Brad & Will Made a Tech Pod.

By Brad Shoemaker, Will Smith

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Each Sunday, Brad Shoemaker and Will Smith discuss a new technology topic. Come for the long-form conversations about virtual reality, space travel, electric cars, refresh rates, and a whole lot more. Support the pod on Patreon: http://patreon.com/techpod

Episode Date
109: A House of Lies
00:54:48

It's been nine years since Will's last big house cleanup, and the time has come once again to discuss... THE PURGE (of all his stuff). In the interest of general decluttering, this ep is a rambling consideration of such topics as: What should you do with all your fancy Lego builds? Is it better to hoard stuff, or data? Can you dig a basement under a house that already exists? How many USB cables does a person need, anyway?

Support the Pod! Contribute to the Tech Pod Patreon and get access to our booming Discord, your name in the credits, and other great benefits! You can support the show at: https://patreon.com/techpod

Oct 17, 2021
108: Deez Network Servers
01:33:28

Well, this was one heck of a week. On Monday, Facebook experienced a historic outage of its infrastructure that impacted services used by billions of people. On Tuesday, a new Windows came out. On Wednesday, Twitch disclosed one of the largest data breaches in years, maybe ever. We were duty-bound to talk through our view on all these momentous events, and some of the things we've learned along the way, and that's exactly what we did.

If you'd like to jump to any of the individual topics this week, the timecodes are:

Facebook: 00:10:19

Twitch: 00:36:57

Windows 11: 00:56:16

Some handy links from this week's ep:

Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet (cloudflare.com)

More details about the October 4 outage - Facebook Engineering

Updates on the Twitch Security Incident | Twitch Blog

Twitch’s security problems started long before this week’s hack - The Verge

Support the Pod! Contribute to the Tech Pod Patreon and get access to our booming Discord, your name in the credits, and other great benefits! You can support the show at: https://patreon.com/techpod

Oct 10, 2021
107: The Kick-Ass Stamp of Approval
01:11:50

Will Smith, this is your life! Or at least one month of it, specifically November 2009, when you published an issue of Maximum PC that included a review of Windows 7, speculation about ray tracing in video games, a breathless report about absolutely enormous 160GB SSDs, and other historical curiosities. With Windows 11 looming, we thought it would be fun to reach back into the vault and check out some coverage of a previous Windows launch and all the other fun and/or embarrassing stuff that came along with that particular issue.

Here's a PDF version of Maximum PC November 2009, the issue we covered in this episode: https://web.archive.org/web/20160618072632/http://dl.maximumpc.com/Archives/MPC1109-web.pdf

Support the Pod! Contribute to the Tech Pod Patreon and get access to our booming Discord, your name in the credits, and other great benefits! You can support the show at: https://patreon.com/techpod

Oct 03, 2021
106: That's So USB!
01:07:00

Our monthly Q&A episode is all over the place in September, addressing such wide-ranging subjects as the fastest Internet we've ever used, surviving bear attacks, why they're so stingy with the USB-C ports, when exactly the week begins and ends, and a housewares block including electric kettles, cleaning bathrooms, letting go of boxes, and a debate about that age old matchup, oatmeal versus grits. Thanks to everyone who wrote in!

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Sep 26, 2021
105: The Hardest Lift
01:09:58

Health science writer and noted swole woman Casey Johnston joins us this week to talk about the convergence of exercise and strength training, food science, mobile tech, and the Internet. What's a healthy way to track your fitness progress without staring at numbers all day? How much commitment does it take to lift weights, really? Is food good? (Hint: probably.) We ponder these questions and more, plus a conversation about the past and present of digital journalism and some thoughts on the independent-newsletter life.

You can find Casey's newsletter at She's A Beast: A Swole Woman's Newsletter, and here are some starter fitness links provided by Casey herself:

GZCLP: https://saynotobroscience.com/gzclp-infographic/

r/fitness basic beginner routine: https://thefitness.wiki/routines/r-fitness-basic-beginner-routine/ 

StrongLifts: https://stronglifts.com/ 

A beta of Casey's program LIFTOFF:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14GO0yclhOU4_Jfj7DPBHVr_CIvkZvBoFt37TriHo8DY/copy

Support the Pod! Contribute to the Tech Pod Patreon and get access to our booming Discord, your name in the credits, and other great benefits! You can support the show at: https://patreon.com/techpod

Sep 19, 2021
104: Get the Good out of It
01:20:01

Bang for the buck! There's no greater feeling than finding that one product that's way, way better than it should be for the price--or modifying it yourself to eke out that extra little bit of worth. In this episode we reminisce about some of the best tech scores we can remember, from venerable overclockers like the Celeron 300A and Duron 600 to huge audio upgrades by Sennheiser, Cambridge Soundworks, and even Radio Shack. From firmware upgrades to Ikea hacks to the Catleap monitor phenomenon, this episode packs a lot of value.

Thanks to RoboHobo for this week's episode art.

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Sep 12, 2021
103: A Watershed Moment in Copyright Litigation
01:17:19

This week we're joined by Google's director of open source, Chris DiBona, to talk all things software licensing. Topics include corporate sponsorship of open source developers, how Google maintains license compliance across all its projects, what the ramifications of Oracle's long-running Java lawsuit could have been, why there isn't more open source game development, and more.

Support the Pod! Contribute to the Tech Pod Patreon and get access to our booming Discord, your name in the credits, and other great benefits! You can support the show at: https://patreon.com/techpod

Sep 05, 2021
102: My Little iPad Pillow
01:18:26

On this month's Q&A ep, we debut some wild new cold-open technology, and then get on with the business of addressing subjects like the future of movie theaters, putting OnlyFans on the block chain, WinAmp memories, our current thoughts on smart watches, the explosion of new web and mobile tech around 2010 (and our fondness for WebOS), the ease of starting a company on the Internet, the best Star Trek tech that isn't the replicator, and more!

