Accidental Tech Podcast

Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.


  • 322: Morale-Sucking Maple Syrup Fires

    Apr 18 2019

  • 321: Dumbed Down, Locked Down, and Locked Out

    Apr 12 2019

  • 320: Here Comes the Big But

    Apr 04 2019

  • 319: We Should Probably Get to the Apple Event

    Mar 28 2019

  • 318: Not a Casino I Want to Play In

    Mar 21 2019

  • 317: We’re Customers Too

    Mar 16 2019

  • 316: MacBook Hierarchy of Needs

    Mar 06 2019

  • 315: 1.0 Was Just Speed

    Feb 28 2019

  • 314: Kernel Panic in the Night

    Feb 21 2019

  • 313: The Residue of Seven People

    Feb 12 2019

  • 312: Fashion Phase

    Feb 07 2019

  • 311: Mutually Assured Destruction

    Jan 31 2019

  • 310: Apple Playstore

    Jan 24 2019

  • 309: Do Not Expect Five Nines From My Plex

    Jan 18 2019

  • 308: Left-Handed Streaming Service

    Jan 10 2019

  • 307: Casey Apple Pencil

    Jan 04 2019

  • 306: My Watch Has Ended

    Dec 26 2018

  • 305: An Uneasy Peace

    Dec 18 2018

  • 304: Island of Shortcuts

    Dec 13 2018

  • 303: Your Mahogany World

    Dec 06 2018

  • 302: Paint This Square

    Nov 28 2018

  • 301: I Cut Them Up in the Air

    Nov 20 2018

  • 300: First of All, It's Easy

    Nov 15 2018

  • 299: Headphone Bump

    Nov 08 2018

  • 298: Protective Sandwich

    Nov 01 2018

  • 297: It Also Deserves to Die

    Oct 25 2018

  • 296: Giant Buffers of Floats

    Oct 18 2018

  • 295: Outlets That Suck

    Oct 11 2018

  • 294: The Intersection of Liberal Arts and Whatever

    Oct 04 2018

  • 293: You Know My Pouches

    Sep 27 2018

  • 292: Start a Rotate Chicken Nuggets Timer

    Sep 20 2018

  • 291: John's Special Day

    Sep 13 2018

  • 290: A Weird Sandwich

    Sep 06 2018

  • 289: Everybody's in the Alliance

    Aug 30 2018

  • 288: Rich Person's Raspberry Pi

    Aug 23 2018

  • 287: Open-Faced Compliment Sandwich

    Aug 16 2018

  • 286: I Respect a Good Crust

    Aug 09 2018

  • 285: Do Not Drill Holes in This House

    Jul 30 2018

  • 284: Hotel California Keyboard

    Jul 26 2018

  • 283: Just Lower Your Standards

    Jul 19 2018

  • 282: Not Unreliable Enough

    Jul 15 2018

  • 281: My Private Siri

    Jul 02 2018

  • 280: Extinction-Level Event

    Jun 28 2018

  • 279: You’ll Hate What I’m Actually Doing

    Jun 21 2018

  • 278: Best Worst Influence

    Jun 14 2018

  • 277: You're Not a Mac App Yet

    Jun 05 2018

  • 276: Observing a Black Hole

    May 31 2018

  • 275: It's Difficult When You’re a Billionaire

    May 24 2018

  • 274: Not the Teddy Bear's Fault

    May 17 2018

  • 273: Playing You Like a Video Game

    May 10 2018

  • 272: 60% Satisfied

    May 01 2018

  • 271: Voting With Your Virtual Feet

    Apr 26 2018

  • 270: Three Major Zippers

    Apr 18 2018

  • 269: Cooled by Jellyfish

    Apr 13 2018

  • 268: A Tarnished Brass Age

    Apr 05 2018

  • 267: I Slowly Ate the Crystals

    Mar 31 2018

  • 266: Text Adventure Mode

    Mar 23 2018

  • 265: Simon Says Volume Five

    Mar 15 2018

