This Week in Tech

Nov 20th 2005

This Week in Tech 31


Hosted by Leo Laporte
TWiT 31 is now online.
Records live every Sunday at 6:00pm Eastern / 3:00pm Pacific / 22:00 UTC.
  • Patrick is racing in Baja.
  • Prager is off at Crea824
  • Best booth at Podcast Expo: iLounge
  • Dvorak's take on the Sony fiasco is on CBS Marketwatch (free registration required). He refers to Mark Russinovich's blog entries at Sysinternals.
  • Dvorak was at the Panda Labs when this broke
  • Security expert, Bruce Schneier's blog asks why anti-virus and anti-spyware companies ignored the rootkit for so long
  • Xbox 360 shortages may make the Tuesday launch a bust.
  • It comes with Tetris - Alexei Pajitnov works for Microsoft now.
  • The full version supports 720p component out of the box
  • Bunnie Huang cracked the original Xbox in a week. How long will it take them to crack the 360?
  • Office 2006 abandons menu bars - read PC Magazine's review
  • It's the same program under the hood - so the UI redesign is just a way of interesting people in an upgrade
  • Powerpoint really needs something new
  • Leo prefers Apple's Keynote
  • Edward R. Tufte is the guru of the visual representation of data
  • Never give a speech without slides
  • When is someone going to challenge Powerpoint?
  • Ovation is a start
  • Google Base is live - we still don't get it - maybe the Metafilter folks do
  • ICANN will retain control of the Internet
  • Think Secret joins other Apple rumor sites in saying that the first Intel Macs will debut in January at the MacWorld Expo.
  • Leo's LifeDrive died, but Steve likes the new Tungsten TX. Leo's eyeing Steve's and wishing he hadn't wasted his money on the Lifedrive.
  • What's Dvorak grateful for? Cal 27, Stanford 3.
Thanks to Mark Blasco of for our opening theme, and the awe inspiring Ashley TWitt for our closer. TWiT logo designed by Dorothy Yamamoto.