15 episodes

As a part of starting Oxide Computer Company, Bryan Cantrill and Jess Frazelle decided to also create the podcast that they always wanted. Joined frequently by their boss, Steve Tuck, Bryan and Jess interview incredible guests retelling stories of adventure at the hardware/software interface. It’s unapologetically technical and as Jess says, “the nerdiest podcast on the face of the planet” -- but if you're their kind of nerd, you'll find yourself hanging on every word!

On The Metal Oxide Computer Company

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    • 4.9 • 128 Ratings

As a part of starting Oxide Computer Company, Bryan Cantrill and Jess Frazelle decided to also create the podcast that they always wanted. Joined frequently by their boss, Steve Tuck, Bryan and Jess interview incredible guests retelling stories of adventure at the hardware/software interface. It’s unapologetically technical and as Jess says, “the nerdiest podcast on the face of the planet” -- but if you're their kind of nerd, you'll find yourself hanging on every word!

    Oxide and Friends

    Oxide and Friends

    Bryan and Steve are joined by Adam to revisit some highlights from almost two years of the Oxide and Friends live show and podcast.
    Bryan’s blog entry on Twitter Spaces: http://dtrace.org/blogs/bmc/2021/05/02/twitter-spaces-a-few-weeks-in/

    Oxide and Friends, “Mr. Leventhal, Come here I want you”:https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/mr-leventhal-come-here-i-want-to-see-you-2021-05-03 (Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-WSU3kiXVg#t=28m10s)
    Oxide and Friends, “NeXT, Objective-C, and contrasting histories”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/next-objective-c-and-contrasting-histories-2021-07-05

    Oxide and Friends, “Tales from the Bringup Lab”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/tales-from-the-bringup-lab-2021-12-06

    Flying Blind: Boeing's Max Tragedy and the Lost Soul of an American Icon by Peter Robison: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55994102

    Oxide and Friends, “Flying Blind with Peter Robison”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/flying-blind-with-peter-robison-2022-01-10 (Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6i9NPslfE4&t=1141s)

    Oxide and Friends, “Losing the Signal with Sean Silcoff”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/losing-the-signal-with-sean-silcoff

    Oxide and Friends, “The Pragmatism of Hubris”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/the-pragmatism-of-hubris-2021-12-13

    Oxide and Friends, “The Books in the Box”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/the-books-in-the-box-2021-09-27

    Built to Fail: The Inside Story of Blockbuster's Inevitable Bust by Alex Payne: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/57118893

    Oxide and Friends, “Podcasts for Podcast-Lovers”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/podcasts-for-podcast-lovers

    Playdate podcast: https://podcast.play.date/

    Dijkstra quote on BASIC: https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/ewd04xx/EWD498.PDF

    Oxide and Friends, “Dijkstra's Tweetstorm”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/dijkstras-tweetstorm-2021-10-18

    Oxide and Friends, “Economics and Open Source”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/economics-and-open-source-2021-10-04 (Clip with Tim Burnham reading his tweet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDd8xGSP9DA&t=249s)

    Oxide and Friends, “Open Source Inside Baseball (with Stephen O'Grady)”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/open-source-inside-baseball-with-stephen-ogrady
    Oxide and Friends, “The Oxide Supply Chain“: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/epi=-sodes/the-oxide-supply-chain Hacker News discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=32774875

    Oxide and Friends, “The Rise and Fall of DEC”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/the-rise-and-fall-of-dec (Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m6GFs3GuU0&t=12s)

    Oxide and Friends, “Potpourri: Product, Platform, Paravirtualization”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/potpourri-product-platform-paravirtualization

    Oxide and Friends, “Oxide and the Chamber of Mysteries”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/oxide-and-the-chamber-of-mysteries

    Oxide and Friends, “Theranos, Silicon Valley, and the March Madness of Tech Fraud”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/theranos-silicon-valley-and-the-march-madness-of-tech-fraud-2021-09-20 (Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWdk9CKML2g&t=2901s)

    Bad Bets Season 2, “The Unraveling of Trevor Milton”: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/the-journal/8whnlvj

    Oxide and Friends, “Engineering Incentives... and Misincentives”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/engineering-incentives-and-misincentives (Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU4WT5RZAPY&t=461s)

    Oxide and Friends, “The Power of Proto Boards!”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/the-power-of-proto-boards

    Oxide and Friends, “A Debugging Odyssey”: https://oxide-and-friends.transistor.fm/episodes/a-debugg

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ken Shirriff

    Ken Shirriff

    On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Ken Shirriff, long-time computer programmer, retro computer aficionado, analog computer programmer, and miner of bitcoin by hand. Join us as we talk about breaking down silicon wafers, restoring old computers, what computers Ken grew up with, and even mining bitcoin on an array of different computers.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Star Simpson

    Star Simpson

    You can find Star on Twitter at https://twitter.com/starsandrobots.

