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Home Networking Tips and Apple Product Announcements – HGG377

   On this episode, We cover some home networking tips, a look at the most recent Apple event and some updates on a new channel that Jim is watching on YouTube. Join Jim Collison / @jcollison  and Mike Wieger / @WiegerTech for show #377 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network
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First Look at the Apple iPad Air on Home Tech – HT142

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Amish Gangar, a co-worker from Gallup. We took a first look at the new Apple iPad Air.  Amish takes some time to walk through the new specs of the new Air as well as a new hands on demo. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: SPECS AT A GLANCE: APPLE IPAD AIR SCREEN 2048×1536 (264 PPI) touchscreen OS iOS 7 CPU Apple A7 RAM 1GB DDR3 GPU “Apple A7 GPU” (likely an Imagination Technologies 6-series variant) STORAGE 16, 32, 64, or 128GB NAND flash NETWORKING , Bluetooth CAMERA 5MP rear camera, front camera PORTS Lightning connector, headphone jack SIZE #8243; × #8243; × #8243; (240 × × mm) WEIGHT 1 pound (469 g) Wi-Fi, pounds (478 g) with cellular BATTERY 8827 mAh STARTING PRICE $499 OTHER PERKS Charger, Lightning cable 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
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Home Networking, ZyXel, Pulling Network Cable, VoIP, ENGenious EAP600, PoE, DataShark 70025 Tester, Asus RT-AC66U, Plenum Cable – HT107

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979), Greg Welch (@welchwerks) , Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) and Renny Phipps (@rennyphipps) for Show 107!  Part II of a 4 Part Series on Home Networking.  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  Hope you enjoy this episode.  Part 3 will be next weekend (March 9th or 10th, watch twtter) with the guys from BYOB. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   See Jim and Mike Howard on Podcasters Roundtable that was recorded on March 1. or on Youtube at Click the image for full view Kevin Schoonover Deployed ZyXel ZyWALL 20 firewall, upgrade from old NAT router Deployed EnGenius EAP600 WAP-Concurrent Dual Radio I have had great luck with Windows Homegroup Belarc Advisor network audit and interface launcher Pull a nylon twine with each cable run Pull-zit If I were building a new house,,,,,, Resource- Resource- Resource- Resource-   Bill Paulmenn Wireless Routers : AC Routers tested and installed into service – 3 Asus RT-AC66U Dual Band / with Forked open source firmware.  Detailed Links and Specs Open source VPN built in Free Dropbox like – DIY Cloud Compete with my “SuperRouter” Making custom network cables. How to test your new cables (test hardware and functions) DataShark 70025 Tester If you have to cross electrical lines do it at 90 degrees (old wives tale?) How to run your network wires from your attic to your basement or other floors with metal chains! Renny Phipps General notes Use DynDNS to provide consistent access to your network from the internet Use Cat 6 for long runs (over say 15 Meters) Avoid getting within 2 feet of electrical cabling if possible To find the fastest DNS server for your area/connection try “Name Bench” or “DNS Benchmark” Use a UPS to keep your wireless network up during blackouts Network Diagram is here # short Videos here   Greg Welch Network Hardware: Netgear ProSafe 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch GS724Tv3 Supports Link Aggregation groups (LAG’s) and VLAN’s Supermicro SuperServer 5015A-H    aka   (PFSENSE Router) Added Intel dual port gigabit NIC with riser card Netgear WNDRv2   (PFSENSE AP) # APC Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial RM 2U 120V ;total_watts=50 Added APC AP9630 UPS Network Management Card Completely Wireless: After moving to a new house we are completely wireless for all workstations and tablets All on 5 GHz N except as noted 2- Workstations ASUS ITX 3rd Gen I-5 (BYOB) 1- WorkStation Dell 2 – Dual Xeons GHz N USB 1- IPAD 4th GEN   (prints to the laserjet) 2- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 1- Kindle Fire N 1- Samsung 60 inch Series 7  LCD   GHz for its Netflix and Vudu etc. 1- XBOX 360  N 2- HTC 8X Windows Phones 1- HTPC Decommissioned for a little while, will be working on a redesign 1- HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw
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The Disaster that is Windows 8? iPad Mini, LastPass Giveaway, Pogoplug Giveaway – HT097

Jim and Christian are joined this week by Gordon Schmidt (#8217;s Knee Jerk Reaction) and special guest Ces White () for show 97 Lots of connectivity and sound issues this week.  Apologies for the sound quality for most of the podcast. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: LastPass Giveaway Winners: Antonio Facciponti Rob Berg New Pogoplug Giveaway Starts today.  Cloud Storage Know It Guyde – Updated: Jim at the KC Microsoft Store on Saturday #!/events/233372026794040/ #!/events/434644559929768/ If you are new to podcasts and are looking for a way to easily listen each week, you might want to consider using Stitcher. Available for both Android and iPhone platforms, it a great way to listen to podcasts both at home and on the road. Of course, this show and all the past shows are on Stiticher. – Search Home Tech. It’s educations for your ears! 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 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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Oracle v Google, Bing and Facebook, IE Only on Windows 8, NEST, Vudu and Microsoft v Apple Sales Numbers – HT072

