Summer Tech Cornucopia Podcast: Threadripper and More

Welcome to the Improbable Insights Podcast Summer Tech Cornucopia! Tech cornucopias are podcasts in which we catch up on some tech news and gear of interest. These are delicious, bite-sized chunks of information, rather than the single-topic focus of most of our episodes. We talk about AMD’s Threadripper CPUs and Vega GPUs. We also cover cordless mice, Nvidia’s Volta, the end of Flash, and Apple. Tools and Fun I recently tripled my Internet speeds and dropped the monthly cost simply […]

HTC Vive

Buy New Tech on Day One or Wait?

Welcome to the Improbable Insights Podcast. You can almost smell it, feel it, taste it. The tech press and Twitter have been all abuzz about it. The longing to whip out your credit card and preorder seems almost too much to bear.  You know you want it, but a small, niggling voice in the back of your head tells you to wait. Wait for the inevitable bugs to be swatted and the promised features to be implemented. Should you wait? […]

The State of the PC: 2017

The personal computer evolution seems to be slowing. Apple seems to be ignoring high-end customers, 2-in-1 designs are proliferating, and the desktop PC stagnates. On the OS side, MacOS seems to be stagnating and Windows continues to be overly intrusive. What’s going to happen to the PC going forward? Eric, David, and I discuss happenings in the Mac arena, what’s going on with Windows, the slowdown in CPU progress, how displays have been evolving, and how storage has become the […]

Cool Stuff and #FAILs at the 2017 CES

The annual CES (don’t call it the Consumer Electronics Show!) just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Eric Klein and I talk about what looked cool, what looked lame, and whether or not a massive, unfocused show like CES really has any meaning. What was geek-worthy? What stuff was ridiculous? What’s Alexa up to these days? Will we ever get untethered VR? What are we looking forward to? Maybe this year’s CES trend was no trend at all? Tools I go […]

Podcast: Deep Learning

We’re joined this week by special guest Scott Gardner, who leads a small chip company which is trying to deliver a vision computing processor. Scott has some expertise in convolutional neural networks and deep learning, two areas which mesh with vision processing in automotive ADAS and other image recognition applications. Deep learning combines big data with new AI techniques based on neural networks. Deep learning uses convolutional neural networks, which applies convolution functions to the decision trees of neural networks […]

Podcast: The Future of Retail

Online shopping has forced us to rethink what retail shopping means. In particular, walking into a store to buy tech gear seems antiquated. Retail offers limited choice, higher prices, and often poor customer service. Do retail stores, particularly for hard goods, have a future? Maybe, but only if retail changes. Tools I somehow killed my Logitech G602 mouse, so replaced it with the shiny new G900. I call it a “semi-cordless” mouse, since it needs relatively frequent recharging. I just […]

Loyd Case

A Cornucopia of Tech Bits

Welcome to this week’s podcast. Eric and I discuss a variety of tech subjects this week, ranging from Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Nvidia’s insane new graphics card, and what’s Intel trying to do in automotive processing. We also talk about the Garmin VivoActive HR smartwatch in tools, replacing fluorescent lighting, and try to answer the question about just how much graphics cards improve each succeeding generation. As for fun, I finally catch up with Game of Thrones Season 5 (yes, […]

Personal Sports Technology, Today and Tomorrow

Just a quick post to get the podcast up this week, as I’m slammed with work. Eric and I discuss, debate, and argue the merits of various tech tools for tracking fitness. What we both agree on: future fitness tools need better context, and better support for exercise psychology, not just raw fitness data. On the tools side, I’m thinking about replacing my current Scosche dedicated heart rate monitor with a smartwatch which integrates the HR monitor. I’m currently looking at […]