Tech tAUk December 10, 2011 – Tech tAUkanukkah: The Festival of Bytes!

Coming off the heels of last year’s Tech the Halls holiday special, Douglas is all ready to kick off another great Christmas spectacular. Except Josh has another idea–and a contractual loophole to match–forcing a Hanukkah-themed holiday episode. Tensions aren’t the only thing inflamed in this episode; the holidays also gave us some holiday illnesses that we had to work through. Even so, this great episode features singing, dancing, Hebrew words, and plenty more to enjoy.

Check out the teaser ad for this episode for a preview!

Our tech headlines this week:

In our latest edition of Grate Da Bait, Douglas and Josh spar over whether the holiday season has become over-commercialized. Mixed metaphors ensue. Then, barred from Christmas, Douglas talks about New Years, specifically five tech New Years resolutions that he has set for himself.

Josh then takes to the interwebs to show off some explicitly Hanukkah-themed tech gifts, including:

Finally, for this week’s Random Geeky Fact of the Week, Josh does his best to explain the secrets behind the scheduling of Hanukkah, for those of you who may have wondered why the holiday is at a different time every year. Douglas and Josh then reconcile their differences in the spirit of the holiday season.

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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.