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Sorry, Tony

OK, I owe Tony, and all of you an apology. It was late; I was tired and cranky. I'm sorry I snapped at you, Tony.

I guess my point is that we're doing this for the fun of it. We are really thrilled that you all like it so much, and we're grateful to the listeners who have donated to our cause. Thanks also for all the folks who have volunteered to help me edit the TWiTcast. But none of us TWiTs wants (or needs) another 9 to 5. Or 125,000 new bosses.

I'm just asking you to trust me when I say I am working as hard as I can to get it done and fulfill all my other obligations, as well. I will push it out the minute it's ready. Promise.

Editing the show is fully as much a part of the process as recording it. I try very hard to give you a listenable hour with the right proportion of entertainment and information. This takes time. And it's not something I'm willing to let someone else do.

Just for your edification I will release the TeamSpeak master track from this one (well minus a few things we don't want to appear in public) so you can see the difference. OK, enough time spent posting, back to work. I'll have something for you soon.

Your Money Back If Not Delighted

I got a friendly note last night from Tony:

"I listen to eight podcasts regularly, TWiT is one of only 2 that I subscribe to and pay for (I know I TWiT is free and my "donation" is to help defer the costs, etc.). Of all of the podcasts, TWiT is also the only one that seems to have this many issues being put out on time. I also understand that you guys are trying to get it worked out and are having both technical and labor problems. But to add insult to injury you post a message on the site saying you are having problems and the podcast should be ready that evening and 2 days later it still isn't there and no new messages are posted about it being late. The lack of communication I think is the frustrating part. If you are not going to post when you suggest that you are (6/13- ...and get the 'cast up later today) then post another message saying that you still have issues and you plan on having it up by whatever time. Okay, I am done venting."

I have refunded his money, as I will be glad to do for any of you who feel the same way, although I might point out that we're actually ahead since we shipped two TWiTs last week. I guess I confused Tony with my numbering scheme.

I do apologize for not getting #9 out on time - we did have a FTP problem on Sunday night and I had to leave for Canada the next morning. (I'm not sure why Patrick said I'd have it out later that day - that wasn't something I could do since I didn't get all the pieces until Tuesday.)

I'm still in Toronto as I write this taping Call for Help. I have been working on TWiT every night in my hotel room, but it's not easy doing it on the equipment I have with me. In all likelihood it will be Saturday before I can get it pushed out. And, yes, we'll do another on Sunday.

I do apologize, and once again, if you feel you're not getting your money's worth I will happily refund your donations. Just drop me a line.

Honey, we killed the FTP server...

Howdy folks... there will be about a days delay on ye olde TWITcast since ye olde FTP server got stomped on yesterday. Robert, Kevin and I couldn't get our audio files up to Leo. W/ a little luck Leo will be able to edit 'em together and get the 'cast up later today.

Our apologies,
P

Another Firefox Favorite: Sage

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an increasingly popular mechanism for providing information you want in a clean and unified format. RSS is best know for streamlining the way people receive their daily news fix, and RSS is proving itself just as capable for tracking and distributing multimedia content.

If you have never experimented with RSS "feeds", may I suggest installing the Firefox plugin Sage.

A description from the developer's website:
Sage is a lightweight RSS and Atom feed aggregator extension for Mozilla Firefox. It's got a lot of what you need and not much of what you don't.

We're #4

Thanks to Dav in Chicago who pointed out that TWiT showed up in Steve Jobs demo at the World Wide Developer's Conference. Here's the picture from iPodLounge:

and here's the closeup:

Top four podcasts: Air America with Al Franken, The Daily Source Code, iPodlounge's MacCast, and this WEEK in TECH. I think it was the episode where I called Steve arrogant and misguided. Glad he can take a joke.

I've Got Blisters on Me Fingers

I'm editing as fast as I can.

Meanwhile, to distract you from the later and later release of the TWiTcast (if I take til Saturday do we have to do a new one on Sunday?) here's some eye candy.

Jade Charles at Textamerica has very kindly shipped me all the moblog pictures I have taken over the past couple of years and posted on their great site. I no longer have a moblog there, but I have put up a gallery of the images - nearly 1500 in all - at leovilletownsquare.com/gallery. It's a mini tour of the last days of TechTV. Kinda brings a smile to the lips and a tear to the eye. At least it will give you something to do while I continue work on this week's TWiT!

I've posted our logo submissions there, too.

Please Stand By.... We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

[[insert sound of favorite TV technical difficulties music... I'm a big fan of humming The Girl From Ipamena... or Black Flag's Depression in these circumstances.]]

Beloved Listeners of the TWIT.TV Podcasting networks... Leo's been travelling. There have been plagues. Locusts. Fires. New digital recorders designed to bring utterly spectacular audio quality to your Twit-cast.

OK, the biblical stuff hasn't gone down. Not at least beyond some cricket infestations. We're not too worried about those.

The big problem is the new digital recorders. Throw those together with Leo not having a backup to manage the podcast production and distro when he travels (we're growing this as we go along) and this weeks podcast, well, you know this alrady, gets kinda late.

What Happened to My Site?

You may have noticed that the site looks pretty stripped down. That's a cool feature of Drupal called "throttling." When more than 1500 people are on the site at once I'm turning off many of the bandwidth heavy features to keep the site from bogging down. Comments, etc. will be automatically turned back on when things calm down.

Meanwhile, we're scheduled to record the next TWiTcast in two hours and should have it for you by later tonight. Stay tuned!

Memorial Day Delay

A reminder - TWiT will appear one day later this week due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. I get back from New Orleans Monday night and we'll try to do a show then. If we can't - it may appear the following day.

UPDATE: Gack - it looks like I won't be getting back until 11p Monday night. We'll have to tape Tuesday and get the TWiTcast pushed out at midnight Tuesday.

Very sorry for the delay.

From the Shadows releases third episode! Box 3.0: "0wning 2.4Ghz".

You can find FTS Box3.0 and the other episodes HERE.

Wireless Technology: Revolution, Evolution or both?
There are certain events in our history that have changed the world around us. They were logically named as revolutions (industrial revolution, etc). They have enabled people to better their lives, and change the face of the world. So I think it fits that we call this time the Wireless Revolution. The world around us these days is increasingly becoming more and more entrenched in wireless technology, ranging from cell phones, computers, cameras, to medical equipment. In my travels I have found it hard to find an area without wireless devices playing a part of daily life. Like it or not wireless is not only here to stay its going to effect our very society.