Jim and Christian are joined this week by special guest Gordon Schmidt for show 72 of The Home Tech Podcast.  We tried using the very new Google+ Hangout feature called “On Air.”  The show video is now available on YouTube at the Average Guy Podcast Channel.  Give it a try. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile:   Christian’s Corner Christian decided to cover enterprise matter this week. We talked Oracle v Google, Facebook helps out Bing, Microsoft returns to it’s excluding roots and of course a deal of the week. Gordon covers the NEST Thermostat, Walmart using Vudu to convert DVD’s to Digital and the Microsoft Touch Mouse. Jim takes a look at the real sales numbers for both Windows and Apple. Microsoft: 1.    At its peak in 2006, Windows XP was sold and operated on about 400 Million PC’s worldwide (legally).  They roughly sold about 10 million copies a month while it was available. 2.    Windows Vista sold 384 million copied before it was discontinued in October 2009.  Also 10 million a month 3.    Since its introduction in 2009, Window 7 has sold 525 million copies as of January 2012.  It’s currently selling about 20 million copies a month.  This puts it on track to sell around 200 million more copies (700 million total) before Windows 8 debuts late this fall.  Early indications are that Windows 8 will get off to a slower start with it containing a major UI change in the Metro interface. Apple: 1.    As of February 2012, Apple has sold a total 122 million Macs since they were introduced in 1984 2.    Compare that to 80 million iPod Touchs (in 4 years) 180 million iPhones (in  4 years) and 55 million iPads (in 2 years) 3.    The Million iOS devices (iPhone and iPads) that were sold in the fiscal Q1 of 2012 was more units per day than the number of babies being born globally each day 4.    In Q2 2012, Apple sold million iPhones and million iPads. 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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iPads, Fujitsu Primergy TX100 S2, Microsoft’s MetroTablet Strategy, Windows 8 CP, New Xbox, Sched.org – HT065

The show moves from Thursday to Friday night this week and Jim is joined by Christian and special guest Chris Lux. If Jim gave you $700 for an iPad, would you use it? Both Chris and Christian decide. We took a look at Jim’s new Fujitsu Primergy TX100 S2 to replace is current broadcast server. New had run out of stock early last week, but they are now back in! Check it out! Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Chris talks about is time at Best Buy as well as asks the question, “what food can you eat after your fridge dies?” Christian gives us his impression of Windows 8 CP.  Chris give us his as well.  Can you guess who liked it and who didn’t? Is there really a new Xbox coming? Some actual stats for the end of the show:         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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Does Your HP WebOS TouchPad Need a Turbo Boost? Feeling Like It’s a Little Slow?

Of all the strange places, I found this thread over at the Home Server Show #160; Erik Chavez (texasPl in the HSS Forums) posted some feedback on his overclocking experience with his new TouchPad as well as a great deal on a cover from a source that might surprise you. Disclaimer:  Overclocking your HP Tablet could result in a bricked unit and is at your own #160; The Average Guy accepts no responsibility for the content or results of the #160; If it works however, we get all the credit! Here is what Eric had to say. Here’s the forum thread he followed to overclock:   Overall I found WebOS to be fun to use and I agree with your write up on the browser, it is one of the best I’ve ever used. The problem I noticed was that scrolling was not as smooth as say the iPad 2 (which I also own). So once you install Preware you can look through the items there for various tweaks to browser, system etc. One of my favorites has been a tweak to allow video to continue when you card the video player so that you can move to another application and then return without interrupting your video. Preware is like Cydia for iOS in that it has feeds and packages. Once Preware and Govnah are installed, you should see the first two icons circled below (Preware and Govnah). Depending on what you install from Preware, you’ll also see an icon for your kernel (in my case F15C Eagle) and for Tweaks which has a number of tweaks to better the user experience like the scrolling issue I mentioned before. This is not an exhaustive installation guide, but will give you the basics. When you open up Preware it’ll update all the feeds and packages to ensure you have the latest ones. After that, you’ll see the screen below. If you click on "Available Packages" you’ll get the following screen that breaks them down into categories. I am using a dark theme for Preware so don’t be alarmed if your background does not look exactly the same. The default is a white background. You can change it later if you wish in the Preware preferences as shown in the following two screen shots. The following screen is an example of the patches and tweaks I have installed. Finally, I just noticed today that there has been an update to the overclocking kernel I am using that allows you to boost it to (I have not yet tried it).   I’m not sure this is related or not as I did not use the Touchpad long enough before overclocking but my battery life has not been too good. I’ve grown accustomed to the longevity of the iPad but with the Touchpad, it pretty much runs down in a day while in standby. I think the WiFi does not sleep as I get email notifications even while it’s in a sleep state. I don’t think it is the overclock because it just overclocks on demand. When I check Govnah it shows it at about 433mhz on the home screen and it jumps up to the full when apps are loaded etc. Like I said, I’m not sure it is related but I thought it important to point out. I also wanted to add that for those looking for an inexpensive case, I have found the Griffin Elan Folio for the iPad 1 to be an excellent fit. All ports and controls are fully accessible. Almost as it were made for the Touchpad. Verizon Wireless has then for $ or if you have an employer discount like I do, it came out to $ or 25% off. I ordered this before Office Depot dropped the price of the official HP case to $ I may have sprung for that instead but the reviews on its quality make me wonder whether it is worth it. The only reason I might spring for it is because of it is supposed to work with the Touchstone charging dock, I’m not sure if the Griffin would work. Here’s a link of to the Griffin: Link Click to enlarge any image:   Special Thanks to Erik Chavez for this incredible write up. What have been your experiences with the TouchPad?  Got one coming yet? Jim Collison is a blogger and podcaster for and the and a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP His unit was provided by Forsythe Technologies in Omaha NE for review purposes. Please feel free to leave comments at our Facebook Group Page
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