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Welcome to the Techsploder Podcast!


Join veteran tech podcaster Jason Howell as he sits down with intriguing tech minds for casual conversations that explore the human experience in a world engulfed by technology. From tech journalists and creators to entrepreneurs, Jason invites guests to share their journey through tech and reflect on the triumphs and struggles of being immersed in the always-evolving tech landscape. New episodes every Friday!

Episode 1 drops on Friday, May 3, 2024!

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  • 10. Fr. Robert Ballecer

    Father Robert Ballecer, aka The Digital Jesuit, lives two lives: One as a dedicated Jesuit priest working at the Vatican in Rome, and the other as a lifelong tech nerd. Here he explains why those seemingly different aspects of his life are actually one and the same.🔔 Please support our work on Patreon: Robert's experience living in Rome and contrasts with more tech-centric citiesFather Robert's role in the church and how it relates to his technology workFather Robert's childhood interest in technology and parental supportEarly experiences with dumpster diving for computer partsFixing and selling TRS-80 computersRunning a Bulletin Board System (BBS) as a youthSelling refurbished floppy disks through a BBSEarly experiences with YouTube and content creationMonetization of YouTube content and optimization techniquesDiscussion of pre-iPod MP3 players and early consumer techFather Robert's experiences with hacking school computer systemsPhone phreaking and early hacking experiencesFather Robert's interest in The Expanse sci-fi series and its realistic technologyDiscussion of fusion technology and energy conversion as potential future developmentsFr. Robert Ballecer on Twitter (X): Robert Ballecer on YouTube:
  • 9. Lamarr Wilson

    Lamarr Wilson, the "CEO of Unboxings", shares his journey from teaching tech in schools to becoming a wildly popular tech content creator known for his enthusiastic unboxing videos and comedic persona.🔔 Please support our work on Patreon: Lamarr's background and how he got into tech/education- His early experiences with technology as a child- Discovering the internet and its impact- Transitioning from education to creating YouTube content- The origins of his YouTube channel and initial motivations- Developing a comedic persona and sense of humor on YouTube- Shifting focus to vertical video formats like TikTok and Instagram Reels- Motivations behind the format change and its impact on his career- The differences in effort between long and short-form content creation- How he approaches unboxing videos and the "CEO of Unboxings" moniker- His hopes for future smart home/AI technology advancementsLamarr Wilson on Instagram: Wilson on YouTube: Wilson on TikTok:
  • 8. Liam Spradlin

    Join Jason Howell as he delves into the world of design with Liam Spradlin, discussing the subjective nature of design, the impact of generative AI, and Liam's experience creating the "Girasol" typeface.Please support this podcast on Patreon: influence in SwitzerlandMaterial Design and deep personal meaningEverything in design is interfacialDoes AI bypass intentional design?Has Material Design achieved its purpose?Where Liam's design sense began as a kidLiam's Typeface designKnowing when a design is doneWhy do we accept bad design in tech?Esthetic value of vintage interfacesLaim's most cherished technologyListen to the Design Notes podcast: Liam's work on Interface Cade:
  • 7. Dick DeBartolo

    Join Jason Howell as he explores the world of "low-tech" through the eyes of MAD Magazine's Dick DeBartolo, a media legend and true gadget aficionado with a knack for finding humor in the strangest places.Please support our work on Patreon: How Dick DeBartolo keeps his humor and fascination with technology, even for mundane gadgets.- Dick's early interest in technology and how it led to his work at Mad Magazine and game shows.- The story of how Dick started appearing on TV shows like Metro Media's Saturday Morning Live.- How Dick transitioned from TV to podcasting with Leo Laporte's TWiT network.- Dick's favorite gadgets, including the Slingbox and the world's first digital camera.- The nostalgia and ingenuity behind Dick's early 8mm films with sound effects.- A memorable story about a private train ride with Mad Magazine's publisher.- How technology has simplified video production and enabled remote appearances.Check out The Giz Wiz: Dick's website:
  • 6. Christina Warren

