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To create this podcast, your hosts Nick Turner and Joel Crane have tapped their "telephone" conversation with the idea that maybe, just maybe, someone else on planet Earth will find the discussion entertaining. But let's face it: this conversation was probably going to take place anyway. Expect topics to vary enormously, from financial technology, 3D printing, macOS, Android, and of course, Wi-Fi, given that we both "work" (or more accurately, operate) in the Wi-Fi industry.


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To create this podcast, your hosts Nick Turner and Joel Crane have tapped their "telephone" conversation with the idea that maybe, just maybe, someone else on planet Earth will find the discussion entertaining. But let's face it: this conversation was probably going to take place anyway. Expect topics to vary enormously, from financial technology, 3D printing, macOS, Android, and of course, Wi-Fi, given that we both "work" (or more accurately, operate) in the Wi-Fi industry.






Prusa MK4

Prusa has announced the successor to the Original Prusa MK3S+! In this episode, Nick and Joel discuss the new features on the Original Prusa MK4, as well the positioning of the printer against the competition. Also, Nick attempts to record in StreamYard over a 5G tether, which has some... results. Note: At times, things with the 5G tether get rough, and there is some pretty horrible latency that causes us to keep stepping on each other. Sorry about that. Again. Stuff from this episode: The new version of Nick's microphonePrusa MINI+Prusa MK3S+Prusa MK4Prusa MK4 Announcement


Prusa Connect, PrusaLink, and Cowphones

Joel and Nick discuss the PrusaLink Beta, which is a Raspberry Pi solution that connects their printers to the network and cloud. There's also some discussion about AirPods, iPhone 13 mini, and Nick's new cow-themed headphones. Note: For this episode, we're trying out Streamyard! Now that the episode has been recorded, we have mixed feelings on the audio quality (which we'll discuss in the future). Sorry if it isn't totally optimal! Stuff from this episode: StreamyardMobility Brazil ConferenceBose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700Sony WH-1000XM5Apple AirPods ProBlue Yeti NanoiPhone 13 miniPrusaLinkPrusa ConnectOctoPrintPr0nterfaceBamboo Labs Carbon X1Lenovo Thinkpad X1 CarbonThomas Sanladerer


The Moral Dilemma

Joel and Nick speak for the first time since March 2021! Okay, not really, but in their discussion about Apple's MagSafe Battery, they find themselves in a discussion with extremely strong moral implications. They've got new jobs, a new Spotlight replacement, and a new Markdown-based notes application. Finally, Joel ordered a Windows laptop. iPhone 13 miniApple MagSafe BatteryApple iPhone 12 mini MagSafe caseRayCastiA WriterJohn GruberLenovo X1 Carbon 6th GenTwitter @Hidden_Node@nickjvturner@Potato_Fi


Nick Switches iPhones

Awww man, the title gave it away. Sort of. Nick spent a lot of money, but it's okay, because it's for the podcast. Right? Right? Stuff from this episode: iPhone 12 MiniStaypuckNintendo SwitchTicket to RideMario Kart 8Nintendo WiiWii SportsDeath SquaredThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimPortalPortal 2Portal Stories: MelMad Katz ControllersZelda: Breath of the WildSpaceX StarlinkStadiaEpistoryCommand and ConquerStarCraftCanon EOS Webcam UtilityYeti NanoYeti Nano Boom MountM1 MacBook ProTwitter @Hidden_Node@nickjvturner@Potato_Fi


Pump up the Paddleboards

Being repulsed by the idea of letting his car idle in the car park, Nick has decided to investigate battery powered electric pumps for pumping up his inflatable stand-up paddleboards. Joel fanboys about the Ryobi ONE+ battery power tool system, and they both dream about the eventuality of electric cars. They also discuss how to make good instructional videos for YouTube. Stuff from this episode: Red Paddle CompanyDieselgateStone Henge DocksRyobi ONE+Nick's YouTube Video about Google SlidesGUIAPIPotatoFi BlogReto MacCastTesla DailyTwitter @Hidden_Node@nickjvturner@Potato_Fi


The Pod-a-thon

From the archives! This episode was recorded on May 18th, 2020 with a live "studio" audience, as part of the WLA's Coronavirus Relief Fund! The Hidden Node Podcast was part of 13 hours of continuous podcasting, all with a live audience on Zoom. As for the delay in posting it... yeah, sorry about that. Better late than never? Some of the conversation aged super well, and some of it didn't. We hope you enjoy this grab-bag of topics from ages ago. Joel isn't sure whether he should use Google applications on his new iPhone. Joel is about to buy a new MacBook, which at the time had just reverted from the Butterfly keyboard to the old Magic keyboard. But Joel and Nick wonder, are they on the right track by only having laptops, or should they have desktop computers as well? Also, a quick update about Nick's 3D printer. Stuff from this episode: FantasticalCraigslistGumtree11" MacBook AirGuesses about ARM MacBooks, which totally exist nowMicroTIK networking hardwareThe Typing of the DeadVMware FusionParallelsMac OS X Snow LeopardMicrosoft XboxNick's 3D-printed pop filterPrusa Face ShieldTwitter: @Hidden_Node@Potato_Fi@nickjvturner


