A Calling for Help

I’m sometimes slow to figure things out. It often takes me a week or two to really understand what’s going on with me emotionally. It’s taken me that long to figure out why I’m so personally bugged by the recent changes at TechTV, for instance.
I finally realized that for the past three years I’ve been able to do something I’m really good at: Call for Help. I fit that show like a hand in a glove. I didn’t understand at the time how exceptional that was.

Now I’m doing something I’m just OK at. Something that apparently serves the company’s needs better. But I miss that feeling of fitting the job perfectly.

Perhaps some day I’ll feel just as fulfilled by The Screen Savers. But for now, I miss the feeling of vocation. Call for Help was my calling. This feels more like a job. A really good job, true, but still a job.

Hey, I’m not complaining. I’m very happy to be doing what I’m doing. I’d be a jerk not to be insanely grateful for the opportunities I have. Heck, I’m grateful that I had three years of Call for Help. That’s more than I ever expected. But once you’ve had that feeling of answering a calling, it’s hard to accept anything less.

91 Replies to “A Calling for Help”

  1. Leo,
    Welcome to our side of the television. You are in very good company.
    Pull up a seat, and watch some re-runs with us.
    We will laugh and enjoy the past. Another cola, Leo?

  2. We just want Chris Pirillo back! Hell, he answered my question once on StepOne. Leo, you used to be cool guy. But not anymore when you stole the spotlight from Chris Pirillo.Sorry cause I have to say that.

  3. Peeps? Huh? Whazzat? (As in “I rap for my peeps in the audience”?)
    It is kind of amazing that Paul can enter a Playboy URL four times but can’t find the Shift key.

  4. I don’t see why they wouldn’t put Leo back on the show with all these comments! Don’t worry…it’s going to happen!

  5. LEO,
    ONE OF MANY “CFH” FAVORITE MOMENTS IS THE LINE FORM THE WIZARD HAD ON THE LAST HALLOWEEN SHOW ABOUT THE “CHUBBY GUY WITH THE BEARD THAT ROOMED WITH BILL GATES DURING COLLEGE”…I LAUGHED SO HARD!!
    PAUL ELLEN

  6. Methinks sir, you have the soul of a teacher.
    Wish we had more people out there in the schools like you.
    Infused with the joy of imparting wisdom to people, and making learning infectious.

  7. That’s it! I knew Martin reminded me of somebody, but I couldn’t think of who it was. He does somewhat resemble Jason Lee, now that I think about it. Hmm…now I keep picturing Patrick and Martin arguing over whether the cookie stand is part of the food court or not.
    Michael
    -“Any eatery located outside of the designated rectangle is considered an autonomous unit for mid-mall snacking!”

  8. This blog just keeps on growing. I remember a max of 10 comments. Now lucky to get under 20… I have now dedicated 1.5 hours to reading. Such enjoyment

  9. JK, I just read that article, and it seems as if the author hasn’t actually WATCHED TechTV in the last six months, or even really viewed its current format AT ALL before posting his strange little rant. Oh well.
    — Brandon

  10. Hi Leo,
    Okay, I’ve given the new CFH a chance, and I’ve just unsubscribed from their newsletter. I’m really disappointed. I’m also going to send an e-mail to the “powers that be” at TechTV to let them know how I feel and why I feel that way. It’s just not the same without you. Becky and Scott are good, but it’s just not the same show.
    Julie

  11. Leo,
    Sorry to post again, but it seams that the majority of the people who have posted want to see Leo’s Boot Camp (which has a great intro) extended. A dose of CFH on TSS?
    Basicly to sum it up: Perfect

  12. Leo,
    Has there been any talks about the new format and how people are responding to it? I understand that you most likely can’t tell all of us much, but some info would make me feel better about the 20 emails I have sent.

  13. Leo,
    Have there been any talks about the new format and how people are responding to it? I understand that you most likely can’t tell all of us much, but some info would make me feel better about the 20 emails I have sent.

