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Google Apps for Domains, File Recovery from Hard Drives and Memory Cards, Hulu Plus, Colour Calibration, and Yahoo! has sold Delicious – HT023

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by good friend of the show, Chris Lux for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. With everyone back on deck, and the Skype Gods working in their favor, the guys kick off with some listener feedback from Michael in Connecticut who shares with the show how he uses the often talked about SyncToy to copy his critical data between his Windows Home Server, and his cloud storage provider of choice, Mozy. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Moving on from backups, Jim talks about his recent experience of recovering data from a friends’ failed hard disk, using the “6-inch drop method”, which involves dropping the disk onto a hard surface from 6-inches which sometimes seems to work as a last ditch #160; The guys go on to talk about the other various methods they have used, such as freezing a faulty drive (in a zip lock bag to prevent condensation build-up), and even the KISS method of swapping the faulty disk into a different #160; Although these techniques do work from time to time, the most failsafe method is still taking a regular backup! For those of us who use Google Applications for Domains, Google has announced that as of May 10th, new domain signups will be reduced to 10 #160;  Existing accounts will still be able to expand to 50 email address per the original Terms and #160; For those who don’t currently use Google Applications for Domains, it provides the GMail and full Google Application Suite (Sites, Calendar, Docs and more), using your own custom domain, rather than your email address.   From Christian’s Corner, and the Deal of the Week is who have HP 16GB SD cards for $, which is a nice buy for an additional card for your digital camera, or even a plug-in memory add-on for your laptop, if it has a built-in SD card reader. Chris tells us about the new Eye-Fi card, which provides a very cool service that tethers to your mobile phone, and in turn upload images on the fly to your online image sharing service such as Flickr, Picasa, Mobile Me, Facebook and other online #160; Chris also tells us about his Sandisk Micro SD to SD adapter with a built-in USB connector.                                   Christian tells us about his experiences on his recent trip in Argentina and having to recover images from a friends camera memory card, using Recuva from Piriform, the folks who bring us software such as CCleaner and #160; Christian relates how his tech-free vacation was great for his health having a break from his tech projects, and how his immersion into a non-English speaking country was great for practical use of years of Spanish lessons. The guys hypothesize about the future of voice translation devices replacing the need for learning a second or third #160; Would technology in this instance remove the cultural experience of visiting another country? Christian’s tech tip of the week is how to dig into the Windows Event Viewer, and reference any error messages you might find using the online service Andrew brings us the news of Yahoo! finally finding a buyer for the Social Bookmarking service #160; The service has been purchased by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who were the original founders of YouTube, which is as we all know is now a Google service. In latest software releases in the mobile computing world, Google have this week released Google Docs for Android, which enables you to edit your Google Docs from your mobile #160; For users of other platforms, there is not a native application as yet, however the mobile web interface is very good. Chris brings us news of the impending release of Hulu Plus for the xbox #160; Hulu are offering a free week trial of Hulu #160; After the trial period, the Hulu Plus service is $ per month Chris tells us about his huey PRO pantone calibrator, which is a great tech solution to being able to get true colour calibration on your monitors and LCD TV #160; This is a fantastic way of being able to uniformly calibrate multiple monitor set ups, or obtain perfect calibration of your HTPC. 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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Removing Malware with Microsoft Security Essentials or Malwarebytes, Easy Transfers, Video Sharing, Virtualization and A Google A Day – HT021

