In This Episode: The four hosts get together in person to record this episode. We can’t tell you where we are, but Dick Cheney was our waiter. We talked on a wide variety of subjects, from voice recorders to Net Neutrality, satellite broadband, Google wanting to expand AMP web-wide, burger-flipping robots, Facebook fading, Nonograms, adding to the Internet Archive, and more.
This Week’s Hosts
- Randy Cassingham, founder of This is True and the Internet Spam Primer.
- Leo Notenboom, “Chief Question Answerer” at tech education site Ask Leo!
- Gary Rosenzweig host and producer of MacMost, and mobile game developer at Clever Media.
- Kevin Savetz, web site publisher and Computer Historian at Atari Podcast.
- Longer Bios on the Hosts page.
- We recorded the episode on three different recorders in the middle of the table, and decided afterwards which one to use for the final recording:
- A $149 Shure MV88 stereo mic plugged into an iPhone.
- A stand-alone TASCAM DR-05 digital stereo recorder.
- The tiny Olympus VN-541PC handheld “note” recorder.
- The little Olympus could have worked, but was a bit distorted. The Tascam would have been fine, but its gain was turned up a bit too much, and was overdriven. The winner: the Shure mic on the iPhone.
- Randy talked about how the FCC may have voted to end “Net Neutrality” but many online companies — and (so far) 34 state attorneys general and/or legislatures, have taken action to enforce it anyway. (Gizmodo)
- Kevin talked about the competition to launch low-earth satellite swarms to provide broadband Internet access worldwide took a twist when one company launched some satellites not only without legal authorization, but against orders from the FCC. (TechCrunch)
- Leo talked about how Google wants to update the web serving standards to make things faster, similar to their “AMP” pages for mobile pages. (The Verge)
- Gary is fascinated by the first restaurant to use a burger-flipping robot, though it didn’t work too well. But it will! What will that do to jobs, and the economics of fast food? (Washington Post)
- Leo talked about recent DDoS attacks against web sites, including the “biggest ever” against Github (Wired), and then the even-bigger-than-ever against an unnamed victim (Ars Technica).
- Randy talked about how people are spending much less time on Facebook (Fast Company).
- Gary talked about his new game using Nonograms (available on iTunes).
- Kevin talked about his project to archive Ted Nelson’s “junk mail” and fliers from tech companies — from 1965 to 1995, available now on the Internet Archive. He used three Canon CanoScan 9000F MKII Scanners to do it, but it still took 9 months to do it all.
- Leo is still reading the book on how the world is still getting better: Pinker’s Enlightenment Now.