Founder, Bridge Communications
April 10, 2006:
Judy Estrin's career ranges from founder of Bridge Communications to CTO of Cisco to running Packet Design LLC. Quite the girl geek, eh?
Season 2 of NerdTV will begin with NTV014 -- a SUPER SECRET guest. It should be a fascinating and truly eye-opening show. Twelve more interviews will follow -- one per week -- and this time we really mean it.
Where the heck is NerdTV season 2?
It is coming soon, though I can't yet give a firm date. But I CAN tell you why it has taken so long.
For one thing, we've changed the name. The show we called NerdTV will now be called SuperNerds, while NerdTV will continue as the overall brand. If this were broadcast or cable television, NerdTV would be the name of the network with SuperNerds one of the shows on that network. This of course implies that there will be other shows beyond SuperNerds and there will be. The next one will be Tech Tycoons, which will cover the suits - the non-technical founders and farmers of well-known tech companies. Steve Jobs, for example, is not a SuperNerd, but he IS a Tech Tycoon. You get it.
But it doesn't take months of work to change a title. We've also been busy all this time coming up with a new cross-platform video player and a new distribution network that allows us to decrease costs while increasing quality. Where NerdTV was 320-by-240, SuperNerds is more like 720-by-480. Where NerdTV was shot in DV, SuperNerds is shot in HDTV. Where NerdTV used one camera, SuperNerds uses two.
And we have half a season of shows already in the can - shows with people like Steve Wozniak, Jerry Kaplan, Bob Frankston, Bob Metcalfe and nine more.
They'll be along before you know it.
NerdTV is a new weekly online TV show from PBS.org technology columnist Robert X. Cringely. NerdTV is essentially Charlie Rose for geeks - a one-hour interview show with a single guest from the world of technology. Guests like Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy or Apple computer inventor Steve Wozniak are household names if your household is nerdy enough, but as historical figures and geniuses in their own right, they have plenty to say to ALL of us. NerdTV is distributed under a Creative Commons license so viewers can legally share the shows with their friends and even edit their own versions. If not THE future of television, NerdTV represents A future of television for niche audiences that have deep interest in certain topics.
NerdTV is MPEG-4 video. You can download the shows and play them with any MPEG-4 player you like, most likely QuickTime. Still in development but coming soon is a Mediaframe Open Source Java applet player, which will play NerdTV video right in your browser.
There are two versions of the complete show -- one with subtitles and one without -- and three audio-only versions for those who prefer to compute by radio. Yes, NerdTV is a Podcast, too. Ogg Vorbis plays in WinAmp or Sonique with a special plugin. AAC plays on an iPod or in iTunes. MP3s play in most media players.
And for those who remember books, we have included a written transcript of each show. Enjoy.
© 2005 NerdTV LLC and PBS. Offered under the Creative Commons license.
Macintosh OS programmer Andy Hertzfeld (9/6/05)
PayPal co-founder Max Levchin (9/13)
Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy (9/20)
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle (9/27)
Internet publisher Tim O'Reilly (10/4)
Father of RSS Dave Winer (10/11)
Autodesk co-founder Dan Drake (10/19)
Intel Capital co-founder Avram Miller (10/28)
Anina High Fashion Meets High Tech (11/9)
Spreadsheet inventor Dan Bricklin (11/25)
Computer mouse inventor Doug Engelbart (12/9)
TCP/IP inventor Bob Kahn (1/30/06)
Internet entrepreneur, Judy Estrin (4/10/06)
Guest list is subject to change