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Drobo / Cali Lewis Meetup in Omaha! April 30, 2013

If you live near the Omaha area (and who doesn’t), our friends at Drobo would like to invite you to a unique opportunity to hear about the latest Drobo news as well as meet Podcaster and host of #160; This very exciting meet up will take place at: Upstream Brewing Company: West Omaha Tuesday April 30, 2013, 6-8pm Central Eventbrite ticket request: I will post more details as they are made available, but if you think you might join us, send me an email at so I can save a spot for you! 
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Home Networking, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Lights Out, the HP N40L, N54L and the Deal with NASA Interns – HT108

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Andrew (@unrealshots) and Christian for Show 108!  We were all about Christian (and Gary’s) Home Networking setup to include an in depth look at Windows Server 2012 Essentials, SharePoint and Active Directory!  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  We also talked about Lights Out, a Windows Server Addin, The HP Microserver N40L and N54L as well as Christian’s Intern experience at NASA. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   No LIVE show for the next two weeks – Jim is in Germany.  Follow all the pics I take at   Congrats to the Drobo Winner Jay Shridharani  Server 2012 Essentials: I. Overview What makes Server 2012 Essentials different from Server 2011? Why should I pay $300 more for Server 2012 Essentials when WHS 2011 is $50 bucks? Big Features: Why it’s great for home users Why it’s great for geeks II. Let’s Dig In: TeamViewer Screen Sharing Session Microsoft brag features Data Protection, continued. Windows Server 2012 Essentials can perform complete system backups and bare-metal restores of the server itself as well as the client computers connected to the network—now with support for volumes larger than 2 terabytes. New with Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Online Backup can be used to protect files and folders in a cloud-based storage service that is managed by Microsoft. Windows Server 2012 Essentials also centrally manages and configures the new File History feature of Windows 8 clients, helping users to recover from accidently deleted or overwritten files without requiring administrator assistance. Anywhere Access. Remote Web Access provides a stream-lined, touch-friendly browser experience for accessing applications and data from virtually anywhere they have an Internet connection using almost any device. Windows Server 2012 Essentials also provides an updated Windows Phone app and a new Metro app for Windows 8 clients, allowing users to intuitively connect to, search across, and access files and folders on the server; files are also automatically cached for offline access and synchronized when a connection to the server becomes available. Windows Server 2012 Essentials turns setting up virtual private networking (VPN) into a painless wizard-driven process of just a few clicks, and simplifies the management of VPN access for users. Client computers can leverage a VPN connection to remotely join the Essentials environment without the need to come into the office. Workload Flexibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been designed to allow customers the flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud. In previous versions, Windows Small Business Server Standard included Exchange Server as a component product, which added expense and complexity for customers who wished to leverage cloud-based messaging and collaboration services. With Windows Server 2012 Essentials, customers can take advantage of the same integrated management experience whether they choose to run an on-premises copy of Exchange Server, subscribe to a hosted Exchange service, or subscribe to Office 365. Extensibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials builds on the extensibility model of Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which allows other software vendors to add capabilities and features to the core product, and adds a new set of Web Services APIs. It also maintains compatibility with the existing software development kit (SDK) and Add-Ins created for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials. You can email Christian directly at The Average Guy Facebook Group The Average Guy Facebook Page 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 Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Drobo FS Average Guy / jpeg2RAW Giveaway!

Starting February 17th, The Average Guy Network and jpeg2RAW will partner together to giveaway a Drobo FS Beyond Raid 5-Bay Gigabit Ethernet SATA 6GB/S Storage NAS! Already know what a Drobo is?  Click a Rafflecopter giveaway to get registered now.  To register, you just need to do one of two things: 1.  Listen to a LIVE or recorded show of Home Tech from either February 21st or 28th and listen for the contest “Clue” and enter it at a Rafflecopter giveaway Home Tech is recorded live each Thursday night LIVE at 8pmC/9E at   It’s a tech podcast that covers all the tech you have at home!  Computers, home networking, gadgets and more!  Join us live or listen to the recorded episodes at Home Tech -or- 2.  Share this post on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter and enter it at a Rafflecopter giveaway All rules and exclusions are posted at a Rafflecopter giveaway.  Open to US and Canada only. What is a Drobo? Drobo is an external storage devices for computers.  Shaped like a toaster, Drobo has devices that can house up to four, five, eight, or twelve #8243; or 2,5″ Serial ATA or Serial Attached SCSI hard disk drives and connect with a computer or network via USB , USB , FireWire 800, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet or Thunderbolt. Drobo devices are primarily designed to prevent against data loss due to the failure of a single or in some cases, dual hard drive failure.  Like all Drobo storage products, Drobo FS provides redundant data protection without the complexities of RAID. Just plug in your Drobo FS and your data protection is all set up with no configuration required. We call this BeyondRAID™technology. In this contest, we are giving away a Drobo FS.  This unit is a Gigabit Ethernet (also 10/100 Mbps compatible) connected device that can accommodates from one to five #8243; SATA I / II / III hard drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations.  Mac and Windows systems can connect to Drobo FS directly and over the network. Hard drives are not included in this giveaway. Get the Data Sheet Here What can you get in a Drobo? A Drobo could be configured with up to 5 x 4TB hard drives.  In this configuration, you could expect to have of usable data storage and be protected against any single drive failure.  Click the link below to add your drives to a Drobo and see what kind of space you could achieve. Calculate your own storage Here How do you manage a Drobo? A Drobo device is managed thru the Drobo Dashboard.  Drobo Dashboard, running on Windows or Mac OS X, is the management application for both Drobo Prosumer and Business products that enables you to get status on and configure all your Drobos in one window. How can I WIN one?  Enter here:  a Rafflecopter giveawayand either 1. Listen to a LIVE or recorded show of Home Tech from either February 21st or 28th and listen for the contest “Clue” and enter it at a Rafflecopter giveaway -or- 2. Share this post on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter and enter it at a Rafflecopter giveaway All rules and exclusions are post at a Rafflecopter giveaway.
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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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The Last 100! A Look Behind and One Ahead – HT100

