First Ring Daily 1000: Our Wives Answer Your Questions

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On this special episode of First Ring Daily, we cross the 1000 threshold and decided to let our spouses take over the microphones.

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  • gardner

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 10:40 am

    <p>Very well done, Im glad you guys took this on! You both did an excellent job.</p>

  • oasis

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 10:57 am

    <p>Excellent Podcast. Maybe time to hide the candy.</p>

  • matthewitt

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 11:05 am

    <p>This was excellent. Thanks for doing this!</p>

  • jmanzer

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 11:11 am

    <p>“I would like to deliver smiles.”….best line ever. Very well done!! Thank you!</p>

  • travisgreuel

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 11:13 am

    <p>Great job ladies. You have the same dynamic between you two as Paul and Brad have with each other. Watching you was like watching them. And also, your husbands are rock-stars. Honestly, a career highlight for me was meeting and spending time with them in Chicago a few years ago. </p><p><br></p><p>&nbsp;Hope to see you on the podcast again.</p><p><br></p>

  • navarac

    23 February, 2021 - 11:32 am

    <p>That took a lot of bottle – Well Done ladies.</p>

  • cornholio

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 11:33 am

    <p>As others have stated – great job! Really enjoyed the discussion. </p>

  • scottib62

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 11:53 am

    <p>Can't add much but great job!</p><p><br></p>

  • jbinaz

    23 February, 2021 - 12:05 pm

    <p>I don't know if either of y'alls wives has ever done podcasts before, but if not, I couldn't tell! Great job, ladies!</p><p><br></p><p>And guys, you both married up. As did I. :)</p><p><br></p><p>Again, great job by your wives!</p>

  • gregsedwards

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 12:14 pm

    <p>I left this comment on YouTube, but I'll leave it here too:</p><p class="ql-indent-1">I officially love this. And of course, I now want it to be a regular thing. Hearing these new perspectives answers a lot of questions I've had about Paul and Brad. Everything makes so much more sense now. Seriously, excellent job, ladies.</p><p>I'll also add that u<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">nless everything in Emmaus just has a soft glow (my previous theory), </span>it's definitely your webcam, Paul. How does Brad's streaming camera setup differ and can you copy that?</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      23 February, 2021 - 12:39 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#614773">In reply to gregsedwards:</a></em></blockquote><p>It's not the webcam, it works fine everywhere else. Plus, I've tried several webcams.</p>

      • gregsedwards

        Premium Member
        23 February, 2021 - 2:06 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#614782"><em>In reply to paul-thurrott:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p><img src=""></p&gt;

      • greenberry woods

        23 February, 2021 - 5:45 pm

        <blockquote>When I first got my microphone, I plugged it in, and it had a hum in the audio, because the USB hub I had it plugged into wasn't properly grounded. Once I plugged the microphone into a properly grounded USB hub, the hum went away. Your video may have some of this type of noise in it. Reading about other people who had this issue, they were referring to laptops USB ports having this issue <span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">(which you'd think would be properly grounded)</span>. I'm using the USB hub portion of my monitor, which fixed the issue.</blockquote>

      • paulkocz

        Premium Member
        23 February, 2021 - 8:45 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#614782">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>Hey Paul, have you got the Logitech software installed? I removed it from my PC (after experiencing this problem) and it now works fine. </p>

  • matsan

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 12:42 pm

    <p>Well done everyone! Great and refreshing idea!</p>

  • hellcatm

    23 February, 2021 - 12:55 pm

    <p>They seemed pretty comfortable in front of the camera. I think it may be interesting for them to do a weekly or monthly podcast, just pick a topic that's interesting to them and talk about it and maybe questions after. Good job, it was fun to watch! </p><p><br></p><p>You two should also write a book with your wives, it would hopefully be a good experience.</p>

  • wosully

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 1:01 pm

    <p>This is cool! Great job ladies! </p>

  • helix2301

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 1:08 pm

    <p>This was great well done. I am usually a listener only but I made sure to watch the video this time it was very well done.</p>

  • jeff.bane

    23 February, 2021 - 1:08 pm

    <p>That was really entertaining and just confirms how useless Brad and Paul are (and all husbands lol).</p>

  • crunchyfrog

    23 February, 2021 - 1:13 pm

    <p>I love it! It was like a nerdy version of, The Newlywed Game, just without the dudes. Maybe do another with both couples, that would be fun too.</p>

    • seattlemike

      Premium Member
      23 February, 2021 - 1:26 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#614795"><em>In reply to crunchyfrog:</em></a><em> That's a great idea!</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • endoftheroad

    23 February, 2021 - 1:34 pm

    <p>Very nicely done. Deserves an annual repeat at the very least!</p>

  • infloop

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 2:11 pm

    <p>Great job.</p><p><br></p><p>It kind of felt like I was watching Brad and Paul.</p><p><br></p><p>Loved hearing the different perspectives.</p>

