046: Hello, computer

This episode takes more of a ‘resource’ form, as we share some tips & tricks for getting started building a PC for gaming. We cut through some of the aspects that we think are unimportant, and share some shortcuts for saving time and money.

There’s a lot of resources out there on the Internet, but we like:

  • Scan – for buying components (and pre-builds) in the UK
  • Toms Hardware – for reviews
  • bit-tech.net – for reviews, especially peripherals and modifications
  • Hexus – for their partnership with Scan (easy to find reviews)
  • Anandtech – for their deep-dives into new product ranges
  • The Wirecutter – for their ‘just buy this one’ approach to components and peripherals. Look under ‘Electronics’.

045: Generally available AI

In this episode of Octal FM we dive in to the state of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. We’ll explain what it is, what it isn’t, and why it seems to be such a big thing right now.

There’s lots of reading material out there if you want to learn more.

Some intro articles

Opinion pieces

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

044: Inclusive design with Elizabeth Chesters

In this episode we’re joined again by Elizabeth Chesters, a user experience, accesibility, and inclusive design extraordinaire. We continue our discussion from episode 31, and talk more about what it means to design a product or service in an ‘inclusive’ manner, e.g. designing for people with impairments, either permanent or situational.

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Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

043: Nintendo vs. The Internet

In another ‘Octal FM are Nintendo fanboys’ episode, we take a look back at the often overlooked history of Nintendo and the Internet. It involves satellites beaming games down to a virtual village on your SNES.

Photo by Muband for Wikipedia

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion & an old modem

042: A Mostly Harmless Episode

In this episode we tell the story of the Elite game series and our story of playing the original together back at school, and some bits about the space-sim genre as a whole.

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: Strauss – Blue Danube