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TechStuff

TechStuff is a show about technology. And it?s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Solid State Drives

What is a solid state drive? How are they different from magnetic storage devices? How do SSDs erase data? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the nuts-and-bolts of solid state drives.

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2019-06-14
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The Evolution of Virtualization

Virtual machines open up a lot of options for information infrastructure. Where did the idea come from and how did it evolve over time?

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2019-06-12
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Three Approaches to AI Policy

Oz and Karah from Sleepwalkers join the show to talk about how different parts of the world are looking at developing, regulating and legislating artificial intelligence. From the US to the EU to China, we look at very different approaches and what they might mean for our future.

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2019-06-10
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Supercomputers

What is a supercomputer? What was the first supercomputer? How fast is the fastest supercomputer? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan add up the facts about the world's fastest, most powerful computers.

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2019-06-07
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AI and Misconceptions: A Conversation with Sleepwalkers

Oz and Karah of the Sleepwalkers podcast join the show to talk about artificial intelligence, the challenges we face and some of the misconceptions around the terminology.

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2019-06-05
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How Planes Work

What are the physics behind flight? We demystify the concept of lift and explain how many sources get the explanation wrong.

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2019-06-03
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Arms Itself with Non-lethal Weapons

How do pain rays work? What is the Portal Denial System? How does the Taser shotgun shell work? Join Jonathan and Chris as they introduce you to a new world of excruciating -- but, theoretically -- non-lethal pain.






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2019-05-31
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The YouTube Adpocalypse

What was the YouTube adpocalypse and why did it happen? Is another on the way? And where do creators turn to when their careers are at stake?

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2019-05-29
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Addicted to Tech

Is technology addictive? In this episode, we look at how some psychological studies in the mid 20th century would form the foundation for app design.

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2019-05-27
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Introducing Ephemeral

Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it?s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. Listen wherever podcasts are found and learn more at www.ephemeral.show 

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2019-05-26
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Clicks on Web Ads

How does Web advertising compare to traditional advertising? What do the terms CPM, CPA and CPC mean? How do affiliate programs work? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the nuts and bolts of online advertising.

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2019-05-24
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All Broken Up About Facebook

On May 9, 2019, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times calling for the US government to break up Facebook into three smaller companies. What's the story behind this and is Hughes right?

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2019-05-22
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The Black Box Problem

A black box in tech is something that hides how it works away from view or understanding, and it can cause big problems. This episode is about critical thinking and unrealistic expectations.

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2019-05-20
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays the Slot Machines

How did the earliest slot machines work? How do modern slot machines use random number generators? Where are you more likely to find slot machines that pay out frequently? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the science behind slot machines.












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2019-05-17
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Behind the Jargon of the Film Industry

What's the difference between a Gaffer and the Best Boy? What do all the roles on a movie set actually mean? We look at the tech and terminology of film sets.

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2019-05-15
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How Google Won the Search War

Before Google, there were half a dozen search engines to choose from. What happened to them? How did Google pass them by to become a multibillion dollar company?

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2019-05-13
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TechStuff Classic:TechStuff Mines Some Asteroids

Why would we want to mine asteroids? How might we manage the mining operation? What is Planetary Resource's plan? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore mining asteroids.

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2019-05-10
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Droning about Drone Regulations

Recently, Alphabet company Wing received FAA approval for Air Carrier status. What does that mean? And what are the regulations about drones?

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2019-05-08
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Introducing Sleepwalkers

Introducing SleepwalkersThis is Sleepwalkers. With secret labs and expert guests, Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss explore the thrill of the AI revolution hands-on, to see how we can stay in control of our future. Sleepwalkers starts on May 2nd.

Subscribe here.

For more information, check out the Sleepwalkers Instagram here.

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2019-05-07
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The MP3 Revolution

Digital files would become the biggest disruption to the entertainment industry since the dawn of recorded media. From piracy to a shift away from personal ownership, we look at how the mp3 and other digital file formats have changed the world of entertainment.

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2019-05-06
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Investigates Operation Ghost Click

How does a Domain Name Server work? What are rogue Domain Name Servers? How can you tell if you have the DNSChanger malware? Tune in to learn more.







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2019-05-03
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Blu-ray vs HD DVD

When companies settled on the DVD standard, they avoided a format war. But the high-definition market wasn't going to be so lucky. Sony and Toshiba faced off to see whose format would win out in the end.

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2019-05-01
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Rise of the CD

The compact disc was a big hit for the music industry. Cheap to produce with a high profit margin, the CD promised to deliver high fidelity sound to an eager audience. Here's the story of how the CD hit the big time.

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2019-04-29
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes for a Google Drive

What is Google Drive? How does cloud storage work? How does Google Drive compare to other online storage properties? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan take you behind the wheel of Google Drive in this episode.




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2019-04-26
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Tracking Changes in Media: VCRs and CDs

While the audio cassette was changing the music industry, the videocassette was wreaking havoc with Hollywood. And a new player, a CD player, was in the wings waiting.

