IT Conversations Podcast: Interview with Jeremy Allaire on Video Distribution

As a fan of the high quality podcasts from IT Conversations, I was browsing for other podcasts not in the channels to which I already subscribe. I discovered a December 2005 podcast interview with Jeremy Allaire, the founder of Brightcove, although perhaps better known as the founder of Allaire Corporation and the flagship application server Cold Fusion (Yes, with a space in the name until the late 90's).

While checking my facts while preparing to blog this, I discovered two related podcasts from IT Conversations including another panel interview in 2005 on reinventing media, as well as a 2004 interview with David Orfao of General Catalyst, formerly CEO of Allaire Corportation. (Anecdotally, my introduction to David occurred when he surprised me at my desk one morning. By coincidence, I had dropped my badge at a convenience store near my residence, and David just happened to find it shortly after).

Now, about those podcasts:


Upcoming CFLive! Previews of 2006 CFUNITED Topics


As the organizer of the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group I'd like help spread the word that CFUNITED's Michael Smith and I have been sponsoring online previews of the topics which will be presented in full at the conference. These previews cover ColdFusion development as well as related web technologies. Moreover, the CFLive! talks are given by the original speaker for the topic, and they are intended to provide a summary and flavor of the subject matter so that you can decide if you'd like to add it to your conference schedule to hear the full session.

These talks are about 1/2 hour including time for Q&A, usually Thursdays at noon US/Eastern time. (Timezone Help)

The url for the Breeze meeting is listed in the MORE INFORMATION section of the RSVP page. In the Breeze Meeting, just click the button to login as GUEST with no password but enter your name when prompted, and then you'll join the meeting from your browser.

If you've never used Breeze, get a quick overview.


Recommendation for BodasDVD Wedding Photographer of Barcelona

I highly recommend Bodas DVD wedding photographers in Barcelona, Spain. They met with us on several occassions the year of the wedding to coordinate the plan and requirements, and they were very accomodating to our wishes. They even traveled 4 hours to the wedding without charging us, although we did provide a hotel room for them. Carlos and his collegues were very helpful and patient throughout our wedding day. The result was a one hour interactive DVD movie of our wedding and a beautiful, leather bound wedding album of 20"x30". Everyone to whom we showed the album commented that they've never seen such a beautiful and unique album, and they all complemented the photographer's skill and style. Carles de Gispert also runs the multimedia business of Inedita and IneditAleph, and regularly uses Adobe image and video design products.

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Simon Horwith's preview of CFUNITED

Chaos during Breeze MeetingSimon Horwith provided an overview of the talks and activities that he will conduct at this year's CFUNITED ColdFusion Conference. This talk was the first in a series called CFLIVE!, where upcoming speakers will provide a sneak-peek of what they'll be doing at the conference. If you'd like to be notified of and join upcoming CFUNITED previews, sign up for the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group (the largest CFUG). For Simon's Breeze presentation today, the archived recording is available below.

CFLive! Simon Horwith on Architecture, CF 101, & Helms Cage Match

Simon experienced a problem with his USB microphone, so as a last minute hack that I've used before, Simon called me and I put the speaker phone next to my microphone and then we were good to go.

Coming up in a couple weeks... Ray Camden.

Kurzweil Keynotes Bio-IT World; Interview in CIO Mag; Using Text-to-Speech

The Bio-IT World fifth annual Life Sciences Conference and Expo on Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is to be held in Boston the week of April 3, 2006 (which coincidentally happens to be at the same time and location as the Linux World Expo). The conference will begin with a keynote lecture "Reprogramming Biology" by Ray Kurzweil, one of my favorite technology luminaries whose ideas constantly fascinate and inspire me.

"Reprogramming Biology" is the title of noted inventor Ray Kurzweil's opening keynote address. Kurzweil will expound upon themes in his latest book, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, in which he predicts the next few decades will see the merging of human biology with the staggering achievements of "GNR" - genetics, nanotechnology and robotics - to create a species of extraordinarily high intelligence, comprehension, and memory.


