Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Once and Future Tech TV

My buddy Chris sent me a Yahoo article about how people make money on their blogs by featuring ads.  I've been debating whether to have advertisements on chimpwithpencil, so I read the article carefully.

The article mentioned a site called Hak 5 where I found a cool tech show.  The Hak 5 folks describe it this way, "We take on hacking in the old-school sense, covering everything from network security, open source and forensics, to DIY modding and the homebrew scene. Then we wrap it all up with a healthy dose of cocktails and geek comedy. Damn the warranties, it’s time to Trust your Technolust."

Watching an episode of Hak 5 made me think back to the days of Screen Savers on Tech TV, a show I really enjoyed.  After the Tech TV merger with G4, Screen Savers moved to Los Angeles and became Attack of the Show.  The new format focused more on entertainment and pop culture than hard core computer tips.  And I missed the previous hosts like Leo Laporte, Sarah Lane and Patrick Norton.

Leo Laporte and other former members of Screen Savers formed This Week in Tech, and Sarah Lane joined as a host/producer/editor there about a year ago.  TWiT's About page says, "You'll find over 15 different shows here, all covering some aspect of technology. Leo hosts and produces most of the shows, but as the network expands new hosts and participants are added all the time."  And a search revealed Patrick Norton is over at Revision3 Internet television, where he hosts their Tekzilla show. 

It's nice to see all these folks have moved on to good things.  So hit some links and try out these shows--see some old friends and make some new ones!

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