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2019-04-24
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Making Media Personal: Mix Tapes

The development of the magnetic recording process changed the entertainment industry. In this episode, we look at the rise of tape, including the 8-track and the compact cassette.

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2019-04-22
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes on Autopilot

Who invented autopilot? How can autopilot maintain control of an airplane? What happens if the autopilot system fails? Join Chris and Jonathan as they answer these questions and more in this episode of TechStuff.

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2019-04-19
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Media Madness: TV Challenges Film

In the second part on our series of media and tech, we look at how the rise of television forced the film industry to change. We also learn about the rise of cable television and the further evolution of the recording industry.

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2019-04-17
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Media and You: From Records to Film

In this first episode in a series, we look at how media, business and consumption has changed as technology has evolved, starting with early records and film.

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2019-04-15
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TechStuff Classic: Tech?s Biggest Acquisition Stories

What were some of the most successful tech acquisitions? Which acquisitions failed to make any headway? How much did each user of Broadcast.com cost Yahoo? Learn more about tech acquisitions with Chris and Jonathan.




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2019-04-12
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RERUN: Hacking for Dollars

It's time for another classic episode. In this one, Shannon Morse of Hak5 joins the show to talk about how hackers make a living by slinging code around.

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2019-04-10
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RERUN: What was Web 2.0?

In this classic episode, we look back at the concept of Web 2.0. What did it really mean? Why were sites that followed a Web 2.0 philosophy more likely to survive? 

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2019-04-08
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TechStuff Classic: The Internet of Things

What is the Internet of things? What sort of devices could be linked to the Internet? Could the Internet of things eliminate privacy? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore a future wherein common objects may communicate with the internet.

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2019-04-05
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RERUN: How LIGO Works

A couple of years ago, a facility made headlines when it detected a previously theoretical phenomena, that of gravitational waves. This classic episode explains how it worked.

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2019-04-03
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Turboencabulators and Technobabble

Is your panametric fan misaligned? Are the hydrocoptic marzelanes rattling around? TechStuff dives into the odd world of the Turbo Encabulator and technobabble!

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2019-04-01
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Conjures Up Brian Brushwood

How did Brian get his start in stage magic? What is the Afterlyfe.me project? How do the worlds of technology and stage magic overlap? Join Chris and Jonathan as they interview Brian Brushwood.

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2019-03-29
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RERUN: How Solar Towers Work

What are solar towers? How do they generate electricity? What's the future of solar power?

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2019-03-27
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The Spotify Story

Where did Spotify come from and how did it change the way we listen to music? In this episode, we look at the origin and evolution of Spotify.

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2019-03-25
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Counts Some Number Stations

What is a number station? What is shortwave radio? What could these numbers mean? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan dive into the murky, mysterious world of number stations.

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2019-03-22
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The Facebook Privacy Problem

On March 6, 2019, Mark Zuckerberg published a long essay about privacy and social media. Does this indicate a change in philosophy for Facebook or is something else going on?

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2019-03-20
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What is WebAuthn

The W3C and FIDO recently adopted the WebAuthn specification as a standard. What is WebAuthn, and will it replace passwords?

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2019-03-18
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Ballistics

How can you determine if a gun fired a particular bullet? What is rifling? How do forensics experts test weapons? Join Jonathan and Chris as they draw a bead on ballistics.




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2019-03-15
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TechStuff Flies on the Concorde

From 1976 until 2003, the Concorde provided a fast option for air travel if you happened to have enough cash for a ticket. How does supersonic air travel work and what happened to Concorde?

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2019-03-13
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What is 5G?

The future is 5G. So what the heck is 5G? It's a big, confusing topic but by the end of this episode you'll understand it.

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2019-03-11
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TechStuff Classic: Was Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer?

In this episode, Jonathan and Chris discuss Ada Lovelace, daughter of the infamous Lord Byron and widely considered to be the first computer programmer.




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2019-03-08
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TechStuff Pumps the Brakes

How do car brakes work? From the earliest wooden block brakes to anti-lock brake systems, we learn about the science of coming to a stop.

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2019-03-06
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Techstuff Throws Rotten Tomatoes

In 1998, a web designer launched a movie review aggregator site. A couple of decades later, it has changed the film industry. This is the story of Rotten Tomatoes.

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2019-03-04
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Stares at OLEDs

What is an OLED? How do OLED displays work? How do they compare to other display technologies? Join Chris and Jonathan as they break down the nuts and bolts of OLED displays in this episode.

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2019-03-01
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Social Networks that Didn't Make It

For every Facebook and Twitter, there are half a dozen failed social networks that didn't survive to today. We look back on a few of them. Myspace Not Included.

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2019-02-27
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Quicktime

Before there was YouTube, there was Quicktime. How did a project inside Apple become a dominant standard for computer-based video playback and more?

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2019-02-25
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