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The Screen Savers Reunited

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the we-can-make-them-better,-faster,-stronger dept.

Television 191

HABITcky writes "Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, and Robert Heron have gotten together and recorded their first podcast of The Return Of The Screen Savers (ROTSS) It's a 56kbps MP3Pro file weighing in at around 14MB. Join them for 34 minutes of Skyping fun as they discuss driving in the dust, cell phones, Kevin's new webcast, Systm, and the demise of TechTV. They plan to make this a weekly broadcast."

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I LOVED TSS (0)

CoolSilver (794518) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320576)

I completely love this already. Keep it up guys!

Re:I LOVED TSS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320632)

It needs Kate. The show just isn't right with out her ...

Re:I LOVED TSS (2, Interesting)

SlashdotOgre (739181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320709)

I too am glad they're back, and I truely hope they can keep this up. I wonder if this will affect Kevin Rose who is still working for G4TV on Attack of the Show (the renamed Screen Savers which completely blows).

Re:I LOVED TSS (5, Interesting)

illumnatLA (820383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320850)

The thing that worked about TSS was that you had Leo who has been a broadcast professional for many years in addition to being a print tech journalist. He was very good with interviews and keeping the show rolling.

Patrick, also a print journalist, had a bit of geek in him, but was bitter enough about technology to question things rather than drool over the latest new gadget.

Jessica, of course, eye candy with a brain... what else could you ask for???

Kevin Rose was always better doing his little bit pieces than he ever was a host.

Sarah just annoys me (and I hear from a friend of mine who was a set painter for the LA version of TSS that when they first got down here, little Sarah was stomping around bitching about how their set wasn't nearly as cool looking as Martin Sargent's--of course look where he is now.)

G4 is now using that lovely Hollywood idea of creating programming by looking at the marketing numbers... "Well, my Excel sheet says that if we change TSS to 'Attack of the Show' blah, blah, blah." Merely the fact that they have wardrobe people should tell you something. Do you think Patrick Norton could've gotten away with wearing his utility kilt on G4?

Yep... Everything that made TechTV semi-interesting to watch has gone away. Why did G4 even bother to buy TechTV?? Oh, yeah, that's right, TechTV actually had dial space on many cable and satellite systems. G4 didn't because who would actually want to watch a network who's programming was pretty much exclusively gaming?

Here's an example of the brilliant G4 programming: "Cinematech"
From G4's website
Complementing the gameplay of many high-end games is an extraordinary assortment of cinematics and trailers. The quality of these mini-movies is so incredible that gamers and non-gamers alike watch them repeatedly, simply for the entertainment value. So dim the lights, grab a bag of popcorn and watch.
Yep... nothing like watching the screen of someone playing a video game for a half hour. Why, it's so in depth it gives me chills. The creator of that program must be cut from the cloth of the finest tapestry.

Anyway... listen to the Podcast. It's interesting to hear Kevin Rose and Robert Heron talk about the TV by marketing numbers that G4 is using. Hopefully the podcast will continue on and eventually become a video cast of some sort.

BTW, here's the direct link to the podcast if you're using some sort of podcast receiving software:

http://leoville.tv/podcasts/tlr [leoville.tv]

--J

TheSite was even better than TSS (2, Informative)

green pizza (159161) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320759)

Laporte's original TV gig, TheSite, was even better. See more here [slashdot.org]

TheSite was one of the first shows on MSNBC when it first came on the air. Unlike the other shows on the network, it was produced by ZDTV (long before they had their own channel). It was more classy, more professional, and yet seemed more interesting than anything on ZDTV/TechTV/G4.

Too bad it was canceled 2.5 years later, before most people had even heard of MSNBC, let alone the show itself.

Re:TheSite was even better than TSS (2, Informative)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320993)

Soledad O'brien was hot. But that virtual reality character was useless.

Very cool.. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320577)

Very cool..

Now all they need is a few DV cams and a QTSS (QuickTime Streaming Server) and a big pipe.

Viva la Revolution!!!!

Cool (3, Interesting)

nocomment (239368) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320579)

Sounds like it might be cool. But not as cool as Slashdot Radio [thesync.com] was.

