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Tech Tales is a podcast exploring the technology world's epic failures, forgotten successes, and everything in between. Hosted by Corbin Davenport.

Tech Tales Corbin Davenport

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Tech Tales is a podcast exploring the technology world's epic failures, forgotten successes, and everything in between. Hosted by Corbin Davenport.

    Movie Club: Tron Legacy (2010)

    Movie Club: Tron Legacy (2010)

    Watch Tron Legacy: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/tron-2-0

    Hosted by Corbin Davenport, guest starring Zachary Wander and Joe Fedewa.

    Follow on Mastodon/Fediverse: https://mas.to/@techtales

    Support the Show: https://techtalesshow.com/support

    Videos:
    • https://youtu.be/e1dHhktFLPs

    Sources:
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20010418103554/http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0%2C4586%2C2301037%2C00.html
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1dHhktFLPs
    • https://variety.com/2024/film/news/jeff-bridges-returning-tron-3-1235985702/
    • https://screenrant.com/tron-legacy-behind-the-scenes/
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20110524020458/http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40548535/ns/today-entertainment/t/tron-legacy-reverse-ages-jeff-bridges

    Chapters:
    0:00:00 Intro
    0:00:41 Production
    0:04:27 Flashback & CGI Jeff Bridges
    0:14:16 ENCOM & The Grid
    0:31:54 The music
    0:34:31 Quorra
    0:40:38 The dinner
    0:48:01 End of Line Club
    0:53:33 Solar Sailer
    0:59:23 The Rectifier
    1:10:16 The portal
    1:15:31 Final thoughts
    1:20:16 Outro

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Apple's Intel Transition

    Apple's Intel Transition

    Apple helped develop PowerPC processors as competition against Intel in the 1990s, but by the early 2000s, the architecture was falling behind. Apple's switch to Intel x86 processors revived its Mac computers, kicked off the Hackintosh era, and made AMD jealous.

    Hosted by Corbin Davenport, guest starring Cody Toombs.

    Follow on Mastodon/Fediverse: https://mas.to/@techtales

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    Videos:
    • https://archive.org/details/wwdc-2005

    Sources:
    • https://lowendmac.com/1998/powerpc-vs-pentium-ii-escargot/
    • https://lowendmac.com/2014/cpus-powerpc-604-and-604e/
    • https://lowendmac.com/2015/cpus-powerpc-g5/
    • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2003/06/23Apple-Unleashes-the-Worlds-Fastest-Personal-Computer-the-Power-Mac-G5/
    • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2004/06/09Apple-Unveils-New-Power-Mac-G5-Line/
    • https://www.cnet.com/tech/computing/apple-on-g5-powerbook-not-so-fast/
    • https://www.macworld.com/article/174337/pbg5-2.html
    • https://www.cnet.com/science/amd-says-intel-only-deal-struck-at-apple-in-2005/
    • https://www.macstories.net/stories/this-is-not-a-product-the-apple-developer-transition-kit/
    • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2006/05/16Apple-Unveils-New-MacBook-Featuring-Intel-Core-Duo-Processors/
    • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2006/01/10Apple-Unveils-New-iMac-with-Intel-Core-Duo-Processor/
    • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2006/02/28Apple-Unveils-Mac-mini-with-Intel-Core-Duo/
    • https://forums.macresource.com/read.php?1,261038,261270
    • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2006/01/10Apple-Introduces-MacBook-Pro/
    • https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2006/05/16Apple-Unveils-New-MacBook-Featuring-Intel-Core-Duo-Processors/
    • https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2007/12/santa-rosa-macbook-review/
    • https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2006/08/macpro/
    • https://www.macworld.com/article/666300/15-inch-macbook-pro-2006-review.html
    • https://www.wired.com/2005/08/mac-hacks-allow-os-x-on-pcs-2/
    • https://www.anandtech.com/show/7204/ibm-offers-power-technology-for-licensing-forms-openpower-consortium
    • https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/17/ibm_t7nm_power10/

    Chapters:
    0:00:00 Intro
    0:00:48 The PowerPC era
    0:12:00 The Intel announcement
    0:23:01 Apple Developer Transition Kit
    0:26:03 The Intel Macs
    0:35:51 The reviews
    0:40:34 Hackintosh PCs
    0:44:49 AMD's complaints
    0:47:36 Farewell to PowerPC
    0:50:28 PowerPC after Apple
    0:53:16 Outro

    • 54 min
    Google AMP

    Google AMP

    Google introduced AMP in 2015 as a solution for slow and unresponsive mobile websites. It didn't go well.

