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First Horse(s) Across The Finish Line

We have our first entry in the "Fix the TWiT" contest. Thetzel has done a great job with mixing. I think it's much more listenable. The profanaties are still in it - so listener beware - but I think you'll agree that the improved mix helps quite a bit. Another entry is in from Richard Smith - I think he did a great job of cleaning up the "talking over" without eliminating any voices. The profanity is gone, too. This is much more listenable than my feeble attempt. For those of you who hated the original, try this - I think you'll agree my lousy mix was a big part of the problem. The contest is still on. I'll have listeners vote for their favorite mix after Sunday's deadline. Thanks for your help!

TWiT 57: DiVX Video

TWiT 57 Video - 640x480 DiVX (804MB)

We'll post a DiVX version of the next show as well, thanks to the generous folks at DiVX. (We'll make the next one smaller but I just had to try the high quality for this one!)

Fixin' the TWiT

A number of people (ok like hundreds of people) have complained about the audio quality of TWiT 57. I worked on it a long time, but I'm the first to say I'm no audio engineer. So I thought we'd have a little contest. Here are the raw, unedited tracks from the show. If you've got mad audio skillz please do what you can with them. I'll post the best and most interesting attempt(s) with credit to the creator. Hey, maybe I'll even hire you to edit all the TWiTs.

One groundrule: you can edit out the profanity (in fact, please do) and clean it up for clarity, but don't change the content sunstantially. In other words, no editing out a participant because you don't like him!

Here are the audio tracks (each file is about 33MB - I compressed them to MP3s to make the download managable. If you're too much of a pro to work with MP3s let me know, I'll figure out a way to get you the uncompressed WAVs):

http://twit.tv/Show57/57Announce.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/Amber.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/AndrewBaron.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/BandwidthAnnounce.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/DoinTheTWiTv2.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/Dvorak.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/Handheld.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/JasonCalacanis.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/Leo.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/OpeningTheme.mp3
http://twit.tv/Show57/Patrick.mp3

I'll give you until next Sunday to come up with something. Email me the result (64kbps MP3 please) via YouSendIt.

Enjoy!

TWiT 57 Delay

TWiT 57 was a pip, featuring Dvorak, Patrick Norton, Amber MacArthur, Rocketboom's Andrew Baron, Ask A Ninja's Kent Nichols, Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc, Microsoft's Robert Scoble, and a special appearance by the father of RSS and podcasting, Dave Winer.

But with all those voices it's taking me longer than usual to make a good clean show. Give me an extra 24 hours for editing. We should have both audio and video available late Monday.

Thanks for your patience - I promise it will be worth the wait.

Call for Help For Sale

I'm very pleased to announce that starting tomorrow, June 7, 2006, Call for Help fans in the US can download the show from Google Video.

Each show will cost 99¢ and eventually all 300 shows produced in Canada over the past two years will be available online. We expect to post new shows at the same time as they are aired. We will offer AVI, MP4, and PSP-compatible versions for download, free of advertisements and copy protection.

I'm thrilled that Rogers has decided to do this. I hope you'll enjoy the show!

Than

No TWiT For You

The TWiTs are taking this week off for the Memorial Day Weekend. See you next Sunday!

Google Video Test

TechTV Canada is testing the idea of putting some of its shows on Google Video. (I'm hoping that this will eventually include Call for Help but that's not certain.)

For the test they've posted an episode of a show Andy Walker did with Mark Saltzman called Gadgets and Gizmos.

The point of the test is to get your feedback. Send your comments regarding file size, video quality, etc., to info@g4techtv.ca with the subject line "Google Video".
Watch Gadgets and Gizmos

Thanks for your help and cross your fingers!

TWiT.tv Listener Stats

The March stats are in and there were a whopping 2,624,890 downloads of our shows from AOL in March. Here's how many downloads by show in a four week period:

TWiT: 262,193 (TWiT 44)
Security Now: 107,891 (SN 31)
Inside the Net: 49,823 (ITN 13)
Daily Giz Wiz: 23,057 (DGW 10)

Shows continue to be downloaded long after they're published (50,000 people downloaded the 2/19 TWiT in March, for example) so the total numbers are signifantly larger.

Thanks for listening! We appreciate your support!

Adult Content on Radio Leo Feed

My apologies. Earlier this week on the Radio Leo feed I linked to a podcast interview I did with Unrestricted Radio. I should have listened to the rest of the show. I've been told it was quite profane.

If you subscribe to the Radio Leo feed please be warned that the rest of the Unrestricted Radio show is for adults only. If you find that offensive, please delete the file from your system.

I know a great many kids subscribe to my feeds and I sincerely apologize for not being more careful about screening the third-party content. It won't happen again.