Crossed Wires

James Bilsbrough & Jae Bloom

A technology podcast that aims to take a positive look at technology and computing. We aim to have genuinely engaging chats with folks doing interesting things in tech that make a positive impact. read less

Open (Source) for Business
Yesterday
Open (Source) for Business
If your experience in business IT has, like mine, been very heavily focussed on Microsoft’s ecosystem and lots of propriety systems that have a strong “Don’t look behind the curtain” vibe to them then my guest today may help shine some light on how open source solutions can be a great fit in the business. It’s my pleasure to have Tom join us, having been a fan of his YouTube content for quite some time. He’s become one of the most recognised sources of knowledge for the wonderful open-source firewall project, pfSense, and sharing valuable insights on other projects such as XCP-ng, TrueNAS, and many more. We take a look at what we mean by open source, why many businesses still prefer closed source solutions from big names, the security considerations of both closed and open source projects, and talk a bit about Pop!_os by System76. What’s been your experience with open-source solutions, particularly in business, have you had any good or bad experiences you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you, so please send a note to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion on our Discord server. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Tom Lawrence on MastodonLawrence Technology ServicesLastpass December 2022 Security Incident: What Happened and What's Not Encrypted - Lawrence Systmes (YouTube)XCP-ngBitWardenLibreOfficeNextcloudTrueNASPop!_os by System76 Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:07:48: What Does Open Source Actually Mean?00:16:06: A Bit On XCP NG00:19:04: The Attachment to Closed Source Solutions00:25:57: What About Google?00:31:41: Microsoft Loves Open Source?00:33:28: Cloud vs On Premise00:43:17: Software Bill of Materials00:49:14: Tech YouTubers00:51:31: A PopOS! Confession00:59:16: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Purple MacBook
Jan 30 2023
Purple MacBook
When Apple announced new M2-based Macs, a new HomePod, and the launch of Advanced Data Protection with little more than a press release and video on their site, we were caught a little off guard. Whilst we’re not a news show, per se, we wanted to chat about the impact these new systems, particularly the M2 Pro-powered Mac Mini would have on the Apple ecosystem. Returning guest, Jeff Butts of The Mac Observer, was kind enough to join us for a discussion of not only the new products, but also a few detours into gaming on the Mac, some of Apple’s new HomeKit features, and a few thoughts on the state of the Apple Silicon transition. Are you going to be buying any of the new M2-based systems, maybe as your first Apple Silicon Mac? Are you as happy as we are to see the HomePod return? We’d love to hear from you, so please send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Jeff Butts on MastodonThe Mac ObserverApple introduces new Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro (Apple Newsroom)Apple unveils MacBook Pro featuring M2 Pro and M2 Max (Apple Newsroom)2nd Generation HomePodHow To Use Your HomePod’s Temperature and Humidity Sensors (The Mac Observer)Apple advances user security with powerful new data protections (Apple Newsroom)Jeff’s previous appearance ‘Green Bubbles’Our chat with Noah about the Steam Deck Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:03:47: Apple's Change of Announcement Style00:11:37: More M2 Chips00:11:57: Mac Mini00:22:44: Mini Goes Pro00:26:17: Gaming on the Mac00:31:58: Mini Size Changes?00:33:07: MacBook Pros00:41:27: New HomePod00:47:48: Sound Recognition for Smoke Alarms00:52:43: The Benefits of the Apple Ecosystem00:54:32: Advanced Data Protection01:06:26: How Are Apple Looking for 2023? Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Ollie, Space Karen, and an API
Jan 23 2023
Ollie, Space Karen, and an API
