O'Reilly Network Interviews

Rick Walker: The Joy of Live Looping

Rick "Loop.pooL" Walker's shows veer from hypnotic to energizing to amusing in the space of a single minute. Follow along as he whips DayGlo orange plastic, bar glasses, vibrators, and digital electronics into a swirling cloud of sound. Includes nine MP3s.

An Interview with Toby Segaran

Toby Segaran is the author of Programming Collective Intelligence. We recently spoke to him about his new book and why these kind of machine learning techniques are so important in the Web 2.0 era.

Puffy's Marathon: What's New in OpenBSD 4.2
OpenBSD 4.2 is being released today, and as our faithful BSD interviewer can attest, there's a ton and a half of new features to marvel at. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed 23 (!) of the OpenBSD developers and has this massive report to share. [11/01/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 19: Inside the New Media Expo
In this special guest episode, DIY digital media expert Michael Dean interviews podcasting's rock stars to learn where the format is going and how we all can get involved. Recorded live at the premier podcasting show, the New Media Expo. [10/04/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 17: Secrets of the Demo Gods
Top music technology gear reviewers Jim Aikin and Mark Nelson reveal how they create their web audio examples. Listen to some of our favorites. [08/23/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 16: Cover Yourself (A Radical Approach to Copyright)
Open source enthusiast Lucas Gonze wanted to record cover songs and share them online. But copyright law and web spiders crushed that plan. Then he found a mother lode of free music on a government web site. [07/27/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 15: The Fat Man Sings...Digitally
The DigiTech Vocalist Live stompbox listens to your guitar playing and automatically generates vocal harmonies. Listen up as the Fat Man puts it through its paces and predicts where this breakthrough technology will lead. [06/28/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 14: Doug Wyatt
Renowned music software programmer Doug Wyatt deftly fuses vintage electronics, Swedish vocals, and digital technology into remarkable soundscapes on his latest CD. We visit his home studio to learn how. [06/15/2007]

A BSD Rootkit Primer
We've all heard about Windows Rootkits, but open source operating systems aren't immune either. In this edition of Federico Biancuzzi's periodic BSD Interview series, he talks to Joseph Kong, author of Designing BSD Rootkits about creating and defending against rootkits. [05/31/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 13: Seize the Rhythm
There's rhythm all around us, and computers make it easy to capture those sounds and weave them into your own compositions. In this episode, we transform the everyday rhythms of talking, laughing, and even toothbrushing into exciting new grooves. [05/24/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 12: Synth Mania, Part 2
Synthesizer maniac Paolo Di Nicolantonio returns with more stories, sounds, and musical toys. [05/10/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 11: Synth Mania, Part 1
Synthesizer enthusiast Paolo Di Nicolantonio runs a wonderful website of synth sounds and information. In this episode, we listen to famous sounds, infamous sounds, and Paolo's favorite keyboard ever. [04/20/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 10: Annoying Audio
Peter Drescher designed the sounds for everything from After Dark screensavers to the T-Mobile Sidekick. Hear what it takes to annoy (and thrill) this top ringtone composer. [03/30/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 8: A Theme Come True
What makes a good musical theme? We ask Emmy Award-winning composer BJ Leiderman, the melodic mastermind behind NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's Marketplace, and many more irresistible tunes. Then we digitally deconstruct an original theme song to see how it works. [02/23/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 7: Express Yourself
Expression is the soul of music. In this episode, we listen to the techniques players use to coax emotion out of electronic instruments and software. [02/12/2007]

Inside PC-BSD 1.3
iXsystems' recent acquisition of PC-BSD hasn't slowed the development of the desktop-capable FreeBSD distribution. Version 1.3 is out and available. Dru Lavigne talks with PC-BSD developers about the new release and their plans to continue to make an effective, efficient, and usable free desktop operating systems. [01/25/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 6: Desktop Music in Japan
From Tokyo, David Battino interviews DTM Magazine's Daigo Yokota on the state of Japanese music technology, tests Mixmeister's slick podcasting software, and explores two cool songs on the DTM DVD. [01/08/2007]

