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.



#20: I've Got Nothing

June 4, 2011 at 12:00PM • 46 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss John's upcoming trip to WWDC, Twitter's strange gaps in functionality (and the third-party developers determined to fill them), the sale of NetNewsWire to Black Pixel, and dealing with changes to your favorite applications.


#19: Don't Make Me Read

May 27, 2011 at 2:00PM • 58 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk toasters again, then discuss John's first computer love, the classic Macintosh Finder. Time constraints cut the love affair short, but the passion burns beyond the bounds of the podcast.


#18: Worse and More Diverse

May 20, 2011 at 6:15AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin put the TV technology and PHP topics to bed, touch on SSD reliability again, then discuss what's wrong with Twitter and why toaster ovens are worse today than they were a few decades ago.


#17: Intruding Gooseneck

May 13, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk some more about TV technology, elaborate on why, exactly, PHP is a bad programming language, lament the "decontenting" of Apple hardware and the proprietary hard drives in the new iMacs, and ponder the place of SSDs in the lives of computer users who are not independently wealthy.


#16: The Soap Opera Effect

May 6, 2011 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 42 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin repent after two episodes on programming languages by discussing TV technology…after about 45 minutes of (so-called) follow-up on Apple's potential use of ARM CPUs in Macs, gaming performance in Mac OS X, and yes, a bit more about programming.


#15: The Bridges of Siracusa County

April 29, 2011 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 43 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin continue their discussion of high-level programming languages, now focusing on why all popular languages suck in some way, then transition into a hard look at Perl, the black sheep of the dynamic language landscape.


#14: A Dark Age of Objective-C

April 15, 2011 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit Apple's GUI history, complain about TiVo some more, then explore the possibility of another Copland-like crisis looming in Apple's future. What will replace Objective-C and Cocoa? What can?


#13: The Tortoise and the Hare

April 8, 2011 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss some upcoming Pixar projects, Facebook's open datacenter initiative, Star Wars, and, finally, Apple’s philosophy and practice of UI consistency over the years.


#12: Nothing Is So Perfect

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

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin turn a critical eye towards last week's episode on criticism, then try to pick the single biggest challenge facing three different wildly successful companies: Google, Facebook, and yes…Pixar.


#11: I Am the Steve Jobs of This Sandwich

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

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit Apple's iLife island and Google's operational secret weapons, then talk about the nature of criticism, online and offline, from movies to cars to (finally) computers.