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Oxide and Friends

Oxide hosts a weekly Discord show where we discuss a wide range of topics: computer history, startups, Oxide hardware bringup, and other topics du jour. These are the recordings in podcast form. Join us live (usually Mondays at 5pm PT) https://discord.gg/gcQxNHAKCB Subscribe to our calendar: https://sesh.fyi/api/calendar/v2/iMdFbuFRupMwuTiwvXswNU.ics

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Recent Episodes of Oxide and Friends


Innovation Tokens with Charity Majors

Innovation Tokens with Charity Majors

Charity Majors joined Bryan, Adam, and the Oxide Friends to talk about the idea of "innovation tokens"--a fixed budget for, so called, "innovative" projects. When is boring better and when is innovation the safer approach? Is Oxide issuing innovation tokens in some sort of hyper-inflationary cycle!?

In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by special guest Charity Majors.

Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:

Glyph: Against Innovation TokensCharity's Twitter ThreadOxF: Let That Sink In! (Whither Twitter?) with CharityDruidScuba whitepaperOxide RFD 68: Partnership...

Episode 17 11 July 2024 1h, 26m and 24s


Is NVIDIA like Sun from the Dot Com Bubble?

Is NVIDIA like Sun from the Dot Com Bubble?

Every so often we like to give our Oxide and Friends hot takes (or as Adam puts it "Bryan getting trolled on Twitter"). This time, a viral tweet suggests that NVIDIA is on the same trajectory as Sun Microsystems on its ascent during the Dot Com Bubble. From two alumni of Sun's rise and fall: maaaaybe not.

In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, speakers included Todd Gamblin.

Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:

The Tweet!OxF: Innovation Stagnation? -- wherein we forgot to read...

Episode 16 27 June 2024 1h, 28m and 58s


Musing with Changelog's Adam Stacoviak

Musing with Changelog's Adam Stacoviak

Bryan and Adam were joined by The Changelog’s Adam Stacoviak for a … wide ranging conversation! Something for everyone—especially fans of HBO’s Silicon Valley!

In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by special guest Adam Stacoviak.

Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:
Bryan on Changelog

Changelog: 23 years of Ruby with MatzSWOTBachmanity InsanityStraight outta KubeconBreakmaster CylinderAdam Stac on githubChangelog Dance Party by BMCComputer History Museum: Oral HistoriesBryan's talk on social audio

If we got something wrong or missed something, please f...

Episode 15 17 June 2024 1h, 46m and 50s


Rebooting a datacenter: A decade later

Rebooting a datacenter: A decade later

Back in May 2014 Joyent accidentally rebooted an entire datacenter (not just the handful of node as intended!). That incident--traumatic was it was--informed many aspects of the Oxide product. Bryan and Adam were joined by members of that former Joyent team to discuss, commiserate, and--perhaps--get some things off their chests.

 a live show weekly on Mondays at 5p for about an hour, and recording them all; here is the recording.

In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, speakers included Josh Clulow, Brian Bennett, Robert Mustacchi, and Steve Tuck.

Some of the topics we h...

Episode 14 30 May 2024 1h, 40m and 34s


Bookclub: How Life Works by Philip Ball

Bookclub: How Life Works by Philip Ball

The long-awaited Oxide and Friends bookclub! Bryan and Adam were joined by special guest--and real life biologist--Greg Cost to discuss Philip Ball's terrific book, How Life Works: A User’s Guide to the New Biology. Spoiler: Alan Turing makes a very expected appearance!

In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, we were joined by special guest Greg Cost.

Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:

The Turing patternRNA as a precursor to DNAXenopus frogXenobotsAnton computer

Bryan's reading notes

Central themes

Po...

Episode 13 22 May 2024 1h, 50m and 30s


All we have to fear is FUD itself

All we have to fear is FUD itself

The Oxide Friends have talked about the Hashicorp license change, the emergence of an open source fork of Terraform in OpenTofu, and other topics in open source. A few weeks ago both InfoWorld and Hashicorp (independently?) accused OpenTofu of stealing Terraform code—a serious claim that turned out to be fully unfounded. We (you!) have been lucky to avoid this topic with a couple of guests lined up to talk about the xz exploit discovery and founding the Oakland Ballers… but we ran out of distractions! Bryan and Adam talk about this FUD and FUD generally.

Your host...

Episode 12 25 April 2024 1h, 21m and 1s

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