The last week or so has seen some extraordinary rubbish behaviour from Twitter regarding their API for third-party clients, like Twitterrific and Tweetbots. Users found themselves unable to access their timelines via anything but the official app and website, and developers had no communication to tell them what on earth was going on. On Thursday, Twitter announced that this was intentional and that many third-party apps would no longer have API access. This caused no end of frustration for developers like Iconfactory. So it’s my pleasure to be joined by Gedeon, their principal and designer, to try to unpack what exactly happened, and the impact this has had and will continue to have on their business. What are your memories of the good old days of Twitter, did you have a favourite third-party app you used? We’d love to hear from you, so please send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server. Of course, you can also follow us on Mastodon If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Gedeon Maheux on MastodonIconfactory: Website / Apps / BlogTwitter bans third-party apps (TechCrunch)Ivory by TapbotsOur chat with James Smith on Mastodon and the Fediverse Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:06:27: The Original Twitter App Experience00:08:55: The Last Big API Changes00:11:32: What Happened to the API?00:16:54: The Importance of 3rd Party Apps00:20:27: Moving to Mastodon?00:25:03: The Financial Impact00:35:19: Why Do We Think This Happened?00:49:34: The Core Twitter Experience Rule?00:53:12: APIs on Other Platforms?00:58:53: The Future is Mastodon01:03:35: A Done Deal01:08:07: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Steam Life on Deck
Jan 16 2023
Steam Life on Deck
For those of us who grew up with Game Boys and Game Gears, maybe even an Atari Lynx, the concept of full desktop gaming in a portable form factor has been on our wishlist for a very long time. So, the question we discuss with Noah from Steam Deck HQ can be summed up as “Has Valve’s Steam Deck made that dream come true?”. We talk about the hardware itself, the impressive software stack built upon SteamOS, how many games perform, as well as looking at where it holds up against things like the Nintendo Switch, and the powerful emulation made possible in such a portable platform. it’s also worth mentioning that James’ side of recoring was done entirely on the Steam Deck, and that’s in no small part due to how awesome SquadCast is. Have you got your hands on Steam Deck, or is there something holding you. back? We’d love to hear from you, why not send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Disclaimer: This episode was recorded in December 2022, before the current investigation into allegations of domestic violence made against Justin Rolland. We won’t comment on this further, but we wanted to be transparent that the episode does mention his studio’s game, ‘High on Life’. For those who, for whatever reason, want to skip any mention of the game, we talk about this between 00:29:00 and 00:31:21; we’ve marked this as a chapter in the episode. Episode Links Steam Deck HQ: Website / Mastodon / YouTubeSteam Deck Tech Specs (Valve)Bugsnax (Steam)ProtonDBDecky - A Steam Deck plugin loader Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:06:14: Missing OLED and Game Gear Homage?00:09:17: Hardware and Verified Games00:14:57: Proton00:18:44: Price Points & Storage Options00:25:16: Controllers00:29:00: High On Life00:31:21: Software & Performance Tweaks00:37:38: Challenges with Certain Games and Launchers00:43:32: Sony Games on Steam Deck00:44:41: Nintendo, the Switch, and Emulation00:50:11: What Could Valve Have Done Better?00:55:52: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Something, Something, Blockchain
Jan 9 2023
Something, Something, Blockchain
The idea of a non-taxed, non-regulated, digital currency can sound incredibly appealing for many uses, but are cryptocurrencies all they’re cracked up to be and should we be advocating their use? That’s what we discuss with the published researcher, Dr Catherine Flick, known on BBC local radio as being able to explain Bitcoin in 15 seconds. Catherine brought so much insight to help us understand what exactly cryptocurrencies and the blockchain are, and why they’re not as great as those involved in them think. We also dig into how NFTs got into the video game industry and of course the environmental impact of the blockchain. We know this topic can stir up a lot of discussions, and we’d love to hear from you (as long as we can all keep things civil). So, send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or join the discussion over on our Discord server Episode Links Dr Catherine Flick: Mastodon / WebsiteWWF UK faces backlash over 'destructive' plans to sell 'eco-friendly' NFTs (Sky News)ACM Code of EthicsA critical professional ethical analysis of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)The Missing Cryptoqueen: Apple Podcasts / BBC SoundsCross-cultural patterns in mobile playtime: an analysis of 118 billion hours of human data Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:16:05: Privacy & The Ick Factor00:24:17: What Is Blockchain?00:34:26: Lack of Financial Protection00:39:42: Regulation?00:43:15: Virtual Currences vs Proof of Work / Stake00:49:57: The Environmental Impact00:54:32: Decentralised01:00:20: NFTs & Video Games01:18:17: Solving Actual Problems01:22:40: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
