17
Mar
2010

Steven and I are joined tonight by our long-lost hosting buddy Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins tonight as he discusses how his SXSWi experience differed greatly from Jolie O’Dell’s, and why he wonders what she was really up to during the show.

We also turn briefly to this constantly trumped up story about Gowalla and Foursquare being locked in a cage match.  Mark presents some really interesting real life case studies of why all of this location stuff is a bunch of hot air.

A brief mention of Mark’s fanboy moment upon meeting Leo Laporte … can’t say as I blame him.

Listen in and enjoy the show!

(Links by Steven for some of the stories we discuss in this episode)

Why SXSW Sucks – Jolie O’Dell
Why SxSW Doesn’t Suck – SiliconANGLE

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11
Feb
2010

In episode 4 of the Braindead Techcast, Steven and I have a discussion about the immense stupidity of some people on the Internet.  It truly is amazing at times, and this example if just jaw dropping.

We talk some more about Google Buzz and whether it will really ever develop into something.  It might, it’s difficult to make a final call on this service at this point.

There is also some talk about how we are still putting too much value on the number of followers people have, and it is time to give up on caring a bout that.

(Links for this episode by Steven)

There are some seriously stupid people on the web – The Inquisitr

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11
Feb
2010

In episode 3 of the Braindead Techcast, Steven and I have an all Google, all the time episode about how Google Buzz has already turned out to be a joke.  (And that Jason Calacanis once again proves he is an imbecile thinking that this service has just caused Facebook to lose half its value … seriously, why does anyone still listen to this guy?)

The biggest news of the day is of course the announcement of the Google fiber optic test which could be a massive thumbing of the nose at the ISPs of the United States.  This could get very interesting to say the least.

(Links for this episode by Steven)

BREAKING: Google Buzz is brilliant, Facebook just lost half its value. – Jason Calacanis
WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw – Business Insider
Google Doesn’t Want to Be an ISP — It Wants to Be a Rabble-rouser – GigaOM
Google’s real buzz – the shot across the bow of broadband providers – The Inquisitr

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10
Feb
2010

Seriously, if you can’t figure out what the main topic of tonight’s episode is, you may live under a rock, but in case you need help, it’s Google Buzz.  We discuss how it really isn’t going to go anywhere, but it’s probably already a bigger success than Google Wave.

We then have a short discussion about how people are drowning in subscription fees, something Steven and I have been saying for ages, but been laughed at numerous times.  Well, The New York Times has now discussed it … we pat each other on the back because we deserve it.

(Links for this episode by Steven)

Google Buzz? Pfffft – Dave Winer
Buzz, Facebook and the segregation of Social MediaThe Inquisitr
As Data Flows In, the Dollars Flow Out – New York Times
It’s not a matter of being saved – Shooting at Bubbles

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9
Feb
2010

If you can’t guess from the title and the show logo, CobWEBs and The Cynical Bastards have transitioned to a new name, and a new, more family friendly, podcast (i.e. we no longer swear).

Otherwise it is the same cynical thoughts on the world you’ve come to love, and Steven and I take a look at some real good examples of true braindead members of our society.  Like, you know, building turbines in Minnesota that use lubricants that could freeze in winter time.  That’s always bright.

Steven and I will be explaining the changes over the coming days.  And, yes, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins is still part of the team, the only changes are the name and the fact we’ve washed out mouthes out with soap.  (Links for this episode by Steven)

Minnesota’s frozen turbines raise new doubts about wind power – GreenBeat
Alexa Gonzalez Handcuffed For Doodling On A DeskSean P. Aune
Google Superbowl Ad Explains The Need for Search Privacy – EFF

6
Feb
2010

cbpodcast

Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

In this episode, Steven and I take our weekly look at what is happening over at TechMeme and Blippy, and for those that make it to the end of the episode, you’ll find a very important message about the future of this podcast … you may be surprised.

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4
Feb
2010

cbpodcast

Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

In this episode, Steven and I take a look at the Forbes Web Celeb 25 list which … well … it’s beyond flawed.  It starts off with Perez Hilton for crying out loud!  Oh well, it’s an amusing read.

We follow this up with a discussion that Jeremy Schoemaker of the Shoemoney blog now chooses Bing over Google as his search engine of choice.  The two of us have different opinion, but that’s make all of this so much fun.

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4
Feb
2010

cbpodcast

Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

In this episode, Steven and I take a look at the “shrining” market share of Internet Explorer (HA!), and the looming war.

What war?

The coming war between Apple and Google.  Mark my words folks, it’s coming, and considering the war chests these two ego-driven companies control, it could get very, very nasty.

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3
Feb
2010

cbpodcast

Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

In this episode, Steven and I take a look at the new Verizon ads which, well they’re just funny and making AT&T look sillier and sillier.  Here was my favorite of the two.

We also discuss the silliness of how Microsoft employees seem to turn into Mac evangelists once they leave the company. And, of course, what is an episode without some talk about Twitter? And fourth story for the night … Italy is getting nasty with YouTube … in a completely silly fashion and one that may not be entirely legal.

Italy Plans to Hold YouTube Accountable for its Users’ Uploads (Updated)ReadWriteWeb
Verizon to AT&T: We Taunt You a Second Time – All Things D
Meh: New Claims That Teens Don’t Tweet Don’t Add UpThe Inquisitr
Don Dodge: The new anti-Microsoft evangelist — BetaNews

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2
Feb
2010

cbpodcast

Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

In this episode, Steven and I talk about baking your video card in the oven when you have a problem with it.

No … we’re not kidding.

We also address the Amazon/Macmillan dispute, and how it’s obvious publishers have no idea what they’re doing.  (links by Steven)

A new use for your kid’s Easy Bake oven – fix video cards. – WinExtra
Why my books are no longer for sale via Amazon – Tobias Buckell
The return of the LP and the future of book publishing – The Inquisitr

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30
Jan
2010

cbpodcast

Welcome to another week of the daily edition of CobWEBs, the flagship podcast of The Cynical Bastards!

For those who don’t remember from the other episodes, this is a new format for the show as we are going to try giving you daily bite sized chunks of our patented brand of cynicism over everything in the tech universe. The show will have a rotating host schedule between Steven Hodson, Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and myself. You’ll always get two of us, you just never know which two!

In this episode, Steven and I do our new weekly game of going through the TechMeme headlines and … well … making fun of them.  It’s a thing.

We also take a moment to see how people are spending money on Blippy, and Steven has some comments about a post by MG Siegler over at TechCrunch.(links by Steven)  Oh, and P.S. … expect some big things next week!

BoomTown’s Apple iPad Day, Starring Walt Mossberg (Plus a Steve Jobs Cameo!) – Kara Swisher
Apple to target iPad at business users with added features – sources – AppleInsider
Unexpectedly low Apple iPad price forces notebook vendors to re-evaluate their tablet PC strategies – DigiTimes
On the iPad – Alex Payne
Facebook Is Working On A Foursquare-Killer – Silicon Alley Insider
Amazon.com mysteriously removes Macmillan book titlesVentureBeat

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29
Jan
2010

Scattercast is 80 … and getting senile as I call it episode 79 in the intro.

- An hour and 15 minutes of Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins and I talking the state of sci-fi movies.

- We start off with some talk of what happened with Conan O’Brien, and if you hear a blip early on in the episode, that was me editing out a technical error.

- We jump all over the place, and plan a third podcast in this series, but make sure to check out the first, Scattercast Episode 70: Chakotay – The Walking Plot Hole.

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