Conducting the interview
We love interviewing people from all walks of open source life. When we plan an interview with you, here are some quick tips that lend to a great podcast experience for our listeners.
- We use skype to conference with you. It has been released on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Its free and doesn’t cost a thing to conduct a PC-to-PC conference. If you don’t have an account yet, you must download the software and register beforehand. To check things out, call echo123. It is an automated test service you can call to verify your settings.
- If you are using Windows or Mac, please use a separate sound recording utility to record your own audio input at the same time we are conducting the skype conference. Email us the audio file so we can mix it into the podcast. (Personally, I haven’t been able to get the Linux version of skype to work in shared mode yet, and others have reported the same.)
- Please turn off all cell phones and PDAs, or at least put them on the other side of the room. Ever listen to a podcast and hear a loud buzz sound for a couple of seconds? That was probably one of the hosts receiving an incoming call.
- Keep it clean regarding language.
- We’ll send you the questions before hand, so you can have some time to prep and sound more “alive” to the listeners. We want to hear good technical stuff, not “gotcha” sound bites.
- During the interview, if you stumble and really don’t like what you just said, go ahead and ask for a retake of the last question. We can edit it afterward with no problem.
We are here for a good time and a good interview, not tabloid material, so don’t sweat it. This is meant to be a friendly chat about geeky technical stuff that others may be interested in.