Sad News

As most of you know by now, James Kim died trying to save his family. I know how much he loved them, and as a father myself, I know he did everything he could to ensure their survival, even if it meant risking his own life. I'm sure he'd be content knowing his loved ones made it, even though he didn't. James was a loving husband and father, a wonderful co-worker, and a young man just full of life. We'll all miss him very much. If you'd like to help the Kim family now, you'll find information at James's co-workers at C|NET have put together a tribute video.

Kim Family Found Alive!!

Just posted on CNET at 2:17P Pacific... The wife and daughters of missing CNET senior editor James Kim have been found alive and airlifted to a local hospital, authorities announced at a press conference in Merlin, Ore., Monday afternoon. James Kim left the car on snowshoes two days ago to seek help and has not been found. The search for him continues. According to the official speaking at the news conference, the conditions of Kati, Penelope and Sabine are not yet known. More details are expected at a press conference at 5 p.m. PST.

Missing TechTV Family Member

Still no news on James and his family. For more information visit:
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Here are the details for those of you who haven't heard yet. CNET editor and former Fresh Gear contributor and Lab analyst James Kim has been missing since Saturday. ANY word, especially from people in the Oregon area is appreciated. The information is all below from the official investigation by the SFPD. Missing Family Includes: James, Kati, Penelope (age 4.5) and Sabine (6 months). Last name is Kim

October Numbers

Here are the top downloaded individual episodes from the month of October - downloads continue for some time so the total number of downloads for any given show will be around 30% larger. (These are the numbers directly from AOL and Cachefly - our ad agency eliminates non-US downloads and filters for unique IPs so we sell somewhat lower numbers.)
TWiT 73307,497
TWiL 1227,794 (it was on the TWiT feed)
Security Now 6199,751
Windows Weekly 183,049


I had no idea what a storm my little sentence would generate. Hey, I was tired, dispirited, and trying to figure out how to do a show without any contributors. I really didn't mean to scare you! I do appreciate the incredible outpouring of support. Over 400 comments on my post, thousands of Diggs and comments, and many of you even added to your donation. Thanks so much! (Some asked for additional levels of support - I've added a $5 and $10 monthly subscription for you.) Money's not the problem, but it is a great way to show your support.

No TWiT Today

It's about 80 degrees out - in all likelyhood the last nice day of summer in Northern California - so all the TWiTs decided to play hookey. At the same time. Unfortunately that means there will be no show tonight. It's my turn to play hookey next week. I'm off on a Geek Cruise next Friday, and will be gone through November 4, so there will be no TWiT next week either. I'll decide what happens to TWiT, the show, when I come back, but at this point it looks like it's on life support and the heart monitor is flatlining. Meanwhile, enjoy our first this WEEK in LAW with Denise Howell, and thanks for listening. I'll put it up on the TWiT feed in place of TWiT later tonight.

Back To Normal

Our new servers are online, the DNS has propagated, and iTunes is updating. Check your netcast client to see if it has downloaded the most recent versions of our shows. In some cases you may have to request older shows that weren't downloaded. In more drastic cases you may need to resubscribe. The shows posted since the feeds went down Friday morning include:
  • Inside the Net 38
  • TWiT 73
  • KFI Tech Guy 291, 292
  • Daily Giz Wiz 170, 171, 172
  • Windows Weekly 2
  • FLOSS Weekly 14
  • TLR 5, 6, 7 and have not yet been moved to the new servers, but that will happen in the next few days. You shouldn't notice any service disruption. Leoville Town Square will go back online as soon as I've imported the database.

All Feeds Are Currently Down

My apologies - Friday the 13th struck hard this morning. A hard drive failed on one of my servers and is awaiting replacement. Currently,, and, are limping along as read-only servers. and the TWiT forums are on a different server and are unaffected. Unfortunately all the TWiT feeds are stored on, so I haven't been able to update them since this morning. As you can see I have posted six new netcasts today, including Windows Weekly, FLOSS Weekly, the Daily Giz Wiz, and three TLR episodes. You can listen to them here, or download the MP3 files, but iTunes and other netcast catchers won't be updated until my host, (The Planet in case you'd like to know who to avoid in future), gets off its duff and replaces the drive.

My Podcast Expo Speech

Thanks to Mark Smith at MoveDigital you can now download video of my keynote at Podcast Expo... There's H.264 for desktops and 3GP for cell phones. The page is Thanks to MoveDigital - Your Online Digital Delivery Service for the bandwidth.