Pragmatic is a 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.


March 8, 2022 82 min
Russell returns to Pragmatic to discuss his experiences with renewable energy, both the Model S and Model 3 and we dive into the finer issues with glanceless controls and other concerns regarding Tesla's User Interface.
With Russell Ivanovic and John Chidgey.

TechDistortion Articles Discussed:

  • Tesla User Interface
  • Pragmatic Electric Links:

  • Pragmatic Electric
  • Pragmatic: Electric - YouTube
  • Introducing Pragmatic Electric
  • Pragmatic Epi...

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    Wind Farms are getting bigger and spreading throughout the world both on and off-shore. Vic joins John to talk about Wind Turbines, John's new Tesla and the launch of the new Video podcast/vodcast Pragmatic Electric.
    With Vic Hudson and John Chidgey.

    TechDistortion Articles Discussed:

  • Retro Mac Pro
  • Retro Mac Pro Part 2
  • Upgrading the Mac Pro SSD
  • Upgrading the Mac Pro RAM
  • Buying A Tesla
  • Pragmatic Electric Links:

  • Pragmatic Electric
  • Pragm...
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    November 21, 2021 70 min
    Where have all the chips gone? Scott Willsey joins John to look at how the shifting automotive use of ICs, a drought, a pandemic and poor planning amongst other things has led to an unprecedented global chip shortage with no end in sight.
    With Scott Willsey and John Chidgey.

    Links of Potential Interest:

  • 2020–2021 Global Chip Shortage
  • Surging Demand Cause Semiconductor Shortfall
  • Global shortage in computer chips reaches crisis point
  • Wafe...
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    September 28, 2021 97 min
    Watching photography evolve in the past few years had demonstrated with computing power comes the possibility of ditching the SLR entirely and going mirrorless. Clay returns to discuss the mirrorless revolution. And yes, Clay called it first.
    With Clay Daly and John Chidgey.

    Related Episode Link:

  • Pragmatic Episode 94: Photography
  • Pragmatic Episode 101: Astrophotography
  • Related Articles:

  • Kit vs Tamron vs Prime Shoot-out
  • WhitePapers And ...
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    July 16, 2021 69 min
    Lockdowns due to the pandemic of 2020-2021 has shifted a lot of peoples computing needs with working from home on their computer now a real driver for many people. We look at how it's impacted John and take a walk down history lane of Vic and John's various Macs for the past few decades and how it led to a controversial purchase.
    With Vic Hudson and John Chidgey.

    Related Articles:

  • Retro Mac Pro
  • Retro Mac Pro: Part 2
  • John’s Mac...

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    February 7, 2021 108 min
    A team of podcasters and developers are working on the next evolution of podcasting they call Podcasting 2.0. Dave Jones joins John to talk about their goals, RSS, XML and JSON pieces and how they fit together. To top it all off, we also dive into BitCoin, Lightning and distributed monetisation in podcasting.
    With Dave Jones and John Chidgey.

    Related Articles:

  • Podcasting 2.0
  • Podcasting 2.0 Addendum
  • Links of Potential Interest:

  • Podcast...
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    January 3, 2021 108 min
    Ian Norman from Lonely Speck joins John to talk about photographing the MilkyWay with just your DSLR and without spending a fortune. We cover everything from Star-Trackers, Red-light filter removal, Pollution Filters, Focussing techniques, Image stacking and lots more.
    With Ian Norman and John Chidgey.

    Links of Potential Interest:

  • How to Photograph the Milky Way - LonelySpeck
  • Bahtinov Mask
  • SharpStar2 Precision Focusing Tool – Lonely Sp...
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    December 12, 2020 105 min
    Casey returns to join John in an episode where we explore all things NAS - specifically the Synology. How we use it, what we use it for and how we neither of us can ever live without one anymore!
    With Casey Liss and John Chidgey.

    Related Article:

  • Oh My NAS
  • Links of Potential Interest:

  • Plex
  • Starport 75
  • QNAP
  • Parallels
  • Plex/NAS Compatibility Spreadsheet
  • MoCA Bridge
  • Plex Pass
  • Plex Naming Primer
  • Channels
  • Homebridge
  • Transmission
  • Sonarr
  • Jackett
  • Backblaz...
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    August 14, 2020 77 min
    SpaceX and Elon Musk have been accelerating a project to provide high-speed, low latency broadband internet around the world via Satellites and are calling it StarLink. Radek joins John to deep dive into what StarLink is trying to accomplish, why it's a such a different approach to the problem and why it might actually succeed where others have failed.
    With Radek Pietruszewski and John Chidgey.

    SpaceX Achievements:

  • SpaceX Sets A ...
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    April 19, 2020 77 min
    After a brief chat about John's App-in-progress Timeless Day, Ronnie Lutes joins to dissect the problems and pitfalls of poorly shielded or cheap USB 3 devices and how they can create BlueTooth drops out, Trackpad bullet chattering, Mouse stuttering and more and how one might diagnose and fix these issues. A must listen for those with suspected interference on their PC or Mac wireless devices.
    With Ronnie Lutes and John Chidgey.


