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Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Gordon Schmidt and Bill Paulmenn for Show 81 of The Home Tech Podcast. Gordon spends the first part of the podcast talking about the NEST Thermostat that he reviewed in a post right here on the site. We also talk about a lightning strike at Bill’s place and the destruction is caused to his out buildings. That discussion led into one about Surge Protectors and UPS Devices. Andrew found what will be come a popular Christmas gift for this year and Jim finished up the conversation with a question about the new leadership at Yahoo and a rant about not getting the newest update for his Sprint Galaxy SII.
Gordon’s Blog mykneejerkreaction.com
Andrews near by Sky Resort: http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Winter/
Bill’s in house surge protector: http://makeitright.ca/Holmes_Products/holmes-approved-products/complete-home-surge-protection
Whole house surge protection from Jim’s Power company: http://www.oppd.com/ResidentialCustomers/ProductsServices/SurgeGuard/22_001271
Useless Gadgets – The Wiki Reader - http://thewikireader.com/
Gaming build for Jim. Post at the Home Server Show.com http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4236-new-gaming-rig-for-jims-place/
#42 The Home Tech Podcast: Spam Prevention, Desktop Protection, Mailing List Solutions, Storage Expansion, and Digital Photography
Jim and Andrew and Christian are joined by Mike Howard for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast.
After the introductions, Jim reminds us all of the importance of using an Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS for those of us who live in areas that experience power issues from time to time.
The guys move on to talk about the recent increase in spam, especially around seemingly random people signing up to forums and sites where comments can be posted. Christian tells us about a site, Stop Forum Spam, which is a service that tracks known spammers, and has plugins for a lot of the popular Bulletin Board and Blogging platforms such as PHPBB and WordPress.
In an Anti-Spam / Anti-Virus vein, the guys talk about the latest initiatives from the “A Faster Internet” project, from players we’ve all heard of before, including the OpenDNS and Google DNS projects.
The Speed Up effort tries to take this another step further by making sure a user’s request for a content goes to a server near her, making delivery faster and more efficient from a bandwidth perspective.
A UPS is a device that you don’t know you need, until you need it. A UPS or uninterruptible power supply is an in house battery back up that provides emergency power to your computer (or anything else you plug into it) when your utilities fail. Here in Bellevue where I live, we get sudden drops in power all the time, so for years I have used small UPS units to protect my PCs. It been a great system and has worked very well.
Last Thursday we had storm roll through that caused a short power outage followed by a power surge. All the units in the house reacted correctly by closing the circuit and throwing their breaker. This protected the PCs from utter doom. For once, I was on the good side of a protective decision. I did realize however, that I had two many computers plugged into one small UPS and that an upgrade was going to be necessary. So I purchased the APC 1000VA Power Saving Green Back-UPS XS – with LCD Display with the plan of plugging 3 PCs into it for protection. I will use it to power the Window Home Server, an HP Pavilion a6244n Core 2 Duo and a Core i3 PC that I use on a daily basis.