Re:Cool (5, Funny)

Soko (17987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320678)

Sounds like it might be cool. But not as cool as Slashdot Radio [thesync.com] was.

Moderation: (-1, Asskissing)

Soko

Re:Cool (1)

AndyL (89715) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320701)

That was my first thought when I read this. Glad I'm not the only one.

Who are these people... (0, Troll)

kunwon1 (795332) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320581)

...And why do we care?

Re:Who are these people... (4, Insightful)

Sebby (238625) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320633)

here [g4tv.com]

Pretty much the only interesting information show TechTV had, and G4 wished it had.

Re:Who are these people... (2, Informative)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320998)

G4 did have it, they decided to 'tweak' it until it became the unwatchable incarnation that is now called "Attack of the Show"

Re:Who are these people... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320669)

On behalf of the Slashdot moderators I would like to sincerely apologize. We didn't realize we posted a story about people that kunwon1 (user since February 2005, webmaster of the incredibly popular akadave.com) doesn't know or care about. This simply isn't the place for esoteric or "geek" knowledge, particularly about hosts of a long-fogotten television show on an obscure network.

Our new motto, as approved by our parent company ThinkGeek(tm): It Just Works. All stories must be accessible by everyone, dammit! Please accept our apologies, another story about the demise of Star Trek Enterprise is on the way!

Re:Who are these people... (1)

c.emmertfoster (577356) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320786)

So popular, in fact, that his site has been Slashdotted. Wowzas.

Re:Who are these people... (1)

mangus_angus (873781) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320801)

You DARE call yourself a geek?!

Re:Who are these people... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320909)

do your research before you start bashing or ill write a bash script to blast you to smithereens

Kate... (1)

Keamos (857162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320582)

They should get Kate in on it. I never cared for Patrick when I knew Kate is still around.

Re:Kate... (2, Interesting)

Cocteaustin (702468) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320943)

I too miss Kate. Before she made it big on the tube we used to temp together at BigCo(tm). Good times, good times. Looks like she's plying her trade [katebotello.net] in NYC now...

Great News! (2)

XMetal2001 (850766) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320590)

While I was never a huge fan of the show(back when it was decent), it was pretty entertaining and worth watching. What G4 has done to the channel drives me crazy. I want the old TechTV days back!

Re:Great News! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320816)

It's friday night. I'm a loser.

Re:Great News! (1)

vdub12 (874654) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320985)

I know what you mean G4 sucks. It was a tech channel and they turned it in to a gaming channel. The only reson the got it was so they could get satlite viewers. They planed on killing TechTV from the begining

hmm (1, Offtopic)

Tomfrh (719891) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320592)

sounds fascinating doesn't it..

Re:hmm (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321063)

"sounds fascinating doesn't it.."

I thought Mr. Spock couldn't use contractions!

Re:hmm (1)

werewolf1031 (869837) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321151)

I thought Mr. Spock couldn't use contractions!

You're thinking of Data. But to confuse one for the other is quite understandable...

McCoy: "You a Vulcan, son? I don't see no pointed ears."
Data: "No sir. I am an android."
McCoy: "Almost as bad..."

Cool, I've missed them (5, Interesting)

Sebby (238625) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320594)

Ever since G4, I've basically stopped watching "TechTV" since it's no longer, well, 'TechTV'. TSS was just about the only info show I watched on it (besides battlebots etc), and pretty much the only raison d'être of the station. Glad to see they're back in this format.

US stations have such a knack for taking great channels (or TV shows), and totally foobar them in a vain attempt to 'improve' them.

Re:Cool, I've missed them (1)

LoadStar (532607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320643)

Ever since G4, I've basically stopped watching "TechTV" since it's no longer, well, 'TechTV'. TSS was just about the only info show I watched on it (besides battlebots etc), and pretty much the only raison d'être of the station. Glad to see they're back in this format.

BattleBots was a Comedy Central production. The show that was on TechTV was rebroadcasts of BBC's Robot Wars, I believe. Yes, I know, I'm probably nitpicking.

Re:Cool, I've missed them (1)

Sebby (238625) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320655)

I'm probably nitpicking.

Of course you are!

