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When is Old Hardware Too Old? Backups and Tech Regrets – HGG387

   Pulling from Facebook and the mail bag this week, Jim and Mike spend some time wondering, how old is too old when it comes to computer hardware?  We also have a lengthy discussion on backup solutions, cloud storage with OneDrive and Google Drive and Mike admits he is getting out of the family home storage ; All this and more! Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #386 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network.
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Nvidia Shield Updates, Goodbye StumbleUpon, Ubiquiti Access Point and Bitdefender Box – HGG356

Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #356 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #356 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, Nvidia Shield, Cloud Storage, Backblaze, Ubiquiti, Shaddy Ray, Bitdefender Box News The Nvidia Shield gets a new UI with Android Oreo update – Goodbye, StumbleUpon, one of the last great ways to find good things online – 16 years online How are you finding your news.  We use to use feeds, now we let Facebook and Twitter feed us Cloud Storage prices Amazon – $119 for 2TB Google $120 for 1TB Microsoft – part of the Office 365 plan Cool Finds Shaddy Ray Sunglasses – polarized and meant for people who are hard on their sunglasses. They will replace lost or broken glass for free – just $8 shipping. Plus they are only $45 to begin with. Feature Bitdefender Box What am I working on? Backblaze back up – Been up and running for just over 2 months  now. total (Unlimited from Cox) April bill at $ May Bill at less than $6 Ubiquiti Access Points – 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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Ask the Podcast Coach for Aug 2, 2014

This week on AtPC: Dave asks the question, “What do you do with old shows?  Jim talked about using MediaFire at as a potential source for cloud #160; You can find the entire post of show notes and both audio and video at: Cloud Storage is broken up into 3 categories: 1. Sync – If you update the local file, it is automatically updated in the #160; Some services offer versioning 2. Backup – Files are backed up at a specific time (hour,day,week, month) and versioning is the #160; You never access these files for use. 3. (New) Private or Aggregation – Files are accessed via the cloud but never move from their physical location until they are #160; Think of it like a catalogue or a front end to private storage networks The accepted rule for backup best practices is the three-two-one rule. It can be summarized as: if you’re backing something up, you should have: At least three copies, In two different formats With one of those copies off-site. We asked the question, “What exactly can you do to with your Amazon Affiliate link?”  Sure, the terms and services are important, but what does it really mean?  You can support the Tech Scholarship fund here by using The question is asked, “Do you release your podcasts on a schedule or do it all at once when you are first starting?”  It’s not totally clear what the best ways #160; Daniel J Lewis called in and asks the question, “What will happen now that Apple has bought Swell?” You can find the entire post of show notes and both audio and video at: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at 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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Derek Labian, CEO of MediaFire Talks Accessing Your Media Anytime, from Anywhere on Any Device – HGG177

Derek Labian from () joins Jim (@jcollison) for show #177 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. On this episode, we get to know Derek a bit, ask about the formation of MediaFire, cover the current offerings that MediaFire has for cloud storage, look at what 1TB of storage actually means for the average consumer and look at what is coming in the future for MediaFire. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at(402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:   Derek Labian oversees the strategic and engineering direction of the Houston-based cloud services company. Co-Founding the company in 2006, Labian architected the site from the ground up designing, implementing and managing most of the technical components. Pursuing a nascent internet startup at the age of 16, Labian has over 15 years of experience at technology startups and large technology corporations. He has a passion for technology, a winning record and a key sense of how to engineer a successful startup. Prior to co-founding MediaFire, Labian served as the President and CEO of the FileFront companies and the Vice President and General Manager, FileFront with Ziff Davis Media Company Background Founded August 2006 in The Woodlands, TX Employees: 78 CEO: Derek Labian $ Self-Funded and Privately Owned MediaFire Facts at a Glance 37 million active registered users and growing billion unique visitors in 2012 Over 12 million daily visitors Premium customers in 230 countries   Home Server Show Meetup in Indy – Sep 20 – register LastPass Trial for Enterprise – 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 Feedand pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison 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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Cloud Storage Options with Storage vs Sync, Recovery with Recuva and Funny Cultural Sayings – HGG175

