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Putting a Lid on 10 Great Years!

Posted by Alan Henry on January 8th, 2015

TechTV Forever started about 10 years ago, born out of the disappointment and frustration that our much-loved TV network dedicated to technology had been snapped up by a TV network that, as we feared at the time and learned as it happened, was dedicated to improving its viewership numbers and reach at the cost of everything that made that network worth watching and everything those of us who enjoyed it held dear. It was a tough time, and we all came together to keep track of our favorite personalities, their activities, their new and future projects, and where they went after TechTV went off the air, and we’ve done a great job at that!

Times change though. A while back we asked you what you thought, where we should go from here, and while we know plenty of you are out there, it seems like many of you were as stumped as we are!

These days even some of our favorite podcast projects, like Tekzilla over at Revision3, are slowing down or shutting down, and it’s not for lack of tech programming on the web – TWiT is still running strong, YouTube is packed with unboxing videos, reviews, software tutorials, and more tech videos than you could ever watch – not to mention tons of old TechTV programs that have been uploaded to the web.

A number of our favorite personalities are still podcasting and still dishing out great information, like Patrick Norton over on This Week in Computer Hardware and Leo Laporte on the eponymous This Week in Tech, to name a few. Even more are doing their own things in different areas, and we support all of them wholeheartedly.

That said, it’s time for our experiment to wrap itself up. We’re putting a lid on TechTVForever (or as some of you know us, BeyondTechTV), but we’re not screwing that lid on too tightly. We’ll still be around, if there’s still big news we’ll update, and we’ll do our best to keep the links on this site up to date and pointing to the right projects, social streams, and shows that our favorite personalities are working on. And of course, as always, if you have tips and more information, leave them for us in the comments here, or anywhere on the site.

It’s been an amazing 10 years watching technology evolve and change, and watching our favorite tech reporters, enthusiasts, journalists, and fans evolve with it. Here’s to the future!

Security Now! // Episode 488

Posted by Alan Henry on December 31st, 2014

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On this week’s Security Now, Leo and Steve chat about all the security issues and woes of 2014, and look forward to what 2015 may bring.

Security Now! // Episode 488
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MacBreak Weekly // Episode 435

Posted by Alan Henry on December 31st, 2014

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On this week’s MacBreak Weekly, the gang’s all here to wrap up 2014 and discuss what Apple may face in 2015, what products we’ll see, the first ever automated security update pushed to the Mac, Apple and apps dominated Christmas, and more.

MacBreak Weekly // Episode 435
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This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 490

Posted by Alan Henry on December 29th, 2014

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On this week’s TWiT, it’s a roundup of the best TWiT moments of 2014.

This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 490
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Security Now! // Episode 487

Posted by Alan Henry on December 24th, 2014

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On this week’s Security Now, Steve and Leo talk about SQRL, the Secure Quick Reliable Login, Steve’s proposal for a replacement for website passwords.

Security Now! // Episode 487
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MacBreak Weekly // Episode 434

Posted by Alan Henry on December 24th, 2014

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This week’s Macbreak Weekly is a roundup of the best moments of 2014.

MacBreak Weekly // Episode 434
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This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 489

Posted by Alan Henry on December 22nd, 2014

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On this week’s TWiT, Leo Laporte, Myriam Joire, Mark Milian, and Nate Olivarez-Giles chat about the year in review, cyber-vandalism, and more.

This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 489
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FLOSS Weekly // Episode 319

Posted by Alan Henry on December 18th, 2014

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On this week’s FLOSS, Randal Schwartz and Joe Brockmeier chat with Mathew Miller about the latest release of Fedora, Fedora 21!

FLOSS Weekly // Episode 319
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Windows Weekly // Episode 393

Posted by Alan Henry on December 18th, 2014

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On this weeks Windows Weekly, the gang’s all here to talk about the latest leak of a Windows 10 build, sprint gets a Windows Phone handset, a preview of a Skype translator, and much much more.

Windows Weekly // Episode 393
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Security Now! // Episode 486

Posted by Alan Henry on December 17th, 2014

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On this week’s Security Now, Leo and Steve dive back into the mailbag to answer listener questions. They also discuss Chrome UX changes coming in 2015, a Vegas casino hit hard by a cyberattack, and more.

Security Now! // Episode 486
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MacBreak Weekly // Episode 433

Posted by Alan Henry on December 17th, 2014

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On this week’s MacBreak Weekly, Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, Alex Lindsay, and Rene Ritchie gather around to discuss the week’s big Apple-related news, including an acquittal of Apple in an iTunes case, Apple’s new Christmas ad, some Bose products making their way back into Apple Stores, and more.

MacBreak Weekly // Episode 433
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This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 488

Posted by Alan Henry on December 15th, 2014

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ON this week’s TWiT, Leo Laporte, John C. Dvorak, Justine Ezarik, Dwight Silverman, and Christina Warren gather around and discuss the week’s big tech news, including the big document dump from the Sony hack, protected hate speech, and much much more.

