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Systematic #92: Ryan Irelan - Fascinating Details

April 15, 2014 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Ryan Irelan is the owner of Mijingo and the primary creator behind its stream of popular tech tutorial videos. He's also the Vice President of Technology at Happy Cog. He joins Brett and talks about both of those things, up until Brett derails the conversation with a Bruce Springsteen question.

Hosted by Brett Terpstra.


Five Minute Tech News #274: Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 at 4:30PM • 3 minutes

The news for Monday, April 14, 2014

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.


DLC #15: There Are No Awkward Places

April 14, 2014 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

Jeff and Christian welcome Emily V Gordon from Nerdist's Indoor Kids podcast to the show this week. She is excited about Sir Richard Attenborough making a new documentary for the Oculus Rift, as well as the new DLC announced for Titan Fall. Christian is surprised by the release dates for Super Smash Bros on the WiiU and 3DS, as well as Peter Molyneux calling the Kinect a "joke". Meanwhile, Jeff is still in Boston for PAX East, and he is buzzing about his participation in Firaxis' announcement of Civ: Beyond Earth, and Blizzard's announcement of Curse of Naxxramas for Hearthstone. Everybody was excited to see 14 minutes of Chris Robert's Star Citizen on display at the show.

In the Playlist, Emily is playing Titanfall and South Park: Stick of Truth, as well as Don't Starve, Christian is playing Zen Pinball, and Jeff has a ton of PAX East games to report on, including Evolve, Wildstar, Love in a Dangerous Spacetime, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and Below.

Then it is Tabletop Time, and Jeff played some awesome games at PAX East, including Mobile Frame Zero, Myth, and Cipher Ops.

All that, plus YOUR phone calls!

Hosted by Christian Spicer & Jeff Cannata.


Tech Douchebags #3: The Morally Obligated Developer

April 14, 2014 at 3:00PM • 60 minutes

In this week’s meeting, software developer Brett Terpstra expresses his struggle handling support e-mails for a bevy of different applications, the types of users that drain his resources, why documentation isn't ever a catch-all solution, and how viewing a product as an extension of your identity causes problems in saying no to people that require support.

In the process, we discuss people's fears in upgrading their OS, incorrectly attributing the cause of fast/slow system speed based purely on perceptions, why most will blame issues on the last thing they remember changing, the pros and cons of "stupidifying" computing, and the difference between getting kudos from industry peers versus mainstream users.

It concludes with Brett completing step eleven by making a concerted effort in figuring out ways to further reduce user friction in his applications so "noob" customer support issues can be kept to a minimum.

Hosted by Jordan Cooper.


The Critical Path #115: The Canvas of Pixels

April 14, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Horace and Moisés talk about Amazon's acquisition of ComiXology, digging into the very "local" nature of book publishing in general and the extreme regional differences in content popularity and delivery.

Hosted by Horace Dediu.


On the Grid #60: The Device is the Message

April 13, 2014 at 9:00PM • 52 minutes

This week we talked about the growing hill that is the web and the devices that shape our message.

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


Latest in Paleo #105: Is it OK to be Fat?

April 13, 2014 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

On this week's show: RIP John Pinette and a word from Carl Sagan. How do marketers lure kids in the cereal aisle? Does junk food or being obese make you lazy? The obesity paradox...is it OK to be fat? Why is bacon getting so expensive? Plus a Moment of Paleo segment and Golda Poretsky After the Bell.

Hosted by Angelo Coppola.


Mac Power Users #187: Word Processors

April 13, 2014 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

David and Katie talk about various word processors for the Mac and iOS. Pages, Microsoft Word, Nisus Writer, OpenOffice, GoogleDrive and more...

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

Hosted by David Sparks & Katie Floyd.


After Dark #451: Hydra Dating Policy

April 12, 2014 at 12:30PM • 9 minutes

Jason Snell, Dan Moren, Rene Ritchie, Guy English, Moises Chiullan, and Tony Sindelar talk about mutants, superheroes, and how to properly hail Hydra.

Hosted by Dan Benjamin.


The Incomparable #190: The Cloud is Run by Hydra

April 12, 2014 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Grab your shield, steal your old uniform, and hop on your motorcycle, because it's time for us to discuss "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." It's the latest Marvel movie, and even though Steve Rogers is the title character, there's an awful lot of SHIELD in this movie, too. Does the franchise aspect of these films help or hurt? Are the action scenes more interesting than the urban disasters featured in most recent superhero movies? And is the Falcon really Cap's only friend outside SHIELD? Also, we reveal the Hydra secret handshake.

Featuring panelists Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar, Guy English, Rene Ritchie, and Moisés Chiullan.

Hosted by Jason Snell.