Tech tAUk April 16, 2011 – I Fought the Law Edition

Get ready for one of our funniest and strangest episodes to date. After a one-month detour, we’re back in the studio and ready to have all kinds of fun, mainly at the expense of lawyers and videographers.

Our tech headlines this week:

Josh and Douglas then examine and re-enact the ongoing disputes between Apple and Amazon and Apple and Microsoft over the “App Store” trademark in a uniquely strange parody.

Douglas then rants about the strange way that the weirdest YouTube videos seem to become the ones that goes “viral,” and he examines this trend with an analysis of a recent video of a guy alone in the a Metro car which went viral in early April. Josh then counters with an infomercial for legal services which looks at many of the other bogus lawsuits being made against tech companies.

Finally, for our Random Geeky Fact of the Week, Douglas honors Mac OS X’s recent tenth anniversary with a discussion at how Mac OS X was influenced by its true predecessor, NeXTSTEP. And for our Viral Video of the Week, we look at how the Oregon State Legislature got rickrolled.

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.