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Tallarico talks smack about TechTV and Morgan Webb.

Tommy Tallarico, co-host of G4TechTV's “Judgment Day,” recently came to the defense of his parent channel, saying that the station is “on the way up,” and that its detractors should thank the channel, “for saving any bit of [TechTV] at all.” He also commented on XPlay's Morgan Webb, saying some see her as a “only eye candy.”

First off, I like Tommy Tallarico and the show Judgment Day.  I think he's pretty entertaining… like a midget clown or something!

 I don't watch that show (or ANY other show on G4) on a regular basis.  They're not GEEK enough for me.  Their perversion of the Screen Savers ended any hope I had caring about G4.  Although, I hear that Call For Help will be coming back on the air.

I do think that a lot of people have taken Tallarico's words out of context (at least the part about Morgan Webb's titty to gamer ratio).  He did say that some people were saying that, but maybe it was a tactful way to be tactless. 

According to Leo Laporte, G4 is appearently doing quite well.  I can't find any stats on how their ratings are now compared to TechTV and the merger.

What I do know is the Screen Savers, my favorite show on cable TV (Pre Battle Star Galactica), was shutdown.  I really didn't watch the other TechTV shows as religiously and I wouldn't doubt that Future Fighting Machines had low ratings. 

I hope that some other show will be able to wet my GEEK apetite by talking about hacking and mods and other cool shit like that.  Until then I'm stuck with waiting for Systm, Broken and Shadows to tease me every three months with a 5 minute speed bump.

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TWIT:Macintost goes to Intel, Episode 8 Outline

Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton (Chairman of the board of SlamDance
Industries), Robert Heron (PC Mag and famous lab rat), Kevin Rose,
David Prager (rectal web server installer), Roger Chang (GameSpot),
John C. Dvorack


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Macintosh going to Intel chip (according to the Wall Street Journal)

Leo predicts the demise of Macintosh.  Steve Job is falling on his sword

1)      All software has to be rewritten

2)      Why x86?

3)      Osborn effect.  Many Mac products will be obsolete

John C. Dvorack says this trend will last 10 years.  Dvorack: It will be the one of the biggest benefits of Macintosh (offers other very interesting insight into the move)

Patrick – Bigger Market goes to bigger MHZ Numbers.  Great if it makes a cheaper MAC but don’t believe its going to happen

Kevin – Excited about the move.  Apple engineering is excellent.  Now he can game on a Mac.  Thumbs UP.

Heron – First stage of Mac creating competition for Windows.  Thumbs down for hard ware

– With all the 3-d rendering and content creation tools Mac will be
able to retain their fan base by keeping the look and feel of the Mac
on an x86.  Thumbs up for Software Thumbs down for hardware

Is this good for Microsoft?



Patrick Norton talked with Intel– WiMax is still  mostly hype


“WiMax is a microwave replacement for cable or DSL distribution of Broadband” at about 1Mb


Fix WiMax test will start this summer 2005, roll out will begin late 2006, and finally mobile Wireless


ITEM #3 ICANN has approved the XXX domain

The redlight district of the Internet

Really being done with .edu

Will make it easier to filter


MOBI – cell phone content specific (format)


ITEM #4 Roger on New Games

A bit slow during the summer

Everyone waiting on the new 360 stuff

Next generation of consoles usually causes a dip


ITEM #5 More MacIntel

Roger waiting for Final Cut Pro and compositing /video shaping software




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TWIT Episode 7 Outline

TWIT Episode 5



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Robert’s 1080P High Definition


ITEM #1 Patrick Going for Darwin Award

Patrick blows his power supply – badcapacitors in mother boards



ITEM #2 Leo’s Tablet PC

Leo hooked on the 1024 X 768 Tablet PC [Pentium M]

T Series from IBM

TWIT’s experience with lap tops


ITEM #3 $15 DSL for 1 year?

