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Skype Endless Updates, iPhone vs Android, Drobo Server, Android ROM’s and Photo Imaging Software – HT047

Jim and Andrew and Christian are joined by Mike Howard from Jpeg2RAW for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. The guys start off with some Skype chat, relating to the aggressive update cycle since Microsoft acquired Skype, and draw some comparisons to the Group Chat feature within Google Plus, as well as talking about the Facebook and Skype integration. Listen Mobile: Jim tells us that his wife is buying a new iPhone 4S, and the merits of iPhone vs Android vs Blackberry devices, and discuss the recent Blackberry Outage, and if the advancements in iPhone and Android could be the writing on the wall for Blackberry. Jim talks about his new server wish list – a small form-factor PC to connect to a Drobo – check out the discussion over in our Facebook group. Christians’ Deal-of-the-Week is the AMD AM3+ 8 core CPU from NewEgg, being the first 8-core CPU to the consumer market; ranging from GHz through to GHz, a very cost effective processor, with fantastic bang for buck! Christians’ Speed Tip of the Week is the news of Adobe Flash Player 11 which includes native 64-bit browsing, enhanced playback and GPU Acceleration. The guys discuss some more Netflix news, relating to plans for Quikster being dropped, and the release of the .XXX domain name suffix – for the more scandalous of the Webmasters amongst us. Andrew talks about installing a new ROM onto his Android phone, in this case an HTC Desire, to gain more space, and better performance from the phone. The ROM Andrew installed is SGBS (Stock GingerBread Sense), which is specific to the HTC Desire, however there are also aftermarket ROMs such as Cyanogenmod which cater for most handsets on the market. If you’re running an Android phone, and looking for a different ROM, it may be something worth looking at – be cautioned, this may damage your phone, so make sure that you research and perform any ROM update at your own risk. Whilst talking about Android, Andrew brings some late breaking news, being the Android Operating System being ported to the HP TouchPad, again by the Cyanogenmod team.  Check it out over at the Cyanogenmod blog. Mike tells us about a new feature that Adobe is working on for future releases of their Photoshop product range, being an unblur feature.  For those moments when the camera moves as you take the shot.  The guys talk about the immersion of the Photoshop products in the consumer market, as well as alternatives including The Gimp,   The guys discuss their retention theories around digital media, be it disposable, or having an extended shelf life.  Images are something that most of the guys would not want to lose, however an album of music is something that most of the guys wouldn’t want to lose.  Andrew see images as being a memory triggers, and Mike and Christian see images as being priceless, whereas Jim is not as concerned about potential loss of images.  The guys discuss the changes over the years with the migration from 35mm to digital photography. Mike talks about the changes covered by Engadget that Microsoft are going to bring to the Metro UI, that people love or hate in the Windows 8 Developer Preview. The guys end the show with a little more talk about Google+, and the news that Duke Nukem is coming to the Android platform. 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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Drobo HQ in San Jose, Disk Defragmenting, In-flight Internet Access, Steve Jobs and Weather Stations – HT046