  14. Your feelings are true Leo…I miss you so much all CFH. There seems to be to much chaos on all the sets now. I still love you on TSS, but CFH is where you belong. I think if enough people write Tech Tv and ask for you back, maybe we could have you back where you belong. Your the best Leo!
    Lisa

  15. Leo’s Boot Camp is Ok, but it is nothing in comparison to CFH!
    Oh I remember the days when Leo would have Kristina Denike on for the Mac Tip of the Day. No more CFH? To quote a Weezer song Leo, “Say It Aint So!”
    Hmm I say Leo reclaims CFH, and his happiness. To quote another song from
    Rage Against the Machine “You’ve got to take the power back!” πŸ™‚
    Peace, love and all that good stuff!
    – Don –

  16. hang in there leo. i just watched tech live for the first time.too much
    stock market. call for help and the screen savers are the shows that made my sat tuner stick on your channel.i have picked up alot of good ideas from both shows. i don’t care what format the network uses to present it’s self. but cfh and tss are the heart and soul.keep pluggin along, i hope you are there for along time.

  17. hi leo and all,
    i got a great answer for you just expand leo’s boot camp to 1/2 or hour.
    all it is, is call for help! lol

  18. And Leo,
    Sorry for all the typing errors. I tried to edit my post after proofing it but I couldn’t. Peace, Rob

  19. Just wonderin Leo, did they tear down the CFH set, if they did, did you salvage all that you could?? LoL
    Stick with it Leo you are the bomb.
    I feel your pain Leo Baby

  20. Leo,
    One of the very distinctive things about you on Call for Help was that you were genuinely acting as an educator. Being a broadcaster is one thing, being a geek is another – but on CFH you were acting as an advocate, not just an enthusiast.
    As an educator myself, I’ve always loved being able to hit that “sweet spot” where I can marry my nerdly/pocket-protector-wearing side (the part of me that loves information and doing research) with my extrovert/hey-guys-isn’t-this-cool side (the part of me that loves to communicate and interact with other people). Being able to take technical information and translate it into a human context is a gift, and one that I loved watching you exercise every day on CFH. No, it’s not the same on TSS, and the new format of it seems to drown out many of the educational aspects of it for me. Watching you on Call for Help took me from my post as a barely-recovering Luddite to someone who could use computers competently and consistently – that’s the sign of an education process at work.
    200 years ago I don’t think anyone was talking about the Zen of vocation, it’s a relatively new idea for us that we’re supposed to genuinely love what we do. There’s many book titles out now (e.g. “Do What You Love and the Money will Follow”) that tout this idea in a big way – that the work you do for money should be the same things you’d do for fun. That may not be the only litmus test, but we do know when we’ve answered our calling. You are right that once you’ve experienced that synchronicity in work, nothing else can substitute. You can have aptitudes in many areas, but they won’t all have the same vibe. Being good at something doesn’t necessarily mean you’re serving your own good by doing it.
    The painful thing for me trying to watch you on TechLive is that when you’re talking about certain things (like the stock market), it’s obvious that you don’t want to be doing that. Why? Because we know what you look like when you’re talking about something you love, something that you are really jazzed by. Even though you’re doing a fine job by professional broadcasting standards, that net enthusiasm is not there. That’s the spark that got me hooked on you in the first place, and I don’t like that you’ve been put on a show that dampens it. However, that may still be a good sign. Remember the scene in “Broadcast News” where William Hurt is dredging up tears so that he can appear to be having an emotional response to an interview? You absolutely *do not* want to be someone who can BS to the point where we can’t tell the difference between what you care about and what you don’t. Yuck.
    I’m apologize for the length of this post. I hope that you’re able to find resolution for this situation. It’s ironic that you’re just now getting how awesome Call for Help was, your fans knew it all along! :o) You have to do the thing that makes your tail wag, accept no substitutes.
    Mondo Smooches,
    Jeannette

