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No TWiT Today

I'm going to take this week off on TWiT.

A number of the TWiTs are in NYC for the Digital Life Expo and it doesn't look like we'll be able to schedule a Skype call. We'll be back next Sunday, though, with audio and video and a special interview with Creative Commons creator, Stanford Law professor, and constitutional scholar, Lawrence Lessig. See you then.

Security Now 9 Delay

Steve and I have recorded Security Now 9 - the subject is rootkits - but I just don't have the time or software I need to get it out to you tonight. I'll have to wait until I get back from Toronto on Saturday. It's worth waiting for though!

Showbiz Tonight

I'll be on Showbiz Tonight on CNN Headline News with Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing.net at around 7:30p Eastern tonight (and again three hours later) to talk about the new video iPod.

We're re-compressing TWiT 26 for iPod video right now and expect to have it available from our new Broadcast Machine server this evening. The full-size version is there right now. It's a BitTorrent implementation that works with the Broadcast Machine client. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Skype This Week

Just a reminder that TWiT won't be in public this week - that means no video either. We're still looking at venues for future shows, but there seems to be a pretty strong sentiment against the live TWiTs, so I'm reconsidering the live audience idea.

I've posted a new poll asking your opinion on the live audience. We'll abide by your choice, so please let us know what you want.

This is a temporary post...

Howdy TWiT Army!

I was wondering if ya'll might help me beat on the www.digitallifetv.com server again.

And I'd love to know how it looked at your end: clean feed, good video... or not: if you'd send an email to digitallifetv@ziffdavis.com to let me know, that'd be great!

Should be a good show: We've got LG's VX9800 SMS phone, free antispyware and antivirus tools, Guitar Hero, info on broadband boosters and a ton of answers to quetions about HDTVs.

The video stream goes live 9 PM EST, 6 PM PST, 01:00:00 UTC (for you folks outside of the US). We start the servers 15 minutes before we go live and run a countdown clock until we launch the show.

Welcome to The Planet

We have successfully moved TWiT to the new dedicated server. It seems much faster already. Thanks for your patience (and the donations that made this possible!)

Now I have to figure out why leoville.com isn't resolving.

TWiT 26 Location

This week TWiT returns to San Francisco. We'll be coming to you once again at 4pm from the Gallery Café, 1200 Mason St. at Washington. [google map]

This time we'll have more seats. Parking in the area is still a problem, however,

Three nearby garages include:

1. 1040 Sacramento (between Powell and Mason)
2. 815 Powell (@ California)
3. Fairmont Hotel Parking (Powell and California)

If you don't like the hills, there's a garage at 728 Pacific Ave (between Stockton and Grant). All of the garages charge the same rate, $2.50 per 20 mins up to $27 max per day.

THIS JUST IN: The folks at the Pixel Corps have found a nearby garage that charges $6.50 for all day on Sundays: St. Mary's Garage: California Street between Grant and Kearny. Sounds like the place for the TWiT Army!

Come TWiT With Us

This week TWiT returns to San Francisco. We'll be coming to you from the Gallery Café, 1200 Mason St. at Washington. [google map]

The café has excellent coffe and serves food, too and the owner is planning on offering some TWiT specials. Kangaroo Jerky will not be on the menu.

Street parking may be difficult, but it's on the cable car line (across the street from the historic San Francisco Municipal cable car barn, in fact) and there's a parking garage two blocks away.

Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing and EFF and author of "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town" joins the TWiTs.

Please note: we're taping one hour earlier, at 3p. I will bring pocket protecters. See you there!

TV is Not Free

I'm glad you all like the video version. We intended this week as an experiment more than an actual show. If there's enough interest we can do a really bang up job each week, but there's a catch.

Doing a TV show right is expensive. We need to pay for equipment and crew, not to mention bandwidth. I can do the audio production by myself, video takes at least four people during the taping and additional post production staff. Video files are more than 10x the size of audio. BitTorrent costs us nothing, but direct downloads will be expensive. In other words, it's going to cost us thousands of dollars per episode to produce a weekly video version of TWiT.

So here's the pitch. If you want a quality video production of TWiT each week, we're going to have to raise the money somehow. The contributions to the audio version have been very generous so far, and we really appreciate it, but they're not enough to do audio and video, too. And I'm reluctant to put in advertising. So here's the question. Would you be willing to pay a small subscription fee for the video?

Take the poll to the right. And please take it seriously. Don't say you'd pay for TWiT video if you really wouldn't. This is the sole extent of my market research, so I'm counting on you!

Thanks, as always. And don't worry - we plan to keep doing the audio version free for as long as you'll keep listening.