Thursday’s Thigh-high

All the news that's fit to rant aboutIt’s Space Day. I’m at the new Air and Space Museum in Washington DC celebrating with Patrick, Prager, and John Glenn.

The airship Hindenburg exploded into flames on this day in 1937. Roger Bannister cracked the four minute mile in 1954.

  1. According to the Anaheim California poilce, a widely circulated email warning drivers not to signal cars that have their headlights off, lest they become the victim of a violent rite of passage among gangs, is a hoax. Police say that even though the email appears to come from the department’s gang unit, it’s a “suburban legend.”

  2. Guess I was on the wrong plane yesterday. Sheryl Crow performed hits in the aisle of a United flight from Chicago to LA to help launch Sony’s new music store.
  3. They’re getting into the business just at the right time. Apple sold a record 3.3 million songs last week – a new record for online music stores.
  4. TechTV laid off 285 workers today in the wake of its acquisition by G4, a subsidiary of Comast. Read the details in my story below.

72 Replies to “Thursday’s Thigh-high”

  1. I am taking this very personally. If anyone remembers the MSNBC tech shows that suddenly disappeared after covering Princess Di’s death this feels like deja vu all over again. You start to plan your viewing habits to catch something that enriches you, or at least doesn’t lower your then, “poof” it’s gone. What now. Kevin Rose has repeatedly shown his limitations–only computers, circa. right now. Leo, a Chinese History major, at an Ivy League institution, could mix and match with most, on all topics, including computers. What a world, what a world, what a world….

  2. Is Paul Allen competely out of the TechTV type biz now? Or now that it’s sold, can he start anew with Leo and staff? A competing Tech show based from San Fran is just the ticket. Nothing like rael competition to prove where the viewers’ loyalties and interests are! One more thing: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Any Tech wiz knows that!

  3. Hmmm…, I don’t see CFH on that list. Still I can’t belive they wouldn’t find a place for you Leo (maybe back on TSS), as well as a lot of the excellent (and now available) talent from TechTV. Oh well, what can you say? Have to wait-n-see.
    BTW, I can’t believe you didn’t stop by while you were in the D.C. area! (j/k, nice suit though in the Glenn interview).

  4. I agree… Morgan is not hot. She has those bug eyes and you can see her stomach rolls whenever she wears tight clothing. Not to mention she has very annoying voice and personality. I hope they rehire the entire cast, except for her of course. Good luck TechTV employees.

  5. Everyone boycotting, are you forgetting the 100 people from TechTV who may be moving to LA to work for G4? They need your support. Also, it isn’t confirmed what shows will be cancelled and who will and won’t be moving. (Although if I was in SF, it would be a tough move.) And who knows, maybe they’ll come up with some decent programs.

  6. Seriously, anyone could have seen this coming a mile away. The audience for Tech TV has gone to the senior home. Really, every single day they seem to be catering more and more to the Home Shopping Network crowd…

  7. Seriously, anyone could have seen this coming a mile away. The audience for Tech TV has gone to the senior home. Really, every single day they seem to be catering more and more to the Home Shopping Network crowd…

  8. Ah yes, this brings me to that gut-wrenching saying that I have heard all to often, spouted by those dewy eyed manager types with all the sincerity they can muster, “Change is good!”. Now eat that s**t sandwich and enjoy it!

  9. Is it a bit of a metaphor or just some extreme irony that the airship Hindenburg exploded into flames and TechTV laid off 285 workers today in the wake of its acquisition by G4 on the same day on the calendar?

  10. Hope you have enjoyed your visit to the area. Hopefully, we will hear some positive news from G4 soon. That all of the hosts are staying on with the new techtv. If not, I just wanted to say that I have enjoyed Zdnet – Techtv. Although disappointed while here in DC that the gang is not making any public appears to sign autographs. It seems a little strange that they didn’t schedule that into the schedule – in an area largely served by Comcast. Just wanted to say – everything I know about reinstalling Windows etc I learned from Techtv. 🙂
    Good luck with future plans and adventures. There is always the radio and web casts.

  11. EFF COMCAST.
    Why are they ruining a perfectly good tv station.
    well now that everything is in LA i may be able to check out a screen savers show.
    Leo, make your own tv station. i will watch it.

  12. Leo, I’ll repeat my suggestion of several weeks ago, when Vulcan decided to suffer the same brain damage that Comcast apparently has.
    I truly think that the time is ripe for a syndicated, daytime, hour long tech show. It would be a combination of CFH with a smattering of TSS. CFH was/is so popular because a newbie can watch the show and, as you say, learn a lot about computers in six weeks or so.
    Your bubbly (can I say perky?) attitude will draw far more viewers than doprah or dr. fill-my-pockets.
    Leo, you NEED to be in front of the camera, not just the mic. America needs you to be our tech leader!

  13. Sorry to hear about this Leo. I’ve been watching Call for Help and The Screen Savers almost religiously since you started hosting. You really could speak to techies like myself along with the rest of your collegues. Comcast is just faceless along with almost everyone on their G4 TV network that I only saw when they had a free preview on cable for it. They all seem like a bunch of hired actors reading off que cards who know NOTHING about technology.
    I’m only 17, but I problably know more about computers thru watching your show then I would have ever known on my own. It’s just wrong what they are doing to you and the rest of the staff. I hope you will keep us up to date with your future endeavors and I wish the best for you and the rest of the crew.

