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New PC Build, Travel Chargers and Fathers Day Gifts Under $50 – HGG358

Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #358 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network      Join Jim Collison / @jcollison and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #358 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, PC Build, Travel Chargers, Fathers Day, gifts, Home Automation, Phillips Hue, Tile Sport, Wemo, D-Link, Belkin, Google Assistant, Alexa, Smart Home Conversation From the Facebook group:    Facebook group poll on the Router options for Mike   News Spector / Meltdown – Mike, how are you keeping up with all the Bios updates?   Reviews What do you look for in a good travel charger?  Jim has two to open the conversation – .JSVER Wall USB Outlet Power Strip with 3 USB Charging Port and 3-AC Outlet without Extension Cable, White – Belkin BZ103050-TVL Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger – 1 AMP (Retail Package)   Product updates Fathers Day Getting (or Giving) guide under $50: Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant – – $30 Tile Sport – Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder (Graphite) – 2 Pack – $45 Philips Hue Smart Bridge (Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant) – $50 Philips Hue White A19 4-Pack 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Light Bulb, 4 A19 60W White Bulbs, Works with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant – $50 D-Link HD WiFi Security Camera – Indoor – Night Vision – Remote Access – Works with Google Assistant – Casting – Streaming (DCS-936L) –    $45   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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Top Home Tech Integration to Consider in Your Next Remodel

Top Home Tech Integration to Consider in Your Next Remodel   By Ryan Martin from – Guest Writer While you’re preparing to renovate your living space, go beyond brainstorming how you want your home to look. Think about how you want it to perform and function. Home automation can make your daily life simpler and your surroundings more intuitive, allowing you to spend less time thinking about convenience, comfort, and even safety—and spend more time doing the things you ; There’s never a more opportune time to integrate home tech than during a remodel. Home Improvement Leads is here to help you discover top-of-the-line applications and appliances to add to your ;
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Looking Ahead to Tech in 2016, Home Automation, Drones and Augmented vs Virtual Reality – HGG243

Listen Mobile:   Join Jim Collison  and Mike Howard (@jpeg2raw) from for show #243 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 or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Catch the video on Blab: Some obvious ones? Self Driving Cars – How far will they progress Drones – Will Amazon get its wish? What about some of the battles? What will we see in Home Automation?  Lights, Cameras and Action (Home Security), IFTTT Will the watch evolve even further? Apple Watch, Microsoft Band, Samsung Galaxy Gear Augmented Reality v Virtual Reality?  Who will come out ahead in this battle for eyeballs Robots – is this the year we actually see some helpful robots? Who will win the the area of Virtual Assistant?  Siri, Google or Contana.  What about Facebook M? What happens with Home Computing? Five predictions IBM Made in 2011 So, on top of mind reading machines what tech does IBM think will change our lives by 2016?  You will make your own energy: Anything that moves has the potential to create energy. Your running shoes, your bicycle and even the water flowing through your pipes can create energy. You will not need a password: Your biological makeup is the key to your individual identity, and soon, it will become the key to safeguarding it. Mind reading is no longer science fiction: Scientists are researching how to link your brain to your devices, such as a computer or a smartphone, so you just need to think about calling someone and it happens. The digital divide will cease to exist: In five years, the gap between information haves and have-nots will narrow considerably due to advances in mobile technology. Junk mail will become priority mail: Think about how often we’re flooded with advertisements we consider to be irrelevant or unwanted – it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. 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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The Best Cables, Free Antivirus Options and Tech Guy Tools – HGG208

Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979), Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) and new host Mike Wieger from and the Open Mike Night Podcast join Jim () for show #208 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. 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 or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Catch the podcast that Neil is referring to at The guys spent the first 15 minutes talking about where to purchase cables.  Amazon and Monoprice were the two most popular.  Mike like Apple Certified cable when he buys them. To protect your systems you need anti-virus and anti-malware. I use Intel Security(McAfee) LiveSafe and Malwarebytes Pro. Best research sites: As with any free software, you need to understand how it is different than the pay version. Don’t assume anything. Good ratings: ,2817,2388652, , Best free AV for Mac’s: Check with your ISP to see if they offer a free AV. Many universities do as well. I also believe a real firewall or UTM helps defeat virus and malware. Sophos UTM: plus you get Sophos AV when you use a Sophos UTM, I think,,,,, My picks for free AV, in alphabetical order: Avast: AVG: Avira: Bitdefender: Panda: ;gclid=CjwKEAjwotmoBRCc6LWd2ZnkuBYSJACyt2quWDpJKoS0pBV0K-ydm-IoI_gwteH___s3NrSy8but6xoCMNTw_wcB Sophos for Mac: add on MalwareBytes: (this could be an add on to this show or potentially a second show on other free tools) Free Glary Utilities to fix everything else: Free Paragon Backup and Recovery: Free Belarc Advisor to audit your PC: Free TeamViewer for remote access: And you are covered! Catch the Post Show:   Streaming Live at WLMN Radio –   Broadcasting Monday – Friday AM – AM 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 Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Chris Barns from thEndUsr, Best of CES 2015, Home Automation, Smart Watches, Windows Media Center Alternatives – HGG198

