The TR Podcast 160: Synchronicity

The Tech Report Podcast

Date: August 25, 2014
Duration: 1:03:06

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, and Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes

We’ve really gone back to the drawing board on the latest episode of the TR Podcast… and I gotta tell you, what we’ve come back with is special. It’s a straight shooting, tight-lipped eulogy of tech reporting without a trace of any of that horrible burping, personality, or tomfoolery. You’ll love it.

Oh, and on this episode, you’ll hear a ton about the next version of Windows, bugs in Intel’s Haswell chips (reported first here on the Tech Report), AMD getting Mantle in the next version of OpenGL, and much, much more.

P.S. do you want us to stream live video of the show for our net recording session? Let us know in the comments!

P.P.S. Yes, we know there are issues with Scott’s audio—unfixable microphone malfunction.

Send in listener mail, and we’ll answer on the podcast. –

Follow us on Twitter – ScottJordanGeoffCyrilThe Tech Report

Listener mail:

Pretty please? – from TD:

“Next time, in addition to burping, please try to manage at least one fart.”

H.265 – from Dysthymia:

“A quick google on the h.265 spec shows that it was finalized sometime last year. Do you think we’ll finally see hardware accelerated encoding and decoding of h.265 video with the Nvidia 800 series and AMD 300 series?”

Tech discussion:

  • Here’s my appearance on Newegg TV’s Alt+Tab show – Read more

    Report: Windows Threshold preview planned for Sept 30 – Read more

    Errata prompts Intel to disable TSX in Haswell, early Broadwell CPUs – Read more

    AMD hopes to put a little Mantle in OpenGL Next – Read more

    FreeSync monitors will sample next month, start selling next year – Read more

    Intel: DirectX 12 yields big gains on tablets, other thermally constrained devices – Read more

    Asus’ ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync monitor reviewed – Read more

That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

Comments closed
    • Brians256
    • 7 years ago

    Love the podcast (except the belching from last episode) and so I have to say I’d not push for a video version. Video would take longer to publish and I think it might ruin some of the comfort-zone felt by the staff members that know the audience can’t see. I get the impression that some of the writers already don’t have fun doing the podcast. So, making it even more invasive won’t help. Also, (God love him) Jeff Kampman isn’t that smooth when only doing audio. Yet. Give him time before throwing him in front of a camera. It is a merciless medium.

    I’m personally not interested in media stars. However, about your insightful and witty banter that are already delivered? Yup. Don’t alter a successful formula until you need to.

    Besides, who knows which staff member will unconsciously pick his nose, roll his eyes, zone out, etc… until you have to edit it out. Or, (better?) you miss it and don’t edit it out.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 7 years ago

    This was a better episode. Regarding video? I wouldn’t make use of that. My usage model is: podcast gets automatically downloaded overnight to my iPhone, and I listen to the podcast on the way to work. I don’t want to sit in front of a computer and watch a video in a web browser to glean what I could off an audio podcast.

    In my opinion, if you want to improve the podcast you could uh… you know… [i<]stop being unfunny.[/i<] [spoiler<]sorry, I still love ya tho[/spoiler<]

      • jdrake
      • 7 years ago

      Value is subjective, my friend.

    • diesavagenation
    • 7 years ago
    • Stochastic
    • 7 years ago

    Re: video content, I think video content is better suited to a shorter format. That having been said, you could do a video livestream and then upload a separate audio-only version. I think that would probably work fine.

    What would be really nice is if you guys started including short (3-5 minute) videos with your main editorial content. Although that would probably add a lot of work to your plate, it might get TR some more exposure on Youtube.

    • the
    • 7 years ago

    I’d prefer what ever produces more content. If live video induces more time between episodes, then forget it and stay audio only.

    There is also the question of what time the live stream would take place. While the content can be delivered later, there is always something special catching a burp live that then get edited out later.

    • Dysthymia
    • 7 years ago

    I pronounce it dis-ˈthi-mē-ə, first two vowels rhyme with “this”. I think Scott’s pronunciation is technically correct though.

    (The best kind of correct.)

    I already consume a lot of tech related media on YouTube. I’d be happy to see more from Tech Report and hopefully it could turn into a significant revenue stream for you guys. …You would upload it to YouTube after the stream is over, right?

    • Freon
    • 7 years ago

    Just a heads up, there is something funky going on with the RSS. Episode 160 seems to have been swallowed. Beyondpod on my phone is all weirded out and shows 159 and 160 as the same file or something. I think you overwrote 159 with 160 instead of adding 160, but the audio file link is the same.

      • Shambles
      • 7 years ago

      I’m having issues with my RSS (M4A) feed as well in MediaMonkey. You might need to manually download this one. Not sure what’s wrong with the feed. Nothing looks strange on it.

      • Cyril
      • 7 years ago

      Should be fixed.

        • Shambles
        • 7 years ago

        Yup. It populated the episode in my podcast feed. Thanks.

    • danny e.
    • 7 years ago

    I for one have no interest in video. Audio only is fine.

    Also, I don’t really care about “live” as typically I get to these late anyways so they’d no longer be live.
    And non-live gives a chance to edit up the show to make it more awesome.

      • travbrad
      • 7 years ago

      Pretty much the same for me, except slightly above “no interest”. I normally listen to podcasts on a portable device while I’m doing other stuff, so I wouldn’t be looking at the video much anyway. I get audio versions 95% of the time for other podcasts which offer video versions.

      That being said I don’t see a problem with a video version/livestream if there are people who want it. To be honest I’d probably check out the video version at least once or twice just because I haven’t seen it before on TR.

    • Milo Burke
    • 7 years ago

    If the quality of editing of the audio-only podcast doesn’t suffer, I don’t mind if a video version exists. But I won’t be watching it.

    Edit: It’s gonna have to be one helluva wide angle lens to get all of you in the shot at once. Maybe borrow the equipment from Google Earth?

    • Ninjitsu
    • 7 years ago

    And yes, I use the start menu. :/

    • Cannonaire
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]P.S. do you want us to stream live video of the show for our net recording session? Let us know in the comments![/quote<] I would strongly prefer just audio. Other tech sites do live streams for their podcasts, and they use a lot of visuals. The problem is that the visual context is missing for people who only listen to the podcast later. I have enjoyed the video specials TechReport has made, such as the PC building guide, but that's more directed and in a different category than a regular podcast. *edit fixed quote tags.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] P.S. do you want us to stream live video of the show for our net recording session? Let us know in the comments! [/quote<] As long as the audio is available separately too, I wouldn't mind. [quote<] P.P.S. Yes, we know there are issues with Scott's audio—unfixable microphone malfunction. [/quote<] Get a new one, i guess? Mine cost an equivalent of $4, works quite well.

      • nanoflower
      • 7 years ago

      Aha.. Trying to compete with PCPerspective… ::)

      I’m okay with it but after trying out one live stream with the PCPer guys I won’t be doing that again since there’s so much dead time. I do think the video might be of more use if you were to edit out some dead time and then put it up on Youtube, but that is a lot of work for an unknown gain.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, I’ll personally still listen to the audio, but i guess some may like a live stream thing.

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