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    January 1, 2020 50 min
    Myke Hurley returns to the show to follow on with Optimal Interfaces, now looking into application specific advantages of the different user interfaces we have available to us for our specific use cases. We also consider an apocalyptic world where we can only have one device and what it would be.
    With Myke Hurley and John Chidgey.

    Related Episode Link:

  • Pragmatic Episode 93: Optimal Interface
  • Related Article Links:

  • TechDistortion: Bac...
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    In an episode that could not be put off any longer, Merlin Mann joins John to unpick the habit of procrastination, how to identify when you're doing it, why you're doing it and how to stop yourself from doing it and get yourself back on track.
    With Merlin Mann and John Chidgey.

    Related Episode Links:

  • Pragmatic Episode 40: Productivitus Interruptus
  • Pragmatic Episode 50: Accidental Clicking
  • Miscellaneous Links:

  • Getting Things Do...
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    August 16, 2019 107 min
    Free Open Source Software is at the heart of the Federated Social revolution that's gathering momentum. David Chartier joins John to walk through where we are in that journey so far, the current players, the current challenges and value of having multiple social-network options.
    With David Chartier and John Chidgey.

    Related Article Links:

  • TechDistortion: Engineered Space Take 2
  • TechDistortion Fediverse Series: Own Your Social Grap...
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    June 21, 2019 146 min
    If you want to take the best possible picture, far better than a smartphone will ever be able to, where do you begin? John is joined by Clay Daly to walk through the details of modern digital photography, the pitfalls, the misconceptions and the reasons you should consider it if you haven't.
    With Clay Daly and John Chidgey.

    Related Episode Links:

  • Pragmatic Episode 12: Pages Blocks Planes Die Bank Device
  • Pragmatic Episode 14: The W...
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    May 17, 2019 101 min
    With a growing number of device categories and devices within them, it can be hard to pick what devices from what category will meet your needs. Jason Snell joins John to try to determine what the optimal interface is for what use case you might need and where technology is heading.
    With Jason Snell and John Chidgey.

    Related Article Links:

  • Optimal Interface: Part 1 Input
  • Optimal Interface: Part 2 Output
  • Optimal Interface: Part 3 Device...
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    March 22, 2019 101 min
    Following on the Pragmatic Coffee journey, Miha joins to discuss every detail behind the Espresso coffee and how to make the best shot you can.
    With Miha Rekar and John Chidgey.

    Previous Episode Links:

  • Pragmatic Episode 30: Coffee
  • Pragmatic Episode 30A: Coffee Follow-up Part A
  • Parallel Passion Episode 4: John Chidgey
  • Miscellaneous Links:

  • John Making A Latte
  • Miha Latte Art
  • History:

  • Espresso
  • History of Espresso and the First Espresso Machi...
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    February 25, 2019 126 min
    John Siracusa returns to Pragmatic to discuss everything Zelda related, with a focus on Breath of the Wild and how so many established Zelda gameplay rules were thrown out the window with resounding success.
    With John Siracusa and John Chidgey.

    Miscellaneous Links:

  • John Chidgey’s Zelda Amiibo Collection
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Role-playing Video Game
  • 10 Games With Guinness World Records
  • Player’s Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons
  • Zelda Bo...
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    January 25, 2019 103 min
    Waterfall development is being overtaken Agile and in only two decades its popularity continues to grow. Casey Liss weighs in on the pros and cons of Agile while we look at where it's best to use it and what can help to make Agile work.
    With Casey Liss and John Chidgey.

    Previous Episode Link:

  • Pragmatic Episode 79: Diluted My Metric Goodness
  • Miscellaneous Links:

  • Waterfall Model
  • Technical Debt
  • Agile Software Development
  • Kanban Board
  • Sl...
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    December 6, 2018 131 min
    Social Media has taken the world by storm but recent history has shown all that glitters isn't gold and has many people wondering if the technology is the problem, or if the problem is us?
    With Seth Clifford and John Chidgey.

    Previous Episode Link:

  • Pragmatic Episode 80: Mastodon
  • Miscellaneous Links:

  • I Don’t Want to Do This Anymore: Fundamentally Broken
  • My Company Tried Slack For Two Years - This Is Why We Quit
  • The History of Social...
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    October 5, 2018 56 min
    With Cloud Storage becoming a staple of modern computing, we deep dive into the history of how cloud storage came about, what features it has or should have and ultimately who can you trust?
    With Rob Griffiths and John Chidgey.

    Miscellaneous Links:

  • Cloud Storage
  • Box
  • DropBox
  • Amazon S3
  • Single Source Of Truth
  • MobileMe
  • Meet iCloud’s great-grandfather: iTools
  • Apple Enhances .Mac
  • Nextcloud vs ownCloud: The Whole Story
  • Self-Hosted Web Episode 02: Ne...
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