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Today’s Guests:
Vanessa Fox, Founder,
Roger Chang, Senior Producer, Revision3
Andrew Eisner, Director of Content and Community, Retrevo

The Topics:
The New Twitter
IDF 2010
Intel’s New Wares
Steve Jobs, Ninja
The Killer Kindle Ad

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  1. Personality says:

    Where is the show going? It’s a good show.

  2. duh365 says:

    It’s a great show. Too bad it’s going away.

  3. Personality says:

    Adam Curry can fund it.

  4. hhopper says:

    There must be some way to keep the show going.

  5. tdkyo says:

    Is it because Sebastian’s absence isn’t providing enough crankiness to the show? The viewers can compensate… Don’t leave 🙁

  6. jbenson2 says:

    Sebastian saw the hand-writing on the wall.

  7. Gilgamesh says:

    This is not good! =(`

  8. boulezz21 says:

    Sad to see the show end. It’s the only tech show that I actually watch. Can the show continue on a viewer supported basis?

  9. Father says:

    CG is way better than TWIT.

  10. JMRouse says:

    Really? It’s ending? Why?

  11. uteck says:

    I stopped watching months ago when the audio and vidio quality got so bad I could not stand it.
    It seems to me that the production values began slipping when Mevio took over the show.

  12. McCullough says:

    sorry to see it go…….

  13. Rudedog says:

    Sorry to see the show go, It was one of the better tech shows on the net.

    TWiT should pick this the show up.

  14. deowll says:

    This was one of my favorite shows. At guess somebody wasn’t making enough money.

  15. Lou says:

    Now I’m Cranky.
    Why are the Cranky Geeks getting the axe ?

  16. The two companies couldn’t come to any agreement. This is a problem when you personally do not own the show. The fact is the show is not what advertising agencies want. They want two minute shows with a 15 second pre-roll ad at the beginning. They see no market for anything with a long format unless it is on network TV.

    The irony is that the demographics for the show should be at $100/per k levels if they understood anything at all.

    It’s amazing that we managed to get 4 1/2 years out of the show.


  17. Bob LeMent says:

    That is bad news, Cranky Geeks had a lot of great guests who worked well together. It will be ashamed that this venue for all of them is lost. I have really enjoyed the show over it’s entire run.

    Thanks John C and all the Cranky guests, I look forward to the next incarnation.

  18. lancewig says:

    I’m super sad to hear this. I truly appreciated the Dvorak branded sarcasm and dry wit. The long format was food for the brain. I tried listening to TWIT and Buzz Report but always came back to the grittiness of Cranky Geeks that I’ve come to love. Other tech shows are too wrapped up in the “cool, oh boy!” factor of tech and thus, I came to realize that the tech world truly needs Dvorak’s sarcasm to keep it grounded.

  19. Jimmy says:

    Isn’t Cranky Geeks considered an anchor show or at least a big deal on Mevio? If this show can’t keep going, is that any indication of where Mevio is going? When it comes to tech shows, the 2 minute snappy show or show style, like DL TV turned into, is just not enjoyable to watch.
    I bring my laptop to work every Thursday night just to watch CG during my lunch break. I will miss the show very much. 🙁

  20. Art says:

    I agree that CG is MUCH better than TWiT. I’ve unsubscribed from all of Laporte’s shows except Windows Weekly (Paul Thurrott actually puts thought and reason into his commentary). Apart from the seemingly 10-minute long ads peppered throughout, I got sick of Leo ‘adjusting’ his opinions on tech depending on whom he was talking to, and it seems the only opinions he has are the ones his guests give him. At least CG had something that came close to actual discussions (and sometimes debates) on tech issues.

  21. Dennis says:

    How is 30 minutes considered a ‘Long’ format?

    CG was a Great Show. Shame to see it end.
    (Maybe NoAgenda can hook em up….I hear they have connections….)

