Welcome to our new podcast, On the Metal! As a part of starting a 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 mystified us all
and kept us wanting more, we can't wait to share them with you! Stay tuned!
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.
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!
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 to hear a mesmerizing conversation about Unix, Plan9, LinuxBIOS,
Chromebooks, RISC-V, of course some Gentoo jokes, flip flip programming
toys, and more!
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Tom Lyon, Sun 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!