Renny Phipps(@rennyphipps) and John Zajdler (@Dieharder) join Jim (@jcollison) and for show #175 of Home Tech Podcast brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. We chatted about Cloud storage and the idea of Upload vs Sync as well as a short discussion on file recovery with Recuva.  We finished the show with a humorous look at saying from Australia. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at(402) 478-8450   Listen Mobile:     Home Server Show Meetup in Indy – Sep 20 – register Home Gadget Geek Cloud Storage Guide – We talked some about recovering file that have been deleted. Zero Assumption Recovery – Quiz If I were: Calling Burke on the white phone; Technicolour yawning; or Having a chunder What would I be doing? If I were described as: Having a few roos loose in the top paddock; Unable to run a choko vine over a dunny; Lights are on but nobody is home.; or Two bricks short of a load. Things Americans get wrong “Rooting” has nothing to do with supporting a team. An Ass is a member of the equine family, an arse is part of the anatomy “Pissed” is not angry but “pissed-off” is Pissed means drunk as in “pissed as a fart” or “pissed as a tick” Do something Piss or get off the pot Have a go ya mug Obvious Does the Pope kiss concrete? No s$%^ Sherlock Busy Flat out like a lizard drinking As busing as a Beirut bricky As  busy as a one-armed paper hanger Full As full as a state school port rack Full as a goog Really? Struth Fair dinkum? Assorted fictitious things Bunyips Drop bears a gomerator Strong Built like a brick shit house 3 Pick handles wide Cold Freeze the balls off a brass monkey As cold as a mother-in-laws kiss Cold as the hair on a polar bear’s bum. Close Within a bees dick A poopteenth Fast or enthusiastic Like a rat up a drain pipe Like a mormon to a Malvern Star Misc Bogan Couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding More front than Myer’s (Rat with a gold tooth) As useless as an ashtray on a motorbike Batting for the other team Blind mullet ( aka a turd in the sea … aka Bondi cigar ) I don’t have a brass razoo Poor as a crow Come a gutser Don’t get your knickers in a knot. Suck of the sav. Steak & kidney … Sydney Chuck a Uee Dinkie Di Hit the frog & toad Arvo Bucklies chance Haven’t seen you for yonkes Bush telegraph Carked it Chin wag Fair dinkim Cop a gob full Crack on Crack a fat Suffers from eye disease Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey Kit and caboodle 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 Feedand pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison 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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Laptops, Microsoft Surface RT, Surface Pro, Lenovo Yoga, Laptop Drive Encryption, Leap Motion, VGo at NASA – HT117

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Christian Johnson, Mike Howard from and Eddie Ramirez (@pceddienc) for Show 117. This show is part three of three in a series where we look at Laptops.  You can catch the first two at and Mike Howard joined me last week as we talked his Google+ Hangoutasaurus on show 116 – We also have a very popular topic on the VGo robotic telepresence solution for healthcare, education and the workplace.  Christian uses this device at NASA when he is working from home.  Go to minute 56 of either the audio or video to watch.  Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Join the Average Guy Facebook Group and you can win! – Listen Mobile:     The show starts with Mike Howard talking about his experience with the Microsoft Surface RT, Surface Pro and the Lenovo Yoga. Mike talks about some of the Bags he has used and recommends Incipio – VanGoddy – Nixon – Samsonite – Laptop Security Symantic Endpoint Protection Iron Key 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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CES 2013, twtrland.com, Goodbye Messenger, Chromebooks and Crowd Storage with Symform – HT102

Jim (@jcollison), Andrew (@unrealshots) and Christian (@theWizBM) are joined this week by Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) and Renny Phipps (@rennyphipps) for show 102! New Show Twitter Hash Tag for the show each week. Use “#HT102” when referencing the show.  Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E Listen Mobile:   The guys start off the show hearing about Renny’s recent trip to the USA, before moving on to Renny telling us about the “God Mode” within Windows 7, which is a Windows 7 Easter Egg that allows you to create a folder containing all of the Control Panel shortcuts in one folder. Renny also talks about this 2013 goal of tidying up his Home Technology, assessing the hardware and applications he has, and performing a bit of a Spring Clean. The guys talk a about recycling options for disposing of old computer hardware, with options like Best Buy in the USA, Officeworks in Australia, local council clearances, or archiving old hardware in the home. For those of us who use multiple cloud storage providers, the guys talk about the ideal service to enable synchronization of data between providers without having to download and upload the data. For the die hard tech buff’s, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has just finished in Las Vegas – the show was comprehensively covered by Jim and Dave McCabe from the Home Server Show, and the guys talk about the highlights for them, from the various vendors who were at the show. Christian talks about the recent changes to Skype, which now allow full contact integration into Outlook – yet another step in Skype becoming the replacement for Windows Live Messenger, which is being retired by Microsoft.  Christian also discusses the current top selling laptop from Amazon – the Google Chromebook. Andrew talks about introducing a new TP-Link WR1043ND router into his home network, to enable a single wireless SSID to be accessible throughout the home, as his cable modem does not have sufficient range to be able to cover the whole house.  An affordable performance and coverage improvement. Jim and Bill talk about wireless security cameras available from vendors such as DLink, as well as talking about WiFi available from vendors such as AT&T and Comcast “in the wild”. Jim tells us about a Twitter stats site, TWTRLAND, a website into which you enter your Twitter name, and it will provide you with statistics as to how you use Twitter, including who you interact with, and things on Twitter that might interest you. To close out, Jim talks about a “crowd storage” solution, Symform, which gives you cloud storage by contributing storage to the “crowd storage” pool. The Average Guy Facebook Page The Average Guy 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: / Bios Mods Site: 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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