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ISP Cloud Storage, Nike MAG, Google Plus Widgets, Input Director, E3 Spark Plugs, Metro Start Pages, and a stroll along Nostalgia Street – HT043

Jim and Andrew and Christian are joined by Rich O’Neil for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The show starts off with Andrew giving an update of the status of solar installation rebates in Victoria in Australia, and why he is installing more solar panels on the house. Jim tells us about Cox Communication’s new offering, which gives their Internet subscribers a cloud-style backup solution, starting at 1GB to 50GB up to Unlimited storage, depending on your subscriber plan.  If you are a subscriber, this is a great alternative to the other cloud solutions we have spoken about in the past. Listen Mobile: Andrew brings us the Nike MAG, a new shoe that will have all fans of the Back to the Future movies drooling, being the self-lacing shoe that Marty McFly wears in the second movie – check it out at Nice Kicks; not the best looking shoe in the world, but definitely one for die hard fans of the movie!  The shoes will be available on eBay, and all sales proceeds will go to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Unfortunately no-one has designed a functional Hover Board as yet, but we live in hope! For the Google Plus users who want to be able to integrate their social feed onto their Windows 7 desktop, the folks over at Kalamon Software have released a Google Plus Windows 7 desktop gadget, which “Displays live Google+ messages feed on your Windows 7 desktop”.  The guys discuss the various desktop information feed utilities that they use, including Rainmeter, HTC Home, and the built-in CPU and Memory widget.  The guys go on to talk about how Google Plus is being used as opposed to how folks use Facebook and Twitter. Andrew brings us a fantastic utility called Input Director, which allows a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple PC’s on multiple monitors.  If you’re confused already by the description, this image might help! The setup was a very easy setup, with an Average Guy rating of 2/10 for simplicity!  If you’re a Linux or Mac user, you should check out Synergy, which although being a little more difficult to configure, provides a similar service, but allows you to slide between platforms as well as monitors, using a single keyboard and mouse. From Christian’s Corner, the Deal of the Week, is the E3 Spark Plug, which Christian’s family have found has improved their highway cycle fuel economy by around 4 mpg, just by changing the plugs over. Christian’s Tip of the Week is a Windows 8 Metro Style Home Home Page for your web browser, which lets you pre-define websites in the same style as the Metro Style that is seen on the home screen of the current Windows Phone.  A very cool way to start your browser, sure to get your friends talking. Christian tells us about his latest project, designing and installing a security camera system for a baseball field, and the constraints of finding an Internet Provider, and the guys discuss some of the ISP and network connectivity options available. Rich tells us about the latest audible book he is listening to, “The Master Switch” by Tim Wu, who coined the term “Net Neutrality”, which talks about the cycle through which information industries rise, consolidate, monopolize, capture governments, force out competitors, and eventually, fragment into something less grandiose, less perfect, but more vibrant, open, and innovative. The guys take a walk down Nostalgia Street, talking about the advances in communication in the past 20-25 years, including the reduction in the cost of international phone calls, email, and communication as we now know it, including video calling. The guys close out, talking about some of the horrendous hail storms that have lashed Melbourne and Nebraska in the past 18-24 months, with hail stones the size of baseballs, and the damage that these storms do to property. Don’t forget our feed location is changing – 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
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Facebook Forums, A New RSS Feed, Netflix makes Changes, Spotify launches in the USA, Speed Tips and Cammster – HT036

