Tech tAUk October 20, 2012 – Halloween of Patience Edition

What happens when you’re a tech show, and you decide to film a Halloween special 2 weeks early? It turns out that long waits are the scariest things that can happen in the tech world, and we had plenty of long waits in this episode. That said, this is still a plenty-fun, guest-filled episode of Tech tAUk, not to be missed.

Tech tAUk crew member Chris Pyle finally gets his wish and forces Doug and Josh to play Slender. But far from the game being scary, it takes forever for anything to end up happening! We also try our hands at a tech-themed pumpkin carving contest, with really crappy pumpkin carving equipment. And we bring in Batman to help officiate the carving contest, and entertain us as it proceeds.

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

Our ghoulish tech headlines this week:

After the pumpkin carving contest, Douglas goes to his self-proclaimed Magic Wall of Operating System Demos to compare the two latest desktop operating system offerings from Apple and Microsoft: OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8, focusing on how they each represent different philosophies about the future of desktop and mobile platforms.

Then, Josh brings out the fear of failure in his latest installment of FLUNKS, focusing his attention on Apple, Netflix, and more insanity by PETA.

Finally, in this week’s “Are You Sirious?” we find out what Siri is wearing for Halloween, and Josh indulges some nostalgia with a Pork Jam remix for our Viral Video of the Week. And we’ve got a little pumpkin-carving Easter egg waiting for those of you who watch past the end of the credits.

Coming soon: watch the full Slender gameplay and pumpkin carving contest segments!

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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.