Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Gordon Schmidt for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. Christians’ latest tech news for the Home Server crowd is that the BIOS for an HP EX485 MediaSmart server can be recovered if becomes corrupted #160; If you have somehow corrupted the BIOS on your MediaSmart Server, you can check out how to recover your MediaSmart Server BIOS over at BIOS-Mods. Listen Mobile: In a Windows Home Server bent, Gordon fills us in on upgrade to Windows Home Server 2011, and his coding project in conjunction with his brothers, to bring additional information into the Home Server #160; Gordon tells us how he manages the storage drives with Windows Home Server, and how he manages his external backups using an ioSafe external hard disk. Christian gives us a sneak peek into his Summer vacation projects, assisting some of the local organizations in his area to bring some efficiencies to their businesses via web based services. Gordon starts off this week, bringing us some Android apps that let you start working smarter, not #160; Chrome to Phone, is a Google Chrome browser extension that lets you send the web page you are viewing on your PC directly to you Android #160; A great app if you are looking at a web page you want to keep reading as you head away from the PC. While talking about Google Products, Jim discusses Google Voice, which integrates voice calling into your GMail #160; The service provides a single contact number, and lets you make free calls and send free text messages within the and Canada, as well as providing an integrated voicemail service directly into your GMail Inbox in the form of a transcribed #160; Jim and Gordon talk about their practical application of Google Voice, using it to advertise a car, yet not advertise his mobile phone number to the public. For the Android users amongst us, Gordon tells us about the Amazon Appstore for Android, who each day, give away a paid app at no #160; Gordon also tells us about AppBrain, which is a a free Android service that remembers what you have installed on your phone, and in the event of having to restore your phone to default, you can easily re-install your applications. Following on from Show #28, where we discussed RSS Readers, Gordon tells us about how he uses Google Reader to manage his RSS reading, tagging, sharing, and podcast management, all from within the Google Reader #160; You can follow Gordons’ shared Google Reader feed via the Google Reader Shared Items feature. Gordon brings us Hard Forums, a reference site he uses for unique hardware configurations, to be able to reference hardware specs and compatibility, the guys discuss their sources for hardware research, including AnandTech, OverClockers, and our good friends over at the BYOB #160; The guys briefly discuss the merits of overclocking for the average home user versus ongoing system stability and longevity and power efficiency. Andrew gives an update on the power output from the output of the solar panel system installed a couple of weeks #160; For those who missed the link previously, Andrew visually tracks the output and efficiency from the solar panel installation over at Launching into Christians’ Corner, we now have an intro, recorded by Christian himself, using Jam Studio, which has enabled Christian to create a backing track, and overlay the audio using Audacity. Christians’ Speed Tip of the Week is more of a power efficiency tip, where he walks us through how to tweak CPU performance via the Windows 7 Power Options, which will in turn slow down fan speed, and system #160; Christian then tells us how to validate the changes after you have made them. The Deal-of-the-Week is the Lian-Li PC-C33B HTPC Case, which looks just like a piece of home entertainment equipment, and will only set you back $, from Christians App of the week is ClipGrab, which is a downloader and converter that will convert videos from online sources including YouTube, Vimeo and other sites and transcode them into MP4 #160; This is an incredibly useful application if you need to embed a video into a PowerPoint presentation or to copy onto an iPod or other mobile media device for sharing with friends. Christian shares the Engadget Review of the HTC EVO 3D, one of the latest Android phones about to hit the market from HTC, a mouth watering offering coming soon to Sprint in the USA. Andrew brings us Natural Reader, an application that will read highlighted text from any #160; There are free and paid versions available for both PC and Mac users. Andrew reaches out to the listener community about choosing a Personal Productivity / Getting Things Done application to better help manage the Inbox in #160; So far, he has looked at SimplyFile from TechHit (which builds rules based on Outlook email movement), and Xobni (which builds statistics around emails that are received and sent). Jim talks about The Other Inbox which integrates with online email providers such as Gmail and Yahoo!Mail. To wrap up the show, the guys talk about the recent mobile applications released from Starbucks which allow you to pay for your caffeine hit, directly from your mobile phone, as well as the mobile application called CardStar, which allows you to load all of your loyalty cards into your phone, and simply scan your card at the cash register. 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
BIOS-Mods, Music in the Cloud, Nemo Docs, HP TouchPad, Facial Recognition, Cell Phone Rescue and Hamster Powered Computing – HT029
