TEH 015: From the Secret Lair

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

Show Notes

  • 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.

4 thoughts on “TEH 015: From the Secret Lair

  1. Enjoyed the group version. You all laughed a lot more although there was still a great amount of content. Keep up the good work.

    I have a smartphone and desktop. While I may look something up on my phone, if I am interested I will use that to remind me to delve deeper on the desktop. I am not fond of the mobile version of Chrome.

  2. I really enjoyed the Podcast from the Secret Lair; it’s much more dynamic when you are in the same room. Thank you for your time and energy.

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