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Tech: Off-topic

Tech: Off-topic

By Mike Elsmore

Interested in Technology, Development, and all the random stuff around it? So are we! This podcast is the sidebar discussions that you'd normally hear at a tech event but broadcast over the internet for all to enjoy.

I'm Mike Elsmore and I'll regularly be hosting guests talking about the culture and community in technology circles, the tech itself, and have a giggle along the way.

To see it live head to twitch.tv/ukmadlz at 3 pm UK time every other Friday.
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Some spice and odd takes on events and open-source with Alistair Hey
Some spice and odd takes on events and open-source with Alistair Hey
Mike (https://twitter.com/ukmadlz) and Jim (https://twitter.com/secondej) have our usual chat and pseudo spicy takes, this episode with guest Alistair Hey (https://twitter.com/alistair_hey), and cover: Modern Frontends Live!! https://dylanbeattie.net/2022/11/22/modern-frontends-2022.html / https://www.cassie.codes/posts/modern-frontends/ / https://dev.to/thisisjofrank/my-experience-of-modern-frontends-conference-1cgg Going through a lovely bit of MongoDB marketing fluff https://www.theregister.com/2020/11/25/mongodb_marketing_movie_dross/ Black Friday. Really. Is it a thing anymore here "The backend shouldn't exist" - Conversation with bootcamp mentees Hive to replace Twitter (and mastodon) https://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-competitor-hive-social-run-by-24-year-old-founder-2022-11?r=US&IR=T Linux Foundation pays Linus 1.6 mill a year And the usual off-topic tangents.
01:17:36
November 27, 2022
Every topic ends with Elon Musk and special guest Luke Browne
Every topic ends with Elon Musk and special guest Luke Browne
A quick note to start, sorry about the audio... teething problems with the new kit Mike (https://twitter.com/ukmadlz) and Jim (https://twitter.com/secondej) have our usual chat and weird humour, this episode with guest Luke Browne (https://twitter.com/lukebrwne), and cover: The regular cycle of layoffs Finding some amusing takes about Musk’s Twitter bin fire THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ATTEMPT TO LAUNCH ON DISCORD, RESULTS ARE HILARIOUS https://kotaku.com/uk-britain-treasury-discord-government-bullied-tories-1849787589 Evernote has been bought!!! EVERNOTE! Remember that? https://www.engadget.com/evernote-bending-spoons-acquisition-201505825.html Maybe Sam Bankman-Fried, if we can be arsed with crypto shit https://www.forbes.com/advisor/investing/cryptocurrency/ftx-declares-bankruptcy/ HelloFresh accused of using coconut milk obtained from monkey labour https://futurism.com/the-byte/meal-kit-hellofresh-monkey-labor VR kit that kills you if you die in VR https://www.vice.com/en/article/dy7kbq/palmer-luckey-made-a-vr-headset-that-kills-the-user-if-they-die-in-the-game And the usual off-topic tangents.
01:29:25
November 24, 2022
We predicted the future and discussing how some companies are just plain stupid
We predicted the future and discussing how some companies are just plain stupid
Mike and Jim have our usual chat and weird humour, this time we give our take on: PHP gets a new web server, built-in Go! https://github.com/dunglas/frankenphp Hey, pop the cloud, move to physical infrastructure Pulumi get busted papering themselves all over Hashiconf Canonical’s interview process - I’m sure we never discussed this and it came up recently No Man’s Sky drops another enormous update. How are Hello Games making money First Github Copilot litigation has arrived, as predicted on Tech: Off Topic. The price of a Bratwurst and a beer at the Birmingham Christmas Market And the usual off-topic tangents. We did attempt to stay clear of politics…
01:20:58
October 27, 2022
Something got burnt in the Oven.sh and reaffirming the Internet is a weird place to be
Something got burnt in the Oven.sh and reaffirming the Internet is a weird place to be
Mike and Jim have our usual chat and weird humour, this time we give our take on: Oven.sh “grind” culture https://twitter.com/oven_sh/status/1562248121656102914 (thread after deleted tweets https://twitter.com/oven_sh/status/1562248122633314304) Build a city with your GH contributions because why the hell not https://honzaap.github.io/GithubCity/ https://twitter.com/ID_AA_Carmack/status/1562104562219196416 wtf John Carmack is at Meta FN Meka dropped by Capitol Records https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/24/entertainment/fn-meka-dropped-capitol-records-cec/index.html Because Excel https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/892919315395903578/1012513522313343057/unknown.png Max headroom Chicago takeover https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_signal_hijacking Best tech swag And the usual off-topic tangents. PS Sorry Mike's mum for the introduction
