Leo Laporte reported today that there would be no TWiT (This Week in Tech) podcast for the next couple weeks and he’s not sure what the future of the show will be:

I’ll decide what happens to TWiT, the show, when I come back, but at this point it looks like it’s on life support and the heart monitor is flatlining.

Leo already has over 100 comments on the story which is only a few hours old. While I don’t envy him the hours he’ll likely spend reading the comments, I love the show so much I had to add my two cents worth:

Leo,

I know how exhausting it can be to keep pouring your heart into something while others treat it as a hobby.

But, that’s what it is to some. I learned a long time ago, while managing student workers, that it’s important to remember what a job, project, podcast (or is that netcast) means to the others involved, not just what it means to you.

It sounds like you still want to do TWiT, and the tech news isn’t going to stop coming. Consider how you could re-engage some of the other twits. Is there a better time for others? Would a shorter format be easier? Are there topics they want to cover that you don’t normally hit on?

As much as I’m a big fan of the current TWiT regulars there are plenty of people out there with opinions. Perhaps you need a larger pool of regulars. When I want to play poker I always invite twice as many people as I want to have play knowing half will cancel for some (completely valid) reason or another.

Is it a TWiT without Patrick and John? I think so. Maybe just a different TWiT. You’ve got an established name, a big audience and even a sponsor. Why start something completely new when you’ve got these things going for you?

But, on a completely selfish level, please, please, please, please, PLEASE don’t stop making TWiT, and thank you and all the other twits for making so many great episodes.

Jon

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Cube at GoogleI can’t believe that in the midst of finishing up at one job, starting another and trying to bang out a couple chapters in my book I almost missed this awesome post from positivesharing.com.

Alexander has compiled a list of 10 seeeeeriously cool workplaces including Pixar, Google, Redbull and many more.

It’s astounding how little attention most employers pay to the environment their employees work in. A good environment will do wonders for morale, retention, creativity, collaboration and countless other facets of your business.

My workspace is still emerging but the great part is I now work from home so I have full control.

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Zach reports that a professor at Johns Hopkins University has successfully been able to read, decrypt and forge Mobile’s Speedpass RFID tag after only a close pass with a reader and laptop.

The Speedpass tag is a small key fob which is linked to a credit or debit card. It can be read at the pump or register by waving the tag near an RFID reader.

Mobile has been quick to point out that this type of tagjacking has yet to be used maliciously, but like Zach I think it naive to consider it more than a matter of time.

Check out Zach’s article for a video from the folks at 20/20.

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Don Burleson sent me a link to this gizmodo article on the beer dispensing robot in the movie below.

While it’s certainly a cool toy I can’t see why the guys at Gizmodo are so impressed. For starters it’s slow, second it looks like it only does cans (let’s face it, if you like beer enough to have this robot you drink it out of bottles), but most disappointingly it looks quite messy!

So while I look forward to more commercially available automated drink makers/servers this robot just doesn’t stack up to the Bar Monkey.

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TWiTThere are a lot of dry monotone technology podcasts out there, but Leo Laporte’s TWiT podcast isn’t one of them. Every week Laporte brings together a cast of industry leaders to discuss exciting technology topics ranging from the latest offerings from Microsoft to what’s new on RFID hacking.

Laporte, along with regulars Patrick Norton and John C. Dvorak are joined by other technology professionals for this roundtable discussion. Together they run through a dozen or so top technology each week. Typically these podcasts are a bit over an hour, but if you have a long drive like I do, it’s an hour well spent.

If you work in or are studying technology, especially information technology, you should check out the TWIT podcast. Get the MP3 or AAC version on iTunes!

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