Hypercritical

Hypercritical

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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 & Dan Benjamin.
100: Metacritical
Dec 28, 2012 • 101 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin end the Hypercritical podcast with a discussion of the show itself, followed by a final Q&A where Dan asks the questions and John attempts to provide sensible answers. Many thanks to all the listeners and the folks in the…
99: New Siracusa County Bros. U
Dec 21, 2012 • 121 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on iTunes 11 and Apple’s continuing failure to grok online services, then discuss the Wii U, starting with the painful setup process and continuing on to New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, and, inevitably, the…
98: Hardware Machismo
Dec 14, 2012 • 126 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on taping out silicon chips, Apple’s seemingly bottomless silicon ambitions, and the pitfalls of labeling people, then discuss Twitterrific 5, the new Google maps app on iOS, iTunes 11, Tim Cook’s national news…
97: Idle Doodles
Dec 5, 2012 • 115 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on silicon chip making and misogyny in geek culture, then dive into Hypercritical’s first—and likely only—listener Q&A show. All questions entertained! Some questions answered!
96: Blue Peter
Nov 30, 2012 • 104 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin reveal John’s Wii U in transit, then talk more about Apple, Intel, ARM, and silicon chip fabrication, and finally, the Fake Geek Girl meme, misogyny, and problems with Geek Culture in general.
95: Black Friday
Nov 23, 2012 • 108 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the upcoming end of this show, more on Intel vs. ARM, Apple’s CPU/GPU needs, and the newly revealed internals of the Wii U console and GamePad.
94: Shrink, Shrink, Shrink!
Nov 16, 2012 • 100 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit the topic of voting technology, then discuss the possibility of Apple using ARM processors instead of Intel processors in its Macs: RISC vs. CISC, process nodes, the x86 burden, and…sewing machines.
93: A Magic Elf in My Computer
Nov 9, 2012 • 115 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about Forstall’s departure from Apple, Surface storage, and Fusion Drive, then discuss US voting technology, Google voice search, and how Apple’s design problems are more than skin deep.
92: The Tim Cook Era
Nov 2, 2012 • 125 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest information about Apple’s Fusion Drive and the first big executive reshuffling at Apple in the post-Steve Jobs era: Forstall and Browett are out; Ive, Cue, Federighi, and Mansfield are in.
91: Adolescence
Oct 26, 2012 • 143 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the new hardware announced at the October 23rd Apple event: the latest Retina MacBook Pro, whether the new iMac is too skinny or too fat, the little information we currently know about Fusion Drive, and, of course,…
90: Salad Days
Oct 19, 2012 • 122 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin ponder the upcoming Apple event, assess picayune physical details of the iPhone 5 and iPod touch, compare the newly announced pricing for the Microsoft Surface to its possible competitors, and discuss John’s approach to…
89: Lazy Sunday
Oct 14, 2012 • 96 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin relax on a Sunday afternoon and chat about Apple’s taste for brute force solutions, the foibles of decentralized systems like Tent and email, and The Magazine, Marco Arment’s new Newsstand publication.
88: Nobody Leaves Email
Oct 5, 2012 • 115 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest events in the burgeoning App.net community, then explore the competing(?) Tent.io protocol for decentralized real-time social networking.
87: Smarter and Harder
Sep 28, 2012 • 90 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on Apple’s slippery little devices and Apple’s mapping woes, then discuss the new iPod touch and iPod nano. John’s hypothetical Ferrari is briefly mentioned.
86: Naked Robotic Core
Sep 21, 2012 • 85 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the new iPhone 5: its physical design, the case for cases, the new lightning connector, and Apple’s trouble with maps. Let the iPhone 6 speculation begin?
85: Just Check the Checkbox!
Sep 12, 2012 • 101 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss all the things that went wrong during John’s Mountain Lion ebook publishing experience. There’s more than enough blame to go around. Please note that this episode was recorded before the September 12th Apple event.
84: Spared No Expense
Sep 7, 2012 • 128 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Amazon’s new Kindle and Kindle Fire products. Is Amazon Apple’s most dangerous competitor, or are the two companies not really in competition at all? Who is Amazon’s ideal customer? Finally, John and Dan make their…
83: Dishonorable
Aug 31, 2012 • 89 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the Apple v. Samsung court case, the near-comprehensive rumors and leaks about the next iPhone, the possible internals of the rumored iPad mini, and which company we’d like to buy Twitter, if it were actually for…
82: The Opposite of Comprehensive
Aug 24, 2012 • 126 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin finally complete their discussion of John’s Mountain Lion review. Topics include power management, UI simplification, automatic termination, Facebook integration, and plagiarizing from yourself.