Support the Pod! Contribute to the Tech Pod Patreon and get access to our booming Discord, your name in the credits, and other great benefits! You can support the show at: https://patreon.com/techpod

Aug 29, 2021
101: Big-Dot-Little
01:12:06

This week we recorded a grab bag about some disruptive current events going on in various tech spaces. Intel is finally making a real push into the GPU space, and also getting excited about the angstrom. OnlyFans has abruptly shut out the sex workers it built its business on, while placing the blame on moralizing payment processors. And Facebook is attempting to inch toward whatever the hell it thinks the metaverse is with its new VR workplace app. Join us as we attempt to dissect these and other related topics!

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Aug 22, 2021
100: The Spiteful Fork
01:02:13

Drama alert! Our long-promised scene drama episode (vol. 1) is here to explore community kerfuffles new and old, with conversations about Ubiquiti's no-good-very-bad week, pfSense's self-immolation via buggy Wireguard commit, Linksys' ancient violations of the GPL, illicit binaries, warring office-furniture companies, petty domain hijacking, and why so many of these situations seem to spring up around open-source projects.

Support the Pod! Contribute to the Tech Pod Patreon and get access to our booming Discord, your name in the credits, and other great benefits! You can support the show at: https://patreon.com/techpod

Aug 15, 2021
99: You Wanna Be Elite?
01:10:29

We recently found a Hackers-sized hole in Brad's filmgoing history, so we're killing two birds with one stone this week by making him watch the movie, and then recording an ep about it! Join us for a chat about this campy cult classic as we consider chunky laptops, cornball effects shots, teen-movie clichés, a star-studded cast, the presentation of the '90s hacker ethos, all the things the movie got right and wrong, and the idea that there might just be a little Zero Cool in all of us. #hacktheplanet

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Aug 08, 2021
98: The Fox Knows What's Up
01:05:13

Question time is here again, and this month our answers address topics like these: why anyone is still using big ol' ATX, our favorite flea market finds of the past, drop shadows under mouse cursors, extremely frivolous 3D printing projects, the mysteries of random Bluetooth interference, and the puny little billionaires who couldn't even manage to escape low Earth orbit.

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Aug 01, 2021
97: How to Survive the Chipocalypse
01:24:07

Ever wonder what it's like to try your hand at small-batch manufacturing overseas? Keyboardio's Jesse Vincent joins us this week to address that very subject in a broad discussion of his company's history, with a focus on the trials and tribulations of getting a hardware startup off the ground, setting up production-line tooling in China, being on the outs with your factory reps, solving IC shortages with FPGAs, finding loose iPhone processors in Shenzhen electronics stalls, and more.

You can check out the Model 100 Kickstarter here!

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Jul 25, 2021
96: National Ground Beef Day
01:23:39

We enjoyed Will's birth-year episode so much a few weeks ago that we're back with a look at the notable events in tech, science, and culture of 1979 now that it's Brad's turn. Slap this tape in your Walkman and listen to us prattle about CompuServe's origins in the life insurance industry, C++, events in nuclear energy (and weapons), the debut of the compact disc, the founding of Pixar and Sierra On-Line, the first Daytona 500 broadcast, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the rings of Jupiter, and more!

NOTES

Here's the Vice feature on the fall of Sierra On-Line: https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3vem8/inside-story-sierra-online-death-cuc-cendant-fraud

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Jul 18, 2021
95: The Pirate Radio of Podcasts
00:51:51

This week we're joined by Will's friend Ben Brown, longtime online software developer, to talk about the Internet old and new. Topics include Ben's grassroots efforts to resurrect the Finger protocol, rooting around in 1977-era Unix source code, why the tech industry keeps reinventing the same features over and over, reading 'zines over Telnet, the never-ending accumulation and corporate consolidation of content, and more.

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Jul 11, 2021
94: "Naked Corporate Opportunism"
01:08:57

You knew we couldn't resist doing a Windows 11 episode, and indeed we're here to talk about the whole shebang: virtualized security and the controversy around CPU support, the good (better window-snapping!), the bad (bottom-only taskbar!), and the ugly (rounded corners!?) of the new UI, the ol' Trusted Platform Module, Microsoft Store revenue changes, Android apps, and the coming war between Microsoft and Google.

NOTES

Here's TechRepublic's informative piece on Windows 11 CPU compatibility that we referenced a bunch in this episode: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-11-understanding-the-system-requirements-and-the-security-benefits/

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Jul 04, 2021
93: Missives From the Void
01:07:20

This month's Q&A episode features Qs (from both email and our Discord) that got us chatting about such topics as: the ARPANET, passive-aggressive email signatures, pre-microprocessor computing history, battery management in devices you never use, corporate-mandated brand pronunciations, why video conferencing is merely "good enough," how we've navigated the sharing of our personal lives online over the years, and more!

This week's show art courtesy of UCLA

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Jun 27, 2021
92: Carmackology
01:11:15

id Software's Quake came out 25 years ago this week, and it also changed both of our lives. In this episode we wax nostalgic about the astonishing legacy of technical innovations Quake brought to game design, the ways it inspired our fascination with everything from client/server networking to NeXT workstations, the communities and studios that sprung up in its wake, all those endless .plan updates, the perfection that is DM3, and a lot more. Happy birthday, Quake.

SHOW NOTES

Here are the articles referenced in this episode:

PC Gamer's early Quake preview featuring the dragon

Gary Whitta's story from the game's launch

The Quake II cover story that touches on Romero's split with id

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Jun 20, 2021
91: Professor Will’s Magical Sensorium
01:01:30

It's been a big week around these parts--Will helped reveal a new game at E3, and Brad helped launch a new online media property--so we did a potpourri episode touching on a bunch of the technical details of working on these projects, including: Will's embrace of git, how to positively influence Internet behavior, Microsoft's open-source moves, when we might see shipping Unreal Engine 5 games, a search engine that plants trees, and more.

