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Podcast and New Media Expo – Day Two

I’m here on day two of the Podcast and New Media expo. You can find my notes detailing day one of the conference here.

WiFi here at the conference has been a real problem. It’s not that they’re not trying – every room has its own separate network, but with this many geeks (and podcasters, to boot!), there’s just no way the bandwidth can keep up. I have no idea what kind of backhaul the Ontario Convention Center has, but that pipe ain’t fat enough. :-) To be fair, I’ve never been to a conference (of geeks) where the wifi DIDN’T suck. That said, I swear I’m not going to another conference without a 3G modem card. This is for the birds. MarsEdit is saving my blogging bacon – if I didn’t have it for offline writing, I wouldn’t be getting any blogging done.

FIrst up, a session called “Master Radio Techniques – Avoid Radio Traps” by Holland Cooke. He’s a radio/corporate guy. Pretty engaging so far – talking about how from a distance, radio and podcasting can look the same, but up close, they’re quite different. He was just at a (shrinking) radio convention, talking about podcasting. And now he’s here at a (growing) podcasting convention, talking about radio. All of his stuff is up on his website. I’ll link it up as soon as he gives us the link (he’s teasing us, won’t share it until the end). Here’s the link to his handouts (I haven’t even looked at them yet).

Next session I’m in is called “How to make your content easy for Grandma to consume: Simplifying RSS feeds, video formats, and Flash Players for your audience” by Andrew Darlow. I think it wins for the longest session title so far. :-) His presentation style is kind of clumsy, but for some reason, I like him so far. He’s talking about some really basic stuff, though. Like using Blogger.com versus getting your own hosting and using WordPress. How a WordPress theme can show you “recent entries”, etc. And he keeps asking “Does anyone use…” and then waits for a show of hands. Does anyone use FeedBurner? (pause) We’re 17 minutes into the session, and he finally said the word “enclosure”. I would have expected that to come up a little sooner in a session about how to make your RSS feed work for podcasting. Does anyone use iTunes? (pause) Does anyone use PodPress? (pause) Does anyone have an audio flash player? (pause) Has anyone ever gone to the Podsafe Music Network? (pause) Who likes downloading plugins? (pause) In talking about Flash audio and video players, he didn’t even mention the awesome show player from blip.tv. Too bad – that one’s my favorite, for sure. Who here has an email account? (pause) Does anyone use an email subscription list? (pause) Does anyone use categories on your blog? (pause). I’m sorry, but he’s putting me to sleep. I’ve gotta get out of here…

Grabbed some lunch, had the pizza today. Learned my lesson last time with the tri-tip sandwich. πŸ˜‰

Next session is “Video Podcast Content Creation: The Real Story Behind Producing for Tiny Screens” by Richard Burns and Dusty Wright of Culture Catch. No, this session has nothing to do with the name of this blog (TinyScreenfuls). Yes, I intend to heckle them gently, or at least make some kind of comment about the similarity. :-) I don’t know who or what Culture Catch is, but they’ve been in everyone’s face handing out flyers and cards and schwag. They sponsored one of the big parties last night. Gotta hand it to them for enthusiasm (though the two guys talking now sound kind of hung over πŸ˜‰ ). Showed a clip of their show with Devo. Talked about mistakes they made when shooting (it was their first show), and how they covered it up with filters, etc. in post production to make it look like it was intentionally crappy, and how that kind of became their trademark style. They’re kind of like Rolling Stone – music and culture stuff that’s not really my thing, but their show is pretty well done. I’m just not cool enough to be part of that crowd. :-) They ended with a clip of their interview with Les Paul.

Next session is the one I’ve most been looking forward to, and I predict it will be the best session of the show for me. It’s Doug Kaye’s “Remote Audio and Video Interview Techniques“. Doug Kaye, of IT Conversations and Podcast Academy fame, asked me to be an instructor at the very first Podcast Academy, which took place at the first Portable Media Expo two years ago. And IT Conversations was doing podcasting since before it was called podcasting, and remains the best place to get podcasts that make you smarter, on a whole variety of topics. Doug has an audio production background, and I’ve learned most of what I know about audio and recording from my association with him. Doug has forgotten more about audio than I’ll ever know. His sessions at Podcast Academy and PME are always excellent, and I’m really looking forward to this one. :-)

