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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.

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: