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A weekly talk show ruminating on exactly what is wrong in the world of Apple and related technologies and businesses. Nothing is so perfect that it can't be complained about. Hosted by John Siracusa & Dan Benjamin.

100 Episodes

Episode 100: 100: Metacritical

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin end the Hypercritical podcast with a discussion of the show itself, followed by a final Q&A where Dan asks the questions and John attempts to provide sensible answers. Many thanks to all the listeners and the folks in the 5by5 chat room. The journey was the reward. Links for this episode:"I modded my GameCube pad into a Wii Classic Controller", by gummowned - Reddit Address Resolution Protocol - Wikipedia Basic guide to mod a GameCube controller with a Wii Classic Controller PCB - Gummo Hypercritcal (Song A Day #1450) - YouTube Jonathan Mann Song a Day: The Album Wii RetroPad Adapter 2 - Sparrow's Domain "If you liked our Bad At High School episode, …" - @theincomparable Hypercritical - Ars Technica Jerry Maguire - Wikiquote More Hypercritical Length Analysis - Super Jeffective

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2012

Episode 99: 99: New Siracusa County Bros. U

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on iTunes 11 and Apple's continuing failure to grok online services, then discuss the Wii U, starting with the painful setup process and continuing on to New Super Mario Bros. U, Nintendo Land, and, inevitably, the Wii U GamePad controller. Links for this episode:Order of authors on publications - Academia Stack Exchange Does your brain really have the power to see the world upside-down? Dropbox: The Linchpin - Daring Fireball Dropbox: The Linchpin - Michael Tsai How Nintendo DRM trapped $400 of downloaded games on my failing Wii - Ars Technica The long, frustrating road to recovering my Wii downloads - Ars Technica The incredibly true story of how I bricked my Wii U - The PA Report Wii U GamePad battery compartment - iFixIt New Super Mario Bros. U - Amazon.com Wii U - Nintendo Nintendo Land - Amazon.com Sponsored by Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off), Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME12 for 30% off), and Sourcebits.

Transcribed - Published: 21 December 2012

Episode 98: 98: Hardware Machismo

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on taping out silicon chips, Apple's seemingly bottomless silicon ambitions, and the pitfalls of labeling people, then discuss Twitterrific 5, the new Google maps app on iOS, iTunes 11, Tim Cook's national news tour, and Apple's upcoming "Made in the USA" Mac. Links for this episode:How to use rlwrap to get a command history in sql*plus - Lutz Hartmann How To Tell People They Sound Racist - YouTube Innovation is a Fight - Rands In Repose Rands - Wikipedia How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race - TEDxHampshireCollege A comment on The new age of Capital Intensity - Asymco.com NBC's Rock Center interview with Tim Cook - Part 1 NBC's Rock Center interview with Tim Cook - Part 2 Google Maps for iPhone shows Apple how to do mapping right - Ars Technica iTunes 11 review: Simple is as simple does - Ars Technica iTunes through the ages - Ars Technica Apple CEO Tim Cook to Brian Williams: “Don’t bet against us.” - Ars Technica Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks - Businessweek OpenStreetMap Twitterrific 5 Jeff Foster Kitsune: Efficient, General-purpose Dynamic Software Updating for C (PDF) Muir Island - Wikipedia Kremlinology - Wikipedia Hypercritical T-Shirt Poll For Apple, change could be a good sign - Jason Snell Text of Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement address (2005) Apple CEO Steve Jobs at D8: The Full, Uncut Interview - AllThingsD Apple's "Made in USA" computer likely to be Mac Pro - Philip Elmer-DeWitt The Pipeline #23: John Siracusa The Setup / John Siracusa

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2012

Episode 97: 97: Idle Doodles

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on silicon chip making and misogyny in geek culture, then dive into Hypercritical's first—and likely only—listener Q&A show. All questions entertained! Some questions answered! Links for this episode:No Movie for Old Men On Dickwolves, Ethics, and Why I'm Not Attending PAX East - arthur-ign The Pratfall of Penny Arcade - A Timeline Five Geek Social Fallacies - Michael Suileabhain-Wilson Raymond Chandler's Private Dick - The Atlantic International maritime signal flags - Wikipedia Blue Peter Frequently Asked Questions - BBC John Scalzi - Wikipedia The Way Games Work - Wii U GamePad - YouTube Bare Bones Software: BBEdit 10.5 BBEdit 10.5 Release Notes Quicken Mac 2007 - Intuit Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be - John Scalzi The AnandTech Podcast Bono - Wikipedia Larry Elmore: The Complete Elmore Artbook - Kickstarter Perceptual adaptation - Wikipedia Larry Elmore, Fantasy Artist Jonathan Coulton - Wikipedia Dan Moren's Boston Globe article (mostly behind a paywall, unfortunately) Macworld: The Best Mac Ever The Flop House Roderick on the Line Fresh Air This American Life Sponsored by Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME12 for 30% off), Squarespace (use code DANSENTME12 for 10% off), Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off), and Prop 'n Go (use the code DANSENTME for 17% off).

Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2012

Episode 96: 96: Blue Peter

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin reveal John's Wii U in transit, then talk more about Apple, Intel, ARM, and silicon chip fabrication, and finally, the Fake Geek Girl meme, misogyny, and problems with Geek Culture in general. Links for this episode:Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software, by Charles Petzold From NAND to Tetris: The Elements of Computing Systems - nand2tetris.org Cabel's tweet about The Wii U GamePad If Samsung doesn't supply Apple's processors, who will? - Fortune Native Client: Technical Overview - Google Native Client: A Sandbox for Portable, Untrusted x86 Native Code (PDF) Ring (computer security) - Wikipedia Broadwell (microarchitecture) - Wikipedia Land grid array - Wikipedia Indium gallium zinc oxide - Wikipedia Blue Peter - Wikipedia Multiply–accumulate operation - Wikipedia Transactional memory going mainstream with Intel Haswell - Ars Technica Intel's Haswell CPU Microarchitecture - RealWorldTech Haswell has on-die voltage regulator - fudzilla.com Idiot Nerd Girl - Know Your Meme Fake Geek Girl Meme - The Mary Sue The Incomparable #28: Bad at High School RBC: Intel in talks with Apple to build iPhone processors - Fortune Hypercritical - Ars Technica Wyld Stallyns #1 : Be Excellent To Each Other - YouTube Moore's law - Wikipedia OS X 10.8.3 beta supports Radeon HD 7900-series chipsets - MacNN Wild Speculation: Why a $2B AMD purchase would be a puzzle piece fit for Apple - 9to5Mac Intel kills off the desktop, PCs go with it - SemiAccurate Nerds: Stop hating women, please - New Statesman On the “Fake” Geek Girl - The Mary Sue Dear Fake Geek Girls: Please Go Away - Forbes Forget the Sixaxis - the Wii U’s GamePad has nine-axis control - VentureBeat Apple may tap TSMC to move A-series mobile chips to 28nm process - Ars Technica Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be - John Scalzi Sponsored by Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME11 for 30% off), Koku, and Sourcebits.

