Computer Stew, now defunct, was a great daily webshow that ran from fall 1999 to spring 2001. There are 372 episodes altogether; they are no longer available. I managed to archive all of them before the site was taken down. From the filler website (www.computerstew.com):
Computer Stew was the groundbreaking comedy show that ran on ZDNet for five award-winning seasons. A comedy show about technology, Computer Stew was made entirely with off-the-shelf software and hardware which cost less than $2000, proving that you no longer needed a multimillion dollar television studio to create a screamingly funny show. You just needed a computer, a webcam, and a mild psychiatric disorder.
The production staff, all ZDNet employees, included:
The show was dutifully released every weekday as streaming RealPlayer, QuickTime, or Windows Media. Episodes were about 5 minutes each. The effects and occasional animation were clever and silly, not professional. The sound tended to be pretty poor. But the content... pure gold!
Some of the recurring character
Computer Stew also had a very active bulletin board, populated by "stewpids". The bboard has been kept alive on John's new site, www.zug.com.
I almost cried the day I heard that Computer Stew was being cancelled. I'd been watching it since around the 50th episode. It came about the same time that Forum 3000 and Daily Radar (the non-sucky US one) went under. It's a strange thing when so many of your daily-checked websites go defunct in such a short time. You end up finding things like everything2. Still, I'll always miss watching John shave his entire body in the middle of Boston, or prank-call a software piracy hotline, or hurl his intern from the 5th floor of the parking garage. ::sniff::