Digital Village Radio October - December 1996 Programs
12/28/96:Year in Review/Open Phones. Today we looked back on 1996 and some of the issues surrounding technology that were of concern through the course of the year. It seemed that Privacy was of particular interest to our listeners who called.
12/21/96:Web Wambooli. Our guest today was Dan Gookin, author of the incredibly successful DOS for Dummies, and talked about his new book: Web Wambooli. It's an introduction to the Internet and Web that, despite its name, spends much time with often overlooked non-Web Internet services like e-mail.
12/14/96:More Steve Bass! Proving that you can never get enough of a good thing, we were joined for the second week in a row by Steve Bass. He mentioned Accelerator as interesting product, worth checking out. Last week, we suggested internet email as a solution for a small company's email need. This week we also suggested considering setting up a BBS using something like Mustang'sWildcat software. We also mentioned the rash of virus warnings going around which persist long after any threat is gone.
12/7/96:Steve Bass & Open Phones. We were joined in studio by Steve Bass, editor for PC World magazine and President of the Pasadena IBM Users' Group. Some of the things that have caught his eye lately include Net.Jet from Peak Media, a new NEC PDA running on Windows CE, and Symantec's new search tool FastFind. Mention was also made of the famous Exploding Whale and Liquid Oxygen BBQ web sites.
11/30/96:Mission College's Commitment to Technology. John Beck is the Senior Microcomputer Systems Specialist at Los Angeles Mission College. The school is one of California's Community Colleges and is currently building a new library with a serious focus on computers and digital technologies. With nearly 400 machines, a T-1 Internet connection and real-time video netcasting, the new facilities promise to bring forth the next era in Online Education. And this from a Community College!
11/23/96:Java & COMDEX Update. We were first joined on the phone by Kim Polese, CEO and Founder of Marimba (and the person credited with naming Java). We talked a little about why she thinks this new computer language will change the way we get information from the Internet. Her company is introducing a "tuner" named Castanet and another application named Bongo, which is designed to make creating Java applets much easier. She also stressed such things as Java's security and portability between platforms as major advantages of using the language.
During the second half, we reviewed COMDEX which took place this last week in Las Vegas. Bill Gates still thinks Microsoft should rule the desktop. Jim Barksdale disagrees. And Andy Grove doesn't care, as long as it runs on an Intel chip. Lot of talk about increasing bandwidth and cheaper computers. Microsoft was plugging its new Windows CE, while Apple stands firm besides its Newton. The big talk of course was all about the Push Model of delivery (see Marimba above) where content is sent to you, rather than being retrieved by you.
11/16/96:Leary Online While Doran took the week off to visit the Hooker Telescope on Mt Wilson, Ric was joined by Zach Leary and webmaster Chris Graves from The Leary Home Page. This is a site which remains intimate, even though it's regularly visited by thousands and thousands of people. Tim wouldn't have had it any other way.
In the News:
Cable modems are being tested in Akron, Ohio - InfoSeek to allow "Plain-English" queries - Yahoo to post 'net events - Hewlett Packard beefs up encryption technology - Netscape and Microsoft sling Java at each other - NetAngel combines features - AnySoft promises it all
During the second half, we opened the phones to your calls. It was much more exciting than this one sentence can express.
11/2/96:Election Coverage Online. During the first half of today's program, we discussed Proposition 211's affect on High Tech. First we spoke with Kelly Hayes Raitt from the Yes on 211 campaign, who (understandably) says that adopting the proposition would be a good thing. (Note: Opponents to 211 had originally agreed to appear, but later refused after their contributions to other campaigns were exposed on KPFK's Up for Air program). We then spoke to Rebecca Vesely from HotWired's Netizen about how this Proposition and others have been covered on the 'net.
During the second half, we spoke to Mike Yamamoto, Managing Editor from c|net's news.com and Steve Hull, the General Manager of PoliticsNow! about how much of an impact the Internet has had on this year's election. The consensus seems to be that, while the net may have had some affect, it won't be until the next time that it will play a real part in deciding the election. Until then, there will be many hi-tech battles between government and industry. Stay tuned.
10/26/96:Information about DisInformation.EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG! That's the greeting that awaits you at the DisInformation web site. Today we spoke to Richard Metzger and Tom Spontelli about the site and its rather unique approach to finding information on the Internet. Whether it's Cocaine Smuggling or Crop Circles, this is the place that will help you find the hidden facts.
In the news:
The Consumer Project on Technology thinks email labeling might be a good idea - Yahoo! is going 3D - Wired isn't going public, yet - NIST is giving 3 million bucks to CERT & CIAC to protect government computers against malicious attacks - Speaking of attacks, Microsoft got it in their Wazzu - Aren't those MSN billboards (the one's with the pointing finger) a little creepy? - MS is coming out with their own Network Computer - Also, Microsoft is pushing hard to get Internet Explorer 4 into your mind. Oops! They just did.
10/12/96:Director 5 Revealed. This was a "No Pitch Day" during Week 2 of KPFK's Fall Fund Drive, which gave us more time to talk to our guests.
We were joined on the phone by Jason Roberts, author of Director Demystified, a comprehensive look at using the powerful multimedia application from Macromedia. The book also covers Shockwave and Lingo, the programming language. Also joining us was Darcy DiNucci from Macromedia Press, a new joint effort by Peachpit Press and Macromedia. In a different vein, Jason also turned us on to Learn2, which debuted this last week. It offers a diverse range of tutorials on a variety of subjects.
Joining us in-studio during the first half was Garry Howard, author of The Introduction to Internet Security. We talked about the trend toward government regulation of speech on the net. More and more, there is a movement for increased restrictions on what can be presented over the wires. Many of these restrictions wouldn't even be considered if it were the print media that was being talked about. But the fear that ignorance breeds is raising its head and many people are afraid of computers & the Internet.
10/5/96:Fund Drive, Week #1. This was the first week of KPFK's Fall Fund Drive. We were joined on the phone by Larry Magid and found out about what he thinks is around the corner with computing. Thanks to everybody who called in a pledge. We really do appreciate it.