Z is for Zip (and other compression tech)

It’s not how big it is … er yeah. So rounding out the alphabet and we’re talking Zip files and other compression algos in this month’s rather technical tech segment.

Including a brief history, an almost certainly incorrect break down of how compression works and a lot of trolls (of the patent variety) it’s a nice enough way to end the season. And let’s face it, it’s the only tech thing beginning with Z of any note.

Y is for social networks of YesterYear

Tenuous? Yes but this was easily the best of a bad bunch. And if you have ever wondered what happened to the guy who founded MySpace, wether Bebo is still a thing or why it is that Facebook is just so damn popular then this is the episode for you.

From the early 90s through to the upcoming wave of anti-social networks Rob and Mike skip merrily through a land of tribalism, hate speech, fake news and cat gifs … so, you know, the internet.

X is for … Crypto Currency

Tis the season to be jolly. Jolly confused about Crypto Currency that is. In this month’s tech segment, recorded live in front of an actual audience at Pizza Projekt in Jersey, Rob attempts to explain the complexities of Bitcoin et al to a surprisingly responsive Mike! From the early days through to the peak at the end of 2017 and with plenty of hash gags, it’s a Christmas Crypto Miracle!

S is for Search Engines

Engines that Search. We cover the early days of directories, the emergent search engine market and the rise of the mighty Google before donning our tin foil hats and diving headfirst into a world of paranoia and fear. It’s geeky, it’s techy and it has an actual segment related to Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCS so the only question you have to ask yourself is … are you “Feeling Lucky”?

R is for Radio

Don’t know your WiFi from your WiMax? Bluetooth leave you feeling disconnected? It’s ok, cos this month Rob tries very hard to explain modern data radio to Mike, and very nearly succeeds!

From Marconi through to modern day, come along for a whirlwind tour of frequencies, bands, cells and packets as we do our best to explain the “giant cloud of data in the air” … yeah.

Q is for Quantum Computing

So it turns out that Quantum Physics is a pretty damn complex & confusing topic. Which may explain why, in this month’s tech episode, we spend a lot of time talking about anything but the given topic – Quantum computing.

If you’re happy that we probably get most of this completely wrong then tune in for particle porn positions, 30’s physicists who got some, and a pretty filthy spin on a classic computer science problem – i.e. what if that traveling salesman was selling d*ck pics?