Call for Help Newsletter Madness

Help!First a disclaimer, I no longer work for G4/TechTV and have nothing to do with the newsletter and have no inside information, however…
I am getting numerous emails from former subscribers to the Call for Help newsletter who are suddenly being flooded with email. I think what’s happened is that Tom Merritt, the outgoing web producer, changed the newsletter from a daily email sent out to viewers, into a mailing list where everything that is sent to the list is broadcast out to each subscriber. Naturally this is a confusing change, and with a list this large it can generate an overwhelming amount of mail.

Do NOT send an unsubscribe message to the list – that will just be sent out to all subscribers and exacerbate the problem. Instead, follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of the message.

[UPDATE: I have learned that this is not the MAIN Call for Help newsletter. That’s no longer going out. This is a Yahoo! Groups newsletter that was created a couple of years ago when we changed newsletter providers. Fortunately all Yahoo! Groups emails have an unsubscribe link at the bottom.]

64 Replies to “Call for Help Newsletter Madness”

  1. I am a new pc user an i looked foward to seeing you every day on tv i miss you . you help me alot.

  2. I am a new pc user an i looked foward to seeing you every day on tv i miss you . you help me alot.

  3. Can’t keep a good man down, but can lose track.
    How can we get on Leo’s email list to be notified about his next projects?

  4. Leo,
    Take a break…rest up…take care of the family…right the book…make the speeches. Find a new company and start LeoTV. I’ll wait. 🙂

  5. Hi Leo, Sorry that things didn’t work out with g4techtv. But in a way i think you had a right to stop flighting it. Good luck to you.

  6. I would think his 90 second updates are just like the things he does for KGO and that station up in Canada.
    -A

  7. If you don’t work for G4/TechTV anymore, how can you still do your 90 second spots on TSS?

  8. Gee, Leo…… We won’t even get 90 secongs of Laporte Report a day? Oh well…. those 90 seconds don’t showcase your talent or humor, anyway.

  9. Leo,
    It’s not the call for help newsletter. It’s the yahoo group that was used a couple years ago when tech tv stopped sending the newsletters.
    Bob

  10. Probably because it was just a bone they threw to Leo… Since they were removing CFH and he was no longer a primary character appearing on TSS anymore. :/
    He may still technically “work” for them, but I dunno… if you were handled the way Leo and CFH were, would *you* admit to working for G4/TechTV anymore? I’d guess not…

  11. Who is the owner of the techtv@yahoogroups.com newsgroup. I have unsubscribed but it doesn’t work even after recieving a conformation email back that I had been unsubscribed. Why don’t they just kill the group and recreat another if its wanted. I have recieved over 400 messages in the last 24 hours.
    JW

  12. Leo, I think Tom needs to delete the Yahoo Groups techtv list; that way, the mail should stop. I did that with a Michaela list on Yahoo and there’s been no email after that.

  13. Leo, I think Tom needs to delete the Yahoo Groups techtv list; that way, the mail should stop. I did that with a Michaela list on Yahoo and there’s been no email after that.

  14. I followed the unsubscribe instructions last evening and continued recieving email for several hours. They have stopped now. It seems that Yahoo is rather slow at processing an unsubscribe request. So just be patient and they will stop.
    Bob

  15. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! My fault my fault my fault. I’ve deleted the group.
    I was tinkering with it to change it into a discussion list and screwed up and didn’t make it moderated. Not my intention at all and I’m heartfully sorry.
    *The unsubscribe wasn’t working for some reason which made it worse
    *Everyone on the list had subscribed to it when it was the tempoary replacement for the official CfH and TSS newsletters back when they cut the funds to run those newsletters.
    *I suck.