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Jun 13, 2021
90: CONTROL MY MONITOR
01:22:46

Reinstalling Windows: no one enjoys it, but everyone has to do it eventually. This week, we spend some time chatting about the ways this timeless ritual has gotten better (or worse) over the years, strategies for making the process as painless as possible, some of the unique things we do to customize a fresh install, and a lot more. Also: tune in for a hands-on report on the new GeForce 3080 Ti (and Will's rapid transformation into a '90s industrial vocalist).

SHOW NOTES:

Find the dates of your Windows install and updates with Powershell: https://www.nextofwindows.com/when-was-my-windows-10-originally-installed

Clonezilla, the drive-imaging tool: https://clonezilla.org/

Ninite, the multi-app installer: https://ninite.com/

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Jun 06, 2021
89: Don't Mix the Soaps!
01:08:15

If you're looking for our monthly Q&A ep, you've found it! This time around we consider such listener-provided topics as questionable soap-on-soap interactions, discerning frame rate by eye, dot-com-era layoffs, the legacy and contemporary influence of Neuromancer, software broadcast over the radio, and HDMI over, uh, coat hangers?

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May 30, 2021
88: It Just Makes the Lithium Angrier
01:25:35

Spurred by Will's first month with a Chevy Bolt, we present an episode on electric cars and attempt to answer questions such as: How weird is it to drive without braking? Can you check the car's battery health like it's a phone? What's the public charging situation like these days? How many EVs are out there, anyway? Should your car really have the power to text you?

SHOW NOTES

That wild mechanical thumb from the cold open: https://twitter.com/Rainmaker1973/status/1396003181151272963

Science Magazine on the EV battery-recycling problem: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/05/millions-electric-cars-are-coming-what-happens-all-dead-batteries

The fiery Houston Tesla crash: https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/04/18/2-men-dead-after-fiery-tesla-crash-in-spring-officials-say/

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May 23, 2021
87: With a Name Like Deke...
01:07:20

In honor of Will's birthday, this week we traveled back to the heady days of 1975 to see what was big in science and tech in the year of his birth. Our impromptu retrospective features everything from the Altair 8800 to Space Mountain, the Homebrew Computer Club, the Apollo/Soyuz handshake in space, Benoit Mandelbrot, Jaws, Betamax, and a little history-making company from Bill Gates and Paul Allen called... wait, does this say Traf-O-Data?

Operating an Altair 8800 is not for the faint of heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh_6DtwmQXs

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May 16, 2021
86: 42U or Bust
01:43:08

Very special guest Vinny Caravella joins us this week for a wide-ranging chat about his years of video production, juggling cameras in the early days of Whiskey Media, a love letter to analog signals, the infamous List of Terminated HDMI Adopters, a consideration of codecs and protocols past and present, and more. From logging tapes to crimping SDI cables, there's a lot in here!

These HDMI adopters have been... terminated: https://www.hdmi.org/adopter/terminated

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May 09, 2021
85: Hey, They've Got That Baseball
01:16:09

Six-ish months since launch, the next-gen consoles are now officially current-gen, so we thought it was time for a check-in on the state of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X platforms. How has the user experience matured so far? What system software issues are still lingering? When will games start shipping at 30Hz? Will they ever be easy to actually buy? These questions and more, discussed!

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May 02, 2021
84: On a Cleaning Jag
00:56:02

Email time! In this month's Q&A, we talk about Spring cleaning and strategies for organizing electronics with limited storage space, overusing ellipses and other Internet chat habits, long-lost Usenet posts, the great turn-of-the-century capacitor calamity, a mea culpa and backgrounder on the McDonald's coffee lawsuit, and more.

Check out Gretchen McCulloch's linguistics podcast Lingthusiasm, referenced on this episode:

https://gretchenmcculloch.com/podcast/

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Apr 25, 2021
83: The Best One Is the One You Can Get
01:16:23

Kishore Hari--Tested.com correspondent, noted science communicator, and steak-product connoisseur--rejoins us for a check-in on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic one year after his first appearance. Topics include where we're at with vaccination rates and efficacy, outreach efforts to combat vaccine skepticism, the pause on the Johnson & Johnson shot, how IP ownership is hindering vaccination in the Global South, what a new "normal" might look like, and... what's this feeling? Is that... optimism?

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Apr 18, 2021
82: A Hundred Pounds and Razor Sharp
00:58:35

Ultra-wideband support has been making its way into phones for a couple of years now, but... what the heck is it? This week we attempt to demystify this old wireless technology being adapted for modern devices, including its potential for very fine location tracking, why nobody is using it much (yet), whether it could replace Bluetooth, what effect it might have on Minority Report-style advertising, how it may turn your phone into your car keys, and more.

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Apr 11, 2021
81: A Cube of Cold Opens
00:55:09

What is this week's episode about, you might ask? Why, it has a delightfully floral scent, almost like... a potpourri. You could say it's sort of a buffet, offering a little something for everyone. It's a little from column A, a little from columns B through Z. In fact, this episode may be about everything under the sun and also nothing at all.

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Apr 04, 2021
80: That's a Sewer Diamond!
01:07:09

Like Spring, emails are upon us once again, and this month we talk about such listener-provided topics as the stagnation of flash memory, a Starlink trip report, some of the downsides of PC-building, multithreading video games, TVs that are monitors that are TVs, browser containerization, and the things you find down at the water treatment plant.

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Mar 28, 2021
79: A Subsidiary of Starko Industries
01:05:41

What the heck is going on with modern video game controllers? That's the question we're trying to address this week, with Joy Con and DualSense analog stick drift, unresponsive Xbox face buttons, do-it-yourself repair, advanced soldering techniques, class action lawsuits and other subjects all weighing on our minds. Is there any end in sight?

