To access all our features please use the Goodpods app.

Open the app

headphones

Crossed Wires: All Our Shows

The Crossed Wires Team

2 Creators

A blog, podcasts, live streams, and YouTube channel that focuses on positive technology. All of the shows we publish will be in this 'master feed'. If you'd prefer to subscribe to a specific show, you can head over to https://crossedwires.net
 ...more

All episodes

Best episodes

Top 10 Crossed Wires: All Our Shows Episodes

Best episodes ranked by Goodpods Users most listened

When I first joined Twitter, I remember the excitement and intrigue over this new platform, using great third-party apps and having intelligent conversations with people. Sadly, those days look like they have already, or are soon going to be, gone and lots of people are looking for a new place for their social interactions.

Enter Mastodon, an open-source social platform powered by ActivityPub and part of the wider Fediverse. My guest this week is James Smith, an open-source developer who also happens to run the Mastodon instance I joined in the last week or so.

We chat about what precisely the Fediverse is, looking back at the early days of the internet for some context, as well as going fairly deep into the what, why, and how of Mastodon. James also shares the story of what happened to his server during the rapid ‘abandon ship’ style departure from the bird site and how one high-profile member meant a quadrupling of server costs!

One thing to be very upfront about, Jae and I have pretty much decided we won’t be active on Twitter. However, because we don’t want to cut off our amazing listeners who are still on the bird powered platform, our Twitter account is staying put, as well as our new home on Mastodon, which because of the nature of the platform means we have more scope in terms of content.

Have you jumped into the Fediverse yet, or is something holding you back? If you have comments, or have some questions about Mastodon and need some help, we’d love hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods.

If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page.

Episode Links Chapter Times
  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:04:01: The Fediverse & ActivityPub
  3. 00:11:50: What Is Mastodon?
  4. 00:14:25: Mastodon Features
  5. 00:19:46: No Ads
  6. 00:21:51: Content Promotion, Rules, Timelines
  7. 00:26:59: Filtering The Fediverse
  8. 00:33:02: Equal Apportunities
  9. 00:37:03: The Deluge Of New Users
  10. 00:45:46: Server Architecture
  11. 00:47:34: Self-Hosting & Federation
  12. 00:51:33: More Than Just Mastodon
  13. 01:01:23: Wrapping Up
Credits

Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

bookmark
share episode

Yes, this is a podcast episode of a podcast with two podcasters talking about podcasting, say that as quickly as you can and you may win a prize!*

You’ll have heard Arielle’s name pop up on many episodes of this show, as she’s been such an incredible supporter of both the show and me personally as a podcaster through the SquadPod community, as well as other great resources and her energetic Twitter presence.

Whether you just listen to lots of podcasts, are already a podcaster, or are looking to start a podcast, I think you’ll find something of value in this week’s episode. It was a genuine pleasure to chat with Arielle and we’d absolutely love your thoughts on both listening to and creating podcasts, send those over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods.

If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page.

(*) Please note, no actual prize is available, though if you want to send in audio clips we’ll absolutely feature the best one on our social media!

Episode Links Chapter Times
  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:03:13: The Podcasting Community
  3. 00:05:42: What Are Podcasts?
  4. 00:09:37: Podcast App Choice
  5. 00:12:06: How Podcasts Get Delivered
  6. 00:16:37: Co-Marketing Your Show
  7. 00:20:54: What Makes A 'Good' Podcast?
  8. 00:25:51: A Bit About Descript
  9. 00:28:10: Transcription
  10. 00:33:32: Listener Engagement
  11. 00:39:02: Tips For New Podcasters
  12. 00:41:05: Being A Good Listener
  13. 00:43:50: Wrapping Up
Credits

Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

bookmark
share episode

When you ask most people about email, they probably show a genuine lack of interest, it’s not new and it’s not fancy. But, email still plays a hugely important part in our daily lives, and even more so in business.

We talk with Helen about the concept of your digital identity, and how owning your email domain and being the customer, not the product, can make a huge difference to your email, calendar, and contacts experience.

It was a great pleasure to have Helen join us, especially given her wealth of experience and knowledge in the email space. We really appreciate the behind-the-scenes work that went into getting this episode together, especially the willingness of Fastmail to partner with us for this episode.

What's your experience with email been like? We’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods.

To help you get started with Fastmail, they’ve very kindly set up a discount link so that you, our wonderful listeners, can get 10% off your first year of Fastmail service.

If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page.

Episode Links Chapter Times
  1. 00:00:05: Introductions
  2. 00:03:47: Why Do We Still Need Email?
  3. 00:08:05: Email Services
  4. 00:18:38: A Word About Apple
  5. 00:19:50: Masked Email & Domains
  6. 00:24:09: Pricing Model & App Usage
  7. 00:27:06: Calendars & Contacts
  8. 00:33:36: Fighting For The Users
Credits

Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

bookmark
share episode

Amanda Sloan is a friend I’ve known for years, actually longer than I’ve known James; I’ve known both for a long time. Amanda and I first met when I replied to her tweet about a hippy village floating on the water. I once met her and her partner Thom for coffee when they came through my state; I also worked with Amanda on the podcast network Dragon Powered Studios.

