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Mike Wieger is Back and Dave Crawford from Microsoft – HGG330

Mike Wieger, @WiegerTech joins Jim Collison, @jcollison for show #330 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network     Mike Wieger joins Jim Collison  for show #330 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 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, Dave Crawford, Mike Wieger, Drones, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, You can catch the complete video with Dave Crawford at 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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What’s New and a LIVE First Look at Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview with Hyper-V – HT124

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Andrew Morris (@unrealshots), Paul Baran (@Tinkererguy) from and Michael Martis (@MikeMartis) from for Home Tech episode #124 We recorded an update on Mike Howard’s condition that I tagged onto the end of the podcast.  Thanks Mike for sharing with us! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Buy Online, Pick Up in Your Local Best Buy Store-Same-Day Pickup Guarantee. Listen Mobile: What is new with Windows Windows Preview runs fine on ESXi Update 1 Build 1065491 We looked around the Modern UI, and noticed it does stay running on multiple-monitor configurations, even when doing desktop apps on a second monitor!  Skip-domain join still works, for backing up (to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials), described here: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview The Essentials Experience For juggling VMs on a workstation, here’s a nice comparison between VMware Workstation and the Windows 8 Hyper-V role Snapshot on VirtualBox This is a way to install Windows on my laptop (bare-metal), non-destructively, avoiding my C: drive entirely by going external  Where I have a write-up of the procedure, and a walk-through video. Here’s a shorter more generic version. After making sure I have a complete backup, take care to: Shut down your laptop (or desktop) that has eSATAp Hook up an external drive and insert Windows install media Power up, enter BIOS, configure so that the eSATA temporary drive shows as first boot device Install Windows onto that C: drive Play around with Windows Shutdown Remove cable and drive Power up, enter BIOS, configure so that the original internal C: drive is first in the boot device list Reboot, and you’re right back to where you were before horsing around with Windows Jim’s cheap laptop pick: ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T-SL Touchscreen Laptop ( Silver ) Mike’s review of the vivo book guys 50” 4K TV/Monitor for $1399  #215;2160-TV-Unboxing-and-Preview 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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The BYOB Guys Talk Virtualizaton, Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V -HT121

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Mike Faucher (@PcDocsWorld) and Michael Martis (@MikeMartis) for Show 121!  The third podcast in the series on Virtualization, we have the guys from the BYOB Podcast. You can find Mike Faucher at You can find Michael Martis at Join us for the how live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Don’t forget the Home Server Show / Surface Geeks / The Average Guy Meetup in Indy on September 21st? Listen Mobile: 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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Virtualizaton, Citrix ZenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, Disk2vhd, Openfiler, VMware Workstation, ESXi Hypervisor -HT120

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Mike Howard from and Jay Moore for Home Tech episode #120.  Mike started the conversation off with some discussion around Citrix’s ZenServer after having trouble installing ESXi.  Jay Covers his work with ESXi and both home and at work. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Don’t forget the Home Server Show / Surface Geeks / The Average Guy Meetup in Indy on September 21st? Listen Mobile: Join the Average Guy Facebook Group and you can win!  We are at 165 members right now, when we hit 250, everyone in the group gets entered into a drawing for $100 gift card from Amazon for active members.  Tell your tech friends to join us there and they could win too! Xenserver – Overview – Xenserver Editions – Comparision of Xen vs Xenserver –     Disk2vhd – Jay’s lab setup Two Lenovo Desktops 7483AG2 Dual core 3Ghz 5GB and 16GB of memory USB thumb drives for install Open Filer Box – HP N40l Dual GHZ Turion 8 GB RAM Hard drives 1 250GB – OS and such 1 1TB – Lun1 1 1TB – Lun2 1 2TB – Lun3 The domain controller 1vCPU/1GB RAM Virtual Center 2vCPU/2GB RAM Virtual Side running in VMWorkstation v 8 on my desktop Virtual Center 2vCPU/2GB RAM ESX 2vCPU/3GB RAM iSCSI Virtual Appliance 150GB into 5 30GB drives. 256MB RAM I was reading this about VT 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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Rich’s Random Podcast Generator: Technology in a Post-9/11 World, Remote-piloted Commercial Flights, VirtualBox and Hyper-V, Frozen HDD’s, and Lasers – RRPG005

John Stutsman, Jay Moore, and Mike Howard join this week’s show. John is an Electrical Engineer with some power industry experience, Jay is a systems admin for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, and Mike is a fellow podcaster and creator of jpeg2RAW over at Topics include post-9/11 technology, the electric power grid, virtualization, and discussions around PC builds and repairs. Memorials marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 recently all over the USA. The guys talk about people they know who were either in Trade Center building or the immediate area on the morn ing of the attack. Listen Mobile: Mike talks about technology that protects buildings. One company in particular, Line-X, makes a spray-on coating called PAXCON. An entire wall coated with the product merely flexes from the force of a bomb blast, whereas a normal, untreated wall is blown to pieces. Pentagon officials were impressed enough to use it on their building. Check out the video. Jim is ready for remote-controlled commercial flights; the other guys, not so much. They want someone piloting the plane who has the same thing at risk as they do. Then again, FMS (flight management systems) is already in use on all commercial flights, doing much of the work of a pilot. John talks about his experience with power grids, as well as the big problem that occurred recently in California. NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) is charged with ensuring the reliability and security of our nation’s power grid. New computer users, which is easier to pick up and learn? Mac or PC? It’s debatable but one thing is certain, Apple provides their users with training whereas Microsoft does so such thing. VirtualBox is a great virtualization product for enterprise as well as home user. If you do a lot of testing, this could be your solution. Don’t forget to install Guest Additions for seamless integration between host and VM.   Andrew hooks up a friend who recently spent $4K for a successful hard drive data recovery with an HP Proliant Microserver. Price for the little box is ~$300. All decked out with OS, hard drives, and a couple of external drives to backup the server pushes the price to ~$1200. And yet another story, two actually, courtesy of Andrew and Rich, about putting a failing hard drive in a freezer in order to facilitate a DYI data recovery. They’ve both done it, they’ve both had success. Lucky. In the show this week: Jim Collison, Rich O’Neil, Mike Howard, John Stutsman, Jay Moore Rich’s RPG is a weekly show hosted by Jim Collison and Rich O’Neil. We talk tech with like-minded folks, using Google + hangout to facilitate discussions. Together we cover whatever’s interesting – hot or not, current or historical. No outlines, no agenda, no worries. Join us!   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at If you have a product or a topic you would like us to discuss, please tag your articles in Delicious using the tag “TheAverageGuy”. Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at 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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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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