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The Darkest Hour Is Before The Dawn

I know, I know. The site is impossible to get to. The podcast is impossible to download. Such is the price of success. You should see what's happening over at systm. I'm really sorry - we're working to fix this as fast as we can, but the bandwidth usage seems to double every week.

The good news is that we are very close to a deal that will give us unlimited bandwidth (without sacrificing our integrity - no Paris Hilton promos, I promise). And lots of people are coming forward with offers of bandwidth and other solutions.

I've received a very kind offer from the OurMedia.org folks to host the TWiTcasts there, as well. Click the OurMedia link for any of the six episodes. I'll make sure the new episodes get posted there each week - although I think there's a little bit of a lag making them public:

OurMedia.org

If you have a BitTorrent client, there are lots of seeds and downloads are very fast.

TWiTtorrents

There's a new P2P kid in town called Dijjer. It's like BitTorrent but is much simpler for users and has fewer firewall issues. If you'd like to try it click the link below. You'll be instructed on how to install the Dijjer plug-in for Windows, Mac, or Linux. (There seems to be a problem with the plug-in and Tiger, but the Windows version works fine for me.) If people like this we'll offer it as yet another way to get the TWiTcast.

Episode 6 Dijjer Style

And thanks to all the folks who have put up mirrors, yousendit.com links, etc. You're really helping out.

Star Wars : Just movies? Or perhaps a way of life...

Over the past twenty eight years Star Wars and its fans have sparked an amazing film, cultural and societal phenomenon, one that will be with us for quite some time. But it's not a matter of a film simply being popular and selling tickets. The Star Wars fans devotion goes much deeper than that. Many of them relate to the story as a part of their lives. We are not just talking about those willing to wait weeks and months in line to see the new movie, those that make elaborate fan films, or those that have full costumes made that they wear frequently. Many of these fans live their lives with Star Wars being a very big part of it. Some of them even practicing the â??Jediâ? religion.

Win 120 Free Songs From ExtremeiPod and eMusic

I know ya'll are capable of madly creative stuff... so fire out a picture of you and your iPod!

Seriously. Send a picture with an iPod our way. You could win 120 songs from eMusic.com and ExtremeiPod!

How about your iPod sneaking into the frame of a picture of your majestic neigborhood... a glamor shot of the iPod you covered with glitter... you and your iPod doing something highly amusing. Or naughty.

**hey everybody... the photoshopped pictures are fun, but we can't use 'em... they've got to be your original images!!!**

I'm an RSS feed ?!?

A fair number of folks have asked me where they can find the articles I write for ExtremeTech.com and ExtremeiPod.

Starting this week, you can subscribe to the Norton RSS feed which funnels anything I write for Ziff Davis directly to your favorite RSS reador. Or aggregator. Or however you harvfest your fave RSS content.

The stuff you'll get includes regular news coverage of 3G, nano and WiMAX (and more) along with a whole heap of iPod reviews, hacks and tips from ExtremeiPod.com. Not to mention the occasional report from gatherings like DefCon and the Consumer Electronics Show.

The link should go live this week:

Is this a common practice/scam....?

Yay!! Tomorrow we have a doctor appointment to have an ultrasound, and find out the sex of our baby. So I go to check the video camera, since I'd like to get video of it.... Grrr the camera is fragged, I forgot about it... I knew it was broken too. Doh...
OK so I need to buy another small, inexpensive mini-DV cam, today. I'm going to want it around a lot when baby is born anyway, right... So I found a model that fit my budget ($700) and size needs. I wanted something almost palm sized but fairly high quality. I decided to try the Panasonic PV-GS150, from my research it seemed like a good thing to satisfy my needs.

Systm Release Party!

Hey fellow TWiTs! Itâ??s official - My new downloadable Tech show 'Systm' will be released on Monday May 23rd at 8:00PM PST! To kick off this new series we are throwing a house party. While we donâ??t have enough room for everyone in the house, weâ??d love to have you take part! Starting at 6:00PM weâ??ll fire up our live webcam of the festivities, along with an IRC chat room. Chat with Kevin, Dan, Keith and Ron (systm crew) along with other TechTV staffers (Leo, Pat, Yoshi, Robert, Alex, and others have all been invited).

Canâ??t wait to download Systm?

Revenge of the Sith (in 1080p+)

I recently posted an article on ExtremeTech discussing the technology of modern digital cinema. My opinion of Episode III aside, the latest iteration of Texas Instruments' DLP technology is delivering the best image quality you can see on the silver screen.

TI's "2K" DMD (digital micromirror device) used in the latest cinema-class DLP projectors sports a native resolution of 2048x1080 (one pixel per micromirror.) That equates to over 1.2 million more pixels than their previous 720p cinema technology.

About Your Donation

A number of people have been asking me about our choice to ask for donations instead of taking advertising or requiring a subscription. Let me explain our thinking.

First, there are a number of good reasons not to take ads. One, I hate ads and I know you do, too. Two, we really wanted to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. We are all fiercely independent and bloody minded, and love the idea of doing a show that's ours alone. The only people we want to be beholden to is you, the listener.

Nor do we want to require a subscription. TWiT is free and always will be. No one HAS to subscribe or donate. But there are expenses associated with doing the show, and if there's some capital we can invest in making the show better.