What’s New With SquadCast
Jan 2 2023
What’s New With SquadCast
As many of you know, we use SquadCast to record every episode of Crossed Wires, and indeed Charging Status. It’s been such a genuine pleasure to build a relationship, mostly thanks to Jae’s existing connection, with the team at SquadCast. In this episode, Zachariah Moreno joins me again, this time to talk about how things have been going for them since we last spoke, including their hugely ambitious V5 launch, and what 2023 holds for the platform. We even do a bit of brain-storming on how streaming could work within SquadCast. Up front, Zachariah and I talk about the way in which SquadCast are directly helping us here at Crossed Wires. For full transparency, in exchange for our continued feedback and testing of features, we are being kindly provided with their ‘Studio’ plan at no cost. I can’t express how grateful we are to the team, in particular Zachariah and Arielle, for their continued support and encouragement. If you do want to check out SquadCast, please do use our affiliate link either in the links or at the bottom of our site. Our affiliate links really do help to pay the other bills around here, and one day will make it possible for Jae and I to make this our full time jobs. Do you have any experience of remote recordings, or maybe you want to ask about some of our workflow? We’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Zachariah Moreno: Twitter / WebsiteSquadCast (Affiliate Link)Dynamo by Castos- Podcast image generation toolsDescriptEdit Eddy by HeadlinerSquadCasting - Zach’s previous appearance on the showZach’s video on echo cancellation (YouTube) Chapter Times 00:00:05: Introductions00:01:20: Some Transparency00:05:01: SquadShots00:06:24: Pricing Simplifcation00:11:30: Backstage00:13:54: Equipment Management00:18:39: State of Play on iOS00:22:49: The V5 Launch00:30:36: Mastering with Dolby00:32:58: Beyond Podcasting00:45:23: The Importance of Quality00:49:39: Streaming?01:02:00: Fix It In Pre01:05:31: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and closing theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
A Discussion of Macintosh
Dec 26 2022
A Discussion of Macintosh
With the Macintosh having such a long history, and Apple doing so much over the platform’s life I wanted to get a panel together to discuss all things Mac collecting and our thoughts on past and present. I’m really pleased to be joined by returning guests Dan Vincent and Sean from Action Retro, as well as new guest Steve from Mac84TV. We had a truly enjoyable and insightful chat about Apple’s world-changing computer. As well as plenty of comedic moments, our improvised ‘Desert Island Mac’ spot, and plenty of tangents, we talk about our ‘Report Cards’ for Apple in 2022 (at least at the point we recorded back in October), and what got the panel into collecting Macs. This is a bit of a longer episode, but I really hope you enjoy this panel style episode We’ll absolutely be doing more episodes like this going forward. -- James Do you have memories of classic Macs, maybe you’ve been there the whole journey, or have a favourite Mac you’d love to tell us about. We’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Due to the current state of Twitter, we’re not actively promoting Twitter links where possible. Thankfully, all of our guests are on Mastodon, so please do find them there Dan Vincent: Userlandia/ MastodonSean (Action Retro:) YouTube/ MastodonSteve (Mac84): YouTube / Mastodon / Website‘Digital Identity’ - Our chat with Helen from Fastmail Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:07:17: What Got You Into Macintosh?00:17:13: A Mobile GPS Diversion00:25:13: Mac Collections00:48:27: From Beleaguered to PowerPC and Intel01:02:59: Apple's Report Card01:22:09: Desert Island Mac01:32:24: Windows Competition?01:34:52: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and closing theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
The Theatre of Social Media
Dec 19 2022
The Theatre of Social Media
