Sunday, February 24, 2013

T.R.I.P. Episode 49: The Show That Almost Wasn't and Probably Shouldn't Be

Recorded 2/21/2013

Do you remember a couple of months ago when Skype crashed on us and it wiped out the 10 minutes of recording we'd done up to that point? After that incident I started recording using NowSmart Talkin' again in addition to having PowerGrammo auto-record within Skype. It's a good thing because just before the show PowerGrammo asked if I wanted to update. I had some time so I let it do its thing. Everything appeared seamless and we went on about our ramblings. It wasn't until I disconnected - after "recording" for over an hour - and the conversion window didn't pop up that I realized that PowerGrammo hadn't launched when Skype relaunched after the update. I've fixed it but if I hadn't rolled on that backup recording we wouldn't have this hunk of happiness for you to listen to.

Update: I wrote that before I ever listened to the recording. It's pretty spectacularly bad. The backup recorder was misbehaving because of the hardware changes from my recent repair. The only way I could get it to accept the signal from my microphone in the brief moments I had before we started the Skype call was to select "stereo mix" as an input. If you don't know, that means 'record whatever is coming through the sound card.' On my end that's not such a problem but, because it was recording Kevin from the speaker output, as it was supposed to, it was also recording him from the stereo mix and there's a slight delay between the two. The echo is bad. Listen if you dare. 

Note: I would recommend listening to the Robert Ballard stuff from 13:35 to 21:37. The sound byte starts at 20:37. You should also listen to Robbie's voice mail starting at 1:08:43 and the HILARIOUS interpretation by Google Voice that starts at 1:09:54.

On tonight's episode we cover promising news in cancer research, more on gene patents, Guy Fieri, and there was something about the Playstation 4. Plus we have a sound byte from oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard.

Tonight's News
Robert Ballard
Technology Term of the Day:

Sunday, February 17, 2013

T.R.I.P. Episode 48 - We Wobble But We Don't Fall Down

Recorded 2/17/2013

Things are getting back to normal. Joe's PC is back to full functionality. Tonight we have meteors, genetic patents, a practically unserviceable tablet, and ZOMBIES! Plus, Kevin does a mime show. It's really fantastic. Really it is. You'll have to listen to believe it.

Tonight's News
Technology Term of the Day:
  • Vaporware: A product, typically computer hardware or software, that is announced to the general public but is never actually released nor officially cancelled. 
Extra Links (stuff we didn't get to and bizarre references we made)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

T.R.I.P. Episode 47 - It's Been a Long Week Today

Recorded 2/9/2013

A comedy of arrows (yes, I meant to say that) has kept us from our appointed rounds. Between work and family obligations, illness, and computers losing some of their magic smoke we've had a hard time coordinating the production of the podcast. We explain a little more in depth in the opening segment.

Tonight we talk about increased capacity and stolen storage, blocking the used game market, double-double DNA, net neutrality violations and companies making an exit from the consumer segment.

So grab yourself a cup of tea, Earl Grey, hot, and let us entertain you as we stumble through a makeshift recording configuration.

Tonight's News
Tech Term of the Day
  • Bloatware:
    • Software that has lots of features and requires considerable disk space and RAM. As the cost of RAM and disk storage has decreased, there has been a growing trend among software developers to disregard the size of applications.
    • Software preinstalled on a device, usually by the hardware manufacturer, that is unwanted (and often useless).
Extra Links (stuff we didn't get to and bizarre references we made)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Where'd We Go?

You may have noticed that we didn't publish an episode last week. The computer we use to record went belly-up and Joe's still working on getting it fixed. On top of that, Joe's equilibrium issues came back with a vengeance and, well, he's been too worn out to configure another solution. We might get an episode out this week, we might not. But we will be back!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

T.R.I.P. Episode 46: Dude, We're Doing a Podcast

Recorded 1/26/2013

Kevin's been swamped at work and Joe's been down with a sinus infection so that didn't allow us much opportunity to scour the news as we normally do. We have a few significant stories, however, that we felt compelled to ramble upon. We talk home networking (and home computing in general), illegal things to do with your smart phone, and Star Wars - now with more lens flare!

Plus, tonight we fired up the web cams and actually had some face time. Not that you'll be able to participate because this is an audio-only show. And we promise not to do it again.

Tonight's News
Extra Links (stuff we didn't get to and bizarre references we made)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

T.R.I.P. Episode 45 - FLANG and Shutup

Recorded 1/17/2013

Yowza! We rambled quite a bit on this show. I suppose if we had one of our shortest shows that covered a large amount of news last week we should have a show that's the longest to date and covers very little news this week. The full-length show is almost two hours and we cover passwords, outsourcing (you're doing it wrong), old stars (celestial), death stars and, inexplicably, hairdressers and horoscopes. We also have some listener feedback that takes us almost 20 minutes to cover because we just won't shut up. If you want to listen to the short(er) version sans the listener feedback, you can get it here.

Tonight's News
Technology Term of the Day:
Adaptive Design - Also, static layout, liquid/fluid sites, and responsive sites. Demo site here.

Extra Links (stuff we didn't get to and bizarre references we made)