Reminder – go join PodCorps.org – a network of stringers, and where the content for all the Conversations Network shows come from. Doug is promising to show off some new technology that he promises will blow us away, and make people who like the Levelator very happy. Ooh, suspense! Talking now about phone couplers and “Uncle Doug’s Cheap Trick”. Basically, where you use two lines to record a call – one line is conferenced in, and only used for recording the call (you talk on another line). Better than a coupler on the line you’re using. Doug’s recommending checking out TalkShoe.com for recording phone calls for podcasts. Doug uses a telephone hybrid – a hardware device for recording phone calls professionally. Doug recommends the Telos One. Great solution, but expensive (about $600). What about Skype calls? You can use software solutions, like Audio Hijack Pro, or hardware solutions. There’s a diagram I’ll post here later – I’ve used this setup many times. It’s hard to describe without the diagram, but it’s basically a way to fake “mix-minus”, that expensive dedicated telephone hybrids use, using a simple mixer with the ability to pan each channel all the way left and right. Here’s that diagram I promised – it should be self explanatory:

Recording Skype Calls - the Hardware Solution

Now, onto the new stuff! They’re not officially announcing or releasing anything here, but they hope to make it available for free, like The Levelator. Talking about the challenges of getting studio quality audio AND video from BOTH ends of a remote interview. Up until now, you had to find a stringer to go to the remote end of the interview, and have them record and send you the result.

OK, now THIS is freaking amazing. I’m BLOWN away by the demo I’m seeing right now. Bruce Sharpe, creator of the Levelator is showing a piece of software that he’s working on to sync up multiple audio and video sources, regardless of types, regardless of format. You just throw in your audio and video sources, and after clicking the magic button, you get a perfectly mixed multicut result. Unbelieveable! :-) I’ve taken a bunch of photos of the demo. I’m going to do a whole separate post about this, because it deserves it. For now, check out these photos and descriptions, to get an idea of what the software does. We’re all sitting here with our jaws dropped. The demo was shown plugged into the Sony Vegas video editor on Windows, but Bruce says that Vegas is only used for convenience. The plan is to make it available to be used with any video editor (with certain caveats). They’re literally working on this yesterday and today, so they don’t know what the release is going to look like. But they want to put it out for free and cross platform, just like The Levelator. Yes, please! This software is going to change the podcasting world. I think it’s that profound. Wow.

I don’t know what Doug and Bruce intend to name this piece of software, but I’ve taken to calling it “The Synchronator”, because it’s a sibling to The Levelator, and, well, that’s what it does. Doug and Bruce, feel free to use that name if you like it. No charge. πŸ˜‰

That’s it for me today. I’ve got to go do some laundry tonight, and crank out some blog posts.

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I admit it – I ran anySIM to unlock my iPhone (a photo story)

This post is kind of part two in a series of posts about my iPhone/iBrick experiences. The first part, some background on the history of software hacking on the iPhone, can be found here.

OK, I admit it. I ran the anySIM free unlock application when it became available via Installer.app on September 15, 2007 (it was only available for a few hours on that date – I guess it got pulled later).

It didn’t work. It failed to unlock by iPhone to work on another carrier (I didn’t even have another carrier’s SIM card around to test it with – I was doing this out of enthusiasm and curiosity and desire to document the process, which is why I took all these photos). In fact, it toasted the radio firmware on my iPhone (which is apparently separate from the operating system), forcing me to restore back to a “clean” 1.0.2 iPhone OS image.

But whatever anySIM did, it was enough to poison my iPhone so that when the 1.1.1 update came along, it turned into a completely unusable brick.

Here’s what happened.

First, I installed anySIM via Installer.app, just like any other application. Took only seconds.

anySIM

Then I ran the program, and told it to unlock my iPhone (using the cute little “slide to unlock” animation that Apple uses to turn the phone on.

anySIM iPhone Unlock Program

Dumping the NOR (flash memory).

Dumping the NOR

Flashing the baseband (the part of the firmware that controls the cellular radio).

Flashing the baseband

Starting the CommCenter (whatever that means).

Starting the CommCenter

Unlock Failure! (the first one). The error message says:

Unlock Failure

The Flash operation succeeded but the unlock commands failed. You might want to check the baseband manually using minicom

Unlock Failure!

