iPod and Dog: LPage, X Prize, Webbies, SciFi and Outsourcing

This serves as a round-up of the podcasts I found most interesting over the last couple of weeks.  A type of Audio Smatterings, if you will.  There were many podcasts I started listening to that didn’t make the cut, or even a complete listen, but don’t worry about those.  Your geek Podcast Filter Daddy is at your service.

The first ITConversations podcast that made the cut was a fascinating PopTech presentation by Peter Diamandis, a pioneer and leader in the commercial space arena who founded the X Prize Contests, with new contests underway in areas beyond commercial space travel.  He puts the spotlight on the bottomless money pit we call NASA.  There is a better way.

I thought Larry Page’s CES presentation on PodTech News was very interesting, most particularly because of being able to actually listen to presentations like this, and so soon after they happen.  Page talked about a number of things that were interesting, as well as announcing the GooglePak and the partnership with CBS on Google Video.  The CBS Chairman came on stage and went way long praising this “innovative and exciting” new partnership.  Maybe he didn’t know this sort of distribution has been going on for a while now and that CBS is the last player to get in the game.  Side note:  Is the pricing for a CBS show on Google really $1.99 per show and you have to watch it over the next 24 hours?  If so, that’s a pretty “innovative” fee structure.

Another ITConversations podcast making the cut was Moira Gunn’s interview of Tiffany Schlain, the founder of the Webby Awards.  It was interesting going back over the 10 year history of the Webby Awards, but more interesting was the discussion between the two on the watershed moments of the Web since 1996.

I enjoy the Business Week podcasts a lot, where the BW’s Editor John Byrne discusses the week’s top BW story with its author.  This week’s BW top story is on outsourcing with writer Peter Engardio.  Very matter-of-fact, thorough, simply stating that outsourcing in many instances today is like outsourcing in the manufacturing industry 10 years ago.  A no brainer.  Very informative.

The final podcast on today’s Audio Smatterings list is another ITConversations, Moira Gunn interview, here with Kim Stanley Robinson, Science Fiction author of the Mars Trilogy and a new book titled “Fifty Degrees Below,” on what it would be like if the Gulf Stream stopped flowing.  Reminded me of one of my favorite buttered-popcorn movies, The Day After Tommorrow.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.