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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.

TWiT Beanies

We still don't have a store yet. Not sure what the hold-up is with our provider, but I'll light a fire under them.

Meanwhile Nitrozac and Snaggy of The Joy of Tech comics have created some Joy of Tech - TWiT swag, including a TWiT Beanie. Proceeds benefit TWiT. Enjoy!

TWiT Army At Work

Thanks to the 3rd Dragoons who have spotted a few tagged barriers at Cedar II in Iraq about 4 hours north of Kuwait border. I gather they've seen some Digg tags, too.

Thanks, guys! Stay safe and come home soon!

Ebay Auction to Benefit EFF

UPDATE: The auction ends Friday afternoon at 2:30p Eastern (19:30 UTC). Get your bid in soon!! You remember that issue of the Adventures of Superman (#648, March '06) that featured sly references to TWiT, Command-N, and Hak.5? Well now you can own your own autographed copy, sealed in plastic. This is limited edition of eight comics, autographed by:
  • Amber MacArthur (commandN, TWiT)
  • Darren Kitchen (Hak.5)
  • Leo Laporte (TWiT)
  • Mike Lazazzera (commandN)
  • Wess Tobler (Hak.5)
The top three bidders will get theirs also autographed by Hak.5's Alli and a special TWiT Pocket Protector autographed by Kevin, Patrick, the Woz, and me plus bonus TWiT swag. All the money raised will go to benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation in their ongoing fight to protect your rights online.

Live from the Apple Store

You're invited to join us for a live taping of this WEEK in TECH, Friday, March 3, at the Apple Store in San Francisco.

Our cast will include Screen Savers Patrick Norton and Kevin Rose, Molly Wood of CNET's Buzz Report, former ABC tech reporter, Gina Smith, and Apple founder, Steve Wozniak. Special guest: Merlin Mann of 43folders.

The show begins at 6:30 (that's the show where I rush around setting up equipment like a madman), tape rolls at 7p. We will be video taping so wear your TWiTiest gear.

I will have TWiT pocket protectors, buttons, pens, and toothbrushes to give away. And if Apple lets me, Ubuntu Linux discs for the first 50 people. Join the fun tomorrow evening in San Fran. See you there!

TWiT.tv Update

Hi, gang! Here's the latest from TWiT.tv.

You may have noticed that I've changed the header a little. That's to prepare for a complete site redesign and rebranding coming soon. Amber and her team at arktyp have completed the design and now it's up to me to get it working in Drupal. I'll post a beta link when it's actually doing something.

The rebranding is to emphasize the fact that this is a network of shows. Our flagship is this WEEK in TECH or TWiT, and the network is TWiT.tv.

I'm almost done with adding shows, but there are a couple of more I think we need to do. John and I working on a new Triangulation to cover the AOL Goodmail controversy, that should be out later this week, and I've started developing a Linux/Open Source weekly show (FLOSS Weekly - thanks to zeke123 for the name!), much like Inside the Net, featuring important open source software and its developers. I think we'll use Triangulation for single topic specials - neither John nor I have the time to do it weekly.

Download numbers are in from AOL. These are downloads from 2/1-2/19/2006 and don't include BitTorrent or mirrors.

TWiT 41: 261,229
Security Now 25: 100,845
Inside the Net 10: 45,447

No Daily Giz Wiz or MacBreak stats yet, but that puts us over 400,000 downloads per week. That's something like a medium cable channel (well bigger than TechTV anyway) so I think we're doing very well, ahead of all our projections. And we're still growing fast.

We are pitching advertisers now, and we've got some bites, but I'm holding out for just the right relationship.

The TWiT.tv store is under development. We've got some great items and hope to launch before summer.

My deepest thanks for the volunteer efforts of all our hosts and our production partners, Pixel Corps. Thanks to AOL Radio, who now pushes well over a terabyte a day of data for us. And most of all, thanks to our donors and listeners. We couldn't do this without you.

Bad Dog, No Guinness

Just to set the record straight... from Ricky Gervais's website:

Ricky Gervais and his team were today awarded the Guinness World Record for the most downloaded podcast, gaining an average of 261,670 downloads per episode of 'The Ricky Gervais Show' during its first month.

I love Ricky Gervais, and as far as I'm concerned his hysterical podcast deserves every award in the book, but, I'm sorry, it is definitely not the "most downloaded podcast."

No TWiT Today

My sincerest apologies but I was unable to gather a quorum for TWiT today. Robert Heron, Steve Wozniak, and I showed up, but no one else was available.

It probably has something to do with the spectacular weather we're getting right now in California - sorry East Coast - and with the fact that I was out of touch all week on the Geek Cruise and so was unable to do my usual cat herding.

In any event, I do apologize. We'll take the week off and regroup next week for TWiT 42: The Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything. Thanks.

Buzz Words

Yesterday I spent some time with CNET's Buzz Report - kind of a civilized TWiT - and Tom Merritt (former TechTV.com Executive Producer), Molly Wood of Anchordesk, and Veronica the Producer. I had a great time. You can listen to the show by clicking the link to the left under Radio Leo, or through the CNET Site. I've invited them on TWiT to return the favor.