  • 264: Every Building Has Bugs

    Mar 07 2018

  • 263: Old Potato

    Mar 01 2018

  • 262: A Clear Path to Okayness

    Feb 24 2018

  • 261: Seven-Dollar Plastic Garbage

    Feb 16 2018

  • 260: The Todoyist Problem

    Feb 09 2018

  • 259: I Hired Myself

    Feb 01 2018

  • 258: Non-Beta Data

    Jan 25 2018

  • 257: Smell the Wind

    Jan 18 2018

  • 256: A Heroic Threshold for Pain

    Jan 11 2018

  • 255: The Thermal Paste Lottery

    Jan 04 2018

  • 254: Hot Box With Knobs

    Dec 26 2017

  • 253: I Think I Ordered One

    Dec 20 2017

  • 252: Any Day Could Be Mac Pro Day

    Dec 14 2017

  • 251: Uninstall Your Water Reminder App!

    Dec 07 2017

  • 250: We're Doing a Show

    Nov 30 2017

  • 249: Beehives Full of Bees

    Nov 21 2017

  • 248: Chili Cookoff

    Nov 16 2017

  • 247: A Place to Stick Your Gum

    Nov 10 2017

  • 246: I Just Want My Stories

    Nov 02 2017

    Follow up: F1 flappy paddles iPhone X preorder results Recent performance of the rumor mill Marco's iMac returns MacBook Pro keyboard repair cost Apple TV output formats New "WWDC" video New Apple TV beta The Verge's take #askatp Mac antivirus software? Would we use Apple OSes on any other hardware if they were theoretically compatible? Retro ThinkPad Back to Work #346 Apple fires engineer involved in iPhone X leak (via Tim Walker) Casey's Instagram post iPhone X reviews, and the PR str...more

  • 245: Senior-Citizen Advantage

    Oct 26 2017

    Follow up: The right to chair arms #askatp Bitcoin The Talk Show #74: Glenn Fleishmann explains Bitcoin iPhone SE... X? Macintosh SE/30 How to catch Phish A Live One Live Phish It's preorder time Casey's tips What are the iPhone X's biggest risks? The Mac Mini is... still a thing? Riccardo Mori's 3 options Post-show: Casey's still a car journalist Wheel Bearings Parking garage clip ZF 8HP transmission Ars Technica Sponsored by: Squarespace: Make your next move. Use code ATP for ...more

  • 244: The Mac Renaissance

    Oct 19 2017

    Pre-show: ATP 243 notes Follow up: Sky platform exclusivity John's chair Torx John's alternative chair Apple Express Replacement Service Example image Apple Watch and proxied notifications Due weighs in #askatp Running Plex with no logged-in user Strong-ARMed Mac Pro Marco's Many iMac Pros Marco's MacBook Pro MacBook keyboard failures Somehow Casey got backed into a ton of Mac Pro talk (🙄 –Ed.) Special ending theme by Jonathan Mann! Support Jonathan's work: YouTube channel Patreon Hi...more

  • 243: Knew About the Dollar Signs

    Oct 12 2017

    Pre-show: macOS upgrades vs. clean installs Follow up: Google Pixel preorders (via Hannes Hauer) Google customer service strategy Casey has received his first AT&T bill with his Apple Watch Sonos and Google sitting in a tree... Anker and Amazon are K-I-S-S-I-N-G Speaker fragmentation Google Home Max and Mini Casey's 👋🏻⛰️ FOMO #askatp Browser choices (from Kyle) Accord thoughts (from Sebastian) Command line (from Comay) Git Tower tcsh Perforce fish Apple Phone → Watch notifications...more

