Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this by Gary Johnson for show 70 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We talk CrashPlan, eBay, HTPC, Rainmeter, RaspberryPi, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note, Windows 8

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The guys start off with an eBay Australia Group Deal on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the current flagship Google branded Android phone, which is the handset variant that will work on all networks in Australia, and is AT&T compatible in the US.  The guys talk about carrier exclusivity for mobile phone handsets, as well as some other phones such as the Nokia Lumia, one of the new Windows Phone 8 devices, which has been promised for quite a while, yet still to hit the market.

Andrew talks about a new small form factor PC, the Zotac ZBox Nano XS he has his eye on for building a new Home Theatre PC.  The PC runs an AMD E-450 processor, and comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 64GB SSD, Gigabit network and Wireless N, Remote Control, will fit on the back of a TV on a standard VESA mount, and is fully compatible with Windows 7.

Christian’s Deal of the Week is Micro SDHC Memory Cards over at GearXS.com, via a WOOT deal, with cards being as low as 0.99 for 4GB!

Christian also shares some of his recent engadget reading, as they cover the release name of Windows Server 8, as well as the names of the various flavors of Windows 8.  Hit the links below for the news!

The guys talk some more about the Raspberry Pi ARM-based computer, discussion why the Raspberry Pi has been bought to market, and the intended audience for the machine.

Gary talks about his adventures with Rainmeter, the desktop customization tool that he and Christian have been using to customize their Windows user experiences.  The image below is Christians’ desktop, customized with Rainmeter.

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Gary talks about some issues he has been experiencing with Windows Media Center, and the guys talk some more about desktop management.  Andrew uses Stardock Fences to manage his desktop space

Gary and the guys discuss their experiences so far with Windows 8, and where they believe Windows 8 is headed, as well as the success they believe it will have once released to market.

Gary talks about the Samsung Galaxy Note and its impending release onto the Sprint network, once the CDMA version of the hardware is released.

Gary also gives us an update on recent updates to Subsonic, and some of the issues that are being seen with the Android client for the current release.

Jim and Gary talk about the performance increases in moving a system drive to an SSD drive, before talking about private cloud backups using Crashplan, and how Jim provides a data backup service to his family without using a third party cloud storage provider.

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