Yet Another Prusa Episode

Bonus episode! Nick and Joel’s good friend, Ferney Munoz, has some questions about 3D printing. That means that for better or for worse (probably for worse), you’re getting another 3D printing episode! But seriously, Ferney is one of our favorite guys, and we were very excited to convince him to buy a Prusa MINI, and secondarily, answer his questions about 3D printing. There’s also a part about ducks. It’s great. As always, thanks a ton for joining us for these episodes. We’re absolutely thrilled that people want to join the conversation about this stuff. Thank you for listening! Stuff from this episode: Wireless LAN Professionals ConferencePrusa MINIPrusa MK3S KitWLAN Pi Case3D Printed Snakes#IdahoFightingCOVIDPrusa Face ShieldPrusa Printed PartsRaspberry PiThingiverseNick’s Designs on Prusa PrintersJoel’s Designs on Prusa PrintersTinkerCADFusion 360Digital CalipersPrusa MMU2 VideoTwitter @Hidden_Node@Ferney_Munoz@nickjvturner@Potato_Fi


Farewell, Android

It’s official, Joel has switched to iOS. There’s a lot to talk about, including AirPods, Apple Watch, and of course, Joel’s new iPhone SE. Joel and Nick struggle to remember the name of a flagship Google device, once again proving that they aren’t professional tech podcasters. Joel reminisces about Pebble smartwatches. Nick sounds like an iOS expert. Stuff from this episode: iPhone 6+Bose QC35 HeadphonesSony WH-1000MX4iPhone SE (2016)iPhone SE (2020)Official Apple SE CaseDroid LifeThe Verge’s Review of the iPhone SEiFixitQi ChargingAirPodsGoogle Home MiniPebbleApple Watch Series 2StravaTwitter: @Hidden_Node@Potato_Fi@nickjvturner


Out for Delivery

Nick's 3D printer is almost out for delivery! In preparation for this podcast-defining event, Nick and Joel iron out final 3D-printing details, including notes on 3D modeling, printing threaded holes, and various materials used in printing. To ensure maximum podcast excitement, they also discuss mouse support on iPadOS, the new Mac Mini from Dan Jones, and whether macOS should call it the "Trash" or the "Bin". Show Notes Chaos Core Tech Fusion 360 TutorialsCaptain Disillusionprusaprinters.org"Nut Job" on ThingiverseChaos Core Tech - Parametric ConstraintsSTL Versus 3MFPrusa Materials GuideThomas SanladererNick's Web Store"Wheel Mouse Optical USB and PS/2 Compatible"StarCraftTwitter: @Hidden_Node@Potato_Fi@nickjvturner


Conference Calls and Mushcaves

Hey everyone, Nick and I spend a few minutes at the beginning of this episode decompressing about what is going on with COVID-19 before moving on to the usual stuff. If you want to decompress with us, awesome. If you want to skip that, no worries, just head to the 12:25 mark. Either way, we're just glad that you're here. - Joel Joel and Nick have a conference call to talk about conference calls. Really, the episode is just an excuse to talk about why they love Zoom. They also talk about other video conferencing/video calling tools such as Hangouts, FaceTime, GoToMeeting, and Cisco WebEx. They also discuss audio setups, common pitfalls that new users fall into, and conference call etiquette. Also Jerry. You know Jerry, right? If you like the podcast (or if you don't), please consider leaving us a review on whatever podcast service you're using! Stuff from this episode: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1LAjODfg7dnSSrrPGGPPMwhttps://youtu.be/0x439Yly7RIhttps://www.owllabs.com/Twitter: @Hidden_Node@Potato_Fi@nickjvturner


Soldering Tools That Go BANG in the Night

Nick decides to leave the American Express club, and discusses exploding soldering tools. Joel talks about his favorite soldering gear, and Nick ruins the theme of the podcast with a “tech success” story. Joel brings it back by recounting his horrible experience with Android Auto, as well as his frustrations with soap dispensers and water faucets. This episode of the Hidden Node Podcast is sponsored by being all over the place. Some of the links below are referral links, which indirectly support Joel and Nick, who both directly support the podcast by talking into microphones. Stuff from this episode: https://www.headforpoints.com/https://thepointsguy.com/https://refer.bombas.com/x/siV9Behttps://youtu.be/I6El_iKwQsYhttp://fbuy.me/oRQy1https://youtu.be/DFQG9kuXSxghttps://youtu.be/ZrQD3HpHbIcJoel’s recommended soldering gear (all referral links): https://amzn.to/2TfF75zhttps://amzn.to/2SX0OIFhttps://amzn.to/390nHAphttps://amzn.to/32sAAAOhttps://amzn.to/2Pns4huhttps://amzn.to/3cExTRrhttps://amzn.to/38Bie1Y


Not Sponsored by These Companies!

