Where is Obsoleet?

I haven’t made a new episode in a while. I apologize for that. Let’s talk about what has happened in the interim.

Episode eight came out in February, and I released a short test video a month after with my new camera. In the month of April, I started working on a short documentary, but here is where the snags started. What it really comes down to is my computer being unable to handle editing high definition video. I edited together the footage from the first shoot after a few days, but trying to do anything more than splice clips is next to impossible. I can’t color correct without crashing, precision editing cannot be done with choppy video, and I barely have enough resources to run my editing software yet alone any other applications.

Let’s step aside from this for a minute.

In early May, I started the SaveRev3 project. I actually hinted at this in Obsoleet as an un-named project. Anyways, with the the help of others I have archived all of Revision3’s “Archived Shows” including ones they removed from their site. A nice accomplishment if you ask me. On top of this, I started a new website for the project called Anarchivism. Anarchivism is an ad-hoc/umbrella/do-ocracy destination for archiving projects which has already expanded past the Revision3 efforts to cover other video shows, audio shows, hacker conference media, and demoscene discs. With any luck, it will only get larger.

Aside from this, I have been writing more. A lot more. I have been keeping SaveRev3 status updates, general reviews, editorials, etc. and it has given a new spark to my old habits. Aside from writing for my own site, I have also been contributing articles to The New Tech, a wonderful video podcast and community-oriented site.

This leads in to what’s next. I had originally thought about releasing short one-segment videos to pass the time before I build a brand new computer with all the bells and whistles (Which I’m starting early August). Instead of doing these one-off segments for Obsoleet, I got the idea to contribute them to other shows. I am planning on creating segments for both The New Tech and BSOD in the near future before starting season 2 of Obsoleet. This way, I can still make video while getting my computer together, and have some of the editing responsibilities split with others.

I also plan on branching back out into audio. The New Tech is planning a weekly radio radio show that I hope to be involved with in some capacity. I am also planning an episode of Hacker Public Radio, which has been on the to-do list since before it was even called Hacker Public Radio (TWAT represent!). In addition to all of this, I’ve been considering revamping Techtat so that it has its own podcast in addition to the articles.

So where are we exactly with Obsoleet? Season 2 will pick up after I build an editing rig. Plain and simple. In the mean time, I’ll produce content for other shows, so you can still get your fix. As a little bonus, I’ve recently registered obsoleet.com (which I’ve been waiting to be free since starting the show) and have migrated the site over there (Update your bookmarks). It still needs some work, but it’s getting there bit by bit.

As always, let me know what you think. If you have any additional ideas, suggestions, or gripes, you know how to find me.


Obsoleet Episode 08

Episode 08

“The Audiosode”

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Show Notes

8-Track Tapes
Book Review

“8-Track Tapes”
Shows the basics of 8-track tapes. Uses a Sears player/recorder. Music was recorded on to tape with an iPod connected to the input jacks on the tape deck.

“Book Reviews”
Kingpin – Kevin Poulsen
Ghost in the Wires – Kevin Mitnick

Shows two flexi discs compared to a standard vinyl record. Flexi discs are than demo’d on a Technics turntable.


Now on RantTV!

Obsoleet is now on RantTV, the oldest internet television station! If you used to be big into the iptv scene, Rant will ring a few bells. Not only did they have a video stream of popular web-only shows, but also produced their own video shows featuring Sean Kennedy.

Every episode of Obsoleet is now included in the rotation, and if you tune in to the stream, you can view awesome content from other members of the RantMedia community.

For more information, check out the main RantTV site. For everything Rant does, check out RantMedia. Finally, to view the current rotation, check here.


Obsoleet Episode 07

Episode 07

“The Digisode”

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Show Notes

‘Secrets of a Super Hacker’ Review
Digitizing VHS


Shows the basics of Minidisc Net-MD players, transferring to Minidsic from the computer, and playback on a Minidisc deck.

Players used were: MZ-NE410, MZ-N510, MDS-JE500 (deck)

The SonicStage software can be found here, forums.sonyinsider.com/files/file/95-sonicstage-43-ultimate-edition/

NOTE: Registration is required for download, but is free and takes no time at all.

“’Secrets of a Super Hacker’ Review”

ISBN-10: 1559501065

ISBN-13: 978-1559501064

“Digitizing VHS”

Gives a little discussion of methods for transferring VHS.

Shows off the PolyTron Digital Video Stabilizer, Vidicraft Detailer II, Vidicraft Proc Amp, Archer Super Video Processor, Archer Video Enhancer/Stabilizer, Archer Video Color Processor, Archer Video Sound Processor, Ambico Video Enhancer/Audio Mixer, Sima SED-CM Video CopyMaster.

This is followed by a demonstration chaining the VCR —> Stabilizer —> Vidicraft Proc Amp —> Vidicraft Detailer II —> DVD Recorder.