Here's the list of the top ten shows on IT Conversations (by number of downloads) for all of 2007:
- Bruce Johnson - Technometria: Google Web Toolkit (Rating: 4.15)
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: 4.18)
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 (Rating: 3.33)
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with author Maryanne Wolf about how human brains have adapted since we invented writing and along with it reading.
- Eben Moglen - Freedom Businesses Protect Privacy (Rating: 4.54)
Rich in linguistic play and delivered with both wit and panache, Eben Moglen's talk is an intellectual delight. Beginning with a look at the history of memory from the public recording of England's 11th century Domesday Book, Moglen leads us through the private memory palaces of 14th and 15th centuries to the problems of privacy that started with photographic technology. Convincing us that we have willingly given away our data and that those who now possess it have the right to use it, Moglen proposes voluntary data collectives as the answer.
- Jared Smith - Technometria: Open Source Telephony (Rating: 4.17)
For many years, only very large businesses could afford to create and deploy innovative voice applications, such as looking up account balances or tying voice applications into their existing business applications. Now, with Asterisk and other open-source applications, the field is wide open for businesses of all different sizes. Jared Smith, Community Relations Manager of Digium, the creator and primary developer of Asterisk, the industry's first open source telephony platform, joins Phil and Scott to discuss the present and future of open source telephony.
- Beth Kanter - Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators (Rating: 4.18)
On this episode of Interviews with Innovators, Beth Kanter describes the strategies she uses to teach digital immigrants in non-profit organizations how to use Web 2.0 strategies to communicate and collaborate more effectively.
- Guy Kawasaki - The Art of Innovation (Rating: 4.68)
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.
- Rob Levy - Tech Nation (Rating: 3.57)
Some technology companies founded and headquartered in the United States aren't outsourcing to India and China, but are spreading technology centers around the world instead. Rob Levy, CTO of BEA Systems Inc., explains to Dr. Moira Gunn how BEA is making things work when their staff works in wildly different time zones.
- Vint Cerf on Technology & Digital Culture - IEEE Spectrum Radio (Rating: 3.80)
On this edition of IEEE Spectrum Radio listen to Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf speak about his favorite work of fiction. Also, hear about Spectrum's Senior Editor Tekla Perry's cell phone shopping experience , and why an old shoe box might be better storage than your hard drive. Finally, Spectrum interviews the Swedish mobile technology engineer Stig Nordqvist on his vision of future news reading.
- Dick Hardt - Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators (Rating: 4.75)
Dick Hardt, founder and CEO of Sxip Identity, has been working with the Canadian government on a new virtual ID card that will streamline online interaction among government agencies, public-sector organizations, and citizens. In this conversation with Jon Udell, Hardt explains how this new program will work, and offers perspectives on a variety of online identity issues.
I was pleased that one of my shows made the number one slot. There's a lot of interest in the Google Web Toolkit and this was a fun show to do and Bruce was a great guest.
While I don't release actual download counts, you wouldn't be surprised to know that it's a power law distribution. After the top ten or so, the rest aren't that much more popular that most shows.