Home Tech Tips

Chance Irvine from Proxibid and talks Midwest Cloud Computing- Live from Infotec 2016 – HTT035

Listen Mobile:   Home Tech Tips brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or in Canada you can use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at 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 Find the full show notes and video at Chance Irvine is Director of IT Operations and Infrastructure at Proxibid and has recently joined with Midwest Cloud Computing as Business Development Executive | Partner. Over the past 14 years Chance has orchestrated the procurement, implementation, and operational management of technology infrastructure resources, greatly improving reliability and stability in each case. A leader in IT Transformation, he is excellent in matching the right solutions and services, ensuring appropriate service levels and partnerships to protect and enable the business. With Midwest Cloud Computing, Chance is utilizing this experience to help companies on their IT Transformation journey. Chance supports Northwest Missouri State University as a member of the Computer Science Professional Advisory Team. Locally a member of Nebraska IT Leadership Forum. Advisory board member for xChange Events-Midsize Enterprise Summit, Nebraska IT Symposium and AIM’s Infotec conference.
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Cyber Frontiers

Windows 10 Privacy Snafus, Cloud Security Dilemmas, and the birth of Mr. Robot – CF025

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian is joined by Ashton and Jim to discuss the security and privacy of Microsoft’s latest creation – Windows 10. We dive deep into whether the OS is really secure, specifically looking at the new technologies available in the OS, privacy agreements shipped with the product, and whether or not Windows 10 is a product or hybrid cloud service. We even try to decide if Christian believes Microsoft created a Windows 10 privacy snafu versus a fully fledged debacle. Ashton counters the Microsoft storyboard with a review of Apple OS privacy to date, and makes similar comparisons to what has been revealed in Windows 10. Furthermore, we discuss some of the emerging Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks taking place on cloud providers, and what this may mean for cloud enabled operating systems like Windows 10. We wrap up on a positive note though, and discuss USA network’s new psychological cyber security thriller Mr. Robot! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) – ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:     Windows 10 Privacy Debacle — Not just Windows: Yosemite concerns Unsaved documents shared uploaded to apple servers as part of “hand-off” service List of concerns and workarounds for yosemite. Even disabling spotlight searching and using duckduckgo does not save you from having your searches sent to apple. Mr. Robot on USA Network MITM Attack on Cloud providers — Attacks on network instead of computers   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Cyber Frontiers

Open Everything: Adopting Cloud in the Enterprise w/ OpenSource, OpenStack, and OpenFlow – CF022

This week on Cyber Frontiers Kevin joins us to bring to a close a fantastic three part series on how cutting edge technologies are being received and adopted in the enterprise. In this segment, we take a look at how current cloud computing solutions are powering the enterprise. We evaluate different solutions, what communities are currently driving the market, and the roadblocks associated with implementing certain architectures. We also tie in key conversations from the previous two episodes to see how other technologies like SDN are playing a major role in re-designing the cloud and the data centers they operate on. We have some good laughs, some tongue twisters, and a lot of great conversation around an expansive topic! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) – ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   OpenStack has been getting a lot of grassroots IT support. Will it make it in the long run? What is Next Generation-Agile-Converged-Private Cloud datacenter? Why do I care? What is OpenStack? What HyperVisors are supported? What about storage Block vs Object? Network environment: OpenStack predictions: Their growth reflects a hearty appetite for public cloud computing, while Red Hat peddles private clouds to CIOs that still believe they must run behind their firewalls. It’s a growth business for Red Hat, but given private clouds’ dismal success rate, it’s unclear for how long. Interesting Vendors: Mirantis: ;program=PPC&campaign=Brand&adgroup=mirantis&keyword=mirantis&matchtype=e&network=g&device=c&placement=&placementcategory=&adposition=1t1&gclid=CjwKEAjwhbCrBRCO7-e7vuXqiT4SJAB2B5u7bAlQKSbipHfYcwcJXHgllxF-hG0uEyohFdkUyuCTfhoCSM7w_wcB StrataScale Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Cyber Frontiers

