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Pragmatic is a weekly 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.

Pragmatic is a weekly 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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Pragmatic is a weekly 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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52: Your Mileage May Vary

1/8/2015
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Are electric cars going to save you money? We look at all electric and plugin hybrids, charging habits and being energy independent. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Previous Pragmatic Episode Links: Episode 2: The Battery ProblemEpisode 2a: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part AEpisode 2b: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part BEpisode 2c: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part CEpisode 2d: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part DEpisode 46: Out of Steam About Steam General Links: Nissan LeafFast and...

Duration:01:49:22

51: Psst Come Here I Want To Tell You Something

12/30/2014
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Automation in OSX, iOS and the PC can save lots of time for users prepared to invest some time up-front. We delve into the history on these platforms, where it can be useful and when you should use it. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related TechDistortion Article: Tweaking Workflows Previous Podcast Episodes Referenced: Pragmatic Episode 37: The Sledgehammer SolutionPragmatic Episode 35: Written by Kernel Hackers for Kernel HackersAddenda 4: Before Pragmatic Episode 49 General...

Duration:01:01:17

50: Accidental Clicking

12/23/2014
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John Siracusa joins me to discuss RSI in depth, drawing on both of our experiences we look at what works, what doesn't and why you should care. Keyboards, trackpads, trackballs, mice, chairs, we cover it all. With John Chidgey & John Siracusa. John Siracusa Related Links: 5by5 | Hypercritical #6: Frivolous ThingsHypercritical RSI Links: Dr. Pascarelli’s Complete Guide to Repetitive Strain Injury: What You Need to Know About RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Emil Pascarelli M.D.:...

Duration:01:55:15

49: A Bow On The Handlebars

12/12/2014
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With holiday cheer Vic and John dive into some of the finer details of Christmas and the Holiday season looking at wrapping paper and sticky tape, what to wrap, what you shouldn't and why, and a bit about Santa (warning for young kids POSSIBLE SPOILERS!) With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Pressure Sensitive TapeScotch 25 MultiTask TapeHow Wrapping Paper is MadeThomas NastI Solved The Santa TheroemSpy Magazine January 1990YuleSinter KlassJingle Bells - Joe Williams - Bombay Dub...

Duration:01:00:48

36A: Prevailing Wind Direction Follow-up 1

12/6/2014
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Follow up (Part A) to Prevailing Wind Direction where we address different personality types and how they cope with remote work, safety cultures around the world and recent FIFO suicides. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Depression/Suicide Helplines by Country: Beyond Blue (Australia)Suicide Prevention Helpline (USA)The Calm Zone (UK) Episode Sponsor: Harvest: Harvest allows you to track your time quickly and easily with the ability to quickly turn those timesheets into invoices for...

Duration:00:17:55

48: You Say Data, I Say Daaa-taaa

12/4/2014
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SCADA User Interface design has many things in common with other graphical design methodologies. We look at how SCADA works, what it does, the limitations of the human eye and colour perception, buttons as buttons, indicators as indicators and more. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Previous Pragmatic Episode Links: Episode 29: You Can’t Fight PhysicsEpisode 47: Interrogation Signal Related Links: SCADA History (DOC)Abnormal Situation ManagementColour BlindnessRods & Cones of the Human...

Duration:01:27:22

38A: Watch This Time and Space Follow-up 1

11/29/2014
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Follow up (Part A) to Watch This Time and Space where we address durability of mechanical watches vs quartz watches, accuracy, using the band as a charging point, batteries and cameras and whether a smartwatch without an always-on face is a failure. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Railroad Chronometer Episode Sponsor: Harvest: Harvest allows you to track your time quickly and easily with the ability to quickly turn those timesheets into invoices for your clients with...

Duration:00:24:00

47: Interrogation Signal

11/26/2014
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We delve into Barcodes and RFID tracing their history and dissecting exactly how they work and where the future of identification technology is headed specifically for shopping experiences. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Previous Pragmatic Episode Links: Episode 16: One Man’s Hopes and Dreams of an RF BubbleEpisode 39: Look Ma, No Wires Related Links: Dewey Decimal SystemBarcodeBarcode ReaderHow Barcode Readers Work - TalTechHow Barcode Scanners WorkBarcode HistoryPhotosensitive...

Duration:01:15:05

46: Out of Steam About Steam

11/20/2014
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We delve into energy conversion efficiencies of solar photovoltaics, fuel cells, the Hydrogen Economy, steam and hydro-turbines and ways you can conserve energy in your home. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Previous Pragmatic Episode Links: Episode 2: The Battery ProblemEpisode 2a: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part AEpisode 2b: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part BEpisode 2c: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part CEpisode 2d: The Battery Problem Follow-up Part DSolar System Design Presentation...

Duration:01:32:38

45: Not Part of the Plan

11/13/2014
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Managing features and requirements on your project is difficult and scope creep is your constant enemy. John and Seth explore classifying features, dealing with client requests and making it all work to a plan for internal and external projects. With John Chidgey & Seth Clifford. TechDistortion Companion Article: Four Quadrants Related Links: Finding Colours That SellScope CreepActivated SludgeRatholeHeyDerby Episode Sponsors: Mandrill: Mandrill is a transactional Email service that...