At first I wasn’t too worried. The unlock had failed. No big deal. I was back where I started. But then I noticed that I didn’t have any cell signal, no “E” EDGE coverage indicator, no “AT&T” carrier ID, etc.

No radio - no phone, no EDGE

Right about now is when I started to panic. I had neutered my iPhone. I started frantically scouring the anySIM wiki and Googling for ideas on how to fix the problem.

In the mean time, I ran anySIM again, just in case the second time was the charm.

Retrying

It failed again, but with a different error message:

Unlock Failure

Couldn’t locate bytes to pach (sic)

Unlock Failure!

No dice. By this point, I had read suggestions that putting the iPhone into recovery mode (hold both buttons for 30 seconds) and doing a full, fresh restore to the 1.0.2 OS (which was the latest at the time) would fix it. So that’s what I did.

Restoring to 1.0.2

After the restore, the phone booted up and worked just fine. What a relief.

I thought I was just fine, but I worried about what exactly the two failed unlock attempts had done to the “baseband” firmware – the radio part of the phone.

A couple weeks later, when the 1.1.1. software update came out I foolishly ran it, thinking “since the unlock failed, my phone isn’t unlocked, and it should be fine”.

i was wrong.

(I’ll continue the rest of the whole sordid story in another post soon.)

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History of Software on the iPhone – A Prelude

My iPhone is now an iBrick. Here’s how it happened, what I learned, how it felt, and what you might be able to learn from the whole thing. I’ll write up the details of that story in a separate post. This one is for background.

My Line Waiting Assistants

I am a HUGE iPhone fan. I camped out on release day to be number one in line. I’ve used the heck out of my iPhone every single day since I got it. I’ve taught other people how great they are, answered countless questions about it, and generally been a huge fan.

Getting Ready to Activate

I have had many, many mobile devices, and understand that since the operating system for most devices resides in flash ROM, and isn’t meant to be readily modified, you can’t expect the device manufacturer to help you fix problems you run into with a modified device. This hasn’t prevented lively developer communities from springing up around popular devices – like XDA-Developers, etc. – to help power users get even more functionality and fun from their devices.

Soon after the iPhone was launched on June 29, 2007, such a developer community popped up around it. Even though Apple made it very clear that they didn’t intend to support iPhone developers at all. “Make web applications. That’s good enough.” was the edict from Cupertino. Most people I know, from real developers to regular old users were miffed that Apple wasn’t releasing a Software Development Kit (SDK) to make applications for the iPhone. So the development community took matters into its own hands.

It ranged from people like Joe Hewitt (of Firebug and now Facebook fame – he’s the guy that wrote Facebook’s iPhone UI, which has been featured in Steve Jobs keynotes) engineering and releasing tools like iUI to make better web applications to the dedicated hackers who figured out how to get your own applications to install and run on the iPhone. Following best practices from the Linux world, they gave people how were willing to “jailbreak” their iPhone the ability to run Nullriver’s AppTapp Installer.app – a package manager that opened the door to browse and install dozens of iPhone applications.

Apps installed on my iPhone, 9/11/07

There was an uneasy stalemate between Apple and the iPhone developers. Apple openly admitted that they weren’t going to support these 3rd party developers, but they weren’t going to try to stop them, either. On September 11, 2007, Gearlog published this quote from an interview with Greg Joswiak, VP of Hardware Product Marketing at Apple:

I asked him about independent, native software development for the iPhone. He said Apple doesn’t oppose native application development, which was new to me. Rather, Apple takes a neutral stance – they’re not going to stop anyone from writing apps, and they’re not going to maliciously design software updates to break the native apps, but they’re not going to care if their software updates accidentally break the native apps either.

In other words, iPhone “hacking” would follow the same path as other mobile devices, like Windows Mobile, iPods, etc. No one expected Apple to help customers make 3rd party applications work. Everyone knew that the most you could expect from Apple was a complete wipe and restore back to factory new settings. In fact, when iPhone updates 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 were released, this is exactly what happened. If you had “jailbroken” your iPhone and installed 3rd party apps, the device was wiped and restored to Apple’s known good “clean” state. No more than two weeks later, Apple radically reversed its position on this issue.