  21. Leo,
    I am just a college student so I do not know what it is like to have a job that you love and put a lot of your self into. I remember back a few years ago, I was working and all of my fellow employees found out that I was the “office computer geek.” Everyone, including my boss, were asking me for help with there computers. I remember thing that there has to be a resource for all computer users to use to get help other than tech support. Then one day I heard of ZDTV and a show called Call For Help. Our cable company started to show ZDTV part time. I started to watch and told all my fellow employees to to watch also. I found that I was learning and so did they. I remember thing that I wish that I was the Leo Laporte, he has the best job in the world. Now, my friends that I still help them with there computers, they call me Leo Jr. I also loved TSS, but I noticed that you were a little different. You were still being that cool Leo that we all know and loved but it seemed a little forced. I have not been able to see the new TSS but I am sure that you are doing fine. CFH was your baby and I think that you should still be hosting it instead of a part of tech live. Things have changed but you will fit in just fine you just need to settle in. I was not comforable living a dorm for the first time but it took time and now I feel comfortable. I think the samething will happen to you. Just hang in there.
    PS: If you have a Job for a Computer Engineering major just drop me an email.
    Jason Joyce

  22. Leo, I tried to watch CFH on April 2, got halfway into it, said “blah” and flipped the channel. The show is gonna FLOUNDER without you! Not that I have anything against Becky, she’s g-o-o-o-o-o-d, but you were g-r-e-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-t! It was so OBVIOUS that you were having fun with what you were doing that it was infectious! I didn’t start watching CFH til last summer, when I “discovered” ZDTV on my DirecTV lineup. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! I hardly ever missed an episode. Even my husband loved watching the show, and he’s mousally impaired! Doesn’t know the first thing about computers. But you made it sound EASY! When I heard they were taking you off CFH, my reaction was, “Say it isn’t so!” Then I thought, well, maybe I’d try to watch Screen Savers, and muddle through CFH without you as best I could. Well, I find it hard to watch either show now! It’s depressing! See, the thing is, my computer knowledge sort of falls just in between CFH and Screen Savers. Some of CFH was a little simplistic for me, but I watched it anyway, because I always picked up SOMETHING I could use. Screen Savers is just a little over my head, and it never had the same appeal to me that CFH did. I may try SS again soon, but DANGIT! Why do some folks always have to mess with success?????

  23. Hey Leo,
    It’s interesting that you do not feel comfortable being away from “Call For Help.” That was my favorite show on Tech TV, even back on ZD-TV. I think that’s what it was called. LOL. Seriously, as someone mentioned earlier, the role you are best suited for is an educator. And that is ecactly what you did on CFH. It’s tough for me to watch TSS. I mean, thank God for “Leo’s Boot Camp”. I feel at home watching you get the oppertunity to help people. You have a great heart and are terrific at explaining things. But the rest of the time, they are wasting your talents. They have you interviewing people and reading stock crawls. While you are very good at that, we can all tell how uncomfortable you are. And I don’t think it’s just because it’s a new format or whatever. I have to admit, I never watch Tech TV anymore excapt for the beginning of TSS. I like Pat a lot and think you guys have a great chemistry. I watch you guys talk about the news of the day, which you make much more interesting than the pasturized way Tech TV does during the afternoon. Then I watch LBCm because it’s the only oppertunity I have to see you feel truly comfortable and look the most happy.
    I only got to enjoy CFH for about a month before the powers that be doomed Tech TV. I am very sorry for that, because I taped every show and absorbed every tip you gave. The delivery and way with people you have makes it easy for the novice and expert alike to understand what you are saying. I could also feel a great warmth between you and your callers. There is nothing like the feeling I get when I see the helped getting answers from a truly sincere and giving teacher that you are.
    I hate what they did to CFH. It sucks! Plain and simple. Watching that show everyday was like inviting you into my home, helping me with my confuser problems and having fun. I miss it, and darn it I miss you too πŸ™
    I feel for you and what you are going through. I know in your heart you will come to whatever decision you need. We are all behind you. There are many, MANY people that watch that channel because of you. I just hope they come to thier senses and give you back CFH. Because it looks to me like that’s what everyone else wants.
    Peace and God bless my brother, we’re all pulling for you. Rob.