  • 242: These Arms Are Coming Off

    Oct 06 2017

    Pre-show: iPhone X New Google Pixels Follow up: John received his Apple TV 4K #askatp iOS error-logging frameworks Qi chargers Mike Bolton proposes a typing challenge St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Brady Center to prevent gun violence Hispanic Federation for Puerto Rico relief New Amazon Echo announcements Verge Summary New Echo Echo Connect Echo Plus Fire TV 4K Sonos One Echo Spot Ending theme by Jonathan Mann Post-show: John buys a chair Wirecutter Steelcase Gesture Herman Mill...more

  • 241: Jazzercise Boot Camp

    Sep 29 2017

    Pre-show: Jazzercise 1982 video compilation Follow up: St. Jude Fundraiser Update Apple TV 4K has a fan 😭 Teardown Downloading 4K iTunes movies Boot Camp and cheesy Apple videos Sam Abuelsamid of Wheel Bearings clarifies TLX DCT #askatp Being good beta citizens and not making @tapbot_paul angry APFS and Fusion drives Apple Watch Series 3 review Marco's post about APIs Under the Radar #99: Effecting Change Upgrade #160: A Helipad on Your Table Connected #161: A Handbag? Face Cream? A Chai...more

  • 240: Undefined Wait Period

    Sep 21 2017

    Stephen Hackett's St. Jude's Fundraiser Follow up: iPhone X screen size John Siracusa, Dongletown, USA Bigger OWC dock John's forthcoming OWC dock Elgato dock Window management Apple Watch LTE pricing: Data is substitutive, not additive (via Oliver Thomas) More on Apple TV 4K Whether it has a fan or supports 24 Hz output 32 vs. 64 GB Craig Federighi's Face ID apology tour The Talk Show #200 Confirmation of John's prediction about face swipe timing Running Mac betas No APFS for Fusion Dr...more

  • 239: Set This Money on Fire

    Sep 14 2017

    Apple Special Event, September 2017 Dan Frommer's photo essay Today at Apple Apple Watch intro video Featuring Kyles the Gray! Louis CK: Everything is Amazing & Nobody is Happy Overcast and Apple Watch offline playback Watch Dots Qi charging standard ATP #172: iPhone X Five Years of OS X iPhone X in the HIG Disappearing scroll thumb Jokey notch scrolling Rolodex Light L16 camera Back to Work #341: Rich Boy Phone iPhone Folio Case Inside Ending theme by Jonathan Mann Post-show: Marco fig...more

  • 238: Begging for the Hub

    Sep 07 2017

    Follow-Up: Isn't iCloud close to full-machine backup? Do you really need to spend $1000 on a camera? Printing photos Photo resolution #askatp iPhone-buying strategies Casey's lessons learned Is 4K worth it? Steve Yedlin on 4K Viewing distance calculator Why & how we use Plex Casey's Plex Primer Don Melton's scripts ffmpeg John's 2017 MacBook Pro impressions Apple LED Cinema Display Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad Logitech Optical USB Mouse ATP #96: The Windows of Siracusa Coun...more

  • 237: You Are Not a Datacenter

    Sep 01 2017

    Follow-Up: Marco's tukhus, sit bones, and cushioned saddles Backing up /Applications Casey's new-Mac strategy CrashPlan native client may not be for small business CrashPlan migrations over 5 TB Arq and macOS metadata Michael Tsai: What Backblaze Doesn't Back Up Backblaze's 30 day retention Peer-to-peer NAS backups Synology C2 backup Dan Moren: iCloud Backup for Mac? Casey's MacBook keyboard woes Apple KnowledgeBase article (👋🏻, @ismh) #askatp Photo storage between generations Camera...more

  • 236: Irresponsible Use of Infinite Terabytes

    Aug 24 2017

    Pre-show: Baby Clocks Casey has news iZotope RX Follow-Up: iTunes U → Apple Podcasts Joel on Software: Things You Should Never Do, Part 1 Panic Omni BBEdit Marco's hindquarters #askatp OLED vs. LCD Mall of Marco Gazelle Mac Me an Offer Have we had RSI issues? Microsoft Natural Keyboard Casey's Bad News Google Photos Uploader The new M5 CrashPlan sunsets consumer backups Official announcement Backblaze on NAS business model Backblaze B2 Pricing Casey justifies using a NAS iSCSI...more