    Hosted by Corbin Davenport, guest starring Adam Conway.

    Follow on Mastodon/Fediverse: https://mas.to/@techtales

    Support the Show: https://techtalesshow.com/support

    Sources:
    • https://www.uky.edu/~jclark/mas355/WAP.PDF
    • https://developers.secure.facebook.com/blog/post/2015/09/22/instant-articles-from-CMS/
    • https://buffer.com/library/facebook-instant-articles/
    • https://blog.google/products/search/introducing-accelerated-mobile-pages/
    • https://searchengineland.com/what-happened-when-we-turned-off-amp-378591
    • https://www.axios.com/2022/10/14/meta-facebook-ending-support-instant-articles
    • https://searchengineland.com/amp-top-stories-now-live-243314
    • https://searchengineland.com/google-opens-amp-firehose-259569
    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ha00dSGKmjoEh2mRiG8FIA5sJ1KihTuZe-AXX1r8P-8/edit?usp=sharing
    • https://www.theregister.com/2017/05/19/open_source_insider_google_amp_bad_bad_bad/
    • https://searchengineland.com/what-happened-when-we-turned-off-amp-378591
    • https://www.theverge.com/23711172/google-amp-accelerated-mobile-pages-search-publishers-lawsuit

    Chapters:
    0:00:00 Intro
    0:00:37 The early mobile web
    0:08:55 Facebook Instant Articles
    0:12:09 Google AMP
    0:24:13 Everyone hates AMP
    0:38:07 The post-AMP web
    0:47:26 Outro

    • 49 min
    Movie Club: Tron (1982)

    Movie Club: Tron (1982)

    Watch Tron: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/tron-1

    Making of Tron documentary: https://youtu.be/sbgHMrLPQrE

    Hosted by Corbin Davenport, guest starring Zachary Wander and Joe Fedewa.

    Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechTalesShow

    Follow on Mastodon/Fediverse: https://mas.to/@techtales

    Support the Show: https://techtalesshow.com/support

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Intellivision Amico

    The Intellivision Amico

    The Intellivision arrived in 1979 as an exciting new game console, and almost 40 years later, Tommy Tallarico picked up the rights and began work on a sequel. The Intellivision Amico aimed to bring family fun back to living room gaming, but it didn't go well.

    Hosted by Corbin Davenport, guest starring Evan Hirsh.

    Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechTalesShow

    Follow on Mastodon/Fediverse: https://mas.to/@techtales

    Support the Show: https://techtalesshow.com/support

    Videos:
    • https://youtu.be/5bhMdhcdfMY
    • https://youtu.be/m-p7p3jasbY?t=841

    Sources:
    • https://www.mobygames.com/company/1435/intellivision-productions-inc/
    • https://venturebeat.com/games/intellivsion-lives-tommy-tallarico-will-relaunch-1980s-console/
    • https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-new-intellivision-amico-console-aims-to-revive-family-videogames/
    • https://www.gamezone.com/originals/why-was-earthworm-jim-for-the-psp-canceled/
    • https://venturebeat.com/games/intellivision-takes-more-than-10000-vip-edition-preorders-for-amico-console-in-a-few-days/
    • https://kotaku.com/the-new-gaming-console-thats-become-a-giant-car-crash-1847699027
    • https://www.gamesindustry.biz/intellivision-amico-delayed-to-april-2021
    • https://republic.com/intellivision-amico
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20210701025946/https://twitter.com/ConVito/status/1410340382270017545
    • https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/06/what-the-hecks-an-intellivision-amico-consoles-leaky-dev-portal-offers-hints/
    • https://screenrant.com/intellivision-amico-report-legal-threats-ceo/
    • https://techraptor.net/gaming/news/intellivision-amico-game-lands-tommy-tallarico-in-hot-water
    • https://www.eurogamer.net/intellivision-cuts-fundraising-campaign-for-amico-short-setting-alarm-bells-ringing
    • https://www.reddit.com/r/Intellivision_Amico/comments/13gka8f/11_months_of_philfoolery_and_kicking_the_can/
    • https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/02/debt-stricken-intellivision-asks-for-more-funds-to-last-past-july/
    • https://intellivision.com/press-releases/intellivision-update-may-2023