81: Channels of Control
Aug 17, 2012 • 123 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest round of Twitter API changes that further marginalize third-party “traditional” Twitter client applications, with the inevitable follow up about App.Net, the nascent Twitter-like service that takes money…
80: Memory Palace
Aug 10, 2012 • 99 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin continue to discuss John’s review of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. On this episode: iCloud storage APIs and user interface, sandboxing, Gatekeeper, Retina/HiDPI, Scene Kit, Objective-C enhancements, and a bonus diversion into one…
79: Grandpa Uncle Joe
Aug 3, 2012 • 104 min
John Siracusa is on vacation this week, so we instead present its ersatz replacement, ‘Kindacritical’, with Dan Benjamin, Marco Arment, and Merlin Mann.
78: Sins of the Father
Jul 27, 2012 • 146 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss—what else?—John’s review of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. There’s so much to cover that this will have to be a multi-epsiode topic. On this episode: purchase and installation, interface and document model changes, and…
77: Nucleation Site
Jul 20, 2012 • 106 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about a potential smaller iPad, OUYA’s challenges, what makes a successful Kickstarter project, how the Penny Arcade Kickstarter could have been more attractive to funders, and finally, the strange case of App.net.
76: Selling a Dream
Jul 13, 2012 • 126 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the OUYA Android-based TV gaming console Kickstarter project, the unprecedented Penny Arcade Kickstarter project to remove ads from its web site for a year, and the Kickstarter phenomenon itself. Also, check the show…
75: Just a Dinosaur
Jul 6, 2012 • 92 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss rumors of a new, smaller iPad, Marco Arment’s experience with and reporting of this week’s App Store data corruption problem, Apple’s response, and the continuing, unhealthy separation of developers and their…
74: Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Jun 29, 2012 • 119 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss alternate motivations for the Microsoft Surface, Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, the history and value of reparability in computer hardware, and the possibility of electronics that “age well.” Also, there’s a robot that…
73: 22 Degrees
Jun 22, 2012 • 102 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the Microsoft Surface. It’s a tablet! It’s an ultrabook! It runs Office, Windows, and your existing x86 applications…unless it’s the ARM version. And why is Microsoft making hardware, anyway? It’s all very intriguing.
72: Seven Levels of Air Quotes
Jun 15, 2012 • 69 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss—what else?—WWDC: the hardware and software announcements, John’s chances of getting his review done on time, John’s WWDC survival gear, and the one time a year where he meets the fans face to face.
71: Bristling With Controls
Jun 8, 2012 • 106 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest crop of iPhone 5 and WWDC rumors, E3 2012, the current state of the traditional game console market, and the elephant in the gaming living room: Apple.
70: Deja Vu
Jun 1, 2012 • 99 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss more optimistic prospects for a new Mac Pro, the latest round of iPhone 5 hardware rumors, and the intriguing possibilities for WWDC implied by the large number of sessions on the schedule that are labelled “To Be…
69: Sport of Kings
May 25, 2012 • 115 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk a bit more about patents and copyright, revisit the sources of lag in human/computer interactions, revise the probabilities of retina-display Macs, MacBook Pros without ethernet ports, any Mac Pros ever again, and the…
68: Patent Hands
May 18, 2012 • 134 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin, inevitably, revisit the topic of patents, attempting to address a wide array of listener feedback. For the hearty listeners that make it through the patent talk, there’s a bonus discussion of the new MacBook Pro rumors, and…
67: A Pill That Helps with Whatever
May 11, 2012 • 121 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the various ways that Apple takes money from transactions involving the App Store, lessons from gaming and gamers for the larger software world, why nothing is ever good enough when it comes to technology, the…
66: The Housewives of Siracusa County
May 4, 2012 • 126 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss meeting Apple employees at WWDC, the latest round of iPhone rumors, RubyMotion (a new product for writing iOS apps in Ruby), the distinction between producer, consumer, and performer in gaming and other arts, The…
65: Look Right into the Eyes of Your Sweetie
Apr 27, 2012 • 100 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the WWDC ticket sales kerfuffle and the potential future of the conference, then revisit the topic of gaming as a form of art with some uncommon characteristics. Finally, the new Gmail user interfaces goes under the…
64: You Will Die Instantly!
