In addition to finding out that a megamerger happened while you were gone, there's nothing like coming home from a vacation to find out that someone else has not only volunteered to do some work that was on your to-do list, but they went ahead and did it. Gratis. How nice is that? As you can see from our "channel" of audio interviews (podcasts), we recently published our in-depth interviews with Microsoft's Kim Cameron (see Microsoft’s Identity Chief: After Passport, Microsoft is rethinking identity) and Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner (see With Firefox gaining steam and a new IE on the way, can Opera survive?). After the number of Opera 8 downloads exceeded one million in its first week of release, von Tetzchner has apparently started a trans-Atlantic swim. As you can see from the blog entries associated with those interviews, we tried to give you are real good taste of what was in the audio.
Hey, I'm only one person. Turning these interviews around in a matter of hours -- recording them, editing them, posting them and their associated summaries --- is a daunting task. We did an RFP for podcast transcription to a firm in India but the cost was still a bit prohibitive (at least for the tastes of our fledgling podcast operation). Plus, we really want you to listen to them. So, for now, while we'd like to transcribe them, doing so is on the backburner. But not for other bloggers who, in the true democratic content sense of the blogosphere, did their own partial transcriptions (the great thing to come home to).
Stefan Brands, an adjunct professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University took on the Cameron interview and Daniel Goldman, author of Opera Watch: The Unofficial Opera Blog, took on the von Tetzchner interview.