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Grumpy Old Geeks

Author: Jason DeFillippo & Brian Schulmeister with Dave Bittner

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A no-holds-barred show about the Internet and how it's affecting our lives for good or bad. Hosts Jason DeFillippo & Brian Schulmeister have over 40 years of online experience and aren't afraid to tell it like it is.

462 Episodes
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460: Pedestrians in the Sky

460: Pedestrians in the Sky

2020-08-0101:11:10

Congress grills Big Tech, much ado about nothing; Social Media misinformation mayhem & demon seed; Facebook trying to poach TikTok stars; Spotify back to pre-pandemic levels, still losing money; Universal makes deal with AMC for shortened theatrical release windows; Genderify is a joke; Rite Aid facial recognition; Google advanced search operators; self-flying planes; art AI; Apple & right-to-repair; Chewbacca impersonations; lockdown personality changes; "Al Fresco" parking lot dining.Show notes at https://gog.show/460
Kickstart your cybersecurity career, or just podcast; Twitter contractors make a game of accessing data; sports bubbles popping; Zuck off or Zuck it up; TikTok blocks QAnon hashtags; Google employees to continue working from home, going mad; a blast from the '90s; Comic-Con@Home trailers, streaming dates; Warrior Nun; Lollapalooza online; finding things in Spotify Podcasts; Shakespeare for Squirrels; the Sandman audiobook; Drive; feedback loop.Show notes at https://gog.show/459
458: Fearsome Turtle

458: Fearsome Turtle

2020-07-2501:12:03

Working from home, out the window; Facebook hurting people at scale; Amazon home robot; Twitter cracks down on QAnon crackpots; Slack mad at Microsoft; Snap revenue is up but losses down; Twitter confirms some DMs accessed in hack, over 1000 people had access to tools to aid hack; GEDMatch confirms data breach to police; Apple provides hackable phones to researchers; drones phone home; the joy of driving & being tracked while you do; docking stations, TVs, Herman Miller gaming gear; we're all losers in the streaming wars; south of the border.Show notes at https://gog.show/458
457: Grumpy Old Idiots

457: Grumpy Old Idiots

2020-07-2201:01:02

Disney joins Facebook ad boycott; revealing Emojis; Snapchat adds third party apps; Zoom fatigue, get over it; drive-in esports; companies make millions building unemployment websites that don't work; Coinbase blocked Twitter hackers; Uber sued to reveal algorithm; the Old Guard; John Oliver takes on conspiracies; David Foster; AI moon landing footage; Nixon deepfake; dystopian fiction, now more than ever; Icelandair turns pilots into flight attendants; US Army fake prize giveaways on Twitch; feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/457
456: Visual Valium

456: Visual Valium

2020-07-1801:07:561

Kayne surpasses a full Scaramouchie; Instagram rolling out TikTok competitor, shopping page; US surpasses China in app downloads; Calm app gets TV show; Netflix doing great during the pandemic, might be running out of subscribers; Peacock is here, already losing content; GigRev; that epic Twitter hack, and what we know; Russian, Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine research; Data Dividend Project; Logitech MX Master 3; Nest Home Mini; ATEM Mini; apps for the natural world; Apple CarKey; teens dressing as grandmas to buy booze.Show notes at https://gog.show/456
455: McMarmot

455: McMarmot

2020-07-1501:03:57

Back in lockdown; AI is people; 2020, Bubonic plague, why not?; Coinbase selling blockchain analytics software; security whack-a-mole; divisions in Scrabble-land; older people & technology; Ubisoft gets "hands on"; Apple class-action lawsuit; security cams in San Fran; Pinterest needs moderators; podcast news; Peacock & streaming soccer; Hanna; Walter Mercado; Greyhound; Windows Swap; the Dickies; Disney re-opening; feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/455
454: Pennies From Jack

