Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Kogan’s IE7 Tax, Verizon FiOS, Tabletop Lasers and Dominating Websites – HT077

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Gary Johnson (filling in for Christian) and Bryan Auer for Show 77 of The Home Tech Podcast.

After going over some of the equipment that Bryan has in his studio (like the Dell Latitude ST tablet Atom Z760 which Bryan has running Windows 8), the guys talk about their various deployments of Windows 8 and their experiences of the current Release Preview.

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Gary talks about the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012 and speculates on how some of the new features in the next version of the Server Operating System will improve system management for the Enterprise. Click here for the evaluation software.

Bryan talks about his Verizon Media Manager Update 9.5.94 and how he uses it to stream content from his Windows Home Server to TV via set top box.  Gary talks about how he utilizes HD Homerun tuners, Subsonic and Media Center PCs to achieve a similar outcome.  The guys talk briefly about their various internet connections, with Bryan and Gary both using Verizon FiOS connections, and Andrew using a Bigpond Cable Ultimate.

Skype vs ooVooFor the Skype users amongst us, the latest version released by Microsoft introduces advertisements into the video stream, and the guys discuss one of the alternatives, being ooVoo, which has quite a number of features at no cost, that attract a cost from Skype.  Google Hangouts is another option, however does require a Google Account to participate in a Hangout.

kogan_taxAndrew talks about the Aussie online retailer Kogan, who has recently introduced a 6.8% surcharge for anyone still using Internet Explorer 7 to purchase from their site; this is primarily due to the amount of time required to make web pages render correctly in Internet Explorer 7.

“It’s not only costing us a huge amount, it’s affecting any business with an online presence, and costing the Internet economy millions.”

Jim and Andrew talk about the impact of changing web browsers within the corporate world, as well as the validity of imposing a browser tax such as this, and the rate at which older browsers would disappear from the Internet community if Amazon or eBay were to take a similar approach.  If you are still running an aged version of Internet Explorer, be sure to hit Windows Update to grab the latest Internet Explorer, or check out Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Opera if you want to try something different.

Gary talks about X-ray lasers from tabletop devices and how it can potentially impact the transmission of data in the future.

Gary also shares a world map created by, showing the dominating websites based on geography.  Unsurprisingly, Google and Facebook feature strongly!


Jim closes out the show talking about the recent integration of Yammer with Microsoft Dynamics, and talking about Facebook ads, and how easy it is to place an ad on Facebook, and the number of people you can easily target when placing an ad.

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