Jim and Andrew and Christian are joined by Bill Paulmenn for this week’s installment of the Home Tech Podcast. For those of you hearing the show via iTunes or your podcatcher of choice, thanks for switching feeds – if your friends are missing this episode, please remind them to switch to the new feeds – the link is below! Christian is back this week, taking a break from the school work for an hour or two, catching some time for technology! Listen Mobile: After some updates from Bill and Christian, Jim tells us about his trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit Oracle World, and his visit to Drobo – watch out for the podcast that Jim recorded with Mario Blandini from Drobo while he was visiting.  Jim tells us about the performance of in-flight Internet access on his flight, a great way to be able stay online whilst in a flight, and not have to resort to reading a book while flying! Andrew joins late, and the guys pay tribute to the passing of Steve Jobs, and discuss the amazing contributions he made to the technology world.  For those of you who wonder just how much of a contribution Steve Jobs made to the world of technology, the New York Times listed the patents registered with him as an inventor. From Christians’ Corner, Christian brings us Disk Defrag from Auslogics, which Christian recommends as it is more efficient and has more features than the built-in Windows Defrag. Christian talks about the benefits of running Check Disk following an unexpected power shutdown to help avoid File System corruption. The guys go on to talk about the benefits of installing device drivers from the hardware vendor, instead of installing the default drivers that come from Windows Update.  Christian and Bill give some tips on how to find the correct driver for the hardware you have installed using Google. Christian remind us to use to review the applications that automatically start with Windows – take a look at what is automatically starting on your PC – if  you disable the apps you don’t use on a regular basis, your PC will boot up faster.  Christian also talks about speeding up your PC using various tips and tricks, as well as checking the performance of your hard disk using HD Tune Pro.  You can always check the startup time of your PC using the following script from Seven Forums. Christian talks about some of the performance issues that have been seen in older versions of Mozilla Firefox – if you are using Firefox, and finding that your PC is a little sluggish, make sure you upgrade to the most recent version. This weeks’ Deal-of-the-Week is the Seagate 3TB XT from , which runs out at $ when used with the coupon code EMCKAHA26 at checkout. Andrew returns from greeting the in-laws, and talks for a while about the trip they are having with their caravan in tow.  The guys talk about road trips and technology for uploading images when on the road. Jim and Andrew talk about the potential of moving from an Android  phone to an Apple iPhone, and the reasons why they would move over. To close out the show, the guys talk about Bills’ weather station, and the Davis Vantage Pro2™ hardware, and options that Bill has added onto the unit, and why he uses it. 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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Facebook Forums, A New RSS Feed, Netflix makes Changes, Spotify launches in the USA, Speed Tips and Cammster – HT036

Jim, Andrew and Christian are joined by Rich O’Neil for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast. After exploring the concept of a show, “Random with Rich” discussing random Tweets and stream items from Google+, the guys kick it off, discussing some of the issues Rich has had with his router and streaming media from his Windows 2011 Home Server, and the good and bad of Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). Listen Mobile: After discussing the possibility of setting up some Average Guy Forums, a Facebook group for The Average Guy Podcast Network has been set up, which will allow followers of the show to interact with the hosts, and allow us to notify folks of up and coming events such as Live Recordings, Podcasts being published, and new posts to The Average Guy website. Jim discusses the new RSS Feed for the Home Tech Podcast.  For those of you who use iTunes, you can click to subscribe to the new feed.  For other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Moving on, the guys discuss the release Spotify in the US.  Spotify is an online music streaming service that currently offers free accounts (via invitation), which gives you six months of unlimited streaming (which is defined as 10 hours).  There are also subscription accounts available at $5 and $10 per month which include a PC client and offline downloads. Netflix has announced that they will be separating their streaming and DVD services, which changes the pricing structure to $ for each service.  More details are available on the Netflix Blog.  For those of you who use Netflix, be sure to check out what has changed, and what it means to you. Rich talks to us about Songify from Khush, which is an iPhone and iPod Touch application which turns speech into a music track.  While talking about the iPhone, Rich talks about his experiences with Jailbreaking his iPhone, and the associated experiences with the phone hanging, and the fixing step of upgrading the iPhone to the current version using iTunes, in order to return the phone to its’ natural state, restoring it to stability. Rich reminds us of Hostsman, an application that allows automated updates of the Windows hosts file to protect you from dubious sites on the Internet, as well as telling about how you can Create Shortcuts to bypass User Access Control (UAC) in Windows. From Christian’s Corner, Christian gives us an update on his current coding projects, the first being an update to Magic Wake on Lan for Windows Home Server, as well as his latest coding project, adding an additional player to Subsonic. The Deal-of-the-Week is the Antec Unbeatable Notebook Cooler 200 from , which will slip right into your laptop bag, and is powered by USB. 4 1/2 star rated on Amazon, a good buy at $ Christians’ Speed Tip of the Week is more of a time saving tip, being spell checker add-ins for Internet Explorer 9,  from   While Google Chrome and Firefox both have inbuilt spell checking, these add-ins bring the functionality to Internet Explorer. Christian also fills us in on the latest news from Google, being the closure of Google Labs, as announced by our friends over at Information Week.  More details are available over at the Official Google Blog. Andrew brings us PlusFeed, a website which aggregates public posts into an RSS feed for easier consumption.  More details are available over at Andrew also brings us the motion detection image capturing service Cammster, which lets you setup a webcam to act as a security camera, sending you an e-mail with their free service, or alerts you via SMS for $2 for 200 SMS events. To wrap it up, the guys talk about some of the odd things that folks show via webcams online, as well as folks who use Twitter to allow their pets to communicate with other pets on Twitter, and some who stream their pets and other animals via services such as camstreams. 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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#31 The Fitness Tech Podcast: Marathon Nutrition, A Reader Email, Running Shoe Tips and Phone Apps for Calories

