Digital Village Radio July - September 1997 Programs
9/27/97Web Design for Communication. Having a strong sense of Web design is more than just making your pages look pretty. Our guest today was Raymond Pirouz of R35 and author of Click Here. The book (which was developed with Linda Weinman) has tips for both the personal and professional web designer, with topics focusing on target audiences and effective (read: sparse) use of technology. Raymond not only explains the importance of typography and color, but also such ephemeral topics as site identity and natural navigation.
9/13/97The New Crypto Debate. Once upon a time, our government's leaders promised that they would never ever want to mandate a back door for domestic encryption. Well, that's all changed now. Louis Freeh and Diane Feinstein are coming out strongly in favor of the domestic use of key escrow. And now the SAFE Bill is being turned on its head through amendments. While this is happening in Washington D.C., the California state government is making similar noises. Ric was joined today by guest-host Brock Meeks to discuss what the future of online privacy has is store.
9/6/97:Hamlet on the Holodeck. As computers evolve, so do the ways we use them to tell our stories and share our experiences. Our guest today was Janet H. Murray, author of Hamlet on the Holodeck, The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace.
8/16/97:Designing the Web Our guest today was Lynda Weinman, author of several books about web graphics and columnist for Web Techniques magazine. While keeping a focus on the overall importance of a site's design, Lynda also stresses the efficient use of the medium through techniques such as color reduction and proper format selection. For those people who want professional results, this often means the use of (professionally priced) software such as Photoshop and Debabelizer. That said, there also are some less expensive tools such as GifWizard, Paint Shop Pro and Graphic Converter which can offer many, if not all, of the features of the more expensive products.
8/9/97:Apple Update. With the announcement last week of the appointment of several new board positions and that Microsoft will be investing over $150 million in the company, Ric was joined by Joe Meldrum & Mike Descher to talk about the future of Apple.
7/26/97:Mars Pathfinder. Our guest today was David Dubov, Webmaster of the Mars Pathfinder web site. Since the lander bounced onto the Martian surface on July 4th and released the Sojourner Rover a couple of days later, this has become one of the most popular web sites in history. It not only offers the standard history of the project, but also frequent updates of briefings and pictures.
7/19/97:Sky Dayton. He's still in his mid-twenties, but he's already a veteran entrepreneur. Sky Dayton's latest startup is The Earthlink Network, which he founded in 1994 and is now one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the country.
7/12/97:Jon Katz. Columnist for Hotwired and author of several books, including his latest: Media Rants: postpolitics in the digital nation, Jon Katz called us from his mountain retreat. He and Ric talked about some of the news items of the day and how things like filtering software can affect libraries and such worthwhile projects as Peacefire. Later in the program phones were opened to listener calls.
7/5/97:CDA Decision Special. We took an in-depth look at the recent Supreme Court decision on the Communications Decency Act and freedom of speech in cyberspace. We spoke with Mark Rotenberg, Director of EPIC, Jonah Seiger, Communications Director at CDT, Ken Wasch, President of the SPA, Michael Sears, General Manager of SurfWatch, Wendy Simpson, President of SafeSurf, and Audrie Krause, Executive Director at NetAction.