  24. Leo,
    I just want to say that your post today touched me. I feel for you. I wish I were in a position to offer more than just words of support. I can see the difference in the way you look when you talked on CFH when doing what you know and love. Watching you on TechLive talking about stocks & stuff just isn’t the same. TSS is wonderful, and you are great on it! But, it isn’t the same as CFH either. Although, I must say you are definitly more visibly comfortable and more yourself on TSS then on TechLive. It is difficult to give up something you know and love so much, and watch someone else try to fill your shoes (CFH). I don’t think anyone can EVER fill your shoes. But, things change, and we must all adjust. Adjustment can just be so difficult sometimes. Eventually I am sure, you will enjoy TSS as much as you did CFH. I think bringing Kate back from time to time will help with that adjustment as well. The two of you just have such a chemistry together. A warmness that us viewers can feel while watching. It just draws us into the show.
    BTW, Leo, you are not just doing “OK,” as you put it, on the new show. You are doing a great job! Not near as great on TechLive as you are on CFH or TSS, but in time it will be easier for you. The new format has got to be difficult, for anyone, especially with all that stock talk that most of us are not the least bit interested in. I can see a big difference when you are covering tech related information. You can see the excitement in your eyes, when you are talking about something that interests you. I especially enjoy watching you when you take live calls and answer their tech questions. Your face and your eyes just sparkle, as we can see how much you enjoy that aspect of the shows. You are real Leo! That is one of your best assets! Don’t ever loose your realness! One reason I don’t watch CNN, or any of the other cable or local news, is that they are not real. They report the news, mostly based on sensationalism, the news is picked on what they think will sell: violence, sex, etc. Just take for example TechLive’s first day of broadcasting: What was the big sensational news topic? You guessed it! The US plane being held in China! What a break for TechLive: something that fits the sensational category to grab viewers attention, yet something tech related! I must say, even I enjoyed watching those segments, it grabbed my attention, and the added twist of the technical side of the story was very interesting. But, the point I am trying to make, is that even though you are doing news now, and I’m sure they pick the stories you must cover, what ever you do, don’t loose yourself in this new job! Leo, you be you! Be real! Do it to the best of your ability! Enjoy your job! In time everything will feel more comfortable, and everything will fit better. Maybe not as good as your first glove (CFH), but it will eventually fit better than it does at first. Remember the first pair of dress shoes you ever bought? The new leather felt stiff and hard to walk in. But, the more and more you pressd on and kept walking, the more the new leather stretched and wore to fit your foot just right! So Leo, my advise to you, just keep on walking! Do the best you can! Be the real Leo! It will all fit in time! We love you Leo, and will always be here for you!

  25. Leo,
    Call for Help is Leo Laporte. No offense to Becky, but she just
    doesn’t pull it off. Most of the stuff on Call for Help was stuff that I
    already knew, but I still watched because it was a great show. When my cable
    company had you guys on a shared channel, I used to stay up until 3am just to watch CFH.
    Now I like the Screensavers too, but CFH just had a real “Welcome Home” type
    vibe. Maybe one day Leo you will reclaim your throne on CFH.
    Honestly TSS has gone down the tube for me since Kate left. I love Patrick,
    but really the whole ZDTV vibe was thrown out the window. You know Martin
    Sargent could be an excellent choice for a replacement if you decide to step down from TSS. Now Martin is no Leo, but he is also a really smart guy.
    I’ve e-mailed you before Leo, because I hated the TechTV site. I was used to the ZDTV CFH site, and wanted it back. Things change, and I guess everyone gets
    used to the change. I got used to the new TechTv site after awhile, but will always miss the classic ZDTV/CFH look.
    I noticed you took Fridays off for CFH, and TSS fo awhile. This had to be because you were burnt out, in fact I think I remember you saying that. So, why an hour and a half of TSS plus being an anchor on Techlive? It really seems like overkill…there is only so much the human body can take.
    Obviously the decision is totally yours, but I think you would be much happier if you drop TSS, drop the Techlive, and just take CFH back.
    No matter what you do, I’ll watch because I’m a fan. Just do whatever makes you
    happy, and don’t let stuff that bothers you go for too long.
    Thanks for listening,
    Don