Naah!, I'm kidding. It's also rerun on other channels too. What I meant was that TSS was *the* show worth getting the channel for; the others were just icing on the cake. Not sure I would've gotten it if TSS hadn't been there.

Re:Cool, I've missed them (4, Informative)

Soko (17987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320663)

If you can get Canadian cable, you can catch Leo on Call for Help [g4techtv.ca] . Almost like the Screen Savers, and Amber is hawt.

Soko

Re:Cool, I've missed them (1)

Minced (871651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320668)

Well you got to understand the fact you have to carefully cultivate idiots so that you can manipulate them later on.

Downhill since 1995... (5, Interesting)

green pizza (159161) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320814)

Laporte and Ziff Davis started their TV venture in 1995 with "TheSite" on MSNBC. Awesome hour long daily show hosted by Soledad O'Brian and a bunch of over very talented folks. MSNBC canceled the show during a big programming change in 1997. I really miss that show.

In 1998 ZD started their own TV channel. The Screen Savers started out as a very crappy replacement for TheSite. I still enjoyed it, but you could tell that the company was now using the same resources to make about 5 hours of TV a day rather than 1 hour.

The Screen Savers was really starting to suck by the time ZDTV became TechTV.

Soon G4 got involved and totally ruined what little was left of the original ZD venture. Thankfully they finally changed the name of the show.

Re:Cool, I've missed them (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320886)

It is hard to understand the thinking at G4.

Why does G4 not relent and give us techie types just a little more tech than games and the fluff?

Why does PBS or some other channel not pick up on the concept. Seems like there might be a demand for a TSS like program (more tech and less fluff).

TSS is really missed!

When G4 screws up X Play... (1)

Metsys (718186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321013)

I didn't like the idea of having TechTV be gobbled up by a video game channel when it first was announced. All the shows that I liked went to crap or went away.

Whats funny is that my favorite show, Extended Play (now X Play), which was in fact a show about video games, got ruined. I tried to watch a few episodes recently and I just couldn't. I can't watch that show anymore.

You know G4 is screwing everything up when they ruin a show about video games.

Re:Cool, I've missed them (4, Insightful)

GeorgeMcBay (106610) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321153)


US stations have such a knack for taking great channels (or TV shows), and totally foobar them in a vain attempt to 'improve' them.


The blame really belongs to the viewers, not the stations.

If these good shows were doing at all well in the ratings, the network execs wouldn't dare to change a thing. Generally when they "screw up a good show" it is a last ditch effort to try to find a viewership when everything else has failed. Since they aren't in the business of losing money, there is really nobody to blame but the masses.. for not tuning in to quality shows.

My only hope.... (4, Insightful)

Y-Crate (540566) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320595)

....being that they can get Kate Botello to make a few guest appearances. Then it will be a true reunion.

Leo Was Good (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320597)

He was what made that show watchable. And, as far as I know, he was the only one with any previous experience in that field. Kevin and the new batch are kinda' out of their element on Live TV, in my opinion.

Leo knew when the guest was becoming uninteresting, and would switch the subject - fast. The new breed kinda' drag on, and commit the most cardinal sin of Live Broadcast: stand in silence.

But, they're prettier than the old ones, I guess. Have to keep the eyecandy on display for their new audience...

Re:Leo Was Good (4, Insightful)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320942)

I could only take Leo in small doses. I understand that he has his fans. And he seems like he's a nice enough guy. But I cringed whenever he got the bit between his teeth and started on one of his kicks.

Having said that - I thought worked well teamed up with Patrick Norton. Patrick delivered the info. And when he was busy searching or otherwise occupied, Leo did a nice job at keeping everyone distracted. And, as you pointed out, Leo had a good feel for how (and when) to get the show moving along.

Bah! (3, Funny)

Queer Boy (451309) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320600)

What's the point of reuniting the Screen Savers if I can't ogle Patrick Norton?

Re:Bah! (3, Funny)

istewart (463887) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320791)

Those with a puritanical bent can pretend that the parent poster actually typed "Kate Botello."

Re:Bah! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320841)

I'd rather ogle both of them.

Ummmm... (5, Informative)

ghoda_x (808190) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320603)

...first podcast of The Return Of The Screen Savers (ROTSS)...

