Window To Go with Windows 8 Enterprise, Remote Backup with WS 2012 R2 Essentials, What’s New with VMware ESXi 5.5, Safe Podcast Listening – HT133

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Paul Baran (@Tinkererguy) from and Windows Home Server MVP John Zajdler (@Dieharder) for Home Tech episode #133.  We spent the majority of the show talking about how John is using Windows To Go on a 32GB Data Traveler Workspace drive from Kingston.  We get an update from Paul on the new release from VMware ESXi 5.5 just announced at VMWorld 2013.

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[2:37] Windows To Go]

John’s Drive –

The Drive on Amazon:

Windows To Go at Microsoft:

Some info from Tech Net:

Windows To Go FAQ:

[37:53] Remote Back up to WHS / Windows Server 2012 Essentials – Revisited]

From Show 132:

[46:01] Creating the USB Key for Client Restore – No Longer Needed in R2]

[49:00] Media Collector]

[57:35] What’s New with VMware ESXi 5.5]

TinkerTry “first look at ESXi 5.5″ event instead, LIVE Aug 29 2013 7pm-8pm EDT

best new features for home labbers are >2TB drive support, >32GB RAM support, and SSD caching, all add up to big improvements for the average home labber. Now that vCenter is required for pretty much all the good stuff, I’ll be creating videos that show exactly how to set it all up, the whole shebang in under 60 minutes or so, stay tuned to

Meanwhile, read more here:

[1:07:43] Listening to Your Podcasts on the Go]

When using the sit down mower (no humans or animals or kids around), use headphones with a bluetooth attachment for ~$75, see

When on longer drives, I’ve got a playlist queued up, listening through my Bluetooth car kit added to my 2006 Civic Hybrid, using the steering while forward/rewind buttons to skip 30 seconds, or go back 10 seconds. Got the phone charging in a cradle, and using a NEO adapter that makes the iPhone’s iPod functions work through the lightning cable, and the factory stereo sees the iPod as a CD changer (yea, it’s complicated, but it works):

Jim’s audio set up in his Honda

Griffin Powerjolt Dual Universal USB Micro  –

Ziotek ZT1311550 7.5-Inch USB 2.0 Type A Male to Type B Mini 5-Pin USB Cable –

Since the smartphone in 2009, I’ve been using various iOS apps for playback, settling on Pocket Casts more recently:

because it lets me use the steering wheel control to skip ahead 30 seconds in podcasts, and go back 10 seconds (Stitcher doesn’t)

At my desk:

keeps it charged, and allows easy one hand operation, and good sound through Lightning cable attachment to local radio with iPod compatibility


When in the shower, got the Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker going nearby, keeps the iPhone in another room away from the humidity, nice and loud so I can actually hear what’s said, no need to find outlet, since a charge lasts about a month. –

[1:16:12] Updates]

Meetup 2013 –

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