Content Warning: This episode talks about the potential harm of social media in quite some detail, and whilst no details are discussed, we do make mention of people ending their lives as a result of social media. In future, we will endeavour to add such warnings to the front of any episode audio too. The pandemic hit the theatre industry particularly hard, and my guest this week had a number of personal struggles to work through which made things more challenging for him. Andrew has been working in theatre for a long time, and is a huge Star Trek fan, so with plenty of time on his hands he discovered a talent using his iPad Pro and an Apple Pencilto recreate some of his favourite scenes from Star Trek and other shows that meant something to him. We also talk about how technology helped the theatre industry recover from the pandemic, particularly in regards to remote auditions and virtual experiences. However, the real depth of our chat focuses on the negative impact that social media can have on our own lives and our relationships with others. This is a really challenging discussion, and I can say I certainly took a lot of Andrew’s thoughts onboard for my own life and my own relationships. This is such a deep and important discussion and we’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Andrew KeatesSecret CinemaFocus Mode and Do Not Disturb for iOSContinuity Camera (Apple Support)Procreate (App Store) Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:03:56: Equality of Opportunity00:08:41: Theatre In The Pandemic00:15:08: Kirk, Spock, and an iPad Pro00:22:59: Emerging From Lockdown00:32:35: Connectivity Challenges00:37:31: The Dark Side of Social Media00:46:49: Where Is Your Phone Right Now?00:56:26: Genuine Relationships01:01:55: Having Core Values01:06:01: Continuity Camera Uses01:09:59: iPad Art Tools01:14:20: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and closing theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
The Gaming News Cycle
Dec 12 2022
The Gaming News Cycle
Over the last few years, I’ve become much more of what could be considered a ‘Gamer’, being a Mac user somewhat excluded me from modern gaming and I’d play much more casual games on my iPhone and iPad. After picking up a Nintendo Switch, I started to enjoy playing mainstream titles again, and as a result became interested in the gaming industry itself. My guest, Matthew Bliss, runs ‘The Dead Drop’ gaming podcast which is a 10-minute or less twice-weekly show focussed on concise gaming news from across the industry. We talk about the problems with a lot of gaming journalism, the rumour mill, the attacks on developers over game features and release dates, as well as the state of game payment, content moderation, and the general state of play when it comes to gaming. What’s your take on the current state of gaming, do you have views on micro-transactions for example? We’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Matthew Bills on TwitterThe Dead DropjPod - Book (GoodReads) / TV Series (Just Watch)Our Chat with Stoo Cambridge from Sensible SoftwareNoClip Documentary on DMA Design (YouTube)Blizzard axes Overwatch 2 phone number requirement in update on game’s rocky launch (Polygon)Hideo Kojima Ousted from Konami (GameRant - 2015) Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:03:08: Efficiency & Quality Of Journalism00:05:10: The Curse of the Fast News Cycle00:11:36: Apple's Place In Gaming00:13:22: The Nintendo Switch Cycle00:15:59: New Players In Mobile Gaming00:23:13: Game Makers Are Humans Too00:31:56: Getting What You Pay For00:41:47: Moderation In Online Games00:53:16: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and closing theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Green Bubbles
Dec 5 2022
Green Bubbles
Over the last ten years or so, we've seen a huge growth in the number of messaging platforms. With Google recently putting massive pressure on Apple to adopt the RCS standard, I wanted to have a discussion about the security and privacy of the various platforms, especially when we compare them to plain-old SMS. This episode came about in part due to a Twitter exchange with The Mac Observer, on the back of an article about Google's RCS push, in which the TMO team mentioned WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger as alternative messaging options. You can imagine that got me somewhat riled up, due to my very public aversion to Meta, so after a nice back and forth with Jeff we agreed to put together this episode to really explore what the various platforms have to offer and why a secure chat app may not always be a private one due to worrying metadata collection practices. You'll notice that we focussed mostly on messaging apps, rather than chat apps like Discord or Slack, and that's really down to the nature of the discussion, as we're really focussing in on 'mobile messaging' with your contacts rather than larger community apps. Since recording, Sunbird