Episode 10: Creepy fun tech news

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In this week’s episode, Christie and Audrey chat about recent creepy, fun tech news, including All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You and share a special announcement.

Show Notes

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You by Kaveh Waddell in the Atlantic

There is no “technology industry” by Anil Dash

Y Combinator Demo Day coverage via TechCrunch

The Americans, a TV show set in the 1980’s about Soviet spies in the United States.

Open Source & Feelings: Real World Examples, Real World Impact by Thursday Bram

Community Announcements

The Responsible Communication Style Guide

We’re excited to announce our first book project! Part of what makes The Recompiler special is the attention and care we put toward writing about the users and creators of technology in a way that’s inclusive and respectful of diverse identities. This is so rewarding, and yet we’ve struggled to find adequate references to follow.

This fall, we’ll be working with Thursday Bram to create a book on inclusive writing and technology, called The Responsible Communication Style Guide: technology and beyond. It’s a big project, and we need your help.


We’ve started adding transcripts to our podcasts! If you’d like to see this continue, we need your support. The cost of commissioning a transcript is about a dollar a minute, which means for a typical episode we pay between $30-60. Our podcast doesn’t have sponsors like you might see elsewhere, because we’ve decided to focus on communicating as directly as possible with our listeners and readers. So here’s the pitch: pledge at least $1 each podcast, and if enough of you do this to cover at least half the expense of transcription for the podcast episode, we’ll make sure it continues.

Issue 4: Legacy Systems

Our latest issue is in the shop and online now! Issue 4: Legacy systems focuses on how systems and code change over time, and how we maintain them. In this issue we have tips on how to maintain legacy code bases effectively, a history of the GNOME project and how it relates to urban change, a case study on working with legacy data, and other interesting and informative articles. Order now!

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