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More Hardcore Homebrew — Cutting Quartz Crystals

December 6, 2008 | Amateur Radio, Brainwagon Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Yesterday’s linked article about negative resistance oscillators got me thinking about the possibility of creating a radio where literally every component was made by hand. Okay, I’m not quite ready to make my own wire, but the zinc oxide oscillator that Nyle Steiner seemed like it was only one step away from reaching a reasonable […]

A New Podcast! With Reviews of XM Radio and the Panasonic DMC-TZ1

May 18, 2006 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio, Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

What can I say? I was bored on the way home yesterday, and decided to record a 23 minute podcast, reviewing two of my moderately recent gadget purchases: The Delphi SKYFI2 receiver for XM satellite radio. The Panasonic DMC-TZ1 digital camera, a compact five megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom. I also gave a brief […]

R.I.P. Brainwagon Radio

December 22, 2005 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I wish my experiment in podcasting was going out with a bang instead of a whimper, but for now, I’m closing the saga that was Brainwagon Radio. It may return in some retooled form in the future: I’m thinking that to really revitalize my interest in doing podcasts I need to find an appropriate […]

Brainwagon Radio: Sony Rootkits Their Customers, and Thanksgiving Food

November 17, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Where your host briefly displays his anger about Sony rootkitting their customers, but then happily lapses off into musing about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and food.

Brainwagon Radio: Headset, Reset and Videora Ipod Converter

November 3, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Another podcast recorded on my Dell Axim x50v after upgrading to Windows Mobile 5. Quicky review: it works, seems to have a few things cleaned up, including some nice enhancements to Pocket Internet Explorer. It does seem however that the Core Pocket Media Player might not be detecting the graphics accelerator in the Dell anymore, […]

Brainwagon Radio: Headset and Sunset

November 3, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Yesterday, I received a package in the mail from Dell including a new headset for my Dell Axim x50v PDA, as well as the upgrade CD for Windows Mobile 5. I recorded this podcast on the way home as a test of the microphone. Also a bit about my sidebar hack for list birthdays of […]

Brainwagon Radio: My Wife Reviews the Video iPod

October 31, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Holy crap, it’s been a month since I published my last podcast. But today I managed to corner my wife in the car and we recorded a brief 10 minute podcast, largely consisting of a review of the new video iPod. She gives her impressions of the iPod, how she’s using it, and the success […]

Brainwagon Radio: Comments on Scoble and Specifications

September 30, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Twice in one day… Scoble responds to lots of criciticism that he’s evangelizing a crappy format, and really misses the forest for the trees. Actually, he misses the trees too. Earlier today I recorded this podcast, which I wasn’t going to post, but if Scoble’s going to go on, I think it actually merits it. […]

Brainwagon Radio: Turbo Slug, Death of PC, and End of Baseball Season

September 27, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, in this edition of my podcast, I lament the end of baseball season for the Oakland Athletics, talk about the modifications I’m making to my Linksys NSLU2, and then talk about the predicted death of the PC as a platform for innovation. Links from the show: Jonathan Schwartz of Sun talks about how web […]

Brainwagon Radio: A Podcasting Duet

September 25, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I have a special treat in today’s podcast: my wife makes an appearance. We chat about our experience at Friday’s Oakland A’s game which the A’s lost (boo!) but which had great fireworks (yay!), as well as a couple of other geeky topics like Jeri Ellsworth’s hackable gadget, the C64 Direct To TV. The Slashdot […]

Brainwagon Radio: Baseball, Atari 2600, FPGAs, you name it

September 20, 2005 | Blogging, Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today’s podcast recaps a bunch of topics which have floated to the top of my conciousness: a recap of last night’s baseball game, my experience in programming the old Atari 2600 video console, what it might mean to have a video game console which promoted consumer experimentation and programming, some musings about Field Programmable Gate […]

Brainwagon Radio: eBay Buys Skype: Why?

September 12, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today’s podcast mostly concerns my confusion on why eBay purchased Internet phone company Skype. Well, not so much why they bought it as why they paid 2.8 billion dollars for it. I present some of my skepticism about the Web services marketplace as well. Addendum: Jeff Pulver has an interesting perspective.

A Year of Podcasting

September 10, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

One year ago today, I did my first podcast. I didn’t even call it a podcast, I think the term was yet to be coined. Since then, by my rough count I’ve done 93 or so podcasts, on subjects ranging all over the map, with varying bits of quality, stupidity, mistakes and the like. In […]

Brainwagon Radio: Computer Chess at the Computer Hitsory Museum

September 9, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last night, I attended an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View entitled “The History of Computer Chess”. It was a panel discussion by some of the pioneers in the field: Monty Newborn, Murray Campbell, John McCarthy, Ed Feigenbaum and David Levy. My daily podcast gives some of my brief impressions. I didn’t […]

Brainwagon Radio: Retro Programming on the Atari 2600

September 7, 2005 | Brainwagon Radio, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Mostly this podcast concerns itself with my latest geeky project: writing programs for the old atari 2600. Why would anyone do this? Have a listen! Hear the sense of childish joy I take in wasting my time! In the podcast I mentioned my implementation of PDP-1 simulator so I could run the original Spacewar! game […]