Well there have been lots of rumors about my future at CFH and I have promised to address them as soon as I could, so here goes. Sorry it has taken so long.
Today (August 31) is my last day in the office at Call for Help. I am indeed leaving the show.
I shot my last show with Leo and Amber on Aug 12. You’ll see it air in Canada and Australia Oct 8 and in the U.S. sometime after the new year.
The reasons why are simple. Management presented me with a new contract in August that offered me substantially less than I made in my first year on the show. Not much more to it than that. To me, the message was clear. And so I chose to not re-sign.
Am I upset at the turn of events? Yes, of course. I think Call for Help is the best tech television there is and I will miss making it. My co-hosts and the staff are just amazing, wonderful people. There’s just something so magical about the show. And Leo has been such a mentor to me.
The good news is that 60 of the most recent shows we made will air on G4 in the US (they started 29 Aug @ 11 AM). So the faithful US fans will get to see some of my best work. And I’ll be back as a guest on the show one or two shows each month. Leo has said he’d like me to do more.
My last episode is quite sad, but it’s also fun - it includes a demo with my cats Biff and Boo, moist cat food and Leo (who is slightly gagging throughout the whole thing thanks to the Friskies turkey yum yums).
So what’s next for me? First and foremost a bit of a rest.
Then of course my book The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Security, Spam Spyware and Viruses. It will be released Oct 28 and I’ll be working hard to promote it. Leo was instrumental in making it possible by introducing me to his publisher. And he was kind enough to write a foreword for it. If it’s a topic that interests you, I hope you’ll consider buying a copy. Thanks to Que Publishing, it will be available through major booksellers around the world and is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
I will also be launching two webcast projects:
–A podcast in Sept called The Next Big Ping (www.nextbigping.com) which will be a series of interviews with scientists, thinkers and inventors to examine how new technologies will change our lives in the coming century. Dee Long, who is famous as a member of Klaatu and should be famous for his solo album, wrote the theme for NBP. You’re going to love it!
– And CFH gadget guy Sean Carruthers and I will also launch a vidcast called Lab Rats (www.labrats.tv) , which will show you how to use some of the advanced features in technology you already own. Think of it as a longer Andy Segment with Sean as my excellent co-host. As you may know, Sean supported me in the CFH lab and its great to get him out from behind the camera. Matt Harris, my amazing CFH segment producer, will produce Lab Rats. What you see in those segments is Matt’s TV genius. So expect from the team a lot of humor, a little quirkiness as always and great useful tech content. Dee Long is also writing the theme for Rats.
I am also planning a series of intimate and interactive cybercourses. They will be affordable two-hour seminars via the web, limited to 10 students at a time. You’ll be able to see and hear me and I’ll be able to see and hear you. We can interact as I teach stuff like computer security, wireless networking and other really useful topics. I’ll post more on those when I have more info. If you’d like an email about those in your inbox as it comes available please send me a blank email with “cybercourses” in the subject line to cybercourses @ cyberwalker.com.
You may also know that I have been working on a book project called The Jetson Prophesy. It looks at how key technologies we have been promised by sci-fi like The Jetsons are about to come true this century. It has been circulating among publishers in the US. However, editors appear to be concerned about rights to the Jetson material. And Time Warner — which owns the Jetsons — has thus far been disinterested. Even if the book doesn’t incorporate the Jetsons, I will do a really great book on the future anyway. My literary agent Sam Hiyate continues to shop the concept to publishers now. If you’re in publishing and you’d like a looksee at the proposal and sample chapter about flying cars, drop Sam a line at sam @ therightsfactory.com.
And Cyberwalker.com needs a redesign and update. I haven’t had time in this last year so I am very much looking forward to working with Steve Huntriss (aka Tackie) and my web programmer Serge Vladimiroff to revitalized it and add some great new features and content. You’ll also see Steve’s design work on the Next Big Ping and other upcoming Cyberwalker projects.
As always, I’ll also be working very closely with my talented webmaster Craig Worden (software.cyberwalker.com) and Ted Gallardo my remarkable forummaster (forums.cyberwalker.com) to make the Cyberwalker projects as good as they can be.
There will be other TV and radio projects too. I have some really fun ideas and will be chatting with various TV outlets about them. I’ll announce those as I can.
Meanwhile, I am proud to enter the great tradition of Techtv alumni. And I have to thank all the fans for their wonderful and heartfelt support during one of the most remarkable years of my life.
Thank you so very much for your emails, your blog comments and your forums posts. You are an amazing bunch of people. I love what I do, but you all make it very fulfilling. Long live the food demos!
See you at the grocery store,