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Podcast Awards Update

We've been nominated for Podcast Awards in the People's Choice and Technology categories. Yay!

Thanks for your support! Voting begins today. TWiT Army, you know what to do.

iTunes Compatibility

After a little fussing and fighting I think I've made our main feed iTunes compatible. Apple, being Apple, just had to add a bunch of new tags, and iTunes ignores some of the canonical RSS tags, so it's Apple's way or the highway. I'm not sure how often Apple updates things - not very from the look of it - but eventually the iTunes feed should look as nice as the others. It's kind of embarassing to be the only podcast in the Top 20 with a broken image link.

According to Feedburner's stats, we're getting an additional 20,000 downloads a day from iTunes, so it's worth getting this right. (With a conservative 250,000 downloads per episode we're easily the most listened to podcast in the world.) Now if only we can get featured in the iTunes Technology Podcast section.

By the way, a very hearty thanks to timmyc25 for the logo we're using for iTunes. It's one of several user contributed logos I've been using around the site, as album art, and so forth. We have so many great ones to choose from - thanks to all of you for your contributions.

In the process of fixing the feed for iTunes I've dressed up the RSS in general. From now on all show notes will appear in the RSS description tag, so you'll be able to see them in your aggregator as you listen. (Try it with iPodderX, Safari, Firefox, etc.)

Thanks to Patrick for his heroic efforts in the past two weeks. I'm back from my travels and will resume production duties for TWiT 14. I'm hoping to have a visit from a special guest on that episode - a former Screen Saver cast member who's been strangely silent for the past few months.

See you Sunday at midnight!

All Episode 0013 Torrents are Up... FeedBurner links coming shortly.

My apologies on the delay on delivery, but yesterday was the first full day on a new job (12 hours... counting time spent w/ HR paperwork... joy.), and today's the second.

A big thankee to Robert for updating ya, since I was offline until fairly late last night.

Want to try the new AOL link? Click here!

Leo's back in the saddle for Episode 0014 this Sunday. That should get us back on track for Sunday night delivery.

In search of Episode 13...

I'm not certain when Ep. 13 will be ready for consumption. Soon I hope. You will have a better ETA tomorrow.

I will make it a point to keep everyone updated when the release of our Sunday shows slips behind schedule.

If we cannot consistently get the show out (late) Sunday evening, then the least we can do is post a quick note saying so.

Episode 12: Guns and Racing

On this week's show, I mentioned two places outside of the Vegas strip that I enjoyed visiting. If you feel the need for speed, take a drive out to the XPlex Racepark and enjoy a great 1-mile course with three classes of karts to choose from (mild to wild). By the second lap, you will forget about any monetary losses incurred at the craps table.

iTunes, AOL and our FeedBurner Links...

Howdy all... couple of quick things. First off, AOL will have no impact on our content, except to make it faster for ya'll to download it. So stop worrying about that.

Second, we really want to thank EVERYONE that's pitched in so hard w/ server bandwidth, torrent hosting, and a general good spirited drive to make TWiT as easy as possible to download!

Third... AOL, for whatever you might think of the software on the disk that arrives w/ the supermarket ads, knows a bit about dealing w/ massive amounts o' data... and, no there are no AOL ads in the podcast, nor are we making any money off of their hosting us... tho we are stoked about having enough bandwidth in one place for everybody to hit.

In more cheerful news, AOL hooked us up with bandwidth!

Wanna try the fastest TWiT download ever?

Check this out!

Thanks to AOL (and epecially our fairy godmother over there, Jeff!) for a ridiculously fast feed!

We'll have the iTunes feed pointing to this ASAP (if it's OK w/ AOL) and you can go ahead and fire up ye olde iPodderX.

London rocked by four blasts.

Whatever's bothering you probably isn't that big a deal.

If you're even more out of the loop than I am, then, well, go to Google news and search on London and you'll find out that three Underground stations and a bus were bombed today.

To borrow Wil Wheaton's phrase "send some mojo."

My Mom would probably suggest prayers.

In any case, take a moment and send them some goodwill in whatever fashion you see fit... even if you're not one of the persons wondering if friends, coworkers or family are among lost or injured.

TWiT 12 Goes Live Tonight

My apologies for the delay. The editing studio is in Petaluma, I'm in San Francisco, I moved into a new house this weekend, and I'm working on a new job this week.

And I had no idea how much I'd forgotten about editing audio.

No excuse for TWiT being late, I agree, but I wanted to let ya'll know I haven't just been sitting around the house playing Battlefield 2 on the new cable modem and mainlining organic cheetos from the local co-op.

Fresh TwiT tonight, I promise!
P

Bad News... and Good News

(This dispatch was sent as we're steaming into the Helsinki harbor - 4:49A local time.)

The bad news is that Patrick fell asleep while trying to edit TWiT 12. He's going home and will come back and finish it later.

The good news is that AOL Radio has very generously agreed to host the high quality MP3 feed. The posting process isn't finalized yet, but once it is your downloading problems will be over. I will move the main feed at feeds.feedburner.com/twit off Coral and onto AOL's servers. Should make things much more reliable.

To calm people's fears - this will not change things for you in any way. You will not be required to sign up for anything, nor will you have to listen to AOL radio. The feed will work exactly as before with no action required on your part. The folks at AOL just like TWiT and wanted to support it.

As a side note - those of you having difficulty with iTunes subscriptions should probably start using the main feed, too.

We'll let you know when 12 is ready to download.