483 episodes

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

Accidental Tech Podcast Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa

    • Technology
    • 4.4 • 1.8K Ratings

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

    The Faceless Knob

    The Faceless Knob

    Pre-show: Two is one, one is none.


    Zoom F3
    USBPre2
    MixPre-3

    Follow-up:


    Cleaning apps and “launch services”


    launchd
    Launch Control

    A hint more on Casey’s frivoLiss ethernet project


    Many recommendations for Monoprice slim 6A patch cables
    Jonathan Litt reminds us about fire stops
    PoE “medusa” cables exist, for USB-C and barrel plugs

    Why bother with ethernet at all? (via Andrew Larson)


    Millimeter-wave
    IPv6
    Pi-Hole
    NAT

    On USB-C KVMs and the Studio Display (via Alex)


    Magic cable
    Demonstration (YouTube timestamp link)

    GSuite is now free for “personal use”


    Casey’s Fastmail referral link


    Apple Fitness+ “Studio Tour”


    iJustine
    Etalk
    KCAU-TV
    John on “filling your TV”

    Quinn Nelson’s Rivian and bad controls


    Quinn’s Instagram video (seek to 1h10m47s)
    2001 Buick

    Apple Pre-Announces Accessibility Enhancements


    Shelly Brisbin’s take
    TextSniper
    ADB

    #askatp:


    Is there any bespoke music app for listening to concerts? (via Bill Steinbach)


    Live Phish
    Barrowclift’s iOS Music Player Showcase

    What Safari extensions are we running and recommend? (via Robert Bateau)


    John


    Safari Reload Button
    Safari Keyword Search
    Instapaper
    Downie
    Hush
    Fixarriffic
    NetNewsWire

    Marco


    1Password
    1Blocker

    Casey


    Noir (App Store link)
    StopTheMadness
    Super Agent
    Vinegar (App Store link)


    How does one remember how one enrolled in a service? (via Brian Hamilton)


    Ashley Bischoff’s idea


    Post-show: Casey’s Ethernet adventure continues


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    • 2 hr 3 min
    I Should Probably Get Reading Glasses

    I Should Probably Get Reading Glasses

    Follow-up:


    A little more on Bartosz Ciechanowski’s explainers


    Mechanical Watch Explainer
    GPS
    Naval Architecture
    Patreon

    Apple’s New Developer Center


    More from Parker Ortolani

    John’s multi-factor authentication college account update


    An aside about password managers
    Protobuf

    John’s Microsoft Precision Mouse
    Casey’s Ethernet Project


    Cat 6A cable types


    Playdate impressions


    Panic Podcast
    Playdate Podcast
    Altered Beast
    Super Mario 64
    Total Annihilation
    Scorched Earth
    Non-Season Playdate Games

    The iPod Touch is dead, but the music lives on
    …it meets the same fate as macOS Server
    #askatp:


    Will an Apple Silicon Mac Pro have ECC RAM? (via Robert Boyle)


    HBM4

    Are software clean-up apps snake oil on macOS? (via Jon Sulek)


    Pacifist

    Does choice of programming language matter for server-side crawling? (via Abel Demoz)


    Go
    Rust


    Post-show: Marco’s capture system


    Sonnet Echo Express SEIIIe Enclosure
    Magewell Pro HDMI Quad Capture Card
    Sonnet Allegro 4-port USB-A card
    Sonnet Allegro 4-port USB-C card



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    • 2 hr 9 min
    Accidentally Made It Too Good

    Accidentally Made It Too Good

    Follow-up:


    Follow-out: Clockwise #449: It’s Still Working, I’m So Sad
    T-Shirt Results (THANK YOU!)
    Marco’s tech woes


    USBPre 2
    Zoom F3

    On Double-Clicking the lock button for Wallet


    Open the wallet app → double-click the side button (via Trevor Kay)


    Andrew notes this still works even if double-click is disabled globally

    Control Center
    Just hold the phone next to the terminal

    WWDC 2022 Apple Park Special Event


    MacRumors on the Developer Center

    Jason Snell on Apple Studio Display settings
    Mechanical Watch How-To
    On SEC violations and Elon Musk

    Apple TV+ Quickies


    Sunday Ticket on Apple TV+?