  • cohiba

    23 February, 2021 - 2:13 pm

    <p>Paul and Brad at dinner say to their wives: "What we do is hard and provides financial support to the family."</p><p>Wives: "What you guys do is just talk to each other and record it. Anyone could do that."</p><p>P&amp;B: "No way, its hard." </p><p>Wives: "Hold my pocketbook and wine. Watch this." &lt;Drops Mic&gt;</p><p><br></p>

  • dano

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 2:34 pm

    <p>Anyway they can take over the show full time ? I think the best show out of the 1000. </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      23 February, 2021 - 3:17 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#614824">In reply to DanO:</a></em></blockquote><p>Sounds good to me!</p>

  • Shelby

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 3:13 pm

    <p>Paul and Brad, </p><p><br></p><p>Please thank your wifes for for doing the podcast. They did a wonderful job. It was a fun episode to watch. </p>

  • Freezal

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 3:38 pm

    <p>OK they need a pod cast of their own. A "Confessions of a Tech Wife/Girlfriend" kind of thing where they just commiserate with each other, and all of our wives and girlfriends, about all the technology stuff we put them through. My wife would watch. Might be her favorite show next to Big Bang. </p>

  • tina

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 3:48 pm

    <p>Goodness — it's good to see the better-halves! Nicely done and lots of fun!</p>

  • jeffferguson

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 4:06 pm

    <p>Nicely done, ladies! I think that Paul and Brad have been upstaged!</p>

  • bschnatt

    23 February, 2021 - 4:12 pm

    <p>Yeah, I agree with others. Paul, your webcam picture ain't great. Maybe your house is sitting on a former graveyard (aka, the movie Poltergeist) and there's ghostly interference or something? Lots of radon in your basement (God forbid)? A micro black-hole in a sewer pipe is drawing away light? You should offer a signed copy of a t-shirt for the person who can solve that ;)</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      23 February, 2021 - 5:44 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#614850">In reply to bschnatt:</a></em></blockquote><p>For the millionth time, this is not my fault. My camera(s) work fine.</p>

      • bleeman

        Premium Member
        25 February, 2021 - 4:24 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#614870">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>So it's an evil plot by Brad to make himself look good by fiddling with the settings on your connection? ;-)</p>

  • seattlemike

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 4:19 pm

    <p>Are we just going to let the comment about Brad and the toilet paper go? ??</p>

    • Brad Sams

      Premium Member
      23 February, 2021 - 4:55 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#614852">In reply to SeattleMike:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>…yes lol</p>

  • Craig Smith

    23 February, 2021 - 4:51 pm

    <p>Literally, the smartest thing Brad and Paul have done is not be on their own show :-)</p><p><br></p><p>Excellent work, everyone. This was charming.</p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 5:52 pm


  • wbtmid

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 7:31 pm

    <p>Great show! A lot of fun. Got a lot of laughs! Very good production including overlay screens, ad screens , etc. The ladies were good sports. Now Brad about that TP roll…..!</p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 8:26 pm

    <p>Well done an excellent 1,000th show of FRD, the ladies were terrific. That intro will take some beating Brad &amp; Paul :)</p>

  • paulkocz

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 8:48 pm

    <p>Paul and Brad. Don't be so cheap – buy these so your wives can stop having to get you to turn lights on and off. </p><p><br></p><p><a href=";keywords=philips+hue+switch&amp;qid=1614131234&amp;sr=8-22&quot; target="_blank">Philips Hue Smart Dimmer Switch and Remote (Requires Hue Hub, Installation-Free, Smart Home, Exclusively for Philips Hue Smart Bulbs) – –</a></p><p><br></p><p>They deserve better!</p><p><br></p><p>Great job. Please do this more often!</p>

  • jchampeau

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 9:54 pm

    <p>This was a great episode! Brad and Paul, congrats to you both for marrying up.</p>

  • ron mcmahon

    23 February, 2021 - 10:35 pm

    <p>It is remarkable to note the consistent gender divide here. I sincerely wonder what the gender breakdown of the FRD audience is. I suspect that it is &gt;95% male, which may simply be caused by the fact that its just two guys talkin but I suspect that it has more to do with the subject matter. These wonderful ladies echo what my wife is like – not that super interested in tech…happy to leave it to me and she patiently suffers along when I get carried away with some new house altering toy, er tool. There's a nugget of an opportunity to explore this further, but I suspect that underlying truth is that men and women are fundamentally different, with distinct yet complimentary interests and it is something to celebrate rather than try to force change into.</p>

    • philbypond

      Premium Member
      24 February, 2021 - 1:55 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#614891">In reply to Ron McMahon:</a></em></blockquote><p>Like all generalities' there are definite exceptions. While my situation is similar about tech issues, we have friends where the husbands couldn't operate the tech in their house and their car without the wives assistance. </p>

