Hackaday Podcast: 2018 Year In Review

Did you read all 3000+ articles published on Hackaday this year? We did. And to help catch you up, we preset the Hackaday 2018 Year in Review podcast!

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.

Take a look at the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!

Direct download (60 MB or so.)

Show Notes:


Space Race of 2018

2019 Is the Year of the FPGA

Silicon Bugs are a Pain in the Processor

Profiles in Science Series

Badgelife is the Hacker Story of the Year

Laser Cutters are the New 3D Printers

Robot Building Isn’t (Quite as) Hard Anymore

Mike’s Favorite Original Content Articles

Elliot’s Favorite Original Content Articles

Mike’s Favorite Hacks

Elliot’s Favorite Hacks

19 thoughts on “Hackaday Podcast: 2018 Year In Review

  1. Still No sign up, registration, discus or facebook required to post comments.
    Thanks for your continued bravery!!!
    No scripts needed to see the comments either (I rarely go back to those sites).
    The comments section remains a major part of why I keep coming here to read and sometimes throw in my own babbling missives.
    Often times, the other commenters can send me on a several hours web crawl, in quest for further info about something.
    Just the happy hazard, eh?

    Here’s Hoping you folks have another good year at this business.

    1. Also echoed from the podcast (surprisingly interesting, even though I do read almost all of the articles – if only to be reminded of Mr Kim’s excellent artwork!).. As frustrating as it can be with the odd trollolol commenting thread (be that genuine, accidental or just pedantry), the comments section I find is a invaluable resource – even on articles that don’t interest me – there are these random nuggets of information cast out from some tangential idea that was already 4 layers into a reply-tree.

      So, please HaD, as much as people bitch and complain about the limitations of the comment system, it’s a community that appears to work.

  2. Thanks to the management for BRINGING IN this staff of resourceful and interesting writers, and enabling them to share their efforts with us through this venue!

    And to the faithful scribes themselves ;) whose work keeps us readers coming back. I know how much research can go into a single sentence about a new topic, and y’all somehow manage to come up with innumerable pages of fascinating stuff, day after day.

    And to the commenters, whose rabid dedication to typo-fixing is somehow outshined by an even greater love of trivia, conspiracy theories, weird barely-related stories, and let’s not forget, falling for Benchoff’s bait every single time.

    Hats off, and here’s to another year or ten!

    1. If you’re using FCC certified modules, then you’re good AFAIK. I remember talking to the AND!XOR crew about that last year at Supercon — they picked particular microcontroller/radio modules _precisely_ b/c of FCC approval. They wanted it to work with BLE, but didn’t want to have any of the radio engineering hassles.

      But yeah. That’s a real issue, especially for people who are selling badges. What’s the FCC cert status of random ESP8266 Module X?

  3. Anyone have good suggestions for an offline Hackaday article reader? I’ve been using feedly to read HaD RSS for years, but it has no offline mode to speak of. You can sort of make the android feedly app work offline if you open it and let it cache stories before turning on airplane mode. But if the app gets pushed out of memory, that cache gets lost until you are online again. I’d like to find a solid method to catch up on HaD on long flights or when “off the grid” on vacation in poor cell coverage locations.

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