Home Gadget Geeks

Drobo Giveaway, Mars Curiosity Rover, Dell UltraSharp U2412M Monitor, Tim’s Core i7 Gaming Build, AVG Internet Security, Raspberry Pi for Backup – HT084

Jim and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from for Show 84 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We had a NASA insider (Christian) and chatted some about the Mars Curiosity Rover, a Dell Ultra Sharp U2412M Monitor, covered Tim’s Gaming Rig and more.  Listen all the way to the end for some bonus material. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: The team of jpeg2RAW and The Average Guy Blog and Podcast network are giving away a Drobo S on the Home Tech Podcast August 16th during the show.  Click here to enter:   We will select the winner at the end of the show on August 16, 2012. Links from the show: Follow all that is going on at NASA. Tim’s Gaming Rig Build List: Monitor – Dell Ultra Sharp U2412M 24inch Monitor – Here Case – COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB , Black Interior and Four Fans-1x … – Here Power Supply – COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular – Here Spinning Drive – Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA #8243; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive  – Here SSD Hard Drive – Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F60GB3A-BK #8243; 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) – Here Video Card – GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card – Here Memory – Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR – Here Motherboard – ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB ATX Intel Motherboard – Here Processor – Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge ( Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K – Here CPU Cooler – CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler – Here 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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Home Gadget Geeks

Blogging for Beginners, How to Start Your Own Blog – HT082

Jim and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from for Show 82 of The Home Tech Podcast.  After Jim appeared on jpeg2RAW the Tuesday before and was asked by the listeners to cover the basics of blogging. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: The team of jpeg2RAW and The Average Guy Blog and Podcast network are giving away a Drobo S on the Home Tech Podcast August 16th during the show.  Click here to enter: Links from the show: Window Live Writer: / 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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Home Tech

Average Guys (and Gals) meet the jpeg2RAW Podcast: Win a Drobo S

The Average Guy Podcast Network  and jpeg2RAW have teamed up to offer our fans a chance to win a huge giveaway!  A DROBO!  But not just any Drobo, a Drobo #160; Everyone needs a backup plan for their home whether you take a lot of photos or just have lots of files you want to protect. Of course, we need something from you before you can enter the #160; You can qualify in 3 easy steps: Required to Win  -  Contest is now #160; Winner announced on 8/16/2012 on the Home Tech Podcast #160; Like both of our Facebook Pages -  The Average Guy Podcast Network and jpeg2RAW Increase your odds of winning by getting multiple entries (not required).  #160; Write a creative iTunes review for both podcasts (listed in the links below), you will get another entry in the giveaway. To leave a review at the iTunes Pages – Click the link below and then select ’View in iTunes’ (Must have iTunes)   Home Tech Podcast jpeg2RAW – OR – #160; Subscribe to each of the Podcast’s YouTube Channels (listed in the links below) and you will get another entry. Home Tech Podcast jpeg2RAW   The winner will be chosen at random from all #160; All winning entries may be #160; Void where prohibited and limited to US addresses #160; Send your questions or comments to Giveaway ends August 14, 2012 at the conclusion of the jpeg2RAW Podcast live show (starts at 7:30pm CST)  Winning entry will be announced live on The Home Tech Podcast, Thursday night at 8pm CST. As always, restrictions #160; Hard drives not included with the Drobo #160; jpeg2RAW and The Average Guy Podcast Network reserve the right to disqualify any individual #160;  Be nice! Links to subscribe to the podcast: The Average Guy Podcast Network – Home Tech Podcast iTunes – Stitcher – YouTube – RSS – jpeg2RAW – Audio Feed iTunes – Stitcher – RSS – Video Large Feed iTunes – RSS – YouTube – Video Small Feed iTunes – RSS –
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Rich

Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: CrashPlan, Drobo, Mac Mini, Backup Solutions – RRPG018

Nathaniel Lindley joins Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil on RRPG #18 to talk about how he uses a Mac Mini, CrashPlan and Drobo together for his home and social back up strategy.  A former CrashPlan employee, Nathaniel has a lot of interesting things to say about this solid and flexible backup solution.   Listen Mobile: ”In early 2008, my friend and I were looking for a way to backup our children’s photos to each other’s house. We didn’t want to trade external drives; we didn’t want DVD copies. We wanted to use the Internet to transfer. Tried setting up FTP or WebDAV without much success. Found CrashPlan when it was starting out, and it was the perfect solution for us. Encrypted, background, used existing storage, free or cheap, cross-platform. Now when friends or family ask about how to protect their files, I set them up with CrashPlan, and if I repair or fix their computer, it is a requirement.” -Nathaniel Lindley Nathaniel’s CrashPlan+ and Drobo Setup at Home – June 2012 Mac Mini – (Mid 2007) OS X (always on) 2GB RAM Intel Core 2 Duo GHz CrashPlan+ Drobo (2nd Gen) connected via Firewire (2TB+2TB+2TB+3TB)  TB usable storage TB of CrashPlan archives on Drobo UPS APC Back-UPS ES 550 Notes: Connected to home LAN and Internet through Comcast standard connection My home computers backup using CrashPlan to the Mac mini and Drobo over the LAN Never exceeded 250GB quota from Comcast My 3 main computers (iMac, MacBook and Windows 7 desktop) backup to Mac Mini, CrashPlan Central and a friend’s home (he uses Windows Home Server 2011 for storage) 20 friends and family backup to Mac Mini and Drobo  (some have more than one computer backing up to me) 30 archives for about TB Have swapped out drives in Drobo to add more storage over time. Pros: Upgrades for firmware and software is smooth Replacing drives and growing storage is easy Redundant and safe large storage looks like single disk to Mac OS CrashPlan encrypts data and traffic for peace of mind CrashPlan data de-duplication is efficient Low power use  (about 65-70 watts when in use for Drobo and Mac Mini) Cons: Drobo seems to kill Western Digital Green drives.  I’ve RMA’d 3 of them and replaced with WD Caviar Black. Performance is slow, both on Read and Write operations through the Mac Mini.  Could be Firewire 400 connection limitation? Hard to tell which CrashPlan which archive belongs to who Can’t read SMART data on drive or identify by slot and serial number or model of drive in Drobo Dashboard  Simple and clean setup *Diagrams made by Drobo Rich’s RPG is a show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. We talk tech with like-minded folks, covering whatever’s interesting – hot or not, current or historical. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. We welcome newcomers. Got a headset and a bit of free time? Join us on the show by contacting us at: or Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Check out other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Podcast intro and exit music is used by permission from “In the Shadow of the Great Machine” by Fool’s Chaos. Hear more great tunes at Fool’s Chaos!
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Drobo

