My return to TWiT | Digg Podcast

Its been two weeks, but I'm finally back in town for a TWiT podcast! I can't wait to get back on and talk some tech with the guys.. Although I did have a good excuse, it was Amber's b-day party, so I flew up to Toronto to kick it with her :)

Bonus News: Alex Albrecht (old G4TechTV TSS host) and I have started a new podcast! We are calling it 'diggnation' as it covers the weekly top tech/web stories on Diggnation is geek culture variety show - think BoingBoing, Fark, and Engadget all mixed together. Download the first episode now!

FTS Box4.0: Teaser

FTS has been very busy these past few weeks...
You've asked for it, so we decided to make a clip showing what you'll see soon on FTS.

Whats coming up! FTS Teaser

Look for more really soon!


AAC feed for iTunes

Yes I know, I'm supposed to be on the MacMania 3.5 cruise right now. I am, in fact, writing this somewhere in the middle of the Baltic Sea but I just wanted to let you know I've created a quickie AAC Bookmarkable feed for those of you who want to use iTunes for susbscribing to TWiT. It's

and should work fine with iTunes. This is a non-BitTorrent feed.

Meanwhile, check out our Flickr group for pictures from the cruise. It's a digital

TWiT on iTunes

Well it didn't last long - and I'm not surprised. The top podcasts are the ones that Apple features. However, you can still subscribe to TWiT via iTunes 4.9.

Under the Advanced menu select Subscribe to Podcast... and enter

It doesn't look like iTunes supports BitTorrent, alas, nor will it get podcasts when it's not running, so the best way to get TWiT for now is still using a podcasting client that does like iPodderX.

iTunes 4.9 adds podcasts... TWIT is #4 and #15... Go Forth And Download!

Wow... so I post a story on ExtremeiPod about Apple releasing iTunes 4.9, which adds support for podcasts, and going photo on the entire lineup, which is now a 20GB photo, a 60GB photo and the US iPod... install the software, click on the podcasts link... and find that we're both 4th and 15th in the top podcasts.

Weird... until you start clicking on 'em. The #4 links to this WEEK in Tech, our FeedBurner links, and #15, TWiT: Boookmarkable... links to the AAC Bittorent files.

OK, it's still weird. But in a cool kinda surreal way. Maybe it's all the beatings we took at TTV for not beating out Monday Night Curling in Eastern Canada. (We knocked 'em dead in North Jersey, tho!)

TWiT Theme Music

Thanks to the amazing Mark Blasco for our fabulous opening Theme. Get your copy here.

Our closing theme, Doin' the TWiT, is by Ashley Witt. You can download that here, too.

And there's also the Nokia Mix version.

We're very grateful to these two professional musicians and composers for their incredible themes - I think they make the show.

Supreme Court Crushes P2P...

For those of you that avoid radio, TV, and most websites, the Supreme Court delivered its ruling in MGM vs. Grokster:

"judges voted unanimously that software companies will be held liable when consumers use the service to illegally download music and movies, overturning an earlier ruling that sheltered peer-to-peer services from legal action.".

This is what you might call a 'big win' for the record companies an movie studios if you didn't realize that a)Bittorrent's kinda hard to crush and b) it's kinda hard to stop offshore companies from picking up the P2P slack. Should be intersting to see what happens to Grokster et al after this.

Vote for Pedro

I'm not big on awards shows - but since I'll be speaking at the Podcast Expo in LA in November, and they're going to be hosting the first annual Podcast Awards, I thought I should at least try to get nominated.

Visit the Podcast Awards Site and cast your vote for TWiT (or TLR or KFI for that matter). Don't do it for me. Do it for Patrick. He never won a ZD Editorial Excellence Award and he deserves something darn it.

UPDATE: Do check the rules - you can only nominate any show in one category. So, for example, you could nominate TWiT in the People's Choice category and the KFI Airchecks in the Technology category, but don't nominate TWiT in both. If you do none of your nominations will be counted.

Nominations close Tuesday - so vote now! (And thanks!!)

Server Update

Vizaweb has given us a shiny new server for TWiT. Now that the DNS change has propagated things should be a little snappier. Thanks, guys!

If all goes according to plan the next episode is the last you'll have any trouble downloading. Starting around July 3, the files will be hosted by someone with almost unlimited bandwidth so we can stop using Coral. We got just way too big for them. I will continue to offer the BitTorrent feeds, though.

Unedited Episode 9

After all the brouhaha over Episode 9 - seems so long ago now - I promised to post the original Teamspeak version of it so those skeptics among you who think content trumps audio quality could see why I had to edit number 9. And why it took so long. We won't be using Teamspeak again. On the other hand, Skype sounded pretty darn good for Episode 10 so I didn't bother with the local recordings. We'll probably stick with Skype for now.

You can get a copy of the raw Episode 9 here. It's about 17 megs and 1:17 long, but I doubt very much you'll get through it.