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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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ending, Mesh Networks and Drobo is Back – HGG268

Listen Mobile: Kevin Schoonover joins Jim Collison  and and Mike Wieger from for show #268 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Arrow partners with Indiegogo to accelerate tech entrepreneurs:   Upgrading to Windows 10– Free until July 29, 2016 Windows 10 is your partner in making things happen. Get fast start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done even across multiple devices. You’ll also love the innovative features like an all-new browser built for online action, plus Cortana, the personal digital assistant who helps you across your day. Windows 10 is not compatible with Windows Vista. Free upgrade from Win 7 or Win 8 ends July 29, 2016. Currently Windows 10 Home is $99 and Windows 10 Pro is $139 If you upgraded a Win 7 PC to Win 8, use the Win 7 key to get to Win 10. Use the Win 8. key to upgrade another PC. Use the Media creation tool to make a Windows 10 install USB drive: You can do a clean install of Windows 10 with a Win 7 key.  Make sure you check the machine for a Window Key. Don’t forget about the $39 Windows 8 keys that were delivered via email Jan 2013.   Home networking is getting interesting- wireless mesh and repeater solutions are hitting the market- traditional WAP and wireless lan controllers are affordable. Wifi questions How big? How fast? How much budget? How much, WiFi+firewall+content management? How easy? How many users? How will your spouse respond to devices mounted to the ceiling? WiFi choices Can’t pull cable Luma: Eero: Amplifi: Plume:   Might pull cable Luma: Eero: DLink:   New house or will pull cable EnGenius: Ubiquiti: Open-Mesh:   Yes, but at what cost?  $$$$$$$$$$  Drobo 5N = It works like WHSv1 Easy to use Cheap for what you get Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 Free Edition: Clone and/or File backup and Differential backup Automated interface UEFI support Did I mention it’s free Full features: JIm:  Looking at a touch screen monitor for the kitchen with the Kangraoo – 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 Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Hard Drives Explained, Testing Bench Marks and the Future – HT128

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by by Andrew Morris (@unrealshots), Christian Johnson (@TheWizBM), Windows Home Server MVP John Zajdler (@Dieharder) and John Stutsman (@JohnStutsman) for Home Tech episode #128 What is the status of the modern hard drive?  We will cover what we own, how we fix them, SSD v Spinners, WD Reds v Greens, do faster drives matter, where we buy them, tools to work with them and how they are constructed. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: John Z talks about his gear] Western Digital 3TB Green Drives – Western Digital Enterprise RE4-GP 2TB SATA 3 Gb/s #8243; 64MB IntelliPower Internal Hard Drive – OEM/Bare by Western Digital – Sans Digital 4 Bay SATA to USB JBOD USB External Hard Drive Enclosure – Black – John S talks about his gear] Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB SATA II 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive – WD Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive: Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD20EARX – Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD30EZRX – WD Red 3 TB NAS Hard Drive: Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD30EFRX – Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive – WD2002FAEX – Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001  – Cheap source for older and white label hard drives – Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW – Home Server Show Forums – Roundtable discussion on hard drive tools] Built in tools for Windows 7 and 8 – Stable Bit Drive Scanner – ATTO – Crystal Sisk Mark – HD Tune – Windows Health Report –  Andrew talks about hard drive use in the enterprise] the future of hard drives and storage] HighPoint 8-Port PCI-Express x8 SAS/SATA 6Gb/s non-RAID Controller Components Rocket 2720SGL – (interface) Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array, Gigabit Ethernet (DRDS4A21) – Crucial m4 256GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT256M4SSD3 –  Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, ) by Samsung – John’s Educational Links – Updates] Are you actually reading these show notes?  Send me and email Try the Amazon Link: Home Server Show Meetup :   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: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots 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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Mario Blandini on the Drobo 5N, GPS Tagging, and the success of the Raspberry Pi, After Show Video – HT103

Jim (@jcollison), Andrew (@unrealshots) and Mike Howard (@jpeg2RAW) are joined this week by Ces White (@iDexMedia) and Special Guest Mario Blandini from Drobo for show 103! New Show Twitter Hash Tag for the show each week. Use “#HT103” when referencing the show.  Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E Listen Mobile:   This week, The Average Guy Network is the first to break the news on the Drobo 5N, when the guys are joined by Special Guest, Mario Blandini from Drobo.  Mario talks about some of the new features in the Drobo 5N, as well as some of the features that are coming to the entire Drobo range. Save $40 on the Drobo 5N right now!  Mike talks about the latest security flaws found in Java, and what this means to the average user. Mike and Andrew talk about Geotagging your photos in Adobe Lightroom, and a GPS logging application called GPS Logger for Android.  Fitness tracking applications such as Runkeeper and Endomondo also give you the ability to create the required GPS Log to enable tagging of your images. Andrew talks about the success of the Raspberri Pi, which has now shipped over 700,000 units, which is incredible, given initial thoughts were that the device may have sold as many as 1,000 units! The guys go on to discuss the Verizon case study, where one of their customers identified an employee who outsourced his role to China. POST SHOW DISCUSSION In content you can only get on YouTube, I have uploaded the post show discussion.  Mike Howard talks about some new equipment he had purchased. The guys close out the show, talking about Jim and Mikes’ new audio mixers, from Mackie – hit the video below to see some of the abuse the Mackie mixers can take!   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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