In TFA it's called Revenge of the Screen Savers.

Re:Ummmm... (1)

HABITcky (828521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320619)

Shit. My bad.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320625)

How do the editors make such a folly? Honestly...

Re:MOD PARENT UP (1)

Keamos (857162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320642)

Welcome to Slashdot. You must be new here.

Re:Ummmm... (3, Funny)

VValdo (10446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320805)

In TFA it's called Revenge of the Screen Savers.

It may be now, but I hear an original "Return of the Screen Savers" poster is worth a lot of $ on ebay...

W

Re:Ummmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320839)

Fuck you.

Let me repeat that.

FUCK YOU.

Now I have Pepsi covering my monitor, courtesy of my nostrils. :p

Re:Ummmm... (1)

EMH_Mark3 (305983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320939)

They probably called it 'Return Of The Screen Savers' in the blurb to cut down on bootlegged promotionnal material :)

The Screen Savers (3, Interesting)

Space_Soldier (628825) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320614)

I used to watch it during 2000-2002. After that, I only watched during sweapstake answers live hour:08 - hour:15 (I still didn't watch the show). After that, as you all know, it went down hill. The marketing geniuses that come from the same pool that keep bringing us crappy movies thought that they'll be able to teach us what quality is, and that they will make a few dollars at the same time. They were wrong, and a good show was destroyed. A little more time passed and the entire station was destroyed. Maybe Leo and Patrick they will make a video show like The Broken [thebroken.org] if the audio show is successful.

Re:The Screen Savers (1)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320986)

TV stations are really becoming irrelivant. Imagine if amature video ventures like The Broken, and the potential this has all start to take off. Now think future generation(or hack-modded) tivos/xboxes/cable boxes/whatever being able to automaticly subscribe for new shows when they come out just as easily as you could subscribe to a tivo season pass of something on cable. There will be no difference to the end user,and we'll all be better off.
The downside of course is funding and publicity, but those arnt nearly as important if you're making a show to make a good show rather than to make money.

Thine Blasphemy haft been Thwarted!! (1)

Forezt (769932) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320623)

The unfaithful hath denounced the second coming of The Screensavers! But behold, my brothers and sisters, for thine holy light shall shine again... ;)

Where are the geek-babes! (1)

OmegaGeek (586893) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320635)

I think this is a great idea! Leo and Patrick ruled on TSS, and since they've gone I cancelled my subscription to G4TechTV. Only one thing is needed to make this complete - bring back Jessica Corbin!!

The Site (2, Informative)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320644)

I only watched Leo Laporte on The Site. That was back in the early days of MSNBC when they actually tried to do something different.

In those days the motto for The News with Brian Williams was "It's not your father's news program". Then before you knew it, MSNBC was too conservative to be your father's news channel.

Soledad O'Brian, DevNull, and Cliff Stoll rocked! (4, Interesting)

green pizza (159161) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320737)

I loved The Site, I watched it almost every weekday for about two years. They canceled it after preempting it with the Princess Diana death broadcasts.

The Site was the perfect blend of high tech news and tech-related interest stories. I never cared much for ZDTV/TechTV/G4, they were actually "too geeky" in a bad sort of way.

Leo Laporte was the voice and actor (motion caption) for the tech gossip character "DevNull" (Laporte's old radio handle). He was also "Technical Managing Producer" of the hour-long show, so he did most of his work behind the scenes. The show was actually recorded in the same studio where all of the TechTV shows were, except they had just one huge room, a "working set" where segments were recorded all day while researchers, TV show webmasters, and others were hard at work in the background. These people were often featured in their own segments. It was very cool to hear from the show's own tech people (the show's site was originally hosted on a SPARCstation 20 running Apache and connected to a single T1). I loved the little details like that. And yet they really didn't dwell on the really technical aspects.

Soledad O'Brian was a great host, I think that job fit her better than the current news gigs she does these days. There was also a really good band of reporters for the show, Craig Miller was awesome, I wonder what he's up to these days? Lots of people from the old science show days from KRON/Discovery Channel.

Cliff Stoll ended each weekday show with about 5 minutes of insight, rants, and stories from his home in Berkeley.

