Friday, September 09, 2005

PBS launches "Nerd TV"

The Public Broadcasting Service (creators of Sesame Street) recently launched Nerd TV, a web-only weekly one hour TV show featuring interviews with technology inventors and executives. This week's (episode 1) interview features Andy Hertzfield, the original Mac systems programmer, who talks about Mac history and OSS.

Each episode is available for download as a video file with/without subtitles, as well as audio-only files, which come in mp3, aac and ogg formats. Transcripts for each episode are also available for those who are restricted by download caps. The episodes are distributed under the Creative Common License, which allows users to legally share them with their friends, or even edit their own versions.

The schedule is as follows:
  • September 6
    Macintosh operating system programmer Andy Hertzfeld

  • September 13
    PayPal co-founder Max Levchin

  • September 20
    Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy

  • September 27
    Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak

  • October 4
    Internet publisher Tim O'Reilly

  • October 11
    Autodesk co-founder Dan Drake

  • October 18
    TCP/IP inventor Bob Kahn

  • October 25
    Computer mouse inventor Doug Engelbart

  • November 1
    Former Lotus chief scientist Jerry Kaplan

  • November 8
    Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle

  • November 15
    Amazon CTO and former Apple chief scientist Larry Tesler

  • November 22
    Google CEO Eric Schmidt

  • November 29
    The father of Linux, Linus Torvalds

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