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Pragmatic is a weekly 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.

Pragmatic can be followed on Twitter @pragmaticshow and on Facebook.

All episodes are streamed Live with a chat room where you can participate. For upcoming episode times refer to the recording schedule and TechDistortion members can vote on future Pragmatic show topics for discussion here.

Acknowledgements:

  • Intro music for all episodes credit to Ludwig Van Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59 and Bia 515) “Für Elise” performed in 2000 by John Chidgey on his beloved K. Kawai GE-1A
  • Outro music to Markus Kaarlonen from his original MOD file SpaceDeb.MOD

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Episode 42: Hopefully They Don't Burn It

eReaders have many advantages over paperbacks and although Amazon would have you believe that eBooks are leading the way, the paperback is far from dead and we look at both sides of the debate.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.

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  • LIFX is a smart lightbulb that gives you previously unheard of control of your lighting. Each bulb is Wi-Fi enabled, can give you light in whatever colour of the rainbow you like, and is an energy efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your smartphone. Visit lifx.co/pragmatic for more information and use the coupon code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 20% off the total price of your order. Don’t forget 4-packs and 10-packs save you 4% and 8% respectively and also come with free shipping!

  • Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do, Many Tricks, remember to specifically visit this URL: manytricks.com/pragmatic for more information about their amazingly useful apps and use the discount code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it’s only for a limited time!

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Episode 41: Meaningless Token Award

Independence and job satisfaction is a consideration whether you work for yourself or for a large corporation and anything inbetween. Understanding what matters to us the most we consider how recogition plays a role and the differences between whichever path you choose.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.

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  • Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do, Many Tricks, remember to specifically visit this URL: manytricks.com/pragmatic for more information about their amazingly useful apps and use the discount code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it’s only for a limited time!

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Episode 40: Productivitus Interruptus

Remaining productive in your projects with limited time and constant interruptions can lead to frustration and giving up. John delves into some strategies for being productive in a real world situation and it’s not about the tools you use, it’s more about how you structure your time and set your goals.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.

Sponsored by:

  • Mandrill is a transactional Email service that easily ties into your website and apps when you need to send one-off Emails like responses, password resets, acknowledgements and so on. Go to mandrill.com and use the Promo code [listen to the episode to get the code] to get 50,000 free Email transactions per month for the first six months. Integrate, deliver, track and analyse using email infrastructure from Mandrill.

  • Shopi by Sapient-Pair. Shopi is a collaborative shopping list app that’s simple and easy to use with great features like pocket-lock, smart ordering and real-time collaborative updating. A shopping list is a special To Do list and Shopi addresses that use case very well. It’s ad-free for the first month so why not check it out.

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Episode 13a: Safety, Safety Everywhere Follow-up 1

Follow up (Part A) to Safety, Safety Everywhere with Fire Extinguishers being fitted to the wrong spot in a Nuclear Reactor and the dangers of Nitrogen purging.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.



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Episode 39: Look Ma, No Wires

Radio and Amateur/Ham Radio played a huge role in John’s career direction in Engineering. We delve into EM Waves, Antennas, Transmission Lines as well as many of the facets of Amateur Radio including DX-peditions, Fox-hunting, Hamfests, Moonbounce and more.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.

Sponsored by:

  • Audible is the Internet’s leading provider of spoken audio entertainment, providing digital versions of tens of thousands of audiobooks for download to your computer, smartphone and MP3 player. Go to audiblepodcast.com/pragmatic to get your free Audiobook today!

  • Lynda.com is the easy and affordable way to learn where you can instantly stream thousands of courses created by experts in their fields of business, software, web development, graphic design and lots more. Visit Lynda.com/pragmatic to get a free 7-day trial. If you’ve ever wanted to learn something new, what are you waiting for?

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Episode 38: Watch This Time and Space

The Apple Watch announcement recently promises new functionality from a smartwatch but charging it daily and its dependence on a smartphone to be useful has been controversial. John dissects the detail behind the power demands of wristwatches from the earliest mechanical right up to the smartwatch, touching on screen types, movement types, GPSs, super-capacitors, batteries and finally why the Taptic engine could be a big deal.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.