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IGN's summary of Joy Con lawsuits and joystick damage:

https://www.ign.com/articles/all-the-lawsuits-nintendo-is-facing-over-joy-con-drift

iFixit's breakdown of the DualSense joysticks (also thanks to them for the show image):

https://www.ifixit.com/News/48944/heres-why-ps5-joysticks-drift-and-why-theyll-only-get-worse

TronicsFix on the DualSense triggers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rNITneXnCo&t=555s

 

Mar 21, 2021
78: The One With the Racing Stripes
01:35:31

This week our quest to find consensus on the best advancements in PC-building reaches its end. From the USB superposition to the class warfare of fancy motherboards, the baffling duality of the M.2 socket, the many flavors of PCI Express, and the questionable inclusion of the headlamp, rest assured that we considered every possible angle in assembling this authoritative list that should be taken extremely seriously.

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Mar 14, 2021
77: Big Shoutout to Thumbscrews
01:29:07

The urge to rank is upon us again, and this time we're looking to put together a list of the best advancements in hardware over our 25-year history of building PCs. Can modular power supplies step to the mighty universal serial bus? Is there anything better than a case that doesn't lacerate your hands every time you open it? How serial IS serial ATA, anyway? Listen and find out!

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Mar 07, 2021
76: Hell or Palo Alto
01:19:05

Listener emails return after a brief hiatus, and this time they bring chatter about the correct Windows taskbar positioning, the latest PlayStation VR news, where we think AR might be going, "biannual" workarounds, a lament for the closure of Fry's, Freeman Dyson's fast-and-loose orbital mechanics, and the eternal glory of RSS.

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Feb 28, 2021
75: The Right Right-Stuff Stuff
01:14:46

This week we're joined by Adam Rogers, Wired senior correspondent and author of Proof: The Science of Booze, to talk all things alcohol. Topics include millennia-old fermentation practices, the stimulant/depressant dichotomy of drinking, that classically refined sommelier's palate, attempts to speed up the aging process, and modern assembly-line whiskey production. Bottoms up!

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Feb 21, 2021
74: Mining for Computronium
01:02:40

Google's "pivot" away from first-party Stadia development seemed like a good cue to spend an episode not only pondering the future of the company's game-streaming service--including third-party applications for Stadia's technology stack, and what all those server racks might be good for--and also going through the company's many, many dearly departed products. Anyone remember Google Pie?

Links!

The Google Graveyard

Google's statement on the Stadia pivot

The guy who founded his own ISP

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Feb 14, 2021
73: Thirteen Issues a Year
01:06:31

Will used to work for a tech magazine. Brad always wanted to. We both read more than our fair share back in the day. So let's talk about magazines! In this ep we look back on those mammoth issues of Computer Shopper, our love of the PC Gamer demo CD, embargoes and print deadlines, Will's years in the magazine mines, what the (bumpy) transition from print to online was like, and lots more.

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Here's the short article that kicked off this ep, about Future, Chris Anderson, and .net Magazine:

https://thehistoryoftheweb.com/magazines-about-the-web-sitepoint-smashing-magazine-net-magazine-css-tricks/

Feb 07, 2021
72: The State of the (Virtual) Union
01:27:03

It's time for a check-in on the health of VR, including the latest in headsets and controllers, standout games and productivity software, the open-sourcing of Tilt Brush, our amazement that Windows Mixed Reality still exists, and the potential for AR to eventually supplant the whole thing anyway. You knew we'd find an excuse to use that photo eventually.

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Jan 31, 2021
71: Curiosity and Perseverance
01:39:17

Friend of the podcast Doug Ellison from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab stops by to give us the lowdown on the newest Mars rover Perseverance, set to land on the red planet in just a few weeks, plus all kinds of fun info about Lagrange transceivers, making oxygen out of thin air, flying helicopters on other planets, and recording home movies at mach 25.

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Jan 24, 2021
70: Executed By Google
01:06:11

Time for some 2021 emails! This month we talked about dearly departed Google products, how to fix a broken USB port (or whether you should even try), how we got started doing this, why your TOSLINK cable is keyed, a lab meat topic we should never have read out loud, and the current whereabouts of Maura Labingi.

Intel's ARK CPU Fact Sheet Site

AMD's Product Fact Sheet Site

 

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Jan 17, 2021
69: The Gravest Day
00:53:02

We were unable to turn our attention to anything but the week's horrifying events in Washington, D.C., so for this episode we had a freewheeling chat about... well, everything, including some perspective from Will's time working on the Hill, the infosec implications of the Capitol breach, how we attempted to keep up with the onslaught of news on Wednesday, and more. Stay safe, everyone.

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Jan 10, 2021
68: The Treacherous World of Magnetic Flux
01:01:31

We're kicking off 2021 with a trip back to... 1985? Yes, we sat down with a vintage episode of the Computer Chronicles to reflect on the hard disk's momentous arrival on the personal computing scene. Join us as we take a look back at drives measured in the whopping tens of megabytes, Winchester drives, XTs and ATs, the Mac HyperDrive, the ancient precursor to the Zip drive, beige boxes, and business suits galore.

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Here's the Computer Chronicles episode we're discussing this week, S03E16 from 1985:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBsKakmW0fs

Jan 03, 2021
67: Nog Ambitions
01:23:58

With 2020 (finally) drawing to a close, we look back on a few of our favorite tech things, big or small, from this challenging year. From advances in medical science to ways to stay social from afar, from new workflows we worked out to new gadgets we, uh, gadgeted, here's an informal list of some of the stuff that kept our spirits up, and a couple of things we're looking forward to, during this strange time in history.

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Dec 27, 2020
66: That Classic Chonk
01:09:45

Our last email ep of 2020 addresses such topics as: how to trust Google search results (or not), bad tech habits we just can't shake, how to get and stay digitally organized, the worth of external GPU enclosures, a life-changing tip about our Gmail workflow, some more home networking tips, and a treatise on the regional naming differences of winter hats.