Transcribed - Published: 30 November 2012

Episode 95: 95: Black Friday

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the upcoming end of this show, more on Intel vs. ARM, Apple's CPU/GPU needs, and the newly revealed internals of the Wii U console and GamePad. Links for this episode:Advanced Vector Extensions - Wikipedia 5by5 Specials #10: State of the Union for 2012 Intel to fab ARM chips for Apple? It’s possible… - Ars Technica Intel's Tick Tock strategy (image) Silicon - Wikipedia Silicone - Wikipedia Intel set to expand its Hillsboro research fab, D1X - OregonLive.com Haswell’s GPU prowess is due to Crystalwell - SemiAccurate Crystalwell is very wide memory for Haswell GT3 - SemiAccurate Nintendo Wii U Teardown - iFixit Rayman developer: Wii U GamePad latency is 1/60th of a second - Ars Technica Hands-On with Wii U (GamePad lag video) - Digital Foundry Iwata Asks : Wii U: The Console : Hardware as Stagehand Wii U GamePad battery compartment - iFixIt Skylanders CrashPlan's Black Friday sale State of the Union Address for 2012 - 5by5 Blog Sponsored by Mailgun (use code 5BY5 for 10% off), Shopify, Hover (use the code DANSENTME for 10% off), and Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME11 for 30% off).

Transcribed - Published: 23 November 2012

Episode 94: 94: Shrink, Shrink, Shrink!

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit the topic of voting technology, then discuss the possibility of Apple using ARM processors instead of Intel processors in its Macs: RISC vs. CISC, process nodes, the x86 burden, and…sewing machines. Links for this episode:Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel for Mac - Businessweek RISC vs. CISC: the Post-RISC Era (1999) - Ars Technica Reduced instruction set computing - Wikipedia Complex instruction set computing - Wikipedia RISC vs. CISC in the mobile era (2008) - Ars Technica x86 instruction listings - Wikipedia Secret Life of Machines The Sewing Machine Part 1 - YouTube Secret Life of Machines The Sewing Machine Part 2 - YouTube How a Sewing Machine Works (animation) - swiss-miss.com Micro-operation - Wikipedia x87 - Wikipedia SSE (Streaming SIMD Extensions) - Wikipedia SSE2 - Wikipedia SSE3 - Wikipedia SSE4 - Wikipedia x86-64 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lithography - Wikipedia 22 nanometer - Wikipedia Ivy Bridge (microarchitecture) - Wikipedia Apple A6 - Wikipedia Understanding Moore’s Law - Ars Technica Ivy Bridge: 1.4B Transistors - AnandTech Intel 8086 - Wikipedia Haswell (microarchitecture) - Wikipedia TSMC - Wikipedia Picking up the pieces: John Siracusa mourns the Power PC (2005) - Ars Technica Intel's Haswell CPU Microarchitecture - Real World Tech eVoting after Nedap and Digital Pen (video) - events.ccc.de eVoting after Nedap and Digital Pen - events.ccc.de Luddite - Wikipedia Why You Can't Vote Online Yet - On The Media Sponsored by Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off), Squarespace (use code DANSENTME11 for 10% off), Lynda, and Mutual Mobile

Transcribed - Published: 16 November 2012

Episode 93: 93: A Magic Elf in My Computer

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about Forstall's departure from Apple, Surface storage, and Fusion Drive, then discuss US voting technology, Google voice search, and how Apple's design problems are more than skin deep. Links for this episode:Why Executives Are Never Fired - Michael Camilleri Gardening leave - Wikipedia Available disk space on Microsoft Surface - Microsoft.com SDXC - Wikipedia Apple fusion drive on late 2010 MacBook Pro - Tomasz Korwel Fusion drive on a pre-10.8.2 version of OS X - Alexandre Torres Achieving fusion—with a service training doc, Ars tears open Apple’s Fusion Drive - Ars Technica End-to-end auditable voting systems - Wikipedia David Bismark: E-voting without fraud - TED.com Google Voice Search vs. Siri - Daring Fireball Google Voice Search vs. Siri: Who’s the Best... - Gizmodo.com Apple’s design problems aren’t skeuomorphic - counternotions Frogger! The Frogger Musical - Paul and Storm Konami Code - Wikipedia BYOD Fusion Do It Yourself Apple Fusion Drive on Your Mac - YouTube AppleCD Audio Player Sponsored by Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off), Squarespace (use code DANSENTME11 for 10% off), MailChimp, and Symbolicons (use code DANLOVESICONS for 15% off).

Transcribed - Published: 9 November 2012

Episode 92: 92: The Tim Cook Era

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest information about Apple's Fusion Drive and the first big executive reshuffling at Apple in the post-Steve Jobs era: Forstall and Browett are out; Ive, Cue, Federighi, and Mansfield are in. Links for this episode:AnandTech - The Windows RT Review Tweet from Tanner Silva about the cost of a Retina MacBook Pro screen replacement Tweet from Stephen Hackett about glass-covered MacBook Pro screens Tweet from Thomas Brand about screens glued to laptop lids Tweet from jackslash about the Apple logo on the front of the iMac Mac notebooks: About the "Ignoring accidental trackpad input" option - Apple.com Fusion drive on older Macs? YES! - Patrick Stein More on BYO Fusion drive - Patrick Stein Fusion Drive - loose ends - Patrick Stein Core Storage in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review - Ars Technica Apple Announces Changes to Increase Collaboration Across Hardware, Software & Services - Apple.com Apple CEO Tim Cook: Steve “taught me that the joy is in the journey” - Ars Technica Op-ed: Apple Store may be shifting from customer experience to profit machine | Ars Technica Behind Silicon Valley's Un-Retirement of Apple's Bob Mansfield - AllThingsD Skeuomorphism in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review - Ars Technica Skeuomorphic applications in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review - Ars Technica Jonathan Ive interview: simplicity isn't simple - Telegraph File system API unification in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Ars Technica Daring Fireball: Forstall Out; Ive Up Neven Mrgan's post on App.net about Jony Ive's car Bertrand Serlet to Leave Apple - Apple.com Avadis Tevanian - Wikipedia Craig Federighi - Wikipedia Bertrand Serlet - Wikipedia Daring Fireball: The Good, the Bad, and the Avie Apple Technical Note 2034 (PDF) The Incomparable #114: When You Wish Upon a "Star Wars" From inside Apple, the Scott Forstall fallout - Om Malik Hypercritical #45: Star Wars is Not a Blog Post Fusion Drive quick look: Our predictions confirmed! - Ars Technica Browett seen as bad for Apple thanks to Dixons’ poor reputation - Ars Technica Sponsored by Lynda, Shutterstock (use code "dansentme10" for 30% off), and Shopify (use code "5by5" and get 3 months free).

