XML file formats, AJAX, Sun's freeware, watermarks and more...(The Dan & David Show)

XML file formats, AJAX, Sun's freeware, watermarks and more...(The Dan & David Show)

Summary: In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David gives Microsoft kudos for issuing a special covenant not to sue developers , including open source developers, who develop software that supports its XML-based Office file formats and speculates on how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts might respond to this move, in the context of the Open Document Format controversy.

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In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David gives Microsoft kudos for issuing a special covenant not to sue developers , including open source developers, who develop software that supports its XML-based Office file formats and speculates on how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts might respond to this move, in the context of the Open Document Format controversy. We also talk about the impact of AJAX and Flash on office applications and about Sun's ongoing moves to make its software free and open source in hopes of creating demand for its services and hardware. David also sees a glimmer of hope in TiVo's "watermark" approach to the DRM problem. The podcast can be delivered directly to your desktop or MP3 player if you're subscribed to our podcasts (See ZDNet’s podcasts: How to tune in).  For more information on the topics covered, search our blog.

Topic: Open Source

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  • podcast

    Can you have the podcast made available on ITunes? (thanks, much)
    jakemonO
  • podcast technology update, please?

    Hey, I'm impressed with the cross-country audio quality in your latest PODcast (XML/AJAX/watermarks/etc). David sounds like he's in the same room - definitely doesn't have that "telephone hookup" feel. I'm wondering what you're using now at both ends of the country to put the podcast together, and how much (if any) postprocessing you're doing before you publish.

    Sorry for the off-topic technical question, but it's a hot topic on our campus right now - we're trying to define minimum equipment lists for podcasts at lower-to-higher levels of "production quality."
    GDF
    • Answers...

      Recording studio is in California. Dan is in California. I'm connected to the recording studio via ISDN (I have an ISDN line going to my home office). It's the same hi-end setup that radio interviewers use when the interviewee is sitting in an affiliate station somewhere in another state. It involves a fair amount of equipment that I don't know much about. I got this big box in the mail... I mean really big... and my instructions were basically to get an ISDN line and plug it in. I also attached a little mixer to it that my mic attaches to (for fine tuning).

      db
      dberlind
      • darn

        Drat, that's pretty old-school. Our radio station has been doing that for decades. I was hoping you'd found a workable high-quality streaming audio technology.

        As it happens, I think the format (two-person interview/banter on current topics) will work well in an academic setting. But I can't propose to send a professor down to the TV/radio studio every week to cut a new track, not to mention deal with the coordination with a remote participant.
        GDF
  • DRM and Sony

    Boycott not ONLY Sony, but ALSO their Subsidiaries!!!

    They are listed here:

    http://www.sonymusic.com/labels/index.html

    THIS is why to boycott EVERthing Sony, et al:

    I have "Live in San Fan Francisco" by Joe Satriani...an EPIC DVD. EPIC is on that site and Joe Satriani is on Sony's Artist List.

    I tried to copy just the AUDIO part of "Bass Solo" by Stewart Hamm on Disc 2 of the two disc set. After that my computer would NOT play that track at ALL!!!!!

    In addition to which, I did this about TWO YEARS ago!!! Ever since then I've had BIG problems with THAT computer. It FRIED the hard drive which was, at the time, ONLY a few months old!!!

    Suspicious??? NOW that DRM is causing all kinds of problems??? You BET it IS!!!!! ;)
    btljooz