Archive for October, 2007

Why I Should Replace Patrick Norton on Tekzilla and Systm

October 26th, 2007 at 02:06 by Rob Saurini in Polemics

A Manifesto By Martin Sargent

With Patrick Norton away tending to his newborn child, I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain why I’d be a better host than him not only of Tekzilla, but also of Systm. I think the primary answer is in the question. Patrick Norton is away tending to his newborn child. What does that tell you? That Patrick Norton must have had sex. So right there, he should be disqualified as host, for how can he honestly relate to this geeky audience, none of whom are probably getting any? That’s why I am a better choice, along with David Randolph Dave Randolph and perhaps Joey Joey Rabier.

Now then, what would I do as host? First off, no more boring crap like Blu Ray vs. HD DVD or a whole episodes about batteries. Lame! No, my tech projects would be exciting, hard-hitting and add value to your lives. Such as the following:


I’d teach you how to create your very own RoboDump 1.0. RoboDump 1.0 is a robot that poos. Or more accurately, it’s a robot that fools people into thinking that it’s pooing. To the untrained eye, RoboDump 1.0 appears like a man in a bathroom stall dropping a deuce. And it sounds like that as well. A man dropping a terrifying, mind-bending, universe-shattering deuce. Listen:

In reality, the RoboDump 1.0 is a fake set of legs with some sound chips and speakers and wires and stuff attached. But I wouldn’t stop there. I’d create RoboDump 2.0, which has all the features of RoboDump 1.0 but also tries to solicit sex from the man at the next stall. And then I’d create RoboDump 3.0, which is merely Dave Randolph chained to the toilet, after being force fed a dizzying amount of laxatives.


But wait, there’s more. I’d also show you how to create really cool case mods! Case mods that make sense. For example, aren’t you tired of your desk being covered with empty liquor bottles? Yeah, me too. But cleaning is hard and takes away from time better spent gaming and hacking, so why not just create a case mod that is an empty liquor bottle, like this one:

This is an entire computer hidden tastefully in an empty bottle of Ballantine’s Scotch Whiskey. Sure, there might be cooler case mods out there, such as this old favorite that looks like a weapon of mass destruction, but can you drink a WMD? I’ve tried, and the answer is a resounding no. So take that, Patrick Norton! I win.


Finally, I’d undertake projects that offer true value to you, my adoring audience. For example, it’s no secret that we’re hurtling towards the Great Undoing, the apocalypse that will occur at the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, 2012. So if the geeks are truly to inherit the earth, we must be prepared. That’s why I’d teach you how to create a gas mask out of common computer parts such as a CPU fan, a disk cleaner and a CD case.

But a gas mask will not be enough when Galactica invades on July 25, 2011. It might get you through 2009’s Great War of Sorrows with the Red Chinese, but not the invasion of Galactica. Let’s not be silly. For that, you’ll need to know how to build your very own cabinet shelter safe room, which is an inexpensive, easy, and space-saving way to protect yourself from biological, chemical, nuclear and space poison contaminents.


So for the reasons I’ve just outlined, plus my universal appeal, and my near-complete basement project to re-engineer a dialysis machine to cure hangovers, I should be the host of Tekzilla ( and Systm ( on Revision3, not Patrick Norton. Next time, I’ll explain why it would make sense for me to also replace Alex Albrecht on Diggnation.

Support Martin. Watch Web Drifter and Infected on or else he’ll keep showing up on shows you actually like.

New Revision3 Facebook Application

October 24th, 2007 at 09:41 by Jim Louderback in Announcements

If you live in Silicon Valley, or San Francsico, you most likely have been sucked in by the Facebook meme. Around these parts, everyone seems to think Facebook is the next coming of Google, Yahoo and MySpace all wrapped up into one.

Sure, the company will never live up to that hype. But the truth is that more and more people are spending more and more of their online lives inside Facebook. And now, if you’re a Facebook user, you can watch all of our Revision3 shows from inside Facebook!

In addition, you can select your favorite show, and have the latest episode delivered right to your profile page! So if you live inside Facebook, please add our new Revision3 player. Share it with your friends (20 a day), and enjoy a brand new way to keep up with all your favorite shows.

You can find the Revision3 Facebook Player here. Play around with it, see what you like and dislike, and let us know. We’ll be working to make it better over the coming days and months. And thanks again for being a Revision3 fan.

— Jim Louderback

How do you watch our shows?

October 19th, 2007 at 11:29 by Michele Husak in Viewer Polls


For those of you (OK, that’s virtually all of you) who don’t know who I am, I’m in charge of the Technology group here at Revision3 – the folks who bring you the website, and encode video into various formats to help enable you to watch our shows the way you want to. We’re all pretty excited about some of the changes in store for the next weeks and months – some small, some considerably larger.

The reason for this post today is to gather some information from you, our viewers. As most of you know, we offer our shows in a variety of different downloadable formats as well as view-in-browser Flash video. As players and viewing patterns change, we want to make sure we stay on top of things so we can help you have the viewing experience you want. Some of the newer codecs (if you don’t know what a codec is, don’t worry!) are also gaining wider cross-platform support, and we have the opportunity to take advantage of this to streamline the numbers of codecs and containers we offer, while still increasing the number of different ways people can enjoy our shows. In order to do this, though, we need you to tell us how you watch us! We’ve set up a poll in our forums (thanks, Chuck!) that you can see here:

Poll: How do you watch Revision3 shows?

In order to vote in the poll, you’ll need to be logged in. If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up on our registration page. (You can use your login to do other things, such as comment on this post, too)

We’ll leave the poll open for a few weeks, but we’ll probably start incorporating feedback from it sooner than that. (Like, probably within a week – we’re eager to get started!) We’ve got some great ideas how we can enable you to watch our shows the way you prefer to, and at the same time make it easier for us to deliver the shows to you.

Stay tuned for more, and thanks for watching Revision3!

Jeff Rizzo, CTO

O Hai

October 17th, 2007 at 05:40 by Rob Saurini in Announcements, Jobs

I can’t tell you all how happy I am to finally have our Revision3 blog up and running. It’s great to have a forum alternative for long-winded posts (my favorite kind).

It’s also great place to post incriminating photos of my drunk co-workers SLEEPING ON THE JOB AT 3 PM.

Snoozy Sargent

Not that I have any co-workers like that. Nope.

Anyway, all is well here at Revision3, though we’re growing fast. So fast in fact, that we’re looking for amazing show hosts to join our team! If you’re passionate about internet video, have great on-camera presence and delivery, love our existing content and don’t mind being hazed at your first Fruit Club meeting, you might just be a perfect fit here. Email links to examples of your best work to Oh, and you need to be in the Bay Area or willing to move… don’t worry, it’s a nice town (especially if you have a thing for parking tickets).

-Sarah Lane
Director of Production


October 11th, 2007 at 11:33 by Jim Louderback in Announcements

Hi, and welcome to our brand new Revision3 blog.

You may be wondering why we haven’t already had a blog up. It’s a good
question, but one that has no good answers. Suffice it to say we’re here
now, and let’s just ignore our blog-free past.

So what will you see here? Well first, we’ll be posting news and updates
here first. So if you want to know about the latest new shows, news on
guests, and what Martin Sargent is eating for lunch, this is the place (ham
sandwich, by the way, if you were wondering).

You’ll also get occasional musings on the future of video on the internet,
social media, communities, and anything else that’s on our minds.

Oh, and chances are you’ll see a few irreverent behind the scenes photos as

I’m encouraging everyone at Revision3 to post here, so check back often, or
subscribe to our RSS feed. You never know what you’ll find!

One thing you will find: our next post, from Sarah Lane, will add even more
context to our brand new blog.

So please join me in welcoming our latest launch, as it joins the new
Web Drifter and Tekzilla in what is just the first of many new shows and
web products to come!

Jim Louderback, CEO