This Week in Tech (Video-HD)
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Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in digital technology. Winner of the 2005 People's Choice Podcast Award for best overall podcast and Best Technology Podcast. Released every Sunday by midnight Pacific.
|1||VideoTWiT 521: I Like Big Bots||Windows 10 FUD, VR Neck, Obama's supercomputer, Hitchbot, and more.||8/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoTWiT 520: Dumb for a Jellyfish||Apple Music dream/nightmare, adultery breach, car hack, and more.||7/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoTWiT 519: Bad News Drones||Hi-res music debate, cleaning up Reddit, ending Flash, and more.||7/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoTWiT 518: Apple Samsung'd the BBC||Apple’s mono-marketing, turning off comments, case for the Internet of Things, and more.||7/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoTWiT 517: The Pharoah Has Spoken||Reddit mods revolt, Apple Music and Beats 1 launches, Blackberry may come to Android, NSA's XKEYSCORE, and more.||7/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoTWiT 516: Self Driving Car Wars||Apple and indie labels, Facebook’s one-room office, battery innovations, and more.||6/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoTWiT 515: Some Slopes Are Slippery||Censoring search, Twitter leadership, crowd-funding experiments, Microsoft re-org, and more.||6/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoTWiT 514: Enter My Candy Foyer||Apple Music, Twitter turnovers, Reddit bans, OPM hack, and more.||6/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoTWiT 513: Bathed in Structured Light||WWDC preview, new Apple music service, smartwatch debate, VR competition, and more.||6/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoTWiT 512: The Wombat Test||Photos everywhere, paranoia of sharing, producing VR, watch radar, and more.||5/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
It's become a disaster.
I was an early adopter of the podcast craze. In the beginning, there was plenty of junk to slog through, with reviews of neither the good nor bad to assist you in subscribing. TWiT (actually, I was listening *before* it even had a name) was a rare jewel back then: entertaining, engaging, and even informative. Lately, however, I find myself missing more episodes than not, due to my flagging certainty as to the authoritative value of the content.
Don't get me wrong--some of the regular panel members are brilliant and clearly understand technology, especially computers and web 2.0. Unfortunately, these are often the same people who can't string an interesting and cogent sentence together. And Dvorak, for all his crankiness, is at least fun.
As the host of record, Laporte is the most charismatic and well spoken of the bunch, but I am often left to wonder about his qualifications. It regularly surprises me how little he seems to know about technology; how has he managed to earn this reputation as a tech guru? Honestly, it smacks of P.T. Barnum-style marketing ("Your first podcast of the week is the last word on tech!") with little substance. A few of my friends easily outpace Laporte's knowledge and are just as charismatic, which leaves me wondering why Leo is the one who can afford to buy new Intel Macs as toys, while they scrape by as public and private sector IT guys.
Update: Dvorak is MIA for the past year or so, reducing the entertainment value of the podcast even more. Did he and Leo have a falling out? No Agenda now ranks higher than TWIT in my priority listening.
Update 2: Dvorak has returned, but the panel now seems to routinely turn to alcohol as a source of inspiration. The resultant "dialogue" is loud, meandering, without focus. If you want us to believe this show involves serious professionals authoritatively discussing the day's tech news, create an agenda for each show and save the booze for after the show. The only people who drink during the work day are alcoholics.
Update 3: The TWiT network seriously needs new blood. All of the shows I have listened to are stale and lack coherent focus.
Twit is Terrific
Great conversations and Leo is always awesome.
Now I like it!
I will at times check to see who the guests are. If they are stuffed shirts that blog and pretend to be tech journalists I do not bother listening. The best show thus far was when the Pod-Father and the God Father was on with Leo. Please have more shows like this. Maybe Andy from time to time? I would love to see John and Adam on at the same time :-) Just make ground rules that it is a tech show and not No Agenda
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- Language: English
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