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New SSD Drives, New Cloud Storage Options, Big Microsoft Changes, Samsung Galaxy S III – HT071

Jim and Andrew are joined this week by Gary Johnson (filling in for Christian) and Special Guest Chris Lux for show 71 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We chat about New SSD Drives, the newest in Cloud Storage Options (Google Drive, SkyDrive, Dropbox) as well as some big Microsoft changes with their software. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:     Mushkin Chronos 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs Maybe it is time you actually read that Google Drive Terms of Service Microsoft SkyDrive vs Dropbox vs Google Drive vs Amazon Cloud Drive 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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Google’s Driverless Fleet, Open VPN, WIndows Phone and HD Home Run PRIME – HT050

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Chris Lux at The Average Guy for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. Jim tells us about the Google Driverless Car Fleet, that has recently racked up 140,000 miles. The cars use a combination of GPS, LIDAR sensors and artificial intelligence to ensure the cars don’t have any unnecessary accidents. The guys discuss how they believe the adoption of this technology would fit with their lifestyles, and how it may be adopted for everyday use. Listen LIVE every Thursday night at @ 6pP/8pC/9pE Listen Mobile: Andrew talks some more about the upgrade to his network at home, coinciding with an upgrade from an ADSL to Cable Internet connection, and the guys discuss the merits of wireless versus wired network, and Ethernet over power. Christian talks about the challenges of configuring a VPN using OpenVPN for the purpose of being able to access home resources including the HD Home Run PRIME. Christian talks Angry Birds merchandise recently seen via Woot! and about the massive increase in hard drive pricing, due to the floods in Thailand; the guys talk about whether this will drive folks to SSD hard drives, or if people will still purchase rotating hard drives, or if people will wait for the factories to come back online and pricings return to what we consider normal pricing. Christian’s Speed Top of the Week is to copy unused fonts to a backup folder, to prevent them being loaded by Windows as it is booting up. Chris talks about the Mango Update to his Windows Phone, and some of the improvements that the recent update has bought to the phone. Chris also talks about alternatives to Windows Media Center for recording TV shows from Free-to-Air sources, that do not necessarily include Tivo.  Andrew mentions an Australian service called IceTV that works with Australian Free-to-Air broadcasts, and integrates with popular DVRs. Jim reminds listeners who are testing Windows 8 on the Developer Preview, that there is an update to the initial release – if you are testing, be sure to update your system! Don’t forget our feed location has changed – 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
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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Belarc Revisited, Home Raid Perils, WHS File/Folder Restoration, Google+, Podcasting – RRPG009

Mike Howard of jpeg2RAW once again joins us in the Google+ Hangout. This week’s topic include multi-monitor setups, Belarc Advisor, home-user RAID problems, Google+ pluses and minuses, and an extended discussion on podcasting and what it takes to get things rolling. Belarc – “System Management for the Internet Age” – is a software suite which provides an in-depth assay of IT assets. Sorry, but this is not your typical home-user software. Belarc’s customers include NASA, US Marine Corps, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy, among others. As you may surmise, besides being cost-prohibitive for a home-user, Belarc also provide more information than one can shake a stick at. Information overload, to be more precise. If you’re not an IT professional working in a corporate environment, you could spend a ton of time researching the significance of each of the individual points of an assessment only to come to the conclusion that most do not apply to you and your home situation. Still, Belarc offers a version called Belarc Advisor which anyone, including home-users, can download and use for free. Curious about how your PC stacks up against the Belarc standard? Then check it out. There are components you will find handy such as the ability to recover license keys for installed programs, including your Windows product key. Listen Mobile: Mike Howard had a recent RAID snafu in which his RAID 0 array stopped working on his desktop PC. He was none too happy about that, but even less so with WHS 2011 and its failure to give him back his files and folders, his way, right away. Opening a PC backup to grab a couple files or folders works fine when we’re talking about a few. But try restoring something as large as a partition that way and you’ll see what Mike ran into. It’s agonizingly slow. We’re talking days just to restore 1 TB of data. MS is aware, but has no plans to do anything about it. Oh sure, Mike could have worked around it, but why should he? If he had been using the previous WHS version (v1) he’d have been able to do exactly what he was trying to do here. Mike and Jim get into an extended discussion about what it takes to get a podcast off the ground – everything from coming up with guests to advertising the show. There’s a lot of good, solid info here.   In the show this week: Jim Collison, Rich O’Neil, Mike Howard       Rich’s RPG is a weekly show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil in Google+ Hangout. They talk tech with like-minded folks, covering whatever’s interesting – hot or not, current or historical. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. Got a headset? Free time? Join them on the podcast! Contact the show: 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 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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HP ends WebOS, the cost of AT&T text messaging, and NASA Science and Tech – HT040

