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Hanselminutes Podcast 172 - Dan Bricklin on Technology

July 26, '09 Comments [4] Posted in Podcast | Programming
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image My one-hundred-and-seventy-second podcast is up. Dan Bricklin is an innovator and entrepreneur, and created VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet in 1979. He's just written a book called Bricklin on Technology full of observations, stories, case histories and insight into the human aspect of technology. This week he sits down with me. (So cool! Woot!)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 3:22:23 PM UTC
I only seem to get 1 minute 55 seconds of the podcast through iTunes, please fix.
Monday, July 27, 2009 12:26:20 AM UTC
When I saw Natal I was really impressed -- but it did get me thinking about how advances in user interface are going to affect web development.

As web developers we've struggled with trying to get everything standardized -- and then taking a format that was intended for displaying documents and transforming it into a rich, interactive application platform. We're getting excited about things like AJAX or "drag-and-drop" when the rest of the world is moving onto gesture/voice/face recognition/etc based computing.

It seems to me that we're just REALLY behind the rest of the pack in the sense of what the consumer is going to want in the future (possibly near future). I wonder how relevant web developers, or HTML for that matter, are going to be in the next 5 years.

Another excellent podcast -- Thanks!
Monday, July 27, 2009 7:21:20 PM UTC
Ha, an "old guy with a beard". I guess that makes me just an old guy!

An interesting point I heard years ago was that guy's get cranky as they get older because they "know more stuff". As they know more and more they start to realize that the "young guys" are either being stupid or re-inventing what was and it makes some of them rather cranky at best : )

As I was listening I was thinking of Keven Kelly's "The Technium" series. He is detailing technology in a fascinating way. It's well worth reading.

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/

John
John
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:12:29 AM UTC
Outstanding show.
Enjoyed the anecdote about US Navy Seals using chat rooms to coordinate strikes in Afghanistan.
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