Beta Broadcast 004: Web 2.0 Day One

by Daniel H. Steinberg

This week, O'Reilly's audio magazine program Distributing the Future features day one from the Web 2.0 conference. John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly set the stage for this year's conference, Barry Diller talks about Ask Jeeves and Google, Bran Ferren explains why human interface is holding us back, and Philip Rosedale welcomes you to a Second Life. (25 minutes, 47 seconds)

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Send feedback on this program to I've been covering technology shows in print for a decade. This is the first time I've tried to do it with audio. Let me know what you think of this approach. I've tried to include a little bit of a lot of the talks. Also, Jack Herrington helped us out by roving with his microphone. How did that work for you? Thanks to those of you who have sent comments in already--we've benefited greatly from your thoughts on how to improve and on which shows to include in our FOO casts.

Distributing the Future Beta Broadcast Number 004: Show Notes

Show Open: Start: 00:00, Duration: 0:58

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. The theme music is composed and performed by David Battino.

Tim O'Reilly on Web 2.0 Software: Start: 00:58, Duration: 1:50

Jack Herrington, author of Podcast Hacks, interviews Stowe Boyd on his impressions of the Web 2.0 Launch Pad.

Welcoming remarks Start: 02:48, Duration: 5:00

John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly start off the conference by setting the stage. What can people expect in the next three days? Is Web 2.0 launching a hype cycle?

AJAX IDE Start: 7:48, Duration: 0:44

Jack Herrington checks in with the folks from Morfik about their integrated development environment for working with AJAX applications.

Diller on search: Start: 8:32, Duration: 3:00

Barry Diller's company IAC/ Interactive Corp has recently bought Ask Jeeves. Diller talks to John Battelle about Ask and about Google.

Sifry on Microformats Start: 11:32, Duration: 1:50

Still roaming the halls, Jack Herrington talks to Technorati's Dave Sifry about Microformats.

Second Life Start: 13:22, Duration: 2:30

You can have a real-world business in a virtual world. Philip Rosedale describes Second Life and its opportunities for fun and profit.

MSN: Start: 15:52, Duration: 0:48

Microsoft sees the world changing as we no longer exchange a physical product when we make online purchases. Data, and who owns it, is critical.

Chris Locke: Start: 17:02, Duration: 1:10

Chris Locke, one of the authors of the ClueTrain Manifesto, is working on the site, which is designed to help non-profits assess and adopt technology they need.

Bran Ferren on HI Start: 18:22, Duration: 6:26

No one seems to have more fun or play with cooler toys than the folks at Applied Minds. Bran Ferren challenges the Web 2.0 audience to reconsider the human interface. Trying to connect a powerful machine to an even more powerful person using a keyboard, mouse, and video monitor is not acceptable.

Show close Start: 24:48, Duration: 0:59

The 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: 25:47

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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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