Beta Broadcast 001: "Is This Thing on?"

by Daniel H. Steinberg

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)

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Distributing the Future - Beta Broadcast Number 001 - Show Notes

Show open: Start: 00:00, Duration: 1:02

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of ITConversations and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

Spotlight tips for Mac OS X Tiger: Start: 01:02, Duration: 2:27

David Pogue provides several tips on how you might get the most out of the new Spotlight search feature in Tiger. This is an excerpt of the tip All About Spotlight that originally ran on MacDevCenter. These tips include material from the recent Missing Manuals book Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition.

EuroOSCON Preview: Start: 03:29, Duration: 7:24

This week On the O'Reilly Radar, Nat Torkington, conference co-chair of O'Reilly's upcoming European Open Source Conference talks to us about what you can expect in Amsterdam at the October debut of this new conference. You can register for EuroOSCON through October 16, 2005.

Owning your own identity: Start: 10:53, Duration: 6:19

How much should companies and other people know about you on the web and what should they do with that information. Linux Journal senior editor and Cluetrain Manifesto co-author Doc Searls joins Passel project lead developer David Smith to discuss the importance of identity with O'Reilly editor Andy Oram.

Void your warranty - PSP: Start: 17:12, Duration: 2:51

Make Magazine associate editor Phil Torrone launches the regular feature "Void your warranty" with a caution that sometimes upgrading to the latest version removes features that you've come to enjoy or depend on. Phil also blogged on this topic of not upgrading the PSP 2.0.

Getting started with Dance Dance Revolution: Start: 20:03, Duration: 5:28 and editor Chris Adamson helps you get started with Dance Dance Revolution. Whether you consider it an exercise or a game, Chris presents options for mats, music, and machines on which to run DDR. You can find versions of the game for your home computer at, more music at, and can check out the fan site

Guest FOO cast - The Gadget Show: Start: 25:31, Duration: 1:18

In this clip, Gadget Show host Richard Giles asks John Batelle if Google is evil. In the next program we'll feature more of this program in our guest Foo cast segment. Are there podcasts you'd like us to feature? Send email to

Show close: Start: 26:49, Duration: 0:57

Credits including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Skype, and Audio Hijack Pro to put this program together.

Total running time: 27:46

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Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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