Duration:01:15:01

42A: Hopefully They Don't Burn It Follow-up 1

11/10/2014
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Follow up (Part A) to Hopefully They Don't Burn It where Vic and John touch briefly on DRM, looking at kill switches and when it's right/wrong to use them confirm that Chapters is still open, touch on libraries already lending books via Kindles and more. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Amazon Wipes Customers KindleEpisode 12 Pages Blocks Planes Die Bank DeviceWhen an eReader is Loaded with Books, Does it Gain WeightOverdriveSources and Methods PodcastStochastic...

Duration:00:31:20

44: Order a Steak and Get a Piece of Rat

11/7/2014
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Working in retail and in customer facing roles comes with its own set of challenges. We dive into coping mechanisms, closing a sale and identifying when you're being worked over, Apple's Genius Training manual and the effectiveness of tipping. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Gizmodo: Apples Secret Employee Training ManualBanning Tipping At My RestaurantTipping (PDF)Does Tipping Improve Customer Service?Dick Smith ElectronicsStephen Covey: Habit 1Closing (Sales) Episode...

Duration:01:19:50

30A: Coffee Follow-up 1

11/3/2014
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Follow up (Part A) to Coffee where Marco and John revisit Johns coffee setup, oxalates, different milk warmer/frothers, portafilters, cold-brew coffee, reasons why grounds are left behind when you pop an AeroPress filter off and lots and lots more. With John Chidgey & Marco Arment. Related Links: John’s New Gear and New Favourite Coffee AuswanaGlassHouse Mountains CoffeeBreville BMF600Baratza PrecisoVacuum Insulated Thermos 16oz Mug General Links Dissolving Solids Into LiquidsFrothing...

Duration:01:22:25

43: It's The Best Thing For Everybody

11/1/2014
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When you create a product the time inevitably comes when you have to either hand it over or shut it down. Marco Arment joins John to look at how they have approached the problem of letting projects go. With John Chidgey & Marco Arment. Related Links: InstapaperOvercastThe MagazineBetaworksD&LP: Defects and Liability PeriodTumblrThe Magazine is shutting downThe Magazine is making a book and shutting down Episode Sponsors: Audible: Audible is the Internet’s leading provider of spoken...

Duration:00:56:31

42: Hopefully They Don't Burn It

10/24/2014
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eReaders have many advantages over paperbacks and although Amazon would have you believe that eBooks are leading the way, the paperback is far from dead and we look at both sides of the debate. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Paperback BooksKindle Books Outselling PaperbacksThe Rise of e-ReadingAverage Book WeightsKindle PaperwhiteKindle Paperwhite (1st Generation)A Comparison of eBook Pricing vs Paperback PricingCaribuA Snapshot of Reading in the USAeReaderSony...

Duration:01:15:56

41: Meaningless Token Award

10/17/2014
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Independence and job satisfaction is a consideration whether you work for yourself or for a large corporation. Understanding what matters to us the most we consider how recognition plays a role and the differences between whichever path you choose. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Microsoft Excels Lead DeveloperVesper Review: MacStoriesOvercast IconNapkin App Episode Sponsors: Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do Many Tricks remember to...

Duration:01:15:08

40: Productivitus Interruptus

10/9/2014
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Remaining productive in your projects with limited time and constant interruptions can lead to giving up. John delves into strategies for being productive in a real world situation and it's not about the tools but about how you set your time and goals. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: The Critical PathLao-tzu QuotationsYou Need an MVP Episode Sponsors: Shopi: Shopi is a collaborative shopping list app that’s simple and easy to use with great features like pocket-lock,...

Duration:00:57:18

13A: Safety, Safety Everywhere Follow-up 1

10/6/2014
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Follow up (Part A) to Safety, Safety Everywhere with Fire Extinguishers being fitted to the wrong spot in a Nuclear Reactor and the dangers of Nitrogen purging. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Pierced Containment With 6 HolesColumbia’s First VictimsAtmosphere of the EarthNitrogenNitrogen CSB Support Pragmatic on Patreon

Duration:00:09:14

39: Look Ma, No Wires

10/3/2014
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Radio and Amateur/Ham Radio played a huge role in John's career in Engineering. We delve into EM Waves, Antennas, Transmission Lines as well as many of the facets of Amateur Radio including DX-peditions, Fox-hunting, Hamfests, Moonbounce and more. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Amateur (Ham) Radio OperatorAmateur (Ham) RadioOSCARDX Century ClubQ-CodesARDF (Fox-Hunting) Episode Sponsors: Audible: Audible is the Internet’s leading provider of spoken audio entertainment,...

Duration:01:50:50

38: Watch This Time and Space

9/26/2014
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The Apple Watch promises new functionality from a smartwatch. John dissects the detail behind the power demands of wristwatches, screen types, movement types, GPSs, super-capacitors, batteries and why the Taptic engine could be a big deal. With John Chidgey & Vic Hudson. Related Links: Mechanical Watches The WatchThe Hamilton Watch Company Quartz Watches Seiko Astron SQ 35The First Quartz Wrist WatchSeiko Electric Mechanical Watches Electric WatchHamilton Titan 500 Electric Watch...

Duration:01:48:01