Season 2, Here We Come

So I’ve been neglecting season two for a little while and though I put some feelers out there for it, I decided to make a big post and officially get the wheels moving. Now that I’ve finished off most of my video side projects, I can focus back on the show.

However, there are some things to consider and some questions I have for you all, the viewers.

Let me start off by saying that the last few months have been anything but a waste. I have the big honkin’ computer, bought some new gear, and have been clearing away data from my crowded camera SD cards and hard drives. I made some short videos, I made a segment for The New Tech, and I’ve been getting pretty decent at going high-def. It’s exciting times. That said, I wanted to start working steadily on season two last month but hit a temporary setback. It’ll make a good blog post one day, but not now. We have important work to do after all.

So while I’ve been toiling away in my mad scientist’s laboratory of technology, I’ve been thinking of where I want to take this new season. All of my previous content was filmed on standard definition tape which won’t cut it very nicely for this new-fangled high definition format I’ve adopted. For starters, I want to do a new intro. So, if you happen to do any sort of graphics work and do animation or 3D rendering or anything like that and would like to contribute something, let me know. Maybe you have a 12 second rotation around an old Western Electric telephone done in Inventor or (like Pat) are doing some interesting video output work with an Arduino. If there’s anything you think would fit in, you know how to get a hold of me.

I’m also interested in what you guys want to see. Is the format working? Do you like the reviews? Are there specific segments that you think I could do or would like to see? Yeah, I get some requests now and then, but not as many as you’d think. Are you interested in more “meta” segments, like how I make the show or a tour of the things I have? Stuff like that.

I’m open to all of your ideas, every which way. Let your imaginations run wild.

Hope to see you in season two.



About time for another update. Luckily, this one is full of good news.

Let’s get down to what’s been going on.

In August, I released an episode for Hacker Public Radio entitled “Hacking Second Hand – Obtaining Old Tech.” It was well received and with any hope I’ll do another one. has now full overtaken the old site, and I think it looks a lot nicer.

Starting early August, I began ordering parts for a computer build. The whole build is outlined here, and was completed in early September. While the build went well, after writing that post I was installing a large amount of software for some floppy disk drive controllers to be used in a future segment. Unfortunately, one of the drivers had a disagreement with my computer and rendered the computer un-bootable. On top of that, I couldn’t restore from any restore points. These things happen.

So, I completely reinstalled the OS and all of the applications I was using. Now, I have been using Sony Vegas to edit Obsoleet since the start of the series, but I am getting more and more fed up with it. It crashes frequently, and it doesn’t like rendering with my GPU. So, I am making the switch to Adobe Premiere if all goes to plan.

Before I abandon Vegas, you may remember that I started a small documentary project back in April. I’m proud to say I’ve been giving a few hours here and there to finish it up. I did a penultimate edit last week to mostly supportive comments, and after some minor audio work I think it’ll be completely done.

Starting in September, I also began work on a segment for The New Tech. It was put off because the computer got hosed and I needed to do some screen capture before it was all completed. As of today, all of the footage for this segment is completed and is currently going up so it can be grabbed and edited for release.

Things are looking good.