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Rich O’Neil for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. After exploring the concept of a show, “Random with Rich” discussing random Tweets and stream items from Google+, the guys kick it off, discussing some of the issues Rich has had with his router and streaming media from his Windows 2011 Home Server, and the good and bad of Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). Listen Mobile: After discussing the possibility of setting up some Average Guy Forums, a Facebook group for The Average Guy Podcast Network has been set up, which will allow followers of the show to interact with the hosts, and allow us to notify folks of up and coming events such as Live Recordings, Podcasts being published, and new posts to The Average Guy website. Jim discusses the new RSS Feed for the Home Tech Podcast.  For those of you who use iTunes, you can click to subscribe to the new feed.  For other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Moving on, the guys discuss the release Spotify in the US.  Spotify is an online music streaming service that currently offers free accounts (via invitation), which gives you six months of unlimited streaming (which is defined as 10 hours).  There are also subscription accounts available at $5 and $10 per month which include a PC client and offline downloads. Netflix has announced that they will be separating their streaming and DVD services, which changes the pricing structure to $ for each service.  More details are available on the Netflix Blog.  For those of you who use Netflix, be sure to check out what has changed, and what it means to you. Rich talks to us about Songify from Khush, which is an iPhone and iPod Touch application which turns speech into a music track.  While talking about the iPhone, Rich talks about his experiences with Jailbreaking his iPhone, and the associated experiences with the phone hanging, and the fixing step of upgrading the iPhone to the current version using iTunes, in order to return the phone to its’ natural state, restoring it to stability. Rich reminds us of Hostsman, an application that allows automated updates of the Windows hosts file to protect you from dubious sites on the Internet, as well as telling about how you can Create Shortcuts to bypass User Access Control (UAC) in Windows. From Christian’s Corner, Christian gives us an update on his current coding projects, the first being an update to Magic Wake on Lan for Windows Home Server, as well as his latest coding project, adding an additional player to Subsonic. The Deal-of-the-Week is the Antec Unbeatable Notebook Cooler 200 from , which will slip right into your laptop bag, and is powered by USB. 4 1/2 star rated on Amazon, a good buy at $ Christians’ Speed Tip of the Week is more of a time saving tip, being spell checker add-ins for Internet Explorer 9,  from   While Google Chrome and Firefox both have inbuilt spell checking, these add-ins bring the functionality to Internet Explorer. Christian also fills us in on the latest news from Google, being the closure of Google Labs, as announced by our friends over at Information Week.  More details are available over at the Official Google Blog. Andrew brings us PlusFeed, a website which aggregates public posts into an RSS feed for easier consumption.  More details are available over at Andrew also brings us the motion detection image capturing service Cammster, which lets you setup a webcam to act as a security camera, sending you an e-mail with their free service, or alerts you via SMS for $2 for 200 SMS events. To wrap it up, the guys talk about some of the odd things that folks show via webcams online, as well as folks who use Twitter to allow their pets to communicate with other pets on Twitter, and some who stream their pets and other animals via services such as camstreams. 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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Digital Photography Advice, Google+ vs Facebook – HT035

       Jim, Christian and Andrew. with special guest Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW are together again for show #35 of the Home Tech Podcast This week the guys talk some more about Google Plus, Digital Photography for the novice to amateur photographer, and tips and tricks for improving your images. Mikes podcast jpeg2RAW and photography site can be found over at   Listen Mobile: 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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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
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Apple iPads and iPad2, Windows 7 from a Mac, Ripping DVDs, Gmail Down and You Can’t Intimidate Apathy – HT015

This week’s show includes the regulars, Brian Burgess, Christian Johnson and Andrew #160; The guys spend some time talking about iPad and the new #160; Brian covers accessing Windows 7 from a Mac, ripping DVDs and a Gmail #160; Christian brings some updates and Andrew talks about a PC in a box, really!   Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: News  iPad 2 news and video · iTunes Update Available Now for Preparation for iPad 2 and iOS · Windows Live Mesh Beta Ending March 31st Mac OS X with Windows · How to RDP from Mac OS X to Windows 7, XP, and WHS · Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac · Dave from Home Server Show and Brian are resurrecting Burning DVDs and Blu-ray · Rip & Convert DVDs to ISO Images · Rip & Convert DVDs to MKV Format · Rip & Convert Blu-ray Discs in Windows 7 · Handbrake Gmail · How to Backup Gmail with a Free Windows Live Account · Gmail Went Down for Many Users This Week · Backupify Christian’s Corner · Netflix iPad Update · Trillian Astra · Upgrade Path From DOS to Windows 7 (Awesome Video!) Hardware · ASUS Motherboard Box Doubles as a PC Case · Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook · Apply To Test the Chrome Notebook 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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