Happy Labor Day!

All the TWiTs have been working hard this year so I thought they should take some time off this weekend. As a result there will be no TWiT or net@nite this week. We'll be back with new shows next Sunday though. Have a great long weekend!

Two New Shows

We've added two more shows to the TWiT family. That makes two shows for you to listen to every day of the week. -whew- Megan Morrone, who left the Screen Savers in 2003 to have a baby, Annabella, and then twins Milo and Huck, has returned with Jumping Monkeys, a weekly look at parenting in the digital age. The show is usually an hour long and features links, chat, and interviews with other geek parents. Jumping Monkeys comes out every Saturday. Goes Read-Only

As you may have noticed, I have changed into a read-only web site, without logins and commenting (much as Alex has done at

It's not that I don't welcome your comments, but I'm having all sorts of difficulties with the software over cookies and log-ins. Add to that the difficulty of moderating thousands of entries for spam, and I think you'll see that it's impractical for now to keep things as they are. At some point I hope to find a Drupal developer I can afford (Lullabot is way beyond my means these days) and I'll be able to update this site to Drupal 5 and restore some of the interactivity. Until then we'll have to live with a simpler design.

Annual Paypal Renewals Coming Up

Just a word of warning to those of you who so very generously signed up for yearly donations to TWiT. We're closing on the two year anniversary of TWiT donations, so many of you will automatically be billed $20 in the next month or so. Last year this surprised a lot of you - and I received some complaints. I don't want you to be taken off guard this year. (That's why I eliminated the yearly subscription as an option some time ago.) I have nothing to do with the automatic billing. Paypal does that. If you signed up for a recurring donation it will happen automatically on your anniversary date. If you don't want it to happen, you need to cancel yourself. For obvious reasons I don't have access to your Paypal subscriptions.

The Lab Debuts April 23

The reinvented (and renamed) Call for Help debuts April 23 in Canada and Australia. Now that the show is out we'll start looking for US venues. No word on Internet distribution at this time.

TWiT, The Movie

The video from last week's TWiT is up. It's a huge 500MB file. Too big to put on a feed. You'll have to download it directly. Thanks for the bandwidth, Cachefly!
  • H.264 Video (suitable for AppleTV or Computer - Quicktime required) 482.61MB - Courtesy Cachefly

MacBreak's Back

When we split the site into two parts, and Pixel we planned on moving MacBreak, the video show, to Pixel and keep MacBreak Weekly, the audio show, here. But that seems to have created considerable confusion, so Alex and I have decided to cross post both shows to both locations from now on. The feeds are unchanged, as before, but if you want either show you can get them from either site from now on. Sorry for the confusion! Alex tells me there are three more MacBreak's in the pipeline - look for the

G4 Acquires TWiT

OK I guess I was too subtle - this is an April Fools joke. I haven't sold TWiT to anyone, least of all G4! I have some very exciting news. G4 Entertainment Inc has agreed to acquire TWiT in an exchange for stock and $1 cash. We've been in extensive conversations for the past few months, but I've been reluctant to say anything until today. Here's an excerpt from the G4 press release which crossed the wires a few hours ago: G4 CEO , Loof Slirpa, said about the merger, "The synergy between G4's smokin' hot babes and classic TV series, and the TWiTs high end tech knowledge will allow us to reach a vast audience of teenage boys and disaffected computer programmers."

The Lab With Leo

My new TV show, The Lab with Leo Laporte debuts in April, but I'm in Vancouver right now for rehearsals. Here's a short video of the new set we shot on Wednesday. Check out the on set live cam at Kate Abraham's behind the scenes blog (she's our call screener and chyron operator) is and our Free File guy and chase Producer Ryan Yewell's blog is, and there are photos on Flickr.