The Smugness

Then came the seemingly similar activity of “unlocking” iPhones to work on cellular carriers other than AT&T. The iPhone is a unique device in that it’s extraordinarily locked down, meant only to work if you have a valid account with AT&T. Without active AT&T service, you couldn’t use any of the other features of the iPhone. No wifi web browsing, no iPod media playback, nothing. So the people outside of AT&T service area (the whole world outside the United States), and people who couldn’t or didn’t want to switch to AT&T could never have an iPhone, under Apple and AT&Ts rules. Many people felt this was unfair and dictatorial, and It’s interesting to note that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires U.S. cell phone carriers to SIM unlock customers’ phones upon request, for overseas travel, or any other reason.

Mac Book Pro and iPhone

So the development community set to work on a “SIM unlock” for the iPhone, which modified the radio/baseband part of the iPhone firmware to allow it to use ANY SIM card from ANY carrier. The unlocking apps were released. The world rejoiced. And no one expected Apple to support iPhones that weren’t on the AT&T network. Just like installing 3rd party applications, the most you could expect Apple to do would be to wipe and restore your iPhone to its original state.

An application called anySIM was the first free version of these unlocking apps. It was made available through the popular and simple Installer.app package system (it was pulled a few hours later). During the time it was available, I downloaded it. I didn’t need or want to unlock my iPhone – I’m happy with AT&T’s service (we have two lines of service in our family), and I didn’t even have a non-AT&T SIM card that I could use to test and see if the unlock worked. But I’m a geek and an enthusiast and a blogger, so I ran the unlock software, if only to document the process, just like all the other 3rd party software installations I had done.

And that’s where all the trouble started…

(Click here to read the next part of the saga: I admit it – I ran anySIM to unlock my iPhone (a photo story))

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Apple Wants My 3rd Party App Crash Logs

Note that these are on my hard drive, from my previous modified iPhone (NOT my new clean one, which was syncing in this screenshot). This popped up when I plugged my new iPhone in tonight to sync.

I wonder what Apple would do if I uploaded the contents of these crash dump logs (logs from the "official" Apple apps are in that folder, too)?

Maybe this is how they’re keeping up with what the hacking community is doing?

At any rate, after what I’ve been through in the last 24 hours, I’m not feeling an abundance of goodwill towards Apple, so they’re sure as hell not getting any logs from me! :-)

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Blogging the Podcast and New Media Expo – Day One

I’m here in Ontario, California (not to be confused with Ontario, Canada – I hate having to disambiguate the two, and I can’t even write “Ontario, CA” to do it!) for the Podcast and New Media Expo. This is my second time attending – I was at the first one three years ago, as an instructor at the very first Podcast Academy. I went that year on my own dime, but now that my job officially involves audio and video podcasting (in the form of my show for Intel Software Network, Bit Stories), I decided to come back this year.

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I’ll be updating this post over the course of the next couple of days with my thoughts, interesting links, stories, and the rest of the scoop on PNME. I’m also doing a ton of microposts via Twitter, which you can see in the sidebar if you’re looking at this on TinyScreenfuls.com, by following me on Twitter, or in my lifestream at www.joshbancroft.com.

Podcast and New Media Expo Keynote

The keynote this morning was the guy from Wallstrip.com. He created a funny video podcast about stocks and the stock market world, and recently sold it to CBS for a few million. He gave a pretty funny, entertaining interview with PNME founder Tim Borquin, but to be honest, I didn’t pay too much attention, since it was all about the business side of what he did – you can tell that a LOT of people here at PNME are looking to make money from their podcasts, and flipping your podcast to a big rich media company is something most of them dream about. I’m not in this to make money – not from the podcasts I (occasionally) do on my blog, or with Bit Stories. There’s a distinctive commercial vibe here at the expo, which kind of bums me out, but I’m looking forward to finding bits of learning and useful information here and there.

After the keynote, I met Scott Sherman of thedigitalphotographyshow.com. He has a nice Lenovo X61 Tablet PC, which of course, I commented on. I subscribed to his show, since I consider myself an amateur photographer, and love to learn how to shoot better photos.

