11 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

    • Technology
    • 4.9, 72 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!

    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
    Jon Masters

    Jon Masters

    On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Jon Masters, computer architecture raconteur, microprocessor enfant terrible, and Patron Saint of Lost Computational Causes. Join us as we learn why Jon hates simultaneous multithreading, why he loves UEFI (?!) -- and when we can expect the supremacy of the quantum blockchain.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Rick Altherr

    Rick Altherr

    On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Rick Altherr, who has experience working all over the stack. Join us as we discuss impossible bugs, fires in the data center, reverse engineering BMC firmware, BMC vulnerabilities, Cray computers, and Windows NT on MIPS. Yup you heard that right!

    • 57 min
    Kenneth Finnegan

    Kenneth Finnegan

    On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Kenneth Finnegan, internet exchange homebrewer. Join us as we delight in the underbelly of the internet, learn about OG ASNs, run upon illegal cabling -- and thrill in the discovery of a root DNS server thirty feet away.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Trammell Hudson

    Trammell Hudson

    On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Trammell Hudson. Trammell has some of the most interesting side projects related to every single hardware / software interface you can imagine. Join us as we step into the negative privilege rings with stories of reverse engineering lightbulbs & a Canon 5D Mark 2, hacking a Mac SE, dissecting modchips, evil maid attacks, and more.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

hey_i_try ,

Great stories and conversations

It was amazing to hear all of the career and project stories by people working with low-level hardware and graphics, and with experience programming efficient software at every level between. Don’t let the three-stars get you down!

And Jess has heard of everything. Let her say what she hasn’t. Great job all around and can’t wait to see what your experience from the first season brings, though I hope it’s still very free-form so people can tell their stories.

hackworks ,

Revenge of the metal

Update: Waiting to heat more from DEC around VMS and Dave Cutler to Windows NT

This is such a refreshing podcast trying to bring back reality into computing and demolishing the myth and FUD spread by most large scale cloud providers.

The fun in computing, attaching debuggers to troubleshoot and extracting the last drop of performance has almost disappeared in the name of horizontal scalability.

Throwing more machines at a problem as the first solution is killing the spirit of engineering awesome solutions. When the pockets run dry, the companies fold instead of starting frugal and developing something useful and optimized.

Thank you once again for this awesome podcast, I am able to tell what I have always felt in a much better way and platform through you and your podcast.

tobin cantrill ,

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