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It all started in 1998 with a small cable network called ZDTV, a channel dedicated to covering computers, the Internet, and personal technology. Many of the people behind this site worked on that network as hosts, reporters, or producers.

In 2004, ZDTV, then called TechTV, was sold and dismantled. Former TechTV hosts, Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, and John C. Dvorak, and producers Robert Heron, David Prager, and Roger Chang went on to other jobs, but we stayed in touch, with each other, and with fans of the late TechTV. Those fans told us again and again how important TechTV had been in their lives, and how much they missed the channel. We missed working with each other, too.

On a rainy evening in January, 2005 a few of of us got together for dinner after spending the day covering Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Leo, who was working as a radio host, happened to have a microphone and recorder. He turned it on and recorded 20 minutes of idle chatter about the Expo and the tech world in general. He posted that recording on his web site. Within a few days tens of thousands of people had downloaded the recording. TechTV fans began clamoring for more. A few months later, TWiT was born.

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This Week in Google 426: Vulnerable to Journalism

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Facebook, Twitter, and now Google have discovered that Russia bought political ads during the election. Kaspersky is spying. So is the Google Home Mini. Google buys 60db. Project Loon may give Puerto Rico Internet while Elon Musk gives them power, and Zuckerberg looks on in VR. Don't try to rob a bank using information you find online. YouTube bans bump stock videos. Carl's Jr begs Amazon to buy them in bizarre Twitter campaign. Oculus announces a standalone VR headset. Google Assistant has a higher IQ than Siri.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Jeff Jarvis

Guests: Mike Elgan and Kevin Marks

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Ham Nation 321: Pineboard, Puerto Rico and Happy Birthday Amanda!

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Jamboree-on-the-Air, incorporating Hams in disaster planning in India, testing your pineboard, MFJ 45th anniversary celebration, wishing Amanda a happy birthday and more!

Hosts: Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, and Amanda Alden

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Know How... 351: Skully - Part 1

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Halloween isn't just for kids! It's the perfect holiday for makers and DIY'ers to show off their creativity! Megan and Padre stir up some Halloween delights from the dollar store, then jump into 3D design for an arduino-controlled Ghoulish delight!

"Project Skully"
We're fast-prototyping a Halloween decoration that uses IC-controlled LEDs and an Arduino to create an over-the-candy lighting effect.

Parts List
16 LED WS2812 5050 LED Ring
Arduino Nano
HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Module

Also Need
4 x M3 screws
30 AWG Silicone Wire

3D Parts
1. Skully_Skull
2. Skully_Deck
3. Skully_LEDShelf
4. Skully_Base

Original Skull by 3DWP

Here are the 3D Parts & the Code

How do WS2812 LEDs work?
* You need three pins: GND, 5V (or 12V) and Data
* The data moves down the string of LEDs, each one takes three bytes from the array being passes (red, blue, green) and sends the remainder of the array down the string.

Let's put everything together!

1. Show the code
2. Open it up to show the connections

From the SR04
- GND to Arduino GND
- VCC to Arduino 5V
- Trigger to Arduino D7
- Echo to Arduino D8

From the WS2812
- GND to Arduino GND
- VCC to Arduino 5V
- DIN to Arduino D3

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Megan Morrone

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This Week in Computer Hardware 436: NVIDIA GTX 1070 Ti: It's like a $400 GTX 1080!!!

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NVIDIA GTX 1070Ti? If the rumors are true, it's $400 GTX 1080!!! Western Digital's new tech promises 40TB HDDs, Oculus Go standalone VR, Oculus Rift & Touch pricing update, Shure SE215 Earphones, and more! All in this episode of TWiCH, This Week In Consumer Hardware.

Hosts: Ryan Shrout and Patrick Norton

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Tech News Weekly 2: My Own Personal Genius

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Facebook's Oculus Connect conference is underway in San Jose California, and Father Robert Ballecer joins us to talk about the Oculus Go, Dash UI, the Rift Bundle, Project Santa Cruz and the other products he saw there. Plus, what's next for Oculus and the enterprise. Jason Snell from Six Colors tries to answer some of the questions about the future of an Apple streaming service. Will you be able to get it on an Android device? And Mike Murphy from Quartz discusses Replika, a chat app that helps you create a digital you.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guests: Jason Snell, Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, and Mike Murphy

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This Week in Law 403: Flying Car Law And Tuna Free Toys

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A Bumblebee is a Bumblebee. The Russians, always the Russians - now on Pokemon-Go. Join Bebe Cheuh, Mike Keyes, Denise Howell, and Matthew Curtis as they discuss the intersection of technology and law (and goats).

Hosts: Denise Howell, J. Michael Keyes, and Matt Curtis

Guest: BeBe Chueh

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This Week in Enterprise Tech 261: TWiL & TWiET: Fixing CRCs

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Equifax has become the American party joke and this TWiL+TWiET crossover episode will have the gang trying to imagine the technological and legal fixes for the credit industry in America. Aka "Piling onto Equifax". Should America have a cryptographic national ID?

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Brian Chee, and Louis Maresca

Guest: Denise Howell

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Triangulation 317: Daniel Abraham: The Expanse

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Daniel Abraham is a New York Times bestselling author and television producer of The Expanse on Syfy.

Host: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

Guest: Daniel Abraham

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The New Screen Savers 126: Saving Rainforests with Old Smartphones

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On this week's episode of The New Screen Savers for Saturday, October 14, 2017:
- Leo Laporte and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ discuss the Oculus Go and Project Santa Cruz from this week's Oculus Connect 4 event.
- We talk to Topher White of the Rainforest Connection ( about how he is using old smartphones to stop illegal logging in rainforests.
- What are the best Qi wireless chargers for Android and iPhone? Nick Guy is here from
- Megan Morrone shows you simple ways to rid your world of all those messy chargers, dongles, wires and cords in the seventh installment of the Digital Cleanse.
- Jason Howell reviews the Jelly phone from Unihertz, one of the world's smallest Android smartphones.
- Father Robert shows you how to set up a VPN with a Synology NAS in Call for Help.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ

Guests: Topher White and Nick Guy

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The Tech Guy 1430

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Identifying scams, using a Tiny Hardware Firewall for safer browsing on public Wi-Fi, finding a beginner's DSLR camera, why does Apple Pay Cash need your SSN to sign up? The Faroe Islands' brilliant translate service, accessing the traditional control panel in Windows 10, an audio-based pet monitor system and more of your calls.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Scott Wilkinson, Johnny Jet, and Dick DeBartolo

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