In This Episode: GPS’s “Y2K” was about as eventful as Y2K (but with one interesting failure). 2001 (the movie), U2s (the plane), and tech in sports.
This Week’s Hosts
- Randy Cassingham, founder of This is True.
- 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.
- In the warmup, Randy noted we had a great Meetup in Denver, and will be doing another in Boise in early October. Anyone have a good venue to suggest? Kevin saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, OR, which of course led to a discussion of the movie and what it meant, video formats, and other favorite movies. (Leo has three copies of 2001, including one he can’t watch yet! And Gary got a Zoom H4N digital recorder not so much because he needed a recorder, but because its microphones are so good.
- Kevin is curious about Focusmate, a productivity tool he read about in MEL Magazine. It’s an interesting way to get focus….
- Randy was intrigued by archaeologists’ “new” tool: recently declassified U-2 spy plane photos, which are super-high resolution, especially when compared to older spy satellite imagery (Science Mag). Which led to a side discussion about the Internet Archive.
- Kevin followed up on the outcome of the GPS time rollover that occurred Saturday (Bloomberg and The Next Web. It was surprising what high-tech device did fail, but for the most part it was about as ho-hum as Y2K. Don’t ask how Randy knew about LORAN (LOng RAnge Navigation, aka Loran-A), a World War II radio-based navigation system which was replaced by Loran-C in the late 1950s, but the hint is, he’s a major radio geek. (Loran-B, by the way, was a technological failure.)
- Gary asked: Should baseball have a tech-assisted strike zone? Which led to a brief discussion of the NBA Replay Center for basketball.
- Leo says you’ll be seeing less of the Safely Remove Hardware prompts in Windows 10 — but if the option is there, it’s probably best to use it.