Jim (@jcollison), Christian (@theWizBM) and Andrew (@unrealshots) are joined this week by Chris Lux (@christopherlux), Jay Moore and Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) for show 100! Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Thanks to everyone who made the first 100 a real success! Special thanks to Sarah Collison, Christian Johnson, Andrew Morris, David McCabe, John Zajdler, Christopher Lux, Mike Howard, John Stutsman, Nathaniel Lindley, Greg Welch, Gordon Schmidt, Ces White, Bill Paulmenn, Rich O’Neil, Jay Moore, Renny Phipps, Kevin Schoonover, Michael Martis, Mike Faucher, Christopher Brown, Gary Johnson, Brian Burgess and Bryan Auer making it was it is! Thanks everyone! CES 2013 coverage coming live starting January 6th.  Follow the schedule at Nathaniel’s Perfect Gift –  3-in-1 LED Light, Hand Warmer and Battery Backup for iPhone, ®iPod®, and other USB Mobile Devices (2500mAh) Jim’s Christmas Gift Success! A referral from Mike Faucher (PC Doc) ;qid=1356558015&sr=8-2&keywords=miccus Jim’s Gigabyte Board Recommendation: GA-D525TUD (rev. ) The Average Guy’s Cloud Storage Know It Guyde 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 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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Window XP, Web Browsers, Hiren’s Boot CD, Windows 8, Drobo Mini, Raspberry Pi Bonus Content- HT086

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by John Stutsman for Show 86 of The Home Tech Podcast.   Make sure you watch the YouTube recording of the show for some special bonus content!  Christian talks about how he hooked up his USB monitor to his Raspberry Pi.  Only on YouTube. We start with a discussion around Windows XP still being used in the wild.  With the end of life for XP looming on April 8, 2014, users are going to have to make some kind of decision how they are going to upgrade. We also has some discussion around the different web browsers today. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Jim is also seeing a rash of virus issues on Windows Vista PCs. Different browser issues are discussed as well. He has been using Hiren’s Boot CD a bunch now to boot into Windows XP mini and running Malwarebytes to scan the drive.  This discussion led into a bunch of chat around the different web browsers. Jim is moving Sarah’s Laptop to Windows 8 this weekend.  Follow the conversation in the Facebook group and follow Jim’s Windows 8 Survival Guide here.  Jim is installing a Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD in her laptop that will not only increase the speed but make the laptop more durable. Christian’s Deal of the Week:  Vizio E370VT 37″ Class Edge Lit Razor LED HDTV – 1080p, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, 100000:1 Dynamic, 8 ms, HDMI, USB, Energy Star (click here).  We also spend some time talking about SSD prices.  Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK #8243; 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 4KB Random Write: Up to 85,000 IOPS Max Sequential Read: Up to 555MB/s Max Sequential Write: Up to 525MB/s Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-NB #8243; 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Notebook Upgrade Kit 4KB Random Write: Up to 85,000 IOPS Max Sequential Read: Up to 550 MB/s Max Sequential Write: Up to 520 MB/ TheSSD Drive that Jim is Recommend: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB #8243; 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Some discussion around Drobo and the Drobo Mini.  We refer to the Paul Braren Video.  The link:   Jim is looking for some advice on how to podcast in a room setting during the Home Server Show meet up on October 20th.  If you can help, End of the Audio Show – We talk about the Home Server Show Meet up and Christian Robo Commuting to NASA for work.  Kind of like this: Bonus Raspberry Pi Content (YouTube Feature Only) 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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