Watching March Madness, Super Routers, pfsense, Home Automation and iPads in Trucks – HT017

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1March 17th, 2011 – St. Patrick’s Day Special – With the week almost gone, the Home Tech Podcast loaded up in preparation for a long weekend of green parties and college basketball!  Along with regulars Christian Johnson and Andrew Morris, we were joined by Special Guests Mike Howard and Bill Paulman.

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Jim’s first thoughts:

March Madness: Watch all games live here

Feature topic:

Pfsense: Super Router and Firewall. Monitor, shape, allow, and block all Internet traffic in your home. Learn more here.

Christian’s Corner:

*NEW* Deal of the Week:
AMD Phenom II 910e, Advanced Media Performance
—– Newegg restocks their low power 65W quadcore phenom.

Ceton Quad Tuner Card now available here.

Speed Tips for Windows 7 Part 1:

Shave down your boot time:

Winkey + R –> msconfig –Boot Tab–>

1. Change Timeout to 3 Seconds.
2. Click advanced Options. Check number of proccessors, select maximum in dropbox. Apply and OK.

Remove old devices from device manager:

1.  Winkey + R –> cmd

2. enter the following line:

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

3. Open Device Manager, View –> Show hidden devices. Then right click and install all removed/hidden device instances.

Best of the rest:

MControl — New beta for home automation. Read more.
IPAD2 installed in Ford F-150 Dash. Catch the review and video here.
Cars are getting hacked by MP3s. Have a 2011 car, be careful! Read the article.

Closing remarks: Christian rants at Microsoft’s Download Site.

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