  • 235: Notch-Savvy

    Aug 18 2017

    Pre-show: Always on vacation in... New York? Follow-Up: Mighty, the Spotify "iPod Shuffle" Audio bit depth 24/192 Music Downloads... and why they make no sense Monty's explainer video "iPhone Pro" notch What happens in landscape? Why bother with a notch? Android notch 1Password backpedals a bit A a a a a Very Good Song #askatp How do you sync your home directories? Old tech that's still in use? 🙄 Destiny 🙄 Google's diversity "memo" Yonatan Zunger, ex-Googler Suzanne Sadedin, Ph.D. ...more

  • 234: Everybody Has Asterisks

    Aug 11 2017

    Toasters Toaster reviews Do By Friday Cameras O-MD E-M10 Zoom lens Sony α7R II Sony α6300 Ad Blockers 1Blocker Better A/V FLAC Pono Tidal Brace styles Dolphin emulator behind the scenes Ending theme by Jonathan Mann Sponsored by: Betterment: Investing made better. Warby Parker: Boutique-quality, vintage-inspired glasses at a revolutionary price. Try up to five pairs at home for free. Squarespace: Make your next move with a beautiful website. Use code ATP for 10% off your first order...more

  • 233: Nobody Cares But Me, But I Do Care

    Aug 06 2017

    Follow-Up: TSMC 10nm vs. Intel 10nm Naming of process nodes Intel's claimed three-year advantage Intel set to lose process leadership after 2018? Home audio & subwoofers HiFiMan HE-6 Christmas Island crabs Neutral Coast? Isla Pronunciation video Woom Derailleur gears Priority Coast Huffy and Wal-Mart A Christmas Story quote corrected by @ATPReferences The HomePod firmware leak Steve Troughton-Smith His Patreon Guilherme Rambo Allen Pike's take Max Rudberg's take "Ferrari" RIP ...more

  • 232: You've Exceeded Some Limit

    Jul 25 2017

    Send us questions! Tweet with the hashtag #askatp! The A10X is 10nm as per AnandTech Source & Drain Larrabee Netflix credits skipping John's original complaint Community management Disney may have wanted to buy Twitter... a long time ago Player Unknown's Battlegrounds Odd Overcast crash Post-show: Mongoose Californian Alternative image Storming Mortal #15: Apple Kool-Aid and the Mongoose (dated 18 June 2014) John realizes his full potential Pee Wee's bike Huffy White Heat Sponsored...more

  • 231: I Am Not a Salad Power User

    Jul 20 2017

    Follow-up: Calibrating a TV Rtings TV Settings Chopt or SaladWorks Smart Signage Samsung Frame TV THX Tune-Up app Lightning Digital AV Adapter Panic's surprise Sony / 7669 Marco's discontinued small speaker amp: NuForce Dia. Some alternatives Marco has considered (but not tested!): Grace Digital GDI-BTAR513, $110 SMSL Q5, $140 NuForce DDA-120, $300 Teac AI-301DA, $350 NAD D 3020, $400 Type-C Personality OLED image retention Marco's image retention test Apple's silence on Net Neutrality ...more

  • 230: Auto, Dynamic, Fresh, Dank

    Jul 14 2017

    Follow-up: Windows Hello Demo video Telling Twins Apart Rubber-hose cyptanalysis Relevant xkcd Comic Apollo Robbins mDNSResponder Never re-write software Vint Cerf Zero-config mDNSResponder source Siracusa on Rendezvous On rewriting dyld Mac IIfx F/X Movie Magic Marco's latest impulse buy LG 2017 4K OLED Series Worse Products Through Software Canonical Bagel Flavors Aerial screensaver Paradigm Atom Harman Kardon Soundsticks G4 Cube Speakers Ending theme by Jonathan Mann (a brief retur...more

