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The Back to Front Show
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Retro Tech Rabbit Warren
It’s been way too long and to be honest, we’d almost given up any hope of recording this landmark episode of our groundbreaking podcast! It only took a global pandemic and Kieran finally finding his mic to get us back from the brink of being a very slender footnote in podcasting history. In our 50th episode, we catch up on two very uneventful years in our lives, reminisce about Kieran’s Tiny House and go down the rabbit warren of old tech documentaries. Finally, we round out the discussion with one of life’s mysteries involving motorway bridges. Halt & Catch Fire Easy to Learn, Hard to Master — The Fate of Atari The Commodore Story Viva Amiga Arcade Dreams High Score Jobs Steve Jobs General Magic Boris is Helch Who knows if we’ll be back next week, next year, or next decade. When there’s a mic on the desk, there’s hope! Until next time.
45 minutes | 3 years ago
Kieran's Tiny House Dream
Tap tap, is this thing on? After eight months or working out how to plug in our USB microphones, we finally figured it out and are back with 45 glorious minutes of chat! In this episode, we learn all about “New Kieran” — new job, new house, and a new laptop. We also discuss a great post on lessons learned running a subscription-based newsletter, discuss Hanno’s great online playbooks for remote working and end on a new Maus that neither of us wants. Nalgene Water Bottle The Fall Guy with Lee Majors New Adventures is Back! What I Learned over a Year of Asking Users for Money for the First Time Instead Of Focusing On Growth, We Want To Focus On Enough: Our Journey To 330 Get Revue — Editorial Newsletter Tool for Writers and Publishers Hanno Remote Team Playbooks The Lofree Maus The Baron Fig Bolt Next up is our 50th episode — let us know what we should discuss via Twitter.
52 minutes | 3 years ago
Muppetry & other Stories
Happy 2018! Eschewing a long-standing tradition of not actually releasing shows we are kicking off the year as we mean to go on (for now) with a brand spanking new edition! Join us for 50 glorious high fidelity minutes (true for one of us) and celebrate five years of the show. We don’t dwell too long on our golden non-award winning archive and go on to indulge in some chat, review a book, have a moan about Kickstarter projects, and for once don’t end on dog tech! Beyond Tellerrand Munich 2018 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Space Gray Apple iMac Pro Stuff sold for Thousands The Cozydesk The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of the Creative Technologist:
43 minutes | 4 years ago
Kieran’s Big Red Button
It’s hard to believe it’s only been one week, no really, since our last confession. Where does the time go? In this episode we catch up on what’s happened in our lives in the last seven days, discuss the latest goings on at Medium, ponder why the Guardian doesn’t write listicles and end on probably the best API in the world! Shopify Plus Canada 150 Medium Membership Biz is Back at Twitter BreweryDB
35 minutes | 4 years ago
Back Stories with Oliver Lindberg
In this episode of Back Stories, Keir chats with Oliver Lindberg— founder of the new Pixel Pioneers web conference series and all round content guru. Topics covered include how to find speakers for your conference, the role of a good editor, how to improve your writing skills, and how to pitch to an editor. Oliver Online Oliver’s personal web site Oliver on Twitter Pixel Pioneers — Oliver’s conference series The Lindberg Interviews — Oliver’s interviews
47 minutes | 4 years ago
The Future of Medium?
Happy New Year to you all! Rather unsurprisingly we missed our end of year review but the outline was probably one of our best. Maybe we’ll do it next year! This episode we catch up on Kieran’s move behind the camera, argue over what exactly constitutes a pair of Daps and delve into the future of Medium in light of Ev Williams recent announcement. Colonna Brewing Guide Video What are Daps? Renewing Medium’s Focus Joe Polastre at Canvas Conference 2015 Venture Capital is going to Murder Medium Dear Medium … Why Didn’t You Ask Us? Long Medium Drew Wilson’s Cave Week If you like the show don’t forget you can support our astronomical S3 costs by becoming an exclusive member of the Back to Front Show Club!
