NerdTV episode 1: Andy Hertzfeld

NerdTV, the weekly online TV show of tech journalist Bob Cringely at, opened its 13-episode series with an interview of Andy Hertzfeld, described by Cringely as the first Macintosh programmer. If youre as fascinated as I am with the geeks who drive technological innovation, you should download the show. The show is available as an mpeg 4 video file as well as in various audio formats.

One part of the interview that I particularly enjoyed was when Hertzfeld talked about what happened after the airing of Triumph of the Nerds, another Cringely documentary. I saw the documentary as part of Chin Wongs Reporting on IT course of the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism.

In that documentary, Steve Jobs said The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste, they have absolutely no taste, and what that means is – I don’t mean that in a small way I mean that in a big way. In the sense that they they don’t think of original ideas and they don’t bring much culture into their product.

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More experiments, a welcome assignment and NerdTV

I’m trying out Matt’s Asides. I’ll check it out first with my test blog and if I can make it work, I’ll implement it here. I’m also running the beta version of Open Office (version 2.0 beta 2). I used to run the stable version, 1.14. I installed Open Office 2.0 this afternoon.

I was asked to write for a special report in our paper on a topic I really like. I can’t disclose the assignment, the editors might kill me. For this assignment, I plan to use Backpack ( and ZiddlyWiki ( for my tasks lists and notes. I’ll then write about it here.

NerdTV‘s first episode is out here’s PBS’ teaser on the episode: Andy Hertzfeld, the original Macintosh systems programmer, talks about MacHistory and how he fell in love with Open Source software. I’m still downloading the episode.