Saturday Night Radio

San Francisco - June 4, 2005On this beautiful early June Saturday evening in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve been listening tonight to several audio streams.

First up was the latest Gillmor Gang (MP3). After listening to 3/4 of this show, I concluded that I’m just too old for any of what they’re discussing to actually matter. Jon Udell and the rest of the gang seem quite interested in what Macromedia and Adobe are about to announce in terms of extending Flash as a platform. I’m happy for them — but I frankly could care less. (Actually, it sounded like Steve and Doc felt the same way!)

After exhausting that topic, the Gang examines what Microsoft’s Office 12 XML strategies are all about — and, once again, I feel that I’m just too old to understand and appreciate their points of view on this subject. I left Microsoft behind a while back and haven’t looked back! Maybe some S&P 500 corporate CIO’s are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for those Microsoft Office 12 XML formats?

Too bad podcasts are so one-way — so “broadcast”. Frankly, this particular podcast demands somebody calling in and asking the participants “who cares!”

Maybe that’s the next step in podcasts – duh – making them “two way” via Skype (or iChat) call-ins?

After trying to understand the technobabble of the Gillmor Geeks, the best “radio” of the evening turned out to be Halley Suitt‘s Memory Lane interview with Meg Hourihan over on Doug Kaye‘s IT Conversations. Turns out Meg’s Mom had a lot to do with Meg’s interest in computers. Like Meg, I also spent a lot of online time in the 80’s on CompuServe and it was a lot of fun to hear her talk about her experiences learning about both computers and online services.

Oh, by the way, the ads are gone. After experimenting with Google’s AdSense ads on my personal blog for a while (to see what I could learn about their targeting effectiveness), I opted to drop them all tonight.