Pragmatic is a discussion show contemplating the practical application of technology. Exploring the real world trade offs we look at how great ideas are transformed into products and services that can change our lives. Nothing is as simple as it seems.
A team of podcasters and developers are working on the next evolution of podcasting they call Podcasting 2.0. Dave Jones joins John to talk about their goals, RSS, XML and JSON pieces and how they fit together. To top it all off, we also dive into BitCoin, Lightning and distributed monetisation in podcasting.
Ian Norman from Lonely Speck joins John to talk about photographing the MilkyWay with just your DSLR and without spending a fortune. We cover everything from Star-Trackers, Red-light filter removal, Pollution Filters, Focussing techniques, Image stacking and lots more.
Oh My NAS
Casey returns to join John in an episode where we explore all things NAS - specifically the Synology. How we use it, what we use it for and how we neither of us can ever live without one anymore!
SpaceX and Elon Musk have been accelerating a project to provide high-speed, low latency broadband internet around the world via Satellites and are calling it StarLink. Radek joins John to deep dive into what StarLink is trying to accomplish, why it's a such a different approach to the problem and why it might actually succeed where others have failed.
Docks And Interference
After a brief chat about John's App-in-progress Timeless Day, Ronnie Lutes joins to dissect the problems and pitfalls of poorly shielded or cheap USB 3 devices and how they can create BlueTooth drops out, Trackpad bullet chattering, Mouse stuttering and more and how one might diagnose and fix these issues. A must listen for those with suspected interference on their PC or Mac wireless devices.
Back To The Mac
Myke Hurley returns to the show to follow on with Optimal Interfaces, now looking into application specific advantages of the different user interfaces we have available to us for our specific use cases. We also consider an apocalyptic world where we can only have one device and what it would be.
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In this podcast, John Chidgey, an engineer, discusses various technologies, typically surveying and reviewing their history and explaining some of the engineering principles and ideas that underlie them. I find him exceptionally clear in his explanations and he seems to come with a remarkably broad (and sane) perspective. He also writes detailed notes and references for each show. Like all great presenters, John has a infectious passion for his subject with the result that what would, in many hands, be dry material, really sparkles.
I've only listened to the first three to date, but it is already clear that this is a significantly better podcast than most out there. He says he does a lot of preparation for each one, and it really shows in the quality of the podcast.
An analogy to describe this Podcast would be a broader Hypercritical (if you’re familiar with Siracusa), covering practical technology as a whole (rather than just Computing & Gaming specifics).
Chidgey really knows his stuff as an engineer, structuring his discussion exquisitely and providing great follow up. Highly recommended.