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Tech Douchebags #2: The Conflicted Twitterer

April 7, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

In this week’s meeting, Ben Alexander of Fiat Lux shares his struggles with social media usage, how to maintain a balanced worldview locked inside a "filter bubble" of your own choosing, putting too much self-worth and judging others based on follower count, and how the inherent asymmetry of social networks distorts what's real and what's contrived.

In the process, we discuss how shitty wi-fi is destroying Ben's relationship with his mother, how people who are comfortable with technology can still have illogical blind spots, the difference between being purposefully and blissfully unaware, why geeks no longer feel heroic when fixing someone's computer, and our inability to let go of others doing things the wrong way.

It concludes with Ben completing step six by coming to terms with the weak-tie nature of social media connections and promising not to expect much depth and transparency in his future engagements on these platforms.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.


Mac Power Users #185: Workflows with the Mac Observer's Dave Hamilton

April 6, 2014 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

Dave Hamilton, co-founder of The Mac Observer and co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast stops by to chat with David and Katie about running an online publication, his tricked out podcasting setup, being a musician, Mac maintenance and more.

Thanks to MPU listener Jigar Talati for assistance with the shownotes this week!

Hosted by David Sparks & Katie Floyd.


Five Minute Tech News #270: Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014 at 5:15PM • 3 minutes

The news for Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.


In Beta #95: School of Hard NOCs

April 6, 2014 at 9:00AM • 45 minutes

Christie walks Kevin through what it's like to have your indie website get utterly traffic-bombed, and how to defend your site from future popularity.

Hosted by Christie Koehler & Kevin Purdy.


Ruby on Rails Podcast #144: Mike Perham - Sidekiq & Sidekiq Pro

April 5, 2014 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Mike Perham - creator of Sidekiq and Sidekiq Pro - talks about the history of Sidekiq, the brand new 3.0 release, the Sidekiq Pro commercial add on, money in open source, and related topics.

Hosted by Sean Devine.


After Dark #450: The Endless Incomparable After Dark

April 5, 2014 at 3:45PM • 24 minutes

Jason, John, Andy, Greg, and David can't stop, won't stop.

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.


The Incomparable #189: Using Computers to Impress Girls

April 5, 2014 at 3:00PM • 2 hours

Warm up your modem and turn your nuclear-launch key--it's time to play Global Thermonuclear War! We discuss "WarGames," the 1983 John Badham film starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Is this the ultimate film for computer nerds like us? How do the film's Cold War themes contrast with its anti-technology themes? Can a computer make moral decisions? Why is there so much nerd shaming and sexism? And why do they let tour buses into the heart of America's nuclear command? So many questions, Professor Falken, and so few remote-controlled pterodactyls.

Featuring panelists John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, Greg Knauss, and David J. Loehr.

Hosted by Jason Snell.


Home Work #105: Technical Problems and an Encore Episode

April 4, 2014 at 8:00AM • 42 minutes

Because of some unavoidable technical difficulties, episode 105 isn't new and fresh out of the oven today. And we're sorry about that. But life is messy sometimes.

In honor of this mess, we're going to re-run episode 85, Messy Desks. See how clever we are?

Dave and Aaron debate the benefits and drawbacks to having a messy desk and office. Does it inhibit creativity, or encourage it?

Hosted by Aaron Mahnke & Dave Caolo.


Puromac #288: Nueva Etapa

April 3, 2014 at 11:00PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

Este es el primer episodio de Puromac que sale de 5by5 (http://5by5.tv). Fede habla de sus nuevas visitas, y de su viaje a Colombia. Fede y Flavio hablan del iPhone 5s, el iPhone 6 y comparaciones con el Samsung Galaxy S5. Se discute los meritos del nuevo Amazon Fire TV, y lo que es FireChat. Hablan del procesador A7 y hasta hay un juego recomendado.

Hosted by Federico Hatoum & Flavio Guinsburg.


On the Grid #59: Chiseling Away

April 3, 2014 at 9:00PM • 50 minutes

Matt is back from vacation to follow up on Episode 36 about new design tools and then the open web vs. protecting your thing.

Hosted by Andy Mangold, Dan Auer, and Matt McInerney.