  16. Tom,
    While it was an unfortunate mistake, it ended up being quite hilarious. Several of the list patrons knew what was happening and tried at first to assist people in signing off of the list.
    Problem was, people didn’t read the email that had the instructions at the bottom of the list and immediately sent a flaming retort back to ‘remove me from this list or I’ll sue!’ style of message.
    Now, as I’m sure you are aware, many people who enjoy technology don’t care much for insulting/abusive/rude email. Myself included. So, those that were extremely flamboyant were ridiculed mercilessly. I make no apology; I was and am quite willing to assist and repeatedly instructed users that were sending unsubscribe messages to the list of their error.
    I also enjoyed ridiculing those with no manners and poor interpersonal skills. Here is one for your amusement, sent in response to an offer of sexual congress:
    “I’m in awe over his eloquence and wonderful use of the language. This is a man to reckon with; he even used three exclamation marks to show us how important his statement was.
    I’m going to have to save this statement (attributed to him, of course) in my notebook and refer to it whenever I’m in doubt of what to do in situations where I’m clueless.
    It should help me in my career, no doubt, when I use it in the next meeting with the boss.
    Thank you, [Name Omitted], for this nugget of wisdom.”
    Unfortunately, the list has been destroyed. Sad, really. It was providing dozens of us with much enjoyment and mirth.

  17. Awwww, Tom, it’s okay. We <3 you anyway.
    The unsubscribe did work for me (though I kept reading the emails for a while, there were some gems in there!) after a few hours.

  18. Hopefully you have seen the disservice given to you by G4TV when they relegated you to just 90 seconds. But as you said elsewhere…Well, I’m going to let everyone figure out what’s going to happen to TSS.

  19. Tom,
    Don’t beat yourself up, mistakes happen! You were just trying to be nice by trying to convert the Yahoo group. Don’t take the Rude/Nasty comments to heart, some people freak to easy. After the unsubscribe didn’t seem to work I just created a mail rule sending all the mail to a seperate folder.
    JW

  20. SUFFERING here from cfh withdrawal and (denial its not there anymore still)but the anger has given me energy to read like never before.I could always keep tv on tech tv, but have to effort a bit and have time to catch the kfi and read the blog. But that is my daily aim now.Darn. I have lots of questions, i never had to ask before, just listen and they get answered. I like everyone on the screnn savers,but just really can not stand that such a good show was taken from us. REplaced by ????????
    LEO THANKS FOR THE NEWS PLEASE KEEP TYPING TO US

  21. I’ll be saving some money on cable now, because the only reason I got the digital package in the first place was to get TechTv. Several of my friends and I are dropping service tomorrow. I know this won’t change anything but when my cable company ask me why I’m dropping to the basic 10 channels, I’ll make sure to tell them I’ll get the digital package again when TechTv comes back.

  22. today look at g4/tv show.did not like it.all for gaming.will things chang.and i guss i will not turn on to tech tv anymore good-by!!!
    n.a.c

  23. Ugh…
    Leo, I can honestly say the new network NEEDS you. The G4 people seem so… plastic… They are to gaming what Carson Daly is to music. It is a sad state.
    I am TRYING not to pre-judge the “new” shows, but they arent even in the same ballpark as far as quality. I can only say the best thing for everyone to do is to contact the advertisers for the new station and tell them which of the shows YOU watch and which ones you dont. Maybe, just maybe, if they get fewer advertisers for the dopey G4 shows and more for the TechTV shows, we might be able to at least corral them into making SOME sensible decisions in the long run.
    A network devoted entirely to gaming gets old REALLY fast tho. I seriously think (to quote Bartok the bat) “This can only end in tears…”
    Good luck to you Leo, I sure as heck hope we see you and CFH (or some reasonable facimile) on TV again soon!
    Pete in PA (damn, missed you and Patrick every time you were in Cherry Hill)

  24. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES LEO!! Call for Help was the one Show I really enjoyed because of your expertise. You brought maturity and knowledge to a network that seemed flashy and glitzy, but didn’ really help us with our computers. You should do a show with JOHN DVORAK, that would be great.

