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Whether they’re a current shining star, in the midst of a massive dumpster fire or settling into the dust heap of history, iconic companies allhave a past worth knowing. Hosts Dana Barrett and Nick Bean dive into their strange but true stories. Follow Dana on social media @TheDanaBarrett and learn more at www.bizography.show

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes Steampunk

What is steampunk? What are the traits of the steampunk aesthetic? Who are some famous steampunk artists? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a closer look at steampunk.

What's up with Facebook Libra?

In June, 2019, the Libra Association published a white paper about an upcoming digital currency called Libra, with Facebook playing an important role. What makes Libra special?

Outdated Tech Terms We Still Use

From dialing a phone to making a mix tape, our language is filled with phrases spawned from obsolete tech. We take a look at some listener favorites.

TechStuff Classic: Printing Medication

How has ink jet technology been used to dispense medication? How could a 3-D printer create medicine? In what other ways have printers been used to create medical treatments?

TechStuff Gets in Touch with Touch Screens

What is the history of the touch screen? What are the different ways inventors have designed to make the technology work? 

Is E3 Still Relevant?

It's a question the gaming industry has been asking for a while, fueled partly by some dramatic disagreements within the Entertainment Software Association. Is the E3 trade show still relevant or is it a waste of time and money?

TechStuff Classic TechStuff Hacks the Kinect

How does the Microsoft Kinect work? What's Microsoft's position on hacking the Kinect? What are some of the most creative hacks? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the astonishing potential of the Kinect.


Time to Kick Some Asteroid

In June, 2019, the OSIRIS-REx satellite entered an orbit less than 2,500 feet above the asteroid Bennu. In a few years, we might be mining asteroids. How will we do it, and why?

The Story of HowStuffWorks

From its founding in the 90s as a site to demystify the universe to the complicated, present-day structure, we look at Jonathan's employer. 

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Tests the Emergency Broadcast System

What was the Emergency Broadcast System? What did it have to do with the Cold War? How is the Emergency Alert System different from the old EBS? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explain the origin of the EBS and the EAS.

The End of iTunes

There's no doubt that iTunes changed the fortunes of Apple. So why did the company announce in 2019 that it was discontinuing the venerable program? We learn about how feature creep and a changing marketplace spelled the end of iTunes.

The Creation of iTunes

Apple first unveiled iTunes in 2001, setting it and the company on an incredible journey. In this episode, we learn how iTunes came to be up to the debut of the iTunes Music Store in 2003.

Techstuff Classic: Spotlight on Dennis Ritchie

Who was Dennis Ritchie? Why did Ritchie create the C programming language? What is the story of Ritchie’s involvement with UNIX? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris delve into the life and work of Dennis Ritchie.

AMD Up To Today

Picking up where we left off, this episode about AMD looks at its more recent history and how it has played a role in tech.

The Early Days of AMD

Listener Stephen asked that I cover AMD a long time ago, and so this is the start of that company's history. We explore the founding of the company through its early years.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Solid State Drives

What is a solid state drive? How are they different from magnetic storage devices? How do SSDs erase data? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the nuts-and-bolts of solid state drives.

The Evolution of Virtualization

Virtual machines open up a lot of options for information infrastructure. Where did the idea come from and how did it evolve over time?

Three Approaches to AI Policy

Oz and Karah from Sleepwalkers join the show to talk about how different parts of the world are looking at developing, regulating and legislating artificial intelligence. From the US to the EU to China, we look at very different approaches and what they might mean for our future.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Supercomputers

What is a supercomputer? What was the first supercomputer? How fast is the fastest supercomputer? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan add up the facts about the world's fastest, most powerful computers.