Archive for January, 2013
TOPIC: Fabulous show this week, as we get a sneak peek and in-depth discussion about the upcoming documentary “Silicon Valley.” Randall MacLowry gives us his take on the genesis of not only the technologies and hardware we depend on every day, but also the innovations to culture and business that men like Robert Noyce (founder of Intel) heralded. The show comes out February 5th on your local PBS station, so set your DVR’s today!
Jay Garmon answers last week’s question and as always gives us another fantastic Geek Trivia question for the coming week:
What is the oldest viable DNA sample ever recovered?
No time for coolsites of the week (Randy was just too great of an interview), but you should go to PBS’ website for the “Silicon Valley” program for more information about the program and related content.
On-air song of the week this week is “Line of Fire” by Junip!
TOPIC: Mike and Dave have a great time this week with topics ranging from the Manti Te’o catfishing scandal to phablets, Fringe and more! Listen closely to hear the TechTalk Tip of the Week too 🙂
Jay Garmon shares some bar trivia tips and then hits us up with this great question:
What was the first MS-DOS virus released into the wild, and what non-malicious purpose was it created for?
We end with one of our more mellow and jazzy choices, “Golden Cage” by The Whitest Boy Alive.
TOPIC: The coming AI singularity – that point when the growth of non-human intelligence surpasses our ability to control (even understand it) is coming. Do you know how it will affect you, and what you can do about it? This week we have a fantastic conversation with author James Miller about his new book Singularity Rising … tune in to find out if you should be excited, afraid, or both!
Jay Garmon hits us up with this great question:
What was the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” technology originally intended for?
No coolsites of the week (though you should check out http://singularityrising.com for more info Professor Miller’s fantastic book), but we end with a great song, Robert Smith and Crystal Castles with “Not In Love”.
TOPIC: << NOTE – the final minutes of audio were cut off on this recording >> Dave and Mike wax on about mobile phone technology, and the lack thereof at CES as well as talking about how one guy lost his phone – but got it back by playing the oldest trick in the Internet playbook … pretending to be someone he’s not!
No Jay Garmon this week, but we’ll surely hear from him next time! On the flip side, that gives us tons of time for some great cool sites of the week:
- CellSwapper – Lets you trade your cell contract with others who have one you’d prefer! Not as crazy as it sounds .. and well managed too.
- Zapier – Automate all the ins and outs of your cloud services!
- Trello – The absolute BEST organizational system I’ve run across so far! Allows sharing, management, teaming, and more!
Due to the audio cutoff, there is no podcast only song this week. Sorry music lovers!
TOPIC: Hey, ho, the gang’s all here! Mike, Dave and Jay break down on current news, views on upcoming sci-fi events (ever read about German Nazi at-at’s vs. Allied were-bears?) and more! We also continue the Dragon Naturally Speaking giveaway … sign up today!
Jay Garmon jumps in with this thinker:
There is a country that in the last 20 years did not experience New Years’ eve. What country was it and how did they pull that off?
We end the year with no time for cool sites, but you can always flip back through our previous shows to find some great ones from the year!
Final song of the year is The Macabee’s “Toothpaste Kisses” …