Category: Reviews & How-To’s

Acronis One-Click Restore: PC Restore Made Easy

    On Rich’s Random Podcast Generator #19, co-host Jim Collison and I walked through every tab and feature of Acronis True Home Image 2012. In doing so, we came across something that caught my eye: a feature that lets you to burn a PC backup image to bootable DVD(s). The feature is called Acronis One-Click Restore, and it’s a great way to give family and friends whose PCs you repair a simple way to perform their own PC restore should the need ever arise. The steps to creating the bootable DVD(s) can be a little tricky if you’ve never

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A Review of The NEST Thermostat

I was first introduced to the Nest as I was scrolling through my large list of RSS feeds in Google Reader in the fall of 2011.  Since then my interest has grown in the product.  The idea is perfect… take one of the items in your house, the thermostat and make it better. In the past the Nest was sold only through the website www.nest.com but on May 8th, 2012 the Nest became available at Lowes and more recently at the Apple stores and Amazon.com. It is always nice when a product comes to a local retail store so I

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Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs

I recently purchased a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) from Newegg.  It can be found here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226236 I purchased it to replace a Western Digital 1 TB WD10EACS Green Drive that will be moved into my storage pool on the Window Home Server (where it belonged in the first place).  It was also a bit slow at times.  See the stats below:     The box with the new drive arrived this week and I couldn’t wait to get it installed on the weekend.  After installing Windows 7 Ultimate from scratch

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HP TouchPad is Back! Well, Sort of Back?

I made a big deal about the HP TouchPad just a couple months back and even dropped a few reviews here at the Average Guy (http://theaverageguy.tv/category/hometech/hp-touchpad/).  But as most of us know by now, HP decided to get out of the table business (later reversed) sold them for $99/$149, quickly sold out and we thought we would never see them again, right?  WRONG! I first saw this at Best Buy, and today I saw the same thing at CompUSA.com.  They are back at $149, but with a catch!  (click the graphic to see the deal) HP TouchPad FB356UT Tablet –

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Does Your HP WebOS TouchPad Need a Turbo Boost? Feeling Like It’s a Little Slow?

Of all the strange places, I found this thread over at the Home Server Show forums.  Erik Chavez (texasPl in the HSS Forums) posted some feedback on his overclocking experience with his new TouchPad as well as a great deal on a cover from a source that might surprise you. Disclaimer:  Overclocking your HP Tablet could result in a bricked unit and is at your own risk.  The Average Guy accepts no responsibility for the content or results of the following.  If it works however, we get all the credit! Here is what Eric had to say. Here’s the forum

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Purchased a New $99 HP WebOS TouchPad? 10 Productive Things You Can Do Forever without HP!

Regardless of whether or not HP supports your shiny new TouchPad in the future, here are 10 things you can do with it, right now, that will never require future HP support and are mostly free.  So pull it out of the box and let’s get started! 1.  Connect it to your web or Corporate Email.  I already wrote about this in a BYTE.com article, but email setup is fast and easy – even at work!  In most cases, you might even be able to do it by just knowing your corporate webmail settings.  If not, just check with your

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