John Zajdler (@Dieharder) is back again this week and is joined by Chris Barns (@chrishalebarnes) from of the Digital Media Zone () with Jim () for show #198 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. 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 or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   ThEndUsr Podcast – LG Electronics UM95 34UM95 34-Inch Curved Screen ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00JR6GCZA&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=IJ37J6HHIJTKPUN3&qid=1420940817&sr=8-1&keywords=curved+4k+monitor The Intel HDMI Compute Stick – Fitness Bands Microsoft Band – Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch, Black, Large by Fitbit ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00N2BWF6Q&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=UWLLKAGURP23Q3CM&qid=1420941210&sr=8-1&keywords=Fitbit+surg Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband, Bl… by Fitbit ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00N2BW2PK&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=GTTDWCQPUOQEMXUQ&qid=1420941721&sr=8-1&keywords=fitbit+charge+hr Garmin Vivosmart – Black (Large) by Garmin for $ ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00N7MGPES&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=5QCPR2ARCPSU4EDX&qid=1420941277&sr=8-9&keywords=garmin+vivofit Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band – Black by Garmin ;camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00HFPOXM4&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=LVOWQTNP274AUHIX&qid=1420941277&sr=8-1&keywords=garmin+vivofit Garmin 220 – ;qid=1420941635&sr=8-1&keywords=Garmin+220 Home Automation SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit (NEWEST … by SmartThings for $ ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00N97U7U4&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=OAS65UE5WFWFDSQT&qid=1420941965&sr=8-2&keywords=smartthings INSTEON 2244-224 New Starter Kit by Insteon for $ ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00CMUFTPC&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=LEABGAGPKAXDAKFA&qid=1420942052&sr=8-10&keywords=insteon 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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Home Automation, Amazon Echo and Noise Cancelling Headphones – HGG192

John Greenaway and Omaha Podcaster Mike Wieger from and the Open Mike Night Podcast joins Jim () for show #192 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. John joined us on 171 () when we talked about the Elgato Video Capture Device and recently completed a move to a new home.  We talk about some of the tech challenges in a move and John’s thoughts on cabling, Wifi and media.  We are also joined by Mike Wieger, fellow Omaha Podcaster and tech guy himself.  Mike gives us his impressions of the newly announced Amazon Echo and we have  discussion around voice recognition with devices.  At the end of the program, we cover the review of the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Noise Cancelling Headphone () and see if they are ready for prime time. 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 or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     Mike Wieger and Open Mike Night – Home: On Podcast – ZyXEL Powerline AV 500 Mbps 4 Port Gigabit Switch Wall-plug Adapter ;camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B0061308MA&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=CQPCJLT7USB24KAG&=electronics&qid=1415901557&sr=1-2&keywords=power+ethernet+zyxel+4+por Philips 431643 Hue Personal Wireless Lighting by Philips ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00BSN8DN4&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=6BTYGE2B5HTDH7KJ&=aps&qid=1415901862&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=philips+hue+starter+pack INSTEON 2634-222 On/Off Dual-Band Outdoor Module by Insteon ;camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B00B1GHKUK&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=BG7GFJTSLRT2MT7P&qid=1415901349&sr=8-1&keywords=insteon+outdoor+outlet INSTEON 2244-224 New Starter Kit by Insteon ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00CMUFTPC&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=OMONXD5BNRPIE2HT&psc=1 Insteon Universal Outdoor Camera 2 Pack by Insteon ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B00IW5T344&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=BRJSNDV5ZAEC2YLG&psc=1 Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation ;camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=B009GDHYPQ&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=5MP3NIDEZMADCB4C&=electronics&qid=1416076643&sr=1-1&keywords=Nest&pebp=1416076645170 Nest Alternative – Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise Cancelling Headphones ;camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B002HWJT1A&linkCode=shr&tag=avestufrothea-20&linkId=ALUU5HMBPOAZAHNY&creativeASIN=B002HWJT1A&linkId=ZF36FJHNY6KKLMEM&=electronics&qid=1415230505&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=audio+technica+noisew 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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The HP TouchPad, Ford Sync, Nook, WebOS, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Home Automation – HT039

Jim, Gordon, are joined by John Hughes from Code Core Technologies, and a late joining Andrew for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. After a brief chat about phones and and the trials and tribulations of dying gaming consoles, the Jim kicks off, talking about his latest project, “The 28 Day Experiment” testing the HP TouchPad.  You can follow Jim’s experiences over on the website, under the “The 28 Day Experiment” tag.  The guys chat about some of the comparisons between application availability on Android, and WebOS, and where and if a tablet device could fit into their lives.  Currently, Gordon is a Samsung Galaxy Tab user, and none of Jim, John, or Andrew currently own a tablet device.  The guys also discuss devices like the Barnes and Noble Nook, and it’s potential as an mobile content consumption device. Listen Mobile: Gordon shares with us his thoughts on Ford Sync, and why he chose to leave this option off the order form when purchasing his new car. John talks to us about Home Automation, and his product Elve, which allows him to automate and control all the lights, alarm, irrigation system, thermostats, and home theatre system in the home.  John explains the differences between automation and control in the home, and how a home automation system can integrate into various parts of the house.  John tells us about his methodologies around how he designed the interface to his system, which was designed to to have a simple interface, with the familiar look and feel and concepts most of us know from Microsoft Outlook.  John shares some of the challenges of integrating various systems.  John’s product, Elve, which integrates with several different types of automation hardware can be found at his company website Code Core Technologies. The guys talk about lack of standardization in the protocols used by the various manufacturers of Home Automation hardware, as well as the complexities of bringing automation to your home, as well assome of the security concerns with respect to being able to remotely access your Home Automation system. 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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