Home Gadget Geeks

Olympic Drones, Pizza Robots, Google and Facebook are Listening and SpaceX Rocket Concerts – HGG345

Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech are here for show #345 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech are here for show #345 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Home Gadget Geeks, Winter Olympics, Pizza, Drones, Robots, Google, Facebook, SpaceX, Rocket Concerts News: Which will come first?  The Pizza or your eggs?  High-tech drones steal the show at the Winter Olympics – Facebook “Protect” Option installs a VPN on your phone… but of course Facebook now sees all of your phone traffic. It installs the facebook owned Onavo Protect VPN app. Google Ad Blocker – chrome will now block “intrusive ads” by default.   Feature Space X Falcon Heavy Launch and what it means for Space in the Future What am I working on? Jim – Finishing up adding all 12 x 8TB drives to the burst box. Not all USB 3 ports are created equal.  My core i7 box couldn’t handle the load.  The AMD box did.  Using 2 USB3 x 10 powered hubs The Seagate USB drives I purchased will get hot if not give enough space. Purchase special plugs to make it all work. $50 rack from Home Depot to organize Jim – Update for Nvidia Shield last week Catch the post-show for the Crypto conversation.  Lots of talk about Burst.  If you are starting on Burst and need a faucet or coins to get your started, I have provided a solid faucet.   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
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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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WHS, Small Business Considerations, Blue Microphones Yeti, Audio Technica ATR-2100, Chrome Remote Desktop – HT101

Jim (@jcollison) and Christian (@theWizBM) are joined this week by Gordon Schmidt (@GWadeTech) and John Zajdler (@Dieharder) for show 101! New Show Twitter Hash Tag for the show each week. Use “#TAG101” when referencing the show.  Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen for the outtake right up front!  It’s ONLY in the Audio version. Listen Mobile:   It’s the first show of 2013!  Another full year of podcasting from the Average Guy Podcast Network! CES LIVE COVERAGE Star Trek Reference: Watch the Youtube Video above to see the iPod / WHS build that John Z talks about. Gordon’s Site:  Lastpass site: WHS2011 at Amazon:  Magic Jack: Starting your own small business:  Google AdSense:    PC Support Tools Mentioned: LogMeIn: Hard Drive Dock:  TeamViewer: Portable Apps:  :  Hijack this: Malwarebytes:  Belarc:  The Average Guy’s Cloud Storage Know It Guyde Hiren’s Boot CD:    What Jim Purchased: The Mic: The Sound Board: Shock Mount for the Mic: Old Equipment: Yeti Blue USB Microphone:  Blue Microphones Radius Microphone Shock Mount:  RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm (Black):    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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Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Kogan’s IE7 Tax, Verizon FiOS, Tabletop Lasers and Dominating Websites – HT077

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Gary Johnson (filling in for Christian) and Bryan Auer for Show 77 of The Home Tech Podcast. After going over some of the equipment that Bryan has in his studio (like the Dell Latitude ST tablet Atom Z760 which Bryan has running Windows 8), the guys talk about their various deployments of Windows 8 and their experiences of the current Release Preview. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Gary talks about the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012 and speculates on how some of the new features in the next version of the Server Operating System will improve system management for the Enterprise. Click here for the evaluation software. Bryan talks about his Verizon Media Manager Update and how he uses it to stream content from his Windows Home Server to TV via set top box.  Gary talks about how he utilizes HD Homerun tuners, Subsonic and Media Center PCs to achieve a similar outcome.  The guys talk briefly about their various internet connections, with Bryan and Gary both using Verizon FiOS connections, and Andrew using a Bigpond Cable Ultimate. For the Skype users amongst us, the latest version released by Microsoft introduces advertisements into the video stream, and the guys discuss one of the alternatives, being ooVoo, which has quite a number of features at no cost, that attract a cost from Skype.  Google Hangouts is another option, however does require a Google Account to participate in a Hangout. Andrew talks about the Aussie online retailer Kogan, who has recently introduced a surcharge for anyone still using Internet Explorer 7 to purchase from their site; this is primarily due to the amount of time required to make web pages render correctly in Internet Explorer 7. “It’s not only costing us a huge amount, it’s affecting any business with an online presence, and costing the Internet economy millions.” Jim and Andrew talk about the impact of changing web browsers within the corporate world, as well as the validity of imposing a browser tax such as this, and the rate at which older browsers would disappear from the Internet community if Amazon or eBay were to take a similar approach.  If you are still running an aged version of Internet Explorer, be sure to hit Windows Update to grab the latest Internet Explorer, or check out Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Opera if you want to try something different. Gary talks about X-ray lasers from tabletop devices and how it can potentially impact the transmission of data in the future. Gary also shares a world map created by , showing the dominating websites based on geography.  Unsurprisingly, Google and Facebook feature strongly! Jim closes out the show talking about the recent integration of Yammer with Microsoft Dynamics, and talking about Facebook ads, and how easy it is to place an ad on Facebook, and the number of people you can easily target when placing an ad. Google+ Hangout Lower Third 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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DeLorean Bicycle, Facebook, Google, Java, LastPass, Media Tagging, Oracle, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Smart Phones – HT074

