466 episodes

Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.

Accidental Tech Podcast Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa

    • Technology
    • 4.6 • 155 Ratings

Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.

    There's Probably a Wizard for It

    There's Probably a Wizard for It

    Pre-show: Windows woes and the challenges of loading modern trucks


    TPM
    yt-dlp
    DeCSS
    SGX
    FairPlay
    Pirated movie release types

    Follow-up:


    Printer Murder Rooms


    John Tsombakos
    Richard Smith

    LG UltraFine 5K Repair Video (via Brian Almeida)

    Microsoft to Acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion


    Wall Street Journal
    Activision Blizzard’s abhorrent culture
    Prior acquisitions (via Jon Erlichman)


    Activision Blizzard: $68.7b
    LinkedIn: $26.2b
    Nuance: $19.7b
    Skype: $8.5b
    ZeniMax: $7.5b
    GitHub: $7.5b
    Nokia (phone unit): $7.2b
    aQuantive: $6.3b
    Mojang (Minecraft): $2.5b

    Perfect Dark

    Green bubbles ruin everything 🙄


    RCS
    Dithering
    Snell on iMessage
    Google/Android interpreting tapbacks

    #askatp:


    Will macOS last another 20 years? (via Daniel Begqvist)


    Copland 2010 Revisited
    POSIX
    Mach
    Real-Time Operating System

    What game system for a casual gamer who hasn’t had a console in ten years?
    Do programming languages cause problems for people with hyphenated last names?

    Post-show: Marco’s Jerk-Store Moment


    L’esprit de l’escalier



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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Lasers Are Great

    Lasers Are Great

    Follow-up:


    Fi dog-collar pronunciation


    Discount code ATP100 for $100 off (not a sponsor)

    New Ford Mustangs will be available in 2023–2024
    Sony did show PSVR2 controllers
    Mirrorless advantages and the longevity of Canon DSLRs (from Justin Krohn)
    TV technology


    WRGB OLEDs do have white backlights
    QD-OLEDs have RGB “filters”/diffusers


    Samsung’s 2019 $11 billion investment in QD-OLED

    Micro-LED

    On “Weird & Complicated” Analog TV (via Moe Rubenzahl)


    Technology Connections on Analog TV

    Apple will Allow Alternate Payment Systems in the App Store in 🇰🇷, with a catch


    StoreKit 2
    RevenueCat Getting Started
    Apple wants 30% of Uber/Lyft’s membership revenue
    American laws don’t reflect Americans’ desires


    John’s gross printer


    Theranos
    John’s printer
    Casey’s printer
    Marco’s laser all-in-one with the buggy networking
    Marco’s beloved giant printer (price is currently inflated; it cost $449 in 2016)
    Marco’s 11x17 inkjet all-in-one (also currently overpriced; it cost $249 in 2018)

    #askatp:


    What do we think about React/React Native? (via Asajz)


    Divorce leads children to the worst places
    Vue.js
    AngularJS

    How can there be a huge ∆ between data in Photos and the actual Photos Library on disk? (via Todd Vaziri)


    SQLite VACUUM


    Post-show: Some responses to our health/veganism/leather discussion last week


    Slow Boring: Is Healthy Food Actually More Expensive?
    BBC: Climate Change: Which vegan milk is best?
    iMore: Apple should ditch leather (not mentioned, but meant to)



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    • 2 hrs 11 min
    Monks at Drafting Tables

    Monks at Drafting Tables

    Follow-up:


    Stuart Hay on chroma sub-sampling, 4:2:2, 4:1:1, 4:2:0
    Hyper Thunderbolt 4 Dock


    Hyper USB-C Media Hub

    A not-too-short aside about iPad connectivity and expandability


    Loopback
    David Smith’s tweet
    Audio Hijack
    Audiobus
    Drafting table

    Xcode and setting up for Apple Watch development (via Andy Norman)
    Slideshow App Recommendations


    Fotomagico
    Adobe Premiere Rush

    Canon’s flagship DSLR line will end… eventually.


    Single-lens reflex


    CES: QD-OLED TVs from Sony


    OLED explained
    Quantum dots explained

    Interview with Gary Geaves, VP of Acoustics at Apple


    MaxTech video
    Regarding latency
    About the UWB spectrum
    An aside about Apple TV interruptions


    Settings → Remotes and Devices → Bluetooth → Suggest Nearby AirPods


    #askatp:


    How much do we sleep? (via Nathaniel Gori)


    An aside about dog tracking collars


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    Post-show:


    Should Apple stop using leather?
    Thoughts on meat alternatives
    Late-episode follow-up:


    Fun Fact #52: We’re off Track
    Congratulations to David Sparks!