Jim, Christian and Andrew are this week joined by Mike Howard for this weeks installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off talking about their choice of Virus and Malware removal tools, with Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira AntiVirus, Malwarebytes, McAfee Stinger and various Symantec Removal Tools, as well as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool, which comes from Microsoft via Windows Update. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: Jim talks about using the Microsoft Easy Transfer Wizard for moving files off an infected machine, as well as moving the files back after rebuilding a machine.  The Easy Transfer Wizard can also be used for upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP and Windows Vista. Andrew introduces the guys to a Google a Day, which is a bit of Google fun, in the form of a website that asks you a daily question, and uses your Google skills to find the answer.  If you can’t work out the answer, the site shows you how they would use Google to find the answer.  As the folks at a Google a Day say, “There’s no right way to solve it, but there’ only one right answer”.  Christian and Mike tells us how to use the various Advanced Search Options, Jim and Andrew talk about some of the built-in Google Calculator options that can be called from the search bar itself, and Mike and Christian then talk about how to search within a website from Google itself.  to search for John Zajdler’s Multipoint Server Article within The Average Guy website, you would enter “multipoint ” into the Google Search Bar. Christian talks to us about his latest project to provide video streaming via Word Press for his upcoming orchestra tour in Argentina.  The guys discuss the merits of sharing video via YouTube and Facebook. For the Deal of the Week, the folks from have the ASUS Core i5 Notebook for a hint over $500. Christian’s tip of the week, is how to use your multiple monitors when connecting to a system with a single monitor attached by checking the “Use all monitors for the remote session” in the Display properties of the Remote Desktop Client. In the process, Christian getting the guys drooling over his dad Gary’s current triple monitor setup, and his future upgrade to a triple 30 inch monitor setup! Christian gives us his take on the Internet Explorer 10 release date speculation seen this week, and his take on what is coming down the pipe with respect to HTML and CSS support in future releases. The guys discuss a couple small issues that Andrew has seen with Internet Explorer 9 and Skype , and the odd issues the guys have seen with Skype from time to time. Mike today brings us some great discussion around Virtualization and the various Hypervisors the guys have used, including VirtualBox, VMWare ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, and using Disk2VHD from SysInternals to convert an older PC into a virtual machine, which is especially handy for migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, and the joys of being able to copy virtual machines between PCs, as explained by the folks over at HowToGeek. The guys wrap up the show talking about the things they like about the changes in technology as it is impacting them and the people around them in their day to day lives. 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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About.Me, Secure Online Storage, Amazon Cloud Player, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, mControl and Google Latitude now has history – HT020

Jim and Christian are joined by John Zajdler and Bill Paulmenn for this weeks edition of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys kick off with Jim talking about the new online profile site , a recently discovered online service, which will not only allow you to have a single online bio that you can reference from all your various places on the web, but bring together all your social networking details together, with support for most of the popular sites, including and by no means limited to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, flickr, foursquare, most of the commonly used blogging platforms, and custom services you can add via URL or #160; For the those of us interested in statistics, also provides some numbers about where your profile is being viewed from, and what they look at on your profile. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: From the news, the guys discuss the new secure online storage service, LiveKive, from the folks we all know at AVG who have brought us the well known, free AVG AntiVirus.   While talking online storage, the guys also discuss the new Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player service which takes your MP3 purchases from Amazon into the Amazon Cloud, allowing you to play your music purchases via the Web, or using Amazon MP3 for Android.   For the Deal of the Week, the folks from have the Motorola T505 Bluetooth In-Car handsfree for $#160; This unit also lets you transmit via Bluetooth to your cars’ FM radio for those of you with a car that doesn’t have a line-in for your MP3 player of choice. From Christian’s Corner, Christian breaks the news on the upcoming Patch Tuesday, when Microsoft will be releasing their largest ever release, totalling up to 64 patches for those of us who don’t install the “Optional Updates” in #160; We also hear that Microsoft have released Internet Explorer 9 ahead of the June 2011 date previously advised on the Windows Team #160; The guys discuss some of their end user and application compatibility experiences with this latest browser release from #160; They also briefly discuss the Ribbon Bar, which is in the teaser images of Windows 8 that have started being seen around the web. Bill gives us an update on his recent discussions with Embedded Automation regarding Windows Home Server 2011 support for their mControl Home Automation product, and the guys talk about some of the possible future of Home Automation. To wrap it up, Andrew the latecomer, talks about the new Dashboard features in Google Latitude, which gives some nice statistics about how you spend your time, as well as the bonus of telling you how far you travel!     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 “Likes”+1, World Backup Day, Data Recovery, Android, and Facebook users get E-Mail and Movie Streaming? – HT019