has come along as a way to get iMessage up and running on Android devices. We We'd absolutely love you to chime in on this one, as I'm sure many of you have differing views on this topic. As long as those views are civil and respectful, we’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Jeff Butts on Mastodon / TwitterThe Mac Observer: Website / TwitterTim Cook Makes Apple's Stance on RCS Clear - The Mac ObserverRCS End to End Encryption: Google Messages OnlySignalWhat Data Do Signal Have?How Signal Handles Contacts Is Telegram Secure - Heimdall SecurityWhatsApp Security - They label this as privacy, but as you'll hear it's actually how they secure your chats, privacy is a whole different thing.WhatsApp Rebuked Over Contacts Storage (BBC News - 2013)ViberI Refuse to Sign Up to Viber, Here's Why - Hayden James Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:02:51: What’s Wrong With SMS?00:06:42: Google's Push For RCS00:11:21: Messaging App Usage Around The World00:15:20: Undesirables00:17:16: Chatting In The USA00:18:33: End To End Encryption?00:24:32: Meta's Products00:25:36: The Contact Discovery Issue
Cloud Backup & Storage
Nov 28 2022
Cloud Backup & Storage
There's a very common saying within the IT support space, that there are two types of users; those who have lost data and those who are going to. The only way to stop data loss is to make sure you have a robust backup strategy. Because backup is so important, with both Jae and James having personal experience with losing valuable data and now being Backblaze users ourselves, we go on a fanatically deep dive into both backup and cloud storage with our guest Pat Patterson, Backblaze's Chief Technical Evangelist. We look at why backup is so important, the difference between syncing your data to a cloud service like iCloud, Dropbox, or OneDrive and actual cloud backups, as well as exploring more about cloud object storage in the form of Backblaze B2. As well as talking actual storage, we also take an important look at how our increasing need for storage can have a real environmental impact and what Backblaze are doing to try to tackle this by means of their partnership with Nautilus. Do you have data loss horror stories, or want to share your backup strategy with us? we’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. As a little bit of an aside, this is our first episode to be released first on our new site and hosted by Castos. We made the move sooner than planned because we found out that our previous host, Substack, had been stripping the MP3 chapters from our episodes - so sincere apologies about that. For full disclosure, we do have an affiliate link with Backblaze (thanks to Pat for pointing us towards their affiliate program in our post-show chat). This doesn't give you any discount, but if you are considering getting setup with their cloud backup plans, using our affiliate link may just help us pay the bills around here, and that's hugely appreciated. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links BackblazePat Patterson (MetaDaddy) on Mastodon / TwitterBackblaze Cloud Backup (Affiliate link)Backblaze B2Backblaze Drive Stats - Q3 2022Querying a Decade of Drive Stats DataMat Honan Hack (WIRED)Backblaze Rides the Nautilus Data Center WaveCyberDuckForkliftIconik Chapter Times 00:00:05: Introductions00:10:29: The Importance Of Transparency00:19:30: Spinning Rust Vs SSDs00:21:20: The Importance Of Backups00:24:17: How Backblaze Works00:27:09: Local Backups Are Still Good00:27:43: Value For Money?00:29:56: How Long Deleted Files Are Retained00:31:56: Cloud Storage Vs Local Filesystem00:37:00: Extended Version History Clarification00:38:18: The Real Cost Of Losing Data00:40:54: Cloud Object Storage00:49:09: Backblaze B201:03:24: Simplicity Vs
Solar Powered
Nov 21 2022
Solar Powered
As energy costs are at an all-time high, many people are looking for ways to cut costs and become more self-sufficient. When it comes to solar power, there are effectively two ways to do this, a whole-home solar setup that requires a reasonably complex installation, usually by professionals, or a more off-grid approach that isn’t wired into your home’s electrical systems. Rees made a fascinating video based on his DIY project for the latter, that video then went somewhat viral on YouTube. It was great to chat with Rees about the actual setup involved, things he learned from this project, what going viral really feels like, and some great general discussion about solar and off-grid power. Have you had any fun with solar power, maybe you’ve got a whole-home system or have been tinkering with an off-grid solution like