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TechStuff

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 Password Security

Why should password security be a top concern? What can you do to make your passwords safe? What constitutes a strong password? Join Chris and Jonathan as they give you the tips and tricks you'll need to keep your passwords secure.




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2019-08-23
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Introducing: Hush Money

Let?s talk about money ? but not *boring* money. Entrepreneur editor-in-chief Jason Feifer and money expert Nicole Lapin go straight at the most taboo, awkward situations where money impacts our lives, relationships, and careers. In each episode they debate the trickiest questions, offering genuine financial advice about typically hush-hush issues. Then they bring in a celebrity judge to decide who?s right.

Episode 1 of Hush Money is available. Listen here

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2019-08-22
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Video Game Tech '89

What was the cutting edge in video game technology 30 years ago? Jonathan arbitrarily chooses to talk about outdated video game tech. 

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2019-08-21
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Update E Scooters

A year ago, we talked about electric scooters and how they rapidly spread to several major cities with dockless sharing programs. What's the grumpy old man podcaster got to say about this?

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2019-08-19
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at the LHC

What does the Large Hadron Collider do? How large is it? What is the LHC looking for? Listen in and get the scoop on the Large Hadron Collider with Chris and Jonathan.



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2019-08-16
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Can I Read Your Mind

What is a brain-computer interface and how does it work? Why is Elon Musk interested in them? And is Facebook really going to read your mind?

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2019-08-14
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The Death of 3D Television

For years, television manufacturers were pushing 3D features on TV sets. By 2017, all major companies had stopped trying. What happened with 3D TV?

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2019-08-12
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TechStuff Classic: More Data, More Problems

How did journalist Mat Honan get hacked? What is social engineering? How can you protect yourself against hackers? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan examine how criminals can access your data -- and how to protect your information from hackers.

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2019-08-09
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Odd, Silly and Unnecessary Inventions

We can thank geniuses for the development of stuff like radios, television and electricity. But what about the pocket fisherman? We explore the lighter side of invention.

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2019-08-07
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Boeing and the Commercial Jet Age

After introducing the 707, Boeing began to manufacture many more commercial jets. Some would become iconic in the aviation industry. And the 737 MAX would end up creating a huge problem for the company.

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2019-08-05
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TechStuff Classic: Repurposing Tech for Developing Countries

How are people using bicycles to create new machines for developing countries? What are MediKits? Why is e-waste recycling such a dangerous job? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the ways in which innovators across the world repurpose old tech.

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2019-08-02
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Boeing Really Takes Off

World War II led to many contracts between Boeing and the United States military. In this continuation of the Boeing story, we learn about the aircraft Boeing designed and its first jet-propelled aircraft.

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2019-07-31
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Boeing Launches

The aircraft manufacturer Boeing has been around for more than 100 years. In this episode, we look at the origins of the company at the dawn of the Age of Aviation.

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2019-07-29
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Hacks Into Music

Are you bored by the usual musical instruments? Would you like to turn an Atari 2600 into a guitar, or translate shadows into sound? If so, then you may be a budding music hacker. Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the wide world of music hacks.

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2019-07-26
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Social Media and the First Amendment

In July 2019, an appeals court upheld a ruling that says President Trump can't block people on Twitter because it's a violation of the First Amendment. We look at the tricky, complicated issue of the freedom of speech in the digital age.

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2019-07-24
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What is a Supply Chain?

You hear a lot of stories about problems with supply chains, but what actually is a supply chain and why is it so complicated? John Bermudez of TraceLink joins the show to talk about it.

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2019-07-22
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Introducing: Bizography with Dana Barrett

Whether they?re a current shining star, in the midst of a massive dumpster fire or settling into the dust heap of history, iconic companies allhave a past worth knowing. Hosts Dana Barrett and Nick Bean dive into their strange but true stories. Follow Dana on social media @TheDanaBarrett and learn more at www.bizography.show

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2019-07-20
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes Steampunk

What is steampunk? What are the traits of the steampunk aesthetic? Who are some famous steampunk artists? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at steampunk.



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2019-07-19
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What's up with Facebook Libra?

In June, 2019, the Libra Association published a white paper about an upcoming digital currency called Libra, with Facebook playing an important role. What makes Libra special?

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2019-07-17
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Outdated Tech Terms We Still Use

From dialing a phone to making a mix tape, our language is filled with phrases spawned from obsolete tech. We take a look at some listener favorites.

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2019-07-15
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TechStuff Classic: Printing Medication

How has ink jet technology been used to dispense medication? How could a 3-D printer create medicine? In what other ways have printers been used to create medical treatments?

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2019-07-12
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TechStuff Gets in Touch with Touch Screens

What is the history of the touch screen? What are the different ways inventors have designed to make the technology work? 

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2019-07-10
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Is E3 Still Relevant?

It's a question the gaming industry has been asking for a while, fueled partly by some dramatic disagreements within the Entertainment Software Association. Is the E3 trade show still relevant or is it a waste of time and money?

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2019-07-08
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TechStuff Classic TechStuff Hacks the Kinect

How does the Microsoft Kinect work? What's Microsoft's position on hacking the Kinect? What are some of the most creative hacks? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the astonishing potential of the Kinect.




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2019-07-05
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Time to Kick Some Asteroid

In June, 2019, the OSIRIS-REx satellite entered an orbit less than 2,500 feet above the asteroid Bennu. In a few years, we might be mining asteroids. How will we do it, and why?

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2019-07-03
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The Story of HowStuffWorks

From its founding in the 90s as a site to demystify the universe to the complicated, present-day structure, we look at Jonathan's employer. 

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2019-07-01
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TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tests the Emergency Broadcast System

What was the Emergency Broadcast System? What did it have to do with the Cold War? How is the Emergency Alert System different from the old EBS? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the origin of the EBS and the EAS.

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2019-06-28
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The End of iTunes

There's no doubt that iTunes changed the fortunes of Apple. So why did the company announce in 2019 that it was discontinuing the venerable program? We learn about how feature creep and a changing marketplace spelled the end of iTunes.

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2019-06-26
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The Creation of iTunes

Apple first unveiled iTunes in 2001, setting it and the company on an incredible journey. In this episode, we learn how iTunes came to be up to the debut of the iTunes Music Store in 2003.

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2019-06-24
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Techstuff Classic: Spotlight on Dennis Ritchie

Who was Dennis Ritchie? Why did Ritchie create the C programming language? What is the story of Ritchie?s involvement with UNIX? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris delve into the life and work of Dennis Ritchie.

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2019-06-21
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AMD Up To Today

Picking up where we left off, this episode about AMD looks at its more recent history and how it has played a role in tech.

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2019-06-19
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The Early Days of AMD

Listener Stephen asked that I cover AMD a long time ago, and so this is the start of that company's history. We explore the founding of the company through its early years.

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2019-06-17
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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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