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Brad & Will Made a Tech Pod.

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

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75: The Right Right-Stuff Stuff

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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2021-02-21
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74: Mining for Computronium

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?

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The Google Graveyard

Google's statement on the Stadia pivot

The guy who founded his own ISP

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2021-02-14
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73: Thirteen Issues a Year

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/

2021-02-07
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72: The State of the (Virtual) Union

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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2021-01-31
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71: Curiosity and Perseverance

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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2021-01-24
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70: Executed By Google

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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2021-01-17
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69: The Gravest Day

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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2021-01-10
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68: The Treacherous World of Magnetic Flux

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

2021-01-03
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67: Nog Ambitions

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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2020-12-27
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66: That Classic Chonk

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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2020-12-20
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65: Visionary or Villain

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

2020-12-13
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64: That Cheapskate Cumulonimbus

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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2020-12-06
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63: Brad and Will Build a Dream House

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!
2020-11-29
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62: PEMDAS for Monitors

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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2020-11-22
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61: The Bad Kind of Complexity

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/2UsEGFZWill's Hakko Soldering Station: https://amzn.to/3f2AdDjPaste Flux: https://amzn.to/3f4IXsHKailh GM Red Replacement Mouse Switches: https://lethalgaminggear.com/products/kailh-gm-micro-switch-2-pcHyperslide Replacement Mouse Feet: https://amzn.to/2UumufaEmbark Blog Post (new): https://medium.com/embarkstudios/our-continued-journey-89dad7a76bffEmbark Blog Post (old): https://medium.com/embarkstudios/an-update-from-embark-5f7a58ff1551

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Podcast: https://twitter.com/sweatpantstechBrad: https://twitter.com/bradshoemakerWill: https://twitter.com/willsmith

 

 

2020-11-15
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60: Forgiveness, Not Permission

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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2020-11-08
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59: How You Know You're Living in the Future

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!
2020-11-01
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58: Lil' Doppler Redshift

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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2020-10-25
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57: Everything's Bigger in Texas

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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2020-10-18
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56: TressFX Vs. HairWorks

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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AMD's Zen 3 Presentation

PlayStation 5 Teardown

2020-10-11
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55: Five Altairian Dollars a Day

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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2020-10-04
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54: Lack Rack!

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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2020-09-27
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53: The Mass-to-Volume Ratio

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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2020-09-20
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52: It's an App Basket!

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

2020-09-13
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51: The Man With the Spatula

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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2020-09-06
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50: Two Is One, One Is None

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)

2020-08-30
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49: Proto-Prepping

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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2020-08-23
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48: Grip Is Good

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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2020-08-16
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47: Key-Hoarding

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/

2020-08-09
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46: The Suborbitable Caterpillar

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

2020-08-02
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45: No-Tonsil-Stone Zone

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/

2020-07-26
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44: alt.barney.dinosaur.die.die.die

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/

2020-07-19
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43: Sigh Ops

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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2020-07-12
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42: It?s Only a Mistake if You Don?t Learn

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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2020-07-05
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41: The Great Simian Mathematician

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

2020-06-28
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40: Gigantic Flaming Luminous Orb

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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2020-06-21
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39: The Eternal Optimist

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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2020-06-14
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38: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish

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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2020-06-07
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37: Mr. Reginald Edit

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

2020-05-31
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36: The Frankencoder Liiiiiiives

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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2020-05-24
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35: Every Polygon Is a Pixel

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

2020-05-17
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34: My Other Computer Is a Datacenter

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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Google TakeoutTockGoogle Corkboard ServerThe Google Server Rack We DiscussedTefi TapeFermilab TevatronTevatron MagnetIomega Pocketzip 
2020-05-10
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33: Prudiest Common Denominator

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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How Windows works on ARMHow Microsoft does x86 emulationBloomberg Report on ARM on OSXGruber on ARM OSX
2020-05-03
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32: Bless the Drive

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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2020-04-26
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31: Virtuals on Virtuals on Virtuals

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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2020-04-19
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30: The Neighborhood Software Pirate

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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2020-04-12
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29: Have Laser, Will Cut

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

 

2020-04-05
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28: Low Bidet-lability

Serious Eats Food SafetyThe YouTube Food VideoSocial Distancing Strategies for Curbing COVID-19COVID Tracking Project

 

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Executive Producer - David Allen
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Associate Producer - Thomas Shea

2020-03-29
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27: The Week That It Happened

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!
2020-03-22
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26: Come On Downe to Dongle Towne!

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

2020-03-15
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