14 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 • 126 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!

    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)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_(Unix_shell)

    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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

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

cgburgess ,

Incredibly entertaining and educational

I recommend this podcast to anyone interested in computers and or their history. Whether you love hardware or software, there is something for everyone. The guests on the show are amazing and their stories are one of a kind.

The hosts are equally great. If you haven’t heard of Bryan before, go down the rabbit hole of watching his conference talks, he is an amazing speaker/presenter. Jessie has a great blog I also recommend (and then her HACF enthusiasm got me to binge an entire show). Steve is also great and makes you feel like your not the only one who hasn’t heard of some acncient piece of tech.

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