TheSite was a nice grounded "magazine" look into the dotcom world. They interviewed a lot of visionaries and up-and-coming people in the industry. Lots of cool viewpoints and persepctives. Too bad their budget didn't allow for travel beyond the SF Bay / Silicon Valley area.

I really miss TheSite, but there won't even be anything like it. Even in it's best days, The Screen Savers was just a bunch of unwashed geeks hanging around Leo Laporte. Lots of geek details, flash, and no substance. *sigh*

Re:Soledad O'Brian, DevNull, and Cliff Stoll rocke (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320811)

Mmmm...Soledad. She was even better on "The Next Step" in the Discovery Channel's pre-suck days.

Re:Soledad O'Brian, DevNull, and Cliff Stoll rocke (2, Interesting)

green pizza (159161) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320847)

Mmmm...Soledad. She was even better on "The Next Step" in the Discovery Channel's pre-suck days.

Several of the reporters/hosts on TheSite came from The Next Step / The Know Zone and Beyond 2000. :)

Next Step, Know Zone, and later, The Answer Guys, were produced by KRON TV in San Francisco. Beyond 2000 was also shown on Discovery channel via KRON, but it was mostly produced in Australia. Next Step actually lived on for a few years after it was taken off Discovery, but you had to live in the SF Bay / Silicon Valley area to watch it. I think all of those shows are gone now. KRON isn't what it used to be. Last I saw, Henry Tannenbaum was hosting some gardening show...

Re:Soledad O'Brian, DevNull, and Cliff Stoll rocke (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320883)

Hmph. My cable company didn't pick up MSNBC until a couple of months before they switched formats, so I barely remember "TheSite." "Beyond 2000" was a good show too, their pronunciation of aluminun (aluminium) gave away their Australian-ness. For some reason, I don't remember watching "The Know Zone." Well, enough for me. I'm way too young to be reminiscing about classic basic cable.

Interesting Idea... (1)

jsight (8987) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320645)

It's interesting to see this show returning, even in this limited form. It would be nice if they had a version with video.

I wonder if there's still some hope of another network picking this up at some point?

Torrent (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320651)

http://www.numbski.net/downloads/TLR20050417.mp3.t orrent

In case anyone is interested.

Re:Torrent (1)

mrterrysilver (826735) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320766)

torrent isn't working. anyone have a working one?

MP3Pro?? (4, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320660)

MP3Pro??

WTF?

Yeah, I know it is backwards compatible with regular mp3 players, but who just about nobody uses it, or has the "pro" decoder part installed. They should have gone with regular mp3 for backwards compatibility and a second copy with a completely different, more efficient low-bitrate codec like wma.

(Now, who thought I was going to say vorbis?)

Re: MP3Pro?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320784)

(Now, who thought I was going to say vorbis?)

You did say vorbis :)

Re: MP3Pro?? (1)

davmoo (63521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320824)

I wish I had a mod point to give you this week.

This was my only complaint with RoTSS, their selection of MP3pro. The way Leo, Patrick and Kevin pushed Linux and open source, I thought OGG would have been a lot better choice.

Re: MP3Pro?? (2, Insightful)

bawdymonkey (857953) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320880)

I'm assuming they didn't go with OGG since iPod doesn't support it (although plenty of alternatives do.)

The MP3Pro decision was probably based on the fact that it's supposed to have better sound quality than vanilla MP3, IIRC.

Re: MP3Pro?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12321052)

Yes, it has better quality if you have a player that can decode the "pro" part of the stream. A 56 kbps mp3PRO stream would be interpeted by a non "pro" players as a 38 (or so) regular mp3 stream.

Ohh, and by the way. The iPod does support mp3PRO just as good as OGG Vosbis!

I would like a low bitrate AAC for us iPodders.

I'm tha wanksta (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320665)

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It was over long ago. (1)

Before The End Chaos (876820) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320673)

I still want ZDTV back.

Re:It was over long ago. (1)

Construct X (582731) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320983)

I agree with you. I miss it.

An audio show about geeks in cyberspace (1)

scourfish (573542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320676)

they could call it "Geeks in Spa- oh wait, nevermind.

