March 27, 2006

March 26, 2006

Podcast Delayed is not Podcast Denied

Hello citizens, I regret to inform you that the FLOSS weekly (with Chris DiBona) podcast got, um, screwed up, so we need to rerecord the first two episodes. Leo had problems and I couldn't quite get a good recording on my end. This time around, I will have proper backup (or even primary) recordings done. Extra bonus: I bought a second mic, so that'll make impromptu guest thingys even easier for me.

It's been fun buying the gear for this, I have to admit. I wish I could well, have own aquire caress lovingly, one of these baroque beauties, but 5k for a mic is , um, well, insane for a podcast. I might pick up their USB Snowball, as it would make for a super handy portable rig, but lets see if people actually listen first.

So it'll likely be two weeks+ till the first one comes out. Apologies!

March 20, 2006

Please don't take it personally.

So this is my auto-answer for two common emails and phone calls I get:

1) Recruiters (both executive and other):

Hi there, thanks for thinking of me, but if I don't get back to you, it is likely because a) I don't know anyone for the job, b) am very happy in my own job or c) am looking for the very same kind of people and thus can't help you. Also consider that if I know some great person who is the recognized leader in x, y or z, I'll likely try to get them into Google myself, so emailing me to source high end folks at this point is not a great use of your time.

2) Grad Students doing research on Open Source or Google (or both):

Hi there, thanks for thinking of me, but if I don't get back to you, it is because I (a) have already funded the masters students/PhD research that I want to have done anyway, (b) don't agree with your thesis as I am a cranky fellow but most likely (c) I don't really have time to help all of you. This is not personal, I assure you, but right now research on open source is super-hot and I just can't spare the cycles for your effort. Best of luck to you!

3) Financial Analysts:

For those of you looking for some insight into the vaunted Google this or that, sorry, I'm just not the right guy to chat with. I give speeches at conferences about my group's work and around other aspects of open source stuff at work, so find me at these venues and ask questions then. I'm also putting up some podcasts with Leo over on TWiT soon, so you can listen to those in the event you think I have some amazing insight into open source :-)

So there you go. Consider this post a long term apology (of sorts) for me not being able to help you and sometimes not getting back to you (a rarity). The true function of this is as a post that I can refer to and link to when I do reply to similar queries.

Now, back to our regular scheduled blogging....


March 17, 2006

Where have you gone, Geoff 'Mandrake' Harrison.

Hey geoff, long time no hear, and your website is horked. Drop me an email!

March 10, 2006

First Podcast in the Can

And by that, I think I mean that the podcast has been recorded and will be up on TWiT and iTunes soon. My pal Jeremy Allison stopped by. I also interviewed my pal Fitz from the Subversion team for next weeks show. Anyhow, Leo is chopping out the boringer parts and after that it should be up. First time was pretty fun, I'll likely post again when it goes up. We decided to call it "Floss Weekly with Chris DiBona", which is kind of a dental joke, don't cha know.

I hope some of you have long enough commutes to enjoy it!

March 9, 2006

Guy was Only half right...

I read Guy Kawasaki's rules (via my pal Don) for panel moderators and he missed a whole lot of things. First, go read it:

Bona tempora volvantur--by Guy Kawasaki: How To Be a Great Moderator

Now, here's the things he didn't say:

1) Panels are an audience rip off. They distill any valuable information out of the system. Very few panels are worth attending. No one on a panel does any real work leading up to it because anyone with any experience talking can bs through 10 minutes and questions from an audience or moderator with no preperation.

2) Panels are a sponsor perk. Conferences, to give their sponsors promised slots, will fill panels.

3) Any show that has more than 1 panel per ten conference sessions that is -not- a science fiction convention or similar hobby oriented thing, isn't worth going to. Period. And at most it isn't worth paying for. Okay, unless you are the one selling stuff. But even then.

4) Any panel with more then 4 panelists is worthless. Too many people to present anything cogently.

5) Any panel with more than 3 panelists is likely worthless.

6) Panels are a great opportunity to check email, if the conference has wireless.

That is all. I was in a panel recently, run by Apache's Susie Wu that didn't suck, and there was a minimum of laptops open (surfers) and such, so yay us.

March 7, 2006

Culling IM like a wraith...

I've been cleaning up my im accounts lately, clearing it out of people who I've either not talked to in the last x months or can't remember which im alias matches who. Likely, I'll delete someone I don't want to, but if that's the still works for re-establishing such things.

March 5, 2006

Podcasting? TWiOS

So I was recently approached by my old TSS pal Leo Laporte about doing a weekly half hour podcast about Open Source. Leo has been doing a pretty fun podcast called This Week in Tech that is pretty good. We are planning on starting This Week in Open Source this week on Wednesday and if you stay tuned I'll put up the link to the feed when it is ready to ship. It'll mostly be me yammering, but some of my pals in open source have told me they're willing to be my victims. I'll also take questions.

You can help me by posting them in the comments here, think of some sticky or basic questions about open source, or, if you already know the answer but have an open source topic you'd like to hear me yammer about, post em in the comments.

Also this week: Next certificate in my masters starts at school and my team at work is really firing on all cylinders, so should be a busy time.