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.



#30: Paths in the Grass

August 17, 2011 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

In Dan Benjamin's absence, John Siracusa and Ryan Irelan follow up on the seemingly never-ending list of features in BBEdit and LaunchBar, take a side trip into the world of "haxies" and system extensions, and then—finally!—discuss Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) in Lion.


#29: In Too Deep

August 10, 2011 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Lion’s quittin’ ways, people who choose to turn off Dock indicator lights, the merits of a "clean install" of Mac OS X, Mac application launchers, and BBEdit vs. TextMate vs. emacs vs. vi vs. sanity.


#28: Trust, But Verify

July 28, 2011 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about Lion, following up on the animation and disk encryption topics from last week, then diving into sandboxing and the state of the file system. ARC discussion has once again been postponed until the next show.


#27: Nakedly Optimistic

July 24, 2011 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 36 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss John's review of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Topics covered: autosave, scroll bars, scroll direction, graphical changes, animation, disk encryption, plus some details of the publication and error correction process. Expect more Lion discussion on future shows.


#26: White Smoke

July 13, 2011 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin continue to wait for the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. In the meantime, topics include Facebook's use of MySQL, some of the technology behind Google+, the 5by5 ShowBot, possibly new Mac hardware (featuring the fabled xMac), and whether or not Dan and John are cool.


#25: Invisible Software

July 6, 2011 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about why webOS is slow, what's wrong with Apple's digital distribution mechanisms, why Google+ is a really big deal (for Google, anyway), and the hidden world of server-side software. John also shares some statistics about his upcoming Lion review.


#24: Sometimes It Hurts

July 2, 2011 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Mac speech recognition software, how webOS is or isn't like Mac OS X, Apple's $50 Thunderbolt cable, how Google+ is different from Facebook, and what John thinks Apple's really trying to do with Final Cut Pro X.


#23: No Sentence Left Behind

June 24, 2011 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit Apple's data center software, Pixar's weaknesses, lame Mac malware, obnoxious Twitter integration, and (one last time!) toasters, then talk about how and why John writes.


#22: I Would Not Build Underground

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

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin decompress after WWDC, then discuss Apple's (apparent) iCloud data center strategy, comparing it to other successful online service companies: Amazon, Google, and Facebook. John also recounts his one and only remotely significant interaction with Steve Jobs.


#21: Reading Playboy for the Articles

June 10, 2011 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about WWDC: iCloud, iOS 5, Lion, and yes, John's toaster, a gift from fellow 5by5 hosts Marco Arment and Merlin Mann (a.k.a. The Best Guys Ever).