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Torrential Downloads Forecast

I have put up a new dedicated BitTorrent server and we're starting to put the files up. Please bang on it and let's see how it works. The new URL is

http://twitorrents.com

It may be a little slow while it seeds but it should speed up once we get some seeders on board. Alex is uploading the video, too.

Right now the server has only a 10Mbps connection, but I've put in for 100Mbps so that should help. And the best part is, no matter how it gets slammed, it won't affect this site.

Site Issues

Yes the site has been very slow for the last few days. The server was running, but traffic was slowing it down. I'm not sure why but we're working on it.

It's possible it was a DDoS attack. We experienced similar temporary slowdowns on the leo.am and townsquare server on Sunday. Most likely due to a run on Ilfak's patch for the WMF vulnerability.

Meanwhile I've disabled BitTorrent on the site - that is another candidate for a cause. I'll move the trackers to a third server today.

Everything seems ok now. Sorry for the disruption of service. The TWiT maintenance crews in their snazzy orange jackets are on the job.

UPDATE: Turning off the BitTorrent trackers seems to have fixed things. When I turned one back on things slowed down again - so I think it's safe to say the trackers were the source of the problems. They're all disabled now. I have ordered a new server and will be moving all the BitTorrent files over to there. That way even if it bogs down it won't affect this site. I'm also buying a second GB of RAM for this server which should help when the traffic gets heavy. Thanks for your patience!

State of the TWiT Message

Belated holiday greetings to you all. Thanks so much for your heartfelt support in 2005. It's been an amazing year.

I've posted a new poll on the site and I'd appreciate your vote and input. Up to now I've been trying to keep TWiT running on your donations and the little Google ads up top. And you've been very generous. I think we've used your money wisely to add new podcasts and buy the equipment we need to expand into video. Ultimately it's my goal to create an audio and video podcast channel to rival the best of TechTV, and thanks to you we're well on the way. We have a new TV show and several new podcasts in the works for you, and plans to do much more.

All along it's been my intention to avoid the mistakes of TechTV. We TWiTs want to control the production and distribution so that we never have to go through what happened to TechTV again. And I've avoided advertising, because I wanted to preserve our independence and editorial integrity. Your donations and my day jobs in mainstream media have subsidized the growth of the TWiT Network.

But in order to grow beyond this point, I need to take it to the next level. I need to be able to devote more time to TWiT, to hire people to help, to redesign the site to better fit our goals, and so on. This is going to take money. That means one of two things: subscriptions or advertising. I'm torn between asking listeners and viewers to bear the brunt of the production costs, or taking carefully selected unobtrusive advertising to foot the bill. So, as always, I'm asking you to tell me what you want.

What is the best way to build TWiT into a business that focuses on delivering the highest quality and most entertaining tech information online without compromising its integrity or risking its future? Enquiring minds want to know. Please vote in the poll on the right and post your comments below.

Thank you so much for an incredible year! TWiT exists because of your interest and your support - we know that and would never do anything to jeopardize your faith in us. Here's to a great 2006!

TechTV Holiday Meetup

Frank Linhares, the indefatigable host of techphile.ca, has organized another meetup in Toronto.

TechTV Holiday Meetup

Thursday, December 15, 2005
7pm
No Regrets Restaurant

Besides the entire Call for Help and Command-N crews, you'll meet Security Now's Steve Gibson, Pixel Corps' Alex Lindsay, Andy Walker from Lab Rats, Darren, Wess, Jonathan, and Harrison from HAK.5, Jenn Cutter from OpenAlpha.TV, Jim and Tim from MajorGeeks, and WASD.tv's Chad Dyle.

I also hope to have some TWiT hoodies to give away.

Sign up now at TechTVHolidayMeetup.com.

Podcast Expo Keynote

Tim Bourquin has posted the audio from my Podcast Expo keynote on the Portable Media Expo site. Please excuse the technical difficulties at the top.

You can also get it on the Radio Leo podcast channel along with my KFI radio show from the Expo featuring Dawn & Drew, Soccergirl, and more.

Launch Delay

TWiT 30 is stuck on the runway. We taped it Saturday at the Podcast Expo with Steve Gibson, Doug Kay of IT Conversations, Alex Lindsay, and a rotating cast of podcasters. Martin Sargent was a no-show, alas. Patrick and Kevin had to beg off. At this point we'll probably get both video and audio to you late Monday. I'll keep you posted and thanks for your patience!

Listener Survey

In order to help us get a better handle on who is listening to TWiT I've agreed to conduct a survey with Podtrac - a new company that specializes in podcast audience metrics and ad sales. If you've got a few minutes please click the button below and fill out the survey - your confidentiality is guaranteed.

I hope to use some of the stats in my keynote at Podcast Expo on Friday.

Thanks!!

TWiT Frappr

Add yourself to the TWiT Frappr. Let's see where the TWiT army is!

Slight Delay for 27

TWiT 27 is edited and ready to post, but I've lost Internet access at my office so I can't get it up. I'll post it first thing in the morning. Video should follow tomorrow or Tuesday.

We're planning to move the tapings to Friday so we can guarantee simultaneous release of audio and video on schedule every week.

Thanks for your patience.