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BeOSRadio interviews Lamar Potts

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2000 @ 4:10 AM

BeOSRadio has been running Comdex interviews with Lamar Potts of Be, Inc regarding their recent BeIA announcements of MAP and Epson support. They have agreed to allow us to post a mirror of those reports here, for your listening pleasure.

Get the Printing Portion of the report here (streaming) and the MAPS portion here (streaming). Thanks to BeOSRadio for the great interviews!

Part 1: Epson Support (Full Download)

Part 1: Epson Support (Streaming)

Part 2: MAP Details (Full Download)

Part 2: MAP Details (Streaming)

8 Responses to “BeOSRadio interviews Lamar Potts”

  1. Technix : Chris Simmons Says:

    Whoo Hoo

    This is great news.

    It really blows me away that Be Inc. managed to get such a great deal wtih Epson Inc. so quickly for BeIA.

    I wonder what this means for BeOS in general?

    Will more printer support for BeIA be the thing that accelerates the platform into the stratosphere?

    Let’s hope so.

    -Chris Simmons
    Avid BeOS user.

  2. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Technix : Chris Simmons @ 11/15/2000 04:35:58 AM

    Re: Whoo Hoo

    Heh. I would think that the big big announcement here is the MAP platform. That thing sounds pretty cool. But i get the feeling its a techno-geek toy. I want my cool server side content provider management systems to have a nice pretty beos based gui on em. Cause they can.

    But hey, to be able to say “Here is an OS for your IA, a server platform to run them all from and control content, and an operating system to develop the software on and run the servers on (hopefully)” is a pretty nice offer. Course the “content control” bit is kinda scary…. he even said content filters in the interview. That freaked me out. :-/

  3. Ruthrauff Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 11/15/2000 04:38:39 AM

    Re: Whoo Hoo

    I don’t think he mean content filters for use as say the normal dial up ISP.
    I think it was ment more for use from an office point of view. Or if you provide free access one may just want certin sites available.

    This content filter could also be a huge boon, if it can be done on a user by user case. Think of it, kids have one log in to the internet, and there content filter can be controled from the parents log in.

    It may seem like a bad thing, but rember content filters don’t kill. Management does!

    “Huhh? What?”

  4. 0dB Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 11/15/2000 04:38:39 AM

    Re: Whoo Hoo

    It doesn’t make sense to think of MAP as a techno-geek toy. Two reasons:

    One, it is charged for on a per customer basis, depending on their situation. That’s the kind of negotiating method used for business customers. If it was a toy for geeks, they would stick a price on it so that individuals can buy.

    A server platform like this is probably intended for situations with a large number of users, all happy to use a common set of updates and configurations as provided centrally - corporate customers again.

    Filters on business systems are nothing new and indeed if Be didn’t provide the option it would probably be seen as a bad thing by corporate customers.

    Geeks of course always adapt server stuff to their own ends and if we’re lucky it will end up available for personal use too. It would be fun to play with and might provide some funky applications; say a home network with a number of devices running on BeIA where you can upgrade SoundPlay or whatever on all gadgets at once.

    But you’re right, this is the big, big announcement. Managers like management systems, and I think this is an excellent selling point for Be. And if you’re negotiating a million dollar deal it’s good to have a high ranking card or two to play.

  5. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To 0dB @ 11/15/2000 10:56:45 AM

    Re: Whoo Hoo

    By TechnoGeek Toy, i meant that it would be like CommunigatePro, Apache, or one of those other amazingly powerful, amazingly un-user-friendly command line apps.

    Basically, MAP is a nice name on what will probably be an incredibly complex series of various servers and text file configs.

    As far as pricing, this is clearly a corporate system, for Content Providers to use with BeIA. As a corporate system, the boss can just tell the IT staff to make it happen, so the IT staff would become the techno-geeks playing with MAP.

    All i was saying there is that i wish it had a really pretty beos based gui. And maybe it does, but i doubt it.

    With the filter issue, i know why its there. I think it really comes down to if the provider implements it. I guess there are some places it could be good, but I don’t like access controls. They are annoying. And the idea that it could become standard on webpads and stuff, is REALLY annoying. I mean, if I wanna browse pr0n on my BeIA toaster, it damn well better let me! :P

    The idea of it for BeOS Users is even more attractive, but it definately makes it even MORE of a techno-geek toy. :P

  6. 0dB Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 11/15/2000 2:12:17 PM

    Re: Whoo Hoo

    Okay, see what you mean - only those who want to wade in to code or whatever will be interested. Although I would hope any IT staff given the responsibility of managing the central server are geeks already :)

    By the way, on the subject of filters, I think the way it will work in practise is that if you buy or subscribe to a service that uses filters, you will be doing so because of either discounts or just herd mentality. To avoid them will therefore mean either more money (e.g. buying hardware outright) or simply thinking independently.

  7. Rogier Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 11/15/2000 04:38:39 AM

    Re: Whoo Hoo

    Hmm, I think BeIA is heading the large console way and a bit
    less the consumer market.

    I think the first places where we will see BeIA running in large
    quantities and diversities is on airports, stations, lounges of hotels and rooms,
    lounges of companies in general, public places etc. Where people are
    on the move (away from their home and PC), have some spare time and
    where the host of the facilities isn’t really focussed on computers, but
    just wants to provide the internet services but without having to
    grow a family of IT-supporters.

    In that sense it is absolutely not scary to have absolute control from
    a distance, in both software and content.

    But as a consumer product, hmm, me thinks we’re going back to 1984 ;-) if
    that succceeds…

  8. Rogier Says:

    In Response To Rogier @ 11/15/2000 4:56:10 PM

    Re: Whoo Hoo

    Hmm, finally my sucky sucky connection has downloaded the rm file.
    I have to think over the statement, Lamar is talking consumer stuff all the way..

    Actually he’s talking about some kind of ASP concept..I’m still a bit puzzled about
    what the definition of the customer is. Be’s customer are off course the service
    providers, the AOL’s etc, but I’m wondering whom might be interested in such a
    device. Gassee talked about geeks, well see….

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