Episode Three's A Charm

As you may or may not have noticed, I pushed the big red button on Season 2 Episode 3 not too long ago.  Please feel free to mosey over to the Episodes page and grab a copy for yourself.

I'm also completing the process of uploading our episodes over to Blip.tv as an additional distribution/viewing method, and Steve and I are working to make our complete catalog available on Vimeo as well.  You can keep your eyes on our site and/or Twitter account for additional news on that front, though.

Speaking of Twitter, I'd like to take this time to remind you that TechCentric is on Twitter.  If you prefer using 140 characters to relay your thoughts instead of an e-mail, feel free to send a tweet our way.  We're usually pretty good at responding.

I've been making some adjustments to the forums to help us combat spam, so if you run into any problems (especially related to registration), feel free to drop me (Nick) a line and I'll do my best to help you out.

Anyway, enjoy the episode.


No More Mirror :(

Unfortunately, ADrive recently changed some of their policies around, which makes it difficult for us to continue using their services as a mirror.

I'm currently looking into a few (potentially faster) alternatives to make sure our episodes are still available to everyone if our server goes down, so stay tuned!

(If you have any suggestions, please get in touch with me via e-mail.)


Radio Broadcast

Just as a heads-up, the TechCentric Crew is planning on doing a live radio stream.  We don't have any specifics yet, so it might be wise to get on IRC or follow us on Twitter; we'll make sure to let you know when we're going live.

Make sure you bookmark radio2.lostcarrier.net:8000; we'll be broadcasting from there.

UPDATE:  Technical difficulties aside, our broadcast went well, and it sounds like we're going to try to do them at least once in a while to cover any lack in video content we can produce.  A special thanks to Foxx from BSoD for dropping in to chat, and thanks to everyone who listened in live.

A recording of the broadcast is available here.


Tweeting It Up

Well, it's been exactly a week since we released Episode 2, and so far it's been a reasonable success given the length of time we've gone without so much as a peep.  Of course, it wouldn't be a success without your help, so I thank all of you for being patient and for checking in with us.

In an attempt to connect with our viewers between episodes and get the word of new episodes and show-related material out the door (and perhaps getting some other fun things going?), I put up an account on Twitter.  Follow it, reply to it, pass it around.

To offer up the mandatory status report, we've already got some of our next episode ready to go, even with me being away at school and all.  I'm fairly confident that I can say we'll have an early-to-mid-December release (wait a minute...December...gift guide...) ready to go.  In the meantime, there's always the forums and IRC to keep your tech interests placated.

TechCentric is back, and we're never gonna...no, wait...nevermind, I'm not Rick Astley.  Just keep your eye out for some updates and new content, including a possible extra or two.


Well it's finally here

After a long time coming, Episode 2 of Season 2 is finally arrived.  I won't go into a lengthy explaination here, but probably will on the forums.  At any rate, the episode is here and released, so go and get it to ease your TechCentric withdrawls.

This should also mark the speed up of new episodes. There was quite a long point there (almost a year) where we had barely released content. We just want to let everyone know that we are still here and still working. 

Why are you still reading this? Go download the episode

One final note. In the commercial, the audio is done by our friend Alex Wiklund and I would like to appologize for putting his link down wrong in the credits and final thanks. The correct link to access him and his music is here.

Thanks again for sticking with us, those who have!


Episode 2 Coming Soon

We're currently midway through the filming and editing process; provided everything goes well (and I see no reason why it won't), we should be able to have the episode out before the end of the month.

But since me posting here is useless, here's a quick...well, not really teaser so much as just a quick blurb for you.

Remember, suggestions and comments are always welcome; you can post to the forums (which are looking pretty barren about now), join us on IRC, or send e-mail to the crew.  Come on, we'd really like to hear from you!


Making Progress

Most of the things I need to edit footage are back up and running, so production on this next episode is going well. Everyone can expect a release soon. We are working diligently to get the rest of this finished up. 

On a different note, I am experimenting with screen printing for T-shirts. If you are interested in shirts or other merch, let me know at steve@techcentric.org. Potential price on these will be around $10-12 a shirt as soon as we perfect the process. Thanks again for everyone's patience and hope to hear some feedback!


Production Underway

We're currently working on getting things together to film our new episode.  Apart from a small setback in the way of a hard drive failure on our set-PC, we're making progress and you should be watching our work within the next week or two.

And I've put in a few minutes of time to add a new feature to the Episodes page.  As of today, you can click the thumbnail listed for each episode for a "scene thumbnail" with approximately 16 frames from that episode.  I think it's just another way to double-check that you're getting what you want rather than blindly guessing.

Hold on just a while longer.  You'll get your fix of TechCentric yet!


TechCentric...Now on Facebook

Alright, we've given in.

Due to some slight nudging, we've gone ahead and started a new Facebook group for viewers of our show. If this goes well, we might expand onto other platforms (but we'll see).

Join the group at the URL below, then share it with any friends you know who watch as well. And stay tuned for news updates; who knows what we might be announcing in the coming weeks... >.>



And We're Back...Redux

I know you guys hate stories, and I hate having to give them, because overall it just wastes everyone's time.  But just to keep you updated on what's happening in the world of TechCentric, I figured I'd spend a few seconds and explain.

First off, the reason everything's just barely running right now is because of a hard drive failure on the dedicated server I own and use to host the TechCentric site from.  While it took me only a few seconds to get a new drive, it has been a problem trying to upload several gigabytes in episodes back to the server (again) to make you guys happy.  I apologize for the downtime, and I hope we don't have to go through it again.  As you can see, I've spent quite a bit of time getting everything back from my latest backups, and the only thing to do at this point is finish uploading the episodes.  They will all be available in about a day or so, so PLEASE check back.  For now, you can download Season 2 Episode 1.  (All Extras are uploaded, and the forums and IRC are running, so please let your voice be heard and entertain yourself with some TechCentric shorts and episodes of BSoD in the meantime.)

The next item on the agenda involves the next episode of the show.  I'm finishing up school in less than two weeks, which means that once again the crew should be back together and fully able to produce a show.  I know I've got some stuff lined up that I want to cover, and I'm pretty sure everyone else has a few ideas they want to see happen as well, so it should be a good episode.

Please let me know if you see anything broken, and hang in there...you're bound to see something new from us yet.

- Nick

EDIT 1:  As the episodes upload, they will automatically be made available for your download.  On the episodes page, if the file format of the episode you're looking at is shown as 0 MB, the file hasn't been uploaded yet and you'll need to check back in a few hours.  If there is a reasonable file size listed, the file is available for your download.

EDIT 2:  All episodes should be available for download as of right now in either DivX or iPod format.  I apologize to the WMV users, we have to re-encode all of them (which works out, I guess, as we had a few complaints about quality).

EDIT 3:  Yes, I realize the episode thumbnails are missing.  Those will be replaced as soon as I can.  Sooner, if I can convince Will or Steve to do them.