  26. heya Leo and gang.
    Man, Leo really said what has been on my mind, I like Becky a great deal, and have rooted for her since i first saw her on one of her Friday shows. I have tried to be positive about the whole thing, and while some might say its only a TV show (which has a element of truth to it for some I suppose) CFH and TSS are, frankly, more than TV shows, they are classrooms, a way of education and breaking down barriers. I learned a lot, they are the real interactive TV, calling for you to get involved, not just sit on the couch and count car wrecks. (Though counting fried CPU’s can be fun to!)
    Change is natural, its scary, not always good, but its all about evolution. The thing is, Call For Help was a pretty much perfect creature. Entertaining, educational.. it made learning as much fun as sin. (as a educator friend of mine is fond of saying) And frankly, leave it to a suit to screw it all up. Tamper with perfection.. and for what?
    Leo, flat out, in what way does your being on TechLive help the channel? Why is it better to have you be a talking head, to do something that neither you nor your fans love. and which frankly, I cant see you doing as well as you educate people.
    Is it that they feel that people will tune in to TechLive just to see you? Frankly, if we do (and I did) not for long, I tune in to learn, and be entertained, and to get jazzed up, and for that, the closest thing I have right now is TSS, not TechLive.
    I just dont get the logic of it, and I can only hope, that at some point, we all get what we want, the frustrating part is, it’s just so easy to make right…
    Aaron

  27. Leo,
    I’ve been a pretty faithful viewer of you on TSS and CFH for about a year, ever since I got DirecTV…I can now say that I remember the “Good old Days” of ZDTV. I should have known that things were going sour when TechTV came around. It seems that the company wanted to make some changes and obviously didn’t care what the viewers thought. You were excellent at CFH..it was your niche. Now, Becky’s Ok, but she’s no Leo. Even when you were doing the show, and she was filling in for you, it was not the same. Now that CFH is no longer Leo-Hosted, I don’t watch it. That was YOUR show. Now, I love TSS too..I’m a little more advanced than what CFH was aimed at, but I can see that you are uncomfortable doing TechLive. I even try to force myself to watch it, but over and over again, it just doesn’t seem to flow, or click. I think TechTv made a big mistake messing with the format they had. I’m sorry you got caught in it. Hopefully, they’ll find the error in their ways. You know what they say..
    If it ain’t broke, DON’T fix it.

  28. Technology scares a lot of people, they don’t “get it.” My Mom, at the young age of 75 a few years ago, decided to “find out about computers.” Over a 4 day week end I “taught” her how to do the internet and email and Word. She is amazing. She wanted to learn it and she did. She put away the fear of it and just decided to have fun. I am lucky to have a friend at work who is a lot like Leo, he “taught” me how to have fun with the personal confuser and not be afraid of the darn thing. Giving people the confidence to learn about technology is a truely marvelous gift that only some teachers have. Most of the techies where I work like to feel superior to you and put you down if you don’t know something, whether it is about computers or other technology. Leo is one of the rare creatures out there that understands the wonderful feeling you get when you help someone ride without the “training wheels” and see them “go solo.” Tech Tv is squandering his very valuable skills, but Ithink they may come around after some time, so I am patient and hopeful that he will get to enjoy C4H in the future… I agree that it is a good idea to give feed back to the folks at Tech Tv, i did, and whether they pay attention to it or not, I feel like I at least made an attempt to give them my heart felt feed back. Happy Easter to everyone ou there in blog-land, and to you too, Leo. elizabeth