The Evolution of Cloud Computing and Security – CF010

This week the conversation is all around the cloud computing and how today’s modern architecture continues to evolve. Christian, Ashton, and Jim talk about the ways cloud computing is being adopted in the enterprise and discuss the security and scalability implications of government agencies trusting their data to a third party cloud infrastructure. While we are still cloudy on a few matters ourselves, this episode promises to be a noteworthy discussion on where the next generation of cloud computing is headed. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     Containers are the future of cloud computing Big take away: VMs run on separate operating systems with their own binaries/libraries Containers run on the same Operating system, sharing binaries and libraries with the native OS Security Concerns for Docker Takeaway: Namespacing raises security concerns at the kernel level, which is potentially very scary Google is already releasing Docker Optimized VMs Takeaway: With companies like Google already looking to advance the technology, it might not be long until containers are the widespread solution to PaaS How Containers will challenge VMs (and companies that host them) Takeaway: Not a silver #160; Good, but could result in “container sprawl” – Many applications on many containers Dockers Security Page CLOUD SECURITY AND THE GOVERNMENT Cloud Security Improvements Aim to Accelerate “Cloud First” Adoption –Out of 286 executives, only 30 percent are implementing cloud strategies, 58 percent not aware of any cloud strategy under way at agency. Many agencies still believe that their information, particularly classified and national security data, may be too sensitive to move to the cloud. In response to these security concerns, private clouds and hybrid clouds are preferred over public clouds. Private and hybrid clouds provide agencies greater security control over their information than public clouds. Cloud Deployment Models: — Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) —–Most security level considerations at this level, its just the infrastructure. — Platform as a Service (PaaS) —–Automates the configuration, deployment and ongoing management of applications — Software as a Service (SaaS) —–Licensing and delivery model, subscription based, centrally hosting. IaaS: OpenStack a Model of IaaS in the Open Source Community Trust in cloud security at all-time low: Execs still betting on the cloud OpenStack’s focus on peer review of code has identified a great many problems and risks including those promoted potentially by state actors. Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s top ten public cloud security risks: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /  Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Home Gadget Geeks

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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Home Gadget Geeks

Home Networking, ZyXel, Pulling Network Cable, VoIP, ENGenious EAP600, PoE, DataShark 70025 Tester, Asus RT-AC66U, Plenum Cable – HT107

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979), Greg Welch (@welchwerks) , Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) and Renny Phipps (@rennyphipps) for Show 107!  Part II of a 4 Part Series on Home Networking.  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  Hope you enjoy this episode.  Part 3 will be next weekend (March 9th or 10th, watch twtter) with the guys from BYOB. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   See Jim and Mike Howard on Podcasters Roundtable that was recorded on March 1. or on Youtube at Click the image for full view Kevin Schoonover Deployed ZyXel ZyWALL 20 firewall, upgrade from old NAT router Deployed EnGenius EAP600 WAP-Concurrent Dual Radio I have had great luck with Windows Homegroup Belarc Advisor network audit and interface launcher Pull a nylon twine with each cable run Pull-zit If I were building a new house,,,,,, Resource- Resource- Resource- Resource-   Bill Paulmenn Wireless Routers : AC Routers tested and installed into service – 3 Asus RT-AC66U Dual Band / with Forked open source firmware.  Detailed Links and Specs Open source VPN built in Free Dropbox like – DIY Cloud Compete with my “SuperRouter” Making custom network cables. How to test your new cables (test hardware and functions) DataShark 70025 Tester If you have to cross electrical lines do it at 90 degrees (old wives tale?) How to run your network wires from your attic to your basement or other floors with metal chains! Renny Phipps General notes Use DynDNS to provide consistent access to your network from the internet Use Cat 6 for long runs (over say 15 Meters) Avoid getting within 2 feet of electrical cabling if possible To find the fastest DNS server for your area/connection try “Name Bench” or “DNS Benchmark” Use a UPS to keep your wireless network up during blackouts Network Diagram is here # short Videos here   Greg Welch Network Hardware: Netgear ProSafe 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch GS724Tv3 Supports Link Aggregation groups (LAG’s) and VLAN’s Supermicro SuperServer 5015A-H    aka   (PFSENSE Router) Added Intel dual port gigabit NIC with riser card Netgear WNDRv2   (PFSENSE AP) # APC Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial RM 2U 120V ;total_watts=50 Added APC AP9630 UPS Network Management Card Completely Wireless: After moving to a new house we are completely wireless for all workstations and tablets All on 5 GHz N except as noted 2- Workstations ASUS ITX 3rd Gen I-5 (BYOB) 1- WorkStation Dell 2 – Dual Xeons GHz N USB 1- IPAD 4th GEN   (prints to the laserjet) 2- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 1- Kindle Fire N 1- Samsung 60 inch Series 7  LCD   GHz for its Netflix and Vudu etc. 1- XBOX 360  N 2- HTC 8X Windows Phones 1- HTPC Decommissioned for a little while, will be working on a redesign 1- HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw
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Back Up / Storage

Taking Advantage of Free Cloud Storage for 3-2-1 Backup (Updated)

