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Episode 4 In Pre-Production

I'm working on setting up our next show, the Mother's Day edition of this WEEK in TECH. To that end I've invited new mother Megan Morrone to join us. I've also put out a call to a number of other TechTV stalwarts to see if they can stop by. As usual, we won't know until it happens.

Mark Williamson has very kindly offered us the use of his T1 and a dedicated TeamSpeak server. We'll be trying it out over the next few days. It will allow us to have more people on the show, and eventually take live calls, as well. Not sure how it will sound though. Priority #1 one is improving the production values and sound quality on the show.

Is it naptime yet?

Howdy all... I've got to finish my homework on ExtremeTech.com and ExtremeiPod.com... then I'll be back here w/ something much more interesting than this!

Here's a question: how many of ya'll listen to MP3s in the car, and in what format?

Let me know!
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Joining the Fray

I'll be checking in as much as I can to help Leo out in this effort. Once I get Skype working better on my connection you'll be hearing me now and again too.

We Need A Logo!

The template I'm using is very pretty and all, but it's a generic template that comes with Drupal. I'd really really like to customize it with a TWiT logo. We need something simple and small - comparable to the boxed arrow logo you see all over the site right now. (Look in the upper left corner.)

Anyone have any good ideas?

I'm open to a full redesign, too. If you're a site designer and you'd like a permanent credit on the front page, email me with your portfolio. I'd love someone who has Drupal experience (it's very very flexible with both CSS and PHP support in templates). A little Flash sparkle would be nice, too. But legibility, friendliness, and ease of use are paramount.

Podcast Difficulties

I know some people are having trouble with downloading the podcasts. If you're having problems post here. If you have solutions, help out!

Most of the problems I'm aware of involve ipodder and Doppler on Windows. There are two issues here:

1. Older versions of ipodder have problems with my aliased urls. When ipodder sees the 301 Page Moved message it assumes it's an error and gives up. This has been fixed in version 2. Solution: upgrade to ipodder 2

2. ipodder and Doppler have difficulties with the BitTorrent feeds. You must have a separate BitTorrent client installed (iPodderX comes with a client built-in). Read the documentation for your podcast client - sometimes getting BitTorrent working is tricky. Solutions: Use iPodderX, or don't use the BitTorrent feeds.

Testing 1-2-3

Welcome to the preliminary stages of creation for the new thisWEEKinTECH site. You can reach this page from twit.tv or thisWEEKinTECH.com.

The design is just a placeholder until some kind person steps forward to do something better. We're running on Drupal today and the templates are heavily CSS driven, so modifying the design is simple.

In due course I'll set up the new TWIT feeds. Meanwhile, they're still being hosted at leoville.tv.

You can register for this site if you want to play with it, but be warned, once I decide on a final design and engine all the existing registrations may be blown out. TWIT subscribers will automatically receive memberships.