CNN Delayed Until Tomorrow

Oops. Charles Taylor took too long to resign (about 10 years too long actually) and my segment got bumped on CNN today. I taped it anyway with Daryn Kagan after the show. The producer tells me the segment will air tomorrow on American Morning. I don’t know what time, however. Sorry about that!

NY Media Tour

I‘m on the way to New York again for a round of appearances. Sunday night I tape two segments for ABC’s World News Now, one on the new wireless devices, another on home security. They typically air the segments around 3am on the first Tuesday of each month, but check your local listings.
Monday morning, August 11, I’m going to appear on CNN’s American Morning with my old Site-mate Soledad O’Brien. The segment on wireless networking should be on around 9:30a Eastern.

Tuesday morning, August 12, I’m scheduled to appear on Live with Regis and Kelly. The show usually airs between 9 and 10a local time, but check TV Guide. I’m usually live on this show, but they occasionally tape the segment for later airing. I’ll let you know when I know. As usual, I’ve got a bunch of wacky stuff to show Reeg and Kelly.

Here’s a list of all the products I’m bringing with me. I’ll show as many of them as time allows.

World News Now

Segment 1: PDA/SPOT Watch Segment

  • Sony, Clie PEG-UX50
    Available Now on Pre-Order, $699
    New first-ever horizontally oriented Entertainment Communicator in a clamshell design with Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth!
  • Palm, Tungsten T2
    Available Now, $399
    New Palm with Built-in Bluetooth
  • Sony Ericsson, T616
    Available Now, $200
    New Tri-band Bluetooth Phone
  • Fossil, Wrist Net Watch
    Available Fall, $tbdUsing Microsoft’s new Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT), get customized info delivered directly to your wrist!

Segment 2: Home Security

Live with Regis and Kelly

Live is live

I just learned (by reading the USA Today TV listings) that I’ll be live on Live with Regis and Kelly tomorrow. I’m usually on between 9:30 and 10a.


My ibook finally bit the dust. After 18 months of nearly flawless operation (ok, I had to replace the hard drive once) my lil buddy is headed for the great chip fab in the sky.
I was having some trouble with the screen fading in and out. For some reason a brisk slap to the lower left wrist-rest area seemed to bring it back. After a few too many brisk slaps, however, the system stopped booting. Turns out the hard drive lives right under that area. I pulled the hard drive – no easy feat on an iBook – and put it in my old Pismo, but no luck. I had slapped it to death. Fortunately I had backed the system up just a few days earlier so I didn’t lose much data, mostly just email. I could probably get the whole thing repaired, but it would cost more than a brand new iBook.

My real quandary lies in choosing its replacement. I was within inches of buying a new 12″ Powerbook but I realized that the minute I did Apple would release new notebook models. So I’m holding off. Everyone has assured me that new aluminum 15″ models are on the way.I’m guessing they’ll be announced June 23 at the Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference. I think it very unlikely that Apple will wait until the MacWorld conference in July, particularly since Jobs seems to be feuding with MacWorld’s organizers. [Guess I was wrong. Now I’m waiting for Joz’s presentation July 16. -Leo] It should happen soon. The TiBooks are way overdue for an update. Even Woz told me I should wait.

Meanwhile I’m laptop-less and suffering. I was totally dependent on my iBook. I have plenty of other systems, including my old Pismo Powerbook, but none of them quite do the trick. I’m off to New York tomorrow for my regular appearances on ABC’s World News Now and Live with Regis and Kelly (I’ll give you the actual times and dates when I learn them). I’m going to bring a Fujitsu Lifebook P5000 with me so I’ll be able to steal WiFi as usual, but it’s not going to be the same.

I will also be bringing a Nikon D100 digital SLR – and that I’m excited about. It’s way too expensive for me to buy right now, but if I had a spare $2500 this is the camera I’d choose. Can’t wait to shoot up New York with it. I’ll post pictures when I get back.

Here are some of the products I’m bringing with me and hope to show on TV…


SEGMENT ONE – Digital Cameras:

SEGMENT TWO – Summer Proofing Your PC:

  • APC, Back-UPS CS Series

  • Tripp-Lite, Isotel8 Ultra Surge Protector

Live with Regis and Kelly: Dads and Grads

It’s going to be a gadget festival! I tape WNN Sunday night and the segments usually air on the first Tuesday of each month. I’ll be at Regis on Tuesday, but no word yet whether I’ll be live or taped for a later show. Lately they’ve been doing post-show tapings, so I’m thinking that’s probably what will happen this time, too.

