Episode 119: Revolt Against Tom Nook

Google releases a new developer preview, everything that that folds and costs over 1k seems to break, and then we discuss how pro-capitalistic Animal Crossing is.

Show Notes:

00:00:01 – Uhhh
00:02:15 – Android 11 Developer Preview
00:30:04 – Folding Phone Durability Drama
00:40:53 – Nintendo Switch Cloud Saves & Animal Crossing

Android News:

Folding Woes:

Animal Crossing:

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Episode 118: More Resolution To Smooth Out

Microsoft finally gives us more info on Windows 10X, we examine predatory coding schools, Sadiq finally pivots away from analog books, and Samsung goes full hypebeast at Samsung Unpacked 2020.

Show Notes:

00:00:34 – Windows 10X
00:22:35 – Coding Bootcamps
00:42:19 – Sadiq Got An Ebook Reader!
00:52:58 – Samsung Unpacked

Windows 10X:

Code bootcamps and ISAs:

UPDATE: Per this NyMag Piece we made an error when saying Lambda school would take funds even if you worked a low paying job.

Lambda is also unusual in that it does not charge an upfront tuition to attend. Its home page proclaims, “We don’t get paid until you do, so we’re in this together, from your first day of classes to your first day on the job.” Lambda School is free, but with an asterisk: To attend, you sign a contract that says that if you get a tech job paying $50K or more, you have to pay 17 percent of your pre-tax income to Lambda School for two years, or until you pay back $30K, whichever comes first. These are called Income Share Agreements, or ISAs.

So while this is still trash, you can safely stay poor and only get ruined if you actually make a living wage!

Sadiq’s new ebook reader:

Samsung Galaxy S20:

A book recommendation by Sadiq:

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Episode 117: Low Res Trash

The iPad announcement turns 10 so we take a chance to spend 40 minutes talking about the good old days of information density, subscriptions are tiring us out, and then we 1v1 Neil Young in the audiophile arena.

Show Notes:

00:02:48 – iPad Announcement Turned 10
00:39:17 – Subscription Fatigue
01:08:14 – Let’s Laugh at Neil Young

The iPad turns 10:

Subscription Fatigue:

Neil Young and his audiophile nonsense:

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Episode 116: Comparing Crypto

We get extremely crypto and politics heavy this week and then immediately swerve out of that into Overwatch.

Show Notes:

00:00:12 – Apple Vs The FBI, Again
00:43:26 – Overwatch League Now Youtube Exclusive

Apple, iCloud and Encrypted iPhones

YouTube Gaming and Activision-Blizzard

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Episode 115: Gamers Don’t Care About Crunch

We talk about unions in games, congressional hearings on abuse of market power in tech, and then turnstyle into Quibi.

Show Notes:

00:11:17 – Cyberpunk 2077 Delay
00:11:24 – Games Unions
00:26:35 – Congressional Hearings on Big Tech
00:46:53 – QUIBI

Games:

Techpol:

Streaming:

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Episode 114: Give Thunderbolt 3 To The Children

This week was CES, you know it, we know it, let’s get uncomfortably close to branded experiences and try and make it out ok.

Show Notes:

00:00:39 – CPUs
00:19:49 – Gaming
00:29:16 – PCs
00:55:01 – New Bluetooth Standard Update
01:02:20 – TVs
01:09:30 – Vaporware

CPUs:

Gaming:

PCs:

Standards:

TVs:

Vapourware:

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Episode 113: 2009-2019

Continuing our apparent pivot into a games podcast, we talk about games of the decade and then pivot back to tech to make fun of failed products.

Show Notes:

00:00:39 – Sadiq’s Games Of The Decade
00:43:54 – Cristian’s Games Of The Decade
01:25:35 – Talking Trash About Failed Tech Products Of The Decade

Games of the Decade (2009-2019)

Sadiq’s games of the decade

  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Overwatch
  • DOOM (2016)
  • Titanfall 2
  • Planetside 2
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Forza Horizon (3 & 4)
  • The Witcher 3
  • Dishonored
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Tacoma
  • SUPERHOT
  • Firewatch
  • Nier: Automata
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Metal Gear Solid 5
  • Dead Cells
  • Hitman (2016)

Cristian’s Games Of The Decade:

  • Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver
  • Breath Of The Wild
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Halo 5 (only the multiplayer)
  • Destiny
    • Destiny 2: 16d 7h 35m
    • Destiny: 42d 0h 41m
    • In total: 1400 hours 25ish minutes

The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech

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Episode 112: A Nice Sounding Burning Piano

It’s list week! So we arbitrarily rank music and video games released in 2019.

Show Notes:

00:00:04 – An Aside On Opus
00:09:22 – Cristian’s Top Albums
00:31:40 – Sadiq’s Top Albums
00:49:54 – Sadiq’s GOTY’s
01:07:39 – Cristian’s GOTY’s

Our albums of the year

Cristian’s albums of the year:

  • IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
  • Snaxx – MNDSGN
  • All My Heroes Are Cornballs – JPEGMAFIA
  • When I Get Home – Solange
  • So Much Fun! – Young Thug

Sadiq’s albums of the year:

  • Anderson .Paak – Ventura
  • clipping. – There Existed An Addiction to Blood
  • TAEYEON – Purpose
  • Taylor Swift – Lover

Wait we forgot:

  • Homecoming – Beyoncè

Our Games of the Year

Sadiq’s games of the year:

Cristian’s games of the year:

This is not a good game but:

  • Kingdom Hearts 3

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Episode 111: Into The Reach

Halo Reach is a 10 year old game that by virtue of just existing has a better business model and set of content than any FPS game released this year, we talk about it for an hour.

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Halo Reach:

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Episode 110: Hackers 2: Own The Information

Sadiq and Cristian talk about having to reinstall software, super low level software, encrypted network software, and then video game streaming software.

Show Notes:

00:00:05 – eGPU Follow Up
00:16:09 – Google’s Attempts To Mainline Android Kernel Support
00:25:48 – DNS, DOH, and DOT
00:44:15 – Google Stadia: Officially Launched

eGPU Follow Up:

Android and Linux:

DNS Wars:

Google Stadia:

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