I also met Bruce Sharpe, the guy who created The Levelator – a free, cross-platform piece of software that no podcaster should be without. You can drop an audio recording onto the Levelator, and it will automatically normalize and compress the sound to a uniform level, and perform some other bits of audio magic. Doing manually what the Levelator does automatically is tedious, difficult, and takes a LONG time. It’s like magic, and I use it for all of my podcasts. In fact, whenever I’m working with any piece of audio, I drop it on the Levelator, and it almost always comes out sounding much better. I’m a huge fan, so of course I went over, and drooled all over Bruce while I shook his hand. :-)

In an audio production session now, led by John McJunkin of Avalon Podcasting. He’s going over the basics of how to get a good sounding recording, starting with your mouth/voice, the mic, the preamp, the compressor/other audio processing, and post-recording editing. He’s also showing off some cool stuff in Pro Tools audio editing software. Most podcasters know and use Audacity, but I’m learning more and more what the limits of Audacity are. And wanting more and more to really learn how to use a more powerful/flexible audio program. I’ve got GarageBand 3, as part of iLife. Now I just need to find a good book, and sit down and learn to use it really well (it’s kind of hard to figure out how to get started). This was a great session – John really knows his audio stuff.

Next up: a session on getting good interviews, by Heidi Miller. Apparently, she’s a professional expo show floor person – a booth babe? In her own words, she’s the annoying person who says “Hi! Thanks for coming by the Motorola booth! Let me tell you about our new products! Come right over here!” She does her own podcast, Diary of a Shameless Self Promoter. Something about her demeanor is really irritating me. She’s being really condescending, and talking about some fairly obvious stuff about doing interviews (so far). Hope this gets better. So far, it’s stuff like “say ‘tell me about…'”, and “do everything that people like Ira Glass and Terry Gross on NPR do it”. She wants to ask Grant Imahara of Mythbusters “do you consider yourself a geek or a dork?” Am I the only one that thinks he’s be offended by that question? I would.

Lunch – now I remember the thing I liked least about the Ontario Convention Center. First, there’s no food for attendees. Since only some people here are “paid” attendees, and some are “expo hall” attendees. So the only option for food is the little cafe-in-a-box at the back of the expo hall, or to go “off site”, to a “nearby” place like In-n-Out. I say “nearby”, because, this being southern California, everything is spread out. As in miles. So it takes forever and is way too much hassle to go somewhere for lunch. So that leaves the little cafe. I ran into Chris Brogan at the cafe (he actually waved me over, which is always gratifying πŸ˜‰ ), who said “go with the sandwich”. I should have listened. I chose the “tri tip sandwich”, and I have to saw it was quite possibly the worst sandwich I’ve ever had. The bread fell apart. The meat was nasty. Oh well. I now know to plan better for food tomorrow.

Now I’m in a session with Bruce Sharpe, creator of The Levelator, which I fawned about before. He’s giving a great presentation about bringing your production values to the next level. He describes himself as a software guy, not an audio guy (like Doug Kaye of IT Conversations). He worked with IT Conversations as an editor a while back, and was talking one time with Doug Kaye, who said “wouldn’t it be great if we had a piece of software that did all of this automatically?” Nine months later, Levelator was born (launched last year at PNME, actually). He’s also giving some great audio production tips, like “apply an 80-10000Hz bandpass filter”, do peak level normailzation, perform noise reduction, etc. Good review of the basics. I was pleased to see that I already do most of these in my audio workflow, but slightly saddened not to find a big magical improvement that would make all of my stuff sound better.

I don’t think I’m going to stick around for the parties, etc. tonight. I want to go back to my room, where there’s decent bandwidth, and try to get that “iBrick” blog post written. I’m at the podcast awards right now, and it’s dark, and annoying. So, off to get some food, then prolly back to the room. I’ll do another post tomorrow, and of course, I’m microposting all the time at twitter.com/jabancroft.

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Brian Setzer’s “Wolfgang’s Big Night Out” is AWESOME!

Brian Setzer’s “Wolfgang’s Big Night Out” is AWESOME!, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

You know Brian Setzer. Stray Cats. The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Rockin swing/jazz/etc. Jump Jive an Wail. Rock This Town. He’s turned his sights on classical music, like Beethoven, 1812 Overture, William Tell, etc.

Heard an interview with him on NPR’s Fresh Air this morning on the way to the Sacramento airport. Sounded awesome. Got to the airport, cracked open my Mac, and looked to see if my new favorite source of music, Amazon MP3, had the album. It’s brand new, just out this week, so I had my doubts.