454: Pennies From Jack

2020-07-1101:06:191

Jack dips his toes into Universal Basic Income; Facebook fails civil rights audit; Elon Musk says self-driving cars will happen this year; Walmart to launch Amazon competitor; Loon balloons; Quibi users quit; tech & pro sports; Palantir going public; metamucil & back problems; Clearview AI preemptively pulls out of Canada; TikTok troubles; living the Slack free life; digital assistants & routines; social media time management.Show notes at https://gog.show/454
Influencers ignoring the pandemic, but hey, it's fried chicken day; USA exploring banning TikTok, other Chinese apps; some hot stock talk; John Smith's abandoned shopping carts; Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface; cutting the cord, increasing the cost; the complicated mess of streaming; Muppets; Hamilton; Perry Mason; Eric Idle's local, the Grim Reaper; Kayne for President; Clash Royale & feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/453
452: Knucklehead Behavior

452: Knucklehead Behavior

2020-07-0101:29:13

Here comes the lockdown; you get a ban, and you get a ban, and you get a ban - India bans TikTok, other Chinese apps; Reddit bans 2,000 subreddits; Twitch bans Trump; YouTube bans alt-right figures; Facebook versus Natural News; deep fakes for good; dealing with racist terms in tech; As Told by Emoji; LOTR, Band of Brothers; live concerts in Nashville; Gigi Edgley on cons; Olympus exists camera market; feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/452
451: Trust Deficit

451: Trust Deficit

2020-06-2701:02:12

Virtual doctor visits; re-opening disasters; stimulus checks for the dead; Facebook truth deficit; clearing out that embarrassing Netflix watch list; Reform Government Surveillance coalition; yes, it's a really bad bill; campaign apps; Apple's new privacy features, nutrition labels; bronies have a message board problem; TikTok for business; fictional world stats; heard immunity fest; the world year to be alive; petafloppin'.Show notes at https://gog.show/451
450: Nothing Burger

450: Nothing Burger

2020-06-2457:12

TikTok takes down Trump; DIY chair & fire alarm fixes; working at Pinterest is awful; Nextdoor removes the "Karen" button; Spotify testing interactive podcast ads; Flash is dead, really this time; Apple WWDC news; Blueleaks; the King of Staten Island; Tony Hawk Masterclass; Watchmen; a second opinion on Farscape; Fleishman is in Trouble; really bad Sci-Fi; How to Write Funniest; feedback; shocking nothing burgers.Show notes at https://gog.show/450
Not our finest hour; some good Coronavirus news; we finally know what line you can't cross with Zuckerberg; Google boots right wing sites from ad platform; Stop Hate for Profit targets Facebook; Twitter rolls out... audio tweets?; Jump exists Europe; Starlink ready for beta-testers; listening via light bulb; caught by tattoo; don't login once you've been fired; real consequences in Big Tuna; FDA approves prescription video game; Snapchat does it again; synth searches.Show notes at https://gog.show/449
448: Unplug Everything!

448: Unplug Everything!

2020-06-1701:11:33

Legion of bugs mean a billion hackable IoT devices; United Airlines bumped out of NASDAQ by DocuSign; airport security theater; T-Mobile outage not huge DDoS, just incompetence; Germany contact tracing app; Facebook deplatforms anti-racists, thinking they're racists; Instagram to pull back the curtain, maybe; Quibi is a failure; 6 Feet Apart; Knives Out & Clue; Roland's 808; Dave Chappelle; IP Man, come to save the day; popcorn Sci-Fi; feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/448
A farewell to COVID Corner; Apple takes on racial equity; IBM, Microsoft, Amazon halt facial recognition tech for police; Facebook chief diversity officer; disinformation mentors; Nextdoor has a Karen problem; Cox punishes neighborhood over one user; Stormtrooper news; Photoshop's new camera app; the Winklevii make movie about themselves; Moons leave their planets; I hear the Tesla Coils echoing tonight.Show notes at https://gog.show/447
Covid Cases are, unsurprisingly, rising; Facebook browser redesign, more resignations; Uber leaves Levandowski out to dry; 75 year old provocateurs; police & your phone data; Michigan's MIDAS algorithmic touch; sensible content moderation plans; Twitch & music copyrights; the Media Candy well is running dry; the Vast of Night; upcoming sci-fi movies; down the music documentary rabbit hole; Last Week Tonight; the Banker; Influencers in the wild; feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/446
FBI asks for videos of violence during protests, gets videos of police; #BlackOutTuesday; Fiona Fauxtesting; Twitter, Snapchat & Facebook on Trump; where are our contact tracing apps; Zoom end-to-end encryption business model; bot detection tools; Bittner gets a Stormtrooper, sort of; audio apps & doodads for the pro podcaster; social distancing Werewolf; San Dimas High rules!Show notes at https://gog.show/445
444: Hello Dystopia!

