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On The Metal

14 episodes - English - Latest episode: over 1 year ago -

As a part of starting Oxide Computer Company, Bryan Cantrill and Jess Frazelle decided to also create the podcast that they always wanted. Joined frequently by their boss, Steve Tuck, Bryan and Jess interview incredible guests retelling stories of adventure at the hardware/software interface. It’s unapologetically technical and as Jess says, “the nerdiest podcast on the face of the planet” -- but if you're their kind of nerd, you'll find yourself hanging on every word!

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Ken Shirriff

January 26, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 111 MB

You can find Ken on Twitter at twitter.com/kenshirriff and his blog righto.com. - Soyuz blog post:     http://www.righto.com/2020/01/inside-digital-clock-from-soyuz.html - IBM System/370: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_System/370 - Amdahl: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amdahl_Corporation - Build Your Own Z80 Computer:     https://books.google.com/books?id=mVQnFgWzX0AC&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false - Euler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonhard_Euler - Commodore PET: https:/...

Star Simpson

January 18, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 138 MB

You can find Star on Twitter at https://twitter.com/starsandrobots. Super Munchers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchers Metrowerks CodeWarrior: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CodeWarrior RadioShack (RIP): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadioShack "Marilyn Monroe's World War II Drone Program": https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/upshot/marilyn-monroes-world-war-ii-drone-program.html Radioplane Company: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radioplane_Company Piasecki PA-97: https://en....

John Graham-Cumming

January 11, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 115 MB

You can find John on Twitter at [twitter.com/jgrahamc](https://twitter.com/jgrahamc). - Babbage overview and the Difference Engine:     https://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/overview/ - Difference Engine No. 2 at the London Science Museum:     https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/objects/co526657/difference-engine-no-2-designed-by-charles-babbage-built-by-science-museum-difference-engine - BBC Micro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Micro - Sinclair ZX81: https://en...

Jess, Steve, and Bryan reflect on Season 1

February 03, 2020 11:00 - 41 minutes - 63.6 MB

Some of the highlights of the show include:  Amir Michael's episode: https://oxide.computer/blog/on-the-metal-2-amir-michael/ Jeff Rothschild's episode: https://oxide.computer/blog/on-the-metal-1-jeff-rothschild/ Ron Minnich's episode: https://oxide.computer/blog/on-the-metal-3-ron-minnich/ Dr. Nim: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Nim Turing Tumble: https://www.turingtumble.com Rick Altherr's episode: https://oxide.computer/blog/on-the-metal-7-rick-altherr/ Kenneth Finnegan...

Jonathan Blow

January 27, 2020 11:00 - 2 hours - 243 MB

You can find Jonathan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Jonathan_Blow. Some of the highlights of the show include:  The Witness: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Witness_(2016_video_game) Prince of Persia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Persia_(1989_video_game) Prince of Persia source code: https://github.com/jmechner/Prince-of-Persia-Apple-II Sprite: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(computer_graphics) Atari 800: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_8-bit_family ...

Jon Masters

January 20, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 143 MB

You can find Jon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jonmasters. Some of the highlights of the show include: "Negative Result: Reading Kernel Memory From User Mode" (blog post from July 2017): https://cyber.wtf/2017/07/28/negative-result-reading-kernel-memory-from-user-mode/ Spectre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectre_(security_vulnerability) Meltdown: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meltdown_(security_vulnerability) Speculative execution: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/2...

Rick Altherr

January 13, 2020 11:00 - 57 minutes - 86.6 MB

You can find Rick on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kc8apf and read his blog at https://www.kc8apf.net/. Some of the highlights of the show include: USBAnywhere: https://eclypsium.com/2019/09/03/usbanywhere-bmc-vulnerability-opens-servers-to-remote-attack/ Rick's talk at OSFC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrcdHHsfaKQ OpenBMC: https://github.com/openbmc/openbmc https://lwn.net/Articles/683320/ Wireshark: https://www.wireshark.org/ https://github.com/wireshark/wireshark Ghidr...

Kenneth Finnegan

January 06, 2020 11:00 - 1 hour - 96.5 MB

You can find Kenneth on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KWF and read his blog at https://blog.thelifeofkenneth.com/.  You can follow the Fremont Cabal Internet Exchange at https://twitter.com/FremontCabalIX. Some of the highlights of the show include:  Gallium arsenide: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallium_arsenide Lam Research: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam_Research Applied Materials: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applied_Materials Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL): https://en....

Trammell Hudson

December 30, 2019 11:00 - 1 hour - 113 MB

You can find Trammell on Twitter at https://twitter.com/qrs, his blog at https://trmm.net/, and his GitHub at https://github.com/osresearch. Some of the highlights of the show include: Sandia National Labs: https://www.sandia.gov/ Intel Paragon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Paragon OSF/1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSF/1 Intel i860: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_i860 Intel Pentium Pro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_Pro Red Storm: https://en.wikipedia.o...

Tom Lyon

December 23, 2019 11:00 - 1 hour - 155 MB

You can find Tom on Twitter at https://twitter.com/aka_pugs and find his blog at https://akapugs.blog/. You can learn more about DriveScale at https://drivescale.com/. Tom brought us a present: an IBM 360-era "Ready" button! Some of the highlights of the show include: Williams tube (CRT-based memory): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_tube Mercury delay lines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delay_line_memory Datapoint: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datapoint Datapoint: The...

Ron Minnich

December 16, 2019 11:00 - 1 hour - 134 MB

Some of the highlights of the show include:  Netboot - Sun Microsystems: https://www.netbsd.org/docs/network/netboot/intro.sun.html https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Sparc/Netboot/de PCI - self defining hardware: https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/pdfs/pci_ssc_quick_guide.pdf Dip switches and jumpers: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/pc-hardware-in/059600513X/ch02s03s05.html VA Linux cluster: https://itsfoss.com/story-of-va-linux/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geeknet Intel L4...

Amir Michael

December 06, 2019 21:00 - 1 hour - 151 MB

You can find Amir on Facebook at https://facebook.com/amir and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/digiamir. Some of the highlights of the show include:  Silcon wafers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wafer_(electronics) The "Turbo button": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_button BBSs: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/11/the-lost-civilization-of-dial-up-bulletin-board-systems/506465/ Turbo Pascal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_Pascal Anders Hejlsberg: h...

Jeff Rothschild

December 02, 2019 11:00 - 1 hour - 129 MB

Some of the highlights of the show include:  Dis-assembling MS-DOS on an IBM PC: https://github.com/microsoft/ms-dos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS-DOS PC Interface: allowing a MS-DOS program to use a unix host as its remote filesystem AT&T 3B2 Machine: http://www.unixwiz.net/3b2.html http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/pdf/westernElectric/3b20s/234-301-910WE_3B20S_System_Index_and_Description_Jul81.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3B_series_computers 32-bit Sigma 7 Machine: h...


November 15, 2019 14:00 - 2 minutes - 3.72 MB

Welcome to our new podcast, On the Metal! As a part of starting Oxide Computer Company, we decided to also create the podcast we always wanted. It’s unapologetically technical and as Jess says, “the nerdiest podcast on the face of the planet.” Join us as we interview various guests from the hardware / software interface. Their stories have captivated us all and kept us wanting more, we can’t wait to share them with you! Stay tuned!


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