Talks and interviews

A few of my recent talks and interviews. Many of these have audio or video available: click on the titles to get lots of lovely details.

The Trojan Room Coffee Pot

BBC World Service 'Witness' programme, 23 November 2012

Martyn Johnson, Paul Jardetzky and I did a short spot on the BBC's 'Witness' series.

There was an article the day before on the Technology section of the BBC Web site, by Rebecca Kesby, who interviewed us for the show.

You can find the programme’s page here or download the copy below. It’s just under 10 mins long.

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Innovation and Re-Innovation: Building Technologies and Technology Companies

University of Leicester, 25 January 2012

I was delighted to be asked to give the first talk in the 'Connected World' series organised by the IT Services group at the University of Leicester.

Roughly speaking, the first half is about the evolution of a particular idea as it passed through various projects and companies, and the second half explores the evolution of ideas in a more general sense.

You can watch it here, or download one of the linked files below (which might require you to right-click on the link). Including the questions, it's just over an hour long.

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BBC Breakfast TV

BBC1, 6 August 2011

I was interviewed twice on BBC's Breakfast programme about the early days of the web, and about the first webcam.

Attached are the two interviews in downloadable MP4 and AVI format. I'd recommend the 360p MP4 versions, unless you have a machine running unadorned Windows.

There was a lead-in piece which I've included in the part 1 files, so I come in at about 3:20.

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BBC 5 Live - The Web's 20th Anniversary

BBC 5 Live, 6 August 2011

I was interviewed on 5 Live's 'Weekend Breakfast' show, with Graham Jones, by Jonathan Overend and Anna Foster.

This was part of a set of features celebrating the (approximate) 20th anniversary of the start of the web. An MP3 file is attached.

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"Wir haben dem Web die Würze gegeben"

Spiegel Online, 24 July 2011

I was interviewed by Der Spiegel about the origins of the Trojan Room Coffee Pot as part of their '20 years on' retrospective.

(My German is very limited... The interview was translated! Not my choice of title...)

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The Writing's on the Wall

Cambridge Association of Architects, 16 July 2010

This is a quick-fire presentation - just over three minutes long - given to the Cambridge Association of Architects at their summer gathering.

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Are you un-future-proofed?

ScreenMedia Expo, London, 5 May 2010

What are the key issues likely to face the Digital Signage industry in the next few years? What can you do to ensure that your DS system is not destined for the museum before it's even installed? And are there lessons we can learn from other industries, who have already been though the internet revolution to a greater degree?

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From Concepts to Companies

Project Management for Innovative Companies, Katowice, Poland, 29 September 2008

I gave a talk entitled 'From Concepts to Companies' at a conference organised by the Polish Information Processing Society (PIPS) and sponsored by DisplayLink. The talks are now online here - a copy of mine is below.

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The Paper Renaissance

GOVIS 2007, Wellington, New Zealand, 11 May 2007

In the second of my talks at the GOVIS 2007 conference, I spoke about Exbiblio - a project to bring paper documents to life by giving them digital capabilities.

You can watch it directly here, if you should be so inclined, or there are links below to versions you can download and play in QuickTime or iTunes if wanted.

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Changing the Face of the PC

GOVIS 2007, Wellington, New Zealand, 9 May 2007

Quentin Stafford-Fraser gave the opening keynote speech at the GOVIS conference in Wellington, New Zealand, in May 2007.

'Changing the Face of the PC' tells the story of the creation of Ndiyo, DisplayLink, and Cambridge Visual Networks, the technologies and motivations behind them, and some thoughts about the future.

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Ndiyo: Towards Sustainable IT for the World...

O'Reilly ETel 2007, San Francisco, 1 March 2007

The Ndiyo project is developing a new, more affordable and more sustainable model of computing to address some of the real problems caused by the prevalance of the PC paradigm. The Ndiyo approach combines the multi-user nature of the Linux operating system with some novel hardware which can take advantage of it, and so allows new types of multi-user systems to be created.

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Ndiyo in Africa: Beyond PCs

Future in Review, 2006, San Diego, 17 May 2006

A conversation with Quentin Stafford-Fraser, Executive Director, Ndiyo; hosted by Tom Rabon, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Red Hat Inc.

You can see, hear, or read the interview on the FiRe 2006 site,

There's a copy of the audio here.

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Ndiyo interview

BBC World Service's 'Go Digital' programme, 13 January 2006

This edition concentrated on the energy implications of our increasingly digital world, and presenter Gareth Mitchell interviewed Quentin Stafford-Fraser about the environmental benefits of Ndiyo-type systems.

The full programme can be heard for the next few days on the BBC web site, and the Ndiyo-related segment can also be found here or at the download link below.

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Talks and interviews

Many of these have audio or video available.

The Trojan Room Coffee Pot BBC World Service 'Witness' programme
Innovation and Re-Innovation: Building Technologies and Technology Companies University of Leicester
BBC 5 Live - The Web's 20th Anniversary BBC 5 Live
BBC Breakfast TV BBC1
"Wir haben dem Web die Würze gegeben" Spiegel Online
The Writing's on the Wall Cambridge Association of Architects
Are you un-future-proofed? ScreenMedia Expo, London
From Concepts to Companies Project Management for Innovative Companies, Katowice, Poland
The Paper Renaissance GOVIS 2007, Wellington, New Zealand
Changing the Face of the PC GOVIS 2007, Wellington, New Zealand
Ndiyo: Towards Sustainable IT for the World... O'Reilly ETel 2007, San Francisco
Ndiyo in Africa: Beyond PCs Future in Review, 2006, San Diego
Ndiyo interview BBC World Service's 'Go Digital' programme