Digital Media Insider Podcast 5: Portable Recorders
Go inside the mind of guitarist and recording engineer Mark Nelson, whose unusual reviews of pocket digital recorders are top-ten Google hits. [12/08/2006]

OpenBSD 4.0: Pufferix's Adventures
On October 18th, OpenBSD celebrated its 11th birthday. Now it's time for the release of OpenBSD 4.0. To celebrate both milestones, Federico Biancuzzi interviewed over 20 developers to discuss the new features of this release and the continual work to get hardware specifications from vendors. [10/26/2006]

Why iXsystems Bought PC-BSD
PC-BSD is a distribution of FreeBSD intended to make installing and maintaining a poweful and free Unix system easy. iXsystems is a vendor of powerful computer systems built on free Unix systems. The latter recently acquired the former. In an interview with BSD guru Dru Lavigne, the principals of both groups explain why the new collaboration makes a lot of sense. [10/23/2006]

Confessions of a Recovering NetBSD Zealot
Charles M. Hannum is one of the founders of the NetBSD project. He recently posted to the NetBSD list that the project has "stagnated to the point of irrelevance" and gave suggestions for improvement. As you might expect, this provoked strong reactions. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed Hannum about the past, present, and potential future of NetBSD. [09/14/2006]

Inside Pandora: Web Radio That Listens to You
Select a song or artist you like and Pandora plays similar songs through your web browser. Linux audio expert Brad Fuller reveals how Pandora's combination of open source wizardry, Flash artistry, and human ears serves millions of listeners fresh music--for free. [08/17/2006]

An Interview with the Creator of FreeSWITCH
We talk with Anthony Minessale--the developer behind the FreeSWITCH open source telephony project--about the status of FreeSWITCH, how it compares to Asterisk, and Minessale's future plans. [07/25/2006]

OpenBSD 3.9: Blob-Busters Interviewed
Every six months, the OpenBSD team releases a new version of their OS. OpenBSD 3.9 is here. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed the core developers about new features and improvements, as well as their principled stand against shipping binary-only blobs in place of actual drivers. [04/27/2006]

Inside Animusic's Astonishing Computer Music Videos
Composer Wayne Lytle's custom software transforms musical notes into jaw-dropping 3D animations. The resulting DVDs have sold tens of thousands of copies. Watch excerpts here and learn how Lytle turned his digital pipe dream into a thriving business. [03/22/2006]

Killer Interviewing Tips for Podcasters, Part 2
Last time, we showed you how to set up and record a great interview. Now it's time to edit it to flow beautifully and sound great. Grab the free waveform editor and follow along. [02/22/2006]

Killer Interviewing Tips for Podcasters, Part 1
Podcasting expert Jack Herrington reveals how to set up, conduct, and record an interview that will delight your listeners. [01/18/2006]

Andy West: From Dregs to (Software) Riches
Dixie Dregs co-founder Andy West discovered that virtuosity can be a liability in the music world, but a benefit in technology. Now this four-time Grammy nominee programs computers by day and pursues his amazing music at night, drawing the best from both disciplines. Here's how. [01/04/2006]

Inside NetBSD's CGD
Security-minded laptop users live in fear of theft, not only of their computer but also of their precious secret data. NetBSD's CGD project is a cryptographic virtual disk that can protect sensitive data while acting like a normal filesystem. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed its author, Roland Dowdeswell, on the goals and implementation of the system. [12/21/2005]

Josh Gabriel: From Programmer to No. 1 Remixer
Ten years before remix entered the musical lexicon, Josh Gabriel was inventing machines that remixed electronic dance music, eventually leading to Mixman, the first popular remixing program. A dozen No. 1 Billboard dance mixes followed. Now his inventor's mind has turned to the internet. [12/14/2005]

Through Project Looking Glass with Hideya Kawahara
3D has taken over video gaming. When will it take over mundane computing areas such as file managers, word processors, and desktop environments? Maybe soon, if Hideya Kawahara and the Project Looking Glass team have their way. John Littler explores the ideas, implementations, and possibilities of 3D interfaces in this interview. [12/08/2005]

