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 17: We'll Force Everyone To Be Friends

    February 10th, 2020  |  58 mins 10 secs

    TJ and Shane are joined by author and conference producer, John Wilker! We discuss his introduction to the Mac ecosystem, the origins of 360iDev, his book series Space Rogues, and where he's headed next.

  • Episode 16: After Dark

    February 3rd, 2020  |  40 mins 22 secs

    TJ, Shane, and Scott kept the momentum going and ended up recording another episode after we finished Episode 15! We discuss Drafts, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and domain names.

  • 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.