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7 of the Top 10 Podcasts on Podnova are by Former TechTV Stars

Blatantly stolen from Digg [ http://www.digg.com/ ] it looks like the title is actually true. The digg poster of the original story wonders for a moment how the TechTV crew ever got the boot from the airwaves, and well, the answer is simple: niche marketing and the greed of G4 and Comcast execs. Luckily the folks at G4 are getting their comeuppance now that their brand new network (with their oh-so-desired 50 million extra homes) is tanking so hard they’re dying to copy Spike TV’s business model (reruns of The Man Show and Star Trek: TNG, anyone?), and even Comcast has seen the light enough to sack Charles Hirschorn, the man who orchestrated the takeover in the first place.

But even so, their loss is our gain in terms of free, quality programming and podcasts for the web, and you know we’ll help you keep track of it all at TechTVForever!

[ Digg // Original Story ]

[ PodNova // Top 40 Rankings ]

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TechNews Bytes

Wired News’ Best/Worst/Everything of 2005

Wired News is really on top of the whole year-end list phenom. We’ve got a bunch of them this time: Wired news brings us the best and worst tech moments of 2005, the 2005 foot-in-mouth awards, 2005’s 10 sexiest geeks, (sadly, I’m not on the list, oh well, there’s next year) and the biggest discoveries of 2005, they’re all pretty interesting.

From Steve Ballmer shouting about how he’s “f***ing kill Google,” to PayPal blocking Katrina aid, from the discovery of soft-tissue from a dinosaur to the MIT $100 laptop, it was definitely quite a year in technology; full of discoveries, outraging moments, and hilarious people. I blogged all of the lists over at one of my other blogs, Pleasant Tingle [ http://www.pleasanttingle.net ] , so I’ll just link them here:

[ Pleasant Tingle // Wired News 2005 Wrapup Lists ]

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Top Failed Tech Trends of 2005

Because the year just isn’t complete without some good “fill-in-the-blank of 2005” lists, ExtremeTech is fresh out of the gate with their list of failed tech trends of the past year. From high-definition everything to the whole Sony rootkit DRM fiasco bringing the evils of DRM copy protection to the fore in tech world, I think they’ve put together a pretty good list of some of the things that everyone told us would be the hottest trends of 2005 and that we could expect to see everyone using those technologies by year’s end, and lo they failed to materialize in any meaningful way, if at all.

My personal favorite? The flooding of the market with digital music players destines to compete with-and subsequently horribly fail against-the Apple iPod (not saying there aren’t good competitors, or even some better products, just that the market’s been saturated with crap) and their interesting take on how GMail wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Enjoy!

[ ExtremeTech // Top Ten Failed Tech Trends of 2005 ]

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Programming and Podcasts

Weezy and the Swish // Episode 29

This week on the hilarious Weezy and The Swish, comedian Bobby Slayton invades the show, taking complete and utter control. At least that’s what Weezy says! Download and enjoy!

Weezy and The Swish Episode 29 // December 27, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Infected with Martin Sargent // Episode 3

This week’s Infected with Martin Sargent is a holiday special, with the crew celebrating the holidays and all the listeners getting an invitation to the party. In front of a backdrop of holiday cheer involving stolen nativity scenes and horrible festive costumes, the guys talk about how video games and cell phones can kill your family, rate how hot Martin’s new internet girlfriend is, and all the hilarity you need for the holiday season. Enjoy!

Infected with Martin Sargent Episode 3 // December 23, 2005
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Diggnation // Episode 26

This week’s DiggNation came out right before the holidays and promises to be a good one. Topics this week include DiggSpy v.2, World of Warcraft passes the 5 million subscriber mark, the truth about suprnova, Apple is selling 100,000 Nanos a day, Microsoft dropping IE for Macintosh altogether, and much much more. Enjoy!

DiggNation Episode 26 // December 20, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Inside the Net with Amber MacArthur // Episode 4 and 5

Episode 4 is all about Protopage, and Amber and Leo interview the creator of Protopage, Andre Parrie, about what he’s created and what it means for the web and new web services, as well as the future of Protopage and AJAX on the web.