Vince Lawrence: 8,000 Square Feet of iTunes
Step inside the cavernous studio of Chicago's Slang Musicgroup, where teams of computer-packing producers create hit songs and remixes in a vast range of styles—inspired by 20,000 CDs worth of networked iTunes. [10/26/2005]

OpenBSD 3.8: Hackers of the Lost RAID
Every six months, the OpenBSD team releases a new version of their OS. It's time for OpenBSD 3.8. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed the core developers about new features and improvements, as well as ongoing struggles to find support from hardware vendors. Here's what to expect when you upgrade. [10/20/2005]

Julian Kwasneski: Inside Game Audio
If you've played Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, James Bond, or any number of NBA, NFL, PGA, or NCCA console games, you've likely heard the music and sound effects of Bay Area Sound. Cofounder Julian Kwasneski takes us inside the process of optimizing audio for games, then shares five MP3s. [09/21/2005]

U.S. Patent Reform Bill: An Interview with Mark Webbink
Richard Koman talks with Mark Webbink, deputy general counsel for intellectual property at Red Hat, about the state of patents, the patents commons idea, and the patent reform legislation working its way through Congress. [09/16/2005]

The Synful Orchestra: Better Music Through Database Splicing
Eric Lindemann’s goal is to help musicians play more expressively, and this inventor, composer, and former session keyboardist has developed some groundbreaking technology to do it. The Synful Orchestra is a new concept in virtual instruments that has audiences buzzing. Here’s how it works. [09/07/2005]

Ruby on Rails: An Interview with David Heinemeier Hansson
Few can have missed the rise of the programming world's latest star platform--Ruby on Rails. Rails' creator, David Heinemeier Hansson, already wowed the crowds at this year's OSCON, and is set to keynote the European O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Amsterdam this October. O'Reilly Network talked with him about Rails' success and future. [08/30/2005]

Roger Manning, Jr.: The Digital Cookbook
The analog virtuoso behind the Moog Cookbook, Beck, Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, and countless ads and soundtracks shares his tasty digital production tips. [08/17/2005]

Doug Wyatt: Architect of Synchronicity
Open Music System (OMS) mastermind Doug Wyatt is wrapping up a new ambient CD, and we go behind the scenes to explore his unique programming and recording techniques. Never has digital music been so analog. [08/10/2005]

Gary Garritan: A Personal Orchestra for Everyone
Producer Gary Garritan has made it his mission to put a high-quality digital orchestra in your hands—along with extensive free training. Hear how composers have seized the opportunity. [07/20/2005]

ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore"
During a recent Brazilian conference on free and open source software, hacker, writer, and speaker Eric Raymond stated that open source would see more rapid success if the GPL didn't make people nervous. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed ESR to gain more context for the statement and to explore these views more fully. [06/30/2005]

Adam Williams: Massive Guitars, Micro Computers
The former Powerman 5000 guitarist reveals how to make huge guitar sounds on a home computer—without waking the neighbors—then shares loads of MP3 examples. [06/15/2005]

The Dynamic Buffet vs. the Tired Hodge-Podge:
Charles Anderson is an assistant professor in the Division of Computer Science at Western Oregon University, teaching mostly networking and operating system courses. Being very particular about the materials covered his classes, he's had difficulty finding appropriate and timely textbooks. In this interview, learn how using SafariU helped Charles create his custom textbook and avoid time-consuming materials supplementation as well as copyright fair use limitations. [06/07/2005]

Steve Turnidge: Turning Weed into Green
Go behind the scenes with the co-founder of, the service that pays you--and the original artist--to share music. Driven by ex-Microsoft and Real Networks employees, Weed is totally legal, and even supports surround sound. [05/25/2005]