In this episode, Nick is visiting Joel in Idaho for culture exchange. They discuss the Wireless LAN Professionals Conference (which they've just returned from), how to deal with foreign currency while traveling, inner-tubing, Nick's impressions of the Prusa MINI 3D printer, and... socks. Also, Joel attempts to convert inches to millimeters, and Nick reveals what is wrong with how Americans label floors in buildings. Stuff from this episode: Wireless LAN Professionals ConferenceLocal Area NetworkThe Korean PCB fabricator that Joel usedThe Chinese PCB fabricator that Joel usually usesThe Packet PotatoBoise, IdahoActual, real footage of Nick inner-tubingPrusa MININick's referral link for TransferwiseNicks referral link for Bombas SocksJoel's referral link for Privacy.com


@UKDanJones is Subjected to Joel's iPhone Origin Story

It turns out that "conference calling" is a thing, so in this episode, Nick and Joel have a conversation with long-time Apple expert Dan Jones. Dan talks about special Wi-Fi troubleshooting profiles for iOS and content caching servers, Nick asks important technical questions like, "Should I close apps on my iPhone", and Joel's Mac Mini turns out to be absolutely ancient. Joel is thinking about switching to iPhone, but when Dan reveals that his iPhone can't keep his notification centre aligned, it ruins everything. And of course, Joel can't help but talk about Android some more. Dan Jones: @UKDanJones Nick Turner: @nickjvturner Joel Crane: @Potato_Fi


Podcasting is Hard

The tech Gremlins are out in force this episode. The original recording plans were thwarted by grounding "hummmm", which turned out to be a dodgy USB cable. Technical difficulties drive home the realisation that Podcasting is hard. Raspberry Pi PoE Hat drama Packet Potato - Electronic Badge Over $1000 spent at AdaFruit Coronavirus risks to the Packet Potato Apple Sidecar Watson Sherlock The process of being "sherlocked" Presentation Platforms - Keynote / Powerpoint / Google Slides Applications that do not behave themselves Joel Crane @potato_fi joel@potatofi.com Nick Turner @nickjvturner nick@badgerwifi.co.uk


Next Time, We'll Record New Content

Nick shares the complicated relationship he has with Philips Hue products, AdaFruit NeoPixels, and things that make subtle buzzing sounds. Joel learns about hook and loop fasteners, and Nick explains the saga of his new MacBook Pro. Stuff from this episode: Second-Generation Phillips Hue Bridge Philips Hue LED strip V1 AdaFruit NeoPixel Innr LED Strip The ridiculous RJ45 splitter Dual Lock by 3M UK MacBook keyboard layout Chiclet Keyboard SiCK-68 Keyboard Joel's 3D-printed keyboard Rain Design mStand Twelve South Curve Stand for MacBook


We Definitely Need to Buy This for the Podcast

Joel and Nick are deeply dissatisfied with the state of power bricks, Power over Ethernet, and window management in macOS. Basically, they’re unhappy with things in technology. But they love technology. What else is new? Stuff from This Episode: Nick’s Non-Tutorial on using GitJoel’s Packet Potato KitRaspberry Pi PoE HATRaspberry Pi PoE HAT RevisionPhillips Hue HubNETGEAR 4G LTE ModemFront and CenterAccidental Tech Podcast


Pick Your Preferred Prattle Platform

Joel and Nick talk about what they REALLY want in noise cancelling headphones. Joel gives his first impressions on the Prusa MINI 3D printer. Then, messaging clients, and the privilege (and curse) of having too many services to choose from. In the green corner, WhatsApp... and in the blue corner, Telegram.


Apparently, not Technology Companies based in Finland

OpenBanking, Fintech, Monzo Bank... What does the future of banking look like? <- that bit is a genuine question, we do not know the answer FYI.


Joel Yells Angrily at SketchUp

Joel rambles about 3D printing. Since Nick is pretty new to the world of 3D printing, he has questions about how to get started. Nick thinks that Joel has expertise, so he asks questions about how to get started. Nick asks Joel what he'd do differently in 3D printing and modelling, if he was starting from scratch. Stuff from this episode: SketchUpTinkerCADFusion 360SolidWorksOpenSCADPrusa MINIPrusa i3 MK3SSlic3rPrusaSlicerCuraSimplify 3D