Welcome back to the second of our three part bonus season of On the Metal: episodes that we recorded after the end of Season 1 but before the onset of the pandemic.
On this episode of On the Metal, we interview Star Simpson, autonomous aviation visionary, insatiably curious engineer, and relentless optimizer. Join us as we learn how a pirated C++ compiler at an impressionable age pushed Star towards electronics, how a friend jockeying for Hacker News karma landed her work on late-night TV — and why you definitely didn’t want to be test pilot on the Piasecki PA-97. And if you find yourself hankering for a good read, you’re in luck: this episode ends with a flurry of book recommendations sure to sate your inner aviation buff.
Jared is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (which Chris also considered attending). He did co-ops while there, like we talked about on last week’s episode.
While on co-op at Cisco, he was in the cable group and marveled at the techs doing repairs with magnet wire.
He is an east coast guy at heart, so he moved back to Connecticut eventually
Jared worked at Apple for a while, but the lifestyle is difficult because of time requirements and stressful travel. He was also there when Steve Jobs was still around and there was a bit of over the top hero worship.
Nordic’s early bluetooth chipset was the nRF8001, which was a transceiver over SPI (no micro)
Working for startups was interesting if you thrive on doing a lot of different things
Join us for the podcast, available on all major podcasting platforms, as Editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams attempt the impossible task of distilling the entire year into a one hour discussion. We’ve included every story mentioned in the podcast, and a few more, in the show notes here. But since we can’t possibly mention every awesome hack, we encourage you to share your favorites, and pat the writers on the back, by leaving a comment below.
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We have the side room (ie including TV) reserved for talks (last month we were unable to reserve it). So the unfortunate confusion last month should be avoided. I have a handful of tentative talks, will hopefully finalize schedule soon. Possible topics include gaming, radare2, and more. 7:00-7:10: mingle 7:10-7:50: ” Reverse Engineering Midway Zeus…