This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 488
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TechTV Forever Turns 10: Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted by Alan Henry on December 12th, 2014

Just over 10 years ago, TechTV, the 24-hour technology news, reviews, and enthusiast channel that we all knew and loved, announced it was being bought by Comcast and merged with G4 – a move that we all know at this point would go down in infamy, mean the end of TechTV, the end of regular technology programming on TV, and do absolutely nothing to slow the steady and rapid decline (and now near demise) of G4.

Out of those ashes rose a number of enthusiast sites, email groups, and – most notably – podcasts and web video shows dedicated to tech programming. The network lived on for a while in Canada, Leo Laporte started the TWiT network, Revision3 was born, and we’ve seen a number of awesome shows and people come and go from the technology space. TWiT started as a regular recap of tech news, Ziff Davis ran Digital Life TV (then DL.TV) for a long time with Patrick Norton and Robert Heron, Systm was born on Revision3, we saw hilarious shows like Weezy and The Swish come and go, Morgan Webb’s WebbAlert rose and vanished at the height of its popularity, Kevin Rose’s Digg and Diggnation both exploded in popularity and then subsided, the Lab Rats answered tech questions and reviewed gear, AmberMac’s CommandN was a great, quick roundup of tech and social media news, and of course, Tekzilla turned up as the premier video tech show, and only recently ended its run.

It’s been a long 10 years, and while all of that was happening, the TechTVForever YahooGroup appeared and gave former TechTV fans a place to rally together, keep up with their favorite personalities, and help each other with tech. Out of that group, I started this blog – again, all back in 2004 – so we had a home on the web to keep track of new shows, new episodes, events in the tech world, and what our favorite personalities were up to. We’ve kept that up for the past 10 years – making sure homepages were up to date, new episodes were posted, and regularly going back over our old friends to see what they’ve been up to.

Still, while there’s sadly no substantive tech or TechTV-like prorgammning on TV, there’s more than ever before on the web. Tons of YouTube channels, blogs, and other personalities have their own podcasts, regular shows, Twitch and UStream streams, and more where they answer questions, cover the news, offer opinions, do unboxings, and more. It’s a great time to watch tech on the web, even if TV hasn’t–and probably never will-catch up. Still, that brings us to TechTVForever.

I’ve kept this site running and updated regularly with new episodes every day for 10 years. At this stage, the most active former TechTV personalities have shows on the TWiT network, and Revision3 has all but spun down any programs featuring our old friends (even though there are plenty of new shows with new friends over there.) I’m curious: Should we stay or should we go? Should we keep this up, and keep hunting for more that our old friends are up to, or should we set the sun on this project? We’ll let you guys make the call. Either way, it’s been a good run, and there’s plenty more over the horizon. We could walk you there, or let you get there on your own!

Security Now! // Episode 485

Posted by Alan Henry on December 10th, 2014

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On this week’s Security Now, Leo and Steve discuss Poodle, Sony’s big hack and its security woes — and why they keep getting hacked, and more.

Security Now! // Episode 485
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MacBreak Weekly // Episode 432

Posted by Alan Henry on December 10th, 2014

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On this week’s MacBreak Weekly, Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie gather around to discuss the week’s big Mac news, including Tim Cook being nominated for Time’s Person of the Year, iOS 8.1.2, Apple seeds a new beta of OS X 10.10.2, and much more!

MacBreak Weekly // Episode 432
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This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 487

Posted by Alan Henry on December 8th, 2014

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On this week’s TWiT, Leo Laporte, Serenity Caldwell, Lisa Eadicicco, and Owen J.J. Stone gather around to discuss the week’s big tech news, including the big Sony hack and the leak that’s followed, a bill to ban “backdoors” in tech products, a judge rules that banks can sue Target over the 2013 credit card hack, and more.

This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Epiode 487
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Windows Weekly // Episode 391

Posted by Alan Henry on December 4th, 2014

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On this week’s Windows Weekly, Mike Elgan, Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley are all here to chat about new Lumias, Xbox Music updates, HP offering Office 365 support, and more.

Windows Weekly // Episode 391
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Security Now // Episode 484

Posted by Alan Henry on December 3rd, 2014

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On this week’s Security Now, Steve Gibson and Mike Elgan dive into the mailbag to answer listener questions.

Security Now! // Episode 484
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MacBreak Weekly // Episode 431

Posted by Alan Henry on December 3rd, 2014

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On this week’s MacBreak Weekly, Mike Elgan, Serenity Caldwell, Andy Ihnatko, and Allison Sheridan are all here to chat about another Apple antitrust lawsuit, Apple sending out push notifications about its (RED) campaign, and a new patent on a fall protection system that would let the iPhone land on its back instead of its screen.

MacBreak Weekly // Episode 431
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This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 486

Posted by Alan Henry on December 1st, 2014

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On this week’s TWiT, Leo Laporte, Harry McCracken, Jason Snell, and Becky Worley all gather around to chat about Firefox switching default search engines from Firefox to Yahoo, another big state sponsored malware program is uncovered, Uber takes “disciplinary actions” against its privacy-invading exec, Flickr is about to sell your Creative Commons photos, and more.

This Week in Tech [TWiT] // Episode 486
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