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Pragmatic

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Pragmatic is a discussion show contemplating the practical application of technology. Exploring the real world trade offs we look at how great ideas are transformed into products and services that can change our lives. Nothing is as simple as it seems.
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105: Chips Ahoy
Nov 20 2021
1 hr 10 mins
105: Chips Ahoy
Where have all the chips gone? Scott Willsey joins John to look at how the shifting automotive use of ICs, a drought, a pandemic and poor planning amongst other things has led to an unprecedented global chip shortage with no end in sight.With Scott Willsey and John Chidgey.Links of Potential Interest: 2020–2021 Global Chip ShortageSurging Demand Cause Semiconductor ShortfallGlobal shortage in computer chips reaches crisis pointWafer (electronics)22 new 200mm fabs in semiconductor capacity boomFoundry modelTop five chip makers dominate global wafer capacityGlobalFoundries to take up-front payments for capacityA Computer Chip Shortage Has Hobbled the Auto IndustryHow Tesla pivoted to avoid the global chip shortage that could last yearsApple and the 10,000 CNC milling machinesApple invests another $45 million in Gorilla Glass maker CorningTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s Water WoesTorrEtching (microfabrication)Thin filmPhotolithographyIon implantationDoping (semiconductor)Wafer (electronics)How COVID-19 will affect semiconductor demand in 2021The Global Microchip Shortage: What It Means for Your Next Car PurchaseExperts drill into the motor industry’s chip issues Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode sponsor:Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do Many Tricks remember to specifically visit the URL below for more information about their amazingly useful apps. Check out their newest app Menuwhere, it’s amazing! Visit manytricks.com/pragmatic and use the Coupon Code (listen to the episode to get the code) for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it's only for a limited time!Episode Gold Producers: 'r' and Steven Bridle.Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Kevin Koch, Shane O'Neill, Oliver Steele, Lesley Law Chan, Hafthor, Jared, Bill and Joel Maher.
Nov 20 2021
1 hr 10 mins
104: Mirrorless Revolution
Watching photography evolve in the past few years had demonstrated with computing power comes the possibility of ditching the SLR entirely and going mirrorless. Clay returns to discuss the mirrorless revolution. And yes, Clay called it first.With Clay Daly and John Chidgey.Related Episode Link: Pragmatic Episode 94: PhotographyPragmatic Episode 101: Astrophotography Related Articles: Kit vs Tamron vs Prime Shoot-outWhitePapers And PhotographyShooting Indoor Sports200-500mm Zoom Lens TestAstronomy With Zoom Lenses John’s Photography: Photography John’s Lenses and Gear Presently: Nikon Z6 IINikon FTZMB-N11 Power Battery GripAF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8GAF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8GAF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8GAF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR IINikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lensTokina ATX-I 11-16mm F2.8 CF John’s Past Lenses: AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8DAF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 E FL ED VR Clay’s Lenses and Gear Presently: (Not film!) Sony α7R IVSony α7 ProVoigtländer 15mmSonnar T* Full Frame E-Mount FE 35mm F2.8 Zeiss LensSony FE 50mm F1.8Sony FE 85mm F1.8Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSSSony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Links of Potential Interest: Mechanical vs Electronic ShuttersTwo new Nikon DSLR cameras and several F-mount lenses coming in 2021Canon: no new EF lenses unless market demands it Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode sponsors:Soulver.App: You’ve tried a calculator and a spreadsheet but if you haven’t tried Soulver yet you’re missing out on a great app that fits perfectly with the way your brain actually thinks. Soulver is available from Soulver.app and also through the Mac App Store. Visit soulver.appto learn more.Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do Many Tricks remember to specifically visit the URL below for more information about their amazingly useful apps. Check out their newest app Menuwhere, it’s amazing! Visit manytricks.com/pragmatic and use the Coupon Code (listen to the episode to get the code) for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it's only for a limited time!Episode Gold Producers: 'r' and Steven Bridle.Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Kevin Koch, Shane O'Neill, Oliver Steele, Lesley Law Chan, Hafthor, Jared, Bill and Joel Maher.
