Tech TalkBack

Tech TalkBack is my live show on the TWiT network.  Call in to ask tech questions, comment on tech news, and share in the highs and lows of being a tech enthusiast.  Your tips, gadget reviews, and lofty musings are all welcome.  

Call 1-724-265-ERIK during the live stream every Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM Pacific (12:00-2:00 PM Eastern) at  Video and audio-only streams and both available.  I post the recordings on my website and podcast feeds a few days later.

But it doesn't stop there!  Email me, tweet me, or send me a YouTube video throughout the week for me to respond to in an upcoming show or separate video!  You can also leave me a voicemail at 1-218-666-8253.

Calling Details:

You can use any phone, Skype Out, or Gmail to call +1 (724) 265-ERIK (3745).  You'll be placed in the call queue, where you can listen to show audio and wait to hear when your call is live.  Please keep your ear to the phone (not to the video stream) since the video stream is delayed about 30 seconds.  When you hear a voice say, "You are unmuted," your call is live on the air!

While you're on hold, log into the chat room at  The chat room often has great advice for callers, especially when I don't know the answer!

If you have trouble calling in through +1 724-265-ERIK, you can call the main Talkshoe number at +1 724-444-7444 and enter Call ID 83337 for Tech TalkBack.

Alternative Calling Methods:

724-265-ERIK is a standard U.S. phone number, and long distance rates, cellular minutes, or Skype Out minutes may apply.  To call for free over the internet, you have a few options:

1. Use Gmail's new outbound calling feature to call any U.S. number for free.
2. Use an unlimited Skype Out account, if you have one.
3. Use Talkshoe's error-prone Talkshoe Pro client.
4. Set up a SIP client for true VoIP access.

SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) clients are difficult to set up but yield the highest quality call.  SIP is how I connect to Talkshoe from the studio.

Note: Calling via SIP sends you to the main Talkshoe line, where you must enter Call ID 83337 to reach Tech TalkBack.

Here are the most helpful tutorials for configuring a free SIP client to reach Talkshoe.  My best experience has been setting up a free Voxalot account and configuring the free X-Lite client, as described in the first tutorial.  If you have difficulties even after following the instructions, check your router settings and firmware.  (See if bypassing the router fixes it.)