On this episode, We cover some home networking tips, a look at the most recent Apple event and some updates on a new channel that Jim is watching on YouTube. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #377 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
On this episode, we have Erin Lawrence from Tech Gadgets Canada at and on Twitter @erinLYYC as we talk about her newest home DIY project – Tech Camper Conversion! We also cover the new Google Pixel 3XL, the Hobot window washing robot and Erin’s take on mood lighting. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #376 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
This week Christian is joined by Jim to talk about killing off password security on web and communication platforms, the era of the hardware authenticator! We dive deep into the release of the Yubikey 5, FIDO 2, and Webauthn standards and how these platforms and standards will usher in the next phase of improved cybersecurity for enterprises as well as the average guy. We talk about some of the historical implications of protocols that haven’t evolved over the last thirty years, and what these technologies bring to the table to augment existing internet infrastructure. We also briefly veer into the latest Apple announcements with the release of OSX Mojave and iOS 12, because who doesn’t want to know what awaits them in Apple’s latest software platform? Strap in while we take you to the edge of the frontier and back.
Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #369 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #365 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #365 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, SSD, Splashtop, Teamviewer, Apple, IOS, Android, Reset on Crash Conversation Moving my 8TB hard drives. $100 + actual shipping. Email me at if you are interested _____________________________________________ Ernesto Morin shared a link. 20 hrs Just crazy prices for SSD drives. $89 for 500GB crucial drive. Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA Inch Internal SSD – CT500MX500SSD1(Z) Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA Inch Internal SSD – CT500MX500SSD1(Z) —————————————————————————————————- Ernesto Morin 3 hrs —————————————————————– Kevin Schoonover shared a link. August 5 at PM Nice deal from SlickDeals: 960GB ADATA SSD $ .13 per GB is the lowest I can remember for SSD. I have used ADATA SSD’s with no issues: 960GB ADATA Ultimate SU650 3D NAND ;quot; Solid State Drive $ + Free Shipping ADATA via Rakuten has 960GB ADATA Ultimate SU650 3D NAND #8243; Solid State Drive (ASU650SS-960GT-C) for $ – $ w/ coupon code AD22 = $ Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclu … ———————————————————————————– Mike Wieger asked about Splashtop vs Teamviewer. I have tried both. Both are good. Splashtop is cheaper. But the one thing that I noticed is Splashtop is slower. There is a pretty good lag with it. I end up closing it and switching over to Teamviewer. I just wish Teamviewer was not so pricey. —————————————————————————————————– Kevin Schoonover shared a link. Yesterday at AM Listening to HGG 363, the discussion around teaching programming is very interesting. Another angle on programming can be an introduction to electronics. There are lots of good small boards, that let kids write code and see it work on something other than a computer, this is a good educator pack: Circuit Playground Express Educators’ Pack For many years, instructors and teachers have asked us to come up with a better way to teach programming and electronics. We have worked on Circuit Playground Express for over a year to come … OUT OF STOCK —————————————————————————————- Jim Collison shared a link. Admin · July 30 at AM I am thinking about ditching my traditional wallet and moving to one that is a part of a phone cover like …/…/B01GIVWWG4 Anyone do this yet? Thoughts? Spigen Slim Armor CS iPhone 7 Case/iPhone 8 Case with Slim Dual Layer Wallet Design and Card Slot Holder for Apple iPhone 7 (2016)/iPhone 8 (2017) – Black Tired of carrying both your phone and wallet? Simplify your shopping essentials with Spigen’s Slim Armor CS without sacrificing an ounce of protection and style. Spigen Slim Armor seamlessly holds up to two cards, sealed by a conveniently sliding cover. The cover also functions as a shelter for c… ——————————————————————————- Mike Wieger shared a video. 11 hrs K-RIGG Pressure Smoker Alright who is buying this and doing a review for the next BBQ show? Looking at you Mark Robson. Smoke Food in Minutes, Not Hours! News Apple Speculation – could have three different sized iPhones. We will learn about them at the September event Samsung Wireless Charger Duo – they could beat Apple to the wireless charging pad even though Apple announced theirs last year. Reviews A utility that has really been helping me out with Burst and could find other uses? Restart on Crash. It monitors active exes and when it stops, for whatever reason, it restarts it! Super easy, super light and it just works. Been using it for 3 or 4 weeks now, no issues. – network mapping software. ————————————————————————— Product Updates Mike – Cisco 3750G 48 port PoE managed switch. Raspberry Pi – Security camera viewer. Now I got the version 3 B. Crypto Post Show Starting the migration off Burst Set the GPU miners with a min amount to mine for Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust. For more information visit
Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) joins to discuss the ins and outs of using Chromebooks full time in his school district and how he likes to use them at home. We also discuss the issues that have come up now that Code42 is no long going to be in the consumer PC and Mac Back up business. Lots of options are discussed, including how Jim already migrated his backups over to Crashplan Pro and how he did it. That and more on this episode of Home Gadget Geeks 326! Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Join us for the Home Server Show Meetup – Acer R13 Chromebook Touchscreen, 1080p with Android App support Light – lbs Clean bright screen, touch screen is responsive, flip around for tablet. Good for Slides or Google docs that you are sharing or editing while walking around (spreadsheets, checklists) Battery lasts all day. Pretty good keyboard, little flimsy feeling but easy to type on. FULL-HDMI out, USB-C charger Only 1 standard USB port. Wi-Fi radio seems weaker – low bars when close to AP, on 5GHz band, supposed to be Similar to the smaller R11 but bigger screen and faster CPU. R11 seem more rugged though–good for school kids! Android Apps – on Chromebook that supports it and need OS v61? PLEX – nice in tablet format when screen flipped back, will work on External display when in laptop mode, better performance in tablet mode Google Music Google Photos Google Earth – great in tablet mode, touch screen, zoom AutoDesk Sketch – works with stylus, save local for free What’s App doesn’t work on Android for ChromeOS yet. 🙁 I Like that some apps can be Fullscreen or “phone size” to stick in corner or other screen What do you get for under $50 for a mouse these days? CrashPlan Alternatives What do I do and What do I tell my family and friends to do? My situation: Several household Windows and Mac devices. 6 computers Total TB data Pictures, Documents, home videos, music (no DVD rips or TV recordings from Media center) Very likely duplicates across devices as I migrated from one computer to another. Peer-to-Peer backup Local computer to computer in house and to friend computer for some files CrashPlan central storage I have years left on my subscription to CrashPlan Central I am a backup target for Family and Friends using CrashPlan free 17 computers to my Windows Home Server 2011 Several terabytes stored for friends and family Major paths to look at for me: Centralize storage to NAS/Server/Unraid Backup NAS offsite using commercial cloud storage (Amazon?) Cloudberry – buy software then pay separately for storage NAS version plus Amazon Glacier $60 upfront, $4 month ($48/year) for 1 TB Is there a peer-to-peer alternative that is not just “sync”? Synology HyperBackup option? – to remote site – Works over internet to other location, need OpenVPN or dynDNS or remote IP and Port forwarding to work Need two Synology devices, one can be older and slower Hourly or daily backup interval? HyperBackup Vault for backup archive browsing on remote Synology NAS What do the backup clients on Mac and Windows look like? How well do they work? Per computer backup products SpiderOak One – Just pay for storage Unlimited devices – no software fee Encrypted always Both backup and “Sync” folder options Restore from any device Mobile apps Versioning Might be hourly/daily backup only…? 1 TB – $129 annually Backblaze – Backups external drives Versioning up to 30 days Option for Private Key and 2FA Locate missing computer $50/year per computer Or use Groups or B2 storage for multiple computers #familyplan Separate download client for restores Arq backup – Pay for client computer and then storage separately Usual destinations – S3, B2 etc. $50/account one time fee Multiple computers can be installed under one account Cloudberry – Backup client and storage separate Bare-metal backup if you get server version Free version – just pay for storage Pro version $29 adds compression and encryption and 1TB storage limit Multiple cloud storage providers Quite complex to setup – lots of options For me with 3 Windows and 3 Mac – $165 up front, software annual maintenance cost $36 and 1TB storage with B2 $5/month. 1st year would cost $261! Google Drive Backup & Sync Drive sync and backup tool in one Mac and Windows $100 /TB/year CrashPlan Pro Small Business Discount for first year 75% off $10/device per month For me, $720/year If I drop to 2 devices – $240/year Says unlimited storage… What would I recommend to Friends or Family? Depends on number of computers and technical familiarity Single computer and limited tech chops – probably BackBlaze or SpiderOak One Multiple computer and complexities? Don’t know More questions after the podcast… Can I consolidate to one or two computers? How do I restore data from CrashPlan archives to my computer? Do I need to restore deleted files? How do I help my friends restore or migrate their backup archives that I store for them? Colocate a server of my own? Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust. For more information visit
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