Accidental Tech Podcast

Accidental Tech Podcast

Published by: Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa
132 Episodes | First Released: Jan 11 '18 | 🇺🇸
Three nerds discussing tech, Apple, programming, and loosely related matters.
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Matt_C29
Dec 5
Rating:   10
Fridge Hole 🕳

Measure your fridge holes people. ☝️

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Fleedar
Dec 5
Rating:   6
2/3rds a great podcast!

ATP is consistently a great show. John and Marco are smart, funny, and insightful in every episode. Use the chapter markers to skip everything dealing with Casey and you get a 5 star show. Listen to Casey, and it’s 3 stars. It’s really a shame how lame and boring he is compared to the other two.

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KaizerZosa
Nov 27
Rating:   2
Normally good

But wasted a full episode arguing senselessly over a stupid laptop vs desktop.

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@LK64076007A
Nov 27
Rating:   2
I used to like this show

Then it stopped being about new tech and turned into the social justice personal Mac shopping show. Listening to people slowly talk about what computer they might buy someday is not tech. It’s boring. Finally had to unsubscribe when calling the police for a car crash is “privilege”. Where I live it’s a requirement. But ok millennials. And how is that tech? Rename to Intentional Politics Podcast.

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The Real Zen Boy
Oct 27
Rating:   4
It’s OK, but....

There’s maybe about 15 minutes total of good content, which would be ok if the show ran 20-30 minutes, but it goes on for 2 hours sometimes. Even listening at 2x speed, it’s really hard to justify the time expenditure for what you get out of it. Besides the ridiculously long commercials you need to skip thru, I’ve found lately I’ve had to start skipping thru segments that run 25 minutes or more about esoteric topics, where all three of them take 10 minutes to say the same thing that would fit into a tweet. They really should just have one responder to each topic. Now that the shows have crept up to 2 hours a pop, I seriously doubt it will stay in the rotation. The host is one of these people who feels the need to preamble everything they say to the point where you start to phase out, and has a hissy fit when everyone else doesn’t talk like that. He will only read emails and such if you first go on some kowtowing preamble that strokes their fragile egos first. He also rarely offers anything of worth to the conversation, but loves to hear himself talk anyways. I’ve tried to find John Siracusa with someone else in a better show, but haven’t been able to yet.

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JoeSnowman
Oct 26
Rating:   10
Best tech podcast

I love the show and the trio is amazing. I like listening to the hosts and how they talk about each topic. Not all tech news are purely tech related and they have to get into politics or economics but that’s necessary in order to talk about such topic. ATP is number one in my tech playlist!

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M A 4
Oct 23
Rating:   4
Same 90-minute rant every week... forever

I hope ATP returns to its former greatness, but my previously favorite podcast has become one I'm OK skipping if the week is busy.There are 3 great hosts making great points on a great range of topics that interest me—tech stuff and crazy tangents alike!(Apparently the alt-right got its feelings hurt by some comment that was made, but I can’t for the life of me think what it was. Politics come up very rarely, very briefly, and very reasonably on this show. So reviewers here complaining that the show’s politics aren’t far enough to the right must be fragile folks indeed. Does it really hurt so much to briefly hear viewpoints different from your own?)But... this past couple of years, the show has devolved into the SAME endless, rambling, doom-and-gloom, emotion-laden rant over and over, with little islands of other discussion here and there.The cherry-picking and confirmation bias in this show have reached the point of self-parody—perhaps reflecting the larger world. Strip away the emotion-based assumptions and inability to step back and have an open mind that your pet peeves are not universal, and the podcast would last 5 minutes. Evidence of Apple doing anything good is cast aside or damned with faint praise. Evidence of them doing horrible dire evil is shaped from thin air and turned into endless whining. And when other ammo runs out, they pontificate on what MIGHT be done wrong in future, then twists it to be a near certainty! All evidence points to the pre-determined conclusion, and counter-evidence gets the briefest, dissmissive lip-servive or cannot even be admitted. This is cherry-picking ranting at its finest, and they don't even realize the bubble they exist in.This is a shame, because some of the problems touched on ARE real, even if they're less extreme or more nuanced than the rants. And when you bury real factors in a tidal wave of emotional thinking—and then do the SAME thing next week, and the week after, forver—you lose the persuasiveness that would make your point and even foster change.If anyone at Apple listens to these rants, the ATP crew is making it very easy to dismiss their concerns. That’s a real loss to the tech world. It wasn’t always like this.Please, less cherry-picking, less outpouring of random rambling rage, and more good old fashioned logic! Shades of gray EXIST. And when you've vented your rage once—fair enough!—lay off and talk about something else. Go punch some pillows or something, instead of seizing any excuse to get on the exact same soap box and say the same old things year after year. Endlessly repeating the black-and-white awfulness of all things Apple is a waste of all our time.Tip: if your podcast sounds like anti-fanfiction, inventing scenarios and motives that tell a narrative you’ve gotten stuck festering in your brain, you may need to re-evaluate. Trim it down to facts, add some what-ifs that are BOTH positive and negative, then don't repeat them at length weekly. And when history shows you to have been wrong or over-reacting, take the bitter pill and adjust your stance. We'd respect you for it, and the logical complaints that remain would shine through all the more clearly.And if you really feel complaining is all you have in you, complain about a wider variety of things. Once you’ve discussed a certain Apple flaw 10 times, look for a new one: you’ll find something, and we’ll all be happy to listen to it.Much like the hosts’ disappointment in Apple, my disappointment in ATP stems from wanting to love this show again. Help me out here!