    • 1 hr 16 min
    CyanogenMod

    CyanogenMod

    CyanogenMod started as a custom build of Android for one smartphone, and quickly grew into an operating system spanning hundreds of devices. With the corporate backing of Microsoft and partnerships with OEMs, it seemed unstoppable... until it wasn't.

    Hosted by Corbin Davenport, guest starring Joe Fedewa.

    Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechTalesShow

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    Support the Show: https://techtalesshow.com/support

    Videos:
    • https://youtu.be/Yo93KcPJhwQ

    Sources:
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20090529101257/http://forum.xda-developers.com:80/showthread.php?t=518851
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20100207180125/http://www.cyanogenmod.com/about
    • https://www.androidpolice.com/2010/05/17/custom-rom-review-cyanogenmod-for-the-nexus-one/
    • https://www.androidpolice.com/2010/05/17/custom-rom-review-cyanogenmod-for-the-nexus-one/
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20160711211620/http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/a_new_chapter
    • https://techcrunch.com/2013/09/18/cyanogen-mod-7m-benchmark/
    • https://www.theverge.com/2014/1/15/5241970/oppo-n1-with-cyanogenmod-review
    • https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/open-source-android-startup-raises-80m-with-help-from-twitter/
    • https://www.theinformation.com/articles/cyanogen-spurns-google-acquisition-interest-seeks-1-billion-valuation
    • https://www.theverge.com/2014/11/18/7241755/cyanogens-next-stop-is-india
    • https://www.androidpolice.com/2014/12/16/oneplus-has-been-ordered-to-stop-selling-the-oneplus-one-in-india-after-legal-action-by-micromax/
    • https://www.androidpolice.com/2014/12/19/emails-from-indian-court-docs-show-cyanogen-oneplus-relationship-ended-poorly-cyanogen-ceo-is-kind-of-a-jerk/
    • https://www.forbes.com/sites/miguelhelft/2015/03/23/meet-cyanogen-the-startup-that-wants-to-steal-android-from-google-2/
    • https://www.businessinsider.com/cyanogen-ceo-kirt-mcmaster-interview-mods-virtual-reality-smartphones-2016-2
    • https://www.androidpolice.com/2016/12/01/steve-kondik-blames-kirt-mcmaster-for-cyanogen-incs-failure-cyanogenmod-to-reorganize-and-regroup/
    • https://www.theverge.com/2015/4/16/8427381/cyanogen-microsoft-partnership-apps-services-bundle
    • https://www.theverge.com/2015/9/14/9323131/microsoft-cortana-cyanogen-os
    • https://www.androidpolice.com/2016/10/10/kirt-mcmaster-out-as-cyanogen-inc-ceo-gets-eric-schmidted-to-executive-chairman/
    • https://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/13/cyanogen-inc-rebrands-cyngn-autonomous-tech-company/
    • https://web.archive.org/web/20181116144621/https://www.xda-developers.com/nintendo-approached-cyanogen-to-partner-for-the-switch-cyanogen-refused/

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Thewritergc ,

Very informative

My first episode was the apple Lisa. I never knew about this project. The show is very informative and funny.

Jacare80 ,

Great podcast!

Always interesting, funny and well-researched. Corbin and his co-hosts always bring expertise, silliness, and a perfect amount of socially aware and inclusive hindsight.

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