The Future of Textbook Selection: An Interview with Jon Preston
Jon Preston is Interim Chair of the Department of Information Technology at Clayton College and State University, in the University System of Georgia. Jon teaches the advanced course on testing and quality assurance for the BIT degree program. For years, Jon’s been unable to find an appropriate course textbook. Instead, he would prepare PowerPoint slides and present new material in lectures. He was never comfortable, though, requiring students to purchase a particular book. Until SafariU came along, no text covered the material sufficiently for Jon to adopt it with confidence. [05/19/2005]

OpenBSD 3.7: The Wizard of OS
Has it been six months already? OpenBSD 3.7 is ready to go as you read this. Federico Biancuzzi discusses the release with several core developers, touching on subjects such as Wi-Fi support, improved package tools, and the shipped versions of popular projects including Apache httpd,, and gcc. [05/19/2005]

Johnny “Juice” Rosado: Digital Public Enemy
Chuck D’s right-hand man explains the high-tech (and surprisingly low-tech) secrets behind the Public Enemy sound, then shares a track from the group’s upcoming album. [04/20/2005]

BJ Leiderman: Rocking the Bottom of the Dial
Meet BJ Leiderman, the melodic mastermind behind National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, PRI’s Marketplace, and countless more unstoppable themes. Then hear two previously unreleased demo songs—with commentary. [03/30/2005]

Doc Wiley: Master of the 30-Hour Album
Pro Tools wiz Doc Wiley combines studio psychology and cutting-edge technology to coax the best performances out of artists ranging from U2 to Whitney Houston. Here are some of his favorite approaches. [03/16/2005]

The Builders of Basecamp
Marc Hedlund spoke with Jason Fried, president of 37signals (the company that makes Basecamp and Ta-da Lists), about its history and products, and about Ruby on Rails, the open source web application framework spun out of Basecamp's development. Check out Jason's presentation, Lessons Learned While Building Basecamp, at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference later this month. [03/10/2005]

The SafariU Revolution: An Interview with Professor Kent Sandoe
Professor Kent Sandoe has been teaching in the Information Systems Department of Chico State University’s College of Business for six years. He wanted to produce a textbook on information security in conjunction with his Systems Management course this semester, but at the last minute those plans fell through and he turned to SafariU, O’Reilly’s new web-based platform for creating, publishing, and sharing textbooks. We caught up with him to find out the details. [03/07/2005]

An Interview with Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow fits the old adage: "Need something done? Ask a busy person." The European Affairs Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a co-editor of Boing Boing, and a renowned science fiction writer, Cory is also on tap to speak at O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference. In this interview, Cory talks about his latest book and his work as a science fiction writer. [03/04/2005]

Roger McGuinn: 8 Drives High
Former Byrds guitarist Roger McGuinn was shot down by record companies that grabbed nearly all of the profits from his hit songs. Now he builds his own computers, records at home, and sells directly to fans. [03/02/2005]

Remixing Culture: An Interview with Lawrence Lessig
What do you get when you mix P2P, inexpensive digital input devices, open source software, easy editing tools, and reasonably affordable bandwidth? Potentially, you get what Lawrence Lessig calls remix culture. He explains in this extensive interview. The concept of remixing culture is the topic of his keynote as well, at O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference (March 14-17 in San Diego). [02/24/2005]

Stewart Butterfield on Flickr
Not even a year old and still in beta, Flickr is a revolutionary photo storage, sharing, and organization application boasting roughly 270,000 members. Richard Koman catches Flickr CEO Stewart Butterfield for a few words on what has made Flickr so revolutionary and where it may be headed. [02/04/2005]

The Angel with Digital Wings
Fusing hip-hop, drum ’n’ bass, movie soundtracks, and cutting-edge digital workstation technology, The Angel creates music that’s essential listening. [01/19/2005]

Frank Serafine: Turning Elephants into Explosions
Academy Award-winning sound designer Frank Serafine discusses the art and science of sound effects, tape-baking, and why selling all his analog gear on eBay made him happier musically. [01/12/2005]

Interview: Tal Herzberg, the Long Arm of the DAW
Producer/engineer Tal Herzberg shares the digital audio techniques that earned him Grammy nominations for Best Engineered Non-Classical Album and Record of the Year. [01/05/2005]

