This weeks’ Deal-of-the-Week is the Samsung SATA Internal SH-B123L/RSBP Blu-ray drive from for $ This drive is an absolute steal, being marginally more expensive than a comparable DVD writer, and has the benefit of LightScribe, that cool technology that lets you flip your media over and etch your own artwork onto the surface of the disk.
This weeks’ Deal-of-the-Week is the Seasonic X Series 400W Fanless Power Supply from This is the perfect modular power supply for a Home Theater PC (HTPC) or other PC system where fan noise is no wanted, great value at $
For the power users amongst us, this weeks’ Deal-of-The-Week is 16GB of Ripjaws DDR3 Memory from Designed especially for the Intel P67 Chipset, this is a great, cost-effective way to upgrade your system memory for gaming, virtualization, or just giving your system a lift!
Document Scanning at Home, Facebook, WiseStamp Email Signatures, and iDevice Facial Recognition – HT026
Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Mike Howard and John Zajdler for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off talking about Document Management for the Average #160; For those of you who still mange your records via a filing cabinet and paper records, this topic is for #160; Mike tells us about his preferred scanner the Fujitsu Snapscan S1300, and how he chose the software that he #160; The guys discuss the products and methods they use to scan and store their documents, how they rename and search their scanned documents, the benefits of storing your documents electronically, and some of the challenges of (OCR) Optical Character Recognition and recovering from large scan jobs when document feeders get jammed. Listen Mobile: The guys talk about the software they use to manage their scanning needs, including Lucion FileCenter and Nuance PaperPort, and the workflow that they use to achieve their required outcomes. The guys briefly dream about the possible integration of document scanning with Microsoft Surface, the amazing technology we’ve all seen on TV shows such as Hawaii Five-0 and NCIS: Los Angeles, as well as discussing where the OCR feature in Office 2010 may be used. The guys discuss how they use online billing, and which their preferences between paper billing and electronic billing. Andrew talks about Facebook’s recent addition of 2-factor authentication via text message for when you log into your Facebook #160; If you enable this feature on your Facebook account, every time you log in, you will be sent a text message to your phone, which you in turn enter into an additional field to gain access to your Facebook #160; This is widely used in the enterprise and with the banks, but one of the first times we have seen it used with by a social networking service. Andrews’ site of the week is WiseStamp, a browser add-on that adds your recent social network service notifications to your email #160; Quite a nice service for making adding dynamic content to your email signature. Christians’ Deal-of-the-Week is is the Viewsonic gTablet from for $ Christians’ Speed Tip Of the Week is from the Windows 7 Forums, and explains how to validate that Internet Explorer 9 has GPU Acceleration #160; If you have a dedicated video card which supports GPU rendering in your system, you should be using GPU Acceleration, and if you have an integrated video card Windows will not allow you to use GPU #160; Enabling this feature will the improve the performance of web browsing with Internet Explorer 9. From the Patents Office, Facebook has been awarded a Patent for Image Tagging, the feature that allows you to identify people in the photos you have uploaded to Facebook. For those of us who have been waiting for the new HP Palm range of phones to hit the market, the HP Palm Pre3 has been listed on Amazon Germany for with indicative pricing being in the range of $639 USD. The HP Palm Veer has been released to the market on AT&T this week, for those who want their WebOS fix on a new handset. The guys discuss an as yet un-named HTC phone with a dual core processor, and the appeal of the slide out keyboard on the Palm phones. To close out, Christian taunts us with the new Facial Recognition application, RecognizeMe for the iPhone and iPad 2 that will let you unlock the device using your smile – the video shows just how powerful some of the new applications for devices with front facing cameras can become! 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.
For the Android user who has been looking for a tablet, this weeks’ Deal-of-The-Week is for you! From , we bring you the Viewsonic gTablet for $ The gTablet is a ” Android Tablet, sporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A-9 Processor, and Android , which is also known as FroYo (Google’s shortened name for the Android version called “Frozen Yoghurt”). An iPad alternative at a great price!
This week’s Deal-of-the-Week is the Seagate 2TB External Hard Disk from Tiger Direct, a bargain at $ This is a USB device, making it an awesome choice for creating offsite backups, or a large disk to have in your bag of tricks for carrying support tools, software installation files, and the like.
Removing Malware with Microsoft Security Essentials or Malwarebytes, Easy Transfers, Video Sharing, Virtualization and A Google A Day – HT021
Jim, Christian and Andrew are this week joined by Mike Howard for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off talking about their choice of Virus and Malware removal tools, with Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira AntiVirus, Malwarebytes, McAfee Stinger and various Symantec Removal Tools, as well as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, which comes from Microsoft via Windows Update. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about using the Microsoft Easy Transfer Wizard for moving files off an infected machine, as well as moving the files back after rebuilding a machine. The Easy Transfer Wizard can also be used for upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP and Windows Vista. Andrew introduces the guys to a Google a Day, which is a bit of Google fun, in the form of a website that asks you a daily question, and uses your Google skills to find the answer. If you can’t work out the answer, the site shows you how they would use Google to find the answer. As the folks at a Google a Day say, “There’s no right way to solve it, but there’ only one right answer”. Christian and Mike tells us how to use the various Advanced Search Options, Jim and Andrew talk about some of the built-in Google Calculator options that can be called from the search bar itself, and Mike and Christian then talk about how to search within a website from Google itself. to search for John Zajdler’s Multipoint Server Article within The Average Guy website, you would enter “multipoint ” into the Google Search Bar. Christian talks to us about his latest project to provide video streaming via Word Press for his upcoming orchestra tour in Argentina. The guys discuss the merits of sharing video via YouTube and Facebook. For the Deal of the Week, the folks from have the ASUS Core i5 Notebook for a hint over $500. Christian’s tip of the week, is how to use your multiple monitors when connecting to a system with a single monitor attached by checking the “Use all monitors for the remote session” in the Display properties of the Remote Desktop Client. In the process, Christian getting the guys drooling over his dad Gary’s current triple monitor setup, and his future upgrade to a triple 30 inch monitor setup! Christian gives us his take on the Internet Explorer 10 release date speculation seen this week, and his take on what is coming down the pipe with respect to HTML and CSS support in future releases. The guys discuss a couple small issues that Andrew has seen with Internet Explorer 9 and Skype , and the odd issues the guys have seen with Skype from time to time. Mike today brings us some great discussion around Virtualization and the various Hypervisors the guys have used, including VirtualBox, VMWare ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and using Disk2VHD from SysInternals to convert an older PC into a virtual machine, which is especially handy for migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, and the joys of being able to copy virtual machines between PCs, as explained by the folks over at HowToGeek. The guys wrap up the show talking about the things they like about the changes in technology as it is impacting them and the people around them in their day to day lives. 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.