Hypercritical Retired

Hypercritical

A weekly talk show ruminating on exactly what is wrong in the world of Apple and related technologies and businesses. Nothing is so perfect that it can't be complained about.

Hosted by John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin.



#10: Like Giving a Machine Gun to a Baby

March 18, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin are briefly amused by iPhone 5 rumors, then dive head first into a ruthless analysis of Apple's online services, past and present. The sad conclusion: Apple sucks at what Google is good at, and vice versa.


#9: No iLife is an Island

March 11, 2011 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin further opine on the iPad 2 and the Apple Strategy Tax, then discuss Apple's anachronistic views on digital media management as embodied in the iLife suite and the iPod product line.


#8: A Cautionary Tale

March 4, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin vow never to talk about physics again, then discuss the new iPad and, finally, how Apple's expansion into so many new businesses has created a series of conflicts of interest that could, at best, doom it to Microsoft-like stagnation in the long run.


#7: ThunderCats

February 25, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk a bit more about connectors before moving on to the big Apple news: new MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt i/o and the first developer preview release of Mac OS X Lion.


#6: Frivolous Things

February 18, 2011 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin reveal the many prosaic reasons for not owning an iPhone, then veer off on several non-tech tangents and never fully recover: RSI, travel phobia, a personal history of computer ownership, and more.


#5: Slippery Little Pill

February 11, 2011 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Apple’s hardware blind spots: keyboards, dock connector, iPod/iPhone cases, laptop designs, and more.


#4: iOS vs. The World

February 4, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit Mac OS X Lion and TV devices, then discuss what it would take for iOS to achieve iPod-like world domination.


#3: The Mouse is Not a Finger

January 28, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin do some follow-up on the topic of backups, then talk about possible motivations behind the Mac OS X Lion features Apple has revealed so far, the future of desktop computing, and what might have caused iPhoto '11 to be worse than the previous version.


#2: Backup Vortex

January 21, 2011 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 14 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin tie up some loose ends from the TV show before talking about backups, the onus on Apple to make them work, Apple's past and present attempts, the failings of external hard drives, personal backup regimes, and online backups.


#1: Dream Crusher

January 14, 2011 at 12:00PM • 57 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the sad state of TV technology, why the TV situation is worse than music and even phones, why Apple has decided it can't solve this particular problem right now, why TiVo sucks (but is still better than all the other alternatives), and which box, of the ten connected to your TV, is the best one to use to watch Netflix.