  14. You know what hurts the most? We fought so hard to get Leo back on the air only to have G4 do this. They knew what they we’re doing when they decided to “appease the natives” by rehiring him. Simply put, this is a classless act by a classless company. Leo, best of luck to you and the rest of the Techtv staff. Please keep us posted.

  15. You know what hurts the most? We fought so hard to get Leo back on the air only to have G4 do this. They knew what they we’re doing when they decided to “appease the natives” by rehiring him. Simply put, this is a classless act by a classless company. Leo, best of luck to you and the rest of the Techtv staff. Please keep us posted.

  16. It’s unfortunate for those 100, but I’m not supporting anything Comcast does. TechTV in my eyes is over, it was a great run and it’s sad. But, no matter what shows they keep none of it will be the same as Comcast will screw them all up, change their format.
    I guess it’s time to say goodbye, wish everyone well and move on.

  17. “According to the Anaheim California poilce, a widely circulated email warning drivers not to signal cars that have their headlights off, lest they become the victim of a violent rite of passage among gangs, is a hoax. Police say that even though the email appears to come from the department’s gang unit, it’s a “suburban legend.”
    Has been a ledgend since it first circulated in 1998 – Everything old is new again – I guess that’s why TSS is on re-runs too….

  18. G4 will cash in on the fact that most youth resents their elders. It was pointed out to me a few months ago, that it didn’t matter that I once programmed FORTRAN, was an expert with DOS and Windows 3.1, 95, and even 98. Any tech knowledge today over 18 months old is obsolete. Unless I wanted to find a job in a museum or write a history book, all that experience didn’t matter. The face of tech today is under 30. A few in the business world haven’t figure this out, that’s why a few of the magazine writers my age holds on. You can’t build a TV network around enterprise level solutions. People like Bill Machrone and John Dvorack will be around for a while, just not on camera. Leo I not only sorry for your loss, but my own. When I was young I was called a gadget freak, that was long before I heard the word geek. If I’m out in public with a digital camera, an MP3 player, or PDA more often than not some kid you give me that humorous look, “Look at the old fool playing with our toys”. Comcast will market to this polarity, it’s their only option. Almost all youth oriented advertising does. If they leave a 40+ year old guy on their new network it will be as a joke. The funny thing is, all the while they’re pumping the kids up, they’re exposing them to advertising they’re very vulnerable to. A 20 year old will likely buy a piece of crap if they think it makes them look sexy. I am aware that some of your younger blog readers will not like this post. Well I just had a birthday today, so they can bugger off.

  19. Of course Morgan is hot!!! She is glorious, as is all of the TTV women. Except perhaps Becky Worley. But NO! She’s hot too! (I remember her in the bath when she reviewed the waterproof TV–Can’t remember a damn thing about the TV. How can a story so clean make me feel so wonderfully dirty?) Women who can talk intelligently about games, gadgets and technology and look good while doing so just quicken my pulse. C’mon who here won’t admit to fantasizing about crawling around under Morgan’s desk “checking her connections” or using the latest sony digital video camera phone to find out how close one really can get to Sumi Das! And does anyone NOT have Cat Scratch Fever? And Michaela? Don’t even get me started. And as for Morgan…how many sites have been hacked to worship Britney?
    Stomach rolls? Dude, I never noticed, but if they’re there, that just means she’s REAL, not some airbrushed, plastic surgeried, implanted replicant. The best thing about intelligent women is that after one has worked through with one’s more base male urges, these are women with something to say and a sense of humor. Life is too short to admire stupid women. Long live the women of TTV!!!

  20. Leo might not want to go with G4. He was very frustrated with the direction his shows have been taking for several years, and it’s the same road G4 is on. It would have to be a sweet contract to justify a move to SoCal. Maybe a daily show is more than the market will bear. A weekly, well produced show on computers would be attractive to several of the cable networks. People are flocking to watch Orange County Choppers. So Leo, grow big mustache, buy a muscle shirt, and get some attitude.
    “You know we’ll never get the bleep bleep mod done on bleeping time. Norton has those bleeping hard drives come in yet!” he says while slamming th shop door.

  21. I was at a gathering last night, and mentioned TechTV. The age of these people was from the mid 30’s to early 60’s. Almost all of them had access to the channel. Most was aware of the channel, but no one else watched it. Most was only aware of gaming because of their children. The general opinion about tech was they just wanted it to work, like turning on the TV. Some that worked in tech related industry said the last thing they wanted to see on TV was anything about technology. The only real interest, other than work related applications and internet access, was photos and video. Most of the ones that had digital cameras took them to a kiosk for prints and CD’s. I heard about all those video tapes they eventually wanted to put on DVD, but no on had done it. These were intelligent professional people that either lacked interest, or the time for tech issues. You have to go where the interest is, and just maybe Comcast knows that. I’m sure they did extensive market research, and showed the current TechTV shows to their targeted demographic for opinions. It’s the nature of youth to be interested in sex and action. We older viewers might just need to accept this and move on. We just don’t represent enough market share potential for the advertisers.

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