    JustWatch

    Apple is making a movie about the Danbury Trashers‽


    Untold: Crime and Penalties
    Analog #193: Milestones are Being Hit


    iPhone 14 Pro Rumored Designs
    #askatp:


    Is Casey still using Combine? (via André Videla)


    Functional reactive programming
    Casey’s RxSwift & Combine Posts
    AsyncAlgorithms

    What is Marco’s Overcast redesign process? (via Steven Garrity)
    Where is the Mac’s sound mixer? (via Carl Freyer)


    Rogue Amoeba’s SoundSource


    Post-show: Casey needs a project


    Breakdown of Cat 6/6a differences
    Quinn Nelson’s Video



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    • 2 hr 11 min
    Three Wise Admins

    Three Wise Admins

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    Frame Game


    Explainer post
    Fastest solve: 12 seconds

    Follow-up:


    Apple Studio Display camera update


    Snell’s coverage
    Snell’s video
    Comparison with iMac Pro by James Thomson

    Sonos Roam power button (via Brilliant Things)
    What is up with iPhone lock buttons these days, anyway? (via Patrick Niemeyer)
    Apple’s Self-Service Repair site is now up


    Stephen’s write-up
    Repair manuals

    John Gruber ATP had wondered about “civilians” inside the Apple Park ring


    Benedict Evans’ fence observation

    Thom Yorke hates Creep (via Spencer Wohlers)
    Update on Marco’s game-streaming setup


    Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro
    Blackmagic DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder
    Sonnet Echo Express SEIIIe Thunderbolt-PCIe enclosure
    Sonnet Allegro USB-C 4-port PCIe card
    Sonnet Allegro USB-A 4-port PCIe card
    Magewell Pro Quad HDMI Capture
    Elgato Cam Link Pro


    Casey has finally moved his email to Fastmail


    Referral link

    John added a security camera


    Physical security hack
    Logitech Circle View

    Twitter accepts Elon Musk’s buyout offer


    Stratechery: Elon Musk Buys Twitter, Musk’s Financing, The Status Quo and Future Variance
    Stratechery: Back to the Future of Twitter
    The Verge’s coverage
    The Origin of “Tweet”

    Post-show: We can’t help but have more Twitter/Elon thoughts


    Thread about Bill Gross buying Twitter clients, and Twitter’s reaction
    Something Awful Forums
    Kara Swisher on Elon Musk



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    • 2 hr 41 min
    Never Mind, I'm Out

    Never Mind, I'm Out

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    Pre-show: Marco has HomePod problems


    Pop Hits: {year} (1955–2021)
    Rock Hits: {year} (1965–2021)
    Hard to Handle by Otis Redding
    Hard to Handle by The Black Crowes
    Creep by Radiohead
    AirPlay 2-Enabled Speakers

    Follow-up:


    Hilariously, a third consecutive week of news about Original Gravity, this time via Jared Kole
    Which ethernet controller does the CalDigit TS4 use?


    Intel I225 PCIe
    Ethernet fix
    Sleep fix

    Ecobee & HomeKit cooperation (via Eric Powell)
    Ecobee AC adaptor instructions


    Step 3 → Scenario A → Alternative solution: 24VAC plug-in transformer

    Some thoughts about 🇪🇺 thermostats via Cameron Wood
    USB-C KVM dev boards do exist, as found by Victor Leung
    Mac Studios have different power supply… suppliers (via Joshua Prismon)

    Ioniq 5 & Kia EV6 & Lucid Air


    Do better, Lexus.

    RIP, Rob-ART Morgan
    What is Elon Musk, anyway?


