Robert Cringley's NerdTV

Robert Cring­ley of PBS isn't happy with merely a tech col­umn. He wants his own TV show, down­load­able from the PBS web­site of course in true geek spirit.

Can't get enough nerdi­ness on Slash­dot and Kuro5hin? Start­ing Sept. 6, PBS will broad­cast a Web-exclusive down­load­able series fea­tur­ing the best of the nerd lot.

Dubbed NerdTVâ„¢ ?, the series of 13 one-hour shows will be hosted by tech­nol­ogy colum­nist and indus­try insider Robert X. Cringely.

Cringely, author of "Acci­den­tal Empires: How the Boys of Sil­i­con Val­ley Make Their Mil­lions, Bat­tle For­eign Com­pe­ti­tion, and Still Can't Get a Date," will inter­view such nerd nota­bles as Pay-Pal co-founder Max Levchin, orig­i­nal Mac­in­tosh pro­gram­mer Andy Hertzfeld and Bill Joy, father of Berke­ley UNIX.

In a col­umn on last week, Cringely offered a bunch of nerd-friendly pro­duc­tion and for­mat specs for the series and stressed that NerdTV will be dis­trib­uted under a Cre­ative Com­mons license, which means view­ers can redis­trib­ute the shows at will. Which is an inter­est­ing devel­op­ment, the CC license is begin­ning to be her­alded among music cir­cles as well, because it affords an artist the abil­ity to remix and mash licensed songs as they see fit for non-commercial pur­poses. Per­son­ally, I can't wait to make my own 'remixed' ver­sions of Cringely's show for my own nefar­i­ous purposes.