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Jason, one of the developers at , for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys fire off with Christian filling us in with most recent project, Christian-Net, which is his project to create a digital life archive! Jason and Christian give us an insight into what the guys do over at , with respect to adding new features and over clocking your PC. The guys can alter most features on a motherboard, as well as adding new features that may have been hidden by the manufacturer. Jim kicks off a discussion about moving your music to the cloud, following on from good friend of the show Brian Burgess’ article over at Information Week, comparing Apple’s new iCloud music service with Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player, as well as “Private Cloud” services such as Subsonic. Listen Mobile: Andrew brings us a new piece of software, Nemo Documents, which is a nifty piece of software that enables you to track your document editing in a calendar view. Coming out of the HP Discover Conference, held this week in Vegas, we now have a launch date for the HP TouchPad, the WebOS competitor to the Apple iPad. WebOS fans have been waiting for this device for some time now, and it will be hitting the market on July 1, 2011, with pre-order being available from mid-June. Pricing has been indicated to be competitive with the iPad, being $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, and $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi version. The guys discuss the use of the various mobile operating systems (Apple iOS, Google Android, HP WebOS and Microsoft Windows 7 Tablet Edition) that we are beginning to see come to market, and potential uses in medical, education and enterprise businesses. From Christians’ Corner, the Tweak-of-the-Week comes from our guest, Jason, which is a tweak that adds a raft of features to the context (right-click) menu, and is available from Jasons’ blog F3-MODS. The Deal-of-the-Week is the SAMSUNG 12X BD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive from , a great buy at $, and includes SATA cables, mounting screws and all the software you need to make your PC Blu-ray ready! Christian talks to us about Facebook prompting for enabling your Facebook E-Mail and letting your friends send you SMS messages directly from Facebook. Whilst talking about Facebook, Christian reminds us about the Facial Recognition issues we’ve read about over at PC World, which are associated with the Facebook image tagging feature. Christian shares some of his visions as to where image tagging can become extremely useful for purposes, such as unlocking your account by naming tagged friends. The guys talk about the accuracy of facial recognition from systems such as Facebook and Microsoft Live Gallery. Jason brings us news of a High School using school issued computers to use the inbuilt webcams to take photographs and videos without the students being aware of the activity. The guys discuss being careful to understand what the usage policies mean when you are issued with by your school or company. Jason tells us about Best Buy’s plans to downsize and become a specialty store, focusing on retail outlets selling items such as tablet computers and smartphones. The guys wrap up the show with Jason introducing us to an solution to what for some, can be a very common problem – rescuing a cell phone that has been immersed in water. And finally, for those of you who have long dreamt of a hamster powered computer, then the wait is over, as seen in the Worth 1000 Photo Effects Contest…. 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
Zune Pass, Virtualization, Open Source, RSS Readers, Device Convergence and Lowering Power Consumption – HT028
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Gary Johnson (better known as Christians’ Dad” for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. After a few audio hitches the guys get things rolling by talking about Jims’ experiences using the 14-day trial of Microsoft Zune Pass to prepare the DJ tracks for his sons’ wedding, and some of the challenges of being able to download the desired music after finding it. Listen Mobile: The guys move on to talking about virtualization using the Oracle virtualization product Virtual Box, and Microsoft Hyper-V in their environments, as well as their product #160; Jim and Christian use Virtual Box for testing, Gary uses Hyper-V to host the Johnson family Windows Home Server 2011 over their Windows 2008 R2 Server, and Andrew uses a combination of VMWare Workstation and Microsoft Virtual XP Mode. The guys briefly discuss the Open Source products that Oracle have acquired in the past couple of years, with Virtual Box and Open Office being the most notable, and give Libre Office, the main Open Office competitor a brief #160; Gary talks about the Open Source products they use, with Subsonic being one of the most used products in their home. Andrew talks about his challenges in finding a new RSS reader, in an attempt to separate the day-to-day reading of RSS feeds from his Outlook #160; An RSS feeds allows you to “subscribe” to a blog, and read blog posts without actually visiting the site the posts are published on. Some of the challenges of moving away from an Outlook based solution include finding something that maintains a simple look and #160; Cloud solutions such as Google Reader are not quite what he is looking for, and he is in the process of exploring #160; So far, RSS Bandit and Feed Demon are on the evaluation list. Hot news during recording of the show is a news release from Engadget the Lulz Security group announcing yet again the Sony Group being hacked, with this time being the