Saturday, January 07, 2006

IT Conversations - Supernova 2005

Hi everyone! Today's selection is a podcast from the good folks at IT Conversations. It was recorded on 22 June 2005 at the Supernova 2005 conference and posted to:

This podcast features presentations by Mike Homer and Marc Canter.

Mike Homer describes Open Media Network, a new service based on the Kontiki secure peer-to-peer delivery system. Homer says the mission of Open Media Network is to "bring back public broadcasting," as a "free public service for the mass publishing and viewing of legal content on the Internet."

Marc Canter describes, a front end to storage and bandwidth offered by the Internet Archive. In contrast to Open Media Network's peer-to-peer approach, uses more traditional download and streaming to deliver media.

The show notes included the following:

"Several new services offer free storage and bandwidth for creative works submitted by anyone. In this session from Supernova 2005, Mike Homer and Marc Canter describe two such services that are quite different in architecture but share the goal of giving the masses a way to publish creative works."

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Mike Homer is the chairman and co-founder of Kontiki and an investor and advisor to Opsware (formerly Loudcloud), Tellme Networks, and Palm. Previously, Mike was a senior vice president at America Online. He held various executive positions at Netscape. Earlier, Mike was vice president of engineering at EO Corporation and vice president of marketing at GO Corporation. From 1982 to 1991, Mike held various technical and management positions at Apple Computer. He earned a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Marc Canter is CEO of Broadband Mechanics and the cofounder of Canter helped found MacroMind, which became Macromedia. Marc is focused on helping to create and promulgate new kinds of standards for micro-content that include people, media, events, reviews, and listings. These open standards will then become the open source infrastructure needed for "digital lifestyle aggregation," which Broadband Mechanics is building for clients like Avid, Cyworld, Z-ff-Davis, EMI, Tony Perkins, aSmallWorld,, and Laszlo systems.


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