444: Hello Dystopia!

2020-06-0359:29

So, yeah, we aren't gonna talk about that; yay, SpaceX & NASA; Facebook employees stage virtual walkout, roll out set-visibility-to-zero feature; Twitter continues to flag posts; Coronavirus is the new eggs; Microsoft lays off journalists, replaces them with AI; Uber destroys bikes & scooters; Instacart tip-baiting; social distancing in the supermarket; people can't sleep; Into the Night; Somebody Feed Phil; Space Force; Kylie Jenner not a billionaire; police out-sourcing; feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/444
443: Farewell Utopia

443: Farewell Utopia

2020-05-3001:02:07

The tweet label heard around the world; social media executive orders; wherefore art thou, Zuck?; quarantine reunion shows; SpaceX take two; Magic Leap CEO out; Globe home-sharing takes a stand; Instagram sharing revenue, sort of; Palantir may leave California; Elon Musk is teflon; the wheel of fate; Covid Corner; Ladies in the Tube and bodily functions; HBO's confusing streaming approach; Tidal, what?Show notes at https://gog.show/443
442: White Claw Wall

442: White Claw Wall

2020-05-2750:581

Quarantine, tech & the third-quarter phenomenon; of course Facebook knew the algorithms were divisive; 44.2Tbps cables; NASA & SpaceX astronaut launch a go; stretching out wine & White Claw walls; Muppets & Fraggle Rock are back; Hotel Artemis; Into the Night; good ol' Huell Howser; Minions; Spy Wars; Hightown; Amazon & Apple invest in podcasts (just not ours); e-cheating in e-sports; feedback.Show notes at https://gog.show/442
Dreaming & FPGAs; Fitbit pivots; Apple & Google launch exposure notification API; no, we don't have 5G, AT&T; Netflix does subscribers a solid; WFH for Facebook, Shopify; Prime Day delay; podcasting news with Rogan, Call Her Daddy; family squabbles & GDPR; Hulu's new interface; scooters are like cockroaches; PathSpot checks your hand washing; Xbox, Windows NT 3.5 code leaked; it's the end of the World Famous KROQ as we know it.Show notes at https://gog.show/441
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Comments (11)

ezzie83

Jason... you're down with revenge porn? :(

Oct 21st
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Saeed H

I'm currently taking my mandatory military service in Iran(I'm 24) and I freaking love your podcast.I listen to it during my 2 hour guarding shifts (which I have to walk and guard a street for 2 hours!)....Thanks for making my boring shifts a little more exciting

Aug 24th
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Pre Historic

Jason and Brian make quite the pair, can't recommend this show enough.

Jul 17th
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Alan Keller

Y'all might remember the movie 'Holiday'? Jack Black, Kate Winslet, etc? A chick flick, I know. A meet-cute is a talking point in that, FYI.

Sep 18th
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Seth Bunton

Hey Jason just heard you complaining about the U.I. of Hulu. Have you tried the Xbox one Hulu app? I've used Hulu on other devices but it's a lot more user friendly on the Xbox

Mar 9th
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Joseph Rudolph

Just catching up and listening to this - perhaps advertisers think those who have purchased are most likely to repeat?

Feb 9th
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iTunes User

I found this quite entertaining and I only have a minor in geekdom!

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

As a up and coming younger geekster I found the webcast to be quite informative. The banter between these two geezers is fun and I enjoyed hearing their journey.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

It's refreshing to hear from talented folks who have been around the block and who aren't trying to sell you something. Well worth listening too.

Aug 30th
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Ivor Davies

A fantastic podcast that lays open the world of technology,the internet, music, science fiction and complains about it. A must have addition to your subscription list and definitely worth a few bucks a month on Patreon.

Jul 24th
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