I’m going to touch on several podcasts from the last several days real quickly here.
I’ll get the high-noise-to-signal and freshly unsubscribed shows out of the way first: G’Day World. These two hip Australians were fun but gratuitously vulgar. I’m not Mr. Clean, certainly, but I just wasn’t into it and checked-out early. The fact that the FCC doesn’t dictate podcasting content is a precious quality, but you don’t go blue on a podcast just because you can.
I gave Geek News Central a complete listen, but high noise-to-signal, a meandering delivery, nothing you can’t find elsewhere, and a revenue push consuming too much of the show’s intent. I hope quality podcasters make a lot of dough, but this guy is trying way too hard to make the cut. I quickly concluded this while listening to the show while buying gifts in a Toys ‘R Us, and then later when I received three obviously computer generated comments in my blog feedback log from Geek News (link) saying “We have a little present for a listener of the Geek News Central Podcast but you have to listen to the Podcast to win. What’s the prize? $20.00 listen in to here the details. All Tech orienated Podcaster need to…” See ya! No class whatsoever.
Another complete noise generator was the Podcat Nostalgia Best Of show for 11/23/2004 (Podcat’s most current show listed December 25.) A compilation of what’s out there is a really good idea and I’m completely behind it! But time indexes to allow a listener to jump from one dog to the next would be most appreciated. The good news is that this particular podcast definitely reinforced that podcasting is in its infancy and its great to have a record of how lame a lot of it was “back in 2004.”
More good shows from the Prince of Pod. I haven’t missed a show for the last 3 weeks when I discovered the Daily Source. The guy is a top-shelf broadcaster and a honest-to-goodness nerd. Daily Source is a Daily Staple.
Great Gillmor Gang for December 24th from IT Conversations with guest Mitch Kertzman who provided his latest take on What’s Hot as a venture capitalist. “Actionable” data analytics and distributed virtual computing-based applications discussed, with the term “software blades” mentioned. Interesting statement attributed to Larry Ellison of Oracle on consolidation, saying that we’ll soon be at a place “where innovation is no longer going to matter.” That guy is definitely on crack if the assertion is true. This prompted a great discussion on innovation. I think it was Mitch Kertzman who talked about how some innovation was going on in the mid 90’s, but when the bubble hit, the focus wasn’t on technological innovation anymore but rather on business models, financing, distribution and going public. Then the bust happened and everyone kept their head down and lied low. Then in the last year or two it began to be all about innovation and technology and no longer about business models. Agreed! These guys CAN be wrong though, as one of them (I think it was Mitch Kertzman) who said, “Developers don’t LIKE to write reuseable code. Its not macho to reuse code; its macho to WRITE code.“ Uhhh, WHAT?????!!! That’s about as bone-headed (no, more bone-headed) as the previous show when someone (I think) from Sun said “Web Services work just fine.“ Still, this Gillmor Session definitely worth your time with high signal to noise ratio. Check it out.
4-out-of-5 star session with Jeff Bezos at Web 2.0, and another IT Conversations gem. Good discussion on Amazon Web Services and looking for revenue models in various business processes being opened up to users through Services.
David Brin “Evaluating Horizons: What Limits Our Ability to Cope With Accelerating Change?” from the Accelerating Change 2004 conference was interesting with 12% of really good stuff, including getting me to think about the valuable role of criticism–something I want to post on a bit more on elsewhere. But where does criticism fit into coping with accelerating change? Precisely. He was all over the place and I found no central theme in his presentation whatsoever. 2-of-out-5 stars, or more precisely, 12-out-of-100 percent.