Friday Mar 16, 2007

LiveMink OGB Special: Jörg Schilling

Many Unix and Unix-alike OS users owe a huge debt of gratitude to this candidate for his open source software. Without cdrecord, we'd be living in a greatly impoverished world concerning CD and DVD support. His high-energy, forthright and sometimes controversial approach makes him an interesting and often compelling community member.

This interview is with Jörg Schilling, who spoke via the phone from Berlin in Germany. Listen on!

[MP3]—[Ogg]—[iTunes]—(12' 58")

Thursday Mar 15, 2007

LiveMink OGB Special: Rich Teer

Rich Teer

One of the nicest people I have had the chance to meet since getting involved with OpenSolaris is the author of the seminal work on Solaris System Programming, Rich Teer. Rich is a current member of the OGB having become one when the CAB was fully chartered last year, and he is one of two OGB members standing for election (Casper Dik of Sun is the other).

This interview is with with Rich Teer. He spoke to me by phone from Canada. He mentions his new business venture in the interview, My Online Home Inventory, which runs on Solaris. Listen on!

[MP3]—[Ogg]—[iTunes]—(13' 35")

LiveMink TV: Java Opens Up

You may recall this is Open Source Month at SDN TV. As I'm the host of the next three episodes, I'll treat them as LiveMInk podcasts and include them here, but to see the video you really should go over and watch the episodes, and the best move is actually to subscribe to the SDN TV Podcast.

This programme features the most excellent Mark Reinhold talking about OpenJDK and then the equally excellent Eduardo Pellegri-Llopart eulogising the Glassfish Project. I actually think it works quite well - take a look.

Update:Many thanks to Mark W for the transcoding, there is now an Ogg/Theora version of the programme.

Tuesday Mar 13, 2007

LiveMink OGB Special: Alan DuBoff

It's the middle of the first week of voting and we still have plenty of candidates to hear from, but I'm happy to have spoken to so many so far.

The candidate in this interview is Alan DuBoff, who spoke to my by phone from his office in California. You can see him pictured to the right working at his smithy, forging I-know-not-what. Listen on!

[MP3]—[Ogg]—[iTunes]—(12' 41")

LiveMink OGB Special: Ben Rockwood

Ben Rockwood, Videographer

You'll hear in this interview both the delights of working from home (I called at bath-time) and the perils of using VoIP (it took three attempts with Skype as you'll hear from the different levels and the static in various places). And we went on a little too long because of it - apologies.

The OGB candidate I'm speaking to in this interview is Ben Rockwood. Listen on!

[MP3]—[Ogg]—[iTunes]—(21' 12")

Monday Mar 12, 2007

LiveMink OGB Special: Garrett D'Amore

Day two of the OpenSolaris OGB Election and the fruits of a long night recording interviews begin to be delivered today. I'll be travelling to OpenSolaris Day in London today, but I have two interviews queued so stay tuned!

The next candidate kindly agreeing to be interviewed is Garrett D'Amore. Garrett joined me by telephone from southern California. Listen on!

[MP3]—[Ogg]—[iTunes]—(17' 21")

Sunday Mar 11, 2007

LiveMink OGB Special: James McPherson

James McPherson

The interviews continue to trickle in - looking forward to speaking to the other 17 candidates, assuming they will speak to me (I hear some of them don't want to).

My second interviewee in the LiveMink Election Special series is James McPherson. James joined me by telephone from Sydney. Listen on!

[MP3]—[Ogg]—[iTunes]—(14' 52")

Tuesday Mar 06, 2007

New Feed for LiveMink

Thanks to some nimble footwork from Dave Johnson (thank-you so much, Dave), I now have a new and much more flexible feed for my LiveMink podcasts. If you're subscribed with iTunes I hope there will be an automatic redirect soon, but if you are using anything else please change your feed subscription now to

Update: I now have the new iTunes link in place, complete with a picture!

Monday Mar 05, 2007

LiveMink: Miguel de Icaza

At FOSDEM in Brussels a short while ago I spent some quality time sharing a few beers with Novell VP Miguel de Icaza, the driving force behind both GNOME and the Mono project. Miguel is unfailingly upbeat, even after getting heckled in his keynote, and I think you can get a feeling for his energy and passion in this discussion we recorded at the end of the event in the hallway at FOSDEM.

Miguel talks about why he's not worried about Mono providing a pathway to Microsoft (I'm afraid the juiciest bits got lost when the plug fell out of the recorder), and how he welcomes Sun starting OpenJDK. Listen on!

[MP3]—[ Ogg]—[ iTunes]

Monday Feb 19, 2007

LiveMink: Michael Goulde, Forrester Research

At the Sun Analyst Conference recently I sat next to veteran computer industry analyst Michael Goulde of Forrester Research on the coach home from dinner. While his beat now covers open source, Michael speaks candidly about his time working at Microsoft before joining Forrester, explains how the experience turned him on to the power of FOSS and holds out some hope for Microsoft to finally get it right with the departure of Jim Allchin. Again, the audio quality is not what I would want but the content is fascinating.


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Tuesday Feb 13, 2007

iTunes URL

If you're using iTunes to subscribe to podcasts, I'm pleased to say that iTunes has now added LiveMink to the directory.

Monday Feb 12, 2007

LiveMink: James Governor, Redmonk

At the Sun Analyst Conference I sat next to James Governor of Redmonk on the coach to dinner. We made the most of the time by discussing Redmonk and the unique, pioneering approach they bring to industry analysis. I apologise for the audio quality, which results from using an iPod audio recorder attachment in a very noisy place, but I think you'll find James interesting and as provocative as ever.

He talks about Redmonk, how it works, where the money comes from and what its future looks like. Watch out for his opinion on the iPhone, and for mentions of Ambient Findability and of "Whuffie" (from Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom). If you're subscribing in iTunes, watch out for the photos too!


Saturday Feb 10, 2007

LiveMink: Announcing LiveMink

I have the privilege of meeting a wide range of fascinating people as a part of my job. It struck me a while back that interviews with some of those people would be very interesting for a wide audience, so I decided to have a go at podcasting. I've been loaned a LightSnake cable by its manufacturers, and that lets me use a Shure microphone directly with my Mac to handle recordings without needing any more clutter. I've also got a voice-recorder add-on for my iPod. Hopefully that means I'm always ready to sieze the moment and interview people in the limited time that's available between meetings and in transit.

I got started at the Sun analyst conference and learned a lot, both about recordings and about the people I met. I learned not to use GarageBand - it crashed while I was interviewing Jonathan Eunice from Illuminata and I lost everything. I also learned that the lack of controls on an iPod makes for dodgy recordings. But I did get great interviews with James Governor of Redmonk and with Michael Goulde of Forrester, both of which you'll find fascinating if you can put up with the pops and crackles of the iPod. I'll start podcasting those next week, so subscribe now in iTunes or whatever you use.



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