CFH Returns to USA in one week!

Well it doesn't look like anyone else is going to announce it so I'll confirm what most of you have already guessed. If you check your Tivo or Yahoo! TV listings you'll notice that Call for Help is back on the schedule at G4.

G4 has purchased the show for air in the US. I will continue to fly to Toronto to produce it, and we're not changing a thing. In fact, as those of you who have been watching it know, it's really more like the Screen Savers of old than Call for Help used to be, especially now that Kevin Rose has agreed to appear on the show twice a week. We'll get Patrick up to Toronto, too, I promise.

Starting August 29 CFH will be on G4 weekdays at 11a Eastern/8a Pacific and weekends at 6 and 7a Eastern. If enough of you watch I'm sure we'll be able to move to a better spot in the schedule. G4 has also purchased the last four months of programs so there will be lots of great stuff from many of your TechTV favorites including Kevin, Alex Lindsay, Steve Gibson, Mr. Excel Bill Jelen, Dick DeBartolo, and of course my Canadian cohort, Amber, Andy, Mike, and Sean.

Thanks for your support over the past year. I know all the emails and calls G4 has received has a lot to do with our return. Please watch and tell your friends to watch, too. I think you'll like what you see!

Once again into the breach, dear friends...

So, um, if you're not doing anything around 1PM PST (4PM EST) you can check out a live IPTV/online tv broadcast thing we're doing over at Ziff Davis... does require the Windows Media Player to watch it live.

Later on today we'll have archived version you can download at your whim.


ADDED 2:55:
1) Yup, we're having mad audio problems... we're got new mics and some training coming.
2) We're still getting used to the Newtek Tricaster for switching the show ... we're on our third Tricaster, since we had a software crash on the first one and a hardware problem on the second... that cut down into our rehersal/learn how to switch the show time. Beyond that it's an amazing box.

Stand By For News

Watch for a major announcement regarding Call for Help soon.

UPDATE: I'm sorry I can't say more. I am also sorry that the official release hasn't gone out yet. I wouldn't have said anything if I had known it was going to take this long. I'm not trying to keep you in suspense - honest!

Suffice to say it's good news!

Toronto Super Summit

As I mentioned in the TWiTcast this week, Amber, Andy, and Mike from Call for Help plus Kevin Rose, Alex Albrecht, and Keith Harrison from Diggnation, Dan Huard from systm, and Frank Linhares of will join me tomorrow for the Toronto meetup. If you're in the Toronto area please stop by. I think this is probably a once in a lifetime chance to see all these people in one place.

Location: No Regrets Restaurant (219 Dufferin St., in Liberty Village, Downtown Toronto)
Date : Thursday August 11th, 2005
Time : 7:30 pm

Please RSVP at if you plan to attend so we can get some idea of who is showing up. Thanks!

There's room for up to 200 so get there early. The food is great. Hope to see you there!

Thanks to Frank Linhares of the Techphile podcast for putting this together. We'll be taping a podcast there with him at 6p if you want to watch.

Thank You TWiT Army

You can stand down now. TWiT has won two - count 'em - two Podcast awards - best Technology podcast and the People's Choice award. Thanks so so much to all of you for your votes. I had pretty much given up because I forgot to mention anything until the last two days of voting.

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees. We were in the running with the best in the medium.

Peoples Choice: This Week In Tech
Best Produced: Daily Source Code
Business: Media Artist Secrets Podcast
Comedy: Distorted View Daily
Cultural / Political: Free Talk Live

Last Day of Voting

This weekend is the last chance to vote for the Podcast Awards. TWiT has been nominated in the People's Choice and Technology categories. If you haven't voted yet, please do soon. And thanks for your support!

Showbiz Again!

CNN Headline News liked me so much, they've invited me back.

I'll be on Showbiz Tonight live at 7:30p Eastern this evening to talk about iPod alternatives: the Dell DJ, iRivers, and Archos Gmini.

That'll make seven minutes left in my 15 minutes of fame.

TWiT Tuesday

The good news is that I have all the pieces to make this a pretty good sounding podcast. The bad news is that I need about 10 hours of editing time. I won't be able to do that until tomorrow. So expect something tomorrow or early Wednesday.

Delay in TWiT 15

Looks like TWiT 15 will be a little delayed this week.

We had a two hour marathon session including an interview with Opera founder and CEO, Jon S. von Tetzchner and a guest appearance by security whiz Steve Gibson.

It's going to be a great show, but once again I'm having trouble with the sound quality and I need to spend more time massaging the file. At least I didn't forget to press record this time. I'll give you an updated ETA Monday.

Thanks for your patience.

Showbiz Tonight

I'll be a guest on CNN Headline News's Showbiz Tonight on Monday 7/25 from 7-8p Eastern to talk about ipods. I'll make sure to plug Diggnation and Dawn and Drew.