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Perciple
Oct 7
Rating:   2
Stop Complaining...

Good information, but must of the time, they are just complaining about every product they don’t like. Too negative.

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Bevo67
Oct 5
Rating:   2
Finally deleted from my podcast list

I kept listening until their most recent show - then I just couldn’t take it anymore. Once upon a time, tech nerds simply loved computers and computing.. nowadays, many so-call "techies" (particularly on this podcast) are just apologists for whichever company gives them the most free products to "review". Much like the industry itself, fragmentation in platform coverage is now the norm… but this podcast takes that to the next level - the hosts seem to take particular relish in just dumping on every other tech platform that isn’t Apple, especially Microsoft. I have a brand new 13” MacBook Pro - I run both MacOS AND Windows 10 on it... there are pros and cons to each operating system; neither is perfect and I like having access to both. I do not hate Apple or Microsoft (or even Android). These three hosts (actually only two of them .. the insufferable Casey Liss and the equally irritating Marco Arment) make listening to ATP simply impossible...like fingernails on a chalkboard. Take my advice and go elsewhere (like the Verge) for decent tech reviews and discussions…this podcast is garbage.

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Smak
Oct 5
Rating:   4
Getting more annoying

Marco is a pompous guy who knows surprisingly little, Casey is so soft and white he’s mistaken for wonder bread, and John, while by far the most listenable, somehow feels the need to pander and virtue signal to random groups. If they left the politics alone and cut out 80% of their meandering rambling there might be enough meat left for a decent podcast, but not enough to fill Casey’s milk-toast ends.

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Magicalone
Sep 27
Rating:   6
Great tech podcast with an infuriating issue.

I look forward to the show every week. Two of the three houses are very intelligent well spoken and help me to think better about the world around me truly an invaluable service. One of the hosts is an incredibly low bandwidth communicator and it causes me so much stress to listen to him that I always forward 45 seconds on my podcast player every time he starts to speak about anything. I'm so grateful for my AirPods because I was wearing out the button fast forward button on my old Bluetooth headsets. Typically I look towards John Siracusa and say to myself if he is not complaining I just have to find my way to being more like John Siracusa in not letting it bother me...After episode 345 if feel like I have to just say goodbye to this podcast. The value it provides is not worth the stress it costs to listen to Casey Liss ramble around. Barely 1 in 3 words he says pushes forward whatever it is he's trying to communicate. Very frustrating in a audio based medium. Please listen to this podcast to expose yourself to Marco and John's thinking but fast forward as needed.

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mpeebles
Sep 21
Rating:   10
Accidental listener

I love the trio and their three different personalities. Always looking forward to the next podcast.

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bc425150
Sep 20
Rating:   4
Good content, but the voices are hard to listen to

I like the show for its topics and I like the hosts’ takes, but one has a slight lisp and makes the worst mouth sounds that drive me insane with headphones in

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Gdruin74
Sep 3
Rating:   2
Stay out of Politics

No one cares about your political views. Especially when you have no idea what you are talking about. I stopped listening because of an all out attack on gun owners.Tried to listen again and inside of 5 minutes there is a conversation about how gun owners hope someone breaks in so they can shot them.People do not listen for your political views. I’m sure it has cost you more listeners than just me.

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wabbajackson
Aug 28
Rating:   10
Entertaining

Hits the spot for strong opinions about tech stuff.

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krevbot
Aug 26
Rating:   6
Difficult Review to Write

This is a very difficult to write because on the one hand I LOVE their coverage of technology. On the other hand I HATE their rabbit trails into minutes (30 minutes on ketchup? Really guys? No one thought, “we should cut that out”?)If they could deliver the same content in about 30 minutes I’d be all OVER this, but I do not want to listen to anyone ramble for hours. Sorry.

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Blueguy85
Aug 23
Rating:   10
Great show

I love these idiotic reviews telling the hosts to stop talking politics. It’s their show and they can talk about whatever they want. If you don’t like their left leaning bias, you can stop listening and go back to whatever echo chamber safe space you feel comfortable in. You will not be missed.

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lanestew
Aug 22
Rating:   2
Condescending , obnoxious

If you enjoy hearing people say “you know” and “like” multiple times per sentence, this the podcast for you. Two of the three hosts constantly speak in a patronizing way anything they don’t like, understand, or agree with in a very off-putting way. Your time may be better spent getting real information as opposed to strongly held opinions based on ignorance.

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Jadiction
Aug 20
Rating:   2
Ugh

I don’t care about your politics. I get enough of it everywhere else.

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@hello-new-world
Aug 20
Rating:   2
Not that difficult...

It’s not that difficult to understand that people who listen to a tech podcast DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS. Just don’t do it. Do not share your political bias on a podcast. It completely ruins any credibility or positive regard I have for the hosts and the podcast. Geeeesh.

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