Transcribed - Published: 2 November 2012

Episode 91: 91: Adolescence

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the new hardware announced at the October 23rd Apple event: the latest Retina MacBook Pro, whether the new iMac is too skinny or too fat, the little information we currently know about Fusion Drive, and, of course, the new iPads, both mini and Retina. Links for this episode:Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology (SSD Caching) Review - AnandTech Hypercritical #17: Intruding Gooseneck AnandTech - Seagate's Momentus XT Reviewed, Finally a Good Hybrid HDD Macminicolo Blog (Impressions of the 2012 Mac mini (updated)) Does this aluminum back make me look fat? Hands-on with the thumb-able iPad mini and the ultrathin iMac - Ars Technica Apple Fusion Drive—wait, what? How does this work? - Ars Technica A short history of btrfs - LWN.net Hypercritical #57: Computational Skeuomorphism B-Trees, Shadowing, and Clones (PDF) - Ohad Rodeh Mac mini (Late 2012) and iMac (Late 2012): About Fusion Drive - Apple.com Apple's white iPad mini sells out in 20 minutes - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech Strange Game - The Magazine AnandTech - Understanding Apple's Fusion Drive Apple Special Event October 2012 Sponsored by Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME10 for 30% off), MailChimp, Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off), and CacheFly

Transcribed - Published: 26 October 2012

Episode 90: 90: Salad Days

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin ponder the upcoming Apple event, assess picayune physical details of the iPhone 5 and iPod touch, compare the newly announced pricing for the Microsoft Surface to its possible competitors, and discuss John's approach to getting value from Twitter. Links for this episode:Pentagon Paradox: The Development of the F-18 Hornet, by James P. Stevenson Hypercritical #73: 22 Degrees Daniel Siders on sending a POST for each follower in Tent October 23 Apple event confirmed: “We’ve got a little more to show you” - Ars Technica McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle - Wikipedia iOS portfolio price distribution - asymco Thoughts on the Display, Price, and Name of the Impending Smaller iPad - Daring Fireball iPad (3rd generation) - Wikipedia Microsoft Surface will start at $499 Just one example of a Totoro-themes iPad case on Etsy The Brief, by Richard Dunlop-Walters Sponsored by Harvest (Use promo code 5by5 for 50% off first month), Hover (Use code DANSENTME for 10% off), Squarespace (Use code DANSENTME10 for 10% off), and CacheFly

Transcribed - Published: 19 October 2012

Episode 89: 89: Lazy Sunday

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin relax on a Sunday afternoon and chat about Apple's taste for brute force solutions, the foibles of decentralized systems like Tent and email, and The Magazine, Marco Arment's new Newsstand publication. Links for this episode:The Magazine The Magazine - Foreword Appnetizens Analytics: Posts Per Hour History - appnetizens.com Google Realtime Search Goes Offline - Time.com The Secret of Google's Book Scanning Machine Revealed - NPR.org The Feature The Brief The Brief Explained - Marco.org Marco's tweet about his "LOL" FAQ answer Marco's tweet about the The Magazine's App Store ranking on launch Newsstand - Wikipedia Lazy Sunday - NBC.com The Apple Strategy Tax - Ars Technica Sponsored by HelpSpot (use offer code 5by5 for $100 off), Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off), Sourcebits, and CacheFly

Transcribed - Published: 14 October 2012

Episode 88: 88: Nobody Leaves Email

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest events in the burgeoning App.net community, then explore the competing(?) Tent.io protocol for decentralized real-time social networking. Links for this episode:Real-time computing - Wikipedia Paying Developers is A Bad Idea - Charlie Kindel Ball bearing - Wikipedia Announcing the App.net Developer Incentive Program - App.net Say Hello to Netbot - Tapbots Blog Netbot - Tapbots.com Protocols don't mean much - Dave Winer Tent - the decentralized social web Tent.is (alpha) - Simple Tent Hosting John's tent.io account - siracusa.tent.is As of 2011, what is the average number of followers for a Twitter user? - Quora Is a federated Twitter even possible? - Dan Wineman A response to Brennan Novak - Dalton Caldwell Hypercritical #37: A Story of Triumph Wedge - A Mac client for App.net Sponsored by Shutterstock (use code DANSENTME10 for 30% off any package), Squarespace (use code DANSENTME10 for 10% off), Shopify (three months free on signup), and CacheFly

Transcribed - Published: 5 October 2012

Episode 87: 87: Smarter and Harder

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on Apple's slippery little devices and Apple's mapping woes, then discuss the new iPod touch and iPod nano. John's hypothetical Ferrari is briefly mentioned. Links for this episode:iPod touch - Apple.com iPod nano - Apple.com A letter from Tim Cook on Maps - Apple.com Lightning connector, disassembled - iFixit.com iPhone 5 Teardown, connector portion - iFixit.com Acer AZ3731-UR21P, with PS/2 ports - Amazon.com Close-up picture of those Acer PS/2 ports iPhone 5 wall charger vs. earlier model How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything - The Atlantic Merlin's Tweet: "You’re dead to me, Dan. DEAD." Merlin's Tweet: "He USED to have a web site…" Speaking for Yourself - Merlin Mann PC System Design Guide - Wikipedia Sponsored by Igloo Software, Harvest (use code 5by5 for 50% off first month), Gazelle, and MailChimp.

Transcribed - Published: 28 September 2012

Episode 86: 86: Naked Robotic Core

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the new iPhone 5: its physical design, the case for cases, the new lightning connector, and Apple's trouble with maps. Let the iPhone 6 speculation begin? Links for this episode:iPhone 5 - Apple.com The Amazing iOS 6 Maps The Incomparable #108: Journey: Then We Touched, Then We Sang iPhone 5 deconstructed: packed with power efficient parts - Ars Technica Lightning connector: a follow-up - brockerhoff.net Lightning connector - brockerhoff.net The Impromptu Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching? - Mac Rumors McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet - Wikipedia McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle - Wikipedia On the rumor that Google has submitted an iOS 6 Maps app and Apple is sitting on it Sponsored by Treehouse, Gazelle, Hover.com (coupon code DANSENTME for 10% off), and Squarespace.com (coupon code DANSENTME9 for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 21 September 2012

Episode 85: 85: Just Check the Checkbox!

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss all the things that went wrong during John's Mountain Lion ebook publishing experience. There's more than enough blame to go around. Please note that this episode was recorded before the September 12th Apple event. Links for this episode:OS X Battery Life Analysis from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion - The Mac Observer Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter - Apple Store (U.S.) Apple's battery guide for laptops - Apple.com Apple's battery guide for iPad - Apple.com Apple's battery guide for iPhone - Apple.com Apple's battery guide for iPod - Apple.com About My Mountain Lion Review - John Siracusa Mobipocket - Wikipedia Amazon Kindle - Wikipedia EPUB - Wikipedia Kindle Format 8 - Wikipedia KindleGen Kindle Previewer EPUB on the Threepress Consulting blog Pricing for Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing It's a Unix system - YouTube Sponsored by Gazelle, Shutterstock (use coupon DANSENTME9 for 30% off), and Hover (use coupon DANSENTME for 10% off)