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Dec 20, 2020
65: Visionary or Villain
00:58:49

Product design is on our minds this week, starting with the industry-redefining research that led to the production of modern, psychologically optimized junk food. Have the same sensibilities now overtaken the design of consumer electronics? Do soundbars and Cheetos have more in common than we realize? Is there a bliss point, but for tech? We explore this slightly abstract topic and attempt to arrive at a few answers.

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Here's the article we reference extensively throughout the episode:

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html

Dec 13, 2020
64: That Cheapskate Cumulonimbus
01:02:28

The time has come to discuss 5G and the latest cellular data specs (largely because Will got an iPhone 12). We get into his hands-on experience with 5G speeds, the differences between low, medium, and high-band spectra, how 5G compares to LTE, what millimeter wave is exactly, how 5G may or may not interfere with weather forecasts, and 5G's potential to turn you into a lizard person. (One of these topics may be fake.)

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Dec 06, 2020
63: Brad and Will Build a Dream House
01:01:40
While we're nursing our meat hangovers, we took a cue from last week's email about future-proofing your home to chat about 21st-century home ownership, including the thermodynamically efficient passive house, strategies for replacing cables in walls, current solar and battery capacity, novel construction materials, hanging furniture, and more!
Nov 29, 2020
62: PEMDAS for Monitors
01:18:13

Our Fall cornucopia of emails contains such succulent questions as: How future-proof should your new smart home be? To prebuilt PC or not to prebuilt PC? Where are all the HDMI 2.1 accessories? How do you wrangle a monitor and a TV in Windows? Plus, a whole bunch of tech that we--and you--have been thankful for in this trying year.

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Nov 22, 2020
61: The Bad Kind of Complexity
01:12:29

On this busy week we threw together a delightful potpourri of different topics, from gadget repair to drilling through PCBs, lust for 4k TVs (or not), making the lightest mouse in history, the huge potential of handheld lidar, and a quick glimpse at what's coming next in big-budget video game development.

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Bearded Bob's YouTube G Pro switch replacement video (the whole channel is good too!): 

  • Solder Sucker That Actually Works: https://amzn.to/2UsEGFZ
  • Will's Hakko Soldering Station: https://amzn.to/3f2AdDj
  • Paste Flux: https://amzn.to/3f4IXsH
  • Kailh GM Red Replacement Mouse Switches: https://lethalgaminggear.com/products/kailh-gm-micro-switch-2-pc
  • Hyperslide Replacement Mouse Feet: https://amzn.to/2Uumufa
  • Embark Blog Post (new): https://medium.com/embarkstudios/our-continued-journey-89dad7a76bff
  • Embark Blog Post (old): https://medium.com/embarkstudios/an-update-from-embark-5f7a58ff1551

Follow us on Twitter! 

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  • Brad: https://twitter.com/bradshoemaker
  • Will: https://twitter.com/willsmith

 

 

Nov 15, 2020
60: Forgiveness, Not Permission
01:20:55

Big AMD energy this week. PC World's Gordon Mah Ung has gotten his hands on the new Ryzen 5000 series chips, and now he's here to tell us all about AMD's latest attempt to take the CPU crown (well, that and getting the fire department called). Then we dig into the announcement of the new RDNA 2-based Radeon 6000 cards, perhaps more affectionately known as BIG NAVI.

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Nov 08, 2020
59: How You Know You're Living in the Future
01:09:03
We've both tumbled down the Home Assistant rabbit hole, so this week we recorded an informal trip report on this sprawling open-source home automation system. Why would you want to replace your commercial hub? What sort of crazy scripting and automations can you come up with? Is it really worth editing .yaml files for all this? The answers lie within!
Nov 01, 2020
58: Lil' Doppler Redshift
01:23:58

On this month's email show we talk about our love of astrophysics, a PC that could last you forever, bad interface design in consumer electronics, why e-ink screens aren't everywhere, Android longevity, the social niceties of Discord, and a bonus segment with Will's thoughts on gaming at THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY HERTZ.

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Oct 25, 2020
57: Everything's Bigger in Texas
01:11:44

All these new PC hardware announcements have us feeling nostalgic again, so we took another trip down memory lane to talk in-depth about the '90s 3D accelerator boom. The rise and fall of 3dfx! The OpenGL vs. Direct3D wars! All those .plan updates! Join us for some reminiscing about how we got from the earliest cards to the GeForces and Radeons of today.

Computer Time vs. Human Time

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Oct 18, 2020
56: TressFX Vs. HairWorks
01:06:42

This week, we couldn't resist talking about the newly announced Zen 3 CPUs from AMD, along with the tease of their upcoming Big Navi-based graphics cards, plus a bonus segment on that PlayStation 5 teardown. We're just a couple of big old hardware nerds at heart, what can we say?

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Links!

AMD's Zen 3 Presentation

PlayStation 5 Teardown

Oct 11, 2020
55: Five Altairian Dollars a Day
00:57:35

Brad just read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the first time (and Will reread it for the eleventy-thousandth), and now we're here to discuss the book's cheeky sci-fi Anglicisms and cavalier relationship with reality and metaphysics, its endless influence on pop culture, the career of Douglas Adams, and more. Thanks to all of our supporters who made this episode possible!

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Oct 04, 2020
54: Lack Rack!
01:08:55

The emails cometh, and bringeth with them questions and tips about why nobody can order a 3080 or PS5, the eyeball-saving properties of red nightlights, rounded vs. angular phone design, consumerism in tech and ethics in coding, and, yes, how to make your own Lack rack.

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Sep 27, 2020
53: The Mass-to-Volume Ratio
01:08:09

Nvidia bought ARM. Nvidia bought ARM! It's one of the biggest semiconductor deals in history, so we dive deep into what it all means, from some basics on CPU architecture to the implications for the mobile, enterprise, and machine-learning markets. One of our nerdiest episodes yet!

