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Removing Malware with Microsoft Security Essentials or Malwarebytes, Easy Transfers, Video Sharing, Virtualization and A Google A Day – HT021

Jim, Christian and Andrew are this week joined by Mike Howard for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off talking about their choice of Virus and Malware removal tools, with Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira AntiVirus, Malwarebytes, McAfee Stinger and various Symantec Removal Tools, as well as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, which comes from Microsoft via Windows Update. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about using the Microsoft Easy Transfer Wizard for moving files off an infected machine, as well as moving the files back after rebuilding a machine.  The Easy Transfer Wizard can also be used for upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP and Windows Vista. Andrew introduces the guys to a Google a Day, which is a bit of Google fun, in the form of a website that asks you a daily question, and uses your Google skills to find the answer.  If you can’t work out the answer, the site shows you how they would use Google to find the answer.  As the folks at a Google a Day say, “There’s no right way to solve it, but there’ only one right answer”.  Christian and Mike tells us how to use the various Advanced Search Options, Jim and Andrew talk about some of the built-in Google Calculator options that can be called from the search bar itself, and Mike and Christian then talk about how to search within a website from Google itself.  to search for John Zajdler’s Multipoint Server Article within The Average Guy website, you would enter “multipoint ” into the Google Search Bar. Christian talks to us about his latest project to provide video streaming via Word Press for his upcoming orchestra tour in Argentina.  The guys discuss the merits of sharing video via YouTube and Facebook. For the Deal of the Week, the folks from have the ASUS Core i5 Notebook for a hint over $500. Christian’s tip of the week, is how to use your multiple monitors when connecting to a system with a single monitor attached by checking the “Use all monitors for the remote session” in the Display properties of the Remote Desktop Client. In the process, Christian getting the guys drooling over his dad Gary’s current triple monitor setup, and his future upgrade to a triple 30 inch monitor setup! Christian gives us his take on the Internet Explorer 10 release date speculation seen this week, and his take on what is coming down the pipe with respect to HTML and CSS support in future releases. The guys discuss a couple small issues that Andrew has seen with Internet Explorer 9 and Skype , and the odd issues the guys have seen with Skype from time to time. Mike today brings us some great discussion around Virtualization and the various Hypervisors the guys have used, including VirtualBox, VMWare ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and using Disk2VHD from SysInternals to convert an older PC into a virtual machine, which is especially handy for migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, and the joys of being able to copy virtual machines between PCs, as explained by the folks over at HowToGeek. The guys wrap up the show talking about the things they like about the changes in technology as it is impacting them and the people around them in their day to day lives. Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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About.Me, Secure Online Storage, Amazon Cloud Player, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, mControl and Google Latitude now has history – HT020

Jim and Christian are joined by John Zajdler and Bill Paulmenn for this weeks edition of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off with Jim talking about the new online profile site , a recently discovered online service, which will not only allow you to have a single online bio that you can reference from all your various places on the web, but bring together all your social networking details together, with support for most of the popular sites, including and by no means limited to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, flickr, foursquare, most of the commonly used blogging platforms, and custom services you can add via URL or #160; For the those of us interested in statistics, also provides some numbers about where your profile is being viewed from, and what they look at on your profile. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: From the news, the guys discuss the new secure online storage service, LiveKive, from the folks we all know at AVG who have brought us the well known, free AVG AntiVirus.   While talking online storage, the guys also discuss the new Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player service which takes your MP3 purchases from Amazon into the Amazon Cloud, allowing you to play your music purchases via the Web, or using Amazon MP3 for Android.   For the Deal of the Week, the folks from have the Motorola T505 Bluetooth In-Car handsfree for $#160; This unit also lets you transmit via Bluetooth to your cars’ FM radio for those of you with a car that doesn’t have a line-in for your MP3 player of choice. From Christian’s Corner, Christian breaks the news on the upcoming Patch Tuesday, when Microsoft will be releasing their largest ever release, totalling up to 64 patches for those of us who don’t install the “Optional Updates” in #160; We also hear that Microsoft have released Internet Explorer 9 ahead of the June 2011 date previously advised on the Windows Team #160; The guys discuss some of their end user and application compatibility experiences with this latest browser release from #160; They also briefly discuss the Ribbon Bar, which is in the teaser images of Windows 8 that have started being seen around the web. Bill gives us an update on his recent discussions with Embedded Automation regarding Windows Home Server 2011 support for their mControl Home Automation product, and the guys talk about some of the possible future of Home Automation. To wrap it up, Andrew the latecomer, talks about the new Dashboard features in Google Latitude, which gives some nice statistics about how you spend your time, as well as the bonus of telling you how far you travel!     Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Google “Likes”+1, World Backup Day, Data Recovery, Android, and Facebook users get E-Mail and Movie Streaming? – HT019

