The other night I was scouring the Internet for some instructions for exporting contacts, etc. from Palm into Macintosh applications. I’ve been doing this for several months so it was with absolute relief and GLEE that I stumbled upon a very friendly, clear, and amazingly accessible way to accomplish this. The wizard behind my solution is Dave Taylor and he deserves to have as many people know about his work as possible. He graciously agreed to a Q&A, so here we go.
A little background: Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed. Dave maintains four weblogs, The Business Blog at Intuitive.com, focused on business and industry analysis, the eponymous Ask Dave Taylor devoted to tech and business Q&A, DaveOnFilm.com, a film blog, and The Attachment Parenting Blog, discussing topics of interest to parents. Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.
Here’s the final part of my conversation with Dave:
Leslie: Please tell us how you got involved in covering everything about film.
Dave: I’ve been interested in films since I was a kid, and as I have moved through my careers, I have retained both an interest as a viewer and an interest in the technical and business side of cinema too. I’ve been thinking about writing a film blog for years and years, and when Twitter came along, I immediately started looking for more movie fans. The fact that I could find studio publicists online too was a great benefit too.
Now I am running @FilmBuzz and it’s the first movie news channel aimed at mobile users with short attention spans. What was I talking about? 🙂
As that gained visibility in Hollywood and online, I began being invited to press screenings and other industry events, and so it was natural for me to spin off a film blog. But I don’t just write movie reviews on DaveOnFilm.com, I also talk about industry issues, the politics of cinema, and am planning a variety of interviews with development and production people.
Leslie: Have you ever written a movie script yourself?
Dave: I haven’t. I have some ideas in my head, but for now, I’m not interested in being in front of the camera or being part of a production team behind the lens. Well, maybe being a casting consultant for mutant ninja cheerleader geeks II, but that’s about it.
Leslie: One of your bios says that you’ve been involved with the Internet since 1980. So please, tell us, was Al Gore really involved?
Dave: I should probably clarify that I was involved with something called Usenet back then, actually, powered by a web of modems dialing each other and transferring data packets from point to point. Then I joined ARPAnet, which evolved into the Internet. And Al Gore? The dude was a poser. We used to eat Chinese together and he wouldn’t even share pot stickers. Go figure. (just kidding with that, btw. No history, amusing or otherwise, with Mr. Gore!)
Leslie: What are the three biggest changes you’ve witnessed since the Internet was first launched?
Dave: That’s easy: spam, spam and spam. When the ARPAnet first came online, it was a relatively small amount of information and a lot of people communicating. Systems had all sorts of security holes in them because no-one hacked ‘em so it didn’t matter.
Now everything revolves around trust, veracity, security.