Flickr Photographer's Press Badge

Flickr has a wizard to help you generate your own (unofficial) Flickr Photographer's Badge. Wear it whenever you venture into the urban wild with camera in hand. I plan to laminate and wear mine in one of my conference badge holders. You never know just how far it might get you!

Badge Maker: Create an Flickr ID badge using your digital photographs
Make your own (unofficial) Flickr badge. Print it out, laminate it, wear Flickr with pride! Show the world how truly photographically geeky you really are!

Once I generated my badge, I downloaded it locally as JPG, opened it in Photoshop CS2, added a layer to the image, and used a Graphire Tablet Pen to add my signature (due to security concerns, I have now replaced the image with a fake signature using a font). The final version was flattened as saved in JPG again. Someone has conveniently made a suitable backside of the Flickr Badge to give it that professional look!

See also:
The Photographer's Right
Your Rights When You Are Stopped or Confronted for Photography

Doing the right thing: Behind Bush's New Stress on Science

Via the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) TechNews:

Behind Bush's New Stress on Science, Lobbying by Republican Executives
New York Times (02/02/06) P. C4; Markoff, John; Leary, Warren E.

President Bush's call for doubling the federal funding of basic scientific research comes as a response to several meetings that White House officials held with technology executives and educators. Bush's plan to request $910 million in the first year, and $50 billion over 10 years was welcome news for computer scientists who have long warned against the destructive impact of eroding federal funding. Bush identified nanotechnology, supercomputing, and alternative energy sources as long-term initiatives that the administration would now support, in a departure from its traditional focus on short-term research. Under Bush's plan, spending would likely increase by 7 percent annually, roughly doubling over 10 years. While the details remain vague, ACM President David Patterson is excited: "This is really a huge deal and I'm very encouraged," though he noted with concern that many legislators attending the State of the Union address were not moved to applause by Bush's announcement. "It just shows the challenge we have." In two high-profile discussions where the administration was urged to heed the warning of the National Academy of Sciences that science and technology education are eroding rapidly, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett met with Vice President Dick Cheney, and Charles Vest, the former president of MIT, met with OMB director Joshua Bolten. The executives and educators who had attended those meetings were still unsure if the administration would act on their recommendations, so Bush's announcement came as a welcome surprise. "We haven't seen this interest in basic research from this president before," said the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Albert Teich. The growing problem of funding for research and education has also attracted Congressional interest, as two bipartisan bills addressing the matter have recently been introduced.

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Apples, Softies, and Trains

Three Apple engineers and three Microsoft employees are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three Microsoft employees each buy tickets and watch as the three Apple engineers buy only a single ticket. "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks a Microsoft employee.

"Watch and you'll see," answers the Apple engineer. They all board the train. The Microsoft employees take their respective seats but all three Apple engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "Ticket, please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

The Microsoft employees saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the Microsoft employees decide to copy the Apple engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip.

To their astonishment, the Apple engineers don't buy a ticket at all. "How are you going to travel without a ticket" says one perplexed Microsoft employee. "Watch and you'll see," answers an Apple engineer. When they board the train the three Microsoft employees cram into a restroom and the three Apple engineers cram into another one nearby.

The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the Apple engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the Microsoft employees are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket, please..."

CFDJ on Misconceptions and Myths About ColdFusion

This is old news, but worth posting regardless of the many other blogs that have also rebroadcast this article...

Simon Horwith, editor at ColdFusion Developer's Journal, has written an important article that does a nice job to dispel the negative myths that remain attached to ColdFusion, even after ten years in the market place.

Misconceptions and Myths About ColdFusion


Llanos del Hospital, Restaurante Ansils, Restaurante la Fuenroya

Pyrenees of Spain

Photos from the valley of Benasque in the Pyrenees of Aragon, Spain. Summer 2005. Photos were taken with Kodak DX4530 point and shoot 5MP digicam.


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