Jim, Christian and Andrew get together for this edition of the Home Tech Podcast. After some listener feedback, and an update on the Stuxnet Virus from Mark Russinovich’s blog, the guys talk about Google’s upcoming “+1” service – when signed into your Google account, you will be able to “Use +1 to give something your public stamp of approval, so friends, contacts, and others can find the best stuff when they search.”  Results will show in your personal Google Profile. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: With the 31st of March being World Backup Day, the guys quickly run through Business Insiders’ 10 Best Backup Solutions In line with World Backup Day, the guys discuss Andrew’s recent successful data recovery, using Photorec to recover photos from a corrupted hard disk. From Christian’s Corner, this weeks Deal of the Week is the HP S2231 22” Widescreen HD LCD Monitor from and Christian’s Speed Tip of the Week has us turning off the write-cache buffer flushing on our hard disks to eek that little extra performance from our systems. Talking about Facebook from two angles, the guys discuss the email addresses that everyone can now have attached to their Facebook account, and the new deal that Facebook and Warner Bros have, to allow US Facebook users to watch movies in HD via their Facebook account, paying with Facebook Credits. Jim talks about OtherInbox, a free online service to help to Organize, Prioritize and Summarize your web-based e-mail from GMail, Yahoo!Mail and AOL. To close, Andrew shares his experiences in trying to move away from Windows 7 to Ubuntu Netbook Edition on an aging laptop and the guys talk about Google’s taking back control of the Android Operating System. 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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Apple iPads and iPad2, Windows 7 from a Mac, Ripping DVDs, Gmail Down and You Can’t Intimidate Apathy – HT015

This week’s show includes the regulars, Brian Burgess, Christian Johnson and Andrew #160; The guys spend some time talking about iPad and the new #160; Brian covers accessing Windows 7 from a Mac, ripping DVDs and a Gmail #160; Christian brings some updates and Andrew talks about a PC in a box, really!   Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile: News  iPad 2 news and video · iTunes Update Available Now for Preparation for iPad 2 and iOS · Windows Live Mesh Beta Ending March 31st Mac OS X with Windows · How to RDP from Mac OS X to Windows 7, XP, and WHS · Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac · Dave from Home Server Show and Brian are resurrecting Burning DVDs and Blu-ray · Rip & Convert DVDs to ISO Images · Rip & Convert DVDs to MKV Format · Rip & Convert Blu-ray Discs in Windows 7 · Handbrake Gmail · How to Backup Gmail with a Free Windows Live Account · Gmail Went Down for Many Users This Week · Backupify Christian’s Corner · Netflix iPad Update · Trillian Astra · Upgrade Path From DOS to Windows 7 (Awesome Video!) Hardware · ASUS Motherboard Box Doubles as a PC Case · Google Cr-48 Chrome Notebook · Apply To Test the Chrome Notebook 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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How to use Team Viewer, Technet and Action Pack, Mac Mini, IE 9 RC, Windows 7 Family Pack, Magic Wake on LAN and Special Guest Andrew Morris – HT011

We tried 4 guys for the show this week and welcomed guest host Andrew Morris from Melbourne, Australia the this week’s #160; In a very full show, we talked about the Team Viewer application, some discussion around the differences between Microsoft’s Technet and Action Pack software subscription services, the release of IE 9 RC, Bing’s gaining on Google, Facebook’s Q4 revenue, Brian newest post at AppAdvice, the Mac Mini, Windows 7 Family Pack, Christian’s WHS addin Magic Wake on LAN, W7 and 2008r2 Service Pack 1, Guitar Hero getting the axe, HP releases new WebOS offerings including a tablet, Media Browser and HTC Home!  It was a full show! Listen Mobile:   Show Notes · Study Shows Bing is More Accurate Than Google, and It’s Gaining Share · Facebook Earned 250 Million in Q4 and Profits are Growing at an Astounding Rate · Team Viewer · Action Pack for MS Software · TechneNet Subscriptions · Download Internet Explorer 9 RC · Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack · Activision Kills Guitar Hero · HP Announces Plans to Bring webOS to the PC & Introduces TouchPad Tablet and Two Phones · Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Available February 22nd · Guest – Andrew Morris from Media · HP Pavilion DM1Z with AMD Fusion Review · HP ProBook 4320s How To Get Your Facebook Email Now Quick Advice: IM All Your Friends on Every Network with Palringo   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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