Freedom, Innovation, and Convenience: The RMS Interview
Since 1984, Richard M. Stallman has fought for software freedom as a coder, a project leader, and a philosopher. The GNU GPL and GNU/Linux projects are just two results of that work. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed rms about his views on freedom, the GNU project, and the Linux kernel and GNU/Linux distributions. [12/22/2004]

Reeking Havok with the Experience Music Project
High-tech drummer Reek Havok develops interactive music technology for Seattle’s Experience Music Project museum. In this interview, he takes you behind the scenes and shares his software groove secrets. [12/01/2004]

Interview: GrandMixer DXT Scratches Deep into Digital
The drummer who introduced vinyl scratching to the world, GrandMixer DXT, reveals how to add expressive rhythms to digital music production. [11/24/2004]

Interview: Gina Fant-Saez Builds the Global Studio
Top recording engineer Gina Fant-Saez (Sting, U2, King Crimson) unveils her laptop studio and web-based collaboration network that offers renowned session musicians to play on your songs. [11/03/2004]

OpenBSD 3.6 Live
Right on schedule, the OpenBSD team plans to release version 3.6 on November 1. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed several members of the core team about new features and changes in the code and the project. [10/28/2004]

Scribus: Open Source Desktop Publishing
Desktop publishing came of age in the '80s, but open source options concentrated mostly on TeX and LaTeX. For users who want a friendlier interface, Scribus aims squarely at PageMaker and QuarkXPress. Howard Wen explores the features of Scribus and talks to its developers. [09/02/2004]

Anonymous, Open Source P2P with MUTE
It's clear that the current generation of peer-to-peer applications has one strong drawback -- users aren't anonymous enough. Jason Rohrer's MUTE is different. It eschews direct downloads in favor of routing all requests through the network of peers. Howard Wen interviews Rohrer about his inspiration and goals. [08/12/2004]

Stratagus: Open Source Strategy Games
When would an expression of appreciation land you in legal trouble? When you try to appreciate Blizzard software's strategy games! Fortunately, the legally threatened FreeCraft has taken on new life with a new name: Stratagus. Howard Wen explores how this customizable RTS engine may spur the development of new open source strategy games. [07/15/2004]

Behind DragonFly BSD
DragonFly BSD, a recent fork of FreeBSD 4, intends to produce a modern, robust operating system by choosing better algorithms and feature sets. On the eve of the release of DragonFly BSD RC 2, Federico Biancuzzi interviewed four core-team members about their goals and progress. [07/08/2004]

The Pragmatic Programmers Interview
The Pragmatic Programmers, Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas, recently launched their own line of books on pragmatic software development. Since O'Reilly helps to distribute their books, we convinced them to do an interview about self-publishing, the state of the software industry, and how to become better developers. [06/24/2004]

Keeping the Myths Alive
Bungie has some rabid fans. Though they've moved on from their Myth series, devoted fans lobbied the company for the right to create enhancements and bugfixes -- winning 80GB of source code. Howard Wen explores what the MythDevelopers have achieved and what they plan. [06/10/2004]

Inside Mitch Kapor's World
Mitch Kapor has had a huge influence on the software world, being the founder of Lotus and a driving force behind 1-2-3. Now his Open Software Applications Foundation is working on Chandler, an open source PIM written in Python. Steve Holden interviewed Mitch after the recent PyCon about his life and career, the OSAF, Chandler, open source, and Python. [06/03/2004]

Paul Graham on Hacking
Paul Graham is a hacker, a painter, and an essayist known as much for his thoughtful writings on spam, hacking, and Lisp as for creating the Arc programming language. In this interview with the O'Reilly Network, Paul discusses hacking, creativity, computer science education, and language design. Paul's collection of essays has just been released in a new book from O'Reilly, Hackers & Painters. [05/27/2004]

Inside the Homebrew Atari 2600 Scene
Despite console-company protestations to the contrary, emulators aren't only tools for copyright infringers. If it weren't for emulators, would the Atari 2600 homebrew scene be where it is today? "Wait, there's an Atari 2600 homebrew scene?" you ask. As Howard Wen explains, it exists, and new-school programmers are making some impressive games in the old-school style. [05/20/2004]