01:24:09
August 29, 2022
Tech tangents, memes, and a sprinkling of shiny new PHP
Tech tangents, memes, and a sprinkling of shiny new PHP
Mike and Jim have our usual chat and dark humour moments, but this time we also chat about interesting new tech.
01:15:24
August 15, 2022
Buns and sports ball! Things are interesting here in Brum
Buns and sports ball! Things are interesting here in Brum
Mike Elsmore & Jim Seconde can't help but talk about the commonwealth game, but we also have takes on bun.sh, latest layoffs, and evil corp.
01:08:10
July 29, 2022
No crypto but plenty of tech bad takes
No crypto but plenty of tech bad takes
Mike Elsmore & Jim Seconde chat about all the things that have been happening in the tech space recently.
01:28:46
June 23, 2022
Chatting about tech built on blockchain and a giggle along the way with Matt from RippleX
Chatting about tech built on blockchain and a giggle along the way with Matt from RippleX
This is episode was an awesome chat with Matt Hamilton who is the Principle Developer Advocate from RippleX. Our chat covered his route into his current role, including the home experiments that got him to Ripple, as well as Mike learning a lot about Ripple and the XRP Ledger. If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me on Twiter at https://twitter.com/ukmadlz
01:32:36
January 14, 2022
What happened to the community and life around us with Hannah & Andy from Fusion
What happened to the community and life around us with Hannah & Andy from Fusion
I had the amazing chance to have a nice chat with Hannah Jones & Andy Jones from The Fusion Group, you may have heard of a little thing they run called Fusion Meetup. During this chat, which we kept relatively short, we covered recruitment, the community in and around Birmingham (our shared city), and some of the transition for people working in tech over the last year or so. If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me on Twiter at https://twitter.com/ukmadlz
01:26:14
August 13, 2021
Where databases, web monetisation, music, and a lions mane meet with Simon Metson
Where databases, web monetisation, music, and a lions mane meet with Simon Metson
In this episode Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore has Simon Metson, VP of Engineering at EDB get ever so nostalgic and then the conversation gets interesting. An amazing conversation unfolds talking about music, web monetisation (if interested check out https://coil.com/), and building stuff. If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me on Twiter at https://twitter.com/ukmadlz
01:15:56
July 30, 2021
Tinkering with things on the internet with Marcus Noble
Tinkering with things on the internet with Marcus Noble
In this episode of Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore has Marcus Noble, Principle Systems Engineer at Elsevier on for a conversation about tinkering. Over the course of the conversation we talk, home setups, IoT, Smart Home tech, and all roads seem to lead to a Kubernetes conversation. If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me on Twiter at https://twitter.com/ukmadlz
01:11:15
February 25, 2021
Surviving Bootcamp, chatting to the amazing people graduating from the School of Code
Surviving Bootcamp, chatting to the amazing people graduating from the School of Code
In this episode of Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore, a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, has a gaggle of bootcampers new and old from the School of Code in Birmingham to talk about the experience and everything around it from remote learning to the realities. The bootcampers involved were: Chris Miller (Cohort 1) from Jump24.co.uk (can be found on Twitter & LinkedIn) Katie Hawcutt (Cohort 4) and is available for full-stack JS work (can be found on Twitter & LinkedIn) Tom Bennett (Cohort 4) and is available for full-stack JS work (can be found on LinkedIn) Carl McIntosh (Cohort 4) and is available for full-stack JS work (can be found on Twitter & LinkedIn) If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me on Twiter at https://twitter.com/ukmadlz
01:12:28
January 25, 2021
Unicorns, pictures, and internet from a bygone era with Lech Guzowski
Unicorns, pictures, and internet from a bygone era with Lech Guzowski