Transcribed - Published: 12 September 2012

Episode 84: 84: Spared No Expense

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Amazon's new Kindle and Kindle Fire products. Is Amazon Apple's most dangerous competitor, or are the two companies not really in competition at all? Who is Amazon's ideal customer? Finally, John and Dan make their predictions for next week's Apple press event. Links for this episode:Amazon shows off Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE for $499, WiFi for $299 - Ars Technica Kindle Fire’s 4G package offers 250MB of data a month for $50 a year - Ars Technica Amazon’s new $119 Kindle Paperwhite e-reader comes with front-lit screen - Ars Technica Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G - Amazon.com Kindle Fire HD 8.9" - Amazon.com Kindle Fire HD - Amazon.com Kindle Fire - Amazon.com Kindle Paperwhite - Amazon.com Kindle - Amazon.com How to Store Batteries - Battery University How to Prolong Lithium-based Batteries - Battery University Amazon FreeTime Gives Parents More Control Over What Kids Watch iOS Version History Chart Volume of the iPhone 4S vs. the (rumored) iPhone 5 - iamconcise.com Live Updates From Amazon's Press Event - NYTimes.com IMDb: Internet Movie Database - Wikipedia Sponsored by Hover (use coupon DANSENTME for 10% off), Squarespace (use coupon DANSENTME9 for 10% off), and Sourcebits

Transcribed - Published: 7 September 2012

Episode 83: 83: Dishonorable

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the Apple v. Samsung court case, the near-comprehensive rumors and leaks about the next iPhone, the possible internals of the rumored iPad mini, and which company we'd like to buy Twitter, if it were actually for sale. Links for this episode:Predicting the “iPad Mini” internals - Marco.org More new iPhone parts, A6 processor, more new 9-pin cables - 9to5Mac Preparing for the iPhone Next: Rumors Analyzed - AnandTech Apple v. Samsung verdict is in: $1 billion loss for Samsung - Ars Technica Hypercritical #67: A Pill That Helps with Whatever Hypercritical #68: Patent Hands Hypercritical #69: Sport of Kings Thunderbolt Lite - Richard Stelling Against Intellectual Monopoly, by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine OS X icons for generic PC hardware in John's Leopard review - Ars Technica Why Thunderbolt Won't Come to the iPhone Anytime Soon - AnandTech New Part Leaks Include Taller iPod Touch Front Panel, 'iPhone 5' Cameras - Mac Rumors Rat king (folklore) - Wikipedia What Is the Open Web and Why Is It Important? - Coding In Paradise MacBook Pro Mountain Lion Battery Life: 10.7 vs 10.8 vs 10.8.1 -The Mac Observer Shopify (get 3 months free), Squarespace (10% off with code DANSENTME8), and Textastic.

Transcribed - Published: 31 August 2012

Episode 82: 82: The Opposite of Comprehensive

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin finally complete their discussion of John's Mountain Lion review. Topics include power management, UI simplification, automatic termination, Facebook integration, and plagiarizing from yourself. Links for this episode:OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review Secrets, the OS X hidden feature database and preference pane - secrets.blacktree.com Github OS X hidden feature project - mathiasbynens/dotfiles Google's reverse engineering of Mountain Lion's overlay progress bar API Mountain Lion OS X 10.8.1 Improves Battery Life Somewhat - Mac Rumors Google Chrome updater technology - dev.chromium.org Sponsored by Hover (use coupon DANSENTME for 10% off), Igloo Software, and Sourcebits.

Transcribed - Published: 24 August 2012

Episode 81: 81: Channels of Control

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest round of Twitter API changes that further marginalize third-party "traditional" Twitter client applications, with the inevitable follow up about App.Net, the nascent Twitter-like service that takes money directly from its users, rather than selling access to its users to advertisers. Links for this episode:Changes coming in Version 1.1 of the Twitter API - dev.twitter.com Display Guidelines - dev.twitter.com Delivering a consistent Twitter experience - dev.twitter.com Twitter hands down new, strict rules for third-party developers - Macworld The Princess Bride (1987) - Memorable quotes siracusa on App.net dan on App.net jkottke's "Twitter is Vader" tweet Sponsored by Hover (use coupon DANSENTME for 10% off), Squarespace (use coupon DANSENTME8 for 10% off), and HelpSpot (use coupon 5BY5 for $100 off).

Transcribed - Published: 17 August 2012

Episode 80: 80: Memory Palace

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin continue to discuss John's review of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. On this episode: iCloud storage APIs and user interface, sandboxing, Gatekeeper, Retina/HiDPI, Scene Kit, Objective-C enhancements, and a bonus diversion into one of John's pet OS X topics: spatial interfaces. Links for this episode:OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review danbenjamin's Flixel, image 1 danbenjamin's Flixel, image 2 Memory Palace - Wikipedia Avoiding Copland 2010 - Ars Technica Copland 2010 revisited: Apple’s language and API future - Ars Technica Sponsored by Flixel, Squarespace (use coupon DANSENTME8 for 10% off), and Hover (use coupon DANSENTME for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 10 August 2012

Episode 79: 79: Grandpa Uncle Joe

John Siracusa is on vacation this week, so we instead present its ersatz replacement, 'Kindacritical', with Dan Benjamin, Marco Arment, and Merlin Mann. Links for this episode:Macintosh 512K - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Timpani - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 70Decibels - CMD+SPACE - 001 - I'm Yelling At Me, With Merlin Mann Photography, and the Tolerance for Courageous Sucking | 43 Folders Report: iPhone 5, iPad Mini Possible Debut on September 12 kung fu grippe • Sure. Thanks. Burst mode. Apple - Siri - Frequently Asked Questions Macworld: Developers dish on iCloud challenges Sponsored by Smile, MailChimp, and Shopify.

Transcribed - Published: 3 August 2012

Episode 78: 78: Sins of the Father

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss—what else?—John's review of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. There's so much to cover that this will have to be a multi-epsiode topic. On this episode: purchase and installation, interface and document model changes, and bundled applications. Links for this episode:About My Mountain Lion Review - John Siracusa gfxCardStatus - codykrieger.com OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: the Ars Technica review Stickies (software) - Wikipedia Central limit theorem - Wikipedia Law of large numbers - Wikipedia RestoreMeNot preference pane Sponsored by DocuSign, Sourcebits, and Hover (coupon code DANSENTME for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 27 July 2012

Episode 77: 77: Nucleation Site

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about a potential smaller iPad, OUYA's challenges, what makes a successful Kickstarter project, how the Penny Arcade Kickstarter could have been more attractive to funders, and finally, the strange case of App.net. Links for this episode:Overcompensating for the Length - 2000 Nickels Penny Arcade Kickstarter OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console by OUYA - Kickstarter App.net HBO GO Android app Great apps for your new Nexus 7 - TechHive OUYA CEO: We're Confident We Will Deliver - Mashable Only 25% of Kickstarter Tech, Design Projects Deliver on Time - Mashable Letters.app on Twitter Letters.app web site Sparrow Was Born From Letters.App, And Why Tweet-Like Email Is Just The Beginning - Cult of Mac Rage against the Mail machine: the genesis of Letters - Ars Technica Some Letters.app source code - GitHub The iPhone Battery in Mike Matas's portfolio Marco Arment's answer to What is the Readability & Instapaper business model? Dreamcast WinCE games list Brent Simmons's "Email init" post that led to the Letters.app project 5by5 show length stats - Kieran Healy More 5by5 Data - Kieran Healy Sponsored by Rackspace, Squarespace (coupon code DANSENTME7 for 10% off), and Hover (coupon code DANSENTME or 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 20 July 2012