WHS Drobo Status Beta 2–An Update

I have been working on reinstalling Windows Home Server 2011 back on my HP Microserver N40L after some issues with the first #160; Part of the process was to install the WHS Drobo Status Beta 2 Add-in from Ross Dargan that can be found over at the Home Server Show Forums. The Add-in was part of a contest that we ran over at #160; Ross answered the call and produced not only an initial beta, but now a second one as of January 15 #160; Here is what it looks like on my #160; I actually have two #160; The first Drobo S (5 Bay) is attached to the WHS 2011 box via USB and the second is networked attached via Gigabit Ethernet on the #160; With his add-in, I can view the status of both Drobos from my WHS #160;     I am now off to load up the Drobos with all kinds of fresh data!  I will post some updated pics when I have them completed loaded!
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Home Gadget Geeks

HP MicroServer, WHS 2011, Low Power CPUs, Samsung Galaxy S II, Tom Tom, Issuu.com and Viber – HT054

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Gary Johnson for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off the show with an update on the solar grid feed system Andrew and his wife installed in May this year, followed by some discussions around if the others would “green” their lives. Jim talks about his new HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L, which has arrived, and been set up running Windows Home Server 2011 for some testing with a Drobo S Listen LIVE at 6pP/8C/9E/1aUTC every Thursday night over at Listen Mobile: The guys talk a bit the hardware power required to transcode video, and how some of the hardware we were using in days gone by is reasonably high in power consumption, as well as being somewhat inadequate for the day to day usage we need from a computer these days, not to mention thermal and energy efficiencies. The guys talk about using low powered CPU/GPU combinations such as the Zotac Nano or the fit-PC3 for uses such as an HTPC, or an always-on device with low power draw. Jim tells us he has upgraded his Samsung Galaxy S mobile phone to a Samsung Galaxy SII, and is once again a happy Android user, sporting a ” screen, dual core processor and 8MP camera to name a few features! Andrew talks about his TomTom Sat Nav unit packing it in, and the challenges with trying to find a replacement unit that has comparable features to his 3 year old model.  The guys discuss using Google Navigation, which is built into the Android platform.  Gary tells us about integrating Subsonic for music, Google Navigation, all from his HTC EVO 3D. Whilst Sat Nav shopping, Andrew happened upon the new Ultrabook’s coming from the usual hardware vendors, and is seriously considering a new personal machine.  The appeal with an Ultrabook, such as the ASUS UX31 or Acer Aspire S, is the form factor bought to the computing world by Apple with the MacBook Air, with the beauty of being a native Microsoft Windows PC. For those who may have a requirement to create an online publication, Andrew has stumbled across issuu, a service which allows you to publish, and have your content consumed online.  With both free, and paid versions, if you have a requirement to move a printed publication online, this may be a solution to your needs! If you’re a mobile phone user, and frustrated with the mobile version of Skype, Andrew tells us about Viber which comes in both Android and iPhone versions The guys talk a bit about our dependency on e-mail, as opposed to non-disposable communication like the various social media platforms, such as SharePoint, Wiki’s or other online collaborative solutions like WordPress blogs. Gary gives us an update on their migration away to their new hosting provider, telling us some more about the reasons why they moved the hosting of to the Virtual Private Server provider Christian told us about last week in Show 53. Gary talks about a nice case for a home builder, being the Lian LI PC-Q25B Case, from , which takes a Mini-ITX board and up to 7x ” hard disks. To wrap up the show, Gary shares some of his predictions for the coming year or so, regarding his belief that storage will begin moving away from traditional rotating hard drives to solid state storage units, and the possible start of the demise of Cable TV services as we know them today, with some providers already offering video on demand services, rather than the traditional subscriber model we’ are accustomed to. 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! 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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Looking for a Drobo Deal? Look No Further!

With as much as I have been talking about Drobo lately, I figured it was time to let you in on a #160; Whether it’s a Christmas gift or just some rockin’ good storage, you can get it cheaper with these #160; Act quickly, offers expire December 31st!   Use code 100DROBO for an instant $100 discount at Up to $150 rebate when you purchase a Drobo from any authorized reseller FREE Professional Drobo product with every Drobo Business product purchased
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