PBS | I, Cringely . September 1, 2005 - NerdTV Is Next Week! "Come back next Tuesday and this page will look different. That's when we're finally launching NerdTV after three years of fitful starts, mistakes, and hard work. Love it or hate it, I'm sure you'll let me know.
Under the hood, NerdTV has an ultra-cheap distribution network intended to create a supremely reliable service out of marginally reliable components. Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, who knows a thing or two about scrounging cheap bandwidth, was impressed with NerdTV, which he described as "gaming" the hosting industry. Okay, I admit it.
Brewster, by the way, is the subject of NerdTV episode 004.
The first show is with Andy Hertzfeld, whom I chose very carefully because he is smart, thoughtful, idealistic, a good storyteller, and admits to occasionally breaking the law. Andy did the original system software for the Macintosh, but he is really more of an icon for the whole era of graphical computing and has become an eloquent spokesman for the concept of free software. When Andy -- who came of age and made his fortune in the commercial software business - explains why he sees Open Source as the "salvation" of not just the software industry but computing, itself, well it really begins to make sense."