Here are the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by download) for October 2007:
- Bruce Johnson - Technometria: Google Web Toolkit (Rating: 4.20)
Recently, Google released from beta its Google Web Toolkit. Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is an open source Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Phil and Scott talk to Bruce Johnson, one if its co-creators. In addition to discussing its development, Bruce gives a number of examples of projects that took advantage of GWT.
- Robert Trivers - What Do We Know (Rating: 4.25)
People lie. We lie to each other, we lie to ourselves, and these deceptions cause no end of problems for human society. In this talk from Pop!Tech 2005, biologist Robert Trivers discusses the biological basis for deception in humans and other species. He shares the evolutionary imperatives that created the skills necessary to deceive others and also explains why self-deception has a biological basis.
- Maryanne Wolf - Tech Nation (No rating yet)
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with author Maryanne Wolf about how human brains have adapted since we invented writing and along with it reading.
- Guy Kawasaki - The Art of Innovation (Rating: 4.77)
Guy Kawasaki has a long history working in technology, both in established companies and as an entrepreneur. He worked for Apple at the time of the development of the Macintosh and later returned as an Apple Fellow. In this keynote speech, he gives what he believes are the important stages towards successful innovation. He presents the steps in both a humorous and intelligent way, showing what companies must do to be successful.
- Scott Lemon, Ben Galbraith - Technometria: Technology Travels (No rating yet)
How do young people view the online experience? What are the implications of how life will be for people who have spent their entire lives online? Phil, Scott, and Ben discuss this and other topics related to recent conferences attended. Besides the whole issue of Millennials, they also assess the status of flash-based applications versus Ajax, as well as other methods available to make desktop based online applications.
- Leonard Maltin - Tech Nation (No rating yet)
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with movie critic Leonard Maltin, who explains how movies have changed over the years, and how they're changing today, all thanks to technology.
- Ned Gulley - Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators (No rating yet)
Ned Gulley is a software designer at The Mathworks and the architect of the company's semi-annual MATLAB programming contest. Since 1999 he's watched contestants exhibit a unique blend of competition and cooperation. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks Gulley why winning solutions are woven from the contributions of ten or more players.
- David Bankston - Issues with Software as Service for Social Networking (No rating yet)
Social networking can transform communication and build powerful connections, but getting it right in the enterprise takes a special touch. David Bankston shares his experience as a technologist and entrepreneur in this lively discussion of ways in which software-as-service and social media can help businesses manage customer feedback and build brands and communities on line.
- Dmitri Williams & Jake Vickers - Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators (No rating yet)
Dmitri Williams is an academic at USC Annenberg School for Communication, who studies the social dynamics of online games. On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell speaks with Williams and George Vickers, who reflect on the ways in which leadership and organizational skills can be developed in an online multiplayer game.
- David Link - Technometria: Technology Appliances (No rating yet)
If you ask the average person for an example of an appliance, he or she would mention a toaster. However, David Link, CEO of ScienceLogic, would give you a completely different example. He joins Phil and Ben to discuss technology appliances. In addition to defining them, he talks about how they are developed and why enterprises find them particularly useful. The group also assess how appliances can be used in a virtual environment, as well as the importance of technology monitoring.