430 episodes

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

Accidental Tech Podcast Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa

    • Technology
    • 4.5 • 1.7K Ratings

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

    430: Apple Did Not Eat That Food

    430: Apple Did Not Eat That Food

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    Pre-show:


    ⅔ of ATP is “maxinated”! The vaccination train keeps a’chuggin’! Toot toot! 🚂💉
    Colonial Pipeline


    How long does gas last?


    Follow-up:


    Overpriced AirTag mounts


    AirTag Leather Key Ring
    AirTag Leather Loop
    Belkin Secure Holder with Key Ring for AirTag
    Marco’s recommended solution

    Unattended restart with FileVault enabled


    sudo fdesetup authrestart


    Or, optionally, sudo fdesetup authrestart -delayminutes 5

    softwareupdate -ia

    AppleTV and spatial audio
    AppleTV supports Wi-Fi 6

    Apple’s bad hire


    Sommer Panage’s response
    🚨 SPOILER ALERT 🚨 He’s already fired

    Epic vs. Apple, and internal emails


    Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi on iMessage for Android in 2013
    Common carrier
    Steve Jobs 1997 Q&A
    Schiller wondering about the 30% cut… in 2011

    #askatp


    Hiding the Dropbox menu-bar icon? (via Jason Bates-Brownsword)


    Synology Drive
    Synology Cloud Sync
    Bartender
    Rocket
    Vanilla

    Could one swap a SoC? (via Chandler Kent)


    Sarbanes-Oxley

    How does one back up a MacBook without a Time Capsule? (via John Larson)


    Nifty MiniDrive
    The Case for RAID


    Post-show: Marco tried to use Ruby


    Github Pages
    Jekyll
    Hosting SQLite Databases on Github Pages
    xkcd: The General Problem



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    429: Digital Speedo

    429: Digital Speedo

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    Pre-show: ⅓ of ATP is “maxinated”! The vaccination train keeps a’chuggin’! Toot toot! 🚂💉
    Follow-up:


    Some notes about the ATP store


    support@cottonbureau.com

    Casey’s fans (the spinny kind)


    Bond Bridge

    Purchases last week


    AirTag quick impressions
    Spree
    Whistle

    FileVault performance


    About encrypted storage on your new Mac

    FileVault and remote management
    John’s macOS 11.3 woes


    FB9095615

    Jason Snell on 12.9” iPad and the old Magic Keyboard
    Jason Snell on driving a Model 3
    Sam Abuelsamid on vehicle-to-load


    Jonny Smith’s review of the Hyundai Ioniq 5


    The Basecamp fiasco


    Casey Newton’s summary posts


    #1: Breaking Camp
    #2: Inside the All-Hands Meeting that Led to a Third of Basecamp Employees Quitting

    Basecamp’s posts


    Changes at Basecamp
    Basecamp’s new etiquette regarding societal politics at work
    Let it all out
    Mosaics of positions
    On making decisions
    An Update

    Ruby on Rails
    Woke
    Anti Defamation League’s Pyramid of Hate

    #askatp


    What do we use to take notes? (via David Barber)


    Due
    AnyList
    Day One

    Would we prefer writing against an abandoned API or the new hotness? (via Xarph)


    ColdFusion
    Berkshire Hathaway shares
    Marco’s .WAV-parsing bug: FB9097026

    Where are the APFS de-duping space-saving scripts? (via whophd)


    diskDedupe (App Store link)




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    428: A Series of Rectangles

    428: A Series of Rectangles

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    Pre-show: ⅔ of ATP has completed their journey on the vaccination train! Toot toot! 🚂💉
    “Fully vaccinated”
    Joanna Stern’s C-Fed Interview


    CEO question timestamp link

    Spring 2021 Apple Event


    Apple TV


    Calibration
    Remote Design & Pricing
    No Acceleromter nor Gyroscope
    Apple TV pricing


    Apple TV / iTV

    High-frame-rate HDR compatibility?
    AppleCare+ for Apple TV

    Extended AppleCare+ for Macs
    iMac


    Power brick/cable


    Upgrade #350: The Time for Color is Now
    143 watts

    VESA mount
    Why not put Ethernet on all Mac adapters?
    Why have high-efficiency cores in a batteryLiss system?