Apr 20, 2012 • 100 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit software updates (paid or otherwise), then discuss various screen size possibilities for the next iPhone, the historical and ongoing dilution of the concept of a “gamer” (and Apple’s role in that phenomenon), and the…
63: Talking to the Bear
Apr 13, 2012 • 105 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about paid upgrades in the Mac App Store, how Apple is reshaping the software market (intentionally or otherwise), Readability’s role as a middleman as compared to another prominent middleman, the App Store, and…
62: A Sack Containing Scum from a Pond
Apr 6, 2012 • 106 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin try to put the topic of car engine noises to bed, then discuss value of “enterprise” businesses, RIM’s possible future as a services company, Readability’s business model, and Wil Shipley’s case for paid upgrades in the Mac…
61: I Ran Out of Bombs Long Ago
Mar 30, 2012 • 107 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the display of large images on iOS devices, Apple’s latest web standards proposal and “rogue” implementation in WebKit, RIM’s new enterprise-centric strategy, and the popular new iOS game, Draw Something. Plus, a…
60: Reversing the Polarity
Mar 23, 2012 • 89 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the puzzling UI of iPhoto for IOS, the magnetic polarity of iPad Smart Covers, the Apple TV’s ability to work with any remote, the iPad’s lack of a number in its name (again), automotive platform awareness in…
59: Safari is Apple’s Google
Mar 16, 2012 • 135 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on John’s TiVo and smoke detector woes and the angst about the lack of a number after the name of the new iPad. John reviews his new Apple TV. Finally, the videos showing Chris Pirillo’s dad exploring Windows 8 and…
58: No More Numbers For You / The Four Tuners
Mar 9, 2012 • 108 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin do some brief follow up on file systems, then dive into this week’s Apple press event: the new Apple TV, the new iPad, specs vs. product names vs. Apple PR vs. sanity, and how we all still miss Steve Jobs. Plus, John reviews…
57: Computational Skeuomorphism
Mar 2, 2012 • 102 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about file systems: the origins of Btrfs, how file systems might change in the new age of SSDs, the possibility of a Grand Unification of storage and memory subsystems, and why snapshots, clones, block-level diffs,…
56: Belt and Suspenders
Feb 24, 2012 • 119 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about file systems: what they do, what makes a good one, and who needs a new one, badly. (Spoiler: it’s Apple.) File systems discussed: Microsoft’s ReFS, ZFS, and HFS+.
55: Region of Pain
Feb 17, 2012 • 89 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss this week’s announcement of OS X Mountain Lion: what it means for John’s reviews, how the new release schedule might influence adoption and reliability, and how features like GateKeeper will affect Mac users and…
54: Public Service Announcement
Feb 11, 2012 • 1 min
There’s no Hypercritical this week, so we put together something special for you instead.
53: Brad Pitt Gets to Contribute
Feb 3, 2012 • 93 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit gamification in education, talk briefly about the Nest thermostat, then engage in an ever-so-slightly more considered discussion of Wikipedia, attempting to address the mountain of feedback on the topic. No…
52: Marked for Deletion
Jan 27, 2012 • 132 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about iBooks Author, Apple’s real and stated motivations for entering the textbook market, and what really matters in education. This is followed by a long, ill-considered rant about Wikipedia. (Warning: original…
51: Unjustified Confidence
Jan 20, 2012 • 82 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin briefly recap the iPhone ringer/silent switch controversy, then discuss the new iBooks Author application, Apple’s ebook ambitions and prospects, and the role of technology in education.
50: Maximum Deflection in All Directions
Jan 13, 2012 • 105 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit the world of console controllers, addressing the flood of listener feedback by expanding the discussion to include aftermarket and third-party controllers, and attempting to address the objections of PlayStation…
49: Pinching the Harmonica
Jan 6, 2012 • 135 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss iPad use by three-year-olds, why non-gamers might consider the “Xbox” name a proxy for all of console gaming, the Wii generational hardware conundrum, and finally, an extremely long and obsessively detailed walk…
48: Blue Ocean
Dec 30, 2011 • 123 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin briefly indulge in more grammar questions, then revisit the consequences of HyperCard’s demise, why we’re all still talking about the Kindle Fire, using music and movies to split humanity into two groups, the pros and cons…
47: Brute Force Attack
Dec 23, 2011 • 98 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about low-stakes grammar issues, the continuing debate about partisanship in tech writing, more theories about an Apple TV product, the origins and fate of “friendly” programming environments like HyperCard, plus a…
46: Not Entirely Nefarious
Dec 16, 2011 • 125 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit complaints about Siri’s apparent biases, reconsider the fake-book chrome in iBooks, explore an interesting new conception of an Apple TV set, and use John Gruber’s appearance on The Verge as a jumping off point for…
45: Star Wars is Not a Blog Post
Dec 9, 2011 • 107 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on a host of topics: what ails Microsoft, the (slow, partial) democratization of corporate IT, the people vs. George Lucas, perpetual copyright, applications as art, Siri backlash, and the evils of Blu-ray.