Yup, it was there. Only $8.99, too. Listened to some of the samples. Got hooked. Clicked “Buy this MP3 Album”. It started downloading. From learning about the album to deciding I like it to owning and listening to it in about an hour. Would have been sooner if it weren’t for the security line at the airport. :-)

Now I’m sitting here in the airport food court, rocking out, and writing this post. BTW, this is the second time this week that I’ve heard about a new album on NPR in the car, then come home and bought it from AmazonMP3 (the other was KT Tunstall’s new one, Drastic Fantasic, which was my first AmazonMP3 purchase).

Can you say “completely frictionless”? I knew you could. :-)

I LOVE the internet! :-)

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IT@Intel Bloggers Face to Face Meeting

I’m in an all day face to face meeting of the IT@Intel bloggers – the folks who blog on blogs.intel.com/it. I left the IT group at Intel to move to the software group back in February, but I was among the original crew that got the the first blogs.intel.com blog going (it wasn’t the first external Intel blog – that honor goes to my current group, Intel Software Network).

Even though I’m no longer in IT, they graciously invited me to participate as an advisor/expert/whatever, so I’m down here in Folsom, CA, in the Innovation Center (where they have some REALLY cool demos set up – it’s my favorite Intel space so far). Check out these photos I shot of the Innovation Center last time I was down here:


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

They’ve got this great setup in there now. I want it for my home office:

Futuristic Command Post, Intel Innovation Center

I’ll be updating this post throughout the day, so expect it to grow. And, of course, there will likely be Twitter microposts and photos on Flickr, so if you want to “participate” with us, you know how! :-)

OK, I’m back now. Turns out the theme I’m using, K2, isn’t compatible with WordPress 2.3, which I upgraded to last night. I grabbed the latest (RC1) version of K2, and had to basically rebuild the site. I think everything’s working OK now – please let me know if you see anything weird.

This morning we had a presentation from the guy in the Marketing group about the “state of social media” in the marketing group. I don’t know if he wants me to use his name externally, but we didn’t really talk about anything secret. There’s been some great progress made with blogs.intel.com and Open Port. And of course, there’s a LOT of room for improvement.

IT@Intel Bloggers in the Innovation Center

Then Danese Cooper, Intel’s Open Source Diva, and one of the people behind the creation of blogs.sun.com was our “guest” speaker to bring the “outside of Intel” perspective. Danese is a good friend, and I love hearing her talk. She had a ton of great, pointed, detailed suggestions (everyone read The Cluetrain Manifesto, do “blog camps” for training, sharing, and socializing, etc.). She couldn’t stick around the whole day, but it was good to see her again.

Danese Cooper

Just had a great discussion with Matt Rosenquist, a security guy and IT@Intel blogger, about “should Intel ban Facebook“. Go read the details in that post, and jump into the discussion. It’s pretty lively! :-)

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Bit Stories: Cory Doctorow, “Privacy Isn’t Dead — Let’s Not Kill It”

(Cross posted from Intel Software Network)

This episode of Bit Stories was recorded at the O’Reilly Executive Briefing held at OSCON 2007 – the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, on July 24, 2007.

At the briefing, Cory Doctorow gave a talk titled “Privacy Isn’t Dead — Let’s Not Kill It”, in which he talked about making software that we control, instead of letting software control us, and how we face the danger of becoming willing members of a police and surveillance state.

Cory Doctorow is one of my favorite science fiction authors, and writes more understandably about complex topics like privacy, DRM, open software and culture, and how technology affects our lives than anyone I’ve read. He’s one of the main contributors to the most popular blog on the Internet, BoingBoing.net. His personal blog is craphound.com, where you can find and download complete copies of all of his books under a Creative Commons license (as well as read about why he, as an author, thinks this is a great idea). Can you tell I’m a fan? πŸ˜‰

I was thrilled to hear him speak at OSCON, and even happier when he agreed to let me publish this recording of his speech. Cory also asked me to crossload the audio file to the Internet Archive, which I was happy to do. Just as a note, all Bit Stories media files are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license, and automatically crossposted to the Internet Archive via blip.tv, in no small part because of Cory’s influence on my thinking and work. :-)

This Bit Stories episode is audio only, about 30 minutes long. You can listen in the streaming player above, download the MP3 file directly at this link (weighs about 30MB), or subscribe to the Bit Stories feed in your favorite podcast aggregator (like iTunes) to receive this and other Bit Stories episodes automatically and for free. Check out the Bit Stories home page for other episodes and more information, and let me know what you think of the show!

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