  22. Luc says:

    I never liked Cranky Geeks. I’ve always thought it is too short and superficial. The discussions aren’t deep and interesting enough. On top of being superficial, video makes the downloads too big. It’s available in audio, but I don’t want to listen to a show that assumes we are watching a video. I watched about 4 or 5 episodes and always ended up with the feeling of wasted time and bandwidth.

    Discussions are sometimes better in TWiT, but I don’t like Leo and most of the people he brings to the show. Leo is not really a tech guy, he is a salesman filling up air with as much content as he can to attract sponsorships. Just a media guy who happens to like technology. And he brings in too many boring hipsters du jour such as Scoble and Calacanis, people who just go there to promote themselves, don’t really have much to contribute. I’ve lost count of how many bullshit “surefire predictions” those guests have made on TWiT trying to come across as visionaries. They’re so full of it. I don’t even listen to the show when John is not there. John keeps the bullcrap in check.

    Cranky Geeks doesn’t have those problems, but I think it’s short and superficial. I wish John would create and host a whole new tech show. Maybe longer, but something I could take seriously, unlike TWiT.

  23. jimmy says:

    Isn’t Cranky Geeks considered an anchor show or at least a big deal on Mevio? If this show can’t keep going, is that any indication of where Mevio is going? When it comes to tech shows, the 2 minute snappy show or show style, like DL TV turned into, is just not enjoyable to watch.
    I bring my laptop to work every Thursday night just to watch CG during my lunch break. I will miss the show very much. 🙁
    In The Morning!

  24. Steve S says:

    Gee Luc. You are crankier than John! And that’s not easy to do.

  25. nicktherat says:

    wtf…. did dvorak just say he liked 3d??? was it really that good? JOHN ARE YOU OK>?!?!?!

  26. Moucon says:

    So… why can’t you self-produce the show? Why do you need any “production” company? I don’t get it – the most interesting tech “shows” are done on a shoestring.

  27. Sean (A) says:

    I’ll miss the show. But on the bright side, maybe (hopefully) JCD will be free to move on to something better. I reckon there are better, more suitable outlets for ‘new media’ than Ziff Davis. And most, if not all, would be happy to acquire such a talent. I’d like to see a similar round-table format show, but longer and with a greater variety of guests.

    Good luck John!

  28. Jamie Pullman says:

    It’s a great shame the show is being pulled, I’ve been watching for a few years, and I’ll really miss it.

  29. Heinrich Moltke says:

    R.I.P. Cranky Geeks

    Winston Churchill supposedly said: “Democracy is the worst of all possible systems — but there are none better.” The same should be said of Cranky Geeks — it was the worst of all tech shows, but there were none better.

    Dvorak has always been the big draw for me, and the only reason I kept tuning in. Sometimes guests had intelligent opinions. Sometimes they were simply awful. Take Vanessa Fox on this last episode — a yapping dog. The absolute worst combination — so bad it was almost unspeakable — was whenever Vanessa Fox and Chris DiBoner were on the show at the same time. Total smarmfest. And DiBoner was such an apologist for Google that you could never take his so-soft-spoken and reasonable opinions seriously. I’d cry myself to sleep at night if I had to go on shows and pass off company opinions as my own.

    That product evangelist guy was pretty bad, too. He always seemed baffled by basic questions when in the middle of his manic sales pitch. Rob Enderle was always annoying, and had strangely skewed or bland opinions — the kind of guy you want to disagree with no matter what he says.

    Sometimes the guys from actual news sites (like the bald guy who looks like Foucault — Cade Metz) or Spark or Goodin, or the Boxee guy (who could never seem to get the S^S^-eating grin wiped off his face) would come on and dominate with opinions that actually made sense, and when they got done pontificating, Dvorak would have to fill the awkward silence. Sometimes you had total dead weight like Carlos Rodela, who always looked out of place like a last-minute fill-in, and who was often jumpy in his chair like the latest bong hit was wearing off.

    All in all, however, I liked the show. I must have: I have tuned in every week for the last year or so. Dvorak should host a reboot, but more McLaughlin style and with just the news-type heavies as guests.


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