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined this week by Mike Howard from jpeg2RAW and Renny Phipps for Show 74 of The Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off talking about the recent Facebook IPO, which started at $38 and closed at $ at the end of the first day of trading. The guys discuss where the volume may be coming from in the stock, and the future of Facebook being traded on the market, and the future of Facebook were it to become a “user pays” service. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Mike talks about the new Samsung Galaxy SIII, recently released in London as the “Official Device of the 2012 Summer Olympics”, sporting a quad-core GHz processor, 8MP camera and all the goodness we come to expect from the Samsung Galaxy series of phones. The guys discuss their current smartphone, battery life, and the phone they would recommend to their family and friends. Andrew recommends the iPhone, Mike recommends the Samsung Galaxy SII immediately, and the Samsung Galaxy SIII when it comes to the market, Christian would recommend to his age group any device that can be texted on quickly, and Renny would recommend making a decision based on the features that appeal the most, including applications, and ease of use, and Jim would at this stage recommend the Nokia Lumia 800, based on his recent exposure to the Windows Phone platform, with the Android phone being the last phone he would recommend for an average user. Mike spills the beans on why the video enabled Digital SLR camera can only record 30 minutes of video – due to the tax countries charge on video cameras, as well as sharing for the photographers amongst our listeners, a patch being released by Adobe for Photoshop CS5. Renny tells us about Should I Change My Password, a site which you can put your email address into to see if your email address may have been compromised at any point in the past, and used in a number of security breaches.  Renny talks about LastPass, a cloud-based password management system, that integrates with your browser, and allows you to access all your passwords using a master password. Renny also talks about how he manages his Windows Media metadata, using a plug-in called WMP Tag Plus, which provides library and tagging support for music formats including FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, WavPack, Monkey’s Audio, Musepack and MPEG-4. From Christian’s Corner this week, we get some non-tech news, learning about the latest from MIT, a product called LiquiGlide which will end the frustrations of emptying ketchup bottles. The Deal-of-the-Week is a Build Your Own PC kit from Tiger Direct for $349, including processor, motherboard, memory, hard disk, and case. Christian and Jim also talk about verdict in the Oracle vs Google trail, in which it was determined that Android does not infringe on Oracle patents, primarily in their use of Java APIs. Andrew brings us some more non-tech news, sharing the news that DeLorean is back in business, this time with the DeLorean Bicycle. Made from Stainless Steel, with an 11-speed internally geared rear hub, and hydraulic disc brakes it’s a far cry from the DeLorean from Back to the Future, but who knows what might happen if you hit 88 mph! Jim and Renny discuss what happens when you delete files and folders in Dropbox, versus deleting files from Windows Home Server.  With Dropbox, you can restore files and folders very easily via the web interface, versus if you delete from a Windows Home Server, once deleted, your files are usually gone. The guys close out the show, talking about the Beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, currently available at Microsoft Connect.  If you like testing new software, check it out! 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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Oracle v Google, Bing and Facebook, IE Only on Windows 8, NEST, Vudu and Microsoft v Apple Sales Numbers – HT072

Jim and Christian are joined this week by special guest Gordon Schmidt for show 72 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We tried using the very new Google+ Hangout feature called “On Air.”  The show video is now available on YouTube at the Average Guy Podcast Channel.  Give it a try. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   Christian’s Corner Christian decided to cover enterprise matter this week. We talked Oracle v Google, Facebook helps out Bing, Microsoft returns to it’s excluding roots and of course a deal of the week. Gordon covers the NEST Thermostat, Walmart using Vudu to convert DVD’s to Digital and the Microsoft Touch Mouse. Jim takes a look at the real sales numbers for both Windows and Apple. Microsoft: 1.    At its peak in 2006, Windows XP was sold and operated on about 400 Million PC’s worldwide (legally).  They roughly sold about 10 million copies a month while it was available. 2.    Windows Vista sold 384 million copied before it was discontinued in October 2009.  Also 10 million a month 3.    Since its introduction in 2009, Window 7 has sold 525 million copies as of January 2012.  It’s currently selling about 20 million copies a month.  This puts it on track to sell around 200 million more copies (700 million total) before Windows 8 debuts late this fall.  Early indications are that Windows 8 will get off to a slower start with it containing a major UI change in the Metro interface. Apple: 1.    As of February 2012, Apple has sold a total 122 million Macs since they were introduced in 1984 2.    Compare that to 80 million iPod Touchs (in 4 years) 180 million iPhones (in  4 years) and 55 million iPads (in 2 years) 3.    The Million iOS devices (iPhone and iPads) that were sold in the fiscal Q1 of 2012 was more units per day than the number of babies being born globally each day 4.    In Q2 2012, Apple sold million iPhones and million iPads. 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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