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.



#40: When The Hobby Light Goes Off

October 28, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss what it's going to take for Apple to field a television product that's finally something more than a "hobby." Attached box vs. full TV set, apps vs. channels vs. a la carte purchases, direct deals with content owners vs. additional layers of middlemen (e.g., Netflix). So many possibilities, but all of them difficult.


#39: Quasimodo Backpack

October 21, 2011 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 32 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about Siri in theory and in practice, and how iCloud is different than MobileMe, with its own set of problems. Plus more complaints about the Star Wars blu-rays, a clarification of the TiVo Premiere Elite's specs, and the long-overdue completion of our tour of the Windows 8 UI.


#38: Virtually Spotless

October 14, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 27 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss TiVo Premiere Elite's potential to not be as horrible as the TiVo Premiere, the expectations for and reality of Siri, Google's new Dart programming language, and the iCloud launch.


#37: A Story of Triumph

October 7, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about the death of Steve Jobs: personal remembrances, the less-obvious lessons of his life, and the dangers of his deification. Also, misspeaking vs. failing to communicate, Star Wars blu-rays, and John's attempt to politely decline charity.


#36: Wedge

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

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Amazon's new tablets, the Google technologies and Amazon cloud services that stand behind them, and what making money by "selling the blades" implies about Amazon's ability to compete with Apple's approach of "selling the razors." Also, predictions for October's Apple event, and (briefly) Fringe.


#35: Wrestling an Alligator

September 23, 2011 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about the Netflix/Qwikster debacle and the big picture in the TV and movie industries, then continue their exploration of the Windows 8 Metro user interface. The only way out is through!


#34: Pride in Craftsmanship

September 16, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin mourn the continuing shameful stewardship of the cultural touchstone that is Star Wars, then dive into the Windows 8 Metro user interface and Microsoft's prospects for the future of its hybrid tablet/desktop operating system.


#33: Square Bracket Colon Smiley

September 9, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the origins and suitability of Markdown, including why John doesn't use it and why you might want to, and why the entire PC industry can't seem to create a laptop as nice as a MacBook Air but for less money.


#32: The Next Big Move

August 31, 2011 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the future of Apple without Steve Jobs. What decisions defined the Jobs II Era, and can Apple continue to make such big moves without the big man at the top?


#31: Strong Arguments for and Against

August 24, 2011 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

John Siracusa and Ryan Irelan discuss the future of the Mac Pro, what HP's exit from the PC business and Google's acquisition of Motorola mean for Microsoft, and whether or not Amazon should buy webOS.