Jim, Andrew and Christian, are joined by Chris Lux for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. With the thunderstorms rolling through Jim’s city threatening to stop the recording, the guys kicked it off hearing about Christian’s recent break at NASA Camp, and the various programs of work that NASA have coming in the future. Listen Mobile: A big week in tech news, with Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, and what the guys see as being the biggest news , that HP have announced that they will be discontinuing support for the WebOS platform, and associated devices such as the TouchPad, and various WebOS #160; The guys talk about the implications to the mobile phone industry with both pieces of news, and how Chris believes this may increase the footprint of Windows Phone. After a blackout at Jims’ house, and some Skype challenges getting things back on track, the guys move on with the show. Chris talks about the recent article from Gizmodo from AT&T regarding the changes in pricing to text messaging, which means that AT&T subscribers will be getting overcharged by 10,000,000 percent, when compared with the cost of the data consumption on your regular plan. From Christians’ Corner, this weeks’ Deal-of-the-Week is the Seagate Momentus XT 7200 RPM 4GB SSD, 500GB ” hard disk, from , which will give you an amazing performance increase to your laptop or netbook for a small outlay of $#160; The drive is larger than an SSD, with improved performance over a regular drive. The guys talk about the Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router, that Jim and Chris have both upgraded to recently, and the network improvements that it brings to your network. Christian talks about The GIMP, which is a great alternative to Adobe Photo Shop, for those of us who edit images, but don’t need the power of, or able to afford the price of Photo Shop. Christian also talks about TeraCopy from Code Sector, which is a nice alternative to using the built-in Windows Explorer copy function, and command line tools such as Robocopy. Don’t forget our feed location is changing – 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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Google+, Microsoft Security Essential Success Story, IE10 Platform Preview – HT034

So Jim thought it was show 33!  Not #160; Show #34 bring Jim, Christian and Bill together to discuss the ins and outs of Google+, a deal of the week and some unusual tools for BBQ #160; Andrew was a bit under the weather and celebrating his birthday. Happy Birthday #160; With Andrew out, Jim is on the show notes. We kick off the show with a the latest and greatest to hit the Internet from the guys over at Google, being Google+.  What does the service mean for the average guy? Will people use Hangouts?   What does it mean for Facebook?  Will people switch?  Circles?  Will this fix the list problem? Listen Mobile: As well as the launch of Google+, Google have also made some seemingly minor, but significant changes to the look and feel of Gmail, as well as the search page that we are all so familiar #160; You’ll notice that there is now a black navigation bar across the top of your Google search windows, with shortcuts to Google tools such as Gmail, Calendar, Google Maps, Google Images,  News, and Video, all starting with your +#160; The new look and feel can be seen throughout all of the Google Applications – check it out over at Christian’s Corner Security Mania: Let’s secure those PC’s boys. The story – MSE and how it saved my monster PC. Speed Tip / Security Tip of the Week: Using HOSTS file to ensure no malware, never an advertisement, and a fast browsing experience. Deal of the Week: A delicious SSD Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 ; 120GB SATA II Check it out here! IE10 Platform Preview: Ok maybe not for today but for home tech this is cool  ;utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29 Add to Andrew’s Google+ story comes “be public or get deleted!!” 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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Android Apps, Google Products, Phones, Getting Things Done, and Loyalty Card Apps – HT030