Rees’, we’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links ctrl-alt-rees: YouTube / Website / Mastodon / TwitterRees’ solar videos (YouTube Playlist)MPPT Charge Controllers - RenewablewiseHow PoE Splitters Work - FS CommunityEcoFlow River 2 - Portable power system Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:01:45: Going Viral00:11:30: DIY Solar Vs Whole Home00:13:45: Why This Project?00:15:26: Upfront Costs & Payback Time00:19:53: Planning Permission?00:22:52: How Much Can The Panels Generate?00:27:00: Charge Controllers00:28:46: Learnings From The Setup00:33:02: Off Grid Phone Charging00:35:42: Unexpected Cost Savings00:38:07: Benefits Of PoE Or Low Voltage00:42:52: Cost of Living00:49:34: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Mastodon - Into the Fediverse
Nov 14 2022
Mastodon - Into the Fediverse
When I first joined Twitter, I remember the excitement and intrigue over this new platform, using great third-party apps and having intelligent conversations with people. Sadly, those days look like they have already, or are soon going to be, gone and lots of people are looking for a new place for their social interactions.  Enter Mastodon, an open-source social platform powered by ActivityPub and part of the wider Fediverse. My guest this week is James Smith, an open-source developer who also happens to run the Mastodon instance I joined in the last week or so. We chat about what precisely the Fediverse is, looking back at the early days of the internet for some context, as well as going fairly deep into the what, why, and how of Mastodon. James also shares the story of what happened to his server during the rapid ‘abandon ship’ style departure from the bird site and how one high-profile member meant a quadrupling of server costs!  One thing to be very upfront about, Jae and I have pretty much decided we won’t be active on Twitter. However, because we don’t want to cut off our amazing listeners who are still on the bird powered platform, our Twitter account is staying put, as well as our new home on Mastodon, which because of the nature of the platform means we have more scope in terms of content. Have you jumped into the Fediverse yet, or is something holding you back? If you have comments, or have some questions about Mastodon and need some help, we’d love hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links James Bilsbrough on MastodonJames Smith on MastodonCrossed Wires on MastodonJoin MastodonFediversePixelfedFunkwhalePeerTubeFedifinder - Find your Twitter contacts on MastodonDebirdify - Another way to find Twitter contacts. Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:04:01: The Fediverse & ActivityPub00:11:50: What Is Mastodon?00:14:25: Mastodon Features00:19:46: No Ads00:21:51: Content Promotion, Rules, Timelines00:26:59: Filtering The Fediverse00:33:02: Equal Apportunities00:37:03: The Deluge Of New Users00:45:46: Server Architecture00:47:34: Self-Hosting & Federation00:51:33: More Than Just Mastodon01:01:23: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
All About Podcasts
Nov 7 2022
All About Podcasts
Yes, this is a podcast episode of a podcast with two podcasters talking about podcasting, say that as quickly as you can and you may win a prize!* You’ll have heard Arielle’s name pop up on many episodes of this show, as she’s been such an incredible supporter of both the show and me personally as a podcaster through the SquadPod community, as well as other great resources and her energetic Twitter presence. Whether you just listen to lots of podcasts, are already a podcaster, or are looking to start a podcast, I think you’ll find something of value in this week’s episode. It was a genuine pleasure to chat with Arielle and we’d absolutely love your thoughts on both listening to and creating podcasts, send those over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. (*) Please note, no actual prize is available, though if you want to send in audio clips we’ll absolutely feature the best one on our social media! Episode Links Arielle on TwitterEarbuds Podcast CollectiveSquadCast [Affiliate Link]DescriptHeadlinerBuzzsproutPocketCastsOvercastCastboxAudio HijackFerrite Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:03:13: The Podcasting Community00:05:42: What Are Podcasts?00:09:37: Podcast App Choice00:12:06: How Podcasts Get Delivered00:16:37: Co-Marketing Your Show00:20:54: What Makes A 'Good' Podcast?00:25:51: A Bit About Descript00:28:10: Transcription00:33:32: Listener Engagement00:39:02: Tips For New Podcasters00:41:05: Being A Good Listener00:43:50: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Digital Identity