KGO this AM

We’re all still recovering from last night’s swell 5th Anniversary Party. Don’t worry I have many incriminating pictures and will post them as soon as I’m sure no one has pictures of me. Meanwhile I’m pounding the Advil so that I can be ready to be a guest on the Ronn Owens show on KGO at 10 Pacific this morning. KGO streams from its web site for those folks not in the Bay Area.

Live Lives!

I just got word that Live with Regis and Kelly will finally air the segment I taped for them in February. It’s scheduled to air this Friday, March 21. And I’ll probably go back and do another show with them in June. They like me. They really like me.

The Missing Segment

Little ReegIt was a whole month ago that I taped a segment for Live with Regis and Kelly. This is the seventh time I’ve appeared on the show since October 2001, and the first time my segment didn’t air either live or the very next day.
This time I taped with Regis alone (even though Kelly was there) on the theory that Kelly would be soon having her baby and the segment could air when she did. Well she had her baby last Tuesday and I still haven’t heard from the show.

I’m hoping they’ll air it this week. I brought some very cool stuff along including an electric car (which Regis drove), Sanyo’s camera phone, a portable DirecTV dish, an XM boombox, the Vapir digital cigarette, and a toilet night light. At this point I’m very afraid they’re going to can the segment – there’s nothing staler than old TV. A similar thing happened to me a couple of years back on Weekend Today. The piece never aired and I never went back.

I guess I’ll swallow my pride and call Gelman on Monday.

Playtime is Over

Several people at my speech Monday at the Golden Gate Computer Society have asked me to post my slides. I don’t usually do Powerpoint – especially when giving a speech slamming Microsoft – but I didn’t have a copy of Keynote for my Mac yet, and I really needed the crib notes.
Click the thumbnail for the PPT file.

GGCS Powerpoint Presentation

And for the Powerpoint impaired, here’s the text…

1. Technology without a mission is just a toy…play time is over.

2. Government and private industry want your computer to obey them, not you.

3. Private Industry Initiatives:

  • Trusted Computing Platform Alliance(Compaq, HP, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft)

  • Palladium aka Next Generation Secure Computing Base

4. (The next five slides are from Lucky Green’s Defcon presentation on TCPA, August 3, 2002 , http://c y p h e r p u n k s . t o)

5. TCPA Membership Profile

  • CPU: Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Motorola
  • BIOS/Chips: Phoenix/Award, American Megatrends (AMI), National Semiconductor
  • Security: VeriSign, Wave Systems, RSA Security, Check Point, Certicom, Trend Micro, Symantec, Tripwire, Crypto AG [NSA]
  • Applications: Microsoft, Adobe (and 170 other ISVs)
  • Systems: HP, IBM, Dell, Gateway, Fujitsu, Samsung, Toshiba

6. Quiz: How will the Law Help TCPA Stifle Competition?

  • Application vendors intend to wrap their file formats with DRM.

7. Consequences of Ubiquitous Digital Rights Management

  • Makes it illegal to create interoperable software in the U.S.
  • Subjects authors of interoperable software to penalties of up to $500,000 and 5 years in prison (and double that for subsequent offenses).

  • The law is already on the books: Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

8. Software Authors’ Choices

  • Do not create interoperable software.

  • Spend 5 years in prison.

9. Use of TPM’s is Voluntary

  • “One thing I can guarantee is that [Palladium] will be ‘off’ by default, an opt-in technology.” — Stuart Okin, Security Officer, Microsoft, United Kingdom

  • Using gasoline in a car is an opt-in technology

10. Palladium definitions from Free Software, Free Society by Richard Stallman

  • “Security” does not mean protecting your machine from things you do not want, it means protecting your copies of data on your machine from access by you in ways others do not want.

  • “Attack” doesn’t mean someone trying to hurt you, it means you trying to copy music.
  • “Malicious code” means code installed by you to do what someone else doesn’t want your machine to do.
  • “Spoofing” doesn’t mean someone fooling you, it means you fooling Palladium.

11. Government Initiatives:

  • DMCA

  • HR 5211 The Berman Bill
  • S 4058 The CBDTPA
  • DARPA’s Total Information Awareness

12. Happy Birthday

  • Written in 1893

  • Copyright renewed in 1934
  • Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act of 1998 protects it until 2030
  • AOL-Time Warner earns $2 million a yea
  • “The public must defend the public domain.” – Larry Lessig

13. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

  • Universal garage door openers

  • Unauthorized toner cartridges (Lexmark)
  • ReplayPlanet and AVS Forum have removed sections on extracting video
  • Apple vs OWC
  • HP threatens security org for revealing flaw in Tru64
  • Illegal to fast forward through commercials in DVD
  • Equivalent of banning Xerox machines and VCRs
  • There is no VCR for streaming media

14. HR 5211 – The Berman Bill
“Amends Federal copyright law to protect a copyright owner from liability in any criminal or civil action for impairing, with appropriate technology, the unauthorized distribution, display, performance, or reproduction of his or her copyrighted work on a publicly accessible peer-to-peer file trading network, if such impairment does not, without authorization, alter, delete, or otherwise impair the integrity of any computer file or data residing on the computer of a file trader.”

