The Future of Telephony, Going Digital, and Open Formats

by Daniel H. Steinberg

This week, Peter Cochrane looks at the future of telephony and handheld devices, James Duncan Davidson talks about his switch from film to digital photography, and Simon Phipps explains the importance of open formats backed up by open source software. (DTF 03-13-2006: 26 minutes 30 seconds)

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Distributing the Future March 13, 2006: "The Future of Telephony, Going Digital, and Open Formats."

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1:30 The Future of Telephony

Peter Cochrane argues that it is us standing in the way of progress. He points out that he is now working with children who have been online all of their lives. How does that change our expectations for the future? Cochrane says that companies usually change when managers die and get out of the way. He looks at what might be coming next in the world of handheld devices. (10:30)

12:00 Moving to Digital

O'Reilly conference photographer James Duncan Davidson talks about his switch from film to digital. He explains why pixels are not the biggest deal and that when it comes to picture-taking, "it's about the light." He talks about what type of camera you might want to buy and confesses to his most recent purchase. (6:50)

18:50 Open Formats

We've spent a great deal of time on past episodes of DTF talking about open source. Sun's Simon Phipps explains why it's important to non-technologists to have open formats supported by open source software. (6:50)

Total running time: 26:30

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, 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 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, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

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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