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Sep 20, 2020
52: It's an App Basket!
01:02:53

Playing video games remotely has gotten surprisingly good lately, so this week we decided to sit down and figure out the what's what of home game streaming. From older options like Steam Link to the Parsecs and Moonlights of today, not to mention some of the recent high-quality, low-latency backend tech that's making it possible, there's a lot to unpack. Join us!

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Some useful links for this week's show:

Moonlight - https://moonlight-stream.org/

Steam Link - https://store.steampowered.com/steamlink/about/

Parsec - https://parsecgaming.com/

Raspberry Pi 3 - https://amzn.to/35xiL7y

Raspberry Pi 4 - https://amzn.to/2FfcDWN

URI vs. URL - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Identifier#URLs_and_URNs

Sep 13, 2020
51: The Man With the Spatula
01:40:07

Last week Brad and Will got to attend a virtual deep dive on Nvidia's new 30-series GPUs, and in this ep we attempt to break down all the new ray-tracing optimizations, DirectStorage capability, whole-system latency reduction, push-pull cooler designs, V-shaped PCBs, and more. Be warned, it's a lot!

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Sep 06, 2020
50: Two Is One, One Is None
01:11:29

Our 50th episode doesn't quite have 50 emails, but it's close: tune in for listener mails about bugout bags, evacuation tips, data over HAM radio, the resilience of municipal fiber, and very, very high-end broadcast video.

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Show art credit: Chechu Risk

Gemini (a Gopher-like protocol)

Camera Clamp 

Tripod Extender

(Use 2x Camera clamps + one tripod extender to make a monitor arm mountable camera mount)

Aug 30, 2020
49: Proto-Prepping
01:11:34

With the latest round of California wildfires heavy on our minds, this week we ended up with a wide-ranging conversation about what to take with you when you evacuate, climate change, PCs as space heaters, crawl space water cooling, and the genius of Douglas Adams.

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Aug 23, 2020
48: Grip Is Good
01:17:29

Following up on our software unitasker ep from a few weeks ago, we're now moving into the physical realm. This week we run down a few of our favorite devices, trinkets, and doodads that make it just a little bit easier to get things done.

Here's a quick list of the stuff we mentioned on this ep which should be easy to search for:

Brad

Genki Covert Dock by Human Things
Retractable cables (Digital Ant's look pretty good)
Charging station (bamboo or other)
Articulated HDMI extenders (Monoprice is a good bet for these)

Will

Anker Multiport USB Chargers  
MagSafe-like USB cables - Digital Ant Gen-X Micro
A good headlamp - Black Diamond Spot 325
USB-powered lights stuck under the bottom edge of your monitor
USB pantry/closet light Amico Motion Sensor Closet Light
Soldering extra hands - KOTTO Third Hands  
Unipod thingy for webcam/whatever - Dinkum Systems Action Pod Pro
Cable grabbers - Bluelounge CableDrop    
Nano bubble  grip surface

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Aug 16, 2020
47: Key-Hoarding
01:12:43

This week we very carefully lower ourselves into the unthinkably deep rabbit hole of mechanical keyboards. If you've ever wanted to know your MX reds from your blues, tenkeyless from 65%, keycaps, backlights, and more, this episode is for you.

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Some mech keyboard resources:

Drop: https://drop.com/

Keyboard Catalog: http://keyboardcatalog.com/

Deskthority: https://deskthority.net/

NovelKeys: https://novelkeys.xyz/

Aug 09, 2020
46: The Suborbitable Caterpillar
00:58:16

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeemails this month address questions like: Where the heck are the color e-ink readers? Can we imagine a world without DNS? What in the world is a sputtering target? Want a quick 'n easy cable-organizing tip that will BLOW YOUR MIND?

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Here's the magical hanging cable organizer in all its full-size glory: https://imgur.com/a/r4URJ0G

Aug 02, 2020
45: No-Tonsil-Stone Zone
01:08:59

PC Gamer's Wes Fenlon stops by to talk about turning an old PC into a new router. Why would you want to roll your own router in the first place? What are your hardware and software options to do so? What kind of fancy new network stuff can you do with it? The answers lie within!

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Here's Wes' article on PC Gamer about pfSense: https://www.pcgamer.com/i-built-my-own-super-router-out-of-old-pc-parts-and-ive-never-felt-so-powerful/

Jul 26, 2020
44: alt.barney.dinosaur.die.die.die
00:59:39

In these trying times, we thought a nostalgic little walk down memory lane might be nice. Join us as we look back at the '90s Internet, from PPP connections and .plan files to Gopher, IRC, and Will's part in the Eternal September.

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Here's the microsuction stuff Will mentions in the intro: https://www.amazon.com/Sewell-Direct-AirStick-Microsuction-250mmx300mm/dp/B00ITX9OU2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=notthatwill0d-20&linkId=4f0530f913b3084c875bb01bf3140f20&language=en_US

Dust off your telnet client and let's all play Legend of the Red Dragon: https://lord.stabs.org/

Jul 19, 2020
43: Sigh Ops
01:06:49

This week we run down a few of the common and not-so-common software tools that make our lives a bit easier. From text-syncing to task-scheduling, audio management and phone automation, we hope there's something in here that can make your life a little easier, too.

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Jul 12, 2020
42: It’s Only a Mistake if You Don’t Learn
01:11:10

This month's email episode contains some of your own tech horror stories, from melted carpet fibers and shutting down a whole town's Internet to causing seven-figure production stoppages. Also: draconian ISP upstream policies and a chat about the mechanical, pre-silicon days of computing. Enjoy!

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Jul 05, 2020
41: The Great Simian Mathematician
01:02:42

Another Apple episode already? Yeah, we didn't expect it either until WWDC brought such a bounty of new stuff to talk about. In addition to ARM-based Macs, somehow iOS managed to be the most interesting thing at this year's conference. Home screen widgets! Multitasking! App defaults? After all these years?!