  29. Leo, there’s a moth burning in my halogen torch lamp so I’ll make this quick. I’ve been using computers for 19 years (starting with the Timex Sinclair 1000 in 6th grade!) so I wouldn’t consider myself a computer novice. But last month I caught an episode of Call For Help and was blown away by how many things I was learning. I began taping the show so I wouldn’t miss out on anything and quickly became addicted. You have a natural charisma and are truly gifted at dealing with people. Where most tech-savvy people treat the less-informed with contempt, you reach out with a gentle, caring hand. The number of responses to your introspective blog attests to this. I honestly don’t like Tech Live. It feels too cold and stand-offish. CFH has definitely lost it’s down-home charm. 10-minutes into the new format I changed channels. I continue to watch the Screen Savers with the hopes that it will replace CFH but I know deep down it won’t. You have my sympathies. If TechTV ever takes a poll regarding the new format, please let us know. I’m sure that many of us would vote for a return to the format that drew us to TechTV in the first place.
    Take care and God bless,
    Steve

  30. Leo,
    Yes, “Call For Help” is nothing less than “The Leo Laporte Show.” It’s exactly like what Captain Spock said to Admiral Kirk in “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn”:
    “If I may be so bold, it was a mistake for you to accept promotion. Commanding a starship is your first, best destiny. Anything else is a waste of material.”
    When I first saw you sitting there at the news desk in a jacket, reading from a news teleprompter, that is absolutely what came to my mind: “what a waste of material.” Leo needs to be in a wild shirt, running around the set, and helping folks understand and get the most out of their “confusers!”
    Like everyone else, I by no means have ill feelings of any kind regarding Becky — I have =very= much respect for her. But, it’s just like when Jim Louderback tried to fill your shoes when he would host while you were gone: NOBODY DOES IT BETTER. Call For Help is a very “tough job” — standing there all alone, helping even the most novice folks, with respect, courtesy, and, most of all, with an entertaining sense of fun! Sure, other folks can get the job done, but Leo makes the show FLY!
    I must say that I’m not much of a fan of the new TechLive: way too many people talking about the same thing over and over and over and over again. Sure, we get a couple minutes of “a taste of gadgets” or something from Jim Louderback, but we’ve got to sit through mind-numbing hours of repetitive stock market analysis in between. Just give me a show full of what I want to see, rather than making me spend hours just to “collect” a few minutes of what I really want to see!
    That said, I do enjoy the longer Screen Savers. While yes, I miss Kate, I will gladly admit that I prefer Patrick — he has a fabulous wealth of knowledge and experience. He is “The Alpha Geek,” and we need him on the Screen Savers! What I miss from Kate was “a healthy dose of socialization” — something we’re now getting from the “extended family” on the new Screen Savers set. Getting a bunch of folks together and having fun is just as important as all the technical stuff we get from the Screen Savers!
    Leo, I consider myself one of the “true geeks” — the Screen Savers type of geek. Yes, I know most of the stuff discussed on Call For Help — I’ve helped dozens and dozens of people with the same problems. But I watched Call For Help EVERY DAY. Let me give you some perspective here: I taped the David Letterman show every day for nearly two decades, and watched the tape the next morning. When I got ZDTV a couple of years ago, I learned that Call For Help repeated in the morning. Yes, that’s right — Leo Laporte won my viewership over a decades-long David Letterman habit.
    It is in fact very ironic that I discovered your blog tonight — after giving the new TechLive a decent chance, I set my VCR once again for the David Letterman show. Perhaps the big shots at TechTV thought they needed to attract the “business” viewers, and hopefully that is what’s happening. But as things are scheduled now, I won’t be watching TechLive, I haven’t seen Call For Help in its new incarnation at all, since it doesn’t repeat any time when I can see it, so I’m mainly catching the repeat of the Screen Savers. Again, ironically, the whole “live” thing has taken away the one “live” program I always ran home from work to catch – the Screen Savers!
    If any of the decision-makers at TechTV are reading any of these comments (AND THEY SHOULD!), I can only say one thing: with the exception of the longer The Screen Savers, THIS IS NOT PROGRESS. I hope they find more “day business viewers” to make up for the faithful viewers such as myself, who can’t even watch the old shows we used to love any more.
    Enough misery! Leo, keep up the good work on The Screen Savers — I love the big, new expanded show and family! As long as there’s a show “starring Leo Laporte,” you can rest assured that I’ll be watching!

