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Podcast: Interview with David Pogue

I had the opportunity to conduct a delightful, insightful, and entertaining interview this afternoon with David Pogue, New York Times columnist and blogger, Emmy-winning CBS news correspondent, and author of Windows Vista: The Missing Manual. My many thanks to David for taking the time to speak with me, and to his publicist Sara Peyton with O’Reilly Media for helping to arrange for the interview.

This was, hands down, the most interesting, humorous, and problem-laden interview I’ve done thus far, party funny ha-ha, part funny uh-oh. At first, it seemed that technology was conspiring against us. The battery in the digital voice recorder, that was fine earlier, was now dead. The microphone, that worked when tested, wouldn’t budge. Can’t do an interview without recording, right? But that’s OK, we can totally figure it out alright!

And then even further hilarity ensued, resulting in David’s funny jab at the interview as the “podcast from hell,” even though fun was had by all. ;D

Not to be thwarted by cranky technology, we tried recording directly through my laptop, but I think I’m still missing a few drivers (I’m rebuilding my computer from factory defaults, long, *painful* story), and the mic was still unhappy, so that didn’t work well.

David, one of the most patient and cooperative interviewees ever, offers up his Mac, which can run both Windows Vista Ultimate and Mac OS X (separately, not at the same time), for our recording needs. He tried Windows Vista, but the mic wouldn’t work, so he tried his mic, and that wouldn’t work either. Then he tried the Mac OS, and neither mic would work, so we ended up talking directly into the built-in mic just above the screen. Talk about cooperative, creative problem solving!

Near the beginning and middle of the interview, you will notice a very strange sound in the background. This was the world taking a turn at trying to thwart us with the sound of baloons being inflated with helium, making it sound like David has some sort of breathing problems.

At around 3pm, ended the interview with just in time for David to get to the Hilton for his presentation, and for me to post the podcast before hitting his session about 4pm. However, when I went to upload the file and post, it appeared that the site was down (we know now it wasn’t, and are trying to resolve the issue). My many apologies to Sara and David for the delay in posting, and for missing the 4pm session, I was so looking forward to it! :(

However, in the end, we triumphed over adversity. Enjoy this podcast, chock-full of information about the positive and negative aspects of Windows Vista, a small bit on the new iPhone, and so much more. Thank you again to Kathleen Hughes and Sara Peyton, as well as to the wonderul and funny David Pogue for such a good time!

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  • That’s a great interview, Andrea. You guys certainly rolled with the punches both before and during the interview. I am astonished with the audio quality you got through the Mac’s built-in microphone.

    One New Rule: if you’re doing an interview next to someone blowing up helium
    balloons, stop the tape and demand they give you a couple and incoporate some heliumspeak into the podcast! 😉

    David’s website is http://www.davidpogue.com ; his videos are available for free
    download at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=210818527 . If you have iTunes installed, that will bop you into iTunes to download the podcasts. You can see his famous “iPhone Up Close” video there.

    It turns out that you can indeed run Windows Vista as a (very large) applicaion running under Mac OS X; see http://www.parallels.com .

    O’Reilly, publisher of David’s “Missing Manual” series, currently has a link to your interview on their webpage, http://www.oreilly.com . That’s how I found you. Tim O’Reilly’s company is a rather amazing publisher and a major force in shaping the future of the internet; Tim’s webpage is tim.oreilly.com . If you ever cross paths with Tim, he would be a great person to interview.


  • Hi Phil,

    Thanks for the kind words, and for letting us know that we are linked to from the O’Reilly site!

    And welcome to those who land here from oreilly.com.

    When I did the interview, David actually showed me the Windows Vista install on his Mac (we couldn’t get the mic working on the Vista side, so we switched to OS X, and all was well), and it seemed to be working quite spiffy (mic problems aside).

    I would *love* to interview Tim O’Reilly about his views on Web 2.0, Library 2.0, and the future of the internet. We’re hoping to get to ETech in March if we can swing the funding, because we want to keep public libraries abreast of what’s coming down the pipe, so maybe we’ll be able to talk to him there. :)

  • Thanks, Andrea.

    Windows operating systems can be booted on the Intel Mac hardware. They can also be launched as an application while running Tiger (or, soon, Leopard). Parallels and VMWare provide virtualization services to run windows under it.

    Microsoft was aware of virtualization while they were deveoping (actually, marketing) Vista; they arbitrarily restricted their license so that you must buy either the “Business” or “Ultimate” editions in order to legally run under a virtualized environment. Since the typical reason for running virualized is to run a small number of legacy Windows applications, that’s a darn shame.

    OTOH, if all people want to do is run a couple of legacy Windows applications on their Mac, companies like VMWare are now providing a means to do that—without any Windows OS whatsoever!

    I’ll send an e-mail to Tim about your request for an interview. I don’t know the guy, but I’ve been getting less bashful through the years. Clearly, you could do one over the phone, too. I happen to know a publisher which has a great book about Podcasting Hacks…


  • gymmbo says:


    Good interview… and it was actually fun to listen to, but please, you are sounding like the President with nuclear. It is Vista, not Vesta. I know I am being nit picky, but it is sometimes like nails on a chalkboard.

  • Tom mcLaughlin says:

    The interviewer semed to have lost a bit of journalistic objecivity.

    This was decidedly a softball show and not a technical critique.

    Perhaps she should have stayed away and mailed in her laugh track.

    BTW, Vista is pronounced Vista, not Vee-sta !