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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.

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 49: A Bow On The Handlebars

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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Episode 36a: Prevailing Wind Direction Follow-up 1

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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Episode 48: You Say Data, I Say Daaa-taaa

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.

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Episode 38a: Watch This Time and Space Follow-up 1

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:

  • Harvest allows you to track your time quickly and easily with the ability to quickly turn those timesheets into invoices for your clients with built-in support for both PayPal and Stripe. Check out Harvest at getharvest.com and sign up for a free 30 day trial today. Once your 30 day trial is over use the coupon code PRAGMATIC at the checkout and you’ll also save 50% off your first month; but be quick - this offer expires on January the 15th, 2015!

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Episode 47: Interrogation Signal

We delve into Barcodes and RFID tracing their history and dissecting exactly how they work and where the future of identification technology is headed specifically for shopping experiences.

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 46: Out of Steam About Steam

We delve into energy conversion efficiencies of solar photovoltaics, fuel cells, the Hydrogen Economy, steam and hydro-turbines and ways you can conserve energy in your home.

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 45: Not Part of the Plan

Managing features and requirements on your project is difficult and scope creep is your constant enemy. John and Seth explore classifying features, dealing with client requests and making it all work to a plan for internal and external projects.

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

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  • Harvest allows you to track your time quickly and easily with the ability to quickly turn those timesheets into invoices for your clients with built-in support for both PayPal and Stripe. Check out Harvest at getharvest.com and sign up for a free 30 day trial today. Once your 30 day trial is over use the coupon code PRAGMATIC at the checkout and you’ll also save 50% off your first month; but be quick - this offer expires on January the 15th, 2015!

  • 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 PRAGMATIC to get 50,000 free Email transactions per month for the first six months. Integrate, deliver, track and analyse using email infrastructure from Mandrill.

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Episode 42a: Hopefully They Don't Burn It Follow-up 1

Follow up (Part A) to Hopefully They Don’t Burn It where Vic and John touch briefly on DRM, looking at kill switches and when it’s right/wrong to use them confirm that Chapters is still open, touch on libraries already lending books via Kindles 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:

  • Harvest allows you to track your time quickly and easily with the ability to quickly turn those timesheets into invoices for your clients with built-in support for both PayPal and Stripe. Check out Harvest at getharvest.com and sign up for a free 30 day trial today. Once your 30 day trial is over use the coupon code PRAGMATIC at the checkout and you’ll also save 50% off your first month; but be quick - this offer expires on January the 15th, 2015!



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Episode 44: Order a Steak and Get a Piece of Rat

Working in retail and in customer facing roles comes with its own set of challenges. We dive into coping mechanisms, closing a sale and identifying when you’re being worked over, Apple’s Genius Training manual and the effectiveness of tipping.

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

Sponsored by:

  • 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 10-day trial. If you’ve ever wanted to learn something new, what are you waiting for?

  • Harvest allows you to track your time quickly and easily with the ability to quickly turn those timesheets into invoices for your clients with built-in support for both PayPal and Stripe. Check out Harvest at getharvest.com and sign up for a free 30 day trial today. Once your 30 day trial is over use the coupon code PRAGMATIC at the checkout and you’ll also save 50% off your first month; but be quick - this offer expires on January the 15th, 2015!

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Episode 30a: Coffee Follow-up 1

Follow up (Part A) to Coffee where Marco and John revisit Johns coffee setup, oxalates, different milk warmer/frothers, portafilters, cold-brew coffee, reasons why grounds are left behind when you pop an AeroPress filter off and lots and lots more.

Guest-Host: Marco Arment writes at his site and has a podcast with friends called the Accidental Tech Podcast each week.

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