Sponsored by:

  • LIFX is a smart lightbulb that gives you previously unheard of control of your lighting. Each bulb is Wi-Fi enabled, can give you light in whatever colour of the rainbow you like, and is an energy efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your smartphone. Visit lifx.co/pragmatic for more information and use the coupon code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 20% off the total price of your order. Don’t forget 4-packs and 10-packs save you 4% and 8% respectively and also come with free shipping!

  • Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do, Many Tricks, remember to specifically visit this URL: manytricks.com/pragmatic for more information about their amazingly useful apps and use the discount code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it’s only for a limited time!

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Mechanical Watches

Quartz Watches

Electric Mechanical Watches

Kinetics

Solar Watches

Screen Technology

Batteries/Storage

Fitness

A Category Called General

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Episode 37: The Sledgehammer Solution

Cancer is the number two cause of death in the US and can affect anyone at any age. Federico Viticci joins John to talk about the history of the disease, what it is, how we fight it and Federicos first-hand experience with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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  • Audible is the Internet’s leading provider of spoken audio entertainment, providing digital versions of tens of thousands of audiobooks for download to your computer, smartphone and MP3 player. Go to audiblepodcast.com/pragmatic to get your free Audiobook today!

  • Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do, Many Tricks, remember to specifically visit this URL: manytricks.com/pragmatic for more information about their amazingly useful apps and use the discount code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it’s only for a limited time!

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Episode 36: Prevailing Wind Direction

Working in Engineering construction sometimes requires working away from home and this comes with its own set of challenges. Vic Hudson joins John to talk about good and the bad and the issues no-one else seems to think or talk about.

Co-Host: Vic Hudson is the host of the App Story Podcast and is the developer behind Money Pilot for iOS.

Sponsored by:

  • Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do, Many Tricks, remember to specifically visit this URL: manytricks.com/pragmatic for more information about their amazingly useful apps and use the discount code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it’s only for a limited time!

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Episode 35: Written by Kernel Hackers for Kernel Hackers

Why write open source code and when you should start: the pros and cons. Also if you’re interested in Python, John’s found just the man: Nick Coghlan of Red Hat joins John to discuss open source, python and how a casual interest can turn into big part of your career and your life.

Guest-Host: Nick Coghlan writes at his site called Curious Efficiency and is a member of the Python Software Foundations Board of Directors.

Sponsored by:

  • Many Tricks: If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do, Many Tricks, remember to specifically visit this URL: manytricks.com/pragmatic for more information about their amazingly useful apps and use the discount code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it’s only for a limited time!

  • Shopi by Sapient-Pair. Shopi is a collaborative shopping list app that’s simple and easy to use with great features like pocket-lock, smart ordering and real-time collaborative updating. A shopping list is a special To Do list and Shopi addresses that use case very well. It’s ad-free for the first month so why not check it out.

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Episode 34: My Code's Nicer Than Your Code

Everyone thinks they know the best way to write code. Irrespective of the platform there’s some common concepts that every programmer should try and follow. Guy English joins John to discuss everything from comments to object structures, test levels and everything inbetween.

Co-Host: Guy English of Aged & Distilled also blogs at Kicking Bear, has an awesome developer podcast called Debug and once helped organise the Çingleton conference that has now sadly ended.

Sponsored by:

  • Soulver by Aqualia: You’ve tried a calculator and a spreadsheet but if you haven’t tried Soulver yet you’re missing out on a great app that fits perfectly with the way your brain actually thinks about a calculation. Soulver is available through both Mac and iOS App Stores but be sure to follow this link to help support the show.

  • Hue Party by Space Nation: If you have LIFX or Philips Hue light bulbs, hueparty.com/pragmatic can control them and add some neat effects. It’s a free app for up to 2 bulbs so check it out here.

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