One of Leo’s sponsors

What ever happened to Verio? Bought by a Japanese company

Cable Modem vs. DSL



Prolexic, anti DDOSservice, cache content to assist with bandwidthissues

60,000 downloads on bittorrents (approx. 6 Terabytes of datadownloaded)

800+ People in IRC goes to Typepad

Who (from TechTV) is still at G4?


ITEM #5 Trailer for Batman Begins

Kick ass models of the car for Batman

Highly anticipated movie


ITEM #6 Hacker Blackmail

Encrypt companies’ files and force them to pay $200 to dodecrypt

Phishing and Spam

Viagra blinding people

Bill Gates invested in Cialis


ITEM #7 Bittorrents

Systm will continue on Bittorrents

Azureus kicksass

Trackers make it easier for the MPAA to find the Bittorent

2600’s legal battles overDCSS links

IPhantomfull anonymity by filtering all traffic (works like a proxy)



Will run Special FX

TWIT action figures? What’s up, Jinx?

            Yoshi with Kung Fu grip



Taken out file system and other features

No more “my” (i.e. My Computer, My Network)

Will release in 2007



ITEM #10 PENTIUM D (dual core)

Pentium D moving to desktop

AMDX2 Dual core 64 (chip is great on the benchmark tests)

End of the line for Intel?


Lenovo (ChineseGovernment) take over of IBM Personal Computer Division


ITEM #11 MPAA trying to catch pirates

10 surveillance camera on the streets of L.A. to catch DVDpirates

Hi jacking surveillance cameras?  What would the FCC say?


Review of Star Wars Episode III


ITEM #12 Canada Call for Help

Kevin Rose presented his surveillance camera spy device




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An Air Port Security Scanner that can see through myclothes…
















This Week In Tech: Episode 6 Outline

With Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Robert Heron, David
Prager, Roger Chang, Yoshi

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TWIT Blogs


Kevin lost in Canada


Steve Baumer says “google is a one hit wonder
Will Google filter their info for China like Yahoo?
Google Portal
Google maps + Craig’s list = badass
Google Suggest
Google Ride finder
Microsoft employees going to Google
Working at Google Labs

  ITEM #2 David
Prager on 3G

3G system on CDMA back bone
EDVO to do Webserver


Unlimited downloads for $5/mos (sue THAT, RIAA)
Statutory File traders treated worse than child molesters in

Yahoo! Music vs. iTunes
Video iPod?
Wireless headphone, WMA iPod
Hilary Rosen  

 David Prager – Ratings up on Attack of the Show


Roger Chang’s adventures setting up the GameSpot booth at
Xbox 360 infomercial
Nintendo announced the Nintendo “Revolution
Console hype
Xbox 360 (3 3.2GHz + 500MHz ATI) vs. PS3 (Cell Processor
Xbox release this fall
PSP Sales

 TWIT Console Picks
(Xbox 360 or PS3):

Robert Heron PS3
Yoshi Xbox
Roger Xbox (MicroSoft Media extender)
Patrick PS3
Leo Xbox

DVD Wars
Blu Ray in PS3
What will studios put their media content on?

Brendan, MD Will PS3 have iTunes (will it be a media Coverence device), will this be a
threat to Rental services such as Netflix and BlockBuster?

Would have to use storage. 
What storage will PS3
Microsoft’s Strangle hold on online Distribution

Early online release of Revenge of the Sith and resulting success undercut the
MPAA position on online movies?

Star Wars 50mil in first Week!!
Discussion of fans and quality of DVDs

 ITEM #7 QUESTION Dorthy [TWIT icon designer] 10-20 year
vision of technology impacting everyday life (positive and negative)? 

