I took place in a discussion with various notables just before Xmas for an edition of the BBC’s Digital Planet radio programme and just remembered it has now come out and you can download and listen to it from its website (although I will also stick it below for ease).
The discussion was on two things: Vista, tying in “trusted computing”, and Internet governance – and on it were host Gareth Mitchell (a lovely bloke I met in Tunisia at the World Summit), woolly mammoth and terrific IT journo Bill Thompson, the unnervingly smart John Palfrey from Berkman/Harvard, and the Iranian blogger bloke who name I have forgotten and just looked up – Hossein Derekhshan – and, well, me.
To make matters worse, the producer Colin Grant, called me up and we were discussing what I thought about Vista and Net governance and I said I’d get hold of a copy of Vista before the programme. This I failed to do because Microsoft for some peculiar reason had refused to hand them out until – well, until about now, early Jan.
So I reviewed the presentations out there and read Guy Kewney’s bit about it (Guy always somehow gets there first) *but* I failed to tell Colin this, so once the programme started recording, Gareth kept leading me in with “well, Kieren McCarthy has been trying out Vista…”
I considered saying I hadn’t but then decided not to as I was sure the same points could be made, although I wish I had been able to give an image of the OS in people’s minds. Having listened to it, it doesn’t sound as vague as it felt at the time, although I do have to work on speaking more clearly and coherently. Bill Thompson, who has vastly more experience at radio and TV than I, has a much clearer, more distinct way of summarising.
Anyway, I think it’s quite a good programme. My parts are definitely the weakest, and unfortunately my comments on Net governance were cut out for time, and they left John Palfrey’s material in there – which was absolutely the right editing choice.
It was interesting to have the chat expecially since I was in Oxford, Gavin and Bill in London, John on the East coast of the US and Hossein in Madrid (although for complex reasons that I have forgotten we pretended he was in Canada). It’s a shame we weren’t all in one room, we’d probably come up with something really useful.
Anyway, here be the MP3.[audio:https://www.kierenmccarthy.co.uk/mp3s/digitalplanet_20070102-1000_40_st.mp3]