44: A Little Bit More Sad
Nov 25, 2011 • 71 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about what ails Microsoft. What could the former titan of the technology world have done differently in the past two decades that would have prevented its decline?
43: The Scorpion and the Frog
Nov 18, 2011 • 102 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin continue their discussion of Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs, starting with listeners’ reactions to the last episode, then (finally) talking about content from the book and the man himself.
42: The Wrong Guy
Nov 11, 2011 • 75 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs (Part 1).
41: The Homer
Nov 4, 2011 • 99 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin are joined by special guest Jeff Atwood, cofounder of the Stack Exchange Q&A network and creator of the popular programming blog codinghorror.com. John and Jeff try to rekindle the old Mac vs. PC flames and end up talking…
40: When The Hobby Light Goes Off
Oct 28, 2011 • 92 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss what it’s going to take for Apple to field a television product that’s finally something more than a “hobby.” Attached box vs. full TV set, apps vs. channels vs. a la carte purchases, direct deals with content owners…
39: Quasimodo Backpack
Oct 21, 2011 • 92 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about Siri in theory and in practice, and how iCloud is different than MobileMe, with its own set of problems. Plus more complaints about the Star Wars blu-rays, a clarification of the TiVo Premiere Elite’s specs,…
38: Virtually Spotless
Oct 14, 2011 • 87 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss TiVo Premiere Elite’s potential to not be as horrible as the TiVo Premiere, the expectations for and reality of Siri, Google’s new Dart programming language, and the iCloud launch.
37: A Story of Triumph
Oct 7, 2011 • 71 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about the death of Steve Jobs: personal remembrances, the less-obvious lessons of his life, and the dangers of his deification. Also, misspeaking vs. failing to communicate, Star Wars blu-rays, and John’s attempt to…
36: Wedge
Sep 30, 2011 • 85 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Amazon’s new tablets, Amazon cloud services, and what making money by “selling the blades” implies about Amazon’s ability to compete with Apple’s approach of “selling the razors.” Also, predictions for October’s…
35: Wrestling an Alligator
Sep 23, 2011 • 85 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about the Netflix/Qwikster debacle and the big picture in the TV and movie industries, then continue their exploration of the Windows 8 Metro user interface.
34: Pride in Craftsmanship
Sep 16, 2011 • 89 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin mourn the continuing shameful stewardship of the cultural touchstone that is Star Wars, then dive into the Windows 8 Metro user interface and Microsoft’s prospects for the future of its hybrid tablet/desktop operating system.
33: Square Bracket Colon Smiley
Sep 9, 2011 • 77 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the origins and suitability of Markdown, including why John doesn’t use it and why you might want to, and why the entire PC industry can’t seem to create a laptop as nice as a MacBook Air but for less money.
32: The Next Big Move
Aug 31, 2011 • 91 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the future of Apple without Steve Jobs. What decisions defined the Jobs II Era, and can Apple continue to make such big moves without the big man at the top?
31: Strong Arguments for and Against
Aug 24, 2011 • 81 min
John Siracusa and Ryan Irelan discuss the future of the Mac Pro, what HP’s exit from the PC business and Google’s acquisition of Motorola mean for Microsoft, and whether or not Amazon should buy webOS.
30: Paths in the Grass
Aug 17, 2011 • 68 min
John Siracusa and Ryan Irelan follow up on the seemingly never-ending list of features in BBEdit and LaunchBar, take a side trip into the world of “haxies” and system extensions, and then—finally!—discuss Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) in Lion.
29: In Too Deep
Aug 10, 2011 • 80 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Lion’s quittin’ ways, people who choose to turn off Dock indicator lights, the merits of a “clean install” of Mac OS X, Mac application launchers, and BBEdit vs. TextMate vs. emacs vs. vi vs. sanity.
28: Trust, But Verify
Jul 28, 2011 • 83 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about Lion, following up on the animation and disk encryption topics from last week, then diving into sandboxing and the state of the file system.
