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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Erin Lawrence with a Tech Camper Conversion, the Pixel 3 XL and the Hobot – HGG376

   On this episode, we have Erin Lawrence from Tech Gadgets Canada at and on Twitter @erinLYYC as we talk about her newest home DIY project – Tech Camper Conversion!  We also cover the new Google Pixel 3XL, the Hobot window washing robot and Erin’s take on mood lighting. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #376 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
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Cyber Frontiers

Highlights from DEFCON 26 – CF047

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian and Jim get together to talk about the highlights from DEFCON 26. We dive deep into how voicemails and SMS-unlocks are being used to bypass two-factor authentication on common technology platforms — and how simple attack surfaces are exploited to turn the old tech of voicemails into eye-candy for attackers. We also review the hardware and application based mechanisms used to avoid some of these commonly exploited vectors.
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Home Gadget Geeks

NuWave Brio Air Fryer, Podcast Listening Platforms, Instagram Reaches 1B and Sleepless Nights – HGG360

Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Dave Jackson / @learntopodcast for show #360 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Dave Jackson / @learntopodcast for show #360 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, NCAA College World Series, CWS, Omaha, Grill, BBQ, D-Link, Security Cam, APC, Battery Backup Podcaster Themed this week! Conversation Chris Townsend 17 hrs Got a new air fryer. HGG played a big part in the decision making process. A few weeks ago we featured an Airfryer when we had Maika on the program. Chris Townsend — GoWISE USA 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer XL + 50 Recipes for your Air Fryer Book (Black) My wife found it and we made a brand decision off of price point (an Amazon gift card made it even cheaper). HGG was helpful for showcasing the benefits of the large size and highlighting good things to cook. We made pizzas in it last night, chicken tenders, vegetables, its in daily use since we bought it. Side note: ;ie=UTF8&qid=1509942303&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=logweilos-20&linkId=c9661baea5ca7c7d07f41f857eccba6b sets off the smoke detector if you don’t clean it, oh, and it’s impossible to clean. I replaced it with ;linkCode=sl1&tag=logweilos-20&linkId=849adba25d5ea1ee099055a57396d55e&th=1 ———————————————————————— Jon Biggs 20 hrs Spending a fantastic Father’s day in Seattle at the Living Computer Museum ————————————————————————- Kevin Schoonover shared a link. 18 hrs Great screen for backyard movies : ————————————————————————– News What is the current state of Podcast listening platforms? Android – Just announced a new app (Dave,we can chat about this) Different Android Platforms (I use Overcast) – iPhone – Apple Podcasts How else are people listening and why? ——————————————————— Would you pay to play? – Facebook Groups may soon charge monthly subscription fees for access to groups.  Facebook will now allow group leaders to start charging $ to $ a month for membership in certain groups.  It’s testing this out with parenting and cooking groups first “For now, the feature is still an experiment on mobile and Facebook won’t be getting a cut of the subscription fees. As part of standard App Store and Play Store policies, Apple and Google will be taking a percentage of user subscriptions fees via iOS and Android, however. Still, this is just the beginning for Facebook’s efforts to monetize groups, which, unlike the News Feed, does not rely on advertising.” ———————————————————————- Instagram reaches 1 billion users this week. “It’s unclear where most of these new users came from. Last year, most of the growth was attributed to the launch of Stories. Over the past year, the company’s expanded in-app creation tools by letting users add GIFs, emoji sliders, and polls to their stories. Meanwhile, Snapchat is still trying to grow its user base. It most recently averaged 191 million daily active users. Instagram also announced its new IGTV standalone app today that’ll feature long-form, vertical videos, in an attempt to compete against not only Snapchat Discover but also YouTube.” “According to multiple reports, Instagram is launching a new video venture later today: a new hub for longer-form content that’s designed to compete with videos from YouTube creators. TechCrunch reports that the hub will be named “IGTV” and will be part of the Instagram app’s Explore tab. The videos will be vertically orientated, full-screen, up to 4K resolution, and as long as 60 minutes (instead of the current limit of 60 seconds).” Reviews Jim – Had to purchase a new network switch this weekend.  24 Port Switch that is not sexy and just works. Replaced 2 ZyXel 8 Port Switches that were maxed out.  Unmanaged and Green. Like it. TP-Link TL-SG1024D from Office Depot / Office Max.  $89 – Product Updates I gotta get me some of these!  Bose’s new $250 Sleepbuds play soothing sounds instead of music $250 at major retailers – totally in ear, does NOT play music from your phone. 10 natural sounds at launch, not noise cancelling.  grams and made to feel weightless in your ears. Will work with side sleepers as well. 16 hours of battery life. “You can adjust the volume level for each sound so that it can fully mask whatever noise is sabotaging your sleep. Bose told me that it mastered each audio track to specifically hide the audio frequencies of snoring, traffic, and so on.” Watch for reviews in the coming weeks! 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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Home Gadget Geeks

Google vs Amazon Media Battle and are Fortnite and PUBG the New World of Gaming?- HGG347

Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #347 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Jim Collison / @jcollison is joined by Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #347 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, Stephen Hawking, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Crypto Currency, Bitcoin, Gaming, Fortnite, PUBG News The death of Stephen Hawking The Google and Amazon battle. Google continues to not publish a YouTube app on the amazon platform. The New way to sell video games – a free “beta” – Fortnite and PUBG may have found a more successful way to sell video games. If you haven’t seen it yet, John Oliver’s explanation of Bitcoin is spot on, and super funny.  YouTube now has Dark mode, and its great.    What am I working on? Jim – Back from the Microsoft MVP Summit.  Great Stuff. Now switching from Windows 10 in S mode to Windows 10 pro will always be free Skype – making changes away from all the social squiggles Jim – Sarah said to me this week, “The next house we are getting will have a Nest in it, right?”  I about fell down. Mike – Preparing to cut cable and switch to YouTube TV.   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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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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Chris Nesi from House of EdTech talks Successful Education Collaboration – HGG272

Listen Mobile: Chris Nesi from   joins Jim Collison  and and Mike Wieger from for show #272 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 Chris Nesi @mrnesi (the education podcast network – ) Podcast is House of Edtech     Go Crickets Podcast – Coaching Teachers on effective technology integration Connecting with other professionals via Twitter Presenting @ Conferences Bringing EdTech home DIY Mindset   Google Rocks! Gmail since beta Drive = Life Organization   IFTTT automation Podcast Consumption – Professional and Personal Growth Gadgets I Can’t Live W/O iPad Laptop Photoshop! Compound Mitre Saw 🙂 Table Saw Mike – Hero Pro 4 Session Tag Fantasy Football league –   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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