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Gordon Schmidt for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. Christians’ latest tech news for the Home Server crowd is that the BIOS for an HP EX485 MediaSmart server can be recovered if becomes corrupted #160; If you have somehow corrupted the BIOS on your MediaSmart Server, you can check out how to recover your MediaSmart Server BIOS over at BIOS-Mods. Listen Mobile: In a Windows Home Server bent, Gordon fills us in on upgrade to Windows Home Server 2011, and his coding project in conjunction with his brothers, to bring additional information into the Home Server #160; Gordon tells us how he manages the storage drives with Windows Home Server, and how he manages his external backups using an ioSafe external hard disk. Christian gives us a sneak peek into his Summer vacation projects, assisting some of the local organizations in his area to bring some efficiencies to their businesses via web based services. Gordon starts off this week, bringing us some Android apps that let you start working smarter, not #160; Chrome to Phone, is a Google Chrome browser extension that lets you send the web page you are viewing on your PC directly to you Android #160; A great app if you are looking at a web page you want to keep reading as you head away from the PC. While talking about Google Products, Jim discusses Google Voice, which integrates voice calling into your GMail #160; The service provides a single contact number, and lets you make free calls and send free text messages within the and Canada, as well as providing an integrated voicemail service directly into your GMail Inbox in the form of a transcribed #160; Jim and Gordon talk about their practical application of Google Voice, using it to advertise a car, yet not advertise his mobile phone number to the public. For the Android users amongst us, Gordon tells us about the Amazon Appstore for Android, who each day, give away a paid app at no #160; Gordon also tells us about AppBrain, which is a a free Android service that remembers what you have installed on your phone, and in the event of having to restore your phone to default, you can easily re-install your applications. Following on from Show #28, where we discussed RSS Readers, Gordon tells us about how he uses Google Reader to manage his RSS reading, tagging, sharing, and podcast management, all from within the Google Reader #160; You can follow Gordons’ shared Google Reader feed via the Google Reader Shared Items feature. Gordon brings us Hard Forums, a reference site he uses for unique hardware configurations, to be able to reference hardware specs and compatibility, the guys discuss their sources for hardware research, including AnandTech, OverClockers, and our good friends over at the BYOB #160; The guys briefly discuss the merits of overclocking for the average home user versus ongoing system stability and longevity and power efficiency. Andrew gives an update on the power output from the output of the solar panel system installed a couple of weeks #160; For those who missed the link previously, Andrew visually tracks the output and efficiency from the solar panel installation over at Launching into Christians’ Corner, we now have an intro, recorded by Christian himself, using Jam Studio, which has enabled Christian to create a backing track, and overlay the audio using Audacity. Christians’ Speed Tip of the Week is more of a power efficiency tip, where he walks us through how to tweak CPU performance via the Windows 7 Power Options, which will in turn slow down fan speed, and system #160; Christian then tells us how to validate the changes after you have made them. The Deal-of-the-Week is the Lian-Li PC-C33B HTPC Case, which looks just like a piece of home entertainment equipment, and will only set you back $, from Christians App of the week is ClipGrab, which is a downloader and converter that will convert videos from online sources including YouTube, Vimeo and other sites and transcode them into MP4 #160; This is an incredibly useful application if you need to embed a video into a PowerPoint presentation or to copy onto an iPod or other mobile media device for sharing with friends. Christian shares the Engadget Review of the HTC EVO 3D, one of the latest Android phones about to hit the market from HTC, a mouth watering offering coming soon to Sprint in the USA. Andrew brings us Natural Reader, an application that will read highlighted text from any #160; There are free and paid versions available for both PC and Mac users. Andrew reaches out to the listener community about choosing a Personal Productivity / Getting Things Done application to better help manage the Inbox in #160; So far, he has looked at SimplyFile from TechHit (which builds rules based on Outlook email movement), and Xobni (which builds statistics around emails that are received and sent).  Jim talks about The Other Inbox which integrates with online email providers such as Gmail and Yahoo!Mail. To wrap up the show, the guys talk about the recent mobile applications released from Starbucks which allow you to pay for your caffeine hit, directly from your mobile phone, as well as the mobile application called CardStar, which allows you to load all of your loyalty cards into your phone, and simply scan your card at the cash register. 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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Solar Grid Feed, Google Street View, Google Wallet, Kill-A-Watt and iPhone Applications for Musicians – HT027

