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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.

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

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 my beloved K. Kawai GE-1A that I no longer have (SOB)
  • Outro music to Markus Kaarlonen from his original MOD file SpaceDeb.MOD

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Episode 55: Cautiously Concerned


31st January 2015

Privacy online is becoming a bigger issue with more servers hacked every week our personal data has never been at more risk. Seth Clifford joins me to talk strategies to reduce your exposure on the internet.

Guest-Host: Seth Clifford of Nickelfish and he also appears on the Iterate podcast.

You should also check out Seths new venture at Hey Derby and their iOS app Stringer.

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Episode 54: Stop Rubbing Your Reader Against My Butt


24th January 2015

The Apple Watch promises to make Apple Pay even easier and safer than traditional credit card transactions. We look at the history of Credit Card data transactions and consider the practicalities. Of course.

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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Duration: 01:08:37
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Episode 53: Overlapping Signals


16th January 2015

There is a growing trend to eliminate the wires and go wireless for data and for power. Can it work? Is it practical? Dive in.

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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Duration: 01:26:19
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Episode 52: Your Mileage May Vary


8th January 2015

Are electric cars going to save you money? We look at all electric and plugin hybrids, charging habits and being energy independent.

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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  • Igloo Software: If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment, you know how painful intranets can be. Often times they are poorly designed repositories of stale information, and people wind up avoiding them by just emailing file attachments back and forth.   Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s built with easy-to-use apps, like file sharing, blogs, calendars and task management, and it works on any device – from your laptop to your tablet to your phone. Best of all, you don’t need to hire a team of developers for just one small change. The drag-and-drop interface and WYSIWYG editor make it as easy to update as the consumer apps you use at home.   Check out igloosoftware.com/pragmatic to get started. It’s free to use with up to 10 people.

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Duration: 01:49:22
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Episode 51: Psst Come Here I Want To Tell You Something


31st December 2014

Automation in OSX, iOS and the PC can save lots of time for users prepared to invest some time up-front. We delve into the history on these platforms, where it can be useful and when you should use it.

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!

  • 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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Duration: 01:01:17
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Episode 50: Accidental Clicking


23rd December 2014

John Siracusa joins me to discuss RSI in depth, drawing on both of our experiences we look at what works, what doesn’t and why you should care. Keyboards, trackpads, trackballs, mice, chairs, we cover it all.

Guest-Host: John Siracusa writes widely acclaimed OS X reviews for Ars Technica, blogs at his site Hypercritical and has a podcast with friends called the Accidental Tech Podcast each week.

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Duration: 01:55:15
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Episode 49: A Bow On The Handlebars


13th December 2014

With holiday cheer Vic and John dive into some of the finer details of Christmas and the Holiday season looking at wrapping paper and sticky tape, what to wrap, what you shouldn’t and why, and a bit about Santa (warning for young kids POSSIBLE SPOILERS!)

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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Duration: 01:00:48
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Episode 36a: Prevailing Wind Direction Follow-up 1


7th December 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Prevailing Wind Direction where we address different personality types and how they cope with remote work, safety cultures around the world and recent FIFO suicides.

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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Duration: 00:17:55
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Episode 48: You Say Data, I Say Daaa-taaa


4th December 2014

SCADA User Interface design has many things in common with other graphical design methodologies. We look at how SCADA works, what it does, the limitations of the human eye and colour perception, buttons as buttons, indicators as indicators 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:

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Duration: 01:27:22
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Episode 38a: Watch This Time and Space Follow-up 1


30th November 2014

Follow up (Part A) to Watch This Time and Space where we address durability of mechanical watches vs quartz watches, accuracy, using the band as a charging point, batteries and cameras and whether a smartwatch without an always-on face is a failure.

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

Sponsored by:

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Duration: 00:24:00
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