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Welcome to our new podcast. It’s going to be a lot of fun.


I Bluff All The Time

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Paul & Chris sit down and chat about central vacuum and avocados! What more could you want from a host-full show? Well, surprise guest Tina pops in to talk delicious cookies & not-so delicious undercooked cheeseburgers.

Thanks for listening to our host-full show. It was a lot of fun for us to catch up with each other instead of getting to know a rad guest. It’s a bit of a throwback episode; we hope you enjoyed it.


More Special, Less Privacy

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Jacob Cook from arkOS is with the guys for part 2 of the discussion on privacy. Jacob says we should trust the investigation techniques we’ve used for years rather than collect everyone’s data. Meanwhile, Paul has a great metaphor for online privacy, the front door of your home.

Once again thanks for listening and thanks to our guest for the chat. Be sure to check out Jacob’s arkOS. If you want to hear more from Jacob, have a listen to the Film Frown podcast he was on.


Which Tech Giant Do You Trust Less?

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This week Chris wanted to talk about privacy so he and Paul invited Jacob Cook the father of arkOS to talk about the importance of confidentiality and better ways to protect yourself online.

Subtle Reminder: We have a chat channel on the freenode IRC network you can join during live shows on Thursday nights to interact with us. Or jump in on other days and maybe you run into Chris or Paul. Look for #montrealsauce on freenode or hit the live page on our site.

  • We discuss the spotted history of online payments where Elon Musk’s Paypal was the only choice. Paul & Jacob prefer using stripe when they are developing.
  • Edward Snowden has exposed a number of things about government data collection. The truth is that they cannot provide one case where mass surveillance has stopped an actual terrorist act. Last Week Tonight has an excellnt video on the subject. It’s NSFW.
  • Jacob’s arkOS has a number of ways for you to host your own data.
  • Jacob tells us there are great alternatives out there for every popular app and service, but there’s a learning curve. arkOS is his answer to having an easy solution for everyone, like apps on the app store.
  • Speaking of alternatives, Chris and Paul have had success with Baïkal for syncing contacts and calendars.
  • Chris is excited to try Mumble as an alternative to Skype.
  • Jacob had a Jolla phone to increase his privacy, but recently moved to a new carrier where it wasn’t supported.
  • Jacob & Chris use apps from Open Whisper Systems for encrypted communication on their devices. You can get TextSecure for Android or Signal for iPhone in the various app stores.
  • Encrypting e-mail sounds complex, but there are tutorials everywhere. Read more on ars technia.
  • Chris & Jacob chat a bit about using xdadevelopers forum to try new ROMs on Android and the “hackable nature” of the ecosystem vs. iOS.
  • MightyText Allows you to text from your computer or tablet after syncing with your Android phone.
  • iMessage and WhatsApp are other messaging alternatives they discussed.
  • HTTPS Everywhere is a browser extension/add-on to protect you online.
  • Jacob also uses Ghostery to block all the trackers following you online.
  • Chris cautions that Ghostery will send data to advertisers. Thus, he uses Disconnect. Wait, what do these do?
  • Is Adblock Plus any good or are companies paying ABP not to block?
  • Homeland Security is setting up an office in Silicon Valley.
  • The gents talk SSL encryption.
  • To secure your own sites you can make SSL certificates, but browsers only recognize certificates from a “trusted” authority (in other words a company that takes your money for the certificate). Let’s encrypt is a free service coming in September.
  • arkOS is about being decentralized, your data on your hardware without having to trust some data center. However, ISPs don’t want you to host your own services and some do not give you a static IP address. So, Skylark was born. arkOS on centralized connection.
  • There are now data centers using the micro boards like the Raspberry Pi. You can host things on these microservers. Mininodes is one such service.

Special thanks to Jacob for once again coming on to share his time and genius with Paul & Chris. Next episode will be the continuation of the conversation about privacy, sausage and your dXXk pics.


You Need Poutine Bros

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This is the second half our conversation with artist & developer, Jen Montes. We discuss being multilingual, Puerto Rico, Python, GitHub, and poutine. Jen currently works on the TV show Archer.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this episode with Jen Montes. It’s fairly obvious that we had a good time. Up next, a topical show on privacy.


Look Stupid as You Bang on Things

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Jen Montes currently works on the animated show Archer. She started out as an illustrator and now develops tools to assist the artists & animators. We talk about federating the web, cats, electrical engineering and jazz hands.

  • Jen wanted to join us sooner, however the entire team that creates Archer gets together to watch each episode on Thursday nights.
  • We fall into Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt recaps because we all enjoy the jokes.
  • Illustrators build Archer characters in Adobe Illustrator and they animate in After Effects.
  • Jen created the video for the arkOS fundraising campaign.
  • In the chat room, Jacob wonders if the people who make Archer also made Frisky Dingo.
  • Adam Reed & Matt Thompson are the minds behind Frisky Dingo, Sealab 2021 and Archer.
  • Chris and Jen have both listened to the Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast about Archer.
  • Growing up Jen had a rad Tandy computer.
  • Jen learned Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, was accepted to the Georgia Tech PHD robotics program and built satellites for Boeing. Of course, she never stopped pursuing her creative and artistic passions.
  • Chris recommends Iron Sky because it was not only crowd funded, but crowdsourced.
  • HitRecordTV is another collaborative production.
  • Where is our art collaboration website? Jen imagines a GitHub-like network for artists.
  • We learn that Electrical engineering field is huge.
  • A Tribe Called Quest lied to us about the pronunciation of El Segundo.
  • Jen says she left Boeing because she was only “pushing desks.” Chris relates that the recent TV show Halt and Catch Fire illustrates her point. Be an intern & fetch coffee at IBM or work at a small firm and get your hands dirty writing BIOS.
  • Chris proposes re-scripting Archer as a Spanish soap opera, like it’s creator did with Sealab2021.

Thanks to Jen Montes and her cat for taking time in the evening to gab with us. Stay tuned for the next episode to her more from the artist and developer.