target. From Christians’ Corner, we have two Speed Tips this week, firstly telling us how to ensure memory Prefetch is working at its fullest potential via #160; Christian explains the benefits of this tweak, and how it can improve timing of application launch and system booting. The second Speed Tip is the SG TCP Optimizer from the folks over at Speed #160; The TCP Optimizer tweaks the Windows TCP stack to ensure the network card in your PC will perform at its’ optimum performance #160; Gary and Christian explain the benefits of optimizing your network interface. This weeks Deal-of-the-Week is the Seasonic X Series 400W Fanless Power Supply from – ideal for silent PC operation such as an HTPC or for a PC in one of the kids’ bedrooms. Gary shares with us his Big Picture view on where he believes technology is #160; Gary tells about how device convergence has been accomplished, with devices such as the Ceton cable tuner cards becoming available, enabling full entertainment integration into the home network, other vendors such as Silicon Dust offer products such as HD Home Run (networked Free-to-Air tuner) and the HD Home Run Prime (networked Cable TV) Gary talks about his belief that the new convergence will be the merge of the mobile phone, tablet and the laptop platforms, with the possible addition of the desktop computer following shortly after, as well as integration to the cloud services coming from Google, Amazon and #160; Gary notes the recent announcement from Asus being the Padfone, caught on camera by our friends over at Engadget. In a similar vein, the guys discuss the future of the keyboard and the usefulness of voice interpretation, and the necessity for natural voice detection for this technology to move forward in large scale adoption. To wrap it up, the guys talk about the move towards low power consumption devices, such as the Fit-PC 2i, and Ultrabook concept coming from Intel, with plenty of power still available to the user, with huge power savings to run the device itself. 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
Solar Grid Feed, Google Street View, Google Wallet, Kill-A-Watt and iPhone Applications for Musicians – HT027
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Rich O’Neil for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off discussing Christian’s latest project, getting SharePoint 2010 up and running, and the upgrade to TheAverageGuy website, before moving on to another free exercising app for the fitness enthusiasts amongst us, with Nike+ for iPhone becoming free of charge for a limited #160; If you have a pair of Nike shoes, the Nike sensor and an iPhone, but haven’t downloaded the app yet, now is your chance to check it out for free! Listen Mobile: Andrew’s Average Guy Tech for the week is the installation of the new Solar Grid Feed System that is being installed to his house this coming weekend, the design software used to design the system, as well as the monitoring system that will be used to be able to provide a visual output via on the Internet. There will be a new blog post around designing and building this system in the coming few days. The guys discuss the prevalence of solar grid feed systems in the area Andrew lives in, and the government incentives offered by the Australian Government for installing a system such as this, as well as the expected outputs from the system being installed, and the expected payback timeframe for the system. The guys discuss how common solar grid feed systems are within the areas they live in, and how some new housing estates are encouraging solar grid feed systems for new housing projects. For the energy conscious who are interested in where their power actually goes, the guys talk about using a Kill-A-Watt meter, which allows you to to determine where power on your power bill is going. Jim and Andrew talk about how easy it is to familiarize yourself with an area you have never visited, using sites like Google Street View, Bing Maps, and NearMap (an Australian satellite imagery site). The guys speculate about using the maps derived from these services to create a virtual treadmill environment to be able to simulate marathons including the visual track, and simulated elevation changes. Christians’ Deal-of-the-Week is 16GB of Ripjaws X Series DDR3 SDRAM from for $#160; The guys discuss the merits of running reputable brands of memory in your system, the benefits of increasing your system memory, and the features of the various generations of memory, DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and the upcoming DDR4, as well as the performance comparisons between SSD and system memory, as well as the improvement adding an SSD drive to your system can make, as well as extending the usable life of the machine. Christians’ Speed Tip Of the Week is speeding up the performance of Windows Explorer, from Computing Unleashed, via a Registry Patch available at: For those who like to know what they are about apply to their system, the patch includes the following: Hanged programs will be terminated Automatically it will end tasks of programs that are taking longer to respond. Menus will be shown very faster. When you pause on the main menus the sub menus will be shown up very fast than normal. You will get an option ”Take Ownership” when you right click on files or folders. This will become handy when you want to replace system files while doing customization. Make windows not to search for a program that no longer exist when you click on the shortcut there by saving your valuable time. Adds “Copy To” and “Move To” options in the right click context menu of Windows 7. So