Making Blocks

Apple, parenting, technology and overall tinkering.

About the show

Making Blocks is a podcast about Apple, parenting in the world of technology, the life of software developers, and overall tinkering. Hosted by TJ Barber and Shane Cowherd.

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  • Episode 15: Proverbial Horse Betting

    January 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    TJ and Shane are joined by a good friend of the show, Scott Jann! We discuss marble simulations, internet connections, parenting, Bitcoin mining, and more.

  • Episode 14: "RIP Little Caesar's App"

    January 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins

    TJ and Shane discuss their AppleCare, their first downloaded apps, and gigabit ethernet.

  • Episode 13: Everything is New

    January 14th, 2020  |  46 mins 22 secs

    Shane and TJ return after a month to discuss their many life changes, new hardware, and fun things at CES.

  • Episode 12: The Pre-Thanksgiving Episode

    December 23rd, 2019  |  33 mins 35 secs

    TJ and Shane recorded an episode a few days before Thanksgiving that we wanted to share. We hope you enjoy it!

  • Episode 11: A Bunch of Tiny Walled Gardens

    December 16th, 2019  |  41 mins 41 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss the wonderful world of Mac applications and cycle of "free and open" to "closed walled gardens".

  • Episode 10: Maclunkey!

    November 18th, 2019  |  40 mins 55 secs

    Shane and TJ have a special guest on the show and then discuss office setups, the new 16" MacBook Pro, and Disney+.

  • Episode 9: I Want My URLs!

    November 11th, 2019  |  44 mins 52 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss disappearing URLs in Google, Firefox, and the history of web browsers.

  • Episode 8: The Years of the Linux Desktop

    November 5th, 2019  |  42 mins 47 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss AirPods and their memories of the Linux desktop.

  • Episode 7: A Trip to the Other Side

    October 29th, 2019  |  47 mins 19 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss Star Wars and Shane's experience with the Surface Go.

  • Episode 6: Privacy vs. Convenience

    October 20th, 2019  |  39 mins 25 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss privacy vs. convenience and ownership in the digital world.

  • Episode 5: What Is A Computer?

    October 10th, 2019  |  53 mins 6 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss the concept of a computer vs. a personal computer. We also discussed the PlayStation 5 announcement and our history with screensavers.

  • Episode 4: Foldable Phones Are The Future... Really?

    October 3rd, 2019  |  43 mins 53 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss Apple Watch, games, the new Surface devices, and rugged wallets.

  • Episode 3: No Longer Thrill Seekers

    September 26th, 2019  |  54 mins 23 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss Windows Phone and webOS, iPhone cases, and the pains of dealing with credit cards.

  • Episode 2: The Uber For Ice Cream

    September 18th, 2019  |  57 mins 41 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss the new iPhones, the new Call of Duty games, managing your online data, and remote work. Also, the Uber for ice cream.

  • Episode 1: Daddy, Where's Your Apple Watch?

    September 16th, 2019  |  33 mins 17 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss search engines, bullying as kids, 360iDev, and the mystery of the lost Apple Watch.