DeLorean Bicycle, Facebook, Google, Java, LastPass, Media Tagging, Oracle, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Smart Phones – HT074

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW and Renny Phipps for Show 74 of The Home Tech Podcast.

The guys start off talking about the recent Facebook IPO, which started at $38 and closed at $33.03 at the end of the first day of trading. The guys discuss where the volume may be coming from in the stock, and the future of Facebook being traded on the market, and the future of Facebook were it to become a “user pays” service.

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imageMike talks about the new Samsung Galaxy SIII, recently released in London as the “Official Device of the 2012 Summer Olympics”, sporting a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor, 8MP camera and all the goodness we come to expect from the Samsung Galaxy series of phones.

The guys discuss their current smartphone, battery life, and the phone they would recommend to their family and friends.

Andrew recommends the iPhone, Mike recommends the Samsung Galaxy SII immediately, and the Samsung Galaxy SIII when it comes to the market, Christian would recommend to his age group any device that can be texted on quickly, and Renny would recommend making a decision based on the features that appeal the most, including applications, and ease of use, and Jim would at this stage recommend the Nokia Lumia 800, based on his recent exposure to the Windows Phone platform, with the Android phone being the last phone he would recommend for an average user.

Mike spills the beans on why the video enabled Digital SLR camera can only record 30 minutes of video – due to the tax countries charge on video cameras, as well as sharing for the photographers amongst our listeners, a patch being released by Adobe for Photoshop CS5.

Renny tells us about Should I Change My Password, a site which you can put your email address into to see if your email address may have been compromised at any point in the past, and used in a number of security breaches.  Renny talks about LastPass, a cloud-based password management system, that integrates with your browser, and allows you to access all your passwords using a master password.

Renny also talks about how he manages his Windows Media metadata, using a plug-in called WMP Tag Plus, which provides library and tagging support for music formats including FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio, Musepack and MPEG-4.

From Christian’s Corner this week, we get some non-tech news, learning about the latest from MIT, a product called LiquiGlide which will end the frustrations of emptying ketchup bottles.

The Deal-of-the-Week is a Build Your Own PC kit from Tiger Direct for $349, including processor, motherboard, memory, hard disk, and case.

Christian and Jim also talk about verdict in the Oracle vs Google trail, in which it was determined that Android does not infringe on Oracle patents, primarily in their use of Java APIs.

Andrew brings us some more non-tech news, sharing the news that DeLorean is back in business, this time with the DeLorean Bicycle.

Made from Stainless Steel, with an 11-speed internally geared rear hub, and hydraulic disc brakes it’s a far cry from the DeLorean from Back to the Future, but who knows what might happen if you hit 88 mph!

Jim and Renny discuss what happens when you delete files and folders in Dropbox, versus deleting files from Windows Home Server.  With Dropbox, you can restore files and folders very easily via the web interface, versus if you delete from a Windows Home Server, once deleted, your files are usually gone.

The guys close out the show, talking about the Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, currently available at Microsoft Connect.  If you like testing new software, check it out!

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