A Case for an Open Podcast Directory

A Case for an Open Podcast Directory

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Podcasts have come a long way since people started just recording audio files and posting them to a website. Over the last decade the advent of RSS and mobile technology has provided publishers with the ability to produce text, audio and video content and have that content delivered directly to millions of subscribers around the world. While many podcast enthusiasts find shows based on recommendations from friends or social media, the most common way to find new podcasts is through a podcast directory, specifically the iTunes podcast directory. Even though I no longer own any Apple devices many of the top podcast clients have search features powered by the iTunes directory. It has become the de facto place to find a new show on your favourite niche topic. What happens…
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A Geek’s Tour of Boston & Cambridge

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************NEED TO FIND THE PHOTOS FOR THIS POST************** On my recent trip to Boston I had a day all to myself thanks to my lovely wife being stuck in a conference (which was the catalyst for the trip in the first place).  I took the opportunity to do a bit of a Geek's Tour of the area, some of which I've already blogged about. The day started off in the hotel room poaching free wi-fi off a local hospital.  It's damn decent of them to offer a wi-fi hotspot free to patients and their families (and geeks who are willing to sit at an odd angle near the hotel window).  I was completing a draft of an email that I was planning to send to the mayors of Burnaby and…
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Technological Dependence

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At what point did I become completely dependent on my technology?  I mean, I can remember a time when I didn't carry  a cell phone.  Sure my life was simpler back then, but even doing some simple tasks today seems all to difficult without the phone. As these devices have made their way into our lives, the concept of convergence has helped them stick.  Two hundred years ago, the only way to communicate with someone was either in person, or by post.  Then came the invention of the [telegraph](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegraph).  This would allow someone to send a text-message to someone in another city by way of an electrical current.  Really, this was the predecessor to email, fax and text messaging. Seventy years later, Alexander Graham Bell was busy working on a…
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Sun Acquires MySQL

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Sun CEO [Jonathan Schwartz announced](https://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/winds_of_change_are_blowing) yesterday that they have acquired the Open-Source database platform [MySQL](https://mysql.com/). This is a huge purchase and one of the largest acquisitions of an Open Source entity that we've ever seen. [![](https://farm1.static.flickr.com/49/134222791_86b066ce41_d.jpg)](http://flickr.com/photos/tidewatermuse/134222791/ "Photo Credit: Tidewater Muse on Flickr")The goal, says Schwartz, is to put a Fortune 500 vendor behind the innovative technology powering many next generation web-based services. To accomplish that goal Sun is "putting a billion dollars behind the M in [LAMP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAMP_(software_bundle))" (and [MAMP](https://sourceforge.net/projects/mamp), [WAMP](https://sourceforge.net/projects/wampserver/), and of course Sun's own [SAMP](https://developers.sun.com/solaris/tools/samp/index.jsp)...). Support of open source projects is nothing new for Sun. They have been a positive force behind several other projects in the past including [Java](https://java.sun.com/), [ZFS](https://opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/), [NetBeans](https://www.netbeans.org/) and [OpenOffice.org](https://www.openoffice.org/). This bodes very well for the future of MySQL and companies offering other higher-priced options…
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Creative Complicated?

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![Creative Commons](https://www.creativecommons.ca/images/cc/cc.logo.circle.jpg)The issue of copyright law has never been a simple one. This week a family from Texas has launched a lawsuit against Virgin Mobile for the use of their daughter's picture in an advertising campaign. [![CC Attribution Only](https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by/3.0/88x31.png)](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)The catch? The mobile carrier got the photo from Flickr where the photo (at the time) was listed under a [Creative Commons](https://creativecommons.org/) Attibution-only license.  The photo was used without notifying the photographer, or the 16-year-old girl in the picture, whose face is now associated with Virgin Mobile's campaign; though it should be noted that the advertisement _**did**_ contain the required attribution. This story has garnered lots of media attention since [CNN ran this clip](https://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/09/24/intv.virgin.flickr.lawsuit.cnn?iref=videosearch) late last week and I don't want to get into too much detail on it. What I wanted…
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50 years of programming history

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I stumbled on a couple of articles recently pointing out the history of programming languages. What originally pointed me at this was an article in [Nikhil Kothari's blog](http://www.nikhilk.net/). He pointed to a chart on [O'Reilly's website](http://www.oreilly.com/pub/a/oreilly/news/languageposter_0504.html) which listed out the history of programming languages from the 1950's right through to the present. It's amazing to see which languages influenced others... and how old some are. I personally had no idea that [Ruby](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_programming_language) had been around since February 1993 (Same approximate time as [AppleScript](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppleScript)). Check it out... it's worth a look! There's also a good textual [history of programming languages](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_programming_languages) in Wikipedia, not quite as visual, or as complete, but also interesting.
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