to do this summer? This week, we begin with an interview with Julieanne Kost, whose pictures from airplanes are published in the book Window Seat. Then Google's Chris Dibona talks to us about the upcoming second Summer of Code. Finally, Dale Dougherty reads from his article in Make magazine on Natalie Jeremijenko and her robot dogs. (DTF 05-08-2006: 24 minutes 35 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[May 08, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

The Maker Faire
Thousands of makers met up at the San Mateo Fairgrounds on April 22 and 23 for the first-ever Maker Faire. We talk to Make magazine publisher Dale Dougherty about the Faire and hear from some of the attendees and exhibitors that made this event so successful. (DTF 05-01-2006: 19 minutes 55 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[May 01, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Women in Open Source and Emergent Gaming Behavior
How do we go about attracting more women to write open source code? Danese Cooper has been looking at different models that work and is trying to spread the word. We also continue our conversation with Jane McGonigal about super gaming. This week she talks about the community that surrounds some of her games and some of the emerging patterns that she has noted. (DTF 04-24-2006: 21 minutes 40 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[April 24, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Scaling Games Up
This week we're talking about games. Big games. Amy Jo Kim talks about taking the lessons from game playing and applying them to your applications. Jane McGonigal talks about scaling up intimate two player games so that thousands of people can thumb wrestle. (DTF 04-18-2006: 27 minutes 49 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[April 18, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Boot Camp and Video Game Music
Apple's Boot Camp allows you to boot your Intel Mac into either Windows XP or Mac OS X. We explore some of the early speculation about this new software. Chris Adamson takes an in depth look at the world of video game music. (DTF 04-10-2006: 29 minutes 37 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[April 10, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Patterns for Communication, Moderation, and Information Processing
We're finding patterns everywhere. Clay Shirky talks about patterns of moderation strategy, Jon Udell makes recommendations for those of us seeking attention, and George Dyson helps us understand the present by looking back at Von Neumann. (DTF 04-03-2006: 31 minutes 05 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[April 03, 2006 | Discuss (1) | O'Reilly Network]

Obscenity, Infinity, and Bionic Beings
This installment has more from this year's O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference. Eric Bonabeau looks at obscenity and infinity to illustrate what people and machines are particularly good at, Tim O'Reilly sets up that talk by considering the Mechanical Turk and applications of bionics, and Rael Dornfest briefly tells us to meet the people who surround us at these conferences. (DTF 03-27-2006: 29 minutes 10 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[March 27, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

The Internet of Things
This week, Bruce Sterling's Emerging Technology keynote on "The Internet of Things" is the sole segment in our program. (DTF 03-20-2006: 30 minutes 13 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[March 20, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

The Future of Telephony, Going Digital, and Open Formats
Peter Cochrane looks at the future of telephony and handheld devices, James Duncan Davidson talks about his switch from film to digital photography, and Simon Phipps explains the importance of open formats backed up by open source software. (DTF 03-13-2006: 26 minutes 30 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[March 13, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Attention Streams, Taking Pictures, Java in Brazil, and Presenting Differently
Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly continue their preview of next month's Emerging Technology conference, Bruno Souza talks to us about Java in Brazil, conference photographer James Duncan Davidson discusses his art, and Why the Lucky Stiff shows us that conference presentations can be much more creative than they tend to be. (DTF 02-17-2006: 28 minutes 37 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[February 17, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

