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 447: Anarchy Wins||Nokia Android phones, Apple’s politics, buying “likes,” Uber secrets, and more.||3/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoTWiT 446: Go to Fail||Netflix to pay Comcast, Samsung Gear 2, Project Tango, router malware, and more.||2/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoTWiT 445: Shave My Dog||Comcast/Time Warner, throttling Netflix, Google unease, amplification attacks, and more.||2/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoTWiT 444: Well Played Mr. Dong||Sochi hacking scare, Chip and PIN coming to US, Bitcoin liquidity, secret quibble, and more.||2/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoTWiT 443: Selfie in the City||Motorola sale, Google's plans, Yahoo's secret search, Facebook's Paper, and more.||2/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoTWiT 442: You Won't Believe What Happens Next||Introducing the Macintosh, native advertising, deletable bloatware, and more.||1/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoTWiT 441: French for Entrepreneur||Spying life, the real John Legere, net neutrality ruling, Amazon pre-delivery, and more.||1/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoTWiT 440: Sound by Steve||Baby wearables, Taft’s tub, Yahoo Tech, Coinye, Target leak, diaper tech, and more.||1/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoTWiT 439: Fist Like Monkey||Computational photography, transcendental meatsacks, Snapchat hack, Kanye coins, and more.||1/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoTWiT 438: The Best of TWiT||Memorable TWiT moments from 2013.||12/26/13||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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