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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.
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Store Your Music in the Cloud? Installing the Amazon Cloud Player Uploader and get 5GB Free with 20GB after purchase.

Weeks ago, Amazon announced that it would begin to provide 5GB of cloud storage for Documents, Music, Pictures and #160; In its most practical application with the online storage of music, Amazon has now released a Windows Uploader that will allow you to easily upload multiple music files and folders to the #160; It does require an Amazon account, which is #160; You can sign up for an account here. Even better is the offer to up your storage to 20GB per year with the purchase of one mp3 #160; Now your music, both that which you have purchased (in any form, from any store, ripped from CD or mp3) or purchased from Amazon directly can be accessed from anywhere, via a internet connected web browser or smart phone that has the Amazon Cloud Player. Start at #160; Select MP3s & Cloud Player   Select Upload to your Cloud Drive   Select Download now and run the installer   The install of the Amazon MP3 Uploader does require the installation of Adobe #160; If you don’t currently have it installed on your system, it will install #160; Select Continue.   After the installation is complete, the Uploader will begin to search for music that is already on your #160; I can let it run or choose to stop it and browse #160; If you have a bunch of music, I would stop it for the first time. If you do stop it, this is the prompt you will #160; For these instructions, I will stop it and choose a folder. From this screen, I will choose Browse for music folders manually. From this point, it just about finding your music and uploading it to the #160; Once it is there, you can view it in either a list view, an Album view (much like iTunes), an Artist view, or by #160; Try it out with an album or #160; Access it from work or try it on your Android #160; Give it a test. Now enjoy your music in the #160; You will never again have to worry about losing it or accessing it when you are away from home.
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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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Tech Christmas Gifts, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Tascam DR-07 and Drobo – HT005

Brian, Christian and Jim talk Tech Christmas Gifts, what to do with the iTunes Gift card you received, how to store your music files, Windows Live Photo Gallery and of course, the #160; It’s a post Christmas extravaganza! Don’t forget to go all the way to the end of the podcast!  Some additional content. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen:   What we Got for Christmas: Christian’s Beast Build: AMD Phenom II 109OT Black Edition Thuban 6-core Processor Asus Crosshair 4 formula AM3 Motherboard Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR-3 RAM Jim’s Gifts: Tascam DR-07 Portable Recorder Energizer XP4001 Black Portable Charger Drobo Products Brian’s Gifts: Xbox 360 Slim 4GB Console Vizio 19” Class Razor LED LCD HDTV LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD Webcam Music Links: · Subsonic · ZumoCast · Pandora · Foobar2000 · VLC · iTunes · Zune Desktop Software · FLAC Format · dBpoweramp · EAC – Exact Audio Copy · XRecode II Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 Article: Microsoft Image Composite Editor Jim’s Drobo Reviews on HSS: Can a Drobo Replace WHS Drive Extender (Part 1) Can a Drobo Replace WHS Drive Extender (Part 2) 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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