034 – Dense in a Good Way

Dave can hear clearly now. Baz edits a podcast. Optionals in Swift. Thomas finds out Swift 2 into 3 won’t go. New shiny stuff. We finally learn something new. Thomas threatens to write a blogging engine in server-side Swift. Hipster database engines. From Firebase to Firewatch: Thomas doesn’t do his homework. Nintendo Switch. Zelda. Making fun of Hacker News. Note: original episode release contained audio glitch at 16:40 – now fixed.

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033 – I get to admit to some bad practices here

Baz has a broken keychain. Thomas has a broken phone. New iPads. Dave disrupts some national stats. Finding Friends. Upgrading a Mac Mini. Hard drive reliability. Anecdata. Switching. Mistrusting Windows. Baby Duck syndrome. Urban design and JavaScript. Thomas gets hacked. Steam Reforming. Firewatch. A normal lost phone.

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032 – I resemble that remark

LED whine. New things in iOS. Chasing ratings. Death to 32-bit. Wall Street Bets. Paying Apple every month. Renting movies. App nostalgia.

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031 – Getting excited about development again

Making Office Harmony Great Again. Quiet is the New Loud. One AirPod each. We go deep on tea. Schwift. Modern app development techniques. Container Views. Auto Layout. Stack Views. Design tools for great apps. The benefits of native UI.

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030 – More of a fetish than a weakness, really

Decentralising social media. Waking ourselves gently. Trolling Alexa. AirPods and where to find them. Bluetooth. Safari extensions. Thomas makes a big announcement.

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029 – I tried that, but it resulted in me getting elbowed

Dave has to program over Christmas. Baz ponders the monetisation of Wordsnap. Thomas left-pads his home. Baz and Dave go deep on lighting. Thomas tries to listen to music from this decade and ends up giving out about apps from this decade. Money saving options for subscription services. We discuss recommendation engines.

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  • Thomas: eBay clothes
  • Baz: Amazon Echo
  • Dave: Podcast mugs and the GCHQ Puzzle Book

028 – A broken 24-hour watch is only right once a day

We review a posh handbag and a posh Kindle. We go deep on Soviet mechanical watches. Remembering the game Papers Please and celebrating all things Soviet. Feedback on our coding style guide discussions from episode 26. Thomas can’t understand why he’s an idiot for conflating sci-fi with role-playing games. The awfulness of The Big Bang Theory. App monetisation strategies and ads. How Dave won the US Presidential Election. Resolutions redux.

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027 – Any part of your computer that you touch with your body

Dave is living in the future. Thomas is living in the past. Baz is proved right.

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  • Thomas – Black Mirror
  • Dave – Alexa and LIFX bulbs
  • Baz – Final Fantasy XXV and Virginia

026 – With Alexa, I can do whatever the hell I want

One of us has no heating. We argue about trivial stylistic differences in code, and the pros and cons of style guides. The noise that the new MacBook Pro keyboard makes. Battery life and browser choice. Dave gets an Amazon Home and reflects on 11 years on Reddit.

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025 – A resounding meh

Thomas abuses WordPress and writes some JavaScript. Another take on cross-platform app development.  Apple stops making wireless routers. We imagine a world without the Mac. What do the alternatives look like on the PC side? We give some surprisingly useful advice for Christmas presents.

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