In this episode of Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore, a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, has Lech Guzowski, the man behind Human.pm, on for a chin wag and gentle heckling. We talk tech, a tiny bit of politics, and just have a giggle ridiculous things happening at the moment.  If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time.  If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me on Twiter at https://twitter.com/ukmadlz
01:08:31
January 10, 2021
Happy Techmas! 2020 Gift Roast
Happy Techmas! 2020 Gift Roast
In this episode of Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore, a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, and co-host James Seconde, also a Developer Advocate at Jump24 decided to roast tech gifts. Earlier in the month, we asked the internet to suggest the worst tech gifts they could think of and we decided to give eight of them the once over. In no particular order, here they are and you can judge for yourself: https://portal.facebook.com https://www.crateandbarrel.com/revolution-cooking-r180-smart-toaster/s661747 https://amzn.to/3nMB4Mg https://www.greatbigstuff.com/products/computer-mouse https://smarter.am/products/smarter-coffee https://embrlabs.com/ https://habitaware.com/ https://5gbioshield.com/ Also, we mentioned the Fusion Community Discord, if you like the Fusion meetups etc help to maintain the community over at https://discord.gg/pCejkYXYsr If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me or Jim at the links below: https://twitter.com/ukmadlz     https://twitter.com/secondej
54:04
December 25, 2020
Protocols, fire, and corporate overlords with Jon Kingsley
Protocols, fire, and corporate overlords with Jon Kingsley
In this episode of Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore, a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, and co-host James Seconde, also a Developer Advocate at Jump24 just chat about some interesting stuff that's happened recently. This episode we were joined by Jon Kingsley who's a Software/Hardware Engineer (genuine builder of many random things…), and we chat about everything from start-ups and protocols, meetups, past Kingsley adventures, and even some on our corporate overlords. If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me or Jim at the links below: https://twitter.com/ukmadlz   https://twitter.com/secondej
01:11:09
December 11, 2020
Kerbal SpaceX
Kerbal SpaceX
In this episode of Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore, a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, and co-host James Seconde, also a Developer Advocate at Jump24 just chat about some interesting stuff that's happened recently. We chat about start-ups, outages, space, and our home town of Birmingham (BHX). We also mention some events coming up, here are the links: PyJamas, Dec 5th - https://pyjamas.live/ NorDev: the Webb Telescope, Norwich Astronomical Society, Dec 3rd - https://www.meetup.com/Norfolk-Developers-NorDev/events/274592397/ If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me or Jim at the links below: https://twitter.com/ukmadlz https://twitter.com/secondej
01:10:56
November 28, 2020
Start talking before the year gets cancelled
Start talking before the year gets cancelled
The first episode of Tech: Off-topic, Mike Elsmore, a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, and co-host James Seconde, also a Developer Advocate at Jump24 just chat about some interesting stuff that's happened recently. We also mention some events coming up, here are the links: Fusion Meetup, November 26th https://www.meetup.com/Fusion-Technology-Meetup-Birmingham/events/274553750/ Fusion Workshops: Introduction to Distributed Systems (.NET Core) with Dylan Beattie, November 19th https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-distributed-systems-net-core-with-dylan-beattie-tickets-119602742021 Communication for Software Teams, November 24th - 27th https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communication-for-software-teams-tickets-120395206303 OpenObservability Podcast, November 26th https://openobservability.io/ RubyConf, November 17th -19th https://rubyconf.org/ LaravelDay, November 26th https://2020.laravelday.it/ YouGotThis, January 15th  - 16th 2021 https://yougotthis.io/couch/ If you want to be part of the live recording and give opinions and ask a question, please just head to https://twitch.tv/ukmadlz and join the conversation every other Friday at 3pm UK time. If you have anything you'd like to follow up, or you'd like to be a guest at a later date, feel free to reach out to me or Jim at the links below: https://twitter.com/ukmadlz https://twitter.com/secondej
01:09:28
November 16, 2020