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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the TWiT Family to Yours! Several of the shows will be taking time off in December. The Daily Giz Wiz will be taking two weeks off starting Christmas Day. TWiT and net@nite won't have Christmas eve shows, but we'll be back for New Year's Eve. Security Now will continue with weekly production (Steve is a tough taskmaster). Windows Weekly will be back January 4. Thanks for making 2006 a banner year for the TWiTs. I was actually able to send out some paychecks to our hosts this year. It wasn't much - but it's a start. Your support really makes a difference. We've got lots of great plans for 2007, and we're looking forward to seeing you then.

No TWiT This Week

It's been a really tough week for the TWiTs. I had planned to do a memorial show for James, but it was just too close to home for several of the guys, so we've decided to give it a pass this week. Becky Worley joined Amber and me on net@nite, however, to talk a little about James, and the search effort which she helped with. I'll post that show early so you can listen to that instead of TWiT. Thanks for understanding. See you next week.

Sad News

As most of you know by now, James Kim died trying to save his family. I know how much he loved them, and as a father myself, I know he did everything he could to ensure their survival, even if it meant risking his own life. I'm sure he'd be content knowing his loved ones made it, even though he didn't. James was a loving husband and father, a wonderful co-worker, and a young man just full of life. We'll all miss him very much. If you'd like to help the Kim family now, you'll find information at JamesAndKati.com. James's co-workers at C|NET have put together a tribute video.

Kim Family Found Alive!!

Just posted on CNET at 2:17P Pacific... The wife and daughters of missing CNET senior editor James Kim have been found alive and airlifted to a local hospital, authorities announced at a press conference in Merlin, Ore., Monday afternoon. James Kim left the car on snowshoes two days ago to seek help and has not been found. The search for him continues. According to the official speaking at the news conference, the conditions of Kati, Penelope and Sabine are not yet known. More details are expected at a press conference at 5 p.m. PST.

Missing TechTV Family Member

Still no news on James and his family. For more information visit:
James and Kati.com
Here are the details for those of you who haven't heard yet. CNET editor and former Fresh Gear contributor and Lab analyst James Kim has been missing since Saturday. ANY word, especially from people in the Oregon area is appreciated. The information is all below from the official investigation by the SFPD. Missing Family Includes: James, Kati, Penelope (age 4.5) and Sabine (6 months). Last name is Kim

October Numbers

Here are the top downloaded individual episodes from the month of October - downloads continue for some time so the total number of downloads for any given show will be around 30% larger. (These are the numbers directly from AOL and Cachefly - our ad agency eliminates non-US downloads and filters for unique IPs so we sell somewhat lower numbers.)
TWiT 73307,497
TWiL 1227,794 (it was on the TWiT feed)
Security Now 6199,751
Windows Weekly 183,049

OK OK!

I had no idea what a storm my little sentence would generate. Hey, I was tired, dispirited, and trying to figure out how to do a show without any contributors. I really didn't mean to scare you! I do appreciate the incredible outpouring of support. Over 400 comments on my post, thousands of Diggs and comments, and many of you even added to your donation. Thanks so much! (Some asked for additional levels of support - I've added a $5 and $10 monthly subscription for you.) Money's not the problem, but it is a great way to show your support.

No TWiT Today

It's about 80 degrees out - in all likelyhood the last nice day of summer in Northern California - so all the TWiTs decided to play hookey. At the same time. Unfortunately that means there will be no show tonight. It's my turn to play hookey next week. I'm off on a Geek Cruise next Friday, and will be gone through November 4, so there will be no TWiT next week either. I'll decide what happens to TWiT, the show, when I come back, but at this point it looks like it's on life support and the heart monitor is flatlining. Meanwhile, enjoy our first this WEEK in LAW with Denise Howell, and thanks for listening. I'll put it up on the TWiT feed in place of TWiT later tonight.

Back To Normal

Our new servers are online, the DNS has propagated, and iTunes is updating. Check your netcast client to see if it has downloaded the most recent versions of our shows. In some cases you may have to request older shows that weren't downloaded. In more drastic cases you may need to resubscribe. The shows posted since the feeds went down Friday morning include:
  • Inside the Net 38
  • TWiT 73
  • KFI Tech Guy 291, 292
  • Daily Giz Wiz 170, 171, 172
  • Windows Weekly 2
  • FLOSS Weekly 14
  • TLR 5, 6, 7
TWiT.tv and Leoville.com have not yet been moved to the new servers, but that will happen in the next few days. You shouldn't notice any service disruption. Leoville Town Square will go back online as soon as I've imported the database.