Episode 76: 76: Selling a Dream

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the OUYA Android-based TV gaming console Kickstarter project, the unprecedented Penny Arcade Kickstarter project to remove ads from its web site for a year, and the Kickstarter phenomenon itself. Also, check the show notes to find a poll about doing an episode all about the PlayStation 3 game Journey. Links for this episode:The reality of the OUYA console doesn’t match the hype: why you should be skeptical - The PA Report Tweet from Minecraft creator Markus Persson about Minecraft on OUYA Penny Arcade's Kickstarter Community Guidelines - Kickstarter Penny Arcade's comic for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Poll: Journey on Hypercritical? At $152 in cost, Google’s Nexus 7 leads way for cheaper tablets - Mobile Technology News Hypercritical duration trend (scatter plot) Hypercritical duration spreadsheet The Pipeline #30: Markus "Notch" Persson Hypercritical Length - 2000 Nickels OUYA: A New Kind of Video Game Console - Kickstarter Sponsored by Freshbooks, Hover (use coupon DANSENTME for 10% off), and Squarespace (use coupon DANSENTME7 for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 13 July 2012

Episode 75: 75: Just a Dinosaur

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss rumors of a new, smaller iPad, Marco Arment's experience with and reporting of this week's App Store data corruption problem, Apple's response, and the continuing, unhealthy separation of developers and their customers in the App Store. Links for this episode:Corrupt App Store binaries crashing on launch - Marco.org Android Developers Blog: Replying to User Reviews on Google Play Replying to App Store reviews - Matt Gemmell John Gabriel's Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory - Penny Arcade Aged to Perfection - Design Mind Creating the first laptop (GRiD Compass) - YouTube Objectified: A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit GRiD Compass - Wikipedia “iPad Nano” Images - ZooGue Apple Preps for Smaller Tablet - The Wall Street Journal Apple Said to Plan Smaller IPad to Vie With Google Nexus - Bloomberg The case for a 7.8" iPad - Joel Bernstein How to pronounce Matt Gemmell's last name (MP3) - Paul Kafasis Apple responds to App Store download corruption - Marco.org Apple’s fix for corrupt binaries - Marco.org Dublin Dr. Pepper - Wikipedia Trixie - Pixar Wiki Velocistar237 - Pixar Wiki Twitter thread detailing the various sites that rewrote Marco's blog post Sponsored by Zoompf, Sifter Stickers, and Dark Sky.

Transcribed - Published: 6 July 2012

Episode 74: 74: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss alternate motivations for the Microsoft Surface, Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, the history and value of reparability in computer hardware, and the possibility of electronics that "age well." Also, there's a robot that feels no shame. Links for this episode:Designed Deterioration - Khoi Vinh (2007)) Built to Not Last - Khoi Vinh (2012) The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable - Wired.com Follow Up to “Built to Not Last” - Khoi Vinh (2012) Nexus 7 - The new Android tablet from Google Replicant - Wikipedia Nexus One - Wikipedia 'There's No Margin' - Daring Fireball Robot Hand Beats You at Rock, Paper, Scissors 100% Of The Time - IEEE Spectrum Hypercritical #68: Patent Hands An Update on Flash Player and Android - Adobe.com How Microsoft Lost the API War - Joel on Software Mandrill - Wikipedia Microsoft PlaysForSure - Wikipedia Sponsored by Shopify (use code 5BY5 for 3 months free), Igloo Software (they're giving away an Aeropress to a Hypercritical listener), and MailChimp's new Mandrill email service.

Transcribed - Published: 29 June 2012

Episode 73: 73: 22 Degrees

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the Microsoft Surface. It's a tablet! It's an ultrabook! It runs Office, Windows, and your existing x86 applications…unless it's the ARM version. And why is Microsoft making hardware, anyway? It's all very intriguing. Links for this episode:Jobs: If you see a stylus or a task manager, 'they blew it' - Engadget John's Tumblr blog, also titled Hypercritical Microsoft Surface tablets may not match iPad battery life - Computerworld Microsoft VP creates perfume that smells of money - CNet Microsoft's Surface event video - YouTube Capacitive touchscreens - Wikipedia Surface by Microsoft Six Flags Great America Microsoft Technology Centers in Cologne Surface vs. iPad: Microsoft's Getting Rusty At Stealing from Apple PowerBook G3 - Wikipedia Limited-slip differential - Wikipedia John's Surface-like hardware musings from 2010 - Macworld Windows for Pen Computing - Wikipedia Inkwell (Macintosh) - Wikipedia Sponsored by Harvest, and Squarespace (use code DANSENTME6 for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 22 June 2012

Episode 72: 72: Seven Levels of Air Quotes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss—what else?—WWDC: the hardware and software announcements, John's chances of getting his review done on time, John's WWDC survival gear, and the one time a year where he meets the fans face to face. Links for this episode:Retina MacBook Pro display handling - AnandTech The WINGStand WaterField iPad slip case Tim Cook: New Mac Pro coming “later next year” - Marco.org The new retina MacBook Pro - Apple.com iOS 6 - Apple.com OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion - Apple.com Mac Rumors Mac Pro buyer's guide Tweet about external monitor support on the new MacBook Pro - joelhousman Sponsored by FreshBooks, and Hover (use code DANSENTME for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 16 June 2012

Episode 71: 71: Bristling With Controls

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest crop of iPhone 5 and WWDC rumors, E3 2012, the current state of the traditional game console market, and the elephant in the gaming living room: Apple. Links for this episode:Build and Analyze #80: Please, Go to Starbucks E3: Electronic Entertainment Expo - Wikipedia Video game console - Wikipedia Hypercritical #48: Blue Ocean Xbox 360 technical problems - Wikipedia Quantic Dream's Kara - YouTube Game Boy line - Wikipedia Nintendo DS - Wikipedia Wii U - Wikipedia Wii U GamePad - Wikipedia Wii U Pro Controller - Wikipedia Hypercritical #49: Pinching the Harmonica Xbox 360 Controller - Wikipedia iPhone 5 Back Cover or Middle Plate/A new iPhone Part Leaked - YouTube Hypercritical #50: Maximum Deflection in All Directions Viral Video of Shell Oil Party Disaster Is Fake, Unfortunately Squarespace Community for Developers and General Users Atari Lynx - Wikipedia Nintendo reveals new Wii U Gamepad: NDTV Gadgets Nintendo Wii U GamePad arrives for hardcore gamers Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto Interview - Eurogamer.net Nintendo Wii U - Amazon.com Sponsored by Appsfire, Squarespace (coupon code DANSENTME6), and Hover (coupon code DANSENTME for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 8 June 2012

Episode 70: 70: Deja Vu

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss more optimistic prospects for a new Mac Pro, the latest round of iPhone 5 hardware rumors, and the intriguing possibilities for WWDC implied by the large number of sessions on the schedule that are labelled "To Be Announced." Links for this episode:MagSafe Mini (iPhone 5) - The Verge Forums Black and white next-gen metal iPhone backs, mini-dock, taller screen, moved earphone jack present - 9to5Mac Now I’m very confident there will be another Mac Pro – Marco.org F*ck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades - The Onion Will Apple fill secret WWDC sessions with Siri API, Apple TV apps, Facebook or something else? - The Next Web NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Review: Ultra Expensive, Ultra Rare, Ultra Fast - AnandTech NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Review Feat. EVGA: Bringing GK104 Down To $400 - AnandTech Apple reliability labs tour - Into the Obscura Amplified #9: The Canadian Dingo - 5by5 Mac mini - Technical Specifications Power Mac G4 - Wikipedia Replacing iPhone 4 5-Point Pentalobe Screws - iFixit List of screw drives - Wikipedia Tim Cook's Interview at D10 Conference - Macworld Sponsored by KAYAK, Sourcebits, and MailChimp.