    Unsafe at Any Speed
    Chevrolet Corvair

    Elon Musk and Twitter


    NOTE: We recorded this episode right before his demand “offer” to buy the entire company.
    Elon buys 9.2% of Twitter
    Elon delays filing with the SEC and “made” $156 million
    Parag Agrawal announces Elon joins the board
    Twitter says Elon won’t get special treatment


    Nilay Patel’s take

    Parag Agrawal announces Elon won’t join the board
    Elon is sued for delayed disclosure
    Paul Singer, Doomsday Investor

    #askatp


    As the M1 is based on the A14, might the M2 skip the A15 and instead be based on the A16? (via Darin Kelkhoff)
    How does Marco stream for Team Arment? (via Uncle Apple)


    Elgato HD60 S+
    Logitech whatever $50ish webcam
    CalDigit TS3+
    OBS
    Lenovo ThinkVision M14 USB-C bus-powered monitor
    NDI

    Could/would Apple use OLED in laptops and iMacs? (via Simon Ejsing)
    If the Studio Display was released concurrently with the Pro Display XDR, would John & Marco still get the XDR? (via Jon Yergatian)

    Post-show: John’s Sonos Roam


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    • 2 hr 4 min
    No Bum Cores

    No Bum Cores

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    Pre-show: Marco has questionable media choices


    Severance
    The Dropout
    WeCrashed
    Silicon Valley
    Antitrust
    Pirates of Silicon Valley

    Follow-up:


    Tragic Original Gravity news (via Ari Badgers)


    Good Karma

    The etymology of “decibel” (via Matt Rigby)
    Don’t forget the iPhone 12/13 mini (via Carl Rozas)
    An aside about House of Prime Rib


    Anthony Bourdain’s experience (RIP)

    Quinn Nelson’s observation about the Studio Display


    His “review” video
    iFixit teardown video

    USB-C “KVM” (via abcd)
    On the crummy Ethernet speeds in modern Macs


    Hacker News post
    CalDigit TS4

    On using Canon EF lenses with mirrorless cameras

    Casey’s New Setup (yes, again. 🤫)
    John’s new thermostat


    Taco box



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    • 2 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

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One of my favorite tech podcasts with a few annoyances

These three are genuinely great people with a few blindspots. Which is ok because that covers all of us. They dismissed Roe Jogan as a "bad man" which indicates that they've never listened.

I want to reiterate that these guys are great. I’m with them on 85% of the topics that they cover. I just wish they could learn and grow in a few areas, in the same way that they've embraced growth in others.

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Long term trend is not good.

I’ve been listening since day zero, and this used to be my favorite tech podcast, hands down. I expect it will remain in my feed, but I find myself skipping more episodes, and more over the last year especially.

The dynamic of the hosts and the topics they think we’ll find interesting just feels increasingly irrelevant, insular, self-interested and overly in-group.

Topics digress into everything from their food likes/dislikes, to the width of sidewalks in their beach house community, to I don’t know …what feels like hours about the truly mundane process of procuring a basic desktop monitor or charging a car battery.

Then there is this cheeky, well-worn bit about what new Apple products they are buying…and how they can’t stop themselves buying, or did they buy something, and ohhh let’s all guess. Offset by inane discussions about home ceiling fan automation or personal trainers…with a lot of giggling in-between, building into bromance vibes that I’m just not sure belong in the final cut.

It’s sort of ironic, or interesting, that they are slowly doing to their podcast what they so righteously (and rightly) eviscerated Apple for doing with their notebook line during the darkest butterfly kb days. That is, getting high on their own supply, and maybe forgetting the fundamentals?

OK, maybe I’m stretching here, but I’m sure their listenership has continued to climb, and they would probably handwave this critique away. Well. Apple also sold a lot of garage laptops and called them the best ever before eventually correcting course. I would like ATP to correct course. Sort of, bring back the ports.

Not saying they shouldn’t have fun, just 30% less fun and a little more serious preparation on more relevant (less personal) topics would make it a much better show.

Note that none of the above criticism applies to Siracusa. He stays above the fray and still offers thoughtful deep dives that are always interesting. Even when it seems like he is on a tangent, he eventually connects to a broader point that is relatable and useful.

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