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TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.
September 21, 2021
Tech News: Facebook on the Ropes
A series of articles in The Wall Street Journal has Facebook on the defensive. Tech companies struggle to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. And some non-astronauts learn that pooping in space is tricky.
September 20, 2021
The Origins of the International Space Station
After several false starts, NASA's plans for a space station got a leg up when the US invited Russia to become a part of a new, cooperative enterprise. The US, Russia, Canada, the European Space Agency and Japan would come together to create a phenomenal piece of technology: the International Space Station.
September 17, 2021
False Starts with Space Stations
As we look back on the US plans for a space station, we explore abandoned plans for a few different designs. We also learn how politics and space don't always get along.
September 16, 2021
Tech News: Facebook Researchers Dunk on Facebook
A 2020 internal report at Facebook reveals that Instagram use can have a negative impact on mental health, and it gets worse from there. We also have stories about what Apple unveiled at their iPhone event and what's going on with the Theranos trial.
September 15, 2021
Rerun: How Fuel Cells Work
A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device; it turns chemical energy into electrical energy. Jonathan and Chris discuss fuel cells in detail from their origins to why they're not practical for general use yet in this episode.
September 14, 2021
Tech News: Good Apples and Bad Apples
Apple holds its iPhone 13 event today and we guess at what the company will reveal. We also learn how a federal judge made a call that subsequently led to Apple losing 85 billion dollars in value. Plus news about Facebook, Google, electric vehicles and woolly mammoths.
September 13, 2021
The Story of Mir
Mir was the first modular space station in orbit. It was simultaneously a scientific and engineering triumph and a chaotic mess. We look at the good, the bad and the on fire in this episode.
September 10, 2021
TechStuff Classic: The History of Area 51 - Part One
What goes on at the most famous secret base in the world? Ben Bowlin joins the show to talk about Area 51, aka Groom Lake.
September 9, 2021
Tech News: Facebook is so Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
Facebook and Ray-Ban introduce new smart glasses. Twitter creates Communities. And the Australian High Court makes a really bad decision about Facebook.
September 8, 2021
TechStuff Visits Space Stations
We've talked about space suits. Now it's time to talk about space stations! From the first Salyut space station to the incredible story of Skylab, we look at early space stations in this episode.
September 7, 2021
Tech News: Tech and the Surveillance State
There's a lot of tech news about the role of tech in surveillance. It's not particularly happy news. We also talk about how Android users are watching more TikTok videos than YouTube videos. And I feel old.
September 6, 2021
TechStuff Classic: 5 Technologies To End All Wars - That Didn't
Can technology end war? Several people thought so at one time or another. We look at five examples of idealists who thought tech would end warfare.
September 3, 2021
Home Theatre 103 - Components and Cables
Just when you thought it was safe to watch a Blu-ray. We look at more tech that's necessary for a great home theater system. From AV Receivers to the cables you'll need to hook everything together, we get to the bottom of what makes home theater work.
September 2, 2021
Tech News: Reddit Takes Misinformation Seriously
After numerous protests, Reddit shut down a subreddit dedicated to the spread of COVID-19 misinformation. Will it follow up on similar problematic subreddits? And in other news, India cracks down on VPNs, the feds still depend on facial recognition tech and Amazon and SpaceX are in a space fight.
September 1, 2021
Rerun: The Dangers of Public WiFi
Hacker extraordinaire Shannon Morse joins the show to talk about how you can protect your data when browsing the Internet. Is public WiFi off limits? Are VPNs reliable? What about Tor?
August 31, 2021
Tech News: South Korea Brings the Hammer Down on Apple
While the US debates whether Apple and Google's in-app purchasing systems are anticompetitive, South Korea jumps ahead and bans the companies from preventing app developers from using other purchasing systems. Also, China cuts down on video game time for kids and we have a launch date for Windows 11.
August 30, 2021
Home Theatre 102: Screens and Sounds
We follow up with a bit more about what you need to know when selecting a screen for your home theater, plus all the options for sound. What's the difference between 5.1, 5.1.2 and 7.1? We explain!
August 27, 2021
TechStuff Classic: Who was Claude Shannon?
TechStuff salutes an incredibly influential (and yet relatively unknown) tech genius: Claude Shannon. What did he do?
August 26, 2021
Tech News: OnlyFans does a 180
Content platform OnlyFans reverses a policy change after protests and criticism hit the company. Too many government agencies around the world rely on facial recognition software. The EU wants to track cryptocurrency transactions and more!
August 26, 2021
Home Theatre 101: The Screen
Maybe you want a new television, or maybe you want to set up a whole home theatre. This episode dives into the world of UHD experiences, from resolution to contrast ratio to HDR and beyond.