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Revision3's Stunning New Website Unveiled

January 18th, 2008 at 08:09 by Jim Louderback in Announcements

We’ve got a lot going on today at Revision3!

Our big news? Today we launched a brand new update to Revision3.com. Our new site look has been under development for more than five months, and includes a number of new features, capabilities and styles.

Let’s start with the look itself. With a complete site redesign, our site is easier on the eyes, more organized, and each show has its own destination sub-site, with its own distinct look and feel. Our new home page is anchored by a rotating module that highlights shows, events and other key happenings at Revision3. We’ve also made it easier for you to find our shows, and try out new shows and episodes you might have missed.

These new show sub-sites are actually full-blown destination sites themselves. Inside you’ll find individual pages for each episode, more pages for daily episodes (where they exist), detailed pages for each host, and much more. We’re also highlighting news and notes for each show, ensuring you never miss any details for all your favorite Revision3 shows and hosts.

And once you find a show you like, why not subscribe to it, or share it with a friend. We’ve made that easier as well, with a big “Subscribe” button in the upper left hand side of every page inside each show’s subsite. We’ve also laid out all the subscription options in one place, and made it easier to embed a show on your blog or MySpace account too.

Oh, and what about watching your favorite shows? Sure you can subscribe and download, but we’ve improved our streaming capabilities as well. Over the last month we’ve worked closely with our streaming CDN, BitGravity, to improve performance and response time, and to integrate in a larger player. Now you can see all your favorite episodes in a new 555×337 window – that’s big!

Another part of the Revision3 site you may not have paid much attention to, our strong and active community, now takes center stage as well. We’ve integrated in forum comments everywhere on the site, from the home page to show pages and even down onto episode pages. Now you can easily read comments and post your own — about Revision3’s shows, or whatever’s on your mind.

But if you want to post, you’ll have to become a member. It’s easier than ever, though, and once you’ve logged in the site changes in subtle but important ways. First, your own comments will be appearing in our community pages for all the shows. Second, you can create and upload your own favorite avatar image that follows you around. And there’s much more to come, including new customization options, chatting options and much more. And when you become a member, don’t worry – we’ll never sell your name, nor never send you anything you haven’t asked for. But I encourage you to check the box that enables us to send you Revision3 updates – you’ll be first in line for our new email update, along with updates on new features and more. You can do all that on your own personal Account page.

Speaking of members, that leads me to our second big piece of news. For the last year or so we’ve made early release of Diggnation a part of our paid membership program. But just as Woodstock became a free concert, as of today those gates are down. Everyone will now receive Diggnation at the same time. So for everyone who’s been waiting mournfully for 24 hours, or heading over to other sites to get Diggnation early, your long national nightmare is over! Diggnation, free for all, on Fridays at 7pm (eastern).

The new Revision3 website is a thing of beauty. And our amazing web development and tech team, including Ron Richards, Stephanie Chu, Jeff Rizzo, Mark Rebec, Chuck Siu, and Brendan White have put together a fantastic site – with many more cool features and capabilities to come. So make sure to keep coming back and checking here at our blog for updates and announcements of new functionality. Enjoy the site, check it out, and feel free to leave any questions, suggestions, brickbats or kudos here in the comments.

– Jim Louderback
CEO, Revision3


Tekzilla Daily Debuts Today

December 7th, 2007 at 05:19 by Jim Louderback in Announcements

This is a big day for Revision3. Not only are we announcing Martin Sargent’s new show Internet Superstar, we’re also launching our first daily show.

It’s not actually a new show. Instead we’re adding a daily component to the amazing and highly successful Tekzilla. What does this mean? Well every weekday you’ll see a new segment from the Tekzilla team, including Patrick Norton, Jessica Corbin, Neha Tiwari and Heather Frank. Some of the daily topics coming up include how to get better results from Google, retrofitting newer DVI monitors to work with older PCs, why you should only use lossless audio formats and getting more battery life out of your notebook computer.

This doesn’t mean Tekzilla is going to change. We’ll continue to deliver a high-quality half hour program each week. But now you’ll get a fun and entertaining tip’n’trick each day as well!

— Jim Louderback


New Revision3 Schedule Now Posted

December 4th, 2007 at 06:16 by Jim Louderback in Announcements

We create a lot of great programming here at Revision3 – 10 shows strong, with more to come soon. But in addition to creating great shows, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to add predictability to the mix as well.

Each of our shows comes out weekly (with some exciting daily news to come later this week), at the same time every week. But like Dr. Strangelove’s doomsday device, it’s no good delivering shows on time if you don’t tell anyone.

So I’m happy to announce that we’ve just published our show release schedule. Now you can find out exactly when your favorite show will be released each week. Sure you can subscribe. But you can also stop by and watch. Check out our schedule, and don’t miss all the great shows we produce every week.

— Jim Louderback


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.

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.

II.

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.

III.

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.

IV.

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 (www.revision3.com/tekzilla) and Systm (www.revision3.com/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 Revision3.com or else he’ll keep showing up on shows you actually like.