Inside the Net with Amber MacArthur Episode 4 // December 20, 2005
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Episode 5 features an interview with Jeff Fried of 37Signals, creators of a wide array of web technologies and tools, potentially most important of all, Ruby on Rails. Leo and Amber ask Jeff about their projects and the things that the 37Signals group is working on, and the future of Ruby on Rails on the web.

Inside the Net with Amber MacArthur Episode 5 // December 27, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Security Now! // Episode 19

This episode of Security Now! is all about Open VPN finishing up Steve’s search for the ultimate in secure remote computing. Steve also presents some information that brings us to a conclusion and some other suggestiosn that he has for secure remote computing, and responds to some listener queries about WPA possibly being cracked. Has it? Tune in to find out!

Security Now! Episode 19 // December 21, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Digital Life TV // Episode 24 and back

This week’s episode of Digital Life TV covers a lot of really cool ground. First of all, the crew discusses the death of analog television in 2009, and how it’s good news for geeks who want to reuse the broadband spectrum. Also, the guys show off a hot Japanese case mod that looks like bamboo and shoji screens all around, and John Davison of 1up.com comes by to talk about the year in video games. This, viewer questions, and more! Download links are up:

Digital Life TV Episode 24 // December 22, 2005
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Up on the website only a few days prior, Digital Life Episode 23 is another winner, covering Hybrid technologies for hard disk drives, some free addictive games, and the 2005 Google Zeitgeist. Also on this week’s show are reccomendations for free Antivirus solutions and Hi-Def DVDs and DVD Players, and your viewer questions!

Digital Life TV Episode 23 // December 20, 2005
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Episode 22 I don’t know how I missed, but covered on that show was the release of Ruby on Rails 1.0, IE and Mozilla using the same RSS icon (yay standards!) and Pat answers the question: “Does Brasso really help repair iPod scratching? ” Also, the pleasure and peril of noise-cancelling headphones and viewer questions!

Digital Life TV Episode 22 // December 15, 2005
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People Programming and Podcasts

G4TV Cancels CFH…Again

Rumor has it that G4 Television has cancelled Call for Help for a second time. The news isn’t particularly surprising considering CfH’s horrible timeslot (11AM EST/8AM PST, then moved even earlier) and the channel’s horrible ratings overall. The channel’s ratings have plunged way below TechTV standards and even lower than G4’s pre-merger ratings, and people are giving up on watching in droves. Add that to the hefty cost of The Man Show reruns that G4 has purchased, and you have a recipie for disaster.

I’ve long thought that G4 brought back CfH just to quiet the hatred over the merger, and then subsequently allow it to fail loudly so they could claim that technology on television is pointless. Well, of course it’s pointless when you make it completely inaccessable. Everyone saw through the ruse Comcast, we all know what your goal was from the start.

Regardless, no official statement has been made as of yet, so treat this as a rumor. More details as they become available, and keep in mind that just because G4 has made this move doesn’t mean that G4TechTV Canada has decided to cancel, or The How To channel in Australia has decided to cancel. We just might continue to see new episodes of CfH in the future anyway, and there still exists the possibility of an intelligent network picking up the show and running it in a timeslot it deserves with the promotion it deserves.

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Programming and Podcasts

Systm // Episode 5

A new Systm! The perfect holiday gift for the geek looking for some new content! On this episode of Systm, Kevin and an Asterisk developer talk about Asterisk, a new open-source VOIP solution for those of you doing voice over IP. What is Asterisk? Well, I’ll let the episode notes answer:

Asterisk is an insanely powerful, yet easy to use, open source voip telephony toolkit (server software) that runs on virtually any platform. It allows anyone to manage VoIP services in their own home in more powerful ways than the most expensive PBX (public branch exchange). For example, it can serve as a gateway from a VoIP service to your copper phone lines, forward calls to your mobile device from wherever you are, allow you to create VoIP connections to anyone on the Internet, manage voicemail, prompts … a virtually limitless capability depending on how far you want to take it.

Sound good? Awesome. Enjoy!

Systm Episode 5 // December 22, 2005
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ed. correction: Chris, of the Leoville Town Square Podcast [ http://ltspodcast.com/ ] was kind enough to point out that it wasn’t Dan in that video, but an Asterisk developer! I made the correction above, and thanks Chris!

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Programming and Podcasts

Command-N // Episode 27

A holiday special! How lovely! This week on Command-N, Amber and Mikey enjoy an early Christmas dinner with Brian and Jeff, other Command-N contributors, and chat about some of the top tech stories of 2005, all the developments over how accurate Wikipedia really is, Yahoo!’s purchase of del.icio.us, and of course the weekly web picks, along with a few gadgets and reviews! This week’s show is a winner, and don’t forget to stick around for the blooper reel. Enjoy!

Command-N Episode 27 // December 19, 2005
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Weezy and The Swish // Episode 28

Looks like server issues have cleared up and this week’s Weezy and The Swish is ready for consumption without problem! This week Comedian Tig joins the crew for some added hilarity, and topics include how to make people feel uncomfortable, Hurricane Katrina relief, the magical world of evite, and much much more! Enjoy!

Weezy and The Swish Episode 28 // December 21, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Lab Rats // Episode 9

This week on Lab Rats, Andy and Sean show us how to share files on a home network on both windows PCs and the Macintosh. Building on the past couple of videos on building a home network from the ground up, now we’re getting into some of the goodies involved with a home network-the fact that it’s incredibly easy to transfer and use files between computers on your personal network! Think you can’t be a network administrator? Think again! Also, this episode includes a surprise visit by a famous geek!

Lab Rats Episode 9 // December 19, 2005
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CyberWalker Mondays // Episode 12

The last two episodes failed recording, so no CyberWalker Mondays for the past two weeks. This week however, Andy and Mike talk about security for mobile devices, plug Andy’s book, how to use VPN, and troubleshoot a USB security key. Andy shares some of his favorite resources and answers listener questions of course, all packed into a short show. Enjoy!

CyberWalker Mondays Episode 12 // December 19, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts TWIT Archive

This Week In Tech [TWIT] // Episode 35

Another TWIT is in the can! This week is a special week, because the TWITs have guest host on board Steve Wozniak, of Apple fame! Your regular hosts are Leo Laporte, John C. Dvorak, Kevin Rose, and Steve Gibson. The addition of Woz to this week’s cast makes for some hilarity, including Woz talking about how awesome his Prius is, and the pending Mac Mania IV cruise that he and Leo will be on in February, right after which Woz will be playing Segway Polo in the championships. The crew share much love for Protopage [ http://www.protopage.com/ ], and discuss why on earth the music industry would be going after websites that publish lyrics of artists’ songs, and how everyone’s new webmail betas rock really hard. All this and much much more on this week’s This Week In Tech! Enjoy!

This Week In Tech [TWIT] Episode 35 // December 19, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

DiggNation // Episode 25

This week on DiggNation, Alex and Kevin chat about DiggNation on Tivo, the Credit Card sized 2GB USB flash drive, the RIAA’s propaganda site, a slick new iPod Nano case, and more! Also, great desktop backgrounds, the hot new Da Vinci Code Trailer and more! All this and the insanity and hilarity you’ve come to know and love. Enjoy!

DiggNation Episode 25 // December 15, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Inside the Net with Amber MacArthur // Episode 3

This week on Inside the Net, Amber and Leo chat with Michael Arrington, the author of TechCrunch, [ http://www.techcrunch.com/ ] and an attorney and entrepreneur who writes about blogging, RSS, and Web 2.0. Michael and Amber and Leo discuss everything from Yahoo!’s purchase of del.icio.us, the future of blogging and web 2.0, and much much more. Enjoy!

Inside the Net with Amber MacArthur Episode 3 // December 14, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Security Now! // Episode 18

This week on Security Now! Leo and Steve discuss Hamachi [ http://www.hamachi.cc/ ] which may be very very close to the hold grail of secure remote computing that Steve has been searching for for the past several weeks! He reviews the service and so far really likes what he sees. Hear what all the fuss is about!

Security Now! Episode 18 // December 15, 2005
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Programming and Podcasts

Weezy and The Swish // Episode 27

This week on Weezy and The Swish, Dan Smith, comedian extraordinaire, joins the cast for your weekly dose of hilarity. The conversation focuses on the internet, travel, Iceland, and of course, comedy and lots of it! Enjoy!

Weezy and The Swish Episode 27 // December 12, 2005
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