Home Gadget Geeks

Post Black Friday Purchases, Drobo Fail and Google Photos – HGG380

   We are back after the US Thanksgiving weekend break with all of the gadgets that we purchased during the Black Friday sales!  Jim also tells the story of his Drobo 5N failing and how he recovered it as well as a move to Google Photos for all his pictures. All this and more! Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #380 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, OCZ Bankruptcy, Buy The Right Tablet!, DNS Explained, nslookup, TestDisk, Thoughts on Google Glass & Privacy – RRPG025

  Black Friday, Cyber Monday, OCZ Bankruptcy, Buy The Right Tablet!, DNS Explained, nslookup, TestDisk, Thoughts on Google Glass & Privacy – RRPG025Kevin Schoonover(@schoondoggy1979) joins Jim (@jcollison) and Rich O’Neil (@dvn7) for RRPG #25. We’re all over the map on this one as you can tell by the title of the article. Kevin’s been coming up with a lot of great online deals and posting them in the Home Server Show forums. Listen Mobile: Kevin’s notes: Determine your needs before you buy anything – server, laptop, PC, tablet. Don’t assume anything, do your research! STec was acquired, OCZ files, who will be next? This weeks project 1: My wife is moving from an Android phone to a Windows phone This weeks project 2: Setup three Nest Protect CO detectors in our home Post BF Deals Jim – Slacking today Rich’s notes Consumer SSD giant OCZ files for bankruptcy! Problems with Vertex line (and other things??) was downfall. Toshiba to acquire?? Read it here: – recover deleted partitions:  did I accidentally delete a partition about 2 hours before the show?? yup and did TestDisk restore that partition in about a minute?? yup It’s been around for years. Rock solid, IMO.   From my Intro to Networking class at University of Southern Maine: DNS – Domain Naming System My write-up: Fun things to do with nslookup type nslookup at the command prompt and press Enter then try each of these switches and see what you get when you do a nslookup on a site: set type=CNAME set type=MX set type=NS set type= AAAA Still using for additional lessons on networking Free through my school’s connection with Microsoft’s Dreamspark Otherwise – $29/$49 per month Google Glass – Is it weird? Creepy? Are you concerned about privacy? Multiple VM instances of Spinrite running in my WS2012E machine ripped the disk to ISO and built vm’s on that ikon, watch out!   – Rich Rich’s RPG is a podcast hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. We talk tech with like–minded folks, covering stuff that’s interesting to us. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. And we welcome newcomers. Got your headset and a bit of free time? Join us on the show by contacting us at: or Facebook Page: Facebook Group: Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: Jim’s Twitter: 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. Podcast intro and exit music is used by permission from “In the Shadow of the Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos.
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Virtual Private Servers, Toyota Tundra, HP MicroServers, and the Power of Social Media – HT053

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The show starts off, with Christian telling us about the trials and tribulations of hitting the limit of an unlimited web-hosting package, and the experience of choosing a new Virtual Private Server Provider (VPS), finally setting on Virpus, where he has even dealt with the CEO. Listen LIVE at 6pP/8C/9E/1aUTC every Thursday night over at Listen Mobile: Jim tells us about his Thanksgiving Turkey Post, about wrapping the turkey in bacon to retain the moisture within the turkey, and bring the flavor of bacon and turkey together! The guys move on to talk about the new Live features in Google Analytics, where you can see in real time traffic visiting your website.  If you have a website that receives a lot of traffic, this is an excellent way of determining where your traffic come from, and how it reaches your site, be it Twitter, Facebook or other social media sources. Mike gets the petrol heads amongst us drooling as he tells us about his new Toyota Tundra CrewMax TRD, and why he purchased the car, and the technology that is in the car, as well as some of the other technology that Toyota is putting into their new vehicles.  The guys go on to talk about some of the social behavior that is exhibited on the roads, and if changes in in-car technology would change the way some of us behave on the roads if the technology in our cars was more advanced. Christian talks about some of the challenges with extracting a file with a .gz extension with 7-zip, when trying to extract a file that wasn’t compressed using 7-zip.  for those with similar issues, try WinRAR, as it may save your day! Christians’ Deal of the Week is the Creative Labs Fatal1ty Gaming Headset from Tiger Direct for $  If these headphones live up the legacy of the Creative Labs products, they should be a great headset. Jim talks about the latest bargain he picked up, being the HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L, sold in a Shell Shocker for $249, including 2 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard disk.  These little servers have a very low power consumption, and perfectly suited to running Windows Home Server. Christians’ Tech Tip is WinCDEmu, a virtual drive mounting utility that lets you mount image files without having to burn to CD or DVD. Andrew talks about enabling the new Google interface, by editing a cookie used by Google Chrome.  A quick modification if you want to enable the new look before it reaches you! Mike talks about the power of social media, as he relates a good news story of a Camera Lost at Sea Returned with the Help of Social Networking. The guys briefly discuss what they consider to be the most powerful social media platforms, being Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter Mike tells us about the recent changes to Adobe’s upgrade policy, which means that only owners of the most current version of the Photoshop family will be able to upgrade to the new Creative Suite 6 when it is released.  The guys talk a bit about the cameras they use, and the editors and workflow management software they use for managing and processing their digital photographs. For those of you who have a Facebook Page, and you don’t understand the data about your viewers, the Non Profit Facebook Guy explains how Insights works. The guys close out the show, talking about the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and if they picked up any bargains, and what they have their eye on if it comes on sale. Don’t forget our feed location has changed – 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: 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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