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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.

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 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.

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 informtaion 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!

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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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.

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!
  • 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!

Guest-host: Federico Viticci is the man behind MacStories and co-hosts two excellent podcasts on Relay.fm: Virtual and Connected.

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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.

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!

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

TechDistortion Companion Article: Death By Site

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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.

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.

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

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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.

Sponsored by:

  • Soulver by Acqualia 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, Hue Party can control them and add some neat effects. It’s a free app for up to 2 bulbs so check it out here.

Guest-host: Guy English of Aged & Distilled also blogs at Kicking Bear, has an awesome developer podcast called Debug and helps organise the Çingleton conference.

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Episode 33: The Shopfront Window Is Still The Same Size

Loyalty to a single platform can be a risky business position for developers as it can be in many areas of life. Russell Ivanovic of Shifty Jelly joins John to discuss Russells experiences on Android vs iOS and show that whilst many of the anti-Android memes were once true, many aren’t anymore and developers that put Android willingly in their blindspot could be missing out.

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!

Guest-host: Russell Ivanovic writes at his site called Rusty Rants and is the co-founder of Shifty Jelly.

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Episode 32: A Slice Of A Physical Machine

Where does one host their site or service on the Internet? There are lots of choices, places and trade-offs to consider. David Smith joins John to walk through the options as we explore which is the right choice for different use cases.

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!

Guest-host: David Smith writes at his site and has an excellent 15 minute long weekly podcast called Developing Perspective and one of his many projects mentioned in this episode is Feed Wrangler.

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Episode 31: It's Supposed To Be Raining

Since information could travel faster than the weather we’ve strived to predict the weather more accurately into the future. Joel Housman joins John to dig deep into just how hard weather prediction can be and why.

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!
  • 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 informtaion and use the coupon code “PRAGMATIC” for 15% off the total price of your order. For developers LIFX are running a competition with great prizes please check it out and submit your app by the 25th of July, 2014.

Guest-host: Joel Housman writes at his site.

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Episode 30: Coffee

On the day following the launch of his new app Overcast, Marco Arment joins John to talk about the unsung hero that helped Overcast to come together a little bit more each and every day…coffee. We cover the history from the 13th century to present with brewing techniques and a bit about our personal journies with that wonderful brown liquid.

Caffeine systematic name: 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione; aka 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine aka 1,3,7-trimethyl-2,6-dioxopurine

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!
  • 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 informtaion and use the coupon code “PRAGMATIC” for 15% off the total price of your order. For developers LIFX are running a competition with great prizes please check it out and submit your app by the 25th of July, 2014.

Guest-host: Marco Arment writes at his site and has a podcast with friends called the Accidental Tech Podcast each week. Check out his new podcast playing app Overcast site and the [App Store Link] as well as my review.

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Episode 26a: Gambling Machines Follow-up 1

Follow up (Part A) to Gambling Machines where I talk briefly about why I left Zero-Sum games out of the episode, how Italy is facing the same problem as Australia with slot machines and some great feedback regarding the differences between insurance and gambling.

Thanks for the feedback Jordan Cooper, Nick Radcliffe, Andrew Rose and Frank (from Italy).

Follow-up sponsored for July:

  • 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 informtaion and use the coupon code “PRAGMATIC” for 15% off the total price of your order. For developers LIFX are running a competition with great prizes please check it out and submit your app by the 25th of July, 2014.

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