OpenBSD PF Developer Interview, Part 2
With the release of OpenBSD 3.5, users and administrators gear up for new features. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed six leading OpenBSD developers responsible for PF, the powerful packet filter, on new features and goals. This is the second half of the interview. [05/06/2004]

CinePaint: The GIMP Goes Hollywood
As movie effects studios adopt open source, expect them to adapt existing projects in new ways. That's the lesson of CinePaint, a project that's risen from the ashes of FilmGIMP. Howard Wen explores the goals and development of the program and interviews two of its lead developers. [04/29/2004]

OpenBSD PF Developer Interview
On the eve of OpenBSD's 3.5 release, users and administrators gear up for new features. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed six leading OpenBSD developers responsible for PF, the powerful packet filter, on new features and goals. [04/15/2004]

Linux on the GameCube
As consoles grow in power and digital convergence looms, they become ever more attractive targets for free operating systems. What better hack than to port Linux or BSD to the GameCube? Howard Wen interviews the developers behind GameCube Linux. [04/01/2004]

An Interview with OpenBSD's Marc Espie
As with FreeBSD's ports and NetBSD's packages, OpenBSD's ports system is a compelling reason to use it. Its designers and maintainers are, too often, unsung heroes. That's one reason Federico Biancuzzi sat down to interview OpenBSD's Marc Espie. And along the way they discuss security, licensing, and future plans for the system. [03/18/2004]

Symbiot on the Rules of Engagement
Andy Oram talks to the chief officers of Symbiot Security about their controversial white paper, "The Rules of Engagement". [03/10/2004]

Inside Warp Pipe
GameCube afficionados may know of Warp Pipe, a project to allow LAN games to work over the Internet. The already-controversial project experienced another shakeup when the developers announced that all new releases would be closed source. Howard Wen recently talked to them about their experiences reverse-engineering the protocol, developing the software, and closing an open project. [03/04/2004]

Inside Scorched 3D
Ex-DOS gamers likely remember the classic tank game Scorched Earth, with its VGA graphics, clever weapons, and good-enough ballistics. Scorched 3D is its spiritual successor, taking the 2D, one-computer battles to the next level. Howard Wen explores the game. [02/12/2004]

Open Source in Government: Newport News, Va.
Open source software is often attractive to local governments due to cost savings, stability, security, and open access. Migration is still tricky though. Andy Stein, CIO of Newport News, Va., is tackling the problems of adopting open source. In this interview with Tom Adelstein, Andy explains why local governments should form an alliance to share their knowledge and their code. [01/15/2004]

Beyond Hacking the Xbox
Bruce Stewart interviews Andrew "bunnie" Huang, a featured speaker at O'Reilly's upcoming Emerging Technology Conference. In this interview, Andrew discusses flaws with the DMCA, the current states of reverse engineering and Moore's Law, what he's hacking now, and what he'll be speaking about at ETech. [12/10/2003]

Interview with LimeWire COO Greg Bildson
Greg Bildson is the COO of LimeWire and president of P2P United, a consortium of P2P software companies created to help educate Congress and the public about peer-to-peer software, technology, and culture. P2P United paid 12-year-old Brianna LaHara's $2,000 RIAA settlement after she was served with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act subpoena. Lisa Rein interviews Greg about the RIAA and P2P issues. [11/14/2003]

Independent Label Go-Kart Records Embraces MP3s
Even if you're not a Buzzcocks fan, you might want to take a look at the bands on Go-Kart records. This independent label has survived ten years by publishing music they feel passionate about. Now they're embracing new technology for that little edge to help them move forward. Here's an interview with their CEO, Greg Ross. [09/25/2003]

Porting Linux to the iPod
A new piece of unknown hardware is a challenge; what can it do? To Bernard Leach, Apple's iPod was just waiting for a Linux port. Thanks to his work, you can play music on an iPod running Linux. Howard Wen recently interviewed Leach on the goals and process of porting Linux to the iPod. [09/25/2003]

