The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball.
313: ‘The Sour Grapes Commission’, With Glenn Fleishman
Glenn Fleishman returns to the show to talk about last week’s “Spring Loaded” product announcements from Apple: subscription podcasts, AirTags, Apple TV, colorful Apple Silicon iMacs, and the M1 iPad Pros.
312: ‘Not to Get Zealotrous’, With Craig Mod
Craig Mod joins the show to talk about writing, designing, filmmaking, what makes for good software, and building a successful membership program to support independent art. And: pizza toast.
311: ‘Toaster Fridgey’, With Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie returns to the show to speculate about pending Apple product announcements and events. Lots of guessing, no wagering.
310: ‘Russian Nesting Doll Code’, With Jason Snell
Special guest Jason Snell joins the show to reminisce over 20 years of Mac OS X. I mean OS X. Sorry, MacOS. Also: HomePod, Apple TV, and Intel’s awkward new ad campaign.
309: ‘Pinkies on the Semicolon’, With John Siracusa
The state of the Mac, with special guest John Siracusa.
308: ‘Peak Hubris’, With Christina Warren
Christina Warren returns to the show to talk about Apple Car, Apple TV, Clubhouse, and Bloomberg hamfistedly revisiting “The Big Hack”.
It’s like a behind the scenes explainer... only not
Far too often these conversations can drift way off into the far reaches of ones own understanding of just what the host John & his guest were talking about. It happens to them as well. They just sorta go off on a tangent that can oftentimes be completely unrelated to the subject at hand. It’s good to keep your mind distracted & can really pass the time. But do try to stay with the flow. No telling where you’ll wind up sometimes.
The Talk Show: A 5 star 2 star podcast…
Update: 9 years on and I’ve long since gotten over the 5by5 split, so I’m updating my review.
I’m low-key tempted to keep my old 2 star review in place because 1) it’s not like Gruber lacks for audience, and 2) he probably finds the whole thing darkly hilarious at this point, but I can’t help but kick this back up to a 5.
Great show. I listen every time a new episode is released. It’s notoriously long, but if you’re fine with that you’ll appreciate the depth of what he and his guests bring each week.
Only nitpick is that I’d like to see a bit more variety in his guest line-up, but on the whole the formula works and Gruber (a writer by trade) has really settled into his role as a conversational podcaster.
Not what this podcast used to be
The host is an aging Apple iPhone enthusiast that’s no longer relevant in today’s complex tech world and he seems lost. He has also gone fully hard left politically which just cuts his USA audience in half. People don’t want a cell phone reviewer to impose their political views on them.