27: Nakedly Optimistic
Jul 24, 2011 • 96 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss John’s review of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Topics covered: autosave, scroll bars, scroll direction, graphical changes, animation, disk encryption, plus some details of the publication and error correction process.
26: White Smoke
Jul 13, 2011 • 67 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin continue to wait for the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. In the meantime, topics include Facebook’s use of MySQL, some of the technology behind Google+, and new Mac hardware on the horizon.
25: Invisible Software
Jul 6, 2011 • 76 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about why webOS is slow, what’s wrong with Apple’s digital distribution mechanisms, why Google+ is a really big deal (for Google, anyway), and the hidden world of server-side software,
24: Sometimes It Hurts
Jul 2, 2011 • 72 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Mac speech recognition software, how webOS is or isn’t like Mac OS X, Apple’s $50 Thunderbolt cable, how Google+ is different from Facebook, and what John thinks Apple’s really trying to do with Final Cut Pro X.
23: No Sentence Left Behind
Jun 24, 2011 • 102 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit Apple’s data center software, Pixar’s weaknesses, lame Mac malware, obnoxious Twitter integration, and (one last time!) toasters, then talk about how and why John writes.
22: I Would Not Build Underground
Jun 17, 2011 • 77 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin decompress after WWDC, then discuss Apple’s (apparent) iCloud data center strategy, comparing it to other successful online service companies: Amazon, Google, and Facebook.
21: Reading Playboy for the Articles
Jun 10, 2011 • 103 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about WWDC: iCloud, iOS 5, Lion, and yes, John’s toaster, a gift from fellow 5by5 hosts Marco Arment and Merlin Mann (a.k.a. The Best Guys Ever).
20: I’ve Got Nothing
Jun 4, 2011 • 46 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss John’s upcoming trip to WWDC, Twitter’s strange gaps in functionality, and the sale of NetNewsWire to Black Pixel.
19: Don’t Make Me Read
May 27, 2011 • 58 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk toasters again, then discuss John’s first computer love, the classic Macintosh Finder.
18: Worse and More Diverse
May 20, 2011 • 73 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin put the TV technology and PHP topics to bed, 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 • 94 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk some more about TV technology, elaborate on why, exactly, PHP is a bad programming language, 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 • 102 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin repent after two episodes on programming languages by discussing TV technology…after about 45 minutes of follow-up.
15: The Bridges of Siracusa County
Apr 29, 2011 • 103 min
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.
14: A Dark Age of Objective-C
Apr 15, 2011 • 86 min
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.
13: The Tortoise and the Hare
Apr 8, 2011 • 84 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Pixar, 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
Apr 1, 2011 • 72 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin turn a critical eye towards last week’s episode, 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
Mar 25, 2011 • 78 min
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.
10: Like Giving a Machine Gun to a Baby
Mar 18, 2011 • 85 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin are briefly amused by iPhone 5 rumors, then dive head first into a ruthless analysis of Apple’s online services, past and present.
9: No iLife is an Island
Mar 11, 2011 • 65 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin further opine on the iPad 2 and the Apple Strategy Tax, then discuss iLife’s anachronistic media management capabilities.
8: A Cautionary Tale
Mar 4, 2011 • 76 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin vow never to talk about physics again, then discuss the new iPad and, finally, how Apple has set itself up for a Microsoft-like dark age.
7: ThunderCats
Feb 25, 2011 • 90 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about the big Apple news: new MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt i/o and the first developer preview release of Mac OS X Lion.
6: Frivolous Things
Feb 18, 2011 • 103 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin reveal the many prosaic reasons for not owning an iPhone, then veer off on several non-tech tangents and never fully recover.
5: Slippery Little Pill
Feb 11, 2011 • 61 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Apple’s hardware blind spots: keyboards, dock connector, iPod/iPhone cases, laptop designs, and more.
4: iOS vs. The World
Feb 4, 2011 • 64 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit Mac OS X Lion and TV devices, then discuss the possibilities for iOS world domination.
3: The Mouse is Not a Finger
Jan 28, 2011 • 69 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin do some follow-up on the topic of backups, then talk about Mac OS X Lion and the future of Mac OS X.
2: Backup Vortex
Jan 21, 2011 • 74 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin tie up some loose ends from the TV show before talking about backups, the onus on Apple to make them work, Apple’s past and present attempts, the failings of external hard drives, personal backup regimes, and online backups.
1: Dream Crusher
Jan 14, 2011 • 57 min
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the sad state of TV technology, why TiVo sucks (but is still better than the alternatives), and why Apple has demurred.