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 • 108 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

    • 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
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

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.

ne405 ,

Great techinal podcast

I was looking for a techincal programming podcast, this is it thanku

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.

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