  • 229: Just Smush the Screen Somewhere

    Jul 06 2017

    Follow-up: DragonDrop replacement: Yoink (App Store) Mac stuff for 👵🏻👴🏻 (including Stephen Hackett) dyld vs. dyldd vs. closured App launch time thanks to dyld Relevant WWDC 2016 talk Encoding/decoding new formats on old hardware Sorenson WebRTC and Opus WebKit announcement Codec requirements Acid2 Test iOS 11 Multitasking Connected with Federico Viticci, Myke Hurley, Stephen Hackett Canvas with Fraser Speirs and Federico Viticci Cortex with CGP Grey and Myke Hurley Upgrade with Jaso...more

  • 228: I Never Cancel a Drag

    Jun 29 2017

    Follow-up: MacBook Adorable Example multi-use hub Casey's Review Keyboard "shim kit" USB-C hubs Belkin hub HomePod's "screen" Marco's favorite follow-up ever in Analog(ue) #10 Echo Show iOS Drag and Drop Dr. Wave DragonDrop dyld 3 App Startup Time: Past, Present, Future Marco gets his VBR wish Original ATP discussion (Overcast timestamp link) This episode, for example: Official CBR version, 80 MB VBR version, 56 MB Ending theme by Jonathan Mann Post-show: PC Convertible Spaaaaac...more

  • 227: Typing on Pillows

    Jun 22 2017

    Follow-up: Serenity Caldwell on the new iPad Body size comparison Screen size comparison Typing to Siri Ryan Jones makes some observations New lock & power off behavior "Offload"ing unused apps Springboard treatment Steve Troughton-Smith makes some observations Spaces persistence Spatial Finder Document-based apps' launch UI FaceTime capture of Live Photos ADAs and default apps HEIF is good! is good 32-bit support "sunset" in macOS Non-fragile ivars High Sierra Format CD caddy ...more

  • 226: Smooth Scrolling Is For Suckers

    Jun 15 2017

    Pre-show: Lots of Follow Up John's ancient, slow, Mac Pro APFS WWDC session and file name encoding Norm forms Compression vs. HFS+ iOS 11 Dots vs. Bars for signal strength Drop of third party service integration Perhaps the APIs were removed? Many touch options for iOS 11 home screens on non-Force Touch devices Log your friends into your WiFi Multiple file uploads → Mobile Safari Tidbits from The Talk Show #193: Crack Marketing Team tvOS iCloud storage: 1TB → 2TB Sonnet eGFX Apple Wireles...more

  • 225: A Conversation with Siri

    Jun 06 2017

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  • 224: Yearning for Reflection

    Jun 01 2017

    Follow up: Multiple versions of photos Quietly improving MacBook Pro keyboards Pre-WWDC hopes and dreams Upgrade #143: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2017 What If the iPad Smart Keyboard Had a Trackpad? Ending theme by Jonathan Mann Sponsored by: Jet: A shopping site that makes it easy to save money on the stuff you buy all the time. Use code ATP at checkout for 20% off your first 2 orders over $35 (terms and conditions apply). Casper: An obsessively engineered mattress at a shockingly fair price...more

  • 223: Throw the Fork Away

    May 25 2017

    Follow up: Those ✂️️🔑 What do Apple Geniuses do? Official procedure Sketchy keycap removal procedure Regrets from home repair More on box lunches! Denise Young Smith: VP, HR → VP, Inclusion & Diversity Denise Young Smith Lisa Jackson The Talk Show #188: Apple VP Lisa Jackson Thunderbolt to become royalty-free (Intel press release) Apple Siri-speaker-with-screen Google I/O Keynote Google Photos improvements Hypercritical #9: No iLife is an Island Kotlin Compared to Swift Ending th...more