  25. I am heartbroken. First Leo left TSS. I like Patrick and Kevin, but it was Leo’s humor and personality that really made the show work. So I made CFH my main TechTV show. Now that they pulled it, there really is no reason to keep watching. I’ll try to hang in with TSS, but I am convinced they will be pulled in the near future as I noticed this morning they replaced the 8 am est rerun with an infommercial. An infommercial!?!
    Hope all work out for you Leo. And that we see you back on TV soon.
    🙁

  26. Yea, I noticed the Infomericals.
    I hate them.
    I work 2nd shift, so I always watched the re-runs. Ahh well, guess not any more 🙁
    Leo — you are great..watched you ever since the days of ZDTV

  27. Leo sad to see you go from Call For Help on Tech TV.I enjoyed the program very much with you and the crew.This was a bad Mistake from the management of Tech TV.I just hope another company picks you up and Call for Help will be on the tube again.Best of luck to you Leo and the crew of Call for Help..

  28. I haven’t had much time to watch much of anything, due to an illness
    in the family, but when I finally got back to a semi-normal sked, I
    took a look at Tech-TV and the reaction can’t be printed here..
    Whatinell are those Cal-turds THINKING???
    Maybe now that school is going to be out for the summer, they might
    be aiming for the mouth-breathing ‘gamer-market’and hoping that
    it will ‘catch’??
    Leo, you brought stability and sensibility to the shows and
    communicate well.. Patrick’s pretty swift, but I become distracted
    by counting how many times he says ‘basically’ per show. Poor Kevin
    talks like a kid that’s seen his first traffic wreck and rattles away at
    an amazing 300wpm, a speed that this pore ole 68-year old brain can’t
    seem to clock in and process! [and I’m from the North where you HAVE
    to talk fast or freeze!]
    Well, there’s always this, but I sure miss the girls!

  29. Really, I think Comcast was trying to save their little tail has the original G4 was so boring and old. So they thought that by combining TechTV and G4 they could save G4. Problem is if you take a positive and multiply it by a negative, you still get a negative. All we can hope for is they realize it and dump most of G4 and use more TechTV stuff. Perhaps revive CFH.

  30. Hello folks
    TVRO Tech in GA again. Just found out that Leo is for the most part CANNED! What a crying shame!
    The only TV personally that actually made a difference in this world is (as corp. do) systematicly driven off the air! What in the world are they thinking? Who knows, other how to screw up a great thing!
    Well it was fun while it lasted TSS has never been the same sense Leo left, he made CFH what it was, AND TechTV has never been the same when it left Ziff Davis (I think that is correct) or more commonly known as ZDTV, (I miss Kate).
    Oh well no more quallity TV any more at least it will give me more time to read the Cisco manuals.
    Leo We WILL MISS YOU! Please let us know if you make it back to TV and I will go buy a new one
    (for the one I have will be sold) any body intersted in a used TV card?
    datnmn

  31. Leo,
    I could not beleive what my ears heard last week when you said CFH last show was going to be on Friday. I started watching CFH just shortly before ZDTV changed to Techtv.
    I Knew hardly nothing about computers and had know clue how to get rid of Spyware or Viruses ,but thanks to You,Roger and Kat and CFH team.I learned something new everyday. I went and downloaded lots of neat stuff thanks to you all plus Thanks to You Leo for pushing SpyBot Search and Destroy and AVG. I now am spyware and viruse free. since I’m on a fixed income these two programs that you recomend fit my budget to a T since they are Free.
    I sure do miss the Call For Help Show and team. Now when my “personal cofuser isn’t working ” I can’t Call For Help. Thanks Leo you truly are one in a Million!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    cya,
    Donk
    PS plus I’m going to miss hearing about your farm and Family too.

  32. Sorry leo i meant to spell Cat instead of Kat please let Cat Schwartz and all her fans know how sorry iam for this mistake.Well then i guess i just did myself.
    thanks,
    Donk
    Ps I just wanted to let you Know I missed you at the Maryland State Fairgrounds last year. I guess thers no chance you will be come there this year.

  33. Sorry leo I meant to spell Cat instead of Kat please let Cat Schwartz and all her fans know how sorry iam for this mistake.Well then I guess I just did myself.
    Thanks,
    Donk
    Ps I just wanted to let you know. I missed you at the Maryland State Fairgrounds last year. I guess thers no chance you will be come there this year.

  34. Leo, thanks for all the help and a really great tech show that you and the gang provided on CFH. I really will miss your humor, excellent advice and daily tips. The new G4/Tech TV appears to be geared for gamears,which dosen’t interest me. They made a huge mistake by taking CFH off the air. Since Call For Help, is no longer on the air, I have no reason to watch G4/Tech TV.