Transcribed - Published: 1 June 2012

Episode 69: 69: Sport of Kings

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk a bit more about patents and copyright, revisit the sources of lag in human/computer interactions, revise the probabilities of retina-display Macs, MacBook Pros without ethernet ports, any Mac Pros ever again, and the various ways to deal with a possible taller iPhone screen. Links for this episode:Apple scrapped troubled 15-inch MacBook Air for 2010, rebuilding for 2012 - 9to5Mac Miserere (Allegri) - Wikipedia Allegri: Miserere - YouTube Teen's Pancreatic Cancer Diagnostic Wins $75,000 Intel Prize - Reason.com Apple working to adopt 802.11ac 5G Gigabit WiFi this year - AppleInsider Venus Equilateral - Wikipedia Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture -TED.com The Reform of Intellectual Property - Dean Baker How to Lower the Price of Prescription Drugs - Dean Baker Can You Patent A Steak? - Planet Money How Apple and Microsoft Armed 4,000 Patent Warheads - Wired.com Everything Is a Remix Scooby Snacks - Wikipedia The Big Apple: “Skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it’s been” (hockey adage) Apple iPhone charger teardown: quality in a tiny expensive package - Ken Shirriff Surviving Without Subsidies - NYTimes.com Sponsored by Warby Parker, Squarespace (use promo code DANSENTME5 for 10% off), and Shopify.

Transcribed - Published: 25 May 2012

Episode 68: 68: Patent Hands

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin, inevitably, revisit the topic of patents, attempting to address a wide array of listener feedback. For the hearty listeners that make it through the patent talk, there's a bonus discussion of the new MacBook Pro rumors, and a brief consideration of cutscenes and trailers in video games. Links for this episode:Thomas Pogge - Reimagining pharmaceutical innovation - YouTube Against Intellectual Monopoly (PDF) Against Intellectual Monopoly - Amazon.com Book Review: “Patent Failure” - Ars Technica Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk - Amazon.com: Lag: The Bane Of Touch Screens - Noel Llopis Programming Responsiveness - Mick West Measuring Responsiveness in Video Games - Mick West Making It Scientifically - Robert K. Merton Nathan Myhrvold and collective genius in science - Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker Can Patents Deter Innovation? The Anticommons in Biomedical Research - Michael A. Heller and Rebecca S. Eisenberg Financing Drug Research: What Are the Issues? - Dean Baker The Truth about Drug Companies - Marcia Angell, MD Red pill blue pill - John McCoy Context-Free Patent Art Patent Hands - Flickr Pirate Party - Wikipedia Thomas Jefferson on Patents and Freedom of Ideas - Moving to Freedom Transatlantic ping faster than sending a pixel to the screen? - Super User Super Mario World ending Sponsored by Hover (code DANSENTME for 10% off) and Rackspace.

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2012

Episode 67: 67: A Pill That Helps with Whatever

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the various ways that Apple takes money from transactions involving the App Store, lessons from gaming and gamers for the larger software world, why nothing is ever good enough when it comes to technology, the Instagram acquisition, and the sad state of the US patent system and how it might be fixed. Links for this episode:Good Game - ABC TV Good Game Spawn Point - ABC3 TV Sequelitis - YouTube Sequelitis - Mega Man Classic vs. Mega Man X - YouTube Rands In Repose: Two Universes Misbehaving Children in Ancient Times? Plato or Socrates? - Quote Investigator Christoph Adami: Finding life we can't imagine - TED.com Pebble: E-Paper Watch - Kickstarter High Performance Touch - YouTube Copyright Clause - Wikipedia Patent - Wikipedia When Patents Attack - Planet Money No Respect these Days - Kieran Healy Steve Jobs with thoughts on life and failure - YouTube Steve Jobs: One Last Thing - PBS Against Intellectual Monopoly Sponsored by Igloo Software and Hover.

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2012

Episode 66: 66: The Housewives of Siracusa County

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss meeting Apple employees at WWDC, the latest round of iPhone rumors, RubyMotion (a new product for writing iOS apps in Ruby), the distinction between producer, consumer, and performer in gaming and other arts, The Kids Today, games as art, and Dropbox-related App Store rejections. Links for this episode:Rumors about the next iPhone: size, screen, dock connector - iLounge Participation, consumption and enjoyment - Jonathan Dugec Game completion statistics - Gamasutra RubyMotion - Ruby for iOS Building native iOS apps with RubyMotion - Ars Technica iPad Keyboard Prototype - YouTube Dara O Briain Live at the Apollo: I Love Video Games - YouTube Begging the question - Wikipedia Hypercritical #15: The Bridges of Siracusa County Hypercritical #14: A Dark Age of Objective-C REPL: Read–eval–print loop - Wikipedia Hypercritical #6: Frivolous Things Lolita - Wikipedia The Apple strategy tax The real Daniel Hooper! The Joys and Sorrows of Being an Almost-Gamer - Ash Furrow No true Scotsman fallacy The start of the Twitter thread with Frankly Sponsored by Textastic, TapTyping, and Squarespace (use promo code DANSENTME5 for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2012

Episode 65: 65: Look Right into the Eyes of Your Sweetie

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the WWDC ticket sales kerfuffle and the potential future of the conference, then revisit the topic of gaming as a form of art with some uncommon characteristics. Finally, the new Gmail user interfaces goes under the microscope. Links for this episode:Apple Chief's Offhand Comment Spawns Internet Quip - NYTimes.com The Parisian Pinball Park - YouTube 2012 iPhone concept design #2 - Will Hains Episode 75 of the StackOverflow podcast, with guest Tom Limoncelli Apple files patent for camera hidden behind display - AppleInsider WWDC - Apple Khoi Vinh's 2008 refinement of the Gmail UI - Subtraction.com Freaks and Geeks - Carlos the Dwarf - YouTube Sponsored by Sourcebits, Squarespace (use coupon code DANSENTME4 and get 30% off for 3 months).

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2012

Episode 64: 64: You Will Die Instantly!