    Christina Warren joins Jason Howell to talk about how nostalgia for the early Internet and failed technology companies has permeated her life in tech. From developer advocacy at Microsoft and Github to working in the tech journalism trenches at Mashable, Christina has stayed passionate about the possibilities of tech and its limitations.Please support our work on Patreon:'s experience of accidentally not hitting the "go live" button at the start of the interview, and the importance of redundancy in recordingHer early memories and passion for technology, sparked by video games, gadgets, and the internet in the 90sBuilding her first website on GeoCities as a 12-year-old unpaid "community leader"Her collectibles obsession, including shoes and merchandise from failed/infamous tech companies like Theranos, FTX, etc.Reminiscing about the spectacular dot-com boom and bust, and companies like Webvan, that didn't surviveDiscussing the decline of TiVo and how the DVR experience has arguably gotten worse over timeHer current role as a developer advocate at GitHub, and how to follow her work
  • 5. Megan Morrone

    From writing for late-90s dot com boom websites to catching her break on TechTV, to podcasting at TWiT and back to writing, Megan Morrone shares her insights on the promise and peril of AI, navigating social media, and the challenges of parenting in the digital age.Support the Techsploder Podcast on Patreon: Morrone vs Megan Moroney.Megan's time in the 90s at LookSmart and CitySearch.Why TechTV was different.Technology influences as a child.Parenting in the digital age: Now vs. Then.Megan's experience with social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn.Megan's thoughts on the promise and peril of AI and its impact on various aspects of life.The tech that lets Megan down.Megan's approach to tech cleanse and stepping away from technology.Subscribe to the AI+ Newsletter:
  • 4. Ron Richards

    From his childhood fascination with the Apple II Plus to publishing a zine and co-founding iFanboy, Ron Richards opens up about his lifelong love for technology and how it has shaped his career, culminating in the development of the Scorbit pinball app.Please support our work on Patreon:'s early memories of technology and the internetDiscovering bulletin board systems (BBS) and computer game piracyThe birth of the World Wide Web and Netscape's IPODesktop publishing and creating a zine in collegeDiscovering the pinball community and developing ScorbitBalancing passion projects with workThe technology behind Disney's immersive experiencesCheck out Scorbit: to iFanboy: to Android Faithful:
  • 3. Alex Kantrowitz

    Alex Kantrowitz, author of "Always Day One," talks about his transition from political journalism to covering the tech industry, and how he applies lessons from tech giants' ability to reinvent themselves to his own business with Big Technology.Please support our work on Patreon: Alex's journey from BuzzFeed to starting his own independent media company, Big Technology.- The experience of working at BuzzFeed and the challenges of being a serious news outlet within a site known for listicles and memes.- Writing the book "Always Day One" and the process of researching and interviewing tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.- Interviewing Mark Zuckerberg and the approach to asking insightful questions.- Applying lessons from tech giants' ability to reinvent themselves to his own business.- Alex's early career in politics and government work, and how it prepared him for covering tech.- Memorable moments from his youth that sparked his interest in journalism and technology.- The importance of taking chances and not waiting for the perfect opportunity.Check out Big Technology: http://www.bigtechnology.comRead "Always Day One":
  • 2. Eddy Barker

    Jason Howell chats with Eddy Barker, an electrical engineer who grew up fascinated by science fiction television. That passion led him working with AT&T as he helped create DSL technology in the 1990's, paving the way for high-speed Internet in the homes of millions.Support this show via Patreon: Eddy started his time at AT&T and if developing DSL was his first projectEddy's early interest in communications technology like telephones, radio, and TVThe challenges AT&T faced with dial-up internet and long connection durationsHow the idea of using existing telephone lines for DSL data came aboutValidating the DSL concept and any resistance faced during developmentThe rise of companies like eBay, Amazon, and Napster enabled by DSLCommon challenges between DSL and modern fiber deploymentsEddy's vision for how technologies like the metaverse, AI, and high bandwidths will converge in the next decadeA piece of technology from Eddy's youth that shaped his love for the field