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Rich O’Neil for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off discussing Christian’s latest project, getting SharePoint 2010 up and running, and the upgrade to TheAverageGuy website, before moving on to another free exercising app for the fitness enthusiasts amongst us, with Nike+ for iPhone becoming free of charge for a limited #160; If you have a pair of Nike shoes, the Nike sensor and an iPhone, but haven’t downloaded the app yet, now is your chance to check it out for free! Listen Mobile: Andrew’s Average Guy Tech for the week is the installation of the new Solar Grid Feed System that is being installed to his house this coming weekend, the design software used to design the system, as well as the monitoring system that will be used to be able to provide a visual output via on the Internet. There will be a new blog post around designing and building this system in the coming few days. The guys discuss the prevalence of solar grid feed systems in the area Andrew lives in, and the government incentives offered by the Australian Government for installing a system such as this, as well as the expected outputs from the system being installed, and the expected payback timeframe for the system. The guys discuss how common solar grid feed systems are within the areas they live in, and how some new housing estates are encouraging solar grid feed systems for new housing projects. For the energy conscious who are interested in where their power actually goes, the guys talk about using a Kill-A-Watt meter, which allows you to to determine where power on your power bill is going.       Jim and Andrew talk about how easy it is to familiarize yourself with an area you have never visited, using sites like Google Street View, Bing Maps, and NearMap (an Australian satellite imagery site).  The guys speculate about using the maps derived from these services to create a virtual treadmill environment to be able to simulate marathons including the visual track, and simulated elevation changes.       Christians’ Deal-of-the-Week is 16GB of Ripjaws X Series DDR3 SDRAM from for $#160; The guys discuss the merits of running reputable brands of memory in your system, the benefits of increasing your system memory, and the features of the various generations of memory, DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and the upcoming DDR4, as well as the performance comparisons between SSD and system memory, as well as the improvement adding an SSD drive to your system can make, as well as extending the usable life of the machine. Christians’ Speed Tip Of the Week is speeding up the performance of Windows Explorer, from Computing Unleashed, via a Registry Patch available at: For those who like to know what they are about apply to their system, the patch includes the following: Hanged programs will be terminated Automatically it will end tasks of programs that are taking longer to respond. Menus will be shown very faster. When you pause on the main menus the sub menus will be shown up very fast than normal. You will get an option ”Take Ownership” when you right click on files or folders. This will become handy when you want to replace system files while doing customization. Make windows not to search for a program that no longer exist when you click on the shortcut there by saving your valuable time. Adds “Copy To” and “Move To” options in the right click context menu of Windows 7. So from now on copying and moving files from one place to another will be more easier than before. Directly opens up the Files list when you choose “Open With” option there by deactivating the ” search on Internet ” option. Speeds up the navigation in Windows Explorer by disabling searching for network printers and scheduled tasks on network. Disables the annoying “low disk space” message notification in your system tray Breaking news during the recording of the show was the Google announcement of Google Wallet, which is the Google phone integrated Pay Pass billing system and will tie in with the Google Offers system to allow you to avail yourself of offers near you.   Rich talks about his recent adoption of the password service from LastPass, and it’s excellent integration with the browser and some of the challenges with the iPhone implementation of the service. Rich brings us a couple of nice iPhone apps for the musicians amongst us, being Amazing Slow Downer, from Roni Music, which allows those who learn by ear to slow down a track to better pick out the #160; The app has a desktop version, that integrates with the iPhone app as well. In a similar vein, Christian tells us about Microsoft Songsmith, which generates musical accompaniment matched to a singers’ voice.                 The final app Rich brings us is Song Exporter Pro, which puts your iDevice on your local network, and allows you to browse and play, stream or copy the file from your device to your PC. Rich reminds us to be vigilant when opening attachments and following links in emails that may be trying to scam #160; Remember, you will never be e-mailed by a vendor such as PayPal, eBay or your bank with links that do not go directly to that #160; These institutions will never ask you to download an application in order to resolve an issue with an account. To close, Rich’s latest Audible book recommendation is In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes our Lives by Steven Levy. 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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