The Mechanical Turk, Voice 3.0, Java Podcasts, and Reading Pitches
Rael Dornfest and Tim O'Reilly look ahead to ETech and discuss applications that do and that could benefit from working with people. Jeff Bonforte talks about Voice 3.0 and speech recognition. Chris Adamson surveys some of the popular Java podcasts. We present an excerpt from Joseph Adler's book, Baseball Hacks. (DTF 02-03-2006: 29 minutes 42 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[February 10, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Video Blogging, Emerging Telephony, and more from Brazil
Bruce Stewart, editor of the new ETel site, joins us for a look back at the highlights from last week's O'Reilly Emerging Telephony conference. Josh Kinberg shows you how easy it is to get started with video blogging and what to expect if you just want to watch some good ones. Bruno Souza continues his look at open source in Brazil. (DTF 02-03-2006: 25 minutes 02 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[February 03, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Wiretapping, Open Source in Brazil, and Attenuation
Jack Herrington talks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Brad Templeton about wiretapping, Brazilian technologist Bruno Souza explains why software freedom is important in his country, O'Reilly CTO Rael Dornfest wants to turn down the volume on all the noise in his various in-boxes, and Derrick Story and Chuck Toporek report from Macworld. (DTF 01-27-2006: 28 minutes 53 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[January 27, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Emerging Telephony and Podjacking
Surj Patel, co-chair of the upcoming ETel (Emerging Telephony) conference talks to us about voice applications, and we look at both sides of the podjacking story with Erik Marcus and George Lambert. (DTF 01-2006: 23 minutes, 57 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[January 10, 2006 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Attention Span
Are you paying full attention to anything you do these days? Probably not. Whether at work or at home, you probably are distracted by email, IM, the telephone, the television, and countless other distractions. We begin this podcast with Linda Stone talking about Continuous Partial Attention from her SuperNova address "Your Attention Please." Paul Graham compares amateurs and professionals in his OSCON keynote "What Business Can Learn from Open Source." We respond to a listener comment on a story we ran last week and conclude with Ernie Prabhakar on open source from infancy to adulthood. (DTF 008 beta: 24 minutes, 30 seconds, 13.9MB)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[December 12, 2005 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Security, DRM, and Sony
When you install software, you understand some of the risks involved. The Sony DRM case feels different. If you want to listen to a music CD, should you be expected to know that this could result in security holes on your system? This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future looks at DRM, security, and the Sony case. You'll hear from an interview with Ben Laurie from the Apache Software Foundation and The Bunker Secure Hosting by Intel's Danese Cooper, from a keynote address by Cory Doctorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and from O'Reilly book editor Andy Oram.
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[December 01, 2005 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Promo: MAKE Tour of Squid Labs
While we've been off shopping for audio hardware and software, Phil Torrone has captured a tour of Squid Labs on video. This is a one-minute promotion for his video, so that those subscribed to Distributing the Future don't miss it.
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[November 29, 2005 | O'Reilly Network]

Web 2.0 Day Three
This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future features day three from the Web 2.0 conference: Vinod Khosla from Kleiner Perkins on the overabundance of money, Scott Cook of Intuit on learning from customers, Sergey Brin on the current state of Google, Dick Hardt on identity, and Safa Rashtchy talks to five teens. (DTF 006 beta: 23 minutes, 26 seconds, 8.2 MB)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[November 09, 2005 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Web 2.0 Day Two
This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future features day two from the Web 2.0 conference: Yahoo CEO Terry Semel on the convergence of media and technology, AOL CEO Jonathan Miller on changing what AOL means, Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz and Mozilla Foundation president Mitchell Baker on open source and distribution, Michael Powell on the future of entertainment, and 37 Signals CEO Jason Fried on doing more with less. (DTF 005 beta: 30 minutes, 20 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 27, 2005 | Discuss (2) | O'Reilly Network]

Beta Broadcast 004: Web 2.0 Day One
This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future features day one from the Web 2.0 conference. John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly set the stage for this year's conference, Barry Diller talks about Ask Jeeves and Google, Bran Ferren explains why human interface is holding us back, and Philip Rosedale welcomes you to a Second Life. (25 minutes, 47 seconds) My Odeo Channel (odeo/bfe260c8d7823967)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 14, 2005 | Discuss (1) | O'Reilly Network]

Beta Broadcast 003: Good and Evil
This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future takes a look at good and evil. Tim O'Reilly examines the good coming up in Web 2.0; David Smith and Peter Saint-Andrew work on helping you tell who's good and who's evil on the web; Ian Langworth and chromatic help to make Perl development better for everyone by pushing testing; Danny O'Brien shares what he's done to stop evil and encourage good; and Max Goff brings his law of medians. (25 minutes, 3 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[October 05, 2005 | Discuss (0) | O'Reilly Network]

Beta Broadcast 002: Data for Web 2.0
This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future takes a look at the Data for Web 2.0. Tim O'Reilly explains "What is Web 2.0," Marc Hedlund thinks about the browsers of the future that might mash up the private data on your hard drive with data that lives on the Web, NAVTEQ's Robert Denaro explains why NAVTEQ drives so many miles each day to gather the geographic information you use in your favorite online mapping applications, Phil Torrone is already hacking the iPod nano, and our "FOO Cast" is more of Richard Giles' Gadget show interview with John Batelle. (24 minutes, 52 seconds)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[September 23, 2005 | Discuss (2) | O'Reilly Network]

Beta Broadcast 001: "Is This Thing on?"
In this pilot of O'Reilly's audio magazine program "Distributing the Future," Phil Torrone of Make magazine says you may not want to upgrade your PSP 2.0; Nat Torkington previews the upcoming debut of a new Open Source Conference to be held in Amsterdam in mid October; David Smith and Doc Searls discuss issues of identity; Chris Adamson tells you how to get started with the game, the exercise, the cult: dance dance revolution; David Pogue has tips on using Spotlight on Mac OS X Tiger; and our featured "FOO Cast" is Richard Giles' Gadget show interview with John Batelle. (27 minutes, 46 seconds.)
by Daniel H. Steinberg
[September 14, 2005 | Discuss (2) | O'Reilly Network]

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