Tuesday’s Toon Town Tabloid

All the news that's fit to rant aboutTop of the tech news list for Tuesday…

The pencil with eraser was patented on this day in 1858. The US purchased Alaska for 2¢ an acre in 1867. It’s also Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, and MC Hammer’s birthday.

  1. Researchers at Harvard and UNC issued a study that shows illegal music sharing is no threat to CD sales . The study tracked sales of 680 CDs in late 2002. Songs that were heavily downloaded showed no measurable drop in sales and in fact, file sharing actually increases CD sales for albums that sell more than 600,000 copies. For every 150 downloads of a song from those albums, sales increase by a copy.
  2. A group of Italian teenagers calling themselves “The BlackAngels” has written a handy Perl script with a menu based system of attacks on Cisco routers. Security experts are warning Cisco users (which includes nearly all ISPs, web hosting companies, and corporations) to patch their routers now.
  3. AOL is raffling off a spammer’s $47,000 Porsche Boxster. The company received the car in a judgement from the spammer. (Hint: The Viagra is in the glove compartment.)
  4. Google Labs has unveiled a new personalized interface to make web surfing easier. You create a profile of your interests to improve search results (and, I presume, help target advertising).

12 Replies to “Tuesday’s Toon Town Tabloid”

  1. You know what i hyst readlized? Leo has got to change the name from “Two Shows Nightly” if he isnt gonna host TSS anymore 😛

  2. You know IzuanFromMalaysia he does work for two shows still.Watch carefully he still does a taped segment for tss nightly.It says two shows nightly not HOST TWO SHOWS NIGHTLY.

  3. Re: The 2 shows nightly comment.
    Have you all read this article about the TechTV/G4 merge? http://www.tvweek.com/topstorys/032904g4.html It mentions what shows are likely to continue and Call For Help is not mentioned. It also says that the studios in San Farnacisco will most likely be closed as the new headquarters for the G4 branded network will be in Santa Monica CA.

  4. Techtv has been chasing that same target demographic for the last 18 months, without much luck. It’s just business, they’ll make deep cuts and will lose most of the Bay Area staff. You have no need to import TV people to SoCal. It will take some months for the final vision to surface. If they keep TSS, they’ll surely revamp the show and content. I doubt Norton would fit into this scheme, too old. I don’t believe CFH will make the cut either. Too bad some of these shows can’t be purchased and syndicated to existing cable channels. Then again that would mean major production changes to a canned show. a weekly hour version of CFH sans live calls would fit in nicely on TLC or one of the home networks.

  5. Here is a Tech story for you Leo from 3/30/04 Newsday.
    ( http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lidog303729552mar30,0,1974255.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines )
    A puppy-napping was foiled yesterday with the help of the latest in pet-safety technology – a microchip implanted between the 11-week-old Dachshund’s shoulders.
    The dog, reported stolen from the Puppy Depot in Coram March 12, was found yesterday afternoon in the Shirley apartment of Tiffany Powers, a 24-year-old Suffolk Community College nursing student, said Officer Robert Boden.
    Police identified the dog using a scanner from AVID, a pet microchip company.
    Though police tracked down Powers using license-plate records and other traditional techniques, the microchip helped, Boden said.
    “If it wasn’t for the chip, it would have been hard to prove,” he said. “Who’s to say that she didn’t have the dog from somewhere else?”
    Interviewed last night, Powers admitted taking the $1,195 dog, saying she felt sorry for it because it appeared to be sick with kennel cough…….

  6. Sorry dude, here in Malaysia, we get TSS 5 days after it is shown there, so i havent even seen Leo’s last show yet.
    And yes i agree, if only more people did research on the BENEFITS of P2P.
    Michael Patterson, you’re right! This could mean the end of C4H…and part of Leo’s career…this merger is starting to look really messy

  7. Sorry dude, here in Malaysia, we get TSS 5 days after it is shown there, so i havent even seen Leo’s last show yet.
    And yes i agree, if only more people did research on the BENEFITS of P2P.
    Michael Patterson, you’re right! This could mean the end of C4H…and part of Leo’s career…this merger is starting to look really messy

  8. I wish Leo could pitch an weekly syndicated show to Apple. It could be a help and information show for Apple products. I realize the limited market share, but Jobs could underwrite it as advertising to support syndication revenue. It would also increase Leo’s national exposure. They forget you in this industry quicker than any other. If you can’t afford to be off air for any length of time. Leo if your reading, maybe it’s time to call CAA or someone and pony up that 10%. It would be a shame to cannibalize that perfectly good production facility at TechTV. It could be used to produce tech shows and others for syndicated markets. Maybe a group could pitch a facility sell to Comcast and continue to produce programming there. I may be grasping, but you’re a great on screen personality Leo, and you deserve better than what Comcast is probably going to offer.

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