NerdTV

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NerdTV
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GenreInterview Show
Country of origin United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Producer(s)PBS
Production location(s)United States
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkPBS
Picture format16:9 1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 6 –
November 29, 2005
External links
Website

NerdTV is a technology TV show from PBS. NerdTV is aired; instead each episode is released as a MPEG-4 video file, freely downloadable and licensed under a Creative Commons license. Transcripts and audio-only versions of the released episodes are available as well.

The show features Robert X. Cringely interviewing famous and influential nerds. Each episode is about one hour and features a single guest from the world of technology. From September 6, 2005 to November 29, 2005, thirteen episodes comprising Season One were released on the Internet. Another thirteen episodes have been promised for Season Two (in late summer after an initial delay [1]), along with a more consistent release schedule and better quality video files.

Schedule[edit]

Date Transcript Guest Most remembered as
2005-09-06 NerdTV #1 Andy Hertzfeld Macintosh operating system programmer
2005-09-13 NerdTV #2 Max Levchin PayPal co-founder
2005-09-20 NerdTV #3 Bill Joy Sun Microsystems co-founder
2005-09-27 NerdTV #4 Brewster Kahle Internet Archive founder
2005-10-04 NerdTV #5 Tim O'Reilly Internet publisher
2005-10-11 NerdTV #6 Dave Winer Father of RSS
2005-10-18 NerdTV #7 Dan Drake Autodesk co-founder
2005-10-25 NerdTV #8 Avram Miller Intel Capital co-founder
2005-11-01 NerdTV #9 Anina Mobile-oriented model
2005-11-08 NerdTV #10 Dan Bricklin Spreadsheet inventor
2005-11-15 NerdTV #11 Doug Engelbart Computer mouse inventor
2005-11-22 NerdTV #12 Bob Kahn TCP/IP inventor
2005-11-29 NerdTV #13 Judy Estrin Internet entrepreneur

Episode highlights[edit]

NerdTV008 – Avram Miller[edit]

This episode is one of the first where the subject (Avram Miller) is not an entrepreneur, which is to say he didn't create a company that was successful, though he did facilitate many successful startup companies through his investment portfolio while at Intel. The show chronologically follows his career, including:

  • Biotech (although the term didn't exist yet) experiences with brain-wave analysis
  • networked computer monitoring in the hospital environment in the mid-late 1960s
  • starting & running a company in Israel at the end of the War of Attrition
  • working with Ken Olsen for Digital Equipment Corporation around the time of IBM's launch of the PC
  • to finally joining Intel and working with them to develop numerous new ideas, and venture capitalist investments Intel Capital

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