from now on copying and moving files from one place to another will be more easier than before. Directly opens up the Files list when you choose “Open With” option there by deactivating the ” search on Internet ” option. Speeds up the navigation in Windows Explorer by disabling searching for network printers and scheduled tasks on network. Disables the annoying “low disk space” message notification in your system tray Breaking news during the recording of the show was the Google announcement of Google Wallet, which is the Google phone integrated Pay Pass billing system and will tie in with the Google Offers system to allow you to avail yourself of offers near you. Rich talks about his recent adoption of the password service from LastPass, and it’s excellent integration with the browser and some of the challenges with the iPhone implementation of the service. Rich brings us a couple of nice iPhone apps for the musicians amongst us, being Amazing Slow Downer, from Roni Music, which allows those who learn by ear to slow down a track to better pick out the #160; The app has a desktop version, that integrates with the iPhone app as well. In a similar vein, Christian tells us about Microsoft Songsmith, which generates musical accompaniment matched to a singers’ voice. The final app Rich brings us is Song Exporter Pro, which puts your iDevice on your local network, and allows you to browse and play, stream or copy the file from your device to your PC. Rich reminds us to be vigilant when opening attachments and following links in emails that may be trying to scam #160; Remember, you will never be e-mailed by a vendor such as PayPal, eBay or your bank with links that do not go directly to that #160; These institutions will never ask you to download an application in order to resolve an issue with an account. To close, Rich’s latest Audible book recommendation is In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes our Lives by Steven Levy. 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
Document Scanning at Home, Facebook, WiseStamp Email Signatures, and iDevice Facial Recognition – HT026
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Mike Howard and John Zajdler for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off talking about Document Management for the Average #160; For those of you who still mange your records via a filing cabinet and paper records, this topic is for #160; Mike tells us about his preferred scanner the Fujitsu Snapscan S1300, and how he chose the software that he #160; The guys discuss the products and methods they use to scan and store their documents, how they rename and search their scanned documents, the benefits of storing your documents electronically, and some of the challenges of (OCR) Optical Character Recognition and recovering from large scan jobs when document feeders get jammed. Listen Mobile: The guys talk about the software they use to manage their scanning needs, including Lucion FileCenter and Nuance PaperPort, and the workflow that they use to achieve their required outcomes. The guys briefly dream about the possible integration of document scanning with Microsoft Surface, the amazing technology we’ve all seen on TV shows such as Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as discussing where the OCR feature in Office 2010 may be used. The guys discuss how they use online billing, and which their preferences between paper billing and electronic billing. Andrew talks about Facebook’s recent addition of 2-factor authentication via text message for when you log into your Facebook #160; If you enable this feature on your Facebook account, every time you log in, you will be sent a text message to your phone, which you in turn enter into an additional field to gain access to your Facebook #160; This is widely used in the enterprise and with the banks, but one of the first times we have seen it used with by a social networking service. Andrews’ site of the week is WiseStamp, a browser add-on that adds your recent social network service notifications to your email #160; Quite a nice service for making adding dynamic content to your email signature. Christians’ Deal-of-the-Week is is the Viewsonic gTablet from for $ Christians’ Speed Tip Of the Week is from the Windows 7 Forums, and explains how to validate that Internet Explorer 9 has GPU Acceleration #160; If you have a dedicated video card which supports GPU rendering in your system, you should be using GPU Acceleration, and if you have an integrated video card Windows will not allow you to use GPU #160; Enabling this feature will the improve the performance of web browsing with Internet Explorer 9. From the Patents Office, Facebook has been awarded a Patent for Image Tagging, the feature that allows you to identify people in the photos you have uploaded to Facebook. For those of us who have been waiting for the new HP Palm range of phones to hit the market, the HP Palm Pre3 has been listed on Amazon Germany for with indicative pricing being in the range of $639 USD. The HP Palm Veer has been released to the market on AT&T this week, for those who want their WebOS fix on a new handset. The guys discuss an as yet un-named HTC phone with a dual core processor, and the appeal of the slide out keyboard on the Palm phones. To close out, Christian taunts us with the new Facial Recognition application, RecognizeMe for the iPhone and iPad 2 that will let you unlock the device using your smile – the video shows just how powerful some of the new applications for devices with front facing cameras can become! 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.
