In Beta

In Beta

In Beta is a talk show about tech culture, making open source software, and how mobile, social, and web apps are changing the world.

Hosted by Christie Koehler and Kevin Purdy.


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#121: Incrementalists, Completionists, David Bowie

October 24, 2014 at 11:00AM • 58 minutes

Whenever you change your software or system, you can make people realllllly antsy. How can you set up changes and convert haters? Who's done it well, who stinks at change?


#120: The Giant Pile of Whatever In Your Shade

October 18, 2014 at 1:00PM • 54 minutes

Is there any way to fix the big mess that is modern notifications? How can developers help prevent phones, tablets, laptops, and browsers from becoming wastelands of opt-out distraction?


#119: A Cookie Would Be Better

October 10, 2014 at 7:45PM • 52 minutes

Kevin and Christie make a wish list of conferences they want to attend, ask what makes a good conference, and plot to get bosses to pay for them.


#118: Open Source ALL the Libraries

October 10, 2014 at 7:00PM • 57 minutes

Proud library/librarian advocate and community builder Jennie Rose Halperin talks about building, hacking, appreciating, and using libraries.


#117: You Can't Stop People From Being Lonely

October 10, 2014 at 2:30PM • 58 minutes

Could you go back in time and stop the first spam message? How effective is spam, actually? How do we fight spam today, and what could we do better?


#116: Bit Rot & You

October 6, 2014 at 2:30PM • 59 minutes

All this stuff we're making: where are we gonna store it? Programs, games, music, your CD archive—how long will it last on its medium, and what's the next step?


#115: Exasperated, Knowing Sigh

September 29, 2014 at 10:00AM • 51 minutes

Imposter Syndrome: what is it, and why does it come up in tech conversations so often? Christie & Kevin talk about feeling like you're about to be found out.


#114: The Case of the Case Reviewer

September 24, 2014 at 9:00AM • 52 minutes

Nick Guy has reviewed literally 1,000 iPhone & iPad cases and accessories for iLounge. How does a human being do that? How do you write reviews in general for such a huge audience?


#113: The Weirdly Wonderful WikiWorld

September 17, 2014 at 1:00PM • 51 minutes

Christie is back from WikiMania, so her and Kevin talk WikiMedia, Wikipedia, MediaWikis ... there's a lot happening in the wikiverse we can learn from.


#112: I Really Like This IRC Thing Now

September 5, 2014 at 8:00AM • 54 minutes

Let's pretend (ha!) that some of us don't actually know IRC that well. How do you do the IRCs? What's the privacy like? How do you "get into it"?