May 15, 2007
"It's All Geek to Me" Series Debuts Friday, May 18, 8 PM (ET/PT): Hosted by O'Reilly Media Author & New York Times Columnist David Pogue
Sebastopol--The Science Channel debuts "Itís All Geek to Me," a new
weekly series that brings O'Reilly author and The New York Times
personal-technology columnist David Pogue's expertise on the world of
technology to television. In each half-hour episode, Pogue uses his
unique brand of humor to help average consumers unravel the mystery
behind complex electronic gadgets used in their daily lives. Whether
it's choosing the right digital camera, unlocking fun tricks on your
cell phone or learning how to edit your own home videos, Pogueís unique
knowledge and expertise helps it all make sense. The series premieres
Friday, May 18, at 8 PM (ET/PT) and will air every Friday on The Science
For years, David Pogue has enlightened readers about personal technology
in The New York Times, as founder of and author for O'Reilly Media's Missing
Manual series, and as an Emmy award-winning correspondent for CBS News.
Now his unique wisdom reveals the mysteries and special features and
functions behind a variety of consumer technology products. Useful tips
and tricks, interspersed with quirky sketches--including
man-on-the-street segments--ensure that each episode of "Itís All Geek
to Me" entertains while informing.
Camcorder sales may be down, but amateur video is way, way up, thanks to
the camera phone, YouTube and other developments. David Pogue takes you
on a fast, funny ride through the entire process of becoming a
home-movie mogul: choosing a camcorder (tape vs. DVD vs. memory card),
learning to use it, editing out the boring parts and finally posting the
result on the Web for a potential audience of one billion people.
Cell phones have gotten less expensive, smaller and more powerful over
time, but people still have a love-hate relationship with these little
gadgets. David Pogue offers couples therapy for you and your phone. He
shows which features are worth shopping for, how to avoid being scammed
when signing up for service and how to save minutes and money using
voicemail, directory assistance, picture sending and more.
Laptops: they're the fastest-growing kind of computer, the road
warrior's trusty companion. David Pogue takes this show on the road,
literally, and offers advice on getting online, protecting your laptop
from theft and destruction, using public wireless hot spots without
being eavesdropped and presenting PowerPoint pitches while connected to
Digital cameras have revolutionized photography; in less than a decade,
they almost completely wiped film cameras off the map. But that doesn't
mean they're idiot-proof. David Pogue demonstrates how to buy a camera,
avoid common photo-taking pitfalls, fix up the lousy shots on the
computer and finally present the results to your adoring public via
slideshow, e-mail, DVD or website.
You knew that your iPod plays music. But did you know it's also a
stopwatch, alarm clock, Web-page reader, audio book, recipe reader, TiVo
recorder, karaoke machine, podcast player, radio, big-screen TV and
YouTube viewer? You will, once David Pogue gets finished.
SAVING PAST DATA
At this very moment, all of your audio, video and photographic memories
are disintegrating, slowly but surely. VHS tapes have only a 15-year
shelf life before the image begins to degrade; cassette tapes, same
problem; and plenty of computer storage formats are no longer playable
because nobody makes the programs or the disk drives anymore. In this
show, David Pogue shows you how to rescue all of these decaying or
disappearing formats: home movies on film, vinyl records, VHS tapes,
audio tapes, data on floppy disks, slides, prints and more.
"Itís All Geek to Me: is produced for The Science Channel by City Lights
Television. Dave Noll and Christopher Stout produced for City Lights and
Mark Allen is executive producer for The Science Channel.
About David Pogue:
David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for
The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning contributor, Discovery Channel
series host and creator and primary author of the Missing Manual series.
Titles in the series include Mac OS X, Windows, iPod, Microsoft Office,
iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie, and many others. With nearly 3 million
books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to
authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies"
series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), along with
several computer-humor books and a techno-thriller, Hard Drive. David
is a graduate of Yale University.
About The Missing Manual series:
Warm, witty, and jargon-free, Missing
Manuals have enough clarity for the novice, and enough depth and detail
for the power user. Find more information: http://www.missingmanual.com
O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.
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