The show kicks off with some very exciting news from Christian, who has scored himself a holiday internship at NASA in one of their software development teams. A big congratulations from all of us here at The Average Guy!
For those who like to test the latest and greatest in Microsoft Operating Systems before they hit mainstream, Microsoft has released the Consumer Preview for Windows 8, available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Be sure to grab the Product Key before you close you browser session!
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If you do your testing of new Operating Systems in a virtual machine, Jim recommends Virtual Box from Oracle. Andrew has had some issues with getting the preview installation to load into a virtual machine, and is going to pursue the option of booting from a VHD file, which lets you essentially multi boot your hardware, without creating additional partitions on your hard disk.
The guys discuss the potential learning curve that they believe may be involved in moving to Windows 8 with the new interface, as well as the learning curve associated with moving to a different platform like the Apple Mac or even an iPad. The guys discuss the merits of purchasing a refurbished device from Apple for a basic consumption device.
Moving on to the popular topic of mobile phones, Rich shares his experiences of using his Android Samsung Galaxy SII Skyrocket, and the various applications he uses and the comparisons drawn between his previous phone, an iPhone.
While talking phones, Christian shares a negative eBay experience relating to the purchase and lack of vendor follow-up regarding a new phone Gary purchased that went bad following a charging issue with the phone – be careful when selecting your eBay buyers!
Rich talks about some of the niceties about the Apple ecosystem, such as the ability to backup and restore an iPhone in the event of data corruption or loss, whereas this feature is somewhat lacking in the Android marketplace at this time.
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