    iPad


    12MP front-facing wide camera with Center Stage


    Center Stage will have an API

    iPad RAM amount is listed 😱
    12.9” iPad Pro and older Magic Keyboards

    AirTags: for tracking your luggage
    Apple Premium Podcasts
    John’s Eero & Smart Outlet update
    EV charging from Sam Abuelsamid of Wheel Bearings and Dave Nanian


    DoE Map Search
    Mobil Speedpass


    #askatp


    What would it take to get you into this [phantom] Mac Pro, today, John? (via Brian Ashe)
    Do we use FileVault on our personal Macs? How come? (via Lingxiu Zhang)


    System Preferences → Security & Privacy → FileVault
    Mat Honan’s tale of woe

    What’s the longevity of the M1 look like? (via Johann Neubert)

    Post-show: Marco’s arms are on fire


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    • 1 hr 52 min
    427: The Apology Remote

    427: The Apology Remote

    Pre-show: ⅓ of ATP has completed their journey on the vaccination train! Toot toot! 🚂💉
    Spring 2021 Apple Event


    Apple Card Family
    Apple Podcasts App Updates & Subscriptions


    RSS Feed Access
    Podcast Index
    Robot or Not #141: Podcasting
    User-Agent string
    ALAC

    AirTag


    Hermès Luggage Tag
    Gui Rambo’s discovered battery replacement video
    Press release
    What to do if you find an AirTag or get an alert that an AirTag is with you

    AppleTV


    Ted Lasso Season 2 Trailer
    Siri Remote Image
    Thread radio

    24” iMac


    iMac ad featuring the rainbow Apple logo

    iPad Pro


    Pro Display XDR
    Magic Keybaord


    Post-show:


    Ted Lasso’s Secret Shortbread
    House of Prime Rib
    The beer-and-sausage place
    The vegan Indian place



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    • 2 hr 37 min
    426: Loaded Baked Potato

    426: Loaded Baked Potato

    Pre-show:


    [Hopefully not] Burning Down the House
    All of ATP is on the vaccination train! Toot toot! 🚂💉


    Thanks, Paul


    Follow-up:


    Smart outlet update


    Reconcilable Differences
    For eero:

    Settings → Troubleshooting → My device won't connect → My device won't connect to my network → Temporarily pause 5 GHz

    Electrical resistive heating


    Technology Connections: Heat Pumps
    Technology Connections: The Future of Heat Pumps is Underground

    Casey has a CarPlay apostrophe epiphany
    Charging the i3


    Go buy SuperDuper!
    Types of EVs


    Follow-out: Upgrade’s Discussion of TouchBar and HomePod
    Apple event on 20 April
    #askatp


    Single HomePod or dual HomePod Mini? What if there’s already a HomePod? (via Josh Errickson)
    What’s the point of BCC in email? (via Chuma Nnaji)
    How long until we see Apple using Armv9?


    Armv9
    AnandTech’s Write-Up
    Explore the Armv9 Architecture
    iOS Device Compatibility Reference


    Post-show Neutral


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    • 1 hr 48 min
    425: Hey Billionaire

    425: Hey Billionaire

    Pre-show: ⅔ of ATP is on the vaccination train! Toot toot! 🚂💉


    Fork Hands


    FU: Why two doses?

    Reverse Engineering the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine

    Follow-up:


    How is John replacing a router with a switch?
    Ubiquiti Flex Mini
    Handoff vs. AirPlay 2
    Zach’s point about WWDC announcement date
    Yep, Apple uses Webex
    Microsoft Teams


    Perhaps it’s too many UDP packets?

    Heating your house via cryptomining?


    Technology Connections: Heat Pumps
    Technology Connections: The Future of Heat Pumps is Underground

    NSRunningApplication was added in Snow Leopard
    FB7603765 is fixed!! 🎉
    Tesla Model 3 Delivery Checklist
    Cryptocurrency 000 101


    Proof of work
    Proof of stake
    Ethereum
    But how does Bitcoin actually work?