Nice to hear from them again (2, Insightful)

boring, tired (865401) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320688)

Leo Laporte was the only good talent on that channel. He was a technology fanatic first and a TV host second. He did a good job of hosting, he seemed like an average guy who knew his stuff, and not a phony TV personality. The others either tried too hard to be cool or were too nerdy. It's a shame he had to leave TechTV but I'd rather see him out there on his own than hosting the suckified version of Screen Savers that exists today.

Re:Nice to hear from them again (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320717)

i hated him.. he seemed dumb as a brick

patrick was smart but leo was always trying to be funny or silly and never got things right and was just really computer illiterate

Soledad O'Brian was just as good (1)

green pizza (159161) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320777)

Back in his days before TSS and Call for Help, Laporte did a lot of behind the scenes work for TheSite on MSNBC. Soledad O'Brian did a great job of hosting that show.

Laporte has a long background with the tech industry and computers, he had a computer tech support call in radio show back before most people had computers in their home. He's not so much "smart" as he is a quick learner and good speaker. In this respect, Soledad O'Brian was just as good.

tss? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320714)

post-leo tss was for tools,
i mean cmon, saving space in your ipod by getting rid of the album art embedded in the file? ack

I'm surprised to see so many tools on slashdot drooling over this sound bite.

leo was/is capable of much more than this pseudo-geek spankfest

Re:tss? (0, Flamebait)

Keamos (857162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320722)

Yeah, I'm suprised so many people are drooling over it seeing as Leo took a shot at how shitty (and it's true) Slashdot is...

Awesome (1)

FyberOptic (813904) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320728)

I pretty much boycotted G4 after they raped TSS to death. Thank goodness they finally took the name off that piece of crap show they replaced it with. Ironically, they replaced it with a totally stupid name!

But this is great, we get some of the best of the TechTV staff in a radio show. I'll definately be tuning in. No greedy executives involved!

AotS (1)

Kadence (878326) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320736)

The new show is definitely way inferior to the old one. And Attack of the Show is a miserable name.

Screen savers hard to get excited about (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320760)

Ever since it became common knowledge that .scr can carry viruses, I've been avoiding downloading any. Why isn't there a screensaver format in the works that isn't executable, or at least can't contain a virus? Make it some kind of .ppt file or something.

For as out-of-touch... (1)

Electroly (708000) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320763)

For as out-of-touch The Screen Savers was, I guess I shouldn't be at all surprised that they picked something as arcane as MP3Pro for their distribution format.

Please never watch G4techblahwhatevertv (2, Interesting)

porp (24384) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320797)

I'm a big fan of Leo and watched the screensavers even before Patrick joined--when they had that girl (sure I know her name, but ugh, why mention it.) It was a really great/entertaining show that you could catch replays of during the day and not ruin your habitual, primetime TV schedule.

Sure, Leo didn't know everything and would sometimes say shit that wasn't right, but he had a TV personality. He was educated and talented in television entertainment. I miss him.

I have no idea what the tv executives were thinking after the two consecutive buy outs or whatever the hell you call them, but Leo showed up less and less with each one until he was no more. Though I never watched the show much in the past 5 years, I remember when it was good, and I did watch it with Patrick and Leo riding in the convertibles, and I do remember that I liked it.

To the now owners of G4TechTvCnetZDtvblah, I never change the channel to your network. You guys can go to hell and take shows like w1nn3r and 3l1te with you.

porp

Re:Please never watch G4techblahwhatevertv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12321046)

in soviet russia leo sucks your dick you stupid fuck

Slashdotted at 1am? (1)

autocracy (192714) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320808)

Ouch... it's downloading at about 4kbs. Bittorrent: http://templar.storyinmemo.com/TLR20050417.mp3.tor rent [storyinmemo.com]

Re:Slashdotted at 1am? (1)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320828)

ETA...six minutes. Better than eleven hours for the direct link!

Re:Slashdotted at 1am? (1)

autocracy (192714) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320836)

I blame your 'net connection for that... I have 10mbit and I'm not getting touched.

I like to think I'm mostly on top of new tech but (0, Offtopic)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320809)

What is podcasting?