Amanda co-runs Geek Herring, is a writer, does workshops and more. She also streams on Twitch in her off-hours, but gosh knows how she has the time. She also works in freelance, which is one of the reasons we asked her to come and chat to us for this episode.

We’d love to hear about your freelancing experiences or any questions you may have, so please leave a comment below, email us via podcast@crossedwires.net or start a discussion over Goodpods.

If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our new Ko-Fi page.

Episode Link

Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:06:10: Freelance Copywriting
  3. 00:10:37: Starting Out Freelancing
  4. 00:15:04: Freelancing Tools
  5. 00:22:30: How Can Tech Hurt Freelancers
  6. 00:28:04: Keeping Client Logins Safe
  7. 00:31:44: Doing Things Differently?
  8. 00:36:32: Recognising Your Limitations
  9. 00:39:04: Dealing With Awkward Clients
  10. 00:46:53: Advice For New Freelancers?
  11. 00:51:45: Wrapping Up

Credits

Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

bookmark
share episode

Alex and I sat down to kick off our new show, focusing on the electric vehicle and charging news for the UK.

This is a show where we really want to hear from you, so do leave your comments below, email us at chargingstatus@crossedwires.net or start a discussion in Goodpods.

Episode Links Chapter Times
  1. 00:00:09: Welcome
  2. 00:02:23: The Sound And Sight Of EVs
  3. 00:05:05: Skoda’s New Fabia Sized EV
  4. 00:07:51: Ford See Huge EV Growth
  5. 00:10:18: Vauxhall Launch GSE Sporty EV Brand
  6. 00:11:56: Who’s Not Doing EV?
  7. 00:13:49: Volkswagen ID Buzz Expansion
  8. 00:17:03: Volvo EX90
  9. 00:21:02: Charging And The Cost Of Living Crisis
  10. 00:22:57: Public Charging Availability & VAT
  11. 00:26:45: Tesla Pass 1000 UK & Ireland Superchargers
  12. 00:30:05: Charging Expansion
  13. 00:37:01: Test Drive: Honda E
  14. 00:48:05: Wrapping Up
Credits

Music and sound effects from the YouTube Audio Library

bookmark
share episode
One of the things that frustrate me the most about my eyesight issues, along with a few other problems, is that I can’t tinker with hardware as much as I’d like to. So, when I discovered Action Retro on YouTube, I admit I became hooked on Sean’s videos of doing unthinkable things to old Macs and many other systems. Sean and I discuss what inspired him to get started with his channel, some of his more exciting systems to work with, as well as a slightly random detour to talk about Mike Judge’s inspiration for Office Space. Sean also shares some valuable tips for those wanting to tinker with vintage systems. We’d love to hear your stories of crazy upgrades you’ve done to vintage tech, so please do leave a comment below, email us via podcast@crossedwires.net or start a discussion over on Goodpods. If you liked this episode, or indeed any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our new Ko-Fi page. Episode Links Chapter Times
  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:02:26: Floppy RAID
  3. 00:04:29: Pushing Vintage Tech To The Limits
  4. 00:11:22: Weirdest System?
  5. 00:14:50: A Thing For PowerPC
  6. 00:18:33: The Mike Judge Connection
  7. 00:20:25: Challenges
  8. 00:23:46: Most Time-Consuming Project?
  9. 00:28:47: Getting Old Systems Online
  10. 00:39:17: Wrapping Up
Credits Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW
bookmark
share episode

As energy costs are at an all-time high, many people are looking for ways to cut costs and become more self-sufficient. When it comes to solar power, there are effectively two ways to do this, a whole-home solar setup that requires a reasonably complex installation, usually by professionals, or a more off-grid approach that isn’t wired into your home’s electrical systems. Rees made a fascinating video based on his DIY project for the latter, that video then went somewhat viral on YouTube.

It was great to chat with Rees about the actual setup involved, things he learned from this project, what going viral really feels like, and some great general discussion about solar and off-grid power.

Have you had any fun with solar power, maybe you’ve got a whole-home system or have been tinkering with an off-grid solution like Rees’, we’d love to hear from you, so send a note over to podcast@crossedwires.net, leave a comment on the post, or start a discussion in Goodpods.

If you liked this episode or any of our content, we’d greatly appreciate any little bit of support you can throw our way over at our Ko-Fi page.

Episode Links

Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:04: Introductions
  2. 00:01:45: Going Viral
  3. 00:11:30: DIY Solar Vs Whole Home
  4. 00:13:45: Why This Project?
  5. 00:15:26: Upfront Costs & Payback Time
  6. 00:19:53: Planning Permission?
  7. 00:22:52: How Much Can The Panels Generate?
  8. 00:27:00: Charge Controllers
  9. 00:28:46: Learnings From The Setup
  10. 00:33:02: Off Grid Phone Charging
  11. 00:35:42: Unexpected Cost Savings
  12. 00:38:07: Benefits Of PoE Or Low Voltage
  13. 00:42:52: Cost of Living
  14. 00:49:34: Wrapping Up

Credits

Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

bookmark
share episode