15. Records show [Howard L.] Berman received at least $186,891 from the entertainment industry during the 2001-02 election cycle…Including $31,000 from the Walt Disney Co. and $28,050 from AOL-Time Warner Inc. (AP)

16 . The Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act(or the Consume But Don’t Try Programming Act)
sponsored by Fritz Hollings

SEC. 5. PROHIBITION ON SHIPMENT IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE OF NONCONFORMING DIGITAL MEDIA DEVICES. (a) IN GENERAL- A manufacturer, importer, or seller of digital media devices may not–(1) sell, or offer for sale, in interstate commerce, or (2) cause to be transported in, or in a manner affecting, interstate commerce,a digital media device unless the device includes and utilizes standard security technologies that adhere to the security system standards adopted under section 3.

17. Act Now

Upcoming Appearances

Happy Holidays, everyone!
I’ll be on the Allan Handelman show for half an hour tonight at 10:30p Eastern time. Listen on one of his many stations or on his web site at

I’m doing the Ronn Owens Show on KGO, 810 AM in San Francisco, Friday, January 3 at 10am.

We’re heading to Las Vegas to cover CES January 9-11. I’ll be signing autographs in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center from 4-5p on Thursday, January 9,and from 3-5p on Saturday, January 11. Cat, Morgan, and Patrick will be there, too, at various times. We’ll also be doing live show feeds for The Screen Savers, Friday, January 10, at 4p Pacific. You don’t need admission to CES to visit us, so stop on by. You know how we love a live audience!

Meanwhile, I’ve been doing some Tivo hacking during my vacation, with some interesting (and ultimately disappointing) results. I’ll do a full write up in the next couple of days. We’re celebrating Christmas at home then Jennifer is taking the kids to her folks for a few days. That should give me some time to work on the Tivo more seriously. The goal is to be able to get my Sopranos episodes onto DVD as a fully digital copy. If I can get it to work, and I can get the lawyers to say OK, I’ll demo it on TSS in the new year.

Live with Andy and Kelly

I did Live! today. As sometimes happens, Regis was on vacation. I usually don’t find out until the day of. I think the staff is conditioned to downplay Regis’s vacations in case guests cancel. As it happens, Andy Richter, Regis’s guest host, was great. Very funny and actually interested in the stuff. Kelly was her usual gracious and warm self. They’ve already asked me to plan another appearance in February.
Henry went with me this time. He took some pictures, yesterday during rehearsal. This is of the audience area – but, of course, there’s no one there when we rehearse.

The Regis and Kelly audience area

The crew was readying the set for the holidays.

Getting the set ready for the holidays

This is their Christmas tree, before decorations.

Decorating the tree

I shot this video of Henry testing out the Karaoke machine.

Click to view Quicktime video (20 seconds)

Andy and Kelly had a great time with the karaoke machine. They also liked the Roomba robot vacuum and the Piano Avanti. Here’s a complete list of products I demoed on WNN and Live…

Last Night at World News Now

Abby came with me on Sunday night to help me shoot the World News Now segments for ABC. WNN shares the set with World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Here’s a look at the familiar ABC News logo.
The ABC News set

Abby took this shot, too.

Leo on the ABC WNN set

Here I am getting ready for the segment.

Leo on the WNN set

Finally a short video starting with Abby on the WNN set. The video ends with Peter Jennings view when he does the news. The chair in the lower left corner is Jennings’s chair. As you can see he look into nothing while delivering the news. All the good looking stuff is behind him.

Click to view Quicktime video (20 seconds)

I’ll post pictures and video from today’s Regis rehearsal next time.

Call for Leo

A quick programming note: I’ll be hosting Call For Help on Friday while Chris is on vacation. That’s 10/11 at 5p Eastern.
Also Patrick and I will be making a rare appearance in the San Francisco Bay Area, at the Best Buy in Dublin, on Saturday, November 16. It’ll probably be from noon to two. And because it’s a local appearance we’re hoping to get the entire Screen Savers crew there, too! That’ll be a real first.