Paul Vixie on VeriSign
Paul Vixie discusses VeriSign's recent redirection of nonexistent URLs to an advertising page. [09/23/2003]

Inside ScummVM: Classic Adventure Engine Overhaul
The short list of quintessential adventure games includes several picks from LucasArts' stable. While the genre might be fading, the ScummVM project is reviving classic games such as the Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island series. Howard Wen interviews the developers behind the ScummVM project. [08/21/2003]

Guido van Rossum Speaks
Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, recently announced a move from PythonLabs to Elemental Security. Steve Holden caught up with Guido to talk about the move, the future of Python, and computer programming for everybody. [08/14/2003]

Behind JEMBlazer: Java on the GameBoy Advance
Java gaming, if you believe the industry buzz, is about to take off. aJile Systems' JEMBlazer and JFlame allow developers to write Java games for the GameBoy Advance. Howard Wen interviews Mike Masters and Kurt Mahan, principal developers of JEMBlazer. [08/06/2003]

The Essence of OpenBSD
A thousand open source projects quietly produce excellent code under the radar. What goes on in these projects? How do new people join? What motivation is there? Cameron Laird and George Peter Staplin interview several core OpenBSD developers. [07/17/2003]

Slash'EM Interview
Any worthwhile Nethack variant eventually finds a home in Slash'EM. Tracking those variants and the main Nethack sources is quite a job though. Howard Wen discusses the project with Warren Cheung and J. Ali Harlowe. [07/10/2003]

An Interview with the Author of Practical mod_perl
Stas Bekman has maintained the mod_perl guide for ages. He's even been sponsored to work on improving mod_perl full time! The author of the recently released Practical mod_perl graciously agreed to this interview. [07/03/2003]

"Head First Java" Author Interview
Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates are the authors of the recently released Head First Java, a language tutorial unlike any other. In this interview, they explain their unique teaching style and how it works in practice. [06/18/2003]

Eight Questions for George Dyson
George Dyson is Director's Visitor of the Institute for Advanced Study and a historian. His OSCON keynote explores the pioneering work of John von Neumann, and others at the IAS, in computation and computational biology. He draws parallels between that world and modern open source development. We were fortunate enough to engage George in a brief conversation about his talk. [06/17/2003]

Nine Questions for Mitch Kapor
Mitch Kapor heads the Open Source Applications Foundation, the group behind Chandler. His OSCON keynote explores whether and how collaborative development can bring open source software to the desktop. Mitch kindly agreed to a short interview as a teaser for his talk. [06/16/2003]

Incredible Movies -- Free!
Almost 2,000 ephemeral films (industrial, educational, and advertising) from the early 1900s through the 1960s are available for free on the Net, thanks to film archivist Rick Prelinger. [05/30/2003]

Information Architecture Meets Usability
An interview with information architect Lou Rosenfeld and web usability expert Steve Krug about the common pitfalls of their respective disciplines. [05/13/2003]

Geeking in the Third World
Geekcorps volunteers work in third world countries helping companies become technically competent IT businesses. Richard Koman interviews Geekcorps founder Ethan Zuckerman. [05/12/2003]

Exult Developer Interview: Reinventing a Classic
Howard Wen recently introduced the Exult project that's making Ultima 7 accessible on a new generation of platforms. This week, he talks to developers Jeff Freedman and Ryan Nunn about code reuse across projects, reverse engineering, and other proposed and actual gaming ideas. [05/08/2003]

Spam Busters
Spam has become a $10 billion problem for American businesses, and liability concerns could push that amount even higher. To help enterprise recipients fight back the rising tide, ActiveState convened a task force of open source spam fighters to address the problem. [04/16/2003]

Egoboo Developer Interview
Having explored the world of Egoboo in Egoboo: The Cute Way to Dungeon Role Play, Howard Wen talks with Ben and Aaron Bishop, its lead developers, on portability and the hard lessons of game programming. [03/27/2003]