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My favorite Firefox plugin - Adblock

We got to talking about browser security on today's Podcast, and I wanted to mention some tools I never surf without (using Firefox, of course!)

Adblock loaded with Filterset.G

Filterset.G is described in the readme as:

The guiding principle behind this filterset is efficiency. Conservative domain blocking, careful use of Regular Expressions, and a strict stance against false positives help to avoid the problems faced by other filtersets, from overspecificity to overgeneralization.

Digg Itt

Sorry about the problems earlier. Not sure what was happening but I repaired the MySQL database and all seems to be well again.

UPDATE: I thought it was a DOS attack but no.... it was Digg. Getting Dug is far worse than getting Slashdotted - it slammed the servers all evening. Vizaweb couldn't figue out what was happening and disabled the Gallery. (That's what was linked to in Digg.) Well now we know. Nice job, Kevin, yah brought the site down!

UPDATE 2: OK maybe it's not all Digg's fault. I was using a beta version of Menalto's Gallery for the logo gallery and it seems to have some problems. I've removed it and disabled the logo gallery for now. I'll get it back up using some other program. I like the rotating logos on the front page anyway - might be a permanent feature. There are so many good ones!

We're number one on Podcast Alley?!?

Don't let Leo kid you... he's horrendously competitive and has been known to scream, gnash his teeth and pitch furniture (and smaller coworkers) around the room when â??the numbersâ?? arenâ??t to his satisfaction.

Thank you to everybody who voted for us into the number one spot on Podcast Alley. Especially the ones who voted twice. And to that kind, gentle hacker in Sidney with the bot... you rule.

Cause if we weren't number one with a bullet Leo would have fired up â??The Publicity Stuntâ?? machine.

And we would have had to do the podcast naked.

BTWâ?¦ all this is a thin tissue of lies and shameless pandering for laughter (and making Leoâ??s eyes bug out), except for the part about thanking everybody who votedâ?¦

Help Us Choose Our Logo

I've created a gallery of submitted logos. Please visit it and comment (vote too if I can figure out how to turn that on). If you created one of the logos, please add your name in the comments. There are so many I'm having a hard time of keeping track of which logos belong to whom.

We're Number 2!

I'm very pleased to see that this WEEK in TECH is currently #2 on Podcast Alley. In the past I've ignored this kind of beauty contest, but it does help get the word out, and I have to admit to a little thrill seeing TWiT up there.

Anyone can vote once a month. Click the Podcast Alley image and vote now. Let's show them what TWiT Power is all about!

BreezeCast Tonight

I'll be speaking tonight at the Maryland Cold Fusion Users Group in Rockville.

UPDATE: You can watch in via Breeze Live. If you have a Flash player log into BreezeCentral. It's free to watch - use the guest login. We begin broadcasting at 8p Eastern. I've uploaded a Powerpoint version of my presentation (which is not as cool as the Keynote version) but at least you'll be able to see something. Not sure what will happen to

Podcast Expo

I will be speaking at the LA Podcast Expo on Friday, November 11 from 11:45am-12:45pm. With any luck I'll be able to talk my fellow TWiTs into coming with me. I'm also planning to participate in Chris Breen's Playlist panel from 2-3 that afternoon.

Visit the Podcast Expo web site for registration and information.

My First Blog Post

It was great fun doing the TWITcast yesterday!
Feels good to have the gang back together again.

Ive been off the radar for a bit so hears an update on what Ive been up to post TSS:
Its been wonderful! I had not taken a vacation in 4 years so I have been visiting a lot of friends and family, and basically unwinding.
As I said on the podcast. I am going to be married this summer, to a wonderful woman who has made me the happiest guy on earth. I am also going to be a father soon. I am looking forward to this a lot. I just wonder how long it will be before I can get the littel one modding...

First post..

Hey Everyone!

Just wanted to thank all of you for spreading the word and making TWiT one of the fastest growing podcasts online. I can't tell you how much fun it is working with the old crew again. Between TWiT, vTWiT (video version), thebroken, and systm, expect to see a lot of indipendent tech content coming your way. Who needs TV?

Ahhh, Mondays....

I wanted to get this blog rolling by saying hello to everyone tuning into the weekly Podcasts. We have experimented with various forms of VOIP, and our quest for decent audio quality (with 5+ users) continues.

My day job at PC Mag.com keeps me very busy -- I'm in charge of the HDTV Lab and this year is just getting started in terms of new products and technologies. I'm most excited by the industry's push for increased visual quality (color and resolution) as well as value -- Ex. the latest generation of plasma display panels (PDPs) are literally half the price of last year's models while offering significant improvements in the areas mentioned above.