Oct 31 2022
Digital Identity
When you ask most people about email, they probably show a genuine lack of interest, it’s not new and it’s not fancy. But, email still plays a hugely important part in our daily lives, and even more so in business. We talk with Helen about the concept of your digital identity, and how owning your email domain and being the customer, not the product, can make a huge difference to your email, calendar, and contacts experience. It was a great pleasure to have Helen join us, especially given her wealth of experience and knowledge in the email space. We really appreciate the behind-the-scenes work that went into getting this episode together, especially the willingness of Fastmail to partner with us for this episode. What's your experience with email been like? We’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods. To help you get started with Fastmail, they’ve very kindly set up a discount link so that you, our wonderful listeners, can get 10% off your first year of Fastmail service.  If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Helen Horstmann-Allen on TwitterFastmail acquires Pobox in 2015FastmailMasked Email integration in 1PasswordDigital Citizen Podcast - Website / Apple Podcasts Chapter Times 00:00:05: Introductions00:03:47: Why Do We Still Need Email?00:08:05: Email Services00:18:38: A Word About Apple00:19:50: Masked Email & Domains00:24:09: Pricing Model & App Usage00:27:06: Calendars & Contacts00:33:36: Fighting For The Users Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Floating Hippy Villages
Oct 17 2022
Floating Hippy Villages
Amanda Sloan is a friend I’ve known for years, actually longer than I’ve known James; I’ve known both for a long time. Amanda and I first met when I replied to her tweet about a hippy village floating on the water. I once met her and her partner Thom for coffee when they came through my state; I also worked with Amanda on the podcast network Dragon Powered Studios. Amanda co-runs Geek Herring, is a writer, does workshops and more. She also streams on Twitch in her off-hours, but gosh knows how she has the time. She also works in freelance, which is one of the reasons we asked her to come and chat to us for this episode. We’d love to hear about your freelancing experiences or any questions you may have, so please leave a comment below, email us via podcast@crossedwires.net or start a discussion over Goodpods. If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our new Ko-Fi page. Episode Link Amanda Sloan’s WebsiteAmanda Sloan on TwitterGeek HerringAmanda Sloan on Twitch5 Day VA Challenge Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:06:10: Freelance Copywriting00:10:37: Starting Out Freelancing00:15:04: Freelancing Tools00:22:30: How Can Tech Hurt Freelancers00:28:04: Keeping Client Logins Safe 00:31:44: Doing Things Differently?00:36:32: Recognising Your Limitations00:39:04: Dealing With Awkward Clients00:46:53: Advice For New Freelancers?00:51:45: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
Action Packed Retro
Oct 3 2022
Action Packed Retro
One of the things that frustrate me the most about my eyesight issues, along with a few other problems, is that I can’t tinker with hardware as much as I’d like to. So, when I discovered Action Retro on YouTube, I admit I became hooked on Sean’s videos of doing unthinkable things to old Macs and many other systems. Sean and I discuss what inspired him to get started with his channel, some of his more exciting systems to work with, as well as a slightly random detour to talk about Mike Judge’s inspiration for Office Space. Sean also shares some valuable tips for those wanting to tinker with vintage systems. We’d love to hear your stories of crazy upgrades you’ve done to vintage tech, so please do leave a comment below, email us via podcast@crossedwires.net or start a discussion over on Goodpods. If you liked this episode, or indeed any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our new Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Sean (Action Retro) on Twitter / YouTubeSean’s Floppy Raid (YouTube)Office Space (IMDB)68kmla ForumTinker DifferentFrogfind - DuckDuckGo frontend for vintage systems by Sean68knews - Sean’s vintage frontend for Google News Chapter Times 00:00:04: Introductions00:02:26: Floppy RAID00:04:29: Pushing Vintage Tech To The Limits00:11:22: Weirdest System?00:14:50: A Thing For PowerPC00:18:33: The Mike Judge Connection00:20:25: Challenges00:23:46: Most Time-Consuming Project?00:28:47: Getting Old Systems Online00:39:17: Wrapping Up Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW