The Best of TWiT for 2013

As we say goodbye to 2013, we've put together a selection of “best of" episodes for some of our shows: 

We’ve also put together two "behind the scenes" slideshows: 

Enjoy, and we’ll see you when TWiT resumes live programming on Monday, December 30th.


Changes at TWiT, Part 3

We are disappointed to announce that Iyaz Akhtar has chosen to leave our network, but we are thrilled to continue Know How… with Father Robert Ballecer.

Father Robert has already booked a series of guest experts for Know How… beginning with the January 2nd episode, and we will continue to grow our “help and how-to” content on TWiT.

Because Father Robert is taking over Know How… while also launching our new programming show, Coding 101, Leo has decided to continue hosting Before You Buy on Tuesdays.

Stay tuned: Tech News Today re-launches on January 2nd with Mike Elgan and Sarah Lane, as well as additional contributors and guests; Coding 101 starts on January 9th with Father Robert Ballecer and Shannon Morse; and Tech News 2Night will debut on January 13th with Mike Elgan, Sarah Lane, Father Robert Ballecer, Jason Howell, and Shannon Morse.

Thank you all for your continued support, and we hope you'll enjoy what we have in store for you in 2014!

And don’t forget our 24-Hour Live New Year’s Eve broadcast, beginning at 4AM Pacific on Tuesday, December 31st. You can watch and listen live at



TWiT New Year's Live Broadcast 12/31

Join TWiT as we welcome the New Year in each and every time zone, starting at 4:00am on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and finishing at 4:00am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Leo Laporte will be hosting the 24-hour extravaganza, which will include special episodes of MacBreak Weekly, The Giz Wiz, Before You Buy, All About Android, and NSFW. We’ll also be playing Game of Geeks, showing highlights from 2013, and Leo Laporte will be taking your calls for tech support. What else might happen? You’ll just to have watch and see!

We will be joined in-studio by Steve Gibson, Alex Lindsay, Scott Wilkinson, Justin Robert Young, and other special guests. Brian Brushwood will be here as well, performing his Bizarre Magic act at 10pm. We’ll also have guests Skyping in from all over the world.

You can watch and listen at

If you can make it to the TWiT Brick House in Petaluma, we’d love for you to join us in person. Please RSVP by email to - and be sure to include your time of arrival.

(All Times PST, GMT -8:00)


Now Hiring: Systems Administrator (In-House)

TWiT is looking for a System Administrator. This is an in-house position at the TWiT Brick House Studios in Petaluma, California.

The System Administrator (SA) is responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of hosted systems and software. This individual participates in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation within TWiT's infrastructure.

Duties include ensuring that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to enable staff, volunteers, and, of course, organizational values.

This individual will assist development teams with code provisioning, version control and other technical issues.  These activities include the definition of needs, technical analysis and support of operations staff in executing, testing and rolling-out internal apps and solutions.

This individual will also be accountable for the following systems: Linux (primarily), Windows and Application systems that support app development; Responsibilities on these systems include SA engineering and provisioning, operations and support, maintenance and research and development to ensure continual innovation.

Engineering of SA-related Solutions for Various Project and Operational Needs:

1. Develop and maintain installation and configuration procedures.

2. Contribute to and maintain system standards.

3. Research and recommend innovative, and where possible automated approaches for system administration tasks.  Identify approaches that leverage our resources and provide economies of scale.

Operations and Support:

1. Maintain Development, QA and Production environments for developers

2. Familiarity with PHP, Perl, NGinx, Varnish and MySQL

3. Python coding and BASH shell scripting experience highly desired

4. Must have experience load balancing/performance servers on large scale web deployments

5. Ability to troubleshoot and optimize CMS-based systems (i.e. Drupal) at a high-level

6. Perform regular security monitoring to identify any possible intrusions.

7. Experience in Shell scripting and Linux automation

8. Manage cloud-hosted dedicated servers and virtual machines

9. Repair and recover from hardware or software failures.  Coordinate and communicate with impacted constituencies.


1. Perform daily system monitoring, (i.e. nagios) reviewing system and application logs, and verifying completion of scheduled jobs such as backups.

2. Apply OS patches and upgrades on a regular basis, and upgrade administrative tools and utilities. Configure / add new services as necessary.

3. Upgrade and configure system software and TWiT's custom applications per project or operational needs.

4. Perform periodic performance reporting to support capacity planning.


1. Bachelor (4-year) degree, with a technical major, such as engineering or computer science or equivalent experience.

2. Four to six years of system administration experience.


1. Interpret and/or discuss information with others, which involves terminology or concepts not familiar to many people; regularly provide advice and recommend actions involving rather complex issues. May resolve problems within established practices.

2. Provides occasional guidance, some of which is technical.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to


Limited Edition Leo Laporte Bobblehead

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who sold out the first batch of Leo Laporte Bobbleheads through Teespring! They sold out in less than 3 hours. The TWiT Army is truly amazing!

The 250 Bobbleheads we ordered are now spoken for. However, if there’s enough demand we will do a second manufacturing run, which will ship in the Spring of 2014.

We are now taking pre-orders, and you can get yours here: