TechStuff

TechStuff is a show about technology. And it's not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.


What are some of the modern uses for cloud computing? How safe is it? And who owns all that data anyway?

What exactly is cloud computing? We trace the development of cloud computing from the days of mainframes to the modern Internet.

From phonautographs to the early record players, we take a look at the birth of the turntable as an entertainment device. 

An anonymous listener wanted to know more about end to end encryption. How is it possible to encrypt information across the Internet so that only the right person can read it? We explore the world of cryptology.

How is audio recorded digitally? In this first episode on a series about mp3 and digital audio, Jonathan breaks down how we convert sound into 0s and 1s.

What is MIDI and how does it work? We answer a request from listener Jesse and take a look at the history and evolution of MIDI and what it is (and is not). 

Sometimes, I get requests for topics that aren't quite robust enough for a full episode. Here I'll cover several requests and give shortish answers to them.

It's been two years since we last detailed the course of Nintendo. What has the company been up to since April 2016?

IBM was known for its business-to-business operations. So when the corporate giant decided to get into the home computer market, people took notice. How did IBM establish the PC as the de facto standard in home computing?

After introducing the Macintosh computer, Apple struggled a bit to ensure its future. As it continued to rely upon the sturdy Apple II platform, the company tried to forge a new path. How did it go?

In 1976, two Steves got together and created a startup company called Apple. Their computers ushered in an era of home computers. But the journey didn't always go smoothly.

We know about Macs and PCs, but there used to be a lot of other personal computers on the market. This is an episode about those machines and what happened to them.

How did investigators unravel the truth behind Stuxnet? And exactly how clever was this piece of malware? We take a closer look at the first documented evidence of a cyber warfare weapon.

Learn about the presentations Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku and Tanmay Bakshi gave at IBM's Think2018 conference. From space to artificial intelligence to using chatbots as therapists, these talks dive into cutting edge ideas and technologies.

What exactly is quantum computing? How does it relate to quantum mechanics? And what sort of problems could quantum computing solve in the future?

We have simple forms of AI right now like image recognition and natural language processing. In the future, we may have artificial intelligence that can think the way humans do. But what is going to happen in between? Presenters at IBM's Think2018 conference talk about the use of AI in general and Watson in particular.

In 2010, a computer virus targeting specialized equipment at an Iranian nuclear facility made world news. What was Stuxnet and what did it have to do with uranium enrichment centrifuges?

At IBM's science slam at Think2018, three more scientists explain their work and how it impacts the world. We learn about a 3D microscope that can observe plankton in the open sea, how we can make sure that the AI we create in the future is unbiased and how quantum computers are poised to fuel a new computer revolution.

At IBM's Think2018 conference, several scientists got up to give short presentations on groundbreaking work they are pursuing that could shape our world in the years to come. In this episode, we learn about crypto anchors and lattice-based cryptography for a post quantum computing world. Science!

From the earliest two-wheeled, human-powered vehicles to today's racing bicycles, we look at how the humble bike was invented and how it evolved over the decades.

Jonathan attends the Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas, where IBM showcases the latest in technologies ranging from AI to quantum computing. Hear about what he plans to explore while there.

Back in 2011, TechStuff did an episode about why we needed to switch to the IPv6 protocol. Where are we at now, and why exactly is it necessary?

How were contact lenses invented? Who came up with the idea? How were they first made?

How did Naughty Dog follow up the smash hit of Crash Bandicoot? And how did the departure of the two co-founders affect the company?

Naughty Dog is the company behind games like Crash Bandicoot and the Uncharted series. What's the story behind the games?