  • martinm

    Premium Member
    23 February, 2021 - 10:52 pm

    <p>A really wonderful chat. I .enjoyed it and the fresh perspective. </p><p><br></p><p>Lucky men, both of you 🙂 </p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    24 February, 2021 - 12:17 am

    <p>The ladies have been fantastic. Well done and thank you! </p><p><br></p><p>Brad, shame on you ?</p>

  • justme

    Premium Member
    24 February, 2021 - 4:17 am

    <p>Dear Mrs Sams and Mrs Thurott -</p><p><br></p><p> Thank you both very much for doing this. That was quite enjoyable. Well done.</p>

  • nbplopes

    24 February, 2021 - 8:17 am


  • srrlx1986

    Premium Member
    24 February, 2021 - 8:18 am

    <p>Good Episode, you hear about both wives and its nice to finally see and hear their experiences. A few thoughts.</p><ol><li>Good Job Brad on the toilet paper roll.</li><li>I think Paul would be better than most amazon delivery drivers. I have had some experiences where they couldn't figure out addresses. My fear is with Paul is day one he would be delivery smiles by day 5 he's chucking them at the house because he is tired of the PA Drivers.</li></ol>

  • dstrauss

    24 February, 2021 - 11:29 am

    <p>Dear Paul &amp; Brad – huge mistake guys. You have now been replaced.</p><p><br></p><p>All kidding aside, your wives are naturals and very comfortable in these podcast roles. Hope you will bring them back with specific topics. A great example was the Sonos discussion – they couldn't say it was "necessary" but that it "added value" to the listening experience – a very good distinction.</p>

  • nolanm5150

    Premium Member
    24 February, 2021 - 2:07 pm

    <p>Great job Karin (sp?) and Stephanie (sp?)!! You ladies did a marvelous job and it was really nice of you both to participate and share your lives and insights with all of us Dweebs &amp; Nerds!! I think you both could do a Podcast of your own on just about any topics you like and you would do very well. We all appreciate you putting up with your husbands, as does my wife, and adding a wonderful balance to their lives. I think we can all tell when either Brad or Paul mention you in their podcast, that there is this special fondness (and fear, as there should be! ;-}) for you. We can all tell that you all share warm feelings for one another and that is something to be admired and cherished in this grand experiment we all find ourselves in. Nothing is perfect but, it is the working to get there that matters. Please continue to watch over our fine friends and make sure they behave! Thanks to you all for all you do for all of us! Take care and may peace and health be upon you, your families, and your loved ones! MN</p>

  • ben55124

    Premium Member
    24 February, 2021 - 2:58 pm

    <p>Good job – podcaster potential if they have any common interests.</p>

  • bluesman57

    24 February, 2021 - 9:31 pm

    <p>That was awesome. Excellent job, ladies.</p><p>Had my wife watch the part about the Hue lights. She has the same complaint.</p>

  • doon

    Premium Member
    25 February, 2021 - 12:08 am

    <p>Ladies, you were great, and thank you very kindly for your time. </p>

  • baskinrobbin

    25 February, 2021 - 1:41 pm

    <p>Great show, would be wonderful to see them more often. What is wrong with Paul's feed? It's so blurry half of the time.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      26 February, 2021 - 9:16 am

      This has been asked and answered too many times already.

  • ken_loewen

    Premium Member
    25 February, 2021 - 5:11 pm

    <p>Echoing the kudos – to the gentlemen for being smart enough to ask these two awesome ladies to marry you and to host ep. 1000 and to the ladies for hosting. This was a lot of fun to watch. New question – now that the questions have revealed a bit about the audience (more accurately, about what the audience takes away from the show), are you more likely to watch the show? 🙂 </p><p><br></p><p>I think the main reason I don't have Philips Hue lights or more home automation is because I know my wife's (and our daughter's) reaction would be the same. My wife doesn't even like that I get a notification that the oven is preheated or that its timer is done and it appears to bother her when I don't take the Roku TV remote but, instead, use the Roku app on my phone.</p><p><br></p><p>I need to find something my wife really wants to watch on TV (repeatedly) that has practically unusable audio via the TV but which would benefit from a sound bar. Suggestions?</p>

  • jlmerrill

    27 February, 2021 - 12:57 am

    <p>It's funny how you visualize what they may look like, sound like, act like when you have never seen them. Of course it turns out different. Regardless, however, they were wonderful.</p>

  • ronh

    Premium Member
    27 February, 2021 - 9:11 pm

    <p>Well done.</p>

    • ronh

      Premium Member
      27 February, 2021 - 9:16 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#615716">In reply to RonH:</a></em></blockquote><p>The FRD Wives should do this yearly</p>

  • ronh

    Premium Member
    27 February, 2021 - 10:02 pm

    <p>In regards to signing laptops…</p><p><br></p><p> Paul, Brad, Mary Jo, Donna Sarkar and Chris Cap signed mine back in 2016…</p><p>They told me that no one had ever asked that before</p>

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