Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Home Server Show #103

HomeServerShowLogoEpisode 103 is a little bit of news and a whole lot of Vail.  We only had 48 hours with the product but managed to talk for an hour about it!  We were live via ( and also left a lot of Vail on the table to talk about next time.  Jump into the forums to give your feedback about Vail, your testing of it, and how you like or dislike it.

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Windows Live Essentials Beta

Live Sync for the Mac – Thoughts on Vail Refresh

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Having Issues with Your Windows PC? (Who Hasn’t!) Here Are Some Helpful Tips

microsoft at homeIf you are having trouble finding your way through computer problems, you are not alone.  Fortunately, there is help!  Microsoft has a very well done site that is dedicated to hints, fixes and tweaks to get you on your way.  They cover everything from the basics to locating problems to software errors to hardware troubles. 

You can find the info here:

Enjoy and remember, I search so you don’t have to!

Home Server Show #102

HomeServerShowLogoEpisode 102 is full of the weeks news on Windows Home Server.  Although we are still waiting on Vail there is plenty to talk about this week.  Dave and I also go over the progress of our builds.  If you haven’t  tuned in lately we both have test servers that we are building for the upcoming (we hope) Vail beta.  And lastly, we quickly go over the give away for episode 100.  It’s finally over and Dave will be sending out notifications soon.  There may be more to come though so stay tuned!

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My Guest appearance on The Media Center Show

The Give Away Post

Vail Test Server Build

Testing RAID with VAIL

How to access your WHS with an iPhone or iPod Touch

Add-In: DNS Updater

Microsoft Announces Windows Home Server Update

MS Knowledge Base Article for the Update

F-Secure for WHS no longer

Convert Media Center Recordings for your iPad

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Worried about PC Security? 2 Things You Should Do Right Now! (and they are free!)

It seems like it comes in waves and this week has been one of those waves! 

Since I often fix broken PCs for people, I see it all.  Lately, I have been getting that call that starts something like this.  “Jim, I have a message that my computer has found a virus and that I need to pay to update my Antivirus software.  Do I?”

In most cases, this is a solid, NO!  There is a breed of viruses called “Scareware” that try to separate you from you money by collecting $$$ for antivirus updates for some bogus software.  It all looks very legit, but it most definitely is not.  There is some additional info here if you want more details.

What you need to know right now, is that there are two very easy things you can do right now to help prevent this from happening.  Oh, and they are both very FREE!

image1.  Microsoft Security Essentials –

For years we have been asking Microsoft to fix their security problems with a low or no cost solution that works for the average consumer.  They finally did it. 

The Home Server Show #101

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HomeServerShowLogoIn episode 101, John, Dave and I go over the news of the week and talk about a couple of upcoming build projects.  There is a lot of cloud news this week and as you know we love to transfer our files off site.   In our builds feature I talk more about the hardware that I have  purchased and Dave goes over his current test server.  Be on the look out for posts about these builds.  We also discuss the deals from show 100 as well as the give away that is going on in the forums.   Get registered in the forums and check out the list of gear that is hopefully going to be yours!

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Episode 100 Give Away – Information and Registration here!

KeepVault for Windows Home Server

LaCie 5 Big

HomeServerSync Add-In from Tranquil

HomeServerSync VPN Feature

Jim’s Build in the forums

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Saying “Good-bye” to the Palm Pre? One Year Later…

A year ago this month I was getting ready to move away from the MotoQ that I had been using for the previous 2 years on Verizon and was moving back to Sprint.  My only real option at the time was the newly release Palm Pre.  While at the time I compared it to the iPhone, there was never really an option of moving to that platform.  I’m a Sprint guy and needed to stay with Sprint (besides, I have a iPod Touch).  I know this kills some of you.

EVO is the first 4G phone offered by Sprint it has a 4.3" screen, Android OS and front face camera.Fast forward a year and it’s time to make that decision once again, except this time there is a new sheriff in town.   The only real smart phone option for guy like me is the new HTC EVO 4G.

The list of specifications are impressive:

  • 3G/4G capability
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor
  • 4.3” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
  • World-class HTML browser – bandwidth and quality that rival that of netbooks
  • Android 2.1, with access to more than 35,000 apps on Android Market (2.2 coming soon)
  • Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while talking

The Home Server Show #100–The Big Show with Big Give-a-ways!

(Sorry for the long delay.  Been very busy here!)

It’s finally here!  We wrapped up episode 100 and had a great time doing it.  If you are on the twitter wire you know that we did it live on ustream as well.  In 100 we go over a little bit of news but mainly focus on our last episodes, say goodbye to Chris, and spend a good deal of time talking about some free swag and gear for the community.  That’s you!  Stay tuned to the blog for more details.  Also, there is a good 5 minutes of the best out-takes at the end.  Don’t miss this episode!

A big thanks goes out to Icy Dock for sponsoring show 100 as well as all the other vendors and authors who have made their gear and software available to us as a give away or via coupon code.  Again, stay tuned to the blog for the rest of the details on those.  I will detail each and every vendor and author for your benefit as well as theirs.

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