56 minutes | 4 years ago
We Don’t Need no Education
I’ll say this — time off between episodes certainly gives us plenty to talk about. In our 45th, almost hour–long, outing behind the mics we welcome new members to “the club“, discuss Kieran’s move into the world of coffee capsule commerce, ponder on new forms of web education, and learn more what Kieran receives in the post! David McCann Matt Wilmott Colonna Coffee Oliver Lindberg The New Digital School Lecture In Progress Lecture In Progress Kickstarter Web Teaching Day How to Survive as a Web Designer Beyond 2020
38 minutes | 4 years ago
Back Stories with Kurt Elster
In this episode of Back Stories, Keir chats with Kurt Elster — founder of ecommerce agency Ethercycle, host of the popular Ecommerce Hacks Weekly video series, author of Ecommerce Bootcamp, and the host of The Unofficial Shopify Podcast. Topics include the benefits of the “peacock” jacket, naming your company, specialisation, automating inbound leads, productised consulting, and much more. Kurt Online Kurt’s personal web site Kurt on Twitter “Ecommerce Bootcamp” — Kurt’s book The Unofficial Shopify Podcast — Kurt’s podcast Ethercycle — Kurt’s company Ecommerce Hacks Weekly — Kurt’s newsletter
37 minutes | 5 years ago
Back Stories with Craig Lockwood
Welcome to the second episode of Back Stories — a new series of one on one interviews hosted by Keir Whitaker (one-half of the team behind The Back to Front Show). In this episode, Keir is joined by Craig Lockwood — long time friend of the show and the man behind endeavours including software, events, co-working spaces, and more. In this very open and honest account of his work and life, Craig shares his experiences of working in the web and tech industry. Craig Online Craig’s personal web site Craig on Twitter Shopish — Craig’s day job Fit Stat — Craig’s side project
31 minutes | 5 years ago
Back Stories with Marc Thiele
Welcome to Back Stories — a new series of one on one interviews hosted by Keir Whitaker (one-half of the team behind The Back to Front Show). Each episode, unlike the usual show, will come in at 30 minutes and will attempt to delve into the interesting lives of people working in the web, design, tech, publishing, and creative industries. In this first episode, Keir chats with Marc Thiele — long-time friend and the man behind the Beyond Tellerrand series of web conferences. There’s plenty of ground covered including the early 8 bit days, Flash, events, and more. Marc Online Marc’s personal web site Marc on Twitter Beyond Tellerrand Twumble — Marc’s mostly German language podcast Marc’s interview with Keir on Twumble
54 minutes | 5 years ago
The Super Lit, Fam, Dope, En Flique Episode
It feels like only last week that the two “K Units” got behind the Samson CO1UPRO‘s and recorded episode #43. So close in fact, that we even manage to think we are still actually recording episode #43! In this short 53 minute episode, we catch up on recent life goings on, learn that Kieran has been “tamping hard” in his role as “Digital Guy” at the bespoke artisanal coffee roasting company, discuss language used by people under the age of 30, announce our new club, and round out with a chat about Kickstarter. There may even be a mention of earphones! Colonna Coffee Sir Gavin Ballard (see also Episode #42) Yorkshire Fat Rascal The Get Along Gang Sport Billy Super Lit Cat En Flique 8 Faces Collected Origin – The Ultimate Coffee Brew Stand Woodbuds
40 minutes | 5 years ago
Lost with Lindberg
This week we celebrate the internet’s very own Oliver Lindberg as we get #lostwithlindberg. Given our distinct lack of direction for this episode, it seemed only right and proper that our favourite editor of the internet takes this week’s naming rights. If you are ever lost, and if you can find him, maybe you can also get “lost with Lindberg”. Cue the music. We might not be a crack commando unit but we did our best to highlight a few choice topics from the internet underground. In this week’s show, we speak out in favour of the new Instagram logo, welcome the Lord of the .io domain to the UK’s most hipster city, discuss a big man with a new big book, see the sunset on sunrise, and finally get all excited about our new startup! Instagram redesign their logo! Bath now more Hipster than Dalston Pretty Much Everything by Aaron James Draplin Goodnight Sunrise Startpup Contest
61 minutes | 5 years ago
The Gavin Ballard Special
This episode is dedicated to our favourite Australian Gavin Ballard — all round good guy, world traveller, bon viveur and last but by no means least Shopify Expert. Gavin is a long time listener (we still aren’t sure why) and friend of the show. If we had a pin badge and sticker “care package” he’d be the first recipient! Topics covered in this mega-length show include the weather in the South West, Skype video, our favourite NYC diners, the use of technology in the bathroom, career paths for developers, and more. Gavin Ballard Skype Etiquette RIP The Market Diner Modern stock photography The Vazoo Video Keir Forgot Being A Developer After 40</ul> If you would like a show dedicated to you please let us know via the comment link below and we’ll undoubtedly make it happen.
43 minutes | 5 years ago
Free Content Forever?
