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TechStuff Classic: Was Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer?

In this episode, Jonathan and Chris discuss Ada Lovelace, daughter of the infamous Lord Byron and widely considered to be the first computer programmer.

TechStuff Pumps the Brakes

How do car brakes work? From the earliest wooden block brakes to anti-lock brake systems, we learn about the science of coming to a stop.

Techstuff Throws Rotten Tomatoes

In 1998, a web designer launched a movie review aggregator site. A couple of decades later, it has changed the film industry. This is the story of Rotten Tomatoes.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Stares at OLEDs

What is an OLED? How do OLED displays work? How do they compare to other display technologies? Join Chris and Jonathan as they break down the nuts and bolts of OLED displays in this episode.

Social Networks that Didn't Make It

For every Facebook and Twitter, there are half a dozen failed social networks that didn't survive to today. We look back on a few of them. Myspace Not Included.


Before there was YouTube, there was Quicktime. How did a project inside Apple become a dominant standard for computer-based video playback and more?

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Spies on the U-2

Why did the United States develop the U-2? What connection does the U-2 have to Area 51? Why hasn’t the U-2 been retired yet? Join Chris and Jonathan as they put themselves in the minds of master spies in this episode of TechStuff.

How Clean Coal Works

Is there such a thing as clean coal? In this episode, we look at the technologies designed to reduce the environmental impact of burning coal and ask if it makes sense to use coal at all.

TechStuff Does the Robot

Adam Doud of Android Authority joins the show to talk about the robots he saw at CES 2019. 

Research Revealed at Think 2019

At the 5 in 5 presentation at Think 2019, five presenters talked about how technology can improve practically everything about the way we grow, process, deliver and consume food. From harvests to recycling, we learn how technology can make us more responsible and efficient.

Being Open at Think 2019

What does open source mean and why would IBM's strategy revolve around it? From the acquisition of Red Hat to supporting humanitarian hacking efforts, we look at why IBM is embracing open source.

Cloudy With a Chance of IBM Think 2019

Cloud computing can be a confusing topic. It gets even trickier when you start talking about hybrid clouds. What's going on with cloud computing and how is IBM positioning itself to lead the way?

AI at IBM Think 2019

IBM has a long history with artificial intelligence competing against human beings. Deep Blue mastered Chess, Watson scored big on Jeopardy and now Project Debater is arguing against human champions. We look at some of IBM's latest AI efforts.

Thats So Project Raven

What is Project Raven? We look into the spy program from the United Arab Emirates and how it employed ex NSA agents.

The Ose CES Controversy

Stuff Your Mom Didn't Tell You host Anney Reese joins the show to talk about a controversy during CES 2019. A sex toy called the Ose received an innovation award but then the Consumer Technology Association rescinded the award and banned the product from CES. What happened?

TechStuff Classic: Sets its VCR

When was the VCR invented? Who opposed the VCR? When did the VCR die? Listen in as Chris and Jonathan explore the origin, opposition to and death of the VCR.

The Epic Story of Fortnite

In 2011, Epic Games teased a new video game called Fortnite. Six years later, the game finally emerged from development and took the world by storm. What's the story behind Fortnite?

RCA and its 100th Year

We say that it's RCA's 100th anniversary, but is the company of today the same as the one that debuted in 1919? We look at how RCA has changed dramatically since the mid 1950s. 

TechStuff Classic: Old Tech Never Dies

What is legacy technology? Why do we still have old technology that should be obsolete? Will the fax machine ever die? Join Chris and Jonathan as they investigate the strange cases of technology that never seems to die.

RCA and Color Television

RCA and CBS were in a race to define the standard for color television. CBS won. Or did it? How did RCA and David Sarnoff push a different approach to color television?