  35. Leo & friends,
    The last time I remember a network group of suits making a MAJOR mistake like this was when NBC pulled a so so sci-fi tv show off the air back in the late sixties. Leo I know this sounds like a bit of a stretch, but you have to admit the new suits at G4/TechTV are not thinking this out long term. Some new buisness plans are to buy your competor and immediately cut costs, like higher salary folks “Leo”. The problem with this type buisness plan is that some the remaining folks will leave when they get their chance. The G4/TechTV folks have their work cut out for them! I for one will be watching alot less G4/TechTV this summer, unless Leo returns…
    Leo & family, good luck and keep farming.

  36. We all mourn a loss of a show that was more then just a show. The people at ZDTV and later TechTv where like the smartest person in class, You may not have been their best friend but they was always willing to help even if you where not the smartest one in the class. It saddens me to see it go, but time stands still for no man.
    Leo, Allot of people have come and gone in the last 6 years 99% of them where just great. You are the only one can say that I was there the whole time. All that means that you’re just that good.
    Leo you made a statement not long after TechTv took over that they where there to help computer users beginner or advance and give your honest opinion and not pushing a product.
    Leo there’s been mention of your humor and personality and quality in this blog, I summit that it was your honesty to us and your-self you could always hold your head high and it came through the screen.
    I don’t know if you will ever read this, I just hope you can tell we miss inviting you into our homes everyday. It’s been a great 5 1/2 year ride for me thank you.
    Just remember: IT’S NOT YOU FALT

  37. I think the merger of Techtv and G4 was the stupidest thing comcast has done! They completly ruined techtv and call for help is gone and leo! I personally think leo is the best personality of techtv and they’ll try to get him back soon. (I bet people are already complaining about it)

  38. I think the merger of Techtv and G4 was the stupidest thing comcast has done! They completly ruined techtv and call for help is gone and leo! I personally think leo is the best personality of techtv and they’ll try to get him back soon. (I bet people are already complaining about it)

  39. Sad, sad, sad days for TechTV folks and fans. G4 plain sucks. I just tried to look some stuff up on the website and it was impossible. Tried to search for dark tipper and I got a dozen results for games. G4 sucks and the new site sucks. Oh, also channel 354 now sucks to. I’m just gonna have to turn it off, and if enough of us do that………

  40. I for one was a person that watched TechTV EVERY SINGLE DAY. I also watched the CFH every day, as well as several other shows. Now the programming is being cut for a bunch of stupid infomercials and small electronics advertisments? PLEASE. G4 might as well rename the network to “G4Mercial, the best source for annoying ads, 24/7!”. Sure, the good old shows like X-Play and TSS are there, as well as Unscrewed! But they arent going to be around for long! I am a pure gamer, and I really thought that this was going to be kind of like a 50% game, 50% tech sorta deal. But nope, to all of the worst odds, its now 90% gaming and 10% tech. Quote the name “Gaming, Gadgets, and Gigabytes”. ?????? Where are the gadgets and the gigabytes? This is totally insane! Even though I am a gamer, I want to see a mix. Not a mud hole filled with in-expirienced and amature TV producers who couldnt help a network if their lives depended on it. This is totally stupid.
    Leo, you are going to be missed by all, and I will be there every day to watch your 90 second Laporte Reports! Kudos my friend, you are by far one of the best. See ya…
    AndrewD

  41. I for one was a person that watched TechTV EVERY SINGLE DAY. I also watched the CFH every day, as well as several other shows. Now the programming is being cut for a bunch of stupid infomercials and small electronics advertisments? PLEASE. G4 might as well rename the network to “G4Mercial, the best source for annoying ads, 24/7!”. Sure, the good old shows like X-Play and TSS are there, as well as Unscrewed! But they arent going to be around for long! I am a pure gamer, and I really thought that this was going to be kind of like a 50% game, 50% tech sorta deal. But nope, to all of the worst odds, its now 90% gaming and 10% tech. Quote the name “Gaming, Gadgets, and Gigabytes”. ?????? Where are the gadgets and the gigabytes? This is totally insane! Even though I am a gamer, I want to see a mix. Not a mud hole filled with in-expirienced and amature TV producers who couldnt help a network if their lives depended on it. This is totally stupid.
    Leo, you are going to be missed by all, and I will be there every day to watch your 90 second Laporte Reports! Kudos my friend, you are by far one of the best. See ya…
    AndrewD

