In Beta Retired

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.

#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"?

#111: Anarchist Vegan Knitting Cooperative

August 11, 2014 at 2:30PM • 59 minutes

"The open source software movement was supposed to be like Woodstock," says the NY Times. Actually, no. Kevin & Christie dig into the way we perceive firms that are "open."

#110: Upgrades and Other Unnatural Disasters

July 29, 2014 at 9:00AM • 54 minutes

Why do we all do day-of upgrades, when we know what can go wrong? What's the worst upgrade you've been through? Kevin & Christie kick off the chorus of woe.

#109: Christie's Travel Packing Consultancy

July 17, 2014 at 4:45PM • 46 minutes

Kevin and Christie share their travel tips and tricks as they both prepare for upcoming trips.

#108: The Great Facebookout

July 3, 2014 at 12:45PM • 57 minutes

Facebook, man: it's getting a bit weird. Christie & Kevin are (probably) killing their accounts, but that's not easy. This one's all about the big blue-ish social network.