Sep 28 2021
1 hr 37 mins
103: Lockdown Computing
Lockdowns due to the pandemic of 2020-2021 has shifted a lot of peoples computing needs with working from home on their computer now a real driver for many people. We look at how it's impacted John and take a walk down history lane of Vic and John's various Macs for the past few decades and how it led to a controversial purchase.With Vic Hudson and John Chidgey.Related Articles: Retro Mac ProRetro Mac Pro: Part 2 John’s Macs Past and Present: eMac G4/1.25 (USB 2.0) Specs (eMac USB 2.0, M9425LL/A*, PowerMac6,4, A1002, None)MacBook Pro 15-Inch “Core 2 Duo” 2.66 (Unibody) Specs (Late 2008/Early 2009*, MC026LL/A, MacBookPro5,1, A1286, 2255)MacBook Air “Core i7” 2.0 13" (Mid-2012) Specs (Mid-2012, MD846LL/A, MacBookAir5,2, A1466, 2559)MacBook Pro 15-Inch “Core i7” 2.5 Mid-2015 (DG) Specs (Retina Mid-2015 15", MJLT2LL/A, MacBookPro11,5, A1398, 2910)MacBook Pro 13-Inch “Core i7” 2.7 Touch/2018 Specs (Mid-2018 13" (Touch Bar)*, BTO/CTO, MacBookPro15,2, A1989, 3214)Mac Pro “Quad Core” 2.66 (2009/Nehalem) Specs (Early 2009, MB871LL/A, MacPro4,1, A1289, 2314)Mac Pro “Quad Core” 3.7 (Late 2013) Specs (Late 2013, ME253LL/A, MacPro6,1, A1481, 2630)iMac Pro Vic’s Macs Past and Present: MacBook Pro 16-Inch “Core i9” 2.3 2019 Specs (2019 16", MVVM2LL/A*, MacBookPro16,1, A2141, 3347)iMac 27-Inch “Core i7” 4.2 (5K, Mid-2017) Specs (Retina 5K, Mid-2017, BTO/CTO, iMac18,3, A1419, 3070)MacBook Pro 15-Inch “Core i7” 2.2 Late 2011 Specs (Late 2011 15", MD318LL/A, MacBookPro8,2, A1286, 2563*) Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode Gold Producers: 'r' and Steven Bridle.Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Shane O'Neill, Kevin Koch, Oliver Steele, Lesley Law Chan, Hafthor and Bill.
Jul 15 2021
1 hr 9 mins
102: Podcast Lightning
Feb 6 2021
1 hr 48 mins
101: AstroPhotography
Ian Norman from Lonely Speck joins John to talk about photographing the MilkyWay with just your DSLR and without spending a fortune. We cover everything from Star-Trackers, Red-light filter removal, Pollution Filters, Focussing techniques, Image stacking and lots more.With Ian Norman and John Chidgey.Links of Potential Interest: How to Photograph the Milky Way - LonelySpeckBahtinov MaskSharpStar2 Precision Focusing Tool – Lonely SpeckHyperfocal DistanceThe Center Column – Independent Tripod TestingAirglow Helpful Apps: PhotoPillsFifth Star LabsDark Site FinderSky Guide (iOS)Stellarium (Android) Light Pollution and Filters: Bortle ScaleJohn E. BortleLight Pollution and AstronomySodium-vapor Lamp John’s Camera Gear: Nikon D500Tokina 11-16mm DX Ulta-WideNIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E Ian’s Camera Gear: Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Star Tracking: Star Adventurer Pro PackSkyGuider Pro Camera MountASIAIR PRO DSLR Conversion Services USA: Life Pixel IRKolari VisionSpencers Camera Image Stacking Software: (Wide-Angle) ‎Starry Landscape StackerSequator Big Image Panorama Stitching: PT GUIMicrosoft ICEAutoPanoGiga (No Longer Available) Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode sponsor:Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do Many Tricks remember to specifically visit the URL below for more information about their amazingly useful apps. Don’t forget the return of Usher with the Usher 2 Pre-Sale! Visit manytricks.com/pragmatic and use the Coupon Code (listen to the episode to get the code) for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it's only for a limited time!Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Kevin Koch, Oliver Steele, Lesley Law Chan, Hafthor and Shane O'Neill.
