We were deeply saddened to learn that Khaled Bichara, one of Oxide’s angel investors, died in a car accident in Cairo on Friday night. Those of us who have known Khaled for years have known him to be a bold investor who appreciated hard technical problems – and also a profoundly decent person, who cared deeply for his family, his companies, and his country. Khaled’s stories of kindling entrepreneurship in Egypt were inspiring to any who heard them – and served as a reminder of the reponsibility that we all have to our broader communities.
Welp, that’s a wrap for the first season of the On the Metal podcast. Join us as we reminisce about some of our favorite parts (although it was very hard to choose). We also uncover some aspects of the podcast you never heard about! While this is the end of the first season, we absolutely cannot wait for the second season. Thank you so much for listening, we will be back soon!
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview legendary game designer and programmer Jonathan Blow. Join along as Jonathan takes us from collision detection on the Atari 800, through porting Doom to SGI’s famous set-top box, starting a game company at the worst possible time, his adventures with the (in)famous Cell processor, making several hit games – and his more recent experiences with a new programming language of his own creation.
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Jon Masters, computer architecture raconteur, microprocessor enfant terrible, and Patron Saint of Lost Computational Causes. Join us as we learn why Jon hates simultaneous multithreading, why he loves UEFI (?!) – and when we can expect the supremacy of the quantum blockchain.
Show Notes You can find Jon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jonmasters.
Some of the highlights of the show include:
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Rick Altherr, who has experience working all over the stack. Join us as we discuss impossible bugs, fires in the data center, reverse engineering BMC firmware, BMC vulnerabilities, Cray computers, and Windows NT on MIPS. Yup you heard that right!
Show Notes 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:
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Kenneth Finnegan, internet exchange homebrewer. Join us as we delight in the underbelly of the internet, learn about OG ASNs, run upon illegal cabling – and thrill in the discovery of a root DNS server thirty feet away.
Show Notes 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.
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Trammell Hudson. Trammell has some of the most interesting side projects related to every single hardware / software interface you can imagine. Join us as we step into the negative privilege rings with stories of reverse engineering lightbulbs & a Canon 5D Mark 2, hacking a Mac SE, dissecting modchips, evil maid attacks, and more.
Show Notes You can find Trammell on Twitter at https://twitter.
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Tom Lyon, Sun Microsystems employee #8, network storage pioneer and systems software polymath. Join us as Tom recounts losing bits in the hallway at Princeton, the peril of software-refreshed DRAM, and how to write a token ring driver from scratch in two weeks and still be mistaken for someone from sales. Along the way, Jess, Bryan and Tom nerd out about first calculators, favorite editors, and hard tabs.
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Ron Minnich. Ron has had a fascinating career working on the interface between software and hardware. Join us as we install Gentoo and compile GCC to hear a mesmerizing conversation about Unix, Plan9, LinuxBIOS, Chromebooks, RISC-V, of course some Gentoo jokes, flip flop programming toys, and more!
Show Notes Some of the highlights of the show include:
Netboot - Sun Microsystems: https://www.
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Amir Michael. Join us as we listen to stories of growing up and coming up in Silicon Valley, from answering a Craigslist ad during the Dot Com Bust for a company with a funny name, through starting a project at Facebook that became an industry-wide movement – with many exciting tales in between!
Show Notes You can find Amir on Facebook at https://facebook.
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Jeff Rothschild. Jeff has had a fascinating journey solving all sorts of fun problems at various levels of the stack. He is most widely known as being a co-founder of Veritas Software and the first VP of Engineering at Facebook, but his story does not start there. Join us as we hear Jeff’s stories from his impressive technical endeavors including disassembling MS-DOS, editing machine code in an octal editor, trolling coworkers in error messages, the origin story of ftruncate, and more.
We have started a computer company! If you haven’t yet, read Jess’s account of us being born in a garage and Bryan’s on the soul of our new computer company. Also, see the perspectives of some of our founding engineers: Robert Mustacchi on joining Oxide, Joshua Clulow on the need for a new machine, and Patrick Mooney on everything he sees aligning at Oxide (and in particular, on the importance of Oxide’s principles!
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!