An ipod thing? Ipods can't broadcast? Isn't this coming over the net anyways?

Why have I not googled before mouthing off here?

Don't mind (1)

Schlaefer (673275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320987)

It is no podcast - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast - or can someone point to an rss feed to subscribe?

Bad link on website (1)

erobertstad (442529) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320840)

http://leoville.tv/tlr/TLR20050417.mp3

The link on the site isn't working right (mp3 file doesn't paly all the way though, use this one.

joy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320843)

YES!!!

Why did that super rich guy sell/hand over control of TechTV anyways? He is the worlds third richest nerd, or so i've heard.

Re:joy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12321124)

Bill Gates is both the worlds richest man and a nerd. An evil nerd, perhaps, but a nerd nonetheless.

Could I get a mirror please? (1)

osrevad (796763) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320844)

and thank you.

is kevin rose really behind fuckedgoogle.com ? (1)

googisgod (855166) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320854)

WTF? http://www.fuckedgoogle.com/ [fuckedgoogle.com]

Re:is kevin rose really behind fuckedgoogle.com ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320945)

TSS is the best thing in tech in T.V. i swear to god i will hate G4 as long as i live (yes these are pretty intense emotions) they ruined a great channel i watched these guys since ZDTV when sumi das, Jim Louderback, Leo and others are the host i love pat, jessica, kevin, sarah and every one that hosted The Screen Savers, and it saddens me that g4 made it go away now every time i see my relatives or friends watching G4 i tell them not to watch it ever!!!.. i hope they loose money cause i hate them with a passion the exec's must be high when they made those decisions do they think people actually find thier programming even remotely interesting?? G4 can kiss my mocha complexion ass and go to the deepest most hosttest place in hell and did i mention i hate G4???

Uh? (1)

Dark Coder (66759) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320927)

Why does this title remind me of "Flying Toasters?"

Why not use OGG? (1)

IoN_PuLse (788965) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320934)

I'm wondering why they used mp3Pro instead of ogg.

Re:Why not use OGG? (1)

mh101 (620659) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320997)

That would limit their audience. AFAIK iTunes and WMP cannot play OGGs out of the box, and I know my iPod can't. If this was something really popular that would have millions of people wanting to download, then they could get away with using OGG in an attempt to give it a boost, and prompt Apple & Microsoft to include OGG support in their next versions.

And to be honest, how many people outside of the Slashdot crowd would really care what the file format is in? As long as they can play it without much trouble, they'll be happy.

W00t (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320955)

W000000000000ooooT

GG~

Ramsinks.com

I was on it (1)

shird (566377) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321005)

sort of :) The only episode I ever watched was an episode where the presented a vulnerability I discovered in Microsoft's help center which got overhyped. It was the hcp://windows/* delete file type exploit. Pretty cool.

G4 can go to ehll along with its idiot exec's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12321055)

TSS is the best thing in tech in T.V. i swear to god i will hate G4 as long as i live (yes these are pretty intense emotions) they ruined a great channel i watched these guys since ZDTV when sumi das, Jim Louderback, Leo and others are the host i love pat, jessica, kevin, sarah and every one that hosted The Screen Savers, and it saddens me that g4 made it go away now every time i see my relatives or friends watching G4 i tell them not to watch it ever!!!.. i hope they loose money cause i hate them with a passion the exec's must be high when they made those decisions do they think people actually find thier programming even remotely interesting?? G4 can kiss my mocha complexion ass and go to the deepest most hosttest place in hell and did i mention i hate G4???

Is this proof? (1)

phos-phoros (787999) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321083)

That a corporate entity can indeed have a male organ of copulation and urinary excretion. Just my two cents , but I feel that Comcast has taken the piss on having dropped shows such as TSS & Call for Help from their lineup.

Re:Is this proof? (1)

phos-phoros (787999) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321107)

damnit...I meant a small male organ of copulation and urinary excretion! ;) where did you say that edit button was again?

you really liked this?! (1)

edrugtrader (442064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321098)

the whole show was about them doing the show... my mic is loud, mine is soft, i sound bad, lets get cameras, seriously my mic is bad, i have a website, i have a website, i miss doing the screen savers, me too, me too ... HATED it.
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