Jamie and Jim are back for some traditional and old school fitness tech podcasting!  We cover some nutrition ideas for long fitness events, read a listener email, give some tips on buying the right shoes, building up your running distance to reduce injuries, some discussion around stress fractures as well as new technology in shirts.  We also spend a few minutes at the end talking about nutrition Apps for your iPhone or Android device.  Its and action packed 40 minutes. You can follow Jim on Twitter at #!/jcollison. If you want to contact us here at the show, email us at Visit the new Facebook page for the The Average Guy Network Intro and Exit Music from “Motion” by Adelaide.  Hear more great tunes at    Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume #31 The Fitness Tech Podcast: Marathon Nutrition, A Reader Email, Running Shoe Tips and Phone Apps for Calories iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Or Download episode (Right click, save target as)
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Facebook Messaging, Netflix Subscription, the iPad, Decloaking and Christian’s Corner – HT008

Brian is back this week and he joins Jim and Christian for the latest edition of the The Home Tech #160; We talk Facebook messaging, the new Netflix subscription model, how to configure Windows 7 Update and very small #160; Brain breaks out his new iPad for a quick review to top it #160; All that and much more with week! You can contact the show at Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at   · Claim Your Own Facebook Email Address · Netflix: A Misunderstanding or a hint · iPhone 4 on Version · How to Configure Windows 7 Updates · AMD Announces Fusion-Based Embedded G-Series Platform · Compulab Fit-PC3 Offers Dual-Core AMD Power in a Case Less than an Inch Thick · CompuLab’s Fit-PC2i is Extra Tiny, Ready for Windows 7 · iPad Refurbs · Barnes & Noble Nook Android-Powered E-book Reader 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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RunKeeper Pro for Android and iPhone is FREE in January

If you have an Android or iPhone, your are getting a late Christmas present from the makers of the RunKeeper #160; It’s FREE to download in the month of #160; Up until now there as been a scaled down free version and a fee based Pro #160; Both are now free for the #160; You can find both in the app store for each phone. I use RunKeeper and have really liked #160; The free version can be a little inaccurate on the mileage at times, but the rest of the application works #160; It will also auto tweet right to Twitter for ya! The Pro Version comes with audio cues, customized interval workouts, integrated RunKeeper FitnessClasses and best of all…NO ADS!  There is more info on RunKeeper at
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The Fitness Tech Podcast #4 A Low Tech Solution for a High Tech Problem…It’s a Wrap!

Jim and Jamie talk about some winter clothing tips for getting outside when the temps drop.  We also covered a story about a Coach who saved a players life by getting help from his iPhone and then went over 10 great gifts (some high tech, some low) for the fitness fan during this holiday season.   Audio Only Play / pause 1x 2x 0:00 0:00 0:00 volume The Fitness Tech Podcast #4 A Low Tech Solution for a High Tech Problem…It’s a Wrap! iTunesGoogle PlayShare Leave a ReviewClammr ItListen in a New WindowDownloadSoundCloudStitcherSubscribe on AndroidSubscribe via RSSAudioboomSpreakerOther Options Subscribe to the TAG Weekly Update (Be in the know!) Come On! You know you want to! Or Download episode (Right click, save target as)     Jim also gives some tips to keeping his cell phone protected from moisture during long runs.  It was really Jamie’s idea!  Finally we ask the question, could any good workout come from a box?  Jamie gives some tips for not so expensive training. RunKeeper Endomondo Leo Laporte of Twit pops his ball! (Jamie said   this is correct) Intro and Exit Music from “Motion” by Adelaide. Hear more great tunes at
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