  31. I own and operate a small cable TV system in Taloga, Oklahoma, pop 500, and have carried TechTV since its inception. I’ve never added a channel that received so much response since FoodTV, the day ZDTV began I received several calls from people about how much they enjoyed it. People were excited about a TV channel that could help them with their computer problems. Call For Help was the perfect vehicle for that.
    I learned a lot from CFH and TSS myself, which came in really handy when I launched cable modem service on my system a year and a half ago. Not many small cable systems have this service, and I’m proud to say that you were instrumental in helping me survive the pitfalls of launching it. I’ve even seen a couple of my subscribers on netcam bumpers on TechTV. That makes me proud!
    As to the new TechLive, I share other people’s views, it just rambles on all day from subject to subject, with no form or schedule. I have it on in my office, and find it annoying to not have a clue what is going to be on at any particular time of day. And the emphasis on the stock market and financial news is of little interest to me. I prefer a set schedule of programs that a viewer can tune to.
    The new TSS format is good, but the segments are WAY too short. I thought with the new 90 minute format that each topic could be explored with more depth, but that has not been the case, there has just been more segments, each about 2 minutes long, which makes you and Patrick rush through it, telling viewers “if you want more info, check the website. That’s fine, but do more than a casual overview on the TV show. Witness the Linux install this week. 2 segments, each about a minute and a half long, the viewer never learned about how to actually do the partitioning, package selection, or anything else really, just a casual once-over. I hope in the future, segments can be a bit longer, even if they have to be broken up by a commercial break.
    Keep up the faith, as well as the good work. We’ll still be watching.

  32. First of all, I would like to say that I agree with Ed. Personally, I always thought you wer happier on TSS. You seemed more lively and you joked more. It reminder me of Emeral Lagasse, on the food channel. He has two shows also. His first show, the earlier one, he has no audience, no “BAM!”, no “Kick it up a notch”, and he didnt make jokes. But in his evening show, he jokes around, and has fun with the people, all while making a great feast. Thats how I always saw you. But as the saying go’s, “Bo knows Bo”, and most definitely, “Leo knows Leo”. Having said that, I would also like to say that I loved, yes lovED as in I hate it now, but once loved it, CFH. I planned my day around it. Becky is alright, but you do fit the show like a glove. No one is better than you. Leo, you are the person who has got me into computers. I used to want to be a chef, and knew nothing about computers. Now, I am an avid linux user, and hope to one day be a SysAdmin. Thank you leo, you trully have changed my life, no matter what anyone may say. Thank You. I am also verry upset with the new techLIVE format. I have TechTV on channel 129 on adelphia digital cable, and the Bloomberg on channel 128, and I am sorry to say, they are unfortunately simmilar. WIRED magazine had a little column about the Live format, and they said that the toughest thing that you guys will face is finding enough content, and they were right. Most of the things on tech live is filler crap. I am also dissapointed at how the suites raped the silicon spin show. It used to be an interesting show, but now with all the pundents being brought in through satalite feeds, it is just plain lame. And when the do have pundents on the set in the flesh, Devorak isnt there, and he is to silicon spin what you are to CFH. I think what they were trying to do is make it more professional. That was a mistake. I liked how it was a channel with a casual atmosphere. You guys didnt take yourself too sereously, and you had more fun. This was good, and we could realate. Now its just another CNN clone, or an MSNBC wanabee. I am verry sad and dissapointed. Also i miss all the old sets. Like the old Silicon Spin table, the one with wheels, and the beutifull CFH set. I hope the management at tech tv will come to its senses, and fix what they have broken…..While they still can πŸ™

