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  • Blog Post: Netcast List April 2010

    It’s been a long time since I updated my netcast list, but my habits have changed a bit.  Here is what I currently listen to regularly: This Week in Tech – Weekly Tech News Roundup GeekBrief – Daily snippet of gadget news Games with Garfield – Monthly gaming podcast featuring the creator of Magic...
  • Blog Post: A Taste of Stack Overflow DevDays

    If you missed Stack Overflow DevDays , there is some audio from it available on Stack Overflow Podcast #71.   I wish there was a longer version of this.  It’s only about 1/2 hour of outtakes from the conference, but it is still interesting to hear.  These snippets are followed by a long...
  • Blog Post: Alan Kay on User Interface Design

    As part of the Berkeley Webcast project, a pair of presentations by Alan Kay (of Smalltalk fame) is available. The presentation is from the early 1980s and discusses the development of user interface design from the 1960s onward. If you ware into computer history at all, these are very interesting. ...
  • Blog Post: James Whittaker Netcast

    James Whittaker is the author of books like How To Break Software.  He ran one of the few university-level testing programs at Florida Tech.  He's now as Microsoft and helping Visual Studio become better at testing.  The guys at .Net Rocks caught up with him for an interview .  James...
  • Blog Post: June Netcast Update

    By popular demand (seriously), here is an update of the netcasts I'm listening to on a regular basis. Audio: This Week In Tech - Round table discussion of technology topics. Sometimes should be known as This Week in Twitter. This Week In Media - Round table discussion of issues affecting media. Everything...
  • Blog Post: Better Writing

    The Manager Tools podcast has an interesting series on better writing. This isn't a management-specific topic. Rather it is something everyone can benefit from. In a day and age where so much communication is via e-mail, having the ability to communicate your thoughts clearly and quickly is important...
  • Blog Post: Hello World Podcast

    MacBreak Tech has a recent podcast talking about learning to program. They begin with the question "how do I start programming games" and break it down. Pick a project. Don't learn for learning's sake. Learn to accomplish something. It will give you a structure to hang your learning on. Pick...
  • Blog Post: Podcasts I Listen To Regularly

    It's been a while since I posted my list of podcasts and my tastes have changed since then. Here's what I'm listening to on a regular basis right now: Audio: This Week In Tech - Tech news round table This Week in Media - Mac news round table The Dave Ramsey Show - Personal finance. Manager Tools - How...
  • Blog Post: Inbox Zero

    If you're anything like me, you have way too much e-mail to read it all. To try to cope with this, I've resorted to a collection of rules that sorts my mail into a Byzantine structure of folders. This helps a little, but has the problem of helping me miss a lot of mail as well. Things get neatly sorted...
  • Blog Post: Video Podcasts

    With my new Zune, I've started watching some video netcasts. Here are the ones I've found the most interesting so far: Tekzilla - Feels a lot like old TechTV. 1/2 hour an episode talking about everything from routers to Black Friday sales. The GigaOm Show - Om Malik interviews headliners and comments...
  • Blog Post: Orson Scott Card Talks Firefly

    One of my favorite authors is talking about one of my favorite shows. Orson Scott Card was interviewed by the Firefly Talk netcast. Card is the author of such books at Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Ender's Shadow. All of which are excellent books and should hit your reading list if you haven...
  • Blog Post: Great Discussion of HD Photo

    HD-Photo is a new image format coming from Microsoft. It is intended as a replacement for JPG. Bill Crow , the program manager for HD Photo, took the time to hang out with the guys from This Week in Media. The netcast covers a lot of interesting ground including what is wrong with RAW, JPG, and TIFF...
  • Blog Post: Agile Testing Netcast

    I tried a new netcast today. It's the initial netcast from Jason at Parlezuml . I believe the weekly show will be about agile development in general but this first one is all about the concept of agile testing. There are several interviews. The topics cover agile vs. waterfall testing, exploratory testing...
  • Blog Post: April Netcast Update

    About time for another update of my netcast list. It's changed a little and some have moved locations. It's still fundamentally the same list though. This Week in Tech - Leo Laporte hosts a roundtable discussion of the news of the week. This Week in Media - Technical and political discussion of...
  • Blog Post: Interview With Dave Caulton of Zune

    Windows Weekly has an interesting interview with Dave Caulton of the Zune team in this week's netcast. Dave discusses interesting issues like: The Universal deal Zune Christmas sales Is the Zune doing as well as expected? Zune's wireless capabilities and future What about Netcasts?...
  • Blog Post: February Netcast Update

    It's been a while since I posted my list of netcasts. I've had less time of late to listen to netcasts so my regularly scheduled netcasts have dwindled. Here is a list of those I listen to on a regular basis: This Week in Tech - Leo Laporte hosts a roundtable discussion of the news of the week. Great...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Clayton Christensen

    The Innovator's Dilemma is an eye-opening book that everyone in the technology industry should read and understand. I recently ran across an audio interview with the author, Clayton Christensen. In it he gives a brief explanation of the main thesis of his book. That is that there are certain types of...
  • Blog Post: HD-DVD Podcast

    Our Vice President, Amir Majidimehr, gave an interview to XBox Live's Major Nelson . He and one of the program managers for HD-DVD talk about the market, the discs themselves, scripting, interactivity, codecs, and what makes HD-DVD better than BluRay. It's a very informative interview. Load it up on...
  • Blog Post: June Monthly Podcast Update

    It's been a busy month (thus the last listing and the sparse postings in June). No new podcasts were added for the month of June. The regularly-scheduled programming is the same as it was in May . I tried a few new podcasts but didn't get into them. I listened to The Vintage Gamer but found his style...
  • Blog Post: DX10 Interview

    The ExtremeTech Podcast for last week was an interview with one of the DirectX 10 architects, David Blythe, and Chris Donahue who is on the Biz Dev side of the house. The interview covers the new graphics architecture in Vista as well as what has changed for DX10. There is a lot of useful information...
  • Blog Post: May Monthly Podcast Update

    Another month, another list of podcasts. A few new ones this month, nothing really fell off of the list. I think I'm about at my limit. My commute isn't long enough to support any more than this. Here is what I listened to regularly this month: Major Nelson - Covers the world of the XBox360. News...
  • Blog Post: Cryptography Podcast Series

    Security Now just concluded an amazing podcast series on the subject of cryptography. Steve Gibson does an excellent job of making the world of crypto accessible. No serious math is needed to understand it. He covers everything from stream ciphers, to block ciphers, to public key cryptography and certificates...
  • Blog Post: Monthly Podcast Update

    It's nearing the end of the month so I thought I'd update you on what podcasts are filling my Zen Nano these days. Here are the ones I'm listening to regularly. Major Nelson - Covers the world of the XBox360. News, reviews, interviews with insiders. This Week in Tech - Leo Laporte hosts a roundtable...
  • Blog Post: Software Engineering - A Valid Aspiration?

    I was listening to an interview with Alistair Cockburn tonight on my way home and thought he had some interesting insights into the subject of whether we should aspire to the concept of "Software Engineering." He had three basic points which I'll relate: First, engineering as it is conceived today...
  • Blog Post: Apple Stories

    I've long been fascinated with the history of computing. I've read many books and watched what few movies/tv shows exist on the subject. It is for this reason that I found this week's "This Week In Tech" so interesting. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Apple's founding, it is an interview with several...
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