Jan 2 2021
1 hr 48 mins
100: Oh My NAS99: StarLink
SpaceX and Elon Musk have been accelerating a project to provide high-speed, low latency broadband internet around the world via Satellites and are calling it StarLink. Radek joins John to deep dive into what StarLink is trying to accomplish, why it's a such a different approach to the problem and why it might actually succeed where others have failed.With Radek Pietruszewski and John Chidgey.SpaceX Achievements: SpaceX Sets A Turnaround Record Radio Bands: Ka bandKu bandV bandElectromagnetic Spectrum Competing Satellite Technologies: GlobalstarIridium Satellite ConstellationIridium SatellitesIridium Ends Legacy Satellite Service Switches All Traffic to NextIridium Communications Links of potential interest: Speed of Light in FiberLaser Communication In SpaceHow Fast Do Electrons Move?Catalog of Earth Satellite OrbitsSatellite PhoneField of ViewLow Earth OrbitSolar Flares Affect Low Earth Orbit SatellitesGeostationary OrbitSwatheDoppler Effect CalculatorOrbit Of A Satellite Calculator StarLink: Starlink SiteStarlinkSpaceX Releases New Details on Starlink Satellite DesignSpaceX Modifies Starlink Network DesignSpaceX Is Banking on Satellite Internet - Maybe It Shouldn’tSpaceX Starlink Internet Prepares for Beta UsersSpaceX Starlink Satellite Internet Radek’s Recommendations: Eccentric Orbits The Iridium StoryCreate and Manage Your Own Space Program Nozbe Teams: Nozbe Teams on Product Hunt Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode Gold Producer: 'r'.Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Kevin Koch, Oliver Steele and Shane O'Neill.
Aug 13 2020
1 hr 17 mins
98: Docks And Interference97: Back To The Mac96: I’ll Do The Procrastination Episode Tomorrow95: FOSS Social94: Photography
If you want to take the best possible picture, far better than a smartphone will ever be able to, where do you begin? John is joined by Clay Daly to walk through the details of modern digital photography, the pitfalls, the misconceptions and the reasons you should consider it if you haven't.With Clay Daly and John Chidgey.Related Episode Links: Pragmatic Episode 12: Pages Blocks Planes Die Bank DevicePragmatic Episode 14: The Worlds Most Popular Camera Our Photography: John’s PixelFed InstanceClay’s Website and Portfolio Our Preferred Kit: Nikon D500Fujifilm X100SCanon P Rangefinder Cameras 1959-1961Sony α7 Other Mentioned Kit: Nikon D5Nikon D5500Metabones Miscellaneous Links: History of PhotographyHistory of the CameraNikon FX & DX Format Lenses ExplainedNikon Lens AbbreviationsLight Pollution Map SE QldHow to Photograph the Milky WayNikon DX FormatAPS-CThe Exposure TriangleUnderstanding ISOPhotographic Dynamic Range versus ISO Setting Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode sponsors:Backblaze: Gimmick free, truly unlimited, cloud backup for your Mac or PC for just $6 a month with discounts for annual plans. Sign up via the following URL and for a 15 day no-risk free trial. Don’t take a chance with your data, start protecting your work and your memories today. Visit backblaze.com/pragmaticto learn more.Soulver.App: You’ve tried a calculator and a spreadsheet but if you haven’t tried Soulver yet you’re missing out on a great app that fits perfectly with the way your brain actually thinks. Soulver for iOS is available through the App Store and the newly updated Soulver 3 for Mac from Acqualias website. Visit soulver.appto learn more.Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen, John Whitlow and Joseph Antonio.