Jim, Christian and Andrew get together for this edition of the Home Tech Podcast. After some listener feedback, and an update on the Stuxnet Virus from Mark Russinovich’s blog, the guys talk about Google’s upcoming “+1” service – when signed into your Google account, you will be able to “Use +1 to give something your public stamp of approval, so friends, contacts, and others can find the best stuff when they search.”  Results will show in your personal Google Profile. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: With the 31st of March being World Backup Day, the guys quickly run through Business Insiders’ 10 Best Backup Solutions In line with World Backup Day, the guys discuss Andrew’s recent successful data recovery, using Photorec to recover photos from a corrupted hard disk. From Christian’s Corner, this weeks Deal of the Week is the HP S2231 22” Widescreen HD LCD Monitor from and Christian’s Speed Tip of the Week has us turning off the write-cache buffer flushing on our hard disks to eek that little extra performance from our systems. Talking about Facebook from two angles, the guys discuss the email addresses that everyone can now have attached to their Facebook account, and the new deal that Facebook and Warner Bros have, to allow US Facebook users to watch movies in HD via their Facebook account, paying with Facebook Credits. Jim talks about OtherInbox, a free online service to help to Organize, Prioritize and Summarize your web-based e-mail from GMail, Yahoo!Mail and AOL. To close, Andrew shares his experiences in trying to move away from Windows 7 to Ubuntu Netbook Edition on an aging laptop and the guys talk about Google’s taking back control of the Android Operating System. Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Paper.li, Event Management with Eventbrite, Web Browsers, RunKeeper and the Stuxnet Virus – HT018

Jim, Christian, Andrew and special guest, Rich O’Neil get together for this edition of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off talking about the Twitter aggregation service , which “organizes links shared on Twitter into an easy to read newspaper-style format. Newspapers can be created for any Twitter user, list or #tag”, and go on to discuss Eventbrite, which is an online service to help you plan, promote and co-ordinate and even sell tickets for your meetings, conferences and events. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: After a quick update on the RunKeeper application, which now allows 2-way sync with your Android and Apple devices, the guys discuss the latest releases of Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer. From Christian’s Corner, we get the Deal of the Week, being the 2TB Samsung F4 Hard Drive, a bargain at $ from , and the Speed Tip of the Week, where Christian talks us through turning off Indexing to make Windows more usable more quickly. Our Special Guest, Rich brings to us talk about the Stuxnet Virus, which although written to target industrial equipment, is quite a scary virus, given the impact it could have it were used to target Internet users. Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Watching March Madness, Super Routers, pfsense, Home Automation and iPads in Trucks – HT017

March 17th, 2011 – St. Patrick’s Day Special – With the week almost gone, the Home Tech Podcast loaded up in preparation for a long weekend of green parties and college basketball!  Along with regulars Christian Johnson and Andrew Morris, we were joined by Special Guests Mike Howard and Bill Paulman. New Show Notes format this #160; What do you think? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim’s first thoughts: March Madness: Watch all games live here Feature topic: Pfsense: Super Router and Firewall. Monitor, shape, allow, and block all Internet traffic in your home. Learn more here. Christian’s Corner: *NEW* Deal of the Week: AMD Phenom II 910e, Advanced Media Performance —– Newegg restocks their low power 65W quadcore phenom. Ceton Quad Tuner Card now available here. Speed Tips for Windows 7 Part 1: Shave down your boot time: Winkey + R –> msconfig –Boot Tab–> 1. Change Timeout to 3 Seconds. 2. Click advanced Options. Check number of proccessors, select maximum in dropbox. Apply and OK. Remove old devices from device manager: #160; Winkey + R –> cmd 2. enter the following line: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 3. Open Device Manager, View –> Show hidden devices. Then right click and install all removed/hidden device instances. Best of the rest: MControl — New beta for home automation. Read more. IPAD2 installed in Ford F-150 Dash. Catch the review and video here. Cars are getting hacked by MP3s. Have a 2011 car, be careful! Read the article. Closing remarks: Christian rants at Microsoft’s Download Site. Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Listener Comments, Angry Birds, IP Cams, WebOS and Ubuntu – HT016

Jim, Brian, Andrew and special guest and good friend of the show, John Zajdler come together for the next edition of the Home Tech #160; Starting with a listener comment, we spoke a bunch about LiveCams and video #160; In a tangent, we talked about music quality and USB Record Players and #160; Is the WebOS making its way a printer near you?  Maybe on a laptop?  We wrap up the show with some discussion around the Windows, Mac and Ubuntu OS. If you haven’t been out on the Average Guy Site, it’s worth a new #160; Our site designer has been at work fixing and cleaning up the #160; Jacob Wiechman is a web designer and we look forward to the many more improvements he has ahead for us! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Apple iPads and iPad2, Windows 7 from a Mac, Ripping DVDs, Gmail Down and You Can’t Intimidate Apathy – HT015

This week’s show includes the regulars, Brian Burgess, Christian Johnson and Andrew #160; The guys spend some time talking about iPad and the new #160; Brian covers accessing Windows 7 from a Mac, ripping DVDs and a Gmail #160; Christian brings some updates and Andrew talks about a PC in a box, really!   Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: News  iPad 2 news and video · iTunes Update Available Now for Preparation for iPad 2 and iOS · Windows Live Mesh Beta Ending March 31st Mac OS X with Windows · How to RDP from Mac OS X to Windows 7, XP, and WHS · Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac · Dave from Home Server Show and Brian are resurrecting Burning DVDs and Blu-ray · Rip & Convert DVDs to ISO Images · Rip & Convert DVDs to MKV Format · Rip & Convert Blu-ray Discs in Windows 7 · Handbrake Gmail · How to Backup Gmail with a Free Windows Live Account · Gmail Went Down for Many Users This Week · Backupify Christian’s Corner · Netflix iPad Update · Trillian Astra · Upgrade Path From DOS to Windows 7 (Awesome Video!) Hardware · ASUS Motherboard Box Doubles as a PC Case · Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook · Apply To Test the Chrome Notebook Facebook Page: Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: Andrew’s Twitter: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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