Hidden Node

Hidden Node

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.


March 7, 2021 65 min

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 Mini
  • Staypuck
  • Nintendo Switch (Amazon affiliate link)
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Mario Kart 8 (Amazon affiliate link)
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Wii Sports
  • Death Squared
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Amazon affiliate link)
  • Portal
  • Portal 2
  • Portal Stories: Mel
  • Mad Katz Controllers
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild...
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    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.

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  • Red Paddle Company
  • Dieselgate
  • Stone ...
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    November 15, 2020 53 min

    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...

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    August 3, 2020 58 min

    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 ...

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    May 18, 2020 75 min

    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 Headphones
  • Sony WH-1000MX4
  • iPhone SE (...
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    May 4, 2020 71 min

    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".


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    April 2, 2020 96 min

    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 a...

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    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.


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    March 4, 2020 63 min

    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.

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    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 iPhon...

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    February 4, 2020 66 min

    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
    The process of being "sherlocked"

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    January 30, 2020 75 min

    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

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    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 Git
  • Joel’s Packet Potato Kit
  • Raspberry Pi PoE HAT
  • Raspberry Pi PoE HAT Revision
  • Phillips Hue Hub
  • NETGEAR 4G LTE Modem
  • Front and Center
  • Accidental Tech Podcast
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    December 27, 2019 57 min

    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.

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    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.

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    November 23, 2019 45 min

    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:

  • SketchUp (Don't use this)
  • TinkerCAD (Good starting point)
  • Fusion 360 (Current hobbyist and...
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