In this week’s episode, we turn our gaze to the topic of ad-blockers and paid content. We discuss Vitaly from Smashing Magazine’s recent post looking at how they are funding their content strategy and discuss our own views on paying for digital content. As always we book end the show with some “bants” including heartfelt thanks to some of our favourite supporters and a nod to a Cornish brewing companies new site. Keir’s controversial “Grilled Cheese” post The Grilled Cheese Hipster Revival Vitaly’s article on Ad-Blockers Verdant Brewing Co
56 minutes | 5 years ago
The Big 40!
Three years ago we started this little adventure called The Back to Front Show. Since then we’ve somehow managed to record 39 shows. Not the best of averages but who’s counting? In our milestone 40th show, we discuss the cake that never happened, Keir’s favourite new TV show, standing desks and end with a discussion that starts with Sarah Parmenter’s recent blog post and ends with thoughts on specialisation. You may also be pleased to hear that our “and finally” section returns this week and features a great satire on our industry. Waitrose Caterpillar Cake Tattoo Fixers The $25 Oristand Standing Desk The Elephant in the Room Vitaly from Smashing Magazine’s response The Passable Designer
52 minutes | 5 years ago
Moving Away from the Code Face
Like a phoenix from the flames, we have risen. Our year long retreat for slightly overweight tech men from the South West of England is officially over. We’ve eaten the kale, cleansed ourselves, got the glow and are now itching to get back behind the mics. It’s out with the Yeti’s and in with a spanking new steed for Kieran and a less than great “Madonna” mic for Keir. In this week’s episode, we discuss where on earth we’ve been for the last 13 months, chat about how we’ve moved away from the code face and share experiences of a life away from daily development. Finally, we announce the winner of the longest competition in Back to Front Show history! It’s good to be back.
56 minutes | 6 years ago
The Joys & Perils of Remote Working
In a change to the announced billing, an impromptu early morning phone call made us think a chat about remote working might be in order. As many of us fight the January blues, and inevitable bout of illness that the new year often brings, it felt a timely opportunity to discuss the good, and the bad, aspects of working from a distance. Topics we discuss include: How does working remotely affect us? What we both like and dislike about it How much real work you achieve per day The importance of “banter” Is the reality like the dream? A typical day for remote working? Do we put extra pressure on ourselves to output more as we are not in the office? How to feel part of the company you work for And finally for those Nabaztag doubters out there you can read the full history of the internet enabled rabbit on Wikipedia! Five Simple Steps Giveaway To be in with a chance of winning one of the two sets of Five Simple Step’s Pocket Guide Collection 3 all you have to do it answer one of the following two questions correctly. Kieran’s decision will be final (he’s a harsh judge): Q: What was Matthew Lillard’s handle in the cult-classic 1995 film Hackers? Q: In the same year Sandra Bullock played a Systems Analyst in the film The Net. During the course of the film her identity is changed by cyber criminals but what is the name they gave her? To enter just send a tweet to @backtofrontshow with your answer. We’ll announce winners on the next episode.
43 minutes | 6 years ago
Around the Web
Happy 2015! We are back for the new year with a look at four links that caught our attention over the holiday season. We also spill the beans on some of the topics we’ll be covering this year. Featured in this weeks episode: TechCrunch Cribs 12 Startups in 12 Months Just Try and do a Good Job Moonpig Vulnerability If you like our little show we’d very much appreciate a review on iTunes if you have time. Thanks!
49 minutes | 6 years ago
The 2014 BAFTAS
It’s that time of the year when we look back on the past 12 months and dish out our (cough, cough) highly prized awards! This year in the 2014 BAFTAS we have eight categories and round off the show with a little bit of crystal ball gazing in which we both make our predictions for 2015. Without further ado here are the categories and winners: The award for not being a very good year in the industry: 2014 Conference/event of the year: Web Teaching Day & Beyond Tellerrand Berlin Podcast of the year: Startup Most hyped app of the year: Slack Man of the year: Sean McCabe Woman of the year: Rachel Andrew Trend of the year: Privacy & Security Foo Bar of the year: #VATMOSS Happy holidays to our all listeners. We really do appreciate including us in your weekly audio listening. See you in 2015.
41 minutes | 6 years ago
That VAT Thing
This week Keir tries to speak “Somerset” and no surprises for guessing the outcome of that one. Once that’s done and dusted we take a look at the rise in Markdown based writing apps, examine a new ebook service from Liberio, try and fail to work out the implications of the new EU VAT place of supply rule for digital services and finally round it out with a chat about at a new comms tool. Typed Whiskey Liberio — “eBooks to go” (Liberio is sadly no longer active — for more options check out this article) Cat Noone interview on Smashing Magazine Sendowl and the VAT question Rachel Andrew on the VAT rules Wire
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