    Github repo

    Fiat currency
    Pyramid scheme


    Supreme Court: Oracle vs. Google


    Ars Technica write-up
    MJ Tsai’s write-up
    Clean room
    GNUstep
    ApplicationKit
    Kotlin
    Arial
    New York
    Geneva
    San Francisco
    Swing
    POSIX

    Tim Cook Interview with Kara Swisher


    Overcast link
    Dithering (see the 7 April episode)
    Upgrade #346: Float It Like a Hologram
    Outside Online Interview
    Tim Cook’s ∞ Timeline
    Apple Leadership
    oh no

    Post-show Neutral: Marco’s injured Tesla


    BMW i3
    Neutral #4: If You See a Cursor, They Blew It



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    • 2 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

derkcir ,

Mostly good!

I love the show. I just feel like I’m a child getting scolded when I listen to Marco! LOL. Otherwise I’m still listening every week.

Jassu323 ,

Incredibly High Quality Podcasting

I’ve been listening to ATP for a little over five years now. I stumbled across them randomly when someone referenced the show on one of the technology subreddits I follow (probably /r/Apple, but I don’t recall). I enjoy these guys a LOT. Let me talk about why.

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1) They’re Apple Fans, But Not Fanboys

This may seem self-evident, but I note it because it’s a major component of the show. Obviously, they live and breathe Apple products. With that in mind, they’re often critical of Apple, both of their products and the company as a whole. I appreciate this. Liking and enjoying something doesn’t mean you find it flawless and ATP properly reflects this stance.

2) Understanding and Articulation

A lot goes into the creation of a product or a service: design, intent, usability, scalability, pragmatism, demographics—you name it. There’s a lot of nuance in the world of technology and ATP goes beyond having cursory knowledge of it; they demonstrate a breadth of understand from both the user and business perspectives without sacrificing the depth of their understanding. I love hearing angles or perspectives that I hadn’t considered myself.

All of the understanding in the world is useless without the ability to convey it effectively, and that’s my point about articulation. My ability to appreciate discussions on ATP is fundamentally because the individuals are well-spoken and eloquent. Depth and detail are provided while always being easy to follow.

3) Tech Outside the Tech Circle

Something important to me is understanding the effects of technology beyond the confined space of the online tech “circles”. It’s fun to geek out about the latest devices or software implementations, but it’s important to recognize what technology does to the world. ATP will cover a variety of social, cultural, political, and economic topics (to name some), often linking back to tech in some way (whether this be the products and services themselves or how the companies offering them are operating).

Some of the reviews commented about this being a negative. I understand that this is subjective, but I personally disagree. I like that ATP doesn’t silo itself within the realm of technology and abstain from discussing what’s happening in the world. I’m not looking for an escape from reality.

I don’t agree with every perspective the hosts put forth, but I think they generally handle this well. I always appreciate hearing other opinions, especially when they differ from mine.

4) Fantastic Audio Quality

I’ve listened to a lot of other podcasts and interviews and most of them have acceptable or good audio quality. ATP spoils me by putting those to shame. Obviously, it’s all spoken audio and not music or ambient sounds, but it really stands out how crisp and clear each host sounds. This really became apparent when I heard some of the ATP hosts on other podcasts.

I’ll give an example. There was an episode of The Talk Show with John Gruber earlier this year that featured one of the ATP hosts, John Siracusa, as a guest. I noticed there was a decrease in the usual crispness and clarity I’m used to hearing John (Siracusa)’s voice in while listening to that episode. Not that the audio quality was bad—it was great, in all honesty. But there’s a difference between great and outstanding, and I definitely notice this when I listen to other shows.

Also, I’m not trying to criticize The Talk Show or John Gruber. It just happened to be a recent point of comparison.

5) Chapter Markers

It’s a smaller thing, but it makes a difference for me. Sometimes, there are topics I’m not interested in and decide to skip. For example, I’m not a car guy. I do not care in the slightest about cars, so I’m inclined to skip these segments when they come up.

More important, though, is being able to come back to a specific segment after listening. It’s nice to be able to reference something for my own sake or to share with a friend.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand why more shows do not do this.

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And that’s it! I’m clearly biased when I say this, but I enjoy this show a lot and recommend it to tech enthusiasts all around (especially if they’re into Apple stuff). Hopefully, my long post here was helpful for someone out there! And, of course, subjectivity is implied.

TDThr3e ,

Used to be good

Good Apple info, unfortunately they throw in their left wing nonsense far too often, even calling people that don’t vote the way they did idiots. Also say that if you listen to Joe Rogan you’re listening to a bigot that gives a platform to bad people. So free speech isn’t something they’re fans of.

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