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Friend of the show Jay Goldman joins us from NYC to talk about Facebook shenanigans and his new book “The Decoded Company.” Jason has one of his patented epiphanies about how tech is cooler than ever but the people making it just aren’t.

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After far too long of a hiatus your hosts Jason DeFillippo, MXV, & Calbee Mundy are back together to discuss the 1991 Surf and Crime film “Point Break” starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze and Gary Busey. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Dude.

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We’re joined again by Dr. David Teter to talk about douche-baggery in the government and silliness in the private sector. Brian and Jason agree to agree about Wil Wheaton only after disagreeing vehemently. Many new apps and stuff like that.

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There is no way to sound like I’m not one of the Grumpy Old Geeks to make this post, but really. Every song I could possibly want to listen to, on tap, for nothing – or next to nothing, if you don’t want to hear an ad now and then. I used to drive from record store to record store to find the latest release or an ep with an extra track, or a special remix, flirt with the cute girl working the counter. Music was special… not just special, music was everything. Nothing else mattered, at all – or at least, nothing wasn’t seen through the prism of the music I liked, and the music you liked, and how that all fit together.

Now it means nothing. It’s great for me, because I can just bring up whatever I want at any time, and I’m old, and all the things that mean so much to me have already been recorded and I’ve lived through that, talked about it with friends, traded rarities, gone to the shows, bought the t-shirts and gone home so many years ago.

But a big part of what made music special was the chase, the not having everything on tap, the not knowing what this artist that meant so much to you was thinking every second. That’s all gone. And no one growing up today has that. I can’t believe that any Miley song will ever mean the same to the girls growing up now that Tiffany did then. Or that 30 Seconds to Mars or Imagine Dragons will ever be Depeche Mode or the Cure or the Smiths. They fucking can’t, beyond the fact that they suck.

The more we gain, the more we lose. And I think we’ve lost more than we’ve gained.

App It Up!

Brian —  April 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

Got iOS? Grump up your iPhone or iPad with the fancy pants new Grumpy Old Geeks App. Easy access to all of our episodes and pretty graphics to boot. Grab it here.

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It’s the one year anniversary of Grumpy Old Geeks! Jason’s off his meds, literally and Brian is having mid-life buyers remorse. This leads to a classic grump fest like we used to do while everything we love is ripped from us, as usual.

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Beep Beep

Brian —  March 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

My refrigerator beeps. My kettle beeps. My laundry machine beeps. The dryer beeps. The coffee machine beeps. The microwave beeps. The TV beeps. The phone beeps. The computer beeps.

Some of these I can shut off, some of them I cannot. I need beep-less devices.

We are inundated with sound, all day, every day. Noise pollution is everywhere. So therefore I propose Grumpy Old Geeks Rules of the Future #1: All devices heretofore manufactured MUST have an easy to access mute option.

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Brian has officially joined the middle-class and hates his life! Between his contractors banging around and Jason’s neighbors fleet of lawn mowers it was a miracle we got this thing done. Please enjoy episode 50 where we did nothing at all to celebrate!

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Ruminations on train travel in the digital age. Jason has gone back to Squarespace kicking and screaming and it almost cost him a laptop. The age old discussion of ageism in tech continues. Brian discovers crowd beer. Jason has his last WordPress fit. Ever.

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This episode is dedicated to anyone who has had to utter the words “Clear your cache and reload.” We feel your pain and just want you to know that you’re not alone. This show was edited and posted from an Amtrak Southwest Chief train from Chicago to LA!

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Benny Hill Goes Raving

Brian —  March 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

I’ve watched this at least 25 times today and the day isn’t over yet. All of human civilization has led to this point:

Now, in all seriousness, this video actually teases 3 topics that we’ll be covering in this week’s GOG Podcast. Really.

1) Proper attribution. I came across the video thanks to the folks at Jezebel: http://jezebel.com/i-cant-stop-laughing-at-these-ravers-dancing-to-benny-1531343407

2) Fair Use of music – is this a legal use of the Benny Hill theme song?

3) Content ownership and technology – who technically owns the content of the video? The guys in it? The person who shot it? The person who posted it to YouTube? Benny Hill himself?

We’ll be talking about it all…

In this action packed episode we discuss how Jason busted open the underground ring of hackers who have infiltrated Apple and are breaking iOS for cash. Brian introduces a new coalition of musicians who aren’t standing for it any more. And more!

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