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Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW talks Mirrorless vs DSLR and Photography Gifts for Everyone – HGG382

   Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW found at  and at @jpeg2raw on Twitter as we discuss the battle between Mirrorless and DSLR ; We also look at the software used to edit and store his photos as well as some gift ideas for the photographer, from stocking stuffers all the way up to the big ticket items for yourself or loved ones!  All this and more! Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #382 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
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For the Photographers, Kayakers and Video Fans – HT062

After a couple of weeks of being unable to record a show, Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Mike Howard from the jpeg2RAW Podcast, for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. Jim tells us about the tribulations of automotive failure in a hybrid car, and Andrew gives us an update on the solar array he has on the roof before the guys roll into the show. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Jim tells us about his new role at work, which affords him more time on Twitter, to encourage local students to consider careers or internships at Gallup,  In a Twitter vein, the guys talk briefly about Runkeeper, which can automatically tweet your Runkeeper tracked activities. Mike tells us about a competition he is running over at jpeg2RAW, where you can win a copy of Adobe Lightroom – a must have digital asset management package for the digital photography buff! The guys move onto the tech part of the show, with Andrew bringing the news that the popular VideoLAN Media Player, also known as VLC, has reached version , bringing support for a bunch of new devices, an update to the Mac and Web interfaces, and BluRay support! The guys talk about why you would use VLC instead of Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center, and other consumption applications such as Pandora for listening to music, or renting movies online through the XBox or Netflix. Andrew talks about his new passion, having purchased two Hobie Fishing Kayaks, with the “Mirage Drive” pedal system.  Andrew demonstrates for those watching live how the Mirage Drive works – although the image to the right most likely does it more justice! Whilst kitting out the kayak, Andrew has been looking into buying a waterproof video camera such as a GoPro or Stealth HD from Drift Innovation. While looking at the various cameras, Andrew has discovered Camera Size, a website that gives the online purchaser the ability to compare the size of various cameras.  For Example, if you own a Digital SLR camera such as a Canon EOS 60D, and are looking to purchase a compact camera such as a Nikon COOLPIX® AW100, using Camera Size, you can compare the two cameras side by side or superimposed, as in the image to the left, and even compared to a AA sized battery.  The guys talk about the best camera being the one you have with you, and talk about average guy use of a phone camera for something as simple as taking a photo of where you park your car in a large car park, to make to make it easier to find when you finish shopping. Mike’s Average Guy tech for the week is to remind folks to occasionally check your PC for ingested dust that can result in your PC overheating, which can lead to problems with the PC shutting itself down to preserve itself.  The guys talk about the best way to remove dust from a PC; Jim favors using the leaf blower (from a distance), whereas Mike uses a vacuum cleaner in conjunction with a can of compressed air. Jim talks about being able to service the fan in his Antec 900 case, and with feedback from the live chat, a tear down from popular hardware site Toms Hardware is quickly found. Mike talks a little about the latest camera of his affection, being the Nikon D800, a new megapixel full frame Digital SLR offering from Nikon. Mike also tells us about the upcoming Photoshop CS6 release, and the improved graphics processing capabilities that the upgrade will bring for photographers and graphics editors using the popular editor from Adobe. Mike and Jim close out the show talking about the benefits of upgrading to an SSD and the improvement that can be gained by making small changes and using technologies like ReadyBoost, which is built into Windows Vista and Windows 7, which allows you to cost effectively upgrade the performance of your PC by adding a cheap USB memory module. 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! 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: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots 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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CES 2012, Exercise Technology, Lightroom 4 Beta, Internet Addiction Disorder and the End of the Digital SLR – HT058

With everyone back on decent Internet connections, Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW. After some updates from the guys, Dave McCabe, from the Home Server Show, joins the guys live from CES, and gives an update on the ioSafe demonstration, and the week at CES in general. Listen LIVE every Thursday night at @ 6pP/8C/9E/1aUTC Listen Mobile:   Jim tells us about how he and Dave have produced a lot of videos from CES to put onto the Home Server Show, using Google Plus Hangouts and #160; The guys talk about their observations of CES 2012, and what they expect from CES in 2013. Andrew talks about this New Years Resolution to lose some weight – 20kg (44 lbs), and how he intends to use technology to track #160; Andrews’ tools of choice are the Couch to 5k Podcast, by Robert Ullray, a 9 week program that Andrew is going to team up with Run Keeper and the music player on his Android #160; The Podcast walks you through an interval program, designed to get you from walking to running 5k in a 9 #160; Run Keeper lets you “geek out” your training regime, and gather some good statistics to show how your level of fitness should change throughout the 9 week journey and being able to run a #160; Andrew has set a goal of running 28 k in the Two Bays Trail Run in #160; The guys talk a little about exercising technology including Run Keeper, and various GPS devices such as the Garmin Forerunner and Polar Heart Rate Monitor watches. Christian talks about the ICANN decision to allow generic top-level domain names, as covered by #160; Although an extremely exciting announcement, the guys all decide that the pricing is well beyond any of their means. Christian also tells us about the research performed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences who performed MRI scanning on a test group of 5 adolescents, and have concluded that it is possible to develop Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). The guys talk about some Internet usage statistics, which you can check out yourself, using Alexa. Mike brings us news of the Adobe release of a new beta for version 4 of their Lightroom #160; The guys talk about the differences between the Lightroom and Photoshop products, and discuss the features between various versions of Photoshop, and the pricing structure that Adobe have with relation to upgrading their Photoshop and Creative Suite products. Mike also talks about Trey Ratcliff’s article from Stuck in Customs, DSLR’s Are a Dying Breed, and the future of the 3rd Generation Cameras such as the Sony NEX and Samsung NX cameras. The guys wrap up the show, discussing the iRig Microphone which Dave used for covering CES.   Thanks for listening to the podcast, and if you have time, please join us in the live chat while we record the show!! 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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