Dan is getting a Synology, Merlin has been making stuff, plus the return of "Cool Things I Learned This Week."
449: Tom Hardy Blindness
DISCUSSED: coincident birthdays; mathowie's gigantism and very online Ex Machina house; extensive actor and media talk; you probably hadn't heard, but, The Revenant was very difficult to make; Apple TV+ is getting…not great notices; success is a great deodorant, but could iPhone : 2010s Apple :: Windows : 1990s Microsoft?; hardware follow-up on Merlin's new modem and UPS setup; the value of always showing hustle, and why you should always run out first base; Dan's in a jam-up with his internet provider over a seemingly unnecessary piece of harware; further hardware follow-up from Merlin on spreading his wings with his Synology; Dan has a new keyboard he loves; praise for several Logitech products; and, finally, why Merlin just can't quit his MX Master Mouse.
448: Spaghetti on Spaghetti
This week, Dan and Merlin dive into the benefits (and fun) of a NAS project. Also, Merlin goes off about the horror show of letting old people determine the future. Also, also, hey, kung fu movies!
447: Mating for Life
It's Infrastructure Week! Dan and Merlin start with California's power crisis and end up pivoting to phones, cable TV, and, of course, Apple.
What happens when a resource we think of as a solved part of our infrastructure suddenly isn't so solved?
And, what would Apple look like if it treated all of its services as seriously as it once treated the Mac?
Also: lizard updates, but please don't Google "hornworms."
446: Charm Offensive
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about living in a world of hardware choices.
How do you decide which device is best suited to a given task? Which ones do you find yourself preferring to use because they're friction-free—or just fun?
And, in what ways do our previous behaviors, habits, and expectations end up unconsciously coloring our future decisions?