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit software updates (paid or otherwise), then discuss various screen size possibilities for the next iPhone, the historical and ongoing dilution of the concept of a "gamer" (and Apple's role in that phenomenon), and the extremely unlikely possibility of any sort partnership between Valve and Apple. Links for this episode:Apple Cinema Display ADC - Technical Specifications Apple Cinema Display ADC (22-Inch) picture and specs - EveryMac.com The 4-inch iPhone - The Russians Used a Pencil 4-inch iPhone mockup - 9to5Mac How Apple Could Make a 4-Inch iPhone - Daring Fireball The 4 inch iPhone 5 - The Verge Time Management for System Administrators - O'Reilly Media The "talking to the bear" quote from the Time Management book Back to Work #63: Bold with the Scissors Tim Cook didn’t come here, says Valve’s Gabe Newell Valve’s Gabe Newell talks wearable computers, why consoles should open up, and game ownership - The PA Report Valve: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and What I’m Doing - Michael Abrash Michael Abrash - Wikipedia When Upgrading is not a Choice - Jim Cloudman RGB High/Low on the Apple TV - Christopher G. Herbert Penny Arcade comic about the dilution of gaming culture The Conversation #16: iValve - 5by5 Journey Limbo Braid Passage Valve Handbook for New Employees (PDF) Sponsored by Hover, FreshBooks, and the One More Thing Conference.

Transcribed - Published: 20 April 2012

Episode 63: 63: Talking to the Bear

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about paid upgrades in the Mac App Store, how Apple is reshaping the software market (intentionally or otherwise), Readability's role as a middleman as compared to another prominent middleman, the App Store, and finally, the Flashback malware scourge and what it says about Apple's preparedness. Links for this episode:Performance Driving School - Overview - BMW North America Strategy Letter V - Joel on Software Java for OS X Lion 2012-003 - Apple Apple updates Java for a third time, this time with Flashback malware removal - Ars Technica The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades - Wil Shipley Readability German automotive manufacturing plants - Google Maps Analyst Expects iPhone 5 to Launch at WWDC 2012 in June - Mac Rumors Moscone Center Events WWDC-less WWDC - Rentzsch Welcome to the Home Page of TALKING-BEAR! Adobe Photoshop - Wikipedia QuickPick Pulled From App Store - Rentzsch Flashback Is Not a Trojan Horse; What Is It? - The Mac Security Blog Sponsored by Harvest (coupon code 5BY5 for 50% off your first month) and EveryMe.

Transcribed - Published: 13 April 2012

Episode 62: 62: A Sack Containing Scum from a Pond

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin try to put the topic of car engine noises to bed, then discuss value of "enterprise" businesses, RIM's possible future as a services company, Readability's business model, and Wil Shipley's case for paid upgrades in the Mac App Store. Links for this episode:Kill Screen Readability Directs Shared Articles to Own Servers, Cuts Out Original Publishers - Daring Fireball The Mac App Store Needs Paid Upgrades - Wil Shipley Instapaper Readability In-App Purchase Programming Guide: Overview of In-App Purchase - Apple WWDC Alerts PlayStation 3 160GB System - Amazon.com PlayStation 3 320GB System - Amazon.com PS3 320GB Uncharted 3 Bundle: Playstation 3 - Amazon.com PlayStation 3 - 320 GB System/PlayStation Move Bundle - Amazon.com Ars Technica How to pronounce the name "Moleskine" iPad Smart Cover - Apple Store (U.S.) How Audi Makes Its Electric Cars Sound Like Futuristic Gas Guzzlers - DesignBoom Sponsored by MailChimp and Shopify.

Transcribed - Published: 6 April 2012

Episode 61: 61: I Ran Out of Bombs Long Ago

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the display of large images on iOS devices, Apple's latest web standards proposal and "rogue" implementation in WebKit, RIM's new enterprise-centric strategy, and the popular new iOS game, Draw Something. Plus, a Very Special epilogue all about Marco Arment's dream car, the F10 BMW M5. Links for this episode:Safari Web Content Guide: Creating Compatible Web Content Apple aluminum remote disassembled - Mani Razaghi Hypercritical #48: Blue Ocean Warning - The Next Sound You Hear Will Not Be Your Engine - NYTimes.com The image-set() function (for responsive images) - [email protected] Initial CSS image-set implementation in WebKit, changeset 111637 RIM to give up - Asymco Success, and Farming vs. Mining - Wil Shipley Draw Something in the App Store Draw Something Sponsored by Gitbox, AppsFire (coupon code 5by5 for 10% off), and Studio Neat (coupon code 5by5 for 20% off).

Transcribed - Published: 30 March 2012

Episode 60: 60: Reversing the Polarity

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the puzzling UI of iPhoto for IOS, the magnetic polarity of iPad Smart Covers, the Apple TV's ability to work with any remote, the iPad's lack of a number in its name (again), automotive platform awareness in Germany, video signal value ranges, DVRs in the UK, statistical significance, the Apple TV remote (again), and finally, Mike Daisey, Apple, and China. Links for this episode:The Great Instruction Manual Adventure - Dov Frankel iPad 3 Smart Cover Sleep/Wake Feature Not Working - Mark Booth An Example of Photography on the Retina Display - Duncan Davidson This American Life's retraction of its original Mike Daisey episode This American Life episode about Mr. Daisey and Apple factories RGB High/Low on the Apple TV - Christopher G. Herbert Hypercritical #49: Pinching the Harmonica Hypercritical #50: Maximum Deflection in All Directions Daring Fireball on Mike Daisey: Separating the Baby From the Bath Water This episode is sponsored by Gitbox, Freshbooks - painless billing, and BBEdit - Dan's favorite text editor.

Transcribed - Published: 23 March 2012

Episode 59: 59: Safari is Apple's Google

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on John's TiVo and smoke detector woes and the angst about the lack of a number after the name of the new iPad. John reviews his new Apple TV. Finally, the videos showing Chris Pirillo’s dad exploring Windows 8 and Mac OS X for the first time are mined for insights about computing in 2012 and beyond. Links for this episode:ZFS TimeMachine - GitHub Disabling the IR sensor on John's smoke detector - Matthew Copsey iPhoto's Mystery Meat Gestures - Lukas Mathis TVonics Store - A UK digital video recorder HUMAX - A UK digital video recorder Apple TV - Apple.com Awake, Season 1 - iTunes YCbCr - Wikipedia Chris Pirillo’s dad using Windows 8 for the first time - YouTube Chris Pirillo’s dad using Mac OS X for the first time - YouTube What is a Browser? Google asks people on the street - YouTube What is a browser? Google explains (and promotes Chrome) - YouTube Tog on Interface quote in John's Mac OS X 10.7 Lion review - Ars Technica Chris Pirillo - Wikipedia Ten's Complement, ZEVO Storage Apple Keynotes (1080p) video podcast feed - iTunes Marco Arment’s Desk. Nice try Marco! We all know... They're Made out of Meat - Terry Bisson The Daily Show's "Hufu" story Sponsored by Hover (promo DANSENTME for 10% off), Squarespace (promo DANSENTME3 for 30% off for 3 months), and Sourcebits.