  42. Hey Leo –
    Sorry to hear about our losing you on the new “beeping” channel. I am guessing we old fogies are not wanting to listen to all of the “beeping” and swearing on the shows that the TV Suits want to keep on the air. Except to TSS, it sure seems like that’s all I am hearing (interviews with the guests and hosts swearing, sometimes getting the words beeped) on this soon to be ex-viewed channel.
    Ah, but for the GREAT news at least I have found a distant neighbor, who is tech savy, that I can follow along with, and with whom I can keep up with my computerez from.
    Is there any chance of setting up with KSRO or any of the major Bay Area stations to syndicate your weekend show?

  43. Leo all I can is I am going to miss you and the gang at CFH and TECHTV for the way it was. Leo you are strong and very smart guy. I think you will be back it a very big way, maybe you and all people that were with you on TSS and CFH will have even better shows. Look forward to seeing you and the gang again. I will not give up on you because Leo you are the GREATEST. Your Friend Billy PS I watched you every day and will again.

  44. I miss the nice, clean days of ZDTV. TechTV was great, but ZDTV was better. To me, Leo, you were the face of ZDTV and TechTV. It won’t be the same channel without you, especially your humorous on-screen antics. I’ll miss your daily appearances, but I wish you all the best in whatever comes next. Thanks for the years. I’ve truly enjoyed them. I just hope they come out with a “best of” set of DVD’s of Screen Savers and Call for Help, and especially include the episode of Call for Help when you demonstrate how your played some music visualizations on a wall with a projector and you broke out into your little dance. I have an MPEG video clip of that segment. I laughed hysterically at that one. Hah!

  45. WELL ALL THE ABOVE COMMENTS,SUMS UP THE WAY I FEEL YOU WAS A DEAR FRIEND OF MINE AND YOU NEVER EVEN KNEW WHO I WAS BUT I KNOWED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND I WAS TAUGHT ALL ABOUT COMPUTERS BY YOU AND PACTRIC .I HOPE THE BEST FOR YOU I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH YOU WAS LIKE PART OF MY FAMILY…..GOOG LUCK

  46. I am going to miss CfH.
    This decision by Comcast to “eliminate” ‘not willing to relocate’ S.F. staff is despicable.
    The only reason for my subscribing to dig. cable was to watch TechTV.
    A sad day when great shows geared to novices (CfH) is ‘ripped’ from us.
    No amount of “replacement” shows that this ‘new’ network could even think to duplicate the sense of the
    camaraderie and banter that keeps the viewer entrenched/captivated.
    I wish all the best in your future endeavours Leo and the rest of the TechTV gang.
    “Vaya Con Dios”

  47. Leo, I have enjoyed the years of TSS and Call for Help where you gave us all so much information and help us all to learn the ins and outs of computers and technology. I am sorry the heads of G4 can not see how important Call for Help and YOU are and turned it off for good. I hope it does get picked up and you show G4 how big of a mistake they made. I know I will not be watching that network as much anymore and im sure others feel the same. Good luck in your career and dreams. Keep them alive.

  48. Leo, you are the reason this old dog learned a lot of new computer tricks. I watched you every chance I could while you did you was doin your wild computer knowledge, dance of enlightenment. I perhaps now will have to get a life until you get back on the small screen some time in the near future. Rotten eggs to that new management, many happy days to your present and future enterprises.

  49. I think everything that can be said has been said. I’m thinking “letter campain” to the sponsors; might work, then again might not. But it will maker me feel better! LOL
    I’ll keep visiting Leoville until we get some “good” news.
    I will not watch the new channel. And yes I’m a gamer, but I did fine without them for many, many years and will continue to do so.
    Good luck Leo, keep us posted!

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