Even Backup guys need to practice and plan for good backup #160; As a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and podcaster with the Home Server Show, you would think that of all people, I would have my backup plans documented well and in #160; Well, I do, kind #160; I have been running a bit loose lately and I thought it was time to tightening things up. At home, I currently run a Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 box with about 2TB of total storage space and 2 TB of storage to back those files #160; I also backup everything to a ioSafe Solo (an external hard drive that is fire and water proof) that has the most important 1 TB of my data backed up as #160; If there was ever a fire at my home, my data wouldn’t burn. I will be moving my WHS and the data to the next version (Windows Server 2012 Essentials) some time in 2013 and I though now would be a good time get it all in the cloud for the #160; Why the cloud?  First, I have been writing and updating a running post on Cloud Storage Options. Currently, cloud, or offsite data storage on someone else’s servers, is becoming more popular and #160; There are at lease 20 companies with some kind of #160; You can get more details on it HERE. Second,  In order to follow a good back up plan, one should follow the 3-2-1 #160; What is that you ask?  The simplest way to remember how to use the 3-2-1 rule is this: Keep 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups) Keep those files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards. Then, 1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline). While 3-2-1 storage is the best possible method, it’s not always possible or practical. A second media type can often be cumbersome for those working with large data files such as pictures or videos. In many cases, people can make do with hard-drive-only copies of their data. Best practices, however, still require 3 copies and some physical separation between the copies. So how does 3-2-1 work out for me?  The original file (1) is stored physically in a shared folder on the WHS (my server is a HP N40L MicroServer).  I try to keep very few files on my actual desktop #160; With Gigabit Ethernet, there is really very little need for me to have the files #160; For most applications, having it on the network is just fine. The first copy (2) of the file then is stored in a back up on the ioSafe Solo or to an additional hard drive on the HP MicroServer, depending on how important it #160; Using the backup features that comes with the WHS 2011 software, I automatically back up all the files on the server twice a day to either of the two #160; Once at noon and once again at #160; What was mostly missing from my plan was the third form of back up, or something that is offsite or #160; I think I have a very inexpensive option to cover that now as well. Cloud storage has been getting cheaper while at the same time more generous in sizes over the last several #160; In many cases, it’s free and easy to access now with a WHS or even your #160; In my case, I have installed Microsoft’s SkyDrive and as two services that run on my #160; I have also installed a Pogoplug device on my network and the software on the #160; The Pogoplug has attached storage with a 1 TB #160; This will accommodate and duplicate the larger files that I create with the #160; It also keeps them local and easy to #160; Since they are in a WHS folder, backed up by the WHS and are on the Pogoplug, you could consider that 3 #160; However, since they are all local copies and one is not offsite, I do need to get a copy to the cloud for cold #160; With that folder at 114 GB, I will most likely need to move to a paid service for that. Updated 2/3/2013:  I have made some changes since I first wrote this #160; To make things simple, I am now backing up the entire WHS 2011 shared folder structure to either the ioSafe Solo for local disaster protection using the WHS 2011 backup software, the local Pogoplug via the Pogoplug software and to #160; PCs backup nightly via the WHS 2011 software so I catch any file created that was not moved to the files shares on WHS 2011 CLOUD         Data Type Cloud Company Max Free Storage Physical Location on Home Server Current Storage Size Shared Files with Friends Dropbox 9GB Dropbox Folder Scanned Documents (pdf) Microsoft Office Data Files Pictures SkyDrive 25GB SkyDrive Folder Music Amazon 250K Songs No Local Copy 2889 Songs All WHS 2011 Shares Crashplan Unlimited All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs Crashplan Unlimited Client Computer Backup 307GB Studio PC real time sync Pogoplug 2GB N/A             CLOUD NOT USING         No Data Box 50GB               LOCAL         Data Type Local Location Max Local Storage Physical Location on Home Sever Current Storage Size All WHS 2011 Shares ioSafe Solo – via WHS2011 Backup 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Shares Pogoplug 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs ioSafe Solo 1TB Client Computer Backup 307GB So right now, my total storage requirements for everything I want to back up is less than 300GB Below you can see a screen shot of my current WHS 2011 shares. Currently, the Documents, Music, Pictures, Public, Recorded TV, Users and Video folders are empty on the #160; I also no longer keep music local and only store it in the cloud on #160; Since we purchase our music there, it just make sense not to have it #160; I can always download it from there if I need it. Once everything is done syncing with the various cloud locations (this could take the better part of the week or two), the plan is to back up the entire WHS 2011 box to a cloud offering that allows for unlimited storage for a third (3) #160; Yes, that means that most files will be backed up to the cloud twice!  That’s the way we backup guys roll!  You can never have enough backups. What is your backup plan?  Post a few notes here or join us for the conversation over at the Average Guy Facebook group () or for the more serious and technical conversations () .  
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