Transcribed - Published: 16 March 2012

Episode 58: 58: No More Numbers For You / The Four Tuners

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin do some brief follow up on file systems, then dive into this week's Apple press event: the new Apple TV, the new iPad, specs vs. product names vs. Apple PR vs. sanity, and how we all still miss Steve Jobs. Plus, John reviews his new TiVo Premiere Elite and, of all things, his new smoke detector. Links for this episode:Time Slider - Automating ZFS Snapshots in Solaris 11 I Can't Believe This is Butter! A tour of btrfs: Avi Miller - YouTube Hammer file system - DragonFly BSD The new iPad - Apple TiVo Premiere Elite - TiVo Hypercritical #2: Backup Vortex AnandTech's analysis of the new Apple iPad SuperDuper! Backblaze CrashPlan Apple Keynotes (HD) video podcast feed Apple Special Event March 2012 iPhoto for the iPad and iPhone TiVo remote shortcuts John's smoke detector (PDF manual) Sponsored by Harvest -- use code 5BY5 for 50% off your first month, and by Rackspace.

Transcribed - Published: 9 March 2012

Episode 57: 57: Computational Skeuomorphism

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about file systems: the origins of Btrfs, how file systems might change in the new age of SSDs, the possibility of a Grand Unification of storage and memory subsystems, and why snapshots, clones, block-level diffs, and deduplication are awesome features of ZFS that would make Time Machine a lot better than it is today. The show ends with John's predictions for the new iPad, which we all assume will be announced at the Apple press event next week. Links for this episode:NetApp and Oracle Agree to Dismiss Lawsuits - NetApp.com A short history of btrfs - LWN.net IntegrityChecker - diglloydTools Clusters: Seamless File Compression HFS+ file compression in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Ars Technica Flash memory: Block erasure - Wikipedia FSEvents in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard - Ars Technica ZFS Deduplication - Jeff Bonwick ZFS: Snapshots and clones - Wikipedia A Conversation with Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore - ACM Queue ZFS - The Last Word in Filesystems The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ - AnandTech.com Thunderbolt at TED2012 - Duncan Davidson Sponsored by TinyLetter and Shopify.

Transcribed - Published: 2 March 2012

Episode 56: 56: Belt and Suspenders

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about file systems: what they do, what makes a good one, and who needs a new one, badly. (Spoiler: it's Apple.) File systems discussed: Microsoft's ReFS, ZFS, and HFS+. Links for this episode:Apple Purchases Land In Oregon For Another Large Data Center The state of the filesystem, from John's Mac OS X 10.7 Lion review maczfs - Support and ongoing development for the Mac port of ZFS ZEVO - Ten's Complement Building the next generation file system for Windows: ReFS - MSDN Virtualizing storage for scale, resiliency, and efficiency - MSDN RAID-Z - Jeff Bonwick A useless analysis of OS X release dates - Robservatory Urban Dictionary: fsck Rampant layering syndrome - FatBits Rampant Layering Violation? - Jeff Bonwick Sponsored by AppsFire and MailChimp.

Transcribed - Published: 24 February 2012

Episode 55: 55: Region of Pain

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss this week's announcement of OS X Mountain Lion: what it means for John's reviews, how the new release schedule might influence adoption and reliability, and how features like GateKeeper will affect Mac users and developers. Links for this episode:The 'Undue Weight' of Truth on Wikipedia - The Chronicle of Higher Education Real Security in Mac OS X Requires Apple-Signed Certificates - Wil Shipley Xcode, GCC, and Homebrew Gatekeeper's Dialog - Dustin Curtis OS X Mountain Lion - Apple Mountain Lion - Daring Fireball Apple officially renames Mac OS X to OS X, drops the 'Mac' - The Verge John Siracusa's Tumblr blog (also called Hypercritical, but it existed before the podcast) Sponsored by Rackspace, Squarespace, and Hover (promo code DANSENTME for 10% off).

Transcribed - Published: 17 February 2012

Episode 54: 54: Public Service Announcement

There's no Hypercritical this week, so we put together something special for you instead. Links for this episode:Kindacritical, a special episode with Dan Benjamin, Merlin Mann, and Marco Arment Sponsored by Sponsor 5by5.

Transcribed - Published: 11 February 2012

Episode 53: 53: Brad Pitt Gets to Contribute

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin revisit gamification in education, talk briefly about the Nest thermostat, then engage in an ever-so-slightly more considered discussion of Wikipedia, attempting to address the mountain of feedback on the topic. No Wikipedians were harmed in the making of this episode. Links for this episode:No-One Cares About the College Bookstore - Kieran Healy Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain - NYTimes.com Verifiability and Truth: What John Siracusa Doesn’t Get About Wikipedia - The Wikipedian Ignore all rules - Wikipedia Game theory - Wikipedia Gamification - Wikipedia Build and Analyze #62: Frustrated by the Invisible Person Nest - The Learning Thermostat Self-Improvement podcast, episode 1: Hypercritical & Dr Karl's Blogcast Sponsored by FreshBooks and MailChimp.

Transcribed - Published: 3 February 2012

Episode 52: 52: Marked for Deletion

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about iBooks Author, Apple's real and stated motivations for entering the textbook market, and what really matters in education. This is followed by a long, ill-considered rant about Wikipedia. (Warning: original research, no neutral point of view.) Links for this episode:Apple sued by Toronto lawyer over stolen MacBook, iPhone - thestar.com Maslow's hierarchy of needs - Wikipedia Apple's textbook plan feels like a blast from the past - Macworld Holding out for an ePub hero - Macworld Wishing on an ePub: Five hopes for Apple's rumored e-publishing software - Macworld Glazman Responds to My Response - Daring Fireball The iBooks 2.0 built-in widgets – Baldur Bjarnason High Schools Are Step One Of Two - McKay Thomas Apple's wager - Ars Technica Citogenesis - xkcd No original research - Wikipedia What counts as a reliable source? - Wikipedia Using Game Design to Improve My Classroom - YouTube The Curse of Cow Clicker: How a Cheeky Satire Became a Videogame Hit - Wired Cow Clicker - Wikipedia Articles for deletion: FTFF - Wikipedia Hypercritical #49: Pinching the Harmonica Stare at the red dot… Dan Benjamin - Wikipedia Sponsored by MindNode and Sourcebits.

Transcribed - Published: 27 January 2012

Episode 51: 51: Unjustified Confidence

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin briefly recap the iPhone ringer/silent switch controversy, then discuss the new iBooks Author application, Apple's ebook ambitions and prospects, and the role of technology in education. Links for this episode:The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained - YouTube Amazon Kindle supported file formats - Wikipedia EPUB - Wikipedia On the Behavior of the iPhone Mute Switch - Daring Fireball Daring Fireball: On the Behavior of the iPhone Mute Switch – Andy Ihnatko Designing “Mute” – Marco.org Mute Means Mute - hivelogic.com The United Kingdom Venn Diagram - Grey's Blog Comments from Jacob Refstrup on 2011-03-09 on [email protected] The iBooks 2.0 textbook format – Baldur Bjarnason 5by5 at the Movies #1: Goodfellas iBooks Author - Apple Kindle Format 8 Overview Push Pop Press - Al Gore's Our Choice Sponsored by Vidmeup and Stripe.

Transcribed - Published: 20 January 2012

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