i-Robot, Rainmeter, Youtu.be, MentionMap, Angry Birds Browser Edition, and Skype is now a Microsoft Company – HT025
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Bill Paulmenn for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. For anyone who has been off the grid for the past week, the guys start off discussing what is possibly the most interesting acquisition of the year, being the recent Microsoft purchase of Skype for $ billion US, and what this could mean for the future of Skype as we currently know it, use it, and most days, love it! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: The guys talk about the way they currently use Skype, their opinions on the future of Skype, given the range of products that Microsoft could integrate Skype with or replace with Skype, and the possible future names following the merger into the Microsoft stable. Christian talks about the new YouTube shortening URLs , and what may be driving the use of this and other URL shortening services. We talk about the release of Adobe Flash Player for the Android platform, and how the other platforms are starting to fall behind the game in software development cycles. Visit the Android Market to download your update now. The Deal-of-the-Week is the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX5 Programmable Wireless Headset from for $ Christian’s Windows 7 Customization Tip is RainMeter, a desktop customization engine, which lets you create amazing looking Windows desktops. Christian’s Tech Tip of the week, is Tortoise SVN, which is source control software for the Microsoft Windows Operating System, interfacing Sub Version Control through a Windows interface. The guys talk about revision history platforms used in the enterprise world such as Microsoft SharePoint, as well as Google Docs, which we use for the show notes each week. Bill brings us the ultimate geek-wife gift, the iRobot Roomba, a Vacuum Cleaning Robot, which “combines the latest robotic and cleaning technologies to autonomously vacuum your home at the touch of a button”. Andrew’s Site of the Week is MentionMap from Asterisq, which allows you to visually map your Twitter network. It helps you to discover people who have relevant interests, and is a great way to find new people to follow. The guys briefly talk about the Windows Home Server 2011 Online Evaluation, which is a free virtual environment that provides you a Windows 2011 Home Server, and a Windows 7 workstation to be able to evaluate Windows Home Server 2011 for free. To wrap it up for the week, the guys talk about the latest release of Angry Birds, which lets you play Angry Birds from within the web browser. You can get your fix online at 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.
Cyber-attacks, Online Security, Wuala goes Mobile, Top Ten Tablets, Facebook Events, 7stacks, Password Management and DNS Benchmarking – HT024
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Gordon Schmidt for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off with Christian giving a quick insight regarding the change in his development methodologies for his Windows Home Server add-in, Magic Wake-On LAN given the change in technology between original Windows Home Server and the new Windows Home Server 2011. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about the latest news regarding the recent cyber-attack on the Sony PlayStation Network and the steps you can take to make sure your credit card details are safe, such as regularly changing your password on your online services, and using complex #160; For those of you who use the PlayStation Network, Sony are providing regular updates on their Blog. The guys talk about their method of choosing and storing passwords, such as local software options like KeePass, and cloud based password management solutions such as LastPass, which integrates into your web browser, and supports all the common Operating Systems and web browsers both PC based and mobile. To protect yourself online, the guys recommend: Never e-mail your credit card details to anyone Check the links in emails that claim to be from online services like PayPal, and your bank, and ensure you are going to the correct site If you are using a secure site, such as your online banking, or any service that transacts sensitive information make sure that your web browser shows you the site is secure, normally this is a padlock somewhere in your web browser, or the full name of the site for the new version of Firefox Above all, if something looks too good to be true, it usually #160; Remember that Walmart will never send you an email offering you a free $1000 gift card, your bank will never email you asking to confirm your password, and Microsoft will never try to sell you a product that is normally free. If you think your card may have been compromised, you should: Place a fraud alert with the three major credit bureaus, being: Experian at 888-397-3742; Equifax at 800-525-6285; and TransUnion at 800-680-7289 Check your credit reports – US residents are entitiled to one free credit report per year from Annual Credit Report Check your online banking statement Lodge a case with your bank as soon as you notice unusual transactions on your statement Jim talks about Wuala finally releasing a mobile client, allowing you to access your cloud data on the go. Andrew talks about the latest ZDNet Top Ten Tablet Leaderboard for 2011, which is supported by the TechRepublic Photos of the 10 Hottest tablets of 2011, bringing us the ZDNet ranking of the current and future tablet offerings from all the major players. Christian shares his views and experience of buying new brand name versus the same brand name hardware that has been manufacturer refurbished before being retailed, as well as their observations of the differences between the Operating System as it comes installed from the manufacturer versus installing it yourself. For those of you who use Facebook Events regularly, the folks over at Lockergnome have shown us how to synchronize your Google Calendar with your Facebook Events. Christian brings us his Deal-of-the-Week, a Seagate 2TB external hard disk from Tiger Direct for $ Christian’s Tip of the Week tells us how to time the startup of a Windows 7 PC, using a script found over at SevenForums, so you can now quantify and qualify the startup tips from the past. Christian also brings us a very cool program, 7stacks, that enhances the jump list feature found in Windows 7, allowing you to nest folders, program groups and the likes into your jump list. Gordon brings us some more chat about LastPass vs KeePass vs RoboForm for password management, and the guys compare the three solutions with the built-in web browser password managers. Gordon also talks about namebench, an Open-source DNS Benchmark Utility, which gives you a benchmark of how your ISP DNS servers perform, against services such as OpenDNS, Google Public DNS and several other public DNS #160; Changing your DNS servers can dramatically speed up your Internet browsing experience! 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.