Tech tAUk October 1, 2011 – Chuck Testa Edition

In a world with so many divisions and challenges, it’s reassuring to know that we can ship dead animals from anywhere to be taxidermized by Chuck Testa. This episode is dedicated to that irresistible internet meme as we catch up on the latest in tech news, including the latest product announcements to come out from Cupertino.

Our tech headlines this week:

We then come clean off of Apple’s October 4 “Let’s Talk iPhone” event to discuss the announcement of the new iPods, iCloud, iOS 5, and the new iPhone 4S, along with Siri, as well as Tim Cook’s role in his first product keynote since being named CEO of Apple. Because this segment went really long, we included highlights of this segment in the episode, and have posted the full discussion as a YouTube clip.

Douglas then talks about Inbox Zero, an incredible methodology for helping us get control of the massive amounts of email in our lives. Josh moves from email to snail mail, as he looks at the ongoing debates about the funding of the postal service, and how its challenges arise from its failure to adapt to new technology and our society’s failure to adequately address 21st century problems.

Finally, we close out the show by addressing the Chuck Testa meme, looking at HTML for Babies in our Random Geeky Fact of the Week, and watching floppy disk drives play the Imperial March in our Viral Video of the Week. And we’ve got a little Easter Egg for fun as well.

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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.