  33. First of all, I would like to say that I agree with Ed. Personally, I always thought you wer happier on TSS. You seemed more lively and you joked more. It reminder me of Emeral Lagasse, on the food channel. He has two shows also. His first show, the earlier one, he has no audience, no “BAM!”, no “Kick it up a notch”, and he didnt make jokes. But in his evening show, he jokes around, and has fun with the people, all while making a great feast. Thats how I always saw you. But as the saying go’s, “Bo knows Bo”, and most definitely, “Leo knows Leo”. Having said that, I would also like to say that I loved, yes lovED as in I hate it now, but once loved it, CFH. I planned my day around it. Becky is alright, but you do fit the show like a glove. No one is better than you. Leo, you are the person who has got me into computers. I used to want to be a chef, and knew nothing about computers. Now, I am an avid linux user, and hope to one day be a SysAdmin. Thank you leo, you trully have changed my life, no matter what anyone may say. Thank You. I am also verry upset with the new techLIVE format. I have TechTV on channel 129 on adelphia digital cable, and the Bloomberg on channel 128, and I am sorry to say, they are unfortunately simmilar. WIRED magazine had a little column about the Live format, and they said that the toughest thing that you guys will face is finding enough content, and they were right. Most of the things on tech live is filler crap. I am also dissapointed at how the suites raped the silicon spin show. It used to be an interesting show, but now with all the pundents being brought in through satalite feeds, it is just plain lame. And when the do have pundents on the set in the flesh, Devorak isnt there, and he is to silicon spin what you are to CFH. I think what they were trying to do is make it more professional. That was a mistake. I liked how it was a channel with a casual atmosphere. You guys didnt take yourself too sereously, and you had more fun. This was good, and we could realate. Now its just another CNN clone, or an MSNBC wanabee. I am verry sad and dissapointed. Also i miss all the old sets. Like the old Silicon Spin table, the one with wheels, and the beutifull CFH set. I hope the management at tech tv will come to its senses, and fix what they have broken…..While they still can πŸ™

  34. First of all, I would like to say that I agree with Ed. Personally, I always thought you wer happier on TSS. You seemed more lively and you joked more. It reminder me of Emeral Lagasse, on the food channel. He has two shows also. His first show, the earlier one, he has no audience, no “BAM!”, no “Kick it up a notch”, and he didnt make jokes. But in his evening show, he jokes around, and has fun with the people, all while making a great feast. Thats how I always saw you. But as the saying go’s, “Bo knows Bo”, and most definitely, “Leo knows Leo”. Having said that, I would also like to say that I loved, yes lovED as in I hate it now, but once loved it, CFH. I planned my day around it. Becky is alright, but you do fit the show like a glove. No one is better than you. Leo, you are the person who has got me into computers. I used to want to be a chef, and knew nothing about computers. Now, I am an avid linux user, and hope to one day be a SysAdmin. Thank you leo, you trully have changed my life, no matter what anyone may say. Thank You. I am also verry upset with the new techLIVE format. I have TechTV on channel 129 on adelphia digital cable, and the Bloomberg on channel 128, and I am sorry to say, they are unfortunately simmilar. WIRED magazine had a little column about the Live format, and they said that the toughest thing that you guys will face is finding enough content, and they were right. Most of the things on tech live is filler crap. I am also dissapointed at how the suites raped the silicon spin show. It used to be an interesting show, but now with all the pundents being brought in through satalite feeds, it is just plain lame. And when the do have pundents on the set in the flesh, Devorak isnt there, and he is to silicon spin what you are to CFH. I think what they were trying to do is make it more professional. That was a mistake. I liked how it was a channel with a casual atmosphere. You guys didnt take yourself too sereously, and you had more fun. This was good, and we could realate. Now its just another CNN clone, or an MSNBC wanabee. I am verry sad and dissapointed. Also i miss all the old sets. Like the old Silicon Spin table, the one with wheels, and the beutifull CFH set. I hope the management at tech tv will come to its senses, and fix what they have broken…..While they still can πŸ™
    –Art R.

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