Patrick – Terminator
Roger – Mad Max
   Rich will get Richer and Poor will get Poorer

Robert – Huge TV’s at great prices (Max Headroom?)
   Nano tech very bad or very good
Leo – Biotech will be bigger than


Yosh & Robert
        From the shadows – real Jedis, wifi mod

Patrick Norton
        [cut the TWIT cast to 8-track and vinyl]

Leo Laporte
        Leo World Tour in Athens,
Ohio [South East     
        Ohio Macromedia
User’s Group]

 Roger Chang
        Still on GameSpot


Leaving G4 to head up small production company and
Kevin’s start on the Screen Savers
Connection with Alex Albrecht
What happened the day they laid off Alex, Yosh and
Why was the Screen Savers name changed to Attack
     of the Show?
What do Leo & Kevin think about Attack of the 
      Show, Kevin Pereira and the G4 crew?

Leo and Kevin Rose covered in Bear grease


All the TWITs have hands in the IPTV
Man never understood tech
Remember Napster

 ITEM #11 IT’S A


The future is here. 
Its just not evenly distributed yet.—William Gibson


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Is the KitKat Club a Canadian strip club?  Enquiring TWITS want to know.


This Week In Tech: Episode 5 Outline.

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Featuring: Leo Laporte, Kevin Rose, Patrick Norton, Robert Heron, Yoshi Herrerra



Drinking Caffeine

How many TWIT Torrents are being downloaded?

Contribute to the TWIT.  Donation will go toward the new equipment for the next show

Roger Chang & David Prager with E3 Update on Episode 6.


Patrick Norton on Security Updates

Firefox – big updates

Itunes – has buffer overflow

Mozilla 1.4 –

Firefox has more exploits than I.E.?  What do the TWITS use? 


Xbox 360

20 Gig hard drive, 3 Powerpc processors + 500MHZ ATI processor

Xbox 360 coverage on Mtv

The TWIT comment on the future gaming systems


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ITEM # 1 – QUESTION: Aaron, Maine Hardware Hacking Resources:

Kevin’s overclocked toothbrush

Aaron asks for TWITS recommendation on Resources


Yoshi gives advice

Google “how to soder”

And other resources will be posted on his blog  


ITEM #2 – BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – BITorrent vs. Traditional Broadcasting

Early release of BSG online actually 

         increases fan base!

SourceForce Project – Broadcast

         Machine  (Beta)

Bittorrent to create a “Television

        Station” with your computer

Motion Picture of

       Association of America

       (MPAA) Taking action against


Robert Heron on projector technology and digital delivery systems (1080P)

       Star Wars Revenge of the Sith


ITEM #3 – QUESTION Johnathan, NY –Who will the win in the DVD format wars?  Will the Standard unify into one?

            Remember to turn off your TV

                 before you ask questions, you


            Sony vs. Toshiba (HDDVD vs. Blu


            Multi format drives


ITEM #4 – Leo does best impression of BILL GATES Comments on IPOD

            MP3 player battle (Sony vs. Nokia

                vs. Apple)

            Video IPOD??!!

            Leo played volley ball with Steve


            Apple and Sony flirting


ITEM #5 – QUESTIONS [TWIT Soldier] Philip, AUS – What do I encode with?

            Getting the right bit rates, right

                 resolution and quality

            Nero Divx, XVid and others

Some one needs to hack the PSP

Quicktime Pro (recommended)


ITEM #6 – QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Ashley, UK – What components do you recommend for building a PC for gaming and high res. Graphics editing?

            Kevin’s picks

            Yoshi’s picks

AMD Mobile

Robert Heron’s builds

Patrick gives advice on purchasing

video card for graphics editing

Magic Bullet plug-in and faster


Awaiting the Direct X upgrade


ITEM #7 – QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Tristen, ILL – What kind of processor will the computers of the future use?

            Intel’s optical chip proto-type

            Leo on the Play Station 3’s Cell

            Processor, Distributed Processing

and next generation processing


ITEM #8 — QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Mike, Fl – What is everyone looking forward to at the E3?      

            Roger will give a report on E3 next



ITEM #9 — Release of the Systm – 23rd May Release date


ITEM #10 – QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Is the PSP worth buying?

            Portable gaming device that is

            highly hackableRead feeds 


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