Jun 21 2019
2 hrs 26 mins
93: Optimal Interface
With a growing number of device categories and devices within them, it can be hard to pick what devices from what category will meet your needs. Jason Snell joins John to try to determine what the optimal interface is for what use case you might need and where technology is heading.With Jason Snell and John Chidgey.Related Article Links: Optimal Interface: Part 1 InputOptimal Interface: Part 2 OutputOptimal Interface: Part 3 Devices Referred During Show: The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted ChiangRobot or Not Miscellaneous Links: Speech recognitionSiriAmazon AlexaGoogle AssistantCortanaWhat is the Average Speaking Rate?Brain Computer InterfaceA Beginner’s Guide to Brain-Computer Interface and Convolutional Neural NetworksSpeed of Speech vs Speed of ThoughtAbout BraingateComputer mousePointing Stick aka AccupointComputer KeyboardTrackballTouchpadKinectLight PenTouchscreenResistive TouchscreenCapacitive SensingAverage Typing SpeedToshiba SatelliteEyeResolving the iPhone Resolution: Bad AstronomyPixel DensityDisplay Size, Resolution, and Ideal Viewing DistanceRefreshable Braille DisplayDigital Scent TechnologyVirtual RealityVR Sickness Should Be Mostly Solved In 5 YearsVirtual Reality: Motion Sickness May Be Avoided With New Innovation | FortuneVirtual Reality SicknessGoogle Glass Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode sponsor:Backblaze: Gimmick free, truly unlimited, cloud backup for your Mac or PC for just $6 a month with discounts for annual plans. Sign up via the following URL and for a 15 day no-risk free trial. Don’t take a chance with your data, start protecting your work and your memories today. Visit backblaze.com/pragmaticto learn more.Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen, John Whitlow and Joseph Antonio.
May 16 2019
1 hr 41 mins
92: Espresso
Following on the Pragmatic Coffee journey, Miha joins to discuss every detail behind the Espresso coffee and how to make the best shot you can.With Miha Rekar and John Chidgey.Previous Episode Links: Pragmatic Episode 30: CoffeePragmatic Episode 30A: Coffee Follow-up Part AParallel Passion Episode 4: John Chidgey Miscellaneous Links: John Making A LatteMiha Latte Art History: EspressoHistory of Espresso and the First Espresso MachineAngelo MoriondoTurinTotal Solar Eclipse Of 15th February 1961The E61 Group HeadAlex DuettoAvanti Mini Multi Measuring Glass 30mlThe TamperSocratic Coffee Grinding Related: Grinding FundamentalsThe Grinder Paper ExplainedStatic In Your GrindingBaratza Sette 270How To Choose A Mazzer Espresso GrinderMaking Of Mahlkonig EK43 GrinderBaratza Sette 270Wi-Grind by Weight Conical Burr GrinderGrinder Grind Distribution ChartsCoffee Hack No More Static Milk Related: Latte ArtDoes The Type Of Milk You Use Matter?The Science Behind Perfect Steamed MilkOracle Touch by Sage/Breville Scales: Brewista Smart Scale IILunar Support Pragmatic on PatreonEpisode sponsor:Clubhouse: Looking for an easy to use software development project management solution that everyone in an organisation can use? Clubhouse was built with Agile Development in mind with an intense focus on intuitiveness and responsiveness, supporting seamless integrations with standard version control and messaging systems and an extensible REST API to integrate anything else you might need. Visit clubhouse.io/TENto learn more.Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Mar 21 2019
1 hr 41 mins
91: Zelda90: Agile89: The Problem Is Us88: Trust, Faith and the Cloud87: Static vs Dynamic84A: Space X Follow-up 1

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