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Here's MKBHD's great iOS 14 hands-on walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLyDvABxGF0

Jun 28, 2020
40: Gigantic Flaming Luminous Orb
01:00:49

Oh, the horror! This week we recount some of the tech disasters from our past. From near-miss electrocutions to ruined prototype hardware, PC-building boondoggles, all-night server restores, and extremely lucky data recovery, relive some of our best and worst moments getting hands-on with hardware and software.

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Jun 21, 2020
39: The Eternal Optimist
00:54:36

Things are rough out there, so this week we recorded a free-wheeling episode about tech-ish self-care strategies for things like exercise, meditation, lighting, and so forth. Plus: Will's making his own MiSTer case!

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Jun 14, 2020
38: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish
00:55:32

It's time for infosec episode, the sequel! Will recounts the hackery he's dealt with since our initial podcast about online security a few weeks ago, then we grade the big tech companies on their privacy efforts (or lack thereof) and dig into the what, how, and why of modern data collection -- and how to stop it.

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Jun 07, 2020
37: Mr. Reginald Edit
00:40:59

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Here's the American Cinematographer deep dive on The Mandalorian's production that we mentioned a couple weeks ago.

May 31, 2020
36: The Frankencoder Liiiiiiives
01:14:24

With everyone trapped indoors, streaming video on the Internet is an especially good way to connect with people right now. This week we did a broad survey of practical streaming tech, from hardware and software setups to codecs and protocols, Brad's latest questionable tech project, and the ever-present danger of streaming Will's inbox live to the world.

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May 24, 2020
35: Every Polygon Is a Pixel
01:11:08

With the advent of another generational Unreal Engine tech demo, it's time to have a live watch party and then mull over what the UE5 tech means for asset creation, real-time lighting, and other trends in game development, and then gush over the Unreal-driven virtual sets in TV productions like The Mandalorian. Graphics!

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Unreal Engine 5 tech demo

The Mandalorian virtual set deep dive

UE4 Next-Gen Virtual Production Demo

May 17, 2020
34: My Other Computer Is a Datacenter
01:03:37

Friend of the pod Brian Fitzpatrick of Tock Inc. and ORD Camp stops by to talk about the early days of big data at Google, shipping 1500-pound rack servers, working on widely used open-source software, and how to score a half-ton irradiated electromagnet.

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May 10, 2020
33: Prudiest Common Denominator
01:02:35

By all accounts, Apple is moving its laptops to ARM sooner than later. What's this transition going to mean for existing MacOS software? How many days straight will your new MacBook run on battery? Can we envision a big old Mac Pro running on an itsy bitsy ARM chip? These questions and more, pondered herein!

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May 03, 2020
32: Bless the Drive
01:23:00

Time for another Q&A! This week we discuss listener-submitted emails about the ultra-sandboxed future of Windows 10X, a short mouse retrospective, waiting for the right time to build a new PC, electron beams 'n electromagnets, questionable phone upgrades, and our personal histories of taking stuff apart and putting it back together.

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Apr 26, 2020
31: Virtuals on Virtuals on Virtuals
01:05:04

This week we reach into our grab bag of homebound projects to chat about the tech stuff we're up to lately, from Will's ray-traced camera obscura and adventures in Behringer mixing to Brad's efforts to bring a FrankenMiSTer to life and get to the bottom of the great shingled hard drive scandal of 2020.

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Apr 19, 2020
30: The Neighborhood Software Pirate
01:17:24

Special guest time! Digital Eclipse's Mike Mika joins us to talk about the early days of programming video games, how not to get murdered by your arcade machine, reverse engineering classic games without source code, the coming CRT apocalypse, and what the new console hardware means for old games.

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Apr 12, 2020
29: Have Laser, Will Cut
01:19:12

In this grab bag of an episode, we cover topics ranging from ground loop isolators to the MiSTer, fixing holes in air mattresses, modern uses for 3D printing, an in-depth primer on coronavirus testing, reclaiming that precious blue screen of death, and more stories from our quarantined home life.

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Some links from this week's episode:

That 3D-printable NAS case: https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-mk735-mini-server-nas-chassis-96113

The ground loop isolator Brad bought: https://www.amazon.com/Isolator-Audiophile-Frequency-Without-Distortion/dp/B01N10AQ76/

Get the blue screen of death back: https://winaero.com/blog/show-bsod-details-instead-of-the-sad-smiley-in-windows-10/

Laser-cuttable PPE: http://bit.ly/solinflatpack

 

Apr 05, 2020
28: Low Bidet-lability
01:20:02

 

As always, we couldn't make this show without our Patrons. Special thanks to our Producer-level Patrons! 

Executive Producer - David Allen
Associate Producer - Iain Baillie
Associate Producer - Graham Banks
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Associate Producer - Thomas Shea

Mar 29, 2020
27: The Week That It Happened
01:30:58
Microsoft and Sony dumped a treasure trove of Xbox and PlayStation hardware specs this week, and we do our best to break down the APIs and SOCs, ponder ultra-fast flash storage and ray tracing, speculate about how the new boxes will affect development going forward, and more!
Mar 22, 2020
26: Come On Downe to Dongle Towne!
00:41:57

Here's Will's ridiculous portrait ultra-wide monitor: https://imgur.com/a/yy3EJNp

Mar 15, 2020
25: Put a Doober in the Wall
00:54:01
Mar 08, 2020
24: The Mad Max Threshold
00:38:40
Mar 01, 2020
23: Some Real Karen Energy
00:51:51
Q&A time! On our latest emails episode we cover topics like Raspberry Pi media servers, backing up old Nintendo games, dystopian uses for biometric data, COM ports in 2020, Will's travails with Netflix customer chat, and the ancient, forgotten magic of LightScribe.
Feb 23, 2020
22: Like a '70s Oldsmobile
01:19:40
Our super-definitive ordering of every Windows concludes with the all the modern ones: XP and SP2, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Remember the Start Screen? Remember WinFS? Remember hooking your unpatched PC straight into your Internet connection? After this episode, you will!
Feb 16, 2020
21: WINDOWS ON TRIAL
00:57:39

Don't miss Will's old magazine reviews of Windows 2000 and Millennium Edition. It's like traveling through time!