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    • 2 hrs 28 min
    No Indication of Progress

    No Indication of Progress

    Pre-show:


    Marco’s desk situation
    Casey’s desk situation


    VESA stand
    …an uglier one
    …yet uglier still
    …stand and arm


    Follow-up:


    Jonathan Dietz Comes Through


    Glenwing’s page and calculator and forum post
    Chroma Subsampling

    USB4/TB4 bandwidth (via Dimitri Bouniol)

    Marco’s Christmas-movie Adventure


    iLife
    iDVD
    Gang of Four
    UXKit
    discoveryd and mDNSResponder

    Holiday tech we love


    Casey joins 2019 and gets AirPods Pro


    HiFiMAN HE-6
    Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (250-ohm)

    Marco’s new Switch
    Tina’s new iPhone car mount

    #askatp:


    Would we rock a full-on iMac as an external monitor if Target Display Mode still existed? (via Jeff Fowler)
    Does Apple like the drama and rumors around it? (via Erik Neu)
    Do we close all our apps before rebooting our computers? (via AdamMHead)



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    • 2 hrs 8 min
    Xcode X

    Xcode X

    Pre-show: “Web3”
    Follow-up:


    Thank you, ATP members
    Casey has changed up his setup yet again


    Ian Fuchs at Cult of Mac
    Alogic Thunderbolt 4 Blaze Hub
    OWC Thunderbolt Hub
    CalDigit Element Hub
    CalDigit TS3+
    Team Arment on Twitch
    Elgato HD60 S+
    C13 plug

    “☝️ Well, actually ☝️”s on Marco’s Synology


    J-series Synology devices cannot use btrfs (via Squozen)
    64TB maximum limit (via Matt Sullivan)

    Marco’s jugs


    Capillary action

    Apple Silicon in forthcoming LG displays


    Chroma subsampling
    Thunderbolt Display
    ADC

    Clarifications on attention-aware features (via Gui Rambo)
    Marco’s New iPhone Case (via Oliver Ames)

    macOS 12.2 beta


    Improved scrolling in Safari with ProMotion
    Apple is rebuilding Apple Music as a “full native app”

    :::✊🏻::: Kids these days :::✊🏻:::


    PICO-8
    Swift Playgrounds 4

    Post-show #askatp:


    When did Corvettes start looking so different? (via Rob Knight)


    C8 Corvette

    What vaporware would we love to see Apple work on? (via Juno Orion)



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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Re-tend That Garden

    Re-tend That Garden

    Pre-show:


    Why would one deliberately launch TextEdit‽
    The flood 😱


    Cable Matters 2.5” drive enclosure
    Synology DS1813+
    Synology 620Slim
    Synology DS420j
    RAID 0
    Backblaze B2


    Follow-up:


    Andrew shares a Consumer Reports link regarding lithium batteries in smoke detectors
    LG Screen Manager (App Store Link) now supports M1 Macs (via Dave Stachowiak)
    Casey’s LG UltraFine adventures continue
    LG non-UltraFine 4K and 60Hz HDMI


    24UD58-B 24” IPS Monitor with Freesync, Black
    Menu → Picture → Picture Adjust → HDMI ULTRA HD Deep Color

    Casey’s new desk setup
    Potential Magic Mouse fixes


    Monterey 12.1
    Suggestion from Charity Majors


    LG is working on three new monitors?


    Twitter thread
    LG Displays
    LG Electronics

    #askatp:


    Tips for Android → iPhone converts? (via Steve Wellington)
    Do any of us use Finder replacements like PathFinder? (via Sam)
    Do we use Swift for anything other than iOS/macOS apps? (via Jan de Geest)

    Post-show: A Synology Adventure


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    • 2 hrs 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

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The One

My favourite podcast.
Three nerds who are genuine friends. Although centred on Apple, they talk about the tech world in general, cars, and audible alarms from freezers, amongst other important trivia.

Djinn22 ,

Informative, witty and relevant!

I love this pod cast! The guys discuss all the things that I didn’t even know I wanted to hear about!!

I find myself really looking forward to their cast dropping each week and when it does, I drive home in Do Not Disturb mode to listen uninterrupted. Not even sorry!!

Thanks from Melbourne, Australia Gents!

Tatars bahsvwhab ,

Bootlickers

Three rich white tech bros talk about how awesome it is that the government and Apple can scan your photos. Favourite episodes include “think of the children” “just vote for a different government”

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