    Super Munchers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchers

    Metrowerks CodeWarrior: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CodeWarrior

    RadioShack (RIP): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadioShack

    "Marilyn Monroe's World War II Drone Program": https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/upshot/marilyn-monroes-world-war-ii-drone-program.html

    Radioplane Company: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioplane_Company

    Piasecki PA-97: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasecki_PA-97

    TacoCopter: https://tacocopter.com/

    TacoCopter on HackerNews: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3742676

    TacoCopter's cameo on Stephen Colbert: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/53yh09/the-colbert-report-thought-for-food---tacocopter

    Wired on TacoCopter: https://www.wired.com/2012/03/qa-with-tacocopter/

    FAA Section 333 (now Section 44807): https://www.faa.gov/uas/advanced_operations/certification/section_44807/

    FAA Part 107: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/part_107_summary.pdf

    Canidu: http://www.canidu.com/

    Boeing 737 MAX: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_737_MAX

    Road train: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_train

    Checklists: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checklist

    United Airlines Channel 9: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/united-airlines-mileageplus/726789-consolidated-interesting-things-heard-channel-9-thread-merged.html

    United Airlines ad from 1990: https://www.youtube.com/watch/mU2rpcAABbA

    TRACON-II PC game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracon_II

    National Transportation Safety Board: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Transportation_Safety_Board

    ValuJet 592: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ValuJet_Flight_592

    Amelia Earhart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart

    Skunk Works by Ben Johnson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/101438.Skunk_Works

    Lockheed Skunk Works: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_Works

    Clarence "Kelly" Johnson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Johnson_(engineer)


    Who Owns the Sky?: The Struggle to Control Airspace from the Wright Brothers On by Stuart Banner: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6402086-who-owns-the-sky

    Turbulent Skies by T. A. Heppenheimer: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1492469.Turbulent_Skies

    Hard Landing by Thomas Petzinget: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/438607.Hard_Landing

    SKYGODS: The Fall of Pan Am by Robert Gandt: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13010881-skygod

    Deregulation Knockouts: Round One by Tom Norwood: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4718255-deregulation-knockouts

    Convertiplane: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convertiplane

    The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey by Richard Whittle: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8008152-the-dream-machine

    • 1 hr 35 min
    John Graham-Cumming

    John Graham-Cumming

    On this episode of On the Metal, we interview John Graham-Cumming. Some folks might know John as the CTO of Cloudflare, but he is also a great source of knowledge about computer history including Turing, Babbage, and Lovelace. Join us as we step back in time and learn about how John got started in computers, hacking his school's network to make his own network faster, and all sorts of details of computing history.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Jess, Steve, and Bryan reflect on Season 1

    Jess, Steve, and Bryan reflect on Season 1

    Welp, that's a wrap for the first season of the On the Metal podcast. Join us as we reminisce about some of our favorite parts (although it was very hard to choose). We also uncover some aspects of the podcast you never heard about! While this is the end of the first season, we absolutely cannot wait for the second season. Thank you so much for listening, we will be back soon!

    • 41 min
    Jonathan Blow

    Jonathan Blow

    On this episode of On the Metal, we interview legendary game designer and programmer Jonathan Blow. Join along as Jonathan takes us from collision detection on the Atari 800, through porting Doom to SGI's famous set-top box, starting a game company at the worst possible time, his adventures with the (in)famous Cell processor, making several hit games -- and his more recent experiences with a new programming language of his own creation.

    • 2 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

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There’s no better mix of modern computing updates, exquisite classic computing tales and all around entertainment.

Duhman117 ,

Very very informative and an enjoyable listen

Wonderful show. As a millennial whose trying to download compsci info, I appreciate this show.

smt🕺 ,

let the guests talk, know-it-all dude

The interviewer is a know-it-all and interrupts his guests. Hate podcasts like this, your guests are the interesting part so let them talk. Nobody cares how much about computers you know, in fact, the podcast would be better if you knew less and at least admitted it. Interesting guests and subject matter though, and high production value. l

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