Feb 09, 2020
20: It's Like a USB Condom
00:48:51
Information security is more important than ever these days, so it's time to talk best practices, from two-factor authentication to Yubi keys, password strength, drive encryption, financial security, and more. Don't miss out on free food like we did!
Feb 02, 2020
19: The Codec-sperts
00:50:53
It's that time again: emails! We're computer-heavy this week with questions about our favorite PC cases and understanding video formats, but we also make time for silicon wafers and diamond-resin grinding wheels, the Kessler Syndrome, and the great meatloaf battle of beef versus pork.
Jan 26, 2020
18: A Cave for Your Hard Drives
00:59:38
This week we're getting NASty... network-attached storage, that is. From wi-fi-enabled USB drives to Synology to FreeNAS and beyond, this episode is a wide-ranging deep dive on network storage options, RAID, ZFS, dealing with open-source media streaming and home automation, NUT servers, and more!
Jan 19, 2020
17: Jimmy Dean Organic
00:58:51
Another Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone, and while we dodged the Vegas bullet this year, we still read all the news: Bluetooth LE audio, fake pork, Sony's fake car, Intel's possibly real GPU, AMD's bazillion chiplets, 360Hz monitors, and more!
Jan 12, 2020
16: Heavy HDMI
00:57:13
Will and Brad turn Qs into As in another mailbag edition of the Tech Pod. Topics include getting hands-on with Half-Life: Alyx, next-gen console minspecs, why there's never a queue to watch Watchmen, Brad's long HDMI cable, and the state of AMD's latest CPU designs.
Jan 05, 2020
15: Bob Iger Will Eat You
01:21:57
A new decade is nigh, so what better time to look back on the tech trends that defined the twenty-tens... teens... whatever. From smartphones to 3D movies, home laser cutters to endless payments of $10 a month, settle in for a look back at the decade that was!
Dec 30, 2019
14: It's Just Math
00:59:39
This week we dip our toes into the wild world of ray tracing, from the physical basics to emerging APIs, a brief history of GPU design, what the ray tracing solutions might look like in the new consoles, and a DIY tech demo you can do at your kitchen table!
Dec 22, 2019
13: Tech the Halls!
01:00:48

Programmable lights: www.twinkly.com

Homebridge: https://github.com/nfarina/homebridge

Dec 15, 2019
12: I Have a Website!
01:00:56
You ask and we answer! This week, we tackle relevant tech topics like chicken farming, vaporware, drive-by-wire, upgrading a 486 to a 586, and what will definitely be the final email about cooking rice in a pressure cooker. Enjoy!
Dec 01, 2019
11: Spatchcock Central
00:53:50
The annual giving of thanks is almost upon us, so Brad and Will sat down to chew the well-rendered bird fat about a few of the technologies they're thankful for, from noise-canceling headphones to... speedy Windows installs?
Nov 24, 2019
10: The Corgi of Cars
00:59:18
Nov 17, 2019
9: Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access
00:55:09

Apologies for the crackling in the audio! A recording snafu forced us to use a backup recording that wasn't as high quality as we would have liked.

Nov 10, 2019
8: The One Where We Go Dark
00:53:14
Nov 03, 2019
7: Singularities All Around Us!
00:52:44
The technological singularity may or may not be looming in our future, so we attempt to get to the bottom of singularities past and present, quantum intelligence, civilizational collapse, and other cheerful subjects. Plus: a hands-on report and one (1) email!
Oct 27, 2019
6: Spray the Frame Hose
01:28:07
This week we crack open the time capsule with the first episode we ever recorded, about screens! From their humble origins with the first analog TVs to modern ultra-fast gaming monitors and adaptive sync in next-gen consoles, we go deep on this most refreshing topic.
Oct 20, 2019
5: Punch a Couple of Nuns
01:04:35
This week, we talk about supply chain. Why did the iPod Nano beget the iPhone? What's the big deal with batteries? What does the Gmail launch have to do with supply chain? Find out the answers to these questions (and more!) on this week's Tech Pod.
Oct 14, 2019
4: A Bomb That Sits on Your Stove
00:51:39
This week we had the brilliant idea of talking about food tech while we were starving. Pressure cookers! Air fryers! The Maillard reaction! N-nitrogen dewars? Roto-stators? Do people really put sugar in grits? All that and more on our most delicious episode yet!
Oct 06, 2019
3: 340 Trillion Trillion Trillion
01:12:50

Here's the mid-'90s memo outlining the use of private address ranges like 192.168.0.0 for internal network use. If you happen to be Robert G. Moskowitz, we'd love to chat!

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1918

Sep 29, 2019
2: Captain Crunch's Electric Car
01:01:30
Batteries power everything from phones and laptops to cars now, but it feels like the technology is lagging behind. Brad and Will talk about different types of batteries and how they work, share some good guidelines for care and maintenance of the lithium batteries that are in most of your mobile devices, and contemplate Will's high-tech high school romantic life.
Sep 23, 2019
1: We're Gonna Need JNCOs For That
00:55:21
Brad and Will contemplate their own mortality while discussing this week's Apple event. Topics include Apple's newest iPhones, Watches, iPads, and services. There's also at least one banger of a segue. Enjoy!
Sep 15, 2019
0: Sweatpants Tech Podcast
00:47:45
On this inaugural episode, Brad and Will share their technological origin stories and why they've always loved tech. Hear the reason they're making a podcast, the stories of their first PC builds, and their love of Socket 7. Enjoy!
Sep 12, 2019