Brad & Will Made a Tech Pod.

By Brad Shoemaker and 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
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?

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

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!

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

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.

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

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&slinkCode=sl1&tag=notthatwill0d-20&slinkId=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.

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

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!

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

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?!

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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
Associate Producer - Sam Buck
Associate Producer - Ezekiel Holiman
Associate Producer - Paul Reust
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
Disaster preparedness: nobody wants to think about it, but everybody needs to. This week we cover the basics of the federal emergency checklist, discuss the magic of UV disinfection, run through Brad's very robust survival kit, and talk over some options for power outages, food shortages, and even sleeping out of doors.
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